Dutch Daily: “The Chosen People Have to be Perfect”

January 12, 2012 14:33 by

This is a guest post by Yochanan Visser of Missing Peace.

Last week the Dutch Christian daily ‘Trouw’ reached a new low when it published a vicious article about prenatal care in Israel entitled: “The chosen people have to be perfect”.

The writer, Ilse van Heusden, gave birth to a healthy baby boy while temporarily living in Israel.

She succeeded in portraying the prenatal care in Israel as a government instigated ‘military operation’ aimed at the production of babies as perfect as possible.

Apart from distortions and lies the article contained many accusations and insinuations which are reminiscent of classic anti-Semitic rants.

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Israel’s Online Response to Palestinian UN Vote

September 22, 2011 11:43 by

Even in the realm of public diplomacy, Israel is singled out for trying to defend itself. Take this article from Politico that profiles the IDF’s New Media Desk:

The IDF is also proactive on social media, with accounts on Twitter (in English, French and Arabic), the photo-sharing website Flickr and the video-posting website YouTube. “We just launched a [Facebook] page a month ago – now we have over 127,000 ‘friends,’” [Lt. Col. Avital] Leibovich bragged.

While the Internet is populated with huge amounts of anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic content, why does the media prefer to make Israel’s public relations efforts the story? Tools such as Facebook and YouTube are available to anyone to use. Yet, when Israel and her supporters utilize these platforms quite legitimately, the media singles this out as somehow newsworthy.

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Parting with the Gaza Flotilla

Our Dutch correspondent Serge Leipzigger sends his translation of an unusual article about the new Gaza flotilla, written by a participant who had second thoughts and got out. He follows it with additional translated material.

He includes this explanatory note:

Hasna El Maroudi, 26, can be described as a “Dutch pro-Palestinian activist/journalist of Moroccan descent.” She had planned to join other activists aboard a Dutch ship to Gaza, until she learned that she would be going on a secret Hamas-organized mission, and cancelled her participation. On Wednesday she published a rare inside account of what she saw in Greece as the activists were preparing to set sail. This English translation of her account is meant to meant to help her discoveries traverse the language barrier.
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De tweede Gazavloot: welke Nederlanders varen mee?

rijdag 1 juli 2011 15:46

Na veel vertraging hoopt een internationale groep anti-Israël-activisten zondag vanuit Griekenland per boot te vertrekken naar de Gazastrook, met als doel de Israëlische 'blokkade' van het gebied te doorbreken. Welke Nederlanders varen eigenlijk mee? Een overzicht.

Voor zover bekend vaart Anne de Jong niet mee. Zij was er vorig jaar wel bij Voor zover bekend vaart Anne de Jong niet mee. Zij was er vorig jaar wel bij

Steunbetuigers

  • Deze activisten varen niet mee, maar steunen de actie wel
  • Thomas von der Dunk, columnist
  • Antoine Bodar, priester
  • Najib Amhali, caberetier
  • Marcel van Dam, columnist
  • Mohammed Rabbae, oud-Kamerlid GroenLinks
  • Jan Pronk, oud-politicus
  • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, oud-minister (D66): Volgens hem is de berichtgeving over Gaza voor een groot deel pro-Israëlisch. 'Daarom is het goed dat deze actie licht werpt op de werkelijke situatie in Gaza. Israël houdt de Palestijnse bevolking daar in gijzeling.'
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JPost front page story on PMW's report about PA paying salaries to terrorists in prison

The following is the Jerusalem Post front page story on PMW’s report about the new Palestinian Authority law that all terrorists in Israeli jails are to be paid salaries by the PA. The PA Ministry of Prisoners confirmed to the Jerusalem Post the PMW report that they indeed pay these salaries, and added that they recently raised the salaries. They stated however that they have always paid salaries to prisoners. PMW notes that since it was their own official daily that reported on the new legislation, it seems that the PA practice of paying salaries to terrorists in Israeli prisons has now been formalized through new the PA law.

‘New PA law to grant
all convicted terrorists monthly pay’
By Jerusalem Post Staff (Page 1 story)
 
A new Palestinian Authority law grants a monthly salary to all Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs imprisoned in Israel for terrorism, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) says in a report being released on Friday.
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Fatach gaat moordenaars belonen

zo 12-06-2011
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Het ziet er naar uit dat Nederland, de EU en de VS gaan bijdragen aan de salarissen van Palestijnen die in Israelische gevangenissen zitten wegens het plegen van terroristische activiteiten.
Hoe meer mensen zij hebben vermoord, hoe hoger hun loon. Palestijnen die in Israel wonen krijgen een extra toeslag.
De 'salarissen' komen rechtstreeks uit het ook door Nederland gesubsidieerde budget van de PA.

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Nederlandse NGOs verdedigen boycot, 'Groot Palestina'-visie

wo 15-06-2011
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Leden van de Tweede Kamer waren woensdag "verbaasd" te horen dat de grootse hulporganisaties in het land een boycot van Israel en een '1-staatmodel' - in plaats van een Palestijnse naast een Joodse staat - "legitiem" vinden.
Deze standpunten kwamen naar voren tijdens een parlementaire discussie tussen politici van vijf partijen en de directeuren van Nederlands vier grootste internationale hulporganisaties: ICCO, Cordaid, Oxfam Novib en IKV Pax Christi.

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Israel, Turkey and Low Seats

By George Friedman


Last week a small crisis with potentially serious implications blew up between Israel and Turkey. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkish Ambassador to Israel Ahmet Oguz Celikkol to a meeting Jan. 11 to protest a Turkish soap opera that depicted Israeli agents kidnapping Palestinian children. When the ambassador arrived, he received a lower seat than Ayalon — and was photographed in that position, making it appear that Ayalon was speaking to an inferior. Ayalon wouldn’t shake hands with him during the televised parts of the meeting, and had an Israeli flag visible on the table. Topping it all off, Ayalon told an Israeli cameraman in Hebrew that the important thing was that people see Celikkol sitting down low “while we’re up high.”

