What incitement feels like for Muslim children and how it influences their lives into the future

Millions of words, acres of newsprint and gigabytes of bandwidth have been spent trying to explain the phenomenon of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement in Muslim societies. The Israeli government, particularly Binyamin Netanyahu himself, go on and on about incitement to an uninterested world whose obtuse media pay only lip service, if they pay any attention at all, to this blight on civilization.

Monitoring outlets like Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) adn MEMRI amongst others do sterling work in monitoring the Arabic media and translating their words for foreign media and governments with varying degrees of success.

It seems that lately PMW has made something of a splash davka in Sweden (!), land of the bigoted Margot Wallstrom.

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Following Palestinian Media Watch director Itamar Marcus’ presentation of PMW findings on Palestinian Authority and Fatah hate incitement and terror promotion to opposition MPs, Swedish MP Mikael Oscarsson (Christian Democrats) called to reconsider Sweden’s aid to the PA:”The [Swedish] government has decided to double its aid to Palestine after the recognition [as a state], but we cannot just continue to give money without taking this hate propaganda into account.”

[Världen Idag (Swedish daily),Jan. 20, 2016]

MP Oscarsson had invited Itamar Marcus to Swedish Parliament to inform Swedish MPs about the content of Palestinian messaging and its impact on terror and peace. MP Oscarsson suggested that because of Sweden’s role as a major donor to the PA, it is also Sweden’s obligation to question PA policies and conduct in light of PMW’s “important information”:

“The purpose of the meeting [with PMW’s Itamar Marcus] was for the MPs to receive important information. Sweden is a large contributor to Palestine and therefore we must also present counterclaims [to the PA].”
 [Dagen (Swedish daily), Jan. 22, 2016]
MP Oscarsson repeated PMW director Marcus’ assessment that the Palestinian leadership sees Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström’s recent remarks calling for an investigation of Israel’s “extrajudicial killings of Palestinians” as Swedish support for continued Palestinian violence against Israelis, disguised as self-defense:
Now the [Palestinian] acts of violence have intensified and [they] also use [Swedish Foreign Minister] Wallström’s statements as a kind of support. It is very important that the [Swedish] government breaks with this image and shows that it is possible to consider this kind of information (i.e., the findings by Palestinian Media Watch), which is not an expression of opinion but only translation from the official Palestinian [TV] programs.”
[Världen Idag, Jan. 20, 2016]

In light of PMW findings that demonstrate the clear impediments to peace posed by the PA, MP Oscarsson stated that the opposition intends to force Foreign Minister Wallström to answer questions about Palestinian incitement:

“We must check where the funding that we send to the PA is going. We cannot support incitement to terror. We will call Foreign Minister Wallström to the plenum and force her to answer to the evidence of [Palestinian] incitement that we just saw.”
[The Jerusalem Post, Jan. 22, 2016]

MP Oscarsson repeated PMW director Marcus’ assessment that the Palestinian leadership sees Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström’s recent remarks calling for an investigation of Israel’s “extrajudicial killings of Palestinians” as Swedish support for continued Palestinian violence against Israelis, disguised as self-defense:

“Now the [Palestinian] acts of violence have intensified and [they] also use [Swedish Foreign Minister] Wallström’s statements as a kind of support. It is very important that the [Swedish] government breaks with this image and shows that it is possible to consider this kind of information (i.e., the findings by Palestinian Media Watch), which is not an expression of opinion but only translation from the official Palestinian [TV] programs.”
[Världen Idag, Jan. 20, 2016]

You can read and watch the full interview at the link.

The following chilling story brings the whole incitement issue into sharp focus with the chilling story of a PMW worker who grew up in Egypt not knowing she was Jewish, and who was so totally immersed in anti-Jewish incitement that she had a very hard time adjusting to life in Israel. Here is her story:

Seventeen Israelis at the research institute Palestinian Media Watch in Jerusalem monitor the Palestinian incitement that fuels the terror attacks, and report to intelligence bodies. They watch a 13-year-old girl reciting: “O Sons of Zion… barbaric monkeys,” read about a tree-planting ceremony in Ramallah commemorating terrorists, and discover the good lives that terrorists have. Meira Ovadia, one of the institute’s staff, isn’t surprised: During her childhood in Egypt, no one told her she was Jewish and she was taught that the neighbors across the border were “people with big noses and a tail.”

Meira Ovadia has been monitoring the official Palestinian Authority television channel for 8 years already. For hours upon hours, she watches news broadcasts, guest shows and children’s programs and translates statements relating to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Meira Ovadia, who grew up in Egypt and suffered anti-Jewish incitement

On May 29, 2015, for example, she saw on one of the children’s shows a girl of about 13 years, her hair flowing over her shoulders, reciting the following poem: “O Sons of Zion, O most evil among creations\ O barbaric monkeys\ Jerusalem vomits from within it your impurity.” Ovadia also saw that the girl received applause and a “Bravo!” from the host of the program, a lovely Palestinian woman who was carefully made-up and wore a blue head scarf.

Ovadia, whose mother tongue is Arabic, has no problem exposing her identity, but she does have a deep identity crisis.

Why doesn’t Mom wear a veil

Ovadia, now 25, was born and raised in Al-Ma’moura, a high-scale neighborhood in Alexandria, Egypt, under the name Maysa Abdallah. She lived there until the age of 15. Her wealthy family had a successful fashion factory, and for many years she lived comfortably. She didn’t even know she was Jewish until 2005.

“Our parents didn’t allow us to pray in a mosque or a church or visit friends’ houses, and we never understood why,” Ovadia says, with traces of a foreign accent slipping into her speech, dimples visible on her smiling face, and her eyes alight. “There were strange things at home that I didn’t understand, like a meal on the Sabbath that my grandparents and parents insisted we eat together.

“Our parents preferred not to tell us that we were Jews so that we wouldn’t talk about it outside our house, so that we wouldn’t be hurt. There were kids who suspected us and laughed at us. I was told that I looked Jewish, and when I answered them that I wasn’t, they asked why my mother didn’t wear a veil. I didn’t know how to answer, so I told them that we were secular.”

