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Monday, February 20, 2017

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WATCH: Netanyahu hails ‘a new age’ with Trump presidency

Trump: Palestinians Must Earn a Two State Solution by: Alan Dershowitz

President Trump raised eyebrows when he mentioned the possibility of a one state solution.
The context was ambiguous and no one can know for sure what message he was intending to convey. One possibility is that he was telling the Palestinian leadership that if they want a two state solution, they have to do something. They have to come to the negotiating table with the Israelis and make the kinds of painful sacrifices that will be required from both sides for a peaceful resolution to be achieved. Put most directly, the Palestinians must earn the right to a state. They are not simply entitled to statehood, especially since their leaders missed so many opportunities over the years to secure a state. As Abba Eben once put it: “The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
It began back in the 1930s, when Great Britain established the Peale Commission which was tasked to recommend a solution to the conflict between Arabs and Jews in mandatory Palestine. It recommended a two state solution with a tiny noncontiguous Jewish state alongside a large Arab state. The Jewish leadership reluctantly accepted this sliver of a state; the Palestinian leadership rejected the deal, saying they wanted there to be no Jewish state more than they wanted a state of their own.
In 1947, the United Nations partitioned mandatory Palestine into two areas: one for a Jewish state; the other for an Arab state. The Jews declared statehood on 1948; all the surrounding Arab countries joined the local Arab population in attacking the new state of Israel and killing one percent of its citizens, but Israel survived.
In 1967, Egypt and Syria were planning to attack and destroy Israel, but Israel preempted and won a decisive victory, capturing the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Sinai. Israel offered to return captured areas in exchange for peace, but the Arabs met with Palestinian leaders in Khartoum and issued their three infamous "no's": no peace, no recognition, and no negotiation.
In 2000-2001 and again in 2008, Israel made generous peace offers that would have established a demilitarized Palestinian state, but these offers were not accepted. And for the past several years, the current Israeli government has offered to sit down and negotiate a two state solution with no pre-conditions — not even advanced recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. The Palestinian leadership has refused to negotiate.
President Trump may be telling them that if they want a state they have to show up at the negotiating table and bargain for it. No one is going to hand it to them on a silver platter in the way that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon handed over the Gaza strip in 2005, only to see it turned into a launching pad for terror rockets and terror tunnels. Israel must get something in return: namely real peace and a permanent end to the conflict.
The Palestinian leadership’s unwillingness to come to the negotiating table reminds me of my mother’s favorite Jewish joke about Sam, a 79 year old man who prayed every day for God to let him win the New York lottery before he turns 80. On the eve of his 80th birthday, he rails against God: "All these years I've prayed to you every day asking to win the lottery. You couldn't give me that one little thing!" God responded: "Sam, you have to help me out here — buy a ticket!"

The Palestinians haven't bought a ticket. They haven't negotiated in good faith. They haven't accepted generous offers. They haven't made realistic counter proposals. They haven't offered sacrifices to match those offered by the Israelis.
Now President Trump is telling them that they have to "buy a ticket." They are not going to get a state by going to the United Nations, the European Union, or the international criminal court. They aren't going to get a state as a result of the BDS or other anti-Israel movements. They will only get a state if they sit down and negotiate in good faith with the Israelis.
The Obama Administration applied pressures only to the Israeli side, not to the Palestinians. The time has come — indeed it is long past — for the United States to tell the Palestinians in no uncertain terms that they must negotiate with Israel if they want a Palestinian state, and they must agree to end the conflict, permanently and unequivocally. Otherwise, the status quo will continue, and there will be only one state, and that state will be Israel.
The Palestinians are not going to win the lottery without buying a ticket.

Caroline Glick on the similarities of hostilities that Trump and Netanyahu face from their domestic opponents, and how they both benefit by dropping the nonsensical "2-State Solution"

THE TRUMP-NETANYAHU ALLIANCE
BYCAROLINE B. GLICK
Jerusalem Post  FEBRUARY 17, 2017

The two-state model is widely viewed as the formula for Middle East peace. But the fact of the matter is that it makes peace impossible to achieve, by holding normal relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors hostage to grandiose peace deals.


When they met on WednesdayUS President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin were both walking wounded.

Netanyahu arrived in Washington the center of a criminal investigation the chief characteristic of which is that selected details of the probe are regularly leaked to the media by anonymous sources who cannot be challenged or held to account.

These anonymous sources, from inside the police and state prosecution, use hand-picked reporters who all share a visceral hatred of Netanyahu, to present a version of the probe to the public that besmirches Netanyahu and his family.

The prospect that Netanyahu may face indictment weakens his position in his party. Likud ministers, unsure of the future, but certain that they cannot challenge the credibility of unnamed sources without risking their own reputations and political futures, refuse to stand with Netanyahu and defend him. And so, with each additional anonymously sourced, incriminating story, the prime minister finds his political power diminished.

