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.
Friday, 8 February 2019
Friday, 1 February 2019
The Irish Parliament is in the process of introducing and anti-Israel bill declaring their intention to block and boycott gods, products and services from Judea and Samaria, what they call the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, parts of the Jewish State of Israel.
This divisive intervention is nothing more than a slap in the face of the Jewish State of Israel and a shocking and untimely initiative that will prevent the violent, divided and rejectionist Palestinians from coming to the negotiation table.
This unwelcome law will, if approved, will end up rebounding legally and economically against Ireland, as warned by Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney.
It is an intellectually dishonest piece of legislature.
The bill is anti-Semitic. The abusive steamrollering of this bill which is intended to penalize individuals or companies operating in what they consider “occupied territories” stipulate only goods or services produced by Jewish farmers and Jewish industrialists.
Furthermore, the end result of this ill-conceived biased legislature will hurt the Palestinians, the very people they intended to help. As with all anti-normalization, anti-Israel, acts the first victims are the Palestinian workers, of which there are thousands, who benefit from Israeli scale jobs, salaries, promotions, and social benefits. The bill, if effective, will force these people into unemployment. The bill, if effective, will force them into unemployment. Example, SodaStream employed 660 Palestinians and 500 Israelis and had to move its factory from Judea & Samaria to the Negev following a massive boycott campaign by the BDS Movement. Result? BDS forced 660 Palestinians out of well paid jobs into unemployment to be replaced by Israeli Bedouin workers. Is this really what the Irish want to achieve?
Who do the Irish think they are helping? Hamas in Gaza, or the minority rule of the PLO-led Palestinian Authority in Ramallah? Are they aware at all of the decades-old conflict between these two warring parties? And why has Ireland decided to punish Israel and not the rejectionist side that refuses to live as peaceful neighbors alongside Israel?
The bias and double standards of the Irish bill are patently obvious. The Irish “boycott occupied territories” bill doesn’t mention Israel, but it names locations and excludes Turkish commerce, goods and tourist services in occupied Northern Cyprus, Russian businesses in occupied Crimea and the Ukraine, Chinese interests in Tibet, or Moroccan farming in Western Sahara, to name but four of the many global disputed or “occupied” territories.
The bill, in Israel’s case, ignores the principles of armed conflict. The drafters of the bill listed the West Bank and east Jerusalem, but gratuitously also threw in the Golan Heights.
As former Irish minister for justice and defense, Alan Shatter, wrote in the Jerusalem Post, this misguided bill completely ignores Israel’s very real security concerns.
It also shows that the authors of this biased bill know nothing about the laws of armed conflict which permits a country to maintain territory gained in a defensive war against an aggressor. This clearly is the case with Israel annexing the Golan Heights.
When Israel was established in 1948, five Arab armies invaded the nascent Jewish State in a declared war of annihilation. Jordan illegally attacked Israel in this aggressive war and captured and occupied Judea and Samaria and parts of Jerusalem. It was Jordan that renamed the territory as the West Bank of Jordan, meaning to the west of the Jordan River.
Egypt attacked, captured and occupied the Sinai and the Gaza Strip. Syria, Iraq and other Arab forces entered the war of annihilation but, somehow, Israel managed to hold off the combined Arab armies until an international ceasefire was arranged.
This left Jordan occupying the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) for decades, yet nobody thought to protest their “occupation of Palestine.”
In 1967, the Arabs tried again to destroy Israel, but Israel was better prepared. The Jordanians were driven out of Jerusalem and from Judea and Samaria back across the Jordan River. The Israelis also drove the Egyptians out of the Sinai and the Gaza Strip and the Syrians off the Golan Heights.
The Arabs, licking their wounds, met to begin a war of attrition based on the infamous “three No’s,” – no recognition, no peace, no negotiations with the Jewish State. This has become the slogan of the Palestinian and BDS movements, to which the Irish Parliament has become a biased player.
In 1973, the Egyptians and Syria mounted a surprise attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Israel was caught off guard but managed to mobilize and defeat the two invading armies. In a bloody tank battle, Israel managed to drive the Syrian army off the Golan Heights overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Syria has remained a malevolent and intransigent enemy, and Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 after suffering further Syrian threats.
The Irish Parliament is now acting as a proxy for the brutal Assad regime by including the Golan Heights in their punitive legislation against Israel.
It was once considered immoral to divide a city politically and ideologically. Think Berlin and its wall. Now, Ireland wants to divide Jerusalem. Has it not learned anything from Belfast? Jerusalem is a united city where Jews, Christians and Muslims mingle, as any tourist can attest. It is also the capital of the State of Israel. But the Irish legislators want to divide this holy city. They will not sanction and boycott Arab goods and services. They will punish only its Jewish residents. This is anti-Semitic political practice.
Jordan illegally annexed Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) including Jerusalem in 1950. King Hussein, in 1960, called Jerusalem not Palestine but, “the second capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.” Jordan gave Arab refugees who had left their homes by order of the Arab High Command, during the Arab war of annihilation, Jordanian citizenship though they ensured that a specific United Nations refugee agency kept them in refugee camps. While Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria they did nothing to allow these Arabs to return to their homes. Instead, they kept them as political pawns in a cynical diplomatic battle against Israel or, as they told them, until the Arab armies will come and liberate Palestine and drive the Jews into the sea. Hence the war cry we still hear today, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!” a slogan for a world without Israel.
The Palestinian movement, although divided against itself, is, at heart, part of that futile Arab war of annihilation against the Jewish State, and they look on the pending Irish bill as simply another shot in their attempts to dislodge Israel.
The malevolent Irish lawmakers can expect heavy blowback from a number of sources, including the EU which has decreed that such discriminatory legislation is against EU principles. It will also be subject to counter sanctions from the US Administration and twenty-seven American states. All have passed stringent laws banning contact with any entity practicing BDS against Israel. State and federal laws may lead to divestments from Irish pension funds, stop trade negotiations with Ireland, and instruct corporations not to invest or do business with entities that conduct discriminatory practices.
This then is the essence of what is likely to occur as a result of this biased, anti-Semitic bill that has cast a terrible stain of the character and reputation of the Irish Parliament that, with this bill, will be speaking in the name of the whole of Ireland.
Shame on them!
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.