Saturday, November 13, 2010

Establishing the true facts on the ground ...all the way to Amman

From the announcement of a meeting with David Wilder and Noam Arnon, Councilmen, leaders and spokesmen for city of Hebron, Israel, Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Luxe Hotel Sunset, Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles:

Arab leaders know that if Israel is willing to give up any of its land, that means we don't believe it belongs to the Jewish people For if we did believe the land is ours, we wouldn't think of abandoning it.

Hebron is one of Israel’s holy cities. It is the home of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, including Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah. Jews have lived in Hebron throughout the thousands of years of our history. For nearly a thousand years, the Islamic rulers of the Holy Land forbade Jews from entering the tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, allowing them to climb only seven steps into the tomb but beating them mercilessly if they rose any higher. In 1929, an Arab pogrom led to the massacre and expulsion of all the Jews living in Hebron at the time.

Through the miracle of the Six Day War, Israel liberated Hebron in 1967 and the Jews returned to reclaim their ancient city. Since that time the Jews of Hebron have been surrounded by tens of thousands of bloodthirsty Arabs who lust to replicate the pogrom of 1929. The Jews of Hebron live under the shadow of terrorism every day, and are demonized and defamed by Israel’s enemies. Yet they live their lives with dignity, vowing never again to be separated from their origin.

There is only one Jewish state. In contrast, the despotic Arab League includes 22 Arab states, and 56 countries under the Organization of the Islamic Conference, (OIC) define themselves as Muslim nations. Yet only Israel is singled out for condemnation. It is anti-Semitism, plain and simple.

The enemies of our people want to drive us out of Eretz Yisrael. They hate all Jews, but especially the Jews of Judea and Samaria, and the Jews of Hebron most of all. For it is the Jews of Hebron who, although badly outnumbered, refuse to be intimidated by the howling mob. It is the Jews of Hebron who defiantly refuse to be forced to abandon our birthright. Without their courage, first Hebron would fall, then Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and all of Israel. We owe the Jews of Hebron a debt we can never repay.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Is the Palestinian Authority preparing its people for peace?

PMW Incitement Watch looks at the PA during the peace talks, July - August 2010

by Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Barbara Crook
Click here to see the complete report
The following is the introduction to the report:
US State Department on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks:
"After completing the first round of proximity talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders both parties are taking some steps to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to successful talks, including President Abbas's statement that he will work against incitement of any sort..."
[Washington D.C. May 9, 2010]
The start of the proximity talks in May 2010 created hope for the renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the PA would fulfill its commitments, with special focus on stopping incitement.

Map of "Palestine" erases all of Israel, displayed at Fatah event.
[PA TV (Fatah),
Aug. 31, 2010]
However, the first four months, May-August, brought no changes in the quality of the messages being transmitted from the Palestinian Authority and Fatah to Palestinians. An examination of the Palestinian leaders' statements, official media, children's programs and PA and Fatah- controlled events reveals the following: The conditions, principles and expectations set by the US and the Quartet for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a partner in the peace process continue to be violated by the Palestinian Authority.
Contrary to the PA's moderate statements to the West, its statements to its people in Arabic continue to delegitimize Israel's existence, deny Israel's right to exist, define the conflict with Israel in religious terms, promote hatred through demonization and libels, and glorify terror and violence:
  • The PA continues to teach on PA educational TV that Israeli cities across the entire country, including Jaffa and Haifa, are Palestinian cities.
  • The official PA media deny Israel's right to exist by using terminology that refers to Israel as "Palestinian Interior" and "the homeland occupied in '48."
  • Maps used by the PA still erase and replace Israel with "Palestine."
  • The conflict with Israel is defined by PA-appointed political and religious leaders not as territorial but as a religious conflict, sometimes even as Ribat - religious war.
  • The PA continues to demonize Israelis and Jews:
  • PA daily: Israel spreads drugs among Palestinian youth.
  • PA TV and daily: Israel killed Arafat
  • The PA continues to honor terrorists and glorify violence:
  • PA TV: "The Martyr who bears arms threatens the enemy."
  • PA summer camps teach kids "the culture of resistance [violence], the culture of stones and guns"
Click here to see complete report on July-August 2010 in PDF
To see earlier reports:
Click here to see PMW Incitement Watch, June 2010 in PDF
Click here to see PMW Incitement Watch, May 2010 in PDF