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Posts Tagged ‘Zahava Gal-On’

Left-Wing Leader Wants Uri Ariel Deported over ‘Deport Cats’ Program

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Meretz party leader Zahava Gal-On wants to do to Agriculture Minster Uri Ariel what he wants to do to stray cats. In one word, “deportation.”

Ariel, strongly identified with the national religious community, has said he wants to launch a program to rid Israel of its stray cat population explosion by deporting them to other countries rather than castrating them, which violates Jewish law.

Sterilizing cats or dogs by spraying generally is an accepted procedure under Jewish law but is not a one-time solution.

Gal-On is appalled at the thought of expelling the poor cats and suggest that it is Ariel who should leave the country. She said:

I don’t know if there a Jewish law on this subject, but when the minister who is responsible for animal rights suggests something that violates basic morals, the time has come to find a country that will be willing to accept him.

It is not clear exactly what basic moral principle would be violated by deporting cats, which is a lot more humane and causes less suffering than removing their reproductive organs.

Perhaps the leader of the left-wing party is concerned that the felines will be worse off in other countries instead of fighting each other in Israel’s trash containers for an evening meal.

Stray cats are a national plague. They are not stupid animals, and many families have reported that they have to leave their windows closed because cats use their paws to open the screen window in the summer.

Unloading groceries from the car also can result in missing fish and meat if the trunk or side door of the car is open and unattended for more than a few seconds.

Ariel, who usually is in the headlines for his insistence that Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, raised a storm of protest with his suggestion to deport cats.

More than 10,000 people have signed an anti-deportation petition that states:

Following your decision, tens of millions of cats in the streets will suffer from hunger, and the financial burden on citizens will only get worse.

There are kittens everywhere, their mothers are run over and the kittens are left at the mercy of the government.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Arab Website Calls Israeli Hostages ‘Soldiers’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Alresalah Arabic-language wrote that the two Israelis being held by Hamas are “soldiers.”

It reported:

An Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, identified as Abraham Mengistu, entered to the Gaza Strip by mistake on September 8, 2014.

The second Israeli, a Bedouin from the southern city of Hura, was not identified. Israel also has kept a veil of secrecy on his disappearance, but Hura’s reputation for crime and terror leaves open the possibility that the missing Bedouin entered Gaza with the cooperation of Hamas.

Nevertheless, Alresalah referred to him as a soldier, also.

Hamas has said it will not disclose any information about the two men until Israel releases terrorists from prison, including those who were freed for kidnapped soldier GIlad Shalit and then rearrested for more terror.

News of the missing Israeli broke on Thursday when Israeli media demanded a gag order be released and since then has dumped on the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the IDF for alleged racism.

As in previous hostage incidents, the government and military should be given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to work quietly for their release, but the immediate conclusion, without any basis, that Mengistu still is in Gaza because he is an Ethiopian only complicates matters for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Lior Lotan, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s representative for the Mengistu affair, made things even worse by leaked comments to Mengistu’s family that they would make matters worse if they went public and criticized the Prime Minister.

That immediately was reported as a “threat,” and Lotan issued has issued a public apology.

However, the anti-Netanyahu media are not satisfied and want the Prime Minister’s head, an expression that perhaps should not be used so loosely these days.

 

Lotan had told the family:

You have two options: The first is to point the finger at Hamas and tell them ‘You are holding him; you are responsible for his fate, return him to us and we want to know that he’s alive.’

Then you have the second option, which is to point the finger at Jerusalem and say ‘You aren’t right, you let him cross and did not respond to letters.’

I have my opinion on what is best for Israel [and] what will help him and what will help Hamas, but you have to choose and you will be responsible for the outcome.

That does not sound like a threat. It sound like putting the facts on the table, but if the leftist media says it is a threat, it is a threat.

Zahava Gal-On, the leader of the left-wing Meretz party, immediately concluded that Lotan would not have spoken as he did to another family if their skin were white.

“No one should dare to tell us that this is not connected to skin color,” she asserted.

And if she says it is racism, it is racism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu personally apologized to the Mengisto family for Lotan’s remarks and is visiting them them Friday.

Now the family of the Bedouin is screaming “racism” because no one from the government has visited them.

It is not known if the Bedouin was a terrorist or a criminal. It is not known what Israel has been doing behind the scenes, quietly, to free them.

