Arab leaders begin to realise that antisemitism holds back their societies

The Olympic Games that are still going on in Rio have been notable (or maybe pretty normal for all we know) for the several instances of overt antisemitism displayed towards the Israeli athletes by Arab or Muslim participants.

It started (as I wrote last week) with the Lebanese team refusing entry to the Israeli team onto the bus to the opening ceremony. It continued with a female Saudi judoka forfeited her match against a Mauritian judoka in order to avoid facing an Israeli athlete in the following round; and it culminated in the refusal by Islam El Shehaby, an Egyptian judoka to bow or shake hands with his Israeli opponent Or Sasson, who had just beaten him (and then went on to win the bronze medal).

Israeli Judoka and bronze medal winner Or Sasson stretches out his hand to his Egyptian opponent Islam El Shehaby who refuses to shake his hand

It is gratifying to note that the El Shehaby was both booed by the crowd and then condemned and sent home by the Egyptian National Olympic Committee for violating the rules of the Olympic charter. This in itself is a refreshing and very encouraging change on the part of the Egyptians:

The International Judo Federation called it a sign a progress that the fight even took place between the two athletes.

“This is already a big improvement that Arabic countries accept to (fight) Israel,” spokesman Nicolas Messner said in an email. The competitors were under no obligation to shake hands, but a bow is mandatory, he added.

It is notable that this Arab antisemitism (and make no mistake, this is no mere “anti-Zionism” which is also illegitimate, but simple Jew hatred) is starting be resisted and even condemned by Arab leaders themselves as they come to the very belated realization that this irrational hatred is holding them back from progress and development.

MEMRI reports on a series of articles in the Saudi press that have called for ending antisemitic discourse and instead learning from the Jews’ success:

Saudi columnist Siham Al-Qahtani rejected antisemitic generalizations regarding the nature of the Jews. She argued that Koranic descriptions of Jews – as killers of prophets, infidels, warmongers, and usurers – apply to a particular group that lived during a specific time period, and that the traditional view that blames disasters throughout history on Jewish plots stems from the helplessness of Arabs, who searched for scapegoats on whom to blame their own failures.

Columnist Yasser Hijazi penned two articles calling to abandon hatred of and hostility towards Jews in Arab cultural and institutional discourse, which paints the Jew as a satanic figure. He even called on Arabs to take an active role in the fight against “Judophobia”

On July 21, 2016, in his column in the Al-Riyadh daily, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Matroudi called for overcoming the hostility towards the Jews and for benefiting from their experience and successes, even though they are enemies. He argued that, although it has been “isolated and distanced from life,” the Jewish nation has “remained alive and alert, and has continued to build its future, and its sons have reached the top of the pyramid in science, philosophy, and economics.”

It’s not all rosy of course, and if you read the rest of the article you will see that the Saudi journalists’ suggestions to abandon antisemitism stem not from any great love of Israel or the Jewish people, but merely from their own self-interest. But that’s as good a starting point as any in order to begin the very long road to normalization and acceptance.

Saudi Minister Anwar Eshki (center with striped tie) with Israeli Knesset members (Image: Haaretz.com, July 23, 2016)

Similarly an article in a Palestinian online daily condemns as foolish the assertion that Jews are descended from apes and pigs:

In his column in the Palestinian online daily Dunya Al-Watan (Alwatanvoice.com), Anwar Al-Waridi, a Palestinian poet and author living in Jordan, mocked Muslim clerics who scream about Jews being the descendants of apes and pigs,[1] while Jews control Arab land and have been defeating the Arabs for the past century. According to him, this claim about the Jews is ridiculous, and is indicative of a backwards collective Arab mentality that underestimates the enemy.

The problem is the Arab collective mentality. The Jews are not the descendants of apes or pigs, but human beings, sons of Adam and Eve. The cry made repeatedly by some of the crazed and primitive Muslim clerics, ‘Jews, the descendants of apes and pigs,” is shameful. To those who rely on the esteemed verse: ‘We said to them, Be apes, despised’ [Koran 2:65] or the verse: ‘and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghout’ [Koran 5:60], [I say as follows]: though there is disagreement among commentators about the meaning of these verses, the favored opinion is that [the Jews] became apes in character, not in form – meaning that they did not physically transform into actual apes, but rather that their attributes became apelike.

“A relative [once] said to me that [he] attended a Friday prayer in the Cave of the Patriarchs in occupied Hebron, which, for those who don’t know, is divided into two parts, and has strict arrangements for prayers by both sides [Muslims and Jews]. [This has been the case] since 1994, when the criminal [Baruch] Goldstein massacred 29 peaceful Muslim worshippers. The occupiers, who are not the descendants of apes and pigs, divided [the cave] between Muslims and Jews, and soldiers of the Zionist army are stationed there to prevent clashes between the sides. My relative continued: At the end of the prayer, the preacher began cursing the corrupting Jews and asked Allah to destroy the descendants of apes and pigs and strike blows against them. The [Israeli] officer standing next to me tapped his colleague on the shoulder and signaled him to listen, and both of them smiled ironically.

“Gentlemen, this backwards mentality is one of the reasons for our ongoing defeats…”

On a tangential issue, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, another Saudi journalist admitted that incitement is at the root of terrorism, and stated that terror is the result of extremism being preached from mosques, in the media and schools:

“The problem is with extremists, or rather with those preaching extremism. They do not necessarily live in Ar-Raqqah or Mosul. They may live in Paris or Kuala Lumpur. They permit rape, murder and aggression against anyone who they think is not like them. They are the source of the disease

“We are [experiencing] exceptional circumstances, and terrorism will not stop unless extremist preachers and scholars are warned that they will be punished for their extremist calls. Terrorists who murder and rape people are present worldwide, and are the product of people like that man [Ghoneim] who accuses others of apostasy and curses them.”

This dawning realization of one of the main causes of Muslim society’s backwardness reflects the words of Brett Stephens who, in his WSJ column, talks about the meaning of an Olympic snub and expands upon its wider implications:

Yet the fact remains that over the past 70 years the Arab world got rid of its Jews, some 900,000 people, while holding on to its hatred of them. Over time the result proved fatal: a combination of lost human capital, ruinously expensive wars, misdirected ideological obsessions, and an intellectual life perverted by conspiracy theory and the perpetual search for scapegoats. The Arab world’s problems are a problem of the Arab mind, and the name for that problem is anti-Semitism.

