Wednesday, April 30, 2014

John Kerry, Real Palestinian Sharia, and Imagined Israeli “Apartheid”

By Andrew Bostom, PJ MEDIA
Last Friday, during a closed-door meeting with  a room of influential world leaders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opined that if Israel failed to accept his latest “peace formulation,” the country risked becoming an “apartheid state with second-class citizens.”
This statement was redolent with Kerry’s trademark mental and moral cretinism. For over a decade, the disputed territories in Gaza and Judea-Samaria under Fatah, and/or Hamas control have been under a real, not a theoretical system of Islamic Sharia-based religious apartheid.

It's not over...Email Shows Adviser Urged Rice to Blame Video for Benghazi Attack

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(Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to "reinforce" President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being "rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy."  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an "attack" a possible kidnap attempt.

'Palestinians have a pattern: Demand, delay and desert'

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor criticizes channeling of European funds to the PA, saying: "I wonder how taxpayers in London, Luxembourg and Paris would feel knowing that they will enable Hamas to launch more rockets into Israel."

"The Palestinians pledge dialogue while fermenting hatred" Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor
Photo credit: AFP

Please Ponder: Sen. Mike Lee on Fighting for Equal Opportunity


Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom
Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom
“In this present crisis,” Ronald Reagan famously declared, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” These words, though they inspired a generation of conservatives, almost sound quaint today.
Government of course remains the problem, but the nature of that problem has evolved dramatically since Reagan’s first inaugural. If Republicans want to grow their party into a national majority, we must begin, as Reagan did in 1981, by confronting our present crisis: America’s large and growing Opportunity Deficit, namely, immobility among the poor and insecurity in the middle class.
Compounding the shortage of opportunities among the poor and middle class is an unholy union of big government, big business, and big special interests that twists public policy to benefit Washington insiders unfairly at the expense of everyone else.
This is America’s growing crisis of crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and policy privilege, and it represents a uniquely malignant threat to American exceptionalism.

Will Israel Save Hamas and Fatah Again?

Shoshana Bryen

A better system was the one both sides had before the U.S. intervened. Both were working on day-to-day security issues and employment. That is where SodaStream came from. The Israeli leadership figured that if the next generation of Palestinians had a stake in the system, they would negotiate more seriously. The Palestinian leadership figured that if people were eating, they would not overthrow the current government. It was working before the U.S. demanded an end to the conflict.
It's an old song, and they haven't even gotten to the chorus. Hamas and Fatah have not "reconciled." They appear to have come close to agreeing that they will hold talks to create a "unity government." After the government is created, there will be talks about elections, and only after that will there be talks about the distribution of portfolios under unified leadership. According to a Fatah spokesman, an interim government could be finalized in the next five weeks, with elections possible by early 2015.
This has been tried five times before. The failure of each attempt appears linked to the circumstance that the only principle they share is the belief that the establishment of Israel in 1948 was a mistake by the international community that needs rectification. In all other ways, they are rivals, not partners.
Ismail Haniyeh (center) speaks at the signing ceremony for the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement. (Image source: Screenshot of AlJazeera video)
But in a fit of wholly unwarranted optimism, let us say that this time Hamas (religious, kleptocratic, Iranian-supported, openly bloodthirsty) and Fatah (secular, kleptocratic, U.S. and EU-supported, and formally committed to diplomacy while stoking the flames of raw anti-Semitism in schools and Palestinian media) actually do figure out how to divide the spoils of the West Bank and Gaza.
That is when the problems begin.

Kerry Echoes His Boss

Andrew C. McCarthy
John Kerry is attempting to walk back his smear of Israel as an “apartheid” state. That the current secretary of state is a clownish figure has been well known for decades. But what should not be lost in the latest gaffe is that it is not a gaffe. In what he foolishly thought was a safe place to let his hair down, Kerry merely gave voice to what the Obama administration thinks. “Apartheid” trips easily off his tongue because it is part of the Islamist narrative that the administration has internalized.

Secretary Kerry, please get the Jewish-Arab demographic record straight

Dr. Guy Bechor discusses the actual demographic balance between Israel and the Palestinians on Israel TV Channel 2's morning show. His data are aligned with those set out in Caroline Glick's book: The…
Added on 4/18/14

Secretary Kerry, please get the Jewish-Arab demographic record straight

Dr. Guy Bechor, a leading Israeli Mideast scientist

Israel TV Ch#2,, April 18, 2014 
The following TV interview, by Dr. Guy Bechor from the Herzliya Interdisciplinarian Center (IDC), one of Israel's leading Middle East scientists, sets the record straight on the Jewish-Arab demographic balance west of the Jordan River.