Until 6th grade, she studied in a Muslim Brotherhood school and after that she transferred to a Coptic Christian school. “I didn’t like the Muslim school. I suffered there. I didn’t want to wear a veil, and they forced me to. Every day we had to memorize entire chapters of the Quran by heart. Whoever didn’t study or didn’t speak nicely got beaten – serious beatings, not friendly pats. One time, I dared to stick my tongue out at one of the other students during a lesson, and the teacher hit my hand with a rod until my hand broke. I was taught to hate Jews, that they were creatures with horns, a long nose and a tail, and to hate Israel, the cruelest country in the world.”

After the second Intifada broke out in 2000, solidarity with the Palestinian people and hatred of Israel were on the rise at the Muslim school that Ovadia attended. “On the wall in the classroom, there were two pictures. One was Muhammad Al-Dura, the child that, they explained to us, the Israelis had murdered. There was one picture taken just before he had died, and a second picture taken when he was already dead, on a stretcher. That’s what was in front of the children’s eyes – a child’s corpse. My parents realized that there was no point in keeping us in that school, so we transferred to the Coptic school. That was much easier to handle. They also beat you there, but only for really serious things.”

In 2005, the family was forced to leave Egypt after masked men broke into their home, proclaimed that Jews were unwelcome in Egypt and that it would be best that the children not go to school anymore. “Five bearded men, with weapons and clubs, broke into the house,” Ovadia recalls. “At first, they broke the glass of the electronic gate at the entrance, and then they came inside yelling ‘Ald Al-Yahud,’ ‘the Jewish family,’ and just started to destroy the entire house. They demanded to know where the men were, but none of the men – my father, uncle, and grandfather – were home.

Three days after the incident, the grandfather gathered his seven grandchildren and told them that they were Jews and that soon they would go to Israel and live in Jerusalem. “I couldn’t understand where this had come from. To Israel? Why would I want to go to a country with people who had big noses and a tail? It was a total shock. The children reacted badly and were angry, but we left in the end.”

“At the beginning, I pretended it was a trip. Ulpan was pretty good for me, but afterwards my cousin Dina and I transferred to the Amaliya High School [in Jerusalem], and it wasn’t easy. We fought with the other girls all the time. Mostly I did. They called me Pharaoh. We had heavy Arabic accents, so they made fun of us. I was very insulted and I would hit the other girls. It took the teachers a long time to teach me not to hit. I couldn’t stand the way the other girls talked and mostly disrespected the teachers. Maybe everything they taught me from a young age about the Jews affected me. The girls seemed ugly and cruel to me.”

[Interviewer:] “But you didn’t see horns and tails.”

“You’ll laugh, but the first time I went to Mea Shearim, there was some Haredi guy [religious Jew] – you know, with the whole outfit – that pressed himself against a wall in order to not come near me. I turned around to check that he didn’t have a tail. Today, when I see what Palestinian children are taught, when I see seven year olds saying on air that Jews are apes and pigs, and the hostess of the program applauds them, I understand them. Once, I also thought like they did.”

Even working at PMW did not erase the memory or influence of the anti-Jewish incitement she was brainwashed with as a child:

Her acclimatization at the [PMW] institute wasn’t easy. “I would argue a lot with the other employees. Because I didn’t have Israeli friends, and because I didn’t watch Israeli television, I was convinced that Israel was hurting the Palestinians for no reason. I hid the fact that I would cry about Palestinian suffering from the director of the institute, Itamar Marcus, but I would say to the other employees: ‘The Palestinians lived here, and you came with weapons, kicked them out with force and took their homes.’ One of the employees would argue with me all the time, and I would answer him half-seriously, ‘Well, be quiet, you occupier.’ The employees would laugh and say that you can take Meira out of Egypt, you can’t take Egypt out of Meira.

Her exposure to the Palestinian television broadcasts during her work at PMW didn’t contribute to forming her identity as an Israeli. “Every time I watched In a Hero’s House, a program on official PA TV in which a different prisoner’s house is visited and the terrorist’s mother is interviewed – I would cry. I cried together with the Palestinian mothers about their suffering, and I didn’t understand that they put these people into prison because they committed terror attacks. I thought that the Israelis were persecuting them for no reason. They don’t explain on the program what happened before the arrest. It’s like now, when PA TV portrays the 13-year-old boy who carried out the Pisgat Ze’ev stabbing attack, as a victim. They don’t show that he stabbed someone, only that he was shot. That’s how they present most cases, as if some Arab who didn’t do anything was attacked in the street and shot for no reason.

“At some point, the other employees started to convince me to watch Israeli news. One of the employees would call me at 8 o’clock and remind me to watch the news in Hebrew. Today, I don’t need a reminder anymore. In time, I also made Israeli friends, and four years ago I started to see things differently and support Israel.”

Just reading this story, of a young woman who had the benefit of a “counter-incitement” atmosphere at PMW, and yet still had doubts about the rightness of Israel’s cause because of the influence of the anti-Israel brainwashing she received as a youngster, is enough to make one despair.

However, there are some partially positive results from PMW’s work too, as mentioned at the beginning of the post in Sweden, and elsewhere in Europe:

“We also publicize positive developments. In the report [PA Education – A Recipe for Hate and Terror] we put out about the Palestinian education system, there’s an entire chapter dedicated to positive statements. When there’s a positive message on television, we publish it. And of course, there is value in exposing the negative material. We present it in European parliaments and in different forums in the United States and Canada, and we have great success there. The Europeans are horrified by what they see; afterwards they try to say that it has nothing to do with them, so we explain to them how much money their country gives to the PA. We show them that the hate education is funded by their money.

PMW Director Itamar Marcus

“We’ve succeeded in initiating important legislation in the United States that makes it more difficult to fund terror. Dutch, British and German parliaments had important debates and made important decisions after they were presented with our materials: The Europeans demanded that Abbas shut down the PA Ministry for Prisoners’ Affairs, which transferred 15 million dollars every month to prisoners’ families. That’s a huge sum. But Abbas, typically, knows how to lie: He founded the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, that transfers the money from the PA to the prisoners. We have proof of this.

Read the rest of the article to learn more about PMW’s founder Itamar Marcus’s take on today’s incitement in the Palestinian Authority, and what it means for us Israelis and for the future of the Middle East.  His depressing conclusion:

[Interviewer:] “Is there a Palestinian leader today who can lead to a different path?”