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Flotilla Choir presents: We Con the World

  Look at this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOGG_osOoVg

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Israel braces for Turkish, Hizballah, Hamas reprisals. Greece halts joint drill

DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010, 11:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basburg

debkafile's military sources report Israeli concerns that Turkey may not confine itself to strong diplomatic retaliation for the Israel Navy's seizure Monday, May 31, of the Marmora, the Turkish vessel leading the flotilla for breaking the Gaza blockade and resort to military action along with the Iranian-backed Hizballah and Hamas. A statement from Ankara threatened "unprecedented and incalculable" reprisals, following which the Turkish chief of staff Gen. Ilker Basbug was recalled urgently to Ankara from a visit to Egypt. Greece has since halted its joint exercise with Israel in protest against the naval action.

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Rapport: NOS Journaal zwijgt over Nederlands antisemitisme in Israel

ISRAELFACTS.EU - 15 NOVEMBER 2009


Cordaid EU subsidie misbruikt door organisatie Al Quds festival

EFRAT, Israel, 20091112 -- De Nederlands-Israelische organisatie Israel Facts Monitorgroep heeft begin deze week een rapport gestuurd naar de vaste Tweede Kamer commissie voor OCW over de werkwijze van het NOS journaal en het mogelijke misbruik van EU gelden via Cordaid door de Nederlandse organisatie van Al Quds Underground, het "pluriform cultuur festival" waarin Jeruzalem werd uitgeroepen tot hoofdstad van de Arabische cultuur. Het NOS Journaal maakte 31 oktober 2009 een reportage van dit festival. Zie player.omroep.nl/?aflid=10257937. Wat de reportage niet liet zien was een antisemitisch incident in Israel waarbij Nederlanders waren betrokken. De kijker werd ook informatie onthouden over een schandaal waarbij EU subsidie aan Cordaid door de organisatie van Al Quds Underground werd misbruikt voor racisme.
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In the aftermath of Israel’s military operation in Gaza and the February elections, Israelis and Palestinians share hawkish positions and gloomy expectations regarding the peace process

Among other findings of the joint Truman PSR poll: Both Palestinians and Israelis believe that given the outcome of the Israeli military operation in Gaza, Palestinians are worse off than before the operation. Two thirds of Israelis believe that Israel stopped its military operation in Gaza too early, but only 30% think that Israel should reoccupy the Gaza Strip and stay there if shelling of Israeli communities continues

These are the results of the most recent poll conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, between March 1-7, 2009. This joint survey was conducted with the support of the Ford Foundation Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

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The Gaza War in Review

Israel's Operation Cast Lead dominated the newspapers, airwaves and internet for its duration, with the aftermath still generating headlines and opinion. It is extremely important to expose those cases where the story became agenda-driven or when the media simply got it wrong. This has been graphically illustrated by an about-turn by the UN.

One of the most serious and damaging episodes for Israel during the Gaza conflict centered around charges, amplified by UN spokespeople, that Israel had deliberately targeted a UN school compound, killing 43 civilians sheltering there.

HonestReporting highlighted the Canadian Globe and Mail's investigation that concluded that the school itself was not shelled.

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Did Israel Shell a UN School? The Truth Exposed

In war, the saying goes, "the first victim is the truth." But an in-depth investigative report by the Canadian Globe and Mail's Middle East correspondent, Patrick Martin proved to be the exception to the rule.

Martin’s front-page report investigated the Israeli shelling of Hamas terrorists near a UN school that led to the tragic deaths of 43 civilians. His conclusion: the facts don't support the accepted story that the school itself was shelled.

According to Martin:

Physical evidence and interviews with several eyewitnesses, including a teacher who was in the schoolyard at the time of the shelling, make it clear: While a few people were injured from shrapnel landing inside the white-and-blue-walled UNRWA compound, no one in the compound was killed. The 43 people who died in the incident were all outside, on the street, where all three mortar shells landed.

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'Martyrs' or 'Victims'

  Special Dispatch - No. 2205
January 23, 2009

 

No. 2205

 

 

'Martyrs' or 'Victims' in Gaza? Divisions in the Arab World as Reflected in the Policies of Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya TV

During the recent conflict in Gaza, the divisions between the two camps in the Arab world were reflected in the terminology used by the Arab satellite news channels. Al-Jazeera, which is sponsored by Qatar and is identified with the Hamas-Iran-Syria axis, used the term "martyr" ("shahid") for those killed in Gaza; in contrast, Al-Arabiya TV, which is Saudi-owned, refrained from using this term. 

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Gaza Conflict Provokes Anti-Jewish Violence in Europe

By Victor Comras

Since the beginning of the war in Gaza there has been a dramatic upsurge in anti-semitic activities in Europe, perhaps the most violent since post World War II reconstruction days. Jews, synagogues, and Jewish schools and institutions across the continent, from Sweden to Turkey, have been attacked or threatened. And several non Muslim organizations have joined with Islamist groups in blending an intensified anti-semitism with their anti-Israel rhetoric.

While some of this virulence against Jews in Europe stems directly from the violence in Gaza, its roots run far deeper. For there is a strong anti-Jewish current that has long been fed by organized Islamic groups across Europe, and particularly by the Muslim Brotherhood. As acknowledged in Leiken and Brooke's well researched Foreign Affairs Article, "The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood," the Brotherhood's claim that it is not "anti-Jewish," but only "anti-Zionist," is belied by its own actions, and the literature and preachings of its leaders and theologians.

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The NGO front in the Gaza war: Human Rights Watch

NGO Monotor From December 27, 2008 (the beginning of Israel’s military operation in Gaza) to January 11, 2009, more than 35 NGOs claiming to promote human rights and humanitarian agendas have issued more than 175 statements on the fighting, and the number increases continuously.

NGO Monitor is tracking these statements to provide continual updates on the NGO campaigns -- this second edition analyzes Human Rights Watch. (See also the January 8, 2009 report on Oxfam).

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Angriff und Verteidigung im Völkerrecht

Der politische Journalist Hannes Stein schreibt in der Jüdischen Allgemeinen einen sehr aufschlussreichen Beitrag (PDF) über ius ad bellum und ius in bello. Nach diesem Recht hätte Israel längst handeln dürfen - entgegen allem Gerede von Ban Ki Moon und unseren Mainstream-Medien.

