woensdag 30 juni 2010

Palestijnse moefti: "Joden zijn de vijanden van Allah"


Palestijnse Jodenhaat nummer 15794:
 
"The Jews, the enemies of Allah and of His Messenger, the enemies of Allah and of His Messenger! Enemies of humanity in general, and of Palestinians in particular... The Prophet says: 'You shall fight the Jews and kill them..."
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 29, 2010]
 
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine:
"The Al-Aqsa Mosque is threatened by the plans of the enemies of Allah [the Jews], who have violated all faith and religious laws, and even deviated from their humanity."
[al-msjd-alaqsa.com (Al-Aqsa Mosque Forum), June 25, 2010]
 
Als je dag in dag uit met dergelijke retoriek en haat wordt overspoeld, dan ga je het natuurlijk vroeg of laat wel geloven, ook als je nog nooit van je leven door een Israelische soldaat bent vernederd. Als de aan de Palestijnse Autoriteit gelieerde media dit soort troep continu uitzenden, en aan de PA gelieerde moefti's, 'geleerden' en politici het verkondigen, wat zegt dat dan over de intenties van de PA en dus Fatah? Wat zegt dat over hun wil vrede met Israel te sluiten, en dus met de Joden samen te leven en goede afspraken te maken?
 
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PMW Bulletin, June 30, 2010
 
PA Mufti:
The "enemies of Allah," the Jews,
threaten Al-Aqsa

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2501
 
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

The Palestinian Authority-appointed Mufti in the Friday sermon from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, called on Palestinians to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israel's so-called threats to destroy the mosque. Significantly, the Mufti used the religious hate term, "enemies of Allah," in referring to the Jews.

Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine:
"The Al-Aqsa Mosque is threatened by the plans of the enemies of Allah [the Jews], who have violated all faith and religious laws, and even deviated from their humanity."
[al-msjd-alaqsa.com (Al-Aqsa Mosque Forum), June 25, 2010]

Click here to view.

On Jan. 29, 2010 in the sermon on official PA TV, the cleric preached similar demonization of Jews, using it to introduce his call to kill the Jews:
"The Jews, the enemies of Allah and of His Messenger, the enemies of Allah and of His Messenger! Enemies of humanity in general, and of Palestinians in particular... The Prophet says: 'You shall fight the Jews and kill them..."
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 29, 2010]

Click here to see the PMW bulletin on PA TV sermon on "Jews are the enemies of Allah and humanity."

Last week a PA TV host in a conversation with a child likewise referred to the Jews as "our enemies."

The PA Mufti made a similar accusation last month, when he told the PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that Israel was planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to build its "alleged temple" on the ruins [May 22, 2010].

Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (Fatah) have generated and sustained religious hatred by disseminating the libel that Israel is attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This libel is often combined with the call to "defend Al-Aqsa" from the Jews.

Click here to view more examples of this recurring libel on the PMW website.
 
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PMW | King George 59 | Jerusalem | Israel
 
 

maandag 28 juni 2010

UNRWA veroordeelt aanval op VN zomerkamp voor kinderen door extremisten

 
De UNRWA zomerkampen zijn concurrentie voor de Hamas die haar eigen zomerkampen organiseert met veel nadruk op de juiste islamitische leer, Jodenhaat en militarisme. Hamas heeft bovendien de macht in Gaza en is dus verantwoordelijk voor de openbare orde en veiligheid. Toch presteert UNRWA baas John Ging het om ook Israel de schuld te geven:
 
He said the attack is the latest sign of growing levels of extremism in Gaza. He said it provides further evidence "of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism."

Ging has repeatedly called for lifting of the 3 year-old border blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt, arguing the sanctions have mostly hurt ordinary Gazans, not Hamas. The blockade was imposed after the violent Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.

 
De 'circumstances on the ground' die hiervan de oorzaak zijn, zijn in de eerste plaats het feit dat een extremistische gewelddadige antisemitische organisatie de macht heeft gegrepen en een dictatoriaal bewind voert waarin dissidenten worden opgepakt, er kledingregels voor vrouwen gelden, allerlei soorten vermaak zijn verboden, er geen vrije pers is en ook geen onafhankelijke rechtspraak. Een organisatie die bovendien via haar media en vrijdagdiensten mensen ophitst tegen het westen en Israel en alles wat niet islamitisch is. Maar dat gaat de UNRWA, die immers van Hamas afhankelijk is om haar werk te kunnen blijven doen, natuurlijk niet zeggen.
 
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The Jerusalem Post
UN summer camp in Gaza vandalized
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
06/28/2010 13:25


Local UN chief: Vandalism "cowardly and despicable."

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=179762


A UN summer camp for children in Gaza was vandalized by two dozen masked men early Monday.

The vandals burned and slashed tents, toys and a plastic swimming pool. It was the second such attack in a month.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamic extremists have accused the main UN aid agency of corrupting Gaza's youth with its summer program of games, sports and human rights lessons for 250,000 children.

The UN's main competitor in running summer camps is Hamas, which says it has reached some 100,000 children. The Hamas camps teach Islam and military-style marching, along with swimming and horseback riding.

In Monday's attack, about two dozen armed and masked men targeted a seaside camp in central Gaza, one of dozens of UN sites across the Palestinian territory.

The assailants tied up an unarmed guard, then tried to set fire to two tents and a perimeter fence made from tarp-like material. Wielding knives, they slashed a plastic swimming pool, blow-up slide and other toys.

John Ging, the local UN chief, called it a "cowardly and despicable" attack and said the site would be rebuilt quickly.

He said the attack is the latest sign of growing levels of extremism in Gaza. He said it provides further evidence "of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism."

Ging has repeatedly called for lifting of the 3 year-old border blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt, arguing the sanctions have mostly hurt ordinary Gazans, not Hamas. The blockade was imposed after the violent Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.


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UNRWA
Press Release
 Gaza
28 June 2010
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

UNRWA condemns second attack on Summer Games locations
 
At 0230 on Monday 28 June 2010, a group of approximately 25 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to and destroyed an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility on the beach in Nuseirat, Gaza. The guards at the facility were physically assaulted and handcuffed but they were not injured. Fortunately no one else was hurt in the incident.
 
The attack is the second of its kind in a month, following on from an attack on Sunday 23 May 2010 when a group of approximately 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility then under construction on the beach in Gaza city.
 
UNRWA's Director of Operations in Gaza, John Ging, condemning this second "cowardly and despicable act" said that "the overwhelming success of UNRWA's Summer Games has once again obviously frustrated those that are intolerant of children's happiness." He went on to say that "this is another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza and further evidence, if that were needed, of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism." Ging said that UNRWA's response would be simple: "UNRWA will rebuild the camp immediately and will continue with its Summer Games program which is so important for the physical and psychological wellbeing of Gaza's children, so many of whom are stressed and traumatised by their circumstances and experiences." Ging also complimented the emergency services who were quick to respond and ensured that the damage caused by the attack was minimised.
 
UNRWA's Summer Games, conducted for the fourth year with the full support and involvement of the community, is the largest recreation program for Gaza's children providing a diversified set of activities including sports, swimming, arts and crafts, theatre and drama. The Summer Games commenced on 12 June and will run through 5 August, providing 1,200 summer camps for over 250,00 refugee children across the Gaza Strip.
 
- Ends -
 
For more information please contact:
 
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972-(0)54-216-8295
Office: +972 (0)2-589-0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org
 
Chris Gunness
UNRWA English Spokesperson
Mobile: +972-(0)54-240-2659
c.gunness@unrwa.org
 

Hoe de media anti-Israel leugens helpen verspreiden


Nieuwe valse aantijging tegen Israel: het heeft een aantal zuurstofmachines bedoeld voor de Palestijnen niet toegelaten op zowel de Westoever als de Gazastrook:
 
Here is one example plucked from today's mail. The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry claim Israel has seized seven oxygen machines intended for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and paid for by the Norwegian government. It said that a protest was being made to Norway. The story was picked up by several European newspapers. No evidence or specifics—what Israeli agency held them up? What dates? What hospitals were these for?--was provided.

