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“Street Anger and Agitation” Watch

Yesterday, the Kurds; today, the Yazidi; tomorrow, the world!

Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID has sent four Israelis to northern Iraq to join an international effort to assist Christian and Yazidi refugees fleeing the Islamic State group.

“There was a lot of trauma, we provided aid to many families who had their daughters kidnapped or father or son killed by Islamic State. They didn’t even have time to take a small bag with them; I could see the fear in their eyes,” says Navonel (Voni) Glick, a program director at IsraAID.

The four Israelis stayed for a week and a half at a camp with other representatives of international aid organizations, and, they said, didn’t hide the fact that they were Israeli.

“The Kurdish authorities and the UN supply them with just enough food to sustain themselves, but in order to survive they are going to need blankets and warm clothes. These people escaped with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the sandals on their feet,” he says.

“They are in a complete shock. They told us about the horrible violence they suffered. They said that Islamic State militants attack and take over an area in minutes. The refugees are in a complete shock and cannot believe what has happened to them.”

As John Kerry would observe, it’s just this type of behavior that brings “street anger and agitation” upon the Jews. If they just ignored the victims of Islamist brutality and savagery, like the rest of the Arab world, they might fit in better.

PS: Israeli generosity extends even to the families of terrorists sworn to their destruction, as we also reported yesterday. (Scroll down, you’ll find it.)

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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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What Peace With the Arabs Might Look Like

Hey John Kerry! How does this contribute to “street anger” and “agitation”?

Israeli humanitarian workers have joined the effort to provide desperately-needed supplies to displaced victims of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria.

IsraAID supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families in the Kurdish city of Duhok, in northern Iraq. The Israeli aid agency worked with Canadian ONEXONE to deliver a convoy to a 14,000-strong refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age.

The emergency supplies could not have come soon enough. Many of those at the camp arrived with only the clothes on their back and are living in nothing more than tents or makeshift huts. As winter approaches their misery has increased still further, with recent rainstorms and cold weather just a harbinger of worse to come: some parts of the region receive a meter of snow on average amid subzero temperatures.

IsraAID’s Founding Director Shahar Zahavi told Arutz Sheva that the Israeli team were warmly received by the Kurdish residents of the camp.

“They were aware that we were Israel, and they received us very well. The Kurdish people really love Israel,” he said.

Kurds must have no streets, else they’d be “angry”. From Turkey and the Islamists, they get plenty of agitation.

I have to confess that Aggie and I once thought of starting a punk duo called Street Anger and Agitation. (We couldn’t agree on who would be whom.) [Bleep] John Kerry for stealing our name. [Bleep] John Kerry, period.

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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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Chicks With Six-Shooters

I’m Bloodthirsty Liberal, and I’m reporting for duty:

Tel Aviv-based fashion firm is launching a calendar whose female models are also Israeli soldiers in an effort to promote its new line.

The calendar features scantly clad women who are, according to the company, “real soldiers” sporting the company’s military inspired apparel line MTKL, an Anglicization of the Hebrew acronym “matkal,” which refers to the IDF’s General Staff unit.

The company launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in order raise its profile and help finance its launch through the sale of the unabashedly racy calendar.

My birthday’s in June, by the way. Just sayin’

PS: If the IDF call of booty is your thing, knock yourself out.

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Shit Happens

Explosion in Iranian nuclear facility

Tough luck.

Two people died in an explosion that ripped through an explosive material production unit at a nuclear facility near Tehran, according to Iranian press reports on Monday.

The incident occurred at the Parchin military compound, not far from the Iranian capital, according to the Iranian Students News Agency.

The BBC said on Monday that a pro-opposition website was also reporting an explosion at the site.

The BBC cited the pro-reform website Sahamnews as saying that the explosion on Sunday evening was “so intense that windows of buildings 15 km (nine miles) away were shattered.”

“The glare from the blast could also be seen from a great distance,” the report said.

ISNA quoted Iran’s defense industries organization as saying that “[u]nfortunately, due to the incident, two workers of this production unit lost their lives.”

Israel in the past has alleged that Iran has used its Parchin military base as the site for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.

Work place accident, I guess.

– Aggie

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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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Ebola Follies

We’ll lay off Dallas, for the moment. Anyone can send an obvious Ebola patient home for a week with nothing stronger than a Tylenol gel-tab—until the propulsive vomiting set in. Tell me you haven’t done worse.

Now it’s the media’s turn:

A cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has become the fourth American to contract the deadly Ebola virus.

Freelance journalist Ashoka Mukpo, 33, is being flown privately back to the U.S. for treatment, while the network’s chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the rest of her team are also returning and will be placed in quarantine for 21 days.

Neither Snyderman nor the other members of her team are currently displaying any signs of the disease, said NBC.

The infected journalist was only hired this week to be a second cameraman for Snyderman, who has been reporting on the continuing spread of the deadly virus in the country’s capital Monrovia.

