September 07, 2002
The relatives of those murdered at Munich in 1972 have agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit against the German government.
Thirty years after the massacre of 11 Israelis by Palestinian gunmen at the Olympic Games, Germany announced Friday that relatives had accepted $2.98 million in compensation - far less than the $29 million they demanded and without an apology.Although readers are free to draw their own conclusions, the settlement amount, which comes to less than $10,000 per year per victim, the lack of an apology when "incompetence and perfidy of the German government" both during and after the hostage stand-off and massacre aided the terrorists, and the circumstances of the announcement, when taken together, appear to me to be another slap in the face to the victims and their families.
Speaking to reporters at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Sept. 5, 1972, massacre, Interior Minister Otto Schily rejected suggestions German police made mistakes that contributed to the carnage.
``Even in Israel, hostage-takings and attacks are not prevented,'' Schily said. He said the compensation was a humanitarian gesture from the German government, the state of Bavaria and city of Munich.
The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah meant the families of the slain Israeli team members didn't attend the ceremony at the military air base near Munich, where the drama came to a bloody end.
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
BERLIN, Sept. 6 — A firebomb badly damaged a Holocaust museum near the northeast German town of Wittstock, the Brandenburg State police said today.
Police officials posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the attack on Thursday on the Belower Forest Museum. Half the museum's exhibition space was destroyed, and swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were painted in pink on a nearby monument's walls.
The museum's spokesman, Horst Seserens, said: "We were quite lucky because the police were very fast and stopped the fire. A few minutes more and the whole building would have burned down."
The vandals also painted an anti-Semitic slogan, "Jews have short legs," a twist on the German saying that "lies have short legs." Mr. Seserens said the intended message was that "the Holocaust is a lie."
The Belower Forest memorial is dedicated to the victims of the Nazi death marches of the spring of 1945, when the Nazis emptied concentration camps that were about to be liberated by the advancing Soviet Army and forced some 45,000 inmates to march farther into Germany. Thousands died, just days before the camps were liberated by Soviet and American troops.
The Jewish Population in Judea, Samaria and Gaza
An item on today’s Arutz 7 reports:
Yesha Population Keeps Growing
The Jewish population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza [Yesha] has grown in the past two years - the years of the Oslo War - by 12%. Not including the areas officially annexed to the capital city of Jerusalem, the Yesha settlement enterprise now numbers some 220,000 pioneers. The largest town is Maaleh Adumim, with close to 27,000 inhabitants, followed by Beitar Illit and Ariel. Some 30 babies are born in Beitar Illit every week, and 50 new classes were opened there this school-year. The Binyamin Regional Council gained 620 new families this past summer.
One of the phenomena that impressed me most when I explored the history of Zionism and Israel, was the pioneering spirit of the Jewish immigrants to Palestine and later Israel, who engaged in a never-ceasing effort to found settlement and develop the country. The following brief review of this phenomenon will corroborate this statement (Normally, I would provide web links, but in the absence of suitable links, I refer the reader to the work of the British historian, Sir Martin Gilbert:
Gilbert, Martin. Israel. New York: William Morrow and Co, Inc., 1998.)
Decades before the “official” Zionist movement got underway in 1897, Jews were already building settlements in what today is Israel. Symbolically, the first two settlements incorporated “hope” in their names, as Martin Gilbert (p. 4) documents:
“In 1870, a French educator, Charles Netter, with the approval of the Turkish authorities, founded an agricultural school at Mikveh Israel (Hope of Israel)... In 1878 a number of Jews from Jerusalme decided to establish a Jewish village in the Palestinian countryside... They did manage to buy land from a Greek landowner in the coastal plain, and named their village Petah Tikvah (Gateway of Hope)”.
From that point on, and to this very day, the Jews in Palestine/Israel continued to build settlements of many types - urban, rural, collective-agricultural (Kibbutzim), private-agricultural (Moshavim) etc. The building of such settlements accelerated considerably after the 5th Zionist congress established the Jewish National Fund, JNF, in 1901, with the objective of purchasing land. In 1909, for example, this Fund financed the creation of Tel Aviv (Martin Gilbert, p. 27). Between the creation of the JNF and the time WW I broke out in 1914, the Jews had created 45 settlements (Martin Gilbert, p. 30).
The period of the British occupation and mandate, 1918-1948, was marred by a series of riots by the Arab-Palestinians against the Jewish population, the most noteworthy being the outbursts of 1920, 1921, 1929 and 1936-39. However, the Jews never stopped the building of new settlements and the development of the land. The year 1929, for example, saw the founding of Netanya, the scene of recent terrorist attacks (Martin Gilbert, p. 62). Nor did the founding of settlements cease during WW II. For example, in 1943, Polish immigrants founded Yad Mordechai, named after Mordechai Anielewicz who led the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (Martin Gilbert, p.114).
Once Israel was founded in 1948, the limitations and restrictions which the British authorities imposed on development by Jews were removed and the founding of settlements went into high gear.
After the 1967 war, the nature of settlement acquired a new dimension. In 1968, a small group of Jews established a token presence in Hebron, a site at which Jews were massacred at the hands of rioting Palestinian Arabs in 1929. In 1975, as the intransigence of the Arab states stiffened, a second Jewish presence was established, this time near Nablus in Samaria. After the May 1977 elections, Likud’s leader, Begin, became prime minister and the founding of settlements in Judea Samaria and Gaza accelerated (Martin Gilbert, Ch. 25). Which brings us back to the first paragraph: today, the Jewish population in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, exclusive of East Jerusalem which has been annexed, has reached 220,000.
The founding of settlements in Yesha seems to me a continuation of the spirit that Jewish immigrants brought with them since the 19th century, and which their descendants continued. This spirit has turned the country from a combination of desert and malaria-infested swamps into a veritable garden. As such, the enterprise should be applauded.
To those who consider the settlements in Yesha “an obstacle to peace”, I ask: Let us assume that the jurisdiction and sovereignty over Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are still disputed. Regardless of the outcome, what is the justification for prohibiting Jews from living and owning property in these areas, when Jews are not restricted or prohibited from living and owning property in any democratic country in the world?
May Israel Flourish.
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland
Why One Should Oppose a Second Palestinian-Arab State in Judea, Samaria and Gaza - Part 1 of 23
On September 2, 2002, IsraPundit posted a “catalogue” of 23 reasons as to why one should oppose the creation of a second Palestinian-Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The present article begins a series which will corroborate and document each of the reasons cited.
Readers who already oppose the creation of such a state, may find this series to be useful as a database and resource, since most of documentation will be derived (as much as possible) from web sites. The text of the British mandate over Palestine is an example. Readers who are still forming their view, as well as readers who support the creation of a second Palestinian-Arab state, may wish to use this article to reconsider their views and consult the documentation cited, lest it be argued that I quote “out of context”. Again, since most of the references are web-based, this should be an easy task, using the present series.
Reason 1 of 23:
1. Palestine belongs to the Jews as their ancestral land, a land inhabited by Jews continuously for thousands of years. The Jewish connection to Palestine was recognized by the “Internationl Community” in the form of the League of Nations’ mandate over Palestine.
This statement appears repeatedly in advocacy articles written from a pro-Israeli viewpoint, an example being quoted below. The statement is also corroborated by authoritative historians, but these works are not available on the web.
On the other hand, it is easy to establish and document definitively that the “international community” has accepted the Jewish historical claim to Palestine, and consequently the claim of the Jewish people to a national home in Palestine. To substantiate this statement, I quote from the preamble to the text of the League of Nations Mandate:
“Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country ; and
Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country...”
(The text quoted above may be found on many web sites; we selected to quote from the site of Yale Law School).
Among the parties present at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, were Felix Frankfurter and Chaim Weizmann on behalf of the Zionist movement, and the Emir Feisal on behalf of the Hedjaz (now Saudi Arabia). In the course of their meetings, Feisal wrote a letter addressed to Frankfurter and dated 3 March, 1919. The letter, which may be found at http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~samuel/feisal2.html, stated:
We Arabs, especially the educated among us look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation to Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through: we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.
Unless Feisal himself recognized the Jewish historical claim to Palestine, there would be no meaning to the sentence, “we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home”. Hence it is clear that the Jewish claim to Palestine was already well established even among the Arabs, when the League of Nations granted the British a mandate over Palestine on July 24, 1922.
