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January 12, 2018

Rabbi and Father of Six Slaughtered by Palestinian Monsters

 

Earlier this week an Arab Palestinian fired twenty-two shots to kill the thirty-five year old Israeli Rabbi Raziel Shevach leaving his wife without a husband and his six children fatherless. You read that correctly, twenty-two shots were fired into Rabbi Raziel Shevach, which probably means that even with the Rabbi dead on the ground before this raving Arab Palestinian he continued firing bullets into his motionless, blood-drenched, dead body. The hate coursing through this Arab Palestinian’s veins was obviously immeasurable. Only the Hollywood movies depicting the worst of the Chicago gangster wars during Prohibition even come close to putting so many rounds into a single body. But this was no movie; this was one presumed human being filling another human being’s body with twenty-two shots continuing to shoot the victim long after he had obviously killed. This was an act filled through and through with a hatred beyond our ability to understand or describe. But let us look deeper into the reactions and causes of this horrific crime, this gruesome terrorist act.

 

The first report in our search not from an Israeli source was Sputnik News out of Moscow. Their title read, “IDF Detains 11 Palestinians on Terror Charges Following Rabbi’s Murder.” The rest of the report was equally vague about the murder but very critical of the Israeli reaction using terms such as “military operation,” “blocking the Palestinian settlements,” “trying to seize Shevach’s murderer,” “forces are busy hunting down the terrorists,” “find and severely punish the perpetrators of the crime” and closed placing the blame not on Israel for a change placing blame as follows, “The attack took place amid the recent spike of violence in West Bank, escalated over the controversial US President Donald Trump’s decision, announced on December 6, 2017, to recognize the disputed area of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the country’s embassy there. This move has met harsh criticism of Palestine and Muslim communities around the world and prompted numerous protests.”

 

We found an accompanying story which we could not see the relevance to the story covering the ambush murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach concerning a Vienna demonstration against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. We hope that this is simply the way stories are posted as otherwise all we can see is an attempt to show that perhaps the shooters were justified due to anger over President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement and intended embassy relocation. Quoting the story, “After a Vienna demonstration against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration where protesters shouted, “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning” and “death to Israel,” Austrian police are now pursuing charges against three Israel activists who waved an Israeli flag.” Then in further explanation in a different font likely quoting another newspaper they added, “The police are seeking a 100 euro fine or two days in jail for the waving of the flag at the December 8 rally near the US embassy in the capital. The criminal notice, dated 3 January states that the activists “showed an Israeli flag at a rally in an extremely provocative way and manner that was visible for participants at the rally and thereby produced considerable offense and provocation among the Palestinian protestors.”

 

Terrorist Victim Rabbi Raziel Shevach Pictured with Family Left Grieving His Death

Terrorist Victim Rabbi Raziel Shevach
Pictured with Family Left Grieving His Death

 

Other reports made sure to mention that this was a drive-by shooting as if that makes any actual difference. Further, we find it difficult to see how twenty-two bullets could by placed into the Rabbi if this was a drive-by shooting as one would expect that even a rifle shooting fully automatic would still require holding the weapon on-target for close to one and a half seconds which would be difficult for an experienced shooter to perform from a moving vehicle. We are willing to wager that in reality the initial shooting may have come from a moving vehicle but either the vehicle was at rest in an ambush position and the firing done from a stationary vehicle or the shooters returned and fired additional rounds into the corpse of the Rabbi just to make a statement of the depth of their hatred.

 

Outside the few reportings by places which monitor activities by the Arab Palestinians, there was no mention of the activities in reaction to this abominably violent act. For this reason, we are very glad for Palestinian Media Watch who covered the reaction with an article. They initially translated the Fatah Facebook post which read,

“The Nablus operation in numbers:
The full duration of the operation: 30 seconds
The distance between the cars: 20 meters
The number of bullets that were fired: 22
The one who carried out the operation was skilled and experienced, and escaped the site
The result: a killed settler”

 

Also included with the article was a graphic (see below) denoting how payments are determined for terrorists by the Palestinian Authority (PA). This was merely the rate for committing a terror act in which one Israeli (Jew) was murdered. In cases of multiple victims, there are multipliers incorporated and these remunerations have become one of the main incentives and one of the highest paying jobs with numerous terrorists admitting they committed their act for the cash.

