Saturday, 28 May 2011



Sunday, 22 May 2011



President Obama recently showed his naivety in discussing the Palestinian problem when he made an issue of ’67 borders with minor alterations a major condition that Israel must cede for the imminent creation of a newly formed Palestinian state. The very issue of borders at this time is a smokescreen, a red herring, to avoid facing the real significant issue of the nature of what this state truly represents.
Borders, at this time, are not the issue. The real issue is the nature of a regime that may be about to be inflicted onto the world. The nature of this regime make borders irrelevant. The issue must be concentrated as to whether this new state should be born at all in the shape it presents itself today.

The so-called “moderate” and “pragmatic” Palestinian Authority have introduced a law which says that any Arab that sells land to a Jews will be executed. This is a law straight out of the Nazi Nuremberg laws.   Furthermore, the so-called “moderate” and “pragmatic” Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has said, on more than one occasion, that any Palestinian state must be clear of Jews, in other words “Judenrein”. This is straight out of “Mein Kamf”.

If any further evidence is needed as to the true nature of this new regime that the world is hurriedly trying to foist onto us hear the words of Yunis Al-Astal. In his excitement of an impending new Palestinian state he said the following. Bear in mind that he is a member of the Palestinian Legislature and a cleric. On A-Aqsa TV on May 11, 2011 he said this;

The Jews are brought in droves to Palestine so that the Palestinian, and the Islamic nation behind them, will have the honour of annihilating the evil of this gang.  All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews.
In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil.
When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the Caliphate. When this happens any Palestinian will be able to live anywhere because the land of Islam is the property of all Muslims.
Until this happens, we must reject all the resettlement plans, naturalization, or even reparations prior to the return of the refugees.”

If you think this is an aberration of Palestinian intent, think again. The Hamas Charter contains the following gems;

“Israel will exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it has obliterated others before it.
The day the enemies usurp part of Muslim land Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Muslim. In the face of the Jews usurpation, it is compulsory for the banner of Jihad to be raised.
The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight Jews and kill them. Then the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out, ‘Oh Muslim! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’”
The Hamas regards itself as the spearhead and vanguard of the struggle against world Zionism.”

If you thought that it was only the extreme Hamas that harboured evil intentions towards Israel, and that the Palestinian Authority was more reasonable to accommodate Israel, consider these references in their Palestinian National Covenant;

“The basic conflict exists between the forces of Zionism and the Palestinian Arab people. Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine.  One national front for the liberation of Palestine through armed struggle.  The liberation of Palestine is a national duty to repel the Zionist aggression against the Arab homeland and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine.”

If anyone is in doubt that the Palestinians do not accept a two states for two people solution continue reading the PNC Charter;

“The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel are entirely illegal.
The Balfour Declaration and the Mandate of Palestine are deemed null and void.
Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement. Since the liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist presence and will contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East, the Palestinians look to the support of all progressive and peaceful forces in the just struggle for the liberation of their homeland.  It requires all states to consider Zionism an illegitimate movement, to outlaw its existence, and to ban its operations.”

But let us not concentrate on the leadership alone. The effect of their racial, inflammatory, anti-Semitism can be seen in the actions and heard in the voices of the Palestinian people. Voices like Sara Awwadh Jaber of Hebron. Interviewed on Al Aqsa Palestinian TV she said this;

"I lived through the massacre of the Jews in Hebron. We, the people of Hebron, massacred the Jews. My father massacred them and brought back some stuff. Allah willing, you will bury Israel and massacre the Jews with your own hands. Allah willing, you will massacre them like we massacred them in Hebron."

This, then, is the face of  a "moderate" Palestine.
There you have it in all its clarity. The Palestinian intent is not the establishment of a state alongside Israel, but the eventual replacement of Israel by force. All the “progressives” and outside “peaceful forces” have been recruited solely and purposefully for the destruction of Israel and the elimination of Zionism in the land of Israel.  This perfectly describes the actions and intentions of the so-called “human rights” groups, the boycotters, and the Free Gaza mob. They are all fully aware that they seek the destruction of Israel.
If any state should be the target of delegitimisation surely this racist, anti-Semitic, Nazi-like regime, to be called Palestine, is it.
Can you not read and feel the evil that will be inflicted onto the world should such a state be granted validity?  Certainly all the Islamic nations will line up to give this entity their blessings. For sure, the Marxists will be cheering wildly. But surely the Western and free nations will pause before bringing this monster into being? Or will they?

