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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.


Men of Steel

Finally! Obama and Kerry aren’t taking this act of naked aggression lying down.

They’re talking tough, and prepared to back it up:

According to reports, Obama plans to “forcefully and directly” press Netanyahu to accept major elements of the negotiation framework Secretary of State John Kerry is developing. According to sources, the framework agreement will state that the capital of the Palestinian state will be eastern Jerusalem, and in exchange, there will be Palestinian concessions in other matters, including borders and refugees. There will be no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, according to the reports.

Obama will also press Netanyahu to declare a building freeze in Judea and Samaria, telling him that continued construction would “make it difficult for the U.S. to defend Israel in international forums,” a report on Israel Radio said Monday.

That sounds like a threat, doesn’t it? Netanyahu might need to get his hearing checked:

Before leaving for the U.S. Sunday night, Netanyahu said that there would be no building freeze.

“I will stand steadfast on the State of Israel’s vital interests, especially the security of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said. “In recent years the State of Israel has been under various pressures. We have rejected them in the face of the unprecedented storm and unrest in the region and are maintaining stability and security. This is what has been and what will be.”

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, who is in the U.S., said that the Prime Minister was prepared for a frank discussion with the President, but that Netanyahu needed to remain steadfast in his defense of Israel. “We cannot outsource our defense to the U.S. or anyone else,” said Bennett. “The only way to peace is through ensuring our security.”

Sounds like Israel has the right men on the job.

PS: What kind of deal does Kerry think he’s offering? The Arabs get half of Jerusalem, territory, and doesn’t have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state—and Israel gets… what? [Bleep] that. I wouldn’t even [bleep] on a deal like that.


Temple Rout

If you’re a Nazi (and I’m not accusing anybody), you probably have no problem with the policy that Jews are unwelcome at their holiest site.

Everyone else should have a problem:

Tuesday night saw an historic Knesset debate on the issue of freedom of religion and Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

The debate was the initiative of Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, a long-time campaigner for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, where non-Muslim prayers are currently forbidden.

Feiglin attacked the discriminatory management of the holy site, which is under the de facto rule of the Waqf. Jews are often forbidden from entering and arrested for having religious or national symbols.

“Behind the back of the people we have given up on any Israeli sovereignty on the Mount,” remarked Feiglin. “Any terror organization can wave its flag there — the flag of Israel? Don’t mention it even. And a verse of Psalms is pretext for an arrest. The police even recommend taking the kippah off your head.”

“When we run from the Mount we lose the legitimacy to our presence in Tel Aviv,” argued Feiglin.

“I call on the government of Israel to stop the discrimination and embarrassment of Jews in entering the Mount and on the site,” declared Feiglin. He further called on the government “to allow free access to all Jews to the Temple Mount from every gate, and prayer on the Mount, as required by it being part of the state of Israel, the Jewish state,” which stipulates freedom of worship.

And it wasn’t just Feiglin, for once:

MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home) stepped in by reading a letter written by Netanyahu in 1994, before his first term as prime minister.

In the letter Netanyahu wrote “the right of the Jewish people over its holy site – the Temple Mount – can not be questioned; I think that Jewish prayer rights at the site must be arranged, all the more so because we give freedom of religion to all religions in Jerusalem.”

Of course, you know what happened last time Israel tried to assert a smidgen of authority over the Temple Mount:

On September 28, 2000, Likud leader Ariel Sharon went to visit the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest place, which Muslims have renamed Haram al-Sharif and regard as Islam’s third holiest place. Since that time, Palestinians have engaged in a violent insurrection that has been dubbed the “al-Aksa intifada.”

Palestinian spokesmen maintained the violence was caused by the desecration of a Muslim holy place – Haram al-Sharif – by Sharon and the “thousands of Israeli soldiers” who accompanied him. The violence, they said, was carried out through unprovoked attacks by Israeli forces, which invaded Palestinian-controlled territories and “massacred” defenseless Palestinian civilians, who merely threw stones in self-defense.

In fact, Israel’s Internal Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami permitted Sharon to visit the Temple Mount only after calling Palestinian security chief Jabril Rajoub and receiving his assurance that if Sharon did not enter the mosques, no problems would arise. The need to protect Sharon arose when Rajoub later said that the Palestinian police would do nothing to prevent violence during the visit.