 

Palestinian Authority Remunerations for Terrorists

Palestinian Authority Remunerations for Terrorists

 

What we did not see was any actual reporting on the reactions in places such as Ramallah, Nablus and other PA controlled areas. There were parades of cars all sounding their horns with people throwing candies to the cheering crowds. Women baked sweets to give to every passerby. It was New Years, Homecoming and Graduation Day all rolled into one. There were men firing rifles into the air and joyous celebrations for this “glorious successful military operation,” the murdering likely by ambush of an unarmed rabbi by men with rifles. Anywhere normal that is called a murder and potentially a terrorist act, but to the Arab Palestinians it is a brave military operation which is going to gain at least one family a lifetime of gainful employment dependent on the length of their family member’s prison term. These reward monies come from the funding so gleefully provided by the European Union, United Nations, United States, numerous European countries and numerous Arab countries. Some of these funds might even be diverted from UNWRA or even UNESCO funds originally presumably intended for the protection and restoration of holy sites. This is all part of the PA having spent over 1.2 billion shekels promoting terrorism in 2017. Yes, that was billion with a ‘B’ which would be roughly equal to $350 million. It is no wonder that the second most profitable venture and the most profitable to the average Palestinian is to commit an act of terrorism resulting in the death of Israelis (Jews) and the more you manage to murder and injure, the more wealth you will gain for your family. Being in high office and part of the kleptocracy is the fastest wealth building industry with Mahmoud Abbas and family at the top of the pile.

 

Meanwhile, proving the ‘pay to slay’ incentives displayed above are working as Khaled Rajoub was arrested after an unsuccessful attempt to murder Israelis and confessed during interrogation that “the important thing is that I will die and they will kill me, so that my children will receive a [PA] allowance and live happily.” One can only wonder how many others like Khaled Rajoub who cannot find work thanks to the PA not caring about the economy beyond what they can steal and thinking that if only they kill enough Israelis or die in the process that then their family will be cared for forever into the future. The PA is no different from Hamas and are simply a terror factory seeking every means possible to incite their people to murder Israelis. Their education has become simply a war footing education teaching hatred while the children’s summer camps are paramilitary training schools and the end result is the never-ending terrorism in Israel. If not for the security fence and checkpoints, the very same things the Europeans and United Nations along with leftist NGOs demand Israel dismantle, the toll would return to being unbearable and result in a terrifying war to end the PA entirely no matter what the world might say. As odd as it may seem, the checkpoints and security fence actually protect the existence of the PA from themselves. What is unfounded is the idea throughout much of Europe that the terrorism they are suffering is in any way or means any different from the terrorism Israel suffers. The terrorists attacking in Europe received their original ideas and techniques from the Arab terrorism used against Israel. Once they found something which was effective in Israel, it was then exported to Europe and beyond. Eventually Europe will wake-up and smell the terror or they will succumb to the Islamic violence. The only thing we can assure all is that Israel will not succumb to Arab terror violence, Israel will find means of fighting it and eventually the PA will run out of lies about Israel and the so-called peace process and will launch another terror wave which will result in Israel terminating their existence and returning them into exile.

 

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September 23, 2016

Can There be a Single Palestinian State?

 