As an example the many web sites which deal with the Jewish connection to Palestine I quote from http://www.rosenblit.com/Palestine.htm:
In 135 CE, after having long-become a province of the Roman Empire, Judea's third and last revolt against Rome was crushed by Emperor Hadrian; but Rome's army also suffered devastating losses, including the complete annihilation of its illustrious XXII Legion. In furtherance of Rome's costly victory, Hadrian -- in a blatant propaganda effort to delegitimize further national Jewish claims to the Land -- renamed the province Palestina (Palestine) after the Philistines, a long-extinct Aegean people who had disappeared from History approximately a millennium earlier. However, although the province had been converted from Judea (-- Land of the Jews --) into Palestina (-- Land of the Philistines --), it continued to be populated by Jews, together with substantial minority populations of Christians and Samaritans, but hardly any Arabs, at least until the great Arab invasion of 638 CE, as a result of which, 73 years later, Byzantium's Christian basilica known as the Church of Saint Mary of Justinian, which then sat atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount, was remade into Islam's Al-Aksa mosque. But even under the rule of the Arab and all subsequently superseding empires, the Jewish people nevertheless maintained a continuous national presence in "Palestine" -- right up until the resurrection therein of the Jewish nation-state of Israel in 1948 CE.”
This is a work in progress. As the work progresses, I will amend and revise the text on the basis of readers' comment and/or new material. Please contact me if you have suggestions (see address below).
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland, dt804[at]yahoo[dot]ca
September 06, 2002
An Israeli soldier holds a Palestinian child's hand as her family passes through the Israeli Kalandia checkpoint on their way to the West Bank town of Ramallah on Sept. 4.
The editor of the largest Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram, Ibrahim Nafi', who is also chairman of the Association of Arab Journalists, was subpoenaed by French legal authorities in Paris for incitement to antisemitism and racist violence. The subpoena came nearly two years after Al-Ahram published, an article on October 10, 2000, titled "Jewish Matzah is Made of Arab Blood," by journalist 'Adel Hamooda. The article was based on the 1840 Damascus blood libel in which the Damascus Jewish community was accused of murdering a priest and his assistant to obtain their blood for making Passover matzos. Click here for full article via MEMRI
I had often wondered why America, knowing Hezbollah to be a batch of terrorists, seemed relatively reticent to say much about that group. But now this has changed and, in fact, Hezbollah is now viewed as number one terror group world-wide by American experts. Meanwhile, Hezbollah Slams U.S. Threatened Action against It ‘In Good Time’
Here is a load of information from the IDF, including related to the numerous murders he participated in, of Marwan Barghouti. Link from JCPA
"In exchanges with Mr. Barghouti, the president of the three-judge panel, Sara Sirota, urged him to use a lawyer, but he refused. "I am a freedom fighter, fighting for the freedom of my people and peace between the two peoples," he said in Hebrew. Someone fighting for peace, Judge Sirota fired back, "doesn't turn people into bombs and kill children.""
The Times continues:
"But Israeli newspapers have been increasingly questioning the government's wisdom in putting Mr. Barghouti on public trial, because until the current uprising the popular West Bank leader was accepted in Israel as a political moderate, a staunch supporter of the Oslo peace agreements, and as a potential successor to Yasir Arafat."
Is that all Israeli newspapers? Or do you think that they are really referring to leftwing papers? Maybe it is more important what the Israeli people think, not elites writing in newspapers? Or how about the good ole' rule of law? What does the fact that Barghouti was viewed, obviously incorrectly, before he helped to kill numerous people have to do with whether he was put on trial. As President Bush has said, the US will not deal with Palestinian terrorists, period. No consideration is given to peace loving pasts.
What is interesting is that the left wing groups, Europeans, and so called human rights groups say that Israel should not assassinate terrorists but put them on trial. When Israel puts terrorists on trial, these same people say that the terrorist is a freedom fighter not a criminal, and Israel can not try him.
A top U.S. diplomat took aim at Hezbollah on Thursday, saying the United States would go after the group he called "the A-team of terrorists."
"Hezbollah made the A-team of terrorists, maybe al Qaeda is actually the B-team," Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in answer to a questions after a luncheon speech.
Link from JCPA
In the July 10 briefing,[Laurent] Murawiec told the Defense Policy Board, a non-governmental grouping of former senior officials and intellectuals, that "the Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader." . . .
David Egner, a spokesman for the US-government funded RAND think tank, said: "Laurent Murawiec has resigned from RAND and is no longer a RAND employee. His departure had nothing to do with his July 10 presentation to the Defense Policy Board."
Two US officials said that Murawiec had been forced out.
There also seems to be tapes in which he insulted the Saudis involved, although what he is supposed to have said, although insulting, are probably true. You can listen to the tape - the offending parts are about 5:30 through.
Thousands of anti-globalization protesters marched Saturday on the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development, supporting land redistribution, debt forgiveness, and full employment, and denouncing free trade, privatization, and Israel.
The tendency to see everything one opposes politically as being somehow connected reminds of me of those occult-minded people who throw everything 'esoteric' (astrology, the Nasca lines, crop-circles, poltergeists, ESP, etc.) into one big explanatory bag. This is how socialism turned into environmentalism, and bin Laden was turned into an anti-capitalist protester.
Musings Following The World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), Johannesburg, August 2002
It was not as bad as Durban, 2001, or Rome, 2002, but Johannesburg, 2002, was “plenty bad”.
Under the headline, Lobsters, caviar and brandy for MPs at summit on starvation, Britain’s OnlineSun reported on August 28, 2002, in the Sun’s typical staccato:
THE sickening champagne and caviar lifestyle being enjoyed by Earth Summit delegates was exposed yesterday.
They are gorging on mountains of lobster, oysters and fillet steak at the Johannesburg conference — aimed at ending FAMINE. [Caps in the original.]
As the summit began yesterday, desperate kids in nearby shanty towns queued for water at standpipes.
Bigwig politicians among the 60,000 delegates, including Deputy PM John Prescott, also get vintage bubbly and brandy.
Taxpayers are footing the £500,000 bill for the 70-strong British party.
As usual, the Palestinian-Arab propaganda machine was out in force. On August 27, the Jerusalem Post reported:
Israeli hopes to keep a low profile at the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development were already dashed on the first day of the conference Monday [August 26], when Palestinians accused Israel of torturing children, stealing land, and poisoning Palestinian water.
South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had expressed hope that the summit would be a positive, apolitical event, but the Simon Wiesenthal Center accused the South African government Monday of taking a political stand by endorsing the Palestinian delegation's calls for Israel to release terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
The Jewish National Fund, the only Israeli non-governmental organization exhibiting at the conference, has been under consistent attack by Palestinian demonstrators and Muslim local radio on political grounds.
As the UN extravaganza continued, the anti-Israeli rhetoric increased. On Sunday, September 1, even as IsraPundit was being launched, the Jerusalem Post reported:
Thousands of anti-globalization protesters marched Saturday on the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development, supporting land redistribution, debt forgiveness, and full employment, and denouncing free trade, privatization, and Israel.
In a stadium in the poor Johannesburg neighborhood of Alexandra, visiting Palestinians and their supporters in the African National Congress gave speeches which made the connection between sustainable development and Israeli occupation.
"The whole conference is about sustainability," said one man. "How can there be sustainability in Palestine if there is occupation?"
Protesters charged the Jewish state with destroying 700,000 trees in Palestinian areas, "stealing land and water, demolishing homes, uprooting olive and citrus trees, dumping toxic waste and chemicals, and possessing weapons of mass destruction."
There was more anti-Israel talk at a separate rally, organized by the Landless Peoples Movement in coalition with the Palestinian Solidarity Committee and Friends of the Earth.
(A propos of “destroying trees”, arson aimed at burning Israeli forests to a cinder was one the Intifada’s terrorist tactics. On the other hand, one of the major enterprises of the Zionist movement and then of Israel was afforestation of Palestine barren hills. There is no end to the Palestinian-Arab chutzpah.)