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Muslim Brotherhood Reacts Defensively As Israel Takes On Hamas

January 4, 2009

By Victor Comras

Muslim Brotherhood leaders are already engaging in something akin to “damage control” as they rationalize Hamas' breach of the ceasefire with Israel, and condemn Israel, Egypt and the West for Israel’s incursion into Gaza. The Brotherhood is also trying to tell its members and followers that Israel’s defeat of Hamas in Gaza, and the possible re-establishment of Fatah control in that Palestinian territory, is a reversible set-back, and that it will provide the Muslim Brotherhood a golden opportunity to strengthen their movement in Egypt, the Middle East, Europe, and around the Muslim world. The Brotherhood is already busy turning these events into a major recruitment tool, and for proselytizing and broadening its support base. They have targeted Egypt and other moderate Arab leadership as well as the Israelis. But, it is also clear that they were caught short by Europe's reaction to the conflict and to the degree of understanding and sympathy expressed by European leaders with regard to Israel’s actions. This represents a real setback for them.

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Renowned Arab Thinker Lafif Lakhdar: Hamas Is Bringing Disaster upon the Palestinians

January 4, 2009 No. 2173
Renowned Arab Thinker Lafif Lakhdar: Hamas Is Bringing Disaster upon the Palestinians

On October 17, 2008, liberal Arab thinker Lafif Lakhdar posted an article on the reformist e-journal www.elaph.com, in which he characterized Hamas as another link in the chain of Palestinian rejectionism, i.e., in their tendency to refuse all suggestions of compromise. This tendency, he said, is rooted in religious extremism and brings disaster upon the Palestinians. Lakhdar called on the Palestinians to take stock of their situation and start making realistic decisions based on pragmatic political considerations.

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Die Ambulanzen der Hamas, wie sie keiner kennt


 
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First Palestinian anti-air gun fire against Israeli helicopters. Military option on ice

December 22, 2008, 10:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

For the first time in 9 years of Palestinian warfare, anti-air gun fire was directed from the ground against Israeli aircraft, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The guns opened up Sunday night, Dec. 21, against Apache helicopters still over Nahal Oz, before they crossed into Gaza air space to strike the missile crews which launched more than 20 missiles against Israeli civilians that day.

The helicopters returned the fire, aiming at the anti-air weapons apparently mounted on vehicles hidden in the orchards of northern Gaza.

In line with the government's decision Sunday to seek international backing for a potential military operation Gaza, Israel complained to the UN about the Palestinian missile and mortar attacks from Gaza which are terrorizing its southwestern population. Israel had the right to exercise its military option to defend the population of the targeted region, said the complaint.

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Al Qaeda operatives relocated from Iraq to Lebanon. UNIFIL, northern Israel on terror alert

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

December 12, 2008, 11:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Early Thursday, Dec. 11, the UN peacekeeping force's South Lebanon command declared the Palestinian Ain Hilwe camp near Sidon a no-go zone for the force's convoys for fear of attacks by al Qaeda. Supply convoys using the main coastal road from Beirut to Sidon were restricted to travel by night between 3 and 5 a.m., under armored vehicle escort.

The day before the al Qaeda alert, Dell Dailey, counter-terrorist operations director at the US State Department, reported that al Qaeda had responded to heavy US military in Iraq by shifting some of its fighting strength to Lebanon, though not in large numbers. He spoke during a visit Beirut.

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Saudi Columnist: Why Do We Object to Occupation Only in Palestine?

In light of the tension between the Gulf states and Iran following Iran's takeover of the three UAE islands in the Persian Gulf (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Moussa), columnist for the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Mash'al Al-Sudairi criticized the Arab world for its obsession with the Israeli occupation and its indifference to the occupation of other Arab territories - for example, the Turkish takeover of the Syrian Alexandretta district (currently Iskenderun), or the aforementioned occupation of the three islands.

Following are excerpts from Al-Sudairi's column: [1]

"There Is No Doubt That the Jewish Occupation of a Part of Palestine Constitutes Great Oppression..."

"Occupation is occupation is occupation, and oppression is oppression is oppression, regardless of the color, race or religion [of the occupier or oppressor]. During its modern history, the Arab nation has suffered both occupation and oppression...

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Durban Review Conference Alert: EAFORD - Three decades of Promoting "Zionism equals racism"

The International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)

  • EAFORD was founded in Libya in 1976, received ECOSOC status in the UN, and uses this to promote campaigns declaring that "Zionism equals racism" and demonization based on "apartheid." They have accused Israel of a "Holocaust" against the Palestinian people and characterized terrorism as "resistance."
  • At the October PrepCom for the Durban Review Conference, EAFORD was represented by Diana Ralph under the banner of "Independent Jewish Voices (Canada)," an anti-Israel Jewish group. Ralph denied the virulent antisemitism of the first Durban conference and condemned Israel for "occupying, torturing, assassinating and collectively punishing" Palestinians.
  • EAFORD was very active in the framework of the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, and publications included claims that Zionism is based on "purity of the race, and distinctiveness from other people" which "seems to bear close resemblance to ...Fascism and Nazism," and reflects "evil schemes which generate chaos all over the world, with its dangerous plans to dominate" through "wars, massacres, assassinations and terrorism...." "The violation of the conditions for the establishment of a State nullifies its very existence."
  • EAFORD is seeking to promote another UN-sponsored NGO Forum at the 2009 Durban Review Conference.
  • EAFORD's website contains a link to a "documentary" entitled "The Israel lobby - The influence of AIPAC on US Foreign Policy," which is based on the Mearsheimer - Walt allegation that Jewish "lobby" organizations control American foreign policy against American interests. It ends with classic antisemetic allegations. "Have you ever investigated which minority group owns Hollywood, nearly all major television networks, the major newspapers and the book publishing industry?"
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HRW Hires Another pro-Palestinian Activist

The addition of Nadia Barhoum, a pro-Palestinian campus activist, to HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division, increases the political bias reflected in the activities and backgrounds of Sarah Leah Whitson, Joe Stork, and previous staff (Lucy Mair, formerly of Electronic Intifada). This is inconsistent with HRW’s claimed "even-handedness and accuracy. " 

  • Barhoum was an active member in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Berkeley. SJP promotes the Durban agenda of demonization of Israel, using terms such as "apartheid," as well as accusations of "mass atrocities. "
  • In promoting divestment, Barhoum wrote: "Our university should not profit from bloodshed. Our university should not invest in apartheid. "
  • At a Sabeel Conference, she participated in a "guerilla theater action" of a mock IDF checkpoint, claiming to raise awareness that "human rights are violated" by US tax dollars (through financial support of Israel).
  • Barhoum's "Palestina" blog includes references to Israel as "a military state . . . ," Israeli "crimes against humanity," erases all traces of terror, and repeats Palestinian political messages: in Gaza, people "are starving because the israeli military refuses to open up the gazan border…. [sic]"
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In Wake of Tahdiah Agreement, Escalation in Hamas-Fatah Conflict and in Fatah's Position Vis-à-vis Israel