Sharon did not attempt to enter any mosques and his 34 minute visit was conducted during normal hours when the area is open to tourists. Palestinian youths — eventually numbering around 1,500 — shouted slogans in an attempt to inflame the situation. Some 1,500 Israeli police were present at the scene to forestall violence.

There were limited disturbances during Sharon’s visit, mostly involving stone throwing. During the remainder of the day, outbreaks of stone throwing continued on the Temple Mount and in the vicinity, leaving 28 Israeli policemen injured, three of whom were hospitalized. There are no accounts of Palestinian injuries on that day. Significant and orchestrated violence was initiated by Palestinians the following day following Friday prayers.

As violence escalated over the following days and weeks, the Palestinians and the media blamed Sharon for the violence.

Which libel accompanied him for the rest of his days. Unquestioned by the media.

There is so much evidence of what happens when Israel tries to accommodate Arab occupiers and Western elites. No good deed goes unpunished. Enough. No more.

More of this:

Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett recently appeared on the BBC, where he argued the two-state solution has failed, and that Israel needs to reaffirm its Jewish nature.

“Three times already we handed land over to the Arabs and within days they started shooting at us missiles. It’s not working apparently,” emphasized the Economics Minister.

“We’ve been in this land way longer than Americans have been in American land and the British have been in British land,” remarked Bennett.



Time to Make Israel Whole

With john Kerry poking his hairdo into Israeli sovereignty, it’s a good time to revisit why Israel must act now to secure peace.

It’s long past time to incorporate Judea and Samaria into Israel proper.

Everyone says so:

Resolution 242 is best known for its famous withdrawal clause, which did not call on Israel to pull back to the pre-war 1967 lines. While the Soviet Union insisted that the resolution specifically call for “a withdrawal from all the territories occupied” by Israel in the Six-Day War, the U.S. and Britain countered with very different phraseology that was reflected in the final draft, that was eventually adopted by all 15 members of the Security Council. It would only state that there had to be a withdrawal “from territories.”

The U.S. and Britain recognized that the pre-1967 line had only been an armistice line from 1949 and was not a final international border. Indeed, Article 2 of the original 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan clearly stipulated that it did not prejudice the territorial “claims and positions” of the parties since its provisions were “dictated exclusively by military considerations.”

The British, under Prime Minister Harold Wilson, were the main drafters of Resolution 242. Their Ambassador to the U.N. in 1967, Lord Caradon, clarified what the language of the withdrawal clause meant in an interview published in 1976 in the Journal of Palestine Studies: “We could have said, ‘Well, you go back to the 1967 line.’ But I know the 1967 line, and it’s a rotten line. You couldn’t have a worse line for a permanent international boundary. It’s where the troops happened to be on a certain night in 1948. It’s got no relation to the needs of the situation. Had we said that you must go back to the 1967 line, which would have resulted if we had specified a retreat from all the occupied territories, we would have been wrong.”

Any Israeli withdrawal had to be to “secure and recognized borders,” as the resolution stated.

Lord Caradon’s American counterpart, Arthur Goldberg, fully supported this interpretation repeatedly over the years, such as in his 1988 statement: “The resolution stipulates withdrawal from occupied territories without defining the extent of withdrawal.” Goldberg was a legal scholar who served previously on the U.S. Supreme Court, before coming to the U.N.

This is not just “interpretation”, this is hard fact. That’s how it was written, and that’s how it was meant. It’s funny how the “international community” conveniently forgets treaties and accords when they favor Jews. See the Balfour Declaration, and see the League of Nations concordance with the establishment of a Jewish State on ALL the land in dispute (and Jordan too, originally).

But there’s more that Resolution 242 does not say:

There were no land swaps in Resolution 242. Nor was there any corridor crossing Israeli sovereign territory so that the West Bank could be connected to the Gaza Strip (just as there is no land corridor across Canada connecting Alaska to the rest of the U.S.). These diplomatic innovations were thought of by negotiators in the 1990s, but Israel in no way is required to agree to them, according to Resolution 242.