“I’m afraid not. Salam Fayyad was the only one who didn’t take part in hate incitement, but he doesn’t have public support. But there’s no alternative: The only solution is new leadership that will start educating toward peace.”

[Translated from Ynet Hebrew]

 

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Assault on Jewish religious rights: Israeli synagogue burned in arson attack; Jordan attacks expansion of Kotel prayer area

A small makeshift synagogue was completely burned together with its holy contents of prayer books and other items in what has been confirmed as an arson attack. Yet the world remains silent, mainly because it has hardly reported anywhere outside of Israel. (AFP do have the story).

A joint police and fire department investigation team confirmed on Sunday that the fire that burnt down the tent housing a synagogue in Givat Sorek was indeed arson.

The town is located on a strategic hill that overlooks the location where the three teenage boys, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped in 2014.

Residents of the nearby town of Karmei Tzur claim that the arsonists piled up prayer books in the center of the room and lit them on fire. The resulting fire caused the entire structure to burn down.

Charred prayer books at the burnt synagogue near Karmei Tzur

Regional police have opened and investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arson. Footsteps that lead out of the structure have led investigators to the nearby Palestinian town of Halhul.

Sheikh Mohammed Kaiyuan Abu Ali, the chairman of the council of Muslim religious leaders in Israel, spoke with Israel’s Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau on Sunday after the arson.

During their conversation, the Sheikh condemned the arson, particularly the burning of holy books, noting, “In my name, and on behalf of all imams, we condemn this act and hope another disaster like this doesn’t happen again in any holy place.”

“We hope the perpetrators will be caught and that they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.

The pictures are indeed chilling:

Residents said that this is not the first time that the place has been attacked. “It is hard for us to come to terms with the fact that in the heart of the country an act like this occurs which reminds us of some of the darkest periods of our history. It is important to remember that less than 100 meters from the synagogue are people’s houses. This is a dangerous beginning to what can easily become a much bigger tragedy. We need to bring these attacks to an end.”

“These pictures are shocking and send shivers throughout the body. I am certain that holocaust survivors who survived kristallnacht and founded Gush Etzion, never dreamed that they would see such pictures of burned books here in Israel under Israeli authority,”   said David Perl, Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council on Saturday night. “The government of Israel must get the wild Arab violence, that claims both the lives and sanctity of Israelis, under control.  We expect that the international community will condemn this hateful, shocking and criminal act.”

David Perl’s call for a condemnation from the international community was echoed by Binyamin Netanyahu:

“We are in the midst of a hard battle between those who seek coexistence and peace and those who want war and blood,” Netanyahu said, saying the fire was the result of Palestinian incitement.

He also called on the world to condemn the arson, pointing to international outrage following Jewish extremist attacks on Muslim and Christian holy places.

“I expect all those who justifiably condemn every desecration of a mosque or graffiti or fire in mosques – I expect them to condemn with the same outrage and same condemnation this criminal act,” Netanyahu said.

Meanwhile it turns out that a second synagogue was also the target of an arson attack:

Even as condemnations for the arson at the Givat Sorek synagogue near Karmei Tzur are still reverberating in Israel’s media, a new report has emerged about a second arson where a synagogue and sacred books and articles have been incinerated. According to NRG, a group of soldiers who were training last week in the Yatir Forest, on the southern slopes of Mount Hebron, on the edge of the Negev Desert, ran into the charred remains of what used to be a synagogue in a mobile home.

Burned Tefillin and prayer books at the 2nd burned synagogue

The soldiers believe the mobile home had been stolen from a different location and transported to the spot where it was discovered, between the Jewish community of Shani-Livne and the Bedouin village of Houra. In additional to the burnt books the soldiers also found burnt tefillin (phylacteries) and other sacred articles.

“We were in the middle of a navigation exercise, when suddenly we noticed a charred pile, and relatively quickly realized it was a synagogue that had been burnt down,” one of the Jerusalem Brigade soldiers told NRG. “We found there siddurim-prayer books, sacred books, talitot, tefillin, and even a holy ark.”

Authorities believe the structure was ignited in recent days. Nearby infrastructure work has begun for a new Jewish community, Hiran, whose residents are staying temporarily in the Yatir military camp. There are a few Jewish-owned farms in the area as well.

These antisemitic outrages will most likely not be condemned or even mentioned, at the most receiving a pro-forma condemnation together with a “cycle of violence” mantra, from the international media and governments.

However when Israel does something to improve prayer rights for all at a Jewish holy site, the government of Jordan feels entitled to interfere in Israel’s internal affairs. Now as an Orthodox Jew I’m not sure how much I approve of this mixed gender prayer area. On the other hand, the arrangement was reached as a compromise by all parties, including the Orthodox, and so I welcome this as a peaceful solution to what was becoming a very acrimonious intra-Jewish argument.

Certainly however it is absolutely nothing to do with the Jordanians who have an utter chutzpah in complaining about the arrangement:

Jordan is protesting Israeli plans to expand the Western Wall plaza as part of a landmark agreement that will open the plaza to pluralistic prayer, saying the move will damage ruins of a 7th-century palace that once stood at the site.

Women of the Wall pray at the Kotel

A Jordanian minister on Saturday expressed the Hashemite kingdom’s displeasure with Israel’s announcement that it will allocate an area of the Western Wall plaza for mixed-gender prayer.

Jordanian Media Affairs and Communications Minister Muhammad Momani urged Israel “not to meddle” with the Umayyad Palaces area, using an alternate term for an area south of the Western Wall, adjacent to the Temple Mount.

In a landmark decision last week, Israel’s cabinet voted to push ahead with a plan to expand the Western Wall plaza into that area to allow for pluralistic, mixed-gender and non-Orthodox services at the site, the holiest place where Jews may pray.

Momani called on Israel to return jurisdiction of the area to the Jordanian Waqf, which administers the Temple Mount, known as the Al-Aqsa compound to Muslims, under an arrangement in place since 1967.

Palestinians have also come out in opposition to the plan to expand the plaza. Disputes over control of the flashpoint holy site and charges of violations have often devolved into periods of increased Israeli-Palestinian tensions and spiraling violence.

For the Jordanians to demand the return of the area to the Waqf is breath-taking in its gall and its complete disingenuousness in ignoring the destruction of the Temple Mount that is taking place not only under the Waqf’s nose, but under their direct instructions.

