zaterdag 12 juni 2010

Rabbi die Helen Thomas interviewde ontvangt antisemitische dreigementen

De rabbi die journaliste Helen Thomas vorige week onbedoeld krasse uitspraken over Israel, pardon, over Joden ontlokte, heeft het geweten: duizenden haatmails en dreigementen waren zijn deel, en verbijstering over hoeveel antisemitisme er nog leeft, ook in de VS:

"Hitler was right. Time for you to go back in the oven," is one of the more subdued expressions to be found in the thousands of missives received by the rabbi whose interview with Helen Thomas included the veteran White House correspondent sending the Jews back to Poland and Germany.
Dit doet me denken aan een recente uitspraak van een vriend van mij een vredesactivist een humanitaire hulpverlener een Activist op Free Gaza boot tegen IDF: 'Ga terug naar Auschwitz'
Antisemitisme en antizionisme hebben niets met elkaar te maken?
Published 11:57 11.06.10
Latest update 11:57 11.06.10
Rabbi who filmed Helen Thomas told to 'go back in the oven',2.208,
Rabbi David Nesenoff tells Haaretz the incident opened his eyes as to the extent of anti-Semitism in the world and how central it was in certain social groups.
By Natasha Mozgovaya
"Hitler was right. Time for you to go back in the oven," is one of the more subdued expressions to be found in the thousands of missives received by the rabbi whose interview with Helen Thomas included the veteran White House correspondent sending the Jews back to Poland and Germany.
"I asked everyone the same question about Israel, since I wanted to make a video supporting Israel," Rabbi David Nesenoff told Haaretz, saying his encounter with Thomas on May 27, took place as the White House celebrated Jewish Heritage Month, the first such event to be organized by U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
"I was very surprised when Thomas told me that not only was she opposed to the two-state solution, but that she thought that the Jews should leave Israel and return to the final solution, more or less," Nesenoff said.
Nesenoff said he knew Thomas had been critical of Israel in the past, but "the most I was expecting was that she would say something about a pullout from the Golan Heights. I wasn't provoking or asking anything on purpose. I asked a very simple question, but I guess 'Israel' was the code word that burst the dam."
Nesenoff said he was invited to the White House almost by accident, citing his teenage son Adam, who runs the Jewish video-chat website, as the reason for the invitation, saying, "everyone needs a seventeen year-old."
"I'm less focused on her resignation," Nesenoff told Haaretz, "than on the fact that this incident opened my eyes as to how much anti-Semitism there was in the world and how central it was in certain social groups."
Nesenoff added, however, that as a rabbi he was interested in making the world better (Tikkun Olam) and repentance, saying that "Helen Thomas has the opportunity to make amends. She is still alive and could still do a lot of good."

The rabbi also said that he had received approximately 25,000 missives, many of which he said were hate mail, following news of the incident and Thomas' resignation.
They were threats, saying things such as 'death,' 'you better watch out,' and 'will do to you things that were done to other people in history.' According to Nesenoff, the letters spelled out threats not only against him and his family but also against the Jewish people as a whole.
The rabbi was reluctant to go into the security measures he had taken as a result of the threats, but said that "as people in Israel know – you can defend yourself, but the situation is still dangerous."
Nesenoff added he received advice from some very prominent individuals, saying he spoke with former White House Press Secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, "who gave me some useful tips. I talked to Elie Wiesel yesterday, who told me 'yasher koach' [may you have strength]. When Elie Wiesel says something like that, you know you did something right."
The rabbi also told Haaretz he believed the Helen Thomas affair was not incidental, saying he thought "it was fate."
"I've always asked myself what I as an individual could do for Eretz Israel. I'll turn 50 this year, and I ask myself what is my purpose in the world, how I could take advantage of the things that I have already learned and accomplished. I've always fought against racism and anti-Semitism – I started an anti-discrimination group in New York, I advised in largest case against restaurants that wouldn't serve African-Americans, I met Mel Gibson following his anti-Jewish comments."
Nesenoff said he had also participated in the production of films that had participated in many Jewish film festivals across the United States, using pieces he composed to convey a message of tolerance. "I will convey messages through art in this case as well," he said.
According to Nesenoff, he no longer sees a difference between anti-Semitic and anti-Israel behavior, saying that Israel was "a legitimate state and if there's any criticism it must be specific. But people keep returning to the question: Why are the Jews living there? They took over that country.' It is a re-writing of history while ignoring the centuries-long Jewish presence in Israel. Those are statements against Jews, with anti-Israel sentiment being only a part of it."
Nesenoff has uploaded some of the hate mail he had received to his website "It may be vulgar and repulsive, but I don't want to censor it," he said.

Helen Thomas, waar had u de Joden graag gehad?