All that really is known is that the establishment media are further jeopardizing the lives of the missing Israelis and soon will be jeopardizing the lives of all Israelis by demanding that the government gain their release by handing over more terrorists, who can go around killing more people.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Shomron Jews Warn ‘West Bank Label’ Could Cause Arab Unemployment

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The Shomron Settlers Committee has warned the far-left Meretz party that support for labeling settlers’ product as “Made in West Bank” could lead to mass unemployment among Palestinian Authority Arabs.

The letter, which also was sent to TheJewishPress.com, urged Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On to drop her support for her proposal to legislate the “West Bank” label if she does not want to see Jewish employers fire Arabs.

Her proposal is a copy of the Boycott Israel campaign in the European Union.

Shomron Settlers Committee official Sagi Kaisler wrote:

“Your actions could cause chaos in the economy. It is not reasonable that radical leftists always harm settlers’ ability to make a living. This letter serves as a red light to anyone who tries to harm settlements and Israeli citizens.

Fifteen businessmen signed the letter anonymously in order not to endanger sales to foreign buyers.

The letter made little positive impressing on Gal-On, called it an “act of terrorism,” “blackmail” and an effort turn Arab workers into “hostages.”

So who is calling the kettle black?

When Meretz calls for boycotting settlers, that is not an act of terrorism, by her definition?

And does she also want to boycott all Jewish-owned businesses in Judea and Samaria, such as Rami Levi supermarkets. which where thousands of Arabs shop and which provides work for hundreds of Arabs?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Gal-On, Leftists Slam Jerusalem Day Flag Dance Parade in Old City [photo]

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Leftist political leader Zehava Gal-On did her best but failed to prevent Israelis from celebrating Jerusalem Day with the traditional Flag Dance march through the Old City on Sunday – including the Muslim Quarter.

Many tens of thousands of students and Israelis from around the country participate in the colorful and musical march every year, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem. But as a rule, the Left have chosen to never participate in the march or the celebrations.

Writing in frustration on her Facebook page Sunday, the chairwoman of the Meretz political party condemned the annual procession.

She called it a “violent, racist act of provocation against Arab residents” of Jerusalem, joining other leftists who attempted to prevent this year’s parade with a petition and appeal to the High Court last week.

The effort failed, however, with the Court deciding it was not legal to prevent the 30-year-old procession from taking place, but noting there would be “zero room for tolerance for those provoking violence, verbally or physically.”

On Sunday morning, the chief rabbis of Israel led thousands in Jerusalem Day prayers at the Western Wall, attended also by heads of yeshivot and other senior clerics.

“It is outrageous to see far-right elements take over Jerusalem Day and turn it into a day that has entirely become a racist, violent act of provocation against the city’s Arabs,” Gal-On wrote.

“The ‘Flag Parade’ through the Muslim Quarter is an aggressive show of force whose entire purpose is to jab a finger in the eyes of the Palestinians.

“Officials who allow this disgrace do so in order to remind everyone they are lords of this Land and the ease with which they can come in, rampage and go wild.”

Sounds like sour grapes, by someone who hasn’t succeeded in redividing the city.

Photos from Jerusalem Day Parades past:
Jerusalem Day Parade 2012 2

Israelis wave with Israeli flags during a march celebrating Jerusalem Day in the streets of Jerusalem , May 20 2012. Thousands of Israeli Jewish took part in Jerusalem Day celebrations in the capital, marked the 45nd anniversary of its capture of Arab east Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967. Photo by Noam Moskowitz / FLASH90.

Thousands of Israelis take part in the annual flag parade, celebrating Jerusalem Day in the streets of Jerusalem.

Thousands of Israelis take part in the annual flag parade, celebrating Jerusalem Day in the streets of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Day Parade (Archive: 2014)

Jerusalem Day Parade (Archive: 2014)

Hana Levi Julian

Gal-On Reconsiders, Will Stay to Lead Meretz

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Zehava Gal-On has reconsidered her decision to step down and says she will stay on to lead the Meretz party after all.

Gal-On made the decision after it was announced Thursday the far-left party had won an additional seat after the count was completed, raising the party’s total mandate number to five.

The fifth spot came “from young supporters, from IDF soldiers,” Gal-On said in her statement following the announcement of the count by the Central Elections Committee.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Meretz Calls for Unilateral Ceasefire

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On said Monday that Israel should declare a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza and call off Operation Protective Edge.