As for Trump, he met with Netanyahu two days after his loyal national security adviser, Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, was forced to resign.

Flynn’s resignation was the culmination of a continuous campaign of defamation waged against him that began even before Trump was elected.

Flynn rose to national prominence in 2014 after then-president Barack Obama, who promoted him and appointed him to head the Defense Intelligence Agency, summarily fired him. Obama fired Flynn because the general opposed his nuclear deal with Iran, and opposed his supportive view of the Muslim Brotherhood, among other things. Since he was forced into early retirement, Flynn became an outspoken critic of the politicization of US intelligence agencies under the Obama administration.

The campaign against Flynn was based on highly classified information regarding conversations Flynn held with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the transition process in December. Under US law, intelligence agencies are prohibited from divulging the identity of US citizens whose conversations with foreign intelligence targets are intercepted.

The law is in place for good reason. As Eli Lake wrote in Bloomberg on Tuesday, “Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.”

In the event, an FBI investigation of the conversations after they were leaked concluded that Flynn did nothing illegal in his dealings with the Russian ambassador. But criminalizing Flynn was never the object of the leaks – making him politically toxic was the aim. And it was accomplished on Monday when he resigned.

It appears likely that Trump became convinced that by sacrificing Flynn, he would end the insurrection US intelligence operatives are waging against his presidency. But as The New York Times made clear on Wednesday, the opposite is true.

Following Flynn’s resignation, the same intelligence sources that caused his downfall told sympathetic reporters that they have the top secret transcripts of conversations that other Trump staffers held with Russian regime officials. The fact that the transcripts indicate no wrongdoing on the part of any of Trump’s staffers is neither here nor there. The drumbeat of defamation will continue.

Flynn was the first target. But he will not be the last.

Selective leaks are not the only way that the permanent state intends to hamstring Trump. On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that US intelligence agencies are hiding intelligence from the White House.

On Thursday, without provocation or legal requirement, the FBI released records from a 45-year-old civil rights investigation of the Trump family’s real estate firm.

And of course, the decision by radical courts to block implementation of Trump’s executive order on immigration to the US from seven terrorism-stricken states shows that empowered political foes in the legal establishment intend to prevent him from governing.

To a certain degree, Trump’s first month in office bears a striking similarly to Netanyahu’s first term in office 20 years ago. When Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996, he was an inexperienced politician. Before winning the election, Netanyahu had never held a cabinet level appointment.

Netanyahu, who opposed the phony peace process with the PLO, was viewed as the root of all evil by Israel’s security and legal establishment whose members had adopted the two-state formula as their catechism. After he was elected they joined forces to subvert his authority.

In 1997, the legal fraternity, in alliance with the media, alleged that Netanyahu’s decision to appoint Likud attorney Ronnie Bar-On attorney-general was the product of a criminal deal he cooked up with then-interior minister Arye Deri. In the fullness of time, the allegations were exposed as utterly groundless. But at the time, they sufficed to torpedo Bar- On’s appointment. More important, the fake Bar-On scandal gave the legal fraternity the opportunity to turn the relationship between the attorney-general and the government on its head. Following the affair, the legal fraternity coerced a weakened Netanyahu to transfer the authority to select the attorney-general to the legal fraternity. Moreover, Netanyahu agreed to subordinate the government to the attorney-general’s legal decisions.

Then there was the security establishment. From the beginning the military establishment set out to block efforts by Netanyahu to diminish the centrality of the peace process with the PLO in Israel’s strategic planning. The fact that the security establishment was not faithfully serving Netanyahu and his government was exposed for all to see in September 1996, when the PLO-led Palestinian Authority launched a terrorist campaign against Israel following Netanyahu’s decision to order the opening of a subterranean tunnel spanning the walls of the Temple Mount.

Rather than taking responsibility for failing to either foresee or quell the terrorist offensive, Israel’s security brass blamed Netanyahu for the PLO’s murder spree.

Instead of standing up to the rebellious bureaucracies, Netanyahu caved in. Consequently, he lost his base, and in 1999 he lost his office.

In a way, Netanyahu had no choice. He had no allies with the power to help him. The Clinton administration was implacably opposed to him and worked openly with the Israeli deep state to unseat him. The media hated him even more than they hate him today.

Trump’s decision to allow Flynn to resign was a dangerous sign that he is beginning to follow the same pattern of behavior that led to the failure of Netanyahu’s first term.

But his press conference with Netanyahu on Wednesday signaled that Trump may yet turn things around and gain control over the rebellious bureaucracy by leaning on an ally that wants him to succeed and needs him to succeed in order to survive himself.

