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Before he took the position as head of Israel’s National Archives, Yaacov Lozowick was one of the premier bloggers on Israeli history, culture, and current affairs. Every once in a while he (carefully) writes about contemporary issues. Without passing judgment on the Palestinian prisoner release, he notes that some of those being released are truly the worst of the worst:
However, a quick glance at the list should make any decent person blanche. Are these the heroes the Palestinians wish to celebrate?
Be sure to read the post from CAMERA that Lozowick links to; the list of crimes committed by some of those slated to be released is truly shocking.Comments (16) »
Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 9:28 AM | Stand For Israel
At SFI, we try not to pass judgment on decisions made by the democratically elected government of Israel. But we had to ask: in a million years, would you ever accept the U.S. government doing what Israel is doing? Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary magazine, says there’s no way the American people would tolerate releasing hardened murderers. So why push Israel to do it?
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The fact is the United States would never consider such a request for a minute, no matter the diplomatic gains to be garnered from that sort of concession elsewhere in the globe. The American position is, as the Obama administration likes to put it, that anyone who attacks U.S. citizens will be chased down to the ends of the earth and either be snuffed by a drone attack that has the personal approval of the commander in chief or be locked away for good if they are captured.
Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 7:18 AM | Stand For Israel
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians will meet soon in Washington to finalize an agreement on relaunching peace negotiations for the first time in five years.
Kerry has told reporters that he and the two sides “reached an agreement that establishes a basis for direct final status negotiations,” but he added that it is “still in the process of being formalized.”
He says “if everything goes as expected,” Israeli and Palestinians negotiators will hold initial talks “within the next week or so.”
The announcement Friday came at the end of a visit by Kerry to the region holding several days of talks with both sides.
Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 2:05 PM | Stand For Israel
Palestinian culture is awash in hatred of Jews and Israelis and in a cult of victimhood. That may seem harsh, but it’s simply incontrovertible fact and sugar-coating it is what allows well-meaning folks like Secretary of State John Kerry to come back to the Middle East time and again peddling the same tired clichés and warmed-over peace plans. Until someone – preferably a Palestinian leader – deals with the cultural corruption in Palestinian society, there is little point to discuss peace.
Take, for example, this video of two young Palestinian girls spewing vile anti-Semitic bilge.
This looks like the kind of thing that a child might learn to recite in school. And who helps fund Palestinian TV? And who helps fund Palestinian schools? That’s right: the American taxpayer.
A famous song from the Broadway musical South Pacific tells us:
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught
These little girls weren’t born with a genetic mutation that compels them to hate Jews. They were carefully taught by hate-filled adults. They went to schools and played on streets named after “martyrs.” They are surrounded by television shows, popular songs, and revered older children who fill them with the same hatred. They have little or no economic prospects, and they will likely marry men with no prospects either, because the actions of their leaders have nearly destroyed what little opportunity used to exist in their towns. Their “armies” blow up buses full of women and children – which their culture celebrates but which, deep down, must cause additional shame – and then they suffer from the justified retaliation and security measures of a real army. They live with very little – many of them in squalid refugee camps where only the generosity of hated Western powers provides for their daily sustenance – while the Jews mere miles down the road sit in air-conditioned homes and play with the latest iPhones. This seething hatred, this failure, this weakness,…Read More » Comments (15) »
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 8:10 AM | Stand For Israel
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967, is in a bad mood.
He has released a new report on the situation in the West Bank and Gaza, the summary of which reads as follows:
In the present report, while noting the continuing non-cooperation of Israel, the Special Rapporteur addresses Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense” and the general human rights situation in the Gaza Strip, as well as the expansion of Israeli settlements – and businesses that profit from Israeli settlements and the situation of Palestinians detained by Israel.
Unfortunately for Falk, his background makes it difficult to take him too seriously. He’s a 9/11 “Truther” (someone who believes that it was not the actual hijackers who perpetrated the terrorist attacks on 9/11, but rather any one of a host of other possible culprits), and has been criticized by the UN Secretary General for making anti-Semitic statements. He is the answer to the ages-old question, “how much of an anti-Semite do you have to be to draw the criticism of the UN Secretary General?” After the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, Falk waited all of a few hours before blaming the bombings on U.S. foreign policy and, of course, Israel.
The U.S. mission to the UN Human Rights Committee responded this way to Falk’s latest report and some statements he made during testimony on the report:
Mr. Falk’s most recent statement, which he dramatically and recklessly included in an official UN document, is characteristic of previous reprehensible comments and actions he has made during his tenure as a special rapporteur. It once again starkly demonstrates that he is unfit to serve in his role as a UN special rapporteur. His views and behavior, both official and unofficial, are offensive and provocative and do nothing to advance peace in the Middle East or to further the protection and promotion of human rights. We again call for…Read More » Comments (37) »
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 9:10 AM | Stand For Israel
The IDF has gathered facts on the overwhelming amount of Palestinian violence that terrorized Israel last month. In just EIGHT days, there were over 130 terror attacks. Throughout the entire month, there were more than 600.Comments (3) »
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 12:21 PM | Stand For Israel
Seth Mandel, writing at Commentary, has an excellent piece about the murder yesterday of an Israeli civilian at a bus stop, Israel’s response, and what both events can teach us about the broader conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and even about the two cultures in which the conflict exists.
The Israeli victim was a father of five waiting at a bus stop. The Palestinian victim was reportedly a manufacturer of rockets for use against Israeli civilians and employed by Hamas, according to the terrorist group itself. He was, according to the press here and in Israel, involved in the recent rocket attacks against the Israeli city of Eilat.
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 9:00 AM | Stand For Israel
Rick Richman, writing at Commentary, notes a new poll of Palestinians contains a good deal of bad news for those who still believe in the fantasyland “peace process” – because most Palestinians aren’t interested in a workable peace deal that involves a secure, Jewish Israel. And this is who the Israelis have to negotiate with.
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While a slight majority of Palestinians may support a two-state solution in the abstract, what they mean is a militarized Palestinian state, next to an Israel pushed back to indefensible borders, with retention of an asserted Palestinian “right of return” to Israel. Such a state would “live side by side, in peace and security”® with Israel for about a week–the period it took to turn Gaza into Hamastan after Israel left in 2005.
Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 9:11 AM | Stand For Israel
Widespread rioting erupted in the West Bank on Friday in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, with groups of Palestinians hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers, who responded with various riot dispersal means.
In Betunia, west of Ramallah, near the Ofer security prison, some 300 Palestinians rioted and threw rocks at the IDF. Two soldiers were lightly injured by rocks thrown, an army spokeswoman said. Four Palestinians were lightly injured by rubber bullets in the clash.
Palestinian medics said that 156 Palestinians were treated for smoke inhalation, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
Palestinian medical officials also said two protesters were wounded by live gunfire in the demonstration.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office responded that, “During a violent an illegal riot near Betunia, Palestinians hurled rocks at IDF soldiers. The soldiers, feeling immediate danger, fired while leaving the area. The incident is being reviewed.”
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Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Stand For Israel