Caroline Glick: Terror decentral

Caroline Glick is the Senior Contributing Editor at the Jerusalem Post and writes two weekly columns that are regularly syndicated.

jerusalem terror attackJerusalem Post (Nov 7) —  In the postmortems of the terrorist car attacks in Jerusalem, it is easy to see the writing on the wall. Ibrahim al-Akary, the terrorist who on Wednesday ran over crowds of people waiting to cross the street and catch the Jerusalem Light Rail, was the brother of one of the terrorist murderers freed in exchange for IDF hostage Gilad Schalit.

He had placed the photograph on his Facebook page of Moataz Hejazi, the terrorist killed by police after shooting Yehuda Glick outside the Begin Heritage Center last Wednesday.

A few days before Abdur Rahman Slodi got into his car and mowed down three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and a dozen other pedestrians two weeks ago, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas exhorted the Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, by all means possible.

Slodi had served time in prison for terrorist offenses and was active on social media where he expressed murderous hatred for Jews and a desire to kill them.

So yes, the writing was on the wall. But unfortunately, the writing is on all the walls, or Facebook walls. It is not at all clear how Israeli security services could have known to distinguish these men from the thousands of other Palestinians and Jerusalem Arabs who hate Israel, support the murder of Jews and identify with various terrorist organizations.

On Thursday security forces arrested several people in villages around Hebron with suspected ties to Akary. So he may not have been acting on his own. But all the same, neither he nor Slodi seem to have been directed to carry out their attacks by a cell commander who himself was directed by a higher level terrorist operative.

Rather, in all likelihood, something triggered both men to carry out attacks in a wholly independent or semi-independent manner.

The question is, what was the trigger and how was it pulled? The Israeli media are obsessed with the question of whether or not we are experiencing an third Palestinian terrorist onslaught, or intifada. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch insists that we are not. Others insist that we are. Whatever we want to call it, we are seeing a new form of Palestinian terrorist warfare against Israel, which in many key aspects mimics the larger jihad carried out by al-Qaida and its affiliates and spin-offs.

…  Ideology is not something that people pick up or discard quickly or easily. For a person to be attracted to the jihadist cause he has to undergo indoctrination over a significant period of time.

You cannot incite a person to strike if he hasn’t already been indoctrinated in a manner that makes him amenable to your incendiary call to action.

And this brings us back to the Palestinians and the trigger for the attacks conducted by independent or semi-independent terrorist operatives.

With the exception of Pakistani students in madrassas, few societies have undergone the mass indoctrination that the Palestinians have undergone over the past 20 years of Palestinian Authority rule. From the cradle to the grave, and most significantly in the school system, Palestinians are indoctrinated to hate Jews and seek the violent destruction of Israel. They are told that it is an Islamic duty to fight Jews and destroy Israel.

This is as true in regular PA schools as it is in schools run by the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA).

We are experiencing today in Jerusalem a decentralized terrorist campaign rooted in the 20-year indoctrination of the Palestinians.

Yes, Hamas and Fatah still operate terrorist cells and units that are members of terrorist hierarchies.

But at the same time, they have used a model similar to al-Qaida’s in developing semi-independent and wholly independent networks of operatives and operational cells. These independent cells are highly motivated and are willing to wait until they receive generalized signals from their leadership to strike.

…  On Thursday Fatah’s Facebook page was full of images calling for Palestinians to run over Jews.

As Palestinian Media Watch reported, one used a play on words between the Arabic acronym for Islamic State and the Arabic word for running something over, thus positively associating the terrorists who run over Jews with members of Islamic State.

Hamas – Fatah’s partner in the PA’s coalition government – was similarly quick to praise Akary and call for more such attacks.

In dealing with this burgeoning, decentralized terrorist campaign, aside from taking action to protect bus stops with various barricades, Israel needs to go after the triggers.

It needs to break up the indoctrination system.

And it needs to destroy the Palestinian leadership’s ability to communicate their incendiary messages.

Since UNRWA schools operating in Jerusalem engage in anti-Semitic indoctrination, Jerusalem municipal authorities must give them the choice of using Israeli textbooks or shutting down. If Israel wishes to assert its sovereignty, UNRWA schools would be a good place to start. Beyond that, preachers in mosques who incite murder and call for the destruction of Israel should be arrested.

As for the PA’s communications networks, all of the radio and television signals operating in the PA come from the Israeli electromagnetic spectrum. It is time to shut them down. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Wednesday, Abbas is directly inciting the murderous attacks on Jerusalem through the PA media organs. The way to protect Jerusalem is to remove him and his Hamas partners from the airwaves.

There has been a lot of talk over the years about providing positive and negative incentives to convince the Palestinians not to engage in terrorism.

But now is not the time for incentives. The population mobilized through incitement has become too fanatical to engage with reason.

The terrorists who take the wheel and run over pedestrians know that they will more than likely never come home. And they don’t care.

They certainly don’t care that Israel will destroy their homes. And they also certainly won’t be impressed by discounted mortgages if they integrate into Israeli society.

In the long term, it is imperative that Israel provide incentives to both the Jerusalem Arabs and the Palestinians to integrate peacefully with Israeli society. But before the government can seriously engage in this task, it needs to destroy the triggers of this terrorist onslaught. It is not enough to complain about Palestinian indoctrination and incitement. It is time for Israel to end them.

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New Palestinian Video Game Advocates Violence

The promotion of violence and anti-Israel propaganda within the Gaza Strip has no limits; it appears in school books, public speeches and TV programs. The latest is a new online video game entitled “Liberation of Palestine”.

