Archive for Arab Anti-Semitism

There Goes the Neighborhood

There are no no-go areas in Jerusalem:

Dozens of Jewish Israelis moved into an apartment complex in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan overnight Sunday to Monday morning, repeating a nighttime operation that had drawn international condemnation.

Ateret Cohanim, an organization that settles Jews in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, said Monday that it facilitated the purchase of two buildings. Spokesman Daniel Lurie said the buildings have nine apartments in all, and will double the Jewish presence in the section of the Silwan neighborhood.

The apartments are near Beit Yonatan, another building inhabited by Jewish residents and owned by Ateret Cohanim.

Ir Amim, a dovish Israeli rights group, said the move would raise tensions.

“The entry of more settlers into Silwan is another step toward closing the window for a diplomatic solution,” Ir Amim policy development director Oshrat Maimon said in a statement.

We’re arguing over nine apartments? Making 18 apartments overall? In buildings that were bought and paid for? And this is a problem?

At most, we’re talking about 1% of the population:

Around 90 settler families, totaling 500 people, live in Silwan among some 50,000 Palestinians. Israeli police protect them.

“This is a government by the settlers for the settlers,” said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator, calling the move an attempt to erase Palestinian identity.

I would argue—and do, vociferously—that there is no “Palestinian identity” in Jerusalem. Arab, perhaps, “Palestinian”, no. I equally vociferously argue that there is no “Palestinian identity”, period. But that’s for another time.

Arabs like these are uncomfortable living with any Jews, as in any more than none. That’s not true of all Israeli Arabs (20% of the nation’s population), but it’s true of enough.

And then there’s their apologists:

Many centuries before Jerusalem was conquered by King David and became the capital of the united kingdom of Judea and Samaria, Hebron was already deeply embedded in Jewish history. There, according to the biblical narrative, Abraham purchased a burial place for Sarah in the first parcel of land owned by the Jewish people in their promised land. The matriarchs and patriarchs of the Jewish people were buried there. Joseph and his brothers brought the body of their father Jacob from Egypt for burial in the cave of Machpelah. At the beginning of the Common Era, King Herod built its massive stone enclosure that remains the oldest intact structure in the Land of Israel. Jews have returned to pray and to live in Hebron ever since.

But in a recent speech Sir Alan Duncan MP, formerly vice chairman of the Conservative Party and minister for international development, demonstrated his appalling ignorance of Jewish history and his no less reprehensible loathing for Israel. Gliding from accusations of “criminal intent” for its announcement of plans to build 2,600 homes in Jerusalem (for Jews and Arabs), he redirected his fury to the community of 800 Hebron Jews who live in a tiny enclave surrounded by 170,000 Palestinians. “One should not use the word ‘apartheid’ lightly,” Duncan raged, “but as a description of Hebron it is both accurate and undeniable.” There, he asserted, “the rule of international law has been shelved.” He proclaimed: “Over the years we have made a firm stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. It is time now that we added ‘settlement endorsement’ to that list of extreme undemocratic attitudes which we are not prepared to tolerate.” With that outburst Sir Alan elevated himself to the top rank of anti-Semitic bigots.

Some twenty miles to the north of Hebron, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Jews are no less welcome. Until recently 500 Jews lived among 50,000 Palestinians in the neighborhood abutting Ir David, captured by King David three thousand years ago. Long before Muhammad tethered his horse Burack to the Western Wall, according to Muslim legend, Jews lived nearby. As in Hebron, they were expelled but eventually returned to reside in their sacred cities. But the dismaying prospect of yet more Jews in Silwan roiled Palestinian residents, who found a sympathetic forum – not surprisingly – in The New York Times. In yet another Times story (October 15) lamenting the arrival of Jews in Silwan, Isabel Kirshner labeled it a “politically delicate neighborhood” located “in territory that Israel conquered from Jordan” in 1967 and then annexed “in a move that was never internationally recognized.”

