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April 19, 2017

New York Times had Just Another Day in the Office

 

The New York Times (NYT) published without any cautionary notations an opinion piece written by Marwan Barghouti barely mentioning his incarceration of five counts of planning and making all preparations for five mass murder terrorist bombings and shootings during the Second Intifada. He was tried for five of the people who had been murdered in his attacks leading to five lifetime sentences. Barghouti is an idol of the extreme left who hold him as a freedom fighter against Israeli oppressions and as a revolutionary who would raise the Palestinian Arabs to new heights in the struggle for independence from Israel. Left out of their admiration is the small matter that Barghouti views all of Israel as rightfully Palestinian lands and has called for the extermination of the Jews of Israel giving their crimes against humanity as the principle reason. His support is similar to the admiration given Che Guevara, the murdering enforcer of the Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Che Guevara stated in an interview that he preferred murdering people over pursuing any other type of employment. We are willing to bet that Marwan Barghouti would make a similar statement about murdering Israelis. The problem is not that Barghouti was able to write and get this letter to the NYT for publication as it is their eagerness to publish without any notifications which might have given at least some consideration and pause of his accusations against Israel. Instead, the NYT simply noted his incarceration as if he were a political prisoner of conscience and not a murderer. Their notations the next day after receiving strong protests was less than comforting and was a far cry from a more fitting response of placing a written notice from the editor in the next day’s paper and the next Sunday paper and pulling the article from their web pages.

 

Marwan Barghouti made accusations, which were without merit and old canards reputed many times over. They were the same tired references of Israel. That Israel is a colonialist enterprise, which begs who the parent Jewish State might have been. That Israel is an Apartheid state which members of the South African government who suffered under the real Apartheid have called an insult to their suffering, as Israel is a free and equal society. That Israel has incarcerated him for solely political reasons so that he could not run in Palestinian Authority (PA) elections. The real reason he has not been able to run in PA elections is that since 2006 Abbas has cancelled all elections in order to remain in office. Abbas’s main fear is that almost anybody short of Benyamin Netanyahu, who is ineligible to run being an Israeli, running would win against him. Abbas fears Hamas winning the election, which would be a repeat of the 2006 elections. He also knows that not only would Marwan Barghouti defeat him but so would virtually every other candidate with a single possible exception of those who are not related to Abbas, such as Saeb Erekat, as he has remained loyal to Abbas to the end. Further, there were no political charges and Barghouti was found guilty after refusing to defend himself claiming Israel has no legal right to try him for the murder of its citizens and that Israel has no right to exist therefore should not be allowed to place him on trial.

 

Marwan Barghouti Wall Painting Demanding His Freedom from Israeli Incarceration

Marwan Barghouti Wall Painting Demanding
His Freedom from Israeli Incarceration

 

Another point stressed by Barghouti was that the only means of protest available to prisoners is the hunger strike hoping that their refusal to eat will gain media attention and raise awareness to the inhospitable and cruel punishments and random imprisonment performed by the colonial military forces of Israel. He does not mention that he is apparently able of reaching the NYT and being placed instantly in the next Sunday edition for maximum readership as an honored writer. He has done so previously with a letter to other world papers and all of given him royal treatment though a fair number did actually mention that his trial was for multiple murders and he was tried in a civil court with full representation and rights. He has also been covered with sympathetic articles in Haaretz often claiming his popularity amongst the Palestinian public is a mitigating factor under which the Israeli government should consider pardoning the remainder of his sentence should he win in any PA elections. This would be tantamount to somebody claiming that the United States should commute the sentence of Richard Speck or Jeffery Dahmer should either win an election to public office. Newsbreak for anybody demanding Israel should pardon Barghouti of his sentence, he was sentenced to five life terms thus one life term being removed still leaves him incarcerated. If anyone believes that an arch-terrorist convicted of five counts of murder, and with more blood than those five counts on his hands, should be released, they should seek morality counseling to see why peoples’ mean so little to them.

 

Israel is a democratic society with a legal system which protects the rights of the accused and which only prosecutes for crimes committed within the territories they are responsible for under International Law. Israel precludes prosecutions of any acts in Gaza short of acts of war, and even those Israel tolerates far more than any other nation on Earth. Israel leaves the majority of policing of the PA areas to their security forces with the exception of arresting terrorists suspected of having committed acts of terror within Israeli controlled areas. Even this would not be necessary had the PA lived up to promises signed for in the Oslo Accords where the PA was to cease incitement and work to prevent terrorism while arresting, trying and incarcerating terrorists. After witnessing the PA release terrorists within days of a guilty verdict, the Israelis had no other resort but to try these criminals in Israel when possible. At that point, the PA ceased even pretending to do anything about terrorism placing the entire onus on Israel.

