Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Another day, another attempt to burn Jews alive

      Video Of The Week - Palestinian TV incites Arabs to murder-

By Stephen M. Flatow/ – JNS (Jewish News Service) 29-3-2017
A group of Palestinians tried to burn some Israeli Jews to death March 23. Just another day in the Middle East.  

The four attackers drove up to the perimeter of the Jewish community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem, and began hurling firebombs toward homes there. A firebomb, also known as a Molotov cocktail, is of course a deadly weapon. It explodes on impact and unleashes a torrent of flames. We can all easily imagine what would happen if those firebombs had struck people or homes.

Fortunately, Israeli soldiers immediately fired at the would-be murderers, killing one and wounding three others. That should be the end of the story. But it won’t be. Here’s why.

To begin with, one of the terrorists was 17 years old. That means “human rights” groups will add him to their list of “Palestinian children killed by Israelis.” Even if a killer is just one day shy of his 18th birthday, that’s good enough to define him as a “child” in the eyes of those who want to smear Israel.

The fact that a Palestinian died, while no Israelis were burned to death as he had intended, meant that many news outlets portrayed the attacker as the victim. This is in accordance with the theory that whoever dies must be the victim and whoever killed him must be the aggressor. (Good thing the media didn’t use that measuring stick during World War II!)

Consider, for example, the story as presented by AFP, a major supplier of international news. Here’s how it began: “Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager Thursday in the occupied West Bank and seriously wounded three other Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement.”

Since a significant number of readers don’' get past the first paragraph of a news article, the opening sentence is crucial. And the opening sentence here strongly suggests that the Israelis killed a Palestinian teenager, and injured three others, for no reason.

And here’s how the AFP story explained the broader context: “A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 257 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean, and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count.” Notice how the violence just “broke out,” like a mysterious illness with no obvious culprit.

Here’s something else that few in the mainstream media will report: the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) immediate endorsement of the terrorists who tried to burn Jews alive.

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, the governor of de facto PA capital Ramallah, Laila Ghanam, called the dead terrorist “a martyr.” She also tried to spread some fake news, declaring that the gang of four “had been driving peacefully” when cruel Israelis attacked them. “This is another crime,” the PA governor proclaimed. She also said “we wish a quick recovery” to the three wounded terrorists, presumably so they can resume trying to set Jews on fire.

You won’t read Ghanam’s remarks in The Washington Post or hear them quoted on CNN. That would remind the American public that Palestinian leaders support burning Jews to death, and publicly lie to cover for the would-be killers. And that would undermine the campaign to give the firebomb-throwers a sovereign state in Israel’s backyard.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Video of the week: Palestinian Authority Is Funding Terrorism -

[Note by Tom Gross] 18-4-2017
Players for the English lower league soccer club Derby County bow their heads (above) during a minute’s silence before the start of yesterday evening’s game against Huddersfield Town, in memory of Hannah Bladon, who was murdered in the Jerusalem terror attack on Good Friday.
Bladon, 20, was a keen Derby County supporter who was studying for a semester at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Thousands of fans from both Derby and Huddersfield (photo below) stood in respect, while players from each team bowed their heads and linked their arms.
Such expressions of sympathy for the victim of an act of Palestinian terrorism are rare in Europe, and many English soccer fans are notorious for their anti-Semitic chants about sending Jews to gas chambers. (Bladon was not Jewish.)

The BBC, although freely using the term “terrorism” to describe other terror attacks last week, for example, on the St Petersburg metro, on a Stockholm street, and in a Cairo church, refused to use the term “terrorism” in relation to Friday’s Palestinian attack on Jerusalem’s light railway, in which a pregnant Israeli woman was among the injured.
It is now standard practice for the BBC to use the term terrorism when terror attacks are committed around the world except from when Jews are the intended victims. (I have written about this previously. See for example, The BBC discovers ‘terrorism,’ briefly. Suicide bombing seems different when closer to home.)