Let them be warned. Let them read the words of an eager Palestinian leadership and a bloodthirsty Palestinian people with evil intent to understand the tragic results of a wrong decision.  Do they really want to release this evil onto the world?

Remember this. It always starts with the Jews. It never ends with them. Once you let the genie out of the bottle you will be unable to put it back in again. It will come to haunt you, eventually.


Saturday, 14 May 2011


A new tradition has been allowed to grow in the Arab world. Once a year Arabs commemorate a period when many uprooted themselves from what had become Israel. It was at the time when Arab armies invaded the nascent state of Israel. It was this incident that created a refugee problem that is unsolved to this day.  They call this event The Nakba. (The Catastrophe).
At its core they are not commemorating their upheaval. They are not celebrating  their dispossession.  Rather, they are campaigning for the elimination of Israel. They are protesting over the creation of the Jewish State of Israel, an event that occurred before the personal tragedies of many local Arabs. They do not use this day to mourn the tragic events of the 1948 war. Rather it is an emotional and public outpouring of their rejection of Israel, a rejection that began decades ago, and will continue beyond the September Palestinian claim for statehood  in the United Nations General Assembly. They rejected Israel in the United Nations in 1947. They will continue to do so after the United Nations 2011. The Nakba parades and slogans accuse Israel of their “calamity”. It is a self inflicted tragedy caused by the Arabs themselves.

With the flight of so many local Arabs from the area of conflict came the flight from fact into fantasy with the development of a political myth, a rewriting of history, to be used to delegitimize Israel and accuse it of crimes it did not commit.  It is a dangerous effort by the Palestinian leadership to create a history out of a lie for a malevolent agenda.
When the Jewish State of Israel was brought into being at the United Nations in 1947 it was roundly rejected by the Arabs. Arab immigration into the part of Palestine in which the Zionist enterprise was being developed dynamically by the Jews had increased the Arab population on the West Bank of the Jordan River.  The other larger parts of what had been Palestine, namely Transjordan, as well as Syria, and Egypt, were still backwaters, offering little employment or development to its people. The Jews employed this immigrant source of labor despite the fact that acts of violence and murder were committed by Arabs on Jews. Jews in the land suffered decades of bloodshed and murder at the hands of the Arabs going back to the massacres in Safed and Hebron in 1929. So it continued, including murderous raids by what were called “fedayeen”, an early form of Arab terrorism.

In 1948 the fledgling Jewish state was attacked by heavily armed and trained Arab armies. The war was initiated by the Arabs for the purpose of driving the Jews they did not kill into the sea. Victory over the newly-born state seemed inevitable.  Combined forces from Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, supported by arms and soldiers from Lebanon, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, attacked the undermanned and barely armed Jewish nation.  Less than three years from the horrors of the Holocaust, Jews faced yet another  genocide. The outcome, however, was a resounding defeat for the Arabs that left Israel in situ over a larger territory and the local displaced Arabs in despair.
The Arab hatred of the Jews and their desire to remove the Jewish presence from the Middle East was not erased. The new narrative purported to give the lie that the Jews woke up one day and decided to execute ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Arab population. Not true.  The intended ethnic cleansing of 1948 would have been of the Jews at the hands of the invading Arab armies.

Another myth is that the Palestinian refugee problem is the fault of the Jews. Not true. My book ISRAEL – RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE lists and dates the numerous orders and statements where the Arab leadership and Arab states ordered and instructed the locals to abandon their homes and possessions. It was the Jewish leaders, and even the Hagana (the newly formed Israeli army), that implored them to remain.  It was the Arab military and political leaders and the Arab states that were exclusively implicated in the mass exodus of the Arab population and for the personal tragedies suffered by them. 
Nowhere is this more implicitly expressed than by Emile Ghoury, who was the Secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Command.  In an interview with the Lebanese newspaper “The Beirut Telegraph” on September 6, 1948 he said;
“The fact that there are these refugees is a direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of this problem.”

The Nakba, then, must point directly at the Arab leadership and not at Israel. It is a tragedy that thousands of Arabs remain in Arab refugee camps to this day. It is a tragedy perpetuated by Arab nations in conjunction with the United Nations who chose to keep them in this status for a political purpose in order to use them as pawns in their ongoing campaign against Israel.

The obscenity of the decades old Arab refugee problem is completely down to the failure of the surrounding Arab nations with the collusion of the United Nations who are both guilty of perpetuating this human tragedy.
Juxtapositioned with this Arab catastrophe was the tragedies of the Jewish populations of the neighbouring Arab states. At the time that the Arab armies were attacking the newly formed Israel,  Jews were being attacked, killed, and displaced in most of the Arab countries. Some statistics show that two hundred thousand more Jews were driven out of their homes in the Muslim countries than Arabs that left Israel.  The big difference was that these Jews found shelter in Israel where they were welcomed, absorbed, nurtured, and made useful citizens.