From the statements they made at the joint press conference, it is clear that Trump and Netanyahu have decided to build an alliance. Its purpose is twofold. First, by working together, they can defeat the common foes of their countries. And second, the success of their joint efforts will bring about the defeat of their bureaucratic enemies.

The most significant development to come out of the Trump-Netanyahu press conference was their refusal to endorse the two-state policy doctrine. This was a necessary move.

The only way to build a working alliance between the US and Israel – as opposed to the declarative alliance that exists at public ceremonies – is for both leaders to abandon the two-state paradigm for policy- making.

The two-state formula has been the foundation of US Middle East policy for a generation. It has also been the foundation of the tribal identity of the Israeli Left – led by the military and legal fraternities and the media.

The two-state model is widely viewed as the formula for Middle East peace. But the fact of the matter is that it makes peace impossible to achieve, by holding normal relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors hostage to grandiose peace deals.

Even worse, the two-state model is based on an anti-Israel and anti-US assumption that makes it impossible for either to advance their strategic interests vis-à-vis the Islamic world.

The basic idea behind the two-state paradigm is that the establishment of a PLO state is a precondition for winning the war against Islamic terrorism.

So long as Israel refuses to cede sufficient territory to appease the PLO, victory will be impossible, because the absence of a PLO state so angers Muslims that they will continue killing their enemies.

The defeatist notion that “there is no military solution” to terrorism that dominates the American and Israeli strategic discourses is based on the two-state model.

Given that at the heart of the two-state model is the conviction that Israel is to blame for the presence of Islamic terrorism and extremism, and that the only way to proceed is to establish a terrorism- supporting PLO state, it naturally follows that the policy’s adherents in the US cannot see any real purpose for the US alliance with Israel. It is also natural that they fail to see any potential for a regional alliance led by the US and joined by Israel and the Sunni states based on the common goals of defeating Iran and radical Islamic terrorist enclaves.

In other words, the two-state formula dooms its adherents to strategic myopia and defeatism while holding their strategic and national interests hostage to the PLO.

The insanity at the heart of the two-state formula, and the US and Israeli public’s desire to make a clear break with the strategic defeats of the past generation, makes its abandonment a clear choice for both Trump and Netanyahu. Abandoning it wins them support and credibility from their political bases when they need their supporters to rally to their side. And to the extent they are able to implement more constructive policies to defeat the forces of radical Islam, they will weaken the establishments that are working to undermine them.

By leaning on Netanyahu to help him to secure victories against the forces of radical Islam, and so putting paid to the bureaucracy’s most beloved policy paradigm, Trump can both secure his base and weaken his opponents.

So, too, by developing a substantive alliance with the Trump administration and increasing Trump’s chance of political survival and success, Netanyahu gains a formidable partner and makes it more difficult for the legal fraternity and its media flacks to bring about his indictment and fall.

Amazingly then, to a significant degree, the survival of both leaders is tied up with their success in keeping their promises to their voters and defeating their foes – domestic and foreign.

www.CarolineGlick.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

Senator Marco Rubio's comments at the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Confirmation's Hearing to consider the nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. ambassador to Israel

"LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING I FIND THIS WHOLE PROCESS TO BE UNREAL, THIS SORT OF ORDEAL YOU'RE BEING PUT THROUGH TO ACCOUNT FOR ALL THE WORDS, GIVEN SOME TO HAVE GROUPS. THIS GROUP JAY STREET A FEW YEARS AGO INVITED THE PALESTINIAN -- WHO JUSTIFIED THE MURDER OF JEWS AS SELF-DEFENSE AS A PERSON THEY INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE CONFERENCE. PEOPLE WHO HOLD VIEWS I FIND TO BE A SMEAR AND MISCHARACTERIZATION OF OUR POSITION. SECOND THING I THINK YOU'RE CONFRONTING NOT IN THIS HEARING PER SE BUT AT LARGE IS WHAT IS THIS ORTHODOXY, IN THE STATE, -- STATE DEPARTMENT, SOMEHOW THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO BE A FAIR AND BALANCED ARBITER IN THIS SITUATION WE'RE FACING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT, I REALLY DON'T. MY VIEW IS ISRAEL IS OUR FUNGUS ALLY IN THE REGION. IN ADDITION TO A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE RIGHT OF JEWISH PEOPLE TO A HOMELAND, ESPECIALLY ONE FOUND IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE HOLOCAUST. THE SECOND POINT I WOULD FIND STARTLING, ALL THESE SO-CALLED PROFESSIONALS, I VERY RARELY HEAR THEM STAND UP AND SPEAK VOCIFEROUSLY. THEY ARE NEVER RELUCTANT TO STEP FORWARD AND CONDEMN ISRAEL TIME AND AGAIN. AND THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO CONFRONT TIME AND AGAIN. THIS WHOLE DIALOGUE AROUND THIS IS THAT YOU HAVE SOMEHOW -- A WHOLESALE REJECTION OF THE TWO STATE SOLUTION. YOU HAVE SAID IN A PERFECT WORLD YOU WOULD HAVE TWO STATES PEACEFULLY SIDE BY SIDE LIVING NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER. PERHAPS THE LEAST OF WHICH THE EXISTENCE IN JUDEO AND SAMARIA -- JUDEO AND SAMARIA -- TO IMPOSE UPON THEM A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF WHAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE SUPPORT AND THE INTEREST OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL. A BIGGER IMPEDIMENT IS THE UNWILLINGNESS OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S RIGHT AS A JEWISH STATE. THAT IS THE KEY PHRASE, NOT JUSTICE RAIL JUST ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO NEGOTIATE A PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE WITH THE NEIGHBOR WHO DOES NOT ADMIT THE RIGHT OF YOUR EXISTENCE? HOW ABOUT YOUNG PALESTINIANS INTO A DOCTRINE OF HATRED AN JUSTIFICATION AND KILLING AND MURDERING OF JEWS THAT BEGINS OUTRAGEOUSLY AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. THAT'S A BIG INPEDIMENT. -- BIG IMPEDIMENT. ANOTHER IS TO IMPOSE ON ISRAEL A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION ON THE TERMS -- ANOTHER BIG IMPEDIMENT THE INCITEMENT OF LEADERS. THAT ISN'T WIDELY REPORTED. THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT INTO TO THE ENGLISH PRESSES. WHEN THEY DEDICATE MONUMENTS TO MARTYRS WHO ARE NOTHING BUT TERRORISTS. WHEN THEY EXPLAIN WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT, THESE THINGS INCITE VIOLENCE. I VIEW THESE THINGS AS BIGGER IMPEDIMENTS AND I THINK IT'S NOT THAT YOU'RE OPPOSED BUT RECOGNIZE AT THIS MOMENT GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT EXIST AND IN THAT REGION IN PARTICULAR IT IS NOT LIKELY TO HAVE THAT OUTCOME AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL CHANGE. HOPEFULLY THE PALESTINIANS WILL HAVE BETTER LEADERSHIP, THE MORE PROSPEROUS, GROW THE ECONOMY. TEN, 15, 20 YEARS, FIVE YEARS, WE ALL HOPE THE SITUATIONS WILL BE BETTER FOR THAT TO OCCUR, BUT THE WORST THING TO DO IS TO IMPOSE ON OUR MOST IMPORTANT ALLY IN THE REGION A DEAL THAT'S BAD FOR THEIR SECURITY AND FUTURE, IS THAT AN ACCURATE CHARACTERIZATION OF YOUR FEELINGS WITH REGARD TO THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION?"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PMW: Fatah official: US and Israel assassinated Arafat

Fatah official: 
The US and Israel "assassinated" Arafat
 
PA TV educates kids:
"They killed Yasser Arafat, 
because until his final breath
 he defended the children of his people
 in war and in peace, 
diplomatically and also with a rifle"


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Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The Palestinian Authority continues to demonize Israelis to its youth. On the PA TV children's program The Best Home, the host told children that Israel killed their former leader Yasser Arafat along with "many of our people... They killed Yasser Arafat, because until his final breath he defended the children of his people in war and in peace, diplomatically and also with a rifle, with a weapon." [Official PA TV, The Best Home, Nov. 11, 2016]

  
 
 In response, a young boy repeated a famous Arafat chant glorifying fighting and dying in order to take Jerusalem from Israel:
 
Boy: "In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa!
In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa!
Millions of Martyrs are marching towards Jerusalem!
Millions of Martyrs are marching towards Jerusalem!
"
   
Responding to this call for Martyrdom the TV host affirmed to the children:
 
Host: "We will follow Yasser Arafat's path..." 

 
PA and Fatah leaders promote this accusation every year as Palestinian Media Watch has documented. Some even extend the libel to include the US, saying that Israel and the US conspired to murder Arafat. An addition this year is that they had the help of a Palestinian traitor. Fatah Central Committee member stated that "a treacherous hand helped the US and Israel assassinate the symbol Arafat":
 
"Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki said... that the US and Israel are the main suspects in the assassination of Arafat, in addition to a 'treacherous' hand that is suspected in the crime...
He added: 'This matter is very complicated, particularly because the ones who stand behind it are Israel and the US who place great obstacles before the investigation in order to prevent reaching the truth and announcing it.'"
[Amad, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 10, 2016]
 
Similarly, Fatah Advisory Council member Ahmed Abd Al-Rahman cited a fictitious conversation between then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and then US President George Bush:

  
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"I say that they put poison into his ear a year earlier. A slow poison. And it began to work gradually and Yasser Arafat's health deteriorated... [Former Israeli Prime Minister] Sharon said to [former US President] Bush: 'My brother, let us get rid of him and kill him.' [He was talking] about Arafat. [Bush] told him: 'Leave it to God.' Sharon responded to him: 'But God needs helpers on earth.''"
[Official PA TV, State of Politics, Nov. 15, 2016]
 
Another Fatah official eager to promote the libel that Israel murdered Arafat is Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Nasser Al-Qidwa, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Commemoration of Yasser Arafat. As in previous years, he "accused Israel of its responsibility for the assassination of the late Martyr Yasser Arafat." [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 13, 2016]
 
Some PA and Fatah leaders have added a new aspect to the libel this year and are accusing Israel of plotting to kill the current PA leader Mahmoud Abbas as well, as reported by PMW. 
 
