Some schadenfreude to start the week

It’s always nice to start the week with good news, so you might like this schadenfreude post. Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, he and his diplomatic team (UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and National Security Advisor John Bolton) have had Israel’s back like no other president before him. He doesn’t only support Israel with words, but with dramatic action too, like moving the Embassy to Jerusalem. In the last couple of weeks Trump announced the closing of the PLO embassy in Washington because of the Palestinians’ refusal to enter into peace talks with Israel, and also as a reprisal for their taking their case to the ICC:

The Trump administration announced Monday that it’s closing the Palestinians’ diplomatic mission in Washington over what U.S. officials say is the leadership’s refusal to participate in the peace process with Israel.

The PLO mission in Washington

The Palestine Liberation Organization has refused to “to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a speech Monday in Washington that also took sharp aim at the International Criminal Court.

Bolton spent the bulk of his speech, however, criticizing the International Criminal Court, which he said is too harsh on Israel. Bolton warned the ICC, which the U.S. hasn’t joined, that it could face penalties if it “comes after us, Israel or other U.S. allies.”

Palestinian leaders have urged the ICC to consider action against Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Bolton cited the Palestinian request to the court as one of the reasons the administration is shutting the diplomatic mission to the U.S.

Along with the closure of the PLO mission, Trump revoked the visas of the Palestinian envoy and his family.

And this week, following the murder of Ari Fuld Hy’d, and the Palestinians’ outrageous pledge to pay the family of the terrorist, the White House sent a warning shot to the Palestinian Authority over their “pay for slay” policy:

The Trump administration is warning the Palestinian Authority that severe US aid cuts to Ramallah may be in the offing unless it ends its compensation program for the families of murderers and terrorists convicted by Israel.

Responding to reports that the family of the killer of Ari Fuld, an American citizen, would receive official compensation for the terrorist act, a White House official noted that recent congressional legislation compels the administration to “restrict the use of Economic Support Funds that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority” unless the State Department “certifies that the PA has taken steps to end the practice of providing payments to individuals, and families of individuals, who committed acts of terrorism.”

Ari Fuld Hy’d (l), murdered by Palestinian terrorist Khalil Jabbarin (r) who will now receive a monthly stipend from the PA in reward

“As we’ve seen from today’s announcement by the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission with respect to the terrorist who killed Ari Fuld, the practice continues,” said Edgar Vasquez, a White House spokesman. “This is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.”

Vasquez said the administration “strongly supports” the bill signed into law in March of this year, called the Taylor Force Act, named after the US Army veteran and Vanderbilt graduate student killed in a terrorist attack in Jaffa in 2016. The law would halt funding the PA– except for three exceptions– unless the State Department reports an end to the payment scheme.

“The United States condemns the Palestinian Authority’s payments to terrorists and their families,” Vasquez stated. “We strongly oppose any program that incentivizes acts of violence and terrorism. We continue to demand that the Palestinian Authority stop payments related to perpetrators of political violence.”

“The Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission has confirmed that the family of the terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld is ‘eligible to receive a monthly salary’ as compensation for his incarceration,” Friedman wrote of the practice, which he also characterized as “unconscionable.”

Two days earlier, US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted a link to a Jerusalem Post story reporting that the family of Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin, the terrorist who murdered the 45-year-old Fuld on Sunday, would receive a NIS 1,400 monthly stipend for the next three years from the Palestinian Authority.

Greenblatt termed this “outrageous.”

It is indeed outrageous. Moreover it is probably one of the prime motivations for Palestinian teenagers to set out to murder innocent Israelis instead of going out clubbing or attending classes like any other normal teenager.

The indoctrination of Palestinian youth is a war crime and human rights violation of the highest order, and until the world holds Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies to account and forces them to change their educational system there will never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians, no matter how much land Israel gives up or how many concessions we do.

The Americans under Donald Trump have taken these vital first steps, for which I for one thank them from the bottom of my heart. If only the Europeans and their do-gooder NGOs (doing good for everyone except Israelis and Jews) would follow suit rather than stepping in to make up for the missing funds. If they don’t stop the pay-for-slay will simply continue.