 

Addressing the hunger strikes, according to International Law, the holding authority is to have a physician warn the hunger striker twice of the dangers to their lives should they continue their hunger strike. Should the prisoner continue to refuse nourishment from that point they are to be left to their own desired end, in simple terms, to die as a result of their actions. This is not what Israel does and they go against International Law and force-feed the patient upon the recommendation from a physician that such is necessary to protect the prisoner’s life and health. Israel has been condemned by numerous Arab leaders for taking such actions claiming that forced feeding a prisoner preventing them causing permanent physical health problems or possible death is something they consider torture. They believe that if a Muslim chooses to die for Allah, preventing such action is a criminal act denying their religious convictions. This is the strongest sign we have seen of their loving death while we love life. Apparently, we are not allowed to love their lives either, let alone our own. One can only imagine the international uproar should an Arab Palestinian die in an Israeli prison from starvation. The recriminations and accusations that the Jews starved the prisoner ignoring the countless articles in numerous International newspapers and other news services counting the prisoner’s days of refusing food in their hunger strike, it would be Israel’s fault and there would be demands for the Prime Minister’s head at the United Nations. This is not why we do not allow their deaths but because every life, even those of our persecutors are precious and even they are creatures of Hashem and worthy of life.

 

Marwan Barghouti will continue to receive the sympathies of the world as the picture child of Israeli cruelty. He is an intelligent individual who writes well and convincingly, that does not necessarily make him truthful. There is a parallel in the United States with the demands for the release Mumia Abu-Jamal protests despite his conviction of murdering a Philadelphia police officer execution style. Mumia shot the officer who was arresting his brother, and while the officer was kneeling injured, he walked up and shot him point-blank range in the head. There were witnesses who testified in his trial and there was little to no doubt of his guilt but he has become a folk hero of the same leftist who love Che and Barghouti. There is no telling who will attract the attentions, misplaced as they may be, of the youth, especially when lead by charismatic leftist leadership or their professors at university. There must always be a cause and when none is readily available, then one must be manufactured, and what could be better than wrongful imprisonment. On the other side, there will always be the enemies of the people or the cause or of the world itself. In the recent past in the United States, the police were being portrayed as the enemy to the underclass, especially false heroes. There were the cries of “Hands up, don’t shoot,” repeated even by President Obama despite autopsy evidence that this was a fraud and witnesses who at the scene refuted this story. After that at every police shooting there would be crowds forming screaming, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” no matter the situation. Then police started being ambushed and assassinated and even then, the attitude appeared to refuse to change.

 

Hands Up Don’t Shoot and Related Disruptions

Hands Up Don’t Shoot and Related Disruptions

 

In the international venue, the everlasting villain throughout the ages has been Israel. We faced the wrong end in Egypt, in Babylonia, eventually in Persia though Cyrus the Great was kind, under the Greeks, the Romans, the Christians in the various nations where things went from good to bad and back and forth while in the Muslim world the fates were just as fickled and today we are targeted by the European Union, the United Nations and the Arab and Muslim worlds as we are their favorite target when they are not fighting each another as they are now in Syria. Pick a time period and odds are there will be at a minimum one place where being a Jew is dangerous and being a Jew makes you a descendant of the Israelites and this Israeli by today’s standards. We hold out hope that the world will some day decide that the winners of so many Nobel Prizes and people who write so much software while sharing these discoveries with the world and also there to fight diseases and assist after natural disasters are worthy of a little slack and possibly even a touch of friendship. We hold out hope for the Messiah to bring the age of true and holy enlightenment where, as it is written in Isaiah 2:4, “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift the sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

 

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December 26, 2014

May These be the Last Victims of this and All Intifada

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Eleven year-old Ayala Shapira and her father, Avner Shapira, were the latest in a long line of victims who have suffered from the rock and firebomb attacks along Israeli roads in the Israeli ruled Area C of Judea and Samaria when the vehicle they were traveling home in was struck by one of those firebombs. Ayala currently lies next to death in the burn center at Sheba (Tel Hashomer) Hospital where she is on life support and the physicians are doing all they are able to save her young life. While her father’s injuries were less severe and he has received treatment, Ayala suffered much more severe burns, as well as other injuries, and is under intensive care and as reported by Professor Ze’ev Rothstein, Director of Sheba Hospital, “It is not clear at this point if her life is in danger. We will do everything possible to save her.” Our prayers and support go out to Ayala, her father and to their family, friends and all who share the effects of this tragedy. May Ayala soon be out of danger and make a speedy recovery followed by a successful long term therapy as may be necessitated to restore to her the level of life and comfort she knew before this assault. May her mental scars fade as well and as quickly as any physical scars fade.

