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Mahmoud Abbas Gets Results

As Malcolm X (another Muslim) infamously put it, “by any means necessary”

Last week, Abbas called for Palestinian Arabs to stop Jews from ascending the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – “by all means.”

“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, calling the Jews “a herd of cattle.”

You know what you do with cattle: cull the herd.

On Wednesday, a Hamas terrorist from Shiloach (Silwan) ran over several pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill Light Rail stop, leaving nine injured. Three were critically injured; three month-old baby Chaya Ziso hy”d died from her injuries.

If you don’t see the connection, Hamass does:

“This is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and invasion of our land by the Jews, particularly on the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Temple Mount – ed.),” Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran stated on official Hamas television.

Hamas television has also confirmed the identity of the terrorist – who was shot and wounded by police, but is not dead, as initially reported in the press – as 21 year-old Abdur Rahman Slodi of Shiloach (Silwan). Slodi had previously served in Israeli prison for terrorist activities.

The only question will be whether they name a square or a school after the baby killer.

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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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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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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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Speaking Truth to Power

More like speaking truth to vain, ignorant posing (which isn’t as pithy):

“As Prime Minister of Israel, I do not understand the criticism – Arabs in Jerusalem buy apartments and no one bothers them or rules them out. By the same token, I’m not going to say to Jews not to buy in Jerusalem, including in Silwan – we cannot have discrimination – this approach is unacceptable to me.

“It is the right of Jews to buy an apartment in Jerusalem – I stand firm by my decision, there will not be a situation where Jews will not be able to buy an apartment in Jerusalem,” the prime minister reiterated.

I’m sure Bibi was diplomatic when speaking to Barack:

Israeli public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling Obama in talks in Washington Wednesday to “study the facts and details before making statements” about the building plan.

“It’s worth learning the information properly before deciding to take a position like that,” he said of the statement.

In a parallel universe, there is a world which celebrates the return of Jews to their ancestral homeland. That we lived to see it, that a Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital existed, would be considered a miracle in that world.

We’re stuck with this one. At least, for every Obama there is a Netanyahu.

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Boy, this oughta make the Arabs plotz. Which should be reason enough..

The Temple Institute’s crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the modern architectural plans for the Third Holy Temple in Jerusalem came to a close on Rosh Hashanah after surpassing its $100,000 goal in 60 days. The initiative began on the first day of the month of Av, when Jews commemorate the destruction of the ancient Holy Temples. Almost 900 pledges have come in from more than 30 countries worldwide.

Crowdfunding is a new method of fundraising that leverages the power of the Internet to gather investments or contributions from around the world. The Temple Institute used the Indiegogo platform to reach out to supporters, with links to social media pages, like Facebook, where the campaign page received 10,000 shares. A promotional video on the Facebook and Indiegogo pages, which depicts a digital rendition of the Holy Temple on the modern day Temple Mount, has been viewed by over 160,000 people.

The architects will fuse Jewish law with modern technology to prepare for a fully modern third Temple, Kosher to the letter of the law but including modern conveniences like underground parking, heating and computerized washing stations that minimize water waste.

I hope there’s still room for the Al Aqsa mosque! Somewhere.

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Apartheid State Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

Period.

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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.

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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.

HAD AL-QUDS PREVIOUSLY BEEN A PEACE-LOVING SISTER UNIVERSITY?

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.

INITIAL BRANDEIS RESPONSE

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.

RESPONSE FROM AL-QUDS

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.

BRANDEIS BREAKS IT OFF

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

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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.

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