Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Islamist Illusions

Caught this:

قال الشيخ حسام أبو ليل، النائب الثاني لرئيس الحركة الإسلامية في الدّاخل الفلسطيني إن هناك "اتفاقا سريا بين الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، وبين بعض الزعامات العربية، للسماح لليهود بالصلاة في المسجد الأقصى المبارك" 

That reads:

Sheikh Hussam Abu Leil, Second Vice-President of the Islamic movement in the Palestinian territories said that there was "a secret agreement between the Israeli occupation, and among some Arab leaders, to allow Jews to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque

Somehow, I would really like to belive him but I'll go with Islamist Illusion. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Spilled Milk

I've now read this

Milk firm may be flouting EU rules on trade with Israel’s settlements
Adri Nieuwhof Rights and Accountability 28 July 2015


An Israeli milk company may be sidestepping EU restrictions on dairy imports from Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.


New research demonstrates that Tnuva, a leading Israeli food firm, is processing milk from settlements that violate international law.


Who Profits?, a group monitoring the occupation, has filmed trucks collecting milk from the West Bank and bringing it to a Tnuva factory in Rehovot, a city inside present-day Israel...Who Profits? filmed Tnuva’s trucks bringing milks from three settlements in the West Bank to Rehovot earlier this month. Similar videos were filmed in September and October last year — a few months before the EU’s rules came into effect.


The evidence indicates that Tnuva is continuing to behave in an illegal manner, despite the EU’s rules.  Under the 1907 Hague regulations — a cornerstone of international humanitarian law — it is forbidden for an occupying power to exploit the land and resources of the territory it occupies for commercial purposes.


Who Profits? has listed four Israeli settlements in the West Bank that are known to provide raw materials to Tnuva. The settlements are named Carmel Maon, Beit Yatir, Migdal Oz and Rosh Tzurim.



But Migdal Oz and Rosh Tzurim were established prior to 1948 so they cannot be post-1967 occupied and in fact, point to Arab crime of ethnic cleansing.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

UZ Greenberg: "He Who Rules..."

From the speech delivered by Uri Zvi Greenberg in the Knesst on March 8, 1949, including his famous dictum (underlined):











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Was Raad Salah's "Quotation" an Error?

This

لا قيمة لإسرائيل بدون القدس، ولا قيمة للقدس بدون الهيكل

translates as

there is no value to Israel without Jerusalem, nor is there value to Jerusalem without the Temple 

It is at this news web site as a quotation direct from Sheikh Raad Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel.  He incites and had been in jail.

I looked for it after seeing it at an Arutz 7 item.

In the past, he has declared:

“Netanyahu is about to build the false Temple, and when the Jews build the Temple they will do so upon the ruins of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].”

But if you look at this article by another Islamist which includes this: 

 أنَّ المؤسّس لما يسمَّى بإسرائيل "ديفيد بن غوريون" قال:"لا قيمة لليهود بدون إسرائيل، ولا قيمة لإسرائيل بدون القدس، ولا قيمة للقدس بدون الهيكل"، وعليه فالصهاينة يحاولون طمس معالم الهويَّة الإسلامية للقدس؛ وهنالك حملة قذرة في تهويد القدس ومن ذلك:

you'll read, in English translation, that:

...the founder of what is called Israel, David Ben-Gurion, said, "there is no value for the Jews without Israel, nor the value of Israel without Jerusalem, nor the value of Jerusalem without the Temple" and the Zionists are trying to obliterate the Islamic identity landmarks of Jerusalem; and there is a dirty campaign in the Judaization of Jerusalem

So, Raad Salah declared what he declared based not on his belief but what he was given to understand was Ben-Gurion's belief.

But did B-G say that?

I checked here but no.  Here, I found this:


“There can be Jerusalem without Israel, but there cannot be Israel without Jerusalem”

The search is to be continued... 

But I think it's a (purposeful) misquote.

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Continuing...

Found this from David Ben-Gurion:


The attempt to exclude Jewish Jerusalem from Israel is not calculated to establish peace in the Near East, and least of all in Jerusalem itself. Jews will sacrifice themselves for Jerusalem no less than Englishmen for London, Russians for Moscow, or Americans for Washington...We hope that those religions which respect the sanctity of Jerusalem and those nations which, like us, believe in the principles of peace and justice will respect the rights of Israel in Jerusalem just as Israel respects the rights of all religions in its holy capital and in its sovereign State.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

So, How Did It Start?


There was Muslim violence on the Temple Mount today, the fast of the Ninth of Av.

How did it start?

From the WAFA news site:

The entry of settlers provoked worshipers, who gathered to defend the site, spurring clashes with police, who provided protection to settlers.

From the Arutz 7 web site:


Jerusalem police received intelligence on Arab youths, who cloistered themselves on Saturday night inside of Temple Mount’s Al-Aksa Mosque.  The young terrorists gathered rocks, planks of wood and firecrackers, even making Molotov cocktails inside of the mosque’s walls, in an attempt to plan an attack against police forces and disrupt Jewish visits to Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av.

From Ynet:

Violence at Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av

Police force their way into al-Aqsa Mosque, where Arab youths equipped with stones and fireworks barricaded themselves overnight; police officers wounded; riot dispersed. 

Jerusalem District Police received information that some youths had barricaded themselves inside the mosque overnight and collected stones, planks, and Molotov cocktails with the purpose of altercating with police and disturbing the visits of Jews arriving at the Temple Mount complex for Tisha B'Av prayers. Tisha B'Av is an annual fast day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

The youths, some of whom wore face masks, created barricades to prevent the door into the mosque from being closed using shoe racks, iron rods, and ropes.