Een Amerikaanse journaliste van 89 jaar, met overigens van oorsprong Libanese ouders, die al zo'n 60 jaar correspondent bij het Witte Huis was, moest vorige week opstappen na wat 'ongelukkige' uitspraken tegenover een rabbi over Israel, pardon, over Joden:
Nesenoff: Any comments on Israel? We're asking everybody today, any comments on Israel?
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.
Nesenoff: Oooh. Any better comments on Israel?
Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not German, it's not Poland ...
Nesenoff: So where should they go, what should they do?
Thomas: They go home.
Nesenoff: Where's the home?
Thomas: Poland. Germany.
Nesenoff: So you're saying the Jews go back to Poland and Germany?
Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries? See?
Hoewel niemand in Nederland ooit van de goed vrouw gehoord had, vond zelfs het NOS Journaal het een kort item waard.
Helen Thomas stond niet bekend om haar diplomatieke uitspraken, getuige haar Wikipedia profiel: bijv. over Irak en over de Tweede Libanon Oorlog had ze zich ook vrij 'kras' uitgelaten, zoals het een krasse oude dame betaamt wellicht?
Veel Joden hebben de indruk dat Thomas gewoon zei wat steeds meer mensen denken, en Ami Isseroff is haar dan ook dankbaar voor die eerlijkheid, lees:
Ook Sara K. Eisen hieronder deelt die mening.
Dear Helen Thomas, we Jews aren't getting the hell out of anywhere anymore
Anti-Semitism is just the way it is, like a natural law; none of our efforts will absolve us of our real sin: existing and overcoming.
By Sara K. Eisen
Here's the thing. I've been thinking about poor Helen Thomas, who I believe was probably just saying what everyone thinks and has therefore been made a scapegoat. Not that I really care, because we ought to share the scapegoat status once in a while. It's the least we can do to dispel the stereotype that we are stingy, us irritating Jews.
Irritating enough, apparently - like the too-talented and too-bossy fame-hog Rachel Berry on Glee - in our discovery of the written word, monotheism, modern physics, psychology, vaccinations, and the film industry, that every country that has ever "hosted" us has found it necessary to tell us to get the hell out, like Thomas did. (Ironically, the aforementioned Jewish Glee character Rachel, in a particularly annoying moment in one episode, was told by classmates to move to Israel. I doubt the writers coordinated this telling joke with the State Department - sorry J Street, Jews do equal Israel in the eyes of the world.)
Helen, you know why we were in Germany and much of Eastern Europe in the first place? And by the way, if I follow your advice, do you think the nice old ladies who got my grandmothers' large houses and farms from the Nazis in what was once Czechoslovakia will kick the property back two generations? That would be cool because I'd love a vineyard and an agricultural estate.
Well, we were in Germany and Hungary and Czechoslovakia and Russia (where we were regularly just plain killed by Cossacks), and also, for many centuries, Poland (ditto), because we were told to get the hell out of England, France, and Spain. Or, you know, just plain killed by handsome and heroic fairytale knights.
And you know why we were in Western Europe to begin with? Because we were told by the Greeks and the Romans - wait for it - to get the hell out of "Palestine," where we had been living since the beginning of recorded history.
We also ended up in Babylonia (Iraq) and other Middle Eastern and North African countries, where we stayed as second class citizens for hundreds and hundreds of years, till the Arab world finally caught up with the pagans and the Christians in their hatred of the Jews. But I digress.
By the way, I am aware that the Arab narrative has us Ashkenazi Jews as descendants of the Khazars, but the actual facts have it different. See this new DNA study linking European Jews with their Middle Eastern counterparts, all stemming from one original population of Holy Land Jews predating Roman times. Never mind our own texts that say the same thing; I know they are inadmissible in the international high courts of justice of the mind.
In any event, there is no way around it: Jews being asked, usually not by old ladies on the White House lawn, to get the hell out of everywhere is just the way it goes.
So it came to pass that about 200 BCE the Maccabees got sick of it and established a Jewish state in Palestine, within the Roman Empire, which lasted till about the time of Jesus (another pesky Jew) and the destruction of the Second Temple.
And it also came to pass that Jews began arriving in Ottoman Palestine in the late 1800s, after the Russians and the Poles made it clear that they were persona non grata in Eastern Europe. Palestine was as good a place as any to flee to, since it was the last place, about 2,000 years before, in which the Jews had a sovereign state (see above). Never mind Jewish liturgy and texts pining for Jerusalem, since I know these, too, are inadmissible in those international mental courts.
Anyway, nowhere else wanted European Jews any more than Russia did, not even America really, where there were very strict quotas, although the Americans, again politely, refrained from all the messy European killing, which was apparently in vogue until after Adolf. Besides, those Ottoman Turks, then as now, were known around the world for their amazing human rights activism and the Jews were excited to see it first hand. No, not really. But…they were better than the Polish peasants. Unless you were Armenian.
It is true that there were people in Palestine before the Jews arrived en masse (for there was always a handful of Jews here), not "A People" per se, but rather a group of assorted regional Arabs (think Native American tribes in North America) who had settled the area with not much agricultural success and had endured various rulers over the millennia.
But when the Jews came back, it was suddenly necessary, once again, to tell them to get the hell out. There was no living side by side, even though that was an express Jewish desire right up until 1947/8, when the Partition Plan was summarily rejected by the Arab League, who started the war that Israel won. If keeping land you win in a war others provoke (when you wanted to make peace) is called occupation, dear Helen, the world's axis of furious justice has a lot bigger fish to fry than Israel.
The Arab desire to kick the Jews the hell out of Palestine did not begin in 1967, and not in 1948. It began the moment the first groups of Jews arrived and started to make the land flower and produce crops. That's when the attacks on Jews began, and when the Arab world decided a new Jewish presence in the land would not do, back when there were about half a million Arabs and just under 100,000 Jews in the Holy Land, in the early 1900's. Twenty percent was too much, apparently, to bear. (The Hebron Massacre of 1929, in which dozens of Jews were killed and wounded, took place long before a single house was built over the Green Line)
I can only imagine how awful it was - probably for both the Arabs and the British - when it became clear we were here to stay and grow to much further percentages. We are that annoying, what with trying to get rid of malaria and swamps and tuberculosis and all that.
At any rate, it seems that every time a Jewish minority starts to make a society too successful, the indigenous people start to feel very uncomfortable, and tells them one way or another to get the hell out.
But now, alas, there is nowhere left for us to go, except the eternal place Ahmadinejad wants us to go, and Haniyeh and Nasrallah, and Hitler before them, and Chemilniki before him, and Haman before him, and so on.
I know that Israel has made mistakes during its 62 years, some clumsy and inept, and some borderline immoral. But none worse than every other democracy on earth has also done, and most much better than the large majority of the UN rogue nations which condemn Israel daily have done, daily.
There is much to improve in the way we govern, I will be the first to say it. I will also be the first to say that Jews of the Bernie Madoff ilk make me want to crawl under a rock. I know that the world is only waiting for these guys to pop up in order to pin their crimes on all of us, even though everything they do is in direct contradiction of actual Jewish values.
But let's be honest, the international community's human rights crusades on behalf of the Palestinians are just the latest Crusades, and the ones who really suffer are not the Jews or the Israelis, but the poor occupants of the Third World who are ignored while the enlightened First World castigates the Jews.
So here's the thing: We are not going anywhere this time, Helen. We totally get it: Ya'll pretty much hate us. It's just the way it is, like a natural law. Nothing we can do - not giving away pieces of the land, not donating billions to charity, nor discovering a cure for polio or the Theory of Relativity, or writing revered legal and religious texts, or founding Google and Facebook, or manufacturing the microprocessor in the majority of laptops that spew Jew hatred onto the Internet, or founding Christianity itself, or championing women's rights and gay rights in the U.S. and helping to bring about a human rights revolution in America in the '60s. None of those things will absolve us of our real sin: Existing and overcoming.
But this time, seriously. Getting the hell out is not in the cards. We're just sick of moving all the time. I know. Irritating.
I'm really sorry they told you to get the hell out of the White House, Helen. It really wasn't your fault that you thought you could say what you said. It's not like it's a secret: That's what people think.

vrijdag 11 juni 2010

Abbas liegt tegen Obama dat opruiing door PA gestopt is

Niet verbazingwekkend natuurlijk, gezien het feit dat Abbas er tot nu toe mee wegkwam. Het valt te hopen dat Obama er niet intrapt en geen genoegen neemt met dergelijk gedraai.
Hieronder een aantal voorbeelden van opruiing en extreme posities in officiële PA media tijdens de eerste ronde van de indirecte vredesbesprekingen. Terwijl Israel onder een vergrootglas wordt gelegd, gaat de PA door met het benoemen van pleinen en sport evenementen naar bloedige terroristen, oproepen tot heilige oorlog, ontkennen van Israels bestaansrecht, etc. etc.
Bulletin, June 10, 2010 / Palestinian Media Watch

Abbas not truthful to Obama;
denies PA incitement

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was not being honest when he said to President Obama this week that the PA was not continuing its incitement against Israel.
Responding to President Obama's demand that the PA make more progress "on incitement issues," Abbas said:
"I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we're not doing that," Abbas said. "What we care about is to live in coexistence with Israel in order to bring about the independent Palestinian state that will live side by side with Israel..."
[AP, June 9, 2010]
In direct contradiction to Abbas's claim, Palestinian Media Watch documented in a report released this week that PA incitement to hatred and violence and non-recognition of Israel has continued unabated in the month since the start of the proximity talks.
For example, whereas Abbas said to President Obama that he supports "living side by side with Israel," just a few weeks ago official PA TV called for Israelis to leave Israel and "return" to Germany and Poland:
"Where are you [Israelis] from? Of course, you're from Ukraine; of course, you're from Germany, from Poland, from Russia, from Ethiopia... I ask of you, return to your original homeland!"   
[PA TV (Fatah), May 4 and 7, 2010]
PA TV is owned by the Palestinian Authority and under direct control of the office of Abbas.
In addition, the PA this past month has continued to honor terrorists who have killed Israeli civilians by naming sporting events after them, a practice repeatedly condemned by the Obama administration.
These are just two examples among many in the new PMW report documenting that every condition, principle and expectation set by the US for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a partner in the peace process continues to be violated by the PA.
The following is the new report in its entirety:
Click to view full report in PDF)

PMW Incitement Watch

The PA during the proximity talks,
May 2010  
by Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Barbara Crook

US State Department:

"After completing the first round of proximity talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, both parties are taking some steps to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to successful talks, including President Abbas's statement that he will work against incitement of any sort..."

                 [Washington D.C., May 9, 2010]

The start of the proximity talks in May 2010 created hope for the renewal of the Israeli - Palestinian peace process. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the PA would fulfill its commitments, with special focus on their stopping incitement.
However, an examination of the Palestinian Authority leaders' statements, official media, children's programs and PA-controlled events creates a pessimistic picture: Every condition, principle and expectation set by the US and the Quartet for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a partner in the peace process continues to be violated by the Palestinian Authority in the first month of talks. 
Contrasting its moderate statements to Western powers in English with those to its own people in Arabic the Palestinian Authority, the Fatah leaders and the Abbas-controlled official PA media continue to deny Israel's existence, deny Israel's right to exist, define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war for Allah, promote hatred through demonization slander and libel, and glorify terror and violence.
The Report:
Education to deny Israel's existence:
Official PA TV continues to teach children to envision a world in which Israel does not exist and all of Israel is instead part of the "State of Palestine." The following lesson was on a new educational PA TV children's program. The map used in the studio is named "Palestine" and includes all of Israel.

