Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No, Ivanka Is Mislead By Israel's Government Policy

Being petty:

Ivanka [Trump]...posted about what was undoubtedly a moving personal moment on her social media channels:

I am grateful to have experienced a deeply meaningful visit to the holiest site of my faith and to leave a private note of prayer.</

Unfortunately for Ivanka, or whoever runs her social media accounts, she gave expression to a common misconception about the Western Wall. In actuality, the site only draws its sanctity from the adjacent Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism where both Jewish Temples once stood. (The wall is called the Western Wall because it surrounded said Temple from the West.) 

And Rosenberg gives two reasons:

One reason that some mistakenly believe the Wall to be the holiest site in Judaism is that many Jews refuse to step foot on the Temple Mount due to its sanctity, though a minority of religious authorities permit the practice. Another reason for the misconception is that even those Jews who do visit the Mount are forbidden to pray on it by the Islamic Waqf that controls the area, leaving the Wall as the world’s most conspicuous Jewish prayer site...

So I responded with the real reason:

It's Israel's 'holiest' site. As gov't won't let us do anything 'holy' on the Temple Mount, @IvankaTrump has been fooled by our gov't.

It's actually Israel's government policy that is at fault.

Friday, May 19, 2017

When the Mufti Had a NYTimes Problem

Who ever said the New York Times was always pro-Arab?

Jerusalem Grand Mufti Makes Sensational Attack on American Press
Jerusalem (Oct. 16)

The Arab newspaper “Felestin,” controlled by the Jerusalem Grand Mufti, made a sensational onslaught on American newspapers yesterday, singling out the “New York Times.” The paper asked: “Is there no honesty in the American press?”

The Mufti denied interviews with Joseph Levy, “New York Times” correspondent, Ketchum of the “London Daily Express,” and Pierre Van Paassen, representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The Mufti charges misrepresentation and distortion, but makes no specific references. Of his interview with Mr. Van Paassen, the Mufti wrote in the English edition of the “Felestin” that it was merely an informal talk.

Mr. Van Paassen stated before his departure that when he called on the Mufti for the interview, the head of the Moslem Supreme Council offered him inducements, including women, if he would take the Mufti’s side and color the news according to his personal views and ambitions.


Victory is in the Brainpower

Here's is the great historian Barbara Tuchman in an article she published, "Israel's Swift Sword" in November 1967:

“A people considered for centuries nonfighters carried out in June against long odds the most nearly perfect military operation in modern history. Surrounded on three sides, facing vast superiority in numbers and amount of armament, fighting alone against enemies supported and equipped by a major power, and having lost the advantage of surprise, they accomplished the rarest of military feats, the attainment of exact objectives – in this case the shattering of the enemy’s forces and the securing of defensible lines – within a given time and with absence of blunder. The war, which taken as a whole was the greatest battle ever fought in this area, shook the world, leaving local and international balances in new focus, incidentally rescuing the United States from a critical position, and, not the least of effects, exposing a profound failure of Russian calculations and presumably of military intelligence.”
“What furnished capacity primarily was that the brain power with which this people was endowed was channeled for the first time since the Exile into the military art in defense of their own homeland,”

And now consider this parallel, excerpted from the speech Menachem Begin broadcast on Saturday night, May 15, 1948, having not been invited to sign Israel's Proclamation of Independence the previous Friday afternoon:

...even after emerging victorious from this campaign — and victorious we shall be — we shall still have to exert superhuman efforts in order to remain independent, in order to free our country. First of all, it will be necessary to increase and strengthen the fighting arm of Israel, without which there can be no freedom and no survival for our Homeland. Our Jewish army should be, and must be, one of the best trained and equipped of the world’s military forces. In modern warfare, it is not quantity that counts but brainpower and spirit are the determining factors. All of our youth proved that they possess this spirit – those of the Hagana, the Lehi, the Irgun, youth that no other nation has merited. Indeed, no generation since Bar-Kochba and until the Bilu pioneers has seen such spirit.

