Beyond the Cusp

August 29, 2015

Some Truths About Palestinians’ Condition and Israel in General

 

Some days one just feels the need to use others to tell the story. Sometimes it is best to just find videos aids in relating what one wished to convey. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what price can one assign to videos which have hundreds if not thousands or hundreds of thousands of frames, how many words would that equal? Well if we simply treat each video as five pictures, here are tens of thousands of words interspersed with actual words which number far less for expressing our thoughts as well.

 

Nobody who is being honest will claim that all is a bed of roses for the average Palestinian, especially in the refugee camps located in the Gaza Strip and the semi-autonomous zones in Judea and Samaria (West Bank). These camps are kept impoverished as a photo op primarily for Western media and the occasional Middle East reports. These camps are Palestinians who it is claimed all came from within Israel in 1948. With the average age of residents in these camps somewhere in the mid-twenties or lower, it is painfully obvious that a very small number of the ‘refugees from the Great Naqba’ were actually alive in 1948. These descendants, some third, fourth and even fifth generation refugees are kept in the camps solely to continue the myth of suffering, and their Arab keepers make sure they do indeed suffer as they are not permitted to work, own a home, or leave the camps and go live with relatives just as the camps in Lebanon and Jordan are also kept nationless and impoverished dependent on UNRWA aid and other charitable institutions many established for just that purpose. Another truth not often mentioned is that these camps receive the majority of their aid funding from the Western nations with the Arab world often making pledges which they rarely keep after an initial token payment. Perhaps a video from a Lebanese news report could shed some light that covers some of the opulence, the changing loyalties and where much of the aid originates, might shed some light.

 

 

 

 

 

The ironies in Gaza alone are enough to boggle the mind. Western and especially European news stories stick to the political line of the evil Israelis, read Jews, keep all the wealth for themselves and the Palestinians are left scrounging for food and clothing, that there is no electricity much of the time and the water supply is tainted. The Gazans are presumably largely living in the streets as Israel has destroyed their residences. There is a measure of truth to this as Hamas made sure that many apartment buildings were damaged, some severely, by using them as placements for their rockets. Meanwhile, almost all of the cement allowed into Gaza had been diverted to build tunnels which when completed will infiltrate into Israel allowing for terror attacks intent on abduction of Israeli civilians to be ransomed for terror prisoners from mostly Hamas and Islamic Jihad who rule Gaza jointly with Hamas having the majority position. Perhaps a revealing video on Gaza and the reality as there are very plush neighborhoods where Hamas is not permitted their use for attacks on Israel as these are the beautiful people of Gaza, some assuredly gaining their wealth as a result of their positions within the terror structure. The video ends with a broadcast recording of a youth repeating what he has been fed in his education as part of the political fight to assure that every child receiving their education from UNRWA or a Hamas or Islamic Jihad school will continue the war against the Jew. Note the youth does not mention Israel as Hamas has as its intent right within their charter the murder of every Jew and the conquest of the entire world. Nobody ever claimed they did not aim for lofty and high goals as for that they have it covered. After the youth’s tirade there is a nice ending shot of the other reality which comes from Gaza, see if you can catch it.

 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture is a staple industry for both Arabs and Jews. One difficulty is the division of lands claimed by both sides. The settlement often comes from the courts and is enforced by the IDF which always causes friction and claims of thievery and denials of any wrongdoing on all sides. These claims are most fierce in Areas where both Arabs and Jews have lands bordering or in close proximity to each other. In many instances the dividing lines are well known and there is even an amount of cooperation in getting both Arab and Jewish harvests picked in time and taken to markets. Often the problems are instigated by European ‘peace activists’ whose primary raison d’être is to instigate conflict. They have been known to arrive with counterfeit maps and deeds which they use to provide Arabs with ‘proof’ that the Jewish village has stolen their lands and their olive trees and that the trees raised by the Jews are actually their trees and this eventually with the assistance of Fatah and other terror influences leads to confrontations. Are there actual opposing claims which are valid? Of course there are as sometimes land is purchased from a charlatan whose deed may appear authentic but proves to be a forgery that does not hold up in court. Where a Jew or an Arab has preceding legal claim and no bill of sale can be produced proving change of ownership, the court rules justly in favor of the deed holder. But the court is more than fair with Arab claims as their claims are more often rewarded and recognized than that of Jews. Part of the problem for Jews is getting the lands transferred as for an Arab to sell land or property to a Jew and the Ramallah Palestinian Authority government finds out the person may or may not receive a trial before they are publically hung as an example of what happens if you are caught selling to a Jew. Thus for such transactions to be verified in Israeli courts, the authority for legal challenges, the Arab needs to appear before the land office and verify that in deed he has sold the land and only then is a new deed drawn up legally showing Jewish ownership of the land in question. There will not be any record as from whom the land was purchased so as to protect the Arab from being murdered for his horrific sin against the people. The media is always able to find witnesses from both sides of the argument on land and crop ownership and even a bad harvest is often blamed on the other side stealing water or whatever the complaint du jour might be. Again let’s see the video.

