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ISRAELLIVES   October 22, 2015   9th of Cheshvan, 5776  PLANNING A RALLY THIS SATURDAY AT VERED GALLERY 7:30 - 9pm

 

RALLY AT BAY STREET THEATER

- ISRAEL MATTERS -    

Friday Oct. 30, 7:30pm

 

PROTESTING BDS SUPPORTER ROGER WATERS AT BAY STREET FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2015

O' HEAR US, DEAR READERS-LOVERS OF ISRAEL IN THE HAMPTONS-HEAR US NOW

Fri. Oct. 30th BDS SUPPORTER ROGER WATERS is scheduled to perform at Bay Street, at 8pm

PLEASE STAND WITH US AND MANY OTHERS 

JOIN US IN SONG IN PRAISE OF ISRAEL, IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A NATION AMONG THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, WITH ITS ETERNAL CAPITAL IN JERUSALEM

ERETZ ISRAEL IS THE LAND GIVEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE BY G-D

THE DEED IS INSCRIBED IN THE TORAH

 

HOWARD STERN RIPS ROGER WATERS

OVER BoycottDivestmentSanctions SUPPORT (Jewish Week)

Radio personality Howard Stern ripped Roger Waters, the founding member of the rock band Pink Floyd, for his support of BDS the boycott, divestment, sanction Israel movement.

"What is with Roger Waters and the Jews?" Stern asked Tuesday at the beginning of a seven-minute rant on Sirius XM Radio during which he implied that Waters is an anti-Semite.  The rant was motivated by an open letter that Waters published in Salon criticizing rocker Jon Bon Jovi for performing in Tel Aviv on Oct. 3.   [A recording of the rant has been removed from YouTube, citing a copyright claim by Sirius XM.]  Jon Bon Jovi performed in Tel Aviv on Oct. 3. He kicked off his band's first-ever performance in Israel Saturday evening by telling 50,000 cheering Israelis "I've waited a long time for this!"  Unremarkably, Bon Jovi's decision to play in Israel had led to pressure from boycott activists and criticism from anti-Israel fellow rocker Roger Waters. So well known for his anti-Semitism, The Times of Israel not known for covering the music scene, reported: Bon Jovi's decision to play in Israel had led to pressure from boycott activists and criticism from anti-Israel fellow rocker Roger Waters.  

WHAT ARE THE STAFF/BOARD MEMBERS OF BAY STREET & THE CONCERT GOERS THINKING/CELEBRATING A SUPPORTER OF BDS IS ODIOUS.

ROGER WATER's is a modern day Nazi, well known for his anti-Israel, anti-Semetic sentiments!

NY OBSERVER

A report published in the NY Observer on Dec 12, 2013, The Anti-Semitic Stench of Pink Floyd (Roger Waters): "We've read some heavy-duty attacks on Israel and Jews in my time, but they pale beside the anti-Semitic diatribe recently offered by Roger Waters, co-founder and former front man of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd." where Roger Waters was quoted: Israel is a "racist apartheid regime" that practices "ethnic cleansing." 

COUNTER-PUNCH

In an interview with CounterPunch, an Online magazine Dec 18, 2013 " Why Israel Fears Roger Waters,  Waters experienced a shocking Jew-hating colonic, calling Israel a "brutal and oppressive regime." 

WHERE WERE/ARE THE STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS OF BAY STREET.   WE CAN NEVER AGAIN SAY: WE DID NOT KNOW!

WE KNOW THAT ROGER WATERS IS AN ODIOUS JEW HATER.

ATTEMPTING TO UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT POLITICS IN ISRAEL In the 120 member, 20th Knesset: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retained the premiership after his Likud party garnered 30 seats  Isaac Herzog's left leaning Zionist Union party stood at 24 seats, the (Arab) Joint List comprised of Jewish-Arab party Hadash, and the Arab parties: United Arab List, Ta'al and Balad won 13, MAKING IT THE 3d LARGEST PARTY (its head, Ayman Odeh is a person to watch), Yesh Atid 11, Kulanu 10, Jewish Home 8, Shas 7, and Yisrael Beytenu 6, tied with United Torah Judaism.  Meretz was the smallest party, with 5 seats.  [The Joint List is widely hailed as a historical moment for Arab unity and is cited as the reason behind the 10 percent increase in Palestinian-Israeli voter turnout.]