Back to Silwan:

A “neighborhood activist” explained: “Settlers’ buying houses seems legitimate, but it’s not. . . . We are not living in Tel Aviv, in a normal situation to decide whether to sell or not.” An East Jerusalem lawyer representing Silwan families was vigorously searching for “flaws, illegalities or violations” that could nullify the sale of property to Jews. “The national and religious control for the area,” Kirshner concluded, “is taking place house by house.” Jews, by strong implication, are the pushy intruders. Conspicuously absent from her interviews were Jewish residents of Silwan, who might have expressed contrary views about Jewish newcomers.

These ancient “sister cities,” as David Ben-Gurion identified Hebron and Jerusalem, are more deeply embedded in Jewish history than any others. “We will make a great and awful mistake,” he declared after the Six-Day War, “if we fail to settle Hebron, neighbor and predecessor of Jerusalem, with a large Jewish settlement, constantly growing and expanding.” That is hardly less true for the city whose loss Jews lamented from Babylonian exile in the 6th century BCE: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. . . . Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember you not; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy” (Psalm 137:5-6). Jerusalem includes Silwan.

By the way, Silwan is the place name Arabic; it’s Shiloah in Hebrew. Because it’s Israeli, ancient and modern.

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“Street Anger” and “Agitation” Watch

I sense a new theme, don’t you, John Kerry?

The daughter of the leader of Gaza’s Hamas terror militia, Ismail Haniyeh, received emergency medical treatment in an Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv earlier this month, according to Reuters news agency.

Ichilov Hospital confirmed the report and said that the daughter had been released over a week ago.

“Ismail Haniyeh’s daughter was indeed hospitalized for medical treatment for several days at the hospital,” Ichilov said. “Over 1,000 patients from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority territories – both adults and children – are hospitalized for treatment at our hospital every year.”

Several of Haniyeh’s relatives have received medical treatment in Israel, including his mother in-law and granddaughter, despite the fact that he has pledged Israel’s utter destruction.

Fine, go to Israel for treatment if you must.

But don’t drink the water!

Last month, official PA TV revived another medieval libel reporting as news that Israel was intentionally “injecting poison” into Palestinian water sources as a “war strategy” during the recent Gaza war:

Official PA TV newsreader: “Water experts have warned of the consequences of the attack by the occupation [Israel] on water wells, as a result of its use of poisonous bombs that threaten public health…”

Official PA TV reporter: “The policy of attacking water wells is a war strategy used by the occupation in its aggression against Gaza. Not only were the people deprived of water, but poison was also injected into main [water] sources, destroying agriculture.” [Official PA TV, Sept. 24, 2014]

That’s enough to make the quietest street angry! And you don’t know from agita.

PS: While we’re on the subject of blood libel, I hope the Israelis siphoned off a pint or two. A matzo isn’t matzo without that special ingredient!

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Some “Silent Intifada”

If you listen ve-e-e-e-ry carefully, you can just make it out:

Arab terrorists hurling molotov cocktail firebombs at Jewish homes, trying to burn entire families as they sleep – it has become part of a routine of terror in the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, where a “silent intifada” has been raging under the radar of major news outlets.

A new video shows just shocking and potentially lethal the wave of terror has become; the video, uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, shows Arab terrorists from the Al Sawana neighborhood just east of the Old City, between the Mount of Olives and Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, lobbing firebombs at Jewish homes.

The terrorists can be seen charging the homes in the dead of night clutching their molotov cocktails, before releasing the bombs at the houses in large arcs and then turning tail to flee the scene.

Two of the firebombs are seen catching, setting alight the homes with blazing fires. Miraculously, the inhabitants were able to avoid the urgent danger.

Where would these people—no different from you and me—learn to dehumanize their adversaries so completely? What would cause them to get up from their games of dominos and chemistry homework to bring raw terror to young families? Where were the ice cream cones in their hands rather than Molotov cocktails?

BARF!!!

Because they’re not like you and me, the only chemistry they study is the science of combustion, the only ice cream they have is Rocky Road.

Rather, this is who they are:

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman called Jews visiting the Temple Mount a “herd of cattle” on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he incited violence against Jews visiting Judaism’s holiest site and called to prevent their access “by all means.”

“The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.

“We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque,” he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a “herd of cattle.”