And then the violent, terrorist side of the anti-Israeli lobby surfaced, as the Jeruslem Post reported on September 2, 2002:
South African riot police used a water cannon against pro-Palestinian activists trying to prevent Foreign Minister Shimon Peres from delivering a speech in Johannesburg, media reports said Monday.
Some 100 supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Committee were bombarded with water by police, in an attempt to move them from the front of the venue, a college in central Johannesburg. Police on horseback were deployed at the scene and a police helicopter flew overhead, the reports said.
The Palestinian-Arab system of silencing anyone they don’t like, whether of their own people or not, has a very long history, and it’s vital that we, in the West, become aware of it because it is increasingly turned against us.
Following is a description by historian Howard Sachar concerning the Mufti’s application of this system to silence his competitors within the Palestinian-Arab community during the riots of 1936-1939:
“At his [the Mufti’s] orders, many hundreds of noted Arab leaders, among them prominent members of the Nashashibi national Defence party, were either murdered or terrorized into fleeing the country. Thus, Hassan Bey Shukri, mayor of Haifa, barely escaped attempts on his life in May i936 and January 1937. In February 1937 the mukhtar of Caesaria was shot down outside his home. In April of that year Ibrahim Yusuf, a member of the Tiberias municipal council, was assassinated. The mayor of Nablus, Suleiman Bey al-Toukan, fled the country in December 1937. The mukhtar of Majdal and his wife were slain in April 1938. So was Nasr al-Din Nasr, the mayor of Hebron, the same month. The wife and three sons of the mukhtar of Deir es-Sheikh were killed by a bomb in September 1938. Hassan Sidqi al-Dajani, a member of the Jerusalem municipal council, was shot to death in November 1938, and the remaining Arab council members fled Palestine.(Cited from p. 212-213 of:
Efforts bv Fakhri Bey al-Nashasbibi, leader of the anti-Husseini faction, to mobilize a counterassault against this terror campaign were largely unsuccessful. The Mufti's offensive grew in scope and momentum, until by the end of 1939 his victims exceeded 3,000. Egypt and Lebanon were crowded with nearly 18,000 fugitives of the terror. Yet from beginning to end Haj Amin's principal Arab target remained Fakhri Bey al-Nashashibi. The Muftfs henchman, Aref al-Bazzaq, issued a "death warrant" against Fakhri Bey, calling upon every Arab "in the name of God" to shoot this "traitor" on sight. Several years passed before the warrant could be executed. But on November 9, 1941 as Fakhri Bey was walking through the streets of Baghdad, a Palestinian member of Haj Amin's organization rode past on a bicycle and gunned him down.
Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1966.)
When one reads that Palestinian-Arab terrorists assassinated a mother of seven on suspicion of “collaboration”, one sees the spirit of the Mufti in action. When one hears that Arab terrorists have put a bounty on the head of Danish Jews, one sees the spirit of the Mufti in action. When one learns about the endless train of Palestinian-Arab acts of terror against the West, one sees the spirit of the Mufti. Eventually one is compelled to ask, if the spirit of the Mufti has permeated the Palestinian-Arab modus operandi, what is the justification for handing the Palestinain-Arabs a sovereign state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as George Bush wishes to do?
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland
bbcwatch.com has a excellent report by a couple of British solicitors analyzing how BBC coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has violated its legal charter and subjects the network to legal action in Britain, although they don't suggest a remedy.
The authors analyze BBC use of language, presentation of context, balance, and distortion/omission of facts. Their Fisking of the disparate treatment of Sharon and Arafat is devastating:
There is a marked disparity in the treatment of the Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the BBC website – profile section.
I Ariel Sharon- Prime Minister of Israel
Sharon is treated with undisguised hostility. Vitriolic comment is passed off as fact or as unattributed quotation. Examples include:
“Ariel Sharon has a thick skin and is proud of it.”
An unattributed comment of this sort is out of place in a factual profile.
“He does not care who loves or hates him.”
This is an implausible statement about a democratically elected politician, who includes his principle political opponents in his Cabinet and who was voted to power on the basis of a huge swing in popular opinion.
“[His] one aim in life… is to ensure total security for Israel on his terms.”
This comment is inconsistent with Sharon’s publicly stated aim to comply with the Oslo accords, which contain terms negotiated by people at the opposite end of the political spectrum to himself. The tone suggests that the security of Israel is an ignoble aim. In fact it is a foundation stone of UN Resolution 242.
“That means keeping maximum land and political rights for the Jewish state and giving the very minimum of both to the Palestinians.”
The Oslo accords, to which Sharon is publicly committed, provide a framework for granting significant areas of land, and effective virtual sovereignty to Palestinians.
“Cynics say Mr. Sharon knew the visit [to the Al-Aqsa mosque] would trigger violence and gambled on the Israeli public turning to a tough leader like him who would know how to handle it firmly.”
This unattributed comment suggests that Sharon is happy to sacrifice human lives for his own political ends.
“But once again, Mr. Sharon is not interested in what cynics or anyone might say.”
This is an implausible statement about a democratically elected politician, who includes his principle political opponents in his Cabinet, and who was voted to power on the basis of a huge swing in popular opinion.
“Ariel Sharon’s mission – his enemies call it a dangerous obsession – is to fight for Israel’s security, believing all the while that the end justifies the means.”
This unattributed comment implies that Sharon uses unbridled violence. In fact, he operates under the glare of considerable international press presence, is answerable to an electorate, shares his Cabinet with his political opponents, and is subject to a rule of law which has in the past stripped him of office. It is implausible to suggest that he believes that any means are available to him.
II Yasser Arafat – Chairman of the Palestinian Authority
Arafat is treated as a noble, dignified and courageous statesman:
“Mr Arafat has carried on his shoulders the burden of that struggle [for statehood]”
<>Note the language of heroism and selfless devotion to public duty
“…his pathological refusal to share power or delegate responsibility has taken a toll on his health and is weakening popular support”
Arafat has ruled in a dictatorial manner, employing many separate police forces, and carrying out “torture of detainees, arbitrary arrest, prolonged arbitrary detention…executions after grossly unfair trials [and failing] to bring to justice those responsible for vigilante killings.” This is all painted as a mild character defect, which it appears, has troubled Arafat more than anyone else, by affecting his health and popularity. Yet even here the expression used is crafted principally to confirm that he remains popular notwithstanding his character defect.
“Arafat is, without question, the Palestinian’s greatest asset”
More heroic language, and a comment of doubtful accuracy.
“But when the peace process failed to live up to expectations, more and more Palestinians lost patience with his mercurial and dictatorial style of leadership”
Rather than criticise Arafat’s dictatorship, it is painted mildly as a character defect, with a hint that it is anyway only the result of the failure of the peace process, which could perhaps be blamed on Israel.
“…a natural publicist and a workaholic…”
Arafat described as hardworking, with natural leadership talents.
“an obsessive desire to be leader of the pack and to get his way. The end always justified the means”
Note the contrast of the expression “the end always justifies the means.” With Sharon it is used to suggest that any degree of violence against Palestinians can be justified. With Arafat it is used only to suggest that he will do what he can against his co-Palestinian political colleagues to attain his position as their leader.
“…to his credit, he did more than anyone else to put the Palestinian’s cause on the world agenda”
Another expression of heroic leadership and achievement.
“Led by Arafat, the PLO…committ[ed] …acts of violence”
This is one of the few references to violence. The word ‘terror’ is avoided, and the words used distance Arafat from direct involvement. Arafat’s close involvement in encouraging and organising terrorist attacks, is effectively overlooked.
“When backs were against the wall … Arafat never lacked for personal courage”
Further words of heroic leadership qualities, evoking sympathy for the underdog.
“Arafat had no choice but to make peace with Israel from a position of weakness”
Words evoking sympathy for the underdog, and appearing to excuse the making of peace as a form of ‘selling out’ to some greater cause.
“There was little that Arafat could do but accept whatever he was offered”
Words evoking pity for the underdog.
“[if] Arafat die[s] before achieving his life long goals… he will die a broken man”
Words evoking pity and heroism, suggesting that Arafat will even sacrifice his life for the noble cause for which he fights.
“Arafat is a brilliant leader but a hopeless organiser and negotiator”
Note the unambiguous words of praise. Note also the way his dictatorial and brutal rule is summarised, and impliedly excused, by describing it as due to an almost quaint ‘hopeless[ness]” at organising.