COP: Is Barry Whiffing?

WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.

And stop whiffing.

Don’t whinge off the record with columnists and definitely don’t do it at a press conference with another world leader. It is disorienting to everybody, here at home and around the world.
I empathize with you about being thin-skinned. When you hate being criticized, it’s hard to take a giant steaming plate of “you stink” every day, coming from all sides. But you convey the sense that any difference on substance is lèse-majesté.

You simply proclaim what you believe as though you know it to be absolutely true, hoping we recognize the truth of it, and, if we don’t, then we’ve disappointed you again.

Even some of the chatterers who used to be in your corner now make derogatory remarks about your manhood. And that, I know, really gets under your skin because you think they just don’t get your style of coolly keeping your cards to yourself while you play the long game. Besides, how short memories are. You were the Ice Man who ordered up the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
I also appreciate the fact that it’s harder for you than it was for J.F.K., W. and all those other pols who had their rich daddies and their rich daddies’ rich friends to buy anything they needed and connect them up and smooth the way for them. That gives them a certain nonchalance in the face of opprobrium and difficulty, a luxury that those who propel themselves to the top on their own don’t have.

HS Students Say Pledge In Arabic: ‘One Nation Under Allah’

Rick Wells
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The principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is facing a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying, “These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”

Principal Lopez doesn’t make any sense. Speaking unintelligible words in Arabic in some way accentuates their meaning? That is an extremely weak argument in defense of an ill-advised decision.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

John Kerry's Jewish best friends

Anti-Semitism is not a simple bigotry. It is a complex neurosis. It involves assigning malign intent to Jews where none exists on the one hand, and rejecting reason as a basis for understanding the world and operating within it on the other hand.
John Kerry’s recent use of the term “Apartheid” in reference to Israel’s future was an anti-Semitic act.

In remarks before the Trilateral Commission a few days after PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it will either cease to be a Jewish state or it will become “an apartheid state.”

Fatah leader calls for Israel's destruction

"The two-state solution does not exist...
return to the option of
one Palestine from the river to the sea"
"This is our goal; this is the lantern that lights our way;
these are our principles in the Fatah Movement:
Palestine - Gaza is part of it;
the West Bank is part of it;
and it is Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, and it is all of Palestine"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Following the unity agreement between the Palestinian Authority and the terror organization Hamas, many have expressed concern that Hamas ideology may now become part of the PA government's policy. However, even before the unity agreement, PA and Fatah officials have consistently expressed many of the same messages of terror, hate and denial of Israel's right to exist.
Several times recently, Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi has openly rejected coexistence with Israel and called for a "return to the option of one Palestine from the river to the sea." During an interview on Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV, he stated that "the only solution before us is the historic solution presented by Fatah in 1968."
"I repeat my humble opinion once again: I'm telling you that the two-state solution does not exist. The two-state solution does not exist. The two-state solution is over. We must return to the option of one Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. Palestinians, Palestinian leadership, listen to me: The only solution before us is the historic solution presented by Fatah in 1968."
[Al-Manar TV (Hezbollah), April 2, 2014]

John Kerry’s Blackmail, Incitement & Insults

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks about the Ukraine crisis after his meetings with other foreign ministers in ParisYesterday, on Holocaust Memorial Day, John Kerry hit a new low in his despicable conduct towards the Jewish people.
In February, John Kerry tried blackmailing and bullying, claiming, “[F]or Israel there is an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it, there is talk of boycott and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”  Kerry predicted a “high risk” of increased boycotts and a higher likelihood of international isolation for Israel if peace talks broke down.  This blackmail failed (much like everything else Kerry touches), and thankfully, Israel’s economy continues to thrive and succeed.

In November 2013, Kerry encouraged Arab violence against Israel when he asked, “I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?”  In November 2013, the man said that Israel’s “isolation” would be its own fault if a peace deal with the Palestinians falls through. Kerry further warned the Israelis that “the alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos.” Basically, Kerry is saying either give in or accept attacks.  Little does the man know that the key to Jewish survival is the ability to fight and survive.

