Terrorism and diplomatic delegitimization go hand in hand against Israel

Car damaged in rock-throwing attack

A series of news items in recent days make it clear that there is a definite upswing in anti-Israel violence from Palestinians in Judea and Samaria.

A security official told Tazpit News Agency that during the past year, particularly during and after Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense, there has been a sharp escalation in terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria.

The GSS (General Security Service) reports a recent increase in violence in the Jerusalem area, as well as in Judea and Samaria, compared to a comparatively quiet October, in which there were 39 attacks.

During November, the GSS reports that there were 122 terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, with 98 of those attacks occurring during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense aimed at halting rocket fire emanating from Gaza. In Jerusalem, 44 attacks were recorded, with 27 occurring during Operation Pillar of Defense. A majority of the attacks, 156 of the 166, involved Palestinians throwing Molotov cocktails.

A year end report from the Shin-Bet confirms these findings. Each of the links within the excerpt below leads to an item about a particular case of Palestinian rioting or violence:

A Shin Bet report released Monday reveals that the last two months of 2012 have seen a significant rise in terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem. In December, 111 attacks were reported, while 166 were reported in November, during which Operation Pillar of Defense took place.

By comparison, 70 attacks occurred in October, 67 in September and only 28 in August. The incidents in December included 98 Molotov cocktail attacks (29 of which in Jerusalem), six bombings, three grenade attacks, two light arms shootings and a stabbing.

The December monthly report mentioned that three security service men were wounded in the attacks; two were run over in the Shomron and one in Jerusalem.

The Shin Bet’s information does not mention the dozens of rioting incidents that took place around the West Bank last month. In these events 20 Israelis were lightly wounded.

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Last month, due to urgent intelligence, security forces made several arrests in broad daylight inside Palestinian communities, including Jenin and nearby Tamoun. These arrests were followed by violent clashes with the Israeli forces, which responded with crowd control measures to contain the riot.

The military makes the distinction between the Palestinian population and terrorists, and despite the unrest, no unilateral actions such as the installation of road blocks, common during the second intifada, were taken. Nevertheless, sources in the Judea and Samaria Division said that the Palestinian Authority has been turning a blind eye to Hamas’ unusual regrouping efforts in West Bank cities.

Earlier this week a terrorist fired at a Kibbutz security guard in Gush Etzion:

IDF forces arrested a Palestinian who fired at a security post in Kibbutz Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. Residents who heard the gunfire called for security forces who canvassed the area and apprehended the terrorist who was found in possession of an improvised weapon. There were no injuries.

The incident follows another event in the West Bank which took place on Saturday when a Palestinian was shot and killed by the IDF in south Mount Hebron.

In some welcome news, the IDF arrested 2 terror cells linked to a series of violent disturbances in Judea and Samaria.

The first series of arrests targeted suspects from the village of Husan and the Bethlehem area, who are suspected of hurling rocks at an Israeli vehicle on Route 375, which resulted in an Israeli woman, Ziyona Kala, being seriously injured.

Kala, wife of the famous singer Itzik Kala, was in intensive care for weeks after the attack, before regaining consciousness last month.

Her husband told Channel 2 in December that when he first saw her in the hospital, “I didn’t believe she would live. Without a doubt, there was a moment I fell apart. I don’t remember when I cried like that,” he said. Since then, Ziyona Kala has made good progress in her recovery.

“During questioning by the Shin Bet, the suspects – some of them minors – confessed to the act, and to throwing rocks at other vehicles that travelled along the road at the time,” the Shin Bet said.

The intelligence agency named Abd Aluhab Hamamra, 22, as the man who threw the rock that caused the injury. He will be charged in the coming days at the Military Court of Judea. Four additional suspects – three of them minors – will be charged for taking part in the attack.

In another investigation, a group of Palestinians from Kafr Bita, near Nablus, are under arrest for throwing rocks from a moving vehicle, and for attempting to carry out shooting attacks using a homemade firearm in the northern West Bank.

Recently in Jerusalem, a gang of Arab youths set upon some haredim in attack reminiscent of Europe in the 1930s. Here is the shocking video. The worst part in my opinion is the way the Arabs laugh during the attack:

Israeli child hurt in rock throwing attack near Tekoa on Wednesday

In another rock-throwing attack on a car just yesterday, an Israeli child was hurt, but you’ll never hear about this in the international media. Israel Matzav reports:

There’s been a massive amount of rock throwing by ‘Palestinians’ near the Judean town of Tekoa today. The ‘international community’ treats rock throwing by ‘Palestinians’ as a minor nuisance – non violent of course – so I’d like to show you what it really looks like.