The following are longer excerpts of the statements accusing Israel of murdering Arafat:
 
Official PA TV host: "We want to know who killed our late leader [Yasser Arafat]. Certainly it is the occupation,but we need proof in order to present the facts to the world.... [In 2002], the Israeli occupation entered every area of the West Bank and tried to kill many. It killed many of our [Palestinian] people... They killed Yasser Arafat, because until his final breath he defended the children of his people in war and in peace, diplomatically and also with a rifle, with a weapon..."

Boy chants Arafat's slogans: 
"In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa!
In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa!
Millions of Martyrs are marching towards Jerusalem!
Millions of Martyrs are marching towards Jerusalem!
"

PA TV host: "We will follow Yasser Arafat's path and his promise, and also [follow] the path of our current president, leader Mahmoud Abbas, because he wants all of us to be the future of Palestine, and through all of us, he wants to struggle against the occupation's army and Israel, whose strength is military while our strength is our creativity and our minds. We will fight them before the entire world. Allah willing they will soon leave Palestine, defeated."
[Official PA TV, The Best Home, Nov. 11, 2016]
 
The host's reference to Israel entering the West Bank in 2002 refers to Israel's Operation Defensive Shield - a large Israeli military operation in April 2002 in response to the many suicide bombings during the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). Israel put Arafat under siege and invaded six of the largest West Bank cities in an attempt to destroy the terror infrastructure.
 
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Advisory Council member Ahmed Abd Al-Rahman 

Fatah Advisory Council member, Ahmed Abd Al-Rahman:"Regarding the fate of Yasser Arafat, it was after they [the Israelis] were unable to control him politically, in other words to cause him to make concessions and to submit. They did not find a solution other than eliminating him in this way... I say that they put poison into his ear a year earlier. A slow poison. And it began to work gradually and Yasser Arafat's health deteriorated... [Former Israeli Prime Minister] Sharon said to [former US President] Bush: 'My brother, let us get rid of him and kill him.' [He was talking] about Arafat. [Bush] told him: 'Leave it to God.' Sharon responded to him: 'But God needs helpers on earth.' There was a journalist with Sharon who wrote a biography on Sharon, and this is what he noted (there are no records of such a conversation -Ed.)"
[Official PA TV, State of Politics, Nov. 15, 2016]
 
Headline: "Abbas Zaki: A treacherous hand helped the US and Israel assassinate the symbol Arafat"
"Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki revealed that there are a number of sources behind the assassination of the late [PA] President Yasser Arafat.
Zaki, in a statement to the Hamas movement website 'Al-Risalah Net', said on Thursday evening [Nov. 10, 2016] that the US and Israel are the main suspects in the assassination of Arafat (this conspiracy theory has been refuted by international investigators, -Ed.), in addition to a 'treacherous' hand that is suspected in the crime, and they are trying to investigate it, according to him.
He added: 'This matter is very complicated, particularly because the ones who stand behind it are Israel and the US who place great obstacles before the investigation in order to thwart reaching the truth and announcing it.'
Zaki emphasized that the investigation committee continues to search for the hand that committed the crime, and noted that they are postponing the announcement of the murderer so as 'not to harm the investigation and to reach the required results.'
He noted that the announcement of the results will take place immediately after the investigation committee completes its work, and expressed hope that they would reach results in this matter.
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas declared today [Nov. 10, 2016] that he knows the murderer of the late [PA] President Yasser Arafat, and emphasized that the result will soon be exposed 'and the Palestinian people will be astonished when it discovers who the perpetrators are.'"
[Amad, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 10, 2016]
 