The Peace Process Is the Process of Blaming Israel

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John-Kerry1-415x280Big lies don’t always start out big. They don’t even always start out as lies. They only grow big in the cover-up when the truth has to be beaten off with a stick made out of even bigger lies.
A brief read of the daily newspapers, a quick flick through the cable news networks and an ear cocked to the drive-time news minute might give you the idea that Israel is isolated and besieged. Israel is indeed a small country. It’s always been isolated in a Muslim region that is willing to kill even fellow Arab Christians and fellow Arab Shiites over differences of religion.

But contrary to the Peace Lobby sloganeering, Israel isn’t morally bankrupt, the intellectual premises of Zionism aren’t shattered and it’s not a failed state on the verge of destruction.
It’s the Peace Lobby that is frantically struggling to keep its big lie together. Its attacks on Israel are not a show of strength, but a desperate cover-up. From the high chambers where John Kerry suggests Israel is going to be an Apartheid state to the low chambers of failed boycotts against academics and soda companies, the purveyors of the big lie are coming apart at the seams.

5 Truths the 9/11 Museum Should Tell About 9/11

911MemorialIn PJ Lifestyle this week I recall five basic truths that everyone, especially the directors of the 9/11 Museum, should know about 9/11. Most people, however, probably don’t know these things — and for that we have the mainstream media to thank.
A controversy erupted last week at the National September 11 Memorial Museum over exactly how the museum should depict what happened on that fateful day. So it’s time to give them a few unsolicited suggestions.
The New York Times reported that Muslim leaders in New York are angry about a film that is slated to be shown at the museum titled The Rise of Al Qaeda because it “refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad.” Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, wrote to the museum’s director: “The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum.”

Promoting propaganda

Ruthie Blum

At Tel Aviv University on Monday, Baroness Caroline Cox, a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords, gave a talk sponsored by the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security and the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, run by Martin Sherman.
A passionate defender of human rights and the rule of law, Cox has spent the bulk of her career fighting forces that threaten to undermine Western democracy in general, and that of her country in particular. The focus of her lecture was the spread of political Islam in the U.K. and Africa, a phenomenon that has taken up much of her parliamentary and humanitarian work.
Though her pro-Israel positions are well-known (she is a co-founder of the One Jerusalem organization and co-president of the Jerusalem Summit), she purposely left the Jewish state out of the discussion. Nevertheless, she made a point of mentioning the symbolic relevance of her topic to the timing of her speech, which happened to fall on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Kerry backtracks on apartheid comment following criticism

Politicians, Jewish leaders call on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to apologize for comments • ADL Director Abe Foxman: It is disappointing that a diplomat so knowledgeable about democratic Israel chose to use such an inaccurate and incendiary term.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
Photo credit: Reuters

Yesha Officials to PM: 'Stop Punishing Judea and Samaria'

Tova Dvorin

Yesha Council Chairman and head of the Binyamin Regional Council, Avi Roeh, called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to reverse his decision to postpone a crucial meeting on building tenders for the Civil Administration. 

"[The cancellation] borders on gross intervention in the daily life of the residents of Judea and Samaria," Roeh stated. "We, the mayors, are not even informed and we hear things [only] through the media."

"It disrupts our lives and prevents us from carrying out our mission: providing services to the residents who suffer from rocks, gunfire and firebombs on their roads," he continued. "At least let our residents be able to come home to an organized community, where schools and playgrounds have been built." 

Proposed PA – Hamas Union Based on Common Objectives

Isi Leibler
The timing of the PA intention to merge with Hamas may have caught many by surprise. But it was evident that Israel would not reach understandings with a Palestinian Authority headed by the intransigent Mahmoud Abbas, who refused to make a single compromise. In fact, even when the US pressured Israel into making unilateral concessions as a prerequisite to merely agreeing to negotiate, the response from Abbas was to raise new demands.
In the context of the criminal society created by Arafat and maintained by Abbas, there is no ideological conflict concerning the future of Israel between the PA and Hamas. As Palestinian Media Watch has noted, Abbas says categorically: “There is no disagreement between Fatah and Hamas ...About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None!” Besides promoting cultures of martyrdom and sanctifying as heroes those engaged in killing Jews, both have generated the expectation amongst their people that the elimination of Jewish sovereignty in the region is a goal that will be achieved.
There is merely a difference in tactics. The PA recognizes that it can achieve greater success utilizing diplomacy rather than terror as a means to destroy Israel in stages.

The NYTimes Does the Kerry Peace Process

Seems Saeb Erekat tried to work his "Natufian" magic on the Americans:-

Martin S. Indyk, trekked with a Palestinian leader to ancient ruins in Jericho

and explained:

“I meant to take Martin to ruins to show him nothing lasts and life goes on,” Mr. Erekat explained. “These were great empires — they’re gone. I know that the Israeli occupation will go. I know.”