All three pictures came through the Twitter page of IDF Captain Barak Raz.

Follow the link to see the rest of the pictures. As Carl in Jerusalem says, rocks can kill.

We move now to a different kind of Israel-hatred, some of which is purely political, and some of which morphs into old-fashioned antisemitism.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (center) meets with Republican Sen. John McCain (center left)

In an earlier post I mentioned Egyptian President Morsi’s antisemitic comments from a couple of years ago.  Until today there has been a resounding silence from the world media and diplomatic corps. Finally the New York Times woke up and correctly remarked that Morsi’s slurs arouse concern.

The Daily Telegraph mentions that the US Administration condemned Morsi’s remarks, while Morsi himself has backtracked and stated that “his comments were taken out of context“.

Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said Wednesday that Morsi told a US Senate delegation that a distinction must be made between criticism of what he called the “racist” policies of the Israelis against the Palestinians and insults against the Jewish faith.

I’m not sure how openly calling Jews “apes and pigs”can called “criticism of Israeli racist policies” and not and insult against the Jewish faith, but whatever. It’s a start that he’s embarrassed enough to try and make excuses.

Another diplomatic onslaught emanates from our old friend Turkey, which has blocked Israel’s admission into the Renewable Energy Organization:

Turkey blocked Israel and Cyprus from affiliating themselves with the International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) during a voting session on new members in Abu Dhabi Tuesday.

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Israel has become a world leader in renewable energy innovation. It has set a goal to have 10 percent of its electricity generated by alternative means by 2020, an effort which was  given support by the government to the tune of $600 million in November 2010. Much of the money will be invested in green construction and development of new technologies.

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. Then again, that has always been the way of the Arabs: anything to harm Israel and the Jews, whether they themselves are harmed in the process or not.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, PSC’s Hugh Lanning, Manuel Hassassian in Parliament

Meanwhile the Palestinians are taking their case to ever wider international forums. This week the “Palestinian Ambassador” (in actuality the representative of the Palestinian Authority) in London, speaking to a pro-Palestinian group in Parliament, said that there is no two-state solution. He also made the most remarkable comment that “the Jews are the children of G-d”. Can’t argue with that! Though he obviously did not mean it in a complimentary fashion, as Richard Millet reports:

Last night Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian “Ambassador” to the UK, said he believes that the Jews are the children of God because nobody is stopping them from building their “messianic dream of Eretz Israel”. He called for a “one state solution” and looked forward to the world’s Muslim population reaching two billion.

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“We, the Palestinians, the most highly educated and intellectual in the Middle East, are still struggling for the basic right of self-determination. What an irony. How long are we going to suffer and be patient with Israel? You know I’m reaching the conclusion that the Jews are the children of God, the only children of God and the Promised Land is being paid by God! I have started to believe this because nobody is stopping Israel building its messianic dream of Eretz Israel to the point I believe that maybe God is on their side. Maybe God is partial on this issue.”

Then removing his “PLO and Palestinian Authority hat” he continued:

“There is no two state solution. Democracies don’t fight each other. If Israel is a democracy I would claim that the Palestinians are also a democracy. If democracies cannot fight each other then why not have one state?; one man, one vote.”

The British parliamentarians who spoke at this disgraceful meeting were even worse in their lies and smears about Israel. Read the whole post.

Another not-feel-good article in the Jerusalem Post informs us that Vienna, the Austrian capital, is filled with Iranian agents who are working to secure nuclear technology and to eliminate dissent with the Iranian ex-pat community.

David Cameron

Against this inglorious background of terrorism and diplomatic lawfare, it is infuriating to read British PM David Cameron’s arrogant response to former Mayor of New York Ed Koch’s letter to him in which he challenged Cameron’s views on Israeli settlements. David Cameron asserted that Israel is building a fortress but that will not keep it secure:

We firmly believe that the people of Israel have a right to live peacefully and free from terror. But we also believe that the only sustainable way to achieve this is through a negotiated two-state solution. As friends of Israel, it is important we do whatever we can to reach that ultimate objective: two states, living side by side, in peace. We ask Israel to stop building settlements because they are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, harder to achieve. They are, ultimately, not in Israel’s long-term interests. Simply building a fortress without a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians cannot deliver lasting security for Israel.