On Saturday, Abbas called all Israelis “settlers” for visiting the site, which is besieged by Arab rioters who have forced Israel’s police to close the Mount to Jews over the past several weeks on multiple occasions.

“It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa… and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it,” Abbas said.

The Chairman’s words have already evoked outrage from Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), who called Abbas an “anti-Semite” on Saturday night.

“These words reveal, again, the true face of Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denier who talks about a ‘Palestinian state free of Jews,'” the Foreign Minister fired.

Abbas “was, and remains, an anti-Semite wrapped in a nice suit and pleasantries for the international community,” he added, accusing the Chairman further of “stirring up incitement against Israel and Jews and calling for a religious war.”

I don’t know, Avigdor, our Secretary of State says it’s all your guys’ fault.

He was pretty clear about it:

“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation,” Kerry said.

Actually, I’m still not clear what he meant. There is peace between Israel and the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza—has been for weeks. Except when the Arabs hurl firebombs at Jewish homes and pelt cars and trains—and preschools—with large rocks. It seems to me if we end the “street anger and “agitation”, we might just have peace. Something closer to it, anyway.

PS: Am I just being sensitive, or is Abbas’s use of the cattle metaphor just a little too close to Holocaust imagery?

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Other Pogroms You Might Have Missed

Move along. Nothing to see here:

A severe, unpublicized security incident in Bet El, just north of Jerusalem, back in August led the town’s Security Chiefs, in cooperation with the IDF, to rethink defense arrangements.

The incident began when ten Jewish youth hiked in the Wadi, a nature canyon near the town security fence, and were assaulted by 20 Arabs chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Another 20 Arabs appeared and ascended the hills on the sides of the Wadi and began hurling softball-sized rocks.

“It was the most life-threatening situation I have witnessed,” said Yisrael D., watching from his apartment window overlooking the Wadi. “The youth were trapped and threatened by stones coming from all directions,” he said.

An approaching IDF jeep which just happened to be nearby sent the Arabs fleeing.

Boy, it almost seems like Arabs stone Jews on a regular basis, From pre-schoolers to teens to moms. “Seems”, I said. We’d hear more about it if it were actually true.

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Mount of Olive Pits

You don’t need three guesses to know who supplies—indeed, who is—the pits:

The security situation in Jerusalem continues to be unbearable for many Jewish residents, as every day brings another story of Arab violence against Jews. At around 2:00 p.m. Thursday, a young married woman in her 20s and three girls aged 16-17, all residents of Maaleh Zeitim, were surrounded by a rock-throwing mob in A-Tur. The woman was driving the girls home after school.

According to M., who also lives in Maaleh Zeitim, the driver had decided to take the less-used road through A-Tur because the Old City is full of traffic due to the holiday and tourist season. “In addition, there were riots recently near Shaar Shchem (the Damascus Gate); the Wadi Joz road is trafficky and also runs through an Arab neighborhood, so they decided to take the a-Tur road. It’s not a road that we drive through a lot but they thought this was their only option.”

“There was a lot of traffic,” M. told Arutz Sheva. “They noticed that a crowd was forming behind their car. They felt that something was going on, and the feeling was verified when a rock hit the car. As Jerusalem residents – this in itself is something we are familiar with. It has happened to all of us before.

“They tried to press forward in traffic, but meanwhile, they saw that a crowd was coming toward them. They called security. They called the Mount of Olives hotline but it simply does not pick up the phone. They called the police, who tried to get them to describe their exact location, but the call got cut off. The police called them back, and tried to get some information about where they were and what was going on, but did not give them any advice.

“More rocks were thrown at the car, until the windows were smashed. Glass and rocks started falling on the girls in the back seat. The girls put their schoolbags over their heads, to keep from getting hurt. This worked, more or less – but one girl was hurt a bit in the back by rocks. The two girls who sat in the back were taken to Shaarei Tzedek and Hospital they are OK – no lasting injuries. Not physical, anyway.

The girls are very angry

“As the crowd got closer they tried not to panic. The mob surrounded the car – and one of the attackers threw a rock that a girl described as being ‘the size of a round watermelon.’