As a historical phenomenon, this is not unique. In a 2005 essay in Commentary, historian Paul Johnson noted that wherever anti-Semitism took hold, social and political decline almost inevitably followed.

Spain expelled its Jews with the Alhambra Decree of 1492. The effect, Mr. Johnson noted, “was to deprive Spain (and its colonies) of a class already notable for the astute handling of finance.” In czarist Russia, anti-Semitic laws led to mass Jewish emigration as well as an “immense increase in administrative corruption produced by the system of restrictions.” Germany might well have won the race for an atomic bomb if Hitler hadn’t sent Albert Einstein, Leo Szilard, Enrico Fermi and Edward Teller into exile in the U.S.

These patterns were replicated in the Arab world. Contrary to myth, the cause was not the creation of the state of Israel. There were bloody anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine in 1929, Iraq in 1941, and Lebanon in 1945. Nor is it accurate to blame Jerusalem for fueling anti-Semitism by refusing to trade land for peace. Among Egyptians, hatred of Israel barely abated after Menachem Begin relinquished the Sinai to Anwar Sadat. Among Palestinians, anti-Semitism became markedly worse during the years of the Oslo peace process.

Anti-Semitism makes the world seem easy. In doing so, it condemns the anti-Semite to a permanent darkness.

Today there is no great university in the Arab world, no serious indigenous scientific base, a stunted literary culture.

Hatred of Israel and Jews has also deprived the Arab world of both the resources and the example of its neighbor. Israel quietly supplies water to Jordan, helping to ease the burden of Syrian refugees, and quietly provides surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Egypt to fight ISIS in the Sinai. But this is largely unknown among Arabs, for whom the only permissible image of Israel is an Israeli soldier in riot gear, abusing a Palestinian.

This may be starting to change. In the past five years the Arab world has been forced to face up to its own failings in ways it cannot easily blame on Israel. The change can be seen in the budding rapprochement between Jerusalem and Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, which might yet yield tactical and strategic advantages on both sides, particularly against common enemies such as ISIS and Iran.

That’s not enough. So long as an Arab athlete can’t pay his Israeli opposite the courtesy of a handshake, the disease of the Arab mind and the misfortunes of its world will continue. For Israel, this is a pity. For the Arabs, it’s a calamity. The hater always suffers more than the object of his hatred.

Within Israel the story is much more encouraging. Besides the phenomenon of Muslims & Arabs against Antisemitism facebook page and other similar groups, and the pages of many brave individual Zionist Arabs like Mohammed Zoabi, Ahmed Meligy, Mahdi Satre, Fred Maroun, Mudar Zahran and many others, more Arabs and Muslims are joining the IDF both for the economic benefits they receive after service, and because of simple patriotism.

Six years ago, only 600 non-Jews served in Israel’s national service program, in which participants volunteer for one to two years in public institutions like schools, hospitals, courts or health clinics.

Major Alaa Waheeb, a Muslim Israeli IDF officer, operations officer at Tze’elim IDF base

Presently, 4,500 non-Jews are doing national service, of whom 100 are from East Jerusalem. That total is three times more than those coming from the ultra-Orthodox community (1,500), most of whom are men obtained a religious exemption from the army but still wanted to serve their country. There are also 8,500 religious Zionists doing national service, mostly women.

Those doing national service receive exactly the same benefits as soldiers, which include: around NIS 800 ($209) monthly, free healthcare, free use of public transportation, and a NIS 11,000 ($2,880) grant at the end of their service for every year served, which can go toward education or buying a home. If they serve two years, one full year of university is also paid for.

In addition there is a special program available only to native Arabic speakers: a fully funded year-long university preparation program. During this program, participants receive NIS 1,500 to NIS 3,700 ($393-$969) a month depending on their family situation.

Abed, who is not an Israeli citizen and only has permanent residency status — like most of the half million East Jerusalem Arabs — said her symbiotic ties with the state have fostered patriotic sentiments.

“I feel loyal to this state. I see what it provides to people in the community despite all the harsh words they say about the state,” she said.

Once Abed started working at the Interior Ministry, where she helps Arabic speakers navigate processes such as renewing IDs and getting travel documents, she said, “I finally reached the stability that I was looking for.”

Sadly Palestinian society is lagging behind these Muslim trend-setters.  Some of these Muslim volunteers suffer threats and discouragement from their own circles:

“I feel like I am working with my bigger family,” said A., recalling with a smile celebrating Jewish holidays for the first time with his workmates.

When asked if he feels loyal to the state, he smiled again: “Certainly.”

But for the Shuafat resident — just like with Abed — his service is a secret known only by his close family and best friends. Were word to get out, his life could be in danger. In April, Baha Nabata, 31, a well-regarded civil rights and youth group leader, was murdered in the camp, reportedly for “collaboration” with Israeli authorities during his quest to improve municipal services there.

Sar Shalom Gerbi, general director of Israel’s national service, said Arab volunteers outside of Jerusalem can also find themselves in “tough situations.”

Speaking at his office in Jerusalem on Monday, he listed a litany of incidents of abuse against Arab volunteers, including being called “lepers” by an Arab MK, an instance in which four students were expelled from their school by the town council leader, and one coordinator who had the windshield of her car shattered by a brick.

But despite the threats and negativity, the numbers are rising:

Gerbi said he has “no doubt” the numbers of non-Jewish volunteers in national service will continue to rise.

The success of the program, he argued, is due to the trust gained from the Arab community by not trying to force them into a melting pot, as well as to the positive results for participants. He said 85% of Arab volunteers find good jobs afterwards.

“They want to help their communities and they understand this can also be an entry card into Israeli society. It’s okay if they feel both,” he said.

From the total 4,500 non-Jewish volunteers, 70% are Muslim, while the rest are Christian, Druze and Circassians. Ninety percent are women.

The best comment came from Zienab Abu Swaid, another Arab volunteer:

According to Abu Swaid, many Arabs do not volunteer just to receive the government freebies.

“For many people it’s not about the benefits,” she said, “but about becoming more a part of Israeli society.”