The BBC does not report on the Middle East with “due accuracy “ or “impartiality”, as required by the License Agreement.
Breaches of the Guidelines which we have detected include:
Incorrect use of language
Inappropriate selection of material
Distortion and omission of facts.
We understand that the Israeli Palestinian Conflict is an emotive topic, and that it is difficult to avoid taking sides. Most broadcasters and other media may and do take sides. The BBC may not.
The BBC is funded by public money. Partly because of this, it has accepted a duty on itself to cover politically controversial issues in an impartial way. The persistent failure to treat the Middle East in an impartial way constitutes a breach of the trust which Licence payers have placed in the BBC.
Given the huge influence of the BBC on attitudes around the world, we believe that any bias by the BBC could have far reaching effects.
If the BBC is to adhere to the lofty ideals which it has set itself, and to which it is legally bound, it must strive to report on the Middle East in an impartial and accurate manner.
This is great stuff and, written in March 2002, pre-dates Operation Protective Shield and the alleged massacre in Jenin. Imagine what an updated version could say. I found the report through biased-bbc.blogspot.com, which I highly recommend for regular Fisking of the BBC.
Now, let's get started on NPR!
September 05, 2002
To My Jewish BISI Colleagues And IsraPundit Readers
Happy New Year,
and may it be a year of peace and great happiness.
Joseph Alexander Norland
Ottawa, Ont., Canada
5 Sept 2002
He says that he does not recognize the court. This is fine, lets see if he will recognize the cell he will be kept in. This man is a murderer. Statements that this is a show trial are inappropriate, since this guy really did it. Such calls are just meant to compare Israel to totalitarian regimes which do put on show trials.
This agreement was much more generous than Barak's offer at Taba.
"The signing of the Oslo agreement, exactly nine years ago, brought forth a great wave of hope for peace in Israel. But a review of the PLO's approach during the first three years following the agreement proves that the seeds of disaster were planted at the moment of the signing. "
Yasser Arafat's PLO was directly responsible for the assault on Israel's athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics[...] Daoud writes that Arafat had been briefed on the planning for Munich by his PLO number two, Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), who was subsequently assassinated by another Palestinian group. He says Arafat and two other men saw him off on the mission with the words, "Allah protect you."This was not the first time that Daoud had admitted Arafat's involvement.
Although this is said to be the first public acknowledgment that the PLO was behind Munich, Daoud himself essentially admitted this when under interrogation by Jordanian police in 1972. The Al-Dustur newspaper quoted him at the time as telling them: "There is no such organization called Black September. Fatah announces its own operations under this name so that Fatah will not appear as the direct executor of the operation." Fatah is Arafat's faction of the PLO.Not only did Arafat win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, but "Daoud was awarded the Palestine Prize for Culture in 1999" for the book in which he admitted his and Arafat's involvements in the Munich Massacre.
It seems that the almost ‘unanimous’ view of Muslims is that bin Laden is not responsible for 9/11 (As reported on Sixty Minutes II from a Gallup Poll). Also according to Sixty Minutes, a lot of these people believe Israel and the Jews are responsible.
These leads me to a couple of questions:
If bin Laden is not responsible for 9/11 (even though some of the videos clearly indicate he was and I assume, not responsible for other terrorism, why do many Muslims think that he is the best thing since pita bread? Seems a little contradictory.
Secondly, for a religion of peace and love, it seems a little funny for Muslims to probably almost unanimously blame the whole thing on the Jews. I actually caught the segment while flipping channels ( I normally do not watch either Sixty Minutes because they are very anti-Israel) and the transcript linked to above actually does not include a whole chorus of Pakistanis saying the Jews did it shown on TV.
I just get the feeling as frequently as we are told that Islamic Fundamentalism (I like the European name , Islamicism, making it into an ism, like communism) represents the few of only a small percentage of Muslims, that this story does not represent the whole truth.
While maybe only a small percentage of Muslims may be actively gunning for westerners, I think a very large percentage of Muslims, certainly at least a majority, would cheer these guys on. If not in public, although many would do it in public, than in private.
The views of most Muslims on bin Laden, I worry, do not indicate so much that he was not responsible for 9/11 but that it was not a bad thing that was done. If very few Muslims want to destroy the west, a great majority, I worry, would sit quietly by, or laugh, or snicker, or condone or approve.
PS – Sixty Minutes blames the story of blaming the Jews to a large part on al Manar, a television station controlled by the radical Islamic group Hezbollah. Hezbollah is listed by the State Department as a terrorist group. The question for the readers is should western companies be advertising on this station? I will write about this issue in a few days.
Given the New York Times' normally blatant anti-Israel bias I am reluctant to post articles from it but below are two pieces from Serge "Schmendric" Schmemann that are interesting. An article by Joel Greenberg on the deportations of two people who helped their relative with a suicide bombing quotes people in saying that the deportation is collective punishment and a crime against humanity but does not give the Israel point of view that these actions are legal under 'international law'.
1) A report about an interview with Muhammad Dahlan - A Palestinian Senses an Opening for Peace
2) Peace moves by Sharon - Sharon Says Tough Measures Could Lead to Peace Talks
The titles tell you where the sympathies of the NYT lies.
What They Said in Durban
We all remember the media coverage of the Durban World Festival of Jew-Hatred last year. But I only recently read the actual text of the declaration by the "human rights" groups at the non-governmental organization (NGO) forum that was held in conjunction with the government summit.
The NGO forum was where most of the really, really bad stuff happened. In fact it was so bad that even Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and a staunch Israel-hater, denounced the NGO declaration. Of course the government declaration was also anti-Israel. But below is the disgusting text from the NGO declaration.
Now, a lot of mainstream human rights groups have since disassociated themselves from this language, but it it is still a telling fact that they did not, at the time, try to prevent its adoption by the NGO forum and only really responded once they were embarrassed by the media coverage. Furthermore, the fact that it was adopted at all is important. Similar language is included in virtually all international documents, both NGO and governmental, no matter what the subject. As we have seen in Jo'Burg at the Earth Summit, Palestinians, with Arab government and Third World support, try and generally succeed in inserting anti-Israel language into everything, including declarations about women's rights, children's rights, and the rights of the elderly. And, as with Durban, the NGO documents are typically much worse than the government documents. Further confirmation of the need for Israel and her supporters to be wary of the "international community."
At Durban, the NGOs called for:
the immediate deployment of an independent, effective international protection force for Palestinian civilians and the dismantlement of the illegal Jewish Israeli colonies (settlements) and a complete withdrawal of the colonial military occupation...the withdrawal of the Israeli colonial military occupation (of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem), the right of return for refugees, and for the protection for refugees of the UN High Commission for Refugees until such time as they may be able to exercise their right to return and in accordance with UN resolution 194...the reinstitution of UN resolution 3379 determining the practices of Zionism as racist practices which propagate the racial domination of one group over another...through colonial expansionism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, including Jerusalem), and through the application of discriminatory laws of return and citizenship, to obliterate their national identity and to maintain the exclusive nature of the State of Israel as a Jewish state to the exclusion of all other groups...the repeal of all discriminatory laws within the state of Israel, including those of return and citizenship, which are part of the institutionalized racism and Apartheid regime in Israel..the establishment of a war crimes tribunal to investigate and bring to justice those who may be guilty of war crimes, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing and the crime of Apartheid which amount to crimes against humanity that have been or continue to be perpetrated in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories..an increased awareness of the root causes of the Israel’s belligerent occupation and systematic human rights violations as a racist, apartheid system, through relevant UN agencies working closely with international civil society networks to widely disseminate information including educational packs for schools and universities, films and publications...the establishment of a UN Special Committee on Apartheid and Other Racist Crimes Against Humanity perpetrated by the Israeli Apartheid regime to monitor and to report Apartheid and other racist crimes, and to recommend the implementation of measures to combat Apartheid and other racist crimes..the establishment of programmes and institutions to combat the racist media distortion, stereotyping and propaganda, including the demonizing and dehumanizing of Palestinians as all being violent and terrorists, and undeserving of human rights protections...the correction of misleading information surrounding their status as indigenous peoples, the history of the violations perpetrated against them, and the on-going distortion of the facts and nature of the peace negotiations...the launch of an international anti Israeli Apartheid movement as implemented against South African Apartheid through a global solidarity campaign network of international civil society, UN bodies and agencies, business communities and to end the conspiracy of silence among states, particularly the European Union and the United States...a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state as in the case of South Africa which means the imposition of mandatory and comprehensive sanctions and embargoes, the full cessation of all links (diplomatic, economic, social, aid, military cooperation and training) between all states and Israel. Call upon the Government of South Africa to take the lead in this policy of isolation, bearing in mind its own historical success in countering the undermining policy of “constructive engagement” with its own past Apartheid regime...Condemnation of those states who are supporting, aiding and abetting the Israeli Apartheid state and its perpetration of racist crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing, acts of genocide.
