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Friday, July 11, 2003

Israel's Path to Self-Destruction

By Myles Kantor
FrontPageMagazine.com | July 11, 2003

Until recently, Israel has been among the most vigilant nations standing against terrorism, but its stance since the implementation of the Road Map has caused it to implement self-defeating policies. Take for instance this missive from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dated May 5:

Israeli security forces arrested today Suleiman Abu-Mutlak, a senior commander of the Palestinian Preventive Security service who is behind the November 2000 attack on an Israeli school bus in Kfar Darom in which Miriam Amitai, 35, and Gavriel Biton, 34 were killed, and several schoolchildren were seriously injured, the Jerusalem Post reported. Three children from the Cohen family, Yisrael, 7, Tehila, 8, and Orit, 12 were maimed in the attack. Abu-Mutlak is also one of the heads of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

On July 3, Israel released 33 Palestinian prisoners as part of the “road map” to peace with the Palestinian Authority. Abu-Mutlak was among them.

The Cohen children’s mother, Noga Cohen, said:

My three children lost their legs... I don't understand how they can release such a person who murdered two residents and took the legs of children…What do I tell my children? I always assured them that the government of Israel would ensure their safety...I don't know how I am going to explain to them now. Why are we allowing terrorists to control our lives, why?

On July 4, 1975, Ahmed Jbarra murdered 14 people and wounded 62 by placing a refrigerator filled with explosives in Jerusalem’s Zion Square. Israel released Jbarra in June, who is now a special adviser to Yasser Arafat.

The Israeli cabinet voted on July 6 to release hundreds of other prisoners. Palestinian Information Minister Nabil Amr called this “an insufficient step,” and Hamas and Islamic Jihad have conditioned their “cease-fire” on the release of all prisoners. (Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a July 8 suicide bombing that murdered one Israeli.)

“We are ready to carry out the most powerful and dangerous military attacks inside Israel and in the settlements,” the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade threatened on July 6, the same day it stormed a courthouse in Ramallah and murdered a Palestinian on trial for “collaboration” with Israel. Palestinian Authority cabinet member Hisham Abdel-Razak said:

If Israel does not decide…to release Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian Authority will resign from the road map. This is the most important issue for us. Israel must decide on principle that they will release all of the prisoners and implement the decision gradually. If this is not done then there will not be negotiations, no road map.

If these are partners for peace, Saudi Arabia is a refuge for homosexuals.

The prisoner releases extend the policy of terrorist empowerment established by the Oslo Accords in 1993; it was Yitzhak Rabin’s government that installed Yasser Arafat’s tyranny and armed his goons, facilitating a hospitable regime for terrorists and inculcation of Jew-hatred in Palestinian youth.

This was idiocy at best and complicity in effect. Ironically, Rabin said after the July 1975 massacre during his first administration:

The terrorist organizations, headed by Yasser Arafat, were quick to claim responsibility for this bloodshed…This is the act of those whose principles are designed to liquidate Israel and deny sovereign Jewish national existence. The murder at Zion Square must serve as a grave warning against dangerous illusions as regards the aims of the terrorist organizations. The killers at Zion Square and those who sent them, the heads of the terrorist organizations—who were so quick to claim, with their characteristic vainglory, full responsibility—testify to the true intentions of these organizations. Hence, we must continue to firmly adhere to Israel's policy of not entering into any negotiations with the terrorist organizations. The only language they understand is that of the sword, and it is in that language that we shall talk to them.

The day after Israel released Abu-Mutlak, Attorney General Elyakim Rubenstein indicted Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg for “incitement to racism,” punishable by five years imprisonment. The indictment centers on a book published in 2001 where he claims Arabs have no right to live in Israel and are culturally inferior to Israelis.

On July 7, Rubenstein ordered an investigation of rabbis in settlements. At a June conference, these rabbis stated, “Anyone who has the ability to curb the implementation of the road map and does not do so is in violation of the Biblical commandment: ‘Neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor [Leviticus 19:16].’” Rubenstein will decide after the investigation whether to charge them with “incitement to rebellion.”

It’s OK to support the PLO in the Jewish State, but articulate Judaic views and you may be prosecuted.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government persecutes its most Zionist citizens while freeing its most anti-Semitic criminals. If Israel seeks to destroy itself, it’s on the right track.


Eulogy: Mazal Afari


"Mazal - may the Lord avenge her blood - was murdered by a cowardly Palestinian," he said. "She was a pillar of this community: religious Zionism at its best... The whole of Israel is crying with the family... We are a peace-seeking people, but for three years Palestinian terrorists have been attacking our women, children and elderly. They want to throw us back to where we came from - but we come from here...

"The road map is becoming a blood map. Mazal is one more example of why Israel cannot rely on the promises of murderous groups. The safety of Jews must be in the hands of the IDF." Three generations of the Afari family hugged each other for support as the body was lowered into its final resting place.

-- Labor and Social Affairs Minister Zevulun Orlev, a veteran family acquaintance, who represented the government at the funeral.