Bladon from the town of Burton-on-Trent in Derbyshire, was stabbed to death by a Jerusalem resident and fellow railway passenger Jamil Tamimi, who comes from a well-known family of Palestinian extremists, other members of whom have in the past also carried out terror attacks on Israeli civilians.
Israeli media reported that Bladon was standing near the terrorist on the train because she had given up her seat to enable a woman who was holding a baby to sit down.
In a statement Bladon’s parents said she “was the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for.”
The BBC has made much of the fact that the terrorist was psychologically disturbed, as if many other terrorists aren’t and that in some way excuses the politically-motivated context for his act – that in an atmosphere of near daily incitement in the official Palestinian media calling on persons to carry out acts of terror against Jews, he travelled across town to a Jewish neighborhood in order to kill people there.
Ironically, Bladon’s killer may now be rewarded courtesy of the British taxpayer. Palestinian terrorists and their families receive hefty rewards for their acts of terror from the Palestinian Authority -- using siphoned off British aid money.
At least Hananh’s death was covered in the British media. When I interviewed the mother of Rachel Thaler, a British Jewish girl aged 16 who was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber in an Israeli shopping mall, three and a half years after her murder, her mother Ginette Thaler told me “Not a single British journalist has ever interviewed me or mentioned Rachel’s death.”
I wrote about Rachel Thaler in the article The Forgotten Rachels, for the weekly magazine The Spectator in 2005, but since then she has still not been mentioned in any other mainstream British publication. (The Spectator also published the piece online under their heading “Dead Jews aren’t news -- even if they are British”.)


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Muslim driver delights his passengers with ‘Passover bus’

Video of the week: Arab-Israeli news anchor discusses the gas attack in Syria -

 (ED:- For the Passover holiday it’s traditional to cover working surfaces in the home. The Seder table represents the symbolic story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The Afikoman is part of a Matza which is hidden and the children must find it in order to negotiate a gift from the family)

By Attila Somfalvi, Jewish World  12.04.17 -  

Ihab from Jerusalem decorated his bus with flowers and foil, commenting, ‘I wanted to make my passengers happy so that we’ll feel love for at least one day, in the hope that it’ll stay forever.’

A Muslim bus driver in Jerusalem decided to craft a holiday surprise for his ultra-Orthodox passengers and transformed his vehicle into a “Passover bus” with aluminum foil, flowers, and even a miniature Seder table.

·    Ihab drives his bus on the 77 line in Jerusalem, explained simply to Ynet, “I wanted to make my passengers happy so that we’ll feel love for at least one day, in the hope that it’ll stay forever.”

The passengers of Line 77 were greeted with flowers and balloons and a whole bus interior covered with aluminum foil. In the center of the vehicle was an improvised Seder table, and one of the passengers even found the Afikoman, receiving dinner for two as a prize.

Ihab didn’t really know how to render a bus (or anything else) kosher for Passover. “I don’t really understand that, because I’m not from the Jewish sector,” he said. “But a guy who works with me, Nadav Azariah, helped organize the ‘Seder night’—he set the table and bought the groceries.

“I thought about what to do. I bought flowers, I bought balloons, I decorated the bus, and it was beautiful. People were happy. I was moved, and the passengers were touched.”

This is not the first time that Ihab has delighted his Jewish passengers: “I also decorated the bus on Purim,” he said with a smile.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

484 terrorist prisoners getting degrees in Israeli prisons.

Video- Why Isn't There a Palestinian State?

           BA degree earned by terrorist prisoner
involved in murder of Israel's Minister of Tourism

By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik 5-4-2017

 For the full article go to Palestinian Medium Watch-

  • 484 terrorist prisoners are studying for BA degrees in Al-Quds Open University program, in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education
  • Terrorist prisoners with academic degrees supervise, test other terrorists, and grade them; lawyers bring in study materials, and bring out grades to be recorded at the university
  • Tuition paid by PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, which is funded by the Palestinian National Fund, recently declared a terror organization by Israel
  • Israeli law prohibits university programs for terrorists in prison, as they constitute a reward for terror
Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Maurice Hirsch

Terrorist prisoner Majdi Al-Rimawi, a Palestinian terrorist serving a life sentence for participating in the planning and carrying out of the murder of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, has just received a BA degree in prison:

"Al-Quds Open University and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs yesterday [March 13, 2017] celebrated the graduation of prisoners Majdi Hussein Yusuf Al-Rimawi..."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 14, 2017]

As a response to the Israeli Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Israeli government decision to prohibit terrorist prisoners from studying for academic degrees, the Palestinian Al-Quds Open University started offering studies to prisoners in March 2016. [Al-Quds, March 1, 2016]

The program is based on a "memorandum of understanding with the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs and the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education." [The Al-Quds Open University Message, December 2016]

Prisoners in general and security prisoners in particular, are only allowed to conduct specific activities permitted to them by Israeli law and the rules of the Israeli Prison Service. In accordance with these, since 2011, security prisoners are no longer permitted to participate in degree courses. 

