by Moshe Phillips.
Jimmy Carter’s reputation as one of the most consistent supporters of Israel’s terrorist opponents remains intact with the publication of his “Support the Palestinian unity government” op-ed in The Washington Post.
In his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Carter cemented his place in history as one of the most vicious critics of Israeli policy. He has been one leading voices in support of the formation of an Islamic state in the Land of Israel since the 1970s.
Let’s take a moment and recall one part in the history in the Middle East that Carter rarely brings up.
Carter failed to grasp the danger to the Middle East, Israel and the U.S. that the watershed event of the Iranian Revolution meant. The Jihadi takeover in Tehran during the Carter presidency was one of the first parts of the campaign of terrorist violence that led to 9/11 and that we are still combating today. Carter’s Iran policy is the story of one tragic mistake after another.
Now Carter expects his opinion to be accepted in regard to Hamas – the Iranian surrogate in the land of Israel. He was wrong in Iran, wrong in criticizing Israeli policy and he’s wrong about the Fatah/Hamas “unity government.”
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By: L. Barkan
Over the past weeks, a number of Facebook pages have been launched calling on the Palestinians in Israel and abroad to hold mass demonstrations on May 15, 2011, the 63rd anniversary of Nakba Day (the establishment of the State of Israel). The plan is for millions of Palestinian refugees to march en masse in return to the original homes of their families in Israel. The campaign is being referred to as “The 2011 March of Return,” “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution,” “The Advance of the Millions,” and even “The Third Palestinian Intifada.” It should be noted that the Facebook pages point out that the activities are meant to be peaceful and unarmed. As of this writing, the Facebook pages promoting the initiative have more than 350,000 “likes” and members, though it is unclear how many of these are Palestinians and where they are from. Additionally, following a period of silence on the part of Palestinian officials, the initiative has gained the support of the PLO Department of Expatriate Affairs, which has called on Palestinians living abroad to participate in the march and to publicize it among the Palestinian communities and organizations worldwide. The administrators of the Facebook pages have posted timetables to coordinate the event and called for the information to be circulated among Palestinians and their supporters everywhere, while stressing the moral and legal right of the refugees to return to their homes. Calls were also made for demonstrations and sit-down strikes in the Palestinian territories along the borders with Israel, and in Jerusalem.
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by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
#imag1 In an interview with Israeli TV Channel 2 last week, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Palestinians’ naming of a square after Dalal Mughrabi, the terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history:
“There’s no doubt, I’m against it. I condemn this action [of naming a square after Mughrabi],” Abbas said.
However, when speaking to Palestinians in 2010, Abbas said he supported it. “Of course we want to name a square after her… We carried out a military action; can I then later renounce all that we have done?” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2010]
Palestinian Media Watch reported on this in detail in 2010. (See full timeline of the Dalal Mughrabi square controversy.)
In addition, Abbas has personally glorified terrorist Mughrabi, whose bus hijacking in 1978 killed 37 civilians. Abbas funded a computer center named after Mughrabi: “Yesterday the Hebron Building Committee inaugurated a computer center named after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi. Present at the event were President Mahmoud Abbas’s advisor for communications and information technology… The center was funded by a contribution from the President’s Office.”
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As Syria’s dictatorship is killing Syrians rising up against the repressive Assad regime, as Iran’s theocracy continues to repress its people, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt led an assault on a Nobel Peace Prize winner — the United Nations is preparing to give center stage to one of its favorite “experts” who is accusing Israel of ethic cleansing and apartheid. His evidence? Israel building apartments for Jews in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The adviser gave a preview of a report he will formally introduce to his UN employers in which he recommends that the General Assembly (a hotbed of antisemitism) seek an opinion from the International Court of Justice, with the goal of formally charging Israel with crimes against humanity. He writes the language of ethnic cleansing, etc., “in the special rapporteur’s view, more accurately describes the realities of the occupation as of the end of 2010 than the more neutral seeming description of factual developments that disguises the structures of this occupation which has undermined the rights under international law of the Palestinian people for 43 years.”
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The international mainstream media has a fixation with presenting Israeli and Palestinian Arabs as living under siege from the “oppressive” Jewish state.
The reality is that Israeli Jews are the ones living under siege.
Israel itself has been under siege (sometimes militarily, always economically) from the surrounding Muslim Middle East. But even within their own borders, Israeli Jews live under siege from an Israeli Arab population that does not fear, but is feared by, the Israeli police.
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By Moshe Phillips
J Street holds a rally against a Jewish presence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria
At the end of February J Street will be holding its second national conference in Washington. Some of its leadership (and much of its base) have shown that they have lost patience with its program and are taking a much more radical stance. They even started using the language of the PLO and Hamas to attack Israel.