Note, as in so many of these stories, the Israeli goal is said to be murder pure and simple. The message conveyed is: What kind of people would behave this way? The Israelis (or Jews in general) not only don't deserve to have a state, they don't even deserve to live. Wiping them off the planet would be doing the world a favor. Hmm, where have we heard this before?

Asked to look into the oxygen machine story, an Israeli official did so and pointed out that there are no controls over such imports into the West Bank so there would be no basis for holding up anything going there. As for Gaza, those directly involved in the process of sending in aid note that no applications to import such machines has been filed, there is no record of any such machines arriving, and thus nothing had been held up.

In short, the story is completely false, presuming that the Palestinian Authority health ministry won't provide documents and specifics. But that isn't going to happen as it will just be on to the next false story, hoping for a bigger media response.
 
Het heeft op 'NuJij.nl' gestaan en wellicht nog andere populaire media en ongetwijfelt neemt het leger aan anti-Israel bloggers het verhaal klakkeloos over. Alles wat anti-Israel is, is welkom, of het waar is doet er niet toe.
 
--Hundreds of American college professors signed a petition claiming that Israel was supposedly about to throw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of the West Bank though there was zero evidence of any such intention and, of course, nothing ever happened.
 
Deze - door Amira Hass verspreide - onzinbewering haalde via de Volkskrant en de 'Midden-Oosten Werkgroep' zelfs het laatste GroenLinks congres, waarop een motie werd aangenomen tegen de "dreigende deportatie van tienduizenden Palestijnen uit de Westoever".
 
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The Privileged Slander: Why the Media Laps Up The Anti-Israel Lying Campaign

http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2010/06/privileged-slander-why-media-laps-up.html
By Barry Rubin

 
Israel is subject daily to scores of false claims and slanders that receive a remarkable amount of credibility in Western media, academic, and intellectual circles even when no proof is offered.

Palestinian groups (including the Gaza and Palestinian Authority regimes), associated local and allied foreign non-government organizations, Western radical and anti-Israel groups, and politically committed journalists are eager to act as propaganda agents making up false stories or transmitting them without serious thought or checking.

Others have simply defined the Palestinians as the "victims" and "underdogs" while Israel is the "villain" and "oppressor." Yet truth remains truth; academic and journalist standards are supposed to apply.

While regular journalists may ask for an official Israeli reaction to such stories the undermanned government agencies are deluged by hundreds of these stories, and committed to checking out seriously each one. Thus, the Israeli government cannot keep up with the flow of lies.

So the key question is to understand the deliberateness of this anti-Israel propaganda and evaluating the credibility of the sources.

An important aspect of this is to understand that Israel is a decent, democratic country with a free media that is energetic about exploring any alleged wrongdoing and a fair court system that does the same. To demonize Israel into a monstrous, murderous state—which is often done—makes people believe any negative story.

Some of these are big false stories—the alleged killing of Muhammad al-Dura and the supposed Jenin massacre—others are tiny. Some—like the claim Israel was murdering Palestinians to steal their organs-- get into the main Western newspapers while others only make it into smaller and non-English ones.

Taken together, this campaign of falsification is creating a big wave not only of anti-Israel sentiment but of antisemitism on a Medieval scale, simply the modern equivalent of claims that the Jews poisoned wells, spread Bubonic Plague, or murdered children to use their blood for Passover matzohs.

Come to think of it even those claims are still in circulation. Indeed, on June 8, the Syrian representative at the UN Human Rights Council (oh, the irony!) claimed in a speech that Israeli children are taught to extol blood-drinking. No Western delegate attacked the statement.

Here are three actual examples of well-educated Westerners believing such modern legends reported to me recently by colleagues:

--A former classmate, one told me, claimed that the Palestinians are living in death camps, being starved, etc. Asked to provide facts and provided with evidence to the contrary, he could provide no real examples. Finally, he remarked, 'The truth is always somewhere in the middle.' "

--Hundreds of American college professors signed a petition claiming that Israel was supposedly about to throw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of the West Bank though there was zero evidence of any such intention and, of course, nothing ever happened.

--A British writer of some fame claimed, on the basis of an alleged single conversation with a questionable source, that Israel was preparing gas chambers for the mass murder of Palestinians. When asked if she was really claiming this would happen, she stated that it wasn't going to happen but only because people like her had sounded the alarm to prevent it.

And what of the accusations of genocide contained in an article by sensationalist Israeli reporter Uzi Mahnaimi (even though his stories almost always prove to be wrong the Sunday Times never learns) and the respected Marie Colvin's November 1998 in The Sunday Times reporting Israel was attempting to build an "ethno-bomb" containing a biological agent that could specifically target genetic traits present amongst Arab populations? Or the Guardian's more recent distortion of documentation to claim that Israel was selling nuclear weapons to South Africa?

There is no limit. When stories are proven wrong, the damage remains, apologies are non-existent or muted, and no lesson is learned because the same process is soon repeated. (In the Guardian, it is repeated not only on a daily basis but sometimes several times a day!) But perhaps readers could learn to disregard what they have repeatedly seen has been untrue?

Here is one example plucked from today's mail. The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry claim Israel has seized seven oxygen machines intended for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and paid for by the Norwegian government. It said that a protest was being made to Norway. The story was picked up by several European newspapers. No evidence or specifics—what Israeli agency held them up? What dates? What hospitals were these for?--was provided.

Note, as in so many of these stories, the Israeli goal is said to be murder pure and simple. The message conveyed is: What kind of people would behave this way? The Israelis (or Jews in general) not only don't deserve to have a state, they don't even deserve to live. Wiping them off the planet would be doing the world a favor. Hmm, where have we heard this before?

Asked to look into the oxygen machine story, an Israeli official did so and pointed out that there are no controls over such imports into the West Bank so there would be no basis for holding up anything going there. As for Gaza, those directly involved in the process of sending in aid note that no applications to import such machines has been filed, there is no record of any such machines arriving, and thus nothing had been held up.

In short, the story is completely false, presuming that the Palestinian Authority health ministry won't provide documents and specifics. But that isn't going to happen as it will just be on to the next false story, hoping for a bigger media response.

Having seen so many such stories disproved over the years—as Israel's credibility, while not perfect, has compared favorably with that of any Western democratic state—one might think a lesson would be learned. But as the great American journalist Eric Severeid remarked many years ago, nothing can protect someone when the media sets out deliberately to misunderstand and report falsely about them.

In addition, they should only repeat, report, or believe stories based on credible identified sources citing specific names, dates, and details. In addition, stories or claims should be internally logical and make sense given known facts. The idea that Israel enjoys killing or injuring Palestinians for fun does not meet that test.

Honorable journalists and scholars should take note and approach these false stories more skeptically. They should also reexamine their stereotypes and remember that their political views should be kept as much as possible out of their professional work.

Not so long ago, the above points would have been taken for granted as the most basic and obvious principles. They need to be relearned.
 
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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (PalgraveMacmillan). His new edited books include Lebanon: Liberation, Conflict and Crisis; Guide to Islamist Movements; Conflict and Insurgency in the Middle East; The West and the Middle East (four volumes); and The Muslim Brotherhood. To read and subscribe to MERIA, GLORIA articles, or to order books. To see or subscribe to his blog, Rubin Reports.
 
 

zaterdag 26 juni 2010

Amnesty International spreekt zichzelf tegen over definitie van "bezetting"


Ik heb er al vaker op gewezen dat het nergens op slaat om de Gazastrook bezet te noemen, aangezien de enige Israelische soldaat die er zit, gevangen wordt gehouden door Hamas. Amnesty International is hierin echter bepaald niet alleen. Het probleem is dat de status van Gaza sinds Israels terugtrekking in 2005 nogal vaag is: als Israel inderdaad niet de bezetter is, maar het is ook geen soevereine staat, wat is het dan wel? Hamas heeft er de controle op de grond en vaardigt de wetten uit, maar voor een aantal zaken is men afhankelijk van Israel, Egypte of de Palestijnse regering op de Westoever. Hamas heeft zich echter zelf in deze situatie gebracht, door met de eenheidsregering te breken en Fatah met grof geweld te verdrijven, en vervolgens de facto de oorlog aan een machtig buurland te verklaren.
 