Liberation-of-Palestine-Video-Game-640x433IDFblog.com (Nov 3) —  In this new game, players have to “get rid of the Israeli settlements, buy weapons and to implement prisoner exchanges,” as explained in Hamas’ Falesteen newspaper. The game teaches players that negotiations “can never bring to any positive result” and that “the language of weapons is the most effective with the Israelis,” according to one of the game’s developers.

The game is also meant to “strengthen the national culture and plant desire for the liberation of Palestine in the hearts of the players, especially children,” according to Falesteen. In other words, the game is meant to inculcate the idea that Israel should not exist. Karam Hussein, one of the game’s developers, stated in an interview for “Arabic Sky News” that “the idea is to develop the spirit of resistance among Palestinian boys and girls.”

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In the game , you can purchase a number of weapons including grenade launchers, AK47 assault rifles, and rockets. An explosive belt can also be purchased in order to perpetrate suicide attacks. The game is linked to social media platforms in which users receive upgrades and encouragement for their actions. Comments such as “Twenty-five zionist settlements were destroyed by [user]. God bless you and the path you have chosen,” are common on the game’s Facebook page.

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This is yet another example of how Hamas and other terrorist organizations advocate violence and spread propaganda throughout the young generation in the Gaza Strip.

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Abbas toughens law against Palestinians selling land to Jews

Following East Jerusalem acquisitions, PA ups penalty to hard labor for life; Fatah spokesman calls land solicitors ‘traitors destined to die a humiliating death’

Beit Yehonatan, a building acquired by Ateret Kohanim in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.

Beit Yehonatan, a building acquired by Ateret Kohanim in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.

Times of Israel (Oct 22) — Reacting to a number of high profile sales of Palestinian homes to Jewish organizations in East Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has toughened the penalty for citizens selling property to Israelis.

According to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on “anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state or one of its subjects.”

Jordan’s penal code number 16 article 114, applicable in the Palestinian territories, previously subscribed “temporary hard labor” to perpetrators of the crime.

Palestinian government and civil society reacted angrily to the recent acquisition of 26 apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan by Elad, an Israeli foundation dedicated to the settlement of Jews in the historic City of David.

On Sunday night, Jews entered 10 apartments in two buildings bought by another Israeli nonprofit, Ateret Kohanim, in a different part of the neighborhood.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported the buildings were sold by their owners to a man named Shams al-Din al-Qawasmi, who sold them to Jewish groups.

An Ateret Kohanim spokesperson said the nonprofit facilitated the purchase on behalf of an overseas company called Kudram. Haaretz reported the purchases were made through a straw man.

In the closing statement of a conference Monday night, Fatah’s Revolutionary Council accused Palestinians who sold their Jerusalem Palestinian properties of “high treason,” calling on the government and legal system to “take the necessary steps to deter them.”

The movement also called on the public to “boycott and humiliate them on all popular levels.” Abbas’s decision was issued immediately afterward.

“Those whose sick souls allowed them to sell their land or homes, or enable such sales to the enemies of the Palestinian people, are a gang of traitors to their nation and religion,” said Fatah spokesman Osama al-Qawasmi in a statement published by Wafa. “They have brought shame and scorn upon themselves in this world and in the afterlife.”

“One would rather die than sell his honor and betray the most sacred land in the world, saturated with the blood of prophets and martyrs throughout history,” he added. “Those traitors are destined to die a humiliating death.”

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Pat Condell: Boo Hoo Palestine

The biggest political con trick in history, and we fall for it again
and again.

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Published on Oct 20, 2014

Hamas: Peace is Zionist baloney. Permanent war until the Jews are gone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn6gx…

Hamas TV: Have no mercy on any Israeli civilian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA4mb…

Fatah central committee member urges destruction of Israel and turning blind eye to terrorists
http://www.thecommentator.com/article…

PA religious official public calls for genocide of Jews
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/New…

Sweden to recognise “Palestine”
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014…

The UK Parliament in a non-binding vote to recognise “Palestine”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics…

Fatah spokesman: Hamas stole $700 million destined for Gaza
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0oVx…

Meet the Hamas billionaires
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-th…

Hamas: Journalists who tried to tell the truth about Gaza were deported
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVjDi…

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Analysis of the Israeli PM’s Speech: Vintage Netanyahu

Netanyahu always places the focus first and foremost on security; He sees his historic role as leader of Israel not necessarily as being the one who will bring peace.

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The Jerusalem Post (Sep 30) — Netanyahu stood on the world’s grandest stage on Monday and delivered three key messages: Israel’s fight is your fight, the time has come to retire the 20-year-old template of direct negotiations with the Palestinians as the path to peace, and that his main historic role is to defend the Jewish state.

The speech was vintage Netanyahu. It had passion, it had soaring rhetorical flourishes, it had sarcasm. It even had a contemporary reference to retiring New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

And, finally, it had an appraisal of how Netanyahu views his role as a leader.

Toward the end of the speech, Netanyahu said that some in the world do not take Israel’s security concerns seriously.

“But I do, and I always will,” he said. “Because as prime minister of Israel I am entrusted with the awesome responsibility of ensuring the future of the Jewish people and the future of the Jewish state. And no matter what pressure is brought to bear, I will never waiver in fulfilling that responsibility.”

That theme has been woven more than anything else through all of Netanyahu’s major addresses. Some leaders, like Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Olmert, saw their ultimate role as being a peacemaker, and emphasized that in their keynote addresses.

Not Netanyahu. He always places the focus first and foremost on security. He sees his historic role as leader of Israel not necessarily as being the one who will bring peace, but rather the one who will ensure the country’s security, even if it means taking positions unpopular around the world to do so. One such position may be his signal Monday that he now prefers partnership with the Arab world as a way to reach some kind of accommodation with the Palestinians, rather than negotiations and peace with the Palestinians as the ticket to rapprochement with the Arab world.