That’s a pretty bad first week on the job. Remind me, some other time, to tell you the time I almost got hypothermia on my first day on a job.

Anyhow, is it just me? Cameramen should be neither seen nor heard:

The cameraman took to Facebook on a number of occasions while in West Africa, describing the desperation of the situation as it unfolded.

‘man oh man i have seen some bad things in the last two weeks of my life. how unpredictable and fraught with danger life can be. how in some parts of the world, basic levels of help and assistance that we take for granted completely don’t exist for many people. the raw coldness of deprivation and the potential for true darkness that exists in the human experience. i hope that humanity can figure out how we can take care of each other and our world. simple, soft aspiration for all my brothers and sisters on this earth who suffer the elements and the cold. may we all be free, loved, and tended to.. ‘

You got your wish, Maypo. You’ll be tended to for a month at least. If you’re lucky. Forgive me for wondering how you got sick so quickly when others managed to stay safe.

Here’s someone who won’t be spreading the disease:

Israel has rejected a special request by the US and UN to send IDF field hospitals to Ebola hit Liberia and Sierra Leone. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who rejected the request, cited the threat of infection to Israeli medical teams in explaining his decision.

[A]fter examining the request and mission details, the Defense Ministry decided against Israel’s participation, saying there was no feasible way to provide for the safety of the Israeli doctors and medical crews, which could then return to Israel and further spread the virus.

Despite the decision – or maybe because of it – the foreign minister decided to up the level of Israeli aid to the Ebola effort.

Understand, Israel sent a medical team to Haiti in the midst of a cholera epidemic. They sent people to Japan after the earthquake, when the nuclear reactor was still in danger of meltdown. They have a field hospital to treat victims of the Syrian civil war. But they won’t go to an Ebola hot zone.

I can’t blame them.

PS: Back to Dallas:

As concerns grow over how many people he may have exposed to the deadly virus, a plan to sanitize the apartment was delayed late Thursday.

Brad Smith of the Cleaning Guys, which was hired to sanitize the apartment, said his company does not have the proper permits to transport hazardous waste on Texas highways. The company specializes in hazmat and biohazard cleaning services.

Smith said authorities sent his crew away late Thursday before they entered the apartment and told them to come back with proper permits. It’s unclear how long that will take.

“The permit is being processed through DOT (the Department of Transportation) because it is a special permit,” Smith said.

“This is a unique situation. Once awarded, our hazmat teams will be allowed back inside to do their jobs.”

You know who’s laughing hardest at this cluster[bleep]?

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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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Gaga Over Israel

When you’ve got Gaga, you’ve got the world:

Pop star Lady Gaga says the world’s image of Israel is inaccurate, calling the country “a beautiful place.”

“Oh it was fantastic!” said Lady Gaga in an interview published Friday by The Independent, talking about her September 13 performance in Tel Aviv. “Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits.”

“I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful,” she said.

Who needs the United Nations, any of them? And Roger Waters can eat Israel’s shorts.

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We Get Results

Sound like anyone you know?

In response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ threat to unilaterally seek UN Security Council approval for statehood, Likud MK Danny Danon urged the government to annex the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria.

“A unilateral step should be met with a unilateral step,” Danon said. “Every unilateral declaration by Abu Mazen needs to be answered by the application of sovereignty over the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.”

Okay, it sounds like Moshe Feiglin. And Naftali Bennett. And Caroline Glick. And more than a few others. But it also sounds like us because we print their opinions all the time. Build, baby, build, and annex, baby, annex.

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He Said What???

“Too many Israelis are ready to abandon peace”, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, as he addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Wha? What is he talking about? I had to find the text in the news media, as it was curiously absent from the White House’s own version of the text.

Leadership will also be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. As bleak as the landscape appears, America will never give up the pursuit of peace. The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict is the main source of problems in the region; for far too long, it has been used in part as a way to distract people from problems at home. And the violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace.

Yeah, violence will do that to a person. Or a people.

But he’s wrong, of course. Again. Still. As ever. Most Israelis still want peace with the Arabs. They just disagree on how. Some want to sit down and talk with avowed ethnic haters and religious bigots to sort out an equitable deal fair for all. The way Sharon Tate tried to reason with the Manson “Family”. Others—my people—say, that’s it, time’s up. Sixty-six years is long enough trying to make peace with you (invented) people. We’ll take Judea and Samaria, thank you very much, and we’ll keep Golan, just because, and if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, can you be out of Gaza by next Tuesday, because we’re taking that too. Buh-bye. Enjoy Sinai. Or Jordan. Or Outer Mongolia.

But back to Butt-head Barack. How do you blame the victim of violence for wariness toward peace? Especially when they’ve been down this road so often before? The only time Israel is at peace with the so-called Palestinians is when they’ve just kicked their ass. Peace talks with the Arabs ALWAYS end in bloodshed—look at the record—as they did this summer.

This crew likes to think they’re so smart, but they couldn’t be any dumber if they tried (harder than they already seemingly do).

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