This is what normalization is all about, and this is the way to a peaceful future. If only the rest of Arab society would quickly follow these shining examples, their societies could be as advanced, as democratic and as peaceful as ours.

Maybe we’re seeing the very first signs of a thaw.

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Thoughts for Tisha B’Av afternoon – The Muslims were not interested in Israel or Jerusalem until the Jews arrived

Since it is still Tisha B’Av and we are commemorating not only the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, but also the continued exile and our despair at the ceaseless delegitimization campaign against Israel, I thought it timely to understand the real history of our country so that we can debunk and refute the lies and slanders about the Jews “stealing” “historical Palestinian land”. I think you will  find the following items interesting and relevant.

I came upon the following article by Avi Goldreich written in 2007, but is as relevant as ever today. It was originally published in Hebrew  which you can see at the end of the article, and the English translation appears at the top. The article tells us about a census and tour of the Holy Land in 1695 in which the ancient author found no sign of Arabic place names, and of course “Palestinians” did not exist:

The book Palestina by Hadriani Relandi — its original professional name Palaestina, ex monumentis veteribus illustrata, published by Trajecti Batavorum: Ex Libraria G. Brodelet, 1714

The author Relandi[1], a real scholar, geographer, cartographer and well known philologist, spoke perfect Hebrew, Arabic and ancient Greek, as well as the European languages. The book was written in Latin. In 1695 he was sent on a sightseeing tour to Israel, at that time known as Palestina. In his travels he surveyed approximately 2500 places where people lived that were mentioned in the bible or Mishnah. His research method was interesting.

He first mapped the Land of Israel.

Secondly, Relandi identifies each of the places mentioned in the Mishnah or Talmud along with their original source. If the source was Jewish, he listed it together with the appropriate sentence in the Holy Scriptures. If the source was Roman or Greek he presented the connection in Greek or Latin.

Thirdly, he also arranged a population survey and census of each community.

His most prominent conclusions

1. Not one settlement in the Land of Israel has a name that is of Arabic origin.
… Till today, most of the settlements names are of Hebrew or Greek origin, the names distorted to senseless Arabic names. There is no meaning in Arabic to names such as Acco (Acre), Haifa, Jaffa, Nablus, Gaza, or Jenin and towns named Ramallah, El Halil and El-Kuds (Jerusalem) lack historical roots or Arabic philology. In 1696, the year Relandi toured the land, Ramallah, for instance, was called Bet’allah (From the Hebrew name Beit El) and Hebron was called Hebron (Hevron) and the Arabs called Mearat HaMachpelah El Chalil, their name for the Forefather Abraham.

2. Most of the land was empty, desolate.
…  Most of the inhabitants were Jews and the rest Christians. There were few Muslims, mostly nomad Bedouins. Nablus, known as Shchem, was exceptional, where approximately 120 people, members of the Muslim Natsha family and approximately 70 Shomronites, lived.

The interesting part was that Relandi mentioned the Muslims as nomad Bedouins who arrived in the area as construction and agriculture labor reinforcement, seasonal workers.

In Gaza for example, lived approximately 550 people, fifty percent Jews and the rest mostly Christians. The Jews grew and worked in their flourishing vineyards, olive tree orchards and wheat fields (remember Gush Katif?) and the Christians worked in commerce and transportation of produce and goods. Tiberius and Tzfat were mostly Jewish …  A town like Um el-Phahem was a village where ten families, approximately fifty people in total, all Christian, lived and there was also a small Maronite church in the village (The Shehadah family).

3. No Palestinian heritage or Palestinian nation.
The book totally contradicts any post-modern theory claiming a “Palestinian heritage,” or Palestinian nation. The book strengthens the connection, relevance, pertinence, kinship of the Land of Israel to the Jews and the absolute lack of belonging to the Arabs, who robbed the Latin name Palestina and took it as their own.

In Granada, Spain, for example, one can see Arabic heritage and architecture…. Seven hundred years of Arabic reign left in Spain an Arabic heritage that one cannot ignore, hide or camouflage. But here, in Israel there is nothing like that! Nada, as the Spanish say! No names of towns, no culture, no art, no history, and no evidence of Arabic rule; only huge robbery, pillaging and looting; stealing the Jews’ holiest place, robbing the Jews of their Promised Land. Lately, under the auspices of all kind of post modern Israelis — also hijacking and robbing us of our Jewish history.

This reflects very similar reporting by numerous travellers over the 2,000 years since the Churban. The website Eretz Yisroel has a very interesting article on Palestine, a land virtually laid waste with little population:

A review of Palestine, before the era of prosperity began with the late nineteenth-century renewal of Jewish land settlement, shows that periodically Palestine was virtually laid waste, and its population suffered acute decline.

An enormous swell of Arab population could only have resulted from immigration and in-migration (from Jordan and the West Bank to the coastal area). It is helpful to see the land that was virtually emptied-and why.

Dio Cassius, writing at the time, described the ruin of the land beginning with the destruction of Judah:

Of their forts the fifty strongest were razed to the ground. Nine hundred and eighty-five of their best-known villages were destroyed….Thus the whole of Judea became desert, as indeed had been foretold to the Jews before the war. For the tomb of Solomon, whom these folk celebrate in their sacred rites, fell of its own accord into fragments, and wolves and hyenas, many in number, roamed howling through their cities.1

One historian after another has reported the same findings.

In 1590 a “simple English visitor” to Jerusalem wrote, “Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet Remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and Weedes much like to a piece of Rank or moist Grounde.”3

In the mid-1700s, British archaeologist Thomas Shaw wrote that the land in Palestine was “lacking in people to till its fertile soil.”6 An eighteenth-century French author and historian, Count Constantine Frangois Volney, wrote of Palestine as the “ruined” and “desolate” land.

In “Greater Syria,” which included Palestine,

Many parts … lost almost all their peasantry. In others…. the recession was great but not so total.7

The British Consul in Palestine reported in 1857 that

The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population…. 18

In the 1860s, it was reported that “depopulation is even now advancing.”19 At the same time, H. B. Tristram noted in his journal that

The north and south [of the Sharon plain] land is going out of cultivation and whole villages are rapidly disappearing from the face of the earth. Since the year 1838, no less than 20 villages there have been thus erased from the map [by the Bedouin] and the stationary population extirpated. 20

Mark Twain, in his inimitable fashion, expressed scom for what he called the “romantic” and “prejudiced” accounts of Palestine after he visited the Holy Land in 1867.21 In one location after another, Twain registered gloom at his findings.