J Street is the controversial George Soros-funded Jewish pressure group that was created to lobby for a Palestinian state.
Writing in the Washington Jewish Week, Richard Greenberg accurately depicted J Street’s current situation:
“As the organization gears up for its second national confab later this month, J Street continues to generate buzz–but much of it has been unwelcome. Steeped in controversy since its inception in 2008, the group recently has become embroiled in a succession of political and ideological feuds that have sharply eroded whatever credibility and clout it may have accumulated.”
I have previously written about the radical rabbis that comprise much of J Street’s Advisory Council.
Rabbi Brian Walt is a leading voice in the Advisory Council and in the most recent issue of Tikkun Magazine he offers a very stark reminder of the anger toward Israel and Zionism that is harbored by the radicals that make up the core of J Street’s base.
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I’m sure you know that Disneyland is the “Happiest Place on Earth.” What I’m sure you don’t know is that just two or so miles away from the park this March a Hotel will be transformed for a night into “The Most Israel-Hating Place on Earth.” Well, at least in the U.S.
The Embassy Suites Hotel in Garden Grove, California will be the scene of an event featuring presentations by both Helen Thomas and a propagandist that the ADL has reported has “employed a wide range of classic anti-Semitic images, commentary and ugly stereotypes.”
On Saturday evening, March 12, 2011 a group called The Palestinian American Women’s Association of California will be “honored to have Ms. Helen Thomas (as) our keynote speaker at our annual International Women’s Day” program. Also speaking at the event will be a man named Khalil Bendib who is an editorial cartoonist. The Anti-Defamation League states that Bendib has “disseminated anti-Semitic English language political cartoons since the 1980s.”
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Caroline Glick On Sunday thousands of Israel haters gathered in Istanbul to welcome the Turkish-Hamas terror ship Mavi Marmara to the harbor. Festooned with Palestinian flags, the crowd chanted “Death to Israel,” “Down with Israel” and “Allah akbar” with Hizbullah-like enthusiasm.
The Turkish protesters promised to stand on the side of Hamas when it next goes to war with Israel. They may not have to wait long to keep their promise. Over the past two weeks Hamas has steeply escalated its missile war with over 30 launches. Last week, a missile that narrowly missed a nursery school wounded a young girl.
Since Operation Cast Lead two years ago, Iran has helped Hamas massively increase its missile and other military capabilities. Today the terror group that rules Gaza has missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv. It has advanced antitank missiles. As Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida said Saturday, “We are now stronger than before and during the war, and our silence over the past two years was only for evaluating the situation.”
That evaluation has not tempered Hamas’ aim of annihilating the Jews of Israel. As Obeida’s colleague Ahmed Jaabari said Saturday, Israel’s Jews have two choices, “death or departing Palestinian lands.”
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Thanks to efficient cooperation between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides, tens of thousands of Palestinians patients benefit from treatments in Israeli hospitals each year
Humanitarian dilemmas are a recurring issue in the Judea and Samaria region. A terrorist fires at IDF soldiers, is shot and gets wounded. Is an IDF medic to be called to treat him? A building is about to collapse in the heart of Ramallah. Does the IDF enter? Does it jeopardize its soldiers’ lives, or does it call the International Red Cross and risk losing precious time?
To Israel, the answer to these questions is clear. According to Division Medical Officer, Lt. Col. Michael Kassirer, “The treatment of the Palestinian population is first and foremost a moral and professional obligation for every one of us.” Do we treat them? There is no question about it. But what happens in the long run and how? Where do international organizations fit in? How will an independent Palestinian medical body be established and how does coordination between bodies happen in life? These are the real questions.
In order to start answering these questions, a special conference on the topic of humanitarian medicine was held on Monday (Nov. 22), atHadassah Medical Center at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. Commanders and medics attended in order to speak and learn, from the most senior, IDF Chief Medical Officer and the Commander of Judea and Samaria Division, to the 19-year-old paramedics serving with the battalions in the region.
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Arab newspaper reports that US, Israel are discussing future borders; one option is leasing land from Palestinians for up to 99 years. The US is negotiating the future borders of the Palestinian state with Israel, according to a report released by Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday.
One option is reportedly that Israel would lease land in east Jerusalem from the Palestinian state for 40-99 years.
Palestinian sources confirmed to the paper that the US and Israel are discussing borders and settlements, but PA President Mahmoud Abbas does not yet know the details.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office refused to confirm or deny the reports, and State Department sources told the paper that Israel and the US are discussing matters “as a part of the the close relations between the two countries.”
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