This question has been raised numerous times as has the other question of whether or not the lands west of the Jordan River were recognized until the November 29, 1947 United Nations illegal vote to further divide the area set aside for the Jewish State under International Law which was rejected by the Arab League who decided on a war of genocidal annihilation and for taking all the land over the dead bodies of the Jewish State and every Jew they could lay their hands upon. It was not Israel’s fault they were unable to defeat the nascent Jewish State. It was not the fault of Israel that Jews have been persecuted and expelled from most Middle East Countries and they managed to find refuge in Israel, a country smaller than New Jersey. Jimena.org reported that since 1948, 850,000 Jews have been expelled from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and other Middle East Countries. Israel is not “Occupied Palestinian Land”. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People and the only safe haven for Jewish Refugees in the Middle East. Israel knows that should the entirety of the case for another Arab failed state to be formed from the lands which were the British Mandate ever come before any International Court including, or even especially, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) all the Israelis will need do is present the Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Conference Report, the Treaty of Sèvres and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and the court will have no choice but to award the lands west of the Jordan River in its entirety to Israel and the Jewish People and possibly allow for the placing the entirety of the “Palestinian People” across the Jordan for the Arab League to decide their fate. We already know what the Arab League will do, they will immediately capture and hold every last Arab and place them is squalid camps to rot until time and the wearing down of the will of the world results in a war against Israel in order to give these people, the new refugees plus all the old ones, a land atop the dead bodies of the Jewish State. The Arabs will become additional refugees cared for by UNRWA which will demand funds from the Western and non-Arab Worlds with the Arabs pledging but rarely providing any aid except in the form of explosives for bomb-belts for terrorists to use to blow up Israelis, most often women and children as those setting the explosives are just as craven and cowardly as their leadership. But what about the viability of an Arab Palestinian State, is such a thing possible?

 

Ah, yes, that chimera known as the Arab Palestinian State. That would require the impossible, the locating of leadership acceptable to the entirety of the leadership, the most fractured of leadership, of the so-called Palestinian People. Such an entity would be as impossible as resolving the untying of the Gordian Knot, the knot which Alexander the Great was unable of untying and instead cleaved in two with his sword instead. The initial problem is the obvious need for reconciliation between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Arab Palestinian Authority (PA) as well as Fatah which rules the PA. Hamas is an Islamist group which is largely sponsored by Iran though remaining loyal on paper to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their being a sworn Sharia State of religious extremists sworn to the annihilation of the Jewish State and every citizen within including the Arabs and the further extermination of all Jews throughout the world on their way to establishing the World Caliphate. The PA is a nationalist entity also sworn to the destruction of the Jewish State, the Zionist Entity as they have refused to accept the statehood of Israel, and the murder of every Zionist and Jew found within replacing it with another Arab democratic dictatorship where the casting of votes is secondary to who does the counting and verification of the election and the votes cast. This is the simplest of problems facing unifying the Arab Palestinians and forming a state, the unification of the governments in Gaza and Nablus is the obvious divide and step one.

 

Gordian Knot and Alexander the Great

Gordian Knot and Alexander the Great

 

Then there are the additional problems facing anybody seeking the real and true leadership of the two separate and unequal factions of Hamas and the PA. Let us take the Gaza Strip and the rule there of Hamas and see what is within that onion as we peel back the layers to the very cores hidden within. Hamas currently controls the majority of the lands and people but faces threats to their claim to the throne by a number of other groups, some even more viable than Hamas can itself offer. The most evident threat comes in the form of the true and faithful representative of the MB which has not been corrupted by Iran, the Islamic Jihad group. Just as Hamas was the religious fanatic groups against Fatah, Islamic Jihad is the pure entity uncorrupted by power and outside influences carrying on the good fight for the MB. They claim to be the true and clean representatives for the religious Jihad being waged against the Jewish State and accuse Hamas of corroborating with Israel whenever they face political realities and enforce a ban of the firing of rockets into Israel. The enforcement on bans of firing rockets until such time as an actual attack plan on Israel has been formulated and formalized is imposed by Hamas, waiting until then for choosing an actual warring front against Israel being readied and the supporting rocket fire planned and to their (Hamas’s) advantage. Until that time Hamas is unwilling to choose to fight Israeli presumed oppressive and subjugating rule and occupation in Gaza. The problem with this presumption is simple as Israel departed the entirety of Gaza in a painful destruction of the Israeli Jewish communities which some remain unable to restart their lives and farms within Israel. Israel turned the entirety of Gaza over to the PA who simply handed it over to Hamas after Hamas won the elections within the PA legislative body largely on the support from the Gazans voting in their favor. They then conquered Gaza taking it in an abrupt and short coup where a fair number of PA members were killed or sent fleeing back to Nablus in Judea and Samaria and the center of power for the PA. That would be the final rift to repair and likely the most difficult.