Headline: "This is what Al-Qidwa said about the assassination of Yasser Arafat and his final days in the hospital"
"Fatah Central Committee member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute [for the Commemoration] of Yasser Arafat Dr. Nasser Al-Qidwa again accused Israel of its responsibility for the assassination of the late Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat (these conspiracy theories have been refuted by international investigators, -Ed.), and said that he has already expressed this position more than once.
Al-Qidwa, as part of the program The Difficult Questions presented by colleague [Director of the Ma'an independent Palestinian news agency] Dr. Nasser Al-Lahham, stated that there is evidence and facts that prove the involvement of Israel in the assassination of Yasser Arafat, among them the Israeli siege of the Muqata'a (i.e., the PA's presidential headquarters, reference is to 2002 counter-terror Operation Defensive Shield, see note below), and the decision of the government of Israel to get rid of Yasser Arafat. This is in addition to the medical reports, including the French report, which said that pathology cannot explain this case, and conclusively pointed to poisoning (French experts ruled out poisoning -Ed.), alongside a long list of evidence that points to Israel...
Likewise, he again emphasized that the nuclear material that the French report spoke of, plutonium (sic., polonium-210), is a dangerous substance found only in the hands of nuclear states, and Israel is a nuclear state that possesses it."
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 13, 2016]

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PMW: PA Security Forces cartoon: Netanyahu's hands drip with blood

PA Security Forces cartoon: 
Netanyahu's hands drip with blood
 

Itamar Marcus

Although the Palestinian National Security Forces coordinate with Israel on security issues against Hamas, this does not stop them from demonizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli soldiers.
This cartoon, with the logo of the Palestinian security forces and posted on its official Facebook page, presents Netanyahu with blood dripping from his hand. He is shown holding a magnifying glass with the word "Sharon," i.e., walking in the footsteps of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who the Palestinian Authority likewise demonizes as a person who sought to kill Palestinians. [Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Oct. 14, 2016]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that demonizing Israel is a fundamental component of Palestinian Authority leadership messaging to its people. 
The PA National Security Forces demonized Israeli soldiers in another cartoon. Two Israeli soldiers with long noses standing at a checkpoint are ordering dogs that are shaped like assault rifles to attack Palestinians, who are lying bleeding on the ground. [Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Oct. 17, 2016]

  

The cartoon apparently addresses the alleged "summary executions" that the PA claims Israel is carrying out, in a reference to how Israeli soldiers have shot Palestinian terrorists as they were in the act of attacking Israelis.

This cartoon has appeared in the past on Fatah-run Awdah TV.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PMW: PA kids' drawings: Israel drinks blood of Palestinians

PA kids' drawings:
 Israel drinks blood of Palestinians;
Israel eats Palestinians; 
Yes to Violence; 
All of Israel is "Palestine" in kids' maps
Fatah about drawings:
"Innocent drawings express the feelings of children
 of #Palestine"
 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 11, 2016

Itamar Marcus

Fatah has posted several children's drawings on Facebook. The drawings clearly show the success of PA and Fatah brainwashing children to believe that Israel only seeks to harm them, violence is good and that all of Israel really is "Palestine."

Labeling the drawings "innocent drawings" that "express the feelings of children of #Palestine," Fatah posted the drawing above showing Israel, as indicated by a Star of David, eating a Palestinian body wrapped in the Palestinian flag. Blood is seen coming from the body, and a glass of blood is next to the plate.

Another drawing by a Palestinian child showed a crucified woman wearing the colors of the Palestinian flag, with her body in the shape of the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas. The crucifixion also repeats the analogy that Palestinians are Martyr victims like Jesus

Yet other drawings showed support for violence as legitimate means of Palestinian opposition to Israel. One child drew a Palestinian with a slingshot, another drew a hand with a rifle (see below). These drawings echo the PA and Fatah's encouragement of the use of violence against Israel and their glorification of terrorists as heroes. Palestinian Media Watch documented thatsummer camps organized by the PA Ministry of Education and the PLO educated children to see terrorist stabbers as role models.


Other drawings repeated the world view that all of Israel is "Palestine," showing the PA map of "Palestine" which completely erases the existence of Israel and its legitimacy (see below). 

This message is repeated endlessly by the PA and Fatah. Children are told that "it will all return to us" on kids' TV programs. The PA National Security Forces regularly post photos from all over Israel presenting the places as "Palestine," and even crossword puzzles portray Israeli cities as "occupied Palestine." 


The PA's exploitation of Palestinian children's innocence is precisely what PMW has been highlighting and warning about for years.

The PA and Fatah repeatedly demonize Israel as a monster whose only intention is to harm Palestinians. Israel is "Satan with a tail" on PA TV children's programs and "Satan's project" fighting "Allah's project" in sermons delivered by Mahmoud Abbas' advisor. 

Similarly, Palestinian terrorist murderers are being portrayed as innocent victims of alleged Israeli "executions." 

A few of the drawings included doves, some calling for "peace and freedom." A major focus of Palestinian Authority policy today is to demand freedom for all imprisoned Palestinian terrorists including murderers. One drawing specifies "Freedom for Ahmad Manasrah" - a child terrorist who stabbed and critically wounded two Israelis, one of them a 13-year-old boy.

