Palestinian terrorism

Guest Post: Palestinian terrorism and Muslim hypocrisy: An open letter from a Muslim woman

While millions of children got out of bed on the morning of June 30, 2016, excited for summer vacation, one child did not. A young Israeli girl, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel, was brutally murdered in her own bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist. He broke into her house and stabbed her to death. Another life lost to senseless violence. Another poor soul taken too early from this world. But few Muslims in this world will be mourning her death, because Hallel was an Israeli Jew.

I am a Muslim, and I know that when it comes to Palestinian terrorism, too many Muslims are hypocrites. I have seen firsthand the casual, destructive anti-Semitism that plagues the Muslim community. I have heard it from the mouths of our religious leaders, from our politicians, and even from our otherwise peaceful, liberal Muslim activists. I have witnessed in horror the desperate attempts to justify Palestinian terrorism from people who I once respected. Why? Why do we decry all other types of terrorism, but bend over backwards to legitimize violence against Israeli Jews?

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Palestinian sweets taste very sour

Palestinians sure know how to celebrate and no celebration is complete without delicious Arab sweets. Baklava is one of the ones I remember from my childhood as my great Aunt who was born in Lebanon used to make it. Sweets like these in the Arab world are traditionally made for special occasions like birthdays and weddings and for when you have guests. Many Palestinians like to share them on other special days.When you see what special?occasions they celebrate them with you will realise that Palestinian sweets are actually very sour because their?secret ingredient is hate.

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We need to talk about our government’s attitude towards terrorism

The Bill English led National government I am very sad to say, does not speak out against terrorism if it is terrorism against Jews.

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack. When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English spoke out against the terror attack. An Islamist has just driven a truck into a crown in Jerusalem and the New Zealand government is silent.

While Kiwi politicians are yet to make comment on the terror attack, there was condemnation from around the rest of the Western world following the tragedy that claimed 4 young lives and injured 16 others.

The US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, the UK?s ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey,?Australian envoy Dave Sharma, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau?and German Chancellor?Angela Merkel?all condemned the attack.

…In Germany, Berlin?s Brandenburg Gate lit up in the colors of the Israeli flag on Monday, in a show of solidarity with the victims of Sunday?s Jerusalem truck-ramming attack, and Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote ?The federal government condemns this terrorist attack. I can assure you that we are on the side of Israel in fight with terrorism,?

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Why did the Israeli soldiers hesitate to shoot the Palestinian terrorist?

This issue was touched on in our guest post this morning by Paula Stern who was the mother of a young Israeli soldier nine years ago. She wrote about a similar terrorist attack in the past where the soldiers from her son’s unit did not hesitate and stood their ground.

Unlike today, many soldier’s in Elie’s unit quickly opened fire and the terrorist was killed within seconds. No soldier was hit again – all lived.

In that incident, when asked what happened, the commanding officer stood up and lied through his teeth. “I shot the terrorist,” he admitted.

Who fired? He was asked.

Me, he answered.

Who else? He was asked.

Me, he answered.

And so, by the conclusion of that incident, it was reported that the commander had fired and killed the terrorists – from about 17 different angles, simultaneously.

-Guest Post Whaleoil

I suggest that the reason why the commanding officer during the previous terror attack claimed that he did all the shooting was the exact same reason why the young Israeli soldiers hesitated to shoot the Palestinian terrorist in this latest terror attack. The commanding officer was protecting the women and men under his command from possible legal repercussions. Under relentless and ongoing world criticism of every single?defensive move that the Israeli army makes in order to protect their citizens, the Israeli government scrutinises their own soldiers’ actions in ways no other army can even imagine. Soldiers who are acting in self-defence will still be subjected to rigorous enquiries.

The tour guide who accompanied the IDF cadets on their visit to Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem Sunday afternoon told Army Radio that they hesitated to shoot at that truck as it was speeding in their direction. He attributed their fateful pause to last week?s manslaughter conviction of Sgt. Elor Azaria by a military panel of judges for his shooting of a subdued terrorist in hebron.

-Jewishpress.com

Most Israeli soldiers are just ordinary citizens?who have been conscripted. They are not career soldiers. They do their service and then return to civilian life. Given that this is the case they are perhaps more likely to hesitate in this kind of a situation because they are more scared of breaking the rules than they are of losing their lives. In contrast, the PA reward the families of terrorists?who stab Israeli civilians and soldiers and who use vehicles to run families down. They name streets after them. They use the billions of charitable dollars sent their way by Western governments to pay terrorist families a pension. The Palestinians have the world’s most immoral terrorist army but the UN and the world don’t seem to care.

 

Matti Friedman on the Media?s Obsession with Israel

This speech by Matti Friedman, a journalist, explains much about the manipulation by media organisations against Israel.

It is being liberally published and has appeared at Honest Reporting and Quadrant Online.

I doubt it will get published in any mainstream media here, so I will.

Read it and understand how you are being manipulated, particularly over issues concerning Israel. It is quite long but very revealing.

One night several years ago, I came out of Bethlehem after a reporting assignment and?crossed through the Israeli military checkpoint between that city and its neighbor,?Jerusalem, where I live. With me were perhaps a dozen Palestinian men, mostly in their?thirties ? my age. No soldiers were visible at the entrance to the checkpoint, a?precaution against suicide bombers. We saw only steel and concrete. I followed the?other men through a metal detector into a stark corridor and followed instructions?barked from a loudspeaker ? Remove your belt! Lift up your shirt! The voice belonged to?a soldier watching us on a closed-circuit camera. Exiting the checkpoint, adjusting my?belt and clothing with the others, I felt like a being less than entirely human and?understood, not for the first time, how a feeling like that would provoke someone to?violence.

Consumers of news will recognize this scene as belonging to the Israeli occupation of the?West Bank, which keeps the 2.5 million Palestinians in that territory under military rule,?and has since 1967. The facts of this situation aren?t much in question. This should be an?issue of concern to Israelis, whose democracy, military, and society are corroded by the?inequality in the West Bank. This, too, isn?t much in question.

The question we must ask, as observers of the world, is why this conflict has come over?time to draw more attention than any other, and why it is presented as it is. How have?the doings in a country that constitutes 0.01 percent of the world?s surface become the?focus of angst, loathing, and condemnation more than any other? We must ask how?Israelis and Palestinians have become the stylized symbol of conflict, of strong and?weak, the parallel bars upon which the intellectual Olympians of the West perform their?tricks ? not Turks and Kurds, not Han Chinese and Tibetans, not British soldiers and?Iraqi Muslims, not Iraqi Muslims and Iraqi Christians, not Saudi sheikhs and Saudi?women, not Indians and Kashmiris, not drug cartel thugs and Mexican villagers.

Questioning why this is the case is in no way an attempt to evade or obscure reality, which is why I opened with the checkpoint leading from Bethlehem. On the contrary ? anyone seeking a full understanding of reality can?t avoid this question. My experiences as a journalist provide part of the answer, and also raise pressing questions that go beyond the practice of journalism.

I have been writing from and about Israel for most of the past 20 years, since I moved?there from Toronto at age 17. During the five and a half years I spent as part of the?international press corps as a reporter for the American news agency The Associated?Press, between 2006 and 2011, I gradually began to be aware of certain malfunctions in?the coverage of the Israel story ? recurring omissions, recurring inflations, decisions?made according to considerations that were not journalistic but political, all in the?context of a story staffed and reported more than any other international story on earth.?When I worked in the AP?s Jerusalem bureau, the Israel story was covered by more AP?news staff than China, or India, or all of the fifty-odd countries of sub-Saharan Africa?combined.

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