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Amnesty contradicts itself on definition of "occupation"

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2010/06/amnesty-contradicts-itself-on.html

Amnesty International consistently refers to the Gaza Strip as "occupied" and Israel as the "occupying power." For example, in a recent press release, it says

After Hamas took control in Gaza in June 2007, the existing Israeli policy of closure was tightened to a blockade restricting the entry of food, fuel, and other basic goods....
As the occupying power, Israel bears the foremost responsibility for ensuring the welfare of the inhabitants of Gaza.
So in the case of Israel, Amnesty (and others, including the ICJ) consider a closure of a territory over most of its borders to be "occupation."

Yet after the US and UK invaded Iraq, Amnesty in 2003 published a guide about the definition and legalities of a belligerent occupation. See how that definition, based on the Hague conventions, apply to Gaza:

The definition of belligerent occupation is given in Article 42 of the Hague Regulations:

"Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised."

The sole criterion for deciding the applicability of the law on belligerent occupation is drawn from facts: the de facto effective control of territory by foreign armed forces coupled with the possibility to enforce their decisions, and the de facto absence of a national governmental authority in effective control. If these conditions are met for a given area, the law on belligerent occupation applies. Even though the objective of the military campaign may not be to control territory, the sole presence of such forces in a controlling position renders applicable the law protecting the inhabitants. The occupying power cannot avoid its responsibilities as long as a national government is not in a position to carry out its normal tasks.

The international legal regime on belligerent occupation takes effect as soon as the armed forces of a foreign power have secured effective control over a territory that is not its own. It ends when the occupying forces have relinquished their control over that territory.

The question may arise whether the law on occupation still applies if new civilian authorities set up by the occupying power from among nationals of the occupied territories are running the occupied territory's daily affairs. The answer is affirmative, as long as the occupying forces are still present in that territory and exercise final control over the acts of the local authorities.
In the first quote from Amnesty above, it is clear that they recognize that Hamas has taken over Gaza. By their own definitions, which are very clear in the case of Iraq, "occupation" occurs only is when the outside army has physical control of the territory on the ground, and when it can override the decisions taken by the local authorities.

Any way you look at it, Gaza is not under the "authority" of the IDF and such authority over Gaza cannot be exercised by the IDF without a return of a physical presence. If Gaza is considered occupied because Israel has the ability to control its own border with a hostile territory, then Israel must have been "occupied" by its neighbors before 1977 because they also controlled their own borders and stopped any trade with Israel. The idea is absurd, and has no basis in international law.

In fact, Amnesty goes on in its 2003 guide to demand specific responsibilities of the US and UK in Iraq, responsibilities that it would be loathe to request Israel perform in Gaza. These include maintaining law and order, protecting civilians from being tortured or coerced, and other provisions that necessitate an actual physical presence in the territory. (Goldstone's legal arguments were even more bizarre.)

Amnesty's definition of occupation given in 2003 is quite accurate and fully in agreement with the Hague definitions. When it changes that definition concerning Israel in Gaza, it is engaging in blatant hypocrisy.

donderdag 24 juni 2010

Vlaams 'Broederlijk Delen' kan Israël bashen niet laten, al hebben Palestijnen het gedaan


Het Belgische 'Broederlijk Delen' is volgens mij zoiets als de Novib, maar dan nog veel extremer anti-Israel. De creativiteit die men aan de dag legt om Israel te bashen wanneer de Palestijnen iets hebben gedaan is verbijsterend, en men is bereid daarin heel ver te gaan.
 
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Broederlijk Delen kan het Israëlbashen niet laten

Woensdag 23 Juni 2010 17:27
http://joodsactueel.be/2010/06/23/broederlijk-delen-kan-het-israelbashen-niet-laten/

De wereld op zijn kop: Joodse staat krijgt nu zelf de schuld voor Palestijnse wanpraktijken

Reeds meermaals kaartten wij de eenzijdigheid van NGO's als Broederlijk Delen (BD) aan als het om het Midden-Oostenconflict gaat. Deze maand ging de organisatie voort op haar elan en kregen we nogmaals een opmerkelijk staaltje desinformatie over ons heen – betaald met uw en mijn belastingsgeld.

Het verhaal begint twee weken geleden in Gaza. Palestijnse radicalen slaan er een zomerkamp van de VN kort en klein. Dertig gemaskerde mannen, waarvan een deel gewapend, vallen het kamp binnen. Ze scheuren er de tenten kapot en verbranden de installaties. De bewaker van het kamp moet machteloos toekijken. De VN zou tijdens de zomermaanden het kamp gebruiken om 4.500 Arabische kinderen op te vangen, maar volgens de radicalen zou het er niet preuts genoeg aan toegaan omdat de kinderen er o.a. fitness- en danslessen krijgen.

Een alerte lezer van Joods Actueel vraagt zich af hoe Broederlijk Delen, Amnesty en company zouden reageren indien het zomerkamp omwille van een Israëlische actie zou worden gesloten. De consternatie zou alomtegenwoordig zijn, maar wanneer Israël niet de schuldige is, blijft het muisstil. De lezer neemt contact op met Broederlijk Delen en vraagt waarom er geen persbericht op de website staat om het geweld af te keuren. Indien de organisatie bezorgd is om het pleit van de weerloze Palestijnen en het onrecht dat hen wordt aangedaan, waarom dan een onderscheid maken waar dat 'onrecht' vandaan komt, vroeg hij zich af?

BD reageerde instemmend en zou een communiqué schrijven om het voorval te veroordelen.

Met tegenzin blijkt nu. Want het bericht dat BD de wereld instuurt, is in de eerste plaats een aanval op Israël en vertikt het om Hamas en andere radicalen te veroordelen. Wat lezen we? BD is 'verontrust over de situatie' en 'Hamas gaat niet vrijuit'. Scherpe afkeuring, verontwaardiging, boosheid, geschokt zijn, vragen om maatregelen, allemaal termen die we wél te horen krijgen als de organisatie Israël de les spelt worden hier netjes geweerd.

Meer nog in hetzelfde bericht laat BD hun directeur Pol De Greve aan het woord. Zijn kijk op de zaak? "De invoer van schoolboeken, papier en kleurpotloden zijn omwille van zogenaamde veiligheidsoverwegingen verboden. Daarenboven zijn er nauwelijks recreatieve activiteiten voor kinderen en jongeren. Door de psychologische tol van de jarenlange opsluiting en zeker na de bombardementen van operatie 'Gegoten lood' in de winter van 2009 hebben zij er des te meer behoefte aan".

Vooraleer ik tot de kern van de zaak kom eerst even dit: Ik ben benieuwd wat het woord  'zogenaamde' bij 'veiligheidsoverwegingen van Israël' moet voorstellen? Ik ben ook verbaasd over het statement dat er 'nauwelijks recreatieve activiteiten voor kinderen zijn' als we weten dat de VN elk jaar meer dan 250.000 ervan entertainen in zomerkampen. En wat te denken van kleurpotloden en schoolboeken die Gaza niet zouden in mogen als we weten dat Israël via de VN wél schoolmateriaal heeft binnengelaten de voorbije maanden en thans bezig is met de coördinatie voor het importeren van 74 containerklassen en maar liefst 200.000 laptops voor schoolgaande kinderen in Gaza?

Maar dit alles terzijde. De vraag die ik me stel is wat dit allemaal te maken heeft met het zware incident in Gaza? De enige die hier met de vinger wordt gewezen – en dan nog op basis van foute informatie – is Israël. Directeur De Greve wenst aan de Palestijnse extremisten geen enkele kritiek te geven, zoveel is duidelijker.

Maar het wordt nog beter. Broederlijk Delen citeert in zijn communiqué VN directeur John Ging. Die verklaarde aan de pers en op zijn website dat dit 'een aanval was op het geluk van kinderen'. Maar kijk, BD vervolgt: "Ging waarschuwde al meermaals voor de gevolgen van Israëls afsluitingsbeleid dat het wetteloze klimaat creëert waarin kinderen opgroeien. Hoe kan je nu verwachten dat jongeren mensenrechten respecteren als ze in hun leven aan niets anders werden blootgesteld dan schendingen ervan?"

