Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PMW Bulletins Proud Palestinian parents of "Martyrs": "The blood... made gardens bloom"

Proud Palestinian parents about their "Martyred" kids:  
  •  "The blood of the Martyrs has watered the ground and made gardens bloom"
  •  "The blood of the Martyrs is a beacon that lights the path to liberation and freedom"
  •  Palestinian university honors terrorist "Martyrs" with memorial 
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A private university in Ramallah held a memorial for five student terrorists who died as "Martyrs." At the event, a mother of one of the terrorists spoke on behalf of the families and stated:

"The blood of the Martyrs has watered the ground and made gardens bloom"
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2017]
The official PA daily further reported that she "expressed pride at being the mother of a Martyr who did not hesitate to sacrifice his blood and soul for his homeland and people."

Likewise a father of one of the terrorists "emphasized that the blood of the Martyrs is a beacon that lights the path to liberation and freedom."

Coordinator of the Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at Modern University College Hussein Ajouli "repeated the commitment and loyalty to... the blood of our people's Martyrs, among them the Martyrs of Modern University College who have ascended [to Heaven] in defense of the honor and for the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and Palestine." Fatah official Jamal Muhaisen was also present at the event.

Among the five terrorists, one attempted to ram his car into Israeli soldiers, another stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, and a third attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. The fourth was injured during a confrontation with Israeli security forces and later died of his wounds, while the fifth died of a fatal disease after being released from an Israeli prison. (See details below.)
Palestinian Media Watch has reported on similar statements of pride by parents  and has documented an almost cult-like Palestinian fascination with Martyrs' blood.

The following is a longer excerpt of the report in the official PA daily:
Headline: "Memorial service for the Martyrs of Modern University College"
"The student council at Modern University College yesterday (Sunday) [Nov. 19, 2017] held a memorial service for its student Martyrs (Shahids) at the college's building in Ramallah, in the presence of Fatah Movement Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen...
It should be noted that five students from Modern University College ascended [to Heaven] as Martyrs within a year, during the mass uprising that broke out in order to come to the aid of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and they are: Jaafar Awad (i.e., Palestinian prisoner who died of disease), Mahmoud Alyan (i.e., Palestinian injured in confrontation with Israeli forces), Ali Al-Kar (i.e., terrorist, wounded 1), Ahmad Jahajha (i.e., terrorist, attempted to ram his car into Israeli soldiers), and Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist, attempted to stab 1).
In his speech, Jamal Muhaisen spoke about the central stages of the Palestinian cause... He also emphasized the significance of the young Palestinian people's role in the struggle...
The mother of Martyr Mahmoud Alyan gave a speech on behalf of the families of the student Martyrs in which she said that 'The blood of the Martyrs has watered the ground and made gardens bloom'...
She expressed pride at being the mother of a Martyr who did not hesitate to sacrifice his blood and soul for his homeland and people.
The father of Jaafar Awad emphasized that the blood of the Martyrs is a beacon that lights the path to liberation and freedom.
Coordinator of the Fatah Shabiba [Student Movement] at Modern University College Hussein Ajouli repeated the commitment and loyalty to [former PA] President Martyr Yasser Arafat, founder of the Palestinian state, and to the blood of our people's Martyrs, among them the Martyrs of Modern University College who have ascended [to Heaven] in defense of the honor and for the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and Palestine."

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2017]
On Facebook, Modern University College lists itself as a "private university in Ramallah"
Jaafar Awad - 23-year-old Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail who was released due to fatal disease. He died of it on April 9, 2015.

Mahmoud Alyan - 22-year-old Palestinian who was injured during a confrontation with Israeli security forces near Ramallah in November 2015, and died of his injuries a few days later.

Ali Al-Kar and Ali Takatka - Palestinian terrorists who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier near Ariel on March 17, 2016. They were shot and killed during the attack by Israeli security forces.

Ahmad Jahajha - 21-year-old terrorist who attempted to ram his car into Israeli soldiers near Qalandiya, south of Ramallah, on Dec. 16, 2015. Jahajha was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier's flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.