As for brainpower, after 120 generations, the creativity of the Hebrew mind is one of the most developed and unlimited. Our military science will be built up on the Jewish mind and will be the world’s best. We will yet achieve strength for we possess the power of the brain. In order to free our country and maintain our state, we shall need a wise foreign policy. We must turn our declaration of independence into a reality.  Secondly, we must establish and maintain the principle of reciprocity in our relations with the nations of the world. There must be no self-denigration.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jabotinsky is Not on That Wall

This is at the main entrance square to the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The institution's founders:

From right to left is Judah Leib Magnes, Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann, Berthold Feivel, Martin Buber and Zvi Hermann Shapira.

Ze'ev Jabotinsky is not included.

He was a member of the Preparatory Commission established by the Zionist Congress in 1913 to move the project to fruition.  He was in charge of the work in Russia: canvassing, lecturing and raising funds.  He demanded not a research center but a real school, especially for the Jews suffering from the policy of numerus clausus and an education institute with a very practical-oriented course of studies.  

Oh, he objected to high salaries.

Rewriting history.

Excluding any one right-of-center.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Leo Strauss and Ze'ev Jabotinsky

From this article by Samuel Goldman, assistant professor of political science at The George Washington University. (thanks to MP)

Yet there is something missing from Howse’s portrait of Strauss as a liberal internationalist. That is a detailed consideration of the role of Zionism in Strauss’s thought about violence.

In his intellectual autobiography, Strauss describes his earliest political decision as a commitment to “simple, straightforward political Zionism” at the age of 17. Throughout the 1920s, he was active in the Revisionist movement led by Vladimir Jabotinsky. In the 1930s, Strauss endorsed the “the principles of the Right, fascist, authoritarian, imperialist principles…” as the only basis for defense of Germany’s Jews. In the 1940s, he offered a moral defense of the British Empire partly because of the mercy it offered to the vanquished—including the Jews settled in Palestine. In the 1950s and 1960s, Strauss lectured and wrote extensively on Jewish themes, rarely failing to voice his admiration and gratitude for the foundation of the State of Israel.

These facts are barely mentioned in Leo Strauss: Man of Peace. In fact, the only explicit reference to the State of Israel that I have found comes in the conclusion, when Howse mentions Strauss’s 1957 letter to National Review defending Israel from accusations of racism. As part of his polemic against the neoconservative appropriation of Strauss, Howse assures readers that, “This was an act of loyalty to the Jewish people, not to the political right.”

Howse may be correct about Strauss’s intentions. But Strauss’s personal relationship to the American conservative movement is not the most important issue. Strauss’s lifelong commitment to Zionism tells us something important about his views on political violence. In this decisive case, he endorsed the politics of national self-assertion that Howse contends he had rejected by end of his career.

Strauss makes this point obliquely but unmistakably in the “Note on Maimonides’ Letter on Astrology” that he composed in 1968. In the letter, Maimonides attributes the destruction of the Second Temple to the fact that the Jews relied on magic to provide their defense, rather than practicing the art of war and conquest like the Romans who defeated them.

Strauss describes the remark as “a beautiful commentary on the grand conclusion of the Mishneh Torah: the restoration of Jewish freedom in the Messianic age is not to be understood as a miracle.” The Mishneh chapters that Strauss cites clarify this statement, explaining that the only difference between between the current age and the Messianic era will be “emancipation from our subjugation to the gentile kingdoms.”

For the mature Strauss, in other words, the redemption of the Jewish people was not mystical event. It is a political condition, defined by the reestablishment of Jews’ sovereignty in their own land. The achievement depended on much the same unsettling principles that Strauss endorsed in the infamous letter to Löwith. It may not be a coincidence that they were written almost exactly one year after Israel won control of the Temple Mount.

Strauss may have hoped the Jewish State could eventually become a respected member of a peaceful international federation. Nevertheless, this passage suggests that t’shuvah may not have been the central theme of Strauss’s career. Rather than enacting a return from extremism to moderation, Strauss’s thought about political violence was remarkably consistent concerning the nation that he cared most about. When it came to the Jewish people, Strauss felt that he had nothing to repent.


I Received a Cruel Answer

I attended this week a lecture at the Hebrew University presented by a visiting academic dealing with the future of the territories [Judea and Samaria], Israel's administration of the same and the need for a shift in the way problem-solving is perceived within the context of the failure of the "two-state solution" for decades.  The academic wanted to progress to a new construct and paradigm.