Stirring scenes … occur in the valley [Jezreel] no more. There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent-not for thirty miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. 22

In fact, according to Twain, even the Bedouin raiders who attacked “so fiercely” had been imported: “provided for the occasion … shipped from Jerusalem,” by the Arabs who guarded each group of pilgrims.

Mark Twain even quotes Megillat Eicha, the Book of Lamentations that we read today:

“Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes…. desolate and unlovely.. . Twain wrote with remone. it is dreamland.” 26

Many writers, such as the Reverend Samuel Manning, mourned the atrophy of the coastal plain, the Sharon Plain, “the exquisite fertility and beauty of which made it to the Hebrew mind a symbol of prosperity.”

With all that in mind, we cannot be surprised that contrary to the myths put out today by Palestinian propagandists, Jerusalem – yes! That “third holiest city” of theirs – is in fact of no interest to the Muslims at all and remained thus until the Jews regained control.

The Elder of Ziyon recently interviewed the Middle East scholar Harold Rhode who gave us the historical background of the derision in which Jerusalem is regarded by the Muslims:

Rhode describes how Jerusalem was not important in early Islam, and relates a story of Ka’ab al Ahbar, an early Jewish convert to Islam, and Caliph Umar who conquered Jerusalem.

Ka’ab al Ahbar accompanied Umar to the Temple Mount, which was a trash heap, and the question came up of where would be the best place to pray from. Al Ahbar suggested the north side of the Mount, because that way they could be praying in the directions of both the Jewish temple and Mecca.

Umar bristled at this suggestion, saying that Ahbar is still acting like a Jew and accusing him of trying to Judaize Islam. Instead, Umar said, the proper place for prayer would be the southern end, where when they bow down they would deliberately show their backsides to Judaism’s holiest spot.

Rhode goes on to say that one of the most important early Islamic scholars … hated Jerusalem for what it represented, saying that Muslims who venerated Jerusalem were following a corrupt, Judaized version of Islam.

So why do the Saudis, who are Wahhabis, consider Jerusalem important today? Because, as a Saudi diplomat told a friend of Rhode, they are frightened of Palestinian terrorism themselves.

Watch the video:

The Arabs created a monster in the Palestinians –  a monster intended to terrorise the Jews, but it has turned around and like the famed Golem, it has risen up now against its master.

A lesson for the world.

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Tisha B’Av 2016- 5776

The destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem on Tisha Be’Av

Since the 9th day of Av fell yesterday, on Shabbat when we do not mourn, the fast itself was deferred to today, beginning last night at sundown and finishing at sundown tonight. Tisha Be’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. As I wrote in a previous Tisha Be’Av post:

The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem as well as a whole slew of tragic events that befell the Jewish people on that day:

These include the capture of Bethar, which marked the final defeat of Bar Kokhba‘s rebellion against the Romans, and the razing of Jerusalem by the Romans. The edict of King Edward I compelling the Jews of England to leave the country was signed on the ninth of Av in 1290, the Jews were expelled from Spain on that day in 1492, and World War I broke out in 1914. The sadness and mourning that Jews feel on this day are reflected in the various practices of Tisha B’Av, including abstaining from joyous activities like study of Torah, from eating and drinking, from sexual activity, and from wearing leather.

You can read a chronology of the major events leading up to the Churban (the destruction of the Temples and Jerusalem) at the link.

Stones from the Temple’s retaining wall which fell onto the street below at the time of the Destruction, still in place after nearly 2,000 years

We might think that with the establishment of the State of Israel in modern times, and seeing the country thrive and overcome such adversity, there would be no need for Tisha B’Av any more. However as we can see from some recent headlines, although the Jews have technically regained their sovereignty in the Land of Israel, that sovereignty is persistently challenged by both our traditional enemies (the Arabs) and by new-old enemies – some European countries, countless NGOs and the hard left in general.

The most recent challenge which is dominating the headlines is over the town of Susiya. In fact this issue is but a continuation of the same chutzpah-dik meddling in our domestic affairs that I wrote about exactly a year ago – last Tisha B’Av to be precise. The issue remains the battle by the Israeli government to destroy illegal Arab structures in Susiya – structures which in many cases have been funded by foreign governments and NGO’s.  Arlene Kushner summarizes the situation well here, expressing the utter outrage that we feel at this audacious foreign meddling in our domestic affairs. (see my next post going up at 4:00 this afternoon which discusses the fake history of the Arabs in Israel).

The background, briefly:

In the Hebron Hills of Judea there are the remains of an ancient Jewish city known as Susiya, which flourished in the Talmudic era. It is estimated that about 3,000 people – all Jews, observing a religious life – lived there at its height.  Archeological remains, including a synagogue, that have been excavated can be visited today.

Credit: Susiya Tourist Center

Still retained within the synagogue is an ancient mosaic floor:

Credit: mfa

Not far from this archeological site, there is a modern Jewish town of Susiya.

But within the area of the archeological remains there is also an Arab squatters’ village. It consists today of some 60+ constructions of concrete, tin and canvas.  They call this village Susiya as well.  And those squatting on the land claim that their village has been there for a very long time.

The facts tell a very different story:

There is no evidence of an old Arab village there.  Aerial photos indicate that with the exception of four building constructed in the 90s, there was nothing on the site until after 2000.  In fact, when the surveys conducted by the British mandatory powers in 1945 – which mention all of the villages in the area – are examined, no mention of a village named Susiya is found.

Most of the buildings went up between 2011 and 2013 in defiance of a court order forbidding the building.

Now here it gets really interesting:

When the population registry of the Civil Administration was examined, it was found that most of the people claiming to live in Susiya had homes in the nearby town of Yatta (which is in Area A under PA jurisdiction).

What we are in fact seeing here is a land grab by the Palestinian Arab Nawajah family of Yatta, which has built illegally and in blatant violation of Israeli court orders.