However it’s not all bad news from Europe: PayPal has shut down a German NGO with links to terrorists:

The US online payment service PayPal has closed the account of the Germany-based NGO International Alliance – an organization that sympathizes with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization and supports boycotting Israel.



The Jerusalem Post
launched an investigation in early September into the funding stream of International Alliance (Internationalistisches Bündnis). The PayPal payment service for International Alliance had been available for several weeks in September. On Thursday, International Alliance’s PayPal account stated: “This recipient is currently unable to receive money.”

The Post reported on September 1 that German bank Sparkasse Witten shut down the NGO’s account.

While many German banks have terminated accounts with organizations that boycott Israel or support Palestinian terror entities such as Hamas and the PFLP, PayPal’s closure of International Alliance is believed to be the first shut down of an online payment service account in the federal republic for a group involved in BDS and with links to supporters of the PFLP.

While many German banks have terminated accounts with organizations that boycott Israel or support Palestinian terror entities such as Hamas and the PFLP, PayPal’s closure of International Alliance is believed to be the first shut down of an online payment service account in the federal republic for a group involved in BDS and with links to supporters of the PFLP.

As a result of the Post’s exposé articles since 2016, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, DAB Bank in Munich, and Postbank have terminated accounts for German NGOs and groups that wage economic warfare against the Jewish state and are linked with sympathizers of the PFLP and Hamas.

Kol hakavod to the Jerusalem Post on its exposes of these vicious groups and for getting their bank accounts shut down.

I think we are now seeing baby steps towards recognition of the vicious nature of Palestinian rejectionism, their incitement to violence and murder through their educational system, and their economic warfare on Israel.  Let’s hope this trend continues and grows.

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9 Responses to Some schadenfreude to start the week

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  2. peddiebill says:

    I understand this is the standard Israeli understanding but if you stop to ask why the Palestinians seem to be so riled I would have thought a more nuanced view would be more appropriate. Two issues among many occur to me.

    Killing Israelis is obviously unacceptable, but what the Israelis call necessary punishment kills far more. The stats are readily available. The Israelis often kill 100 Palestinians in response for one Israeli death. Had it occurred to you that the Palestinians view it the other way round. The 100 deaths build up such a resentment that they are the trigger for the next rocket attack. When your land (and farms) have been taken and you are shut behind barber wire violent protests seem to the Palestinians the best way of standing up.

    The recent protests were considered to be threatening to those at the border. Young people threw stones and yes that was violent and to the Israelis this placed their people at risk. So from what the Palestinians considered to be the safety of their observation towers the guard responded with fire. The final figures are now well known. Some would say it was massive over-reaction but more to the objective point, a reaction that has not worked in the past. One of the many casualties from the protestors was a fourteen year old girl throwing her stones from a wheelchair. She could hardly have been shot by accident. Now consider this. Will her family be in a hurry to forgive as you seem to imply they should do?

    • anneinpt says:

      I will give you my understanding of the situation as an Israeli.

      The Palestinians are “riled” because they do not accept the existence of Israel in ANY borders. They are riled up by their own government, for no good reason at all. Ask any Arab living in Israel under the Israeli government – Arabs in Lod, in Ramla (not Ramallah), in Jaljouliya, in Kfar Kassem – whether they want to live under Israeli or Palestinian administration and you will have your answer.

      The Arabs in Gaza have no reason at all to riot at the border. They wanted their own territory, they got their own territory. They wanted their own government, they got it in the shape of Hamas.

      If an enemy force tries to invade another country they can and should expect to be shot at and repelled in any way necessary. What was a 14 year old girl in a wheelchair doing in a riot? Let alone throwing rocks?

      You claim she was shot not by accident. I have not heard of any such story of a 14 year old girl, and I would like to see proof that she was deliberately targeted within a crowd of some 40-50,000 or more. You seem to think IDF soldiers are super human that they can see who is shooting at them. You have no idea of what a war situation looks like.

      As for the numbers game: Israel has built thousands of bomb shelters throughout the country to protect its citizens. The town of Sderot is almost entirely one big bunker. The bus stops are fortified. the walls of the schools are fortified. The playgrounds have bomb shelters within the play equipment.