“The driver tried to make a U turn, but would have had to run over people to do this. She screamed at police that if they don’t come she will simply run over everyone. A car blocked them from behind, maybe on purpose, maybe not. Suddenly, they noticed that traffic had opened up a little and they drove out of the jam. The driver then saw a police car stuck in traffic. Shaking, she got out of the car, and demanded a police escort, saying she refused to go anywhere unless police came along with her. Two Border Policemen got in the car and they continued until they reached a more quiet place. There, they finally received the attention of police and medical personnel.”

“I spoke to one of the girls,” M. told Arutz Sheva, “and they are very angry. They are angry that they are not afforded the protection that they deserve, as children who are simply going home from school. She asked why schoolchildren are not protected.”

Because they’re not, as we reported a couple of days ago:

These rocks were aimed at little ones, pre-schoolers and the like. Which just prepares them for their teen years.

Just keep building, Israel. If you can’t arrest ‘em, evict ‘em.

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They Ain’t Making Jews Like Dreyfus Anymore

You know, that Jean Marie Le Pen, he wasn’t such a bad guy:

From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks.

A former communist, Ciardi once believed the scene at the agency was a necessary element of French efforts to help integrate new immigrants. But that changed in 2000 after the second Palestinian intifada triggered a massive increase in anti-Semitic violence, much of it committed by Arab and African immigrants.

The violence was enough to shift his political allegiance to the National Front, a far-right party long demonized by French Jews as anti-Semitic and a threat to republican values.

“I never considered voting National Front,” Ciardi told JTA. “But I realized you need to defend yourself, your community, society and country against those seeking to subdue us.”

To be fair, it’s not Le Pen père we’re talking about, but Le Pen fille:

French Jewry has long viewed the National Front as an enemy, an abominable vestige of the pro-Nazi Vichy state. But under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, the photogenic daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, a political provocateur convicted multiple times for hate speech and Holocaust denial, the party has tried to shed its image as decidedly outside the mainstream.

The younger Le Pen has aggressively courted Jewish voters by emphasizing its opposition to “the Islamization of France” and asserting that Jews have far more to fear from Arab anti-Semitism than from the racist rhetoric of some far-right activists.

Her strategy appears to be working.

A recently published survey of 1,095 self-identified Jews showed that the National Front had more than doubled its share of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential elections, earning 13.5 percent of Jewish support — a finding that has set off alarm bells among leaders of France’s major Jewish groups.

I wouldn’t worry. This ain’t her daddy’s National Front. Besides, ask Enoch Powell how it feels to be right ahead of your time:

Here is a decent, ordinary fellow-Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen.

As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood”.

That speech, famously known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech, was delivered in 1968. Powell was reviled as a racist for decades thereafter. Until Woolwich.

And Jihadi John. Among several other incidents.

As Reagan’s Labor Secretary, Ray Donovan, famously quipped after his acquittal on charges of fraud, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?” Enoch Powell has since passed across the River Styx, “foaming with much blood”, his reputation very much intact. Jean Marie Le Pen will take a little more time.

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Shoot First, Shoot More Later

The following preview is rated X, for X marks the spot, Israeli drones:

Arab terrorists were caught on camera as they rained a potentially lethal hail of rocks on Israeli cars Thursday afternoon on Highway 60, which runs the length of Judea and Samaria.

The terrorists, who carried out their attack near the community of Ofra in the Binyamin region of Samaria, were filmed by a crew of the company IS, which provides legal and security advising.

As they captured the attack on film, the IS crew called security forces, and thanks to their actions and film evidence, the two terrorists were quickly apprehended.

It should be noted that rocks thrown at cars driving at a high speed can easily break windshields and inflict lethal damage, aside from potentially causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash.

There have been numerous lethal rock attacks, including the case of Asher Palmer and his baby son Yonatan who were murdered in 2011.

Recently rock terror has been on the rise, as just on Thursday, the say day the rock throwers were filmed, a family in Jerusalem made a wrong turn into the Wadi Joz neighborhood and was set upon in a planned Arab ambush that nearly took their lives.

In Jerusalem?

Really?