Host: "Show me where you've been on the map of Palestine."
Girl: "We went to the Sea of Galilee [northern Israel] and to the Dead Sea."
Boy points on map: "Jaffa, Haifa." [Israeli cities]... and Jenin and Nablus."
Host: "So you've visited many different places in Palestine, and that's very good. It's very good thatwe're always visiting new places in our state, Palestine."    
[PA TV (Fatah), May 16, 2010]

News reporting defining Israel as "Palestine" -1:
Even in sports news the Palestinian Authority official media looks for opportunities to deny Israel's existence. PA-owned Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported on the coach of an Israeli Arab football team from a city in northern Israel as follows:
"... leading the team to the second division league for the first time in the history of the city of Um El-Fahm, one of the largest Arab cities in northern occupied Palestine."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 14, 2010]

News reporting defining Israel as "Palestine" -2:
Israeli Arab Journalist Sa'id Hasanein:
"This visit [by Israeli-Arab Um El-Fahm soccer team to Hebron] is a natural action between people of the same nation... There is no difference between all the people of Palestine, and our obligation is to protect it [Palestine], from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river."
Redwan Sidr, secretary of the Al-Khalil Youth Foundation:
"We welcome our brothers [Israeli Arabs]... to the city of the Martyrs, Hebron... I also hope to see a group from Interior Palestine [i.e., Israeli Arabs] in the International Hebron Youth Tournament."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 17, 2010]
Maps denying Israel's existence:
President Obama has called the use of maps as in the above children's program a security threat to Israel:
"I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security... Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence."
[June 4, 2008, AIPAC Conference]
Yet all the maps on official PA TV since the start of the proximity talks continue the longstanding PA policy of defining all of Israel as "Palestine," or in the words of President Obama, "don't even acknowledge Israel's existence."
This map is one example among many that appeared this month.
It was broadcast numerous times on PA TV May 4 - 17.

In the PA TV children's program The Best House, a music video called "We are Palestine's children" featured pictures of map of "Palestine" including all of Israel. [PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2010]

Denying Israel's right to exist and calling for the end of Israel:
An official PA TV statement lamenting the creation of the State of Israel included the following call for the dismantling of Israel because its land is "stolen" land:
Palestinian narrator: "I'm from Jaffa, I'm from Haifa, I'm from Acre, I'm from Nazareth, I'm from Gimzu, I'm from Zakariya, I'm from Ein Kerem (West Jerusalem). [All are cities and towns in Israel.]
Where are you [Israelis] from? Where are you from?
Of course, you're from Ukraine; of course, you're from Germany, from Poland, from Russia, from Ethiopia, the Falasha (a pejorative term for Ethiopian Jews). Why have you stolen my homeland and taken my place? Please, I ask of you, return to your original homeland, so that I can return to my original homeland. This is my homeland; go back to your homeland!"
[PA TV (Fatah), May 4 and 7, 2010]
PA TV Quiz offers $500 for answering that Israeli city Haifa is a "Palestinian coastal city."
This PA TV quiz envisioning a world without Israel was broadcast numerous times in May 2010.

PA TV quiz program. Question posed to viewers at home:
"Which of the following is a Palestinian coastal city?"
Note: The only coastal city among the possible answers is the Israeli city of Haifa.
[PA TV (Fatah), May 23- 24, 2010]
Religious war -"Ribat" - against Israel's creation and existence since 1917
The PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, continues to define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war - a "Ribat" - war for Islam. "Peace" as a Palestinian goal is said to take 4th place after the Palestinian "rights", "cause" and "religion," none of which will be compromised for peace. Moreover, he elevates the conflict with Israel in religious significance, saying the war was predetermined, being anticipated even in the Quran.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"For the past 62 years the Palestinian people have suffered from two things. Since the catastrophe (i.e., the establishment of the State of Israel)- and perhaps even prior to the catastrophe, since the catastrophe, in truth, did not begin in 1948, but began perhaps in 1917 with the cursed [Balfour] Declaration, which gave a promise to those who did not deserve it... Since that date, resolute people, fighters and Ribat (religious Islamic) fighters have not ceased upon our blessed land... This conflict is explicit in the Quran and our obligation with regard to it is clarified by the Quran...
We do not oppose peace. On the contrary, we aspire to peace, but not at the expense of our rights; not at the expense of our cause, and not at the expense of our religion."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2010]
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, appointed by the PA, likewise defines the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war - a "Ribat" - that began with the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation.
"The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, devoted his sermon at the Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday to the subject of the catastrophe (creation of State of Israel) of our people... The Mufti said, addressing the worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound: 'Allah has chosen you to carry out Ribat (religious war) in this blessed land... The catastrophe plants much pain in our souls, while at the same time we are planting the willpower to be resolute and the strong desire to carry out Ribat in this blessed land until Allah decides the matter... Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called to continue with resolve, firmness, patience and Ribat in this land, until all plans that aim to harm Palestinian existence in the land and in the holy place, have failed."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 22, 2010]

The PA official daily crossword puzzle presents a world without Israel.
Clue: "Palestinian city"
Solution: "Jaffa" [part of Tel Aviv]
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 20, 2010]
Hate promotion, slander, libel and demonization
PA continues to slander Israel, demonize and deny Israel's history in the land:
"The Israeli apartheid state, possessing no cultural heritage nor any collective symbol for a society born from the womb of the Zionist and Western imperialist attack, aspires and exerts efforts to appropriate and take over symbols and elements of the Palestinian national identity."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 19, 2010]
PATV News reporter demonizes Israel and its creation:
"While the world was raising its voice to judge the Nazis and putting up gallows to hang the criminals in Nuremberg, other criminals were spreading killing, destruction and expulsion in Palestine, before the eyes of the world. This is the free world - the world that could judge the criminals [in Nuremberg], but at the same time created out of the victim a future criminal, and released its reins, under the pretext of a guilt complex - a complex stimulated and invoked only when the victim was clearly Jewish or, later, Israeli."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 16, 2010]
Animalization of Israel and Jews continues in PA cartoons.

A shark in shape of the Star of David representing Israel is eating a map that includes all of Israel yet is marked as "Palestine."  
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 23, 2010]