One of the intriguing aspects of Resolution 242 was that it said nothing about Jerusalem. In a letter to The New York Times on March 6, 1980, Arthur Goldberg wrote: “Resolution 242 in no way refers to Jerusalem, and this omission was deliberate.” He explained that he never described Jerusalem as “occupied territory.” Goldberg was reacting to the policy of the Carter administration, which was criticizing Israeli construction practices in east Jerusalem and misrepresenting Israel’s legal rights. Goldberg believed that the status of Jerusalem had to be negotiated, but he insisted that “Jerusalem was not to be divided again.”

There you go. Those are the legal facts on the ground. Israel has tried negotiating in good faith for decades, with only intifadas and Qassam rockets to show for it. They have returned the Sinai and Gaza—more than 90% of all “occupied” territory. Anything less than full Israeli sovereignty, now, over the provinces of Judea and Samaria is a crime—against man’s law and God’s. It was so yesterday, it is today, and will be for however long such a crime persists.


Brandeis University Severs Ties With Al Quds University

Why were they buddies to begin with? Al Quds in Arabic means Jerusalem.

It wasn’t the Nazi-like demonstration at Al-Quds, it was Sari Nusseibeh’s blaming “extremist Jews” for starting a “vilification campaign” against the Arab university that severed the bond.

By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus, JP

Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence posted a public notice on Monday, November 18, suspending – effective immediately – a longstanding sister university relationship between Brandeis and Al-Quds University.

Al-Quds students or supporters had paraded in the Al-Quds courtyard in paramilitary gear, raising the Nazi salute and trampling on drawings of Israeli flags. It must have been particularly painful for an academic like Lawrence to find himself forced to stand on the precipice straddling “two of our most cherished values – values that appear to be in conflict: a robust respect for free expression and a culture that values civility, decency, and dignity.”

Most Brandeis students with whom The Jewish Press spoke, were glad that President Lawrence suspended the relationship. In fact, most were not even aware that there was any relationship between the two institutions. It was the media firestorm about the Nazi-like parade that ignited the concern.


But there have been not just red flags, but flashing lights and sonic booms that should have alerted the willfully blind administration of Brandeis University from the get-go that Al-Quds was not brimming over with desire to be besties with an American university with vaguely Jewish ties. For example, in April of 2006, a huge poster was hung in one of the al Quds buildings to honor Sami Salim Hammad, a former Al-Quds student, who blew himself up in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people – including an American teenager – and ending his own life.

Al-Quds offered a ‘human rights and democracy’ course named in honor of Wafa Idriss, the first Arab Palestinian female homicide bomber. And Al-Quds is home to the Abu Jihad Museum. The museum is named for Khalil Al-Wazir, whose “nom de guerre,” abu Jihad, means “father of the holy war.” Abu Jihad is linked to several of the most horrific incidents of Jewish terror in modern memory, including the Munich Olympics (11 murdered) and the Coastal Road Massacre (38 dead, including 13 children).

Abu Jihad’s bloodlust was not limited to Israelis. He was part of the team that kidnapped, tortured and then murdered two American diplomats, U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel and Charge d’Affaires George Curtis Moore, in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973. Those diplomats were kidnapped in order to force a trade in which the U.S. would release prisoner Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian Arab who murdered American Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

Abu Jihad is lovingly referred to on the Al-Quds website as “the prince of the martyrs of Palestine.”

But a new Brandeis president, Fred Lawrence, finally pulled the plug after students at Al-Quds, in full black military regalia, including black flags, raised their hands in the Nazi salute, while trampling over drawings of Israeli flags. Well, actually, no, it wasn’t then that Lawrence pulled the plug, he was still willing to give al Quds the benefit of the doubt until hearing an explanation directly from Al-Quds officials.


Six days after the Al-Quds “Nazi Parade,” Lawrence wrote on his blog, Brandeis First, that he was told the Nov. 5 activities were “led from people outside the university and this was an unauthorized demonstration. The administration of Al-Quds University assures us that threat of violence implied by the demonstration are not acceptable on their campus and the University administration is conducting a full investigation.”

By Nov. 15, Lawrence came out with an unequivocal statement that, yes, free speech is important, no doubt about it, but And we should be willing to say so.
Lawrence explained to the school community and the public that he conveyed his concerns to Al-Quds president Sari Nusseibeh, and requested that Nusseibeh issue an unequivocal condemnation of the demonstrations to be published in both Arabic and English. And then Lawrence awaited comment from the head of his partner school.


