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Stop the Children’s Intifada!

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(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

Liberty and the Palestinian Authority

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

When it comes to human-rights violations, much of the attention of those of us who stand for and with Israel is on those blatant and horrific abuses at the hands of Hamas, or those of other, very visible terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) or al-Qaeda. But former U.S. National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams reminds us that the Palestinian Authority are also quite proficient at curbing the lives and liberties of the people it supposedly represents:

Palestinian Authority officials have given thousands of speeches  over the years about removing the Israeli occupation, freeing Palestinians, self-government, and the like. But today –as in the days of Arafat– the PA itself is a threat to the liberty of the Palestinians it rules …

Even Human Rights Watch, whose bias against Israel is notorious, had to acknowledge basic facts about the PA:

Complaints of torture and ill-treatment by West Bank PA security services persisted….PA security services and men in civilian clothes identified as security employees violently dispersed peaceful protests and arbitrarily detained protesters and journalists….Palestinian courts did not find any West Bank security officers responsible for torture, arbitrary detention, or prior cases of unlawful deaths in custody.

Donors to the PA do not like to acknowledge and discuss these violation of human rights by the PA, because they do not fit into the usual narrative: Palestinians want and deserve self-government, but are denied it by Israel; the only problem for the cause of liberty is the Israeli occupation. Simple, but wrong: the PA itself is an increasingly repressive entity, with President Abbas abusing the powers of his office to fight political enemies (and protect corruption). This is not exactly news, but until it is recognized and fought by donors it will continue and expand. It’s ironic that all those groups, especially in Europe, who consider themselves champions of Palestinian rights wish only to condemn Israel– while they continue to ignore the threat to Palestinians that emerges from their own officials…

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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

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

Which Palestine Do Euros Recognize?

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(Photo: flickr/saphirai)

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we report that the British Parliament voted yesterday to recognize Palestine as a state. This comes a week after Sweden declared its support for the same. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin wonders which “Palestine” – the Palestinian Authority or Hamas – Europe will recognize:

Today the British Parliament voted on a non-binding resolution that recognized Palestine as a state. The 274-12 vote in favor of the symbolic gesture doesn’t affect the actual foreign policy of the United Kingdom but, like the announcement by the new Swedish prime minister earlier this month of his intention to also recognize it as a state, it does constitute more momentum for a Palestinian effort to bypass peace negotiations. This says a lot more about the willingness of Europeans to pressure and even demonize Israel than it does about their supposed support for peace. But as long as they’re talking about recognition, it’s fair to ask which Palestine they are ready to welcome into the family of nations: The weak, corrupt, and undemocratic Palestinian Authority in the West Bank or the terrorist Hamas state in Gaza? Or both …

Yet like the “Free Gaza” demonstrations that rocked European cities this past summer while Hamas rockets rained down on Israeli cities, one has to wonder what exactly those advocating the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state think they are doing?

At its most basic level, recognizing Palestinian statehood seems to be an expression of sympathy for those who bore the brunt of Hamas’s decision to launch another war against Israel: the people of Gaza. Pictures of Palestinian civilians who were killed, wounded, or made homeless by Israeli counter-attacks against Hamas missile launches and terror tunnels generated a wave of revulsion against the Jewish state as well as a desire to beat one’s chest on behalf of the cause of “Free Palestine.”

But which Palestine are we talking about?

Is it the Palestine of the Palestinian Authority that currently rules most of the West Bank, albeit under…

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Blame Palestinian Incitement

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(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

While anti-Semitic sentiment is flourishing around the world, recent incidents against Jews by Palestinians have been especially alarming. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says that continued anti-Israel incitement by Palestinian leadership and media has caused the Palestinian people to hate all Jews and those who support them:

Over the past two decades, Palestinians, like most Arabs, have been subjected to a large-scale campaign of incitement against Israel and the US. This is a campaign that is being waged through the media, especially Arab and Islamic TV stations, the internet, mosques and the rhetoric of leaders and politicians.

As a result of the ongoing incitement, some Palestinians and Arabs are no longer able to distinguish between those who support them and those who stand against them.

If you are told that all Israelis are evil, you do not see a difference between a leftist and a right-wing Israeli. You are being taught, from very early stage of your life, that Jews are “occupiers” who “stole” the land of Palestine from its rightful owners. You are also being taught that all Jews (including innocent civilians) are legitimate targets because they either serve in the army or identify with the Zionist movement.

Because of the indoctrination, a growing number of people in the Arab and Islamic countries regard all Israelis as “settlers.” Palestinian spokesmen representing various groups, including Hamas and Fatah, often refer to Israeli cities (inside Israel proper) as “settlements” …

In Nablus, the largest Palestinian city, students rioted in protest against a visit to their campus by U.S. consular officials. According to Palestinian sources, the officials had come to An-Najah University as part of continued efforts to support educational and cultural activities on campus.

Dozens of students, chanting anti-U.S. slogans, surrounded one of the U.S. vehicles and tried to prevent it from entering the premises of the university. Eyewitnesses said that campus security personnel used excessive force to disperse the protesters.

One student, Mohamed Abu Awwad, was later admitted to hospital…

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 AM  | Stand For Israel

Human Shields Aren’t Rethinking Hamas

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on a new poll that showed 80% of Palestinians support resumed rocket attacks against Israel. Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin explains why these people – used by Hamas as human shields – still support the terror group:

In the aftermath of its disastrous 50-day war against Israel this past summer Hamas saw its popularity skyrocket with huge majorities in both Gaza and the West Bank telling pollsters that the Islamists “won” and that they supported their conduct. A month later, Palestinians have sobered up a bit. But the latest numbers paint a picture of a population that is still not ready for peace or anything that looks like it …

Palestinians continue to support Hamas firing more rockets at Israel if the blockade of Gaza is not lifted with 80 percent overall endorsing this position and 72 percent of Gazans also backing the proposition. Given that the only reason the blockade was imposed on Gaza to begin with was the Hamas coup with which the group seized power in 2007, this position sets up a circular argument. But far more shocking than that is the response to the question posed about whether they support Hamas firing rockets from populated areas.