No Nakba exists for Jewish refugees. Neither does the State of Israel go begging to the United Nations to keep them in victimhood and permanent sponsorship.  Self pride and an independence spirit is a Jewish value that prevents this sense of self loathing and hatred of the other.  What could have been a Jewish Nakba was turned into a Jewish humanitarian success story and a glorious example to the world.

Why is this Nakba relevant this year and, more significantly, next year? Nakba is a writing of Palestinian intent. If one looks at the large maps that are displayed in the Nakba parades and marches “Palestine” has replaced Israel. In the Palestinian leadership narrative to their own people Israel does not exist. Their maps, their chants, their ambition does not allow for a Jewish state living in peace alongside a state of their own. Rather, their Palestine replaces Israel. Israel Arabs are, for them, “the Palestinians of the Interior”. Their narrative refers to Israeli Arabs, including those born in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s as “the Palestinians of ‘48”. Increasingly, Israeli Arabs identify themselves with this cause and not with the state in which they have a waning identity. The sight of Israeli Arabs waving Palestinian flags, carrying maps of Palestine that replace Israel, and chanting anti-Israel slogans is not an expression of democratic freedom but sedition against the state.

After a Palestinian state is voted into being, albeit illegally, at the September United Nations General Assembly, the next critical factor will be the identity and loyalty of Israeli Arabs. Will Arabs, born post 1948 consider themselves to be loyal citizens of Israel? Or will they call themselves Palestinians? Will they rally, speak, and act to defy Israel, to deny Israel, and encourage the Palestinian leadership to come and liberate them?  The signs are clearly in evidence by the actions and words of several Arab members of the Knesset who identify more closely with Palestinian ambitions than with affairs of Israeli state. Some even renounce the Parliament they sit in, the legislature that they were elected to service.
The delegitimization of Israel is not merely an external strategic danger. It also has roots within Israel itself. The Nakba movement is one prominent element of this internal danger.

Barry Shaw is an Israeli board member of AXIUS (Academic Exchange Israel – United States). He is also the author of ISRAEL – RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011


The world applauds the Arab Spring. They project the Arab uprising as a new dawn led by attractive, non violent, young modern people linked to the wonders of Twitter and Facebook.
Even while Egypt's National Museum was being burnt and looted of the countries national treasures and heritage, even as American journalist, Lara Logan, was being gang raped in Tahrir Square, even as people cowered in fear of the Cairo mob, the media insisted on portraying the mob rule that overthrew a benign leadership (as compared to Libya Syria, and Iran) as non violent and secular.
The world refused to listen to Israel when it protested that the upheaval was less spontaneous than it appeared, that the social networking was efficiently being used by the organisers to rally the crowd, and that the Islamists were discreetly pulling the strings together with the Arab Marxists and International Socialists.
This is the unholy alliance that will dominate Egypt and the Arab world as we head into a pretend democracy.
Israel will be a prime target for the next generation of Arab governments. The Middle East neighbourhood will remain uncertain and a very tough place to live.
The Jewish population of Egypt, Libya, Tunis, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and all the hotbeds of revolt were forcefully removed, if not murdered, by the Muslim majority decades ago. Most found refuge in the Jewish State of Israel. Having threatened, killed, deported, and stole their possessions the Arabs now turn their envious and greedy gaze to the success story of a modern Israel. They see yet another pot of gold if only they can remove the Jews from their midst in the region. They will use holy Islamic slogans to justify their avid lust for Jewish lives and possessions. Hence the fiction of an Islamic Palestine as a sacred conviction. But Israel is strong. The Jew no longer quakes in fear and surrenders to the executioners meekly. Not so the Christians in the Muslim world. They are defenseless. They are the easy victims to racial Islamic passions and greed. Their co-religionists in other countries, though they have elected their own governments, do not have the voice, the will, or the power, to raise an army to save their fellow Christians. They can only look on in silent horror.
The unraveling Egyptian tale leaves a trail of Christian blood. Twenty one Christians were murdered in January in the port city of Alexandria, A Coptic priest was killed in southern Egypt. A Christian familly were slaughtered by Msulims near Maghagha in February. In May, a church was burnt to the ground and twenty two people were killed in Cairo.
Clearly the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are growing in violent confidence as Egypt heads for the reforming elections later this year and the first victims of this new found Arab-style democracy will be the Christian population.
The world, led by American President George Bush, demanded democratic elections from the Palestinians. They got them. It resulted in Palestinians voting for the Islamic terror group, Hamas. The same will happen in the so-called Arab Spring. Just keep your eyes on Egypt and watch the radical Islamists sweep into power.
Don't believe me? Then believe the words of Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, and the leading ctontender to become the next President of Egypt. He is a savy politician who knows which side his bread is buttered. In reality, he is an anti-Islamist. He is running as an independent candidate but is a shoo in to take over his country and lead whatever government is elected. In an interview to the Wall Street Journal he said that it is inevitable that the Egyptian parliamentary elections in September will usher in a bloc of Islamists with the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront. He is ready to work with them.
The subsequent rewriting of the Egyptian constitution will convert the country to Shariah law, will reduce non-Muslims to the status of dhimmi citizens, which means being penalised for simply living there as non-Muslims. If places such as Bethlehem are an example, the Christians will face relentless oppression, persecution, violence, destruction, and death as the Islamic majority force them out.
Bethlehem had a wealthy majority of Christians when Israel controlled that town. After Israel ceded control to the Arafat-led Palestinians, the eighty percent Christian majority was reduced to a fearful minority of less than twenty percent.
The writing is on the wall for the Christians of Egypt and other Arab nations. Heed the warning signs. Things are about to get worse, a lot worse.
Get out now, while you still can! There's no one around to help you. You are as defenseless as were the Jews in Europe seventy years ago.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Osama Bin Laden -v- Sheikh Ahmed Yasin. More anti-Israel hypocrisy.

