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One Person’s Massacre is Another Person’s Muslimity

In absence of honesty from our elected leaders, we must turn to others (Caroline Glick) to learn the truth:

The horrible truth is that all of the anti-Jewish slaughters perpetrated by our Arab neighbors have been motivated to greater or lesser degrees by Islamic Jew-hatred. The only difference between the past hundred years and now is that today our appeasement-oriented elite is finding it harder to pretend away the obvious fact that we cannot placate our enemies.

No “provocation” by Jews drove two Jerusalem Arabs to pick up meat cleavers and a rifle and slaughter rabbis in worship like sheep and then mutilate their bodies.

No “frustration” with a “lack of progress” in the “peace process,” can motivate people to run over Jewish babies or attempt to assassinate a Jewish civil rights activist.

The reason that these terrorists have decided to kill Jews is that they take offense at the fact that in Israel, Jews are free. They take offense because all their lives they have been taught that Jews should live at their mercy, or die by their sword.

Again, what Obama et al insist on calling Not-Islam is Islamic to the core:

Our neighbors are taught that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, signed the treaty of Hudaybiyah in 628 as a ploy to buy time during which he would change the balance of power between his army and the Jews of Kuraish. And 10 years later, once his army gained the upper hand, he annihilated the Jews.

Today’s hudna—hence our occasional post title Boyz ‘n’ the Hudna.

Haj Amin el-Husseini’s first act as the founder of the Palestinian Arab identity was to translate The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and serialize them in the local press.

During the Arab jihad of 1936-1939, Husseini’s gangs of murderers killed more Arabs than the British did. He targeted those who sought peaceful coexistence with the Jews.

His successor Yasser Arafat followed his example.

During the 1988-1991 Palestinian uprising, the PLO killed more Palestinians than the IDF did. Like Husseini, Arafat targeted Palestinians who worked with Israel.

You cannot solicit murder among those who haven’t been taught that committing murder is an act of heroism.

Let me clear away the brush of double-negatives: murder is easy, even inevitable, among those taught that murder is heroic, an act of faith.

And not just among the terrorists themselves:

On Tuesday, Israel’s social media outlets were filled with angry rebukes of Western media outlets from CNN to MSNBC to CBS, to the BBC. All these networks, and many others, did everything in their power to explain away the synagogue slaughter as just another instance of a cycle of violence. That is, they all sought to frame the discussion in a way that would lead their viewers to the conclusion that the slaughter of praying rabbis was justified.

While appalling, the coverage was not the least surprising. The Western elite media’s devotion to their false narrative of Israeli culpability for all the problems in the region is absolute. Networks would rather wreck their professional reputations than tell the truth.

Together with the EU, the American policy elite and the Obama administration, the media place Israel’s leaders in a bind. Every step they take to defend the country and protect the rights of Jews meets with automatic and libelous condemnation.

Glick is full of actions Israel can take—and must take—to safeguard its future, and I don’t dispute any of them. But we must first learn the lesson of who commits such acts of depravity, and why. And that takes listening more deeply than our articulate president has yet articulated.

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Boarish Behavior

It makes sense: an invented people (the, ahem, “Palestinians”) invent crimes against them:

Several Palestinian media outlets on Saturday quoted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as accusing Israel of using wild boars against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Abbas’s allegation was made during a speech he delivered at a pro-Palestinian conference in Ramallah on Friday night.

The charge about the wild boars did not appear in reports published in the official PA media.

This was not the first time that the PA accused Israel of releasing wild boars to destroy agricultural fields in the West Bank. In the past, the PA claimed that the IDF and settlers were bringing wild boars to Palestinian-owned lands in order to cause damage to their produces and intimidate farmers.

“Every night, they (Israelis) release wild boars against us,” Abbas was quoted as saying in his speech. “Why are they doing this to us?”

Well, if they were doing it to you, would there be any doubt as to why?

Besides, they’re cute!