But this may be relevant:

Mr. Erekat repeating certain mantras...“I don’t walk around with a neon sign saying ‘stupid’ on my head.”

In any case, whether or not Indyk was convinced that "Palestinians" predated Jews in this land, here is how the New York Times apportions blame for the failure of this latest round of peace negotiations:

J’lem: DC says we won’t have to deal with a Palestinian unity government

LAST UPDATED: 04/29/2014 

State Dept. won’t deny report that Kerry used term "apartheid" in relation to Israel.

US President Barack Obama. Photo: REUTERS
With Washington not taking as firm a stand against the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement as Jerusalem would like to see, Israeli officials said on Monday that the Obama administration gave Israel assurances that it would not be expected to deal with a Palestinian government supported by Hamas.
While the US has not specifically said it would rule out engagement with a Palestinian technocratic government even if it does not include Hamas officials, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly in recent days he would not talk to a government even backed by Hamas unless the organization recognized Israel’s right to exist, stopped terror and accepted previous agreements. This difference is looming large as a potential point of friction between Jerusalem and Washington.

Running Away from Statehood, Again

Efraim Karsh
BESA Center Perspectives

The Palestinian Authority' decision to strike an agreement with Hamas instead of with Israel is of little surprise. Since before 1948, the Palestinian leadership has continually rejected any possibility of attaining statehood, in favor of a commitment to violence and promoting their self-inflicted plight for their own financial benefits. With the possibility of another failed round of peace talks, one wonders whether the Palestinian leadership is even interested in independent statehood of any kind.
The "historic" agreement of last week between The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas, to form a united government casts a serious doubt not only on the Palestinian leadership's commitment to a two-state solution, but also on its interest in the attaining of statehood at all.
Not that this should have come as a surprise to anyone. For nearly a century, Palestinian leaders never have missed an opportunity to impede the development of Palestinian civil society and the attainment of Palestinian statehood.
Had the Jerusalem mufti Hajj Amin Husseini, who led the Palestinian Arabs from the early 1920s to the late 1940s, chosen to lead his constituents to peace and reconciliation with their Jewish neighbors, the Palestinians would have had their independent state over a substantial part of mandate Palestine by 1948, and would have been spared the traumatic experience of dispersal and exile.

Bogus Negotiation is a Non-Starter!

Steven Shamrak

Amin Maqboul, a member of the Fatah revolutionary council, told the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds that the Palestinian Authority would agree to an extension of negotiations if Israel agreed to: announce the basis on which future talks will be held; draw the outline of the borders of a Palestinian state within the next three months; halt settlement construction; withdraw Israeli troops from the West Bank's Area C to the lines held before the Second Intifada; release the fourth wave of prisoners that it has until now refused to do; end what he called "disruptions" in Jerusalem and open Palestinian institutions in the city. (There is no commitment to recognise Israel as the Jewish state and stop terrorist attacks or anti-Israel propaganda. The demands are part of a strategy designed to undermine Israel! The plan is destroy Israel piece by piece - first Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, then flood Israel with 'refugees', turning it into an Arab state.)

Thoughts about Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust April 28th, 2014

Nurit Greenger
The Holocaust was a genetic terrorism. To justify their murderous agenda the Nazis convinced the German nation that Jews are not human being, they are subhuman, like cockroaches and when you kill them you cleansed your home from bugs’ infestation.
Same with the Arabs; they portray Israelis as pigs and apes, as subhuman, not worth keeping alive, especially when the Moslems see pigs as loathed animal.
In WWII, Jews’ only crime was their existence. Israel’s only crime is its existence, so many would be celebrating its annulment.

Monday, April 28, 2014

IRS Gives Tax Exempt Status to Major Muslim Terrorist Groups with Clinton Ties

via IRS Gives Tax Exempt Status to Major Muslim Terrorist Groups with Clinton Ties | Walid Shoebat
The former Chairman of perhaps the most notorious mosque in the U.S. sits on the Board of an organization that has received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Bassam Estwani, who led the Dar al-Hijrah mosque for years prior to 9/11 and who welcomed Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi into the mosque, as reported by [see photo here] is listed as a member of the Board of Directors for a group identified as Mercy Without Borders. The Tax ID is listed as 45-5259026.
Bassam Estwani with Hillary Clinton at White House EID in 2000.
As the IRS scandal, which involves the targeting of law-abiding conservative groups and the awarding of tax-exempt status to stealth jihadists, continues to unfold, it is becoming obvious that the groundwork for such an egregious disparity began years ago – in the Clinton White House. As recently uncovered photos reveal [click here], Estwani is an extremely heavy hitter for the Muslim Brotherhood in America.

