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Crazy Jews Libel Israel with Price Tag Attack in Jerusalem

Monday, March 24th, 2014

“Price Tag’ vandals struck it rich Monday morning, puncturing tires on 45 vehicles in the Arab Beit Hanina neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Graffiti in Hebrew on walls and a bus declared, “Gentiles in the country=enemies,” and “Arabs=thieves.”

Some drivers woke up shortly before dawn to drive to work and discovered that all four wheels of their cars had been slashed.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency quoted one resident as stating, “Five settlers stormed the al-Samah square at around 2:30 a.m. coming from the direction of Pisgat Ze’ev settlement…Two of them positioned themselves at the main entrance to watch as the rest assaulted properties in the neighborhood.”

Foreign news agencies broadcast to the world the resident’s message that Pisgat Ze’ev “is built on lands of Beit Hanina.”

Associated Press reported to millions of people around the world, “Extremist Jewish settlers have been carrying out acts of vandalism in recent years, in retaliation for Palestinian attacks and to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government’s pro-Palestinian policies.

The “extremists” have succeeded to a certain extent in creating in image that all “settlers” not only hate Arabs but also attack their property and sometimes run wild in their villages.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told The Jewish Press, “We are investigating. It is too soon to say report on any progress.” It has been nine months since vandals went on a spree in June in the same neighborhood. So far, no one has been arrested.

When the price tag attacks began more than two years ago, nationalists immediately blamed the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for being behind the vandalism in order to slander Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.

Dozens of attacks later, is clear that most of the damage is being caused by a handful of Jews who no doubt are really proud of themselves this morning for having caused so much misery to so many Arabs.

They must be sure that they are messengers of God, Who told them that hate attack will teach U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a lesson, will make Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu think twice about destroying another outpost and will convince the Arabs to pack up and buy a one-way ticket to Jordan.

The extremists have given ammunition to journalists such as Thomas Friedman, who once called settlers “Israel’s answer to Hezbollah.”

If the police can finally find, arrest and indict the idiots and the judge lock them up, it will not only protect the Arabs but also will protect the rest of us.

The Question the Palestinians Aren’t Being Asked

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Almost all the focus in the mainstream media on the Middle East peace process tends to be on the decision taken by only one of the parties involved in the negotiations.

The perennial question from pundits and even veteran kibitzers like The New York Times’s Thomas Friedman is whether Israelis are ready to take risks in order to achieve peace. That was the conceit of a column he wrote last week titled “Israel’s Big Question,” and if it seemed familiar to readers, it was no accident. Friedman has been writing the same column for decades in which he asks Israelis whether they will leave the West Bank in order to retain both the Jewish and democratic identities of their nation. If they don’t, and Secretary of State Kerry’s initiative fails, Israel’s doom is, he says, sealed.

But of course Israel has already tried to trade land for the promise of peace and failed. The Palestinians turned down three offers of statehood and there is every indication they will turn down a fourth offer of up to 90 percent of the West Bank that is being mulled by the Netanyahu government.

Friedman’s assumption – as well as that of many of Israel’s critics – is that if the Israelis are sufficiently forthcoming those problems will disappear. They should instead be asking what it is about the political culture of the Palestinians that makes their intransigence not merely possible but inevitable. The answer comes in two separate stories that touch on what it is that both the PA’s negotiators and Hamas believe.

In Gaza, the Hamas government has apparently rejected the textbooks provided for schools by UNRWA, the United Nations agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants. UNRWA has hired Hamas terrorists as staffers and has been rightly accused of helping to perpetuate the conflict by not seeking to resettle refugees so as to keep them in camps as props in the long Arab war against Israel. But while the textbooks UNRWA has published for Gaza schools apparently accept the Palestinian narrative of victimization and the illegitimacy of Israel, they also encourage non-violence. The Hamas education ministry is particularly angry since the books emphasize the examples of peaceful protests.

Education Minister Mu’tasim Al-Minawi had the following objections: “The vast majority of examples [in the books] refer to [Mahatma] Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Helen Suzman, the Soweto Uprising, the Magna Carta and Apartheid, even though Islamic-Arab-Palestinian alternatives exist. There are many models which could be used which are closer to the students’ understanding.”

This tells us Hamas is educating the children of Gaza not just to hate Israel and Jews but also to reject the Western frame of reference about human rights, even in the context of support for anti-Israel activism, which was clearly the intention of the UNRWA curriculum.

