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Stop the Children’s Intifada!

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

Not only has the international media focused on blaming Israel for human-rights abuses, but they have ignored the actual and blatant violations acted out by Palestinians. Khaled Abu Toameh writes that what’s even worse, it is Palestinian children who are forced to carry out this violence against Israel:

Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian groups are using children from east Jerusalem and the West Bank in what appears to be a new intifada against Israel.

Nearly half of the Palestinians arrested by Jerusalem Police over the past few months are minors. Some of them are as young as nine.

These children are being sent to throw stones and firebombs, and launch fireworks at policemen and IDF soldiers, as well as at Israeli civilians and vehicles, including buses and the light rail in Jerusalem.

The exploitation of children in the fight against Israel has attracted little attention from the international community and media. Human rights groups and United Nations institutions have chosen to turn a blind eye to these human rights abuses.

Instead of condemning those who exploit the children and dispatch them to confront policemen and soldiers, these groups and institutions are busy denouncing Israel for targeting minors …

This is not the first time that Palestinian groups use children in the struggle against Israel. During the first intifada, which erupted in 1987, children and women were often at the forefront in clashes with Israeli security personnel.

This strategy works out well for Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Fatah. At the end of the day, they can always blame Israel for “deliberately” targeting Palestinian children and women — an allegation that the mainstream media in the West often endorses without asking questions.

Moreover, the Palestinian groups know that the children who are being sent to confront Israeli soldiers and policemen will not be held accountable …

Hamas and Fatah had long discovered that children are one of the most effective tools in the fight against Israel — especially because of the damage Israel sustains in the court of…

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 8:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

Rise in Palestinian Support for Violence Against Israel

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(Photo: flickr/synnetonidas)

Tensions in and around Israel were rising before Operation Protective Edge. But since the conflict, tension and anti-Israel sentiment have gotten even worse. The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff reports on the rise in Palestinian support for Hamas, and for increased violence against Israel:

Support for Hamas and for armed struggle against Israel is gaining popularity in the Palestinian territories, a new survey showed Tuesday, despite languishing rehabilitation efforts in the war-battered Gaza Strip …

Some 57 percent of those polled claimed that Hamas was victorious — a strong majority, albeit far short of the 70% who thought Hamas had won after 2012’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Only 8% thought that Israel had won.

Some 53% claimed the recent war achieved the interests of the Palestinian people, while a little more than 21% said that the war damaged those interests.

At the same time Fatah, Hamas’s rival, has weakened while Hamas is getting stronger …

In general, on all questions and matters of current affairs, the residents of the West Bank showed a more extreme point of view compared to those in Gaza.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 8:07 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli President Rivlin: “Israel Will Not Surrender”

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(Photo: wikicommons/ איציק אדרי)

A new Jewish museum has opened in Warsaw, Poland – a museum that both celebrates and laments the history of Polish Jews. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended the ceremony, The Times of Israel reports, and delivered an inspiring message for the Jewish people:

President Reuven Rivlin spoke at the opening ceremony of the new Jewish history museum in Warsaw, recalling both the harmonious and deeply painful periods of Jewish existence in Poland.

“I do not stand here as an individual, but as the representative of an entire people,” Rivlin said in Hebrew during his first overseas visit as president. “A people that is making its way, in a journey of deep memory, to the foundations of Jewish existence — and also, to the depths of evil…

“Israel will pursue Auschwitz for everything it stands for,” Rivlin continued. “Israel will not surrender. We will build our future, our eyes open and alert. We will not treat threats lightly. We will not treat lightly shameful threats calling for the obliteration of the Jewish people. The Holocaust continues to serves as a warning against non-banal evil.”

Rivlin also emphasized Jews’ yearning to return to Israel. “The Jewish journey started in the land of Israel, and it always strove to return there against all odds and all limitations.”

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 11:08 AM  | Stand For Israel

Sharp Rise in Jerusalem Attacks

(Photo: Noam Mosko/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Noam Mosko/ASHERNET)

Ever since Operation Protective Edge, the Holy City has seen a sharp increase in terrorist incidents, culminating in last week’s hit-and-run attack that left an infant and a young woman dead and injured several more. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has outlined the rising violence occurring in Israel’s capital:

“Even before Operation Protective Edge, the state of affairs in Jerusalem as regards riots, rock throwing and enforcement was shoddy. We were talking about 200 events of rock throwing [per month]. Even before Protective Edge, we held a discussion about the changes needed to bring back the rule of law in Jerusalem…

“Protective Edge began – and we jumped from 200 events to 5,000 events. Throwing rocks on cars is life-threatening, as is throwing firebombs at the homes of Jews who live in Arab neighborhoods. There is a huge mass of disturbances. The Jerusalem police fanned out with its available forces as defense. It defends Jewish homes and the seam line, and we all realize this cannot continue.”