In the role he envisions for himself as the defender of the Jewish people and the Jewish state, Netanyahu sees it as his responsibility to sound the warning loudly and clearly about the incoming storms.

He did that in his addresses to the UN in 2012 and 2013, focusing on Iran, and he did it again Monday.

This time the storm had two names: Iran and militant Islamic radicalism.

Knowing full well the world in which he lives, Netanyahu tried to draw parallels between Islamic State, which has the world up in arms, with the Islamic state of Iran, which he fears the world is willing to give a pass. Though there might be differences in their theological approach, he stressed, the aim is the same: world domination.

Netanyahu sees it as his role to shout from the mountain tops about the incoming storms. And he artfully shouted about them Monday at the UN. And if the world does not heed his warnings, he had another message as well – one that also always props up in his keynote addresses: Israel will always defend itself, by itself, against any threat.

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Hamas TV Just Can’t Seem to Get Enough of That Jews-Use-Christian-Blood-for-Matzo Theme

TheBlaze (Sep 19) — A Hamas spokesman this summer claimed that Jews use Christian blood to make traditional unleavened matzo bread for the holiday of Passover. Now, a Jordanian politician is circulating the same slur which was used widely as a pretext to persecute Jews during the Middle Ages.

The Middle East Media Research Institute posted a video clip showing former Jordanian parliament member Sheik Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant repeating the accusation on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV last week, and even took it up a notch by accusing Jews of using Muslim blood as well.

“One could go on forever about the deceptiveness of the Jews,” Abu Zant said. “They are liars. They allow cannibalism, and the eating of human flesh.”

“Check their Talmud and religious sources. On their religious holidays, if they cannot find a Muslim to slaughter, and use drops of his blood to knead the matzos they eat, they slaughter a Christian in order to take drops of his blood, and mix it into the matzos that they eat on that holiday,” he said according to MEMRI’s translation.

Though the Jordanian politician claimed to have a knowledge of the Jewish religion, in fact, according to the Bible, Jews are strictly forbidden from consuming blood.

To abide by the mandate in Leviticus 7:26-27, “And you shall not eat any blood of fowl or beast in any of your dwelling places. Whoever eats any blood that soul will be cut off from his people,” observant Jews meticulously wash any meat to remove the blood and examine each egg to ensure there is no trace of blood before cooking.

Abu Zant went on to say, “We have to understand the true nature of the Jews, because the entire world is deceived and tormented by them. The Holy Koran has revealed their true nature, as expressed by our masters, the prophets.”

The “Jews use Christian blood for matzos” theme gained attention over the summer when Osama Hamdan, spokesman the terrorist group Hamas, refused to retract his promotion of the slanderous accusation in an interview with Wolf Blitzer.

Hamdan maintained that he didn’t “have a problem with” Jews, telling CNN, “I’ve said in the same — in the same occasion, that we don’t have a problem with the Jews as Palestinians and as Muslims, we don’t have problems with Jews.”

On his radio program in August, Glenn Beck mocked the Hamas blood accusation, using red syrup, waffles and pancakes as props.

Here is an excerpt of the Jordanian politician interview courtesy of MEMRI:

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Caroline Glick: The dilemma of the Jewish leftist

Given the genocidal Jew-hatred endemic in jihadist doctrine, it was obvious that if Sotloff’s Judaism was exposed, he would have been singled out for torture and execution.

A left-wing protester holds up a sign that reads, "No to Code Red, yes to peace," during Tel Aviv rally

A left-wing protester holds up a sign that reads, “No to Code Red, yes to peace,” during Tel Aviv rally

Caroline Glick is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Israel Security Project and the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For more information on Ms. Glick’s work, visit carolineglick.com

The Jerusalem Post (Sept 4) — During his yearlong captivity at the hands of the barbarians from Islamic State, Steven Sotloff’s colleagues in Israeli media organs purged all of his articles from their websites to erase his connections to Israel and hide the fact that he was an Israeli citizen. So, too, every effort was made to hide the fact that he was Jewish.

The reason was clear. Given the genocidal Jew-hatred endemic in jihadist doctrine, it was obvious that if Sotloff’s Judaism was exposed, he would have been singled out for torture and execution.

Much has been written since Islamic State released the video of its British executioner chopping off James Foley’s head last month. We have been told by leaders and commentators alike that with this singular crime, Islamic State awakened the sleeping lion of the West. That act of barbarism, we have been assured, will now force the US to lead a global coalition against this Islamic army of butchers.

Clearly Islamic State is not convinced. With the release of the Sotloff beheading video this week, it appears that Islamic State thinks its cinematographers will move the West in another direction – apathy.

Foley’s execution video ended with the preview of coming attractions for the Sotloff execution video.

And the Sotloff execution video ended with the preview of a British hostage’s execution video.

By releasing the films gradually, Islamic State is apparently trying to routinize beheadings. Its leaders are probably betting that by the seventh or eighth beheading video, we will greet the violence with a shrug of our shoulders.

In this, Islamic State is channeling Iran, the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Taliban.

No, it isn’t that all these terror-supporting regimes and terror groups have engaged in beheading. It is simply that when they began engaging in terrorism, their actions shocked the civilized world until their actions didn’t shock the civilized world anymore.

Once the shock wore off, these terror states and enterprises began enjoying the stature of legitimate parties to a political dispute. As Islamic State sees it, it is only a matter of time before it too is accepted as a legitimate force in world affairs.

… In late July, Islamic State forces in Mosul, Iraq, decreed that all girls and women between the ages of 12 and 42 must have their genitals mutilated.

