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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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State Dept Press Pool Suggest Israeli Security Move is ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ and Wrong

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

In the wake of a wave of vicious brutality unleashed on innocent Israelis by Arab Palestinian terrorists drunk on the lies told them by their political and religious leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised the possibility of a serious punishment for the stabbings, shootings and car rammings. The response from some quarters suggest Israelis have no right to self-defense, and should perhaps just turn the other cheek. Wrong religion.

Netanyahu suggested that perhaps it was time to strip Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem of their Israeli identity cards.  Most of the terrorists responsible for the recent violence come from almost exclusively Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, such as Shuafat and Jabal Mukaber.

What Netanyahu said when he raised the topic two weeks ago during a cabinet meeting was: “We need to examine the possibility of canceling their residency. There needs to be a discussion about it.”  Such a discussion was necessary, he said, because it is a lawless area, with “no enforcement.”

The cabinet members decided to hold a special session to further discuss the matter.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the public discussion of residency restrictions, some Israelis say the violence has already begun to diminish.

But having raised the issue of the potential restrictive measure at the height of the violence, the story took on a life of its own. Some Arab outlets already announced that the decision was made and Israel decided to withdraw the identity cards of 80,000 Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem.

In the State Department press briefing discussion about this matter on Monday, of course, the message was distorted as well.

Ever-ready to paint Israel as the evil wrongdoer, Al Quds’ journalist Said Arikat asked State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby about the security measure at Monday’s briefing.

Said Arikat. State Dept. Press Briefing, Oct. 26, 2015.

Said Arikat. State Dept. Press Briefing, Oct. 26, 2015.

Arikat said of the proposed security measure, “stripping 80,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites from their identity card, basically cutting them off outside of the wall,” and Arikat sought a response. “Do you have a comment on that?

That’s fine, Arikat is entitled to ask for a comment.

But then he went one step further: “Does that amount to some sort of ethnic cleansing from Jerusalem?”

This is what Arikat does. He introduces a poisonous phrase into the briefing room, a phrase likely to linger in the ears of those so inclined, a phrase that may very well appear in the reports filed by others in the room. It also spurs others to respond to that image, and to ask questions, and give answers, in light of that phrase permeating the atmosphere.

To his credit, initially the spokesperson declined to respond, uttering those magic talking points of the “expectations of all sides that they’ll avoid provocative actions and rhetoric and being to work cooperatively to restore calm.”

But the press group just couldn’t let it go.

Soon, Brad Klapper of the Associated Press stepped in, taking his cue from Arikat. Klapper, sitting in his elder sidekick Matt Lee’s seat, assumed a mien of incredulity, and asked a question as if he were in a session on Applied Ethics instead of a government briefing room.

Klapper intoned:”But rhetoric aside, just the idea of stripping tens of thousands of people of the right to move about where they currently move about, work where they may currently work, travel where they may currently travel – is that something that – provocative or not, is that something you just oppose because you think it’s wrong?”

Brad Klapper of the Associated Press

Brad Klapper of the Associated Press

Detroit Billboard: ‘America First, Not Israel’

Monday, October 26th, 2015

An anti-Israel billboard has gone up in Detroit, Michigan a half mile from the busy Southfield Expressway which reads: “NOT ISRAEL” in huge letters, and in smaller letters, above the main message it reads: “America First.”

In much smaller letters beneath the message we learn who funded this billboard. It is from “Deir Yassin Remembered.”

Deir Yassin was an Arab village high on a ridge just west of Jerusalem in which a fierce battle took place during the Arab war against the recently declared new Jewish State, in 1948.

The legend of Deir Yassin has grown to mythic proportions. Claims are made that Jewish fighters mercilessly slaughtered several hundred innocent Arab men, women and children, and anti-Israel propagandists love to tell the tale about this so-called massacre to prove that Israeli fighters are bloodthirsty. Never mind that the battle took place during an onslaught against the tiny new nation, what actually happened at Deir Yassin is quite different from the myth.


As still remains the protocol today in their respective combat locations, Israeli fighters gave residents of Deir Yassin warning of the impending assault. They were given the opportunity to flee. By doing so, the Israelis lost the vital military element of surprise. According to Yehuda Avner’s account based on an interview with the commander of the attack and published in his book The Prime Ministers (Toby Press 2010),there was no massacre.”

Yehuda Lapidot said the Israeli fighters were “being repeatedly hit and the casualties were heavy.” When Lapidot took over for the original commander who was killed early in the fighting, he said, “our men were told to avoid bloodshed as much as possible. We had a loudspeaker mounted on an armored truck which was to drive ahead to warn the villagers, to give them a chance either to flee or surrender.” The plan was for the truck to drive straight into the middle of the village, with the bullhorn blaring its warning. But the truck overturned in a newly created ditch. Though the truck crashed and was stuck, the loudspeaker still blared: ‘You are being attacked by superior forces. The exit of Deir Yassin leading to Ein Karem is open Run immediately! Don’t hesitate! Run to Ein Kerem! Run!”