When life gives you wild boars, Arabs, make Wild Boar Carnitas Tacos with Jicama-Mango Salsa. Mmm.

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“War” “Crimes”

Slaughter, riot, mayhem, hate—Human Rights Watch reacts:

Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian terrorists’ homes constitutes a war crime and must be halted immediately, rights group Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

In a statement released on its website, HRW said the practice “deliberately and unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing.” Such collective punishment in occupied territory such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem was considered a war crime, the group stressed.

“It is a basic principle of law that one person should not be punished for another’s crime,” the group’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork said. “Punitive home demolitions are blatantly unlawful. Israel should prosecute, convict, and punish criminals, not carry out vengeful destruction that harms entire families.”

HRW also noted that the policy, which Israel had previously applied frequently between during the years of the Second Intifada, was halted in 2005 after a study by an Israeli military committee concluded that — contrary to the justification commonly given by Israeli leaders — it was ineffective in deterring attacks, and only increased hostility towards Israel.

Yeah, but it feels good, HRW! That’s gotta count for something.

Look, if we stipulate that punishing the family for the crimes of the son might be misplaced justice, and that such punishment might not be a deterrent, will you concede that in these incubators of terror said families raise proudly the monsters who murder innocent people for the “crime” of being Jewish? Your contention is debatable; ours is inarguable. Seen thusly, demolishing a hovel is hardly worthy of comment.

On the other hand, the incessant incitement to violence in the Arab media might be worthy of mention, yet you seem mute on the subject. Go figure.

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In Other Terrorism News…

Sorry to bother you with this…

Daniel Bronstein, the victim of the iron bar attack, spoke about his experiences to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday.

“I passed by the Safra square to the New Gate, near the Light Rail,” he said. “Suddenly, five Arabs arrived and sprayed pepper spray in my eyes.”

The Arabs shouted at him to “move” before spraying the pepper spray, he said.

Bronstein was then beaten, but he does not remember details of events.

“I don’t remember exactly what happened from that point on,” he noted. “I saw blood leaking from the back of my head and realized that it was trailing down my body…later, I found out I had been hit on the head. I did not see my assailants at all. I sat down and tried to call someone for help but couldn’t because my hands were shaking.”

Suck it up. You’re alive aren’t you?

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From Brookline to Jerusalem

He was one of us:

One of the four people killed in an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue was from a prominent local Jewish family.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, graduated from Brookline’s Maimonides School in 1973. In a statement, the school, which was founded by Twersky’s grandfather, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, said it “is engulfed in grief and outrage” at his slaying.

Twersky lived in Jerusalem for more than 30 years, the school said, and was dean of a Jewish academy he founded there.

According to The Jerusalem Post, “Twersky lived in the Har Nof neighborhood close to the ‘Kehilat Yaakov’ synagogue where the terror attack was carried out.”

The Post added:

Twersky was the elder son of renowned rabbi and author Rabbi Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky of Boston, and a grandson of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the principle philosophers and founders of the Modern Orthodox movement.

The late Yitzhak Twersky was a professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University and served as founding director of its Center for Jewish Studies.

Barry Shrage, president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, says Moshe Twersky was in Jerusalem continuing his family’s focus on religious education.

“[The family] had a huge impact on Jewish thought, and on the development of Jewish thought, here in Boston and throughout the world,” Shrage said. “The loss can be incredibly deeply felt because there’s just no one to replace him.”

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Arabs Celebrate Death of Jews

Every day is Halloween in Gaza:

The families of the two terrorists who killed four people in a brutal attack in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning have hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza.

“We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs.”

He said that the family had been surprised by the attack, and that the two terrorists had not had any political affiliation. “We had not expected it to happen,” he said. “One of them is married with three children; I do not know what will happen.”

He added: “Praise God. For a person to die as a martyr is a great thing.”

And they tell us that the Arabs want peace. Why don’t I believe them?

Rather I believe in Netanyahu’s observation: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.”

Ain’t that the truth.