At the outset, he presented several examples of how scientists have made presumptions only to realize that they were totally wrong.  One was the ether experiments that were predicated on the assumption that there actually did exist such a thing. Another was the move from Newtonian physics to the theory of relativity.

The lecture included terms such as negative as well as positive core heuristics, paradigms, anomalies, theoretical apparatus, construct, gestalt, colonialism, Kuhnsian shift, categories of coherent theory, etc. and at the end, there were questions and comments. One person stated, inter alia, that the two-state solution was an Arab initiative.  Poor Peel Commission or, for that matter, the division of historic Palestine in 1922 and the creation of Transjordan. The opinion was voiced that actually the Arabs of the Gallil were treated worse prior to 1966 than those of Judea and Samaria since.

I ventured a question and asked: is there any assumption underpinning the framework that you are suggesting that cannot be touched?  Puzzled he, I added: for example, Palestinian Arab nationalism.

The answer, he half apologized, would be cruel.  If this was a class of advanced physics and a student came in, he said,  and asked what that symbol on the blackboard meant, he would not be allowed to continue in the class.

That was it.

Of course, he could simply have replied that everything is open for discussion and study and experimentation.  Or that Jewish Zionism and a specific Arab Palestinianism are a given. But that, I fear, would have opened up a new front: if the Arabs have consistently rejected a Jewish  national identity since 1920, and doing it quite violently, and rejected every diplomatic initiative this past century and following that up with, yes, violence, and if Zionism is assumed to be colonialism as was intimated in the talk, then obviously, some fundamentals are sacred and cannot be touched while others can most definitely be challenged and whittled away or belittled.

In any case, I am glad that scientists discovered the world is no longer flat.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Amos Schocken and I and Friends Tweeting

Over at my twitter feed, we had a doozy today.

The beginning is almost lost, but archived somewhere, but after I tweeted a dig

got a response:

and then it basically really took off with this:

And here it went on:

and on

and on

and on

and on

I appreciate Amos Schocken being probably one of the most accessible newspaper owners/publishers.

And the conversation may still be going on in some form still (it is). And more.

And on:

Thank you, Amos.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"A Place for Muslim Worship Only": King Abdallah's Chief Advisor

Did you know that the Jordanian King's deputy took part in the Jerusalem forum in Istanbul where Erdogan sounded off?  

"As a Muslim community, we need to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque often, each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us."

HRH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, 

the King's Chief Adviser for Religious and Cultural Affairs and Persona Envoy, was at that international conference on Jerusalem Endowments held in Turkey.

He thanked the Turkish president for patronizing the gathering and supporting the steadfastness of Jerusalemites and holy shrines and reiterated the commitment of King Abdullah II, in his capacity as custodian of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian holy sites [but not the Jewish ones], to continuing defending holy places on behalf of the Arab and Muslim nations.

He stated that the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif remains a Muslim waqf and a place of worship for Muslims only, and it does not accept partnership, partition or negotiation in any way.

And he also obliquely related to me and my friends:

"But today, we are facing extremist movements in Israel. These movements are trying day and night to make gains in the Haram al-Sharif to make it a Jewish synagogue, as they did with the Ibrahimi Mosque...the long-term objective of these movements is the destruction of the Dome of the Rock to build the so-called Third Temple...They (extremist movements) are not ashamed to say it. These movements are somewhat restricted by Israel under constant pressure from Jordan and from His Majesty King Abdullah II." 

Note the content of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty:

  1. Each party will provide freedom of access to places of religious and historical significance.
  2. In this regard, in accordance with the Washington Declaration, Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines.
  3. The Parties will act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions, with the aim of working towards religious understanding, moral commitment, freedom of religious worship, and tolerance and peace.

New Construction in 'Palestine'

It is claimed that the

Al- Reehan Neighborhood is one of the most important residential neighborhoods in Palestine, developed with the latest standards, international methods and architectural planning in terms of design, implementation, infrastructure and public utilities.

Here it is:

It's part of the this:

which is the

Amaar Group...established in 2009 as the real estate investment arm of the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) with an authorized capital of 140 million dollars.