And, I should add, the "anti-racism" website where I found this document also has a photo of a Hassidic anti-Zionist holding a sign that says, "Authentic Rabbis Have Always Opposed Zionism." It has his name, too, and he lives in Monsey, where I'm going for Rosh HaShana. Maybe I should pay him a visit.
"Daniel Bernard, the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom has been reassigned to Algeria, the International Herald Tribune reported.
Bernard, who achieved notoriety when he described Israel as 'that shitty little country' which threatens world peace, was recalled from his position in the UK last month. "
Close to 2,000 Jews showed up last night at a special rally on behalf of
the holiest site in Judaism: the Temple Mount. The participants demanded
that Prime Minister Sharon finally open the site to Jewish visitors. "For
two years we have waited for the Prime Minister," MK Uri Ariel told the
crowd. "We talked with him, and received promises from him - but nothing
happened. In the name of the People of Israel, we turn from here to the
government and to the man who stands at its head, and say: This is your
primary obligation! Whoever does not fulfill this primary obligation will
not receive the confidence of the nation [in the next election]. There is
no justification for us, with the great army, police, and security forces
that we have, not to be in full sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Mr.
Prime Minister, we are with you in opening the Temple Mount! Just like you
closed Orient House [illegal PA headquarters in Jerusalem] and no one
remembers it any more - so too, open the Temple Mount so that the Jewish
nation will be sovereign there! We hope that in the near future, we will
in fact actualize our full sovereignty there, and that the government and
the Prime Minister will not force us to begin a widespread public campaign
in order for that to happen speedily in our days."
Deputy Minister of Absorption Yuli Edelstein also spoke: "We often lately
ask wryly if the Temple Mount is truly in our hands or not. My answer is
this: The Temple Mount is in our hearts! We must always remember this,
and if it truly is in our hearts, then it will remain in our hands as
well." Likud MK Eli Cohen and the National Religious Party's Rabbi
Yitzchak Levy spoke as well.
"A bomb blew up under an Israeli tank, killing one soldier and wounding three. The blast tore off the turret, pinning down the soldiers for several hours and complicating rescue efforts. Elsewhere in Gaza, a gunman fired on an army patrol, killing an officer and wounding a soldier. Soldiers shot and killed the gunman. Militiamen linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement claimed responsibility for both attacks. "
A top German official said today that vigorous police work by the authorities here had disrupted a militant Islamic group that was plotting attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets throughout the country.
Otto Schily, the interior minister, said the arrest last April of 12 men suspected of belonging to an "Arab-Mujahedeen network" was a milestone in Germany's campaign against terrorism.
"As far as we know at the moment, this Palestinian-Jordanian group was drafting first plans for strikes against Israeli or Jewish institutions in Germany," Mr. Schily said at a news conference timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States.
The very name of the group Black September is sadly indicative of the way Israel is treated by the world then and now. Black September commemorates fighting and atrocities between Arabs. "Palestinian" Arabs living in Jordan against the Jordanian government. The Palestinians, as is their custom, claimed victim status in this fighting, and they therefore termed the fighting "Black September" which they continue to commemorate. The fact that the goal of a terrorist organization who's name is meant to recall Jordanian atrocities against Palestinian-Arabs is to terrorize not Jordanians, but Jews and Israelis, as I said above, is indicative of Israel's treatment internationally. Blame Israel. Blame the Jews. A group is upset that Palestinians were murdered by Jordanians - let's get those Jews. The Israelis are responsible for everything anyways, why not this also?
Even more worrisome is the world's reaction to the Munich massacre. The usual refrains were heard - they're victims, it's a struggle between a strong Israel and weak Palestinians, etc. It's one thing, although to me unacceptable, to morally equalize when the terrorists are Palestinians who claim to have been victimized by the Israelis. It's completely different, however, when a group claiming to be victimized by Jordanians attacks Israelis and still manages to garner sympathy for its cause. Sometimes I think if the Basque Seperatists were to plant a bomb in Tel Aviv they would find sympathetic and understanding statements from European diplomats.
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My contribution to the Munch Massacre 30th Anniversary Blog Burst can be read here.
Preview: The Munich Massacre in 1972 remains one of terrorism's most durable images from the 1970s. But it was not the first. Or the most extensive. Or the most significant.
Indeed, the most significant development for terrorism in the 1970s may be the most unremarked: Despite their leftist origins, the terrorist groups that survived and prospered often did so because they became self-sustaining businesses. The leader and examplar, in this as in so many other aspects of terrorism, was the Palestine Liberation Organization…."
The History Channel is running a special all week related to 9/11 - The 9/11 Year. I saw some of their programming on Islam last night at 9:00 and 10:00 - a total whitewash - from what I saw you would conclude that no Muslims could have ever taken part in their attack on 9/11.
Here is how History describes their program:
Wednesday, September 4: 9pm-11pm.
Islam is a religion of peace and love, vision and clarity, knowledge and science. But to many in the West, Islam seems shrouded in mystery and steeped in ritual. "
"Peace and love" - love of killing maybe - the people who put this show together need to use a better quality of crack. Islam is a religion of peace and love mainly in theory (and not even much then), in practice there seems to be a lot of violence.
"knowledge and science" - Hello - algebra is no longer considered science - what have they done lately - like lets say in the last 500 years?
The pope has never found it necessary to express publicly the least discomfort over phenomena like pederast priests or IRA gunmen. Not a single self-respecting Moslem cleric has found it necessary to express the least shame about the use of Islam to justify the wanton killing and maiming for life of innocent men, women, children, babes in arms… But in the columns of a newspaper that has remained indifferent to repeated manifestations of Arab rapture over terror attacks against Jews, the Chief Rabbi of Britain finds it necessary to express his "profound shock" over a group of Israeli soldiers who were photographed smiling alongside the body of a dead Palestinian" -- without mentioning that the soldiers in question were later disciplined.
Perhaps, in the luxury of his Hamilton Terrace London mansion, under 24-hour protection by friendly bobbies and faceless detectives, the good rabbi cannot quite understand how 18 and 19 year old Israeli soldiers, who daily risk their lives in the front line confronting an enemy that knows no depths of cruelty and depravity, might spontaneously break out in a smile at seeing one of them dead.
The phrase "give back" implies that something was stolen. How can the Chief Rabbi of all people collaborate in this myth-making? Is he not aware that many of the lands currently "occupied" by Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza were purchased
for good money and owned by Jews in Turkish times, long before there was a Jewish state?
If the Rabbi is too much of a good chap to cite the biblical rights of the Jewish People to the entire Land of Israel, why does he ignore International Law? Neither the West Bank nor Gaza belonged to any sovereign state when Israel captured them in 1967; they were essentially stateless territories. Both had originally been part of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. According to the UN partition plan of 1947, they should have become part of a new Arab state when Britain abandoned the Mandate in 1948. But since the Arabs themselves rejected this plan, not only did that state never come into being, it never even acquired theoretical legitimacy. The West Bank and Gaza were therefore not owned by anyone when they were seized by Jordan and Egypt respectively in 1948. Since their annexation by these countries was never internationally recognized, they were still stateless territory in 1967.
And, of course, regardless of the veracity of Rabi Sacks's statements, the level of sheer irresponsibility inherent in making such statement to the Guardian is incomprehensible. The British Jewish community should demand Rabbi Sacks's immediate resignation.
