Sunday, 23 December 2018

Christmas Sympathy for Palestinians Wrapped in Lies.

Free speech should be protected and I applaud the Irish newspaper, Southern Star, for having the commitment to allow all views to be expressed in its columns, including its Readers Letters. 
But one thing should be required of its readers. That is to think and question dubious allegations that are frequently expressed in it columns, particularly those attacking Israel and dressed up with emotional imagery.
 In the complex world of Middle East violence, it is all too easy to accept, at face value, the stories of oppression especially when women and children are victims. But is there a deeper motive behind false blanket allegations. What is the full picture? What is being hidden from the reader? And why?
A typical example was a letter posted under the heading “No Peace for Palestinians.” The writer was clearly trying to exploit the Christmas season to gain sympathy for Palestinians “deprived of peace this Christmas through no fault of their own.”
Putting aside the fact that over 90% of Palestinian Arabs are Muslim, do not celebrate Christmas, and are not imbued with the Christmas spirit, the heart of the writer’s slander is that Palestinian families are disturbed “every night” apparently “without reason” by the “brutal violent invasion” of the Israel Defense Forces who causing a “nightmare” for the women and children scared by their “alien presence.”
A letter, dripping with such emotional imagery, can fool the generally uninformed but sympathetic reader. That’s how opinions are formed. In our case, by painting Israel in the darkest colours and the Palestinians in the hews of innocence and victimhood. The truth is somewhat different.
When Israeli security forces come knocking on doors, often in the middle of the night to avoid the involvement of innocent neighbours, it is because counter-terror intelligence have informed them that terrorists are hiding there.
Recently, Israeli forces raided houses in which Palestinian killers were hiding. Fire fights erupted and, in all cases, the terrorists were either apprehended or killed. Those killed include the Barghouti cousins who had shot at civilians waiting at a bus stop. They seriously injured several including a heavily pregnant young mother who remains in hospital more than two weeks after the attack. Her unborn baby died. This is a first in the gruesome Palestinian terror archives, the death of an unborn child. How’s that for a poignant Christmas story?
Another terrorist who was disturbed from sleep by the “brutal violent invasion” of Israeli security personnel was Ashraf Ma’alwa, a Hamas terrorist who had been working in a mixed Israeli-Palestinian workplace in Barkan before tying up two of his co-workers, including a beautiful young woman, and shooting them in the head before making his escape. Israeli intelligence had searched for his whereabouts for over a month before tracking him down to a house outside Ramallah. Ma’alwa was killed in a firefight with the arresting officers.
Readers, when reading such details, will appreciate that the occasional night visits to arrest or neutralize known terrorists who have committed such acts of violence and murder can, in no way, be called “without reason.”
People who write such things have an agenda, and that agenda is actively supporting the terrorists cause. And it is known that this cause has nothing to do with searching for a peaceful solution to the Palestinian problem. It has everything to do with maintaining the political and religious violent rejection of the Jewish State of Israel anywhere in the Middle East.
Peace can never come out of the barrel of a terrorist gun. Ireland, of all places, knows this to be true. And, to the writer of “No Peace for Palestinians,” until they are ready to lay down their rifles and bombs, Israeli security forces will be justified to go in search of the killers.
Wishing all the readers of Southern Star, and other Irish papers that print the false allegations of Israeli haters, a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. Author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’

Friday, 21 December 2018

Walls save lives. Israel has proof.

A huge political row is going on in America over a security wall between the United States and Mexico. 

The President wants to stop the flow in illegal immigrants, drugs, criminals, and terrorists into America. 

The Democrats are vehemently against it. They say it's too costly and it doesn't work.
They even closed down the government over it. The Democrats refused to approve the funds to build it.
So let me offer them a couple of Israeli examples.

We have several walls in Israel - and they work!

1. When Israel started to be swamped by a growing tsunami of tens of thousands of illegal migrants from Africa, the vast majority men between the ages of 20-30 who trekked across other countries, including Egypt, to get to Israel and then falsely claim they were refugees escaping persecution, the government rapidly, and without objection, erected a long barrier between Israel, the Sinai, and Egypt. 
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told President Trump that, since the construction of the barrier, the intrusion into Israel of illegal migrants has fallen by 99%!

2. I live by the Mediterranean coast in Netanya, a town that was hit hard by Palestinian terror, including suicide bombers, car bombs, and shootings. That's why I became a co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization, to help the families of those killed and the traumatized survivors of gruesome Palestinian terror attacks.
We constructed a wall, just a 15 minute car ride from my home, by Tulkarm, an Arab town that had become a hotbed of Palestinian terror cells. 
Since that wall was built not one suicide bomber, not one car bomb, and not one Palestinian gunman has killed a single Israeli in my home town. 