 

 

 

 

 

There is always the question of what to do when you are at a wedding and the bride and groom are inside about to come and greet their friends and nobody remembered to bring any rice to throw. But wait, we all have plenty of ammunition and what the, who will mind a little rifle salute. Of course little concern is expended in worrying where the bullets will fall back to the ground, well, not as long as everybody remembers not to shoot straight up in the air as that may end poorly and really kill the festive mood of the celebration. So, here’s to the bride and groom, fire away.

 

 

 

 

 

There are indeed hardships in Gaza including the destruction of a large investment and business designed to entertain and provide some relief from what is otherwise a hot, long and boring summer with nothing to do. One might reason that a water park might be just the ticket for the youth to enjoy some carefree time screaming and giggling as they use the slides and other attractions. Music might even brighten spirits and make the fun time even more memorable and enjoyed just that much more. Hold on to those memories the all too few who spent some time enjoying the water park and whatever you do, do not discuss or admit you ever frequented that evil, Zionist corruptive influence as the modesty police are apparently everywhere lying in wait for some unsuspecting youth to admit they had even a glimmer of fun in their life. The water park, what happened to the water park? Well, those destroyers of all that is fun and bright in Gaza destroyed the water park and the real source is quite revealing and potentially coming as a great surprise to many.

 

 

 

 

 

No coverage could be complete without the obligatory commentary done with a proper British accent which can be used by those wishing to claim this was simply a politically motivated, ‘hate’ piece of propaganda being sold as actual evidence that there does exist an other side, another opinion to the mainstream media Pablum fed endlessly to the mass media and used throughout Europe as the bludgeon to hammer Israel into submission. Never mind that it has been largely Arab controlled areas and nations which hold the refugee camps and refuse to allow the occupants, many of whom have close relatives living virtually within walking distance of the camp and they are refused permission to go live with or often even to visit with these relatives. These are largely not the original refugees from 1948 otherwise there would not be estimated upwards of over five-million refugees as the original numbers were under three-quarters of a million refugees who mostly answered the call of the Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini’s call to leave their residences and take a safe position behind the glorious armies of the Arab world which were going to slaughter and erase every single Jew and any corroborative Arabs, defined as those Arabs not actively murdering Jews, and they would be permitted back to their homes and given a part of the spoils of the war, a war the Arab armies were assured of winning and doing so easily. The one promise the Arab leadership has kept is that they will be allowed out of their refugee status as soon as the Arab armies destroy Israel and kill every Israeli whatever their identity be they Jew, Arab, Druze, Bedouin, Kurds, or any other nationality present within Israel currently. The promise still stands that upon the defeat of the Jews and Israel the refugees will be permitted to leave the camps, the very camps which is all the majority have ever known having been born and raised and then having and raised their children where their children’s children were raised and then their children and then on and on henceforth and potentially forever. So, here is the promised authoritarian British accented commentary published on Aug 5, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

To be fair, here is another British accent this time reporting on the high costs for automobiles in Gaza along with some comments on the hardships the Gazans suffer and actually has a moment of honest criticism on why the vehicles still are unable to be imported despite Israeli blessings for the Gazan to do so but that would require the unity government to actually agree on some arrangement so that those who get paid no matter what or who is buying and selling, these people in the hierarchy must get their pound of flesh no matter what.

 

 

 

 

 

Some reading with pictures, titles, subtitles, all mixed to compare and contrast what was the Apartheid in South Africa with the reality of Israeli politics including explaining why the ‘Palestinian’ people do not have equal rights as far as voting in Israeli elections and other discoveries such as those selfsame ‘Palestinian’ people do vote when, or should we say if, there ever are Palestinian Authority elections in Judea and Samaria or elections open and fair in Gaza either for the government of the Palestinian Authority, as they are now presumably citizens under a Hamas-Palestinian Authority governance, or a Gaza election which was held once with Hamas winning the majority of the vote, well, perhaps mere majority is misstating the reality of a landslide win for Hamas such that the government is often referred to as the Hamas government of Gaza. For all intents and purposes the ‘Palestinian’ people in both Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza have that very special kind of democratic systems where it is one person with one vote one time, or possibly twice if one should live that long.