      Sderot bus stop

      When will Hamas provide such protection for its own people?

      civilians

      An even more relevant question is when will Hamas stop shooting at Israel? When there is no shooting and no rockets Israel does not attack. You can search through the entire timeline of all the clashes and see that I am right.

      tunnels

      When will Hamas stop stealing the BILLIONS of dollars of international aid in order to build attack tunnels, tunnels that go from Gaza into Israel in order to kill and kidnap Israelis??

      And besides Hamas we have the massive incitement to murder Israelis and Jews everywhere, incitement that is prevalent through the entire Palestinian educational and cultural system. It is an outrage and a disgrace. They have educated the next generation to hate Israel, and to reject any kind of normalization. How can there ever be peace in such a situation?

      incitement

      Stab a Jew

      And why should the US, Europe or Israel fund any of this? Let their Arab brothers with their trillions of petro dollars fund them. And if they refuse to let them wallow in their own sewage, if murder and mayhem is more important than making peace.

    • Jeff Polaski says:

      Where is proof of a 14-year-old shot in a wheelchair? There is none.
      Another wheelchair claim of Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh being shot in his wheelchair was disproved by IDF investigators. His own spurious claim of having lost his legs in an Israeli air strike was disproved by Associated Press documenting — with films of him — that he was wounded fighting as a Palestinian at the 11 April 2008 clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian operatives in the Bureij refugee camp.
      Kindly use proof, not falsehoods.

  3. Jeff Polaski says:

    “Schadenfreude”, indeed: it also feels very good here in my own little part of America.

    Shabbat Shalom.

  4. peddiebill says:

    I think you misunderstand what I was trying to say.
    1. I agree it is certainly upsetting to the Israelis to have spasmodic attacks on their public. My question is that if the current policies don’t make the Palestinians calm down, why is it that those tactics are the only ones being tried?
    2. I am sorry I must have the wrong facts about the relative numbers of casualties. eg I have just revisited the stats given by the UN and also the monthly stats summarized on Vox. I was assuming these lists going back 17 years were those accepted within reason and I honestly couldn’t find a single month when Israeli casualties exceeded the Palestinian casualties and I was assuming from the number of families thereby affected that each act of punishment gave an additional reason for continuing the protests.
    Don’t tell me I’m stupid or misinformed. Tell me which months of the 12 a year for 15 years where the Palestinians have killed more Israelis than vice versa. (That should be easy since there are lots of months to choose from!)
    3. The UN advisors (not the US advisors) are the ones who keep stressing the continuing hard-line eg bulldozing Palestinian houses, taking more and more land and reducing aid is going to make the protests continue. If my and their understanding is wrong please explain why the current Israeli response is NOT achieving what is intended.
    I happen to trust the BBC and UN advisors more than Fox TV and am aware that a number of Israeli protest groups are also protesting the current hard-line response.
    You wont convince me by abusing me. It might work on those easily bullied into submission by Mr Trump. Convince me with data.
    I actually think the situation is quite serious because some of Israel’s enemies are just looking for an excuse to fan the flames and from what I read on your site you also believe in stirring up the enemies of Israel. Have I got that wrong. Where????

    • anneinpt says:

      Answering you point by point:

      1. I agree it is certainly upsetting to the Israelis to have spasmodic attacks on their public. My question is that if the current policies don’t make the Palestinians calm down, why is it that those tactics are the only ones being tried?

      Israel has tried other tactics: Israel made a peace treaty, or maybe it was just a Memorandum of Understanding, with the PLO in 1993, aka the Oslo Accords, exactly 25 years ago. IMMEDIATELY, within days, Israel received bus bombings in return.

      Israel has withdrawn from territory entirely – see Gaza since 2005. All we got were thousands of rockets, and since this year we have seen huge attempted invasions of the border (yes, it is a defacto international border and Israel is perfectly entitled to protect its own border just like any other country does). And Hamas have now “perfected” a new type of terrorism: incendiary kites and balloons. These are NOT mere child’s toys. These “toys” have burned down 8,000 acres of Israeli farmland and nature reserves, killing hundreds of thousands of animals and totally destroying the land. If only Hamas would put its engineering ingenuity into genuine construction and engineering projects Gaza could be a paradise, as it was when it was under Israeli control.

      Israel has also tried giving them autonomy. All we got were more stabbings. Yet amazingly Israel has not removed that autonomy, which is why we are still being stabbed in the streets.

