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Are Palestinian Propagandists Losing Their Touch?

(Photo: Wikinews)

(Photo: Wikinews)

Dexter Van Zile writes in The Algemeiner that, although Palestinian propagandists are doing everything they can to manufacture outrage that shows the world just how terrible the Palestinians are suffering and how evil the Israelis are, for the most part, their efforts have come up short:

Instead of showing the world just how bad things are for people living in the West Bank, they are revealing the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of Palestinian elites. They are also highlighting the anti-Semitic craziness that has gripped Palestinian society. …

The anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messaging that Palestinian elites have promoted to Westerners for the past few decades reveals that the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are a long way off from establishing and maintaining a democracy, making peace with Israel and coming to grips with the modern world.

They live in a demon-haunted world of their own making. The end result will be disaster for the Palestinians and possibly for the rest of the world.

 

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Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 9:13 AM  | Stand For Israel

American Taxpayers Now Paying the Salaries of Palestinian Terrorists

(Photo: White House/ Pete Souza)

(Photo: White House/ Pete Souza)

As more details surface about the Palestinian unity deal, more reactions come out, as well. Lee Smith, writing for Tablet, picks apart the history of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, the United States, and Israel – and where this agreement and the U.S. reaction to it will lead – and comes to the conclusion that American money will now be heading into the pockets of terrorists:

Meanwhile, as crazy as it sounds, U.S. diplomats will continue searching for loopholes that allow us to fund officially designated terrorist organizations with taxpayer dollars. As Jonathan Schanzer, director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains “there are waivers embedded in the legislation, with which the president can override stipulations for reasons of national security or national interest. The assumption,” says Schanzer, “is that Obama is going to override everything.”

The administration will also be able to cite a regional precedent for its likely next step of embracing the new Palestinian “unity government” as a “partner for peace” while claiming that America is not funding terrorism.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

A Thorn in the Palestinian Authority’s Side

(Photo: Wikinews)

(Photo: Wikinews)

After yesterday’s announcement of a Palestinian unity government, we told you about Israel’s immediate and angry response that the deal includes the terror group Hamas. Writing for Israel Hayom, Dan Margalit says that the response was necessary and understandable, and that while Hamas must still be dealt with, patience must now be shown:

The Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces may not always seek to direct their response at the Palestinian population living under Hamas rule in Gaza. There is also the increased risk of Hamas trying to bolster its presence in Judea and Samaria, where it is likely to try to form the infrastructure needed to launch terror attacks against Israel or the settlements.

These new circumstances mean Israel must use fine pincers to gently remove the Hamas thorn from the P.A.’s side …

Now that Israel has issued its official statement on the matter, silence must prevail, to allow for a quiet operation of diplomatic inquiries to take place.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 8:35 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinians: BDS Activists Are Troublemakers, Criminals

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

Stand for Israel has long stood against those who would boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel. Now even the Palestinians want to distance themselves from the BDS movement. At the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh writes that the Palestinians feel anti-Israel activists not only harm chances for peace and Palestinian relations with the rest of the world — and they have even arrested and prosecuted four BDS protesters for their actions:

For some PA officials, BDS is a movement that acts against the true interests of the Palestinians. They say that the actions of those promoting BDS make the Palestinians appear as if they are not interested in peace and coexistence with Israel. BDS activists in Ramallah have succeeded in preventing several planned meetings between Israelis and Palestinians in Ramallah and east Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority is also worried that BDS is harming the Palestinians’ relations with other countries. The most recent example of BDS efforts to damage Palestinians’ relations with friendly countries occurred a few weeks ago, when the “anti-normalization” activists tried to disrupt a performance by an Indian dance troupe in Ramallah.

A PA official in Ramallah explained that BDS and its followers make the Palestinians appear as if they are all radicals who are only interested in boycotting and delegitimizing Israel. “This goes against the PLO’s official policy, which is to seek a peace agreement with Israel based on the two-state solution,” he said.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 9:06 AM  | Stand For Israel

Was Nakba Shooting Another al-Dura Libel?

(Photo: flickr/ palestineproject)

(Photo: flickr/ palestineproject)

During the recent Palestinian commemoration of “Nakba” Day (Nakba being Arabic for “catastrophe” and the date marking the establishment of Israel) two young Palestinians were killed by what was claimed was Israeli fire. Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, points out the questions surrounding these shootings and comparing it to another “shooting” that captured world – that of 10-year-old Mohammed al-Dura – that has since been more or less proven to have been staged:

Though the world is eager to indict and convict the Israelis of murders that would be seen as validating criticisms about the unjust nature of its “occupation” of the West Bank, no one should jump to any conclusions about this incident. Washington is right about the need for an investigation. But unlike the kangaroo court of international public opinion in which the Israelis already stand convicted, a more sober and less prejudiced probe of what happened may well reveal something very different than the narrative of Israeli brutality and Palestinian victimization.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 8:48 AM  | Stand For Israel

The International Criminal Court Strikes Out Again

(Photo: flickr/ Estonian Foreign Ministry)

(Photo: flickr/ Estonian Foreign Ministry)

Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders have, from time to time, threatened to apply for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and, from that position, launch wave after wave of legal assaults against Israel and her leadership. Western nations and Israel typically respond to this with violent opposition at the prospect of having to ward off such an onslaught.