The order was an act of pure evil. Yet it was not particularly controversial within the Islamist context Islamic State operates.

As Soeren Kern wrote for the Gatestone Institute last July, throughout the world, some 140 million women and girls, the overwhelming majority of whom are Muslims, have been subjected to the barbaric practice. Three million girls under the age of 15 are forced to undergo clitoridectomies each year.

In Europe, at least 180,000 Muslim females have undergone this defilement. According to British authorities, in England alone, at least 20,000 girls are at risk of “being cut” each year.

Yet, despite the cruelty and degradation inherent to female genital mutilation, and despite the fact that under British law, anyone found guilty of carrying out this practice is supposed to face criminal charges and up to 14 years in prison, so far no one has been convicted and only a five or six offenders have even been charged for the crime.

There are two principal causes for British authorities’ failure to protect Muslim girls residing in England. First, neither the children themselves, who live in a permanent state of terror and abuse, nor their communities, which turn a blind eye, and so condone the practice, are willing to come forward and finger those responsible for this endemic abuse and violence.

And second, non-Islamic British authorities, including welfare workers and teachers, who are in a position to protect the children, are unwilling to stick their necks out. This unwillingness has two causes.

First, they fear for their lives. The murder of Theo van Gogh and the repeated attempts by Muslim fanatics to execute the Danish cartoonists who drew the caricatures of Muhammad are central components of the cost-benefit analysis most Westerners carry out when considering whether or not to get involved with human rights abuses carried out by Muslims.

Second, they fear excommunication from and defamation at the hands of the Left. Over the past 15 years, the international Left has consistently expanded its political alliance with Islamists in the West.

Among other things, this alliance has required the Left to turn a blind eye to barbaric Islamic practices like female genital mutilation and rape and to defame those who dare to openly oppose these reactionary, obscene behaviors as Islamophobic racists.

And so we have a situation where, both at home and abroad, the West has become habituated to Islamic barbarism and passive in the face of its expanding threat to their lives and their way of life both abroad and at home. Observing this behavior, clearly Islamic State’s terror masters are betting that once habituated to the beheading of Westerners, the West will yawn and go to sleep as Islamic State expands its conquests to additional countries.

It isn’t that the Westerners, led by the leftist elite, lack the ability to feel or express moral outrage. It is just that they refuse to direct it against Islamic jihadists.

And this brings us back to their political alliance with the Islamists.

The only meaningful commonality between Islamist and leftist dogma is hatred for Jews with power, first and foremost for Israel. And the singular creation of this alliance is the sides’ joint determination that it isn’t racist to hate the Jewish state, or Jews who refuse to condemn it.

In this state of affairs, the only outlet that leftists have for their moral outrage is Israel. Because while they fear being called racist, they know that being anti-Semitic will not expose them to charges of racism.

And they know Jews won’t assault them for attacking Israel and its supporters. So they project all the crimes perpetrated by Islamic fanatics on Israel.

For instance, this week Megan Marzec, the president of Ohio University’s Student Senate, posted a video of herself dousing herself in a bucket of “blood.”

Marzec explained, “This bucket of blood symbolizes the thousands of displaced and murdered Palestinians – atrocities which OU is directly complacent in [sic] through cultural and economic ties with the Israeli state.”

In other words, she accused Israel of the crimes Hamas seeks to inflict on Israel, and of the crimes that Islamist forces, such as al-Qaida, Islamic State and Boko Haram, are currently carrying out in their areas of operations.

The growing prevalence of anti-Semitism in leftist circles has placed Jewish leftists in a vulnerable position.

Their ideological movement is denying Jews the right to self-defense and self-determination and siding with Islamists who seek to annihilate them. For a growing number of leftist Jews, their new status as members of a hated group has made them feel it necessary to publicly side with Israel’s enemies against it.

Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by Antony Lerman which ran under the title “The End of Liberal Zionism.”

Lerman insisted that there is no way to square Zionism with liberal values.

According to this disaffected Jewish leftist, “The only Zionism of any consequence today is xenophobic and exclusionary, a Jewish ethno-nationalism inspired by religious messianism. It is carrying out an open-ended project of national self-realization to be achieved through colonization and purification of the tribe.”

But of course, outside the fringes of Israeli society, no such movement exists.

Rather, Lerman is describing Islamic supremacism and, like his fellow leftists, projecting its pathologies on Israel, which Islamic supremacists seek to destroy.

Lerman quoted an article published a few weeks before his in The New York Review of Books by Jonathan Freedland titled “Liberal Zionism After Gaza.”

Freedland argued that as the two-state solution becomes more and more remote, liberal Zionists “will have to decide which of their political identities matters more, whether they are first a liberal or first a Zionist.”

But this is of course absurd. The only way a person can uphold liberal values is by being a Zionist. Israel is the only country in the region that is a human rights-respecting liberal democracy that is governed by the rule of law.

What is becoming more and more difficult is being a Zionist while being a leftist. As the Left becomes more and more tied to Islamic fanatics, anti-Semitism is going to become more and more of a staple of leftist dogma. And that anti-Semitism will express itself first and foremost as a virulent rejection of Israel and of Jews who refuse to disavow and condemn the Jewish state.

Sotloff reportedly maintained faith with his Judaism in secret while in captivity. He refused food on Yom Kippur and secretly prayed toward Jerusalem.

In so doing, he showed that the evil that controlled him physically, could not penetrate his soul. For this he died a Jewish hero.

Leftist Jews must take a lesson from Sotloff, who was reportedly a product of a Jewish-leftist worldview.

They should understand that the decision they are being required to make is not a choice between liberalism and Zionism, but between liberalism and a reactionary dogma that sits comfortably with genocidal Jew-haters and misogynist oppressors. It shouldn’t be a particularly difficult choice.