Sunday evening, Nov. 17, the response arrived. It was not what Lawrence was expecting. It was not a diplomatic response distancing itself from what Lawrence had described as actions “clearly expressing hatred and steeped in vitriolic anti-Semitism.”

Instead, the response turned the concerns raised by Lawrence and others who were, as Lawrence said he was, “outraged” by the demonstration, and….wait for it…the blame was placed on the Jews! The response was written in Arabic, addressed to the students of al Quds University. President Nusseibeh sent President Lawrence the English translation.

The statement from Al-Quds, rather than an apology or a bland distancing of itself from the demonstration, goes in the opposite direction. The Al-Quds statement blamed “Jewish extremists” with starting “vilification campaigns” in order to discredit the reputation of the “prestigious” Al-Quds University. It is the Al-Quds community, according to the published statement, which is subjected to “extremism and violence” and are “denied our rights under occupation.” A

And if that wasn’t enough of a kick in the teeth for Brandeis, Nusseibeh also made clear what it is that he and his community find so offensive about the Nazis. Describing the students at Al-Quds on Nov. 5 as having engaged in a “mock military display,” Nusseibeh again seized the victim card:

These occurrences allow some people to capitalize on events in ways that misrepresent the university as promoting inhumane, anti-Semitic, fascist and Nazi ideologies. Without these ideologies, there would not have been the massacre of the Jewish people in Europe; without the massacre, there would not have been the enduring Palestinian catastrophe.
Ah, yes, Nazism was a blight on world history because, and only because it caused what the Palestinian Arabs call “al Nakba,” the “catastrophe”: the re-birth of Israel. Nusseibeh rails on as if he were addressing the United Nations about some alleged effort by the state of Israel to humiliate Arabs, steal their lands, and keep them under subjugation, rather than discussing the request by an American university president to explain outrageous anti-Semitic acts on the campus of a sister university: As occurred recently, these opportunists [the Jewish extremists] are quick to describe the Palestinians as a people undeserving of freedom and independence, and as a people who must be kept under coercive control and occupation.

They cite these events as evidence justifying their efforts to muster broad Jewish and western opinion to support their position. This public opinion, in turn, sustains the occupation, the extension of the settlements and the confiscation of land, and prevents Palestinians from achieving our freedom.


Even for a school that held on to a relationship with a Palestinian Arab university steeped in homicidal hatred for Jews and the Jewish state, this went too far. Giving him due credit, Lawrence did not mince words.

There’s more at the link. Perhaps the DNC will become sisters with Al Quds?

- Aggie


In Other News

Strictly page 24, below the fold, material:

Five Arab teens from Jerusalem, all aged 14-15, have been indicted for an anti-Semitic attack targeting a Jewish family’s home in the Old City.

The youths are accused of property damage motivated by racism, attempted assault motivated by racism, and rioting.

According to the indictment, the youths met on September 27, 2013 and agreed to throw stones at a home in the Old City solely because its residents were Jewish. They immediately launched a mob attack on the home while the Jewish family – parents and eight children ages 3-15 – were inside.

A group of roughly 10 Arab teens approached the family’s home with their faces covered. When they reached the house, one of the teens smashed two bricks, and the group began hurling a barrage of stones toward the home.

Two of the teens attempted to break down the door to the home. The rioters also attempted to set fire to the area by spilling trash next to the home and lighting it.

When they failed to set the trash on fire, one made a more direct attempt to burn the home down with the parents and children stuck inside by setting fire to a cardboard box next to the front door. The door did not catch fire.

Damned Zionist door!

Arab mobs do get around:

A mob attack on a highway near Jerusalem earlier this week has led Jewish activists to take to the streets. Several organizations are coming together to protest the attack, and similar highway terrorism, on Friday morning near the site of the attack.

Rabbi Yaron Dorani, the rabbi of the town of Nokdim, urged Israelis to join Friday’s rally.

“There’s no need to explain the danger in rock attacks, and the effect they have on people’s sense of personal safety,” he said.

The rock attacks are just part of a larger issue, he noted. “In recent weeks, Arabs have been trying – with significant support from extreme-left groups – to take over agricultural lands near our towns,” he warned.