Also instructive is the mini-controversy inspired by Saeb Erekat, the man who represents the Palestinians in peace talks. Earlier this month at the Munich Security Conference, Erekat told his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni that asking him to recognize the Jewish state was impossible since it would force the Palestinians “to change their narrative” about their history. He also claimed his family – as well as the rest of the Palestinians – has a claim to the land prior to that of the Jews since they are descended from the biblical Canaanites and were there when Joshua Bin Nun “burned my hometown Jericho.”

Suffice it to say that there is no evidence that Palestinian Arabs have any connection with the inhabitants of the country prior to the Arab conquest that occurred in the seventh century CE.

But if even Erekat – whom we are told by the media and the U.S. government is a man of peace – is determined to cling to a historical narrative that is based in rejection of Jewish rights to any part of the country, then what hope is there for peace?

Both Fatah and Hamas continue to educate their peoples in a culture that is not only steeped in hatred of Jews and Israel but in a worldview in which the rejection of Zionism is integral to Palestinian identity. The question Kerry, Friedman, and others who continue to hound Israel should be asking is this: When will the Palestinians give up their culture of hate and embrace one that would give peace a chance?

The 10 Plagues of John Kerry

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has struck Israel with a host 10 plagues since he reincarnated the dead and deadly peace process last July.

He still has one last malady left before he runs out of ammunition, blames the Jews and Arabs for not making peace for the first time in 100 years or so, and scuttles back home to make trouble elsewhere in the world.

The first sign and wonder that the self-honorable Secretary offered was none other than John Kerry himself.

“I will come upon you for nine months until you let my people – er, the Arabs – go free from the Occupation,” he in effect announced. One would think that he was living in a time tunnel because the Arabs were freed from their Egyptian and Jordanian occupiers in 1967, but the State Dept. does not know that since there is nothing in its archives on Israel between the 1948 and 1967.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was not so impressed with Kerry’s first miracle and he turned to his wise men, who came up with Israel’s own sign and wonder, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. He is the man who stood on principle, when there was such a thing, when he was IDF Chief of Staff in the Expulsion Government of Ariel Sharon. He paid the price of being snubbed for what is usually an automatic extension of the term of office, and Kerry knows that.

So Kerry and his boss, President Barack Obama, brought out their next miracle whitewash of lies, also known as J Street and the host of Jewish armchair diplomats who think that because they live in the United States and are Jewish, or call themselves Jewish, they know how to run and defend Israel better than the ignoramuses who live in Israel.

The White House closed its doors to AIPAC and rabbis who actually believe that the Torah was given to Jews by God and is not subject to interpretation by every shrink and fink, and it opened them for J Street, Jews and even non-Jews who call themselves rabbis because they have been ordained to be politically correct.

They suddenly became the voice of Americana Jewry, who joined John Kerry to berate the government of Israel on how to conduct its affairs and to teach them a lesson that every home for Jews in Judea and Samaria endangers the national security of the United States of America.

But Netanyahu’s heart remained Jewish and Israeli and he refused to free the People of Israel from the threat of extinction.

Kerry then huffed and puffed and screamed, “Settlements!” to scare Jerusalem. “You are illegitimate,” President Obama told the settlers. “You are illegal,” Kerry scolded them. “You are an obstacle to peace.”

The settlers answered, “We are an obstacle to war,” and Kerry followed up with the plague of the boycott.

“If Israel does not agree to remove every settler from the Biblical heart of Israel where Jesus, the first Palestinian was born, I will inflict on you the Boycott. I will not drink anything that comes from SodaStream, even if Scarlett Johansson tempts me.”

Israel responded that if Jesus, born Jewish, was a Palestinian, then every Jew in Israel is a Palestinian, too, and also should be able to vote for who heads the Palestinian Authority.

Without warning, Kerry waved his staff – the wise men of the State Dept. – and told the People of Israel that if they do not agree to live in the ghettos of Tel Aviv, he will bring on them the refugees – 5 million Arabs who will swarm the land of Israel from Eilat to Kiryat Shmona, and from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

Thomas Friedman in Israel: Only Livni and Kerry Are Believers

Monday, January 27th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni are the only two people who still believe in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said in Tel Aviv Monday night.