Met andere woorden, ocharme die brave Palestijnen. Hoe kan je het hen nu kwalijk nemen dat ze een zomerkamp voor kinderen kort en klein slaan als ze niet anders kennen omdat ze heel hun leven werden blootgesteld aan mensenrechtenschendingen door Israël. Wat een statement! Hier moet ik geen commentaar aan toevoegen.

Maar dat is toch een uitspraak van VN directeur Ging en niet van Broederlijk Delen hoor ik u zeggen. Toch niet helemaal. Wij gingen op zoek in tientallen nieuwsbronnen (ook van de voorbije jaren) en konden géén dergelijke uitspraak van Ging terugvinden! We belden zelf met de woordvoerders van UNWRA in Gaza en Jeruzalem, de heren Mshasha en Guness maar ook die konden het statement niet plaatsen.

Hallo Broederlijk Delen? Woordvoerder Karel Ceule: "Dit is een citaat uit eerdere gesprekken van John Ging met medewerkers van NGO's, onder andere met Broederlijk Delen." Ja ja, zo is het wel gemakkelijk. Tweede vraag: "U geeft dus toe dat het citaat niet actueel is en uit zijn context is gerukt des te meer omdat het spreekt over jongeren terwijl het geen jongeren waren die het zomerkamp hebben aangevallen. We kunnen ons niet anders dan de bedenking maken dat het communiqué kost wat kost de schuld hiervoor in de schoenen van Israël wil schuiven. Uw reactie?"

U raadt het al, we kregen geen respons meer op onze e-mails.

Een wijze raad aan Broederlijk Delen: het is best als je géén persbericht meer verstuurt over Palestijnse wandaden, zeker als je dit met tegenzin doet en dan alles uit de kast haalt om vooral Israël te beschuldigen. Dan liever het ander hypocriete spelletje waarbij je enkel het slechte van Israël aan bod laat komen en de Palestijnse misdaden met de mantel der liefde bedekt. Wees tenminste eerlijk in je deceptie? Of is zelfs dat teveel gevraagd?

Michael Freilich

woensdag 23 juni 2010

Haaretz: Nederlandse politie undercover als Haredi joden om antisemieten te vangen?

 
We hebben de Haaretz weer eens gehaald, en dat is meestal geen goed teken. Het positieve nieuws is dat er om een of andere reden eindelijk aandacht lijkt te zijn voor het groeiende antisemitisme, en het feit dat Joden niet meer met een keppel over straat kunnen en synagoges onherkenbaar (en streng beveiligd) moeten zijn. Gisteren besteedde Netwerk er aandacht aan, en vorige week had de NRC er een artikel over. Het probleem lijkt dus eindelijk serieus te worden genomen. De volgende vraag is wat eraan te doen. Hopelijk wordt het niet geheel losgezongen van de doorgedraaide kritiek op Israel en de delegitimatiecampagne tegen haar, en laat men het niet bij een paar projecten die Marokkanen moeten leren dat niet alle Joden wrede zionisten zijn en niet alle Joden achter Israel staan. Het gaat er immers juist om dat ze leren dat een Jood het volste recht heeft achter Israel te staan en daar openlijk voor uit te komen.
 
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Are Dutch police going undercover as Haredi Jews?
Initiative for undercover cops to dress as ultra-Orthodox comes in wake of frequent attacks against Jews by Moroccan immigrants.
By Cnaan Liphshiz
 
 
Dutch police may employ undercover agents disguised as religious Jews to expose and arrest violent anti-Semites, a police spokesperson said last week.

The initiative was first proposed by a Dutch Muslim legislator in response to reports of frequent attacks against Jews by Moroccan immigrants. Prominent figures from the country's Jewish community said they supported the plan.

Over the past few years, Dutch politicians have been debating the use of undercover police officers posing as gay couples as a means to draw out serial perpetrators of attacks against gays, from the Muslim community and from the general population.
 
In a radio interview on Wednesday for Radio BNR, Ahmed Marcouch – a Moroccan-born member of Labor who immigrated to Holland when he was 10 – said: "I say send fake Jews to arrest the attackers. Everything must be done to keep this phenomenon from growing. It seems like small incidents, but this is serious."
 
The Center for Information and Documentation Israel, an influential nongovernmental watchdog on anti-Semitism, announced on Thursday that it supported the initiative. "It has become common for Jews to hide their skull-caps on the street," said Ronny Naftaniel, who heads the center, known in Holland by its initials, CIDI. He added that Marchouch's "liberal views have cost him in the past the support of voters from the Moroccan community."
 
During the first month of 2009, the center documented 98 anti-Semitic incidents, which almost equaled the total of such attacks in 2008. Holland's chief rabbi, Binyamin Jacobs, told Haaretz he recently witnessed unidentified persons who tried to disrupt a memorial service for Jews murdered in the Holocaust by shouting Nazi slogans.
 
"The new initiative is the expression of desperation about the failure of Dutch police to make progress with regard to the widespread and aggressive anti-Semitism among Muslims in Amsterdam – a heritage left behind by Amsterdam's former mayor, Job Cohen," said Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, a Dutch-Israeli researcher of anti-Semitism and chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
 
Marcouch entered parliament as candidate 15 on Labor's list under the party's chairman, Job Cohen. Marcouch told Haaretz that he believed the best way to fight anti-Semitism among Muslim immigrants was by putting greater emphasis on Holocaust studies in schools with many immigrant pupils.
 
"Hate and anti-Semitism is sometimes can be addressed together through education," explained Marcouch, a leading member in the Jewish-Moroccan Network of Amsterdam – a forum which CIDI and Cohen helped create in 2006 to promote dialog between the two communities.
 
"It is in the family that one needs to be alert, and to eliminate anti-Semitism," Marcouch added. "And the way to do this is through education about what hatred of the other can lead to. Strong police intervention is important because no one must suffer violence, but in parallel we need to inform children so they don't harbor anti-Semitic feelings."
 
 

dinsdag 22 juni 2010

Officiële Israëlische aankondiging over versoepeling blokkade Gazastrook

 
Het haalde geloof ik alle kranten hier, maar werd niet altijd juist weergegeven: sommigen kopten dat de hele blokkade van de Gazastrook is opgeheven, anderen dat het onmiddelijk inging. De lijst van verboden goederen is men echter nog aan het opstellen, en de zeeblokkade blijft zeker van kracht, want Israel wil kunnen controleren dat er geen wapens worden gesmokkeld.
 
Andere onjuistheden in de berichtgeving: sommige kranten meldden dat er al ruim 40 jaar zeer weinig goederen Gaza binnen worden gelaten, anderen beweerden dat de blokkade al uit 2005 of 2006 stamde, terwijl die -zeker in haar huidige aard en omvang- begon na de bloedige machtovername van Hamas in de zomer van 2007. Zo waren er nog wel meer 'vertekeningen' in de berichtgeving, zoals dat veel ernstig zieke Gazanen niet voor medische behandeling de strook konden verlaten (vele duizenden mensen per jaar worden in Israel behandeld), dat de bevolking zou worden 'uitgehongerd' enz. En last but not least, dat de 'Free Gaza' flottielje een humanitaire missie zou hebben uitgevoerd...
 
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Prime Minister's Office - Statement

Following the Israeli Security Cabinet Meeting   (June 20th 2010)

Israel's policy is to protect its citizens against terror, rocket and other attacks from Gaza.   In seeking to keep weapons and war materiel out of Gaza while liberalizing the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza, the Government of Israel has decided to implement the following steps as quickly as possible:

1.     Publish a list of items not permitted into Gaza that is limited to weapons and war materiel, including problematic dual-use items.  All items not on this list will be permitted to enter Gaza.

2.      Enable and expand the inflow of dual-use construction materials for approved PA-authorized projects (schools, health facilities, water, sanitation, etc.) that are under international supervision and for housing projects such as the U.N. housing development being completed at Khan Yunis.  Israel intends to accelerate the approval of such projects in accordance with accepted mechanisms and procedures.

3.      Expand operations at the existing operating land crossings, thereby enabling the processing of a significantly greater volume of goods through the crossings and the expansion of economic activity. 