UC Professor Tweets Anti-Semitic Propaganda

The pro-Israel StandWithUs advocacy organization expressed “outrage” Tuesday in response to new evidence documenting anti-Semitic hate messages being disseminated via social media by University of California at Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian.
The UC Berkeley student group ‘Tikvah: Students for Israel,’ revealed in a statement that Bazian shared a tweet featuring deeply anti-Semitic language and imagery.
“It is unacceptable for a lecturer at a highly acclaimed and diverse university to be allowed to spew propaganda and discriminatory content, whether it is in the classroom or online. We are calling on the UC Berkeley to condemn Professor Bazian’s actions and hold him accountable for his Anti-Semitic behavior. We also expect a public apology and a pledge to attend sensitivity training by Professor Bazian.”“Tikvah, the Zionist Voice at UC Berkeley, condemns every form of Anti-Semitism and expects that people be held accountable for their actions. Professor Hatem Bazian, a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department, has shown his true colors after retweeting a truly revolting, Anti-Semitic tweet…” the student group wrote in a Facebook post.
“We urge the university administration to adhere to the UC Regents Principles Against Intolerance, and strongly condemn this vicious hate,” said StandWith Us.
“While this incident is deeply disturbing, it is unfortunately not shocking. This professor has a long history of promoting hate, including as the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)” Noa Raman, Pacific Northwest Campus Director for StandWithUs, continued.
“Now that he is sharing the kind of blatant anti-Semitism we usually see from alt right and far left extremists, it’s time for UC Berkeley administrators to stand up for their students and make a clear statement of condemnation.”
In past years Bazian has called for an “intifada” in America and trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish power.
Bazian is also chairman of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), which claims to be “the driving force behind activism for Palestine” in the United States and provides significant funding to various chapters of the international Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization.

AMP’s leaders and speakers have been exposed for engaging in racism, homophobia, support for terrorism, and genocide denial, according to StandWithUs.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Speech at the 40th Anniversary of Sadat's Visit to the Knesset

Honorable Speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein,
Members of the government,
Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog,
Members of the Knesset,
Distinguished Guests,
"I have now met with the Egyptian ambassador to Israel, Hazem Khairat and his team.
He gave me greetings from Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Shukri, and I congratulated him on this important occasion.The peace between Israel and Egypt is robust, it is a strategic peace benefitting both countries. And yet, I am sad to see the meager presence of ministers and Knesset members at such an important event. We'll have to fix it at the fiftieth anniversary event, but I think there will be opportunities earlier.

And maybe one of the reasons is that we've gotten used to it too fast. It has become routine, which is obvious but does not go without saying.
I remember the tremendous excitement that gripped me and all citizens of Israel and many in the world. Sadat's arrival, his landing in Israel and then his arrival in the Knesset, was like the excitement I had when I saw the first person landing on the moon. It was something of this initial breakthrough, the breaking of routine, the perception of the future. In those 40 minutes he spent on the plane, the distance between Egypt to Israel, he changed history. It was much shorter than the forty years of wandering of our people in the Sinai Desert, but no less dramatic. Two ancient nations whose paths intersected in ancient times; two neighboring nations, who had waged an all-out war for a generation, overcame the residue of hostility and offered each other a hand of peace.
Sadat's visit was a breakthrough in the history of the Middle East. It enabled direct contact between the Arab world and the Jewish state, leading to a historic reconciliation, the first of its kind. Time teaches us that this peace is a stable anchor in our swollen and bleeding region. Now it's true, maybe it's not a perfect peace - but it's a peace that definitely pays off. It pays both countries, and not only us, and despite the crises and shocks on the way – the peace is sustainable.
But there is a basic condition for peace, which has always been and will always be: the power of Israel. In the Middle East, alliances are made with the strong, not with the weak. Sadat said when he came here: "I came to make peace with a strong leader," - he said. Sadat, too, was convinced before his arrival in Jerusalem that Israel was a powerful country. That since the War of Independence - the IDF has resolutely pushed back on every attack, even surprise attacks, and has safeguarded the security of the State of Israel.
The importance of the 'Iron Wall' has been proven time after time. Not only to preserve our existence, but also to create the foundation for peace with our neighbors. Only when Israel is strong, we can reach non-combat, and from that to get to peace. A peace that brings to recognition in the State of Israel, and that prevents bloodshed in the future. Menachem Begin said it in a few sentences. "No more war, no more bloodshed". And Anwar Sadat, when he stood here at this podium, he said at this occasion that moved us very much: "I've declared more than once that Israel is an existing fact." Which means, first comes the recognition in the existing fact, and from that stems the recognition of the right to exist. That is why we have to always be strong enough so there will never be any undermining, doubts, about our everlasting existence.
That is how Sadat acted upon, unlike our Palestinian neighbors, who still refuse to recognize the State of Israel's right to exist. Unfortunately, I say, I have not yet to meet a Palestinian Sadat who will declare his desire for conflict to end, recognize the State of Israel with any borders and support our right to live in security and peace.
Today - four decades after Sadat's visit to Israel - large parts of the Arab world understand not only what happened here forty years ago, they understand very well what can happen here because of the changes taking place in the region. Many countries know that the threat to the Middle East does not stem from Israel, but rather the opposite: Israel is the moderate, responsible and tough factor that is struggling with this threat. The greatest threat in the region stems from radical Islam and violence, led by Iran on the one hand and by ISIS on the other, radical Islam that brutally tramples everything in its path.
President Sadat himself was a victim to this Islamist fanaticism. His murder in Cairo - 36 years ago - shocked the world. And yet, the peace remained steadfast. The peace with Egypt knew ups and downs, but it traversed all the pitfalls during the reign of President Mubarak and afterwards.
In the last few years, under the leadership of Egyptian President Al-Sisi, this peace, this relationship is rejuvenated. We maintain open channels of communication that are vital to Israel and Egypt's security. My recent visit to New York, where I met with the Egyptian president, greatly strengthened these relations. We are committed to expanding the circle of peace to other countries as well as to our Palestinian neighbors. I know that President Trump and his team are also committed to this goal.
The greatest obstacle to the expansion of peace today is not found in the leaders of the countries around us. The obstacle is public opinion on the Arab street, public opinion that has been brainwashed for years by a distorted and misleading presentation of the State of Israel. And after many decades - it is like geological layers - it is very difficult to reveal and present Israel in its true light, in its beautiful and true face, in the help we provide, both in the region and in Africa, also in Asia, in rescue missions, both in technology and assistance to the wounded from Syria. Thousands, thousands. It is very difficult to penetrate these geological layers to the rock of truth, and therefore the peace remains cold.
So I say, a cold peace is preferred over a hot war, but a warm peace is preferred over cold peace- and we all want that. That is why this perception of Israel must change. Otherwise it will be hard to break though the circle, the Palestinian one as well, because there is constant propaganda, not only in Judea and Samaria, but also in the Palestinian Authority - all the time, endless propaganda. You say, "How can they not know the truth? They live here".  The propaganda is so strong, their establishments, the layers, these sediments of the lie are so powerful, and that is what prevents the breakthrough. That must be changed.
I see changes, the budding of this change, in public opinion - I'm not talking about the leaders - in the Arab space. We see certain changes in certain parts of public opinion in the Middle East. I think that this is something that should be encouraged and developed in the region, because in the end it is something that will radiate inward. When I talk about peace from the outside, it is not primarily the ability to leverage our connections now with Arab states to break through the Palestinian barrier - it is more in the consciousness, in the drip of consciousness, that Israel is different, it is different and that the Palestinian narrative, as they call it, adapted to the truth.  To look differently, with an objective eye, with a real eye on the real Israel.
I would like to see the peace with Egypt adapted to this truth. To expand contacts, the live contact between the nations in economy, culture, tourism. To break the wall, the historic propaganda wall, and I hope we are at the beginning of such a process. At least according to our measures, we see it formulating in certain parts of the region. Naturally, not everything of this sort is in our hands- and the change, if happening, is expected to take time, but there is no doubt we are in a good time to expand cooperation and break stereotypes.
Peace is important to Israel, peace is important to Egypt, peace is important to the Arab nations, it is important to Egypt of course. Anwar Sadat's visit to Israel 40 years ago taught us that in our region, the unbelievable can become believable. That is why I believe with all my heart that this great event will not be a passing episode; It will remain the cornerstone of the peace building in the Middle East - in this generation and in future generations.

