vrijdag 27 juli 2012

When politics become an Olympic sport (Haaretz)

 
 

Palestinian officials are speaking the language of war at the same time that their security forces are acting strongly against anyone who might target Israelis.

By Avi Issacharoff | Jul.27, 2012 | 1:21 AM

Palestinian Olympics president Jibril Rajoub recently sent a letter to the International Olympics president Jacques Rogge thanking him for opposing the Israeli request to hold a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims in the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the Palestinian daily al-Hayat al-Jadida and the Palestinian Media Watch research institute have reported.

In the letter, Rajoub wrote that "sport is a bridge for love, unification and for spreading peace among the nations, and it must not be a cause for divisiveness and for the spreading of racism."

Needless to say, Rajoub describes the despicable act of terror merely as an "act," nothing more. It is unclear how Rajoub had succeeded in turning a moment of silence in the memory of athletes killed in an appalling manner by terrorists into an act of "spreading racism."

In a phone call from London, Rajoub told me Thursday afternoon that the Israeli demand is an attempt to mix sports with politics. "Are we supposed to ask for a moment of silence on behalf of every Palestinian family you killed bombing Gaza? Or on behalf of a Palestinian athlete killed by Israeli fire?" he asked. "There are those in Israel who wish to exploit the stage for political gain," Rajoub added.

As a reporter following the remarks of Palestinian officials for more than a few years, it is hard to say that Rajoub's words surprised me. Still, they managed to anger me. I tried explaining that there exists a difference between a family killed by mistake during bombings and an act of terror aimed at civilians, but it didn't impress him.

Rajoub is part of the Palestinian peace camp, an enthusiastic supporter of the two states solution. Maybe I am angered because these words are voiced by a Fatah official who supports a peace agreement with Israel. If it was a member of Hamas, his words would have been received with indifference.

This is a bigger problem, as Rajoub is not the exception. Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials are referring, again and again, to the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi as a hero, a freedom fighter. Mughrabi took part in the 1978 attack on Israel's coast road (connecting Tel Aviv and Haifa), killing 37 Israelis, 12 of them children.

Over and over, the officials are including Lod, Ramle and Haifa as a part of the Palestinian land and are misleading their people that one day they will return to those cities as part of their right of return.

True, everyone are politicians. They don't want to be perceived as if they are compromising, giving up, "gentle soul" lefties, etc.

Nevertheless, criticism is often heard against Netanyahu and the right, that they are not partners for peace. So what is the Israeli public to understand from remarks such as this?

This is an interesting process. While in the days of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority was talking with the Israelis in terms of peace but allowed violence to go wild, in recent years the trend was reversed: Palestinian officials are speaking the language of war at the same time that the Palestinian security forces are acting strongly against anyone who might target Israelis. The security cooperation is strictly kept and includes constant coordination between the two sides.

This honeymoon between security forces on both sides began in the summer of 2007. The question is how long the Palestinian Authority could stand the criticism over its cooperation with Israel.

Quite a lot of Israeli security officials are warning that without a political horizon, the Palestinian security forces would eventually collapse. This Israeli government, so it seems, is not extremely troubled by this scenario.

When politics become an Olympic sport (Haaretz)

 

Palestinian officials are speaking the language of war at the same time that their security forces are acting strongly against anyone who might target Israelis.

By Avi Issacharoff | Jul.27, 2012 | 1:21 AM

Palestinian Olympics president Jibril Rajoub recently sent a letter to the International Olympics president Jacques Rogge thanking him for opposing the Israeli request to hold a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims in the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the Palestinian daily al-Hayat al-Jadida and the Palestinian Media Watch research institute have reported.

In the letter, Rajoub wrote that “sport is a bridge for love, unification and for spreading peace among the nations, and it must not be a cause for divisiveness and for the spreading of racism.”

Needless to say, Rajoub describes the despicable act of terror merely as an “act,” nothing more. It is unclear how Rajoub had succeeded in turning a moment of silence in the memory of athletes killed in an appalling manner by terrorists into an act of “spreading racism.”

In a phone call from London, Rajoub told me Thursday afternoon that the Israeli demand is an attempt to mix sports with politics. “Are we supposed to ask for a moment of silence on behalf of every Palestinian family you killed bombing Gaza? Or on behalf of a Palestinian athlete killed by Israeli fire?” he asked. “There are those in Israel who wish to exploit the stage for political gain,” Rajoub added.

As a reporter following the remarks of Palestinian officials for more than a few years, it is hard to say that Rajoub’s words surprised me. Still, they managed to anger me. I tried explaining that there exists a difference between a family killed by mistake during bombings and an act of terror aimed at civilians, but it didn’t impress him.

Rajoub is part of the Palestinian peace camp, an enthusiastic supporter of the two states solution. Maybe I am angered because these words are voiced by a Fatah official who supports a peace agreement with Israel. If it was a member of Hamas, his words would have been received with indifference.

This is a bigger problem, as Rajoub is not the exception. Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials are referring, again and again, to the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi as a hero, a freedom fighter. Mughrabi took part in the 1978 attack on Israel’s coast road (connecting Tel Aviv and Haifa), killing 37 Israelis, 12 of them children.

Over and over, the officials are including Lod, Ramle and Haifa as a part of the Palestinian land and are misleading their people that one day they will return to those cities as part of their right of return.

True, everyone are politicians. They don’t want to be perceived as if they are compromising, giving up, “gentle soul” lefties, etc.