4.      Add substantial capacity at the existing operating land crossings and, as more processing capacity becomes necessary and when security concerns are fully addressed, open additional land crossings.

5.      Streamline the policy of permitting the entry and exit of people for humanitarian and medical reasons and that of employees of international aid organizations that are recognized by the GOI.  As conditions improve, Israel will consider additional ways to facilitate the movement of people to and from Gaza. 

6.   Israel will continue to facilitate the expeditious inspection and delivery of goods bound for Gaza through the port of Ashdod. 

Israel welcomes cooperation and coordination with its international and regional partners in implementing this policy and will continue to discuss with them additional ways to advance this policy.

The current security regime for Gaza will be maintained.  Israel reiterates that along with the U.S., EU and others, it considers Hamas a terrorist organization.  The international community must insist on a strict adherence to the Quartet principles regarding Hamas.

Hamas took over Gaza and turned it into a hostile territory from which Hamas prepares and carries out attacks against Israel and its citizens.  The Israel Defense Forces will continue to prevent the flow into and out of Gaza of terrorist operatives, weapons, war material and dual use items which enhance the military capability of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.   Israel calls on the international community to stop the smuggling of weapons and war materials into Gaza.

Gilad Shalit is approaching four years in captivity.  The international community should join Israel in strongly condemning those who hold him captive and in redoubling their efforts to secure his immediate release.

 

maandag 21 juni 2010

Mokum geen veilige haven meer voor Joden met keppel

 
Onbegrip van Joden voor de onverschillige houding van veel politici tegenover het groeiende antisemitisme.
 
Hieronder een boos bericht van Israned naar aanleiding van een reportage gisteren van de Joodse Omroep over het toegenomen antisemitisme in Amsterdam. Juist Amsterdam, waar al eeuwelang de meeste Joden in Nederland wonen, de stad die zij mede hebben gevormd en gekleurd, die zij hun eigen naam hebben gegeven en die zo dikwijls een Joodse burgemeester had, is steeds onveiliger aan het worden voor als zodanig herkenbare Joden.
 
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De keppel, de bedreiging en de verborgen camera

http://www.israned.com/2010/06/de-keppel-de-bedreiging-en-de-verborgen.html
 
Deze morgen 12.00 uur zendt de Joodse Omroep een reportage uit waarbij met de verborgen camera het antisemitisme in uitgerekend Amsterdam is vastgelegd. Amsterdam, de stad die vroeger het Jeruzalem van het Noorden werd genoemd oftewel Mokum. Een woord uit het Jiddisch dat veilige haven betekent. Die veilige haven is er in Mokum voor Joodse Amsterdammers niet meer wanneer zij hun religie willen uitdragen.
Met twee Joodse scholieren en een volwassene die alledrie een keppel dragen neemt een reportageteam de proef op de som in willekeurige buurten in Amsterdam. Groepjes jongeren brengen de Hitlergroet en schelden de wandelaars uit. Onverbloemde agressie en antisemitisme vallen hen ten deel.
Dat is wat Joden in Mokum overkomt. Uitgedragen door de nieuwe bruinhemden is een Gotspe. Een gotspe die moet worden voorkomen met het lokjodenplan van Marcouch. Het is een grove schande. Zoals gewoonlijk zwijgt de landelijke politiek verder. Stel je voor dat je de confrontatie durft aan te gaan. Ik heb nog niet één van de landelijke politieke kopstukken gehoord hoe deze ontoelaatbare agressie tegen een weerloze minderheid te stoppen. Wanneer de maatschappij er voor iedereen is,  dan zou je zeggen dat de Joodse Nederlanders daar ook deel vanuit maken. Door de landelijke stilte blijkt dit anders te zijn. De Joden zijn weer vogelvrij en Nederland kijkt de andere kant op. Misschien is het een beter idee dat de Nederlandse Joodse gemeenschap Aliya maakt. Van de Nederlandse politiek hoeven ze geen bescherming te verwachten tegen dat losgeslagen tuig dat kutmarokkaan heet.
 
 

woensdag 16 juni 2010

Pro-Israël demonstratie donderdag a.s. Den Haag

 

Pro-Israël demonstratie donderdag a.s. Den Haag

donderdag 17 juni Israël demonstratie in Den Haag
Israël-Manifestatie: Om Sions wil niet Zwijgen
Donderdag 17 juni van 13 tot 14.30 uur.

Shalom Israëlvrienden,

In de afgelopen weken heeft Israël het flink moeten ontgelden in de media. Nog voor enig onderzoek is gedaan naar feiten rond de Gaza-Flotilla, wordt Israël door 189 landen en 222 internationale organisaties veroordeeld. Israël is een land dat alleen staat en bedreigd wordt, en dat wordt versterkt door ons zwijgen.
Enkele organisaties hebben de handen ineen geslagen om te laten zien dat er in Nederland wel degelijk vele trouwe vrienden van Israël zijn en dat wij verlangen naar evenwichtige berichtgeving, waarin ook aan Israël's situatie recht wordt gedaan.

We willen zoveel mogelijk vrienden van Israël mobiliseren om op donderdag 17 juni aanstaande hun stem te laten horen. Doe mee om aanstaande donderdag massaal uw steun te betuigen voor de Israëlische Ambassade. We bemoedigen hen zo met onze steun.

Het programma zal er als volgt uit zien:  (let op de aangepaste tijden!!)

13.00 uur: Verzamelen op het Plein in Den Haag (voor de Tweede Kamer).  Er wordt op dit moment met 110 stukken karton een grote Israëlvlag gemaakt, die door de aanwezigen vastgehouden kan worden op het Plein. Neemt u ook vooral veel Israelvlaggen mee.

Van daar lopen we via de Lange Vijverberg naar de Israëlische ambassade op de Buitenhof, alwaar we om 14 uur een verklaring van solidariteit en vriendschap zullen overhandigen. Deze verklaring zal ondertekend zijn door onder andere Isreality, Pillar of Fire, stichting Schreeuw om Leven, Comité Gemeentehulp Israël, SGP-jongeren, het Israël-Platform, Torah-Yeshua en vele andere Israëlvrienden.

Vanaf morgen kunt u de verklaring vinden op onze website http://isreality.nl/ en als u niet aanwezig kunt zijn donderdag, digitaal uw steun betuigen door te reageren.
Alle vrienden van Israël zijn welkom. Wij hopen u massaal te mogen ontmoeten a.s. donderdag. Stuurt u deze oproep ook door naar uw vrienden en kennissenkring

Dit bericht staat op http://www.pillaroffire.nl/ ;na verzoeken van verschillende kanten, w.o.  Tora-Yeshua,  heeft Jack van der Tang de organisatie op zich genomen en graag uw gebed voor hem, deze manifestatie en een grote deelname, om samen onze solidariteit met Israel te betuigen.
 
 

'Wanneer rechts kabinet niet lukt is het de schuld van de Joden'


Niet alleen binnen links wordt geloofd in Joodse complotten. Harry Mens van het programma 'Business Class' zei in een interview met Arend-Jan Boekestijn dat informateur Uri Rosenthal samen met Lodewijk Asscher en Job Cohen een lobby had gevormd om naar een paars kabinet toe te werken. Het schoot blogger Isser van Israned, zelf rechts van het midden, in het verkeerde keelgat. We kunnen er in ieder geval niet vanuit gaan, dat wanneer de publieke omroep straks onder Rutte I flink wordt uitgekleed en van haar linkse imago verlost, er een einde komt aan de antisemitische complottheorieën. Linksom of rechtsom, sommige mensen houden ervan de Joden altijd de schuld te geven.
 
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maandag 14 juni 2010

Wanneer rechts niet lukt is het de schuld van de Joden



Weinig aandacht aan besteed. Het was een kleine hick-up op twitter, maar daar bleef het bij. Niet bij mij. Het bleef namelijk knagen. Wat is het geval. Business Class van en door Harry Mens had een item over de coalitie. Harry Mens interviewde Arend Jan Boekestijn en de heer Mens deed daarbij de volgende onverkwikkelijke uitspraak:

"Uri Rosenthal voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer van de VVD. Ik heb het in de aanloop naar de verkiezingen niet willen gebuiken, maar ik heb in de wandelgangen toen gehoord dat hij een soort lobby had opgetuigd met Ascher uit Amsterdam en Ascher op zijn beurt weer met Cohen. Zij alle drie Joodse mensen en dat ze toch met elkaar een kongsi hebben gevormd om naar paars toe te gaan.