 

Muslim Knesset members dancing with their weapons, pictured at the Knesset, October 14, 2015


ANALYSIS: THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CURRENT WAVE OF VIOLENCE AND PAST PALESTINIAN UPRISINGS Israel is currently facing five different types of security incidents: Terrorist attacks involving firearms, stabbing attacks, violent riots, the stoning and firebombing of vehicles, and attempts to breach the Israel - Gaza Strip border.  The past few weeks have seen mass protests in Judea and Samaria and in other parts of Israel, where hundreds of rioters clashed with security forces while throwing stones and firebombs at them, chanting anti-Israel slogans and burning Israeli flags.... The familiar Palestinian theme of "Al-Aqsa is in danger" played a key role in provoking the recent rampage, as did the incessant incitement by the Islamic Movement's northern branch and by Hamas, which is echoed by the Palestinian Authority.. 

 

Firstly, the current situation is clearly very different from the Second Intifada, when, at one point, 122 Israelis were murdered in the span of a single month. Two weeks into the current wave of terrorism Israel mourns seven victims, and while each person is a world unto itself, the difference in the number of victims cannot be ignored....

 

Secondly, while the Palestinian uprising of the early 2000s was marked by suicide bombers and shooting attacks, the majority of the recent attacks have been lone terrorist incidents and mostly stabbing attacks. This proves that the Shin Bet security agency has got a solid hold on the situation on the ground, which enables it to thwart terrorist plots before they are realized.

(jpost 15/10/21

 

STUDY FINDS DEPENDENCE ON PALESTINIAN WORKERS ENDANGERS CONSTRUCTION  Keeping construction levels high is a crucial element in reeling in the soaring price of housing, a persistent problem in Israel.  Eleven percent of construction companies are at risk of closing, and crackdowns on the movement of Palestinian labor resulting from the security situation could push some of them over the edge, the study found. Of the 235,100 construction workers in Israel in the first quarter of the year, 22% came from the West Bank and 3% were foreign workers. Last month, the cabinet approved plans to increase the number of Chinese construction guest workers by 20,000.

                                                                                                                                                                                          

THOSE IN ACADEMIA LIKE TO PORTRAY COLLEGE CAMPUSES AS ENCLAVES OF TOLERANCE AND INTELLECTUAL EXPLORATION. That attitude would be easier to take if fewer college officials openly embraced bigotry. Consider Anthea Butler, an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Recently, Butler took to Twitter regarding GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Carson and wrote: "If only there was a 'coon of the year' award ..."   I site this to acquaint you with Shoshana Bederman's STUDENTS & PARENTS AGAINST CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM.  I would hope all IsraelLives readers know of STAND WITH US, Roz Rothstein's spectacularly successful effort begun in California, to combat anti-Semitism on Campus. There is certainly room for a second organization offering help from raw anti-Semitism in our schools.   Shoshana delivered an impassioned address at the Anti-BDS Greenburgh NY rally October 19th, 26.6 miles from Times Square, NYC.   

OBAMA PAYING $3.6 MILLION TO EACH OF THE [BLACK] SURVIVORS OF THAT CHURCH SHOOTING AT THE EMMANUEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA, BUT GIVING NOTHING TO THE FAMILIES OF THE [WHITE] MARINES KILLED AT THE RECRUITING STATION. (Reuters/Newsweek) WHERE OH WHERE, IS OUR HONEST MEDIA?   There was no media report mentioning this dichotomy.  Don't our soldiers matter?