Nevertheless, criticism is often heard against Netanyahu and the right, that they are not partners for peace. So what is the Israeli public to understand from remarks such as this?

This is an interesting process. While in the days of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority was talking with the Israelis in terms of peace but allowed violence to go wild, in recent years the trend was reversed: Palestinian officials are speaking the language of war at the same time that the Palestinian security forces are acting strongly against anyone who might target Israelis. The security cooperation is strictly kept and includes constant coordination between the two sides.

This honeymoon between security forces on both sides began in the summer of 2007. The question is how long the Palestinian Authority could stand the criticism over its cooperation with Israel.

Quite a lot of Israeli security officials are warning that without a political horizon, the Palestinian security forces would eventually collapse. This Israeli government, so it seems, is not extremely troubled by this scenario.

Tijd dat Jacques Rogge de eer aan zichzelf houdt

 

De weigering een minuut stilte te houden ter ere van de Israelische Olympische ploeg die in 1972, precies 40 jaar geleden, door Palestijnse terroristen werd vermoord, is niet goed te praten. Daarom meent Joods Actueel dat IOC president Jaques Rogge, een Belg, moet aftreden. Er was in de openingsceremonie eerder wel ruimte voor het herdenken van een omgekomen Georgische sporter en de slachtoffers van 9-11. De voornaamste reden om geen aandacht aan de Israelische slachtoffers te besteden is dat dit moeilijk ligt bij de Arabische staten en Iran. De Palestijnse Autoriteit heeft Rogge bedankt voor het feit dat de Israeli's niet worden herdacht. De PA heeft nooit afstand genomen van de aanslag, waar Abbas ook (indirect) bij betrokken was, en heeft de plegers veelvuldig geprezen. 

 

RP

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Tijd dat Jacques Rogge de eer aan zichzelf houdt – videopetitie gelanceerd [+ audio update]

http://joodsactueel.be/2012/07/25/dubbele-standaarden-van-het-internationaal-olympisch-comite/

Woensdag 25 Juli, 2012 16:56

 

 

Het Internationaal Olympische Comité hanteert dubbele standaarden als het aankomt op de herdenking van gevallen sportmensen. Twijfelt iemand er aan dat mochten de gedode atleten Amerikaans geweest zijn, of Brits of Palestijns, het Olympisch Comité een passend eerbetoon zou brengen? Het is tijd dat IOC president Rogge de eer aan zichzelf houdt en opstapt. Bekijk de videoclip en stuur het door. 

 

Rogge hield een summiere moment van stilte eerder deze week in het atletendorp. Het ging om een schertsvertoning, er was geen Israëlische vlag te zien, geen rabbijn, de families van de slachtoffers werden niet op de hoogte gebracht, enz. Dat was een schandalige manier om er toch nog vlug van af te geraken. 

 

Waarom werden tijdens openingsceremonies wel verwijzingen gemaakt naar de Bosnische oorlog in 1996 en waarom openden de Spelen van 2002 met een minuut stilte voor de slachtoffers van 9/11? En tijdens de Spelen van Vancouver in 2010 werd een moment van stilte in acht genomen voor de omgekomen Georgische sporter. 

 

Waarom, als het op Israël aankomt, worden alle grote woorden over "broederschap" en "eendracht" op een hoopje geveegd? 

 

In de afgelopen maanden hebben meer dan 100.000 mensen uit 155 verschillende landen een petitie ondertekend, waarin om een minuut stilte wordt gevraagd tijdens de openingsceremonie van de Spelen in Londen. Het Congres van de Verenigde Staten, het Canadese parlement, de Duitse Bundestag, het Australische Huis van Afgevaardigden en anderen hebben unaniem resoluties aangenomen waarin deze redelijke vraag wordt herhaald. Ook President Barak Obama heeft zich aangesloten. Het Olympisch Comité bleef koppig weigeren. 

 

Vanavond biedt Ankie Rechess, de weduwe van een van de vermoorde atleten, de petitie aan aan Rogge in Londen. Dat liet ze vanavond weten op Radio1. Zij en de andere nabestaanden zijn niet te spreken over de nepceremonie in het Olympisch dorp: "Omdat hij wist dat we naar Londen kwamen heeft hij gauw een minuut stilte ingelast terwijl hij met een dertigtal mensen een tochtje door het sportdorp maakte op deze manier heeft zich als een dief in de nacht er vanaf gemaakt" aldus Rechess die hoopt dat Rogge alsnog zijn morele verantwoordelijkheid zal opnemen. 

 

Michael Freilich: "Rogge heeft een atmosfeer gecreëerd waardoor hij niet langer geschikt is om deze functie uit te bekleden".

 

Machmoud Abbas en de aanslag op de Olympische Spelen in Munchen 1972

 

In een interview met Sports Illustrated uit 2005 vertelde mastermind Abu Daoud dat Machmoud Abbas voor de financiering van de aanslag had gezorgd. Ook hadden hij en Arafat hem succes toegewenst toen hij met de organisatie van de aanslag begon. Daoud en anderen die bij de aanslag betrokken waren zijn door het Palestijnse leiderschap altijd geprezen, zoals in dit stuk naar aanleiding van Daouds dood in 2010:

 

"In its [Black September terror group's] ranks were many distinguished men and women, headed by the Panther of Palestine, Salah Khalaf 'Abu Iyad.' Abu Daoud was one of his prominent assistants. His [Abu Daoud's] name shined brightly in the German city of Munich in 1972, where the Olympics took place....May Allah have mercy on this great Fatah fighter and patriot, Abu Daoud."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010]

 

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Mahmoud Abbas' connections to the Munich Olympics massacre

 

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.nl/2012/07/mahmoud-abbas-connections-to-munich.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/PDbq+(Elder+of+Ziyon)&utm_content=FaceBook

 

This Sports Illustrated article from 2002 has some details that are relevant on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics massacre. 

