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My Way of Thinking

This guy says pretty much what I’ve been thinking:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Abd Al-Bari Atwan, former editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which aired on Mayadeen TV on July 14, 2014:

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: The vast majority of the countries participating in [the Arab League] summit consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization. These countries pray – all those foreign ministers are praying – that Israel will manage to get rid of Hamas once and for all. They support the Israeli planes bombing the Gaza Strip under the pretext of getting rid of Hamas and stopping the missiles.

Yizhak Rabin once said that he hoped to wake up one day and see Gaza had sunk into the sea. By God, the Arab regimes and leaders have outdone Rabin in this. They would like the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the entire Palestinian people to sink into the sea with no survivors.

But this guy has a more constructive approach:

Gaza is part of our Land and we will remain there forever. Liberation of parts of our land forever is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews. This will also serve to ease the housing crisis in Israel. The coastal train line will be extended, as soon as possible, to reach the entire length of Gaza.

According to polls, most of the Arabs in Gaza wish to leave. Those who were not involved in anti-Israel activity will be offered a generous international emigration package. Those who choose to remain will receive permanent resident status. After a number of years of living in Israel and becoming accustomed to it, contingent on appropriate legislation in the Knesset and the authorization of the Minister of Interior, those who personally accept upon themselves Israel’s rule, substance and way of life of the Jewish State in its Land, will be offered Israeli citizenship.

That’s Moshe Feiglin, a pretty whacked-out sort. Why, he’s even been know to stroll up to the Temple Mount and pray to God from time to time. Just to put him into perspective.

But he’s right, of course. Israel thought it could live with the Arabs in Gaza, allowing and encouraging settlement—then pulled the rug out from under it’s Jewish citizens, evacuating them without choice, leaving the whole pestilent Strip judenrein. That was nine years ago, long enough to judge the results. Time, I think, to render Gaza jihad-rein, once and for all.

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Heartbreak [UPDATED]

I am just so sad:

In a tragic end to an intensive search by the IDF, intelligence services and police, it has been released for publication this evening (Monday) that IDF forces have discovered the bodies of the three teenagers abducted 18 days ago as they hitchhiked home near the town of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region.

Eyal Yifrah 19, from Elad; Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, from Nof Ayalon, went missing on June 12th, and officials soon identified Hamas as the culprits. Their bodies were found near between the Arab village of Halhul and the Jewish village of Carmei Tzur, near the city of Hevron, where the search operation for them – dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper – had been focused.

The bodies were apparently found together, bound and buried in a shallow grave in a field at approximately 5 p.m. The families of the boys have been informed of their tragic loss.

An emergency cabinet meeting has been called for 9:30 p.m. to discuss the government’s response.

And angry. Sad and angry. It’s one thing to find and hold accountable the person or persons who did it. But that’s hardly enough. Who else knew? Who else approved? How much candy was distributed when the Arabs heard the good news? We’ve shown you the visual evidence of Arab euphoria over the…well, now murders: selfies of people with sh*t-eating grins holding up three fingers. I don’t hold one or three people responsible; I don’t even hold Hamass solely responsible. I hold Arab society responsible—a death cult that inculcates millennial-old bigotry in their children, that kills and maims indiscriminately, that declares it loves death more than we love life.

There will be no justice for these boys until the culture that raised their killers is made to pay.

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Can I be clear enough how much I disagree with this attitude?

US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences Monday night for the loss of Israel’s three kidnapped teens after their bodies were found just north of Hebron in the West Bank. He also warned of any further conflict between Israelis and Palestinians saying, “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

Secretary of State John Kerry also released a statement Monday night: “We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms. The killing of innocent youths is an outrage beyond any understanding or rationale, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. This is a time for all to work towards that goal without destabilizing the situation. “

The French president expressed his concern at the upsurge in violence in recent days in the West Bank and Gaza. He condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory and demanded that, “everything (must) be done to avoid further casualties and the risk of an escalation of violence.”

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said, “We condemn in the strongest terms their killing. We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends and share their grief. We trust the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice. We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground.”