      2. I am sorry I must have the wrong facts about the relative numbers of casualties. eg I have just revisited the stats given by the UN and also the monthly stats summarized on Vox. I was assuming these lists going back 17 years were those accepted within reason and I honestly couldn’t find a single month when Israeli casualties exceeded the Palestinian casualties and I was assuming from the number of families thereby affected that each act of punishment gave an additional reason for continuing the protests.
      Don’t tell me I’m stupid or misinformed. Tell me which months of the 12 a year for 15 years where the Palestinians have killed more Israelis than vice versa. (That should be easy since there are lots of months to choose from!)

      Where did I ever say more Israelis were killed than Palestinians?? Did you actually READ my comments? What I said was that more Israelis were NOT killed because Israel’s government actually cares about its people and spends billions of dollars in building bomb shelters and protective walls. The IDF spent billions on Iron Dome to shoot down short range rockets and now a newer version to shoot down (with only partial success) mortars which are extremely short range. More billions were spent on David’s Sling anti-missile defence for long-range missiles.

      THAT’s why more Israelis were not killed, not because Hamas are such humanitarians or because Israel is such a murderous entity.

      Your demand that Israel waits until more Israelis are killed than Palestinians is inhumane, anti-human rights and contrary to all international law. No country needs to wait until its civilians are killed. Every government in the world, including your own wherever you are, is OBLIGATED to protect its civilians. If you demand different from Israel, and ONLY from Israel that makes you an anti-Semite.

      3. The UN advisors (not the US advisors) are the ones who keep stressing the continuing hard-line eg bulldozing Palestinian houses, taking more and more land and reducing aid is going to make the protests continue. If my and their understanding is wrong please explain why the current Israeli response is NOT achieving what is intended.

      What Palestinian houses “keep being bulldozed”? The only houses Israel destroys are those of terrorists and that is punishment and deterrent because nothing else seems to work. Every demolition goes through multiple layers of the justice system, and NO ONE in the world denies that correctness of the Israeli justice system.

      “Taking more and more land” – Which land is Israel taking pray tell? Please give us details. Just saying and repeating something like a mantra does not make it true.

      If Israel really wanted to “take land” and “bulldoze homes” how come they haven’t simply erased Gaza and expelled every single Palestinian? How come Israel GETS NO CREDIT AT ALL for giving up land (it was Israeli land not Palestinian according to international law)

      I happen to trust the BBC and UN advisors more than Fox TV and am aware that a number of Israeli protest groups are also protesting the current hard-line response.
      You wont convince me by abusing me. It might work on those easily bullied into submission by Mr Trump. Convince me with data.

      Of course there are Israelis protesting Israel’s actions. This is a democracy and people have the right to protest. But “more and more Israelis?” Just look at the election results ever since Oslo. I don’t need to give you numbers, they speak for themselves if you would just look.

      I actually think the situation is quite serious because some of Israel’s enemies are just looking for an excuse to fan the flames and from what I read on your site you also believe in stirring up the enemies of Israel. Have I got that wrong. Where????

      You’re 100% correct about Israel’s enemies looking for an excuse to fan the flames.
      You’re 100% wrong that I want to stir up Israel’s enemies. Are you mad?? Do you think I want my husband, sons, brothers, nephews etc. to have to go to war?? What on earth do you think we are?? You are speaking in tropes that have dark shades of antisemitism, always imputing the absolute worst motivations for our actions.

      Israel’s mere existence, the fact that Jews are living and breathing and flourishing and thriving in Israel is the reason that the enemies of Israel are riled up and fanning the flames.

      It makes no difference what we do. If we make concessions, they are pocketed by our enemies and then they issue demands for more. And the world gives us no credit for any of these concessions.

      If we act in self-defense then all hell breaks loose. “Israel is shooting innocent protestors!!” scream the headlines.

      Last week when Ari Fuld was murdered, but he shot the terrorist and wounded him before he himself died, the headlines in some Arab papers were “Jewish settler shoots Palestinian boy”.

      So tell me who is fair and who is balanced.

      If you want to know about media bias, about the BBC and CNN and the other alphabet soup of news agencies, just search my blog. I’m not going to give you any more help to do your own homework.

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