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Friday Sermon In Spain: ‘Allah, Destroy The Plundering Jews, Do Not Spare A Single One’

In a Friday sermon at Azuqueca De Henares, near Madrid, Sheik Saleheoldine El Moussaoui said that the “plundering Jews” were “the masters of treachery and betrayal,” and prayed: “Oh Allah, the Most Merciful, count them one by one, and do not spare a single one of them.” The sermon was posted on the Internet on August 25, 2014.

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Senior Fatah official justifies shooting Israeli civilians: “There are no innocent Israelis”

Palestinian Media Watch (Aug 27) — Senior Palestinian official and Fatah leader, Abbas Zaki, stated that he does not want the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court, because if Palestinians shoot Israelis they could then be tried in international courts. Discussing this, Zaki added that in his opinion “there are no innocent Israelis.”

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Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki:
“I’m against signing the Rome Statute (i.e., joining the International Criminal Court) as long as our country is occupied. If tomorrow you shoot, they’ll say you signed an agreement. This is not meant for people who want to liberate their country… I think the [Palestinian] people’s weapon is pure – they don’t want to kill. By the way, there are no innocent Israelis.”

[Palestine Today TV (Lebanon), Aug. 22, 2014]

Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch reported on Zaki’s belief that “Allah, will gather them [Israelis] so we can kill them.”

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Old-fashioned anti-Semitism for progressive thinkers

There is one community in the world, which according to the British newspaper the Independent, can be reasonably called a child murdering community.

By Ben Dror Yemini for Ynet News — Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic. We have said it a thousand times, and we should say it a thousand times more. But to understand the difference between legitimate criticism and anti-Semitism, one must go back a few to an article, one of many, published against Israel. It was not criticism of Israel. It was criticism of a “child murdering community”. It was not published in a journal of the Nazi Party in Bavaria. These obscene words were written in the Independent newspaper in Britain. A newspaper for enlightened people, for progressive thinkers.

How exactly did Israel become a “child murdering community “? Well, according to the most extreme version, and the most manipulative, which is based on sources operating under the auspices of Hamas, about 1,800 people were killed during Operation Protective Edge. Let us suppose that this is not a lie. Of that number, 24 percent, it is claimed, were under 18. This is a far higher proportion than the proportion of minors in the actual population, but let’s say that this is true as well. Let’s go with the Hamas data. And according to calculations published in The New York Times, 16 percent of those killed in Gaza were aged below 15.

How did Britain conduct itself in its last major conflict? Well, British troops were involved in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The British medical journal “The Lancet”, which is so acceptable to the British progressive forces, claim that this war, not an occupation that lasted for many years, caused 100,000 deaths. And, according to the same publication, 46 percent of that number were under 15. That is 46,000 children. Not youths, children.

In other words, there was a 46-percent mortality rate for children by the British, 16 percent by Israel. In the case of the UK, which is part of NATO, we can go a little further back, and remember what happened in the bombing of Belgrade in 1999 during the war in Kosovo (Operation Allied Force). The results are the same. Approximately 500 soldiers were killed, and 1,200-1,500 non-combatants, hundreds of them children.

And while Belgrade complained of severe harm to innocent people and children, the late Robin Cook, then foreign secretary responded: “How dare they now produce crocodile tears for people killed in the conflict for which they themselves are responsible.”

Neither the Iraqi nor Serbian armies used children as human shields, nor did they officially announce that they were using children as human shields, as did Hamas. They also did not issue an instruction manual demanding that fighters use concentrations of civilians, as did Hamas. In Baghdad, Basra and Belgrade did not fire rockets at London and Manchester from its schools, as did Hamas. Nevertheless, the British, along with the Americans, caused a far higher number of child deaths, both in relative and absolute terms.

But the Independent newspaper has determined that there is one community in the world that it is permissible to brand as a “child murdering community”. This is not the first time that the phrase is has been bandied about in Europe. The tune is all too familiar. Criticism of Israel, it is worth saying again, is not anti-Semitism. But this progressive British newspaper has clearly shown that sometimes, just sometimes, it is not a criticism, or even new anti-Semitism. Sometimes, it is the old anti-Semitism in all its glory.

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ISIS and Hamas: The Double Standard

isis-terroristsHuffington Post (Aug 20) by Arsen Ostrovsky, an international human rights lawyer — Hamas and ISIS are two sides of the same Islamic terror coin, yet while the West has rightfully united in condemnation and action against ISIS, it has applied a different standard towards Israel, who has been faced with the incessant terror of Hamas.

A chorus of world leaders, from President Obama, the UN Secretary General and Pope Francis — have all been rightfully outraged by the barbaric carnage we are witnessing from ISIS in Iraq.

Even other arch-terrorists, like Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, have called ISIS “a monster”, while Osama Bin Laden, before he was killed, called for al-Qaeda to sever all ties with ISIS due to the group’s “extreme brutality,” saying that it could “harm al-Qaeda’s reputation.”

They have sought to annihilate entire communities of minorities in Iraq, including the ancient Yazidis and Christians. Their tactics and methods have shocked all people with a shred of decency to the very core, including now their gruesome murder and public beheading of American journalist James Foley.

Today, ISIS makes Hezbollah and al Qaeda look like Mother Theresa.

From the use of death squads, beheadings, rape and crucifixions, no one has been spared, especially not women and children. Simply put, their evil and depravity knows no rational bounds.

Calling ISIS a “cancer”, President Obama, with the support of other world leaders, instructed U.S. forces to conduct a military operation in order to prevent the “genocide” of the Yazidis and other minorities in Iraq, saying “the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye.”