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Temple Terror in Jerusalem

Can’t find a softer target than this:

Four people were killed, including one policeman, in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police said two attackers from East Jerusalem entered the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood at 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.

Both terrorists were killed by police within seven minutes.

Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another moderately hurt.

A man who prays at the synagogue told The Times of Israel that one of the victims was American, and another British. That report has not yet been confirmed.

The attack occurred at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, located in a religious institution which includes a study hall.

One of the worshipers said the two terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and entered the synagogue without their faces covered.

Photos taken from inside the synagogue after the attack showed bloodied male worshipers lying on the floor, still wrapped in their prayer shawls and phylacteries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene security consultations around noon, his office said.

“This is the direct result of the incitement led by Hamas and Abu Mazen,” he said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “Incitement that the international community irresponsibly ignores.”

“We will respond with a strong hand to the cruel murder of Jews who came to pray, and were caught by dark murderous hands,” promised Netanyahu.

You have our blessing to do so, Prime Minister, and our prayers.

May we also offer a model for how to deal with such people going forward:

Egypt will double to one kilometre (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area after at least 33 security personnel were killed last month in two attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.

It also accelerated plans to create a 500-metre deep buffer strip along the border by clearing houses and trees and destroying subterranean tunnels it says are used to smuggle arms from Gaza to militants in Sinai.

“A decision was taken to increase the buffer zone along the border in Rafah to one kilometre. The decision … came after the discovery of underground tunnels with a total length of 800 to 1,000 metres,” the state MENA news agency said.

As we reported last time we visited this story, every inch of turf comes out of Gaza, not Egypt. Talk about your apartheid state (and they’re both Arabs)! Gaza’s Egyptian border runs 11k, so you can subtract 11 km2 from its 360. If Israel followed suit, another 51 km2 would be rendered terror-free.

It wouldn’t save worshippers in a synagogue in Jerusalem (there are other ways), but it’s a start to a secure people living safely within their borders—the Jordan and the Mediterranean.

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Israel’s Partners in Peace

Neither partners nor peaceful:

Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said Palestinians who sell their land to Jews should be publicly executed.

Einein, who also serves as an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told the Iranian Arabic-language TV channel Al-Alam that “anyone who sells even an inch of our Palestinian land must be killed in the streets and hanged on an electric pole.”

Public hanging. For the crime of selling property to Jews.

To be fair, he was talking to Iranians. So he had to use imagery familiar to them.

Abbas’s new punishments for Palestinians who engage in property transactions with Israelis include hard labor and life imprisonment.

In the interview, Einein also praised Mutaz Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad who attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick last month, saying “the way to defeat the Israeli occupation is the way of the martyr Mutaz Hijazi.”

“If the people do not fight the Israeli occupation in the way they see fit, in order to liberate their land, they do not deserve to live,” he said.

This is the kind of vermin Israel has to sit down with when John Kerry comes windsurfing in off the Mediterranean and demands more “peace” talks. No.

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Hey, Bankie Moon!

You got some splainin’ to do.

Still:

Nearly five months after a United Nations agency pledged to investigate rockets found on its premises during this summer’s Gaza war, no such inquiry has taken place.

While other UN institutions have rolled out commissions of inquiry into Operation Protective Edge, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, known as UNRWA, has yet to launch the promised probe to examine the circumstances of three separate instances in which rockets having been placed in schools it operates.

How these weapons got into the schools and what happened to them afterwards remains somewhat unclear. UNRWA says it returned the rockets to “the local authorities,” which Israeli officials charge means they found their way back to Hamas and might have been fired at Israeli civilians.

On Monday, UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon launched an “internal and independent” inquiry into incidents that involved UN premises during Operation Protective Edge, including the shelling by Israeli forces of UNRWA schools and the rockets found there.

Can’t ask for more than that. Though…how an investigation can be both “internal and independent” is a little unclear to me.

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Today’s lesson, boys and girls…

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Mocking Bird

You know those annoying people who claim their dogs can talk?