ISRAEL SEARCHES FOR HAMAS TUNNELS Israel's military has been searching for Hamas tunnels along the Gaza Strip.   Israeli sources said that Israel Army was deployed along the Gaza border in an effort to find Hamas tunnels. They said the army brought the Engineering Corps with advanced equipment to detect tunnels believed to have penetrated the Jewish state.

   "It's a real threat although the army has not found anything significant," a source said. (IMRA)

 

EVENTS

 

OCTOBER 25th  GREAT NECK  NY

This is what the Jewish Community of Great Neck is choosing to do: every single synagogue and every Jewish community group will unite in unequivocal and public solidarity with Israel this Sunday, October 25th from 1:00-3:00 pm., rain or shine.   The rally will take place in Firefighters' Park (dedicated to commemorating the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 including one of Great Neck's own) at Grace Avenue and Barstow Road.    
 
It is up to us now to make sure that NEVER AGAIN is not just a slogan!   The Jewish People will prevail as long as we are united in our efforts.  The unity of the Jewish People is paramount. 

Chazak V'Ematz,
Lynne (Bursky-Tammam)
 
OCTOBER 30th  SAG HARBOR NY  7:30PM
 Sing out in song in support of ISRAEL, and its capital Jerusalem, the one and only homeland of the Jewish people of the world.  This protest has been organized to protest the appearance of BDS SUPPORTER Roger Waters, appearing at Bay Street Theater, Oct 30, 2015 at pm.

 

 

NEWS REPORTS

 

1>ON OCTOBER 19, 50 STALWARTS FROM NYC JOINED 100's OF WESTCHESTERS FINEST SUPPORTERS OF ISRAEL AT A RALLY AN HOUR FROM NYC, IN GREENBURGH NY

 LAURI REGAN SPOKE BRILLIANTLY (SEE TEXT BELOW) AS DID SHOSHANA BEDERMAN, PRESIDENT OF STUDENTS AND PARENTS AGAINST CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM, ALONG WITH OTHER SPEAKERS.  THE EVENTS, BOTH AT OUR RALLY AGAINST BDS AND AT THE MEETING OF SUPPORTERS OF JEWISH VOICES FOR PEACE HELD AT THE GREENBURG MUNICIPAL BUILDING WERE CAPTURED, IN LIVE STREAMING VIDEO (click here to view)

 

 

Lauri Regan, Founder and President of RRC, the Rapid Response Coalition

Greenburgh NY BDS PROTEST RALLY

October 19, 2015

I'm Lauri Regan, the New York Chapter President of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET, an unabashedly pro-Israel, pro-American non-partisan Washington, DC based think tank dedicated to disseminating the truth - EMET is the Hebrew word for truth and I'd like to share some important truths with you all.

As I was preparing my remarks yesterday afternoon, I received an email forwarding a community message from a local rabbi.  The rabbi was addressing our rally and questions from his congregants on whether or not they should attend and support our mission of standing in solidarity with Israel and letting the haters know that they are not welcome in our neighborhoods.  A no brainer right?  Apparently not since the rabbi disseminated lies about the rally and shared that he had no intention of supporting us despite living around the corner. And I know that we would have had perhaps hundreds more in attendance today if the Westchester Jewish Conference, the umbrella group under which every Westchester synagogue and Hebrew day school belong, had not issued a statement to its members telling them not to promote the rally and advising them not to attend.  We are now at the point where the organized Jewish community in Westchester has decided to boycott a Stand in Solidarity with Israel rally while remaining silent in the face of an anti-Israel, pro-BDS event. And the reason we are told is that by rallying against hate, we draw too much attention to the haters themselves so we should cower in fear, put our heads in the sand, turn a blind eye and hope and pray that the anti-Semites go away.