Gaza flotilla
The PA at all levels exaggerated the Gaza flotilla confrontation and used it as an excuse to demonize and promote hatred of Israel. Whereas criticism of Israeli policies is acceptable, the Palestinian Authority used this incident as a launching point for far greater and more intense hate promotion both by slandering and libeling Israel about the incident itself, and by compounding the defamation, saying that this murderous behavior was part of the Israeli behavior and personality. This will be reported on in greater detail in the June PMW Incitement Watchreport. 
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself accused Israel of premeditated and determined killing:
Mahmoud Abbas: "The significance is that this decision was made in advance. They [Israel] wanted to create a confrontation. They did not want to allow [the ships into Gaza], but were determined from the outset to create a confrontation. They had the opportunity yesterday to relate to these people peacefully, because those who came to Gaza are civilians, peace-seeking people, who did not come to attack. They did not come with weapons or with an army. They came with humanitarian aid. Therefore, it was a decision made in advance, premeditated and with determination to kill and to create a confrontation with these people, and to take them all to ports in Israel. Israel always ignores all international norms, all international laws, all humanitarian laws. [Israel] doesn't care about anything."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 31, 2010]
Promoting and glorifying terror and violence
Honoring terrorists as children sing to future war against Israel:
PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem dedicated a program to honoring female terrorist prisoner Sanaa Shehadeh, who is serving 3 life sentences for transporting a suicide terrorist to Jerusalem in 2002. Her two nieces dedicated a song of war to her:
Girl 1:
"I want to recite a song for you [female prisoner Sanaa Shehadeh]:
'What am I doing here while my enemy is on my ancestors' land?
I want to defend, I want to fight,
I want to carry a machine gun and a rifle.'"
Girls 1 and 2:
"'And tomorrow, when the war starts,
I won't care about you [my enemy], or about the West.
And tomorrow when the war starts,
I won't care about you [my enemy], or about the West.
And we shall strike Israel, we shall strike Israel,
And return you [to us], land of my ancestors;
And return you [to us], land of my ancestors.'"
[PA TV (Fatah), May 28, 2010]
Glorification of terror
Ignoring the American leadership statements condemning the PA glorification of terror, the PA continues to honor terrorists by naming events after them. Worse still, Palestinian children were explicitly told that the naming of an event after the terrorist Abu Jihad is meant to make them see him as a role model:
"Yesterday evening the second Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad [football] tournament for children concluded at the Abu Dis [near Jerusalem] youth club; it is held annually under the auspices of Fatah...
Abu Halal (Fatah branch Secretary) spoke about the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Shahid (Martyr) commander, Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu Jihad,' and about his journey of struggle. He reminded our children that we shall follow the same path of Abu Jihad and Yasser Arafat."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2010]
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - A founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. Headed the PLO terror organization's military wing. Planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the worst in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Football tournament named after terrorist Abdallah Daoud:
Headline: "Shahid (Martyr) [Abdallah Daoud] Abu Al-Qassam [football] tournament for security services teams begins on Friday"
"The lottery for the football tournament named after the Shahid(Martyr) Abdallah Daoud Abu Al-Qassam, was held yesterday at the joint operations headquarters in the Bethlehem district. Participating in the tournament are teams representing the security services in the Bethlehem district..."
[Al-Ayyam, May 17, 2010]

Abdallah Daoud - Responsible for many terror attacks. Was one of the terrorists who stormed the Church of the Nativity in 2002, continuing to fight against Israel for several weeks while using the monks and the religious site as shields.
Football team named after terrorist Majed Abu Sharar:
A report on the Shahid Faisal Al-Husseini football festival, held in Rafiah, mentions the "Martyr Majed Abu Sharar" team:
"The tournament trophy finals were held between the Al-Zarnuka team and the Martyr Majed Abu Sharar team."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2010]
Majed Abu Sharar - A senior Fatah and PLO terror leader in 1970s.
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and former PA senior official, Jibril Rajoub, likewise glorified terror, comparing the value of "throwing a hand grenade" to "building a school."
"Building a school and throwing a hand grenade, in my opinion, are resistance. I build the school in order to strengthen the reasons for my people's resolve, as one of several aspects of the resistance, and when there is a need to throw a grenade [or launch] a rocket, I'll do that as well out of my belief in the inevitable victory of my cause and its justness."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 12, 2010]
Honoring terrorist Dalal Mughrabi's bus hijacking in which 37 were killed:
Jamil Dweik, Chairman of the Al-Razi Institute for Culture and Society:
"The month of March, on the Palestinian calendar, is a very important month, full of events. Its events are likewise important, starting with International Women's Day; via Palestinian Women's Day - the anniversary of the Martyr death of Dalal Mughrabi; Culture Day on March 13, and then the anniversary of the Battle of Karameh..."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 17, 2010]

Dalal Mughrabi -Led the worst terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Cessation of terror is temporary
In addition to this ongoing terror glorification, the PA has repeatedly apologized to its population for having acquiesced to the US demand to cease terror at this time during the talks. Twice in two days, senior PA and Fatah leader Nabil Shaath, made speeches using apologetic language to justify the cessation of violence, which he stressed was because of current conditions. Excuses for cessation of the "armed struggle" that Shaath mentioned included: "At the present time is not possible, or is not effective," "has become undesirable now," "international conditions do not permit us," "the inability to engage in the armed struggle."
"MP Dr. Nabil Shaath, member Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of Foreign Relations... emphasized that the Fatah's stated strategy for the struggle is to adopt the growing popular and 'non-violent' struggle against Israel, because of the inability to engage in the armed struggle, which has become undesirable now, although it is the right of the Palestinian people, which all international treaties and resolutions have guaranteed... Shaath said: 'I have said this to the leaders of Hamas, I have said to [Hamas PM] Ismail Haniyeh during my meeting with him in Gaza, that Arab, regional and to engage in the armed struggle...' Shaath emphasized that the non-violent struggle is no less honorable than the armed struggle, and that it does not signify submission to Israeli demands." 
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2010]
Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah Commissioner of Foreign Relations:
"The current distancing from the armed struggle does not mean its absolute rejection... He noted that the difficulty of the conflict required the Palestinian people to diversify its activities of struggle - along with an emphasis on the importance of the armed struggle, which laid the basis for the existence of the state and contributed to maintaining the right and presenting it to the world - especially since the armed struggle at the present time is not possible, or is not effective, because of to the difficulties with which the Palestinian people contends."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2010]
Editorials in the PA official daily repeat this excuse for cessation of terror
"I have no doubt that the occupation is destined to pass from the world... I also have no doubt that out of the options for the national struggle to be rid of the occupation, the popular struggle is the one that is needed, since the option of the armed struggle is impossible at the present time."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 24, 2010]
Fatah leader Abbas Zaki, member Fatah Central Committee, justifies violence:
"Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, does not believe that a Palestinian-Israeli agreement will be achieved in the shadow of the extreme right-wing [Israeli] government, but he leaves the door open to a 'return to [UN] Resolution 181 and to all forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle, if the negotiations fail... the door is open to a return to the UN, such that Resolutions 242 and 338 will no longer have any value, and there will be a return to Resolution 181 [of November 29, 1947], which is the Partition Plan and the birth certificate of the State of Israel and of the Palestinian State. In addition, [there will be] a return to UN Resolution 3236, which grants the Palestinian people the right to all forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle...'
He called for 'a gathering that will bring together the Fatah and Hamas leadership, under Mahmoud Abbas' ... and added: 'We are in favor of anyone who defends the homeland and bears arms in order to defend it, because he supports the idea of Fatah and of the resistance. Likewise, we stand with anyone who comes out against the Zionist lobby and isolates Israel and puts it in a corner.'"
[Al-Rad (Jordan), May 22, 2010]
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, on April 23, 2009:
"We will only work with a Palestinian Authority government that unambiguously and explicitly accepts the Quartet's principles:
a commitment to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map." ["Phase I of Road Map: "All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel."]

Examining the Palestinian Authority leaders' statements, its education of youth, and its controlled media, it is clear that the Palestinian Authority has not complied with the conditions indicated by the Secretary of State, nor has it fulfilled its commitment to "work against incitement of any sort."
In the first month since the start of the proximity talks, not only has the PA failed to "unambiguously and explicitly" accept these conditions, but they have done the opposite: The Palestinian Authority has "unambiguously and explicitly" denied Israel's existence, incited to hatred, and glorified terror and violence.

Free Gaza konvooi zet seculiere en linkse democratische krachten in de zeik

Soms gevraagd, maar doorgaans ongevraagd, beland je als "Midden-Oosten activist" op allerlei particuliere (en soms obscure) mailinglijsten, maar af en toe levert het toch wel eens wat grappigs op, zoals deze -naar verluid- linkse Vlaamse vrouw die helemaal niets moet hebben van de Free Gaza konvooi campagne. Lees hieronder waarom.
Gevonden op het politieke forum
Zeer interessant om ook deze visie eens te lezen:
"Ik vind dat de Vlaamse Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper onze steun niet verdienen. Op geen enkele manier. En wel om de volgende drie redenen.