And  Dr. Mohammad Nasr is its Chairman.

A competitor to the Rawabi project?

I hope all their licenses and paper work are legal.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Zionism: Yielding Territory Since 1919

The proposed map of the Jewish National Home as presented to the 1919 Versailles Peace Conference:

We've been yielding and surrendering territory ever since.


Yes, Palestine Was Southern Syria

Another confirming document, from 1919:


And don't forget this

Arab demonstration, Jerusalem, 1919/1920. The banner on the left reads "We resist Jewish immigration", the banner on the right reads "Palestine is part of Syria". (Emphasis added) In the post-WWI Peace Settlement the League of Nations divided Syria and Palestine into French and British mandates. The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which pledged Britain's support for a Jewish National Home in Palestine, was included in the British mandate for Palestine.

The picture reflects the political tensions in Palestine after the British captured the area from the Ottoman Empire.  The region was being divided up by the Great Powers with France taking over Syria and Lebanon, and Great Britain assuming the mandate of Palestine (both sides of the Jordan River) and Iraq.  And in accordance with the 1917 Balfour Declaration, Palestine was to house the national Jewish home.  By 1922, the British had lopped off the eastern bank of the Jordan (some 70 percent of Palestine) to establish the Kingdom of Transjordan for Emir Abdullah.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Renewed Libel: Wild Pigs

In the past, we Jews have been accused of many things like poisoning wells in Europe, slaughtering Christian children for their blood so to bake matzot and more.

Here in the Land of Israel, we've been accused of lacing chewing gum with a sex-drive aphrodisiac ingredient.  And also poisoning wells.

One of the latest (although its been claimed before) is here:

Wild pig attacks child in West Bank

JENIN, May 6, 2017 (WAFA) – A wild pig attacked on Friday night a 10-year-old child in the town of Yamoun, west of Jenin, causing her injury in her hand, according to local sources.  They said Alaa Houshieh was admitted to hospital after she as bit in her hand by a pig.

Palestinians say Israeli settlers let wild pigs run loose in the fields to attack farmers and villagers as a way to keep them off their land.

The residents, who say they never before had wild pigs in the West Bank until the settlers came there, have urged the Palestinian Authority to help get rid of the wild pigs in their areas, which have become a threat to them, particularly children.

Even Abbas promotes this smear propaganda (thanks to RH).  And we are supposed to be able to make peace with such people?



EOZ has a good spin-off take.


I hope we're not blamed for this Austrian incident.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

We Have News From Arkansas

Remember my post concerning Prof. Phyllis Chesler being disinvited from an academic conference, one at which she was actually the only academic qualified to speak to the subject?

Well, there's been a development:

Mideast studies chief at UA suspended after canceling presentation from speaker known for criticizing Islam

The director of a Middle East studies center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville was suspended Wednesday from his administrative duties after canceling a Skype presentation from a speaker known for remarks critical of Islam.Tom Paradise, a geosciences professor who joined the university faculty in 2000, dropped scholar Phyllis Chesler from an academic symposium on honor-based violence in Western countries held April 13-14 at UA, university spokesman Mark Rushing said.

"The decision to disinvite a participant for his or her views is not reflective of the values and practices of our institution," Rushing said in a statement Wednesday. "The decision, made without informing leadership, has resulted in the director's responsibilities for administrative and operational control being suspended pending an internal review focused on the circumstances that led to this decision."

Rushing said in a phone interview that Paradise is not suspended as a faculty member. His faculty salary of $114,512 is unaffected, but his compensation as director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies -- which over the course of a year would be an additional $28,628 -- is being withheld...
Chesler was to give a lunchtime talk titled Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings, according to materials prepared in advance of the symposium sponsored by UA's King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the UA School of Law.
 Three UA faculty members with the center -- Mohja Kahf, Ted Swedenburg and Joel Gordon -- wrote in an April 7 email that they "cannot countenance official Center endorsement (without some protest noted) of the participation on campus in an academic forum of the kind of hate speech that has been included and therefore tacitly accepted as part of the discourse."
Rushing, in his statement announcing the suspension, said: "We believe that the cancellation was an isolated incident and not indicative of a broader approach toward one ideological viewpoint. However, in an abundance of caution, we are actively working to reinforce an inclusive approach to special events with the goal of maintaining an environment where a diversity of ideas is welcomed."