Lauri Regan addressing the attentive crowd

 

Well if we learned anything from WW2 it is that we cannot turn a blind eye to hate.  Israelis understand that lesson.  In 2012, Bibi Netanyahu stated at Yad Vashem, "The memory of the Holocaust is a practical commandment to learn the lessons of the past in order to guarantee the foundations of the future.   We will never bury our heads in the sand....."  Ladies and gentlemen, "Never again" is not just a slogan, it is a commandment. The Holocaust began with boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses and while I am not suggesting that the Nazi regime is reinventing itself here in the United States, I am telling you that the anti-Semites who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement would like to make every single Jewish person in this country feel uncomfortable and unwelcome.  And if you don't believe me, take a look at Europe where Jews are fleeing en masse as violent attacks against Jews have become commonplace. So no, we will not remain silent in the face of anti-Semitic hate speech in our backyard for fear it will disseminate further. We will rally together and let the haters know that it is they who are not welcome in our communities, we will make them feel uncomfortable and unwelcome, and we will call them out wherever they attempt to promote anti-Semitism and the destruction of Israel.

And make no mistake, the people who are about to enter our town hall are advocating the destruction of Israel. They chant, "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" calling for a Palestinian state to replace Israel.  They side with the terrorists who are murdering and attacking innocent Jewish civilians daily on the streets of Israel and justify it with lies that must be exposed.  We here in America must tell the truth that there is no justification for terrorism - period. There is a reason that Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill earlier today seeking to ban people who call for or encourage a boycott of Israel from entering the country. According to Minster Magal, "anyone who calls to boycott Israel is using terrorism against it, and it is unthinkable that he would be allowed to move freely throughout the country without being bothered." There is a reason that the NYS Assembly passed a resolution condemning the BDS movement and that states across the country as well as the federal government are passing legislation outlawing BDS.

If there was ever a time that we needed to rally in solidarity with Israel it is now.  As the Palestinian terrorist attacks proliferate throughout Israel where children live in fear of going to school and parents sleep with knives and guns under their pillows, the world either sits back in silence or aggressively blames Israel. But some are not silent including those of you here today.  There was another pro-Israel rally in Times Square last night and there were 1000s out in support of Israel. And while our own community - the Westchester Jewish Conference and UJA - prevented us from also having 1000s today, those of you who are here are making a statement that is of critical importance.

It's not just the hate-mongering losers from Jewish Voice for Peace, Wespac and the other sponsors of this evening's hatefest in town hall. There are others also helping to spread the lies. Of course, the international community, embodied as the EU, and in particular the UN which issues more condemnations of Israel than of any other country in the world including those run by terrorist dictators who murder and torture their own people, has jumped on board the blame Israel mantra. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon accused Israel of using excessive force and the UN's members cheer.

But we also have a serious problem here in this country with the Obama administration and we need to speak out. When the State Department accuses Israel of terrorism  - terrorism! - we cannot ignore those statements! When the State Department removes a tweet referring to the Palestinian attacks using the terms "tragic" and "outrageous" and replaces it with one without those adjectives American Jews must take note. When John Kerry blames the "cycle of violence" on Palestinian frustration due to a "massive increase in settlements" without being honest about the fact there has been less construction activity in the settlements under Netanyahu than since 1995, we need to tell the truth that John Kerry is being disingenuous. When Samantha Power makes a presentation at the UN asking both sides to use restraint, joins the State Department with false accusations that Israel is disrupting the status quo at the Temple Mount and ends her remarks addressing "the harrowing accounts of innocent civilians injured and killed in the past two weeks on both sides" as if any of the Palestinians killed have been anything other than terrorists, we must not nod our heads in silence. When the White House issues a statement asking both sides to show restraint, making a moral equivalence argument that both sides are equally to blame, we must speak out. 

We also have a serious problem with our media which sadly is nothing new. Here is just a small sampling of some of the headlines we've been reading in our newspapers and online:

-          Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two (no mention that the Palestinian had just stabbed two men to death)

-          Israeli Police Fatally Shoot Two Palestinian Teen Attackers, Injure Two Others (no mention of the fact that the Palestinians were knife-wielding attackers who had just stabbed several including a 13 year old boy on a bike)

-          Four Palestinians are Killed in Israeli Violence

-          Israelis Kill Four Palestinians as Violence Surges (the four Palestinians were carrying out knife attacks)

So why do I argue that we must not let groups like Jewish Voice for Peace host evil self-hating Jews in our town halls and why do I disagree with the Westchester Jewish Conference and UJA-Federation that we should turn a blind eye to this anti-Semitic hatred? I hope it is obvious. It is because we are losing the cognitive war. It is because these groups are dangerous and whether they have three people in attendance in Westchester, or 300 people in New York City, the pro-BDS movement is infiltrating our national institutions and the organized Jewish community is either clueless or willfully blind - either way, they are simply wrong.