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Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 10:59 AM  | Stand for Israel

The Fellowship Providing Heat to 25,000 Elderly As Part of Operation Winter Warmth

(Photo: Kobi Gideon)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon)

With so many elderly in Israel unable to care for themselves, The Fellowship has made it our mission to provide for their needs. As winter approaches, one of the greatest needs will be to stay warm, something so many cannot afford to do. The Jerusalem Post reports on this year’s efforts to provide heating and warmth to thousands of Israel’s most vulnerable elderly:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is distributing heating grants and blankets this year to some 25,000 elderly people in 72 Israeli communities as part of its Operation Winter Warmth.

The annual assistance operation will provide some NIS 7.5 million worth of heating for senior citizens.

“The State of Israel recognizes the plight of vulnerable elderly people during the winter period and assists some of them through the National Insurance Institute. But that is not enough. Hundreds of thousands of elderly people in Israel are living in permanent economic crisis and they cannot heat their homes during winter,” IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said.

IFCJ surveys have found that up to a quarter of Israel’s elderly go without winter heating because they cannot afford it. That same 25 percent has hot water available only three days a week. Twenty percent give up spending on basic needs in order to afford fuel. Every seventh elderly person in Israel lacks enough money to spend on food and every tenth Israeli elderly cannot afford medications.

Over the course of the campaign, in cooperation with the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, the IFCJ will allocate NIS 350 grants that can be redeemed at any bank branch.

Social workers will distribute the grants via hundreds of volunteers, who will also hand out 5,000 high quality winter blankets to those in need.

“The fellowship works to broaden the reach of aid to tens of thousands more elderly people,” said Eckstein, adding that winter proves “how vulnerable elderly people are in harsh weather conditions, and our assistance will help get them through.”

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Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 8:35 AM  | SFI

Cruel to the Kind: Palestinians’ Anti-Jewish Hatred

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(Photo: flickr/ talkingphotographer)

Imagine the international condemnation were Israel to pass a law banning its citizens from selling or renting land and/or houses to Arabs, sentencing violators to a lifetime of hard labor. Well, the Palestinians did just that, and yet not a single word of rebuke or hint of criticism was raised by the West.

The Times of Israel reported:

According to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on “anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state [Israel] or one of its subjects [Jews].”

This law denying Jews the basic human right to purchase or rent land is a classic example of apartheid. Yet the Palestinian Authority knows it won’t be called out on it – not by the U.S., not by the E.U., and certainly not by its friends in the U.N.

If Israel outlawed the sale or lease of land to Arabs, The U.N. Security Council would immediately pass resolutions condemning the Jewish state, while also threatening boycotts and sanctions.

In fact, Israel has been accused of committing apartheid, while the Palestinian Authority – which is actually committing or attempting to commit apartheid – has never faced such accusations. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wrote a book titled Israel: Peace or Apartheid, and many other world leaders have joined in this libel.

Meanwhile, Israeli Arabs enjoy more rights than all other Arab citizens of the Middle East, while Jews cannot rent or buy any land in Palestinian-controlled ”Jew-free” territories.

Common sense dictates that if you reward bad behavior you end up getting more of it. Unfortunately, common sense is not so common these days. The international community simply ignores Palestinian intransigence while rebuking Israel at every chance. And what do we get in return – no peace, more war, and zero flexibility from the Palestinian side.

Our Sages teach that “whoever is kind to the cruel will end up being cruel to the kind.” This lesson rings very loud today, especially in regard to…

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 8:08 AM  | Stand for Israel

The Story Behind Hamas’ Planned Tunnel Massacre

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Stand for Israel kept you abreast of Hamas’ network of terror tunnels, as well as the IDF’s work to find and destroy them. Because of the terrorist group’s attempts at gaining the sympathy and support of the international media, their evil actions often seem to go unnoticed by the world. But now, writing for Vanity Fair, Adam Ciralsky provides this fascinating in-depth look at what Hamas had planned and how Israel stopped it:

The threat, indeed, is all too plausible to Israeli intelligence officials, who agreed to share with Vanity Fair the backstory of how earlier this year they may have narrowly averted their nation’s own 9/11. The alleged plan of attack (as pieced together by defense and security professionals through electronic intercepts, informants, interrogations of Hamas operatives, as well as computers and satellite imagery obtained from Hamas compounds during the war) was chilling: a surprise assault in which scores of heavily armed Hamas insurgents were supposedly set to emerge from more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and proceed to kill as many Israelis as possible …

To much of the outside world, it was a battle of the skies, a lethal light show: Hamas relentlessly firing rockets—4,600 in all—and Israel responding with Iron Dome, a futuristic system that literally knocks them out of the sky. By any objective measure, the defense shield worked. In all, five Israeli civilians died and 127 were wounded as a result of rocket fire, and Israel’s leadership was able to buy time to plan a response. (The conflict ultimately claimed the lives of 67 Israeli soldiers.) …

