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State Dept. Spokesperson Adm. John Kirby Oct. 26, 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.

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


  1. How amazing that Israel could be accused of ethnic cleansing for merely raising the possibility that residents of two neighborhoods in East Jerusalem would lose their identity cards as a security measure. However, the world keeps silent about the hideous wave of stabbings all over Israel. So Israel is condemned for what she may do (a measure only raised as a remote possibility) and the knife-wielders are not condemned for what theyactually do do. Perhaps Klapper would like to comment on that.

  2. John Kirby you incompetent tool!STOP SPEAKING! You have all the brilliance of a 4 watt bulb!You should be muzzled with dirty gym socks! Arikat and Klapper are journalistic microbrains and we expect public stupid talk from them but Kirby works for the State Department and he should keep his stupid talk private!

  3. The Palestinian Arabs (including the so called “Israeli Arabs”) are making war against Israel, because they are killing or trying to kill the Jews, and intend to destroy Israel and try to steal the land of the Jews. It is written in the Torah, in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18, that God commanded that, in the war, Israel kill all the enemies, without distinction between combatants and civilians. So, the state of Israel must kill all the Palestinian Arabs, without distinction between combatants and civilians. Note that the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Jews without distinction between combatants and civilians. If the Jews do not kill all the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Arabs will kill all the Jews. The state of Israel must obey God, and fulfill His commandments that are in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18.

    The state of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, because it is written in the Torah, in Shemot (Exodus) 23:31-33 and in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism. Moreover, the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Israeli Jews, so that the Israeli Jews need to expel the Palestinian Arabs from the Land of Israel (Palestine), as self defense, in order to save their lives.

    The rulers of the state of Israel who did not expel the Arabs from the Land of Israel, as God commanded in Numbers 33:52, are also guilty for the death of Shalom Yohai Sherki, Adelle Biton, Danny Gonen, Alexander Levlovitz, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin and the other Jews who were killed by Arabs. The state of Israel must expel the Arabs from the Land of Israel right now, before they kill other Jews.

  4. Since the 1920s the conflict has endured because the Arabs (now called Palestinians) due NOT accept the presence of Jews in the area. Before the state of Israel was recreated in 1948 the Arabs were killing Jews and inciting via falsehoods that the Jews are planning to destroy or defile the Mosque on The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In 1929 the Palestinian Riots occurred for these same lies. This resulted in 100s of dead Jews including 68 in Hebron. The Arabs drove the Jews out of Hebron. Jews had lived in Hebron for 100s of years (at least). They killed Jews all over what was then called Palestine.

    Rather than accept a Jewish State and a Palestinian Arab State as proposed by the UN in the late 1940s the Arabs tried to drive the Jews into the Sea. They killed 1% of the Jewish population but lost the war. Since then the Jewish population has risen from 600,000 to over 6 million. The Jewish State of Israel is growing population wise, and economically. The state is highly advanced in technology, medical science and water resources.

    Yet the Palestinians still refuse to accept the reality of the Jewish State and constantly are finding ways to kill Jews and try and drive them out.

    Israel has two rational choices to the conflict. No one is not a two state solution for two people as the Palestinians do not accept the permanence of the Jews.

    One is try and minimize damage caused by the Palestinians and keep fighting with one hand tied behind its back when the Palestinians try their various forms of attack periodically as advocated by Prime Minister Netenyahu and Defense Minister Yaalon.

    The second option is drive out forcibly all terrorists and their supporters. Allow Arabs who demonstrate loyalty (such as the Druze and many Bedoin) to keep enjoying full civil rights. Palestinian polls say 70% of the population of East Jerusalem, Gaza and Judah/Samaria (West Bank) would like to emigrate to the west. Assistance to these people should be extended to fulfill their desire to emigrate. This would allow for actual peace between Israel and the remaining Arabs.

  5. Like the ethnic cleaning the Americans have done on the Aboriginal population by killing most of them off? Hypocrisy and cynicism rule the day. That plus the idea the US thinks it can dictate to Israel internal affairs and yet has a love affair with Iran where the US stays absolutely silent on the thousands of killings each year of gays, women raped,and minorities.How can Kerry and Obama look at themselves in the mirror each day and not see evil?Israel needs to stop[ even acknowledging the US because it just reinforces the playground bully, the US.

  6. For sixty-seven years, the State Dept. has been throwing a temper tantrum over Truman's recognition of Israel. They never wanted a Jewish Nation. Obama accused Israel of interfering in the 2012 election, however, the US has no qualms about interfering in Israel.

  7. Kirby should have shut down Arikat with a reply calling out his fabrication of 80,000 and stating what exactly was proposed by Netanyahu ie. the loss of their Israeli Identity cards. They would then not be elegble for any benifits which are accorded with the card.

  8. The housing policies that Obama supports have ethnically cleansed millions of whites from the neighborhoods and communities they built over the last 50 years, with the loss of billions or even trillions in property values. I can’t figure out why anyone still listens to a word that Obama or his flunkies say.

  9. Islamic disinformation, deception and intentional lies are permitted and in fact promoted under the Muslim Qur’an and Sharia law.

    Therefore, we should be suspect of any and all information coming out of any Arab-Muslim sources. All statements by Arab-Muslims must be held suspect until thoroughly verified.
    Deception, fraud and gross exaggeration are a way of life for the Muslims. Promises are not kept. Terror and violence is a fundamental premise. Their leaders subjugate the masses by inciting them against non-Muslims, and even against their own Muslim people.
    In the past 1500 years the Muslims have eliminated over a half a billion people and the death toll is increasing daily. Muslim promoting, financing and supporting terrorism is endangering the safety and security of the entire world. Muslims at large bring instability and insecurity to the non-Muslim people in the world. Over 90% of world conflicts today involve Muslims.
    The Muslims promote death and destruction and destroy any remnants of previous history which factually disproves their false teachings, and which contradicts their beliefs and agenda.
    When will the world-at-large wake-up and realize that all non-Muslims are in danger of losing life and liberty if we do not take immediate, proactive action to stem, and eliminate the growing terror and violence?
    A unified world with allied forces implementing full intelligence gathering and sharing, and security cooperation must be set-up to confront and end the unbridled Muslim terror and violent, genocidal Muslim activities.
    If the silent Muslim majority does not act to curb the extreme, radical Muslim agenda, they must be considered as complicit in all of the extreme Muslim activities; and thus, be held accountable. Fundamental “Common Law” dictates such “complicity” as guilt.
    The Media, which is always looking for sensationalism is only adding fuel to the fire, and is in fact accelerating the increase of terror and violence. Any media found guilty of such incitement should be held accountable.
    Muslim extremism has constantly made known its’ intent to kill, and subjugate all “non-believers”. World domination is the goal of Muslim extremism. As such, it is time for the world to unite, and finally put an end to this insidious nemesis once and for all. To do otherwise is to simply kneel and wait for the Muslim sword to fall and to behead us all.
    YJ Draiman

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