A family accidentally drove into the Arab neighborhood of Wadi Joz in Jerusalem on Thursday night, and nearly paid for the wrong turn in Israel’s capital city with their lives.

After entering the neighborhood, the family car was beset upon by a hail of potentially lethal rocks and massive bricks that broke the windshield, in what the mother of the family Etti Cohen described to Yedioth Aharonoth as “nearly a lynch-mob.” Fortunately the family managed to escape with only minor physical wounds.

“I feel like we got out of there by a miracle,” Cohen recalled tearfully. “I woke up this morning and the first thing that happened to me was hysterical crying, because I don’t believe that we’re at home and safe.”

“Suddenly a boy around 12-years-old came to the window of my husband, who sat on the left side. …The child started knocking on the window as we were driving,” recalled Cohen, noting suddenly there were screams in the street and three cars blocked their forward movement.

At that point, Cohen said the bricks started flying, with the first breaking through the rear windshield: “that was a shock. I didn’t believe it was happening to us. Another rock hit the window of my husband who sat behind my daughter who was driving, and broke it in. A third rock came through the broken rear windshield and hit the headrest of the friend of my son who was with us.”

Cohen’s daughter snapped out of her shock, stepping on the gas and driving onto the sidewalk to get around the stopped cars, as Cohen got the police on the phone and “simply screamed on the line. Everyone in the car screamed, there was fear.”

The police phone operator told Cohen to get off of the road because “it’s dangerous” according to Cohen, who said “I just prayed to see something Jewish; the officer who took the call told us to drive through the wadi (valley), and there after a few minutes we saw Border Patrol officers.”

“It truly ended in a miracle, the car was completely smashed up and that’s okay as long as we are safe. My daughter is suffering awful trauma. My husband is a little wounded in the face but it will pass in a day or two. I look at the kids and say ‘thank you’ that they are here with me,” said Cohen, who warned drivers not to rely on their GPS systems.

Reports on Monday revealed that in the past few months terror attacks in Jerusalem have been growing exponentially, with 152 terror attacks and incidents in July and August, a stark rise from previous months.

These Arabs have to stop acting disproportionately.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People Update

I really must make this a more regular feature.

There’s so much low-hanging fruit:

Last week, Palestinian and Israeli boys met in Southern Israel to play in a football match organized by the Israeli Peres Center for Peace. The Palestinian Authority daily reprinted an article from Agence France-Presse that described the match and the initiative in a positive light. However, news of the joint sports activity with “the Zionist enemy” was not well received by PA and Fatah leaders.

Wait for it:

“Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity.”

He demanded that “all individuals and institutions distance themselves from such activities, especially because their recurrence would arouse disgust and aversion towards all members of the [Palestinian] sports community.”

Denouncing the match as “a crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act,” member of the Palestinian Olympic Committee Abd Al-Salam Haniyeh demanded that Rajoub “immediately interrogate the organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the Martyrs [who died in the Gaza war] and violation of the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community’s leadership.”

Fatah branch secretary Dr. Kamal Makhamreh said that the participation in the match “was an individual act, conceived by sick souls that agreed to be humiliated for a handful of money.”

See? What have we been missing? I can’t promise a daily report, no matter how frequent their self-humiliation. But look for it more frequently. I owe you that.

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Two-Fer

Some days, the sun shines on you:

Yesterday, was such a day for Jihadi John—or Head-Hacking Harry, or whatever his name is.

American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was brutally beheaded by the Islamic State terrorist group, took great risks to keep his Jewish faith in captivity, a former fellow-captive of the murdered journalist told Yediot Aharonoth.

However, it turns out that Sotloff was in fact Israeli.

A media gag order on the issue was released on Wednesday, allowing publication of the fact that Sotloff made aliyah (immigration) to Israel in 2005 by himself, and studied at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Sotloff reportedly made sure to fast in secret during Yom Kippur and even prayed in the direction of Jerusalem, as is customary in Jewish prayers, despite the risk he faced if his Islamist captors ever found out he was Jewish.

One head, two nationalities, both Satanic. I hope ISIS bought a lottery ticket that day.