Nothing should be done to “destabilize” the “fragile” situation? Three boys lie dead, shot moments after their abduction by Hamass terrorists. What’s worth preserving about that? Such a “situation” needs aggravation, but quick. Ditto destabilization. Violence needs to be “escalated”, if you ask me. Yesterday. Such mealy-mouthed utterances make me intestinely ill.

It’s so bad, so inconceivably awful, that the UN speaks more honorably than anyone quoted above:

Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor acted quickly, demanding that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon press the Security Council to condemn the murder of the youth, the firing of missiles, and the unity government between Fatah and Hamas.

“In the past few weeks, Israel has come under attack and felt the bitter devastation that comes with Hamas in a Palestinian government. Since the formation of the unity government on 2 June 2014, over 70 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel,” said Prosor.

Ban [ki Moon] responded to Prosor and the incident in a public statement. “There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians. This heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict. It must not be allowed to succeed.”

Phyllis Chesler, writing words that burn within my own heart:

My heart is broken, absolutely broken. Words never fail me but at this moment, only words feel inadequate, even inappropriate. I am, of course, talking about the discovery of three dead bodies which once belonged to three beautiful Israeli souls: Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach.

This is a time for tears but also a time for some very serious decisions. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has confirmed that “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay. He added that the teenagers were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts.”

The French foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, is “deeply shocked and upset” by the murder of these boys. He also expressed “horror” and indignation.”

President Obama expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the murdered teenagers. He added: “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

President Obama did not accuse Hamas of this despicable act nor did he say our government would assist Israel in its search for security and justice. Obama has once again called for “restraint” and “stability.”

Does he mean that Jihadists should refrain from Jihad because it is “de-stabilizing” the entire Middle East or does he mean, more likely, that Israel should “refrain” from defending itself?

White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, also said: “We obviously condemn in the strongest possible terms violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians.”

This is a very unsatisfying and peculiar statement. To what is Earnest referring? This could apply to anyone anywhere at any time. It’s lack of specificity is cruel and insulting.

Precisely. Who doesn’t condemn “violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians”? Oh, right: Hamass!

Read ye, and weep:

A Memorial service will be held tonight outside the Israeli Consulate in NYC. I am sure that similar Memorial services will be held all over Israel and across North America. Hopefully, such Memorial services will also be held across Europe but I have my doubts.

May these dear, innocent boys rest in peace, may the lives they led be a blessing for us all, may their families and all Israel be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Can Hamass Have Our Cake and Eat it Too?

The answer is getting closer to no:

The US Congress is targeting the Palestine Authority (PA) with a cutoff of funds unless US President Barack Obama can justify how continued support to Ramallah advances national security needs.

Moves by both houses of Congress to terminate two decades of economic and security assistance come in response to the June 2 establishment of a new Fatah-led consensus government backed by Hamas, a US-declared terrorist organization.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a 2015 foreign operations bill that bars aid to the PA from some $440 million in proposed funding.

The Senate’s version of its 2015 foreign operations bill, which includes similar language barring funding to the PA, was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 19.

Unlike previous years, when the House banned funding for a government over which Hamas “exercises undue influence,” this year’s language targets any type of power-sharing government “that results from an agreement with Hamas.”

Both Houses saw fit to include language that limits Obama’s ability to ignore the law, as is his wont.

Alas, they missed this chance:

A much more restrictive bill, introduced in April by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., failed to attract sufficient support by Senate colleagues.

Labeled the “Stand With Israel Act,” the bill aimed to rescind the president’s right to waive funding for any type of Palestinian unity government.

The text:

“Prohibition on Foreign Assistance.

(a) In General. Except as provided under subsection (b) and notwithstanding any other provision of law, no amounts may be obligated or expended to provide any direct United States assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority, or any affiliated governing entity or leadership organization.

(b) Exception. The prohibition under subsection (a) shall have no effect for a fiscal year if the President certifies to Congress during that fiscal year that the Palestinian Authority has –

(1) Formally recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state;
(2) Publicly recognized the state of Israel;
(3) Renounced terrorism;
(4) Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services;
(4) Terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement;
(5) Publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel; and
(6) Honored previous diplomatic agreements.”