What does sandpaper feel like, Rover? Ruff! Ruff!

The European Union is the same way. What do you think about the rampant Arab terrorism in Israel, EU, especially the murders?

Two-state solution! Two-state solution!

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday issued a noncommittal response to two deadly attacks in Israel Monday, voicing “concern” about escalating violence and urging progress toward a “two-state solution.”

“We need a Palestinian state living in peace and security next to the Israeli state,” said Europe’s top diplomat in Berlin, after recently visiting Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“And I am particularly sad and worried about the escalation of violence that we are witnessing these hours,” she told reporters, flanked by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, apparently referring to deadly stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion.

Recent violence had “demonstrated very clearly that if we do not offer political perspective both to the Israelis to live in security and to the Palestinians to have a state, their own state, violence will come back”, she said.

Hey, sad and worried is better than dazed and confused. Very little difference as far as the EU is concerned.

Meet one of the fallen:

Funny how none of the articles about the murder of Dahlia Lemkus who was stabbed near Alon Shvut last night speak about Dahlia or her family, how no reporter had the curiosity to find out about her. She was killed in the afternoon so the reporters had all evening to question their contacts in Tekoa.

In the New York Times, the reporter tells you about the terrorist who is from Hebron, how he was in an Israeli jail for five years for a firebombing. The reporter quotes his Facebook page: “I’ll be a thorn in the gullet of the Zionist project to Judaize Jerusalem.” We learn nothing about 26 year old Dahlia, who was just getting started in life after finishing college, studying occupational therapy so that she could have a job where she could help people who were sick or infirm or disabled to live in a fuller way.

They don’t tell you how she loved to bake with her mother, the two of them bringing rich, luscious cakes to parties and the way she spoke English with an accent — but not a Hebrew accent — a South African accent because her parents made aliyah from there thirty years ago. They don’t tell you how she went to synagogue every Sabbath and smiled at the people in her row before she prayed. And they don’t tell you how she had to hitchhike to get to her job working with children in Kiryat Gat or that she was the main volunteer at Yad Sarah in Tekoa which lends medical equipment like wheelchairs to those who are sick or injured. They don’t tell you how she liked to help brides look beautiful by doing their makeup for them before their weddings.

They don’t care that Dahlia’s father Nachum drives the ambulance in Tekoa. Day and night he is called on to make the drive to Jerusalem, and that Dahlia’s mother cares tenderly for the elderly.

You will never learn from the articles that, when a neighbor had to go to the hospital with a sick child, Dahlia stayed with the other young children all night and insisted that they not pay her. The articles would never tell you that she was the one who cooked the food for her brother Haggai’s bar mitzvah a month ago, fried fish, salad and pancakes.

No, they don’t want you to know what a kind, giving, loving young woman she was on the cusp of her adult life, looking towards marriage and creating her own family.

Instead the newspapers show a photo of the terrorist and tell us…

No. I don’t want to know what they tell us.

PS: Someone from Italy is going to lecture anyone on statehood?

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Jews in the News [UPDATED] [AGAIN]

There’s a bit of a kerfuffle in Israel over a policeman shooting a knife-wielding Arab dead.

Over what, you ask? Well, it seems that while wielding his knife, the terrorist was also backing up (or so it appears on security camera footage). Still, the policeman said he feared for his life.

Wonder why?

A young man was seriously wounded in a stabbing at Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on Monday afternoon.

The attacker was in police custody, Israel Radio reported. Initial reports said that the suspect was a 25-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus who had illegally entered Israeli territory. Police were interrogating the man and had forwarded his identity to the Shin Bet security agency.

Unconfirmed reports said that the man was an IDF soldier, but the army would not immediately provide comment.

After all, it’s not like the knife-wielders haven’t been warned:

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Monday responded to the rioting and calls for investigation over the shooting of an Arab terrorist in Kafr Kanna in the Galilee, who attacked officers with a knife on Saturday night.

