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This Ongoing War: What do the Palestinian Arabs Think?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

{Originally posted to the authors’ website, This Ongoing War}

The Ma’an News Agency people in a report whose headline – characteristically – calls this morning’s stabbing attack in Jerusalem “alleged”, quote Luba al-Samri, the Israel Police spokesperson, saying

police officers patrolling the scene this morning saw a Palestinian stab a religious Israeli man. The suspect allegedly threw the knife away and attempted to flee the scene. Israeli police chased and apprehended the youth without shooting him… [He is] identified… as a 20-year-old Palestinian from the village of Abu Dis [a Jerusalem neighbourhood]… The youth [Ma’an’s word] was taken in by Israeli police for interrogation. Paramedics treated the Israeli for light injuries on the scene before transferring him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was identified by Israeli media as a 30-year-old ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva student.

The Ma’an report – generously funded along with everything else Ma’an does by US and European donors – goes on to say that

the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found in a poll last month that support for stabbing attacks had seen a decline in the West Bank in recent months — “due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy.”

Kind of encouraging, no? We guess that’s why they say it but the actual poll data send a less charming message.

The survey results [reported here] reflect a significant and ongoing passion on the part of a significant overall majority of Palestinian Arabs for Arab-on-Israeli knifing attacks:

Support for use of knives in the current confrontations with Israel drops from 67% three months ago to 58% in this [April 2016] poll. Support for knifing attacks in the Gaza Strip stands at 82% and in the West Bank at 44%. [Source]

We noted a while back that what the Palestinian Arabs say they want does not always make logical sense [“10-Dec-14: What else do Palestinian Arabs want, beyond the 80% who say killing of ordinary Israelis is a good thing?“] but that dead Jews seem to be a constant in their prayers.

The other constant, at least according to the polling group quoted by Ma’an, is that a steady two-thirds of Palestinian Arabs see Mahmoud Abbas as a failure and want him to resign which, given that he was elected just once to a four year term on January 9, 2005 [source] does not seem that outrageous.

To give the numbers some perspective, you might want to take a look at “14-Dec-15: What do the Palestinian Arabs think?” and “22-Sep-15: What do the Palestinian Arabs think?

Here’s what we believe, and the polling data bear it out consistently over years:

When columnists and analysts speak of the desire of Palestinian Arabs to live in peace, to get on with ordinary, quiet, constructive lives – as compelling as this interpretation is, the data don’t support it. Anyone paying attention to the incitement pumped, generation after generation, into their communities and heads will not be surprised. [Source]

What the people living on the other side of the fence are saying is clear, credible and measurable. Being optimistic about the prospects for the sort of painful compromise that leads to peaceful relations is counterfactual and foolish, as much as we wish it were otherwise. That’s something we wish the public figures pushing their “peace” “plans” would internalize.

Frimet and Arnold Roth

Freida Sima Goes To War

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth installment of a multipart series on the life and times of the author’s grandmother, who as a young woman came to America on her own in the early 1900s and made her way in a new country. The seventh part (“Freida Sima’s Mother Comes To America”) appeared as the front-page essay in the April 8 issue; part nine will run in June.

 

September 1, 1939 began for Freida Sima like every other Friday that year. Getting up early, she opened the kitchen window, put on her apron, and started preparing for Shabbos. Rosh Hashanah was less than two weeks away, she noted, and next week she should go over to Tante Hudel to decide how they would be dividing up the holiday food preparations.

As she worked in the kitchen she thought about the news they had been hearing from the relatives her uncle Joe and brother Abie had brought over from Germany. Everyone there was desperately trying to leave. True, the Bukovina where her family lived was a long distance from Germany, but who knew how far a war could spread?

For the thousandth time she berated herself about not pressing her father to leave Mihowa, something he refused to consider, even though his children had sent him money for tickets year after year. “And why,” she thought, “did I let Mama go back after she came to visit us here?”