And in honor of this visit, I ask of you, Mr Speaker, to schedule a special meeting marking 41 years to Anwar Sadat's visit to Israel and to the Knesset. He deserves it, we deserve it.

ELDER OF ZIYON - Book review: Beyond the Green Line

Marc Goldberg has written a great first-hand memoir of what it is like to be an IDF grunt in the territories during the second intifada.

Goldberg, who wrote about some of this in his blog, made aliyah from England and joined the IDF as a "lone soldier." He dreamed to become Chief of Staff.

But things didn't work out how he wanted.

In "Beyond the Green Line," Goldberg gives a great description of how the IDF selects who will go to which unit. For example, the officers aren't looking at recruits who are the strongest or fastest - but the ones who help their fellow soldiers.

Marc is nothing if not honest. He describes his problems learning Hebrew, his disappointment at not making it into the Sayeret Tzanhanim and instead joining Orev, and his experiences at boot camp. Goldberg tries to be the best soldier he can be and he is a wonderful storyteller as he describes the tough training he went through - which is nothing like what you see in movies about the US Army.

After he finally passes and becomes a paratrooper, he is ready to face the enemy. But in 2003, the enemy was not the Syria army - it was the Palestinian terrorists of the second intifada.

The new soldier knows he is doing important work. But it is hardly what he wanted. He has to watch Arab families whose home needs to become lookouts for operations elsewhere in the Arab city. He mans checkpoints, finding Arabs with sheep in their trunk. He confronts British "peacemakers" who try to get under his skin.

But he also picks up suspected suicide bombers. Acting as s lookout, he notices the crucial clue necessary to catch two wanted terrorists.

Goldberg tries on occasion to inject some humanity in this strange situation where the IDF needs to operate among a mostly civilian population. He kicks a soccer ball back and forth with an Arab kid. At one point he even feeds a bunch of kids who would otherwise have been throwing rocks.

And Goldberg is not shy about describing his frustration at going on meaningless missions. In Nablus, his unity tried to enforce a curfew - and everyone ignored them. Rubber bullets were shot - no reaction from the people going about their business. Finally tear gas - and the people avoided the tear gas but remained doing their business.