Moreover, as Elder of Ziyon notes:

And Ammon News adds:

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, Muhammad Momani, on Saturday, voiced the government’s condemnation of Israel’s violations against the Umayyad Palaces area to the south and southeast of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Here’s the irony:

If it wasn’t for those terrible Israeli archaeologists, Jordan would never have known that there were any Umayyad palaces in the area of the Temple Mount to begin with! They were discovered in the 1970s.

Israel has done more to preserve Muslim heritage sites in Jerusalem than Jordan ever did! And the plans for the prayer area will continue to do so.

The second irony: while the Umayyad palaces are impressive, they were partially built with plundered stones from the Temple Mount and Byzantine churches. Here is a lintel from a 5th century church that is on the lower course of stones in the southern Umayyad building:

The Jordanians are insisting that palaces that were built by desecrating Jewish and Christian holy places be considered sacred by the Israeli authorities – when the Israelis have been the ones who have preserved them and made them accessible to the public to begin with.

These same Jordanians, who claim that the entire area should be under their control, were complicit in the catastrophic destruction of priceless archaeological finds when the Waqf excavated thousands of cubic meters of dirt containing numerous priceless items to build a huge underground mosque on the Temple Mount.

So to sum up this post, according to the Arabs, Israel has no right to interfere in Muslim prayer rites, or even in Jewish prayer rights.

On the other hand Muslims feel they are fully entitled to interfere and disrupt Jewish prayer rights in Jewish holy places, and they are even entitled to destroy Jewish holy sites, whether a simple makeshift synagogue or their holiest sites: Joseph’s Tomb, the Cave of Machpela, the Kotel or the Temple Mount.

That just about sums up the entire Muslim world. Destroy, destroy, destroy anything that is not Muslim.

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Incitement giving a tail-wind to terror

On Thursday a pair of teenage Arab girl-terrorists pulled a knife out of one of their schoolbags (!) and stabbed a security guard at the local bus station in Ramle, central Israel. Thankfully he was not badly injured, and the girls were arrested without being hurt.

In a very refreshing and encouraging turn of events, the Mother of one of the teen stabbers apologized and asked for forgiveness from the guard and the people of Israel:

The mother of one of two 13-year-old Israeli Arab girls who on Thursday stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard issued an impassioned apology on Friday for her daughter’s actions, praised the guard for not opening fire on the girls, and said she hoped all of Israel would soon find peace.

The not-so-innocent contents of the Arab teenage stabbers

The woman, who works for the Ramle municipality, said she’d had no idea her daughter was planning a terror attack, and did not know where she and the other 13-year-old got the long kitchen knives they used. The two girls, 8th graders at a school in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Ramle, approached the bus station’s entrance on Thursday morning, where the guard asked them to identify themselves. They pulled kitchen knives out of their clothing and stabbed him in the leg and hand. A soldier and an armed civilian quickly subdued them. They were detained and taken to Ramle Police headquarters for questioning, and held overnight. The guard was taken to the nearby Assaf Harofe Hospital with light injuries.

The teens told police the attack was “revenge for the situation in the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and was in protest of Israel’s “killing of Palestinians.”

“We never thought we’d find ourselves in a situation like this,” the mother said Friday, in a Channel 2 interview in which she was not shown on screen or named. “I can’t believe it, honestly.”

The mother, who is raising six children by herself after her husband left for Gaza a few years ago, said that her daughter “told me a few weeks ago that she wanted to die,” because life was so hard and the family had no money. “I told her, ‘Don’t be depressed. Don’t take it to heart so.’”

She said her daughter never talked of hurting Jews — “heaven forbid” — and that her children had been raised to think of all Israelis as a “family” and that “there is no difference between Jews and Arabs.”

Talking of the guard who had subdued the girls without resorting to the use of his gun, she said, “May God grant him long life. I apologize to him… I’m sorry, to him, and to the mayor, and to all the people of Israel… May God grant all the people of Israel peace.”

Although I’m often sceptical about the apologies from terrorists’ families, in this case I believe the poor mother. She sounds genuinely shocked and apologetic. Indeed, another relative, an uncle of the girls, blames online incitement for persuading the girls into stabbing the guard:

After two 13-year-old girls were arrested Thursday after stabbing a security guard at a bus station in Ramle, those who knew the girls said that they were good students who were incited to violence by videos on social media.

The Al-Jawarish School in Ramle, which the girls attend school, “promotes living together,” a school source told Haaretz on Friday. “Every Tuesday, the students learn English together with the Jewish Reut School that’s next to us. The girls always attended the classes with the Jewish pupils and never had a problem with any of them. This past Tuesday, there was also a joint Jewish-Arab class. We are very angry because we are always talking to the pupils about the importance of coexistence and mutual respect, and what they did contravenes every value they learned in school.”

An uncle of one of the girls called the attack “totally unacceptable,” stressing that his family had good relations with their Jewish neighbors. Haaretz reported that the girls’ aunt “speculated that the girls had seen videos encouraging attacks on social media and had been influenced by them.”

In this respect, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has blood on his hands as the official  PA News Agency WAFA cited his words justifying terrorism as “natural” to justify the murderous terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday which killed Hadar Cohen Hy’d. If Ban Ki Moon’s words are being used to justify terrorism, what chance do gullible 13 year-olds have?

UN Watch wrote an open letter to Ban Ki Moon slamming him on his benighted justification of terrorism:

Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,

Tomorrow when you attend synagogue to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day—after two weeks when you singled out Israel at the Security Council and in the New York Times—I hope you will pay heed to the following verses of Exodus in the weekly Bible portion that will be read out before the congregation:

“Do not spread a false report… Do not follow the crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in a dispute by siding with the multitude to pervert justice.” (Exodus XXIII).

No, Mr. Secretary General. It was not “human nature” for Palestinians, in the week preceding your UN remarks, to stab to death Dafna Meir, a mother of six children, outside her home; to stab Michal Froman, a pregnant woman; or to stab Shlomit Krigman, a 23-year-old university graduate, who died from her wounds on the day of your testimony.