 

Islamic Jihad likely has the support of what would become their rivals should the Islamic Jihad Islamists ever take control of Gaza. Hamas has become detested because they refrain from firing rockets into Israel before they have actual achievable objectives which are feasible and the detailed plans worked out and practiced. Hamas rules Gaza through intimidations and a strict enforcement by their Force 21 elite fighters. Hamas has also enlisted the support of many of the Tribesmen who also sport fighting units which they control and could turn on Hamas immediately as they would show weakness and vulnerability. Islamic Jihad could likely expect the support of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and various other crime bosses and Islamists itching to constantly fight against Israel with no real game plan or overriding planning which Hamas insists are a necessary evil best carried out in calm but seething silence. Further, the Islamic State would like to see their leadership become the ruling force in Gaza as well as in Judea and Samaria which would assist their claims to proper rule representing the will of the people. If either Islamic Jihad or Islamic State were to assume power in Gaza, they would be ruling under their claim to have replaced Hamas completely. Should such a coup occur the initial signs would be the slaughtering or execution of the leadership of Hamas along-side any Hamas known allies caught using mass hangings with which to clean the area of “traitors” and all opposition.

 

Such a sustained journey to capture any and all their leadership would present such a challenge that the immediate response would result in a reduction in numbers which Hamas claims is the heart of the resistance as well as the knowledge of where the supplies are stored which would be required to continue the war of attrition against the State of Israel. As soon as Islamic Jihad or any other group might rise to power they would be facing the same threats to their rule as currently are faced by Hamas. They would necessarily immediately execute massive rocket fire on Israel which would be countered by the Iron Dome Systems placed near every main city and targeting the front lines against any current Hamas rocket and missile threats. The group taking over Gaza would face the daily problems of housing those whose homes have been destroyed or rendered unsafe through action taken in response to former threats from Israel. The new leaders in Gaza would learn quickly that running a city, a province, requires people dedicated to cleaning of Gaza and providing security, the rule of law and a myriad of other services plus the need under all of this of a fully volunteer force which would do as their passage to safety. Ruling a people requires such not so trivial problems such as a currency valued to continue trade of goods and services, trash pick-up, power generation, water purification and distribution, sewage treatment and numerous other relative works required by any modern society. Much of what Gazans receive are gifts provided through Israel which includes electricity, water, natural gas and other seemingly necessary items. The demands of leadership such as these and a million other otherwise petty actions would take on lives of their own demanding resolutions and access to resources, resource management would become an important and new task requiring a talented entity to carry out such a demanding position. Any new leadership would face a very steep learning curve and an unforgiving public demanding immediate attention and relief.

 

Then there soon comes the challenges of payments for services provided and rendered which requires a tax or other money stream and sooner or later the Islamic Jihad becomes the Israeli puppet masters preventing near constant rocket fire not desiring the additional need to command during a raging conflict with Israel and Hamas would now become the pristine and clean choice to attack Israel unmercifully. These comparisons and different leadership eventually would require some form of coalition of the groups sharing the same philosophy concerning Israel to lead in Gaza. Whomever it turns out to be leading such a groups would necessarily be a religious jihadist who believes that Islam must invariably rule the entireties of planet Earth, that Islam will eradicate the Jews from the Holy Lands and then the rest of the Jews around the world, and further that Allah will solve every problem and break down every barrier they might face. Should such a force become a viable leader for the entirety of the planet, the industrialized and modern world could forget all about individual freedoms as under Sharia it is all about the collective underlying Ummah which blindly obeys the Imams who rule religiously over the planet taking from it any will to live free and act independent of the Imam’s choking iron fist. That is the promise Gaza offers for the Arab Palestinians and eventually the world. There is no difference between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Daesh, the Islamic State (ISIS).