COP: It's Hard to See Racism When You're a Liberal

Sultan Knish

ars ago, Newsweek's glossy cover asked "Is Your Baby Racist?" The baby looking back at supermarket shoppers, airline passengers waiting for their flight and patients in the dental office had blue eyes.

The labeling of racists as white has itself become a racial stereotype. And it's not an accidental stereotype.

Behind the left's support for affirmative action is the belief that white racism is the only kind of racism that exists. Black racism they insist is really called "reverse racism" and is a myth made up by white people.

It's not that the left believes that affirmative action isn't racist. It's that it believes that there is no such thing as racism against white people. Like the Knockout Game or white students who qualify on merit but can't get into college because of racial diversity quotas; it’s an invalid category. A myth.

And if it's a myth, then there's nothing wrong with a little racial violence or a few racial preferences. 

Iran: Official Responsible for Evin Prison Raid Promoted to Head of Tehran Justice Department

Shabnam Assadollahi
April 28, 2014 

Authorities have denied allegations that prison guards committed the assault.
Last week, Golamhossein Esmaili sent over 100 members of Iran's Security Services to beat prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison, where prisoners accused of political crimes are held, after the prisoners asked to be present while their possession were searched. Previously during "inspections," possessions had disappeared.
One of the entrances to Evin Prison, in Tehran, Iran. (Image source: Flickr/sabzphoto)
A few days after the beatings, after which some men needed hospitalization and 32 others were sent to solitary confinement, beaten again with metal rods on the way, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported on April 23 that Asghar Janangir would replace Gholamhossein Esmaili as Head of Prisons, and that Golamhossein Esmaili would be promoted to head of the Tehran Justice Department.
Jahangir is described as a close adviser to Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli, a cleric who is the head of the government's judiciary branch.

No Arabs few Muslims in the "Holy Land" in 1695‏

Avi Goldreich
(Translated from the Hebrew by Nurit Greenger.)
The time machine is a sensation that nests in me when I am visiting Mr. Hobber old books store in Budapest, Hungary. Hobber learned to know my quirks and after the initial greeting and the glass of mineral water (Mr. Hobber is a vegan) he leads me down the stairs to the huge basement, to the Jewish “section.”
The Jewish section is a room full of antiquity books on subjects that Mr. Hobber sees to be Jewish. Among the books there are some that are not even worthy their leather binding. However, sometime, one can find there real culture treasure. Many of the books are Holy Books that may have been stolen from synagogues’ archives: Talmud, Bible, Mishnah, old Ashkenazi style Siddur, and others. Customarily, I open them to see who the proprietor is; who was the Bar Mitzvah boy who received the book two hundred years ago and to whom did he pass the book at the end of his days. It is simply curiosity.
Many of the books are written in the German language. They are books of Jewish rumination written by Christians or assimilating Jews. Sometime one can find a hand written Talmud volume that is very expensive; thousands of Euros, set in the specially aired cabinet. Hobber knows their value.

ECI Statement: Time for Kerry to Go

Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released the following statement on Secretary of State John Kerry's use of the term "apartheid state" to threaten Israel:
On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry raised the specter of Israel as an "apartheid state." Even Barack Obama condemned the use of this term when running for president in 2008.
Yet this was no gaffe. Secretary Kerry's musings on the Jewish state's dire future have become a regular feature of his public remarks. His latest prediction follows other statements in recent months that have in effect threatened Israel -- never the Palestinians -- with a list of disasters should his diplomatic efforts fail: violence, isolation, delegitimization, boycotts -- and now "apartheid."

EMP Threat From North Korea, 2013

Presentation by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
The Atlantic and Conservation Institute
New York City ~  April 10, 2014 
North Korea's third illegal nuclear test on February 12, 2013, was followed by increased international sanctions, that prompted escalating threats from North Korea to make nuclear missile strikes against U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan, and the mainland United States.  President Obama denied that North Korea could deliver on these threats, claiming that North Korea does not yet have nuclear armed missiles--despite assessments to the contrary by DIA, CIA, and NATO.