Furthermore, it is important to stress that the Al-Quds Open University program for prisoners is funded by the PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, which is funded by the Palestinian National Fund. The Palestinian National Fund was declared a terror organization by Israel on March 16, 2017.

According to Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor's ruling in 2015, this is a further reason not to allow the studies:

"I see no place to intervene in the decision of the [Israeli] Prison Service, according to which it is not obliged to allow prisoners to acquire academic education, despite its importance, if it becomes clear that the funding for this arrives from terror organizations... Transfers of money from terror organizations to prisoners - whether as compensation for the crimes that they committed, or as an incentive to continue ideological activity against the State [of Israel] - are liable to endanger the security of the state."
[Further hearing of the Israeli High Court of Justice 204/13, ruling 22, page 19]

An article in the Al-Quds Open University newspaper describes how the program bypasses the Israeli Prison Service (IPS):
  • The PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs pays tuition
  • Lawyers bring in study materials
  • The university appoints terrorist prisoners with a master's or a doctoral degree to oversee the terrorist students, give tests, and grade them
  • Lawyers bring out grades to be recorded at the university
Director-General of the study program in the PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Muhammad Al-Batta explained the success of the program:

"It is not dependent on the whims of the Israeli Prison Service and its steps, but rather is being carried out in direct contact with the academic supervisory committees within the prisons through a lawyer on behalf of the Prisoners' Club (i.e., PA funded organization)."

"He explained that the study course materials are being brought in and the grades are being brought out [to be recorded at the university] with the aid of the lawyers. He added: 'This program is being carried out far from the Israeli Prison Service, for it has no connection with it as the books are being brought in by the lawyers, and this is also how the grades are being transferred.' Al-Batta noted that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs is the one funding this program through the payment of tuition."
[The Al-Quds Open University Message, December 2016]

The Al-Quds Open University study program is introduced at prisons where lawyers are able to bring in study materials, and where prisoners with academic degrees can form an "academic supervisory committee" to oversee the studies:

"Among these important conditions [for setting up the program] are the ability to bring the study course materials into the prison and the presence of at least five prisoners with a master's or doctoral degree who will serve as the program's supervisory committee within the prison. This committee is the one that is responsible before the university, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, and the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education for all of the processes, the activities, and the supervision of the study process with all of its components, including examinations, transferring the grades to the university, and signing the grade lists."
[The Al-Quds Open University Message, December 2016]

President of Al-Quds Open University, Professor Younes Amr, stated that three prisons are involved so far, with a total of 484 prisoner students studying in three main departments: Arabic Language, Islamic Education, and Social Work. The university is hoping to add a fourth prison and reach a total of 600 students.

At a ceremony celebrating terrorist Al-Rimawi's degree, Director of Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said the Israeli prisons have become "universities" that "empower our prisoner sons":

"We have shattered the life sentence and the prison time, as this is not just an academic certificate but a certificate of hope and a future. This is a part of our philosophy and our efforts to empower our prisoner sons... Through the studies, the prisons have turned into universities in which there are creativity, science, studies, and lectures."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 14, 2017]

Interestingly, while the program was only initiated in March 2016, only a year later, terrorist Al-Rimawi already obtained a BA degree from Al-Quds Open University.

Palestinian Media Watch has reported on other terrorist prisoners who have obtained academic degrees while imprisoned.  

PMW has notified the IPS that hundreds of Palestinian terrorist prisoners continue to study for academic degrees in spite of the ban.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Britain puts UNHRC 'on notice' over Israel

Video of the week - "UN Watch" silences UNHRC:

For the full Article go to:

Britain on Friday placed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) “on notice”, announcing that it would vote against all future UNHRC resolutions criticizing Israel until the body ends its “disproportion and bias” against the Jewish state.