 

Following the Oslo Accords of 1993, the mastermind of Black September's Munich attack enjoyed a certain respectability. Mohammed Daoud Oudeh, a.k.a. Abu Daoud, sat on the Palestinian National Council, where in 1996 he joined a majority in voting to revoke the clause in the PLO charter calling for Israel's destruction. Though Israel had long known of his role at Munich -- Mossad was believed to have been involved in a 1981 assassination attempt in which he was shot six times -- he even carried an Israeli-issued VIP pass that allowed him to shuttle between his home in Amman, Jordan, and the occupied territories. 

All that changed in 1999 after Abu Daoud openly acknowledged his role in the Olympic attack, both in his memoir, Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich, published in Paris, and in an interview with the Arab TV network al-Jazeera. Germany issued an international arrest warrant on Abu Daoud, and Israel canceled his travel credentials, barring him from the Palestinian lands he had spent his adult life trying to liberate.... 

"At the time, it was the correct thing to do for our cause," Abu Daoud told SI. AP 
In late July, SI's Don Yaeger went to the Middle East to find the 72-year-old Abu Daoud. After five days in Syria, where he met with leaders of several Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority, PA president Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction and the militant Hamas, Yaeger received a call from Abu Daoud, who said he was in Cyprus. Abu Daoud, who would not reveal where he resides -- saying only that he lives with his wife on a pension provided by the PA -- agreed to answer written questions. Among his claims, in his memoir and to SI, are these: 

Though he wasn't involved in conceiving or implementing it, "the [Munich] operation had the endorsement of Arafat." Arafat is not known to have responded to the allegations in Abu Daoud's book. In May 1972 four Black Septembrists hijacked a Sabena flight from Brussels to Tel Aviv, hoping to free comrades from Israeli jails. But Israeli special forces stormed the plane, killing or capturing all the terrorists and freeing every passenger, leaving Arafat, by Abu Daoud's account, desperate to boost morale in the refugee camps by showing that Israel was vulnerable. 

Though he didn't know what the money was being spent for, longtime Fatah official Mahmoud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, was responsible for the financing of the Munich attack.Abu Mazen could not be reached for comment regarding Abu Daoud's allegation. After Oslo in 1993, Abu Mazen went to the White House Rose Garden for a photo op with Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israel's Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. "Do you think that ... would have been possible if the Israelis had known that Abu Mazen was the financier of our operation?" Abu Daoud writes. "I doubt it." Today the Bush Administration seeks a Palestinian negotiating partner "uncompromised by terror," yet last year Abu Mazen met in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell. 
[...] 

While he doesn't regret his role in the operation, Abu Daoud told SI, "I would be against any operation like Munich ever again. At the time, it was the correct thing to do for our cause. ... The operation brought the Palestinian issue into the homes of 500 million people who never previously cared about Palestinian victims at the hands of the Israelis." Today, he says, an attack on an event like the Olympics would only damage the Palestinians' image.

Daoud also was interviewed about the Munich massacre for a film called "One Day in September," produced by John Battsek and Arthur Cohn for Sony Pictures Classics. Director Kevin Macdonald said Abu Daoud admitted Black September was merely the cover name adopted by Fatah members when they wanted to carry out terrorist attacks. 

The PLO operative recalled how Arafat and Abu Mazen both wished him luck and kissed him when he set about organizing the Munich attack.


In an interview in 2006, Abu Daoud described how the Olympics massacre was a great victory for the Palestinian Arab cause:

Discussing the Palestinians' struggle for a homeland and rejecting the use of the word "terrorist" to describe its fighters, he said of the Munich days: "There was nothing we weren't prepared to do to keep the Palestinian cause in the public eye.

"Before Munich, we were simply terrorists. After Munich, at least people started asking who are these terrorists? What do they want? Before Munich, nobody had the slightest idea about Palestine."

"Today, I cannot fight you anymore, but my grandson will and his grandsons, too," he said, addressing Israelis.

 

Unfortunately, the murderous calculus of the PLO was correct. Only two years after Munich, Yasir Arafat was honored at the UN.

When Abu Daoud died in 2010 of kidney failure in Damascus, Mahmoud Abbas praised him without any equivocation:

 

President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolences yesterday over the death of the great fighter Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, 'Abu Daoud,' who died just before reaching 70. The telegram of condolences read: 'The deceased was one of the prominent leaders of the Fatah movement and lived a life filled with the struggle, devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution. What a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter.[Al Hayat al Jadida, July 4, 2010]

President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday held a telephone conversation with the family of the Shahid (Martyr) fighter Muhammad Oudeh, Abu Daoud, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and former head of the movement's Supervisory Committee, and expressed his condolences over [Oudeh's] death.

During the conversation the President noted [Oudeh's] life filled with the struggle, his devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010]

 

And official PA media were even more explicit in their praise for the Olympic massacre and its architect:

 

"In its [Black September terror group's] ranks were many distinguished men and women, headed by the Panther of Palestine, Salah Khalaf 'Abu Iyad.' Abu Daoud was one of his prominent assistants. His [Abu Daoud's] name shined brightly in the German city of Munich in 1972, where the Olympics took place....May Allah have mercy on this great Fatah fighter and patriot, Abu Daoud."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010]


(I posted the SI article originally in 2005.)