Earlier I mentioned a community notice that a local rabbi sent out. He stated, "over the past few days there has been a concerted effort made by some in the Jewish community to stir up anger and fear." That would be me.. He went on to accuse us of overreacting. Let's think about that for minute. I have made a concerted effort to organize a Stand in Solidarity with Israel rally and am accused of fear mongering and overreacting by the exact same people who want to boycott the Zionists and turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism in their backyards much like the pre-WW2 Jews wished to ignore the hate that surrounded them so they chose not to react at all. The real people stirring up fear are the rabbis and others in the organized Jewish community who are telling Jews to stay away out of fear we give the bad guys a platform.  They are the ones ignoring the fact that the bad guys already have the platforms! - across our college campuses, in board rooms, in governments, at the UN and now in our own town hall. They are cowering in fear of bringing attention to this dangerous movement. But we understand our obligations as Jews to fight this hate lest it take more of a foothold in our institutions and governments than it currently enjoys. We understand that Never Again means never give up the fight for our survival.

                    

Two young boys thoroughly engaged in the moment                          The assembled, listening with rapt attention

I am angry - and we all should be.

As far as anger is concerned, I will proudly declare that yes, I am angry - and we all should be. I am angry that Israelis cannot walk with their children on the streets of the Old City without fear of being murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. I am angry that the Obama administration is perpetuating the lie that there is some moral equivalence between the two sides and accuses Israel of excessive force and even terrorism. I am angry that the world's news organizations are brainwashing the public that Israel is the evil perpetrator of violence simply because it seeks to protect its own people from terrorism.  And I am now angry that our local rabbis are shirking their responsibilities to do the right thing and refused to lead their congregants to come stand with Israel at this critical time.

Before I close I'd like to share a brief story that I think explains what we are living with and why we need to speak out each and every time we see JVP/BDS anti-Semitism being propagated. When one of my sons was in 8th grade he wrote his research paper on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. His Jewish teacher circled the word "terrorist" and wrote in the margin, "be very careful with your word choice; one country's terrorists is another's heroes." That is what the haters inside town hall tonight would have you believe - it's what Mahmoud Abbas would have you believe as he incites Palestinians to hack innocent Jews to death. And it's even what Barack Obama and John Kerry would have you believe. It's what the Palestinians teach their children and what the BDSers are trying to teach ours. We need to shut this down at every turn because otherwise, membership in JVP and Wespac will grow and our rabbis will pretend that free speech trumps hate speech.

Yesterday, I received a message forwarded to me from the Israeli mother of one of the victims of a Palestinian terrorist attack pleading:

Please help my son he's in life and death situation. His bar mitzvah is in a month and he's literally on the brink of death. Please say at least one perek of tehilim for his recovery.
His name is Noar Shalev Ben Rut. the Gemara says anyone who prays for his friend, Hashem answers his prayers first.

What better time than now when Israel is in flames and the world remains silent to stand up and have our voices heard that we stand with Israel and are willing to fight the haters. Hate speech, anti-Semitism, and support of terrorism are not welcome in the Town of Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York, the United States, or anywhere on this planet. But it will proliferate if we do not call it out when we hear it and our Jewish cousins in Israel, on the front lines of the millennia old war for our survival are relying on us to do so. As Rabbi Hillel said, "If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am not for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" Thank you all for coming out today and sending the message to everyone listening that there is no moral equivalence between good and evil and that evil will not stand in our communities. We stand with Israel and the Jewish people. Am Yisrael Chai.