“Israel is a population of eight million in a world of seven billion,” said a statement from the British government, quoted by The Jewish Chronicle.
“Yet since its foundation, the Human Rights Council has adopted 135 country-specific resolutions; 68 of which against Israel. Justice is blind and impartial. This selective focus on Israel is neither,” added the statement, which pointed out that that “Israel is the only country permanently on the Human Rights Council’s agenda."

“Indeed when the Council voted to include Israel as a permanent item in 2007 – the so-called agenda Item 7 – it was Ban Ki-moon who expressed his deep disappointment given the range and scope of allegations of human rights violations throughout the world.”

Britain, which voted against a resolution at the UNHRC “on the occupation of Syria’s Golan”, said that while it did not recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, the UNHRC resolution on it was unjust.

“Nowhere is the disproportionate focus on Israel starker and more absurd than in the case of today’s resolution on the occupation of Syria’s Golan,” said the statement, adding, “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis. But it is not Syria that is a permanent standing item on the Council’s agenda; it is Israel.”

“We cannot accept the perverse message sent out by a Syria Golan resolution that singles out Israel, as Assad continues to slaughter the Syrian people,” said the statement.

The British move came days after the United States also condemned the UNHRC’s bias against Israel.

On Monday, the United States boycotted a meeting on anti-Israel resolutions, while the State Department issued a statement against the meeting.

Secretary of State Rex Tilleson recently threatened that the U.S. would withdraw from the UNHRC unless it stops its anti-Israel bias.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Arkush, President of the UK Board of Deputies praised Friday’s statement as “a hugely significant step by the UK Government.

“We would like to thank the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary for showing this international leadership”, he said, according to The Jewish Chronicle.

“Human rights is not served by an body so clearly partisan that its judgements cannot be taken seriously, so the UK's decision represents a clear victory for both fairness and human rights," added Arkush.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How Brexit negotiations can help Israel

Video - Myths exposed by Canadian reporter -

Article by Manfred Gerstenfeld, JP 18-3-2017
For the full article go to:
The Brexit negotiations are likely to be useful for Israel in a number of ways. One is that the British government, and in particular the country’s media, will expose in much detail the problems and misbehavior of the EU. 

An article in the British daily The Telegraph forecasts: “The EU will soon be crippled by Britain’s departure, robbing it of its financial center and billions of pounds a year in net contributions. The EU’s modus operandi has always been to buy support with German and British money, especially in poorer regions and in France’s agricultural heartlands: when the cash runs out, or is replaced by some euro-tax, tensions will flare up again.”

A second reason is the exposure of the problems of Europe’s leading countries. Even though the negotiations have not yet started, examples of this can already be found. One concerns France, a country which has a disproportionately weighty role in criticizing Israel and inciting against it in the EU, both in the past and under the current presidency.

The Telegraph has published an article identifying France as the sick man of Europe. It mentions that France’s public debt has increased over the past eight years and is now approaching 100% of GDP. This puts it among the top six EU countries suffering from high public debt. The paper also shows that French government spending was as high as 57% of GDP in 2015. This puts it jointly with Finland at the top of the 28 EU members in terms of spending. France’s economic growth in 2015 was only 1.3% compared with the 2.2% average of the EU. It furthermore has the second highest level of labor disputes in the EU.

There are indications of a further advantage for Israel from the Brexit negotiations. International law has frequently been abused by the EU against Israel. Here also the UK has a vested interest in showing that international law is a vague and inconsistent construct. The European Commission had threatened to force the UK to make payments of about 450 billion pounds sterling when it leaves the EU. Yet a financial affairs sub-committee of the House of Lords said in a report that “under international law the UK will not be legally obliged to contribute to the EU budget if an agreement is not reached at the end of Article 50 negotiations.” The committee said that even if the EU member states bring a case against the UK based on international law, it will be slow to litigate and hard to enforce. The more the British detail the limitations and shortcomings of international law, the better.