Then there are days like yesterday when the nations of the world demonstrate why the ICC is not only nothing for Israel to fear, but also nothing for actual war criminals to fear.

Yesterday, the U.N. Security Council took up the question of whether Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad – who has killed more than 150,000 of his own people and used chemical weapons against civilians – should be referred to the ICC for prosecution for war crimes. The measure failed in the Security Council when it was vetoed by both Russia and China (neither of which has the power to veto on its own). Interestingly, neither Russia nor China are members of the ICC (full disclosure: neither are Israel or the U.S.).

Earlier, in 2008, the U.N. Security Council referred Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the ICC for the campaign of mass rape and murder in the Darfur region of that country. The ICC indicted him for war crimes in 2009. Bashir is still president of his country and looks no closer to arrest and trial than he was before his indictment.

If the U.N. can’t even agree to refer Syria to the ICC, and a murderer like Bashir doesn’t have to worry about trial, does Israel have much to fear from the ICC? Obviously, the concern is that the ICC assault could further isolate Israel. But this is a group that, to put it mildly, is not exactly the most effective and organized of world governing bodies. Watching the ICC and its backers fall over themselves trying to indict Israel would likely do a lot more damage to the already weak reputation of the Court than it would to…

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 8:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Choosing Other People’s Leaders

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

The Israeli press is reporting that the chairwoman of one of Israel’s small, left-wing political parties said on Tuesday that the only possible successor to Fatah leader and P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas is a man named Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti, of course, will find it difficult to lead the Palestinian Authority as he is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for his activities as a terrorist responsible for the deaths of Israelis. He was a leader of the First and Second Intifadas, and personally directed terror attacks – including suicide bombings – against military and civilian targets inside Israel.

Barghouti is extremely popular among Palestinians of nearly all factions. But Israel wants him in prison badly enough that his inclusion was a deal-breaker in the 2011 prisoner release deal to free kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit – this despite the fact that Israel ended up freeing over 1,000 prisoners. Releasing Barghouti was a step too far.

The unlikelihood of Barghouti ever leading the P.A. notwithstanding, all of this raises a good question: Who will replace Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority? He is 79 years old and currently serving the ninth year of the four year term to which he was elected. If new elections do result from the nascent unity agreement being cobbled together by Hamas and Fatah, it is difficult to see how Abbas could run. Furthermore, the way he has undertaken negotiations makes clear that his stomach isn’t in fighting and his heart isn’t in talking.

If Abbas doesn’t run, none of the other options are good. Someone will have to replace him, but most of those possible successors are either more corrupt or more violent than Abbas. And none of them have a broad enough base of support among the highly factionalized Palestinian public to hold the street in the course of making real concessions. If a Palestinian leader is ever to emerge who can pull that culture back from the death-worship cult it has…

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israel Has Little to Fear from the International Criminal Court

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(Photo: de.wikipedia.org)

Anshel Pfeffer, writing at Haaretz, says that the Palestinian threat – heard frequently in the past several weeks from members of the top echelon of Palestinian leadership – to seek the status of full statehood and join the International Criminal Court in order to use that venue as a launching pad for attacks on Israel doesn’t worry most legal experts, according to one of that organization’s top former prosecutors:

The ICC’s job is to investigate and prosecute only in cases in which the local legal system is not performing. “In a dictatorship they can make you disappear and kill you,” said Moreno-Ocampo. “But here [in Israel], even if the situation is awful, you cannot disappear; you have the rule of law.”

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 8:27 AM  | Stand For Israel

Want Peace? Change U.N.’s Refugee Policy

(Photo: UNRWA)

(Photo: UNRWA)

The past two days in the Stand for Israel Daily Dispatch, we’ve updated you on the debate at the United Nations over proposed changes in the definition of “refugee” used by UNRWA, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that oversees aid to Palestinian refugee “camps.” Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, notes that the never-ending victimhood of successive generations of Palestinians is what allows the conflict with Israel to continue:

Rather than help the refugees to adjust to reality, UNRWA’s policies have dovetailed nicely with a Palestinian political identity that regards accommodation to Israel’s existence as tantamount to treason. The Palestinian belief in a “right of return” for not just the original Arabs who totaled a few hundred thousand but for the millions who claim to be their descendants is only made possible by UNRWA’s willingness to go on counting second, third, fourth, and now even fifth generations of Palestinians as refugees.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli Reporter Attacked by Masked Palestinians

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Avi Issacharoff is one of the best reporters covering the Middle East. He writes in The Times of Israel of being attacked today while in the West Bank covering the Nakba Day protests. Issacharoff’s tale of being attacked, beaten, and then saved by P.A. police is chilling:

I was within moments of falling victim to the kind of lynch that saw two Israeli soldiers who strayed into Ramallah in 2000 beaten to death by a baying mob.

I was saved by pure good fortune: Two plainclothes members of the Palestinian Authority security forces happened to be nearby and waded in to extricate me. I was already being hit and kicked from behind when they rescued me.

I’ve been covering the Palestinian territories for many years, and been in no shortage of sticky situations, but this came out of the blue.

We’re thankful for God’s protective hand over Issacharoff and all others who bravely bring us news of the Holy Land.

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Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 4:33 PM  | Stand For Israel

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