November 26, 2013
Erekat and other PLO officials who keep threatening to quit are hoping that the Americans and Europeans will "freak out" at the thought of losing Palestinian "peace partners."
Palestinians understand that the "resignations" are manly aimed at prompting the US and Western countries to to exert pressure on Israel to make concessions to the PLO. The threats to quit are also intended to send a message to the Palestinian public, which long ago lost confidence in the PLO negotiators' performance, that Erekat and his colleagues are "playing tough" with Israel.
US resumption of aid to the PA is based on false information - PMW's Itamar Marcus reports on Capitol Hill by Adam Kredo
The PA Hate Machine
Obama Reinstated Financial Aid to Palestinian Authority under False Pretense, Expert Says
The Obama administration justified releasing more than $192 million in financial aid to the Palestinian Authority with false information, according to an Israeli expert who monitors the Palestinian media’s constant promotion of violent, hateful rhetoric.
Manufacturing and Exploiting Compassion: Abuse of the Media by Palestinian Propaganda by Philippe Assouline
September 9, 2013
Israel, a liberal democracy caught between tyrannies and sectarian violence, is increasingly perceived as uniquely evil.In the struggle for hearts and minds, feelings trump facts. Imagery and accusations that automatically trigger public compassion are incomparably more compelling than dry, defensive argumentation. We are “wired” by evolution to support those we perceive as innocent victims in distress, even when the facts do not mandate such support.
December 6, 2013
New York Times report: Security community in the United States fears an al-Qaida base in Syria would threaten both Israel and Europe • New jihadi network appears to be spreading from Libya to Yemen • Obama administration's optimism unfounded.
The ongoing turmoil in the Middle East has created new opportunities for terror organizations and is raising concerns in the American security community that terrorists identified with al-Qaida will create a base in Syria, threatening both Israel and Europe, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Dec 6 2013
The Australian media has been covering protests this week in Israel against a new plan to improve the conditions of the Bedouin Arabs living in the Negev desert in Israel's south--although from some of the reports, you would never know that this was the aim of the plan.
Dec 5 2013
Israel is a world leader in water technology, and has made itself effectively ‘drought proof' in a region suffering a severe water crisis, through its investment in areas such as desalination, waste water recycling and drip irrigation.
A recent UN Development Programme (UNDP) report urged the Arab region to urgently confront its water challenges in order to prevent the potentially severe risks resulting from inaction - including unplanned migration, economic collapse, and even regional conflict.
Dec 4 2013
In a follow up to AIJAC's senior policy analyst Sharyn Mittelman's November 22 report on Gaza's self-inflicted fuel shortage, we look at NGO Amnesty International's press release on the situation from Sunday, a remarkable document so far removed from factual accuracy that it can best be described as a work of fiction.
December 6, 2013
The law [banning the veil] also liberates women because the wearing of veils "is totally incompatible with the very idea of equality," according to Annie Sugier, head of the International League for Women's Rights.
"[H]er aim is not to annoy others but to feel at inner peace with herself." — Part of Court's summary of the case.
The court has deemed the case to so important that it has taken the unusual step of referring it to the Grand Chamber, the Court's highest chamber.
06 Dec 2013 04:47 AM PST
I'm surprised that the following coincidence was not connected to Purim. Once again an Iranian tyrant is threatening countries in the region, and it isn't just Jews that are worried. In an absolutely remarkable historical event, President Shimon Peres delivered a speech to 29 representatives from Arab and Islamic states via satellite. Do not kid yourself; this would not have happened if the Egyptians, Saudis, and others hadn't thought that the U.S. had sold out the Sunni Arabs.
For the past several months a campaign has been under way in Israel and around the world, backed by an endless budget, aimed at aggravating the relationship between the State of Israel and the Bedouins. This campaign included the recent release of a propaganda film portraying the expulsion of Bedouins from their land.
December 6, 2013
Over dinner at the newest hot restaurant in Istanbul, my friend exhales his fury. "This is democracy?" he snaps. "What kind of democracy?"
Friday, December 6, 2013
At the end of November, 2013, Israel experienced a series of demonstrations throughout the Arab areas, some of which were violent, as part of the “Day of Rage” over the government’s decision to implement the “Prawer Plan” to solve the problems relating to land in the Negev. Arab spokesmen – all of whom are Israeli citizens - threw around slogans such as “third intifada”, “Land Day II” and “Bedouin revolt”, slogans that were meant to incite the Arab public, which represents a fifth of the citizens of the state.
dec 5 2013
Dear President Wong,
As you know, a posting from the Tumbler account of GUPS president Mohammad G. Hammad has recently been widely circulated. The posting includes a photograph showing Mr. Hammad holding a large knife and a caption reading "I seriously cannot get over how much I love this blade. It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier."
Thursday, December 05, 2013
As Jews and Christians worldwide face a growing wave of persecution, one Jewish leader is saying the two groups must stand together to confront increasing violence.
"I will not be silent and we will not be silent," Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress told Christians recently about Jewish support for persecuted Christians.
In September, Lauder spoke at the annual International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's Feast of Tabernacles celebration where thousands of Christians were in attendance.
November 29, 2013
Is the U.S. changing sides in the regional conflict between Iran and its enemies?
A report by respected Washington D.C.-based journalist Hussein Abdul Hussein in the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper this week revealed details of an indirect U.S. channel with Hizballah. The report comes, of course, close on the heels of the interim agreement concluded between the P5 + 1 and Iran allowing the latter to continue to enrich uranium.