Harry Mens maakt zich belangrijker dan hij in werkelijkheid is. Met valse beschuldigingen, geruchten en "ik heb gehoord dat" probeert Harry Mens zelf een complottheorie in elkaar te draaien waar de honden geen brood van lusten.

Naar aanleiding van zijn uitspraak die rechtstreeks uit het antisemitische boek "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" lijkt gekopieerd heeft het Centraal Joods Overleg om een gesprek verzocht met Harry Mens.

Hier de clip van de uitspraak van Harry Mens (met dank aan Marienepien1)

maandag 14 juni 2010

ARD: Duitse TV over de Free Gaza vloot


Op de Duitse TV is een stuk genuanceerder over de Gaza vloot bericht dan in Nederland, zo blijkt uit het volgende filmpje (Engels ondertiteld) waarin Duitse deelnemers aan de vloot met lastige feiten worden geconfronteerd over hun Turkse wapenbroeders.
 
Jammer dat Anne de Jong en de twee Belgische meisjes niet dergelijke kritische vragen kregen, en dat de Nederlandse en Belgische kijkers dit nieuws werd onthouden.
 
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zaterdag 12 juni 2010

Helen Thomas, waar had u de Joden graag gehad?

 
Een Amerikaanse journaliste van 89 jaar, met overigens van oorsprong Libanese ouders, die al zo'n 60 jaar correspondent bij het Witte Huis was, moest vorige week opstappen na wat 'ongelukkige' uitspraken tegenover een rabbi over Israel, pardon, over Joden:
 
Nesenoff: Any comments on Israel? We're asking everybody today, any comments on Israel?
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.
Nesenoff: Oooh. Any better comments on Israel?
Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not German, it's not Poland ...
Nesenoff: So where should they go, what should they do?
Thomas: They go home.
Nesenoff: Where's the home?
Thomas: Poland. Germany.
Nesenoff: So you're saying the Jews go back to Poland and Germany?
Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries? See?
 
Hoewel niemand in Nederland ooit van de goed vrouw gehoord had, vond zelfs het NOS Journaal het een kort item waard.
Helen Thomas stond niet bekend om haar diplomatieke uitspraken, getuige haar Wikipedia profiel: bijv. over Irak en over de Tweede Libanon Oorlog had ze zich ook vrij 'kras' uitgelaten, zoals het een krasse oude dame betaamt wellicht?
 
Veel Joden hebben de indruk dat Thomas gewoon zei wat steeds meer mensen denken, en Ami Isseroff is haar dan ook dankbaar voor die eerlijkheid, lees:
 
Ook Sara K. Eisen hieronder deelt die mening.
 
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Dear Helen Thomas, we Jews aren't getting the hell out of anywhere anymore
 
Anti-Semitism is just the way it is, like a natural law; none of our efforts will absolve us of our real sin: existing and overcoming.
By Sara K. Eisen
 
 
Here's the thing. I've been thinking about poor Helen Thomas, who I believe was probably just saying what everyone thinks and has therefore been made a scapegoat. Not that I really care, because we ought to share the scapegoat status once in a while. It's the least we can do to dispel the stereotype that we are stingy, us irritating Jews.
 
Irritating enough, apparently - like the too-talented and too-bossy fame-hog Rachel Berry on Glee - in our discovery of the written word, monotheism, modern physics, psychology, vaccinations, and the film industry, that every country that has ever "hosted" us has found it necessary to tell us to get the hell out, like Thomas did. (Ironically, the aforementioned Jewish Glee character Rachel, in a particularly annoying moment in one episode, was told by classmates to move to Israel. I doubt the writers coordinated this telling joke with the State Department - sorry J Street, Jews do equal Israel in the eyes of the world.)
 
Helen, you know why we were in Germany and much of Eastern Europe in the first place? And by the way, if I follow your advice, do you think the nice old ladies who got my grandmothers' large houses and farms from the Nazis in what was once Czechoslovakia will kick the property back two generations? That would be cool because I'd love a vineyard and an agricultural estate.
 
Well, we were in Germany and Hungary and Czechoslovakia and Russia (where we were regularly just plain killed by Cossacks), and also, for many centuries, Poland (ditto), because we were told to get the hell out of England, France, and Spain. Or, you know, just plain killed by handsome and heroic fairytale knights.
 
And you know why we were in Western Europe to begin with? Because we were told by the Greeks and the Romans - wait for it - to get the hell out of "Palestine," where we had been living since the beginning of recorded history.
 
We also ended up in Babylonia (Iraq) and other Middle Eastern and North African countries, where we stayed as second class citizens for hundreds and hundreds of years, till the Arab world finally caught up with the pagans and the Christians in their hatred of the Jews. But I digress.
 
By the way, I am aware that the Arab narrative has us Ashkenazi Jews as descendants of the Khazars, but the actual facts have it different. See this new DNA study linking European Jews with their Middle Eastern counterparts, all stemming from one original population of Holy Land Jews predating Roman times. Never mind our own texts that say the same thing; I know they are inadmissible in the international high courts of justice of the mind.
 
In any event, there is no way around it: Jews being asked, usually not by old ladies on the White House lawn, to get the hell out of everywhere is just the way it goes.
 
So it came to pass that about 200 BCE the Maccabees got sick of it and established a Jewish state in Palestine, within the Roman Empire, which lasted till about the time of Jesus (another pesky Jew) and the destruction of the Second Temple.
 
And it also came to pass that Jews began arriving in Ottoman Palestine in the late 1800s, after the Russians and the Poles made it clear that they were persona non grata in Eastern Europe. Palestine was as good a place as any to flee to, since it was the last place, about 2,000 years before, in which the Jews had a sovereign state (see above). Never mind Jewish liturgy and texts pining for Jerusalem, since I know these, too, are inadmissible in those international mental courts.
 
Anyway, nowhere else wanted European Jews any more than Russia did, not even America really, where there were very strict quotas, although the Americans, again politely, refrained from all the messy European killing, which was apparently in vogue until after Adolf. Besides, those Ottoman Turks, then as now, were known around the world for their amazing human rights activism and the Jews were excited to see it first hand. No, not really. But…they were better than the Polish peasants. Unless you were Armenian.
 
It is true that there were people in Palestine before the Jews arrived en masse (for there was always a handful of Jews here), not "A People" per se, but rather a group of assorted regional Arabs (think Native American tribes in North America) who had settled the area with not much agricultural success and had endured various rulers over the millennia.
 
But when the Jews came back, it was suddenly necessary, once again, to tell them to get the hell out. There was no living side by side, even though that was an express Jewish desire right up until 1947/8, when the Partition Plan was summarily rejected by the Arab League, who started the war that Israel won. If keeping land you win in a war others provoke (when you wanted to make peace) is called occupation, dear Helen, the world's axis of furious justice has a lot bigger fish to fry than Israel.
 
The Arab desire to kick the Jews the hell out of Palestine did not begin in 1967, and not in 1948. It began the moment the first groups of Jews arrived and started to make the land flower and produce crops. That's when the attacks on Jews began, and when the Arab world decided a new Jewish presence in the land would not do, back when there were about half a million Arabs and just under 100,000 Jews in the Holy Land, in the early 1900's. Twenty percent was too much, apparently, to bear. (The Hebron Massacre of 1929, in which dozens of Jews were killed and wounded, took place long before a single house was built over the Green Line)
 
I can only imagine how awful it was - probably for both the Arabs and the British - when it became clear we were here to stay and grow to much further percentages. We are that annoying, what with trying to get rid of malaria and swamps and tuberculosis and all that.
 
At any rate, it seems that every time a Jewish minority starts to make a society too successful, the indigenous people start to feel very uncomfortable, and tells them one way or another to get the hell out.
 