Goldberg is chosen (probably because he knows English) to babysit Birthright participants. Even more bizarrely, he is then chosen to go to America and be a prop for very rich Jews to raise money or show off their IDF connections. He felt guilty that he was being treated to this luxury while his buddies were slogging through the rain and mud.

The most exciting part of the book is where Goldberg and his team get hit with a booby-trapped bomb. Luckily, the bomb had no shrapnel or ball bearings - it knocked them down but on one was injured.

Goldberg also describes the not-so-nice parts of the IDF. Sometimes, soldiers do things they aren't supposed to; they do take advantage of the Arabs in ways beyond what the mission requires. And he is sick about it.

Finally, Goldberg describes his difficulty at adjusting back to civilian life, in his usual uncensored style. He is as hard on himself as he is on anyone else.

This book is not about heroism or major battles. It is an account of a lone soldier, who must follow commands even when they make no sense, and who is not allowed to fight the way he was trained. Goldberg is unsparing in his descriptions of what this life is like, the frustrations, the abuses but also the successes when a wanted man or woman is apprehended and people's lives are saved. This is the war that Israel is forced to fight, a war that soldiers are not trained for, but as with everything else, the IDF needs to improvise- sometimes imperfectly -  to secure the Jewish state.

ELDER OF ZIYON - The real Palestinian alphabet book

Here is an entire alphabet book that is a more accurate depiction of the "P is for Palestine" children's book that was in the news recently.

A is for Arab, that's what we were called
Before we made up the Palestinian myth to the world.

B is for Bomb, to blow up some Jews
That's how we manage to stay in the news.

C is for Car-rammings, a more recent mission
A great way to kill without using ammunition.

D is for Dhimmi, both Christians and Jews
Second class citizens in Islamic rules

E is for Everything, from the river to the sea
Until we gain it all we'll pretend we're not free

F is for Fatah, our "moderate"side
In Arabic we show that in English we lied

G is for Grenade, we don't want to brag
But we love them so much they are on the Fatah flag

H is for Hummus, a food we pretend
To have invented. (For political ends.)

I is for Incitement, which we learned from our fathers
We teach our kids to want to be martyrs

J is for Jesus, who in our opinion
Was the first martyr who was Palestinian

K is for Kidnapping, which we try hard to do
Because 1000 of our fighters is worth only one Jew.

L is for Love, but not for a wife
Because we love death as others love life

M is for massacres, at Munich and Ma'alot
And Dalal Mughrabi murdering kids on the Coastal Road

N is for Never, our slogan for years
Never agree to peace if we shed enough crocodile tears

O is for Occupation, we complain all the time
(but we believe Jews are "settlers" inside the Green Line)

P is for peace, (which we can't pronounce)
The PLO Phased Plan to end Israel we never renounced

is for Qassam, our rockets are great
When they land on Jewish schools - we celebrate

R is for Rocks, to aim at Jews' heads
Candy for all if they - or our kids - end up dead

S is for Suicide Bomb, and we're proud to state
That this  is a field in which we innovate

T is for Tunnels, we spend millions on
Our kids dig them up from dusk until dawn

U is for UNRWA, which puts food on our plates
And their schools  teach us to continue to hate

V is for Victory, even though we always lose
But we pretend we won, to fool leftist Jews

W is for What We Want  the two state solution to do:
One state for the Arabs - and the other one too.

X is for eXactly how much we don't care
To reach a peace agreement that leaves Israel there

Y is for Years that we don't have a state
We could have had several - but we'd rather hate

Z is for Zero - the chances that we'll
Elect a real leader who'll make peace with Israel

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Arab Muslim Hezbollah Intelligence Officer Became Orthodox Jew and Rabbi

PMW Bulletins PA Government, PA TV, and Fatah all present a world without Israel

The Palestinian Authority and Fatah continue to present to Palestinians an image of a world without Israel, using a map that erases Israel and replaces it with "Palestine." This continues despite the PA and Fatah's numerous assurances to American and European leaders that they recognize Israel and support a two-state solution. 

Here are three recent examples of the use of this map in which "Palestine" replaces all of Israel.

An official announcement (image above) on the Facebook page of the PA government included the image of hands raising a Palestinian flag, beside the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel and the PA areas as "Palestine". The image is part of the PA Government's announcement of the 2017 general population census of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. [Facebook page of the PA Government, Nov. 13, 2017]

An official PA TV program I'm Palestinian displays a logo in the shape of the PA map of "Palestine" that erases all of Israel, and on it the words "I'm Palestinian." The first image below is from the opening of the program, and the following two images are from the studio and from a sequence in the program. [Official PA TV, I'm Palestinian, Nov. 18, 2017]

Fatah also uses this map of "Palestine," below wrapped in the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Palestinian sovereignty over the entire area, including over the State of Israel:

The image was posted on the official Fatah Facebook page with the text: "The Palestinian [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation." The PA map of "Palestine" has an elongated Palestinian flag wrapped around it. Clasped hands on the map symbolize Palestinian unity and the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation. The Dome of the Rock appears behind the map. [Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 13, 2017]

Palestinian Media Watch has exposed hundreds of such maps, being used in official PA and Fatah contexts, such as in ministerial offices, at official events, and as gifts to foreign officials and others visiting the PA.