 

Palestijnse Autoriteit tegen minuut stilte voor Olympische slachtoffers München

 

De PA is verheugd dat het IOC geen gehoor geeft aan de Israelische wens, ondersteund door diverse landen en ca. 150.000 handtekeningen, om een minuut stilte in acht te nemen voor de gedode Israelische atleten in Munchen in 1972. Sterker nog, de PA heeft nooit afstand genomen van deze terroristische daad en de plegers meermaals geprezen en als voorbeeld voor de Palestijnse jeugd gepresenteerd. Hieronder een aantal voorbeelden daarvan.

 

RP

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PA against moment of silence at Olympics:
"Sports are meant for peace, not for racism"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=7189

 

The Palestinian Authority is against the moment of silence at the Olympics to commemorate the Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972. According to the headline in the official PA daily, "Sports are meant for peace, not for racism."

According to Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Olympic Committee:

"Sports are meant for peace, not for racism... Sports are a bridge to love, interconnection, and spreading of peace among nations; it must not be a cause of division and spreading of racism between them [nations]."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2012]


These words appeared in a letter sent by Rajoub to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge. The letter "expressed appreciation for [Rogge's] position, who opposed the Israeli position, which demanded a moment's silence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London."

The PA daily does not refer to the murder of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972 as terror. In the article about Rajoub's letter, the killing of the athletes is referred to as "the Munich Operation, which took place during the Munich Olympics in 1972."

The PA is against the moment of silence because they view the murder of Israelis by Palestinians not as terror but as heroism. Palestinian Media Watch has documented the PA's ongoing policy to glorify terror and terrorists. The murder of the 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics is presented as a highlight of Palestinian "operations" and one of their great accomplishments. In 2010, the official PA daily referred to the Olympic massacre as a "shining station" and its planner was called a "star who sparkled... at the sports stadium in Munich" (see below for full texts of the PA glorifying the terror attack at the Olympics and the terrorists who planned it).

In his letter, PA Olympics Committee Head Rajoub praised Rogge's refusal to have a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes:

"He said that his [Rogge's] position not to politicize sports, and his determination to implement the International Olympic Charter represents a victory for freedom in sports." (See the full article about Rajoub's letter below.)

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2012]


The following are examples of how PA leaders and the PA's official newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida have glorified the Olympic massacre and the terrorists who planned it:

Honoring Amin Al-Hindi, planner of the Olympic attack:

"One of the stars who sparkled... one of many shining stations."

Official PA daily on Al-Hindi:

"Everyone knows that Amin Al-Hindi was one of the stars who sparkled at one of the stormiest points on the international level - the operation that was carried outat the [Olympics] sports stadium in Munich, Germany, in 1972. That was just one of many shining stations."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20,2010]

Secretary General of the Abbas' office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim on Al-Hindi:

"Secretary General of the President's office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, delivered a speech in which he praised the qualities of the deceased. He stressed that the loss of Al-Hindi is a great loss to the Palestinian people, who are bereaved of a prominent national leader...
The Secretary General of the Presidential office said: 'We shall continue in the path of the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat and his fellow Shahids, such as Amin Al-Hindi...'"

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2010]


Abbas and Fayyad honor Al-Hindi:

"The Palestinian leadership, along with President Mahmoud Abbas, parted yesterday from the body of the Fatah leader and fighter patriot Amin Al-Hindi. This was at an imposing official military funeral that was held at the [PA] headquarters...
Present at the headquarters for the farewell ceremony and for the official military funeral, along with the President [Abbas], were Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad; Secretary General of the Presidential office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim; members of the PLO Executive Council and of the Fatah Central Committee; several ministers, commanders of security forces, senior civic and military personnel, as well as relatives of the deceased... President Abbas and the participants at the funeral cast a final parting look at the body, and laid wreaths. Afterwards, the President and those present read the opening sura [of the Quran] for the elevation of his pure soul."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2010]


Honoring Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, 'Abu Daoud,' a second planner of the Olympic attack:

"His name shone brightly in the German city of Munich"


PA TV News, on Oudeh:

"Palestinians were surprised this morning at the announcement of the death of one of the most important leaders of the Palestinian revolution, Muhammad Daoud Oudeh (Abu Daoud), who engineered the Munich Operation and was one of the most important of Israel's most wanted in the 1970s."

[PA TV (Fatah), July 4, 2010]


Official PA daily, on Oudeh:

"In its [Black September wing of PLO] ranks were many distinguished men and women, headed by the Panther of Palestine, Salah Khalaf 'Abu Iyad.' Abu Daoud was one of his prominent assistants. His [Abu Daoud's] name shone brightly in the German city of Munich in 1972, where the Olympics took place. Oh, how these events evolved into a violent drama of the most tragic kind... May Allah have mercy on this great Fatah fighter and patriot, Abu Daoud."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010]


Mahmoud Abbas on Oudeh:

"What a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter."