Two facts must be emphasized.  One is that this matter has been thoroughly adjudicated.  … The courts determined that …  they had been operating in contempt of court, and that the buildings that had been erected must be demolished.  …

And then, even though these were squatters without legal rights to the land, an offer was made to them regarding an allocation of land, in area C beyond the archeological site, near Yatta, to which they might move. But they refused and applied for legalization of their current site – which was rejected by the Court.  Aside from everything else, a village was not about to be legalized in a designated archeological area, which requires protection.

Further details can be seen here: http://regavim.org/susiya_facts/

After multiple delays, the time now draws near for the demolition of many of the structures in illegal Arab Susiya.  It was last month that the Court ruled on this yet again.

But nothing is ever simple here in Israel, where the Western world seems to think it has a right to a say about everything we do.  This is the outrage: that others think they can tell a sovereign state that operates according to the rule of law what to do.  The interference is breathtakingly offensive.  We are forced to wonder if they would imagine interfering in the internal affairs of any other state in this fashion.

The imminent demolition of buildings in Arab Susiya has become a cause célèbre in left wing circles.  “Susiya 4ever!” they say, as if this is some noble cause.

Even a Senator – Dianne Feinstein – imagined she had a right to say something about what Israel was doing. And several NGOs have been involved.

Rabbis for Human Rights has now actually approached the High Court and asked that the demolition orders be shelved.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be going to the Court on Monday to present the State’s case on this.  …

But the pressure on our government is unreal. With all of the hullabaloo, the worst that has happened in recent days is that the State Department has weighed in. On July 16th, State Department spokesman John Kirby let it be known that the US was “closely following developments.”

We need them to monitor what we are doing?  There is a warning implicit in this.

At a press briefing he said (emphasis added):

We strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes, would be harmful and provocative…”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198267

Provocative??

Elsewhere it has been reported that the US is putting great pressure on Israel with regard to this matter, and has indicated that if the demolition proceeds “the US response would be extremely severe.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216223

It is the US’s unhinged response that is provocative. Do they now consider us an enemy against whom “their response would be extremely severe”? Are they going to send a fleet of B52 bombers to attack us? Are there no worse problems around the world, or even just in the Middle East, which exercise them more greatly than a few illegally constructed shacks in Israel? Looking at America from here, they’ve “lost it” completely.

There are contact details for the relevant Israeli authorities at Arlene’s link where you can register your protest at this blatant foreign interference in our affairs.  This must not be tolerated by us and would not be tolerated by any other country.

Yet more foreign interference was on display this week as France fumed over Israel’s razing of illegal structures erected by France and other EU countries outside Jerusalem:

France on Thursday condemned Israel over last week’s demolition of several structures, funded by the French government, in a Palestinian village north of Jerusalem.

An illegally built EU-funded structure razed by Israel

France condemns the Israeli army’s destruction of several structures funded by France in the Palestinian village of Nabi Samuel (West Bank) on August 3,” the French government said in a statement.

“This is the third time that buildings funded through French humanitarian aid have been demolished or confiscated by Israeli authorities since the beginning of 2016, and notably follows the dismantling of a school in February.”

Paris also joined the US in denouncing the razing of three European Union-funded shelters in the West Bank on Tuesday, which it said constituted “a violation of international law.

“With several other EU projects destroyed south of Hebron, France expresses its deep concern over the accelerating rate of these demolitions and confiscations of humanitarian structures built for the Palestinian people in Area C,” it said. “We call on the Israeli authorities to end these operations, which are a violation of international law.”

I am pretty sure that international law says nothing about a country destroying illegally built structures in its territory, or on territory that it controls.

Tuesday’s demolitions of the three shelters and two other structures took place in the Palestinian village of Umm al-Khair, a small Bedouin village near the Israeli settlement of Carmel in the South Hebron Hills. It is in Area C of the West Bank, which is entirely under Israeli military control.

Maybe the French and the Europeans ought to reconsider their nasty habit of constructing illegal housing in Israeli territory. Just imagine the outrage if Israel went around building in other countries without permits.

Oh, yeah, the Americans also had to get into the condemnation act:

The US State Department on Tuesday said it was “troubled” by Israel’s “provocative” demolitions, saying it “raises serious questions” about the Jewish state’s commitment to peace.

The State Department’s remarks are breathtaking in their galling hypocrisy. How dare they accuse Israel of being provocative when it removes illegal structures?? How dare they question Israel’s commitment to peace? Has Israel not gone the extra mile and given up land and thrown their own people out of their homes, all in the name of peace? How many more Israelis have to die before the State Department is satisfied that the Jews really do want peace? Have the State Department ever called Palestinian terror attacks provocative? Have they ever questioned the Palestinians commitment to peace after seeing their  anti-Jewish incitement? Or is it only Israelis that are not committed to peace? And only Israelis who are expected to tolerate illegal structures?  (Answers on a very small postcard please).

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And yet…

Yet with all that, even with the treatment of Israel as a pesky vassal state, or as a rogue pariah state, even with the terrorism and the delegitimization and antisemitism and the enormous looming threat of Iran… with all that, Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem are at the highest, most populous, most spiritual, most prosperous and possibly the safest level that we have been in almost 2,000 years – since the days of the Destruction. So why are we fasting at all? Shouldn’t we be celebrating?

A Jerusalem Post editorial asks that exact question, challenging our tradition of mourning:

Walking around Jerusalem today one is struck by the beauty of the city, the bustling crowds that populate its streets, its liveliness. What does this Jerusalem have in common with the desolate city described in the Book of Lamentations and in Tisha Be’av liturgy? Never before in history have so many Jews lived in Jerusalem.

Never before have Jewish sovereignty and political autonomy been so complete and vigorous. Never before have the Jewish people’s military might and political alliances afforded so much security.

Economically, the State of Israel is dynamic and full of promise. Its hi-tech sector is world-renowned. Its standard of living places Israel on par with other developed Western countries. And unlike other Western countries, Israel’s population is growing briskly.

Walking the streets of Europe, one is struck by the dearth of children and teenagers. Negative population growth has become the norm, seeming to reflect a general lack of optimism and unwillingness to invest in the future. Israel, in contrast, has a thriving younger generation. Families are larger than any other Western nation, reflecting the Jewish state’s vitality.