However, in stark contrast, many of these same world leaders effectively question Israel’s right to self-defense against Hamas, with President Obama having called for Israel to institute an “immediate and unconditional” cease fire, while at the same time halting weapons sales to Israel, America’s key ally in the region, as it faces a renewed bombardment of rockets from Hamas.

So, one begs to ask the question — what is the difference between Hamas and ISIS?

Both organizations come from the same radical, murderous Islamic roots with a pervasive indifference to human life, freedom and democracy.

Hamas is essentially Israel’s ISIS — but funded by Iran, assembled on the border of the Jewish state and with genocidal intentions of destroying Israel and killing all Jews around the world.

One need only read Hamas’ own Charter and observe their methods, including using their own children as human shields, while openly professing to Israel “We desire death as you desire life,” to see they are in word and deed made of the same terrorist cloth as ISIS.

Just a few weeks ago, Hamas reiterated again, “Our doctrine in fighting you [the Jews] is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive.”

Yet, the double standards that exist between how the West has (rightfully so) approached the terrorist ISIS and Hamas-Israel conflict, is breathtaking.

The UN Human Rights Council for example has recently ordered another one-sided ‘Fact Finding Mission’ against Israel. It would be better served by dropping this anti-Israel witch-hunt and instead focusing on what are the most egregious human rights violations in this region, such as the attempted genocide of Yazidis by ISIS. But don’t hold your breath.

Last week, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning ISIS for “gross, systematic and widespread abuse of human rights,” but has yet to call out Hamas for their gross human rights violations, including bombarding innocent Israeli civilians, using Palestinians as human shields, while also persecuting women, gays and Christian minorities in Gaza.

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New York Friday sermon: “Muslims are obligated to fight”

“It is our narrative, it is our story, that we will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free, and have justice from sea to sea, from mountain range to mountain range, from desert to desert, from forest to forest, from city to city, and from street to street.” Justice, for a Muslim American Society operative like Rami Kawas, means Sharia. The Muslim American Society is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief operating arms in the United States.

“New York Friday Sermon: U.S. Muslims Should Boycott Coca-Cola, Nestle,” MEMRI, August 8, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

In a Friday sermon delivered in New York on August 8, 2014, activist Rami Kawas, who according to his Facebook page is youth director at The Muslim American Society’s Brooklyn and Staten Island Subchapter, called for American Muslims to boycott companies that support Zionism. He enumerated Coca-Cola, Nestle, and the French company Danone, and said: “We will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free.” The sermon was posted on the Internet.

Following are excerpts:

Rami Kawas: What do we do today to free the land of Palestine? What is our narrative? What is our story? What can we do?

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“Oh you who believe” – all of you – “it is prescribed upon you to fight.”

“Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” — Qur’an 2:216 

But let’s make this clear: Muslims are obligated to fight – anybody, anywhere, anytime – for their justice and their freedom. There are no qualms about it. Our community and our religion tell us that any time there is a need to fight and resist occupation, oppression, injustice, crimes, murders, thieves, or criminals – we will fight. We have no qualms about it.

Our religion makes it very clear to us that our obligation is to resist whichever way we can. If our own hands have to do something, then we will do something about it. So it is very clear that Allah tells us that it is our obligation to resist oppression, tyranny, and occupation.

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Stop blaming Israel and wake up: The black flag of jihad is the REAL threat to the world

EVENTS in the Middle East today have repercussions on the streets of Britain and Europe.

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By Douglas Murray for Express (Aug 21) — Jews are attacked here in Britain, they are blockaded into a synagogue in Paris and the chant ‘Death to the Jews’ is heard in Germany for the first time in 70 years.

But too few people seem to want to notice this or admit what it means. They think this is just about Israel, or just about Jewish people. It isn’t. It is about all of us.

The decision last month by the Israeli government to respond to Hamas rocket-fire from Gaza is the response any government would choose if rockets were fired at its citizens. The Israeli government has the right – as does any government – to stop the bombarding of its people.

However, in recent weeks it has become plain that much of the world expects a different response from Israel. They expect Israel not to fight for the safety, security and survival of their people, but to lie down in front of the Islamic extremist enemy.

The UK government has even – disgracefully – stopped selling some arms to Israel just when the country needs such weapons most.  But in expecting Israel to behave differently from the rest of us our societies and governments reveal far more about our own state than the State of Israel.

Because the truth is that behind the demands for Israel to lie down in front of its enemies is a fatal unwillingness of our own to face the problem which is in our midst.

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The brutal murder of James Foley by ISIS underlines the real threat to world peace [AP]

The ambition of the jihadists – from al-Qaeda to Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and more – is to subjugate the entire world

There are those who think that Israel is somehow the cause of the world’s problems, or that in defending themselves from Islamic extremists Israel is somehow causing Islamic extremism. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The extremists of Hamas are the ideological bedfellows of the extremists of ISIS who are rampaging through Syria and Iraq, crucifying and beheading as they go.

The video of the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIS murderer with a British accent has shocked the world. ISIS or IS are the soul-mates of Boko Haram who kidnap and kill Christian villagers in the North of Nigeria and stole 300 schoolgirls earlier this year.

They also share the exact same ideology – if not yet the same means – as those people who were found in Birmingham earlier this year teaching British pupils to hate wider British society and cut themselves off from non-Muslims.

But it is this last part of the equation which many people seem so incapable of dealing with. They see the millions of Muslims who have come to our continent and see how many of them are radical. But it is a problem they fear they cannot deal with.

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ISIS militants in Salaheddin, Iraq brutally execute dozens of civilians by the roadside [AFP]

They believe that if Israel just gave up fighting and disappeared that the rest of us would be able to live in peace.  They see the young Muslims who stormed into a supermarket in Birmingham last weekend, trashing the products and assaulting a British policeman and they think “this is caused by Israel.”