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Today is the 30 anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by the crew of Yasir Arafat. The Olympics does not commemorate this event at the Olympics- it was only Jews who were killed.
Much more information on this tragic event is a KesherTalk.
Here is a picture of those murdered.
Here is a very good news account of what happened - They're All Gone. And here is a US Olympics presentation.
The Official International Olympic Committee press release on the subject, and these wusses have to be commended to even have a press release, quotes the president of the movement nicely saying :"The IOC will never forget this event which was the most tragic incident to have happened in the history of the Olympic Games. We will always remember it and ensure that the memory of our colleagues and friends who passed away is maintained".
OK - so why don't you commemorate it at the Olympics than? When the Olympics are held, no mention is ever made of the murders.
The press release refers to the "Munich Tragedy", "tragedy", " of the victims lost their lives", "tragic incident" and "memory of our colleagues and friends who passed away is maintained". But never actually tells you what happened - some people, died - how many 3 or 4? How did they die, did they OD on steroids? Were they killed - no one seems to know. And if they were killed, certainly no one knows who did it.
(link from Fred L)
The specter of a fifth column — Israeli Arabs — conspiring from within Israel to help Palestinian terrorists emerged anew this week with the arrests of seven Israeli Arabs from one family in the Galilee. Members of the Bakri family were charged with helping the suicide bomber who blew up an Israeli bus Aug. 4 that killed nine Israelis and injured dozens of others.
Just a week ago, five other Israeli Arabs were arrested for allegedly being part of a Hamas terrorist cell in East Jerusalem that was responsible for carrying out eight terrorist attacks that killed 35, including the bombing of the cafeteria at the Hebrew University that killed five Americans and four Israelis.
Osama Bin Laden was apparently not available to address the students at Colorado College on the first anniversary of the September 11 Islamist atrocities. I say this because I doubt there could be any other plausible explanation for why Colorado College saw fit to ask Hanan Ashrawi, the most prominent spokesman for Palestine's war of terror in the west, to address its student body for the First Anniversary of America's second Pearl Harbor.
Join me in letter-writing to the Danes
Following is a letter I sent to the Danish embassy in Ottawa. If you agree with the contents, please send your own letter to the Danish legation in your country.
Ottawa, September 4, 2002
For the attention of the Danish Ambassador:
Dear Mr Ambassador,
I am writing to you to request that you bring the contents of this
letter to the attention of your government.
Following a decision of the Supreme Court of Israel concerning the
relocation of two Palestinian Arabs who were implicated in terrorism,
“Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller criticized the expulsions
as "collective punishment" not conducive to dialogue before he met
Sharon to present a new European Union initiative for Middle East
peace.” This news item was reported by Reuters on 4 September, 2002.
The propriety of your government criticizing decisions of a foreign
supreme court is a matter for diplomats to decide, but as a Canadian
citizen I wish to protest your consistent support for
Palestinian-Arab terrorists and their equivalent. Below are a few
examples that happened to land on my desk, and I’m sure that anyone
compiling a systematic portfolio could come up with many more
Israel is our sister-democracy, a courageous republic struggling to
survive in a sea of dictatorships and terrorists. Your consistent
anti-Israeli policies are nothing short of fratricide. As a Canadian
citizen, it is my duty to express my profound revulsion at your
government’s conduct. Please convey my sentiments to your
Examples of Danish anti-Israeli and pro-terrorist action as reported
recently in the press:
On March 27, 2002, the press reported that “Reserve soldiers
stationed south of Ramallah this morning stopped a Palestinian Red
Crescent ambulance and, upon inspection, found a suspected suicide
bomber on board.” The following day, it was reported that Denmark
and Sweden were sending ambulances to the Palestinian-Arabs (but
never to the Israelis, the victims of terror).
On 19 April, 2002, it was reported that “Danish Foreign Minister
calls for international investigation of Israel`s incursion into the
Jenin refugee camp”, joining the Arab propaganda machine in ganging
up on Israel in her self-defence.
On May 8, 2002, it was reported that a Danish Trade Union cancelled
an order of computer hardware from Israel, joining the boycott
imposed by the Arab League since 1948.
On August 28, 2002, Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard (a Danish
journalist) reported the fact that the Danish authorities have done
nothing about “death threats against Jews or a recent Islamic edict
calling on Muslims to drive Danes out of the Nørrebro quarter of
Copenhagen... Mohammed Omar Bakri, the self-proclaimed London-based
"eyes, ears and mouth" of Osama bin Laden, won permission to set up a
branch of his organization, Al-Muhajiroun.” The death threats
against Danish Jews were quite specific: “A Muslim organization in
Denmark announced a few days ago that a $30,000 bounty would be paid
for the murder of several prominent Danish Jews”.
On the following day, August 29, 2002, the press reported that the
Danish government is hatching a three-stage plan for the Middle-East,
according to which “The three-stage plan foresees a Palestinian state
by 2005". This implies rewarding the Palestinian-Arabs for years of
terror with a state that will imperil Israel and the Western
democracies in general (we all remember seeing the cheering
Palestinian Arabs on 9-11). You are joining a repeat of Munich,
September, 1938, this time at Israel's expense.
I request that you confirm receipt of this letter, as a matter of
If enough of us let “them” know enough times, the message may get through. Eventually.
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland, dt804[at]yahoo[dot]ca
The following op-ed in Arutz Sheva describes how the meddling of the radical leftists on the Israeli Supreme Court severely curtails Israel's ability to defend itself from terrorism.
One of the greatest threats to Israeli democracy is the anti-democratic behavior of its Supreme Court. Non-elected justices who cannot be impeached, and who are great advocates of “judicial activism”, which is essentially illegal judicial legislating by non-elected judges who trump the elected representatives of the people, dominate the Court.
The Supreme Court is composed largely of leftists and radical secularists who believe that their mission is, among other things, to constrain the Orthodox in
Israel and invent new "rights" that the people and the Knesset are unwilling to create, like the right to import pork but not kosher meat. The Chief Justice insists that the Court´s obligation is to issue rulings in line with "enlightened”- meaning leftist radical secularist- opinion.
A while back, the extremist Chief Justice of the Court ordered the Arab terrorist murderers of the Jewish child Dani Katz to be returned to the streets, until they were reconvicted of the murder. Perhaps the most outrageous aspect of the Court´s misbehavior, though, is its self-imposed need to micromanage Israel´s army and military defense activities. The justices believe that they have the right to dictate to the army in every single case what bullet, and in which direction, the soldiers may fire, and that they may second-guess every military micro-decision.........[read on]
This piece is concerned with advocating advocacy, hence “meta advocacy”.
I was jolted into writing this piece by a story posted today [September 4, 2002] by AP, reporting under the headline, Poll: Europeans Blame U.S. Policies as follows:
A majority of people in six European countries believe American foreign policy is partly to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks, a survey found.
Researchers interviewed people in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland for the survey, which was done for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
The article proceeds to spell out the details: In France, 63% said that US foreign policy was partly to blame for the attacks; in Holland, 59%; in the UK, 57%; in Germany, 52%; in Poland, 54%; and in Italy, “only” 51%.
Of course, the term, “American foreign policy is partly to blame” is a code-phrase for US support for Israel and possibly for the US policy concerning Iraq.
This news story tells me that (a) Israel and the US have failed in getting their narrative through to the people of Europe; (b) losing the battle for the minds and hearts of Europe’s people is a dangerous loss for democracy; (c) Europeans have reverted to their appeasement conduct of September, 1938, and a second Munich is being perpetrated even as I write, both in relation to Iraq and the creation of a second Palestinian Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (which would be the 23re Arab state).
A sober appraisal of the Israeli PR situation has been given by Benjamin Netanyahu, the one Israeli leader who takes advocacy seriously. Following are excerptss from pp. 374-385 of:
Netanyahu, Benjamin. Durable Peace. New York: Warner Books, 2000.
The importance of advocacy, what Israel could do and what Israel actually did:
To win militarily, you must also win politically; to win politically, you must over public opinion; and to win over public opinion, you must convince the public that your cause is just...
[T]he nations of the world form their alliances and their antipathies according to their changing interest and, in an increasingly democratic world, according to their public opinion. Israel could therefore act on both these fronts of interest and opinion to persuade governments and their citizens alike about the advisability and the justice of siding with it...
