Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PMW: Palestinian blood cult: Water the soil with your blood

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 18, 2017]
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

A cartoon in the official Palestinian Authority daily illustrated the blood cult ideology often disseminated by the PA and Fatah, which promotes the message that the land needs Palestinian blood in order to thrive. In the cartoon above, a prisoner is watering the soil with blood directly from his vein and a plant is successfully sprouting.

Palestinian Media Watch has shown that Fatah promotes a "the-land-needs-your-blood" ideology, even to children:

"Teach your children... 
there is a seed in the soil
if you water it with blood, 
it will sprout a revolution"
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page ," Jan. 6, 2014]
During the terror wave of 2015-2016, PMW noted that at times the PA was promoting this like a Palestinian cult of blood worship and "Martyrdom". After a terrorist was killed, the official PA daily reported:

"[Palestinians] insisted on perfuming themselves with the Martyr's blood... The residents of Jerusalem looked at the blood spots which were still on the ground and on the water which turned slightly red from it, formed a circle and recited the [Quranic Sura] Al-Fatiha for the Martyr's [soul]."
[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2015]
When a terrorist murderer had stabbed two Israelis to death, PA official Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam described the morning as one "fragranced by the blood of the Martyrs":

"Palestine's morning
A morning fragranced by the blood of the Martyrs
The morning of wounded Jerusalem
Have a morning of pride and honor"
[Facebook, "Friends of Dr. Laila Ghannam," Oct. 4, 2015]
Fatah has often repeated the slogan that Palestinians must water the land with their blood to achieve Fatah's political goals, as in this post on Facebook earlier this year:

Posted text: "Fatah means full readiness to sacrifice and faith in Allah, and afterwards in the inevitable victory, in the justice of the cause, and in the national unity.
We were born as rebels on the land of [Prophet] Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven; we carried out intifada as free men and we embraced the land in purity and washed in blood with which we watered our land for freedom and independence." 
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 4, 2017]

Gerda and Kurt Klein describe liberation

YNET: ICRC official: Israel is not an apartheid state Jacques De Maio, who heads the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to Israel and the PA, asserts: 'There is no IDF order to shoot suspects to kill, as political officials tried to convince us'; he also rejects claims of apartheid: 'There isn't a regime here that is based on the superiority of one race over another; there is no disenfranchisement of basic human rights based on so-called racial inferiority.'

With an annual budget of about $2 billion and 16,000 staff, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the biggest humanitarian organization in the world. About 85 percent of its budget comes from different countries, while the rest comes from international organizations and private donations.

  • Over 12,000 of the Red Cross's staff are working on the ground in 80 countries, providing vital aid to millions of peoples affected by armed conflicts and disasters. Red Cross teams provide food, clothes and medical aid at risk—and sometimes the cost—of their own lives. They can be found in Syria, Somalia, Ukraine, Haiti and other areas of war, hunger and conflict.

The Red Cross has been in Israel since 1948 and expanded its presence to the disputed territories in 1967. Despite that, "We still have to explain to the Israeli public who we are, what we're looking for here and what are our principles," said Jacques De Maio, the head of the Red Cross delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Jacques De Maio (Photo: EPA)
Jacques De Maio (Photo: EPA)

He's a Swiss national, 53 years old, sharp of tongue, deep of thought and fluent in many languages. De Maio gained his experience in Red Cross aid and rescue missions to the most oppressive and dangerous places on earth: Afghanistan, Rwanda, Ukraine, Somalia, Kuwait, Latin America and more.

"The most complicated thing," he said in a rare interview, "is to maintain the Red Cross's fundamental principle: neutrality, not taking a position in a situation where each side believes its position is the most moral and just and demands us, the Red Cross, to affiliate ourselves to it and condemn the other.

"I am constantly asked how we could treat both the aggressors and those who are defending themselves—terrorists and those who fight against terrorism—with the same level of leniency. And I answer: We offer help to people as human beings who need our help. Almost all of our work is done quietly, without publicity, often in secrecy, and our only goal is to protect people's natural rights. Not to deal with politics. Battling politics and political manipulation takes too much time and resources from us."

As an example of attempts at political manipulation, De Maio points to the Red Cross's response to two of the claims that are being made against Israel: That it is an apartheid state and that it carries out "extrajudicial killings."

"Israel gives us—unlike the security establishments in many other countries, including Western ones—quick access to senior officials in the IDF, the Prison Service, and other security services. We have useful, productive and professional dialogue with them. We clarified with them the issue of shooting assailants who carry out terror attacks and we reached an unequivocal conclusion that there is no IDF order to shoot suspects to kill, as political officials tried to convince us. The rules of engagement haven't changed, and have actually been made stricter. It is true that individual soldiers have made the wrong decision at times and that there are many instances of outrageous behavior at border crossings—at times in complete violation of orders. We do not hesitate to report that to the IDF and we usually get a professional response. That is why we rejected the accusation, and there were immediately those who claimed we were covering up war crimes committed by the IDF, and that we were serving the Zionists."

And what about the claim that Israel is an apartheid state?