They see young Parisian Muslims throw slabs of concrete at police and set fire to cars and they think “If only Israel weren’t responding to Hamas rocket-fire.”  And they see Imams in Germany and Italy preach that all Jewish people  must be killed and they pretend that it is not a problem for all of us.

How wrong they are.  The problem of anti-Semitism, and Islamic anti-Semitism in particular today, is undoubtedly a problem for Jewish people. But it is only a problem for them first. It is a problem for all of us next.

What is it that lies behind this terrible Hamas-driven rage against Israel?  What lies behind the desire for Israel to disappear? Today the world is finding out.

Because behind the flags of Hamas and Hezbollah which have flown at anti-Israel demonstrations in recent weeks is another flag. The black flag of jihad – the black flag most recently being waved in Iraq and Syria by ISIS.

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ISIS jihadists flying the black flag in Syria [REUTERS]

Last month the black flag was flown from a car in London’s Blackwall tunnel as East End Muslims blocked the traffic. At the entrance to a council estate in East London earlier this month there were anti-Israel banners and Palestinian flags. And then, on top of the lot, the black flag of jihad was flown. In Oxford Street last week Islamic extremists set up stall to try to recruit people to rally around the black flag of ISIS.

The black flag is not about Jewish people. Today in Iraq and Syria it is about Christians who ISIS is forcing to convert to Islam at gunpoint or face beheading. Many Christians are being killed by ISIS for refusing to renounce their faith. On some occasions Christians have tried to save their lives by “converting” at gunpoint and ISIS have killed them anyway.

And this is not only about Christians. It is also about other minority faiths in Islamist dominated countries. In Iraq it is also about the Yazidis, the Mandeans and other ancient beliefs which predate Islam.

The ambition of the jihadists – from al-Qaeda to Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and more – is to subjugate the entire world.

It is now the duty of all decent people – including decent Muslims – to turn on these barbarians and make it clear they will not win.  

Rather than offer up beleaguered Israel we should send another message.  That the extremists will not win in their desire to take over Israel anymore than they will win in their stated desire to raise the black flag of jihad over Rome, Washington, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

Israel is not the cause of the world’s problems. It is simply on the front line of them.  

But increasingly so are we all. And if we abandon Israel today then one day – too late – we will realise that in fact what we abandoned was ourselves.

* Douglas Murray is the Associate Director at the Henry Jackson Society

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6 Ugly Signs of Resurgent Worldwide Antisemitism

By Robert Spencer who is the director of JihadWatch.org and the world’s foremost expert on jihad, for PJ Media (Aug 9):

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Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV channel in late July broadcast a Friday sermon in which an imam issued a chilling threat to Jews: “We will not leave a single one of you alive. Our doctrine in fighting you is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive.” Such savagery may be expected from Hamas, but a similarly virulent antisemitism is becoming increasingly common all over the world.

6. Sweden: Muslim politician denounces “Jewish pigs”

Last week, the Swedish Social Democrat Omar Omeirat, a Muslim and a candidate for town council in Filipstad, wrote on his Facebook page:

The entire Muslim world is sitting and watching while our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.

When this came to light, Omeirat had to resign under pressure, at which point he was contrite: “I regret what I said. It was the wrong choice of words and no one should say something like that.” He didn’t explain, however, how a phrase derived from the Qur’an itself, which three times says that Allah transformed disobedient Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166), could possibly be a “wrong choice of words.”

5. Italy: Imam prays that Allah kill the Jews “one by one”

In a late July Friday sermon in Italy, the imam Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi denounced the Jews, reminding his audience of several of the enormities ascribed to them in the Qur’an, and then prayer:

Oh Allah, bring upon them that which will make us happy. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them to the very last one. Do not spare a single one of them. Turn their food to poison, make the air they breathe blazing hot, make their slumber full of grief, and make their days black. Oh Allah, plant fear in their hearts.

To the credit of Italian authorities, Al-Rawdhi was expelled from Italy after video of this sermon came to light.

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4. Belgium: Doctor refuses to treat Jewish patient

Far from Gaza, in Belgium on July 30, the son of Bertha Klein, a 90-year-old Jewish woman, called a medical helpline for his mother, who had fractured a rib. Determining that the caller and his mother were Jewish, the doctor shouted: “I will not come! Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will not feel pain anymore.”

Michael Freilich, the editor of Belgium’s Jewish News, noted that this was not an isolated event:

This is yet another incident in succession in a short period of time. A shop in Antwerp refused a woman to serve because she was Jewish, a cafe in Liege has a sign hung with the message “Dogs are welcome, Jews are not,” and in Brussels slogans like “Death to the Jews” were chanted during a demonstration. And on Facebook, we see calls every day of hatred against the Jewish people.

3. Canada: Muslim protesters shout “Heil Hitler” at Jews

On July 31 in Calgary, Muslim protesters against Israel’s defensive action in Gaza berated Jewish counter-protesters and ultimately shouted “Heil Hitler” at them.

Canada believes in freedom of speech (sort of: it is crippled by “hate speech” laws, which are tools in the hands of the powerful to silence the powerless), so probably it is no crime to shout “Heil Hitler” there. On the other hand, don’t you think that if the Jews had shouted “Down with Muhammad” or some such, that the police would have stepped in and hauled them before the Human Rights Commission? So do I.