Rabin: "Stop being afraid"


"Stop being afraid. There is no danger that these guns will be used against us. The purpose of this ammunition for the Palestinian police, is to be used in their vigilant fight against the Hamas. They won't dream of using it against us, since they know very well that if they use these guns against us once, at that moment the Oslo Accord will be annulled and the IDF will return to all the places that have been given to them. The Oslo Accord, despite what the opposition claims, is not irrevocable." - Yitzchak Rabin

Mimi Ito's Letter in the Camera

MIDDLE EAST
Holding Israel to different standard

I'd like to address several myths about Israel asserted or implied in Juliet Wittman's June 27 Open Forum letter, most of which seek to create the image of Palestinians as victims and Israelis as agressors.

First is Wittman's comparison of Palestinians to Native Americans. If anyone can be compared to Native Americans, it is the Israelis. Both of these groups have suffered persecution and massacres; both know the folly of land for peace, giving up something concrete for promises broken time after time. Wittman's mention of only Palestinians as "indigenous people" seems an attempt to erase the three-and-a-half thousand years Jews have lived on this land.

Wittman writes that several letters and editorials have claimed all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. This claim is often used by anti-Semites as a ploy to silence any opposition. But if you see a black jaywalker, a white murderer and a white rapist, and only the black jaywalker is arrested, surely cries of racism would be justified. Those who constantly criticize Israel, usually in her attempts to defend herself, but ignore persecution and murders everywhere else — including those by Palestinians — certainly invite the label of anti-Semite.

The worst myth is Wittman's claim that polls show both Israelis and Palestinians desire "peaceful co-existence." This is true of Israelis, but in poll after poll, an overwhelming majority of Palestinians (between 60 and 80 percent) continue to support suicide attacks against Israeli civilians.

Wittman ends with the myth of moral equivalence. It's just a few "agitators" on both sides causing the problem. If we hold the eighth-grade bully and his third-grade victim equally accountable, we have completely misunderstood the situation. As long as we obscure the causes of the conflict in Israel, we will never have peace.

MIMI ITO, Boulder

Kol hakavod!

Thursday, July 10, 2003

NJ Governor to meet with Rutgers President about anti-Israel conference

According to Newsday, Governor of New Jersey, James E. McGreevey, will meet with the president of Rutgers next week to discuss the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, scheduled for Oct. 10-12 at Rutgers' Douglas College Student Center.

A spokesman for the Governor said McGreevey "has grave concerns about whether this is going to be a balanced, open forum or a pre-scripted anti-Israel rally. . . We're treating it seriously."

Now might be a good time to write a letter, make a phone call, send an email.

You might want to include reference to these comments by Charlotte Kates, 23, one of the organizers and a Rutgers law student (quoted in the New York Post):

"Palestinian resistance in all its forms has been a very powerful tool of justice . . . from armed struggle to mass protest."

"Israel is an apartheid, colonial settler state. I do not believe apartheid, colonial settler states have a right to exist."

See also Kates' article 12/4/02 issue of CounterPunch.

Email address -as of 11/02- for Ms. Kates: ckates@pegasus.rutgers.edu

Richard L. McCormick, President
Rutgers University
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

phone: 732-932-7454
fax: 732-932-8060
email: president@rutgers.edu

James E. McGreevey
Governor of New Jersey
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

phone: 609-292-6000 or 609-777-2500
webmail: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html




Mazal Afari's killer wanted to blow himself up in the synagogue


According to Mazal Afari's niece, Nehama Yezhary, locals believed the bomber had been planning to attack a synagogue in the village, "but he arrived too late and the people had gone."

Yezhary told AFP, ". . . he probably entered this house after somebody . . . noticed his presence."



Moshe Afari mourns the loss of his wife. May he be comforted . . .


From MEMRI:
July 10, 2003

A DEATH NOTICE FOR THE KFAR YAVETZ SUICIDE BOMBER APPEARED TODAY ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PA DAILY AL-AYYAM AND STATED: ‘THE ISLAMIC JIHAD MOVEMENT VIEWS THE HERO MARTYR AHMAD KHIRI FAT'HI YEHIYEH WITH PRIDE AND GLORY.’ (AL-AYYAM, PA, 7/10/03)



Saddam Hussein Arrested in Stone-Throwing Attack :-)


(IsraelNN.com) Northern police have arrested Galilee resident Saddam Hussein, who is alleged to have thrown rocks at a bus in the Golan Heights. He is being arraigned before a Tzfat (Safed) judge this morning.


AFP: The United States will provide direct aid to the Palestinian Authority


The initial outlay will run about 20 million dollars . . . aimed to shore up support for Abu Mazen . . . the United States to date has provided some 200 million dollars this year to the Palestinians, through the UN or non-governmental organizations.

Michael Anton, White House national security spokesman: "Obviously, none of this would have happened without significant reforms in the Palestinian Authority. . ."

Did I miss something?

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

"Abu Mazen government will fall unless Israel makes more concessions"


An aid to PM Mahmoud Abbas warned yesterday that the Abbas' government would collapse, unless Israel immediately took measures to ease living conditions for the Palestinian population, ease the closure and release a substantial number of prisoners including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

More at JPost.