Five people were wounded earlier this week in the violent attack which triggered the demonstration. One of the victims, Rabbi Kfir Getz, spoke to Arutz Sheva as he was taken to hospital. He told of the “murderous hate” in his attackers’ eyes, and said that only a miracle saved him from further harm.

IDF sources confirmed that roughly 50 people from the nearby Arab town of Beit Sahour took part in the attack. According to Rabbi Getz, the mob included several women and children.

What on earth would incite these Arabs—especially children—to launch pogroms against Jews? I can’t imagine.


Jewish Hooligans!

There’s a crime wave!!!

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of the Temple Institute and activist Yehuda Glick were arrested Thursday morning on the Temple Mount.

An eyewitness told Arutz Sheva that the two were violently arrested at the exit to the holy site. Police dragged the men on the ground, he accused.

Police said the two were arrested for praying and bowing down while visiting the Temple Mount, which is the holiest place on earth according to Judaism, and the site where the First and Second Temples once stood.

While Jews are allowed to visit the site, they are forbidden to pray, for fear that Jewish prayers would inflame tension at the site. Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque have frequently rioted and attacked Jews in the past when it seemed that Jews would be allowed more freedom on the Temple Mount; the riots have been encouraged by PA and Muslim leaders, who tell their followers that Jews are plotting to take over the area and rebuild the Temple.

Not a bad idea now that you mention it. But not true in this case:

Yehuda Glick told Arutz Sheva that the allegations that he prayed are not even true. “I was guiding a group on the Temple Mount. Everything went well, we finished the tour and shook hands with the police, and from there I went to the Kotel [Western Wall],” he recalled.

“A few moments later, I got a call asking me to come back and guide another group. I came back to the entrance to the Temple Mount, and there I was arrested. A police commander told me I was being arrested for disturbing the peace on the Temple Mount,” he said.

Glick expressed concern, “This is the first time they detained me, and I don’t know what they want from me… I have a strong feeling that I’m being set up.”

I know I’m a little fixated on this situation, but it still perplexes me. Imagine Christians not being allowed to pray in St. Peter’s or Muslims at Mecca. You can’t, can you? Yet Jews are arrested even for moving their lips in prayer. In Jerusalem. On the site of their holiest temple. Yet no one seems to care (Moshe Feiglin aside, that is).

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Apartheid State Update

This is not the apartheid you were looking for:

Jews have no right to visit the Temple Mount, and should be prevented from “contaminating” the holy site, a Member of Knesset has argued.

MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) spoke against allowing Jews to visit the Temple Mount, which is also the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque. The area is the holiest place on earth according to the Jewish religion.

Tibi was particularly outraged by the possibility that police may restrict Muslim worshipers in order to allow Jews to visit the holy site during the holiday of Sukkot.

Jews are still not allowed to pray at the holy site.

The decision to let Jews visit during Sukkot is part of a gradual plan with the ultimate goal of sharing the holy site equally between Muslims and Jews, he warned, adding that Muslims must not accept such an arrangeement.

“The Al-Aqsa mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims alone. Period! Not for others,” Tibi declared.

Note: he is an MK, a Member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Yes, the Jewish state allows such a vile bigot to sit—and speak—in its house of representatives. And he’s not alone.

There may be apartheid in Israel, just not the apartheid you typically read about.


How Do You Make a Muslim Angry?

Talk about your World’s Longest Book!

Here’s just one new method to raise Islamic ire:

A Jewish website that aims to teach Israelis about the Temple has been met with an angry backlash from the Arab Muslim community.

The Har Hakodesh (lit. “The Holy Mountain”) website includes educational material about the history of the Temple Mount, which was the site of the First Temple and Second Temple. The Temples were the focus of divine service for the Jewish nation.

The site also includes stunning photographs of the Temple Mount, including pictures taken by a non-Jewish photographer from parts of the Mount which Jews may not enter.

What has caused upset in the Muslim world is a representation of the Temple Mount as it would appear with a rebuilt Jewish Temple atop it rather than Al-Aqsa Mosque that currently stands there.

Let’s see: Jews are forbidden from praying there; some days Jews are forbidden from going there; every day Jews are forbidden from going certain places there; the site lies at the heart of the Jewish homeland, yet is administered by Muslim authorities—and they’re angry??