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2. UK: Muslims chant “Heil Hitler,” assault Jews

In Britain, Muslims went one step farther than their Canadian coreligionists. The Daily Mail reported that “304 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in the UK between January and June – a 36 per cent rise compared to the same period a year ago.” Among these were groups of Muslim men driving through Manchester and not only chanting “Heil Hitler,” but throwing what the Mail described as “missiles” at Jews walking along the street. In London, “a Jewish boy riding a bicycle had a stone thrown at his head by a woman in a niqab.”

1. Australia: Supporters of Hamas terrorize bus full of Jewish children

Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported that on Wednesday, “Jewish children as young as five were subjected to a terrifying racial attack when thugs stormed their school bus and threatened to slit their throats. Screaming ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘Heil Hitler’ the louts jumped on the bus packed with about 30 students, from kindergarten to year 12, who were on their way home from school.” They also shouted, “We are going to cut your throats and slice your throats open.”

The young attackers appear to have been non-Muslim, but the Israeli action in Gaza was clearly central to their motivation, as they yelled, “Palestine must kill you Jews.” Their terrorizing of these children thus illustrates how the increasingly violent, thuggish and authoritarian Left eagerly does the bidding of Islamic supremacists and jihadists.

When and how will this pandemic of antisemitism end? The last time it was this bad in Europe, it ended in genocide. Today the Palestinians, the darlings of the international media and “human rights community,” call openly for another Jewish genocide, and nonetheless never lose favor with the intelligentsia and elites.

The moral myopia is as pandemic as Jew-hatred is becoming. Neither shows any sign of abating.

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Fatah leader calls to destroy Israel “from the river to the sea!”

Palestinian Media Watch (Aug 7) — Fatah, like Hamas, continues to present all of Israel’s land as “occupied” and maintains the destruction of Israel as its ultimate goal.

In a recent example of this, Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi posted the following message on his personal Facebook page two days ago:

“O our free people of resolve and sacrifice in Gaza, you are more honored than us all… We remain committed to the promise: freedom, independence, and driving out the occupier from the entire pure land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.

Long live free Gaza!

Your brother, Tawfiq Tirawi.”

[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member, Tawfiq Tirawi, Aug. 5, 2014]

The PA and Fatah regularly teach that the ultimate Palestinian goal is the destruction of Israel. As Palestinian Media Watch documented a few months ago, official PA TV taught in three different episodes of its children’s program Best Home that all of Israel will be replaced by “Palestine”:

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Sabrin, young singer: “We say that Palestine exists, and Palestine will return to us, and there is no such thing as Israel.

PA TV host: “Bravo!”

Sabrin: “There is something called the occupied lands (i.e., all of Israel is ‘occupied land’).”

Host: “Bravo, bravo, bravo!”…

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Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother “must nurse her children on hatred”

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“Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother ‘must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion,’” by Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, August 3, 2014:

A Muslim Brotherhood leader in Kuwait, Tareq Al-Suwaidan, said Muslims “hate” the sons of Zion. He called for Muslim mothers to nurse their infants on this hatred and to plant it in Muslim children’s “souls,” so that the new generation “will erase the (sons of Zion) from the face of the earth.” Last week, Palestinian Media Watch documented a similar Hamas sermon calling for the extermination of Jews.

The Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood speaker also reiterated the MB belief that death for Allah – Shahada(Martyrdom) – is the loftiest goal a Muslim can achieve. Turning to residents of Gaza he said:

“Death for Allah is the highest wish…
you received the death you wanted.”

This speech, which was originally broadcast on July 14th on Sarmad TV (Kuwait), was rebroadcast by Hamas two days ago on Al-Aqsa TV. Hamas defines itself as “one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood…” [Hamas Charter, Article 2]

Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait:

Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: ‘Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.’ (Hadith)

We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: ‘Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!’ (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: ‘And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.’ (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom… Every mother – especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine – must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.” [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), August 1, 2014]…

PMW documented two weeks ago that Hamas TV defended the deaths it brought on its population, saying that Gaza civilians were privileged to have died in the conflict as Martyrs, since their date of death was in any case predetermined – “their time had come.”

Hamas also broadcast last week the words of two Hamas leaders saying death is greater than life:

Hamas leader Muhammad Deif: “We love death like our enemies love life!”

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: “[Hamas] loves death for Allah like you [Israelis] love life.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014]

Pat Condell: Hypocrisy over Gaza

Filled with simple, hilarious, accurate and politically incorrect truths – the reason why Pat Condell is so brilliant and unique.

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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Israel doesn’t owe a biased world any explanation for defending itself
against murderers.

Hamas sermon from Gaza strip: “Our doctrine entails exterminating Jews” – (Not Zionists or Israelis, but Jews).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7WAo…

Gaza civilians executed by Hamas for protesting against the destruction of their neighbourhood
http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protec…

Hamas used child labour to build tunnels. Hundreds killed.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/20…

Arab apartheid against Palestinians
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/312…

No apartheid in Israel, lots of it in the Arab world
http://www.thecommentator.com/article…

Hamas glorifies the deliberate murder of Israeli civilians
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NgUa…

Hamas TV teaches children: Shoot all the Jews
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ORAM…

Meet the Hamas billionaires
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-th…

Private jets, restaurants, luxury hotels: the good life of senior Hamas officials
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,73…

A thank you letter from Hamas to the media
http://www.thecommentator.com/article…

Egyptian TV hosts slam Hamas: “We are sick and tired of you.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VtEN…

Egyptian TV host tells Hamas they belong in a mental asylum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xuYc…

Test yourself: Are you pro human rights, or just anti-Israel?
http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/201…

Israeli Arabs: We do not want to live in a Palestinian state
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/411…

Queers for Palestine. Idiots supporting a regime that wants them dead
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Lo…

Israeli Fringe show closed down by BDS bigots
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-ent…

If you support the “Palestinians”, watch this short history of the region and educate yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ByJ…

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