From FOXNews: "In a letter to Arafat, Abbas said he would step down as prime minister unless he received clear instructions from Fatah over how to handle contacts with Israel."

The pot calling the kettle white?

BBC says PA television is cutting back on anti-Israel "rhetoric"
BBC Monitoring has noted a decrease in anti-Israel "rhetoric" --what we call incitement-- on Palestinian Authority tv, and noted that a talk show included an unprecedented music video "dedicated to Israeli-Palestinian peace . . . The footage gave prominence to scenes of doves, flowers being scatterd and Christian Muslim and Jewish children and adults joining in dance sequences."

More at the BBC.

"Remember Entebbe? by Michael Freund


"In less than three decades Israel has gone from being a country that frees hostages to one that frees terrorists."

Read it at JPost, July 9.

Jewish graves attacked

Report from Simon Wiesenthal Center:
July 9, 2003

Vandals have been condemned after daubing swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans over Jewish headstones in a cemetery at Southampton, Hants.

The sickening desecration was discovered at Hollybrook Cemetery by a dog-walker.

Eleven gravestones were painted with either large swastikas or writing, including the words "Southampton Nazis".

Police said a further six headstones had been pushed over. All graves targeted had been in the Jewish part of the cemetery.

Local beat officers were working with cemetery staff and the local registrar to trace the families whose loved ones' graves had been defaced. Local Jewish community leaders had also been contacted.

Police said a creosote-type substance had been used in the attack at the Tremona Road cemetery.

Sgt Phil Kerr of Shirley police said: "This was a despicable attack and we would urge members of the public who witnessed any suspicious activity at or near the cemetery to get in touch. "

Investigating officers are studying closed-circuit TV footage seized from nearby Southampton General Hospital to see if the culprits had been captured on camera.



Brace Yourselves:

Berkley, Michigan, NOW RUTGERS

The New Jersey state university to host 3rd Annual National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement
Sponsored by the New Jersey Solidarity Movement - an offshoot of ISM

The New York Post, G-d bless them, exposes what we have to look forward to, with these quotes from organizer Charlotte Kates, 23, a Rutgers law student:

"Palestinian resistance in all its forms has been a very powerful tool of justice . . . from armed struggle to mass protest."

"Israel is an apartheid, colonial settler state. I do not believe apartheid, colonial settler states have a right to exist."

11/02 email address for Ms. Kates: ckates@pegasus.rutgers.edu -- See also her article, "Tension on Campus: A Call to Silence" in the 12/4/02 issue of CounterPunch.



The university, despite 230 letters of protest, has said the conference will go on as planned . . . in the name of free speech, according to Rutgers spokeswoman Sandra Lanman.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the university's vice president for student affairs, Emmet Dennis, issued this written statement:

"The proposed conference would be sponsored by a registered Rutgers student organization. As is the case with the hundreds of other programs, conferences, and events held at Rutgers facilities each year, the conference program represents the views of the program organizers and not those of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey."



MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe (ADC-NJ):

"The Third National Conference will seek to build on our successes, analyze our tactics and develop strategies, skills and knowledge for the future. We will engage in educational sessions and workshops, activist skill-sharings and trainings, collective decision-making, public speaking events, rallies and direct action; we will come together as a movement to build unity and action, recognize and act upon diverse voices, and encourage collective involvement and expression. We will celebrate Palestinian resistance and work to build our own voices of resistance; we will strategize for divestment from Israeli apartheid. As Israel continues its oppression and occupation of Palestinian people and Palestinian land, we will raise our voices to demand an end and call for meaningful peace with justice in Palestine. . .

If you or your organization is interested in presenting, or if you would like to nominate another speaker or present an idea for a workshop, session or training, please email proposals@njsolidarity.org . . .

This [Workshops] committee will prepare a schedule for discussion at the conference's second organizing session, to be held in August in Chicago. If your organization subscribes to the principles and would like to send two representatives, please contact organizingsesh@yahoo.com."




AT RUTGERS:

Sandra Lanman
Associate Director of Media Relations
Areas: Graduate and Undergraduate Education, Admissions and Enrollment, Tuition and Financial Aid, Creative Arts
(732) 932-7084, ext. 621 (office);
(732)-715-8627(cell)
E-mail: Slanman@ur.rutgers.edu

Pamela A. Blake
Director of Media Relations and Communications
(732) 932-7084, Ext. 602 (office); (732) 846-9705 (home)
E-mail: pblake@ur.rutgers.edu

Michael J. Sepanic
Director of Public Information
Areas: Law, Business, Public Policy
(856) 225-6026 (office); (856) 782-3391 (home)
E-mail: msepanic@crab.rutgers.edu

Cathy Karmilowicz
Public Information Coordinator
Areas: Undergraduate Education (Humanities),
Performing Arts, Sciences, Student Life
(856) 225-6627 (office); (856) 979-6391 (cell)
E-mail: catkarm@camden.rutgers.edu

Karen Kavanagh, Executive Vice President of Administrative Affairs
Office of Administrative Affairs
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Old Queen's Building, Suite 207
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: 732/932-5661
Fax: 732/932-5498
Email: kavanagh@oldqueens.rutgers.edu

Kim Manning-Lewis, Acting Executive Director
Department of University Relations
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1281
732/932-1769
Fax: 732/932-8480
Email: kmanning@ur.rutgers.edu

Richard L. McCormick, President
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
83 Somerset Street • New Brunswick • New Jersey • 08901
Telephone: 732/932-7454 • Fax: 732/932-8060
Email: president@rutgers.edu


Rutgers' Board of Governors is meeting Friday, July 11, 2003 at 9:00 AM at Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ; the Board of Trustees, Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 3:00 PM at Winants Hall, address above.