While Israel, a nuclear power, takes pride in having fielded one of the world’s most technologically advanced armies, its adversaries have charted a decidedly different course. For half a century, the Palestinian resistance has proved to be something of an incubator for the tools of unconventional warfare: hijacking, hostage-taking, suicide bombings—all highly visible terror tactics designed to attract the world’s media outlets. As a result, Israel has repeatedly…

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 8:12 AM  | Stand for Israel

Better No Agreement Than a Bad Agreement: Israel on Iran Deal

(Photo: twitter/ @bogie_yaalon)

(Photo: twitter/ @bogie_yaalon)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s meeting with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, where Hamas’ presence in both Gaza and Turkey was discussed. The men also discussed Israel’s concern over Iranian nuclear aspirations. After the meeting, Ya’alon voiced his nation’s worry over the impending nuclear agreement with Iran – and what kind of deal it might be – while still emphasizing the strong U.S.-Israel partnership:

Israel is concerned about the shape of an international agreement with Iran over its nuclear aspirations, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday night after talks with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel in Washington DC.

“The Iranian issue indeed worries us,” said Ya’alon in a Hebrew audio message released by his office after the meeting with Hagel at the Pentagon. “The question of if there will be an agreement and what kind of agreement worries us. I’m talking about that here and behind closed doors we express our concerns.”

“We’ve said all along that better no agreement than a bad agreement and the question is what are they discussing at the moment, are they talking about how many centrifuges there will be and if so, why should they have centrifuges at all?” Ya’alon said.

“Are they talking about other elements of the Iranian military nuclear project such as missiles ready for nuclear warheads?”

Ya’alon said he and Hagel had also talked about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the US-Israel defense partnership. Between Israel and the United States, he said, “arguments exist, but we must remember that the US is Israel’s most important strategic ally in every respect.”

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:29 PM  | Stand for Israel

The Clear Lines of Good and Evil

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Hamas is a ruthless terror organization whose brutality is matched only by its hypocrisy. Its leaders encourage Palestinian mothers to send their kids on suicide missions, while their own children are neatly tucked away in bed or studying in universities abroad. They invite war and destruction on Gaza, extolling the virtues of war against Israel while hiding in their bunkers, as the rest of their fellow Gazans remain vulnerable to Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes.

Hamas receives billions of dollars in foreign aid. But instead of using it to build schools, hospitals, shopping malls, and residential buildings, they use it to fund their terrorist activities. And with the leftover change, Hamas’ leaders pocket millions, living in the kind of luxury their people will never know.

And when they need the best doctor to treat a family member or a loved one, where do they turn? Israel, of course!

This week, Tel-Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital confirmed that it had treated the daughter of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who was hospitalized in Israel “for a number of days,” before being sent back to Gaza after her condition stabilized. It turns out that Haniyeh’s daughter was not the only family member to be treated in Israel this year; the former Hamas premier sent his aging mother-in-law and one-year-old granddaughter to Israel for medical treatment as well.

The contrast between Israeli and Palestinian society is as stark during wartime as it is in times of relative quiet. Israel does everything to protect its citizens from attack, while Hamas places Palestinian civilians in harm’s way; Israel does everything it can to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, while Hamas tries to kill and maim as many Israeli civilians as possible. And in the intermediate periods of quiet, Israel treats Palestinians – even terrorists – in its hospitals, while an Israeli cannot set foot in Palestinian territory for fear of being killed.

The lines of good and evil are so clearly drawn in the Arab-Israeli conflict, yet so many, even in the west, fail to support the just side….

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand for Israel

The West Bank Without Israel?

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

At last week’s conference in Cairo, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head Mahmoud Abbas called for Israel to leave the West Bank. Now the P.A. is headed to the United Nations Security Council to demand the same. The Times of Israel’s Elhanan Miller wonders if the Palestinians’ demand is sincere, and if it is in the best interests of anyone – Israelis and Palestinians alike – involved:

The Palestinian leadership is bound for the UN Security Council, where it will demand a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. But, given the risk of a swift Hamas takeover of the West Bank, a former Israeli security official questioned the sincerity of the Palestinian demand, speculating that it may be acting against its own self-interest just to spite Israel.

Addressing donor states in a conference for the rehabilitation of Gaza last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not cite November 2016 as the final date by which Israeli troops are to leave the West Bank (as indicated in a draft resolution). He did, however, stress the need to set a time frame for Israeli withdrawal …

But Yaakov Amidror, who was national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until November 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, said that “the end of the occupation” would soon become the end of the PA and its leader, Abbas.

“Without Israel, Abu Mazen (Abbas) and Fatah cannot survive for even 10 minutes,” Amidror told The Times of Israel. “The problem is, they can’t say it. Their overt behavior — driven more by emotion than by logic — would lead to the end of their regime if Israel were to withdraw, which it won’t do because of its own interests.”

Whether the Israeli withdrawal be quick or slow, Amidror asserted that without Israeli boots on the ground, Abbas had no realistic way of overcoming a Palestinian Islamic movement bent on his destruction.

“Abu Mazen and his people will have to…

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand for Israel

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