The truth is that Palestinian youth are being incited day and night to murder Israelis. While you did say that “incitement has no place,” you deliberately refused to condemn the perpetrators, omitting any mention of the Palestinian Authority, its president Mahmoud Abbas, or Fatah, all of of whom have glorified the murderers of Israelis as “martyrs.”

Instead of making excuses for terrorists, you ought to learn courage from Muslims like Lucy Aharish, an Arab Israeli journalist, who, unlike you, has unequivocally condemned Arab leaders’ incitement to kill in the name of Islam, saying, “I refuse to accept excuses of frustration.”

As noted by Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post, none of your 85 op-eds of the past decade have gone after a specific country in this fashion. China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other regimes, all get a free pass.

It’s time for you to consider that Israel is not the problem in the Middle East, which is sinking into chaos because of ideologies of ignorance, medievalism and death; and that, on the contrary, having more Middle East societies like open-minded, innovative and democratic Israel is the solution.

Most importantly, you ought to consider your own organization’s role in all of this.

When was the last time that you spoke out against the demonization of Israelis that pervades the resolutions and debates of the U.N. General Assembly, UNESCO, and the Human Rights Council?

When last year the GA condemned Israel in 20 one-sided resolutions that gave a free pass to Hamas—with only three resolutions on the rest of the world combined—why were you silent?

When Hamas terrorists fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the summer of 2014, and the U.N.’s highest human rights body held an emergency session that condemned Israel 18 times and Hamas 0 times, why were you silent?

When that same body created a biased commission of inquiry headed by William Schabas, a life-long anti-Israel activist who did paid legal work for the PLO, why were you silent?

Read it all.

Incitement takes different forms, depending on who commits it and when. It can be online videos, as possibly watched by the Ramle attackers. It could be the justification of terrorism, as mentioned above by Ban Ki Moon.

And it could be the depraved behaviour of several Arab MKs who visited terrorists’ families, calling these killers of Israelis “martyrs”, has the same effect of inciting the Arab masses as a knife-wielding Imam preaching the murder of Jews.  Their constituents watch their behaviour and learn from it.

Knesset member Jamal Zahalka of the Joint (Arab) List called terrorists who killed Israelis “victims of the occupation” on Friday, defending his meeting with their families along with MKs Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas earlier in the week. Ghattas, for his part, described them as “martyrs.”

Israeli Arab MKs meet with families of Palestinian terrorists, February 2, 2016 (Palestinian Media Watch)

The meeting, at which the relatives asked the MKs to help them pressure the government to release the terrorists’ bodies for burial, has drawn condemnation from across the Israeli political spectrum.

Zahalka told Channel 2 news that the visit had been misrepresented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on Thursday said “Members of Knesset who go to comfort the families of terrorists who murdered Israelis do not deserve to be in the Israeli Knesset.”

The MKs met with the father of Baha Alian, a Palestinian who was part of a two-man team that killed Israelis Haim Haviv, Alon Govberg and Richard Lakin in Jerusalem in October, and with relatives of other terrorists.

Zahalka claimed the visit was not a show of support for the families. He said that he and the other MKs condemned the violence committed by the dead assailants. “We went to hear from the families about the issues of transferring the bodies. That’s it. There was nothing else in this visit.”

Asked why the MKs had observed a minute of silence at the meeting on Tuesday in memory of the dead killers, Zahalka said many meetings among Palestinians begin with a minute of silence “in memory of all Palestinian dead” and that the lawmakers were not honoring the terrorists themselves. “We stood in silence for a minute,” he said. He denied a report that the MKs had called the dead terrorists “martyrs.”

When pressed on how he would define Palestinians who had attacked and killed innocent Israeli civilians, Zahalka said that “they are victims of the occupation.”

Unsurprisingly these Arab MKs came under fire for giving support to terrorism as Netanyahu and Speaker Yuli Edelstein filed ethics complaints against them:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Thursday they plan to file personal complaints with the Knesset’s Ethics Committee against Balad MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas, who met with Palestinian terrorists’ families earlier this week.

Balad MKs Jamal Zahalka, Hanin Zoabi, and Basel Ghattas | Photo credit: Ziv Koren, Reuters, AP

Balad is one of the factions that comprise the Joint Arab List, alongside Ra’am-Ta’al and Hadash.

“Israeli MKs who visit the families of terrorists who murdered Jews are not worthy of their Knesset seat. I have asked the Knesset speaker to see what actions can be taken against them over this disgrace,” Netanyahu said Thursday.

This would be the first time Netanyahu files a grievance with the Ethics Committee against any lawmaker. The prime minister said he also plans to ask the Attorney General’s Office to recommend additional measures that could be taken against the three.

MKs from across the political spectrum strongly condemned the meeting, and urged both the Ethics Committee and the Attorney General’s Office to censure Zoabi, Zahalka and Ghattas.

Edelstein noted the meeting constituted “outright incitement and encouragement to commit murder. This meeting was a gross infringement against the Knesset and the State of Israel. I hope the High Court of Justice remembers this the next time it debates petitions seeking to disqualify potential MKs.”

Besides condemnation from the right-wing, the left and center of the Knesset also sharply condemned the behaviour of the Arab MKs:

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said that the visit was “a show of hatred and subversion against Israel. This is blatant support for murder.”

A statement by the Zionist Union denounced the visit as “encouraging terrorism and the murder of innocent people.”

Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli called the visit “sickening and reprehensible,” while fellow party member MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin said, “Arab MKs are severing the last of their ties with Israeli society.”

Should the Ethics Committee decide to take action against the Arab MKs, it has several courses of action, most prominently a suspension of up to six months from Knesset sessions, and a fine of up to 20,000 shekels ($5,200).

A suspension and a fine is absolutely pathetic in the face of such obscene, even treasonous behaviour. Sadly, with the benefit of hindsight in similar cases, I doubt the punishment will be even as “severe” as that suggested in the article. For example, Hanin Zoabi, that disgrace to the Knesset, has just been “punished” by a slap on the wrist for whipping up an Arab mob in July 2014, at the height of the Hamas war against Israel:

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi received a suspended sentence of six months’ imprisonment Sunday morning and a fine of NIS 3,000, plus three years of probation.

The slap on the wrist was handed down after the Joint Arab List MK signed a plea bargain agreement with outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last December.

Zoabi was convicted on a charge of causing disgrace to a public servant, instead of being charged with racism and incitement to violence.