The article suggests that maybe we shouldn’t be expecting the Temple to be physically rebuilt. Personally I reject that idea, though I can understand people who cling to it. The writer posits that the fast day can be a day of mourning for all of society’s ills and social inequalities, whether in Israel or abroad.

Again, I don’t like this idea of “universalism”, where Jewish traditions are diluted to include every ethnicity and every wrong. Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning, not an international one. Nevertheless, the concluding paragraph gives us food (oops, fasting) for thought:

Tisha Be’av is at one and the same time a day of celebration as well as a day of mourning. It is anachronistic to commemorate Jerusalem’s physical destruction, when we should be celebrating its resurgence. However, we must also strive to right the many wrongs that continue to plague the world and Israeli society and acknowledge that the task of rebuilding Jerusalem is not yet over.

A similar message, but more in tune with my own religious outlook, is provided in this inspiring and timely Aish video, which both fills us with hope, yet reminds us why we still have to fast:

Indeed, we still pray that this Tisha Be’Av be the last one that we ever need to fast. May the next 9th of Av be a day of rejoicing and celebration with the coming of the Mashiach and rebuilding of the Temple. Amen.

כל המתאבל על ירושלים זוכה ורואה בשמחתה

Those who mourn Jerusalem will merit to see her in her joy

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Good News Friday for erev Tisha B’Av

Today is not a regular Friday. It is Erev Tisha B’Av, and although we do not mourn on Shabbat (thus the fast is put off until Sunday), we are still carrying on in a more minor key than usual. Therefore this week’s Good News Friday edition will have a slightly different flavour.

My first item is a little bit of schadenfreude at the expense of Hamas terrorists and their foreign funders.  A scandal broke last week in which it was revealed that Mohammed El-Halabi, the director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, an international NGO had been diverting funds to Hamas. World Vision itself is funded by several countries, and now this scandal has reached the UN. The Special envoy to the UN calls for an immediate halt of aid money to Gaza (via Debi Z):

All international humanitarian organizations need to immediately halt all aid money to Gaza until it can be proven that the money isn’t being squandered by Hamas, a leading Christian-Zionist said Wednesday.

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Laurie Cardozo-Moore

“The enemy of the people of Gaza is Hamas, not Israel. Hamas has hijacked the coastal strip and rules over its people with an iron fist. For decades, the leadership of Hamas has robbed its people of aid money,” said Special Envoy to the United Nations Laurie Cardoza-Moore. “The time has come to halt all aid money into the Gaza Strip as long as Hamas is in control.”

Her position comes hours after a UN employee in Gaza was indicted for funneling charity donations to fund Hamas naval units and days after a representative of the Evangelical World Vision organization was accused of channeling up to $50 million in charitable donations to the Islamist group.

Cardoza-Moore represents the World Council of Independent Christian Churches at the UN and is president of the Evangelical Christian organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations.

“If the international community wants to help the impoverished people of Gaza, they must work to free them from Hamas,” she said. “It is unacceptable that hundreds of millions of dollars are likely being directly transferred to the coffers of an international terrorist organization in the name of Christianity and humanity. No church or humanitarian organization should send a single cent to Gaza as long as it is run by a band of murderous terrorist bandits.”

Cardoza-Moore contacted World Vision last week to clarify how an Evangelical Christian organization could hire a Hamas terrorist sympathizer to distribute aid money. She has not received a response.

She has also lodged a formal complaint with the UN Development Program and demanded that they immediately stop distributing aid to Gaza.

Kol Hakvod to Ms. Cardoza-Moore. I’m delighted that she has taken her outrage up to the UN. It’s about time that they were forced to account, literally, for their funding of terror organizations.

Talking about schadenfreude, a little mystery has emerged in Britain, where the UK Government report on its involvement with Israel’s nuclear arsenal has mysteriously disappeared! (via Brian Goldfarb):

Official documents relating to the British government’s involvement in Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal have mysteriously gone missing, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, over the last four years, 402 government documents have disappeared from the National Archives, including Foreign Office files from the 1970s and a letter written by former prime minister Winston Churchill in 1947.

One of the missing files listed includes a 1979 report entitled, “Military and nuclear collaboration with Israel: Israeli nuclear armament.” The lost nuclear report, the BBC said, apparently relates to a 1978 United Nations resolution highlighting concern over “increasing evidence” of Israel’s attempts to obtain nuclear weapons.

Documents relating to city planning in Jerusalem during the time of the British Mandate also appear to be missing, the BBC said, including 23 photographs of plans and a “panoramic view of Mount of Olives; outer and inner city views,” as well as a 1918 memorandum by Sir William McLean, a civil servant and British architect, who submitted plans to develop Jerusalem while preserving the Old City, the report said.

The discovery of the missing documents came following a Freedom of Information request by the BBC. The National Archives said it was conducting a “robust” investigation into the missing documents, which remain unaccounted for since January 1, 2012.

Historian and Labour MP Tristram Hunt, vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History, told the BBC that the missing documents are a “worrying loss.”

It is indeed sad that the documents relating to Jerusalem and the Mandate era have been lost, but as for the nuclear stuff – all I can say is, how convenient! I’m sure it’s going to be called a Zionist plot.😀

And now, a couple of inspiring videos for this unusual bittersweet Shabbat.

Gitta Neufeld, $18,000 winner of game show “Jeopardy,” tells Arutz Sheva why she attends the Gush Etzion Bible Conference year after year:

Kol hakavod to Mrs. Neufeld on her marvellous story and her dedication to education and learning. She is an inspiration to us all.

And finally, as Tisha B’Av, or rather the 10th of Av, is the anniversary fo the accursed “Disengagement from Gaza”, aka the withdrawal, or retreat, or surrender (delete any applicable), which led to the inevitable rise of Hamas and the subsequent wars we suffered, it is encouraging to learn that 11 years later, the evacuees from Gush Katif are not only rebuilding their lives, but rebuilding their synagogues too:

May the former evacuees continue to rebuild their lives and their communities in their new dwelling places with success and happiness.

And on that note, I wish you all Shabbat Shalom. I pray that the impending fast be turned into a yomtov, a festival, by the coming of the Mashiach.