"President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolences yesterday over the death of the great fighter Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, 'Abu Daoud,' who died just before reaching 70. The telegram of condolences read: 'The deceased was one of the prominent leaders of the Fatah movement and lived a life filled with the struggle, devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution. What a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2010]


Abbas Zaki, member Fatah Central Committee, on Oudeh:

"He started his life as a regular individual and concluded it with giant stature... We have lost a man on the level of the Arab region and on the level of the world revolutionary movement, by virtue of his noble actions and his glorious history. Bestowing this honor in every place, inside the homeland and outside of it, does justice to this mighty man."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010]


Dr. Samir Al-Refa'I, Secretary of the Fatah branch in Syria, on Oudeh:

"With the fall of Abu Daoud as a Shahid we have lost a man who is worth all other men together... Abu Daoud is one of the symbols of the Fatah movement... He will always remain our ideal and a role model for the generations to come."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010]


The following is the article about Jibril Rajoub's letter of appreciation to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge:


Headline: "Rajoub expresses appreciation for Rogge's position and emphasizes that sports are meant for peace, not for racism"


"'Sports are a bridge to love, interconnection, and spreading peace among nations; it must not be a cause of division and spreading of racism between them.' With these words the President of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub, began a special letter which he sent to president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge. He expressed appreciation for [Rogge's] position, who opposed the Israeli position, which demanded a moment's silence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. He said that his position not to politicize sports, and his determination to implement the International Olympic Charter represents a victory for freedom in sports. It should be noted that Rogge once again expressed the position of the executive office of the International Olympic Committee, which opposes the idea of holding a moment's silence during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, to mark the anniversary of the Munich operation, which took place during the Munich Olympics in 1972."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2012

 

 

Drie minuten klokkengeluid, maar geen minuut stilte voor Olympische slachtoffers München

 
Zie ook: When politics become an Olympic sport (Avi Issacharoff)
 
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Three minutes of bells, but no time for silence

This is a guest post from Jonathan Sacerdoti, Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy.

Tomorrow, Big Ben will chime non-stop for three minutes to mark the opening of the Olympic games in London. The opening ceremony will begin with the ringing of the world's largest 'harmonically tuned' bell. People around the country are even being urged to ring a bell of their own (be it a doorbell or a bicycle bell) at precisely 8.12am. Olympic pride, it seems, is something to be noisy about. Yet at 10.30am, at the north end of Trafalgar Square, there will be a group of people who plan to remain completely silent, for just one minute.

Those in the square are part of a huge international effort to have a minute of silence included in the opening ceremony, in memory of 11 Israeli athletes who were brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago at the Munich Olympics. Their deaths have never been marked in an opening ceremony, despite repeated requests. This year, once again, such requests even from Boris Johnson and Barack Obama have been repeatedly and publicly refused.

The Olympics celebrates the impressive physical capabilities of humankind through those who are the very best in the world at their sports. But it should be an opportunity not just to marvel at our physical potential, but also to reach new ethical and moral highs. Through the idea of the Olympic Truce, where nations put aside their differences to compete as equals, the Olympics should be a beacon of compassion and morality, where politics is not meant to intrude. Those who hijacked the greatest international celebration of sport for their own brutal political aims are the ones who smashed to pieces that which is central to the spirit of the games, with dreadful consequences.

You might wonder why it is so important to mark this 40th anniversary. Haven't things moved on since 1972? Sadly, it seems, they have not. Just last week Hezbollah terrorists, acting as Iran's proxy, blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. Within the last few months, terror attacks were attempted against Israeli embassies in Georgia and Bangkok, and the Israeli ambassador to India's wife was seriously injured in a terrorist attack on her car in Delhi. Just a few weeks ago, Iranian terror plots against Israelis in Kenya and Cyprus were foiled.

The Palestinians appear to show little remorse for killing the Israeli athletes (and with them the spirit of the Olympics). The man who claims that the Munich killings were his idea, Abu Daoud, twice claimed that funds for the terror operation were provided by none other than Mahmoud Abbas, the current Palestinain President (and the man with whom the state of Israel is now expected to negotiate a peace deal). As recently as 2010, the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, referred to the Olympic massacre as a "shining station". The planner of the slaughter, Amin Al-Hindi, was described by the newspaper as a "star who sparkled… at the sports stadium in Munich", and his military funeral was reported to have been attended by both Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The paper reported that "afterwards, the President and those present read the opening sura [of the Quran] for the elevation of his pure soul."

With the Palestinian Authority apparently unrepentant for the attack, the atrocity's money-man now their president, and further attacks on Israelis around the world taking place on a regular basis, it seems that international terrorism is alive and kicking in 2012. It comes as little surprise, then, that almost twice as many British soldiers deployed in Afghanistan are involved in providing security at the London Olympics. If this seems shocking, remember that countries like Israel have long been used to needing such security measures at public events.

Terrorism is a huge and real threat not only to Israel, but also to the entire western world. Terrorism is the enemy of everything for which the Olympics stands. If anything, the threat has got worse since the Munich games of 1972. That is precisely why the opening ceremony of the London games should include a clear and unambiguous reminder of the worst ever attack on Olympic values.

Facebook and Twitter are bursting with comments from people who attended the dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony, imploring each other not to post photographs, but to "save the surprise". For those who truly appreciate the values that are central to the Olympics, the best surprise the opening ceremony could provide would be just five and a half seconds of silence for each of the eleven murdered Israeli athletes.