Osama Bin Laden versus Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.
International hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.

Hypocritical world that slammed killing of  Hamas' Yassin now lauds bin Laden hit.
Published: 05.03.11, By Manfred Gerstenfeld

The flurry of international reactions to the killing of Osama bin Laden by the American army provides Israel with a great opportunity to demonstrate the double standards applied against it by so many in the Western world and elsewhere. All one has to do is compare the reactions of major institutions and leaders with those after the death of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. 
This leader of the Hamas terrorist organization was killed by Israel in 2004. He was directly responsible 
for many lethal attacks on Israeli civilians including suicide bombings.

On Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that "the death of Osama bin Laden, announced by President (Barack) Obama last night, is a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism." 
Yet after the killing of Sheikh Yassin, then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said "I do condemn the targeted assassination of Sheikh Yassin and the others who died with him. Such actions are not only contrary to international law, but they do not do anything to help the search for a peaceful solution."

The now-defunct UN Commission on Human Rights condemned "the tragic death of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in contravention of the Hague Convention IV of 1907." 
At the Security Council, the US had to use its veto power to prevent condemnation of Israel.

After the bin Laden killing, the leaders of the European Council and European Commission stated that his death made the world a safer place and showed that terrorist attacks do not remain unpunished. 
Following the Yassin killing, then-EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said, "This type of action does not contribute at all to create the conditions of peace. This is very, very bad news for the peace process. The policy of the European Union has been consistently condemnation of extra-judicial killing."

British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated President Obama on the success of the bin Laden assassination. Cameron considered it a massive step forward in the fight against extremist terrorism. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair also welcomed bin Laden's demise.
However, the killing of Sheikh Yassin was called by the then-British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw   "unacceptable" and "unjustified." The official spokesman of then-Prime Minister Blair condemned the   "unlawful attack" and observed: "We have repeatedly made clear our opposition to Israel's use of targeted killings and assassinations."

A case of anti-Semitism?

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed Bin Laden's killing as a coup in the fight against terrorism. 
He called President Obama, praised his determination and courage and all others who had pursued the    head of al-Qaeda for 10 years. Sarkozy added that the two heads of state had agreed to continue the just 
and necessary fight against terrorist barbarity and those who support it.

Yet after Sheikh Yassin's death, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman,  Herve Ladsous, said, "France  condemns the action taken against Sheikh Yassin, just as it has always condemned the principle of any 
extra-judicial execution as contrary to international law." Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin
declared that "such acts can only feed the spiral of violence."

German Chancellor Angel Merkel said at a recent press conference, "I'm glad that killing bin Laden was successful." She also called it "good news."
Then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer had stated after the killing of Sheikh Yassin that "the German government is deeply concerned about the development."