If my post helped, I am glad.



Another item.

Unfortunately, it describes Prof. Chesler's work (and her) as "anti-Islam;" quotes Professor Lisa Avalos as saying something that is not true --  there was not talk about whether Skyping equaled non-payment of the honorarium (since she knew that the specific work had been done already as per her specific request); continues the line that publishing in  Breitbart is the new Original Sin and more.

The article does quote Chesler correctly on defending Tom Paradise who is being scapegoated for what the bullies have done and does quote on her work which, overall, documents that human sacrifice/honor killing is tribal in origin and not specific to any one religion--although no religion has worked to abolish this crime.

"Palestinian" Geography

Jews always knew and debated the borders of Eretz-Yisrael.  The different borders.

They had to because there were religious requirements involved.

And they were the sole people who consistently throughout history had a firm geographical and topographical concept of what there homeland was. It was in their minds, their language, their texts, their religious/cultural ceremonies.

And the other people residing in the country, the Arabs who arrived as a conquering force in 638 CE and occupied the country?

Seems they had a bit of a problem.

From this article by Zachary J Foster: "Was Jerusalem Part of Palestine? The Forgotten City of Ramla, 900–1900", British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 43(4)(2016): 575-589:


I guess geography wasn't their strong point.


What Else Wrong with that UNESCO Resolution

While everyone is upset with the issue of Jerusalem following the UNESCO resolution, I find something else to be problematic in the extreme.

In the Resolution, you'll read this:

The two Palestinian sites of Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in Al- Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

Those two sites are definitely not "Palestinian".

They are, if anything, Jewish.

As I have written up previously, (here; here) Islam does a sort of reverse retro on history, especially Jewish history. What was ours becomes theirs.

And so, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb become 

sites...[which] are an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and shares the conviction affirmed by the international community that the two sites are of religious significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam;

and Eretz-Yisrael, the historic homeland of the Jews, to be, as the League of Nations decided, the Jewish "reconstitut[ed]  national home", is purged out of memory and existence.

And in paragraph 3, you'll learn that

nothing in the current decision, which aims, inter alia, at the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Palestine 

But when Jordan was occupying Jerusalem, the character of the city was very much changed and altered: dozens of synagogues destroyed, tens of thousands of graves desecrated, Jewish religious rights, including those in the signed Armistice Agreement, were violated.

UNESCO forgot about all that.

Let's forget about UNESCO.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Me and the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

In 2006, they stopped by for tea. 


Annex: The Committee's visit programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel 

The group consisted of:
Malcolm Bruce (Chairman)  Quentin Davies
John Barrett       James Duddridge
John Battle         Ann McKechin
John Bercow       Joan Ruddock
Richard Burden
Accompanied by:  Carol Oxborough (Clerk), Anna Dickson (Committee Specialist)
Briefing from Department for International Development and Foreign & Commonwealth officials
Meeting with David Shearer, Head, UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), OPTs
Meeting with Rafiq Husseini, Chief of Staff to the Palestinian President 
Roundtable with Palestinian businessmen:
  • Mr Mazen Sinokrot (Chairman, Sinokrot Global Group)
  • Mr Jihad al Wazir (Deputy Governor, Palestinian Monetary Authority)
  • Mr Talal Nasser Eddin (Chairman and CEO Birzeit Pharmaceutical Group)
  • Mr Mazen Jadallah (Director General, Palestinian Ministry of Finance)
Meeting with Negotiations Affairs Department and Negotiations Support Unit
Group 1: Meeting with Salaam Fayyad, Member of the Palestinian Parliament and former Minister of Finance
Group 2: Meeting with Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) 
Meeting with Hanan Ashwari, Secretary General, Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH); Janet Michael, Mayor of Ramallah; and Lanis Alami, Director of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights
Northern West Bank (organised by UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA))
Visits to Za'atara, Huwwarra and Beit Iba Checkpoints.
Visit to Balata Refugee Camp. Meetings with UNRWA officials, school staff and pupils and the Balata Camp Popular Committee
Visit to Awarta Checkpoint
Visit to Deir al Hatab and meeting with village Women's Association
Meeting with David Craig, Country Director, West Bank and Gaza, World Bank
Meeting with John Kjaer, Head of Mission, European Commission, Jerusalem
Meeting with British journalists based in the OPTs
Meeting with Amos Gill, Executive Director, Ir Amin
Meeting with Jaad Isaac, Director, Applied Research Institute
Meeting with Zahi Khoury, Palestinian businessman and Chairman of the National Beverage Company
Meeting with Terry Boulata, lobbyist and advocate 
Group 1 — Meeting with the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUCOPPS) and the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM)
Group 2 — Meeting with the EU Temporary International Mechanism Team
Civil Society Roundtable
  • Andre Batarseh, East Jerusalem YMCA
  • Rula Nesnas, Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC)
  • Iman Hammouri, Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Rania Kuttench, Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Mazen Hashweh, Director of Resource Development, Welfare Association
  • Dr Tawfiq Nasser, East Jerusalem Hospitals Network
  • Abed Al Qader Husseini, Faisal Husseini Foundation
Meeting with General Keith Dayton, US Security Co-ordinator 