Instead of retreating to safety, however, the Arab villagers “opened up with everything they had.” There was a great deal of confusion and miscommunications, but, according to Avner’s account from Lapidot, the Arabs were better armed than were the Israelis. There were heavy casualties on both sides.

“So I say to you again, no, ABSOLUTELY NO: there was no deliberate massacre at Deir Yassin,” swore Yehuda Lapidot. “The dazed and shaken Arabs you saw being driven through Jerusalem on trucks that Friday afternoon were not being driven away to be shot,” – as many accounts claimed – “They were taken to the Arab side of town and released,” Lapidot exclaimed to Avner.

As Avner noted, and as anyone who has immersed him or herself in the many fables surrounding the Arab war against Israel’s independence, the myth of a massacre at Deir Yassin lives on.


And so some group calling itself “Deir Yassin Remembered,” as lionized by bloggers at a site named for Deir Yassin, readily use the myth of Israeli brutality to justify their hatred.

The Deir Yassin massacre idolizers report that the message is intended to remind motorists passing by the billboard that their legislators must “put American interests ahead of the Jewish Lobby in determining U.S. foreign policy.”

They explain that the strategy behind this billboard “is to drive a wedge between those who feel American interests are not served by fighting wars for Israel, and the Israel-firsters in this country who manipulate our leaders into the false premise that Israel is the ally of the United States.”

Update: Northern Israel Terror Suspect Released, Deemed Innocent

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Northern District Police have completed their investigation of what appeared to be a possible terror attack in process, and have concluded that the suspect is innocent and can be allowed to go home.

They have released him.

In Tiberias, alert citizens called police officers who promptly responded to the scene where a man appeared to have possibly been a terrorist raising suspicions among people in the area.

The man reportedly proclaimed that he “wanted to be a shahid” – the Arabic word for “martyr” – which in current parlance is used by suicide terrorists.

The suspect boarded a bus near Kibbutz Gesher, but police intercepted the bus shortly thereafter, and took him into custody for questioning.

During a routine search, police found a knife in the suspect’s bag. A yarmulka was also found hidden in the suspect’s pocket, according to a report by Northern District Police.

The suspect was taken into custody and questioned, and then later released.

Kuseifa Arab Questioned for Incitement on Facebook

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

An Arab resident of the Bedouin town of Kuseifa was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of incitement to violence.

Kuseifa is a 10-minute drive west of the Negev city of Arad along Highway 31, just past the ancient Biblical city of Arad, where tourists can view the archaeological excavation of Tel Arad.

The 20-year-old, an employee at a factory at the Dead Sea in southern Israel, was taken into custody by police in the area, according to the Walla! website.

“The intifada has started, and I am sure that afterwards there will not be one Jewish pig here,” the worker reportedly wrote on his Facebook page.

He was taken for questioning by police to the precinct in Arad.

Kuseifa is comprised of Bedouin and Palestinian Arabs who have intermarried together, most of whom originate from the Hebron area.

School School Trips to Jerusalem Canceled Due to Terror Wave

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett reports almost all school trips to Jerusalem have been canceled.

According to the report, the trips have been canceled in light of the current terror wave.

Knesset Committee to Vote on 1,400 Reserves Call-up for Border Guard Police

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is meeting in an emergency session on Monday to vote on whether to approve the call-up of reserve Border Guard Police officers due to the current security challenges facing the country.

The meeting, called by committee chair MK Tzachi Hanegbi, will vote on whether to allow the IDF to call up 1,400 Border Guard Police.

If the motion is passed, the IDF will be authorized to call up for active duty increased forces to contend with the recent spike in terror attacks across the country.

Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

A 25-year-old Jerusalem yeshiva student was stabbed in the neck Thursday around noontime by a 19-year-old Arab terrorist on Bar Lev Street near the Israel Police national headquarters.

The public is being asked to pray for Aron Moshe Chaim ben Chana, the Israeli student who is currently hospitalized in critical condition at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center as a result of the attack.

The terrorist, a resident of an eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood, attempted to first grab the weapon of a nearby security officer, but failed to steal it. He then pulled a knife and stabbed the yeshiva student.

Video credit: Israel News Flash

Special forces who were on patrol in the area tackled the terrorist and took him into custody. A second person was injured during that struggle.

The attack took place at a Jerusalem Light Rail stop near Ammunition Hill, where approximately one year ago, an Arab terrorist also attacked Israelis who were standing at a Light Rail stop nearby.

Thursday’s victim was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then evacuated — with the knife still in his body — to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. He was sedated and placed on a respirator, medics said.

The second victim was also treated for less serious wounds sustained during his struggle with the terrorist.

Light Rail service was temporarily suspended to allow security personnel to gather evidence at the site and conduct their investigation.

Service has been resumed.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-resident-stabbed-in-terror-attack-near-police-station/2015/10/08/

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