(1) De bootactie waaraan zij hebben deelgenomen zet de seculiere en linkse democratische krachten in Turkije in de zeik. Ik verklaar me nader. De Turkse islamisten hadden natuurlijk alle belang bij de bootactie. Ik heb vorig weekend nog een lang gesprek gehad met een van mijn Turkse vrienden – Sela. Hij is opgegroeid in de Limburgse mijnstreek maar heeft zijn tienerjaren doorgebracht in een staatsinternaat (strekking Ataturk) in Istanbul. We waren aanwezig op een huwelijksfeest van een gemeenschappelijke vriend. Bijna alle Turken daar aanwezig – allemaal seculiere en linkse mensen – hadden dezelfde mening over de bootactie. Opgezette flauwekul bedoeld voor binnenlands gebruik – menen ze. De islampartij van Erdogan probeert de vrijzinnige militairen te counteren. En daarmee natuurlijk ook de seculiere krachten in Turkije – die tegen hoofddoeken zijn, tegen de onderdrukking van de vrouw en voor een democratische rechtsstaat naar Europees model. Het Turkse leger onderhoudt al lange tijd goede relaties met Israel. Niks beter om die verstandhouding te saboteren dan middels die zogenaamde 'vredelievende' bootactie. Ik ben – net zoals mijn Turkse vrienden – geen voorstander van militairen. Maar tot nu toe zijn zij helaas de enigen in Turkije die over voldoende macht beschikken om fascisten als Erdogan – en zijn aanhang van Grijze Wolven – een halt toe te roepen. Dus wat Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper de facto hebben gedaan – zonder het zelf te beseffen en met de 'beste' bedoelingen – is de reactionaire krachten binnen Turkije vrij spel te geven. De bootactie diende alleen maar om de visie van Ataturk van een geseculariseerd Turkije in diskrediet te brengen ten voordele van een geïslamiseerd Turkije. Lees :

Officieel was de bootactie een gezamenlijke actie van vijf organisaties. Maar in de praktijk werd heel de actie gekaapt door de IHH. De eerste boot van de flotilla – het schip waar ook de meest gewelddadige confrontatie plaatsvond – was in handen van deze IHH. Wat is die IHH ? Volgens Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper een vredelievende humanitaire Turkse hulporganisatie. Ze zou zelfs als een der eersten hulp hebben geboden na de aardbeving in Haiti. Ach – hoe naïef kan je wel zijn ! Ik zou iedereen ten stelligste aanraden om die organisatie eens stevig te googlen – voer gewoon de woorden 'IHH' en 'terrorisme' in. En je kan rustig alle duidelijk pro-Israëlische websites overslaan. Ook op onverdachte websites wordt IHH een fundamentalistische organisatie genoemd die al meer dan tien jaar gewelddadig actief is in de belangrijkste brandhaarden op de planeet – Bosnië, Tsjetsjenië, Irak, Afghanistan. Het is voor mij zonneklaar dat de andere organisaties die hebben deelgenomen aan de bootactie door deze IHH in de luren werden gelegd. Wil je meer informatie over deze IHH – die de eigenlijke drijfkracht was achter de gewelddadige bootactie – lees dan :

(2) De bootactie waaraan Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper hebben deelgenomen zet de seculiere en linkse democratische krachten in Gaza en de andere Palestijnse gebieden in de zeik. Ik verklaar me nogmaals nader. Het is duidelijk dat tussen IHH en Hamas stevige banden bestaan. De bootactie was natuurlijk ook bedoeld om de positie van Hamas binnen de Palestijnse gebieden te versterken. Wie of wat Hamas is – hoeft verder geen verklaring. Dat hoop ik tenminste. In Gaza vervolgen en vermoorden de aanhangers van Hamas systematisch alle Palestijnen die niet hun antidemocratisch en moslimfundamentalistisch gedachtegoed steunen. Palestijnse democraten, Palestijnse christenen, onafhankelijke intellectuelen, Arabische feministen – noem maar op. In Gaza heerst de dictatuur van de sharia. Ik hoop dat Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper nooit aan den lijve moeten ondervinden wat dat betekent. Ik begrijp het echt niet – als linkse en onafhankelijke vrouw – hoe je zo'n smeerlapperij kan steunen. Hoe kan je in België zo op je hoede zijn voor de propaganda van extreemrechts maar er in Turkije of Palestina stekeblind voor blijven ? Ik ben een onafhankelijk wijf met een prachtig hoofd – en ben dus niet van plan dat te verdonkeremanen onder een door de sharia opgelegde vod. Vergis je niet – ik spreek hier ook in naam van mijn Arabische, Turkse en Iraanse vriendinnen. Ook wijven die geen vod rond hun kop willen. En ja – zo'n vriendinnen heb ik – agitatieheertje. Close but no cigar.

(3) De bootactie waaraan Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper hebben deelgenomen zet de linkse vredesactivisten in Israël in de zeik. Misschien zijn sommigen zo verblind in hun haat tegen Israël of de Joden in het algemeen – dat ze vergeten dat er ook miljoenen Joden niet akkoord gaan met de huidige politiek van Israël tegenover hun Palestijnse Semitische broeders en zusters. De huidige Israëlische machthebbers kunnen dankzij de bootactie helaas weer eens zwaaien met het argument hoe kwaadwillig en gewelddadig de tegenstander is. En hoe elke Israëlische vredesduif het eigen volk in gevaar brengt – en dus in feite een verrader is.

Ik vat het nog even samen. Ik ben tégen steun aan Vlaamse Inge Neefs en Griet Deknopper voor vloot Gaza ! En wel om drie redenen :
(1) De actie zet de seculiere en linkse democratische krachten in Turkije in de zeik.
(2) De actie zet de seculiere en linkse democratische krachten in Gaza en de andere Palestijnse gebieden in de zeik.
(3) De bootactie zet de linkse vredesactivisten in Israël in de zeik."

Elma Drayer: Israel als schurkenstaat tussen louter vreedzame naties

Elma Drayer weet het zoals altijd goed te verwoorden, alleen geeft ze de extremisten van de IHH nog teveel krediet door ze vredesactivisten te noemen. Wat hebben die lui in hemelsnaam met vrede te maken? Het zijn moslimextremisten van een organisatie die banden heeft met Al Qaida en mensen recruteert voor de jihad. Ook steunt de IHH Hamas en Hezbollah en andere nobele islamitische doelen financieel.

Schurkenstaat tussen louter vreedzame naties

Trouw, 10 juni 2010 - Elma Drayer

Net als anderhalf jaar geleden leidde de propagandaslag rond Israëls recente legeractie weer tot diep gepeins.

Een wijdverbreide mythe wil dat het land ongelooflijk sluw is in het bespelen van de internationale opinie. Sterker, achter de schermen hebben de Joden eigenlijk alle touwtjes in handen. Als dat klopt, dan was daar de afgelopen tijd verrassend weinig van te merken. Door negen vredesactivisten te doden, wist het land de hele wereld tegen zich in het harnas jagen.

Geheel naar verwachting waren de organen der Verenigde Naties er als de kippen bij om Israël krachtig op de vingers te tikken. Mensenrechtenschendingen in zeg Tibet, Noord-Korea, Zimbabwe of Iran – ze trekken de Human Rights Council zelden uit zijn lethargie. Maar zodra de zionistische entiteit zich vergaloppeert, ontwaakt het gezelschap uit een diepe sluimer.

Interessant was ook hoe de VN-Veiligheidsraad éérst Israëls wangedrag veroordeelde, om daarna op hoge toon een grondig onderzoek te eisen naar het incident. Het omgekeerde, zou je denken, had misschien meer voor de hand gelegen. Maar nee.

En dan was er nog dat dagboek van Henning Mankell, de beroemde Zweedse thrillerschrijver die meevoer op het konvooi. Een concurrerend ochtendblad mocht het zaterdag publiceren – 'exclusief' meldde het trots.