By: C. Jacob *

Introduction

Under the tahdiah agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, which went into effect on June 19, 2008, the Palestinians agreed to stop the rocket attacks on Israel in exchange for a cessation of Israel's military activity in Gaza. It was also agreed that there would be negotiations for opening the Rafah crossing, with the participation of Palestinian Authority, Hamas and E.U. representatives. [1]

The agreement was the result of prolonged negotiations, during which both sides withdrew some of their original demands. Hamas waived its demands to include the West Bank in the agreement and to open the Rafah crossing immediately. Israel, on its part, withdrew its demand to stop arms smuggling as a condition for signing the agreement, and did not insist on a clause linking the tahdiah to the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

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Arabisches Qualitätssiegel für Israel

Leute in IsraelDass die Araber in Israel die freiesten Araber in Nahost sind, fällt den unermüdlichen Israelkritikern nicht auf. Laut einer Studie der Harvard Universität zieht sogar eine überwältigende Mehrheit der israelischen Araber (77%) das Leben in Israel dem Leben in jedem anderen Land auf der Welt vor. Da ja nicht sein kann, was nicht sein darf, werden die antiisraelischen Wirklichkeitsleugner auch diese Umfrage ignorieren, sowie auch dass es unter den 22 Mitgliedern der Arabischen Liga keine einzige Demokratie gibt.

(Von Daniel Katz, Middle-East-Info.org, Foto: Jerusalemtag in Israel)

Ahmadinejad: Israel Is a 'Dead Fish' and a 'Stinking Corpse';

June 6, 2008 No. 447
Ahmadinejad: Israel Is a 'Dead Fish' and a 'Stinking Corpse'; 'The Zionist Regime Will Be Wiped Off the Map'; 'The European Governments Do Not Want the Zionists Living in Europe'
By: Y. Mansharof and A. Savyon *

Introduction

As Israel's 60th anniversary drew near, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued his tirade of virulent anti-Israel and antisemitic statements, likening Israel to a "dead fish" and a "stinking corpse" and calling it a "false regime" which "from the point of view of the nations in the region does not even exist." He also stated that Israel "will be wiped off the map of the world," [1] and that "the day will come when the Muslims uproot [it]." [2]

Ahmadinejad added that the elimination of Israel would benefit the entire world, since Israel caused harm to humanity at large - and especially to Europe, which was "bearing the political and economic burden of this false regime."

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Iran Achieves a Four-Front Missile Command, Breakthrough on Nuclear Missile Warheads

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

May 31, 2008

Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari, chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps

Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari, chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps

DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps have created a separate missile command, in which Syria’s missile force is to be integrated. The joint command was formalized in a new mutual defense treaty signed by the Syrian defense minister, Gen. Hassan Turkmani in Tehran last week.

Israeli military sources judge the operational merger of Iranian and Syrian missile corps to be a major strategic hazard to the Jewish state.

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Review of Amnesty International in 2007: Attacking Democracy instead of Oppression in Middle East




Summary:
  • NGO Monitor has systematically analyzed Amnesty International’s Middle East coverage in 2007, applying a quantitative methodology, similar to that used to examine the agenda of Human Rights Watch.
  • The results show that in 2007 Amnesty singled out Israel for more condemnation than Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Lebanon, and Algeria.
  • More items were published condemning Israel, than the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Hezbollah combined.   If detailed reports are used as an indicator, Amnesty ranks Israel and Iraq as equally the worst human rights abusers in the Middle East.
  • Israel’s democratic and open society ironically invites disproportionately negative reporting from Amnesty International. Access to information facilitates more comprehensive research than in less democratic regimes; democracy demands higher standards of human rights, according to Amnesty International’s Israel branch; external factors, such as media attention, dictate AI’s policy.
  • Amnesty's 2008 annual report (covering events in 2007) is yet another example of the NGO's highly biased approach.  It presents a gross distortion of the conflict, selectively reports events to remove the context of terrorism and ignore human rights issues not related to its political agenda, while repeating un-sourced and anecdotal claims.
  • The Israeli Justice Ministry's response to Amnesty's June 2007 report, "Enduring occupation Palestinians under siege in the West Bank” stated that “Amnesty’s report is one-sided, immoral, and riddled with mistakes and numerous factual and legal inaccuracies, including scant mention of Palestinian terrorism."
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France in Hamas Talks

IslamOnline.net & News Agencies          
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"We are not the only ones to have them," stressed Kouchner.

 PARIS — Breaking with the US-spearheaded isolation policy, France has confirmed holding contacts with the resistance group Hamas, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since June.

"These are not relations, they are contacts," Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told Europe 1 radio on Monday, May 19.

"It would be difficult to deny it since the man who is in touch with them has spoken."

Le Figaro earlier reported that retired diplomat Yves Aubin de La Messuziere, who served as ambassador to Iraq, met Hamas leaders, including ousted premier Ismail Haniyeh.

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Wikipedia: Israelophob und stolz darauf

Wikipedia bestraft die Organisation CAMERA, weil sie versucht hat, Menschen dazu zu bewegen, unbewiesene und falsche anti-israelische Aussagen aufzuspüren und zu entfernen. Wikipedia möchte ein Exempel gegen die “Israel-Lobby” statuieren. (Hier ist sie also wieder: die mächtige israelische Phantom-Lobby, welche angeblich die Welt kontrolliert …)

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Human Rights Watch: Bias and Double Standards Continues

April 29, 2008


"The point is not to equate, excuse or balance abuses but to demonstrate that reporting is based on human rights principles rather than partisan considerations." HRW's Position Paper on the Durban Preparatory Committee (April 21, 2008):
The following analysis demonstrates that HRW's own activities related to Israel continue to fall short of this basic standard of universality

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European Funding of NGOs Exposed as Exacerbating Middle East Conflict

 have previously written about the Funding for Peace Coalition website (note the new address!).  Their latest submission to a UK parliamentary inquiry once again documents the way international funding of the Palestinians lacks transparency or adequate controls –resulting in its diversion to corruption and violence.  At the end of the day, it is used to support war crimes, including the murder of Israeli civilians and the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields. And your money is used to promote "terrorist insurance" social welfare schemes.  Everyone is guilty – Europe, the US and even Japan give huge sums - both directly and indirectly.