The Incredible Story of the Hero Who Volunteered for Auschwitz Will Amaze You

What kind of a person would volunteer to go to hell?
Witold Pilecki did just that.
This story is beyond amazing.
What drove this amazing person to risk his life and volunteer to be captured and sent to Auschwitz?
This man sets up a resistance movement inside of the concentration camp.
What he did is unbelievable.
He fights the Nazis and ultimately escapes out of Auschwitz to go and fight against the Nazis more effectively from outside than from inside.
This man did not succumb to the Nazis, but fought and survived World War II.
The most powerful question that arises from this short story is – Why? What drove this man to be so brave?
It seems that some people understand the eternal truth that “there are some things that are more important than life and some things worse than death.”
Menachem Begin, Israel’s Prime Minister, who helped chase the British Army out of pre-State Israel wrote these words in his introduction to his epic book, “The Revolt.”
Witold Pilecki understood this well.

ELDER OF ZIYON - Children's alphabet book sold in NYC: "I is for Intifada"

From the New York Post:
A children’s book titled “P is for Palestine” is infuriating some New York Jewish mothers — who charge that it’s nothing but anti-Semitic propaganda disguised as a kids’ alphabet book.

“Omg. Crazy. I’m livid at this,’’ one woman wrote on Facebook. “I can’t believe it’s real and in NYC!”

Another post reads, “You have gall advertising your incredibly politically insensitive book on this site.

“You must have known you would be igniting a political firestorm by posting that in the hopes of drumming up sales for your ridiculous book . . .It’s disgraceful.’’

And still another Facebook user wrote, “A children’s book on Palestine that doesn’t recognized the state of Israel . . . is very sad.’’

But the author, Golbarg Bashi, a Pace history professor and former Rutgers Iranian-studies instructor, told an audience at a bookstore reading Saturday, that she “came up with the idea for this book after I couldn’t find a book about Palestine for children.’’
The book says, "I is for Intifada, Intifada is Arabic for rising up/for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!"

Yes, killing Jews in buses and pizza shops is "rising up for what is right."

Nothing offensive there.

But there have been other children's books about Palestine and Palestinian Arabs. For example, this second-grade lesson from The Children's Friend, Volume 2, 1903:

There are passenger as well as freight caravans; that is, persons traveling often go in bands. This is on account of the fear of robbers along the way. When we missionaries used to go about, the Turkish government always furnished us a soldier for protection. The government treats all foreigners thus. But as the natives have no such care, they go in groups for self-protection.
The robbers there are not so select in their choice as are our kind, ours want only money or jewelry, but those in Palestine take everything they can get, even stripping their victim of his clothes.

Or this 1920 book about the natives of Palestine:

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ELDER OF ZIYON - To Palestinians "freedom of worship" means "freedom to firebomb Jews"

Signed agreements between Israel and the PLO state:

Both sides shall respect and protect religious rights of Jews, Christians, Moslems and Samaritans to wit:
Protecting the holy sites.
Allowing free access to the holy sites.
Allowing freedom of worship and practice.
So this story from AFP is interesting:

Hundreds of Israeli Jews held a rare prayers session by a mosque in a Palestinian village on the occupied West Bank early Sunday, an AFP photographer said.

The Israeli army accompanied busses carrying over 300 ultra-Orthodox men, mostly from the Breslov Hassidic sect, to Younis mosque in Halhul, north of Hebron, where according to Jewish tradition biblical prophets Gad and Nathan are buried.

One worshipper told AFP it was the first time in 18 years that Jews were allowed to pray at the site, deep in a Palestinian-controlled area.

A military spokeswoman said the army and police forces accompanying the worshippers were attacked by Palestinians hurling "rocks and firebombs", with the forces responding with riot dispersal means to "prevent further escalation".
18 years? And when the Jews finally go - Jews who are hardly Zionist - they get attacked with a barrage of rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Could anyone trust Palestinian security to protect Jews wanting to worship in their holy places? Ever?

This is what "access to holy places" is like under Arab rule.
According to tradition, the graves are located inside the mosque, but the Jewish worshippers did not enter the holy site, rather held an hour of pre-dawn prayers on the road outside before leaving, the photographer said.
Naturally, if there is a Jewish holy site, a mosque must be built on top of it. So Jews can't enter.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Salute To Christian Zionist Volunteers In Israel | HaYovel

Why is it so important to value Christian individuals who support the State of Israel?
Tommy Waller explains why. Mk Sharren Haskal explains why.
The film, I am Israel, inspired so many people to come and volunteer.
100 years ago, when Lord Balfour signed his famous declaration that ultimately led to an unprecedented resettlement in the Land of Israel.
Today, millions of Jews have settled in the Holy Land. The hundreds and thousands of volunteers who have come from abroad in order to help the resettlement flourish.
The HaYovel organization has been at the forefront of the volunteer movement.
The prophecies from the Bible are indeed coming true today right in front of our eyes.