Shilo Settlement
Meeting with Yisrael Medad, Settler representative

Meeting with officials from the Centre for International Development Co-operation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV)
Meeting with Nimrod Barkan, Head of Political Research Department and Daniel Taub, Deputy Legal Adviser, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel Aviv
Meeting with Ephraim Sneh, Deputy Defence Minister
Meeting with Shalom Turgeman, Foreign Policy Adviser and Yoram Turbowicz, Chief of Staff, Prime Minister's Office
Meeting with General Speigle, Chief Policy Adviser to the Defence Minister and Hagai Alon, Adviser on Palestinian Issues, Ministry of Defence
Meeting with human rights and civil society organisations:
Economic Cooperation Foundation
International Women's Commission
Peace Now


Same Old Bad Hamas

The Hamas movement on Monday night introduced an amendment to its political program for the first time, agreeing in particular to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders without recognizing Israel's right to exist, refusing to compromise its weapons.

The following are the main points of the revised "principles and policies document" announced by the head of its political bureau Khaled Meshaal at a press conference in Doha and distributed to the media in both Arabic and English:

Actual text's first page

- "Islamic Resistance Movement" Hamas "is a liberation movement and Palestinian national resistance Islamic, aimed at the liberation of Palestine and confront the Zionist project, reference to Islam in its principles and objectives and means.

- "Palestine is an Arab Islamic land".

- "Palestine with its borders from the Jordan River eastward to the Mediterranean Sea to the west, and from the head of Naqoura to the north of Umm al-Rashrash in the south is an indivisible regional unit."

- "The Palestinians are the Arab citizens who lived in Palestine until 1947, both those who were exiled or those who remained in them. Anyone born of an Arab Palestinian father after that date, inside or outside Palestine, is a Palestinian."

- "Islam against all forms of extremism and religious, ethnic and sectarian fanaticism".

"Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine ... and all its Islamic and Christian sanctities, is a permanent right of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nation, and no waiver thereof or any part of it."

- "Al-Aqsa Mosque is a pure right for our people and our nation, and the occupation has no right to it."

"The right of return of Palestinian refugees and displaced persons to their homes from which they were expelled or prevented from returning, both in the territories occupied in 1948 and in 1967 (ie, all of Palestine), is an inalienable right ... , Palestinian, Arab or international. "

- The Zionist project is racist, aggressive (...) and that the Israeli entity is the instrument of the Zionist project and its aggressive base.

"Hamas rejects the persecution of any person or the violation of his rights on the basis of national or religious or sectarian, and believes that the Jewish problem and anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews phenomena linked mainly to European history, not the history of Arabs and Muslims and their heirs."

- "Hamas stresses that the conflict with the Zionist project is not a conflict with the Jews because of their religion; and Hamas is not engaged in a struggle against the Jews because they are Jews, but engaged in a struggle against the Zionist occupiers aggressors.