Over tien kolommen ventileerde de auteur (let wel, niet op de opiniepagina's, maar in het nieuwskatern) zijn weerzin tegen land en volk. „Mensen die niets gedaan hebben, worden als dieren bijeengedreven", schreef hij. „Welk woord moet ik gebruiken? Walgelijk? Onmenselijk?" En: „Ik denk ineens dat ik ze dit nooit zal vergeven. Op dit moment kan ik niet anders denken dan varkens en smeerlappen."

Intrigerende observaties, zonder meer. Nog intrigerender was het zinnetje dat in een bijgevoegd kader stond: „Het honorarium voor dit artikel schenkt Mankell aan Ship to Gaza." De Volkskrant, kortom, ziet er geen been in om – indirect – activisme te financieren. Journalistiek engagement in een hedendaagse jas, zullen we maar zeggen.

De dagboekaantekeningen van de thrillerschrijver voedden het beeld dat toch al domineerde. De vlootgangers golden van meet af aan als onschuldige bloemenkinderen. Heel sereen hadden ze gereageerd op het geweld van die akelige commando's. De Nederlandse deelneemster Anne de Jong zei na aankomst op Schiphol dat alle schepen gecontroleerd waren op wapentuig. En dat daar geen sprake van was.

Toch dook er dit weekend in Turkije fotomateriaal op dat een ander verhaal vertelde (en dat, eerlijk is eerlijk, ook de Volkskrant haalde). Je zag actievoerders met stalen pijpen en messen in de hand, Israëlische militairen die badend in het bloed op de vloer lagen.

Maar de vredesactivisten kunnen gerust zijn: ook deze beelden zullen niet baten. Israël is en blijft de enige schurkenstaat, te midden van louter vreedzame naties.

De enkeling die het desondanks nog waagt op de Israëlische kant van de zaak te wijzen móét volgens deze logica ofwel Joods zijn, ofwel lijden aan een aandoening uit het filosemitische spectrum.

Grappig toch, dat sympathisanten van pakweg de Tibetaanse zaak nooit zo'n soort verdenking op zich laden. Die krijgen bij mijn weten zelden het verwijt dat ze vast boeddhistisch zijn. Of zonder het te weten lijden aan filoboeddhisme.

Ik peins nog even door.


Wat vervoerde het humanitaire hulpkonvooi naar Gaza?

Een eerder rapport van MissingPeace wordt bevestigd door het Israelische MFA.
Hieronder een lijst van de hulpgoederen die het 'humanitaire hulpkonvooi' naar Gaza wilde brengen.
Israel heeft sommige hulpgoederen fatsoenlijk ingepakt en in koelcellen opgeslagen, terwijl Hamas nog steeds weigert om de hulp binnen te laten. Ook andere hulporganisaties schijnen er niet om te malen. Als men zo om deze spullen verlegen zit in Gaza, waarom neemt dan niemand kontakt op met Israel om de spullen aan de grens te komen ophalen? Het is een absurde, surrealistische situatie. 
Veel van de hulp is overigens niet vreselijk bruikbaar, zoals afgedragen schoenen en kleren en medicijnen die ver over de datum zijn. Die arme Gazanen kunnen alles gebruiken, moeten de onbaatzuchtige Palestina sympathisanten die de hulp verzamelden hebben gedacht. Ondertussen gaan dagelijks meer vrachtwagens met fatsoenlijke hulp de grens over.
Summary of equipment aboard the Gaza flotilla – June 7, 2010

The Logistics Section of SIBAT (Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department of the Israel Ministry of Defense), together with COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), are responsible for transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza. They handled the transfer of the equipment that arrived on the flotilla ships from Ashdod Port to the Defense Ministry's humanitarian aid base in Zrifin, which now await Hamas permission for transfer into the Gaza Strip.

Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships. The Challenger 1 (small yacht), the Sfendonh (small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers' personal belongings. Of the four freight ships - Gaza, Sofia, Defeny and Rachel Corrie - as of June 7, SIBAT had only offloaded equipment from the Defeny.

As of June 7, the equipment offloaded was loaded onto 26 trucks. (An additional eight trucks are waiting at the Kerem Shalom crossing to enter the Gaza Strip.) The equipment includes:

1. 300 wheelchairs

2. 300 new mobility scooters

3. 100 special mobility scooters for the disabled

4. Hundreds of crutches

5. 250 hospital beds

6. 50 sofas

7. Four tons of medicine

8. 20 tons of clothing, carpets, school bags, cloth and shoes

9. Various hospital equipment - closets and cabinets, operating theater equipment, etc.

10. Playground equipment

11. Mattresses

The equipment remaining at Ashdod Port on the three ships which have not been offloaded include some 2000 tons of construction equipment - building materials and tools, and construction waste (rubble, toilets, sinks and cement) for re-use.

It should be noted that:

1. The equipment does not constitute humanitarian aid in the accepted sense (basic foodstuffs, new and functional equipment, fresh medicines).

2. The equipment awaiting entry into the Gaza Strip, both at the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Defense Ministry base, has been approved by COGAT.

3. The humanitarian aid on all the ships was scattered in the ships' holds and thrown onto piles and not packed properly for transport. The equipment was not packaged and not properly placed on wooden bases.

4. Because of the improper packing, some of the equipment was crushed by the weight in transit.

5. The medicines and sensitive equipment (operating theater equipment, new clothing, etc.) are being kept in cool storage at the Defense Ministry base. Some of the medicines have already expired, and some will expire soon. The operating theater equipment, which should be kept sterile, was carelessly wrapped.

6. A large part of the equipment, particularly shoes and clothing, was used and worn.

7. The construction material must be approved by COGAT and the political echelons before it can be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

Ook Iran zoekt confrontatie met Israël; schepen naar Gaza

Een beschouwing vanuit de Iraanse oppositie.

Ook Iran zoekt confrontatie met Israël; schepen naar Gaza
In de programma Phara van vorige week had Jef Lambrecht zijn mening geuit over de hulpkonvooi die vertrokken was naar Gaza en hoe dit ten voordele is gekomen van Hamas. Eigenlijk hoe Israël in de val is gelokt en daarin ook getrapt.
Zijn standpunt vond ik zeer interessant omdat ik het tot dan nog niet op deze manier had bekeken. Toch vonden de aanwezigen in de panel zijn standpunt wat overdreven. Laten we zeggen niet dat het met woorden zo gezegd is, maar ze lieten het zo blijken.

Onmiddellijk dacht ik in mezelf dat Iraanse autoriteiten op één of andere manier hiervan gaan profiteren. Dat ze via toespraken en artikels in de kranten Israël gaan zwart maken dat wisten we allemaal. Dat is niets nieuw.
Vandaag lees ik in Elsevier: "Nadat een 'hulpkonvooi' een week geleden de confrontatie zocht met de Israëlische marine, doet het islamitische regime Iran nu ook een duit in het zakje. De Iraanse organisatie Rode Halve Maan zegt schepen te sturen naar Gaza."

Ergens ben ik niet verbaasd, anderzijds ben ik echt kwaad. Razend ben ik. Ik praat zeker en vast niet goed wat Israël heeft gedaan en zeker niet wat hij al deed, maar dit is duidelijk provocatie.

Ahmadinejad laat weten dat hij Israël van de kaart wilt vegen. Hoewel ik van mening ben dat ieder land recht heeft op zijn eigen verrijking van Uranium, ben ik er van overtuigd dat Iran iets anders mee van plan is en dat er een controle moet zijn over verrijking ervan.
Er is zoveel armoede en economische crisis in Iran. Er zijn zoveel armen en kinderen die honger lijden. Al 32 jaar jaar gaan er miljoenen dollars naar de Palestijnen terwijl eigen land hulp en ontwikkeling nodig heeft, zeker na de 8 jarige oorlog met Irak.

Dit is geen hulpkonvooi van Iran. Dit is duidelijk profiteren van de situatie. Hezbollah en Hamas willen helemaal geen vrede. Iran evenmin. Deze actie doet me denken aan de bombardementen van vorig jaar waar Israël een school bombardeerde. Later bleek dat Hamas vanuit die school Israël beschoot.
Ook wat betreft de hulpkonvooien die werden aangevallen, blijkt nu dat er ook enorm geprovoceerd is. Het geeft Israël nog geen recht om aan te vallen, maar ja....