ELDER OF ZIYON: Fat Hamas terrorist drops dead - but is still a "martyr"

From the Hamas Al Qassam Brigades website:
The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement  Hamas commends one of its heroic Mujahideen of Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, who died after a fatal illness.
The Qassam Brigades said in a statement that Mujahid al-Qasami, Rami Fuad al-Louh, 32, from the Suhaib al-Roumi mosque in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, died on Sunday 19/11/2017.
They stated: "To go to his Lord after a blessed life full of sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice and sacrifice for the sake of Allah, we will count him as the righteous and pure martyrs.
We ask Allah to accept him as a martyr, to paradise...

Didn't it used to mean something to be a martyr? Kill a few Jews, or something?

Now, you can be a martyr from a tunnel collapse, a traffic accident and a heart attack from eating too many Hamasburgers.

Do you think Allah is concerned about martyr inflation? 

Friday, November 17, 2017

NYT: Judge Ruchie, the Hasidic Superwoman of Night Court

Just before the Jewish High Holy Days this fall, Judge Rachel Freier was rushing around her kitchen, as she perpetually is. She had just cooked a salmon dish for Sabbath dinner. She was talking to her daughter in Israel on her headset. She was at a countertop, cutting apples and wrapping tuna salad sandwiches to take to work, because at night court in Brooklyn, where she presides, there’s little to eat that’s kosher.

Stepping outside her townhouse in Borough Park, Brooklyn, she climbed into her purple and white minivan emblazoned with the emblems of the female volunteer emergency medical service she founded in her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. A trained paramedic, she keeps her medical bags in her vehicle, just in case.

“My car is like my second home,” she said.

This is Ruchie Freier, as friends call her, a 52-year-old Hasidic Jewish grandmother who has blazed a trail in her insular religious community with so much determination that the male authorities have simply had to make room. Eleven years ago, she became one of the first Hasidic female lawyers in Brooklyn, and last November, she was elected as a judge to civil court, making her almost certainly the first female Hasidic elected official in the country. She has done so not by breaking the strict religious rules that govern ultra-Orthodox women’s lives, but by obeying them so scrupulously that there are limited grounds for objection.

“I conformed,” she said in an interview in her spacious living room. “I just found some creative ways to extend what it means to conform.”

Along with her official duties, she serves these days as a kind of diplomat between Hasidic Jews and the secular world, explaining the realities of the courts to the Hasidim and the habits of the Hasidim to the courts. And she has also been using her public platform to warn publicly of what she sees as a grave threat to her community’s survival, an epidemic of lost youth and suicides that is driven, she believes, by an unforgiving culture of judgment among ultra-Orthodox schools and families that she feels needs to change.

Last summer, she wrote a column for Vos Iz Neias, an online Orthodox news source, about Malky Klein, a Hasidic girl who had been expelled from her yeshiva and died of a heroin overdose in June. She quoted anecdotal statistics that estimate 70 Orthodox Jewish children have died of drug overdoses or suicide in the past year.

“What happened in our community; why have so many of our children been cast away — thrown overboard into dangerous and troubled waters?” she wrote. “We need to unite and champion true Torah values to solve our problem.”

Judge Freier speaking with her eldest son in her office at the courthouse. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Most Hasidic women do not pursue high-profile success in the outside world. They are taught their most sacred role is to maintain the religious sanctity of their home and raise their children. “What a woman does in order to enhance her glory is not put herself out as an example to other people in the public domain, but rather in private, in the home,” said Samuel Heilman, a professor of sociology at City University of New York and an expert on the Orthodox and Hasidic communities.

“The men are in the forefront, they run the world, and we are the power behind the throne,” said Pearl Engelman, 70, a great-grandmother in the Satmar Hasidic sect in Williamsburg, who broke that paradigm several years ago by speaking publicly about a cover-up of child sex-abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community.

Women are generally permitted to work outside the home to support their families, so long as they comport with religious rules. And Judge Freier felt she could do all that was expected of her as a Hasidic woman — and be a judge, a paramedic and a voice for change, too.

“Everyone was waiting to see, ‘What is she going to do?” Judge Freier said of the wary attitude toward her after she became a judge. “And I’m the same. I dress the same, I still cook and I still bake and I do whatever I always did. Whatever we consider important traditional Hasidic values, I didn’t let go. So I guess it was an eye-opener for everyone.”

“She is a good barometer of how this community is going through a transition,” Mr. Heilman, the sociologist, said. “It might seem glacially slow from the perspective of the outside world, but clearly she is a sign of the growing power of women, of the impact of democracy and an open society.”