 

 

 

 

 

And while we are speaking of Apartheid in Israel, the lie, here is another very impressive and wide span of coverage of Israeli inclusionary activities and the actions of openly assisting all in need from places of such a distance it seems improbable if not an impossibility, but Israel gave refuge to a boatload of Vietnamese refugees.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s end this section with what could be termed a propaganda piece as the less seen side of Arab residences and neighborhoods in Israel, Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza are shown with musical background in a montage with some messages scrolled on the video. Sure this view omits the refugee camps which are cement construction apartment complexes which resemble many apartment buildings elsewhere but the camps have an added feature, they are gated communities which are fenced, guarded and have an official entrance which controls who enters and restricts seriously those wishing to depart. So enjoy a leisurely close, did we mention the nice background music?

 

 

 

 

The following is some select videos covering the Israeli reach out to the rest of the world in service to any and all they can reach with aid. These videos cover themselves so we will leave it to the videos that follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Save a Child Heart Services which brings children to Israel for heart surgery and also sets up and trains physicians in these nations and granting them an entire ward built with Israeli aid covering the entire program. Here are some videos on this remarkable program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in closing a video on the ideals of this remarkable program which runs on mostly donations to SACH. In a rare instance we will provide a way to donate to the SACH programs and their remarkable physicians, pediatric and child’s heart surgeons who specialize in heart surgery and related difficulties. Thank you for helping and know that a life of a child or of many children thank you with a smile and their newfound ability to dance their hearts out, actually their heart that you helped repair and save. Thank you.

 

 

 

And if you tell them where you got the idea, we would love the publicity as SACH knows nothing of this plea.

 

Thank You.

 

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July 27, 2015

A Zionist Approach to a Palestinian Solution

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There are so many rumors and misconceptions that one normally has no idea where to start. Perhaps taking a broader look and see what are some of the realities which even many of Israel’s detractors know are valid but are want to ever admit as to admit anything which shows Israel in an acceptable light, let alone a good light, is simply untenable as if we start to recognize those things Israel has attempted to do and offers made to try and reach a fair deal which meets almost every last demand made of her, where would such admissions end? Israel must be demonized and all unfair treatments must originate because of Israel existing at all. The reality is the pro-Arab Palestinian supporters refuse to admit, believe or allow any facts which might place Israel as having made any concessions ever to meet Arab demands because Israel must be drawn in the most unfavorable light and in hateful pictures and framed as pure evil on the brink of committing genocide at any moment. The Six Day War and its second attempt six years and a few odd months later known as the Yom Kippur War where Israel was attacked on the most solemn of days in the Jewish calendar, our Day of Atonement where virtually every Jew is in Synagogue and that particular time even two-thirds of the IDF soldiers and officers were on leave and Israel took precious hours before she was capable of repelling the assaults which from Syria were well on their way to Tel Aviv rolling across the Galilee while the Egyptians were dashing across the Sinai Peninsula and had surrounded and captured a whole division at the Suez Canal guarding the border from the Six Day War at half strength at best and completely under manned and easily overpowered. Israel turned the tide and was half way to Damascus from the Golan Heights, the previous armistice line and across the Suez Canal and advancing on Alexandria and Cairo when the world finally decided to protest the fighting. While Israel was being slaughtered and destroyed the world sat silent but once Israel had obviously turned the tides and within a few hours became the side advancing and approaching the aggressors’ capitals and major cities the world could stand the fighting no more. Despite the fact that had the tide not been turned nobody would have sparked the slightest objection but the world including the Soviet Union, Britain, France, the United States, the rest of the Security Council as well as the General Assembly, the Arab League, NATO, and a plethora of other groups, nations and associations as well as every human rights and anti-war group finally had to end this atrocious situation which could not be stomached; Israel must be prevented from spreading more violence and destruction, their advance is an affront.