- "There is no recognition of the legitimacy of the Zionist entity; all that happened on the land of Palestine from occupation or settlement or Judaization or change of landmarks or falsification of the facts is false;

- No concession to any part of the land of Palestine, no matter what the reasons, circumstances and pressures, and no matter how long the occupation, and Hamas rejects any alternative to the liberation of Palestine completely liberation, from the river to the sea .. However - and does not mean at all recognition of the Zionist entity, Any Palestinian rights - Hamas considers that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty, with Jerusalem as its capital, on the lines of June 4, 1967, with the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes, is a national consensus formula. "

- "Hamas confirms that the Oslo Accords and their annexes are in violation of the rules of international law (...) and therefore the movement rejects these agreements."

- "Armed resistance (...) is a strategic option to protect the constants and restore the rights of the Palestinian people."

لا اعترافَ بالكيان الصهيوني ولا تنازلَ عن أيّ جزء من فلسطين 
(No recognition of the Zionist entity and no concession of any part of Palestine)

- "Hamas refuses to harm the resistance and its weapons, and stresses the right of our people to develop the means of resistance and mechanisms."

- "Hamas believes and insists on managing its Palestinian relations on the basis of pluralism and democratic choice."

And media reports on "moderation" is same bad old press.

Don't fall for "fake news".


From a second Arabic-language site:

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Monday evening, the new political document from the Qatari capital Doha, declaring for the first time its consent to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

The document said, "No concession to any part of the land of Palestine, whatever the reasons, circumstances and pressures, and no matter how long the occupation, and Hamas rejects any alternative to the liberation of Palestine completely liberated, from the river to its sea."

Article 20 of the document stressed, however, that "the recognition of the Zionist entity and the renunciation of any of the Palestinian rights are not the same. Hamas considers that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty, with Jerusalem as its capital, on the lines of June 4, 1967 , With the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes from which they were expelled, is a common national consensus formula. 

Monday, May 01, 2017

Southern Syria Was Also a Palestinian Newspaper

Suriyya al-Janubiyya (Arabic: سوريا الجنوبية‎‎, 'Southern Syria') was the name of a newspaper published in Jerusalem beginning in September 1919 by the lawyer Muhammad Hasan al-Budayri, and edited by Aref al-Aref, with contributions from, amongst others, Haj Amin al-Husayni.

At the time, the term "Southern Syria" referred to a political position which implied support for the Greater Syria nationalism associated with the kingdom promised to the Hashemite dynasty of the Hejaz by the British during World War I. After the war, the Hashemite prince Faisal attempted to establish such a Pan-Syrian or pan-Mashriq state (i.e. a united kingdom that would comprise all of modern Syria, as well as Mount Lebanon and Palestine, including Transjordan, so that Palestine would be the province of "Southern Syria"). This kingdom was to be united with the other Hashemite domains in Hejaz and Iraq, thus contributing in large measure towards the fulfillment of Pan-Arabist ambitions. However, he was stymied by conflicting promises made by the British to different parties (see Sykes-Picot Agreement, Balfour Declaration and McMahon–Hussein Correspondence), leading to the French destruction of the self-proclaimed Kingdom of Syria in 1920.

The newspaper Suriyya al-Janubiyya espoused this Pan-Syria idea alongside Pan-Arabist and Palestinian nationalist political positions. These positions were not contradictory at the time and, in fact, were mutually supportive. With the disappearance of Faisal's Syrian kingdom, the idea of Pan-Syrianism lost support, and the newspaper focused on Palestinian nationalism and opposition to British rule and Zionist immigration, prior to the suppression of the paper by the British authorities in April 1920.

And here:

Southern Syria is a designation that is called the areas south of natural Syria, which are also known as historic Palestine and eastern Jordan (sometimes including the Houran Plain). This name was used during the London Conference in 1840 and was used by the British Encyclopedia in its 11th edition in 1911 as follows: «Palestine can be referred to as the third third of the state of Syria»

South Syria extends to the Sinai, where the Egyptian historian Abdul Rahman al-Jabarti referred to the inhabitants of El-Arish as Syrians [1]. This label spread especially at the end of the British mandate over Palestine and talk about a national homeland for the Jews in it. The Arabs of Palestine called for using this term to denote that this country is part of Syria. This term was used at the Syrian General Conference, which represented all the inhabitants of Syria (including the south) and called for its unity.