Israel-boosters look upon Rand Paul with some suspicion, given the foreign policy of his father. But given the length he has gone to in order to keep President Barack Hussein Obama from funding Arab terrorists, it would appear we’re focusing on the wrong politician.

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“Disproportionate” Response Update

Hamass launches 15 missiles at Israel, the headlines scream.

How does Israel answer the provocation?

Israel has dropped hundreds of anti-Hamas lollipops in two of the West Bank’s largest cities, in a renewed attempt to incite Palestinian popular opinion against the Islamist political group.

Palestinian residents of Nablus and Ramallah noticed on Sunday morning that hundreds of lollipops had been dropped in the streets and alleyways of the city, decorated with the phrase “Ramadan Kareem … Some sweets, after Hamas has made life in the West Bank bitter.”

Witnesses in Nablus told Ma’an that they saw Israeli soldiers throwing the lollipops in the streets.

The UN will surely vote overwhelmingly to condemn this act of collective punishment.

PS: If the situation were reversed, the lollipops distributed by Hamass would be laced with rat poison.

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The “Government” of “Palestine”

Translation: Arab terrorists (as if that would ever change).

Hamas Deputy Leader Moussa Abu-Marzouk revealed that despite the talk of a Fatah-Hamas unity government, Hamas remains firmly in charge of Gaza, and is giving the terrorists raining rockets on Israel a free hand.

Abu-Marzouk announced that the terrorists launching rockets, which on Saturday night directly hit a factory in Sderot burning it down, are not being stopped or arrested by Hamas.

While the IDF notes that Gaza terrorists have fired over 30 rockets at southern Israel since the kidnapping of three teens by Hamas terrorists on June 12, Abu-Marzouk clarified that not a single arrest has been conducted against the perpetrators of the recent attacks.

The unity government reportedly has responsibility for managing Gaza, although unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has admitted that his government is completely powerless in Gaza.

As mentioned in the post below, it is US policy to recognize the government of the Arab entity, including Hamass. The Obama regime recognizes a terrorist organization as a legitimate partner. From we “will always have Israel’s back” to “hand us that Heinkel boning knife sticking out your back, will you Izzy?”

Just because Hamass isn’t going after the terrorists, doesn’t mean no one is:

[T]he IAF for its part took out two of the perpetrators in an airstrike on Friday, targeting a car in Gaza. CCTV video footage from Gaza apparently captured the targeted airstrike on film.

I take no joy (well, little joy) in the death of others, but I do have to marvel how wicked awesome such a strike—such a contained strike—is. Passersby within feet of the explosion were not harmed, while those terrorists in the car were vaporized. It’s like watching a David Blaine trick: how do they do that?

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Out of Africa

Our advice—and Africa’s demand—to Jewish people:

The opening ceremony for the 23rd African Union Summit in Malabo was to begin Thursday with a declaration of support for the three kidnapped Israeli teens by a number of participants, until bad blood brought tensions to a boil.

“I have never seen such racism, such anti-Semitism. We were humiliated,” said several of the Jews in attendance, who had left Equatorial Guinea in a fury after changing their flights.

“It all began when one of the Arab delegates, from Egypt, approached us at dinner the night before the opening and asked what we were doing here, pointing at the men wearing kippahs,” said Israeli businesswoman Yardena Ovadia, who had organized the invitation of the Jewish delegation to the summit.

Ovadia, who has close ties with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang, said that she explained to the delegate that her and her friends were Jews from the US, not Israelis.

The following day representatives of the Arab League refused to enter the hall until all the Jews left, or as they called them, the “Israeli delegation.”

“We were already seated in the conference hall,” said Ovadia. “The heads of the Arab League announced a boycott of the conference until the ‘Israeli delegation’ left. We officially declared that we were Americans, not Israelis, but it didn’t help.”

“There was a representative of the US congress with us. She was shocked and said that there will be an official government statement,” Ovadia added.

Fourteen delegates from the delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations stood up and left the hall, and the proceedings opened after an hour’s delay.