 

Israel heeded the demands and even retreated back to the armistice lines from 1967 despite now holding both sides of the Suez Canal. She surrendered control of that vital waterway and once back where the Suez Canal was the border Israel did not press that she should share in its management as the forces of the world demanded that Egypt must control the Waterway even if one side was Israeli held. The entirety of nations sided with Egyptian control denying Israeli use of the Suez Canal as that was to be the normal and accepted fact of things. Israel was not to be permitted free access to the Suez Canal even if the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) occupied one side of the waterway. That is the world’s idea of fair and balanced. When time came to make peace with Egypt Israel offered Egypt every inch of land they had controlled but Egypt admitted that she had been occupying Gaza and that Gaza actually belonged to Israel and Egypt returned Gaza to Israeli control. Is Israel credited with returning the Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian control as part of their peace agreement? It does not appear as Israel is still denigrated as being an aggressor whose desires are to steal Arab lands at every corner, well, I guess if it has to be mentioned, except that one when Israel returned the Sinai but that was only done because Israel knew they could not defend those longer borders, yes, that is what we will tell ourselves, Israel had no other choice tactically. Never mind when Egypt had the advantage of the greatest surprise attack possible they still were routed by Israel who knew she could not defend that border? That does not appear to match the historic picture. But Israel must never be credited with doing anything noble or decent, Israel must be denigrated and trodden into the mire and never allowed to clean herself. Israel must be vilified at every opportunity thus Israel returned the Sinai because she was weak and unable to defend it must be the reality we sell the world, Israel was not being magnanimous after all, what could the Sinai provide Israel? The Sinai only has all of Egyptian oil wells and would present Israel with several multiples of size and depth and would allow Israel to defend her waterway to the Red Sea and on to the Indian Ocean and Asia and the Pacific coast of the Americas. What would Israel want with all of that? Those who are Israel detractors cannot admit the obvious as to do so would allow for that first crack in their arguments which are made of the most fragile of structures that are crafter out of lies, deceit and pure hatred, anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism and nothing more.

 

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

 

 

Then there were the offers during the final weeks of the administration under President Bill Clinton where Yasser Arafat walked out of the talks in Paris in disgust, that we can admit, but why disgust. Yasser Arafat felt betrayed and trapped so he fled. He knew that the end of his objections had been breached so he had his car and driver running and waiting in the front of the hotel to make good his escape. The reality hit him and he felt the walls closing in as President Clinton demanded an early morning meeting for the signing of the agreement, the very agreement Arafat had demanded just the night before that had to be why President Clinton was so excited that he called an early morning meeting with both sides to be in attendance. The trap had been set and was about to be sprung, the trap set in motion by Arafat’s own demands and words, that the worst of traps when one’s own words made the trap. The late afternoon President Clinton had met privately with Yasser Arafat and demanded politely as was his way of disarming even the arch terror master who invented aircraft hijacking, suicide murdering bombers and a plethora means of death and destruction was now asked the question no Arab Palestinian ever cares or is willing to answer, namely, what would you accept to make peace. Yasser Arafat was trapped by that wily master, President Clinton had done the unthinkable, the unprecedented, he had demanded to know what would seal the deal of Arafat and he would have to give an answer. What could he demand that the Israeli Prime Minister could never accept, what would guarantee rejection. Yasser Arafat knew he had to sell a lie because President Clinton would never in a million years accept his demand that Israel be destroyed, its Jews turned into slaves to serve the Arabs, which would never be accepted by President Clinton. What would President Clinton accept and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barack would have to refuse. Yasser Arafat took a gamble and demanded all of the West Bank and whatever part of Jerusalem or land swaps, things we can only guess but he gave his word, his worthless word to President Clinton who probably walked him back from the extreme demands but not so far that Arafat feared the worst, Israeli agreement. But the breakfast meeting gave away the worst possible situation, President Clinton had also pressed Barak to meet those demands Arafat had agreed were acceptable, what to do, run, that must have made Arafat feel like a trapped rat and all he could do was flee with Madeline Albright, the United States Secretary of State, waddling and shuffling as fast as he little body permitted calling after Arafat to come back and fulfill his promise, but the car was running, the door open and the driver behind the wheel, the getaway went off as required by the dire situation, peace with Israel the alternative.

 

Madeline Albright and Ehud Barak Press Conference in Israel Discussing Peace Process and Camp David Talks During Meetings Before Start of Talks Between Prime Minister Barak and Yasser Arafat

Madeline Albright and Ehud Barak Press Conference in Israel Discussing Peace Process and Camp David Talks During Meetings Before Start of Talks Between Prime Minister Barak and Yasser Arafat

 

 