 

dinsdag 17 juli 2012

Nieuws uit Israel dat in Nederland weinig aandacht krijgt (15-16 juli 2012)

door Ratna 

Het zal de Nederlandse media niet halen, maar Israel is niet uitgenodigd voor een belangrijke anti-terrorisme conferentie. Vorig jaar september richtte de VS het Global Antiterrorism Forum op, dat inmiddels twee keer bij elkaar is gekomen, een keer in Istanbul en afgelopen week in Spanje. Israel werd beide keren niet uitgenodigd, onder andere omdat Turkije daar fel tegen was. Saudi-Arabië en andere landen die terroristische organisaties steunen of hun ideologie verdedigen, waren wel van de partij. Ook werd er een film getoond waarin verschillende slachtoffers van terrorisme hun verhaal deden. Ze kwamen uit Pakistan, Jordanië, Noord Ierland, Oeganda, Turkije, Indonesië, India, Spanje, Colombia en de Verenigde Staten. Het is wederom opvallend dat Israel, dat zozeer onder terrorisme heeft geleden, er niet bij zat. 

Op 15 juni lezen we, eveneens in de Jeruzalem Post, dat Israel de Palestijnen een nieuw voorstel wil doen om ze naar de onderhandelingstafel te lokken. Eerder al bood Israel aan om 123 gevangenen vrij te laten, maar dat was uiteraard volstrekt onvoldoende, dus nu wordt een nieuw 'incentive package' voorbereid. Israel ziet namelijk niet graag dat de Palestijnen wederom via de VN proberen erkenning te verkrijgen, of dat het de banden met Iran verstevigd. Er was al sprake van een uitnodiging van Abbas door Teheran.

De Jerusalem Post meldt verder dat de Shin Beth een terroristische cel heeft opgepakt die een Israelische soldaat wilden ontvoeren. Ze wilden hem aanbieden aan de familie van Achmed Sadat of Marwan Barghouti, die beide levenslange gevangenisstraffen in Israel uitzitten voor hun betrokkenheid bij diverse dodelijke aanslagen tijdens de tweede intifada. De cel werd geleid door een lid van het Volksfront voor de Bevrijding van Palestina, de organisatie waarvan Sadat een belangrijk leider was. De cel probeerde eerst om een soldaat te pakken op een druk kruispunt bij Maaleh Adumim, en toen dat niet lukte besloten ze binnen Jeruzalem of Tel Aviv te werk te gaan, maar voordat het zover kwam werden ze opgepakt. Het afgelopen jaar zijn er zo'n 20 pogingen gedaan om Israelische soldaten te ontvoeren, en het Israelische leger is in maart afgelopen jaar een campagne gestart om soldaten voor dit gevaar te waarschuwen.

Tientallen Joodse prominenten uit de VS hebben premier Netanyahu een brief geschreven en verzocht het controversiële Levy rapport te verwerpen. Dit rapport stelt voor de meer dan 100 buitenposten, die ook volgens het Israelische recht illegaal zijn te legaliseren, en stelde verder dat de Joden het recht hebben zich op de Westoever te vestigen.

"Onze grote angst is dat het Levy-rapport de Israëlische positie in dit conflict (met de Palestijnen, red.) niet versterkt, maar eerder koren op de molen is van diegenen die Israëls bestaansrecht willen ondermijnen", aldus de ondertekenaars.

Het rapport zou Israels imago bezoedelen en versterkt het beeld dat Israel dwarsligt in het vredesproces.

 

maandag 16 juli 2012

Israel wast witter dan wit! (Elder of Ziyon)

 

De term 'Pinkwashing' heeft de mainstream allang gehaald, en geldt als bekende taktiek van Israel om haar misdaden wit te wassen en zich een positief imago in het westen aan te meten. Het past ook naadloos in de visie die ik jaren geleden al veelvuldig in de NRC tegenkwam, waar de gelikte en professionele Israelische propaganda altijd breed werd uitgemeten. Nog steeds wordt iedere poging van Israel wat aan haar imago te doen met het nodige cynisme onmiddellijk vermeld, terwijl de vele zaken die andere landen (waaronder Arabische) ondernemen om hun imago op te krikken doorgaans weinig aandacht krijgen. Hoe dan ook, Elder is de critici en journalisten graag van dienst en heeft een aantal zaken opgesomd die Israel doet om de aandacht af te leiden van haar vele misdaden. Van snow washing, eye-washing, quake-washing tot heartwashing en hungerwashing. 

 

RP

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Onco-washing

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.nl/2012/07/onco-washing.html

 

From COGAT:

 

 

In the [IDF] Civil Administration they were hard at work in the last few weeks, preparing a special summer camp for cancer-stricken children from Judea & Samaria and from Gaza. 24 Palestinian children along with their parents departed, from Monday, July 2nd until Thursday, July 5th, for four days of fun in the Jordan Park, financed by the Civil Administration. These included horse riding, activities on inflated contraptions, music workshop and various other attractions.

The Jordan Park contains a combination of tourist, recreation and archeological facilities. The park, which extends over an area of about 1000 dunam, belongs to the Jewish National Fund and is administered by the Economic Association for Golan Settlements. The Health Coordinator in Judea & Samaria, Mrs. Dalia Basa, coordinated the children's visit with the park management after having verified that the facilities in the park and the basic medical services exist and are adapted to the children's special needs.

"We were happy to see how the children forgot, even if for a short time, the disease and connected to the summer camp experience during their summer vacation, just like all children throughout the world and in Israel." summarized the Health Coordinator in Judea & Samaria, Mrs. Dalia Basa.

The civil Administration reported that different groups of Palestinian children and teenagers go out daily on excursions and visits of Israeli sites and that every year the wish increases to participate in summer camps, workshops, vacation days, etc., which combine visits in Israel and mainly organized excursions to the water sources in the North and in the Tel-Aviv area.

 

Obviously the IDF helps out cancer-stricken Palestinian Arab kids only to whitewash their crimes against, um, Palestinian Arab kids.