Text: "Freedom for Ahmad Manasrah"
 Text on flag: "Palestine". 
Text below states the name of the school: 
"Al-Janiah High School for Boys and Girls"
PA and Fatah's indoctrination of children to hate and violence, including their naming schools and sporting events after terrorists, perpetuate the conflict and are one of the greatest impediments to peace.

Monday, October 10, 2016

PMW: Fatah celebrates "blood" of two Israelis murdered yesterday

Fatah celebrates "blood" of
two Israelis murdered yesterday
Machine gun waves from Dome of Rock
above pool of blood representing 2 murdered Israelis
in Fatah cartoon
by Itamar Marcus

A hand waves a machine gun from the top of the Dome of the Rock mosque in a cartoon posted by Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement this morning. In the corner is a pool of blood and two helmets with Stars of David, symbolizing the two murdered Israelis.

The text #Jerusalem accompanies the cartoon, which appeared today, after a Palestinian terrorist yesterday shot and murdered one Israeli civilian and one policeman, and injured six others during a shooting spree through Jerusalem. As Palestinian Media Watch has documented, the PA and Fatah portraying terrorists and murderers as great defenders of Islam and the Islamic holy places. The cartoon's message is that yesterday's murder of two Israelis is a victory.

Yesterday, the Fatah Movement was quick to praise the murderer as a "Martyr" and its Jerusalem branch announced a day of mourning.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

PMW: Fatah quick to honor as "Martyr" today's terrorist murderer

Fatah immediately honors as "Martyr"
today's terrorist murderer
who shot and killed 2 and wounded others
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Itamar Marcus 
In two separate posts on its official Facebook page, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement honored the terrorist murderer who went on a shooting spree in Jerusalem today, targeting people who were waiting at train stations from his car. Terrorist Musbah Abu Sbeih murdered a 60-year-old woman and a policeman, and injured 6.
 
Fatah referred to the murderer as a "Shahid," an Islamic Martyr - someone who died for Allah - a status the Palestinian Authority presents as the highest achievement a Muslim can reach in life.
 
Defining a dead murderer as a Shahid indicates that according to Fatah, the murder of Israelis is sanctioned and even desired in the name of Islam.

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that it is PA and Fatah policy to glorify terrorist murderersand turn them into role models for Palestinian society.
 
Fatah and the Palestinian Authority for quite some time have been defining the conflict with Israel as a religious war, defining all attackers and the murderers of Israelis as heroic defenders of Islam and its symbols. Fatah's Jerusalem branch announced "mourning and a general strike for Palestine's Martyrs" and specifically mentioned today's killer - "this morning's Martyr" and vowed to "defend the honor of the Arab and Islamic nations with our bare chests." These and other terms in Fatah's posts, see text below, reiterate Fatah's Islamization of the conflict with Israel.

Voice of Palestine Radio likewise reported that the Jerusalem branch of Fatah announced a day of mourning and a general strike in Jerusalem "due to the death of the Shahid Abu Sbeih."

The following are excerpts from the two posts on Fatah's Facebook page:

Posted text: "The one who carried out the operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] Martyr (Shahid) Musbah Abu Sbeih (40), one of the most prominent people in Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and a released prisoner.
He was supposed to turn himself in today and begin a sentence of four months on charges of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and hitting the occupation's soldiers.
He was arrested in 2013 in the Bab Huta region of the Old City of Jerusalem on charges of hitting an officer and was released, but to his surprise the case was reopened in 2015 and he was sentenced to a four month active sentence, and according to the ruling of the Israeli Magistrate Court that was given roughly one month ago, the ruling was supposed to be carried out in the middle of this month [October 2016].
The occupation authorities persecuted him over the last two weeks and he was arrested and detained five times in a row, and after his last arrest he was released on condition of being distanced from East Jerusalem for one month, and before that he was given a ruling preventing him from traveling [abroad] until the end of this year, and he was forbidden from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months, after being released [from arrest] at the end of last year [2015]."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2016]
 
Posted text: "The Jerusalem branch of Fatah announced a strike and mourning for the Martyrs' (Shahids') souls.
'Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.' [Sura 22:39, Sahih International translation] Great truth of God.
The Jerusalem branch of Fatah announced mourning and a general strike today [Oct. 9, 2016] in Jerusalem in memory of the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine and this morning's Martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih. 
Due to the barbaric escalation being perpetrated by the occupation government and the herds of settlers, which includes killing, violence, destruction, and an attempt to instill fear in our Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps, and particularly in Jerusalem, we announce our complete objection to crimes of these types being carried out before the international community and its human rights organizations. These organizations have not succeeded in forcing the occupation government to abide by international law, and treat it as an entity that is above international law, as they shirk their responsibilities to the Palestinian people and even to providing international protection to our people. The occupation government and its executive branches must bear the consequences of what they are perpetrating against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the disregard of Muslim sensibilities, and the granting of permission to the settlers to invade it, defile it, and desecrate its sanctity on a daily basis under the umbrella and protection of the occupation police. This, while banning hundreds of men and women from Jerusalem who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and carrying out a policy of distancing [them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and detentions. All of these steps will not be accepted in silence, and residents of Jerusalem will defend the place of the ascent to Heaven (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) of our precious messenger Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon him.
Therefore, we in the Jerusalem branch of Fatah emphasize our adherence to Jerusalem, the strengthening of the [Arab] presence in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City [of Jerusalem], and [that] it will not be abandoned to the extremists and terrorists [of the occupation], and [that] we will defend the honor of the Arab and Islamic nations with our bare chests. Praise to the Martyrs, healing to the injured, freedom to the prisoners, and cessation to the occupation."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2016]
 
