Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers – A Palestinian View

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

While we’ve been sickened by the sight of many Palestinians taking to the streets to celebrate the kidnapping of the three Israeli students, not all Palestinians are rejoicing at the terrorist act. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Mudar Zahran says that many Palestinians worry that this situation will not only hinder them going to work or receiving medical treatment in Israel, and wish that the Palestinian Authority – and not Israel – would be boycotted and dissolved:

Instead of financing the P.A. leaders’ lavish lifestyles, the world might finally start questioning the P.A.’s institutionalized incitement of terror and hatred to my people which they relay daily through media, education and the religious institutions.

Ever since the P.A. came into existence, it has been keen to mass-produce and institutionalize the hatred of Jews and also the West. With their government-controlled TV shows that teach children how to kill Jews, and textbooks that preach hatred for Israel, the P.A. and Hamas are directly and fully responsible for each and every terror act committed by Palestinians, including the kidnapping of the three teenagers.

Is this what the West is so breathless to support?

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 8:59 AM  | Stand For Israel

Pro-Kidnapping Salute Gains Steam on Palestinian Social Media

(Photo: Facebook)

(Photo: Facebook)

As we pray for the safe return of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped last Thursday – and spread the word to those who stand for Israel to do the same, some Palestinians are using social media in a disgusting and nefarious manner. At the Times of Israel, Elhanan Miller reports on the online support being shown for the terrorists who abducted the boys:

The “three Shalits” hashtag emerged online almost as quickly as #BringBackOurBoys, with Palestinians posting photos of themselves signaling a three-fingered victory sign, sometimes writing the words “three Shalits” in pen on their hands.

The new victory sign has quickly become a symbol of Palestinian defiance as the IDF expands its campaign across the West Bank.

Despite this sickening use of social media to support terrorism, we can use it for good, spreading the word for others to join us in praying for the safe return of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, knowing that God will hear our prayers.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 1:31 PM  | Stand For Israel

Transforming a Culture of Hate

(Photo: flickr/ the-imeu)

(Photo: flickr/ the-imeu)

Anyone still wondering why twenty years of peace negotiations have led nowhere needs to look no further than the Palestinian reaction to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. I assume even the biggest supporters of a two-state solution never thought Israelis and Palestinians would necessarily learn to love one another. Yet, many wrongly perceived that the conflict was about territory – that the Palestinians simply wanted a land of their own, and had not deeply ingrained national hatred towards the Jewish people as a whole.

But events like this shatter this optimistic view of the conflict. I’m not sure when the hand gesture of index and middle finger raised to form a “V” – which originated as the “V for Victory” sign used by the allies during World War II and was later adopted by counterculture activists in the 60s as the “peace” sign – was co-opted by terrorist sympathizers. But now every time an Israeli bus, pizza parlor, or hotel lobby is blown up – or when innocent Israeli teens are kidnapped – Palestinian men, women, and children celebrate in the streets by brandishing this sign that not so long ago in the West symbolized the victory not of terror, but of justice, and a call for peace, not war and hatred.

Today, Palestinian children have been taught a new salute, this time raising three fingers, one for each of the Israeli teens kidnapped last Thursday night. They even call this salute the “Three Shalits,” named after Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held by Hamas for five years. This should anger anyone with a shred of decency and conscience. No one should ever relish the kidnapping of teenagers, even if they are his enemy’s children.

If this sad incident highlights anything, it is that Arab anti-Semitism in general, and Palestinian incitement and hatred of Jews in particular, is the core cause of the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land. To dispute this fact one needs to adopt…

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 8:42 AM  | afarkas

Despite “Unity,” New Palestinian Government Headed for Failure

(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

It is noteworthy that, yesterday, Hamas called on its armed wing (Hamas has an unarmed wing?) to kill Israeli soldiers and settlers. You remember Hamas, right? The same Hamas that is part of the Palestinian unity government sworn in last week with the blessing of the European Union and – despite U.S. law explicitly forbidding support of a Palestinian government including the Islamist terror organization – the United States?

Many observers – including yours truly – did not believe that the Palestinians would ever get as far down the road to reconciliation as they have. The fact that they were able to agree on a list of government ministers was remarkable. The history between the competing factions in Palestinian society – but especially between Fatah and Hamas – is bitter and the road to this détente is littered with failed previous attempts.

But, as is so often the case in the morally backward Palestinian political culture, violence against Israel often serves an internal political purpose in addition to satisfying the seemingly bottomless lust for Jewish body count. And this latest threat by Hamas is hardly the announcement of some kind of new policy; seriously, when do you suppose Hamas was doing something other than telling its “armed wing” to kill Jews?

Also happening yesterday, Fatah forces in the West Bank suppressed a number of Hamas-led protests over the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails – not because Fatah doesn’t want people protesting or doesn’t want anti-Israel hysteria whipped up. It’s just that, if someone is going to be whipping it up, it has to be Fatah so that the general public understands which group gets the credit for hating Israel more.

In another Fatah slap at Hamas, the provisional P.A. government yesterday began paying back wages to Palestinian government workers in the West Bank while refusing to begin making the same overdue payments to workers in Gaza. This is an especially sore subject between the two camps because there are tens of thousands…

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 8:14 AM  | Jonathan Greenberg

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

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Rabbi’s Commentary
We Must Take Sides

Seventy years has passed since the Holocaust, one of the darkest periods in history. However, the evil of anti-Semitism lives on. As Israel observes Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), let us continue to pray for the chains of hatred to be loosened and for the oppressed to be freed…

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