“The Israelis are the Palestinians are ambivalent towards their future and towards the chances for peace,” he told a conference with the highfalutin title of “Cross Border Environmental Issues and Water Resources in the Context of the Peace Process.”

On Thursday, Freidman will speak with journalists on the topic “There Goes the Neighborhood.” Seriously, that is what the blurb say, followed by, “How the Arab Awakening, Climate Change and Technology are changing the World around Israel.”

Tom Friedman: Congress Prefers Jewish Votes to Obama’s Iran Plan

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Thomas Friedman, in the New York Times, defends the Obama administration’s offering concessions to Iran and has this to say about those who disagree:

Never have I seen Israel and America’s core Arab allies working more in concert to stymie a major foreign policy initiative of a sitting U.S. president, and never have I seen more lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — more willing to take Israel’s side against their own president’s. I’m certain this comes less from any careful consideration of the facts and more from a growing tendency by many American lawmakers to do whatever the Israel lobby asks them to do in order to garner Jewish votes and campaign donations.

He’s certain that members of Congress care little about Iran and are more loyal to the almighty Jewish dollar than to their own country.

Because how can any thinking person possibly believe that giving concessions to Iran is a bad deal? It must be the Jewish money that corrupts their mindset!

Of course, Friedman admits:

If you’re not skeptical about Iran, you’re not paying attention. Iran has lied and cheated its way to the precipice of building a bomb, and without tough economic sanctions — sanctions that President Obama engineered but which Netanyahu and the Arab states played a key role in driving — Iran would not be at the negotiating table. I also understand the specific concerns of the Gulf Arabs, which I’d summarize as: “It looks to us as if you want to do this deal and then get out of the region — and leave behind an Iran that will only become economically more powerful, at a time when it already has enormous malign influence in Syria, Iraq, in Lebanon through Hezbollah, and in Bahrain.”

But our greedy members of Congress aren’t thinking that deeply. Only Friedman is, just enough to dismiss it:

I get it, but I also don’t think we’d just abandon them.

You see? Friedman doesn’t think anything bad will happen, and by gosh, that’s all anyone needs! On the basis of his wonderful track record, Congress should do what he says, not what logic dictates!

There is plenty more to criticize in this column – Friedman makes a bizarre comparison between negotiating with Iran and Israel building “more settlements.” Really. He exaggerates the Israeli position in order to pompously dismiss it: “While, Netanyahu believes more sanctions will get Iran to surrender every piece of its nuclear technology, Iran experts say that is highly unlikely.” However, Netanyahu never demanded that – no one ha a problem with a peaceful nuclear energy program. And there are plenty of other factoids that Friedman knows he can get away with, because New York Times op-ed fact checkers are not exactly known to care too much about facts.

The bottom line is, though, that Thomas Friedman is insulting hundreds of democratically elected members of Congress, essentially accusing them of disloyalty to their own country. While dismissing any real concerns about Iranian nuclear weapons and how they would affect the world.  All  in order to defend a single elected president’s inconsistent and frightening Middle East policy.

And he does it using an antisemitic “Jews control America” canard.

Visit Elder of Ziyon.

NYT Gets US Position on Israel Wrong, Reveals Additional Animus

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The New York Times recognized that its correspondent in Jerusalem, Jodi Rudoren, had gone too far this time in blithely vilifying Jews who live and breathe beyond the so-called Green Line.

Rudoren ascribed a position to the United States government about Israeli policy which was flat out wrong. That was the only part of the otherwise slanted and deceptive article which merited a slap on the wrist.  Rudoren wrote that the position of the U.S. is that Israeli towns and cities beyond the Green Line are illegal, when in fact this government has taken no position on the legality of Israeli Jewish towns in that region.  The actual correction appears at the end of this article.

Before we get to the begrudging but still humiliating factual correction, take a stroll through the rest of her article.

In this article headlined, “Israeli Decree on West Bank Settlements Will Harm Peace Talks, Palestinians Say,” Rudoren not only originally falsely stated that the United States believes the “settlements” are illegal.  Her language throughout the piece makes clear her hostility to Jews daring to live beyond what the esteemed Israeli statesman Abba Eban had termed the “Auschwitz borders,” the lines drawn in 1949 at the end of the war against the newly-reborn Israel, when surrounding Arab states attacked it rather than permit a Jewish State in their midst.