2>THINGS WE NEED TO STOP HEARING ABOUT THE 'STABBING INTIFADA'

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Algemeiner

151021

http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/21/bernard-henri-levy-things-we-need-to-stop-hearing-about-the-stabbing-intifada/

 

Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of France's most famed philosophers, a journalist, and a bestselling writer. He is considered a founder of the New Philosophy movement and is a leading thinker on religious issues, genocide, and international affairs. His 2013 book, Les Aventures de la vérité-Peinture et philosophie: un récit, explores the historical interplay of philosophy and art. His new play, "Hotel Europe," which premiered in Sarajevo on June 27, 2014, and in Paris on September 9, is a cry of alarm about the crisis facing the European project and the dream behind it.

This article was translated from the French by Steven B. Kennedy.

 

It is painful to hear the phrase "lone wolves" applied to the handful - and perhaps tomorrow the dozens and then the hundreds - of killers of Jews "liked" by thousands of "friends," followed by tens of thousands of "Tweeters," and connected to a constellation of sites (such as the Al-Aqsa Media Center and its page dedicated to "the third Jerusalem intifada") that are orchestrating, at least in part, this bloody ballet.

"This is not a Victim"  (When no caption is necessary)

It is equally painful to listen to the refrain about "Palestinian youth no longer subject to any control," after seeing the series of sermons published by the Middle East Media Research Institute, in which preachers from Gaza, facing the camera, dagger in hand, call upon followers to take to the streets to maim as many Jews as they can, to inflict as much pain as possible and to spill the maximum amount of blood; doubly painful to hear that refrain from Mahmoud Abbas himself, at the outset of this tragic chain of events a few weeks back, describing as "heroic" the murder of the Henkins in the presence of their children, and then expressing indignation at seeing the "dirty feet" of Jews "defiling" the Al-Aqsa Mosque and declaring "each drop of blood" shed by "each martyr" who dies for Jerusalem "pure."

 

Not only painful and intolerable, but also inapplicable, is the canned phrase about "political and social desperation" that is used to explain - or excuse - criminal acts. Everything we know about the new terrorists, their motives and the pride their relatives take in converting, post-mortem, crime into martyrdom and infamy into sacrifice, is, alas, much closer to the portrait of the robotic jihadist who yesterday would take off for Kashmir and today turns up in Syria or Iraq.

 

It is highly doubtful that "intifada" is the right term to apply to acts that bear more resemblance to the latest installment of a worldwide jihad of which Israel is just one of the stages.

 

It is doubtful that erudite disquisitions on occupation, colonization and Netanyahu-esque intransigence explain much about a wave of violence that counts among its favored targets Jews with sidelocks - that is, those Jews who are the most conspicuously Jewish, those whom their killers must consider the very image of the Jew, and who, by the way, are often at odds with the Jewish state when not in open secession from it.

It is doubtful that the very question of the state, the question of the two states and thus the question of a negotiated partition of the land - which is, for moderates on both sides, the only question worth posing - has anything to do with a conflagration in which politics has given way to fanaticism and to theories of vast conspiracy, one in which some decide to stab random others as they pass by because of a vague rumor reporting a secret plot to deny Muslims access to Islam's third holiest site.

It is doubtful, in other words, that the Palestinian cause is being helped in any way by the extremist turn. On the other hand, it is absolutely certain that the cause has everything to lose by it, that the reasonable heads within the movement will be the ones who wind up flattened by the wave, and that the last proponents of compromise, along with what remains of the peace camp in Israel, will pay dearly for the reckless condemnations of the imams of Rafah and Khan Younis.

 

Intolerable and inapplicable, too, is the cliché of the "cycle" or "spiral" of violence, which, by putting the kamikaze killers and their victims on the same footing, sows confusion and amounts to an incitement to further action.

