Friday, 22 February 2019
Friday, 15 February 2019
As someone who has been repeated blocked by Facebook for innocuous posts without explicit explanation by FB, I applaud the demand from Palestine Media Watch for Facebook to remove the Fatah Facebook page for their explicit glorification of Palestinian terror.
“We strongly request that Facebook immediately close and delete Fatah’s Facebook page and ensure that no similar page is reopened,” the letter reads after PMW completed a 45 page report that showed Fatah glorifying mass murderers and other terrorists responsible for hundreds of murders of Israelis, Americans and others.
“These posts breached both Facebook’s Counter-Terrorism Policy and Facebook’s Community Standards,” wrote PMW in its letter, noting that Facebook standards state that the company does not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on Facebook. This includes those involved in terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity.
“Whereas raising the social status of any terrorist murderer can have a negative impact especially on youth, by repeatedly honoring terrorists through Facebook while the terror attack is still headline news, Fatah is sending the worst possible message to all Palestinians – that murdering Israelis is not only desirable, but is also the fastest path to honor and fame for the terrorist and his or her entire family,” said Itamar Marcus, who co-authored the report with legal expert and friend, Maurice Hirsch.
Fatah’s page has 146,221 likes and 154,804 followers.
How is it that Facebook allows this terror group access to its platform yet people like you and me get 30 day bans for posting our free speech views?
Following his visit to Oman in October 2018 to meet Sultan Qaboos and his government, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, met with Oman's Foreign Minister, Yusef bin Alawi, at the Conference on Peace and Stability in the Middle East that was held in Poland.
Things are moving discreetly with Arab states that once held hostility to the Jewish State but are now talking to us.
In Warsaw, these included Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.
At the Conference, four Arab foreign ministers declared that Israel has the right to defend itself from Iranian aggression. These statements alone highlight Arab recognition of Israel as a legitimate state in the region.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
The Palestinian Authority turned down an invitation to attend the Peace and Stability in the Middle East Conference in Warsaw.
This is natural. They and Hamas have done nothing to advance peace and stability for decades but, as usual, now that it is taking place and receiving media attention, they have turned to sulking and insults.
Fatah official and obstacle to normalization and peace with Israel, Jibril Rajoub, sulked, "If there will be cocktails and toasts with Netanyahu and the Arabs, we will view it as a mistake and a knife in the back."
And then he got nasty and anti-semitic.
"They are welcoming Netanyahu in Warsaw to remind us of the Holocaust and Auschwitz."
And if that wasn't bad enough, he continued, "In every city in Palestine, from Rafah to Jenin, there is an Israeli Auschwitz to massacre Palestinians."
Following such disgusting statements, statements that are blatantly anti-semitic and go to the heart of why there can be no progress to peace with such disgraceful Palestinian leaders, it is useful to remind a wider public what "Auschwitz" in "every Palestinian city" look like.
Take a look at these pictures, then consider the suffering of six million Jews in places like Auschwitz.
The pictures are of Gaza City, Jenin, Ramallah, Rawabi, and defy the lies of the Palestinian Authority that prefer to compare these places to the concentration camps in which 6 million of my people were murdered by other anti-semites.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
37-year-old, Nayib Bukele, is El Salvador's youngest president.
He is of Palestinian descent, his parents having fled in the early 20th century when Palestine was under Muslim Ottoman Turkish rule and beginning to oppress Christians and Jews when they allied with Germany in World War One.
(Read my book '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.')
With many Christian Palestinians, his family fled to Central America.
His wife has Jewish roots. Her ancestors probably escaped the Spanish & Portuguese anti-Jewish Expulsion and Inquisition, but adopted Catholicism to avoid persecution.
Palestinians were quick to take pride in him and praise him until they discovered he is passionately pro-Israel.
While in Israel this month,he visited the Western Wall below the Temple Mount, laid a wreath at Yad Vashem, met leading Israeli politicians, and attended the International Mayor's Conference in Israel's capital. Hopefully, El Salvador will join the USA in moving their embassy to Jerusalem.
Saturday, 9 February 2019
Surgery patients in Britain and elsewhere will now benefit from advanced Israeli medical technology after British healthcare company Advanced Medical Solutions Group (AMS) acquired Haifa-based Sealantis for $25 million.
Sealantis is part of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The Israeli company has developed a unique type of surgical adhesives that will seal wounds and stop internal bleeding and prevent leakage of spinal fluids. The Sealantis innovation significantly lowers the risk of infection or allergies to patients than with other products by using a polymer produced from algae rather than protein-based sealants.
Britain’s AMS has discovered Israel and plans to expand into Israel in the field of biotechnological innovations for the benefit of patients everywhere.
Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.