Eind deze week, vlak voor de 12 juni , de herdenking van de staatsgreep van Ahmadinejad, wilt hij Gaza een 'hulpkonvooi' sturen. Iedereen weet dat deze schip zeker zal tegengehouden worden. Dan zijn er verschillende scenario's mogelijk:

- ofwel gaan er doden vallen, wat dus zal aangekondigd worden als zijnde martelaren (zoals nu ook het geval was) en dus is er een reden om Israël lastig te maken of zelfs aan te vallen.

- ofwel worden mensen gearresteerd, wat dus weer gaat leiden tot provocaties en reden tot aanval van Israël om deze mensen te bevrijden¨

Ondertussen zal alle aandacht van de wereld gericht zijn naar deze hulpkonvooi (dat is althans wat hij denkt) en kan er met gerust hart vermoord en gearresteerd worden tijdens de geplande protesten

Dit laat nogmaals zien dat Iran bereid is tot zelfs een oorlog met het Westen en Israël om deze huidige crisis in het land te "ontvluchten" of uit te stellen. Zij denken immers dat indien het Westen Iran aanvalt (of als er oorlog is met Israël) dat de interne publieke opninie zal keren en dat iedereen zich achter Ahmadinejad gaat zetten om het land te verdedigen.

Dat is volgens Ahmadiejad en zijn companen de enige uitweg. Maar zoals Mousavi ook zei:" Het volk zal dan op dat moment misschien het land gaan verdedigen, maar zullen dan niet enkel buitenlandse vijand uit het land drijven, maar ook de binnenlandse onderdrukker van het volk"


Schandaal: Egypte weigert humanitaire hulp Gaza binnen te laten

Over the weekend, the Arab Physicians Union submitted a request to the Egyptian government to send 400 tons of food and construction material, including cement, into the Gaza Strip.
The request was turned down by the Egyptian authorities, which did not offer any explanation, said Munir Albarsh, a representative of the union. He said that although the Egyptians had reopened the Rafah terminal for travelers, they were continuing to ban humanitarian aid from entering the Gaza Strip.
Harry van Bommel, Martijn van Dam, Mariko Peters of iemand anders er al over gehoord? Dacht het niet.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he was optimistic that the blockade was nearing its end. He also predicted that the "Zionist project on our lands" was approaching its final stages.
Voor Haniyeh ligt het einde van de blokkade en het einde van Israel in elkaars verlengde, en dat is waarom Israel de blokkade heeft ingesteld.

Cairo refuses to let aid into Gaza
The Jerusalem Post - 06/07/2010 06:15

Meanwhile, Hamas announces refusal to allow Red Cross to see Schalit.

The Egyptian authorities over the weekend turned down a request by Arab physicians to bring aid into the Gaza Strip.

Hamas, meanwhile, announced that it won't allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit as a condition for the lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Khalil al-Hayyah, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, said the proposal was designed to "distract attention for the crime that was perpetrated against the flotilla aid ships last week."

He said that the blockade on the Gaza Strip had been in effect before the abduction of Schalit and added that the captors of the soldier have no confidence in any party, including the Red Cross.

The Egyptian refusal came despite Egypt's decision to reopen the Rafah border crossing in the aftermath of the aid convoy incident last week.

On Monday, a large group of Egyptian parliamentarians plans to "break" the ban of aid by bringing humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the border crossing, sources close to Hamas announced.

Hamas legislator and spokesman Mushir al-Masri welcomed the decision and called on the Egyptian authorities to keep the Rafah terminal open on a permanent basis.

Over the weekend, the Arab Physicians Union submitted a request to the Egyptian government to send 400 tons of food and construction material, including cement, into the Gaza Strip.

The request was turned down by the Egyptian authorities, which did not offer any explanation, said Munir Albarsh, a representative of the union. He said that although the Egyptians had reopened the Rafah terminal for travelers, they were continuing to ban humanitarian aid from entering the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas government said that about 2,000 Palestinians crossed the Rafah terminal in both directions since it was reopened last week. It said that the Egyptian authorities were continuing to ban aid to the Gaza Strip, especially food and construction material. Over the past week, the Egyptians allowed the delivery of more than 7,000 blankets, five electrical wheelchairs and 357 tents to the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he was optimistic that the blockade was nearing its end. He also predicted that the "Zionist project on our lands" was approaching its final stages.

"May 31 was and will be a turning point," he said, referring to the day of the confrontation at sea between the Israel Navy and the flotilla activists. "It marks the beginning of the delegitimization of the Zionist project in our country."

He said that Israel had suffered a series of blows over the past two years, especially with regard to Operation Cast Lead and the UN fact-finding mission into the war, headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone.

"The Gaza War, which was won by the resistance, embarrassed the Zionist enemy," Haniyeh said during the Friday khutba (sermon) at the Omari Mosque in Gaza City. "The Goldstone Report was a big scandal for the occupation, whose leaders are now being chased by legal and popular institutions all around the world."

He said the flotilla raid would have positive consequences for Hamas and the Gaza Strip, as well as for the entire Palestinian people.

Hoe de IHH zich voorbereidde op gewelddadige confrontatie op Free Gaza vloot

Dit artikel geeft gedetailleerde informatie over de Turkse boot en hoe men zich daar op de Israelische entering voorbereidde. Als dit allemaal klopt, is Turkije hier tot het hoogste niveau bij betrokken en zou Turkije en niet Israel scherpe internationale veroordelingen verdienen. Uit meerdere bronnen blijkt dat Turkije bij een en ander betrokken is, en volgens een seculiere Turkse vrouw heeft de Gaza 'Freedom' vloot de islamisten in Turkije verder versterkt.

IHH Preparations for a Violent Confrontation with IDF Soldiers Aboard the Turkish Ship Mavi Marmara
Initial conclusions from questioning passengers and examining equipment on board the ship


1. An initial analysis of statements taken from passengers aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara after it was towed to the port of Ashdod show that operatives belonging to the radical Islamic Turkish IHH1 led the violent confrontation with the IDF.

2. The statements confirmed that the violence met by the IDF soldiers was not spontaneous but rather an organized, premeditated action carried out by a hard core of 40 IHH operatives (among the 500 passengers). The operatives, who acted according to a clearly-defined internal hierarchy, boarded the ship in the port of Istanbul without undergoing a security inspection (as opposed to the other passengers, who boarded in Antalya after a full inspection).

3. The IHH operatives' preparations included handing out walkie-talkies as they boarded the ship, taking over the upper deck, setting up a situation room for communications, and a briefing given to the operatives two hours before the confrontation by IHH head Blent Yildirim, who was on board the ship and commanded his men. IHH operatives wore ceramic vests and gas masks, and were armed with large quantities of cold weapons which they had prepared from equipment found on board (knives, axes, metal cables, metal pipes used as clubs, wrenches, etc.). They were also equipped with box cutters which had been prepared on the upper deck in advance.

4. The passengers, including the IHH operatives, stated that there were close relations between the organization and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and that the Turkish government was involved in preparations for the flotilla. The statements reinforce the original assassment that the objective of the flotilla was not merely to bring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, but focused on provocation and a violent confrontation with Israel.

The Connections between IHH and the Turkish Government

5. According to statements from the passengers, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan maintains close contacts with IHH. The flotilla set sail with the full knowledge and agreement of Erdogan, who expressed personal interest in its success and his intention to exploit it promote his status in Turkey and the Arab-Muslim world. Passengers said that before the flotilla set sail, Prime Minister Erdogan constructed a scenario based on a possible confrontation with Israel which he could use to further his own needs. The statements were supported by descriptions found in files on laptop computers belonging to the passengers.