Only one problem: they do a really poor job publicizing it. Not a single story in any major Israeli newspaper about this. The only other places I saw it was the IDF website copying this article and a Christian organization

So I guess that I am the main purveyor of Israel's evil onco-washing.

This joins Israel's evil pinkwashingsnow-washingeye-washingquake-washing, tech-washinghunger-washing, med-washingheart-washing, infection-washingbreast-washing, tumor-washing,germwashingrobot-washing....

All done, as any trendy Lefty knows, to cover up Israeli crimes.

Because that is the only way for tolerant über-Lefties and anti-Zionists to understand Israelis doing anything that is not a war crime.

(h/t Yerushalimey for robot-washing)

 

zondag 15 juli 2012

Condoleezza Rice herbevestigt: "Abbas wilde plan Olmert niet aanvaarden"

 

Het gebeurt wel vaker dat Palestijnse leiders uitspraken die zij hebben gedaan later ontkennen. Abbas' ontkenning dat hij Olmerts vredesplan had afgewezen omdat te weinig vluchtelingen konden terugkeren, en omdat 'de kloof te diep zou zijn' komen dan ook niet geloofwaardig over. 

 

Triest maar niet echt verbazingwekkend is dat Olmerts vredesplan nauwelijks in de Nederlandse media werd genoemd. Dit in tegenstelling tot ook maar geringste suggestie dat heel eventueel Hamas of Fatah ooit een kleine concessie zouden willen doen. Olmerts plan was concreet en vergaand; het verdiende uitvoerig besproken te worden en de Palestijnen hadden er veelvuldig mee geconfronteerd moeten worden. 'Als jullie zo graag een staat willen, ga dan op basis van dit voorstel verder praten, dan wordt die droom wellicht werkelijkheid'.  

 

Inmiddels zijn Olmert en Rice weg en de kansen op vrede geslonken. 

 

RP

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Condoleezza Rice herbevestigt: "Abbas wilde plan Olmert niet aanvaarden" 

Vrijdag 13 Juli 2012 12:35 

http://joodsactueel.be/2012/07/13/condoleezza-rice-weerlegt-abbas-en-bevestigt-haar-versie-van-een-gesprek-in-2008-over-palestijnse-vluchtelingen/

 

Condoleezza Rice, de voormalige staatssecretaris van de Verenigde Staten, heeft vorige week herbevestigd wat ze eerder in haar memoires schreef over de Palestijnse president Mahmoud Abbas. Daarin bracht ze verslag van een ontmoeting in 2008 waarbij Abbas verklaarde dat hij de voorwaarden niet kon aanvaarden van een voorstel van toenmalig premier Ehud Olmert om tot een duurzame Israëlisch-Palestijnse vrede te komen.

Rice herbevestigde de uitspraak omdat Abbas in een TV-interview vertelde dat dit gelogen was, volgens hem vond dat gesprek nooit plaats. Ook een journalist van de Washington Post bevestigt evenwel de uitspraak van Abbas.

"Dr. Rice blijft bij haar versie van het gesprek zoals het in haar boek staat", zo vertelde Georgia Godfrey, stafchef van Rice, aan de website, The Times of Israel. Tijdens een interview met de Israëlische nieuwszender Channel 2 dat vorige zaterdag plaats vond had Abbas een cruciale passage uit de memoires van Rice, handelend over de weigering om het vredesvoorstel van Olmert te aanvaarden, ontkend.

In "No Higher Honor", verhaalt Rice haar bezoek aan Ramallah in mei 2008, net nadat Olmert in detail zijn vredesvoorstel had toegelicht. Rice had nota genomen van de details van het Israëlische voorstel: een Israëlische terugtrekking uit de West Bank met één-op-één landruil ("swaps"), het opdelen van Jeruzalem tussen Israël en de nieuwe Palestijnse staat en een internationaal beheer voor de controle over de Oude Stad.

Olmert had ook zowel praktische als symbolische oplossingen gesuggereerd voor het Palestijnse vluchtelingenprobleem en bood aan om een beperkt aantal Palestijnse vluchtelingen in Israël te laten wonen. Olmert is overigens de eerste Israëlische premier die zo'n voorstel formuleerde.

Over dit vluchtelingenprobleem had Abbas, volgens Rice verklaard: "Ik kan geen vier miljoen Palestijnen vertellen dat slechts vijfduizend van hen naar huis kunnen."

Tijdens het interview ontkende Abbas deze uitspraak en voegde hij er aan toe dat er nooit zo'n gesprek plaatsvond tussen hem en Rice. Toen de interviewer, Danny Kushmaro Abbas nadrukkelijk confronteerde met het citaat uit het boek van Rice antwoordde hij: "Ik heb dat absoluut niet gezegd."

"Liegt Rice dan?", vroeg Kushmaro. "Ik noem haar geen leugenaar", antwoordde de Palestijnse president, "ik zeg gewoon dat we nooit zo'n gesprek hadden".

In hetzelfde interview ontkende Abbas eveneens een uitspraak met een Amerikaans journalist. In 2009 verscheen op de editoriale pagina van de Washington Post een artikel van Jackson Diehl, een senior correspondent waarin deze meedeelt met Abbas te hebben gesproken over het vredesvoorstel van Olmert van 2008 en over de redenen waarom de Palestijnen het voorstel afschoten. "De kloof was te diep", had Abbas verklaard, aldus het artikel van Diehl.

"Dat heb ik niet gezegd", antwoordde Abbas toen Kushmaro hem ook met dit citaat confronteerde.