And what of her six brothers and sisters still there? The family in Europe had their experienced their share of tragedy that year when her sister Marium’s little Tzilly died of appendicitis, but they had also had simchas when brothers Leibush and Elish had both married that spring. In America, Abie and Minnie had another little girl, Sheila. In Europe, Srul and Anna had Yulbert, the first boy of the next generation. And Sheindl, born after Freida Sima left Europe, had married Schaje, a cousin, and now had her own little girl, Marta.

Family had always been important for Freida Sima, even more so since she’d lost her best friend in America, Fanny Carlin, to illness several years before. Morris and Fanny had introduced Freida Sima to her husband, Mordche. What mazel that most of Mordche’s family had immigrated to America. At least she wouldn’t have to worry about them in the event of a war.

Busy with Shabbos preparations, Freida Sima didn’t think of turning on the radio. It was only when her boarder “Rosie” came in from his morning walk that she heard the news. Less than twelve hours earlier, German forces had attacked Poland, bombing Warsaw and seizing the “free city” of Danzig. Freida Sima felt a sudden chill. No one could guess how things would develop, but one thing was certain. The war everyone had expected was here.

* * * * *

Several weeks later, the Scharf-Eisenberg Family Circle gathered for its monthly meeting, just as it had been doing for more than a decade. Held in turn at the various family members’ homes, there was little of the usual chatter or card playing. Instead, after Abie, the circle’s secretary and treasurer, called the group to order, all talk turned to “the situation.”

Despite the fact that he and Uncle Joe had brought twenty-two families related to the “circle” out of Europe before the war, others, from Tante Rifka’s side, were still living in Germany. What would happen to them now?

“Even when discussing fears and worries, one has to eat,” Tante Hudel proclaimed as she and the other aunts laid out lunch: platters of corned beef, pastrami, salami, and tongue that Benny, the family butcher, always brought along, supplemented by Freida Sima’s mouthwatering potato salad and coleslaw.

Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz

Shin Bet Reports Indicted Terrorist Gave Detailed Info on Hamas, Gaza Tunnels

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A Gaza terrorist with the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades was indicted Tuesday in Be’er Sheva District court, the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency revealed in a statement cleared for release at midday.

The terrorist was arrested on April 6 after infiltrating into Israel, some two years after operating as a member of the military wing of Hamas.

During the investigation he revealed detailed information about the terror group’s continued efforts to develop its intricate tunnel network from Gaza.

The operative was recruited shortly before Israel’s counter terror war with Hamas in the summer of 2014, according to the statement released by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). He told interrogators he underwent military training, dug tunnels and participated in ambushes against Israeli soldiers.

According to the Shin Bet, most of the operative’s training was focused on infiltration, entering buildings and detonating explosives, as “part of the expectation that the next war would take place inside Israeli territory.”

In particular the terrorist shared detailed information with his interrogators about Hamas attack tunnels, including the locations of shafts inside Gaza and the escape routes to be used by the terror group’s elite during emergencies.

Details of the techniques, tools and work procedures of the tunnel diggers were also revealed. “For example, they are not permitted to exit the tunnel in their work attire or before they shower and change their clothes inside the tunnel in an attempt to camouflage their activity,” the statement said.

The operative had stored explosives at his own home in Jabaliya, and participated in planting explosives in and around tunnels to ambush Israeli soldiers in case of enemy infiltration.

The Shin Bet added in its release that the terrorist is only one of several currently being questioned about the Gaza tunnel system and the operating procedures of Hamas.

Michael Bachner of TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

It’s A Psychological War

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The prime minister and defense minister recently boasted that the stabbing terror plaguing Israel has dissipated. They attributed this cessation to the hard work of Israel’s defense forces. But that’s not true. The prime minister, the defense minister, and all of Israel’s armed forces (both regular and clandestine) have no idea how to deal with a 13-year-old Arab (often a citizen of Israel) who suddenly decides to take a pair of scissors and stab Jews.