One of Sotloff’s fellow captives, who was subsequently released, told the paper that he feigned illness in order to escape his captors’ suspicions.

“He told them he was ill and didn’t want to eat, even though they brought us eggs that day,” the witness told Yediot Aharonoth, “It looked like he was praying in a hidden way towards Jerusalem. He noted what way the Muslims were praying in and changed his direction slightly.”

I don’t suppose ISIS could fall lower in my esteem just by beheading an Israeli and/or American. They’ve done the same to hundreds. So, I’ll just congratulate them on a lucky, uh, stroke. We’ll get you next time.

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Who Remembers Adele Biton?

We do:

After 18 months of hospitalization and operations, terror victim Adele Biton is scheduled to return to her home community of Yishuv Yakir in Shomron on Thursday, 2 Elul 5774. The joy is bittersweet amid the realization that Adele is far from returning to her hold self. Progress during the difficult rehabilitation process has been limited.

Back in 2013, then 3-year-old Adele began rehabilitation; the family realized the road ahead would be difficult and slow. Adele was released from Schneider Children’s Hospital where she was treated for life threatening injuries sustained in a car accident, the result of her mother’s vehicle being bombarded with rocks by Arabs near Ariel in Shomron. Her mom lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the rear of a truck parked on the side of the road.

Now, 4.5-years-old, Adele is being discharged from Beit Levinstein Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital wanted to discharge her some time ago but Mrs. Biton took the case to the Supreme Court, with the latter ruling Adele should be given addition rehab time. Mrs. Biton realizes the situation is complicated as Adele is capable of limited movement and response. “She needs constant intensive therapy” she explains.

On Thursday another event connected to that attack is scheduled to take place when a military court will hold a hearing for the main suspect in the attack.

“I really wanted to take part in the hearing to make sure the court does not show leniency towards the terrorists but I will be busy bringing Adele home” explained Mrs. Biton.

A year and a half later, and Adele’s attacker will finally face justice. But is there any justice for Adele?

To Israelis, every life is sacred. A child brain-damaged by a boulder is fretted over and treasured. In Hamastan, such a child has a different role to play: human shield.

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Look What the Media Discovered

Terrorist summer camps!

The little boy looks barely old enough to walk, let alone understand the dark world he’s now inhabiting.

He should be toddling around a playground with his friends. But instead, he wears a black balaclava, crouched down in a desolate street with his tiny hands clenched around an AK-47.

He pulls the trigger and the recoil of the shot knocks him back, his limbs unable to control the rifle. An adult takes the weapon from the boy’s hands as he stands up and steps away, casting a blank glance into the camera.

It’s just one of the many videos that ISIS — the Sunni terror group that has declared an independent Islamic state stretching from northern Syria to central Iraq — has produced to boast of its youngest “recruits.”

And as the radical Islamist group strengthens its hold on this huge swath of land in the heart of the Middle East, it is cramming its warped ideas into minds that are often too young to understand.

Mohammed, whose name has been changed out of fears for his safety, was one of them. He has now fled to safety in Turkey, but was just 13 when ISIS said he should attend one of their children’s camps in northern Syria.

“My friends and I were studying at the mosque, and they taught us that we should enrol in jihad with the [Islamic State],” Mohammed told CNN. “I wanted to go, but my father did not allow me to.”

When ISIS found out that Mohammed’s father had prevented him from attending, the militants sent a patrol to their house.

“[They told me] ‘if you prevent Mohammed from coming to the camp, we will cut off your head,'” his father, who declined to be named for this story, told CNN. “They were armed … and you saw the slaughter in your own yes.”

So off Mohammed went to the camp.

There’s a good little shahid.

But where have you been, CNN? Arab terrorists have been holding terrorist summer camps as long as there has been terrorism, summer, or Arabs!

Here’s one from our archives:

The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Monday of paramilitary camps geared at training high-school children “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs.”

“Beware this generation,” Haniyeh said, addressing Israel. “This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and the suicide operations.”

The Hamas prime minister added that female trainers are also on staff “to oversee the training of the young women to follow in the footsteps of the female suicide operatives.”