 

NGO Monitor has just published a highly detailed examination of European Union (EU) funding of political NGOs in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The fifty-page report, 'Europe's Hidden Hand', shows that the EU provides tens of millions of Euros from public money to NGOs whose activities often exacerbate the Arab-Israeli conflict, rather than encouraging peace. The report also details the severe lack of transparency and accountability in funding of the NGOs. That is – simply another avenue where international funds promote never ending terrorism. 

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Exclusive: Barak calls off German trip next week as Damascus raises war alarm

Israel’s security cabinet convened Wednesday, April 2, to examine the homeland’s preparedness for war. It decided to redistribute the bio/chemical warfare masks a few months after they were called in. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose intelligence data indicating the possibility that Syria may transfer to Hizballah chemical or biological warheads known to have been developed for its war arsenal.

A few hours earlier, the London-based al Quds al-Arabi quoted Damascus officials as claiming that Israel is preparing a big attack on Syria and Hizballah. Syria was said to have ordered a partial call-up of its military reserves.

DEBKAfile reports that Damascus has placed its missile units on the alert after last week deploying two armored brigades on the Beirut-Damascus highway under the command of President Bashar Assad’s young brother Maher Assad, chief of the presidential guard. They were posted there to block the road in case Israeli armored columns attempted to reach Damascus through Lebanon.

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Joint Israeli- Palestinian Public Opinion Poll

THREATENED ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS DISENCHANTED WITH THE PEACE PROCESS AND SUPPORT FURTHER VIOLENCE

These are the results of the most recent poll conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, between March 12 and 17, 2008.

The weeks preceding the poll were characterized by increased violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, with Hamas intensifying its rocket shelling on Israeli civilian communities; an Israeli incursion into Gaza that left more than 130 Palestinians dead; and a shooting attack in West Jerusalem that led to the death of 8 Israeli religious students. The joint poll examined Israelis and Palestinians’ assessments of the negotiations launched by the Annapolis conference and are currently going on between Olmert and Abu Mazin. It further examined Israeli and Palestinian attitudes regarding a permanent settlement along the lines of the Saudi (Arab league) plan and Israelis’ attitudes towards a full evacuation of the Golan Heights in return for a complete peace agreement with Syria .
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Merkel Recognizes Israel’s Capital – But Opposes Military Steps against Iran

DEBKAfile Special Report

March 16, 2008, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

German-made Dolphin submarine

German-made Dolphin submarine

Some unusual aspects stand out in the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s four-day official visit to Israel starting Sunday, March 16. One is her arrival with seven of her top ministers, including foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and defense minister Franz Josef Jung. Both will hold bilateral talks with their Israeli counterparts.

Three items of business bring the German chancellor to Israel:

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Grüner will mit antisemitischer Hamas verhandeln

nullDer Grünen-Fraktionschef im Bundestag, Fritz Kuhn (Foto r.), will, dass die Hamas in “Friedensverhandlungen eingebunden wird”. Ob Kuhn die Charta der Hamas kennt? Davon muss man eigentlich ausgehen, ansonsten wäre er völlig uninformiert und inkompetent, wenn er über die Hamas redet, was natürlich nicht ausgeschlossen werden kann. Es stellt sich die Grundsatzfrage, ob man mit einer Organisation, die sich derart antisemitisch zeigt wie die Hamas, überhaupt verhandeln darf. Speziell im Hinblick auf die deutsche Geschichte ist Kuhns Vorschlag mehr als bedenklich - er ist beängstigend. Lees verder...

EU's BARBARIAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

In a move that mirrors the depraved "human" rights council at the UN, the Reichstag EU has made it's top priority Jew bashing designed to prep the international community for the resulting Jewish genocide.

Following in the hoofprints of the UN

Brussels: New court to try Israel for war crimes  INN hat tip Davida

Civil court established by human rights organizations to begin operations in Belgium Friday. First issue on the agenda: Israel's alleged war crimes in Lebanon, Gaza

Over the past year, human rights groups, in cooperation with Arab and European intellectuals, have been working on establishing the new court, which will be tasked with addressing different issues related to human rights violations and war crimes.

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Nasrallah declares Israel “will definitely cease to exist” in next war

The Hizballah leader, in his most vituperative speech against Israel ever, said Friday, Feb. 22: “Arab opposition, including Syria, and popular opposition will eliminate Israel; its armed forces will be defeated and Israel will be left with no army. We will fight as we have never fought before, confronting the Israeli army with of a type of combat it has never before experienced.”

Hassan Nasrallah pledged “Mughniyeh’s blood would not go unpunished, declaring,” He was killed in a pre-emptive Israeli strike, an open war.”

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U.S. Rewarding Palestinian Terrorism

Unwavering U.S. determination to fund, train, and arm more than 50,000 Palestinian “soldiers” raises serious doubts about the repeated promises President George W. Bush has made to secure Israel’s safety and bring peace to the Middle East.

If the Bush administration gets its way, $4.2 billion to $7 billion in American taxpayer dollars over the next five years may fund training and purchase arms for tens of thousands of seasoned Palestinian terrorists. Many are veteran murderers, released from Israeli prisons in “confidence building” measures repeatedly demanded by the U.S.

It’s as if the U.S. proposed sending money, arms, and military instructors to help Sudanese strongman, Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir, assist Darfur refugees — against whom he openly pursues genocide.

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Israel’s army chief orders IDF land, sea and air forces to prepare to defend the country’s northern borders and interests

Defense minister Ehud Barak said the entire national defense system is fully prepared and alert as heavy Israeli reinforcements, including homeland defense units, were rushed Thursday to northern Israel.

Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi gave these orders Thursday, Feb. 14, 24 hours after a bomb killed Hizballah’s military commander Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that he took these unprecedented steps following a stream of incoming intelligence updates reporting that Iran, Syria and Hizballah had decided not to let Mughniyeh’s death pass without an immediate response.