There are so many things wrong with just this one paragraph that I hardly have room to mention them. I will suffice with two points:

Firstly, the settlements are not illegal under international law. This point has been belaboured over and over, and yet it is like shouting into the wind. How can we ever get our message across? The perverse idea that they are illegal has been repeated like a mantra so many times that, like the Nazis’ chief propagandist Goebels said, people have come to believe it and it has become the received wisdom.

The second error is in believing that “Fortress Israel” will not bring security. I find that highly amusing given the ridiculous lengths to which British security forces go in order to keep the peace, and they are not faced with anywhere near the daily onslaught that Israel faces.

The man’s smug self-satisfaction and arrogance demands a swift response. I think the Open Letter to William Hague could be reworded and sent back to Cameron. What say you?

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8 Responses to Terrorism and diplomatic delegitimization go hand in hand against Israel

  1. reality says:

    I felt positiively sick when I saw that video of arabs pelting the Haredim -why didn’t they hit back? Its sickening-if it would’ve been the other way around police would’ve come & arrested the men & jailed them no quetions asked. As for the Turks-they are just bloodyminded & stupid. Let them block our entrance to the IRENA conference-we’ll be laughing when they knock on our door looking for help with renewable energy. Then if we have the sechel perhaps we’ll triple charge them the going rates -or just refuse to help them & let them figure things out themselves. The quicker we don’t need arab oil the better.As for Morsi calling us apes or pigs perhaps we could start some riots of our own? Then perhaps someone would take notice. As for cameron-what do you expect ?they are all anti -semites/zionists.May they “enjoy” the various reactions/demonstrations/all types of violence which will eventually befall them from their arab friends. I will rub my hands in glee & say I told you so!

  2. Debby says:

    As always, Anne, I never get tired of learning from your blog! I homeschool, and I think I may start assigning them to read your blog. :) I would like to understand something better.

    “reality,” in your comment concerning Cameron, you refer to them all being “anti-semites/zionists.” I didn’t really understand what a “zionist” meant (I actually thought that it was a Christian term, only because we had a “Zion Lutheran Church” in the town I grew up in). I googled it, and it was defined as

    “Zionism (Hebrew: ציונות, Tsiyonut) is a form of nationalism of Jews and Jewish culture that supports a Jewish nation state in the territory defined as the Land of Israel.[1] Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity, opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority in their own nation, and to be liberated from antisemitic discrimination, exclusion, and persecution that had historically occurred in the diaspora.”

    It strikes me that to call someone a anti-semite and a zoinist is a bit of an oxymoron?? So, I know it must mean something different to you, and I was just curious to learn.

    Anne, these images were just disturbing. I pinned this post of your blog to my pinterest. I hope that others will see what I saw in this blog. If the Arab people really want to convince the rest of the world they want to have peace, it only makes sense that they should be promoting peace in their actions rather than enjoying the conflict so much!

    • anneinpt says:

      Debby, I’m really glad that you find my blog enlightening.

      Yes, Zionism is the political movement of the Jewish nation to renew and build their homeland in Israel. It really is an essential part of Judaism. After all we pray 3 times a day “May our eyes behold Your return to Zion”, and at our Passover Seder service we say “Next year in Jerusalem” (even if we are already in Jerusalem, LOL!)

      You asked:

      It strikes me that to call someone a anti-semite and a zoinist is a bit of an oxymoron?? So, I know it must mean something different to you, and I was just curious to learn.

      You simply misunderstood “Reality”. The “anti” referred to both “Semite” and “Zionist”. The British have a long history of subtle antisemitism and not-so-subtle anti-Zionism. The antisemitism comes from the same source as everywhere else: the old-fashioned Christian indoctrination of centuries. However there have never been pogroms or state-sponsored persecution of Jews in Britain since the 12th century at the blood libel and York massacre (Here’s another link about York), followed 100 years later by their expulsion from Britain . They were allowed re-entry in Oliver Cromwell’s time, after which, relatively speaking, Britain has been a good place for the Jews. This is not to detract from their subtle antisemitism e.g. unofficial quotas in schools and colleges, nasty remarks etc. but this is commonplace and we are used to such stuff. Nowadays it is much rarer, and growing up in England I rarely felt threatened as a Jew, although Muslim antisemitism is definitely on the rise – but that is whole other subject.