 

Over in Nablus is a different monster and it goes by the name of Mahmoud Abbas and his sons. They have an economic relationship with power and found that power enriches at a level commensurate with corruption. Mahmoud Abbas at age eighty will eventually fall and then comes the free-for-all to determine his successor. There is no heir apparent though there are a few favorites. There is a list of who’s-who of the Fatah ruling elite all of which desire to replace Abbas. Here is that list with their jihadist names in parenthesis and then we will talk about some of the more powerful and likely successors to Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen): Al-Tayyeb Abdul Rahim (Abu al-Tayyeb), Zakaria al-Agha (Abu Ammar), Azzam al-Ahmed, Mahmoud al-Aloul (Abu Jihad), Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sakhr Khlousi Basseiso (Sakhr Basseiso), Mohammad Dahlan (Abu Fadi), Hassan Ahmad Abu Einein (Sultan Abu Einein), Saeb Erekat (Abu Ali), Othman Abu Gharbieh, Muhammad Ghneim (Abu Maher), Muhammad al-Madani, Sharif Ali Meshaal (Abbas Zaki) (Abu Meshaal), Jamal Muhaisen, Nasser al-Qudwa, Jibril Rajoub (Abu Rami),Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Nabil Shaath (Abu Rashid), Hussein al-Sheikh, Mohammad Shtayyeh, Tawfiq al-Tirawi (Abu Hussein), and Salim Zanoun (Abu Adib). Saeb Erekat (Abu Ali) had the misfortune of being the heir apparent to Mahmoud Abbas but Abbas is viewed with such a jaundiced eye by the Arab Palestinians that anybody Abbas would support they would equate with poison. Saeb Erekat has another problem in that while he would be a competent leader he does not have the stomach for what would be demanded of him to remain in office. Marwan Barghouti is another of the terrorist arm of Fatah and is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli High Security Center in which the “inmates” who are all Arab Palestinian terrorists and their planners and bomb makers, a really sweetheart of a group, live with generous conjugal visitation rights, sporting events such as volley ball, soccer and others, often hold extended family picnics and other activities more in common with summer camp than prison camp which was proven when a terrorist stabber a few years back was insistent that the IDF security checkpoint soldiers arrest him to the point of repeatedly attacking them until he got his wish. When his case came before a judge he pleaded to be found guilty of the crimes he had confessed to having committed despite the judge knowing different. When finally he was broken down to giving an honest confession it turned out he wanted to be sentenced to life in prison for having killed at the least five Israelis so he could be well employed and eat well and having his family be financially well off and taken care of due to his “criminal acts murdering Israelis.” He confessed that he could not find work as a carpenter as those jobs were given to family and friends and not to actual carpenters. He eventually was simply released and cleared of all charges and was warned that should he come before the courts again he would be tried for perjury and imprisoned with no Israelis lives to his discredit. Back to Marwan Barghouti, possibly a competent leader but also a terror mastermind who plans bombings which has made his the poster child of the European Union, many European government agencies and the United States State Department. His candidacy is supported by many in the West which may be his undoing. Already there are calls from across Europe for his release so he can run against Abbas should there ever be elections. Ever be elections, now That’s Funny but also so predictable and tragic.

 

Mohammad Dahlan (Abu Fadi) is one of the favorites of the rank and file terrorist members of Fatah and a solid politician in the most corrupt of ways, which is what qualifies him for the job of replacing Abbas. He is another one the Western World finds irresistible. We believe we have figured out why the West falls for some of the worst of these candidates, they support any of the terror masters who can wear an Armani suit and look comfortable doing so. Dahlan is another of those who sends others to their deaths in the cause he believes people should commit even unto death to believe in. He claims to have such strong beliefs in the elimination of the “Zionist Entity” yet somehow he is still with us. Some of the others with which we are familiar include Jibril Rajoub (Abu Rami), Nabil Shaath (Abu Rashid), and Tawfiq al-Tirawi (Abu Hussein). We copied the original list from a PDF formatted report titled Fatah Central Committee Profiles which has a complete profile for each person and far more information than we could ever contain in a single article. We advise those interested to seek this and use it as an introductory piece covering the aspirants to succeed Abbas as Chairman of the Fatah Party. Whether that would suffice to give them a leg up for assuming other positions Mahmoud Abbas holds which include but are not limited to Fatah Chairman, Palestinian Authority President, Secretary General of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist group), and considered the general spokesperson free from terrorist ties. That position is held despite the common knowledge that Abbas was instrumental in the planning and arranging finances and travel for the Munich Olympics terrorist squads who murdered the Israeli Olympic Team and coaches. It is also known that Abbas has taken numerous other planning and financing position assisting with terrorism. Still, as anyone can see, once Mahmoud Abbas no longer rules in Nablus the ensuing warfare which will come before a new leader emerges guarantees the next leader will be the person with the deepest terror support and a man of weapons, not peace, thus changing nothing.