Israeli forces have been placed on the highest level of preparedness against possible Syrian or Hizballah cross-border strikes. Rocket attacks by Hizballah against Israeli civilians are also taken into account, as well as possible Syrian air force incursions into Israel air space.

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U.S. AID Fuels Palestinian Terror

The Bush Administration's search for partners to promote “peace” and “democracy” within the Palestinian Authority (PA) resembles Lord Charles Bowen’s “blind man in a dark room looking for a black hat -- which isn’t there.”

For the first time, the Bush Administration plans to give $150 million in cash directly to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Treasury, as part of a $496.5 million “aid” package, including $410 million for development programs. This added to the $86.5 million for CIA “security training,” which Congress authorized in April 2007.

The CIA has apparently assumed the Palestinian terrorist-training role previously held by the former Soviet Union. Since 1994, the CIA armed and trained thousands of Palestinian “security forces,” who subsequently joined every Palestinian terrorist organization.

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Shin Bet chief reports: Masses of high-quality weaponry, such as long-range rockets, roll into Gaza through the breached Sinai border

The domestic security agency’s director, Yuval Diskin, warned the Israeli cabinet Sunday, Feb. 3, that the Palestinians exploited the chaos on the Gaza-Sinai border to smuggle in quantities of long-range rockets, anti-tank and anti-air rockets and high explosives for missiles. Hundreds of Palestinian terrorists have headed south into Sinai. According to Western intelligence sources, they are spread out along the 220-km Israeli border.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources disclose the figure omitted from the cabinet’s official communiqué to avoid alarming the public: The number of armed terrorists at large in Sinai is estimated in the region of a thousand. Hamas prepared at least 30 tracks for them to use when it bulldozed the Gaza-Sinai border ten days ago.

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DEBKAfile: Much of southern Israel closed to civilian traffic, US and Israeli bases on high alert for Hamas incursions from Sinai

Most highways of the southern Negev - which adjoins the unfenced 220-km Egyptian Sinai frontier - were ordered shut to civilian traffic early Saturday, Jan. 26, until further notice. This is Israel’s most extensive terror alert ever, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. The big Israeli and American air and military bases in the region are on high terror alert and officers’ families are being removed to central Israel, following intelligence warnings that Hamas, Jihad Islami and al Qaeda are preparing to launch suicide operations across the porous Egyptian border from N. Sinai.

Israeli military forces have spread out across the southern region, checkpoints set up on the highways, lookout positions posted, and helicopters and drones are on constant surveillance.

DEBKAfile’s sources in the south report that Eilat, Israel’s southernmost town and Red Sea port, is not entirely cut off; the eastern Highway 90 is open to traffic although Highway 10 which follows the Egyptian Sinai frontier is closed.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hamas’ seizure of Northern Sinai from Egypt sends Washington, Jerusalem and Cairo into tense consultations

Senior military sources told DEBKAfile that the strategic feat achieved by Hamas Tuesday night, in capturing a section of Sinai from Egyptian forces, is irreversible. Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert held tense talks on the crisis Wednesday night, Jan. 23.

By demolishing the 10-km concrete barrier dividing the Gaza Strip from Egyptian Sinai, Hamas, backed by 200,000 Palestinians who surged across Wednesday, has acquired a new stronghold outside Israel’s military reach. US and Israeli intelligence sources report that Hamas laid the ground for its coup and timed it deliberately for the opening Wednesday of the Palestinian National Congress in Damascus. This event was organized by Tehran and Damascus to counter the US-promoted Annapolis conference and discredit Mahmoud Abbas’ diplomatic track with Israel under the US aegis.

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Gazan Palestinians shoot 23-missile barrage at Sderot Wednesday. Mayor Ellie Moyal resigns, accusing PM and military of abandoning civilians to peril

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that, between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired 23 Qassam missiles at the small town of Sderot, injuring a mothr and daughter and leaving many people in shock. The Iran-linked Jihad Islami claimed 11, leaving the remaining seven for other groups, including al Qaeda or the belligerent Resistance Committees.

Our sources stress that the onslaught underlines the bankruptcy of the Olmert government’s security policy in Israel’s southwestern Negev, due to its refusal to let the army root out the protracted peril hanging over its inhabitants.

1. The concentrated Palestinian missile assault was to be anticipated in reprisal for the Israel military counter-terror operation the day before in the Khan Younes sector of the southern Gaza Strip. Yet it was not averted.

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Saudi ambassador: The Arabs will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state

He spoke at Middle East conference held Nov. 27 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis after three opening speeches by US, Palestinian and Israeli leaders to the 44 delegations present. The three announced that a steering committee would negotiate the core problems at issue continuously from Dec.12 and conclude their talks by the end of 2008.

On his way home from the conference, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the next Middle East meeting would take place in Moscow. The date and agenda are still to be agreed.

Speaking after the opening session, Saudi FM Saudi al-Faisal emphasized that to achieve a permanent accord, it was essential for Israel to freeze settlement activity, dismantle unauthorized outposts, release jailed Palestinian prisoners, discontinue building the West Bank barrier, and lift the siege against the Palestinian people.

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DEBKAfile: Washington asks Jerusalem to clarify the Israeli dossier on North Korean-aided Syrian nuclear and missile activity presented by Turkish foreign minister to Assad

The New York Times reveals that Turkish officials presented Damascus on Oct. 6, with an “Israeli dossier” on a Syrian nuclear program [which Israeli relayed to Washington before its Sept. 6 air strike]. However Assad “vigorously denied the intelligence and said that what the Israelis had hit was a “storage depot for strategic missiles.”

DEBKAfile’s sources add: Turkish foreign minister Ali Babacan, who presented the Israeli dossier to president Bashar Assad, also delivered his reply to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert in a one-on-one conversation in Jerusalem Oct. 7. Washington is now demanding Israel’s response to Assad’s claim. The purpose of relaying the “Israeli dossier” to Ankara in the first place was to demonstrate that Syrian nuclear activity aided by North Korea potentially menaced neighboring Turkey as well as US regional interests and Israel.

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Frauen müssen Schleier tragen

Von Pierre Heumann

Die radikal-islamische Hamas verliert den Rückhalt der Palästinenser – und zieht die Zügel an. So berichtet die Menschenrechtsorganisation „Palestinian Centre for Human Rights“ fast täglich von neuen Folterfällen. Gewalttaten mit oft tödlichem Ausgang oder Entführungen durch die Polizeitruppen der Hamas sind an der Tagesordnung. Und ohne Kopftuch wagen sich die meisten Frauen nicht mehr auf die Straße.