Walls may be ugly, but they save lives. 
Israel has proof that walls not only stop illegal immigration, it deters them. These illegal migrants learn that there is a proper way to enter a country, or they go where they know other governments are sloppy over the issue of illegal immigration.

If you want security, want to stop the unbridled flow of illegal immigrants, drugs, criminals, and terrorists, build that wall.

Barry Shaw is a Senior Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Monday, 17 December 2018


When a nation or culture is judged on its success or failure as a nation, one is required to evaluate what unique and positive developments it gave to its people and to mankind.

With this in mind, it’s worth examining what has been the exceptional prowess we associate with the Palestinians.
In a brief history, we remind ourselves that a nation or state called Palestine never existed. The name was an insult, a curse to obliterate the vanquished nation of Israel two millennia ago by the Romans. Today, we have come full circle with Arabs using the term Palestine as an insult and a curse as they attempt to obliterate the modern State of Israel.
A century ago, those described a carrying the term “Palestinians” were mainly the Jews who inhabited the district of Greater Syria, a barren and barely inhabited area of the fading Ottoman Empire, an empire that died after Turkey foolishly allied itself with Germany in World War One and was defeated by the British-led Expeditionary army aided by a volunteer force of Palestinian Jews who fought and died to liberate the land.
The Arabs, during and after the Great War, disliked being called Palestinian. In 1937, the Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul Hadi, told the United Nations Peel Commission on Palestine that “there is no such country as Palestine. Palestine is a term the Zionists invented. Palestine in alien to us.  Our land was for hundreds of years a part of Syria.” 
This was confirmed decades later in 1970 by no less than Yasser Arafat who admitted in an interview with Italian journalist, Arianna Palazzi, that, “Palestine is nothing but a drop in an enormous ocean…What you call Jordan is nothing more than Palestine.”
They were right. A century ago the Arabs much preferred to live under the tutelage of an Arab ruler based in Damascus. No Arab fought to rid themselves of the Turks west of the River Jordan, and the Arabs east of the Jordan only fought for the Hashemite sheikhs in return for gold, weapons, or booty. When this was not forthcoming by the Britain they drifted back into the desert until money enticed them back to the battlefield.
In honoring the contribution of the Jews of Palestine in helping to defeat the Turks the post-war world governing body, the League of Nations, agreed unanimously, including the Arab vote, to mandate the establishment in Palestine of the national home of the Jewish people encouraging them to pursue close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.
They did this in recognition of “the historic connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”
It’s worth repeating. The League of Nations Mandate received the approval of the leading Arab voices who were satisfied that the local Arabs would not be harmed by this arrangement as stipulated by the condition that “nothing shall be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”
The Arab leaders agreed to the terms of the mandate because they were in line to receive their share of lands including Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.
A significant result of the Mandate was a further boost to the Zionist enterprise in mandated Palestine. The Jews in Palestine developed the land, built the infrastructure and the industries required to sustain a rapidly growing population.
The early pioneering spirit in Palestine was seen in the construction of the Palestine Electric Company in 1923 by Pinhas Rutenberg, a Palestinian Jew, the introduction of the Palestine Post in 1932 by another Palestinian Jew, Gershon Agron. This national, later international, newspaper became the Jerusalem Post in 1950. The Zionist enterprise needed to be financed and this was established by the Anglo-Palestine Bank in 1902 which became Bank Leumi after Israel declared its independence in 1948. Palestinian Jewish farmers and tillers of the land created the unique collective agricultural settlements known as the kibbutz.
In advance of statehood the Jews were busy developing the needs of a people deserving of a nation of their own. All this attracted a mass immigration of Arabs from the region into Palestine for economic reasons as a result of the Zionist enterprise.
Later, the Arab urge for nationalism in Palestine grew out of envy, even greed and ambition for conquest, as they saw the Jewish endeavor flourish. The fundamental loathing in seeing the Jews succeed went against their core belief.