The late Meir Rosenne, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and France, and an international law expert, has said, “There are two types of international law. One is applied to Israel, the other to all other states. This comes to the fore when one looks at the way Israel is treated in international institutions.”

Rosenne mentioned as a typical example the 2004 International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the Israeli security fence. “In its judgment The Hague court decided that the inherent right of self-defense is enforced only if one is confronted by a state. If this were true, that would mean that whatever the United States undertakes against al-Qaida is illegal. This cannot be considered self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter because al-Qaida is not a state.”

There is another likely source of problems which most probably will yield useful insights for Israel in its confrontations with both individual European countries and the EU.

Though formally the Brexit negotiations are between the EU and Great Britain, the EU has to reach a consensus of its member countries on the terms to be agreed. Their interests are all very different and the negotiations with the UK are likely to be a source of tension between them. The British will do their best to stoke these controversies.

The more internal dissension, the better for the UK.

About a year ago I had suggested in The Jerusalem Post that Israel prepare a black book on the EU’s misbehavior against it, as the European defamation of Israel and the undermining of its sovereignty are of major dimensions.

This proposal is now obsolete. What will come out in criticism of the EU by the UK will be far more encompassing than Israeli experts could ever have achieved.

Now another approach will, however, be useful. Israel should establish a committee of government officials and outside experts, who out of the huge flow of articles and data will identify those elements which can be used by Israel in its confrontations with the EU.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Teachers funded by YOU tell pupils that terrorists are heroes

Video of the week- Golda Meir speaking;

  • Palestinian schools funded by British foreign aid are named after terrorists 
  • Pictures of 'martyrs' and revolutionary slogans are posted all over the walls
  • Despite this millions of pounds of aid continues to pour into the region
  • The Mail on Sunday is calling on the government to end foreign aid madness 

For the full article go to:  

Britain is pumping huge sums of foreign aid into Palestinian schools named after mass murderers and Islamist militants, which openly promote terrorism and encourage pupils to see child killers as role models.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has found 24 schools named after Palestinian terrorists and evidence of widespread encouragement of violence against Israel by teachers, with terrorists routinely held up as heroes for schoolchildren.

Pictures of ‘martyrs’ are posted on school walls, revolutionary slogans and symbols are painted on premises used by youngsters, sports events are named after teenage terrorists and children are encouraged to act out shooting Israeli soldiers in plays.

In a sick classroom play children at the Al-Surra School surround a classmate dressed as an Israeli soldier to play out a mock 'execution'
Head teachers openly admit flouting attempts by British and European donors to control the curriculum at schools. They print overtly political study aids for pupils, some even denying the existence of Israel, and teachers boast of encouraging pupils to emulate teenage attackers killed in the most recent wave of terrorist attacks in the region.

One senior teacher from a prominent West Bank school, asked what he would say to a pupil threatening to attack Israelis, told this newspaper: ‘I would tell them go in the name of God.’

This is all despite a review of the hundreds of millions of pounds in donations poured into Palestinian public services last year, which came after Western donors raised concerns about the indoctrination of children.
The changes to aid handouts followed a furore sparked by a previous Mail on Sunday investigation exposing how British taxpayers’ cash supported monthly payments to convicted terrorist killers and the families of suicide bombers.

After the soldier was 'shot' dead the photo was posted on the school's Facebook page.

The investigation also discovered that British aid was funding salaries for thousands of civil servants who had not worked for nine years, despite many admitting they had second jobs. These payments were stopped three months ago.

The investigation was part of this newspaper’s long-running campaign against the Government’s commitment to foreign aid which is set to reach £12 billion.

Joan Ryan, chair of Labour Friends of Israel and MP for Enfield North, said she supported sending aid to Palestine but urged Ministers to make the Palestinians stick to funding agreements. She said: ‘We cannot stand idly by while the Palestinian Authority sanctions anti-Semitic incitement which poisons young minds and makes a two-state solution ever more difficult to achieve.’

This year alone Britain is giving £25 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA). It will help fund salaries for 30,000 officials in West Bank health and education.

The EU, which gets one-tenth of its aid budget from Britain, is donating £272 million. More than half of this goes to public servants in education, health and social services in Gaza and West Bank.