B"H
Hundreds from US and Canada made Aliyah today


"Heveinu Shalom Aleichem ~ We have brought you peace."


Hundreds of new immigrants arrived in Israel today from North America. According to Arutz Sheva, the number was 330. The JTA reported 500, the Jerusalem Post, 930. Also today, 150 olim will arrive from France, Argentina and elsewhere. And another flight, carrying 350 MORE North American olim, will arrive later this month.

Much financial aid for the North American olim is coming from Nefesh b'Nefesh. The mission of Nefesh b'Nefesh is to "revitalize North American Aliyah and to expand it for generations to come by removing the financial, professional, and logistical obstacles that prevent many 'would-be' Olim from fulfilling their dream. In the process, we hope to send an unmistakable signal of North American-Israeli Jewish solidarity and joint determination to strengthen the State of Israel."

Kol hakavod!
Nefesh b'Nefesh assists ANY JEW who wishes to make aliyah. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 1-866-4-ALIYAH

Colorado Attorney General went to Israel in June!

Ken Salazar, Colorado's Attorney General, along with the Attorneys General of Utah, Montana, North Dakota and Nebraska, visited Israel. I'm so amazed.

Salazar writes about his impressions and conclusions in, of all places, the Colorado Daily! Perhaps we have an influential ally . . .

Ken Salazar: attorney.general@state.co.us

Colorado Daily: Bronson Hilliard 303-443-6272, ext. 113 or letters@coloradodaily.com

Let's see this commentary in the Daily Camera, too! Clay Evans evansc@dailycamera.com

Bush has decided to provide direct funding to the Palestinian Authority

Initial funding "relatively small" -- $20 million
This is so depressing, I can't even discuss it. Read the story in the Washington Post.

ZOA News Release : Palestinian Authority Already Releasing Terrorists That It Arrested Just Last Week


NEW YORK- Continuing its traditional policy of "revolving door justice," the Palestinian Authority is already releasing the handful of terrorists that it arrested last week.

During the past decade, under the leadership of Yasir Arafat, the PA repeatedly detained terrorists in order to impress the Western media, then quickly released them when there was no media attention. This policy is continuing under the PA's new prime minister, Arafat's second in command, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

The chief of Israeli Military Intelligence, Major General Aharon Zeevi Farkash, told Israel Radio (July 6, 2003) that "while the PA detained some terrorists suspected of attacking Israeli targets in the Gaza Strip since the PA took security responsibility in the Gaza Strip that they released the terrorists after talking with them." (Translation courtesy of IMRA)

Likewise, the New York Times reported on July 7, 2003, that of nine terrorists that the PA arrested last week for firing rockets at Israel, two have already been released, "and the other seven are expected to be freed soon."

The PA's policy violates President Bush's Road Map, which states that the PA is required to "undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on anywhere." The PA was required to implement a policy of arresting terrorists by the end of May 2003, but it did not. Nevertheless, the Bush administration has continued to praise the PA and Abu Mazen, and has refrained from criticizing their failure to arrest and imprison terrorists.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: "It is incredible that President Bush is silent while Abu Mazen makes a mockery of the Road Map by arresting and then immediately releasing terrorists. The Bush administration's plan to drastically increase U.S. aid to the Palestinian Arabs (from $213-million to as much as $1-billion) has sent a message to Abu Mazen that the U.S. will turn a blind eye to his blatant violations of the Road Map. The Bush administration has clearly learned very little from the Oslo mistake of ignoring Palestinian Arab violations."



Tuesday, July 08, 2003

I may change the name of this blog, from "Boker Tov" to "Let's All Go Back to Bed and Pull the Covers over our Heads" --

Israel may release Hamas and Islamic Jihad Prisoners, in addition to Fatah


JPost: "According to intelligence information, the Palestinians are afraid that tension would be caused between the different Palestinian [terrorist] organizations if Israel only releases members of the Fath, but does not release Hamas or Islamic Jihad members."

Israel Radio reported that Israel would consider this IF the US agrees to release Jonathan Pollard and Egypt agrees to release Azzam Azzam.

TERRORIST VICTIM, MOTHER OF EIGHT, BURIED

From Arutz Sheva:
It took about 15 hours, but the police finally determined with certainty this morning that the explosion last night in the Netanya-Kfar Saba region that killed Mazal Afari, 65, mother of eight children, was a terrorist attack. She was buried this afternoon in the Tel Mond regional cemetery.