While Hamas generally denies doing this, it is not exactly a secret that it does it so as to use civilians as human shields against possible Israeli counter-attacks aimed at silencing the rocket launchers. Nor are Palestinians unaware of the fact that this practice deliberately exposes them to death and destruction, a cynical tactic whose purpose is to get as many civilians killed as possible.

Yet the survey showed that a solid majority of Palestinians—57 percent—supported this slaughter …

Though enthusiasm for Hamas is not unanimous, it remains more popular than its Fatah rivals. Why? Because the unchanging dynamic of Palestinian politics is that whichever party spills the most Jewish blood will always have the upper hand. Since its inception a century ago, Palestinian Arab…

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:49 AM  | Stand for Israel

Poll: 80% of Palestinians Support Resumption of Rocket Fire Against Israel

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

After Operation Protective Edge, one would imagine Palestinians might think twice about launching rockets into Israel. However, The Algemeiner reports that a new report published this week instead shows that 80% of the Palestinians polled support resuming terrorist attacks against the Jewish state:

The poll, conducted in recent days among 1,200 respondents aged 18 and over, at 120 locations throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, presents a different picture than that obtained from a similar survey conducted immediately after Operation Protective Edge about a month ago

Eighty percent of respondents made ​​it clear they would support firing rockets and mortars at Israeli communities if Israel does not allow unfettered access to the coastal enclave. 57 percent of respondents also claimed that they supported launching rockets from populated areas in the Gaza Strip. However, the breakdown of this figure shows that most Gaza residents – 52 percent – oppose such a course of action, while in the West Bank that step has a clear majority: 62 percent …

Meanwhile, Hamas may be returning to self-production of rockets in Gaza, and has been testing out new models, by firing them out to sea, according to Israel Defense News.

A rocket was recently fired from the ruins of the former Jewish community of Netzerim, according to Monday’s report, the fifth such test since the end of Protective Edge on Aug. 26th.

As well, Hamas is seeking to restore hundreds of lathes used to construct rockets, according to the IDF; some 50 percent of them were destroyed during the fight, the army believes.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Is a Third Intifada in the Making?

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

Throughout the summer, our attention was on Operation Protective Edge, while now the threat of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) is dominating headlines. But Israel Hayom’s Nadav Shragai reports that recent violence and rioting in Jerusalem suggest the beginning of an organized third intifada:

For weeks now, 740 Palestinians arrested during recent rioting in east Jerusalem have been under interrogation. These rioters have been gradually laying the groundwork for the third intifada in the capital. Whoever thought that the disturbances were spontaneous expressions of rage will certainly be surprised to learn that these riots are really an uprising that has the hallmarks and fingerprints of an organization …

So far, the violence has been limited to light arms — stones, rocks, and fireworks. Nonetheless, it’s a very fine line between the use of these weapons and the use of firearms and explosives, particularly in the neighborhoods and villages of east Jerusalem. There are some in the eastern half of the capital who have already crossed that line, particularly in the Shuafat refugee camp.

In each of the villages of east Jerusalem, there is at least one dominant player on the ground. In A-Tor, it’s Fatah. In Issawiya‎, it’s the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Jabal Mukaber, it’s Hamas. In the Shuafat refugee camp, both Fatah and Hamas are in charge …

It was a group of Palestinians that ambushed the Cohen family as they made their way to the Western Wall last Friday. It was also a group that set fire to a gas station in the French Hill section of the capital in addition to hundreds of other instances.

The villages and neighborhoods are believed to coordinate their actions by using Facebook, fliers, and messengers to communicate the date, time, and location of gatherings and action plans. During their interrogations, some of the rioters said that there is another layer of leadership beyond…

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Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8:35 AM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas and Human Sacrifice

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Stand for Israel reported on Hamas’ use of human shields. Taking a closer look at this inhumane tactic now that the war is over, Calev Myers wonders if the terrorists’ strategy isn’t one of human shields, but of human sacrifice:

So what is really happening here? Why do they continue to fire so many rockets at us? What do they hope to achieve? Either this is the least successful military campaign in the history of mankind, or the human casualty count on the Israeli side is not the primary goal of Hamas’ rocket strategy.

Today it is clear to the world that Hamas fires rockets from densely populated civilian areas in order to draw Israeli fire upon Palestinian elderly, women and children. Hamas has learned that systematically feeding disturbing photographs of bloody babies to the international press is the most effective weapon in the pursuit of its goals.

Hamas sees Israel as a strong enemy. It is trying to delegitimize us in order to arouse the fury of entities larger and stronger than us, even if they have to pay a very heavy price in human suffering to do so. Although the comparison is far from perfect, chapter 19 in the book of Judges tells us about a man from the tribe of Levi, whose concubine was raped and murdered by men from the tribe of Benjamin in the city of Gibeah. He cut her body into 12 pieces, sent them throughout all the land of Israel, and the rest is history. The response of all of the other tribes nearly blotted out the tribe of Benjamin from the annals of history.

The threat of Hamas’ blood-photo strategy should not be taken lightly. It has already caused an escalation of anti-Semitic incidents and attacks on Jewish communities around the world. The only way to fight this threat is by systematic and tactical advocacy, not merely in the defensive sense,…

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 8:29 AM  | Stand for Israel

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