The indictment and conviction followed an July 2014 incident in which Zoabi was verbally whipping up a mob of Israeli Arabs outside a court house in Nazareth. She was encouraging the mob to spit in the faces of Israeli Arab police officers who were securing the site, taunting them, calling them “traitors” and telling the crowd “they should be scared of us.”

With this “fine example” to follow, I’m sure the new Attorney General will indict Zoabi and her fellow-travellers of embarrassing the Knesset or something similarly minor, rather than for incitement to murder which is what their behaviour amounts to.

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Good News Friday

Another week of ups and downs has gone past, and thank goodness it’s Friday, time to relax with a Good News Friday post before Shabbat comes in.

Firstly some good news on the often cool British front. Here is the British Ambassador to Israel’s tweet this week:

On the Palestinian front, where one would hardly expect to hear any good news at all, earlier this week we read that Hamas claimed to have built its own tank. That would be terrifying news indeed – if it were true. It turns out the tank is as fake as the Palestinian “nationality”:

At a funeral-rally last Saturday for seven Hamas terrorists, who died when the tunnel they were working in collapsed on top of them, Gaza’s Islamist rulers proudly paraded what they claimed was a captured, rebuilt Israeli Merkava tank.

The rally was organized by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s “military wing,” whose members were killed in the accident, and was meant to be a show of force replete with the usual threats against Israel.

At one point, Al-Qassam Brigade spokesman Abu Obeida delivered a speech from the tank’s turret, flanked by several masked gunmen.

But as Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Arabic-language spokesman pointed out, there was just one problem: the “tank” was clearly a fake.

One wag on Twitter had some more terrifying illustrations of Hamas’ military capabilities:

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Even more good news from the same direction: There are reports that the entire Gaza tunnel network might be collapsing!

Two Hamas terrorists were killed in a tunnel collapse in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, one week after seven other terrorists were killed in a tunnel collapse in northern Gaza. In a statement, Hamas’ military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades identified the fighters as 35-year-old Fouad Ashor al-Etewi and 23-year-old Ahmad Haidar al-Zahhar from al-Nusirat refugee camp, Ma’an reported. The statement added that the tunnel “belonged to the resistance,” but did not offer any other details.

The rain and the massive flooding of the tunnel network by the Egyptian army has led to a vast chain reaction of collapsing tunnels, NRG reported Wednesday. On Tuesday last week, seven Hamas terrorists were killed when a tunnel they were rebuilding in the northern Gaza Strip reportedly collapsed due to heavy rain.

According to Reuters, Egypt has been pumping salt water from the nearby Mediterranean into the tunnels for more than a year, creating a huge mess as the water rises to the surface. Hamas officials are saying the flooding contaminates water supplies, destroys farmland and spreads disease.

Hamas’s disingenuousness is breath-taking. If they weren’t building terror tunnels, Egypt wouldn’t be flooding them with seawater and their water supply wouldn’t become contaminated.

As for the terrorists and tunnels themselves, what can I say? It couldn’t happen to nicer people. Long may it continue, Ad 120,000!   The Devil Smiley Smiley Face, Emoticon The Tiny Devil Smiley Face, Emoticon

On a more serious and more positive note, after having been passed over last year, the UN has now granted consultative status to the Israeli emergency response and rescue organization ZAKA:

ZAKA’s bid to join the UN body was unanimously approved by a 19-member committee that includes Iran, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Sudan and Pakistan. Three previous attempts by Zaka to join the UN — in 2015, 2014 and 2013 — were unsuccessful.

ZAKA volunteers in action at the scene of a crash

The status at the UN gives the volunteer organization the right to take part in official UN discussions and conferences that are open for such organizations.

The effort was backed by the Israeli and American ambassadors to the UN, Danny Danon and Samantha Power.

Danon called ZAKA’s new status “a significant victory for Israeli diplomacy.”

“ZAKA is an organization that reflects Israel’s moral values and its acceptance by the UN represents conclusive proof to the world of this fact. ZAKA received the status it deserves,” he said.

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, chairman of ZAKA

ZAKA founder and chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav praised the move, calling it a “great honor for the State of Israel in general and the ZAKA organization and its volunteers in particular that the UN recognizes and appreciates the unique sacred mission that we do, regardless of religion, race or creed.”

Indeed, ZAKA does holy work in its rescue missions around the world and in its first response teams in Israel, and through this work it also creates a wonderful Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d’s name). Kol hakavod and Mazal Tov to ZAKA on achieving this important status. Since they often do miracles in their rescue work, maybe they will also be able to create another miracle and have a positive influence on the UN.

Since we’re on the subject of medical miracles, here is another amazing new development from Israeli researchers – a personalized medicine to treat lymphomas:

With a median survival rate of just five to seven years, Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) is considered the most aggressive blood cancer, and despite the progress in genetic-based cancer treatments, researchers have yet to develop an effective method for treating this rare form of lymphoma.

White blood cells in the blood stream

However, a novel method developed in Israel successfully locates and blocks the reproduction of a cancer-related protein in white blood cells, suggesting that a cure for MCL, as well as other blood cancers, may be within reach. The study was led by Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Dan Peer.

The drug developed in Peer’s lab points to the potential of personalized medicine in the treatment of cancers, which display wide genetic variety even within the same pathology. “MCL is a disease with a specific genetic hallmark, so you can sequence the patient to identify the mutation(s), and design RNA blockers to be placed inside a nano-vehicle,” according to Peer. “However, the delivery system can be used to accommodate any disease with a [known] genetic profile. This could be the future. We are seeing it happen before our very eyes.”

This is an incredible development with enormous positive implications for other illnesses. Kol hakavod to Prof. Dan Peer and his research team on their novel discovery. May they go on to save countless lives cancer sufferers.

On a completely different theme now, I turn to two tragic events which have had an emotional, bittersweet and ultimately positive response.

First, here is the initiative of Rinel Saif, the widow of the heroic Druze policeman who was killed at the Har Nof Synagogue massacre:

Rinel Saif, widow of slain policeman Ziad Hy’d

 

If you can’t see the Facebook post, the text reads:

BIG LIKE: Rinel Saif is the widow of the Druze police officer killed in Jerusalem’s Har Nof massacre; Zidan Saif was murdered by Arab terrorists while defending Jews who were praying at the Synagogue. Rinel is now enterprising a new, blessed project: Jewish families hosting Druze families for Shabbat. “Instead of a blood alliance, we need a life alliance” she said.