 

So, even if one could arrange the two main geographic sides settling their differences and expectations through elections, there would be no guarantee the elections would resemble anything representative and is but a pipe dream. Even after complete elections there will be those on either side who will desire contesting the results by assuming whatever power they are capable through force of arms. Then one need address the individual elements within each side and arrange for a period of international control preventing any criminal tampering with the election material such that their preferred candidate, often themselves, wins the positions desired. Then would be the real and actual fun of assuring those elected would survive long enough to assume their office and then actually get to conduct business without the same corruptions taking over the government.

 

That is your Arab Palestinian State, part fascist, part religious fanatics, all violence and tampering with government and all this with an undercurrent of a terror war with Israel driving decision making and diversion of funds to weapons purchases and development. As we have witnessed in Gaza, the allotting of concrete and cement with rebar and much other construction materials being provided under the demands of the European Union for the rebuilding of the residential structures so the hundreds, if not thousands, of homeless Gazans could return to homes and apartments has failed. All that has been built are tunnels under the border into Israel for kidnapping Israelis or attacking Kibbutzim. There was sufficient provisions for the rebuilding of numerous apartment buildings yet almost none were constructed. Instead of apartments or other facilities for the people of Gaza over ninety percent according to estimates was confiscated for use in building tunnels under the border and into Israel to carry out terror attacks. The redirecting of these provisions was committed from under the “watchful” eyes of the United Nations and European Union. What was the suggested solution to this theft and tunnel construction? The forces that are in the positions of power decided that what was required would be a constant stream of construction materials until the apartments and other structures would be completed claiming that not all the material could be stolen if sufficient were passed across the border daily. They also pointed out that the only way that sufficient material could be transferred would be to remove the restraints and allow trucks to cross freely into Gaza from anyplace and at any time. Hamas and Islamic Jihad could not steal that much that fast and that would end their interference with the rebuilding projects. These people are simply brilliant beyond comparison such that it makes one wonder where they find such mentally defective people. The alternative is even more frightening to contemplate, that these people are actively trying to assist in the murder of over six-million more Jews in Shoah II, the wrath of the European Union with the return of the fascist anti-Semites. When the Jews stated emphatically and resolutely, “Never Again,” we meant “Never Ever Again” even if we need take on the entire world, something that often appears to be knocking at our doorstep ever closer each day after the last. Be warned that if that is what the world doth demand of us, then that is where we will stand, but do not expect us to fight alone as there are a few hundreds of millions for whom standing with the Jews this time will be their pleasure though they fathom it as a calling not to be denied.

 