Yom Ha’Shoah, Transcends Yom Kippur

The real meaning of the word Holocaust
Thank you Nurit Greenger

As the years pass and the Holocaust has fewer remaining eye witnesses, my thinking of what happened and subsequently, what our response now needs to be is becoming clearer.

This year, for the first time, the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF), in Los Angeles, held an official Holocaust memorial commemorating “Past, Present & … NEVER AGAIN - a multicultural multimedia presentation and discussion on Holocaust & Iran’s place during the Holocaust.”
From L-Rabbi Wolpe, Ari Babaknia MD, Israel consul general David Segal, Mahnaz & Mike Nazarian IAJF Chairman-Photo Orly Halevy From L-Rabbi Wolpe, Ari Babaknia MD, Israel consul general David Segal, Mahnaz & Mike Nazarian IAJF Chairman-Photo Orly Halevy
Shahla Zargarian Javdan, IAJF President and her team organized an impressive evening. The full house watched a symbolic March of the Living, a candle lighting ceremony, conducted by Survivors and a special presentation of a portion of Steven Spielberg’s award winning documentary “The Last Days” (  The line-up of distinguished speakers were Israel Consul General Mr. David Segal, Rabbi David Wolpe, Mrs. Renee Firestone, a Holocaust Survivor and Professor Ari Babaknia, MD, an expert on the Holocaust. Via video the audience also heard from Dr. Norbert Weinberg and Professor Majid Mohammadi.

PM Netanyahu at Yad Vashem: do not repeat past mistake of ignoring reality

Address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem
Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 27, 2014

The last time I visited Yad Vashem was with the Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper, a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people. We went
through the exhibition rooms which present heartbreaking documentation of
the destruction of European Jewry.

Today in my office, I met Felah, an 82 year old Holocaust survivor. It was
important to her to tell me on this day of all days how her memories as a
child of seven who was forced to leave her two year old sister behind to
die, how those memories are always with her. She told me, "I don't remember
what happened yesterday or the day before that, but as is the way of
memories from that age, I remember the tearing, sad eyes of my two year old

PLO spokesman declines to say rockets in Gaza violation of agreement?‏

IMRA:  Here in clear language is the "commitment" of the PLO that applies to rockets and missiles in the Gaza Strip:
Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza StripWashington, D.C., September 28, 1995

CHAPTER 2 ARTICLE XIV 4.  Except for the arms, ammunition and equipment of the Palestinian Police described in Annex I, and those of the Israeli military forces, no organization, group or individual in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip shall manufacture, sell, acquire, possess, import or otherwise introduce into the West Bank or the Gaza Strip any firearms, ammunition, weapons, explosives, gunpowder or any related equipment, unless otherwise provided for in Annex I.

Annex I ARTICLE IV 5. c. In the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Police will
possess the following arms and equipment:
(1) 7,000 light personal weapons;
(2) up to 120 machine guns of 0.3" or 0.5" caliber; and
(3) up to 45 wheeled armored vehicles of a type to be agreed on between the two sides, and of which 22 will be deployed in protecting Council installations.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Their Memory Lives On – Three Stories of Bravery and Survival

Israel Defense Forces
As we commemorate the memory of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, we make certain to share to the anecdotes of our survivors. Here are the stories of three courageous survivors who are now the proud grandparents of IDF soldiers.

Betty Gelernter - The Invisible Girl

Betty recounted her vibrant story alternating between laughter at amusing memories and uncontrollable tears at the mention of her most painful moments. For her, the memories are still clear.
“I always knew that my grandmother was a holocaust survivor,” said Nadav Nalishkevitch, Betty’s grandson. “No one sat me down and told me. I just knew that she hid in order to escape the Nazis.”
“I think my grandmother’s story gave me the understanding of how important this country is. I always believed wholeheartedly in what we do in this country, and that’s why I wanted to enlist as a combat soldier,” explained Nadav, who serves aboard a Dvora, an Israeli battleship. “Being a soldier means doing what I believe in.”
Betty was born in Paris in 1937. Her parents had already left Austria where they had witnessed the horrors of Nazism, and decided to move again, leaving Paris for the Creuse.
By 1941, Betty and her brother Roger were living in hiding. They had assumed new identities and were separated from their parents, as they were transported from place to place. During the first years of the war, they were placed in foster homes.
In a hoarse voice, Betty described her very first memory. "One day at the home, we were all taken out to the courtyard. The French police arrived to choose Jews. They took away two young boys. Their names are fixed in my memory: Gaston and Rutegnem. When I arrived at Israel’s Holocaust museum several years later, the first thing I did was register their names.” Betty paused for a few seconds and as tears brim in her eyes. "I still remember. They were taken and I was shocked and scared. I was so scared. "
In 1942, Roger and Betty’s father fled Beaune-La-Rolande after hearing that Jews were being deported to death camps. At that the time, the children were in Montauban, a base of the Austrian Socialist Party, with their mother. Betty was placed in a convent for several years until deportations of children began.