What a wonderful courageous woman and what a wonderful initiative. Her husband and her community are surely very proud of her, and we Jewish Israelis can count ourselves lucky on having such extraordinary and brave citizens who, despite the enormous sacrifice they paid, show no bitterness. Kol hakavod to Rinel! I wish her project enormous success.

And here is a story guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes: the widower of Dafna Meir Hy’d, murdered by a terrorist in Otniel just a couple of weeks ago, turned to social media to support his daughters when they won an award:

Natan Meir, a father of six, whose wife Dafna was murdered in her home in the Otniel in the Judea portion of the West Bank last month is asking for help on social media. This week, two of their children won medals for their performance in gymnastics but they were unable to revel in their win because their victory was tainted with the knowledge that their mother would not be able to celebrate with them.

When they arrived home the children started crying knowing they could not share their joy with their mother.

Natan shared this photo of the 10 and 11 year olds to social media to ask that people show some love and support for his daughters in this challenging time.

Leave a kind comment and congratulate the girls on their achievements!

“My wonderful daughters, Noa (age 10) and Ahava (age 11) took part in a gymnastics competition today in Otniel. They won the silver and bronze medals. Two local mothers, neighbors of ours, accompanied them, and gave them a great time.

That evening though, the tears came – their mother had not seen their victory. Why did they not have their mother’s hug? Why is she not here to watch them?

I suggested to them that I would share their photo with their medals on Facebook, so they can receive a warm hug of love from the entire Jewish people.”

The Jewish People – and many others – did not disappoint! There are tens of thousands of likes and comments as you can see from the Facebook post below.

Again, as with Rinel Saif, here is someone who has been terribly bereaved and has been left with the burden of raising his family alone. And yet he shows no bitterness, only resourcefulness and deep love for his children.

May Natan Meir find comfort in his beautiful and talented children, and find solace and strength in the love that is pouring out from the Jewish people and our supporters everywhere.

And with this I wish you all Shabbat Shalom.

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The perverse anti-Israel reflex of the international media indicates deep moral rot

Following the terror attack at Shaar Shechem (Damascus Gate) yesterday, in which Hadar Cohen Hy’d was killed, we saw the same old anti-Israel bias in the perverted headlines of some of the international press. Despite the fact that some of these outlets corrected their headlines following complaints from readers, or because of embarrassment due to their being “outed” on social media, the URL (the web address) of these headlines remains, thereby continuing the perversion of their hateful views with every reposting on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s not as if these media outlets can claim ignorance or an innocent mistake as an excuse. This has happened after every single terror attack in which Israelis are targeted. Furthermore, the terrorist becomes the main event in the article, his fate is focused upon while the Israeli victims are barely mentioned and are anyway of secondary importance, and often the Palestinian terrorists are humanised, with their “sad” story of their frustration, their poverty and the occupation taking center stage while the Israelis are often not even named, let alone have their life stories told.

This time the chief culprit is CBS:

They eventually changed their headline after the Israeli Foreign Ministry called it “unparalleled chutzpah”:

“3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” read the CBS headline.  At around 5:30 p.m. Israel time, CBS changed the headline to: “Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said the original headline was “biased and dishonest,” and an example of “unparalleled chutzpa.” He said the ministry, the Government Press Office and the National Information Directorate all worked to get the headline changed.

The new headline, he said, “was not ideal, but better.”

The headline was changed a third time later, reading: “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed.”

The Dutch media are not much better:

(the headline translates as “Israeli police shoot Palestinian dead”. No mention of the Israeli policewomen killed or wounded, or their attempt at a massive terror attack.

Amazingly enough the Guardian got it right with their headline “Israeli police officer killed in attack at entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City”.  However, the URL is problematic and hints at an earlier version which was edited. The URL reads “israeli-police-kill-three-palestinian-men-injured-female-officers”. Do you see how that works?

Even the New York Times got the headline right for a change with “Israeli police officer killed in attack by 3 Palestinians in Jerusalem”.

The Independent hasn’t bothered editing their headline and it remains as an Israel-hit-back-first headline with “Three Palestinians shot dead after shooting and stabbing on Israeli policewomen at Jerusalem Damascus Gate”.

As for the reactions of the Palestinians themselves, the New York Times surprisingly reports on the terrorists’ bragging of their murderous intentions on Facebook:

According to the police, the three assailants on Wednesday were all around 20 or 21 and came from Qabatiya, a village in the northern West Bank. Palestinian news media reports identified them as Ahmad Zakarna, Muhammad Kamil and Ahmad Abu al-Rub.

Mr. Zakarna had made his intentions clear in a Facebook post more than a month ago. “We are writing with his precious blood, and in the name of freedom,” he wrote, referring to a childhood friend from Qabatiya who was fatally shot by Israeli forces in November after he tried to stab a soldier at another West Bank checkpoint, the Israeli military said.

“Your men are coming with gunfire,” Mr. Zakarna wrote in his post. “May you rest in peace in heaven and may God grant us the privilege of becoming martyrs.”

Ali Zakarna, a cousin of Mr. Zakarna and a spokesman for Fatah, the mainstream Palestinian party, in Qabatiya, said the three Palestinian assailants in Wednesday’s attack were good friends of the man who was fatally shot in November. “Our children’s actions are only a reaction to the continuous harsh Israeli occupation,” Mr. Zakarna said. “The shooting and killing of their friend,” he continued, “encouraged these youths to seek revenge against the enem

We should not be surprised since these terrorists receive the moral support from their own leaders, and through a constant diet of incitement against Jews and Israelis in their media. The Elder of Ziyon quickly found this Fatah Facebook page celebrating the murderers of Officer Hadar Cohen.

And shortly after the deadly attack in Jerusalem, our “peace partners” the Palestinian Authority, aka Fatah, aka the PLO, bolstered their murderous message as Mahmoud Abbas met with the families of terrorists whom he called heroes and martyrs:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday held a meeting with numerous family members of terrorist who had carried attacks against Israelis during a wave of violence which began in October of last year, according to Arab media reports.

