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.