Russia released a statement regarding bin Laden which the Voice of America quoted as saying that retribution inevitably reaches all terrorists and that Russia is ready to "step up" its coordination in the international fight against global terrorism." 
After the Yassin assassination, a foreign ministry spokesman said that Moscow was deeply concerned about the situation.

President Abdullah Gul of Turkey declared that the killing of bin Laden was a message for terrorist organizations all around the world. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called the killing of Yassin "a terrorist act" and said that "the assassination was not humane."

This comparison gets even more meaningful when seen in the context of the definition of anti-Semitism as regularly used in the European Union. It was prepared by one of the EU agencies. It gives examples of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel, including the following: "Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation."

Israel could considerably improve its public diplomacy by using the comparison of the two killings and other comparisons of events which occur with great frequency to stress such double standards. This is one of the many ways that Israel can fend off at least part of the unjust criticism against it.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is the Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and founder and director of its Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Project.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Master of the House.

After our Prime Minister called the Palestinian President his "partner for peace" at a White House ceremony last September, the recent Mahmoud Abbas embrace of  the Hamas terror organization put me in mind of the lyrics of "Master of the House", one of the hit songs of the stage musical "Les Miserables."  I quote;

"I used to dream that I would meet a prince, but God Almighty have you seen what's happened since!"

We have all seen what has happened since that Cinderella moment in Washington.
Abbas has resolved to reject recognition of Israel. He stubbornly refuses to have direct peace talks with us. He continues to name streets, squares, cultural and sporting events after the terrorist murderers of innocent Israelis. Palestinian state TV refers to Israeli towns as Palestine, and Israeli Arabs as "Palestinians of the Interior." 
Now, with the new unity accord, the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority has become an affiliate of Hamas, an internationally designated terror organization.

The massive funding by the UN, EU, and the United States, was predicated on the PA pursuing peace with Israel, obligating them to hold to their commitments of signed agreements, and holding to a renouncement of violence and terror. None of this has taken place. Indeed, as the Palestinians have prospered they have become more intransigent, not less. Yet, the international community seem to have turned a blind eye to this and, in their utopian haze, look on the accord as a step in the right direction.

We should all now demand that our politicians stop being the public relations officials for the Palestinian leadership and call a spade a bloody shovel. Let's name them and shame them. Let's tell the world the truth about the awful human rights records of both sides of the so-called Palestinian unity, not only against us but against their own people. Let's reveal to the world what Palestinian leaders are telling their own people about their ultimate and deadly intentions for Israel. Let's quote chapters from both the Palestinian and the Hamas Charters which are replete with the most racist and anti-Semitic references. Let's expose the racist and, yes, apartheid policies pronounced by the Palestinian Authority regarding any future territory being Judenrein, free of Jews. Let's bring the Palestinian Authority to the International Criminal Court for declaring a death sentence on any Palestinian who sells land to a Jew.

We all yearn for peace, but peace can only be made with a pragmatic neighbor that  does not hold malevolent, racist, and violent designs to eliminate us.

As the clock ticks down to a fateful September this is no time for dreaming about marrying a prince.

Barry Shaw

The Holocaust haunts us today...Are you with us, or against us?

They are telling you that we, the Jews of Israel, have no rights.
They delegitimise us. They demonise us. They kill us. Just like then.

Didn't they say, then, that we had no rights? No right to exist? Not so long ago.
I recall that the Jews of America bickered and stayed with their President then.
As they do today.
Don't make waves. Don't save the Jews. Don't speak out for them.  Leave them to their fate. They said then.
Until it was too late.

To us, the Jews of Israel, it seems that many Jews of America share the same misguided tradition
of those tragic days.
Don't make waves. Don't save the Jews. Don't speak out for them. Leave them to their fate. They say now.
Until it will be too late.

Then, we didn't expect the goyim to speak up for us, to stand by our side. But you, the Jews. Why do you stand with our enemy today? Why do you stand with those who vow to kill us for being Jews, here, in our ancestral land?
Shame on you then. Shame on you today.

Let me tell you the story of a Holocaust survivor. He told me of Jews that spat on their rabbi, because their enemy told them to do it. Tell me, why are you spitting on your people now, because our enemy tells you to do it?

Then, they plotted the Final Solution of the Jewish People.
Today, on Holocaust Day, in the name of those who could not speak, do not stand with those who are plotting the Final Solution of the Jewish People, in Israel.
You were silent then. Do not be silent now.

Today, especially today, spare a precious moment to reflect and say "Am Israel Chai! The People of Israel must live!"

You failed us then. Do not fail us today. Stand with us. Not against us. And keep us safe from harm.