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Uncivil Liberties

We’ve been saying that Israeli sovereignty over all the territories and communities of Judea and Samaria would bring peace and justice to the Middle East. Not least to the Arab citizens who would overnight enjoy civil liberties unmatched in any other country in the region.

Like we wuz sayin’:

Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan who has written op-eds for The Jerusalem Post, was indicted in a Jordanian court for incitement and damaging the image of Jordan.

“The court has indicted me for the crime of ‘inciting hatred and attacking Jordan’s image and the image of its one nation,’” Zahran told the Post.

The indictment also mentions that since his arrival in the UK, he started writing in Israeli newspapers.

However, Zahran said, “the only Israeli newspaper I write for is The Jerusalem Post.”

“Zahran’s social networking sites carry articles and phrases offensive to Jordan and his own people,” and he will be tried in absentia, stated an article on Saturday in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad.

If found guilty, he would be sentenced to three years in prison, according to the report.

Three years for being offensive to his country and his people—Chris Matthews would be hanged! (I said would be, not should be.)

You know what happens to Israeli Arabs Israel who write articles and phrases offensive to their country?

Election to the Knesset.


Good Samarians

We’ve reported several times on how Israeli docs are treating Syrians wounded in the civil war.

They’re feeding Syrians too:

The purple plastic sacks fill two rooms in the otherwise sparsely furnished headquarters of a Jordanian NGO, awaiting distribution to Syrian refugees already lined up on the sidewalk.

They contain an array of staple dry goods — lentils, pasta, powdered milk, tea — as well as a range of hygiene products like soap and detergent, enough for 250 refugee families. But before the goods are handed out, one thing will be removed — the word “Jewish.”

Going sack by sack with a pair of scissors, an aid worker begins to cut.

“We don’t announce with trumpets that we’re Israeli,” the worker says. “There’s no need for that. Once you let that cat out of the bag, everything starts to blow up.”

The sacks are paid for by IsraAid, an Israeli nonprofit that provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid across the world. The group has provided medical care and psychological services following earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, and supplies food and other materials to refugees at two camps in Kenya.

IsraAid began working in Jordan early this year. Since then, the organization says it has provided approximately $100,000 worth of supplies to refugees who have escaped Syria’s brutal civil war.

If you think a world where the charitable have to hide their charity from those who receive the charity is worth saving… well, you’re more charitable than I am. A world that doesn’t know how lucky it is have the state of Israel among its nations is hardly worth saving. Good thing it’s not up to me, but to Him.


Jordanian MP Shoots His Mouth Off

Get it?

Following are excerpts from a report on a shooting incident in the Jordanian parliament, which aired on the Al-Arabiya network on September 10, 2013.

Reporter: The unthinkable violated the sanctity of parliament. Shots rang out during a parliamentary session, startling the participants and causing pandemonium.

This time, the firearm spoke loudest in parliament, when MP Talal Al-Sharif opened fire on his colleague Qusai Al-Dmeisi, thus setting a precedent in the history of the Jordanian parliament.

Jordanian King Abdullah II held an urgent meeting with the parliamentary speaker, issuing a royal decree that the incident be discussed in an emergency session. The permanent office of parliament recommended that Al-Sharif be expelled from parliament, and that Al-Dmeisi be suspended for one year.

Reporter: Another serious incident of mutual assault among MPs occurred a few days earlier. Not only that, but several months ago, the parliament marked a first when one MP waved a pistol at another, not to mention other incidents of assault, with which the 17th Jordanian parliament has distinguished itself.

Jordan is predominately Palestinian, isn’t it? Um-hm. ‘Splains everything.


Arab-On-Arab Crime

Pipeline blast between Jordan and Egypt

An explosion has hit an Egyptian gas pipeline in the lawless Sinai peninsula following a spate of attacks on security checkpoints in recent days, state television and witnesses said.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the pipeline blast on Saturday or if the recent attacks were in reaction to the Egyptian army’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.

The fire caused by the explosion was under control by early Sunday morning, state media reported.

The pipeline, which supplies gas to Jordan, has been attacked more than 10 times since Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprisings.

No one was injured during the latest explosion, state news agency MENA quoted officials at the gas company as saying.

Five security officers were killed at their checkpoints in Sinai on Friday and four other checkpoints were attacked on Saturday.

If you’re Jordan, you’re nervous about this. If you’re Aggie, not so much.

- Aggie


Britain To Finally Deport Osama bin Laden’s “Right Hand Man In Europe”

It took them 8 years?

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be deported by Britain to Jordan on Sunday, ending eight years of government efforts to send him home for trial, British papers reported on Saturday.

Abu Qatada, wanted in Jordan on charges of alleged terrorism, will be put on a special flight at around 1:00 p.m., The Times newspaper said. Observers from a Jordanian human rights organization would accompany him, the Telegraph said.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office declined to comment on the reports.

Once described by a Spanish judge as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe”, Abu Qatada has been in and out of jail since first being arrested in 2001. He was sent back to prison last March for breaching his bail conditions.