The explosion shook Moshav Kfar Ya'vetz, founded by the HaPoel HaMizrachi movement some 70 years ago, and residents ran out to see what had happened. The first thought was that a gas explosion had occurred, and when Mazal's body and that of an unidentified male were discovered, inquiries were made as to whether he was a member of the moshav. When no one answering his description was reported missing, and when the home's gas canisters were found intact, the police began to believe that this was in fact a terrorist attack.

As the investigation continued later into the night, police reported finding an explosives detonator, and late this morning announced for certain that the second body was that of the terrorist murderer. They cannot yet explain how or why he entered the house, but assume that for some reason the bomb exploded prematurely. Three of Mazal's grandchildren who were in the house at the time were lightly hurt, as was a neighbor.

Mazal's husband Moshe and son were at evening prayers when the explosion occurred. They ran back to the house and saw that the southern part of the house had largely collapsed, and could do nothing but help in the efforts to extricate the body of their wife/mother. The family is one of the most well-known and respected families in the moshav. Mazal worked with the elderly and was described as a "genuinely righteous woman, and her widower Moshe served in the past as head of the Lev HaSharon Regional Council. A resident of Kfar Yavetz was murdered in his greenhouses by an Arab terrorist 12 years ago.

Elements in Islamic Jihad took responsibility for last night's murder - even naming the terrorist - and said that attacks would continue, despite the hudna (temporary ceasefire), until all the Palestinian terrorists are released. Islamic Jihad leaders at first denied that they were connected with the attack, but later acknowledged that it was the work of Islamic Jihad terrorists. Senior Jihad figure Muhmad Al-Hindi said that the attack was an "exception," and that the hudna would continue.

In the past four weeks, seven people have been murdered in seven separate Palestinian terrorist attacks - in addition to two IDF soldiers killed in two separate incidents. All in all, Palestinian terrorists have murdered 33 Israelis since Israel adopted the Road Map plan just over a month ago.

For the second day in a row, a sudden burst of gunfire was directed at workers on the partition wall near Kalkilye. Near Jenin, fire was opened at two Israeli vehicles. No one was hurt in these incidents.

True Nature of the International Solidarity Movement

Letter to the JPost Editors:
"The IDF vs. the ISM" (June 16) follows the same pattern as the rest of the mainstream media in swallowing whole the International Solidarity Movement’s claim to be a non-violent, peaceful organization dedicated to justice for all parties in the Middle East conflict. The group’s own literature (its manifesto is readily available at its website) as well as interviews with its members, show that ISM categorically denies Israel’s right to exist. It is after peace not through a two-state solution, but through the extermination of the Jewish state. One ISM member recently stated: "To say Israel has a right to exist is to say Israel has a right to discriminate." The fact that this statement is couched in pseudo-humanist language does not negate its obvious meaning: Israel’s existence is evil and it ought to be destroyed.

Nor does the ISM reject violence in pursuit of this goal. As Westerners, they see non-violence as being a more effective tactic, but this is not a moral decision: They categorically endorse the use of violence by factions of the Palestinian nationalist movement.

Benjamin Kerstein, Brookline, Massachusetts


Islamic Jihad Leader to JPost: ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE

Israel has continued to hunt suspected terrorists in the Jenin area, traditionally the most radical and violent sector of the West Bank. In recent days the IDF has arrested five Jihad members in the Jenin area town of Kabatya. An Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin said terror attacks will resume, because he claimed Israel has not kept its side of the bargain.

"Since Israel has not kept the Hudna, Islamic Jihad and Hamas therefore cannot sit by and maintain the cease-fire, the attacks will resume," Bessam Sa'adi, Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin, told the Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview.

Sa'adi's Jenin terror cell claimed responsibility for Monday night's suicide bombing at Moshav Kfar Yabetz, which killed Mazal Afari, 64. The bomber who died in the blast was Ahmed Yihye, 22, from a village near Jenin.

Israel's refusal to free Islamic Jihad and Hamas prisoners, said Sa'adi, is the catalyst that drove the group to resume attacks, not the IDF's continued hunt for terrorists.

Israel has continued to hunt suspected terrorists in the Jenin area, traditionally the most radical and violent sector of the West Bank. In recent days the IDF has arrested five Jihad members in the Jenin area town of Kabatya.

"The issue of prisoner release is the most important one to us, after the liberation of the territories," Sa'adi said.

Sa'adi said the attack was also meant to be a sharp jab at Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, who last week announced, if ambiguously, that Israel has won its conflict with the Palestinians.

"This supposed victory by Israel provoked us to show that the Palestinian struggle is not over, and we are far from vanquished," Sa'adi told the Post. "We have become so used to death and deprivation and the loss of our family members that we have nothing left to lose if we fight on." Sa'adi said Monday's attack was a "limited reaction" to Israeli actions.

"It is a direct warning to Israel that if the assaults on us continue we will end the cease-fire," he said. Sa'adi said his group considers any Israeli presence in the West Bank to be part of the "assaults" on Palestinians.

Despite the crackdown, and Israel's efforts to flatten a large swath of the city's refugee camp, Sa'adi said his group maintains "absolute command" of terrorists in Jenin.

"It was only after consultation with the leadership that the order for the attack was given," he said.