Here’s another:

As the hot weather arrives in Gaza, children head to the town of Rafah for summer camp — not to play sports but to join war games organized by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, the AFP news agency reports.

Youngsters wearing military fatigues and the movement’s black insignia capture a fellow camper posing as an Israeli soldier and drag him away — all
part of being trained to “resist” the enemy.

Around 100 children under the age of 16 learn from members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing Al-Quds Brigades how to strip down an AK-47 assault rifle, crawl through tunnels and run across burning tires amid the sound of explosions on their assault course.

“When I’m older I want to fight in Al-Quds Brigades and capture Israeli troops,” said 12-year-old Ezz, who was this time playing the role of the unfortunate enemy soldier taken from his position atop a scorching sand dune.

Ezz is a pupil at a school in the Gaza Strip run by the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

See, CNN? Not only are these camps common as muck, and hardly secret, they’re run by the United Nations!

And learning how to hate and kill Jews is not just fun and games.

It’s serious business:

This connection between education and terrorism was demonstrates in the clearest and most shocking way possible in photos published Tuesday. The images from a year-end party at a Gaza kindergarten show young children wearing army fatigues and waving toy guns. These same youngsters also chanted anti-Israel slogans, expressing their desire to attack the Jewish state with missiles, blow up in buses, and die as martyrs.

Your shock—shock!—at terrorist training camps for Arab youth would be adorable if it weren’t so despicable. Hamass, Islamic Jihad, Fatah have been running these child abuse mills for years. Years. Sometimes with UN funding. And some parents don’t wait until school age.

I ask again, CNN: where you been? Or is it not so shocking if the targets of the genocide are of the Jewish persuasion?

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Israel Guilty as Charged

Of going too easy:

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (Yisrael Beytenu) has called on the government to take a much firmer hand with Hamas, just hours before a ceasefire is rumored to go into effect Monday.

Aharonovich made his comments following a “difficult” visit to the Tragerman family, whose four-year-old son Daniel was killed in a mortar attack on Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel on Friday.

“With a terrorist group you need to deal in a far more violent and harsh way, to defeat it. I have said this already a number of times in the past.”

“What is important to us is to return security to the residents of the State, with an emphasis on the south,” he continued.

Hard to argue with that.

And I don’t dispute this:

Barak Seener, an Associate fellow at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, thinks Israel is “choosing not to win” the war in Gaza.

“In general,” he explained, “modern warfare is not geared towards protracted conflict, and thus Israel should have initially gone in harder. This was prevented by a lack of extensive sound intelligence of tunnels and the whereabouts of Hamas operatives. Israel’s diplomatic standing will decline as Europe does not anymore understand the power of ideologies, let alone a genocidal, zero sum game Islamist and suicidal ideology.”

“There is so much that has been reported in Israeli news outlets but has not been reported in European outlets. This includes Hamas executing Fatah members, children digging tunnels, concrete being redirected to building tunnels rather than hospitals and schools, the affluence of Hamas’s leadership who divert funding to the Palestinians to their own personal accounts, even pictures of tunnels were reported by the Washington Post a few weeks earlier than Reuters.

“The main issue is that Israel should take exactly the same initiatives (not more) as Allied forces have done in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. While it is natural that Israel should seek to avoid civilian casualties, its priority is to its own civilians and soldiers.

I dispute only this: “Europe does not anymore understand the power of ideologies, let alone a genocidal, zero sum game Islamist and suicidal ideology.”

Europe understands all too well: James Foley’s executioner was British. Europeans are just praying that the Islamist threat will spare them if they ignore or submit to it. Which is how Europe deals with most threats. Israel does not have that “luxury”.

PS: If there is such a thing as a “just war”—and I believe there is—the irrevocable defeat of Hamass would have to qualify. Not a truce or a stalemate (during which Hamass would merely rearm), but an unqualified, unconditional defeat. Hamass has not amended its genocidal charter; it has not softened its warcraft. Indeed, to indiscriminate shelling of Israeli civilians they have now added human shields to their tactics. No mosque, school, or hospital is safe from their militarization. Where is the morality in leaving even a trace of such a regime? The “war crime” is in leaving it intact.

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