GAZA-STADT. Die promovierte Pharmakologin und Fatah-Aktivistin Amani Abu Rahmeh hatte Freude an ihrem Beruf. Im palästinensischen Gesundheitsministerium war sie für die Versorgung mit Medikamenten in Gaza zuständig. Doch jetzt sitzt sie zu Hause. Notgedrungen. „Ich gehöre der falschen Partei an“, sagt sie zynisch. Weil sie die Fatah unterstützt und keine Begeisterung für die radikal-islamische Hamas zeigt, die seit dem Sommer Gaza kontrolliert, darf sie sich nicht mehr in ihrem Büro zeigen. „Als ob Gesundheit etwas mit Politik zu tun hätte“, sagt sie anklagend.

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Congress approves $1.2 billion worth of US-funded Israeli arms purchases, including 50 huge GBU-28 guided bunker busters

October 2, 2007, 10:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

American GBU-28 guided bunker buster sold to Israel

American GBU-28 guided bunker buster sold to Israel

DEBKAfile’s military sources report the package, discussed by US Pentagon and Israel defense ministry officials, aims at replenishing the seriously depleted Israel Air Force stocks of missiles, bombs and fuel to their level prior to the 2006 Lebanon war, ready for any potential war contingency. Some of these items will be delivered shortly; others over a five-year period.

They include thousands of missiles, tens of thousands of new bombs worth $799 million and 132 million gallons of jet fuel worth $308 million.

The accent of this consignment will be on the heaviest American bombs designed for such subterranean targets as the bunker fortresses of Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hizballah and on operating and guidance systems for upgrading Israeli Air Force ammunition.

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Newly-arrived Iranian and Hizballah instructors upgrade Palestinian missile capabilities in Gaza. IDF restrained from striking

September 3, 2007, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

For all its upgraded armor, Israel’s armed forces are prevented from launching effective offensive action to destroy the upgraded Palestinian missile infrastructure in Gaza.

After a Palestinian seven-missile barrage hit Sderot and its environs Sunday, the town’s parents decided to send the town’s school children to Jerusalem with their school books to hold classes opposite the Knesset.

They are protesting yet another meaningless pledge by the prime minister “to punish every missile launcher” in Gaza and his appeal to… the UN to stop the Palestinian missile blitz from Gaza. Sderot citizens say the school year which opened Sunday, Sept 2, is over. The town is breaking up because the armed forces are not allowed to break up the Hamas and Jihad Islami missile system or stop the flow of smuggled war materiel into Gaza. Once the education system shuts down, the town will expire.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hamas – and its Syrian and Iranian sponsors - capture priceless Palestinian Authority intelligence archives in Gaza putsch

The Fatah-led general intelligence and security services caved in too fast to shred, wipe or burn documents, computer disks and archives. The entire collection fell into Hamas’ hands when they seized Palestinian Preventive Intelligence HQ at Tel Awa (henceforth Tel al-Islam) and the Palestinian General Intelligence center near Gaza port.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources say: Never before has a bonanza of Western intelligence secrets on this scale ever reached an implacably hostile Islamist terrorist gang. The US, British and Israeli intelligence services may have suffered their greatest debacle in the war on Islamist terror. It will take them many years to recover.

Hamas has taken possession of hundreds of thousands of documents cataloguing the clandestine operations of Western intelligence services in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and the oil emirates. It is now the owner of complete archives of Palestinian undercover links with foreign intelligence services going back decades, with names of spies, political collaborators and double agents. The documentation covers the secret ties Palestinian intelligence maintained from the 1970s, when Yasser Arafat was based in Lebanon, with the Americans, the British, the French, the Israelis and many others.

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Aqsa Brigades in revolt against Abbas-Dahlan leadership

Tuesday night, May 29, Israeli forces pinned down and killed the breakaway militia’s Jenin chief Muhammad Marai. A few hours later, Israeli troops fought a Hamas squad hurling explosives and grenades in Tulkarm. The Israeli army has gone into action to decapitate the new group, which calls itself the Martyr Abu Amar (Yasser Arafat) Brigades, before it carries out orders from its Hamas chiefs in Gaza to launch mass-casualty, multiple suicide operations in Israeli cities from the West Bank. Israeli units have fanned out in Ramallah, Jenin, Tulkarm and Nablus.

Tuesday, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources reported:

More than 40 pc of Fatah-al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades on the West Bank have rebelled against Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and his senior adviser Mohammed Dahlan and established a separate suicide terrorist militia. The Martyr Abu Amar (Yasser Arafat) Brigades now obeys Hamas Gaza chiefs Hussein Hijaz and Abu Hilas (Abu Maher). They also take orders, as well as explosive supplies and funds, from the Lebanese Hizballah.

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Aid for Palestinian poverty or a Middle East arms race?

A plea to end the folly

The Funding for Peace Coalition (FPC) has identified a new and increasingly dangerous trend in the “game of giving” to the Palestinians.
Previously, the Europeans, Americans and other donors had at least pretended that aid was only to be used to reduce poverty, an essential part of the peace process. Leading the Palestinians away from bitterness is still very much needed.

It is impossible to know exactly how much money has already been given to the Palestinians in direct and indirect aid since the Oslo Accords of 1993.
Research efforts of the FPC and others place the figure between $14 and $20 billion. At the low end, that's $1 billion a year or about $4,000 of aid per person– an astoundingly large amount, outstripping any other aid emergency, including Sudan and the Tsunami relief effort.

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Olmert Holds Army Back in Face of Imminent Hizballah, Hamas Threats and Buildup

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni staged a revealing scrap of asides behind open microphones and TV cameras Monday, May 8.

She said the army chiefs was complaining the politicians were holding them back from dealing with the Palestinian Qassam missiles flying daily from Gaza. He replied: Tell them to take it easy.

Less than a week after Livni told Olmert to resign over the Winograd panel’s deadly criticism of his handling of last year’s Lebanon War, the duo were ready to act out a piece of theater and a course of military passivity. Neither seriously wants to hear what the army has to say – and not just the chief of staff, as in last year’s conflict, but the different views of commanders, as the panel advised. They are too preoccupied with personal survival maneuvers to attend to urgent security issues.