What really brought about the current decline in stabbings is the Btzelem video of an IDF soldier in Hebron shooting a terrorist who had just stabbed a fellow soldier. The hysterical reaction of the prime minister and defense minister triggered widespread public support for the shooting soldier. The elimination of the terrorist broadcast time and again all over the world rectified a horrible moral distortion. It clarified that whoever in Israel – which rose from the ashes of Auschwitz’s ovens – attempts to stab a Jew immediately loses his right to continue breathing air on this planet. Bringing such a person to trial is immoral. The six minutes the terrorist continued to breathe were six immoral minutes.

The wave of stabbing terror, to which we were growing accustomed, returned us to a time when Jewish lives were worthless. The question mark over the right of Jews to live was erased by the moral act of the soldier in Hebron. The Btzelem video broadcast it all over the world, the prime minister and defense minister provoked the indignation of 82 percent of Israelis, and, in the face of the authentic and natural statement of the public, the murderous illusions of the Arabs waned.

We must always remember: The war that we are waging today is not physical; it’s psychological. This war will be won by the party that remembers that justice is on its side.

 

Moshe Feiglin

Hebron Launching 6 Day War Jubilee Celebrations Early

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Two Ministers, two Deputy Ministers, four Knesset Members, Israel’s Chief Rabbi and other VIPs joined leaders of Judea, Samaria, and Hebron, three Biblical patriarchs and three matriarchs, as well as 30,000 “regular” Jews in marking the Passover holiday in Hebron and kicking off the jubilee celebrations of the return of the Jewish people to the city of our forefathers and to all the rest of the Land of Israel.

The celebrations of 50 years since the Jewish nation has received the divine gift of completing the conquest of western Eretz Israel, in the Six-Day War of 1967, have begun a little early, to prepare us to be ushered into the actual jubilee, ending fifty years that started on June 5th, 1967, the 26th of Iyar, 5727. In fact, next year will mark four miraculous events in Jewish history, starting with the first Zionist Congress, launching modern political Zionism, 120 years ago in 1897; followed by the 100th anniversary of the November 2, 2017 Balfour Declaration, in which the world’s most dominant empire at the time recognized the Jews’ right to a homeland in the Land of Israel; followed by all the nations of the world 70 years ago, on November 29, 2017, voting to establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel; and then, at the conclusion of the process, the divine gift, 50 years ago.

And while leftwing groups are laboring even as we speak on a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign for 2017 dubbed “Save Israel-Stop the Occupation” (SISO), the folks at Hebron are working on a long gratitude list each Jewish person should contemplate in the coming year (14 months, really).

And so busses filled with Israelis and pilgrims from around the world took part in the Hebron festivities Monday, visited the rarely opened Isaac Hall in the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, experienced the multi-million dollar 4D presentation on Hebron at the Beit Hadassah Hebron museum and were entertained by musicians Chaim Yisrael, Udi Davidi, Uzziah Zadok, Itzik Dadya, and Binny Landau.

The visiting leaders addressed the crowd from a large stage situated in the Machpelah plaza.

Habayit Hayehudi and Likud ministers and MKs at the Hebron festivities. Also (extreme right) Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Habayit Hayehudi and Likud ministers and MKs at the Hebron festivities. Also (extreme right) Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) said, “I am certain that in this city Jews are going to continue to live, as the saying goes ‘from antiquity to eternity.’ This spirit, which brought you to settle in the City of our Fathers inspired others to climb other hilltops and raise their new communities… and this same spirit will lead us, your representatives in the Knesset and government, to give you support, to fulfill your great vision — the vision of settling the land.”

Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoob Kara (Likud) addressed the Arab population of Hebron in Arabic, saying, “Only under Israeli sovereignty in this area will your rights and your lives be insured. Without Israel there is ISIS.”