When five Arab armies failed to destroy the Jewish state the local Arab gangs continued their looting, pillaging, and killing against the Jewish settlers and farmers, particularly in isolated settlements.
Under a man born in Egypt, but pretending to be a Palestinian, they began to jell into organized terror groups. Yasser Arafat took to the world stage with a slogan and with shocking violence.
Palestine suddenly became the nom-de-plume for Arabs living in parts of the Jewish State, namely in Judea & Samaria - which the international community renamed the West Bank- and the Gaza Strip. Then, everything began to be called “Palestine” as in the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, etc. Perversely, terrorism was portrayed as a human rights issue, a reclamation of stolen land, a release from oppression and occupation.
The adoption of the name “Palestine” was followed by the creation of a legend, a history of a people who had been robbed of their heritage by those dastardly Jews from Europe. An injustice, a human rights crime, had been inflicted by the Jews on the “indigenous population of Palestine.”
As someone once said, if you tell a lie loud and often enough stupid people eventually believe it to be true and rally to your cause. And so the legend became an accepted truth and once manufactured as victimhood and suffering they lobbied and protested for recognition and legislation, even sanctions, against the perpetrators of their “persecution,” the Zionists.
So the first contribution the new Palestinians gave the world was the art of deception. Their version of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” became “How to convince people you are the victim in order to convict your enemy.”
The pinnacle of this deception was the award of a Nobel Peace Prize to the world’s first arch-terrorist in contemporary history, Yasser Arafat, he of the Munich Olympic Games massacre, among his numerous murderous achievements. Here was another Palestinian first. Using a massacre at an international sporting event to gain global publicity to a cause.
How else have Palestinians impacted people globally? Palestinian terrorism created a new norm in air travel, namely huge inconvenience for travelers and massive security costs and headaches for airports and airlines which increase the cost of air travel to us consumers.
They were the pioneers of plane hijackings and airport terror attacks that gained the attention of the world media. On 9/11 a bunch of Saudi terrorists combined plane hijacking and suicide missions on a horrendous scale, but it was the Palestinians that led the way in forcing us to arrive at airports three hours before our flights, to have our baggage and our bodies checked, to be treated like suspects. Thank the Palestinians for these modern day inconveniences by their earlier plane hijackings and airport attacks.
Israelis had to react to Palestinian bus bombings, but why confine ourselves to buses? The Palestinians also blew up planes, hotels, restaurants, markets, shopping malls when they are not shooting and stabbing Israeli civilians on the street or launching heavy barrages of missiles and rockets into civilian centers.
The Palestinians are an inventive people. Not satisfied with attempting to murder people on the land and in the air they now have units of underwater frogmen who can sneak into Israel by sea to attack convenient targets close to the coast in surprise terror raids. 
They are also the pioneers in attacking villages and towns via underground terror tunnels in which their trained killers can emerge kill or capture civilians or soldiers and hold them for ransom in exchange for their incarcerated killers.  This practice is now being exploited by their fellow terror merchants, Hezbollah in Lebanon. 
New inventions in the last year include flaming kites and bomb balloons to burn and destroy the land they wrongly claim to be theirs.
I have tried hard to find any valuable contribution the Palestinians have made to mankind. Sadly, I have to admit that I failed. If you can think of anything beneficial they have given us, please let me know. Because, quite frankly, I couldn’t come up with a thing.
The Palestinian Hall of Contributions to Mankind is as empty as the recently opened Palestine History Museum in Ramallah, an impressive building lacking in content.
You would think that millions of people in search of statehood would make their mark in something other than death and destruction.
But they haven’t, and there is no sign they will do so any day soon.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  
He is the Author of the books ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism’ and ‘BDS for IDIOTS.’
Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and from Steimatzky bookstores in Israel.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