December 4, 2013
Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.“This book is a model of original research and the ultimate scholarly study of German Arab and German Muslim cooperation during the first half of the twentieth century, covering both World Wars. It is a major contribution in the field, a magnum opus.”-Jacob M. Landau, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“This book presents an abundance of previously un or under examined material. It is most impressive and greatly advances our knowledge.”-Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2014
Nearly two million Shiite pilgrims passed from Iran to Iraq between March 2009 and February 2010 through the Mehran land border crossing. Thousands more entered Iraq through other land border crossings or by air travel. These pilgrims came from countries the world over to visit the tombs of the Shiite imams in Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad.
Released prisoner: "We'd chat, talk, eat, drink, joke and play" by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Dec. 4, 2013
"[In prison] we'd chat, talk, eat, drink,
joke and play throughout the day"
"We don't regret what we did"
Security checks for visitors of prisoners
in Israeli prisons are fine
December 4, 2013
The administration's position is that the nuclear deal is separate from any other conversation with Iran including the fate of the Americans imprisoned there: retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, and Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is currently housed in a "violent offenders" prison.
We get, essentially, nothing. But it is worse than that. Whatever the P5+1 believes it achieved pales in comparison to what the deal cost.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Anyone who thought the Obama administration is concentrating so much on its push for détente with Iran that it can’t simultaneously launch a new push for Israeli concessions to the Palestinians was wrong.
December 5, 2013
Alas, the question has to be repeated over and over again. Will the politically ignorant American academics in our midst, so eager to attack Israel, ever accept the principle that truth is transmitted by academic freedom? Will those academics at colleges throughout the United States, usually uninformed about the realities and complexities of the Middle East, ever learn enough to resist the relentless pressure of Palestinian groups or "Palestinian civil society" and their fallacious Palestinian narrative of victimhood?
After eight years of U.S.-led state-building efforts, thousands of coalition force fatalities, and nearly one trillion dollars spent, Iraq is drifting toward authoritarianism under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party while al-Qaeda-stoked violence is running at levels not seen in years. Although Washington's 2007 counterinsurgency strategy laid the groundwork for a pluralistic and representative government, as long as the country's current leaders have little motivation to abide by the rule of law, the future of a democratic Iraq looks grim.
December 5, 2013
The arrest of businessman Mohamed Al Sabawi is seen as part of a campaign by the Palestinian Authority to intimidate and extort money from prominent and wealthy businessmen who seek to help strengthen the Palestinian economy. The case of Al Sabawi will undoubtedly scare potential investors and convince them that investing in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities is a bad idea.
A Palestinian Authority security official said that the arrest was a "routine legal procedure" against an investor suspected of slander and obstructing the work of police officers.
Does the EU and the European media share responsibility for the PA refusal to compromise and make peace with Israel / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak
The EU one-sided policy towards the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is at least partly responsible for the PA refusal to make compromises and end the conflict.
The EU totally ignores the fact that the PA already rejected 2 opportunities to make peace with Israel, in 2000 and in 2008.
The Israeli proposals included a fair solution to the settlement issue.
In a quiet and sparsely attended ceremony, the U.S. flag was lowered at Baghdad International Airport on December 15, 2011, marking the official end to the troubled U.S. mission on Iraqi soil. What had begun as an undertaking to remove Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) turned into an 8-year mission that was far more costly than most could have imagined.
Looking back, few would likely say that the United States should undertake such an enterprise again if given a chance.
December 4, 2013
Egyptians have a new draft constitution to vote upon in a referendum to be held either later this month or in January 2014. It is meant to replace, with amendment language and new provisions, the more Islamist-oriented constitution rammed through by former Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi. “It is now the right of every Egyptian to declare that this is their constitution,” said Bishop Bola, the representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church on the panel that was responsible for drafting the new constitution.
December 4, 2013
"Al Fatiha Global has a strict vetting policy ... We have certain people who actually go out and check people's social networking profiles, like Facebook and Twitter. If somebody has something on there which may seem a bit radical, then that's it, they're not accepted." — Kas Jameel, Aid Convoy Driver
Jameel, however, apparently forgot to vet his own social media postings.
BBC's leading current affairs program, Newsnight recently broadcast an eight-minute film in which a BBC reporter accompanied a British "aid convoy" headed to the most dangerous parts of Syria.
Hamas in disarray Ely Karmon
THE JERUSALEM REPORT
DECEMBER 2, 2013
There is now a window of opportunity to exploit the organization’s weakness, Egypt’s goodwill and Tehran’s restraint to advance the peace negotiations
A STRING of major regional developments over the past two years has left the Islamist Hamas government in Gaza in dire straits and opened up new opportunities for Israel and Palestinian moderates.
December 3, 2013
"We will not allow boys and girls to live together in state-owed student residences. The values I hold do not allow such a thing. Anything can happen when it is mixed....All kinds of messy things are happening." — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AKP Party.
"They have revoked women's rights step by step. Women should liberate themselves from a mentality that aims to lock them in the house." — Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader, CHP Party.
"In a democracy, the state cannot play the voyeur. Stick to your own business." — Haluk Koc, CHP Party Spokesman.
Did SFSU Student Post Selfie with Knife: ‘I Want to Stab an Israeli Soldier’By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
December 3rd, 2013
It appears the president of a university-funded student group at San Francisco State boasted how much he loved his knife and that it made him want to stab an Israeli soldier.
Tumblr page allegedly created by president of SFSU-funded student organization.
Photo Credit: Tumblr web cached page
The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a warning to officials at San Francisco State University on Monday, Dec. 2, advising them of a potential threat to Jewish students there.