However, Muhammed Al Hindi, Islamic Jihad representative in Gaza, disclaimed any connection to the attack and vowed that his group continues to abide by the cease-fire one which Israel never recognized.

Other Palestinian leaders, primarily in Fatah and other secular movements, have called for the intifada to assume a non-violent character. Sa'adi said he rejects this stance.

"The only way Israel and the Americans will notice us is if we continue the violent struggle," he said. "Then the only thing we can do is wait for the prophet [Muhammad] to come and redeem us."

Sa'adi has been in hiding for over a year, rarely sleeping the in the same house. Two of his sons were killed, Israel says, when they tried to attack IDF troops in Jenin.

JPost: Abbas cancels meeting with Sharon

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has canceled a planned Wednesday meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon over an internal crisis within the Fatah organization, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.

According to the sources, Abbas canceled the meeting after facing fierce opposition in the Fatah, of which Abbas is a senior member, over the way he has been running negotiations with Israel, Israel Radio reported.

Abbas was scheduled to meet with Sharon to discuss the release of several hundred Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

According to a senior Palestinian source, several Fatah general council members Monday night demanded that Abbas resign.

According to the source, Abbas sent two letters to Chairman Yasser Arafat - one asking for instructions how to run the Palestinian government and negotiations with Israel and the second letter asking to resign from the Fatah Central Committee.

Pals queue up to get into Israel




Reuters photo. "Several thousand Palestinians arrived in the middle of the night to join a huge queue at the gate, marking the start of the maximum security border point between the Gaza strip and the Jewish state."

"In the Middle East, black means white" by Robert Fulford

Good piece in the [Canadian] National Post.

"This is the way language functions in the Middle East. It's a Lewis Carroll universe, where (as Humpty Dumpty put it) words mean what people choose they should mean, no more and no less. That may be partly true everywhere, but in the Middle East it's a way of life. Refugees are not refugees, camps are not camps, settlements are not settlements -- and (the most recent perversion) a state is not a state."

Suicide bombing kills Jewish grandmother, 63, and injures three grandchildren

JPost headline: "Islamic Jihad claims attack but leaders stand by ceasefire"
The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the suicide bombing in a private home on Moshav Kfar Yavetz. The attack killed Mazal Afari, who lived in the house, and injured three of her grandchildren.



Map published at Haaretz.com

When the media describes this moshav as anything other than "in Israel," they seem to be trying to justify such attacks, as if no Jew should have the audacity to live, i.e. "settle," in the vicinity of "Palestinian territory." If they do, what can they expect but to be blown up in their own home?! Maybe it's a small point, but it really pisses me off.

Given that it's only 10 miles or so from the West Bank to Netanya, how can anything NOT BE close to the West Bank? Of course, American media do not include maps, and the general reading public has no clue. -Yael


Washington Post / AP headline: "West Bank house hit by apparent bomb"
See map for location, and write to letters@washpost.com and or feedback@ap.org

The same AP article appears in the Boulder Daily Camera under a different headline.

BTW, the article in the Camera closes with the line: "More than 2,400 Palestinians and 800 Israelis have been killed in the fighting." Everyone should understand that these numbers give a skewed impression. The number of Palestinian dead includes those killed by their own side (12% for Palestinians), those killed in "occupational accidents" such as in the making of bombs, AND the suicide bombers themselves. When these are subtracted, the numbers dead are less strikingly dissimilar.


New York Times: James Bennet article: ". . . an Israeli home near the West Bank" Later, "The blast occurred in the village of Kfar Yavetz, in central Israel." and still later in the article, "The explosion occurred near Palestinian areas of the northern West Bank."

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Monday, July 07, 2003

Monday Morning in Nablus

They're out of their gourds

In this AP photo, Palestinian students "are symbolically chained together and dressed as prisoners as they stand on an Israeli flag during a rally in the West Bank town of Nablus demanding the release of Palestinians from Israeli jails Monday, July 7, 2003.


BTW, from HonestReporting:
A key component of the road map is the uprooting of terror groups. The PA, however, rather than directly confront Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah, cut a deal with them on the side — a hudna, or tactical ceasefire.

The hudna between the PA and terror groups sets an outrageous (and under-reported) condition for suspending Palestinian terror: Israel's "release of all prisoners and detainees, Palestinian and Arab...without condition or restriction."

Remarkably, Israel has been willing to release scores of prisoners as a goodwill gesture, and on Sunday the Israeli cabinet approved the release of an additional 300.

The PA's reaction: PA minister Abdel Razek said the PA will stop implementing the road map peace plan and will halt all negotiations with Israel if Israel doesn't release all of the Palestinian prisoners. And Radi Jarai, deputy PA minister, said "there is a hudna that has been announced and Israel has to fulfill its obligations in accordance with this agreement."

Look what's happened: The road map, accepted by both the PA and Israel to international fanfare, has been taken hostage by the hudna, an internal Palestinian deal that Israel never agreed to.

The world media, in surreal fashion, have accepted this shift, allowing Hamas to set the terms for road map progress
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--- The New York Times reported this week: "The release of Palestinian prisoners is just one of many demands placed on both sides under the Mideast peace plan, known as the road map."