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April 14, 2015

They Have Actually Started Eating Each Other

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The differences between Hamas and Fatah have been well documented and their 2007 open warfare for the control of Gaza was simply the Super Bowl which had one merciful fact, it lasted just under one week from June 10 to June 15, 2007. The official casualty count was one-hundred-twenty Palestinian combatants and thirty-nine Palestinian civilians and two UN personnel. This was the most famous and heavily reported violence between Palestinian factions though there have been numerous breakouts of violence between different family groups, crime entities, competing terrorist groups and sometimes even violence between individuals. Most of the violence has been ignored by most of the world’s media as reporting on violent disagreements between separate Palestinians would detract from their normally presented angelic image usually used to paint the darlings of the mainstream leftist media. If Israelis had problems anywhere near the level of the animosities often overlooked between Hamas and Fatah it would lead every newscast and top every newspaper in the world. Unfortunately for the mainstream media the animosity between Hamas and Fatah and the charges Hamas levels against the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas has been such that it has demanded coverage from time to time. Just to give an idea of the extent that differences and threats between even Hamas and Fatah and the President of the Palestinian Authority just this past week Mahmoud al-Zahar, an ranking officer with Hamas, leveled challenges to the rule of Mahmoud Abbas calling his continued rule as illegitimate as he has not stood for election and thus Abbas’s term as “president” expired years ago. He further accused Abbas of “treachery” for allowing for security coordination and cooperation with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Zahar also equated Abbas’s name as an “embarrassment” to every Palestinian. Zahar also addressed the charge that Hamas was working to form their own Palestinian state in Gaza by presenting that Hamas would not be satisfied with a state in Gaza or in the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria) as their intent is intent on the complete destruction of Israel. Mahmoud Al-Zahar further stated, “If we succeed in setting up a government in Gaza, autonomy, civil administration or any other framework on a portion of the land of Palestine, that does not mean that we give up on one other grain of Palestine.” Just one week earlier Al-Zahar demanded an end to the Palestinian Authority and explained that the “honeymoon period” was over as was any hope of continuing the “unity government” calling for a return to the “armed struggle.” Of course none of this was reported on the evening news throughout much of the world even including some newscasts in Israel. These little spats cannot be permitted to spoil the view that everything between the factions within the Palestinian Arab families might have even the slightest possibility of hitting a rough spot.

 

The truth is that rough spots is the norm between Hamas and Fatah or even Hamas and the Arab Palestinian Authority and have been that way since the elections in 2006 when Hamas won the Parliamentary elections and Abbas decided that there was no need for having an election for his spot as the President of the Arab Palestinian Authority as he had just succeeded the Late Yasser Arafat just over eighteen months earlier and extended his term until the next elections in 2009. This problem was the result of the hubris of the United States, surprise, surprise. President George W. Bush and his then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted that the Palestinian Parliamentary elections of 2006 had to be open to all the parties of the Arab Palestinian Authority, both Fatah and Hamas. Somehow they missed insisting on Islamic Jihad but why quibble over degrees of disasters. Mahmoud Abbas pleaded with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to reconsider informing that allowing for Hamas to field candidates against Fatah would result in a disaster and a Hamas victory, the only variable was the scale of the disaster. Prime Minister Sharon also demanded that this open election not be pressed as it would all but guarantee a Hamas victory which Israel pressed would be a disaster for Israel, any hopes for peace and might even result in a new war. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice remained adamant and the rest is history, Hamas won a majority in the Parliament and all elections going forward would end up cancelled after the Gaza War which led to a Hamas government in Gaza and a Fatah controlled Arab Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

 

There was a new wrinkle this past week when violence flared in Judea and Samaria between different segments of the Arab Palestinian Authority, of different Fatah factions. The latest flare-up has broken out in two locations, Jenin, once the location of a false massacre that to this day is still used to attempt to besmirch the IDF despite the fact that even the United Nations, not exactly the best friend when it comes to defending Israel, investigated the battle and found that for all intents and purposes the casualties were virtually all combatants and the numbers were minimal and nowhere near the numbers claimed by Palestinian spokespersons or numerous international NGOs, and Nablus, historically named Shechem since the times of ancient Israel of nearly three-thousand years ago. Both Jenin and Nablus are within Area A which places them under complete Arab Palestinian Authority control which includes both civil and security. The laws in these two cities and surrounding areas is made by the Arab Palestinian Authority Parliament and is enforced completely by the Arab Palestinian Authority Security Forces personnel. All of this was spelled out and stipulated part and parcel in the 1993 Oslo Accords and was intended to allow the Arabs to prove they were capable of self-rule and managing their own areas, the results of this have been mixed at best. The violence which broke out this week was not a sign that things are going neither well in Jenin nor in Nablus. Let us take the two locations separately.