 

She and her father were driving on a side road between Ma’ale Shomron and the new community of El-Matan when their vehicle was struck by a firebomb thrown from another vehicle with a number of young adults inside. The attack is being treated as a terrorist attack and the authorities say all efforts possible are being taken to find and arrest the culprits. Both Ayala and her father were able to free themselves from the burning vehicle but not before suffering severe, life-threatening injuries including burns. Below is a video courtesy of Arutz Sheva News which can also be viewed here. This attack was special only in its results as rock assaults on the roads in and around Jerusalem, as well as throughout much of Israeli countryside, have become daily occurrences with such terrorizing acts being committed numerous times per day. They have become so common as they have received little coverage unless a child is severely injured or even worse, murdered, that the media barely give them any note.

 

The same can be said for the assaults and rioting being carried out on the Temple Mount with the expressed purpose of denying Jews the right to visit, let alone pray which is forbidden Jews and what is meant by maintaining the status quo, by PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as well as leaders of Hamas out of Turkey who claim to be the ones financing and carrying out such violence. The Temple Mount riots consist of more than simply assaulting the police and security personnel with rocks but also include the use of pyrotechnics which have resulted in numerous instances where security and police personnel have caught fire and suffered burns though fortunately most have only required first aid and only minimal numbers have required sustained hospitalizations. Hamas leadership as well as other Arab leaders, who represent some of the numerous Arab groups under the network of the PLO and Abbas, have openly described the elevated levels of violence as being an actual Intifada though Abbas attempts to deny such terminology as he fears it may have an effect on the levels of funding his many groups receive from Western nations and NGOs. The continued levels of violence, which are most likely activities being established by Hamas, are likely part of two separate but mutually reliant on the sustained violence directions, the denial of Jewish rights wherever and whenever possible and stirring the cauldron to keep it boiling and near to explosive levels as part of the Hamas efforts to appear stronger and more active in fighting and terrorizing Israelis so that they will win any elections should they ever be permitted by Abbas.

 

This brings us back to two items, the current Arab petition before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the threats made by Abbas should it fail to be approved and the unity government and the likelihood of elections being scheduled before the unity government collapses due to Hamas dissatisfaction with the lack of elections as agreed and their executing other plans they have for garnering complete control over both Gaza and the West Bank. First off, according to the unity governing agreement there were to be elections held within the first six months, a severe failure which was supposed to negate the agreement and return the Arabs to having two governing bodies, one over Gaza controlled by Hamas and one over the West Bank controlled by Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the PLO and the leader of the Fatah Party. The Hamas-Israel war over the summer was the initial play by Hamas almost immediately after the agreement for a unity government was formed. The reason behind the Hamas war was to force Mahmoud Abbas into a position where he appeared to be taking all the moves aimed at ending the war on Israel while Hamas continued to resist reaching any agreement, and thus far only a ceasefire exists as no peace or even permanent armistice has been reached and signed, thus molding an image of Western tool carrying out the demands which favored Israel around Abbas through his work to attempt to reach an actual peace or at the least an armistice while the leadership of Hamas was seen as taking the fight to Israel and surviving even to the point of having claimed victory. Just the image of a strong Hamas fighting the good fight against Abbas appearing weak and passive has made Haniyeh, the former leader of Hamas in Gaza, well ahead of Abbas in polls taken including both Gaza and the West Bank and his sole competition to be Mashaal who is the Hamas leader in Qatar. Abbas would lose to either of the Hamas main leaders.

 