Actually, the road map says absolutely nothing about release of Palestinian prisoners. Only the hudna — which Israel never agreed to — demands a prisoner release.

[The Times removed this line in a later edition, but the original edition is still in wide circulation — for example, on Yahoo News]

Comments to: letters@nytimes.com

--- Los Angeles Times: "Along with prisoner releases, the next important element in moving ahead with the 'road map' is the Palestinian demand that Israel withdraw from more of the West Bank."

Again, prisoner releases are not a part of the road map. And according to the road map, the PA's obligation to uproot terror is clearly "the next important element."

Comments to: letters@latimes.com

--- BBC: "Israeli officials say members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad are not included among those to be freed, a decision which could jeopardise the truce and threaten the entire peace process."

Note the BBC's logic: Israel's refusal to immediately release over 6,000 prisoners (many of whom are convicted murders) jeopardizes the "truce." The BBC would have us believe that Israel, therefore, is the guilty party for the possible failure of the road map.

Comments to: newsonline@bbc.co.uk

Stage One of the road map demands that the PA "arrest, disrupt, and restrain" terror groups, eliminating their influence. How have those same terror groups not only wrestled control of the PA's negotiations, but convinced the media that their outrageous demands are actually integral to the roadmap?!

Associated Press twists the truth a complete 180 degrees, presenting the basic tenets of the road map as some kind of Israeli-American subplot:

"Beyond policing the truce, Israel and the United States want the Palestinians to disarm and dismantle extremist groups... "

Israel and the United States? The road map is authored by the Quartet of the US, EU, UN and Russia. Abu Mazen and the PA agreed and committed to these terms. No, it is not just "Israel and the United States [who] want the Palestinians to disarm and dismantle extremist groups."

Comments to: feedback@ap.org

HonestReporting encourages members to monitor their local media for distortion of the agreed terms of the road map, and the trend to hold Israel responsible for internal Palestinian agreements.

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.

HonestReporting.com

Oy . . .

18:18 Jul-07-03
29 Intelligence Community Warnings Of Attacks
17:55 Jul-07-03
Grenade Attacks Continue In S. Gaza
17:33 Jul-07-03
11 Fragmentation Grenades Thrown At Soldiers
14:38 Jul-07-03
PM Sharon To Meet Senior Opposition Officials
11:20 Jul-07-03
Workers Attacked North of Kalkilya
11:15 Jul-07-03
Beit El East, IDF, Police Preparing for Evacuation
10:45 Jul-07-03
Confrontation at Adei Ad
09:25 Jul-07-03
Hudna - A Time to Re-Arm and Re-Organize
08:55 Jul-07-03
Protestors Converge on Haifa Courthouse
08:08 Jul-07-03
Informant Shot Dead In Front Of Ramallah Police Station
07:19 Jul-07-03
13 Arrests During The Night
06:54 Jul-07-03
Terror Organizations: Prisoner Release Or No Hudna
06:26 Jul-07-03
Mortar Shell Found In Gush Katif Yard
06:03 Jul-07-03
Mortar Shell Lands In PA-Controlled Area
02:02 Jul-07-03
Terror Victim Unable To Sleep
00:19 Jul-07-03
3,000 Bethlehem Residents Permitted Into Green Line Israel Today
23:00 Jul-06-03
Stone-Throwing Attacks Near el-Aroub
22:43 Jul-06-03
Conservative Movement Synagogue Targeted By Vandals
22:06 Jul-06-03
Firebomb Attacks In The Shomron
21:53 Jul-06-03
Hizbullah Anti-Aircraft Fire From S. Lebanon
19:55 Jul-06-03
Peres: Likud Has Lost Its Ideology
19:23 Jul-06-03
Israeli Arab Citizen Sentenced For Assisting Terrorists
18:59 Jul-06-03
PFLP Says No To PA's Hudna
18:41 Jul-06-03
A Glimpse At This First Week Of PA Ceasefire
18:05 Jul-06-03
Northern Shomron Shooting Attack
PA Residents Demonstrate For Prisoner Release
16:02 Jul-06-03
Knife Wielding Arab Released By Soldiers In Hevron
15:03 Jul-06-03
Attacker Apprehended By Soldiers In Hevron
14:39 Jul-06-03
Netanyahu Remains Opposed To Prisoner Release
14:13 Jul-06-03
Government Approves Releasing Terrorists
13:13 Jul-06-03
Three Suspected Stone-Throwers Arrested
11:58 Jul-06-03
IDF Withdrew From Hevron Last Week
11:33 Jul-06-03
Wanted Suspected Apprehended In Red Crescent Ambulance
11:11 Jul-06-03
Landau Rejects Release Of Prisoners
10:50 Jul-06-03
Bereaved Families Hold Vigil Outside Cabinet Meeting
10:40 Jul-06-03
Terror Groups Demanding Prisoner Release
10:16 Jul-06-03
Terror Warnings Continue
10:05 Jul-06-03
AG Setting Guidelines For Terrorist Release
09:43 Jul-06-03
Sharon To Present Ministers With Prisoner Release Plan
09:24 Jul-06-03
Hamas Terrorists Arrested In Hevron
09:03 Jul-06-03
Stone-Throwing Attacks Near Beit Fajar
08:48 Jul-06-03
Gunfire At IDF Position Near Rafiach Yam
08:23 Jul-06-03
Gush Shalom Calls For Releasing Barghouti
08:01 Jul-06-03
Arafat Opts To Remain In Ramallah
07:19 Jul-06-03
Military Vehicle Targeted By Gunfire In Jenin
06:59 Jul-06-03
More Attacks In Gaza
06:40 Jul-06-03
Attacks Continue Against Kfar Darom
06:23 Jul-06-03
Islamic Jihad Preparing Prisoner Release List

Full stories at Arutz Sheva.