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Israeli military intelligence chief predicts Iran-Hizballah-Syria attack on Israel in summer

In his briefing to the Israeli cabinet Sunday, April 1, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, AMAN chief, reported that Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas expect the United States to attack Iran in the summer and they are preparing to retaliate by going to war with Israel. In Yadlin’s view, a proliferation of players and a many imponderables could ignite a conflict, which none of the parties wants – as happened in the Six Day War of 1967.

DEBKAfile analysts note five salient points in Gen. Yadlin’s briefing:

1. His comments came one day after Iran’s chief of staff, Gen. Hassan Fayrouz Abadi, urged the Arabs to hurry up and join Iran in a defense treaty because, he claimed, Israel threatened a war offensive in summer, two months hence. According to the Iranian general, Israel was bent on a “suicide assault” against a number of Arab states to save the Americans from having to pull their troops out of Iraq (sic).

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Israel losing the Internet propaganda war

A very good article in Omedia shows the problems Israel has in getting its message across:
Yonatan Dahoach-Halevi, who is a former head of the IDF’s Department of Information and Public Affairs, is responsible for the IDF Spokesman’s website, is a political content consultant to the ministry of defense, and an associate researcher with the Jerusalem Center for Public and Political Affairs, sees the internet as a world of unlimited possibilities. Israel, explains Halevi, does not exploit it correctly, even in the most basic sense of publishing official data, using the internet as a creative tool through blogs, forums, etc. “Israel doesn’t publish information in a free and flowing way on the internet. There is no Israeli database that academic researchers can use to write articles, or for researching the subject of Israel. If an academic researcher wants to write a position paper he goes to the internet and only finds Palestinian information and no Israeli data. Any information published by Israelis is put there by the Betzelem organization and other human rights organizations. The information they publish isn’t always accurate, but given the lack of other resources, the academics will use that data. The UN also uses their information. This creates a situation where the falsehoods and misinformation put out by the Palestinians becomes reality, their perception of reality”.
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Willkommen in der Realität, Spiegel Online!

israeli_policeman.jpgVoller Erstaunen haben wir heute auf SpOn den Bericht über die Auseinandersetzungen auf dem Tempelberg gelesen, und können immer noch nicht glauben, dass die Verfechter der politischen Korrektheit wirklich den Titel: ‘Muslimische Hetze gegen Bauarbeiten’ gewählt haben. Auch die Einleitung liest sich gar nicht spiegel-like: "Von Indonesien über Jordanien bis nach Ägypten und Marokko werden Proteste gegen die Bauarbeiten am Tempelberg laut. Dabei ist die heilige al-Aksa-Moschee gar nicht berührt. Doch das kümmert die religiösen Fanatiker nicht: Sie wollen den muslimischen Alleinanspruch auf Jerusalem."

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Israeli Arabs seek autonomy and veto on government decisions

By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent

Israeli Arabs are demanding cultural, religious and educational autonomy, and the right to veto government decisions on national issues that affect them.

The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee Tuesday released a document entitled "The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel." It stipulates that Israeli Arabs will demand that during the next two decades Israel become a binational state alongside an independent Palestinian state.

Monitoring Committee officials say the document is a cornerstone in the history of the Israeli Arabs, as it was produced by the Monitoring Committee and sponsored by the local authorities committee, two bodies representing all the political factions of the Arabs in Israel.

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Hamas Pulls Ahead of Dahlan’s Forces in Gaza

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

February 2, 2007, 11:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

 

 

The latest truce in the escalating Palestinian warfare broke down almost as soon as it was declared Friday night, Feb. 2. The Fatah delegation to talks with Hamas in Gaza City on a mechanism for enforcing the ceasefire came under attack as its convoy drove away from the meeting. Earlier, two Palestinians were killed shortly after Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) agreed on a ceasefire with his rival, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that Palestinian infighting in Gaza can no longer be defined simply as a straight conflict between Abbas’ Fatah and the radical Islamic Hamas - even though their leaders, Abbas and Meshaal, are to meet in Mecca next week to attempt a reconciliation under the stern eye of Saudi King Abdullah.

In the latest round of fighting, 25 Palestinians, including civilians and children, died Thursday and Friday. Another 250 were injured as Hamas went on the offensive to grab and destroy Fatah’s Gaza Strip bases. In 48 hours, Hamas gunmen had blown up General Intelligence HQ in Gaza City and attacked the main facility of the Preventive Security Service facility, which is headed by Fatah adherent Rashid Abu Shbak. A number of security officers were injured or taken captive. A Hamas mortar barrage Friday killed Abu Awad, commander of the Fatah-led Palestinian Intelligence Service in the northern Gaza Strip. Abbas’ Force 17 presidential guard also came under attack.

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Hamas is liquidating Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah activists in the Gaza Strip one by one, says Israel’s Shin Bet Director

August 20, 2006, 9:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Fatah presence in the Gaza Strip will be gone in three months, Yuval Diskin warned Sunday, Aug. 20, in his briefing to the weekly cabinet session in Jerusalem. In three or four years, Gaza Strip will be just like South Lebanon, in the view of the Shin Bet director. Hamas holds Hassan Nasrallah up as a national Arab hero and is eagerly aping his methods of combat. The anti-tank rockets which were so effective against Israeli tanks are the big hit for the Palestinians. Diskin also reported that money and weapons continue to reach Hizballah from Iran and Syria.

WATCHING LEBANON

Washington’s interests in Israel’s war.
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
Issue of 2006-08-21
Posted 2006-08-14

In the days after Hezbollah crossed from Lebanon into Israel, on July 12th, to kidnap two soldiers, triggering an Israeli air attack on Lebanon and a full-scale war, the Bush Administration seemed strangely passive. “It’s a moment of clarification,” President George W. Bush said at the G-8 summit, in St. Petersburg, on July 16th. “It’s now become clear why we don’t have peace in the Middle East.” He described the relationship between Hezbollah and its supporters in Iran and Syria as one of the “root causes of instability,” and subsequently said that it was up to those countries to end the crisis. Two days later, despite calls from several governments for the United States to take the lead in negotiations to end the fighting, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a ceasefire should be put off until “the conditions are conducive.”

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