Perhaps President Obama who claimed he wanted to have his Presidency reflect the best of the former Presidents, the Presidencies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and perhaps in the back of his mind also James Madison, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Jefferson Clinton and even once I believe even Ronald Reagan might have snuck in there in a moment of weakness, weakness from President Obama, what am I thinking. Actually, should President Obama desire to make the world remember him for making the impossible possible and actually reach an agreement between Israel and the Arab Palestinians led by Mahmoud Abbas then there is a suggestion I would love to place in his ear that might just make such a deal achievable. President Clinton had the right idea, don’t press Israel, just sit down with Mahmoud Abbas, mano-a-mano, one-on-one, in a place where two men can ignore the bothersome world of political gamesmanship and discuss real problems and find real solutions and work with Mahmoud Abbas, President Obama by himself with Mahmoud Abbas by his self and allow that gifted oratory which was supposed to swoon the rest of the world and give it all President Obama can with lilt and tenor voice with whispers and exclamations of dire demands and hammer out an agreement which President Obama honestly believes that Prime Minister Netanyahu might be persuaded to accept and get the one item President Clinton miscalculated on, get Abbas to sign the offer such that if Netanyahu signs the document as well then there is peace. Let the Arab Palestinians finally once again tell the world in writing what it will take for peace to be achieved. If Abbas is honest he will hand President Obama a map without any Israel on it and everything between the Jordan and the Sea as Palestine and President Obama will have his answer, this is a war to the last soul and nothing less. But if Abbas signs an acceptable agreement which has even the most remote possibility that Netanyahu will accept, then President Obama will not only have earned that Nobel Peace Prize but made himself eligible to be the only man in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize twice and he will deserve such. What about it President Obama? Great risks is what makes great men, risk not gain not, risk it all and maybe gain the accolades you know you deserve but have been denied, take this chance, take the offensive and ask Abbas what he will agree to for peace and what he is willing to give up. Unfortunately, I honestly suspect that Mahmoud Abbas heard from Yasser Arafat about the Clinton entrapment and has been warned against being even remotely reasonable and Abbas will demand everything right down to that last piece of sand on any Tel Aviv beach and the furthest tip of a pier in Eilat and the furthest heights of Mount Hermon and all seven hills of Yerushalayim, nothing less. Then President Obama, himself, should be obliged to tell the world of the intransigence of Mahmoud Abbas and how when faced with the opportunity to make reasonable requests and have the State he claims to desire, refused to accept any State of Israel. As that is the truth, then the world needs to hear it and the truth will set all the world free from this folly which simply continues to take lives needlessly. We know Hamas’s answer, every Jew on the planet dead, that is their idea for peace. Let us see if Abbas is any less the lunatic and desires a state or simply desires the slaughter of the Jews as many suspect. Prove one side or the other and then be honest before the world. Is that too much to ask, because if it is, then we need to find some world leader willing to go that extra mile and find that path which President Clinton found and once again risk taking that otherwise untrod path one more time and seek a real answer, a real truth and a real peace.

 