“Throwing Up My Hands”

How much can one write about the moribund “peace process”?  (Please read through, as I move to another very important subject.)
There is only one piece of good news regarding the “peace process”: Netanyahu and the Security Cabinet came through. After a prolonged meeting on Thursday regarding the appropriate response to Abbas’s rapprochement with Hamas, this  announcement was released by the Prime Minister’s Office (emphasis added):
"The Cabinet today unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for Israel's destruction...
“In addition, Israel will respond to unilateral Palestinian action with a series of measures.”
According to one Israeli political source, cited by YNet: "The moment they announced that they were becoming one body, negotiations became impossible. Abbas has gone a step too far. There will be no political contacts with the Palestinians.”,7340,L-4513046,00.html

Let us not forget, just some months ago...

Abbas: 'Not a single Israeli' in future Palestinian state


PA president says would agree to international presence in the West Bank, but not toe Israeli settlers, security forces.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, July 28, 2013.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, July 28, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/ISSAM RIMAWI/POOL
CAIRO - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.
Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Six Days War.

The forceful statements appeared to challenge mediator US Secretary of State John Kerry's hopes that the terms of the talks, scheduled to begin Monday night over dinner, be kept secret.
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.
"An international, multinational presence like in Sinai, Lebanon and Syria - we are with that," he said, referring to United Nations peacekeeping operations in those places.

Europe: Jewish Life 'Unsustainable' Due to Rising Anti-Semitism

Yoni Kempinski

President of the European Jewish Congress Dr. Moshe Kantor spoke Sunday about the fact that Jews feel less welcome and more insecure in large parts of Europe during the release of the findings regarding the situation of anti-Semitism worldwide in 2013.

Kantor was speaking at a press conference where the annual findings for 2013 were released by The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and the Moshe Kantor database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress.

Results from the 2013 survey show that anti-Semitic attacks are growing in their intensity and cruelty. The number and type of violent attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions is worsening.

Hamas is the same Hamas

Boaz Bismuth

Iran on Saturday congratulated the Palestinian people on the "anti-Zionist" reconciliation agreement that was reached between Hamas and Fatah. Does Iran see things that our politicians and commentators are missing?
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas destroyed the negotiations with Israel, even though he promised his people a state, which, he should be reminded, can only be received from Jerusalem, not Gaza. Abbas should have done everything possible to extend the talks with Israel. This was a joint interest he shared with Israel and the Americans. But Abbas chose Hamas.

Israel gears up to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day


The commemoration of the six million European Jews murdered by the Germans will commence with torch lighting ceremony attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and other senior officials at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

CHILDREN AND an old woman on the way to the death barracks of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. Photo: GERMAN FEDERAL ARCHIVES
On Sunday evening and Monday Israelis will mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day with memorials across the country. The commemoration of the six million European Jews murdered by the Germans will commence with torch lighting ceremony attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and other senior officials at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, as well as Lau’s father, Israel Meir Lau, himself a former chief rabbi and chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, will also be present.

Six Holocaust survivors are slated to light torches, each representing one million victims. Following the opening ceremony, whose theme this year is “Jews On the Edge 1944: Between Annihilation and Liberation,” Yad Vashem will hold a symposium on Holocaust remembrance in Israel at Tel Aviv’s Habimah Theater.

Yom HaShoah this year comes only weeks after Frazier Glenn Miller, an elder white supremacist, killed three people at a Kansas Jewish Community Center. As he was taken away by police following the shooting, the former Klansman shouted Heil Hitler. The memory of the Holocaust has been at the center of several political disputes this year, with Ukrainians and Russians trading barbs of antisemitism and unknown actors urging Jews in Eastern Ukraine to register themselves.

Letter to the Editor:Abbas Had Already Made Successful Talks Impossible‏

Please consider the following letter for publication in The Boston  Globe. 
Thank you.