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On the 15th anniversary of the Sbarro bombing, Ben Ehrenreich publishes a love letter to the terrorists

The Sbarro restaurant, scene of the 2001 Palestinian terrorist massacre

15 years ago a Palestinian terrorist was driven to the center of Jerusalem, to the Sbarro pizza restaurant, by Ahlam Tamimi, a member of the notorious Tamimi terror clan. The terrorist blew himself up in the middle of the restaurant, killing 15 innocent Israelis, most of them children.

Amongst those killed were 5 members of the Schijveschuurder family – parents and 3 children – leaving another 3 children orphaned, and 15 year old Malki Roth and her friend. Malki’s parents Arnold and Frimet chose to memorialize Malki Hy’d by setting up the Keren Malki foundation to provide assistance to families with handicapped children to care for them at home. They also set up a blog, This Ongoing War, in which they have been documenting terrorism and anti-Israel activity without let-up.

Frimet now has her own blog and this week she published a hard-hitting post “15 years on, there’s no relief from the grief”.  It makes for very difficult reading but I recommend you do read it. If nothing else, this post is very suitable for these last days before Tisha B’Av, the Jewish national day of mourning.

Besides the fatalities there were over 130 injured, many of them very seriously. One of them was Chana Nachenberg, an American citizen, who remains in a permanent vegetative state until this day. You can read her story through her daughter’s words at One Family Fund’s site.

For extensive coverage of the bombing, the vitims, and the perpetrators, I would recommend you read Miriam Elman’s post “Never forget: The Sbarro Massacre of 2001” at Legal Insurrection. She also includes the reactions and non-reaction of the US Department of Justice which is charged with prosecuting terrorists who kill American citizens and yet have been derelict in their duty. There are videos and media clips from the event which make very difficult viewing, but it is vital for us to remember, never forget.

Miriam’s post also includes details about the Tamimi family who have bred a clan of terrorists, chief amongst them Ahlam Tamimi who planned the bombing and transported the terrorist to the restaurant. She was released from Israeli prison in the Shalit deal and remains proud of her actions to this day, and only regrets not having killed more Jews:

Living in total freedom in Amman, Tamimi married another convicted terrorist a few years ago—a cousin who was also released in the Shalit prisoner deal. Despite the protests of the Roths and other victims of Palestinian terrorism, he was reportedly allowed by Israeli authorities to leave the West Bank on account of it “being easier” to have hardcore terrorists living in places other than Israel or the West Bank.

The joyous nuptials were covered live on TV.

Tamimi has said on repeated occasions that she carefully selected the Sbarro restaurant in order to maximize civilian casualties—especially children and religious Jews.

In multiple publicly-aired TV interviews, she has never expressed remorse of any kind. In fact, she is proud of the deaths that she helped to cause. During an interview in 2012, she recounted how happy she was to hear of the rising Sbarro attack body count. She had been under the impression that fewer Jews had been killed.

[there are more videos at the link]

Ahlam Tamimi and the Tamimi Clan

Ahlam Tamimi is a member of the extended Tamimi family. Based in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, they’ve become heroes in the West—particularly among journalists who frequently feature them as prominent civil society leaders of “non-violent resistance” against Israeli occupation.

The reality, as we’ve noted in prior posts, is that the Tamimis are a bunch of terrorism-promoting and blood-libeling Palestinian activists who have the nasty habit of spending much of their time exploiting their and other village children for anti-Israel publicity stunts.

All this brings us now to the possibly deliberately timed sickening paean of praise of the Tamimi family, written by American journalist Ben Ehrenreich in his book, or should I call it a hagiography, entitled The Way to the Spring (please excuse me if I do not promote his book by providing a link). An excerpt of his tear-jerker of a fairy tale (via DP-PT) was published in the Guardian (where else?) entitled Life and Death in Palestine.  Further songs of praise to this vile book were published in the Economist and the New York Times (again, where else?).

The German-Israeli historian Petra Marquardt-Bigman has produced a brilliant rebuttal of Ehrenreich’s screed at Harry’s Place: Ben Ehrenreich celebrates the Tamimis (who celebrate terror). She also refers to another article she wrote on the same subject in the Tower Magazine back in November 2015 – How a Family became a propaganda machine – which I highly recommend.

From her Harry’s Place article:

Ehrenreich’s book has already won high praise from the New York Times, which recommended it warmly as a “Love Letter to Palestine” that is full of “heartbreaking and eye-opening” stories; similarly, a teary-eyed review in The Economist fawned over Ehrenreich’s “elegant and moving account” and emphasized that “[it] is in the author’s descriptions of the Tamimis that the hope, and the love, are to be found.”

The few hints Ehrenreich provides in his book about his protagonists’ sympathies for terrorism and terrorists apparently didn’t strike any reviewer as worthwhile investigating. Ehrenreich does acknowledge in passing that Ahlam Tamimi’s “relatives in Nabi Saleh still speak of her with great affection,” and he does get around to mentioning that two other Tamimi family members were convicted of the 1993 murder and burning of Chaim Mizrahi. One of them, Nizar Tamimi, happens to be the nephew of Ehrenreich’s dear friend Bassem Tamimi; Nizar is also the presumably proud husband of Ahlam: the two murderers were both released in the 2011 deal that freed Hamas hostage Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1027 convicted Palestinian terrorists – an event that was celebrated in Nabi Saleh – and they married shortly afterwards in Jordan. Bassem Tamimi and his wife Nariman, as well as their famous daughter Ahed, attended the happy occasion; needless to say, the murderous couple reportedly planned to “have resistance children.”

But as I have shown in a fairly detailed documentation that is based on examining publicly available social media posts and other material where the Tamimis freely express themselves, their image as “non-violent” activists who valiantly fight for a noble cause is hardly more than a façade designed to attract the support of gullible “pro-Palestinian” westerners and organizations like Amnesty International. While Ehrenreich worked hard to bolster this image, the Tamimis freely share their enthusiastic support for terrorism and their ardent Jew-hatred among themselves on social media (though mostly in Arabic). Bassem Tamimi tends to be more careful about the “non-violent” Tamimi brand and only occasionally betrays his admiration for terror groups like Hezbollah or the Qassam Brigades, but the Facebook page of his wife Nariman provides a steady stream of posts and interactions with friends and family that leave little doubt about the Tamimis’ shared enthusiasm for terror.