While the Arabs were exceptional in waging the battle for public opinion so long and so systematically, the Jews of Israel were unique in abandoning the field for so long...
[S]uccessive Likud governments...frequently took actions that were justifiable in themselves, but they made absolutely no effort to persuade the world that this was the case...
The absence of a credible effort to explain Israel's position to the world over the last few decades has led to one political defeat after another, and as long as only the Arab side is doing the explaining, the situation can only go from bad to worse.
About the Arab strategy:
the Arabs sought to rob the Jews of every aspect of the historical case that suggested the justice of their cause, constructing an extraordinary distortion of Jewish history and substituting in its place a fictitious Palestinian one: The Arabs took the place of the Jews as the natives in the land, and the Jews took the place of the Arabs as the invaders; the horrible Jewish exile into a hundred lands was exchanged for a Palestinian Arab "exile" (into the neighboring Arab states); the atrocities committed against the Jews were denied and dismissed, while any hardship encountered by the Arabs was inflated into a miniature Holocaust. All this was meant to persuade the peoples of the world, especially those of the United States and Europe, that Israel had committed a grave injustice, which the Arabs were merely trying to correct, and that decent people everywhere were obligated to help them correct it.
What is required of Israel, according to Netanyahu, is:
...a major overhaul in Israel's abilities to present its case and its policies before world audiences. This must be understood to be a central pillar of policy and be treated accordingly, necessarily changing both the formulation of Israel's messages to the world and the quality of its messengers... Israel must explain to world audiences the basis of the Jewish right to the land, the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the goals and tactics of its adversaries, and the prerequisites for genuine peace in the region...
As for Israel's messengers, its ministers, parliamentarians, and diplomats will have to become adept at communicating with international audiences. The diplomats, in fact, ought to be chosen in the first instance with these capacities in mind. Israel will have to recruit the sharpest minds and most eloquent pens to refute the many lies hurled at it and to present the truth. In the technical sense, this requires an overhaul of the government ministries involved, defining differently, for example, the job of a diplomat and recruiting candidates accordingly. It also requires a radically different level of staffing and funding to engage in research, publication, broadcasting, and press relations.
I applaude this incisive analysis, presented so clearly by one of Israel’s foremost leaders. However, residing as I do in Canada, I can do little to reform the Israeli PR system along the lines suggested by Netanyahu, and I suspect that most of this site’s reader are in the same position. On the other hand, there are several steps that we can take. For example, in the specific case of the blogosphere, rather than restrict our postings to “friendly” sites, where we preach to the converted, we should seek out our opponents’ sites, and post comments there, in the hope of generating a discussion.
Another way of supporting pro-Israel advocacy is writing to the PR departments of foreign embassies and to foreign governments. Whenever the EU-niks and the Norwegians take hostile steps towards Israel (embargos, statements, accusations...) I protest to the relevant foreign legations in my city. Moslty, I end up with form-letter responses, but at least I present the pro-Israel case. upon occasion I get a customized response and a phone call, as in a recent case when the Dutch Charge d’affaires in Ottawa phoned me after I had sent a letter of protest. In the conversation I asked him why he thinks that the anti-Israeli perception of his country differs so markedly from that of North Americans. His answer gave me new insight into Netanyahu’s text. Europeans, said the Dutch Charge d’affaires, are sensitive to such words as “occupation”, having been themselves occupied during WW II. Alas, a long, painful and arduous task awaits pro-Israel advocates.
An additional area where we can and should try to assist Israel is letters to the editor and op/ed pieces in our local newspapers. Nobody can doubt the influence of the media and the scope of their reach. At the same time, the tenor in many of the media outlets is one of overt anti-Israeli bias. A recent article in IMRA
corroborates this statement:
A comprehensive study of the television networks in the Western world and in South Africa reveal an increasing tendency of editors and reporters to
'understand' the position and actions of the Palestinian Authority, at the
expense of the State of Israel. The quantitative coverage, its content and
its quality shows a continuous deterioration of Israel's standing, and this
especially in the period after the events of September 11. This tendency is
found uniformly in the United States, Britain, Germany and South Africa.
Israel is the big loser in the battle for media supremacy.
I have had several letters and one op/ed piece published in the Ottawa Citizen , and while this paper is no New York Times, it is a major paper in Canada’s capital, with a larger audience than any blogger can hope to have. It’s worth giving it a try.
These are but three suggestions, and more can be found on the Web. For example, the web site of the Orthodox Union
has several links for this purpose, divided into four categories: “grass-roots activism”, “political action”, “PR/media monitoring” and data sources.
These links notwithstanding, I’d like to end this posting with a request to readers for advice and proposals for additional ways in which to bolster pro-Israel advocacy. Such proposals can be entered as “comments” under this posting, or sent to me via e-mail.
1. On August 4, 2002, I posted an article on the topic of Israel advocacy which may be found on Dawson Speeks. The article includes links to selected new advocacy groups.
2. The World Union of Jewish Students, WUJS, has an advocacy-dedicated web site at wujs. It features a free subscription for advocacy materials delivered by e-mail.
3. Among the articles relevant to the advocacy topic, one might find the following to be of interest:
Emanuel A. Winston, Suing the Anti-Jewish Media,
Noga Tarnopolsky, `Demon Israel' and the ivory tower,
David D. Perlmutter, What did you do while Israel was destroyed?
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland, dt804[at]yahoo[dot]ca
(Ha'aretz) Security forces prevented what a senior police officer described as one of the biggest terror bombing attempts since the start of the intifada, when they intercepted a car in the early hours of Thursday morning filled with 600 kilograms of explosives near Pardes Hana, not far from Hadera. Two cars - an Isuzu van and a Golf - were captured at around 2 A.M. after they aroused the suspicion of civilian volunteers serving with the police, because they were traveling very fast at about two o'clock in the morning, on a winding dirt road leading from the West Bank into Israel. After police at a roadblock ordered them to stop, the cars continued driving for a short distance and the occupants then jumped out and fled. Police then discovered the explosives in the van, along with a cellular phone and two large containers filled with fuel and metal fragments.
The cellular phone was likely to be used to detonate the bomb and the second vehicle as a getaway car.
The two cars were headed in the general direction of the town of Hadera, where several Palestinian suicide bombings and shooting attacks have taken place in the past two years.
"This was one of the biggest (successes in) foiling an attack that we know of," said Borovsky. "We did not have any specific warnings, but our working assumption is that the eve of a Jewish holiday is a time when terror attacks are likely." David Baker, an official at the Prime Minister's Office, said the car bomb was the Palestinians' gift to Israelis for the Jewish New Year. "A New Year tragedy has been averted and many Israeli lives have been saved," he said.
September 04, 2002
Transfer- a Viable Solution? by Boaz Fletcher
Since 1979, Israel has signed two peace-treaties, one with Egypt and the other with Jordan. Both of those treaties incorporated the concept of “land-for-peace”, the former, necessitating Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai and the latter, certain border modifications with Jordan.
The solutions for the current phase of the Arab-Israeli conflict are playing out on a similar theme: Israel will cede territory that it came into possession of in the course of defending itself in 1967, and the Palestinians will sign a treaty that ends hostilities, recognizes the Jewish State, and puts a final end to all claims in pre-67 Israel.
Most readers of this column probably don’t believe that the solution put forth above is the proper solution for the situation, for reasons ranging from lack of trust of the Palestinians or their intentions (been there, done that); to international precedent and law dating back millennia that permits a nation-state to retain territory conquered in a defensive war; to belief that the areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza with their continuous 3500 year Jewish presence are part of the Jewish heritage; and not least because the Almighty said that it’s ours.
There is another approach being put forward to solve the conflict, and it has the support of anywhere between 35% to over 50% of the Israeli population, depending on whose polls you read and believe. It goes under the popular name of “Transfer”. . . . [read on]
Lets hope this guy is not premature.
There has been no official declaration, no formal surrender, but the Al Aqsa intifadeh, launched by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat two years ago, is over. As usual, the Palestinians have lost. "All forms of Palestinian violence have to stop," Arafat's military chief, Abdel Razak Yehiyeh, told an interviewer. "All resistance acts that are characterized by violence, such as using arms or even stones ... are harmful."