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July 23, 2015

The Media and Anti-Israel Anti-Zionist Slanted Coverage

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Read or listen to news reporting which emanates from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), AFP (Agence France Presse), AP (Associated Press), CNN (Cable News Network), Reuters, Fox News, UPI (United Press International), Yahoo, Google, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, or even if your news comes with a laugh as you get your news from Comedy Central, or the myriad of smaller news agencies, television news, radio news, political talk shows, print media or even blogs including Beyond the Cusp, as all of these rely on the major news reports and other media to provide the meat and gristle on which we all prey upon to survive and provide the best commentary and even historical references and other interesting color as well as opinions and positions well backed up with facts. The problem comes when you are covering Israel and trying to report relatively fairly, though our Zionist roots tend to make our writings have a slant, often the opposite than many of the news reports, due to their omitting valuable and necessary information or taking the word of terrorist leaders without any filter or validations and pass these propaganda as raw unadulterated news, one needs to carefully provide balance and factual backup of your positions. Here at Beyond the Cusp we often refer to our views as being pro-Israel and pro-Zionist as we made Aliyah almost two years past and have enjoyed our new nation and have found the people to be very accommodating, friendly, helpful and finally finding other Jews who feel as we do about Israel and the problematic situation our dear nation has had foisted upon us. As we are all damaged when Israel is damaged and we feel that it is bad enough that so many news sources report about Israel always in a biased, strongly negative light and then we are told that all we need do is talk more forcefully and then our voices will be heard and Israel will have a positive side that might go a far way to negating the perceived negative slant. The difficulty with this suggestion is when Israelis speak more forcefully the reporters write the quote relegating them to have come from someone who appeared as a desperate Israeli, anxious Israeli, enraged Israeli, or simply called a crazed Israeli which negates everything related as the reporter introduction makes sure to discount any pro-Israel opinions by only using the most wide eyed and loud Israeli and pit their frenzied Israeli opposite a Hamas Fatah spokesperson who is telegenic and calm or they simply just have the Hamas or Fatah spokesperson alone with no intelligent counter either way. Last summer’s coverage of Operation Protective Edge and the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) review looking for violation of human rights both have glaring deficiencies which no factual based reasoning could do without, namely facts. Let’s just look at the simple and obvious slanted coverage and review.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission made the slanting of their report easiest to explain as their biasing of their review was by obvious omissions. Their review began on June 13, 2014 omitting the previous months’ provocation which included the kidnapping of three teens by Hamas operatives who then killed the youths burying them in a shallow grave near their Arab community. The review also omitted the ramping of rocket firing out of Gaza which had reached intolerable levels of several hundreds a day reaching Tel Aviv area which was another escalation. Had Israel not had Iron Dome systems ringing Tel Aviv and other areas of heavy population areas intercepting these rockets, including a number of newer rockets with obviously greater range and warheads than during previous confrontations, the Israeli casualties may easily have outnumbered those suffered by Gazans as a number of the largest missiles with as high as one thousand pound warheads would have struck central downtown Tel Aviv and taken down fifty plus story buildings. This too did not manage to be recorded in the ramping of the threats out of Gaza. By starting on June 13, 2014 and concentrating their review on the start of the Israeli response to the ramped up rocket fire into Israel and by their slanting through starting point they managed to make the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and others rockets fired into Israel to be a response to Israeli unprovoked invasion and not Israeli actions being in response to the kidnapping followed by the increased rocket launches into Israel. Their study further counted the resulting casualties in a manner which portrayed the lack of Israeli casualties pitted against the numbers of Gazan casualties as another sign that Israel was using disproportional force. The reality was completely due to Israel using disproportional defense of their civilians with the Iron Dome missile interception system which intercepted Hamas and friends rockets with an unbelievable rate ranking its success at approaching perfection well over ninety percent with the few rockets which got through being unable to cause multiple deaths was due to the Israeli investment in rocket and bomb shelters and hardening schools and other places where children might otherwise have simply become victims. By concentrating on simply casualty figures the UNHRC was ignoring the fact that the Israelis had invested in defensive measures which kept their people safe while Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Islamic State and others invested their money on rockets, weapons and tunnel construction which they intended to utilize in a night of mass terror in Israel. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) found unbelievable and unestimated number and existence of tunnels both as an interconnected assault system under Gaza itself and infiltration into Israel with many of the tunnels having dug numerous branches such that it provided multiple exits and deploy points in Israel. They found IDF uniforms with proper unit markings, handcuffs and large plastic locking straps which can also be used as handcuffs along with syringed and sedative drugs which could be used to make anyone captured into a manageable subject barely conscious thus easier to take hostage, maps of the Israeli communities they were probably going to take hostages, these maps included identifying buildings where the most valuable hostages would be located such as schools, day care centers and other similar denotations, motorcycles which would permit the deployment of terrorists and maps of Tel Aviv and bordering areas. They found plans in the tunnels which described in detail a horrific and well thought out plan which would have added to the confusion after a massive rocket assault on Rosh Hashanah attacking the very synagogues in Tel Aviv where the largest were denoted on the maps, the Jewish New Year’s celebration. Israel dodged a bullet by locating and searching the tunnels thus averting a disaster if this plan had been launched during the High Holidays.

So, by omission of the attacks by making the study by the UNHRC begin with the first volleys of artillery and tank fire followed by IDF forces going into Gaza, the UNHRC turned a defensive effort into a calculated assault with an intent to destroy as much of Gaza as they could by the IDF, IAF (Israeli Air Force) and the Israeli Navy. The UNHRC also investigated on site and took every Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gazans who were chosen for the interviews by the Hamas governing body as unbiased sources while on the Israeli side the UNHRC had specific NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) from whom they asked for representatives for their witness accounts as their debriefing of official spokespersons. The problem comes from the NGOs they questioned all being under the funding umbrella of the New Israel Fund or directly funded by the European Union and individual governments. These are NGOs whose main raison d‘être is to denounce the IDF and any right leaning or actual nationalist or Zionist politician and have an especially deep hatred of Prime Minister Netanyahu and guilt by association any government coalition he heads. These NGOs are almost universally funded by outside entities including anti-Israeli NGOs most often from Europe or the United States, European governments and wealthy individuals and their organizations who particularly hate Israel or simply hate Jews such as George Soros. The UNHRC refuses to use random or official entities to procure information and seek out those who will further their intents to demonize Israel. Thus the UNHRC always will produce a severely biased and derogatory study of Israel, the only nation that the UNHRC bylaws demands that they pass a resolution denouncing Israel for the crime-de-jour before addressing anything else the UNHRC is investigating.