      British anti-Zionism is more of a political nature, though I’m sure antisemitism is lurking in there not far below the surface. The British were very Zionist in the early 20th century, partly influenced by their Christianity and partly by the terrible pogroms that were taking place in Eastern Europe in the 1880s and onwards. They were granted the Mandate for Palestine in the 1920s following the Balfour Declaration and the end of the First World War, to keep it for a Jewish homeland in what was then Palestine. The Arabs didn’t like this new development one bit, and embarked on a series of violent and lethal riots against the British forces and Jewish citizens of then-Palestine. in the wake of these, the Brits reneged on their Mandate requirement, and gave a huge chunk of Palestine to the Arab Hashemites to appease them for having the misfortune of having a Jewish next-door neighbour. The Hashemites created what is now called Jordan.

      Have a look down my right sidebar under “Resources” for much more information about Israel’s history. It will help explain what is going on today. It’s all inter-connected.

      Thank you for posting this to Pinterest. I can see from my stats that I’ve had dozens of hits already from there!

      You said:

      If the Arab people really want to convince the rest of the world they want to have peace, it only makes sense that they should be promoting peace in their actions rather than enjoying the conflict so much!

      Ah! You’ve hit the nail on the head. The Arabs, most of them anyway, do not want peace with Israel. They want peace, but without Israel. And that is the core of the whole conflict in a nutshell.

  3. Debby says:

    Anne, I wish I’d seen this post earlier. You have a way of encouraging me to keep speaking and learning. I’m glad you have received more exposure from the Pinterest pin. I ended up deleting it because a person responded that I had made an unjust generality in regards to the Arab people, and I still lack the confidence that I understand all the dynamics involved. I will pin again and continue learning!

    I’m glad you clarified my misunderstang. I had read it just as you perceived.

    I don’t know the history of the persecution of the Jews much beyond the history in my Bible. Even within our shared Scripture of the Old Testament, I think it’s important to realize that your “nationality” goes much deeper Scripturally. There are so many many promises that God has made to you, and this makes your true enemy Beelzebub/Satan.

    Who he uses and by what motivations I’m sure must vary through history as it did in Scripture.

    I guess I only say this, because it confuses me every time to read about the anti-Semitism of Christians in the same sentence. This is such s foreign concept to my experience!! I know you have defined this for me, but I would like to continue to make the point that maybe there is s difference between Bible-believing Christians and christians by sake of religion. There is a difference, as I think there must be also be between those who are Jewish by birth but do not really believe in God.

    So when a nation is supposedly “Christian,” but acts totally inconsistent with what God has revealed in Scripture, I think I would just take their faith title with a grain of salt!! Maybe we should come up with another name for this group or us?? :)

    • anneinpt says:

      Debby, the persecution of the Jews has been a historical constant throughout Jewish experience, and has taken place largely outside of Scripture. Although the Jews and Israel were targets for various geo-political or religious reasons during Biblical times, the persecution of the Jews for purely religious reasons really only started after the destruction of the 2nd Temple (in Jesus’s time) and when the Exile (or Diaspora) began almost 2,000 years ago.

      The persecution took place in the form of edicts decreeing where Jews may live, what professions they may engage in (not many), wearing special clothes or badges, progressing on to forced conversions or death if conversion was rejected, expulsions, kidnapping, extortion…. a veritable crime syndicate of persecution. Here’s Wikipedia on the persecution of the Jews.

      The persecution became terrible pogroms during the time of the crusades, when the Crusaders would massacre Jews along their way to ironically liberate the Holy Land from the infidel. Pogroms continued throughout the Middle Ages, and finally culminated in the Holocaust.

      This is not to say that the Jews never found peace anywhere in the world. There was the Golden Age of Spain from the 1200s to 1492 – when they were expelled or forcibly converted during the Spanish Inquisition. And once the Enlightenment began in the 1800s, the plight of the Jews eased mostly in Western Europe.

      I think part of your difficulty in absorbing the idea of Christian anti-semitism is the fact that you see Christianity as it exists today, where it is not only NOT a threat to Jews, but most denominations today are very pro-Israel and philo-Semitic. But you should understand that this is a very new concept and a relatively modern phenomenon, though of course hugely praiseworthy and of course a great relief to us!