Chief Rabbi David Lau spoke said, “This large and holy crowd has gathered here to begin the jubilee celebrations of the liberation of Judea and Samaria… We have come here to mark 50 years that we can finally return, and this time it is a full return because we’ll never have to stand at the [Muslim rulers’ limit of the] ‘7th step’ in order to pray with Mother and Father. As we have merited this, may we merit to have full return and to settle the nation of Israel in its land.”

JNi.Media

Ukrainian Jews Flee To Israel Amid Anti-Semitic Attacks in War-Torn Ukraine

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Over 100 Ukrainian Jews fled war-torn Ukraine and arrived in Israel on Tuesday, February 23. Many Ukrainian Jews have been leaving their country of birth due to violence and frequent anti-Semitic attacks. They were assisted by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), which has been spearheading a project of bringing Jews to Israel from countries engulfed by war.

Sisters Marina and Alexandra Prokopovych, aged 17 and 15 respectively, were among the new immigrants who arrived in Israel. They had lived in the small suburb of Rakytne. Both were severely beaten at their high school in what began as a nationalistically-motivated attack, but which spilled over into overt anti-Semitism.

IFCJ Director of Communications Tali Aronsky told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that the girls were called “separatists” and “Zhids” [Jews] prior to the assault because they spoke Russian instead of Ukrainian.

“The girls sustained serious injuries as a result. One suffered concussions and had to get stitches. Even the teachers joined in the beating. The father remembers similar things that happened when he was younger, but he decided that it was time to leave when it happened to his daughters,” she said.

Dmytro Prokopovych, the girls’ father, also remembers that he had switched schools three times due to his ethnicity. He himself suffered fourteen concussions from similar attacks during his childhood and he maintains that anti-Semitism is still very prevalent in post-Soviet Ukraine.

“I recently discovered that my family’s real surname is Evenbach and not Prokopovych. It was my grandfather’s surname. My father would not be admitted to university with this surname in Soviet times so he changed it to his mother’s maiden name,” Dmytro recalls.

IFCJ founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein decided that efforts to rescue Jews in countries with prevailing anti-Semitism were insufficient. The IFCJ then began actively searching for Jews suffering in countries affected by war. Many of the immigrants receive additional funds since they were forced to leave behind homes that have become essentially worthless due to the conflicts.

“We don’t wait for the Ukrainians to call us up. We go to them and we also give them more support. We offer them $1,000 per family and $500 for every child in addition to what they get from the government,” Aronsky told TPS.

The new immigrants will be given guidance and career advice. Aronsky said that the organization has also reached out to other countries such as Venezuela, Uruguay, Turkey, and even several Arab countries and has managed to bring some 2,355 Jews to Israel. Aronsky was unable to divulge the identities of the Arab countries due to security concerns for the Jews involved.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Lapid: Iran Deal Now Funding Terror at Israel’s Expense

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Israel is now reaping the fruits of the IranDeal signed with Tehran by the United States and five other world powers, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid told a gathering of foreign journalists Monday at the Jerusalem Press Club.

Lapid clearly backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his stance on the Iranian threat to Israel – and U.S. culpability in strengthening that threat.

The former finance minister told reporters that the new flow of funds released in the relief of sanctions against Iran is already threatening Israel. “Secretary of State [John] Kerry said himself last week that some of the sanctions relief will go to funding terrorism. For us this is not theoretical. This money translates itself into rockets aimed at our children,” Lapid said.

“The next conflict in the north or south of Israel is just a matter of time,” he warned. “The provocations, the breaches of international law, the preparations… are already happening every day by Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. Both with [and result from] Iranian backing.

“When the fighting breaks out, the analysis and reporting shouldn’t start with the first Israeli strike, but with what’s happening on the ground right now,” he told reporters.

He added that although he agrees with his former coalition partner on these points, Lapid said he still intends to run against Netanyahu in the next election – as the alternative candidate for prime minister.

Hana Levi Julian

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