     To the editor:   If David Greenfield ("With Hamas in Palestinian coalition, Mideast talks  impossible," April 26) is correct in his assertion that Mahmoud Abbas'
  latest reconciliation agreement with Hamas should dash any hope for  progress towards a Palestinian Arab-Israeli peace agreement, one has to  wonder why anyone had any hope in the first place. After all, just as  Greenfield pointed out the Hamas charter states, "there is no solution  for the Palestinian question except through Jihad," the still unchanged  PLO charter asserts "armed struggle is the only way to liberate
 Palestine" and the Fatah charter similarly states "armed struggle is a  strategy and not a tactic" while setting forth the goal of the  "eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural  existence."

   Besides his role as the "moderate" president of the Palestinian  Authority, Abbas also leads those two terrorist organizations. He also,  just a few short weeks ago, told President Obama he would not sign an  agreement ending the conflict with Israel. He has also acknowledged a  peace agreement would have been signed long ago had he been willing to  exhibit some flexibility, rather than clinging to the same outrageous  demands Yasser Arafat was making back in 1993.
  If President Obama is going to take Geoffrey Lewis' advice in the same  issue of the Boston Globe, "Time for an Obama peace plan," our  leadership should end the counterproductive tradition of trying to see  how far it could get Israel to compromise its rights and its security to  appease the uncompromising Arabs. This path has only rewarded and fed  Palestinian Arab intransigence. Instead, we should put forth a fair  proposal, including a reasonable distribution of the disputed territory  avoiding the creation of additional refugees.

Alan Stein, Ph.D. President Emeritus PRIMER-Connecticut Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting

Palestinians attack Israeli in Berlin


The group confronted the man earlier in the day and asked him about his nationality. They returned later to attack.

Palestinian protest Berlin
Protestors wave with Palestinian flags and shout slogans during a demonstration in Berlin Photo: REUTERS
A group of six  Palestinian youths punched an Israeli in the face on Friday in Berlin after they questioned him about citizenship. 
The 31-year-old Israeli filed a criminal complaint, according to the daily BZ newspaper. The paper titled its article ”Anti-Semitism: Punched in the face because he is Israeli.”

Bet MSM didn't report this: IDF Doctor Saves Life of Month-Old Palestinian Baby

Israel Defense Forces
Last night, in the Palestinian village of Beitin near Ramallah, a Palestinian baby started to choke in her home. The mother brought the baby to an IDF checkpoint, where a IDF doctor saved the baby’s life.
Last night, a tragedy nearly happened to a Palestinian family from the village of Beitin--their youngest daughter, a month-old baby, began to choke while playing with her ​​sister. Her troubled mother ran to the checkpoint seeking help, and an IDF officer from the division noticed the panicking mother with the choking infant in her arms. The officer immediatly called the nearest IDF doctor. Within a few minutes, Sec. Lt. Ben Tzanani and his team were at the scene and saved the baby’s life.
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“I got a phone call about a baby choking, and so I called up my medical team, and my commandor gave me a ride,” said sec. Lt. Tzanani. “Me and my medical team were first on the scene. I asked the family to bring the baby to our ambulance and I started to check her vitels."

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Time for the gloves to come off

By Gil Solomon, INN
The Obama-brokered “peace talks” have fallen in a heap due to three main issues.
1. The unrelenting demands by an enemy that did not enter the talks in good faith and which to this day continues with the indoctrination of its population to hate the Jews and Israel.
2. The unrelenting concessions demanded by a US administration which on many occasions could have been taken for the mouthpiece of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
3. The realization – finally having sunk in to diehard Israeli leftists – that indulging the PA’s never ending claims and fantasies any further would mean national suicide.

Defying the Obama-inspired “talks” by refusing to release the third batch of murderers gives hope that Israel has had enough and is finally getting up off its knees.



Abbas Negotiations Ehud Barak Ehud Olmert Camp David Bill Clinton
So far, the Palestinian negotiating tactic has been to get concessions, then cut off talks and 'start where we left off.'

Abbas Speaking - Photo by AP

As prime minister, Ehud Olmert met 36 (or was it 37?) times with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and couldn’t reach an agreement with him. But that didn’t stop him from saying in a recent interview on Channel 2 that he’s certain Abbas is a partner for an accord.
Olmert was prepared to go further than any other Israeli leader in meeting the Palestinians’ demands, including on the issues of Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and territorial exchanges; he offered to evacuate 70,000 settlers as well as make a humanitarian gesture allowing 5,000 Palestinian refugees (or their descendants) to return. This underscored his belief in the need for Israel to make a painful compromise, and given his own political past, his courage and determination was especially admirable.