6. That was supported by a statement from a journalist who had good connections with the heads of the Turkish government and with Bülent Yildirim, head of IHH. The following are statements from the journalist, who was a passenger on the Mavi Marmara:

A. Prime Minister Erdogan's power base is built on IHH activists. Without their help he could not have been elected prime minister.
B. The Turkish government was behind the flotilla to the Gaza Strip and its objective was to embarrass Israel: "The Turks set a trap for you and you fell into it."
C. The flotilla was organized with the support of the Turkish government and Prime Minister Erdogan gave the instructions for it to set sail. That was despite the fact that everyone knew it would never reach its destination.
D. The affair of the flotilla strengthened Erdogan's status in Turkey and turned him into the leader of Islamic world.
E. Three additional flotillas are expected to sail for Israel and the modus operandi will repeat itself.
F. The journalist stated he had visited the Gaza Strip as part of a humanitarian delegation and his impression was that there was no distress or lack [of commodities] in the Gaza Strip. He added that "everything is propaganda."

7. In files found in laptops confiscated from Mavi Marmara passengers were other indications supporting the vast amount of information concerning the linkage between IHH and the Turkish government:

A. A letter written in Turkish was found from IHH head Blent Yildirim to Turkish President Abdullah Gl, asking him to release an IHH operative named Izzat Shahin from an Israeli prison. [Note: Shahin is an IHH operative who was sent as an organization representative to Judea and Samaria. His main activity was transferring funds to Hamas "charitable societies." He was detained for questioning in April 2010 and later deported at the request of Turkish officials.]
B. According to one file, IHH purchased the Mavi Marmara from a Turkish company called IDO (Filename IHH Basin Agiflamasi [Note: The Turkish company IDO, Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri was founded in 1987 by the city of Istanbul to provide fast, convenient, safe transportation services for the residents of Istanbul. The company, the largest of its type in the world, united with City Line Ferry Services in 1995 and is today the main provider of water transportation in Istanbul and the Sea of Marmara.]

The Mavi Marmara Passengers

8. Passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara said that for the most part, they had been recruited for the flotilla via the press, television and Internet sites, which publicized IHH contact telephone numbers and email addresses for interested parties. In that way 500 passengers were recruited, most of them volunteers.

9. Besides the ordinary passengers on board the Mavi Marmara, there were 40 Turkish IHH operatives. They were the hard core, composed of Turkish citizens who had been recruited especially for the mission. They had a hierarchy which was clearly-defined according to the part of the country they came from and their missions (each region had its own leaders and recruiters). On board the ordinary passengers were separated from the hard core of IHH operatives.

10. The hard core boarded the ship in Istanbul without undergoing a security check, as opposed to the other passengers, who boarded in Antalya after a full examination (see below). As they boarded they were given walkie-talkies for communicating with one another. Some of them had stickers on their clothing reading "Security Protection [khares amni]."

11. The volunteer passengers were requested to make their own preparations to arrive in Antalya on May 26 and 27. Before the ship set sail there was a meeting in Antalya for a final briefing. Many carried exceptionally large sums of money on their persons (tens of thousands of euros), apparently distributed to them after the ship was detained at sea. The funds were in all probability meant to be transferred to Hamas (the passengers claimed the money was for their own personal use).

The Sea Voyage

12. The ship set sail from Istanbul carrying 29 crew members and the 40 recruited hard core IHH members. Equipment was loaded which did not undergo a security check of any kind. The ship sailed to Antalya where the other passengers were X-rayed before boarding. The passengers boarded according to a list prepared by IHH and Turkish Customs, who were responsible for the security check-in.

13. During the voyage a group of IHH operatives supervised the ship. IHH guards were posted in the passageways and did not permit passengers to reach the upper deck. They also limited the movements of the crew, who needed permission from the IHH men to go from one place to another. In addition, a kind of communications situation room was established for IHH correspondents.

Preparations for Violent Resistance to the IDF

14. According to statements taken from passengers, the main objective of the flotilla's organizers was "to show the true face of Israel to the world" and not necessarily to bring aid to the Gaza Strip. It was obvious to them that they would meet Israeli opposition before they reached the Strip.

15. Before the confrontation with the IDF the ship's passengers prepared for violent resistance, which was clearly led by the hard core of IHH operatives.

16. Preparations for the confrontation with the IDF included the following:

A. Briefing the hard core before the IDF takeover (briefing carried out by Blent Yildirim).
B. Separating the volunteer passengers from the hard core and sending them below (all passengers who did not "contribute" to resisting the IDF were ordered below decks and told to stay there).
C. Donning ceramic vests and gas masks.
D. Arming themselves with cold weapons which had been collected and manufactured on board the ship. They included knives, axes, tools, metal cables and metal clubs which had been sawed off the ship's railings (using disks which had been brought along for the purpose). Metal screw-nuts were strewn on deck to make footing uncertain.

17. The IHH operatives were instructed not to allow the IDF soldiers to board the ship and to throw those who did manage to board into the sea. Close to the time of the IDF boarding, IHH head Blent Yildirim gave orders to his hard core operatives to form a human chain and to use chairs and clubs to beat back the soldiers and throw them into the sea.

18. When the Israeli Navy boats which approached the ship threw grappling hooks to board the ships, the operatives removed them and threw them back.
Weapons Found on Board the Ship

19. The following weapons, which according to statements had been prepared in advance:

A. One hundred ceramic vests imprinted with the Turkish flag. They were worn by IHH operatives as well as doctors and correspondents (as part of preparations for violence).
B. Two hundred gas masks.
C. A large number of slingshots.
D. Eight axes taken from fire-fighting stations aboard the ship.
E. Dozens of knives, most of them taken from the ship's kitchen and six cafeterias. A switch-blade was also found.
F. Steel cables and metal rods sawn off the ship's railings.
G. Wooden clubs.
H. Hammers and other tools.
I. Metal screw-nuts which were strewn on the upper deck to impede the movements of the soldiers.
J. Paint rollers from which the sponges had been removed, to be used as clubs.

The Identity of the Dead

20. Eight of the nine operatives killed were identified during the questioning of the passengers as IHH operatives and volunteers. One of them was an IHH photographer. (The ninth person was not identified.)


The statement of an officer aboard the Mavi Marmara
1. The main points of a Mavi Marmara officer's statement:
A. The cargo, which was loaded in Istanbul, consisted of drugs and basic merchandise (which could be seen by the lettering on the packages).
B. The ship set sail with 29 crew members and 40 IHH operatives. The leader of the operatives' group was Bülent Yildirim. An operative named Rajip was responsible for logistics. There was also an operative named Tonj.
C. The other passengers boarded in Antalya according to a list held by IHH and Turkish Customs. From Antalya they sailed to Cyprus where the other ships were waiting for them.
D. Before the passengers boarded, the captain instructed the crew to make sure there were no weapons or anything that might be considered a weapon.
E. When the IHH operatives boarded the ship they were given walkie-talkies to help them control the ship. Guards posted in the passageways prevented the ordinary passengers from reaching the upper decks. The movements of the crew were also limited and they needed permission from the IHH operatives to go from one place to another.
F. Instructions were given to the passengers by the IHH operatives via the ship's closed circuit television. In addition, a kind of communications situation room was set up for IHH's correspondents.
G. The IHH operatives used disks to saw the ship's railing into metal rods. They also had steel rods they took from the lifeboats. After hearing the sound of the disks, the captain sent two officers to find out where it was coming from. They saw that the IHH operatives had brought disks on deck, contrary to the captain's orders, and were using them to saw the ship's railings into metal rods. They found three disks and confiscated them.
H. In retrospect it is obvious that the incident had been organized in advance. The officer claimed he neither sensed nor understood what was going on during the sea voyage because he kept his distance from the passengers.

1 For further information about IHH see the May 27, 2010 bulletin, "IHH, which plays a central role in organizing the flotilla to the Gaza Strip, is a Turkish humanitarian relief fund with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation. Besides its legitimate philanthropic activities, it supports radical Islamic networks, including Hamas, and at least in the past, even global jihad elements"