She then notes Ehrenreich’s loving words about these murderous terrorists:

Bassem and Nariman Tamimi are the first people Ehrenreich lists in his Acknowledgements, where he thanks them profusely: “I would not have been able to write this book without the abundant help, generosity, hospitality, kindness, laughter, encouragement, insights, and wise counsel of Bassem Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi, Bilal Tamimi, [and] Manal Tamimi.”

Once you’ve finished throwing up, just read it all and weep.

Petra has also teamed up with the Elder of Ziyon and produced an excellent 10 minute video which rips apart Ehrenreich’s screed and exposes his Jew-hatred for all to see. As the Elder writes:

For a glimpse of the intense Jew-hatred and the ardent support for terror that animates Ben Ehrenreich’s protagonists, watch the video below that will introduce you to the four people Ehrenreich lists first in the Acknowledgements for his book: Bassem and Nariman Tamimi, and Bilal and Manal Tamimi.

All this hatred, and the incomprehensible love by a Westerner for this Jew-hatred, is almost too much to digest. But digest it we must if we are ever to understand our enemy and conquer them and their hatred.

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The Israeli government finally wakes up to BDS – no more Mr. Nice Guy

Jewish and pro-Israel activists have been battling the BDS boycott movement for years, with greater or lesser success depending on the case. The one thing that has been missing has been support from the one authority that should have been on top of this vicious enemy from the start – the Israeli Government. But they have been missing in action. Either they ignored the threat or their responses were confused and divided among too many ministries and offices.

But finally, after years of prodding and pleading, they have started to wake up and take action.  Back in May, the founder and chief provocateur of the BDS bigots, Omar Barghouti, was denied travel papers and prevented from travelling to Israel.

f5817-bdsflyer6And even better:

Barghouti was informed last month that the Interior Ministry would not renew his travel documents, which are usually granted to permanent residents of Israel who do not have full citizenship.

An Interior Ministry spokeswoman told AFP that Barghouti could not yet receive his travel documents since Interior Minister Aryeh Deri was considering revoking his permanent residency.

That moment can’t come fast enough.

Then last week a Swiss BDS activist was denied entry to Israel at Ben Gurion Airport:

Rita Faye has visited the Jewish State a number of times in the past, and is known for her harassment of IDF soldiers at Palestinian Authority crossing checkpoints around Jericho.

She is a member of a Christian organization that supports the BDS movement and has recorded the activities of the soldiers she has tracked, and then sent the information abroad, according to the report.

Upon her arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, she was taken for questioning by security personnel.

Faye was put back on a plane with a deportation issued by Interior Minister Arye Deri at the request of the IDF when it was discovered she was headed to Israel.

I didn’t think the day would come when i would applaud anything that Arye Deri does, but Kol Hakavod to him.

The Knesset is now looking to formalize these policies into law. Bayit Yehudi MK Yinon Magal has submitted a bill to prevent boycott activists from entering Israel:

MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) submitted a bill on Monday prohibiting the entry of foreign nationals who call for a boycott of Israel into the country.

Under the proposed bill, special cases may be given access to enter the Israel, but will need the approval of the Interior Ministry to do so.

For instance, Jews, entitled to make aliyah under the Law of Return, who are also supporters of the boycott movement against Israel, will have to receive special dispensation.

According to Magal, the bill aims to fix the “absurd situation” whereby people who call for a boycott of Israel are entering the country and working against it from the inside.

Expanding on this bill, Public Security Minsiter Gilad Erdan is looking to create a task force to locate and deport BDS activists:

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided Sunday to set up a joint taskforce that will work to deport boycott, divestment and sanctions activists operating in Israel, and identify other BDS activists and prevent them from entering.

The decision was made in a meeting of the ministers and Interior Ministry officials. Hundreds of BDS activists are currently operating in Israel.

“There are dozens of organizations in Israel today under a variety of umbrellas that are working to gather information and to use it to advance a boycott against Israel. Boycott activists frequently come to Judea and Samaria and agitate the local residents against security forces and disrupt their [security forces’] activity. This is something that the joint team will fight against,” an Interior Ministry statement said.

Erdan said, “This is a necessary step in light of the malicious intentions of those working to spread lies and to distort the reality in our region. Soon the legal team I established will also present its findings, and we will implement additional recommendations for legal action and to have the authorities work against the boycott organizations and their activists. A price must be paid for the boycott.”

Working together with the DMU organization and the Zionist Foundation for Israel, Father Gabriel Naddaf, founder of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, recently presented the Interior and Public Security ministries and police with a report on boycott activists operating in Israel on tourist visas.

Again, all I can say is “About blooming time!”. We have been protesting and nagging and demonstrating and taking action, but all the while the government has been turning a blind eye, or reacting rather than taking pro-active positions. Let us hope that these proposed bills and task forces don’t fizzle out under intervention from the Opposition or the hyperactive Supreme Court, or under pressure from foreign governments.

Judith Bergman remarks that finally, Israel is saying to the world “No more Mr. Nice Guy“:

Israel always plays nice. For decades, we have been allowing those who demonize and delegitimize Israel to cross our borders and do their dirty work against us on our own soil.

The reasoning behind Israel’s welcoming policy is that we are a democracy, and we will allow even those who wish us nothing but harm to benefit from our democratic policies. But the real reason is more likely a fear of the international backlash that denying entry to Israel-haters would elicit. Whatever the case may be, the policy has always been a big mistake. As a sovereign nation, Israel should be free to turn anyone it wishes away at the border.

This is a logical and natural move, and it should have been implemented as soon as the BDS movement surfaced. We have bent over backward so far to accommodate the so-called international community and its “concerns” that frankly our backs are about to break.

We should also expect an outcry from the European Union and several of its individual member states. Many of the organizations that promote BDS are sponsored to a lesser or greater degree by the EU, one or more of its member states (particularly Germany and the Scandinavian countries), or both, bringing into serious question whether these organizations are truly non-governmental in the first place.

Israel must demand a clear answer as to why these supposedly friendly nations support anti-Israel efforts. Is it customary for countries that cooperate and enjoy full diplomatic relations to engage in hostile activities against each other behind each other’s backs? The question is simple and has an even simpler answer.

The only issue remaining to be seen is whether the Israeli government will live up to its grandiose declarations.

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