“We cannot eliminate the terrorist infrastructure,” Gal-on told Israel Radio. “… and the images being broadcast around the world are causing damage.”

Gal-on did not expound on how she would suggest responding to the rocket fire.

MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) said in response that Israel must not broadcast weakness to terror organizations. That, in turn, would lead to more rockets on Israeli civilians.

“We must continue to hit Hamas, with a ground invasion if necessary,” Elkin said. He continued to note that Israel should consider reducing aid to the Gaza Strip, as well as Gaza’s electricity and water supply.

Meir Halevi Siegel

‘Palestinian Only’ Buses in Israel: The Big Lies are Back

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The headlines roll out, the journalistic warfare continues, and the Jewish State once more is cast in the starring role of “evil, Apartheid empire.”  This time the story is that Israel is forcing the Arab Palestinians to ride separate buses from the ones Jewish Israelis ride.

The reality is exactly the opposite – there are no “Palestinian only” buses. Instead, with its new bus routes, Israel is reducing crowded buses, attempting to relieve ethnic tensions and security concerns, and is assisting Arab Palestinians enter Green Line Israel to work. But we’ll get to the facts – which exonerate Israel from “Apartheid” charges – in a minute. For right now you can rest assured that despite efforts to cast the Arab Palestinians in the role of Rosa Parks, a closer fit would be to cast the purveyors of this latest attack as peddlers of the Big Lie.

First, the hysteria:

One headline, from the magazine formerly known as Newsweek, and now known as – more accurately – the Daily Beast, “West Bank Buses Only the Latest in Israel’s Segregated Public Transport,” and one from the uber-leftist +972, “Israel’ new ‘Palestinian only’ segregated bus line,” and even the Israeli news media outlet YNet fans the flames: “Ministry launches ‘Palestinians only’ buses.”

The claims are exactly as you would expect them, and made by those whom you would suspect.  For example, Jessica Montell is the director of the anti-Israel, pro-Arab B’tselem Rights group. “Creating separate bus lines for Israeli Jews and Palestinians is a revolting plan,” Montell told Army Radio. “This is simply racism.”

And the far-leftist political Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On reamed Transportation Minister Israel Katz, demanding that he “immediately cancel the segregated lines in the West Bank. Separate bus lines for Palestinians prove that occupation and democracy cannot coexist,” she said.

What are the facts?

HISTORICAL FACTS

First of all, all Israeli citizens are permitted to ride all Israeli transportation vehicles, whether they are Arab, Finnish or Lithuanian, Jewish, Muslim, Christian or Buddhist.

Second, any non-citizen of Israel, just as is the case with every other country in the world, has to show identification when entering Israel’s official borders – it is true for American citizens entering Canada and Mexico, just as it is the case for citizens of the Palestinian Authority who wish to enter Israel.

Third, Israeli citizens who live in Judea and Samaria pay taxes, a portion of which subsidize the transportation infrastructure and vehicles, whereas Arabs who live in the PA towns do not.  In fact, taxes paid by Arabs in Israel are turned over to the PA to support their infrastructure, which includes – or should – transportation services for their residents.

One consequence of the preceding points is that the Israeli bus lines travel from and to all areas in which tax-paying Israeli citizens live – from Jerusalem to Shilo, from Tel Aviv to Efrat, and so forth.  The Israeli bus companies do not stop at, for example, the Arab town of Ramallah, just as they do not stop at non-authorized Jewish towns such as Givat Har-el.

WHAT IS NEW?

The bare fact: the Israeli government added two bus lines (so far, there was overcrowding on Monday, March 4, the first day the service was instituted, and the Transportation Ministry said more buses will likely be added) that will serve Arab Palestinian towns with transportation into central Israel.  The Israeli bus lines previously did not stop in towns controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Despite the efforts of BDS advocates, there are tens of thousands of Arab Palestinians who work in different parts of Israel.  Arab Palestinians with work permits would previously have to travel first to a place where the Israeli buses stop, or would be dependent on the much higher-priced Arab buses to get into central Israel.

So why the hysteria?  Because some see this as an evil plot to segregate Jews and Arabs.  But non-citizens are not entitled to use Israeli public transportation into central Israel without showing border identification, and prior to the provision of these new bus lines, Arab Palestinians were dependent on transportation services by “pirate” (Arab, by the way) companies which charged the Arabs far more than the Israeli lines do.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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