My rant against local liberals

Submitted to the Boulder Weekly
Stewart Sallo’s editorial, “Don’t Think” (7/3/03), was a good try. Stewart and I are friends, and he has my utmost respect --not just because he is a good writer, or because he agrees with me in supporting Israel, but because he is a mensch. He went out on a limb to show the film “Relentless” in Boulder. He put a huge effort into the project --because he is essentially optimistic, and places his hope in the prevailing power of truth. This is where we differ -- I am less optimistic, more cynical.

I wanted to believe Stewart, that “if we know the truth, we can build a solution,” (BW News, 6/19/03) but my doubts have expanded exponentially after hearing comments at the film and reading Chuck Davis’s letter (“Truth vs. propaganda,” 7/3/03). I’m sorry, Stewart, but liberals, progressives as you call them, are pretty solid in their opposition to Israel. It is perhaps that they are misguided. Or maybe the situation has their minds on tilt (baby-boomers will remember the pinball term), and they simply cannot believe the truth, even as it stares them in the face.

Take the scene in “Relentless,” where a lovely, soft-spoken American immigrant to Israel, Sherri Mandell, quietly tells how her 13-year-old son, Koby, went on a hike one day with his friend Yossi. The two were found by Palestinian terrorists along the way, and consequently bludgeoned to death. The boys’ bodies were found in a cave, their skulls crushed and their blood smeared on the walls. Chuck Davis says this film is “fear-mongering propaganda.” I disagree. I think it is simply, truly frightening.

The film also shows a young Israeli child who was terribly burned by a Molotov cocktail thrown into her moving car by Palestinian terrorists. She was strapped into her car seat at the time, so her parents couldn’t easily extricate her when she caught on fire. We saw the child’s bandage-masked face and heard her mother explain how the child's fiingers on one hand were so badly burned that they fell off.

Not one person who spoke in the Boulder Theatre, after seeing this child, objected to that. Not one of your compassionate liberals, Stewart, not one, spoke of their outrage. Not one stood up and said this must stop! They talked about love and peace and non-violence and embracing terrorists and so on, but not one stood up against what was done to these children. And not only do they not object, but they can find the most amazing ways to justify it. It is a Talmudic teaching brought to life: “If you are compassionate to the cruel, you will become cruel to the compassionate.”

In his letter, Chuck Davis accuses the filmmakers of “half truths and exaggerations,” and says he still cannot get rid of his “almost sick feeling about the tenor and the content of the film.” I would say that the sick feeling comes, not from a half truth, but from a whole truth, one that people seemingly can’t come to grips with: Way too many Arabs are mad to kill Jews, and want to eradicate the state of Israel.

This is the truth shown in the film’s video clips. It is the truth unabashedly borne out by Arabs themselves. They admit to it consistently, intractably, and fairly unanimously. A recent Pew Global Attitudes opinion poll showed that 80% of Palestinians agree with the statement, "The rights and needs of the Palestinian people cannot be taken care of as long as the State of Israel exists."

90% of Moroccans, 85% of Jordanians and 72% of Kuwaitis also agreed with this statement, as did solid majorities in Lebanon, Pakistan and Indonesia. We’re not talking about just a few extremists, and the issue is not so simple as Palestinians wanting a country. The Middle East must be free of Jews.

I find it revolting that many liberals, and many Jews among them, sympathize with this position. Stewart, our lefty friends are cruel indeed. I can’t tell you how many of them have said to me, “I’m on the opposite side on this issue.” That’s like telling a Tibetan that you support the Chinese, or telling an African American that you’re on the side of the KKK!

If you are pro-Palestinian, then you take the side of those who would bludgeon my son to death as easily as they killed Koby Mandell, the side that would just as soon hurl a Molotov cocktail into my car (or Stewart’s, or Chuck’s) as they do any other --because they don’t want Jews there. It’s what they say, it’s what the polls say, it’s what’s happening, it’s the truth.

They didn’t want Jews in Germany either. And nobody could believe it. Even as they saw it, they denied it. Today’s “progressives” are in the same state of denial. They’re on tilt. They’re in a fog where they can’t tell the two sides apart, where bloody terrorism is no different than high moral ground. They’ve sacrificed any ethical clarity they might have had, for some heightened sense of their own goodness. They don’t give a twit about the moral imperative of Jewish existence. They’re not going to watch your back, Stewart. They’re on the opposite side on this issue.