      Just a small remark to your comment about non-believing Jews: Contrary to other religions, where if you don’t believe in God (or Allah or Shiva or whoever) then you can’t claim to be of that religion, a Jew remains a Jew whether he believes in God and keeps the commandments or not. Judaism is both a religion and a nationality (some say it is a race too, though that is not accurate because one can convert to Judaism whereas one cannot convert to another race).

      So when anti-Zionists challenge us and call Israel racist for being a Jewish state, they are wrong because Judaism is both a nationality and a religion. Israel is the nation-state of the Jews, and its national religion is Judaism, similar to England’s national religion being Anglicanism and Arab countries’ religion being Islam.

      It is definitely all rather complicated for a newcomer to Middle East politics but it’s certainly never dull! :-)

      Here are a couple of links to give you some background into the relationship between Christianity and Judaism.

      Christianity and the Jews from the Jewish Virtual Library (an excellent resource on all things Jewish by the way); and

      Jewish views on Christianity from My Jewish Learning.

      I hope that helps you. Perhaps some other readers have other suggestions?

  4. Debby says:

    Anne, I did understand that Jews are Jews by birth and not necessarily by faith, although as you also pointed out some are converts. I know I cannot share with you anything I know about the Jewish faith that you don’t already know, but I also know that some promises God makes to the Jewish people are promises made to the literal descendents of the twelve tribes of Israel (scattered or not), while others are made to the nation.

    I believe Christians are the recipients of promise through faith, which leads to a spiritual birth. I would call these “Believers.” They also can’t “unbirth” themselves, therefore I believe that there are true Believers that abandon the truth of Scripture in the same manner as some Jews, and they still do not lose their identity as believers. I suppose these could be responsible for persecuting the Jewish people, since they have turned their back on God. But I think most Believers who turn their back on their faith generally enter into a more secular existance. I’m more alarmed by those who claim to be all Christian and yet do not seem to have any regard at all for God or His Word. I’m concerned at the ease with which anyone can claim to be a Christian and yet behave anyway they want to, and we don’t have the ability to check their birth certificates. :(

    So I think that the term Christianity has lost any real meaning–it could just about mean anyone of any faith. I also think this must cross eras, because there must be a difference between the people responsible for the “Christian persecution” suffered from Western Europe anti-Semitism and those Christians who risked their lives and were also sent to concentration camps at that time, because they must have believed that as a nation you are the apple of God’s eye and led to defend and/or protect you.

    I don’t say this because Jews are any more special than anyone else, but for His certain purposes God DID choose you. Clearly in Old Testament Scripture, the Jews were found disobedient, disciplined, scattered, and then brought back together. But their failures never nullified God’s promises and still do not. At least for the Jews in America, I do not see obedience or a love for God on a whole. Their faith seems to me more about identification of birth and traditions than loving God and wanting to know Him. The Jewish population here is largely known for their social liberalism. I wouldn’t have the first clue if it’s different in Israel. Even still, I would not turn against the Jewish people here and would not want to be a part of any that would attack them. I would LOVE to hear back on this.

    I don’t suppose you’ve experienced this, but now in America you’ll even find an attempt to further blur the lines so that any reference to a “higher power” is considered a reference to God. Now it is claimed in some circles that “Allah” is just a different name for “God.” Because they’ve thrown out who God is in context of His Word, because His Word is not taken seriously or set apart. It’s treated like a buffet line at a restaurant, with people picking and choosing what they want to believe or not want to believe–or more likely ignored. Some even add to it and attempt to claim their worshiping the same God. It’s authenticity has been challenged to the point that no matter how much it is defended, there is a distinct mistrust.

    Maybe I should reference myself as a “Non-backslidden, Literal Believing Christian.” LOL I just don’t think in this circle of conversation I can settle for just being called a “Christian”!! It has simply way too many negative connotations… ;)

    • anneinpt says:

      Debby, thank you for your insights into the status of secularism and religion in America. It certainly explains at least in part the breakdown in Western society. However, all that is truly beyond my knowledge and also beyond the aims of this small blog, so I hope you’ll forgive me if we let this discussion rest for now.

      I look forward to seeing you on other posts here. :-)

  5. Allah is not the G-d of the bible. We see the G-d of Abraham Isaac and Jacob as the true G-d who chose his people Israel and gave them his laws and of course the ten commandments . As a school teacher.the name Christian sadly has lost his true meaning,so its bible believing Christians as many confuse it with just going to church on sunday or being born into a Christian country.

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