Zowel Diehl als Rice benadrukken dat de citaten in het artikel accuraat waren. "Ik sta achter de column die ik in 2009 schreef na een ontmoeting die mijn collega Fred Hiatt en ikzelf hadden met Mahmoud Abbas, en ik bevestig alle citaten die het bevat", zei Diehl aan deTimes of Israel.

 

zaterdag 14 juli 2012

De leugens op de Palestijnse landkaart

 

Deze kaartjes zijn nu in advertenties in Amerikaanse metro’s te zien, en vorig jaar doken ze ook al in Engeland op. Ze worden in nederland ijverig gebruikt door Van Agt, Meulenbelt, United Civilians for Peace en aanverwanten. Ze waren een leugen toen ze werden gemaakt en ze zijn nog steeds een leugen. Een clevere leugen, want ze lijken zo simpel en duidelijk weer te geven wat de kern is van het conflict. Hieronder de weerlegging van Elder of Ziyon. Zie mijn repliek op: Palestina op de landkaart en die van Ami Isseroff op: The myth of Palesitnian land loss

 

NB: Elder vergist zich hieronder een keer, als hij stelt dat kaartje 2 een juiste weergave is van het VN delingsplan: een aanzienlijk gebied rond Jeruzalem zou een aparte status krijgen, wat op dit kaartje niet is aangegeven.

 

RP

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Debunking "The Map that Lies"

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.nl/2012/07/debunking-map-that-lies.html

 

From Fox News:

 

Advertisements at train stations in suburban New York depicting shrinking Palestinian territory in Israel are riling some critics who say they are “deliberately misleading and inaccurate,” FoxNews.com has learned.

The ads, which were purchased by The Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine, show the “Palestinian Loss of Land” from 1946 to 2010. An accompanying headline reads: "4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the U.N. as Refugees."

Henry Clifford, co-chairman of the group, told FoxNews.com he paid $25,000 to display posters at 50 Metro-North Railroad stations for 30 days. They are to “educate and inform people” on the proper historical context of the region, he said.

“There’s always room for discussion of different sides of every story, but there’s no room for discussion on fact,” Clifford said. “Anyone who challenges these maps and the content of these ads, it’s they’re obligation to show that they’re historically wrong. The ball is in their court.

 

Excellent! This gives me the chance to repost this:


 

This map is a lie.


The first panel has the biggest lie:


While I presume that the white sections are indeed the land that was privately owned by Jews, the land in green was not privately owned by Arabs.

Only a tiny percentage of land in Palestine was privately owned. The various categories of land ownership included:

  • Mulk: privately owned in the Western sense.
  • Miri: Land owned by the government (originally the Ottoman crown) and suitable for agricultural use. Individuals could purchase a deed to cultivate this land and pay a tithe to the government. Ownership could be transferred only with the approval of the state. Miri rights could be transferred to heirs, and the land could be sub-let to tenants. If the owner died without an heir or the land was not cultivated for three years, the land would revert to the state.
  • Mahlul: Uncultivated Miri lands that would revert to the state, in theory after three years.
  • Mawat (or Mewat): So-called “dead”, unreclaimed land. It constituted about 50 to 60% of the land in Palestine. It belonged to the government. ...If the land had been cultivated with permission, it would be registered, at least under the Mandate, free of charge.


By the early 1940s Jews owned about one third of Mulk land in Palestine and Arabs about two-thirds. The vast majority of the total land, however, belonged to the government, meaning that when the state of Israel was established, it became legally Israel's. (I believe that about 77% of the land was owned by the government, assuming 6 million dunams of private land as shown in this invaluable webpage on the topic from which I got much of this information.)

To say that the green areas were "Palestinian" land is simply a lie.

Now the next one:



While this is an accurate representation of the partition plan, it has nothing to do with land ownership. The entire purpose of this map is to make it appear that Israel has been grabbing Arab land consistently, to serve as a bridge between maps 1 and 3. What is not said, of course, is that Israel accepted the partition and the Arabs did not, so as a result Israel in 1949 looked like it does in map 3.

Map 3 is still a lie, however, because in no way was the green land "Palestinian" at that time. Gaza was administered by Egypt and the West Bank annexed by Jordan. No one at the time spoke about a Palestinian Arab state on the areas controlled by Arab states - only in Israel.

In other words, this progression of maps is a series of lies meant to push a bigger lie, and it is tragic that a lot of people believe them to be the truth.

Here is a small attempt on my side to show a more accurate picture of Israel's giving land it controlled up for peace since 1967:

 

This map shows that Israel gave up control of the Sinai, Gaza, Southern Lebanon and much of the West Bank over the years. Rather than falsely accusing Israel as a land-grabbing rogue state, it accurately shows Israel as perhaps the only state in history that has voluntarily given up more than two-thirds of the areas it controls in exchange for nothing more than a paper agreement - or sometimes not even that. All at the risk of serious security concerns for her people, no less.

This is all because Israel wants, desperately, to live in real peace with her neighbors. This desire is not reciprocated by those neighbors, unfortunately.

The real map shows the truth of Israel's incredible concessions in the often vain hope for peace.



Now, as far as the right-hand side of the ad goes, I have debunked that as well; my most recent one was this post from less than a month ago.

So, Mr. Clifford, I've shown how every pixel in your posters are historically wrong. 

Will you answer me, or admit the truth?

The ball is in your court.

(By the way, as of two days ago, the webpage for the organization named in these ads has received fewer hits total in its history than I receive an hour.)