When a police team approached the mosque, the youths threw stones and launched fireworks. Police and border guard forces directed by Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri entered the complex as the rioters escaped into the mosque and threw dozens of stones and concrete blocks.

Police began to remove the barricades placed at the entrance to the mosque, while some were wounded by the stones and fireworks. They managed to force their way in and shut the mosque.

And you believe Arab sources?

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P.S.

And now AP has it right, too.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kerry Channels the Highly-Charged "Powerful"

Here is an excerpt from the interview of Secretary of State John Kerry with Setareh Derakhshesh of VOA Persian on July 20, 2015 in Washington with a certain phrase highlighted:

QUESTION: They [bipartisan skeptics from Congress] seem to remain unconvinced. What is your battle plan, sir, and are you going to bring anything new – any new arguments – so you can defend the deal?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, I’m going to tell the truth about the deal. There are many people who frankly – some of them had opposed it before they even read it. I mean, many of them admitted they hadn’t read the deal when they started opposing it. Some people just oppose the idea of doing a deal with Iran. But I think when people really look at what is gained here, when they see that this is a possibility of actually doing away with a potential of a nuclear weapon, and that perhaps opening up the possibilities of other good things happening, of a new relationship, I think people will see the benefit of it.

Obviously, there is a very powerful group of voices who are opposed to it, who spend a lot of money in opposition to it, and that’s been heard. But I believe – I’m glad we have the 60 days. I think it will give time for people to really reflect and see that if you don’t let this agreement go forward, you could be choosing conflict and war. That could be the alternative. Because if we don’t have this agreement, then I believe the Ayatollah would say, “Why should I negotiate with these guys? They haven’t delivered. They don’t do it.” Why would our colleagues in the world support the sanctions when they say the sanctions were supposed to be to get an agreement, but they got one and now they’ve walked away? So the whole thing comes apart, with great danger to the region.

J Street is spending money and presents itself as powerful, or influential, as it has great White House access.  So, it applies for both sides.  Or should.

Why should "powerful" resonate so negatively in my mind (does it your yours?)?

This: AIPAC: powerful US lobby on pro-Israel mission?

This: Inside The Jewish Lobby—The Most Powerful Racist Organization in the U.S.?

Mr. Kerry used a loaded term, one that is highly-charged.

I hope it was unintentional.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Revenant Comes Alive and Relevant Anew

You'll recall my term for the Jews who have returned after a long absence to our patrimonial lands of Judea and Samaria as I espoused it in 2004 - we are revenants.

Well, there's a movie to be released in January entitled The Revenant from this book.

I hope to take advantage of the opportunity provide to promot my term.

The trailer




The Revenant is the new film of director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Academy Award-winning director, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, about a frontiersman who sets out for revenge after his fellow travelers leave him for dead after a bear mauling. 

From a synopsis of the book on which the film is based

Based Loosely based on true eventson a true incident of heroism in the history of the American West...A Philadelphia-born adventurer, frontiersman Hugh Glass goes to sea at age 16 and enjoys a charmed life, including several years under the flag of the pirate Jean Lafitte...In 1822, at age 36, Glass escapes, finds his way to St. Louis and enters the employ of Capt. Andrew Henry, trapping along tributaries of the Missouri River. After surviving months of hardship and Indian attack, he falls victim to a grizzly bear. His throat nearly ripped out, scalp hanging loose and deep slashing wounds to his back, shoulder and thigh, Glass appears to be mortally wounded...Even though his death seems certain, Henry details two men, a fugitive mercenary, John Fitzgerald, and young Jim Bridger (who lived to become a frontier hero) to stand watch and bury him. After several days, Fitzgerald sights hostile Indians. Taking Glass's rifle and tossing Bridger his knife, Fitzgerald flees with Bridger, leaving Glass. Enraged at being left alone and defenseless, Glass survives against all odds and embarks on a 3,000-mile-long vengeful pursuit of his ignominious betrayers. Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.


This should be grand.  The word doesn't mean a literal ghost, as som claim, but someone thought gone who has come back, as I wrote.  Just as we Jews, banned from our homeland, have returned.



 (kippa tip - Zalmi)

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Was US Consulate Staffer Jewish?

A while ago, I blogged about the death by gunfire of the American Consul in Jerusalem in May 1948, Thomas Wasson.

I have now come across this testimony in real time penned by Rev. Hugh Jones of Christ Church in Jerusalem as his official "Diary of Events" :-

MAY 22nd...The American Consul, a member of the Truce Commission, was severely wounded after leaving the French Consulate where he had held a meeting with other members of the Truce Commission. He was taken, together with another member of the Consulate who was also severely wounded, to our Hospital, which is now being staffed and run by the Hadassah.

MAY 23rd The American Consul and his companion both died of their wounds and were buried in a convent next door to the Consulate on Monday by Ronald Adeney. It was not possible for the American Chaplain, Dr. Klein, to get from the Cathedral into the Jewish area to perform the ceremony

The interesting element is why was it necessary for a Jewish chaplain to be present?

Was the second person who died, Herbert Walker, Jewish?  Here is an AP report in a Pittsburgh newspaper:


A third American member of the Consulate staff, Thomas Gannon, a 'veteran guard', was injured that week as well when shot on the night of May 14/15th.

Was Klein perhaps the sole chaplain, who served all the staff regardless of religion?

To be continued...

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