 

Jenin has been a powder-keg as the refugee camp there has been the home of numerous different terrorist squads and crime within the camp has been a running problem as the refugees are denied employment and are prime candidates to join terrorist squads or turn to crime as any manner of escape from the camps is highly desirable. The fact that there are Arab Palestinian refugee camps within Judea and Samaria as well as within Gaza is virtually beyond belief. These Arabs are living in what can only be described as government provided apartment buildings similar in design to the government housing in the inner cities in the United States, permanent structures made of concrete forms and fully furnished just as any other apartment building except that these apartment buildings hold Palestinians denoted as refugees living amongst Palestinians in a Palestinian governed area. Should the world decide tomorrow to end the farce which is the Palestinian refugee permanent and festering situation where if either of your parents were refugees then you will grow up as a refugee and your children and their children yet to be born will also be refugees. The violence, which was reported in some news media given the kind of coverage where it was not a leading story, broke out on Friday between members of the Fatah Party, possibly from their “military wing” the al-Aqsa’s Military Brigades, and Arab Palestinian Authority Security Forces, the “military and police forces” of the Arab Palestinian Authority which is made up mostly if not entirely by Fatah members in central Jenin near the refugee camp. This was simply the latest in a series of firefights between the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades forces and the Arab Palestinian Authority forces. One such incident resulted in the Arab Palestinian Authority Security Force Headquarters being engulfed in a hail of bullets where fortunately and miraculously nobody was injured.

 

The amazing thing is the Fatah and the Arab Palestinian Authority both have Mahmoud Abbas as their leader. Abbas is the Chairman of the Fatah Party and the President of the Arab Palestinian Authority, so this pitted armed men from one side under Mahmoud Abbas shooting and engaged with armed men on the other side under Mahmoud Abbas, and this is a normalcy within their society with its dualities often drawn to separate the so-called refugees from the rest of the population. The next day, Saturday, in the Balata “Refugee Camp” in Nablus, the car of a leading Fatah activists, Fayiz Arafat, was set on fire. Several days before his vehicle was burnt, he was the target of an apparent assassination attempt which the local people placed the blame on the Arab Palestinian Authority Security officers. These shootings have been escalating under the radar for quite some time and only recently have they spilled out of control and thus started to be reported in some reports within the communities, both refugee and normative Arab Palestinians. These outbursts of violence have been escalating with their having been two main sources leading up to these escalations, coup attempts by Hamas and the influx of ISIS supporters starting to form cells which are then seen as rivals leading to their targeting by the long-standing forces from within Fatah, some of which also serve in the Arab Palestinian Authority Security Forces. Last year there was being formed a larger force by Hamas operatives for the purpose of launching a coup against Fatah and taking over the Arab Palestinian Authority in a similar escalation which resulted in Gaza being run by Hamas outside of the Arab Palestinian Authority control and rule. The Hamas growing threat was detected by Israeli forces who arrested the leaders of the cell and the cell collapsed fragmenting without its leadership.

 

The breakout of firefights between Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade forces and the Arab Palestinian Authority Security Forces is a surprising development. The supporters of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades forces lay all of the blame for instigating this situation by pressing their efforts against Fatah Activists Fayiz Arafat as part and parcel of their attempts to also take control over the Balata Refugee Camp wresting it from its local control and enforcement by the Fatah forces. This is not as far-fetched as it may at first appear as there has been any number of these situations recently. Some of the violence has occurred before but then mostly as isolated incidents. There was also the arrest and breakup of an ISIS cell in Hevron earlier this month and more such threats promise to appear as ISIS has gained strength by garnering recruits from both Fatah members and Hamas members plus anyone who have lost their faith in the faction’s ability to deliver on its promises of destroying Israel and instead seek out ISIS who have a record of being the stronger force capable of delivering on their promises for actions in place of words though we have seen little reservations. Should these differences continue to fracture the Arab society and place each group at the other groups’ throats with the violence constantly ramping upward becoming more serious, eventually destroying any hopes of the entire Arab community. Turning to ISIS will simply represent the Arab society proving that their intent was never to form their own state but solely to destroy the Jewish State of Israel. Such irreconcilable truth being exhibited will only serve to refute even their most ardent supporters’ claims that their intentions are of a limited nature and not having the complete destruction of Israel as their lifelong goal. Turning to ISIS will signal the end of the ability of even the Europeans and the lunatic fringe extreme leftists from denying the claim that the aims of the Palestinian society is destruction of Israel and not the construction of their own state.

 

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