The European and world media entities listed at the top of the article did a similar attitude check during the coverage of Operation Protective Edge. Their reporting hardly ever mentioned the three teens kidnapped and murdered and only obliquely referenced the massive increased ramping of the rockets and mortars launched at Israeli population centers usually claiming that Israel responded to rocket launchings always intoned to imply that the rocket launchings were not a huge deal. One has to wonder how these same broadcasters would cover merely three rockets per day being fired into their home nation’s cities by terrorists who ruled a neighboring enclave as Gaza is to Israel. We all know they would be hailing their heroic forces which would have received orders to go into the neighboring enclave and raze it to the ground and those instructions and orders would have followed an intensive series of artillery and bombing runs designed to completely eradicate the entity and the world would have thought nothing of it. If you doubt that there would be an intense reaction to such just read about how the English reacted initially to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast and around London and you will read about the British calling up reserve troops and placing them at almost every corner in Belfast and the use of heavy equipment in their fight against the IRA. Meanwhile the slant of the coverage was to incessantly keep a running total as provided by official spokespersons for Hamas, like they would never lie, and report on Gazan casualties while stressing that there have been almost no casualties in Israel implying disproportional force used by the Israelis. They never divulged the why almost no Israelis were being casualties. The reason actually was a form of disproportional planning and investment in civilian protections. Hamas and friends had a system of bunkers and tunnels that they could have given shelter comfortably to every living thing in Gaza and still managed to get their people through the tunnels to where they could best attack Israel always with the intent on striking civilian targets inside Israel. When the largest hospital in Gaza was struck the media was very quick to blame Israel sighting their own eyewitness accounts of a projectile striking the hospital and then implied directly that it had to be an Israel projectile. Within minutes the Hamas spokespeople were disseminating that the Israelis had struck a Hospital on purpose and for no reason as there was no military target there. They never requested the IDF look into how the hospital was struck and if they had they would have been shown the four rocket series launched from that location and that the four rockets diverted from their firing location and one struck somewhere in Ashkelon, one struck the Shati Refugee Camp, one went out over the Mediterranean Sea and one struck the al-Sifra Hospital. These trajectories were given in care of the Israeli projection systems mapping (see below map) used for immediate return fire on the location from where the rockets originate.

Radar Trajectory of barrage launched from within Gaza depicting strike points including the short round strike on the Shifa Hospital which Israel blamed by Hamas and Media accepted Hamas talking point unchecked

Radar Trajectory of barrage launched from within Gaza depicting strike points including the short round strike on the Shifa Hospital which Israel blamed by Hamas and Media accepted Hamas talking point unchecked

The biggest piece of omission was the real reason for the disparate numbers of casualties and damage to infrastructure. This was due to a form of disproportionate defense systems provided for the protection of their civilians. As denoted earlier, Israel has a series of shelters and all new residential structures are required to have one room in the units made as a rocket shelter which is fortified to provide what is deemed adequate protection and all large buildings have such rooms easily accessible to those working inside while schools and such are also fortified against rockets nearly universally in Israel. There is a similar system in Gaza which is better known as the terrorist bunker and tunnel systems but the Gazan civilians are not permitted to take shelter within. But such is not the main reason for the difference in these numbers as there was a force multiplier which rendered the vast number of rockets fired out of Gaza ineffective as they were intercepted by the Iron Dome System which track the rockets and determines if they are heading for an area where civilians are likely to be and those it intercepts with an accuracy and percentage beyond expectation. But there is also the attitude difference which was pointed out by the Israeli Prime Minister when he was asked well after the fighting had ended and in an interview by Israeli media which was made available for the asking, still waiting, still? Anyways, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated simply that, “We use our rockets to protect our civilians while Hamas uses their civilians to protect their rockets.” But there is more. While Israel placed the Iron Dome Batteries strategically just outside civilian areas such that they would have the most advantageous angle for intercepting Hamas and friends’ rockets. The Iron Dome systems were the only combat units stationed anywhere near civilian centers unless intelligence predicted a strike was imminent. This stationing IDF units and indirect fire stations such as mortars, rockets, missiles and artillery units outside of built up areas was intended to provide all military targets as far as possible from civilian centers such that any rockets fired at Israeli military would not pose any threat to the civilian population. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, ISIS, Fatah, al-Qaeda and the rest of the merry bands of terror entities operated exclusively from civilian areas as shown in this video below