A Shocking Exposure of Failure, Deep Corruption, Torture, Human Rights Abuses by the Palestinian Authority.

A        Tim Sebastian (Conflict Zone) interviews Saeb Erekat (Palestinian Authority).
Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, and redundant since the PA refuses to negotiate with Israel, or even talk 
with the US Administration, talked to Tim Sebastian of Conflict Zone about Palestinian “democracy,” a strange concept since they haven’t had national elections since 2006. They also have a deep and unbridgeable political chasm between the PLO-Fatah Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and the Hamas-Islamic Jihad control of the Gaza Strip as a result of a coup d’etat in 2007. 67% are dissatisfied with the performance of the Palestinian Authority .62% want Mahmoud Abbas to resign. The latest polling show that 80& believe there is widespread corruption in the PA, nepotism, bribery, abuse of public funds, lack of transparency.
The Palestinian watchdog, Aman, issued a blistering report that the Palestinian Legislative Council has been dysfunctional for the past eleven years which has led to the loss of the most important official instrument of control and accountability.”
“The Palestinian Legislative Council has been dysfunctional for the past 11 years which led to…the loss of the most important official instrument of control and accountability.”
Erekat: “Do we have corruption? Yes.”
Sebastian” “In 2017, Shawqi Al-Issa, Miister of Agriculture said “It was not permitted to carry out any action to reduce corruption. Well qualified officials were removed, while those suspected of corruption had their positions strengthened.”
Erekat: I know Shawqi Al-Issa. He is in the opposition and he is entitled to say whatever he wants.”
Sebastian: “What about the case of Palestinian Airlines? Aman said that the Palestinian Treasury continued to pay salaries to hundreds of employees of Palestinian Airlines. There is, of course, no Palestinian Airlines.
Erekat; “Our four planes were destroyed by the Israelis, and we have people working there…”
Sebastian:  “Hundreds of salaries.”
Erekat: “Not hundreds…”
Sebastian: “It’s a big fraud, Mr Erekat. Human Rights Watch has just released a credible report of shocking human rights abuses by your security services. They say there are 147 cases as you know well. Shocking abuse in violation of international human rights law, including torture, that contravene the international legal obligations that you took when you signed up to the Human Rights Treaty over the last five years. Torture extensively documented may amount to a crime against humanity. (HRW. October 23, 2018). You have torture on a daily basis and you call yourself a democracy?”
Erekat: “We are acting on this.”
Sebastian: “I got the same answer from you for the last 10, 15, 20 years. “
Erekat: “You know me, Tim.”
Sebastian: “Yes, I do, and you make the same excuses for these abuses year after year.”
Erekat: “I live in Jericho because I refuse to rent an apartment at the expense of the Palestinians.”
Sebastian: “You live in Jericho and in Jericho some of the harshest treatments reported by detainees take place in Jericho. At the Joint Security Committee Detention Center. This is Human Rights Watch reporting. Officers force prisoners into painful stress positions locked in solidarity confinement. A young man from the Balata refugee camp said he was twice subjected to electric shock treatment and once had a cord tied around his genitals. So much for signing the convention against torture.”
Erekat: “We are members of the Convention Against Torture…”
Sebastian: “…and you violate it on a regular basis.”
Erekat: “The 147 cases over three years are being investigated. People who committes these atrocities will be held accountable.”
Sebastian: “How many of these people have been held accountable? How many? You can’t tell me. 3? 5? 7?”
Erekat: “Wait a minute. Security officials were fired. They were demoted.”
Sebastian: “How many?”
Erekat: “I can’t give you a number, but many.”
Sebastian: “You are also cracking down on freedom of speech as well.”
Erekat: “How?”
Sebastian: “January of last year, your security forces detained Faris Jabua, a student from Hebron about his participation at a book event organized by the Islamic group at his university. He’d already been arrested 5 times on charges that turned out to be false. You go after these people again and again and again. He was taken on one occasion to the Jericho Detention Center where officers alternated between kicking and hitting him with a stick…”
Erekat smiled.
Sebastian: “You’re smiling.”
Erekat: “No, because I live in Jericho and people wake me up at 2 am and 3 am and 4 am in the morning to tell me their sons and their daughters are taken here and there and I go with them…”
Sebastian: “So you know what is going on.”
Erekat: “Of course! And I go and tell them to stop it in the name of the President. We admit it. We don’t hide it.”
Sebastian: “Aren’t you ashamed of all this?”
Erekat: “In some cases I am ashamed. Yes. Sometimes I can because I am a man of authority.  I cannot differentiate between freedom of expression and incitement. Sometimes we have people who attack others because of their religion and so on and I’m ashamed of it.”
Sebastian: “Is this what a future Palestinian state would look like? Human rights abuses. Torture. Crackdown on free speech. Internet control.”
Erekat: “The future Palestinian state will be the future of democracy …human rights…transparency and the rule of law…This is my promise.”
Sebastian: “That’s very different from what you have now.”

Erekat: “No,  With 6 million people living in the West Bank and in Gaza we have 147 cases and we hope that will be reduced…”

Sebastian: “That’s all we have time for. Saeb Erekat. Thank you very much.”

Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
Author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Bible is my GPS

I'm a modern man, but my contemporary truth and direction are anchored and proven in the Bible, a book that disproves all the Palestinian and BDS lies.
Watch the video.   Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

The Real Message of Chanukah.

The contemporary message of Chanukah is this.  We, who are active in countering false claims against Israel, are accustomed to hear blatant lies about our country being an "apartheid state occupying someone else's land," but think about this.                                                                        
If Chanukah represents anything it is the message of how we Jews fought off Greece, an ancient European colonial power, because we were (are) the indigenous people in our own land.   

Remember that whenever you hear that we are "occupying Palestinian land."      
If you want to see real apartheid, how about the insistence of the Palestinian leadership that no Jew can be a Palestinian in a State of Palestine.    
That is genuine racist apartheid. 
Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.