“We didn’t do this to provoke or to annoy the Arabs,” Yaakovi insisted.

“We’re presenting history as it was,” he argued.

When asked whether he sees the simulation of the Third Temple as provocative, he said, “If someone wants to get angry, what can I do? Because he’s angry, I should ignore my truth?”

This could be fun!



A Difference of Opinions

Reporting on the failings and the absurdities of the Arabs who live in Gaza and Judea and Samaria is a full-time but thankless job. And worthless in terms of readership.

So, consider this just a public service announcement:

The Hamas-run government in Gaza said Wednesday that tasking new PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a West Bank government was illegal.

The “formation of a new government proves that the Fatah leadership is willing to maintain and prolong the state of disagreement,” a statement released after a weekly Hamas cabinet meeting said.

Newly appointed premier Hamdallah said this week that he would announce a new 24-member Palestinian Authority cabinet on Thursday.

Hamas warned of the “dangerous plots” of US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying that he is preparing to flood the region with more .

Kerry’s initiatives will undermine Palestinian rights and provide security and protection to the “occupation state,” Hamas added.

That’s not the only schism in the region:

President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the Palestinian people will never give up their right to Jerusalem as the capital of their state in spite of all the Israeli measures intended to alter the character of the occupied city.

Israel? Comment?

‘Post’ survey finds 74% of Israelis say they reject the idea of a Palestinian capital in any portion of Jerusalem.

… 74% say they reject the idea of a Palestinian capital in any portion of Jerusalem, with the implication being that they prefer a united Jerusalem. Only 15% say they would support a divided plan for the city, whereby Israel would relinquish sovereignty over some eastern portions of the city to allow for a Palestinian capital there.

Look, I just think John Kerry is a horse’s ass. But if you want to say he’s hatching “dangerous plots” and “pledges and illusionary” plans, that’s okay too. He’d do more for world peace (and the tax receipts of Massachusetts) if he just sailed his yacht, the Isabella, around Martha’s Vineyard.


No Rocks? No Problem!

Never bring an arm to an armchair fight:

A large-bodied Arab man attacked an elderly Jew in Jerusalem’s Old City last Saturday. The victim’s daughter, Tali Hoffman, told Arutz Sheva that her father was making his way to Shacharit prayers, as he does every Sabbath, from his home in the Muslim Quarter to the Kotel.

When he arrived at HaGay Street, just a few dozen meters from the Kotel, the Arab man stepped out of a falafel shop and tried to knock him down by shoving a chair toward his legs. Having failed to knock down the Jew, the Arab then threw the chair at Hoffman’s head.

The chair broke from the force of the blow. Hoffman’s father suffered a deep cut in his arm, which he had used to protect his head. The Arab escaped and other Arabs who were present did nothing to help the bleeding Jew. Border Policemen who had been nearby escorted the Jew to the Kishle station, where he received first aid and lodged a complaint.

Hoffman noted that 15 years ago, her husband was murdered close to the spot where the attack took place. Her father lives in the house that his murdered son-in-law had built, in the Muslim Quarter. The house had been a stable and had belonged to Jews.

Hoffman said that her father did not want to talk about the incident. She explained that he had experienced the Holocaust and that people of his generation did not like to talk about things of this nature.

It’s a small story, but it packs a lot in it. The psychology of Holocaust survivors; the few degrees of separation between any Israeli and a victim of terrorism; the randomness of Arab violence, and the indifference of Arab bystanders.

And remember, the rock-throwing continues almost every day, whether we (and others) report it or not.

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Temple Mount Judenrein???

Hey Cat’licks! Steer clear of the Vatican! Same goes for you Muslims and Mecca. Keep walking:

Nationalist activist David Haivri says police have informed him that he may not ascend the Temple Mount.

“The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people and the state of Israel has an obligation toward the Jewish people to allow us free access to our holy place, in order to pray there freely,” he said.

Also on the blacklist is MK Moshe Feiglin, who has announced he will not abide by the coalition’s instructions and vote according to his conscience in all matters, in protest of the ban on his entering the Mount.

You know what they’ve been doing when they go there, don’t you? No, not graffiti, skateboarding, or stealing hubcaps.

Praying. Or even thinking of praying. And that is verboten.


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