“The president of Equatorial Guinea called us to personally apologize and invited the Conference of Presidents’ delegation to a special dinner, but we had rescheduled their private flight and they had already left.”

Maybe I should have titled this post “Apartheid Continent Update”. Whoever were the organizers of this poxy conference, they had a choice to make: between the Jewish invitees (be they American or Israeli) and the bigoted Arab League. They chose, and may they dine alone (if they dine at all).

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Unholy Trinity

The Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are proven experts at tunneling.

That’s how they’ve gotten to this new low:

Palestinian activists have hit back at the Israeli campaign to support the ongoing search for three Israeli boys presumed kidnapped in the West Bank with a counter campaign titled “The Three Shalits”.

The campaign, which has been circulated in various social networks, asks that people take photos of themselves while holding up three fingers as to signify the three abducted teens and in that show their support for the kidnapping. Many of those photographed are children.

Revolting people, no?

Of course, I think the whole social media/hashtag thing is a huge exercise in onanism:

Activists, actors, musicians and other public figures have rushed to adopt the #BringBackOurBoys slogan to raise awareness for the kidnapped teens’ plight; and now Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie has also gotten in on the act, taking to YouTube in an appeal to the United State’s First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Addressing her “mother to mother, woman to woman”, Lavie appeals to Mrs. Obama to help push for the teens’ freedom.

In the video, Lavie emphasizes that children are simply not legitimate targets: “boys have to be out of the game,” she said.

I would say go ahead and tweet, if it makes you feel any better. But then, I think again, we shouldn’t feel better. We should be mad as hell that Boko Haram took the girls, and mad as hell that Hamass took the boys. Mad as hell at every decapitated Christian Iraqi or Syrian. Mad as hell at every slaughtered Nigerian, Kenyan, Somali, etc. We are a disgrace to God and Darwin if we expend our very useful, very honest anger on selfies with hashtags.

What is being done today in the name of Islam (what has been done in the name of Islam for decades, if not centuries) is an affront to the human race. The perpetrators of these Mohammed-inspired crimes have demonstrated themselves to be sub-human, dangerous beasts with blood lust and no creed beyond killing for its own sake. Forgive me if I don’t want to send prayers to the missing girls and boys and their families. I want to send JDAMs to their captors. Here’s a hashtag if it will get things going in that direction: #vaporizemuslimterrorists. Run with it, kids. Do what you do.

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Lie Down With Arab Dogs, Get Up With Palestinian Fleas

Or the other way around, I don’t care.

But if you think that’s an offensive thing to say, I’m not the one saying it:

If it indeed turns out that Hamas was behind the kidnappings of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha’ar, Fatah will regard its unity agreement with Hamas as null and void, a top Palestinian Authority official said Monday. Fatah will consider the kidnappings as “a stab in the back” of the deal, and will no longer consider itself obligated to honor the agreement.

According to the official, Hamas had promised not to carry out terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, as part of the agreement. With the kidnappings, Hamas has clearly violated that promise. The official added that after the incident is over, Fatah will act against “Hamas assets.”

So, Fatah condemns the kidnappings, huh? Then how do they explain this?

Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement continues to glorify and celebrate the kidnapping of three Israeli youths last week, with postings on its official Facebook page.

And this?

In an odious distortion of the World Cup 2014 logo, the official Palestinian Authority daily printed today a cartoon celebrating the kidnapping of three Israeli youths last Thursday night, June 12, 2014.

And this?

PA supports “kidnap-for-hostage” strategy

Abbas in 2011:
“Hamas kidnapped a soldier (Gilad Shalit) and managed to keep him for five years – that’s a good thing.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 24, 2011]

Rajoub representing Abbas in 2011:
“We salute those who dug the tunnel [to kidnap Gilad Shalit]; we salute those
who captured the captive (Gilad Shalit), and salute those who guarded the captive until this deal was completed.”
[Official PA TV, Oct. 30, 2011]

Rajoub in 2014:
“If Hamas wants to kidnap soldiers…we encourage them. When they kidnapped Shalit we congratulated them.”
[Official PA TV, Jan. 2, 2014]

Israel told the Arabs and they told us that if Hamass was part of any Arab “unity” government, all bets were off. Tish-tosh, said John Kerry. Piffle. Hamass isn’t that much worse than the bog-standard Arab terrorism movement.