There is one final item and for a change we will try to keep it short. It has to do with the lie that Gaza is the most heavily populated area on earth. How many times have you heard that reported or alluded to in conversations with asides like, Reporter Bob, isn’t it crowded with people all in a closed in area there is Gaza? –Reporter replies, Why, yes, attractive anchor person, you can hardly move in places it is so tight and people at every turn wherever you look (camera pans a large group of Gazans standing around looking innocently going about who knows what but it sure is crowded as camera return to reporter Bob, and that picture about says it all as this is the scene wherever you go. What you never quite figure out is how come whenever they go to reporter Bob he is not surrounded by Gazans getting in the way of the camera as they go about fighting their way through people packed like sardines in a can. Truthfully, if we were to compute density of people during the work week Tel Aviv with its skyscrapers has a higher density than does Gaza City. The reality is very different because as Israel places their military out in the open away from civilians, Hamas and friends lace their military units amidst civilians and often right next to schools, hospitals, hotels where the media stay (as in above video) and also try to gather as many kids near their rocket launches in an attempt to get as many civilians killed as possible. I can hear the propaganda question already of well isn’t Gaza so built up that there is nowhere for the Hamas soldiers to operate? Soldiers?!, we reply. Hamas and friends terrorist forces have places to operate outside of the two or three large metropolises but they choose their locations to endanger the maximum number of civilians as possible. Why would one of the complaints made about the blockade of Gaza in order to keep weapons out also prevents the farmers from getting their goods out to market easily. So, there are farms in Gaza which implies there are open spaces in Gaza. The argument that if they operated outside the cities in the farm areas, then the farmer’s crops might get damaged is a divergence committed to excuse their risking lives of people making the crops worth more than the lives of Gazans. So, crops are to be protected and civilians are worth less than crops, what an argument but the reporters just report that there is no place else for the rockets and command centers to be set up as Gaza is the most densely populated on the plant. Well, yes, if you do not consider Hong Kong, Singapore, Vatican City, The Maldives, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Nauru, Taiwan, Barbados, Malta, Monaco and finally Gaza, yep, the most densely populated place on the planet except for those top ten and that one in the pesky one holding down slot eleven pushing the most densely populated area on earth down to number twelve, oops. If they are instead talking about Gaza City by itself well then we need to compare cities, well it did not make the list of the top fifty cities for population density. Well, I looked hard to find a list which placed the Gaza Strip as the most densely populated nation and the best it came in at on one and only one list at third and otherwise always twelfth give or take a couple of slots and more leaning at even further down the list than twelfth. But what about open spaces you ask? How about my handy-dandy map of the Gaza Strip showing the built-up population-dense areas versus open lands as a picture is worth a thousand words and I promised to keep this short.

Gaza population density map also available @ https://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=AwrB8pInghRUV1oAFCSJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTIya2NmM2t0BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANiNTAzMDZhY2ViNWM3ODE3ZTYzZjNjMDIwOGRjNWI1YgRncG9zAzQEaXQDYmluZw--?back=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dpopulation%2Bmap%2BGaza%26n%3D60%26ei%3DUTF-8%26y%3DSearch%26fr%3Dymyy-t-999%26fr2%3Dsb-top%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D4&w=466&h=510&imgurl=news.bbcimg.co.uk%2Fmedia%2Fimages%2F48800000%2Fgif%2F_48800170_gaza_strip3_map466.gif&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bbc.co.uk%2F2%2Fhi%2Fmiddle_east%2F5122404.stm&size=29.6KB&name=%3Cb%3EGaza%3C%2Fb%3E+%3Cb%3Emap%3C%2Fb%3E&p=population+map+Gaza&oid=b50306aceb5c7817e63f3c0208dc5b5b&fr2=sb-top&fr=ymyy-t-999&tt=%3Cb%3EGaza%3C%2Fb%3E+%3Cb%3Emap%3C%2Fb%3E&b=0&ni=160&no=4&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=11iha37id&sigb=144ffhl8k&sigi=12c9jrp3a&sigt=10mcq6e3h&sign=10mcq6e3h&.crumb=nhV8ruk00oz&fr=ymyy-t-999&fr2=sb-top

Display shows large open areas with little population where Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other combatants could operate without threat to the population.

All done. Hope I was brief enough and did not stray off too far from the point and thanks for visiting.

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