 

Intolerable, for the same reason, are the rhetorical appeals "for restraint" and disingenuous pleas "not to inflame the street," which, as with the "spiral of violence," reverse the order of causality by implying that a soldier, police officer or civilian acting in self-defense has committed a wrong equal to that of someone who chooses to die after spreading as much terror as he possibly can.

 

Strange indeed, how tepid are the condemnations of the stabbings of innocent passers-by and rammings of bus stops - condemnations that I have to think would be less half-hearted if the acts had occurred on the streets of Washington, Paris or London.

More than strange - disturbing - is the difference in tone between the equivocal reaction to the recent killings and the unanimous and unambiguous international outpouring of emotion and solidarity elicited by the fatal hatchet attack on a soldier on a London street on May 22, 2013, a scenario that was not very different from those unfolding today in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

 

Intolerable, again, that most of the major media have paid the grieving Israeli families only a fraction of the attention they have paid the families of the perpetrators.

Intolerable, finally, the minor mythology growing up around this story of daggers: The weapon of the poor? Really? The weapon one uses because it is within reach and one has no other? When I see those blades, I think of the one used to execute Daniel Pearl; I think of the beheadings of Hervé Gourdel, James Foley and David Haines; I think that the Islamic State's videos have clearly gained a following, and that we stand on the threshold of a form of barbarity that must be unconditionally denounced if we do not want to see its methods exported everywhere. And I mean everywhere.

 

3>AMERICAN JEWISH LEADERS: SPEAK UP NOW OR BE RUINED

Isi Leibler <editor@WordfromJerusalem.com>

October 21, 2015

This column was originally published in the and

www.wordfromjerusalem.com 

10 DEADLY LIES ABOUT ISRAEL

RON DERMER

10/21/15, 7:50 AM CET Updated 10/21/15, 3:23 PM CET

http://www.politico.eu/article/ten-deadly-lies-about-israel-ambassador-myths-palestine/

Ron Dermer is Israel's ambassador to the United States.

As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are ten of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks:

FIRST: Israel is trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount.

False. Israel stringently maintains the status quo on the Temple Mount. Last year some 3.5 million Muslims visited the Temple Mount alongside some 200,000 Christians and 12,000 Jews. Only Muslims are allowed to pray on the Mount, and non-Muslims may visit only at specified times, which have not changed. Though the Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site-where Solomon built his Temple some 3,000 years ago-Israel will not allow a change in the status quo. The ones trying to change the status quo are Palestinians, who are violently trying to prevent Jews and Christians from even visiting a site holy to all three faiths.

SECOND: Israel seeks to destroy al-Aqsa mosque.

False. Since reuniting Jerusalem in 1967 Israel has vigorously protected the holy sites of all faiths, including al-Aqsa. In the Middle East, where militant Islamists desecrate and destroy churches, synagogues, world heritage sites, as well as each other's mosques, Israel is the only guarantor of Jerusalem's holy places. Palestinians have been propagating the "al-Aqsa is in danger" myth since at least 1929, when the Palestinian icon, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, used it to inspire the massacre of Jews in Hebron and elsewhere. Nearly a century later, the mosque remains unharmed, but the lie persists.

THIRD: A recent surge in settlement construction has caused the current wave of violence.

False. Annual construction in the settlements has substantially decreased over the last 15 years. Under Prime Minister Ehud Barak (2000), 5,000 new units were built in the settlements; under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (2001-2005) an average of 1,881; under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (2005-2008) 1,774. All three were hailed as peacemakers. What about under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2009-2015)? Just 1,554. Some surge.

FOURTH: President Abbas says that Israel "executed" the innocent Palestinian Ahmed Manasra.

False. Manasra is neither innocent nor dead. He stabbed a 13 year-old Jewish boy who was riding his bicycle. Manasra has been discharged from the same hospital where his victim continues to fight for his life.

FIFTH: Israel uses excessive force in dealing with terrorist attacks.

False. Using force to stop an attack by a gun, knife, cleaver or axe-wielding terrorist is legitimate self-defense. Israeli police officers are subject to strict rules that govern the use of deadly force, which is permitted only in life threatening situations. How would the American public expect its police to respond to terrorists stabbing passersby as well as police officers?