I’ll be damned if he didn’t get that one right.

PS: Fatah’s words may ring hollow, but at least they ring. The EU has been at a loss for words:

Five days after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, the European Union officially on Tuesday released a statement condemning the event and calling for the teens’ speedy return. The statement followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s implicit criticism of the union for rushing to condemn what it considers Israeli violations while delaying its denunciations of Palestinian terrorism.

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#bringbackourrats

Israel’s partners in peace:

The official Facebook page Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party has posted a cartoon comparing the three kidnapped Israeli students to rats.

The post on the “Palestinian National Liberation Movement “Fatah” / Central Page” shows three rats with Stars of David dangling from a fishing rod; its implications are unmistakable.

Lest there be any “mistake”, the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza remove all doubt:

In an odious distortion of the World Cup 2014 logo, the official Palestinian Authority daily printed today a cartoon celebrating the kidnapping of three Israeli youths last Thursday night, June 12, 2014. Instead of the famous logo of the World Cup 2014, in which three victorious hands hold the globe, together creating the prestigious trophy, the PA cartoon shows a “trophy” of three hands holding three people with their hands up in surrender. Instead of the text “Brasil” below the “trophy,” the word “Khalil” is written – Arabic for Hebron, a city near where the Israeli youths were kidnapped.

Still in doubt?

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Similarly, Fatah is celebrating the kidnapping as a victory. On its official Facebook page, the movement posted a cartoon of a victory sign with three fingers held up instead of two, symbolizing the three kidnapped youths. Accompanying the picture was a smiley with the text, “For your interpretation :)”.

All I can say is it’s a good thing I don’t have access to the nuclear launch codes.

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Apartheid State Update

My wit (!) and sarcasm can’t hide the ugly, ugly truth: there is apartheid practiced in Israel.

I’m sorry Roger Waters and Alice Walker, can you forgive me?

Police officers on Tuesday tried to arrest a nine-year-old boy for prostrating himself in prayer on the Temple Mount. They were stopped in their tracks by the boy’s mother, who as luck would have it is an attorney.

In the video, a police officer is seen leading off the child when the mother suddenly comes up and tells him she’s a lawyer. At that point the officer calls in a superior to speak with the mother.

After the superior attempts to downplay the incident, the lawyer says that the first cop “stopped him (the boy), he said ‘you’re coming with me,’ that’s what he said.”

When the officer says that as the boy’s mother she is responsible for him, and that the group of visitors was given instructions from “Moti” about the rules of visiting the site before entering, the mother reports that she was at the side when she heard that a child was being arrested.

“He told me the child prostrated himself. That’s not okay, he transgressed the rules that Moti told him. That’s not okay according to your rules, but I wanted to know what they’re arresting him for,” the lawyer is seen arguing.

She adds “so that there won’t be a problem I presented myself as a lawyer, because as a mother apparently I don’t have any rights here on the ‘rules.’ But as a lawyer I have (rights) if he arrests him.”

The officer at that point is seen backing down, saying “we’re not arresting anyone.”

The end of the film shows a picture of the boy stretched on the ground of the Temple Mount in prayer, with the caption “this is what he did: he prostrated himself towards the location (where) our Holy Temple (stood).”

Roughly 400 Jews ascended the Temple Mount on Tuesday, in a surprising show of police accommodation other than the near arrest documented in the video.

Jordan, whose waqf (Islamic trust) rules the site in a de facto manner and has Israeli police arrest Jewish visitors for praying there, complained over the Tuesday visits.

Possibly as a result, Jews were again banned from visiting the site on Wednesday for Shavuot; Jews hoping to visit reported that dozens of Arab visitors were armed and apparently ready to riot, with police leaving them unhindered.