Only six months ago, Palestinian military leaders thought they had an unstoppable weapon - suicide bombers. But Operation Defensive Shield, March's much-maligned Israeli invasion of the West Bank, changed the situation dramatically.
"When we began Defensive Shield, there were roughly 70 senior terrorists in the northern West Bank," says an Israeli security analyst. "They were the hard core, responsible for hundreds of killings. Today there are fewer than 10 left, and it's just a matter of time before we catch up to them."
"Gaza first" - to what end?
The events since "Gaza first" was implemented leave little doubt that the Palestinian-Arab terrorists have no interest in anything akin to peace. Here is today's news review by Arutz 7:
Palestinian mortar shells continue to bombard Jewish homes and communities in Gaza, and residents are wondering when the army will take action. Three shells hit local Jewish neighborhoods last night, two smashed into Kfar Darom this morning, and a sixth one landed near Gadid this afternoon.
Asher Mivtzari of Kfar Darom told Arutz-7 what happened in his house early this morning:
"At 6 AM, we had a very big miracle when a shell exploded in the kitchen. A tremendous boom shook the building, and the whole house was filled with a cloud of smoke and soot. Thank G-d no one was hurt, but it could have been very different: Our kids often use the kitchen as a central meeting place... We've already had over 1,600 shells in this area - a genuine war situation. We truly had a miracle, but there's no reason to wait for further miracles; the army must take much stronger action."
Nearby, IDF forces killed a terrorist at the Kisufim Junction last night when they saw him attempting to approach the area. He managed to throw at least two grenades before he was killed. Arabs also threw grenades at soldiers stationed near Kfar Darom last night, as well as at troops near yet another Gush Katif community, Ganei Tal.
And these are the people to whom George Bush wishes to give a sovereign state!
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland
Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
The Ayn Rand Institute has taken a consistent pro-Israel position, as its site, In Defence of Israel indicates. Today, the Institute disseminated the following Press Release:
Press Release from the Ayn Rand Institute
September 4, 2002
The Murder of Palestinian “Collaborators”
IRVINE, CA -- Last week’s little-reported torture and murder of a 35-year-old Palestinian mother of seven, along with the brutal killing of a teenage Palestinian girl, both accused of “collaborating” with Israel, is further reason that the Palestinian leadership must not be negotiated with but destroyed.
A few days after September 11 President Bush vowed to Congress and to the American people that the “war on terror” would not end “until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”
The United States has already listed the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which carried
out the executions, as a terrorist organization. “It is time,” said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, “to include Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority on that list--and eliminate both.”
“To achieve this, America need not commit its own troops. It need only give its moral sanction to Israel’s right to defend itself.”
Is anybody in the US administration listening?
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland
Some bloggers have posted this long article previously. I just got around to reading it and am posting it now.
In a detailed fashion, the article shows how Arafat established a thugocracy and why his election was not legitimate. Besides, the issue of the first election, his legitimacy is called into question by the fact that his term expired in 1999 and new elections where never held.
The article is interesting from the point of view of being a case study on how to set up an authoritarian regime. It should be read by all aspiring dictators.
It is important to note that the US and Israel (and more specifically, the people in power at the time, the Democrats and Labor) basically acquiesced in the setting up of a dictatorship. It is the warhawks, Bush and Sharon, who are showing more concern for democracy and human rights.
Martin Kramer lambastes the Middle East Studies Association (MESA, not to be confused with MENSA) for two main reasons:
1) For honoring Edward Said on September 11. Mr Said is an apologist for Muslim violence.
2) For it members abdicating their responsibility to educate the West about the Middle East and instead serving as advocates of the Middle East (not including Israel)
Link from Little Green Footballs. Yes that is the site's real name, go and check. But back to the article:
Here's a novel way to mark one year since the tragedy of September 11, 2001: honor Edward Said.
This is the choice of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), and its companion associations in Europe. On the evening of September 11, the First World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) will confer upon Said the "WOCMES Award for Outstanding Contributions to Middle Eastern Studies." Said will go to Mainz, Germany, to accept it. The congress is an initiative of MESA (where Said is already one of ten "honorary fellows," for having "made major contributions to Middle East studies"). Could there be any more telling evidence for the total alienation of this field from the changing realities of the world around it?
Said is the Columbia University celebrity professor who has made a career of accusing all and sundry of misrepresenting Islam. In the process, he has committed not a few acts of misrepresentation himself. For example, in introducing the latest (pre-9/11) edition of his book Covering Islam, Said ridiculed "speculations about the latest conspiracy to blow up buildings, sabotage commercial airliners and poison water supplies." Such talk is based on "highly exaggerated stereotypes."
Eight IDF deserters are petitioning the High Court to declare the "occupation" of Judea, Samaria and Gaza illegal. These cowards, who should be happy that they have not been shot for desertion during a time of war, are instead trying to undermine the efforts of the loyal IDF soldiers.
(Ha'aretz) Eight IDF reserve soldiers who refuse to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule that the Israeli occupation of those areas is illegal.
It was not clear whether the court would hear the case. Petitioners said it was the first legal challenge to Israel's 35-year presence in the lands the Palestinians claim for a state.
The petitioners argued that in the past two years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, Israeli has abrogated its duties - as stipulated by international law - to take care of Palestinians living under occupation.
Israel's neglect of this issue is shocking. Just because Israel, a secular state, does not see the need to do anything, does not mean that this is not a historic tragedy that the world should be concerned about. The world seemed to be more concerned with the Buddha statues in Afghanistan than with the ongoing destruction of parts of the Temple Mount by the Muslims as well as their refusal to let peoples of other religions pray there (both of these are violations of 'international law').
Save the Temple Mount By DANIEL PIPES
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem holiest spot on earth for Jews and ranking up there in sanctity also for Christians and Muslims may soon come partly crashing down. . . .
A portion of the wall on the southern side might cave in due to the fact that the Palestinian Authority has had administrative control over the Temple Mount since the mid-1990s and since then has made many structural changes, all aimed at increasing Muslim claims to the site. . . .
"It will collapse," warns Eilat Mazar, an archeologist at the Hebrew University. Mazar goes on: "The central issue at present is whether it will collapse on the heads of thousands of people who are praying there, or whether it will be done in a controlled manner." The moment of truth might come in November. That is the Ramadan holiday, when thousands of Muslim worshipers will congregate in the mosque at Solomon's Stables. Their weight and movement could cause the southern wall to give way, causing meter-long rocks to come cascading down on them, possibly killing many. . . .
Governments around the world, Jewish organizations, and others with influence over the Israeli prime minister should get him to attend to the wall before it and much else crashes.
ALSO read the more detailed THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT ANTIQUITIES by Mark Ami-El
It deals with the following topics: The Holiest Site of the Jewish People / Islamic Disregard for the Heritage of Others / The Temple Mount in 1967 / Muslims Change the Status Quo / The Pit / The Debris and the Artifacts / A Plan to Bring "Holy Water" from Mecca / Public Calls to Stop the Destruction / The Southern Wall is About to Fall / What Needs to Be Done
Syria's and Iran's surrogate Hizbollah is trying to heat up Israel's northern boarder and killed an Israeli last week.
The Jerusalem Post editorializes in A warning to Damascus
Despite bickering over the state budget and disagreements over how to handle the Palestinian terror campaign, leading Likud and Labor MKs were quick to join hands in issuing dire warnings to the Syrian regime.
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who is also Labor Party chairman, told the weekly cabinet session on Sunday that Hizbullah is likely to intensify its provocations in the North, and said that Israel is "using various channels to clearly warn Syria, Lebanon, and Hizbullah that they are playing with fire." Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon (Labor), who is also a member of the security cabinet, was even more blunt: "We have no choice but to strike targets in Syria and Lebanon, because we cannot let the current situation continue. We have to make clear that we cannot tolerate what is going on and there will be an end to restraint." Communications Minister Reuven Rivlin (Likud) pointed out that Israel had done its part to fulfill UN resolutions that had called for the IDF to leave Lebanon, and that just as there are no excuses for anti-Israel terror to continue on the northern border, so too there are no excuses for Israel not to retaliate against such attacks.