A few minutes before her 5 p.m. shift on a recent evening, Justice Freier arrived at Brooklyn Criminal Court on Schermerhorn Street. She is only 5 feet tall, and slender. She was dressed formally, with a dark wig covering her hair to meet the modesty requirements of her sect, and a tailored business suit, its skirt reaching below her knees.

It was a half-hour drive from her home but a universe away from Borough Park, where men with side curls and women pushing strollers speak Yiddish on the streets. Here there were police officers and court officers in bulletproof vests. In a narrow hallway, Judge Freier conferred briefly with another female judge about a case. She was ushered into an elevator used to transport prisoners, and strode to her chambers through a warren of hallways divided by metal fences.

The Freiers’ three daughters; they also have three sons. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times
She will pray, as she does three times a day, before she takes the bench. Her rebbetzin, a female religious mentor such as the wife of a rabbi, had given her a special prayer. “That people shouldn’t malign me or put me in positions, or ask for things I shouldn’t do,” she said. “That I should make the right decisions, because we are all human beings, and don’t have any ability to see the future.”

There are precedents for what Judge Freier has accomplished, but not many. In Israel, a small group of ultra-Orthodox women have formed a political party to run for office, despite opposition from rabbis who still disapprove of women entering public life. In 2013, a Hasidic woman in Montreal ran for a local City Council seat and won. And in the Bible, there is a female judge in the Book of Judges: Devora, or Deborah, a prophetess who calls the Israelites to battle. But there has not been a female ultra-Orthodox judge for centuries, certainly not within the Hasidic movement, which was founded in 18th-century Eastern Europe.

Judge Freier recalled that her rebbetzin told her, “If God gave us Devora, the judge, if we have that in our history, that means that Ruchie Freier should be a judge. That’s it!”

Yet Justice Freier is careful not to call herself a feminist. For her, it is a radical charge that would imply she wants to overstep and reject traditional gender boundaries. That could lead to community members ostracizing her and her family, which could limit her ability, for example, to arrange marriages for her two unmarried daughters.

So she stays away from controversial gender issues. She does not want to be a judge in a religious rabbinical court, a strictly male domain that rules over many civil matters for ultra-Orthodox Jews. She does not pray in the men’s section of the gender-segregated synagogues. She does not want to wear a Tallis, a traditional male prayer shawl, as some Reform Jewish women now do.

“I wanted to succeed, but I wanted to do it from within my community,” she said. “I love Borough Park, I love the people here. I didn’t want to break away.”

Just after 5 p.m., Judge Freier took the bench. She would see a steady stream of turnstile jumpers, low level assault cases, drug users and order-of-protection violators until 1 a.m. A swirl of public defenders, prosecutors and police officers surrounded her.

In addition to her duties at the court, Judge Freier is expected to run her household in Borough Park.

Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times
Night court is the emergency room of criminal court, a tough shift that tends to fall to new judges. On an average night in the misdemeanor part, she will arraign up to 50 men, deciding whether they should be released while awaiting trial or remanded on bail. On that evening, some cases took 5 minutes — the district attorney recommended release, and she agreed. On others, she asked questions for 20 minutes or more.

Judge Freier never expected to be in criminal court. She won a seat in Civil Court. But in New York, an administrative office decides where to put judges, and she was assigned to criminal court a few weeks before she started in January. She has been nonetheless energized by the task.

The New York City judicial system under Mayor Bill DeBlasio is moving toward alternatives to bail, such as vocational training and supervised release, for low-level crimes. Judge Freier has embraced the trend. A young defendant came up, accused of misdemeanor assault of his girlfriend. Judge Freier inquired into his record, and found out that his past offenses consisted of stealing MetroCards and using marijuana. She reduced his bail from $2,500 to $250.

Another man, obviously mentally ill, stood before her. He had exposed himself and masturbated in a Popeye’s restaurant. She took her time and decided to release him before trial with mandated mental health treatment, even though the district attorney recommended he be held on $5,000 bail.

She is inspired by two things, she said later: the possibility of making a positive change for a defendant, and her own volunteer experiences within the ultra-Orthodox community counseling teenagers who had turned to drugs and other vices. She found time and time again that they were not bad children; they were just doing bad things.

“I want you to understand the importance of what’s being offered to you in court,” she told a 17-year-old who had been charged with possession of a knife, offering to dismiss the charges if he stays out of trouble for six months. “I want you to choose your friends, stay in school, do your schoolwork, and stay out of trouble, because you’ve got potential, but it’s in your hands.”

Judge Freier was raised in a traditional ultra-Orthodox home in Borough Park, graduating from an ultra-Orthodox high school for girls that discouraged college. Shortly afterward, she married a Hasidic man, David Freier, and became a legal secretary to support his Judaic studies.