The meeting, held just hours after a 19-year-old border policewoman was killed at Damascus Gate in the Old City, invited 11 families of “martyred sons” to the the PA president’s headquarters in Ramallah, Israeli daily Yediot Aronoth reported.

This included the family of Baha Alyan, who on October 13 boarded the number 78 Egged Bus where Armon Hanatziv and Jebl Mukaber intersect and proceeded to stab and shoot Jewish passengers. Alyan was shot dead by police and Ghanem was taken into custody.

Haim Haviv, 78, Alon Govberg, 51, and Richard Lakin, 76, were murdered, and over a dozen other passengers were seriously wounded in the attack, which rattled the nation.

The family of Ala Abu Jamal, a resident of Jabal Mukaber, was also in attendance. Jamal, 33, drove his vehicle into a group of several people waiting at a bus stop. He then exited his car with a meat cleaver and began attacking the wounded and others with the implement.

Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, was killed, apparently both from the vehicular attack and the axe wounds while two other people were seriously injured.

A major portion of blame should be laid at the feet of the person who is giving a tailwind to terror:

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Border Policewoman killed, another injured, in a multi-faceted terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Border Police Officer Hadar Cohen Hy’d, murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem

Yesterday afternoon an Israeli Border Police officer, Hadar Cohen, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists, and a second policewoman was badly injured, in an attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. This attack was unusual in that it involved machine guns and explosives as well as knives, and it was only the heroism of the Border Police that prevented a much worse attack:

A 19-year-old border policewoman was killed and another female officer critically wounded in an attack Wednesday at Damascus Gate by three Arab terrorists wielding machine guns, pipe bombs and knives.

All three assailants were shot dead at the scene. Their explosives did not detonate and were later neutralized by a police bomb disposal team.

The commander of the Border Police team that killed two of the attackers said that he saw two of the terrorists shortly after 2 p.m. sitting on a bench wearing jackets, and that when he approached them they seemed to be uneasy.

He said he asked them for their identification cards, at which point one of them stood up, pulled a gun from his jacket and hit the officer over the head with the weapon.

The officer said he saw the terrorist point his gun at him and try to fire, at which point he said he pulled his service pistol and turned to see an attacker stabbing a woman on the ground.

The officer said he then shot and killed that attacker and then turned to see someone else shooting the terrorist who trained the gun on him.

A police officer at the scene said that he followed a group of people running and saw a man with a black T-shirt who he realized was one of the attackers. He said he and other officers opened fire, stopping the man.

Avshalom Peled, the deputy chief of the Jerusalem police, said that the police do not believe that the Border Police officers were the target and were likely waiting for their real target when the officer approached them.

Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen, 19, died of her wounds shortly after being rushed to Hadassah-University Medical Center at Mount Scopus. Her unidentified partner was seriously wounded and underwent emergency surgery there.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who was at the scene, described the violence as a planned attack.

…After police cordoned off the area, two pipe bombs were discovered that the terrorists carried but did not explode.

Our bomb disposal experts are being very cautious at the moment to safely detonate them.”

The Israeli police do not think the Border Police unit was the intended target, but rather the terrorists were waiting for a large group of civilians:

Israeli security officials said Wednesday’s fatal attack at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, in which Border Police officer Hadar Cohen was killed and a second policewoman badly injured, marked “an escalation” in the ongoing terror wave.

The three West Bank Palestinians who stabbed and shot at the Israeli forces had been sitting and waiting for a large group of Israeli civilians to enter or leave the Old City, and had planned to target them, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported on Wednesday evening, citing police sources.

“As far as we can tell from the armaments, [the terrorists] planned a larger, more sophisticated attack,” Jerusalem Deputy Police Chief Avshalom Peled said. “This is an escalation from what we’ve seen thus far. The police officers prevented a combined and much larger attack.”

The new police chief Roni Alsheich, visited the wounded policewoman in hosptial and said that Israel paid a very heavy price to proctect its citizens:

Israel Police chief Roni Alsheich on Wednesday night visited Ravit, a Border Police officer who was wounded in the terrorist attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem while she and other officers physically blocked the terrorists and preventing an even bigger attack.

Police Chief Roni Alsheich visits the wounded policewoman in hospital

A second officer, Hadar Cohen, was critically wounded in the attack and later succumbed to her wounds.

Ravit, whose condition has stabilized in recent hours, recounted the moments of the attack to the police chief and told him, “We are here to protect the citizens. This is what we enlisted for and that’s what we are here to do. I have no doubt that Hadar z”l knew this and acted in accordance.”

Alsheich told Ravit, “We are fighting to protect civilians, the price is a painful price, but it’s our job.”

“I have no doubt that a terror cell that comes with an arsenal of weapons of this magnitude – their intention is to carry out a massive attack,” he continued. “Your determination, as well as that of the other police officers and fighters who were there, certainly prevented a major disaster. I salute you,” he added.

Indeed the price that we paid yesterday was very heavy, even more so for the family of Hadar Cohen Hy’d. May her family and friends be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may her memory be for a blessing. יהי זכרה ברוך.

Police Chief Alsheich is correct that Israel needs to pay a painful price, but the fact that this latest attack represents such a marked escalation needs to be addressed by our government. We Israeli civilians do not feel safe any more as we walk the streets or as we go about our daily business anywhere in the country, but particularly in Jerusalem. The police are doing a wonderful job but there comes a time when the political echelon must get their hands dirty. They have to institute new rules of engagement for the army and police, they must be much more pro-active, rather than simply reactive, in combatting this escalating terrorism before it’s too late.

And more than anything else the government has to challenge the PA on its incitement in the Palestinian education system and media.  It needs to demand of the UN, especially UNRWA who run the schools, to completely recreate the educational syllabus and remove all anti-Jewish incitement. If necessary the Israeli government should take over these systems themselves and take on the job of reeducating and recivilizing the Palestinians. Yes, it sounds positively Orwellian, but without reeducating the next generation we – and they – are doomed to endless conflict and death.

Meanwhile the army is surrounding the killers’ hometown of Qabatiya in the Shomron in order to arrest any accomplices of the murderers. How much better it would have been if these killers had not been inflamed by incitement so that this attack would have been stopped before it ever got off the ground.

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