Jews can’t pray at their holiest site; if they even think about G-d, they are subject to arrest by Arab security at the behest of Jordanian guardians; Jews are refused entry if the roused rabble of Arab youth, bricks and stones in hand, get word that they are coming.

If that’s not apartheid, the word has no meaning. No wonder Elvis Costello (ptui!) and Lenny Kravitz (feh) refused to perform in Israel.

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Fatah and Hamass United

I guess we have John Kerry to thank.

Hamass:

Hamas’ military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, has produced a Hebrew language video mocking Israelis, sung to the tune of Israel’s national anthem “Hatikva” (“The Hope”). It was posted on its website and on Hamas’ TV’s YouTube channel, to coincide with Israel’s 66th Independence Day earlier this week. The animated video named “The End of Hope” shows Hamas soldiers conquering Israel and expelling Jews to Germany and Russia.

This latest propaganda video asserts that “the Zionists’ army is made of wax and “is melting.” A child is seen throwing a stone that causes Israel’s Parliament Knesset to crumble. The song promises that all Jews will be forced to leave Israel while”the fool who insists [on remaining] – his fate is sealed – [he'll end up] under the ground,” sung to pictures of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze’evi who was murdered by PFLP terrorists in 2001, and Israel’s current Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon with a target around his face. Israelis are then forced by Hamas soldiers to board ships to their “country of origin,” as signs point to “deportation to Russia” and “deportation to Germany,” while in the background are the bodies of Israeli soldiers. The video ends with Jews fleeing the Western Wall and Hamas soldiers standing victorious over the Dome of the Rock Mosque, which is flying Palestinian flags. The song announces that Jerusalem’s name will be the Arabic “Beit Al-Maqdis” and not “Jerusalem.” The final picture shows a burning Israeli flag with words “Israel will surely disappear.”

Fatah:

On one of its official Facebook pages the Fatah movement, which is headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, yesterday posted a warning to Israelis. A sign showed an assault rifle and a map of “Palestine” that included both PA areas and all of Israel. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English it said: “Warning. This is a land of a Palestinian state and the occupation to leave immediately” (English original).

Internationally, Abbas continuously affirms the Palestinians’ desire for a two-state solution and a Palestinian state on the 1967-borders. However, that statement is not reflected in this poster, nor in many other statements and messages to the Palestinian people.

Another Fatah official, Abbas Zaki, clearly explained the goal of bringing Israel to an end when he said:

“Israel will come to an end. If I say that I want to remove it from existence, this will be great, great, [but] it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.” [Al-Jazeera, Sept. 23, 2011]

He recently also stated about Israelis that “I believe that Allah will gather them so we can kill them. I am informing the murderer of his death.” [Official PA TV, March 12, 2014]

Oh, I think you can say it, Zak. It’s not like it’s a big secret or anything. You’d have to be mentally deficient not to know.

Speaking of whom, Obama and Kerry blame Israel and say it’s all about the settlements.

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Happy Nakba Day!

Or Naqba, if you prefer.

How did you celebrate it?

Good clean fun.

I found myself seconds away from being beaten to death by a mob of Palestinian masked men during clashes in the West Bank town of Beitunia, north of Jerusalem, on Friday.

I’m not prone to exaggeration. It was a case of life and death, and I was within moments of falling victim to the kind of lynch that saw two Israeli soldiers who strayed into Ramallah in 2000 beaten to death by a baying mob.

I was saved by pure good fortune: Two plainclothes members of the Palestinian Authority security forces happened to be nearby and waded in to extricate me. I was already being hit and kicked from behind when they rescued me.

I’ve been covering the Palestinian territories for many years, and been in no shortage of sticky situations, but this came out of the blue. It was totally unexpected.

Unexpected? Do you read the papers?

I was there to report on the Nakba Day protests with a cameraman colleague from Walla News. He was some distance from me when he was approached by several Palestinian journalists who told him to “Get out.”

I walked toward them, and told them that if they had a problem, they should be talking to me. One of the Palestinian journalists, a young woman, then called over to a group of masked men, who swiftly surrounded me and began attacking me.

A “journalist”. I bet she was.

Naqba in name, naqba in natyure.

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