Jordan removed the last obstacle preventing Britain from sending Abu Qatada back home last month by approving an extradition treaty satisfying the concerns of British judges that evidence obtained through torture could be used against him. [Do you think they mean, "could not be used against him"? - Aggie]

The saga has been embarrassing for Britain’s Conservative-led government, which wants to appear tough on security and immigration.

What is the matter with the west? Why in the world did this take 8 years?

- Aggie


I Went to Jordan’s Parliament and a Hockey Game Broke Out!

I’ve heard it suggested that there already is a Palestinian state: Jordan.

This provides further evidence:

Fisticuffs broke out in the Jordanian parliament’s plenum session Sunday as Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah al-Nussur replied to a parliamentary query from MP Kamal al-Zrul regarding the rising price of electricity.

MP Yahia al-Saud interrupted the Prime Minister and demanded that electricity prices not be raised.

At this point, MP Muataz Abu Raman intervened and called on Saud to allow the prime minister to reply to the question.

Saud took this badly. He approached Abu Raman, grabbed him and hit him in the arm. The two began to trade punches. In the course of the fight, one threw the Jordanian Constitution at the other, and the book of parliamentary rules was also hurled in the air, as were water bottles.

Using the Jordanian “Constitution” as a projectile. So appropriate somehow!

PS: For 25 years Daniel Pipes has been answering the question “Is Jordan Palestine?” Mostly in the negative. His latest entry, from last month, is here. His main point is that Palestinian statehood—even in a state with a “Palestinian” majority like Jordan—wouldn’t solve the vehement anti-Zionism (which is to say, antisemitism) in the Arab world. They’d still reject, and seek to annihilate, Israel.


Muslim Brotherhood Takes a Beating

As do several Muslims!

Following are excerpts from footage of a function held in the Iraqi embassy in Amman, in which Ba’thist loyalists clashed with embassy staff members over the issue of Saddam’s legacy. The footage was posted on the Internet on May 20, 2013.

Ba’thist loyalists: Long live the glorious Ba’th Party!

Our souls and our blood we will sacrifice for you, oh Saddam.

Our souls and our blood we will sacrifice for you…

The audio dies out at this point, and the footage shows the participants hurling chairs at one another.

To-ga! To-ga! To-ga!


Other Jewish Conspiracies You May Have Missed

As America and the world reawaken to the threat of Islamic terrorism in the personages of the brothers Tsarnaev, it’s worth being reminded of Islamic antisemitism and denial as well:

Jordanian Journalist: The Jews And The American Right Are Behind Boston Bombing, Just As They Were Behind 9/11

It has been known for quite some time that the U.S. is at the epicenter of a Jewish plan to harm it by removing it from its throne as the world’s only superpower – [a move that is] in accordance with the exploitative Jewish approach.

“The terrorist bombing [that took place] during the Boston marathon, near the finish line, clearly bears Jewish fingerprints. It is a message to President Obama to stop messing with Israel. These explosions were probably not the first warning issued to President Obama, nor will they be the last, for they will not let him enjoy his second term in office, and have even decided to target him personally.

“The Jews and their allies in the American right – who harbor intense hatred for anyone who isn’t white and still regret that a black president occupies the White House – will not let President Obama discharge his second term in office without problems. The Jews, as usual, are impossible to make an alliance with. They have no loyalty towards those who have served them, and betrayal is in their nature.”

Look, I take no joy any longer in publishing these deranged fantasies, if I ever did. But we have no choice but to keep in mind at every moment how these people think. He may be one (incredibly [bleeped]-up) guy, but a lot of so-called Palestinian Jordanians seem to think this way.

Including one particularly nasty commenter who has been trying to deposit his scat on this site. We apologize for his errors.


Friends Don’t Let Friends Dress “Jewish”

Just a friendly suggestions from your pals (lower case) in Jordan:

The Jordanian Tourism Ministry on Wednesday warned Israeli visitors not to wear outwardly Jewish garb while visiting the Hashemite Kingdom and to avoid performing Jewish rituals during their stay.

According to a copy of a ministry memo issued at the end of November, Amman instructed Jordanian tour operators to inform their Israeli counterparts to advise Israeli visitors not to wear “Jewish dress” or perform “religious rituals in public places” so as to prevent an unfriendly reaction by Jordanian citizens.

The Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents forwarded on the imperative to Jordanian tour operators, one of whom forwarded a copy to The Times of Israel.

The memo did not specify what constituted Jewish clothing.

Anything by Isaac Mizrahi, for starters.

As bad as this sounds, is it that much different from the advice Jews have received in France, Germany, and elsewhere? Leave the kippahs at home if you know what’s good for you? Heck, Jews forbidden from “religious rituals in public places” on the Temple Mount—their holiest site!

Jordan is just following a well-trodden path.

PS: The territory “occupied” by Jordan today was once promised to the Jews by Britain (and before that by You-Know-Who), but don’t let that influence your thinking.