Musbah Abu Sbeih - 39-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 2 Israelis and wounded 5 others in 3 drive-by shooting attacks in Jerusalem on Oct. 9, 2016. Abu Sbeih, who held Israeli residency status, began his shooting spree at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop and continued to the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood. He was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli border police officers during the attack. On the morning of the attack, Abu Sbeih was due to turn himself in and begin a 4 month jail sentence, after being convicted in January 2015 on numerous counts of inciting to terror and supporting a terror organization. Abu Sbeih praised terror groups including Hamas as well as terrorists who carried out attacks on his Facebook page, and actively called for attacks against Israelis. In July 2016, Abu Sbeih was given a distancing order from the Temple Mount that was to be in effect until the end of October 2016.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Magen David Adom MDA Heroes Talk About 365 Days of Terror



Jerusalem-based paramedics recount their experiences saving lives over the past year, when Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis skyrocketed.
The current wave of Palestinian terror began on the eve of Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year – exactly a year ago, and continued in full intensity.
Listen to the heroic paramedics of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical service, discuss 365 days of saving lives while working under constant threat.
They talk about the victims – real people, not mere statistics.
This video presents the stories of the MDA teams in the Jerusalem region, where the largest number of terror attacks occurred.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PMW: PA daily: Israel controls the US which controls the world

  
Palestinian Media Watch has long documented that the Palestinian Authority spreads classicAntisemitic hate, claiming that the Jews and Israel control the world.

This libel was given a new rendering this week in the official PA daily, which ran a cartoon that portrays Israel as controlling the United States and telling it what to do with the world.
In the cartoon, a small soldier with a Star of David on his helmet is seen giving orders to a taller man with blank eyes, representing the US. The large man's hat is made of the American flag but with a six-pointed Star of David replacing the five-pointed star. The "US" is holding a basketball that resembles a globe, and "Israel" is directing the "US" to shoot the globe-shaped basketball into a basket which is also shaped of a Star of David.
The cartoon's message is that while America controls the world, it is Israel who orders America what to do with the world.
In a different version of this libel, the PA regularly claims that Israel indirectly controls world events and is responsible for all the civil wars, the creation of the Islamic State and even the radical Muslim terror attacks in Europe.
For example, the official Fatah Facebook page published this cartoon blaming Israel for the terror attack in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people. The cartoon depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an ISIS terrorist near the Eiffel Tower. Netanyahu is pictured helping the ISIS terrorist aim his machine gun.

[Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Nov. 16, 2015]
 
Another cartoon expresses the libel that Jews/Israel seek to destroy the Muslim world. The
cartoon depicts a long-nosed Jew with an Israeli flag on his arm lighting a fuse to blow up a bomb. Inside the bomb, a Shi'ite Muslim and a Sunni Muslim are lighting fuses to blow up each other.

[Fatah Information and Culture Commission website, July 28, 2016]
 
Official PA TV broadcasted a cartoon showing the Statue of Liberty holding a menorah, thereby symbolizing the alleged Jewish rule over the US. [Official PA TV, July 8, 2010]
In a similar vein, another cartoon published in the official PA daily shows Uncle Sam, symbolizing the US, berating a keffiyeh-wearing Arab.Uncle Sam sits beneath massive pair of feet bearing the Star of David looming ominously above his head , portraying an overwhelming Jewish pressure. The American keeps whips his head round in the direction the Jewish feet, as if following directions. [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2010]

The official PA daily also took a swipe at then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, accusing her of accepting Israeli bribes after she praised Israel for making concessions regarding settlements, and criticized the Palestinians for not resuming peace talks without prior conditions. "Why, Mrs. Hillary?  How much did the Zionists pay you as a bribe?," jeered one article in the paper, while another accused her of "wallow[ing] in the swamp of lies." [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2009]

Another example of this libel targeted former US President George W. Bush. A cartoon in the official PA daily showed President Bush's head on a ring, worn on the hand of a Jew as identified by the Star of David on his sleeve. [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2006]