But now, alas, there is nowhere left for us to go, except the eternal place Ahmadinejad wants us to go, and Haniyeh and Nasrallah, and Hitler before them, and Chemilniki before him, and Haman before him, and so on.
 
I know that Israel has made mistakes during its 62 years, some clumsy and inept, and some borderline immoral. But none worse than every other democracy on earth has also done, and most much better than the large majority of the UN rogue nations which condemn Israel daily have done, daily.
 
There is much to improve in the way we govern, I will be the first to say it. I will also be the first to say that Jews of the Bernie Madoff ilk make me want to crawl under a rock. I know that the world is only waiting for these guys to pop up in order to pin their crimes on all of us, even though everything they do is in direct contradiction of actual Jewish values.
 
But let's be honest, the international community's human rights crusades on behalf of the Palestinians are just the latest Crusades, and the ones who really suffer are not the Jews or the Israelis, but the poor occupants of the Third World who are ignored while the enlightened First World castigates the Jews.
 
So here's the thing: We are not going anywhere this time, Helen. We totally get it: Ya'll pretty much hate us. It's just the way it is, like a natural law. Nothing we can do - not giving away pieces of the land, not donating billions to charity, nor discovering a cure for polio or the Theory of Relativity, or writing revered legal and religious texts, or founding Google and Facebook, or manufacturing the microprocessor in the majority of laptops that spew Jew hatred onto the Internet, or founding Christianity itself, or championing women's rights and gay rights in the U.S. and helping to bring about a human rights revolution in America in the '60s. None of those things will absolve us of our real sin: Existing and overcoming.
 
But this time, seriously. Getting the hell out is not in the cards. We're just sick of moving all the time. I know. Irritating.
 
I'm really sorry they told you to get the hell out of the White House, Helen. It really wasn't your fault that you thought you could say what you said. It's not like it's a secret: That's what people think.
 

vrijdag 11 juni 2010

Elma Drayer: Israel als schurkenstaat tussen louter vreedzame naties


Elma Drayer weet het zoals altijd goed te verwoorden, alleen geeft ze de extremisten van de IHH nog teveel krediet door ze vredesactivisten te noemen. Wat hebben die lui in hemelsnaam met vrede te maken? Het zijn moslimextremisten van een organisatie die banden heeft met Al Qaida en mensen recruteert voor de jihad. Ook steunt de IHH Hamas en Hezbollah en andere nobele islamitische doelen financieel.
 
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Schurkenstaat tussen louter vreedzame naties

Trouw, 10 juni 2010 - Elma Drayer

Net als anderhalf jaar geleden leidde de propagandaslag rond Israëls recente legeractie weer tot diep gepeins.

Een wijdverbreide mythe wil dat het land ongelooflijk sluw is in het bespelen van de internationale opinie. Sterker, achter de schermen hebben de Joden eigenlijk alle touwtjes in handen. Als dat klopt, dan was daar de afgelopen tijd verrassend weinig van te merken. Door negen vredesactivisten te doden, wist het land de hele wereld tegen zich in het harnas jagen.

Geheel naar verwachting waren de organen der Verenigde Naties er als de kippen bij om Israël krachtig op de vingers te tikken. Mensenrechtenschendingen in zeg Tibet, Noord-Korea, Zimbabwe of Iran – ze trekken de Human Rights Council zelden uit zijn lethargie. Maar zodra de zionistische entiteit zich vergaloppeert, ontwaakt het gezelschap uit een diepe sluimer.

Interessant was ook hoe de VN-Veiligheidsraad éérst Israëls wangedrag veroordeelde, om daarna op hoge toon een grondig onderzoek te eisen naar het incident. Het omgekeerde, zou je denken, had misschien meer voor de hand gelegen. Maar nee.

En dan was er nog dat dagboek van Henning Mankell, de beroemde Zweedse thrillerschrijver die meevoer op het konvooi. Een concurrerend ochtendblad mocht het zaterdag publiceren – 'exclusief' meldde het trots.

Over tien kolommen ventileerde de auteur (let wel, niet op de opiniepagina's, maar in het nieuwskatern) zijn weerzin tegen land en volk. „Mensen die niets gedaan hebben, worden als dieren bijeengedreven", schreef hij. „Welk woord moet ik gebruiken? Walgelijk? Onmenselijk?" En: „Ik denk ineens dat ik ze dit nooit zal vergeven. Op dit moment kan ik niet anders denken dan varkens en smeerlappen."

Intrigerende observaties, zonder meer. Nog intrigerender was het zinnetje dat in een bijgevoegd kader stond: „Het honorarium voor dit artikel schenkt Mankell aan Ship to Gaza." De Volkskrant, kortom, ziet er geen been in om – indirect – activisme te financieren. Journalistiek engagement in een hedendaagse jas, zullen we maar zeggen.

De dagboekaantekeningen van de thrillerschrijver voedden het beeld dat toch al domineerde. De vlootgangers golden van meet af aan als onschuldige bloemenkinderen. Heel sereen hadden ze gereageerd op het geweld van die akelige commando's. De Nederlandse deelneemster Anne de Jong zei na aankomst op Schiphol dat alle schepen gecontroleerd waren op wapentuig. En dat daar geen sprake van was.

Toch dook er dit weekend in Turkije fotomateriaal op dat een ander verhaal vertelde (en dat, eerlijk is eerlijk, ook de Volkskrant haalde). Je zag actievoerders met stalen pijpen en messen in de hand, Israëlische militairen die badend in het bloed op de vloer lagen.

Maar de vredesactivisten kunnen gerust zijn: ook deze beelden zullen niet baten. Israël is en blijft de enige schurkenstaat, te midden van louter vreedzame naties.

De enkeling die het desondanks nog waagt op de Israëlische kant van de zaak te wijzen móét volgens deze logica ofwel Joods zijn, ofwel lijden aan een aandoening uit het filosemitische spectrum.

Grappig toch, dat sympathisanten van pakweg de Tibetaanse zaak nooit zo'n soort verdenking op zich laden. Die krijgen bij mijn weten zelden het verwijt dat ze vast boeddhistisch zijn. Of zonder het te weten lijden aan filoboeddhisme.

Ik peins nog even door.

 

Wat vervoerde het humanitaire hulpkonvooi naar Gaza?

 
Een eerder rapport van MissingPeace wordt bevestigd door het Israelische MFA.
Hieronder een lijst van de hulpgoederen die het 'humanitaire hulpkonvooi' naar Gaza wilde brengen.
 
Israel heeft sommige hulpgoederen fatsoenlijk ingepakt en in koelcellen opgeslagen, terwijl Hamas nog steeds weigert om de hulp binnen te laten. Ook andere hulporganisaties schijnen er niet om te malen. Als men zo om deze spullen verlegen zit in Gaza, waarom neemt dan niemand kontakt op met Israel om de spullen aan de grens te komen ophalen? Het is een absurde, surrealistische situatie. 
 
Veel van de hulp is overigens niet vreselijk bruikbaar, zoals afgedragen schoenen en kleren en medicijnen die ver over de datum zijn. Die arme Gazanen kunnen alles gebruiken, moeten de onbaatzuchtige Palestina sympathisanten die de hulp verzamelden hebben gedacht. Ondertussen gaan dagelijks meer vrachtwagens met fatsoenlijke hulp de grens over.
 
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Summary of equipment aboard the Gaza flotilla – June 7, 2010
 

The Logistics Section of SIBAT (Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department of the Israel Ministry of Defense), together with COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), are responsible for transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza. They handled the transfer of the equipment that arrived on the flotilla ships from Ashdod Port to the Defense Ministry's humanitarian aid base in Zrifin, which now await Hamas permission for transfer into the Gaza Strip.

Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships. The Challenger 1 (small yacht), the Sfendonh (small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers' personal belongings. Of the four freight ships - Gaza, Sofia, Defeny and Rachel Corrie - as of June 7, SIBAT had only offloaded equipment from the Defeny.