According to the Peel Commission, appointed by the British Government to investigate the cause of the 1936 Arab riots, “the field in which the Jewish National Home was to be established was understood, at the time of the Balfour Declaration, to be the whole of historic Palestine, including Transjordan.”

Yet another European betrayal! Shocker!

PPS: I love that description on the map: Arabia.


Bloodthirsty Liberal’s Law

I used to tout this tenet, which held that Israel and Jews tend to be the very victims of the crimes and slanders of which they are repeatedly accused.

But it got little traction, at least judging from the lack of comments to the many posts I wrote under the heading. It’s no less true today, but I think I need a different heading.


Israeli aid groups are providing humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan and Turkey, Likud MK Ayoub Kara told AFP on Thursday.

“We have found a way, with voluntary organizations from Israel that are now on the borders of Jordan and Turkey with Syria, to provide humanitarian help to the Syrians who are there,” Kara said. “My advisers are also in Jordan to try to find a way to help the refugees in Jordan.”

He added that the volunteers do not represent the government, which, he said, is wary of giving the impression that it is aiding Syrian opposition groups.

“If we are part of the conflict, it’s a danger for all the region, all the world,” he said, highlighting the importance of such volunteer efforts.

“It is important for us that when there are big problems in our neighbor states, we are helping,” he continued.

Kara, a member of Israel’s Druze minority, said the governments of Jordan and Turkey “know about the work of the Israeli organizations.”

Israelis are helping Syrian refugees, though they can’t really go fully public with it, and the host governments know all about it.

And the likelihood that Syria, Turkey, or Jordan will ever express gratitude for the kindness shown? I’ll take never—who wants to bet? Anyone…? Bueller…?

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Never Bring a Shoe to a Gunfight

Not to be insensitive, but do we sound as silly to Arabs when we argue as they do to us (me anyway) when they argue?

A Jordanian member of parliament pulled a gun on a political activist during a furious debate live on Jordanian TV on Friday.

The MP, named in a YouTube clip of the confrontation as Mohammed Shawabka, was debating a political activist named in the clip as Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad, discussing aspects of Jordanian politics including attitudes surrounding the uprising in Syria.

As the discussion became more heated, each of the men accused the other of various crimes and deviancies, including working for the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency. “You’re a Mossad agent,” said one. “You’re a big crook,” said the other.

The MP stood up and began screaming and pointing at the activist, who was sitting opposite him, while the host of the program, Mohammed Habashneh, seated in the center, desperately urged his guests to “calm down.”

Instead, the MP sat back down, bent over and took off his right shoe, and threw it at the activist, who ducked behind his desk, knocking it over.

Then the MP pulled a gun — a silver pistol — out of his waistband and briefly brandished it toward the activist, who walked toward him. The MP kept holding the gun, but was no longer pointing it at his critic.

The two men struggled, with the parliamentarian again careful now not to point the gun at his adversary, while the panicked host circumnavigated the strewn furniture to try to break up the fight.

But the two men would not be easily separated, and the brawl continued for some time before the program cut to the credits.

All of which you can watch for yourself! But make popcorn first.

PS: Isn’t it awesome how Israel is in their heads? Calling someone a Mossad agent is the greatest imaginable insult. Too bad the shoe wasn’t designed by Isaac Mizrahi and the pistol wasn’t an Uzi.

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If You’re Arab and Full of Sh*t, Clap Your Hands


Jordanian authorities have been turning away Syrian refugees of Palestinian heritage or threatening to deport those who have arrived in Jordan from Syria over the past year, according to a report released on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

“Jordan must take in these refugees for humanitarian reasons even though we cannot afford to let them set up home permanently here because we just do not have the resources.”

He said that many of those arriving do not have official papers or identification, either because they left their homes in a hurry or because they destroyed them while escaping from Syria.

Another problem, he pointed out, is that many Jordanians who married Syrians, including those with Palestinian backgrounds, are suddenly seeking Jordanian citizenship for spouses, and this could eventually cause a demographic problem for Jordan. The population balance between Jordanians with Palestinian heritage and those without is a contentious issue in the Hashemite Kingdom.

Ah-ha! Oh-ho!

The Palestinian state of Jordan couldn’t possibly take in any “Palestinian” refugees (whatever that term means), yet the Jewish state of Israel must take in all of them. That is essentially the Arabist (hence international) belief.

Which is why I don’t bother with these stories much anymore. I’m past all that.

Israel must act as unilaterally and as disproportionately as it is accused of every day. It must annex all or most of Judea and Samaria—yesterday. (When President Romney is sworn into office, I pray it will.) It must unleash an inferno on Iran’s nuclear facilities the moment it thinks it has no choice. It must remove the terrorists in Gaza (i.e. the Hamass government) before another Israeli is harmed. It must do all of this and more because a Jewish life is worth no less than any other. No more, fine, but no less.

If you’ve read as many stories like this one as we have, there’s really no discussion, no teaching moment. There is only action to save lives. That’s where Israel is. That’s where I am.

The only shame is in wasting weighing debauched terms like “peace” and “negotiation”. I dry heave just thinking about it.

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