For one thing, she described the early stage approval of subsidies to homeowners in various places including in “Jewish settlements in the West Bank territory that Israel seized in the 1967 war.”  You’d never know that in 1967 Israel (again) fought a defensive war and gained the land in a battle for its existence.  The verb Rudoren chose, “seized,” suggests an aggressive action by the belligerent in military hostilities.

Given that the New York Times is treated like Torah from Sinai by most American Jews, no wonder they and the organizations those Jews tend to support believe that Israel should give away that territory to people who never possessed it,  and never – until Israel legally acquired the land – expressed any interest in owning or governing it themselves.

And it was not until the sixth paragraph of a 10 paragraph story that Israel is even permitted a voice to counter what Rudoren already set up as a move by the Israeli government to expand “settlements” which upset the Arab Palestinians and may now torpedo the “fragile peace talks.”

In the sixth paragraph the reader – if he is still reading – learns that all that happened is the Israeli government has made a completely routine and preliminary decision to provide assistance to homeowners in authorized towns and villages for things like “education, housing, infrastructure projects, cultural programs and sports, along with better mortgage rates and loans for new homeowners.”  Isn’t that what governments are supposed to do?  Take care of their citizens?

Rudoren distances her readers from identifying with Israelis who might otherwise be considered normal homeowners. She points out that, “Among the newcomers to the list are three formerly illegal outposts — Bruchin, Rachelim and Sansana — that obtained government recognition last year.”  Rudoren chose not to more concisely and correctly refer to those three towns as “legal and legitimate villages.”

But before Israel was permitted to offer a different point of view, Rudoren first ran condemnations of the move by the infamous Hanan Ashrawi, whose latest evidence of Jew and Israel hatred was the promotion on the website of an NGO she founded which claimed that Jews drink Christian blood on Passover.

In the space of three sentences, Rudoren paints a clear picture with Ashrawi’s words.  Ashrawi describes Israel’s move as a “confidence-destruction measure,” “attempts to grab more Palestinian land,” “provide settlers with preferential treatment” and the announcement that “the decision would have ‘a destructive impact’” on the current Israeli-Arab Palestinian talks.

Of course, Mark Regev was given a cameo appearance in the sixth paragraph.  But not to worry, because in the concluding three paragraphs of the article there is plenty to ensure that the lasting impression is one of an intransigent Israeli government filled with “many right-wing settlement supporters” which “refused to formally freeze settlement construction” in order to induce the oh-so-compliant, peace-supporting Arab Palestinians to even sit at the table with the Israelis.

NY Times Editor Jill Abramson Sparks News Not Fit to Print

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Jill Abramson, appointed less than two years ago as the first woman executive editor of The New York Times as well being a Jew, apparently has become too uppity for others, no less than the Times’ managing editor Dean Baquet, who stormed out of a meeting with her earlier this month.

Abramson had summoned Baquet to her office to scold him for what she considering less than  exciting news coverage, according to the Washington-based Politico website.

Baquet not only burst out of the office in anger, he also did not show up for the daily 4 p.m. editor’s meeting.

Baquet later told Politico he felt “bad” out the temper tantrum, but the website added that Abramson “has become a source of widespread frustration and anxiety within the Times’ newsroom.” Some staffers called her stubborn and difficult to work with.

Baquet insisted after the altercation that he has a good relationship with Abramson, and the whole incident may simply be a tempest in the teapot that could be relegated to the gossip sheets.

Abramson’s presence at the newspaper has not made it any more Jewish and certainly not any more pro-Israel, if not more anti-Israel. Abramson once said that when she grew up in her Jewish home, the Times was the family’s’ “religion.” “If the Times said it, it was the absolute truth,” she said.

That was before the days of Thomas Friedman, and Judi Rudoren.

For the record, the Times covered Abramson’s wedding in its “Style” section in 1981, when she married a man with the very non-Jewish name of Henry Little Griggs III, who was an NBC producer at the time.

It is doubtful that the Times will print a blurb on the spat with Baquet, and on the surface it has little news  value.

However, the tension may represent something much deeper and beyond the realm of a personality clash at the Times.

Under Abramson, the newspaper has won four Pulitzer prizes in this month alone, but the bottom line – money – is not as green as it used to be.

Its  revenues sank in every quarter the past year, reflecting the dismal state of most newspapers in the day of Internet and Smartphones.

Analysts expect that its earnings for the first quarter of this year will be only 5 cents a share, slightly more than half of what it earned for the same period in 2012.

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