Israel braces for reaction to proposed law that would allow Jews to pray in the grounds of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque. By Khalid Amayreh The al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Islam’s three most holy sites [Getty Images] Occupied East Jerusalem –…
Half of believers in the Middle East and North Africa say religious conflict is a major problem for their countries. How did it come to this? Some answers lie in the distant beginnings of Islam. By Olivia Ward Foreign Affairs…
An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque late Tuesday. Arabs blamed Israel. Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday, reported the Turkish Anadolu news…
By Aryeh Savir Tazpit News Agency There has been a considerable increase in the theft of cattle by Arabs from the Israeli farmers of Judea and Samaria. Early Thursday morning an attempt to steal cattle at Mitzpe Danny, in Benyamin,…
When Beit El is treated as a Jewish Jabalya and not like Kibbutz Sasa, a brave community on the Lebanese border settled by idealistic American halutzim, I fear for Israel. Giulio Meotti When the state decides to demolish Jewish houses in the place named for where Jacob had the vision of the ladder, I fear for Israel.
When the Ministry of Defense announces the withdrawal from areas in Judea and Samaria, I fear for Israel.
When the IDF is used to deport the most brave Jews and is preparing for another Gush Katif disaster, I fear for Israel.
When an Israeli prime minister says that he and the Israelis are “tired of fighting”, I fear for Israel.
When the Supreme Court abandons the most idealistic citizens, I fear for Israel.
When the Arabs see another Jewish capitulation, I fear for Israel.
By MOSHE DANN
Because land on which most settlements are built is not agriculturally useful, Arabs did not claim ownership until recently. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assertion that Jews would not be allowed to build on private Palestinian land is a long-standing policy endorsed by Israeli governments and the judicial system.
The question, however, is what constitutes “private Palestinian land” and who decides what is and what is not private Palestinian land? If it is true that Jews are stealing land, this violates Jewish and Israeli laws and values and justifies calls for boycotts, sanctions and even the elimination of the state, since it applies to areas acquired after 1948 as well as in 1967. A devastating moral and legal indictment, it would undermine Israel’s moral foundation, its raison d’etre.
Promoted by Arab propagandists and their supporters, politicians, academics, media and anti-Israel NGOs, this theory has also been adopted by Israelis, including prominent judicial figures who give it legitimacy. A poisoned narrative based on ignorance and/or misunderstanding, it is a lie.
Today is International Water Day, as good a time as any to debunk the mendacious “water libel” that says that Israel is stealing water from the PA Arabs.
By Mark Langfan
The IWA Report debunks the BDS (boycott-divest-sanction) myth that “Israel is stealing West Bank water from the Palestinians,”
In fact, the IWA Report provides documentary and graphic evidence that the Palestinians have ““stolen”” water from Israel in direct, and constant “breach” of the Oslo Accords.
The IWA Report is full of clear and colorful graphics which illustrate many of the West Bank Water issues. For example, the graphic immediately below shows how the Tel Aviv Yarkon-Taninim coastal aquifer is recharged by rainfall in the West Bank.
Thousands of protesters from PA, Lebanon and Jordan slated to head towards Israel on March 30 Elior Levy, Roi Kais
A Global March to Jerusalem on the occasion of Land Day will take place on March 30. Convoys from Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority are scheduled to arrive at Israel’s borders at 11am at the end of Friday prayers.
Organizers are claiming that more than 700 institutions from 64 countries support the initiative, directly or indirectly. Protests will also be held outside Israeli embassies in various European and Arab countries. It appears no marches will be leaving Egypt and Syria due to the volatile political climate in those countries.
By Stan Goodenough In an expression of unfathomable grief, a young Jewish man Thursday night defaced the memorial in Tel Aviv to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.*
Shvuel Schijveschuurder – who was arrested then released on bail – was 17 years old when, in 2001, his mother, father, brother and two sisters were killed along with 10 other people in the Sbarro Pizzeria “suicide” bombing in Jerusalem.
The female university student who drove the bomber to restaurant, when sentenced to 16 terms of life imprisonment, expressed pride in her accomplishment and confidently predicted, “I know I will be freed from prison.”
One year before, Israeli reservists Yesef Avrahami and Vadim Novesche accidentally drove into Ramallah and were set upon, beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, were disemboweled and cannibalized by a Palestinian Arab crowd. Vadim’s wife, who called his cellphone while the lynching was underway, was answered by a shrieking Arab man who jeeringly told her: “We are murdering your husband.”
JERUSALEM — The attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo has brought into sharp relief Israel’s increasing isolation in a still region grappling with the changes of the Arab Spring.
Israel was forced to evacuate its ambassador and most of its diplomatic staff from Cairo this weekend after hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down a security wall protecting the Nile-side embassy, ransacked its files and burned an Israeli flag. It came less than a week after Turkey, Israel’s other major ally in the Muslim world, announced it was expelling the Israeli ambassador and downgrading its relationship to the lowest possible level after a deadly skirmish involving a Turkish aid vessel that was attempting to deliver supplies in defiance of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
With another potential predicament brewing later this month when the Palestinians are expected to request membership and statehood at the United Nations, Israeli-Arab relations appear to be plunging to their lowest point in years.