SIXTH: The current violence is the result of stagnation in the peace process.

False. Israel experienced some of the worst terrorism in its history when the peace process was at its peak. The reason for Palestinian terrorism is neither progress nor stagnation in the peace process, but the desire of the terrorists to destroy Israel.

SEVENTH: President Abbas is a voice of moderation.

False. President Abbas said on September 16 that he welcomes "every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.." President Abbas has not condemned a single one of the 30 terror attacks on Israelis over the last month. He and his Fatah movement continue to use the Web and the airwaves to incite the Palestinians to even more violence.

EIGHTH: International action is required to enforce the status quo on the Temple Mount.

False. Israel enforces the status quo. The international community can help most effectively by telling the truth and affirming Israel's proven commitment to maintaining the status quo. It can also help by holding President Abbas accountable for his mendacious rhetoric regarding the Temple Mount.

NINTH: The reason the conflict and the violence persist is because the Palestinians don't have a state.

False. The Palestinians have repeatedly refused to accept a nation-state for themselves if it means accepting a nation-state for the Jewish people alongside it. In 1937, the Palestinians rejected the Peel Commission report that called for two states for two peoples; in 1947, they rejected the UN partition plan that did the same. In 2000 at Camp David and again in 2008 the Palestinians rejected new proposals that would have created a Palestinian state. The Palestinians rejected peace both before and after the creation of Israel, before Israel gained control of the territories in 1967 and after Israel vacated Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians have always been more concerned with destroying the Jewish state than with creating a state of their own. The core of the conflict remains the persistent refusal of the Palestinians to recognize the nation-state of the Jewish people in any borders.

TENTH: Palestinian terrorism is the consequence of Palestinian frustration.

False. Palestinian terrorism is the product of incitement, which inculcates a culture of hatred and violence in successive generations. The biggest frustration of the terrorists is that they have failed to destroy Israel. They will continue to be frustrated.

WHAT ARE THE STAFF/BOARD MEMBERS OF BAY STREET & THE CONCERT GOERS THINKING/CELEBRATING A SUPPORTER OF BDS IS ODIOUS.

4>TED CRUZ PREVIEW OF AN INTERVIEW TO BE PUBLISHED IN FULL FRIDAY IN JERUSALEM POST, US SENATOR AND PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER ISSUES SCATHING REBUKE OF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S HANDLING OF THE MIDEAST CONFLICT.

 

US Senator and Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz told The Jerusalem Postthis week that the Palestinians are the true barrier to peace.

Below are highlights of the telephone interview. The full interview will be published in Friday's Magazine.

SENATOR CRUZ, HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S STEWARDSHIP OF US RELATIONS WITH THE PALESTINIANS?

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 10/21/2015 

http://www.jpost.com/International/Senator-Ted-Cruz-to-Post-US-should-stop-lecturing-the-Israelis-427601

US Senator and Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz told The Jerusalem Post this week that the Palestinians are the true barrier to peace.

Below are highlights of the telephone interview. The full interview will be published in Friday's Magazine.

Senator Cruz, how would you characterize the Obama administration's stewardship of US relations with the Palestinians?

This past week I publicly called for John Kerry's resignation as secretary of state. This is the second time I've done so. A number of months ago I called for Kerry's resignation when he wrongfullysuggested that Israel could become an apartheid state, which is a slander.

It is one often repeated by the terrorists and it should not be coming out of the mouth of a United States secretary of state.

This past week John Kerry and the State Department accused the nation of Israel of terrorism. That is a blatant lie. There is a qualitative difference between antics of Palestinian terrorists murdering innocent women and children in response to the relentless incitement from the Hamas, from the PA. There's a qualitative difference between that and the IDF defending the safety and security of the nation of Israel. And John Kerry's suggestion that they are morally equivalent is wrong, harmful and deeply offensive.

If you are elected president in 2016, what would your relationship be with the Palestinian Authority?

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