Judge Freier arriving for the night shift at Kings County Criminal Court near Downtown Brooklyn. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times
Then Mr. Freier, who is now a mortgage broker, decided to go to college so he could earn money for the family. That was already a groundbreaking decision among the insular ultra-Orthodox, where even for a man to enroll in a secular university was rare. At his graduation, Mrs. Freier remembers saying to herself, “It’s my turn,” she recounted in a speech to an Orthodox Union women’s group in June. Her husband agreed. Over the next 10 years, she graduated from Touro College, and Brooklyn Law School. By then, she was 40, with six children.

More opportunities have opened up for Hasidic women in recent years, with some women pursuing flexible or online degrees in fields like accounting or special education, even as some ultra-Orthodox rabbis continue to disapprove of college for women. Law school, however, had little precedent.

“At every stage, everyone said, it’s never going to happen,” she told the women’s group.

Even Hasidic women have had mixed feelings about her choices.

“O.K., she’s a superwoman, Ruchie Freier, she’s great, she dresses modestly, her deportment is modest,” said Mrs. Engelman, the Satmar great-grandmother from Williamsburg, explaining the more conservative view of her generation.

“She’s one in a million. But there isn’t this tremendous yearning to want to be like her. We think, ‘I have my career at home, I want to excel in what I am doing.’”

Yet when Judge Freier passed the bar in 2006, her first clients were Hasidic men from the ultra-strict Satmar sect, who needed help with real estate transactions and liked that she spoke Yiddish, she recalled. (Judge Freier, by marriage, is part of the Bobov Hasidic sect.)

Her real estate practice grew. Still, the idea that she could parlay her experience to win a local judicial election was unthinkable. So many factors fell into place to make it happen that her oldest son, Moshe, 30, said he didn’t expect to see such a thing again in his lifetime.

Judge Freier, presiding in Brooklyn’s night court.

For one, it was actually her uncle and mentor, Judge David I. Schmidt, who held the seat she would win in her judicial district, which includes Borough Park. He retired in 2015, after his legal secretary sued him, claiming she was fired in 2014 for complaining about his inappropriate sexual comments in the office.

Then her opponents in the Democratic primary both had legal trouble. The Daily News reported before the September vote that Morton M. Avigdor, who had the support of local Democratic elected officials, had misused more than $500,000 from an estate of which he was an executor. Her other opponent, Jill Epstein, a secular Jew, had been censured by a panel of judges for failing to respond to inquiries on an ethical matter.

Voters “must go with Freier,” The Daily News urged in an editorial.

She ran a spirited but careful campaign. Her Yiddish theme song, broadcast from four S.U.V.’s covered with fliers on Election Day, referred to her as Mrs. Freier, not by her first name. Her fliers didn’t feature her photograph, to avoid charges of immodesty. Her husband, not she, gathered the endorsements of 10 local rabbis, who praised both “Mr. and Mrs. Freier” in a letter for their good works in the community.

Mr. Freier, 56, a soft-spoken man with a graying beard who jokes that he is now referred to as the judge’s husband, said that he thinks her record of service made the difference. “They liked what she did with the ambulance service, the at-risk youth,” he said.

Of all her causes, it is the EMS service about which Judge Freier seems most passionate, perhaps because of the ongoing struggle to keep it alive. Ultra-Orthodox women in Brooklyn had tried to form an all-female emergency service since the 1980s, mostly to help women in emergency birthing situations, she said. But it never happened.

Judge Freier pushed for it. In the years that she worked as an attorney in private practice, she signed up for an emergency medical technician course with her mother, who had always told her she could do anything, “unless it’s illegal, immoral or against the Torah,” she said.

When the powerful male-run Jewish ambulance service, Hatzolah, declined to open to female volunteers at her request in 2011, Judge Freier applied for a license for a separate female EMS service, Ezras Nashim. It opened with some 20 volunteers in 2014. When local rabbis were reluctant to support it publicly, her husband went to Israel and filmed himself getting rabbinical approval from senior sages.

Ezras Nashim, she said, is not about being a feminist, but about reclaiming the traditional role of women to help in their own God-given way. It is the same sentiment that drives her other work. “We aren’t saying the men aren’t good,” Judge Freier said. “But there is something different about us just by the fact that we’re women. We are bringing something that you can’t give.”

The service, which she still leads as director, was recently named EMS agency of the year by the city and state emergency medical service councils. Right now, its women respond in their own cars to emergencies, and they help the 911 ambulance dispatched to the scene. But it is now applying for its own ambulance license and in the coming months will face a public hearing at which Hatzolah and other services can object.

Judge Freier is girding herself for the hearing, even looking forward to it. She has been practicing what she will say.

“I want someone to look me in the face and say that religious women can’t do it,” she said, as she drove to court in her minivan. “I want to see who is going to have the nerve to face me and say, ‘Jewish women aren’t capable.’ I feel bad; I am going to make mincemeat out of that guy.”