“Someone who goes crazy with a knife on a police car is being portrayed almost like an innocent child, a saint that was killed,” Liberman said.

The foreign minister continued “we saw the pictures, and we saw incidents in the past in which officers did not act firmly and paid with their lives. Whoever attacks with a knife has to understand he is endangering his life – that must be the message.”

In the incident, the terrorist Hir Hamdan was captured on video attacking a police car repeatedly with a knife, and stabbing at an officer who tried to exit the vehicle. When the officer finally managed to make his way out, he shot the knife-wielding terrorist dead.

In a related story:

“I am alive and that is excellent,” recounted the man, who was identified as Moshe. “I was returning from work and on the way I entered the area of the riot. They stopped me, tried to talk to me but I did not understand anything because it was in Arabic. They started throwing rocks at me and setting the car on fire.

“When the car started to burn a few people helped me get out from the right side of the vehicle. It took a few seconds. I felt fire and I felt that the car was burning. I tried to hide under the seat from the rocks, and then they helped me get out of the car and really pushed me into the car of some person who took me to the police station.”

You won’t hear a peep of this story, or any like it, in the press. Arab lynches Jew is the Middle East version of dog bites man. But Jew shoots (knife-wielding maniacal) Arab terrorist, that’s news.

In furthur un-news:

A young woman was stabbed to death and two other people were wounded in a terrorist attack at a hitchhiking station outside the town of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion Monday evening – the second such attack in less than 12 hours.

The 25-year-old woman died of neck wounds, according to paramedics.

A 26-year-old man who was also stabbed is in light to moderate condition and a 50-year-old was hurt in the jaw and is in light condition.

Witnesses say the terrorist tried to run down his victims with a car at first, but failed, and then got out of the car and began stabbing.

The guard at the gate of the community of Alon Shvut came running to the scene of the rampage and shot the terrorist in the chest several times.

Police said the terrorist was evacuated to hospital with serious injuries but died en-route. He has since been identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun, a resident of Hevron.

UPPERDATE:
Did Jen Psaki say the Israelis should have done more to prevent violence to the terrorist?

UPPESTDATE:
Sigh…

Almog Shiloni, the 20-year-old IDF soldier who was critically wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack at the entrance to Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on Monday, has died of his wounds.

To repeat, this is why policemen get out of their cars guns blazing when squaring off against knife-wielding terrorists. Thank goodness.

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Whaddya Wanna Do After Friday Prayers?

You know the drill:

A symbolic funeral was held in East Jerusalem on Friday for the terrorist behind an attack on Wednesday in which he rammed a crowd with his car, killing two, including a Druze Border Patrol officer. The terrorist, Ibrahim al-Akari, was shot and killed by Israeli forces at the scene.

Thousands attended the mock-funeral march. Marchers held up pictures of the terrorist and shouted, “al-Akari the hero martyr”, “keep killing soldiers”, and “we all have a dream to die as martyrs”.

When they finally reached a military checkpoint, they burned tires and pelted police forces with stones and fireworks, as forces fired stun grenades in an attempt to quell the riot.

“If the Israeli government thinks that we will sit by silently, it’s mistaken,” said a resident of Shuafat. “This is the time to respond and fight against everything going on at al-Aqsa Mosque. As far as we’re concerned, the intifada has begun. Today we are going to combat and take into account that we may return dead.”

It’s your funeral.

Israel closed the Temple Mount for a few days after Arab rioting, then opened it again—to Arabs only—once things had calmed down. The Israeli Prime Minister has given his word that though Jews may return, they may not pray. A rabbi has told Jews to stop going there.

And still the Arabs riot!

Another participant in Friday’s mock-funeral said that earlier in the morning she has urged two of her children to protest and throw stones. “I would be happy if they returned as martyrs,” she stated.

You and me both, mama-san.

Israel has to have learned the lesson that tolerance is treated as weakness. In crowd control and anti-rioting measures, nothing succeeds like excess.

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