As of June 7, the equipment offloaded was loaded onto 26 trucks. (An additional eight trucks are waiting at the Kerem Shalom crossing to enter the Gaza Strip.) The equipment includes:

1. 300 wheelchairs

2. 300 new mobility scooters

3. 100 special mobility scooters for the disabled

4. Hundreds of crutches

5. 250 hospital beds

6. 50 sofas

7. Four tons of medicine

8. 20 tons of clothing, carpets, school bags, cloth and shoes

9. Various hospital equipment - closets and cabinets, operating theater equipment, etc.

10. Playground equipment

11. Mattresses

The equipment remaining at Ashdod Port on the three ships which have not been offloaded include some 2000 tons of construction equipment - building materials and tools, and construction waste (rubble, toilets, sinks and cement) for re-use.

It should be noted that:

1. The equipment does not constitute humanitarian aid in the accepted sense (basic foodstuffs, new and functional equipment, fresh medicines).

2. The equipment awaiting entry into the Gaza Strip, both at the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Defense Ministry base, has been approved by COGAT.

3. The humanitarian aid on all the ships was scattered in the ships' holds and thrown onto piles and not packed properly for transport. The equipment was not packaged and not properly placed on wooden bases.

4. Because of the improper packing, some of the equipment was crushed by the weight in transit.

5. The medicines and sensitive equipment (operating theater equipment, new clothing, etc.) are being kept in cool storage at the Defense Ministry base. Some of the medicines have already expired, and some will expire soon. The operating theater equipment, which should be kept sterile, was carelessly wrapped.

6. A large part of the equipment, particularly shoes and clothing, was used and worn.

7. The construction material must be approved by COGAT and the political echelons before it can be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

donderdag 10 juni 2010

Turks schip Mavi Marmara van Gaza konvooi had geen hulpgoederen aan boord


Hieronder een gedetailleerd verslag van Missing Peace van wat er aan boord was van de Free Gaza vloot en wat er nu mee gebeurt. Dit is gebaseerd op een tour van enkele mensen in een legerbasis waar de goederen liggen opgeslagen, en contacten met diverse organisaties die bij de hulpgoederen zijn betrokken.
 
Het blijkt dat op het Turkse schip en op 2 kleinere boten helemaal geen hulpgoederen aanwezig waren, en een deel van de hulpgoederen van de andere schepen is onbruikbaar, zoals medicijnen die bijna een jaar over de datum zijn en stukgedragen kleding en schoenen.
 
Het feit dat Hamas noch een van de hulporganisaties de hulp in ontvangst wil nemen toont nogmaals aan dat het niet om hulp aan de bevolking in Gaza gaat, maar dat het allemaal vooral politiek gekonkel is.
 
Het hele rapport en persbericht is te lezen op de website van Missing Peace: http://www.missingpeace.eu/
 
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Turkish Ship Mavi Marmara did not have any humanitarian cargo aboard
 

The Aid

Among the aid are: electric wheel chairs, medical equipment (medicines, hospital equipment: beds and mattresses [60 tons]), clothing, carpets, toys, school bags, playground equipment, cement, iron, and other construction materials.

A breakdown of the cargo found on the ships shows that of the six ships of the flotilla only three had humanitarian aid aboard:

Gaza ship: building materials, cement, iron – The ship has not been fully unloaded.

Sofi ship:  building materials, iron

Defne Y ship: clothing, humanitarian aid (roughly 40 trucks worth), and games, building materials, wheelchairs.

The "Marmara": carried only passengers and their personal belongings. Many passengers carried large sums of money on their body. There was no Humanitarian aid on this ship.

The other two ships did not carry humanitarian aid as well

 

The humanitarian aid on all the ships was not packaged and not placed on the ship in an organized way, as one would expect from an organized humanitarian aid cargo. Everything was in individual units thrown on to a pile on the ships. This was not only unsafe, but it also caused a lot of damage to the objects, since the weight crushed a lot of things and since a lot of the things were just thrown on board. To deal with the cargo on the ships, here are the stages that it must undergo by Israel:

1.   Israel scans all the cargo and sifts out the humanitarian aid. The aid is then placed on trucks.

2.   The aid goes through x-ray machines to see that everything is indeed safe.

3.   Since nothing was packaged and organized, Israel did this.

This entire procedure costs a lot of time and a lot of money.

The handling of the aid

When asked how many tons of aid was on all the ships, the spokesman said they don't know yet, since the only way one can weigh something is, if it's packaged, compressed and sealed. He showed a stack of wood boxes with labels and said that this was done by Israel and if all the aid would have been like this then they could have easily weighed it all and said how many tons of aid there is.

In regards to the story about the electric wheel-chairs, Hamas claims that Israel took out all the wheel-chair batteries so that they can't be used by the people. The spokesman said that first of all, Hamas can't know what Israel is doing because they are not allowing the aid into the Strip. Secondly, one needs to take out the batteries from the wheel chairs because if they are stored for a long time in the heat with the batteries, the batteries get ruined. He then took the journalists to the inside storage space, which is kept cool. There all the batteries were neatly placed in boxes all lined up. He said that the minute they will get a green light from Gaza, Israel can transfer everything into the Strip. Then the batteries will be transferred together with the chairs.

The batteries for the electric wheel chairs are gel batteries. Hamas says that Israel does not allow the entry of batteries into the Gaza Strip. Asked what the problem is with batteries the spokesman said the problem is not with gel but with liquid batteries.  This is because 1 liter of this battery liquid can produce 50 kilos of nitroglycerin which is an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives, specifically dynamite.

 

Expired and worn goods

Medicine: Out of the 400 tons of humanitarian aid on the ship only about 4 tons was medicine and medical equipment. A Japanese reporter who visits Gaza regularly, said that what is needed in Gaza is hospital/medical equipment and medicine. He said that if the flotilla would have been really concerned about what is needed in Gaza, they would have made sure to send more medical things. Furthermore, most of the medicine was expired. Medicines were shown whose expiration date was Sept. 2009. The medicines were stored in a separate cooled in-door storage space.

Clothing and shoes: most of the clothes and shoes were so worn that they cannot be used. Many of the shoes had holes and the shoe soles were half broken; many of the clothes were torn. They were private donations and were just thrown on to the ship.

Only 1/3 of the ship's cargo was new equipment.

Cement and other construction materials: all the construction materials on the ships are waiting for project approvals in the Gaza Strip. The minute a specific humanitarian project is approved the construction material is allowed into the Strip. For example 151 housing units of the UNRWA have been approved and construction material will be transferred for it.

Hamas rejects the Humanitarian Aid  

Hamas has rejected the transfer of the humanitarian aid from the flotilla into the Gaza Strip. The first reason is that it does not want it to pass through Israel. The second reason is that it says it is waiting for Turkey to decide for who the aid was meant. The third reason is that they want to have everything found on the ships.

Politics and not humanitarian action 

Israel is in contact with the PA and with International authorities and is waiting to hear from them how to proceed. Yesterday the Japanese reporter was in Gaza to find out exactly who these international authorities are.  He spoke with the PA civil-committee about this issue. They said that it is the responsibility of UNRWA. Then he called UNRWA and he was told that they are not in contact with Israel and that it is not in their power to decide, but that it is the responsibility of UNSCO.

UNRWA also said that they received a message from Hamas telling them that they should not allow any humanitarian aid from the flotilla to enter the Gaza Strip.  UNSCO also said that they are not in charge of the flotilla aid. They said that UNRWA deals with it, when confronted with the UNRWA reference to them, the man on the phone laughed and said this is not the case.

Next was COGAT, they first refused to give specific names and said "you can imagine who these international authorities are". When pressed they said they are in touch with UNRWA, the Red Cross and "other powerful players such as the USA", The COGAT official did not want to get more specific because he did not want to blame any particular organization until things are sorted out.  The International Red Cross in Gaza told that they have their own projects and bring in their own aid.

They said they have nothing to do with the flotilla. When asked if they have met with Hamas about the flotilla, IRC said that they have had discussions with Hamas who told them not to accept any of the aid. Hamas declared that they have conditions that they want to have met before allowing the humanitarian aid to enter the Strip.

The Japanese journalist, who is personally familiar with Gaza and with Hamas, said that this whole incident has turned from a humanitarian into a political issue. He said that if there is a real need for humanitarian aid in Gaza then everyone would work quickly to allow the entry of the aid into the Strip. Furthermore he said that if in Africa they need food, no one waits to deliver it.