This brings us to the same point of the Arabs opposing Israel and demanding their own state, with Abbas claiming to represent their desires, claims to have been facing off phantom menaces, using that to assure elections do not appear for numerous years and again do not appear to be in the cards for any time in the near future. Abbas refuses to hold elections as he realizes that should he lose the election he would likely lose a whole lot more. Abbas, and probably his sons, would be arrested and tried for stealing funds, refusing the will of the people, corruption and whatever other charges the newly elected and most likely Hamas controlled Arab leadership could find to charge them over. The result of such a trial would be Abbas spending the rest of his life in prison, but on the bright side that prison sentence might only last a few very short weeks ending with the execution of Abbas if for no other reason than you do not allow your competition to remain alive and capable of potentially taking back their position and holding you for trial and then executing you. I am pretty sure this is covered in the “President for Life Handbook” (no such book exists to the best of our knowledge) on page three. There is further evidence for this hypothesis as Abbas would likely already have been murdered as part of a Hamas coup attempt which was thwarted by the Israeli Shin Bet (Intelligence Agency) with an assist by the IDF as they arrested a number of the senior members and planners from Hamas who were readying to launch their violent takeover of the West Bank from Abbas which was funded and they armed by Hamas with all control, arms and finance originating with the Hamas leadership in Turkey under Saleh Al-Arouri. Most every act of willful violence over the last approximately nine months since the agreement for the Hamas leadership to stand aside and allow Abbas to continue as leader of numerous groups under separate titles and areas of assigned expertise has been instigated by Hamas, financed by Hamas, planned out by Hamas, lead in the field by Hamas activists and aimed at both Israel and Mahmoud Abbas. The actual acts of violence were aimed at the Israelis in general and the Israeli Jews more specifically while also meant to erode any popularity or visages of coordinating any effective resistance, terror activities, by Mahmoud Abbas and in his stead making Hamas look like the real and true opposition working actively to force the Israelis out of Muslim lands. Abbas is also aware of this offensive smearing his character and supplanting his leadership with the more popular and seemingly competent Hamas leaders.

 

That leaves the demands Abbas appears to be forcing within the United Nations Security Council which states that negotiations will begin on the inception date when the authorized resolution has been enacted and last no longer than one year (twelve months is one unofficial wording we have found which would be interesting as there are three separate and quite different calendars in use between all the parties) followed by Israel being forced from Arab lands and to return to the pre 1967 Six Day War boundaries which were originally set by the armistice signed ending the conflict in 1949 by no later than the end of 2017. One might inquire why the one year of negotiations are necessary if the end results of such negotiations are already spelled out in the next parts of the resolution. The only item not completely resolved would be the Arab claim of right of return within Israel proper meaning the Green Line as apparently it has been established that none of the refugees originated from the lands the Arabs are claiming for their state but all originated within the armistice lines from 1949. This might explain why there are refugee camps in Gaza and within Area A which is under complete Arab control and currently ruled by Mahmoud Abbas who has not seen fit, as Hamas have also ignored, to free the refugees within the refugee camps on lands ruled by their fellow Arabs and instead demand to place them within Israel. Further proof that Abbas is playing a game and not serious about the demands before the United Nations Security Council for their adjudication came when immediately after meeting with United States Secretary of State John Kerry and hearing from the United States officially that they would be using their veto to prevent any possibility for their resolution to be passed, Mahmoud Abbas took to the press and restated his ultimatum to pursue other legal manners to gain statehood for the Arabs living within his autonomous areas plus Gaza making the point that he now represents the entirety of the Arabs and that Hamas is no longer controlling Gaza, well, not officially at least. Mahmoud does not expect nor desire for his resolution to be recognized as should Israeli security apparatus not remain functioning at its current high level of efficiency then Hamas may just execute their next planned coup and that would be the end of Mahmoud Abbas. Very simply, Abbas remains alive for as long as Israel remains in control of the security through most of the lands Abbas is demanding they surrender in his resolution in the UNSC.

 

Even the amended demand added for the year of negotiations is a fantasy which is why it was not in the initial draft and was added pushing the date for the forced Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands back from end of 2016 to the end of 2017. The proof for this is the simple fact that nothing else in the resolution was altered when the negotiations were added as Abbas has no intention of negotiating thus the desired results must be determined independently from this added Band-Aid only added to placate the desire of a number of European Union and the United States desired said negotiations. Another reason that Mahmoud Abbas has little if any desire for Arab statehood is that once that accommodation has been achieved then he and the rest of the Arab terrorist infrastructure will have to actually rule the people and will not have the occupation to blame for any problems, especially about faulty water and electrical service and the foreign funding will begin to decline and eventually, much sooner than Abbas would like, end altogether and the Arab governance will have to make everything run on funds raised from within their soon to be failed state. Sometimes receiving what you demand results in exactly those things you have resisted for the past fifty years which will be beyond one’s ability to perform. Abbas has been continuing the same game that Yasser Arafat played before him which requires burning the candle at both ends and finally Mahmoud Abbas may be running really short on candle and the flames just might be meeting in the middle real soon and guess who will receive the judgment from their own people, a people who will not be in the mood for more excuses. Abbas has problems rushing towards him from every direction and much of that has been of his own doing. Perhaps his chickens are coming home to roost.

 

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