"The Red Cress was very familiar with the regime in South Africa during Apartheid, and we respond to anyone who makes the argument that Israel is an apartheid state: No, there is no apartheid here. There isn't a regime here that is based on the superiority of one race over another; there is no disenfranchisement of basic human rights based on so-called racial inferiority. What does exist here is a bloody national conflict, the most prominent and tragic feature being that it is decades long, and there is occupation. Not apartheid."

The International Committee of the Red Cross is different from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the latter of which is a federation of national Red Cross, Red Crescent and Magen David Adom organizations. The ICRC became a full member of the federation only in 2005.

(Translated and edited by Yaara Shalom)

Elder of Ziyon: A Muslim Arab turns into a pro-Israel activist

A Reminder Not to Forget
Jews, too, sometimes prefer to forget. On the left, there is a nefarious tactic of trying to portray the Jewish people as more sinning than sinned against. For those in the anti-Zionist realm, the Holocaust is an ugly snag in the narrative of an Israeli Goliath targeting a Palestinian David. But sometimes there is a desire to forget even within the staunchly pro-Israel camp. It can be tempting, in celebrating Israel’s military might, its flourishing democracy, its miraculous existence, to forget that we were not always so strong. But we cannot let that pride come at the expense of remembering who we are, which necessarily includes remembering what we as a people have endured.
And we won’t. Jewish liturgy and tradition are peppered with the language of memory. We are commanded to remember the Sabbath. We sing about the repercussions of forgetting Jerusalem. Many blessings and prayers conclude with the exhortation that what we are doing is l’zecher yitziat Mitzraim—in memory of our exodus from Egypt. And every year, in commemorating that exodus during Passover, we contemplate our obligation to see ourselves as if we, personally, had been taken out of Egypt; we sing of how in each generation, a new enemy rises up who seeks our destruction; and we commit ourselves to telling the story to our children and our children’s children.
We are a people who understands the immeasurable power of a story told well, so we will not forget. We must ensure that the world does not either.
‘I am a Muslim Arab and an Israeli Zionist, and I love the Jewish people’
One of the most patriotic families in Israel lives just a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip. The father—a former Gazan—wears a medallion with the map of Israel and a Star of David around his neck, two of his sons are IDF soldiers who are willing ‘to die for the State of Israel,’ and they all feel a strong connection to Judaism. Years after being smuggled into Israel following the father’s secret collaboration with the Shin Bet, they declare: ‘We have no other country.’ 
N., a Muslim Arab resident of Gaza, traveled to Israel last summer to see her three grandchildren, two of whom are IDF soldiers. She hadn’t seen them for six years.
When she arrived in Israel, N. knew that she was ill and that her days were numbered. A female IDF soldier escorted her from the Erez Crossing to the entrance to her son’s home, in one of the Jewish communities near Gaza.
“I opened the door for her and gave her a hug,” her son, D., recalls. “She saw the children. I said to her, ‘Mother, look, my sons are in the army. My sons are soldiers.’ We hadn’t seen each other for years. I looked at her. She was happy. She asked me to take care of them, to make sure that nothing happened to them. Before we parted, she hugged my two soldiers in her arms and said to them: ‘Inshallah, I hope we will soon get to see this uniform in Gaza. When will Israel come back there? We have no life.’”
“Grandmother kissed us incessantly,” says Y., a sergeant in the IDF. “She stroked our hair and kept saying, ‘May God protect you.’”
N. stayed with her family for a month. Shortly after returning to Gaza, she passed away. “I feel so relieved,” says D., “knowing that my mother was pleased with us when she died.”
How did a Muslim Arab turn into a pro-Israel activist
‘Metro’ tells the story of Yahya Mahamed, who said his eyes were opened to the truth about Israel. Now calling himself ‘Zionist Muslim,’ he is working at StandWithUs to help others 
Sometimes we are privileged to meet rare and inspiring people, people whose life experiences are so different from our own that hearing about them provides us with a new understanding of the human spirit, a new way to see things, and a new way to think.
Yahya Mahamed is one such person. Tall, dark and slim, the first thing one notices about him is his smile.
It’s sincere and disarming and immediately evokes the feeling that a friend has been found. As his story unfolds, it becomes clear that behind those dimples is a young man of courage, humor, intelligence and a tremendous heart.
Metro sat with Mahamed at the Jerusalem office of StandWithUs, an NGO dedicated to educating people around the world about Israel. This is his story.
“I grew up in Umm el-Fahm, the third-largest Arab city in Israel. It’s a very problematic place. The Islamic Movement runs the municipality. This means they have power over everything: schools, services, who gets hired... and they are very anti-Israel. ISIS logos and swastikas are common,” he says.

Full text and video of President Trump's speech at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Thank you very much. Thank you. Friends, members of Congress, ambassadors, veterans, and, most especially, to the survivors here with us today, it’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion. I am deeply moved to stand before those who survived history’s darkest hour. Your cherished presence transforms this place into a sacred gathering.

Thank you, Tom Bernstein, Alan Holt, Sara Bloomfield, and everyone at the Holocaust Memorial Council and Museum for your vital work and tireless contributions.

We are privileged to be joined by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, friend of mine — he’s done a great job and said some wonderful words — Ron Dermer. The State of Israel is an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people. The fervent dream that burned in the hearts of the oppressed is now filled with the breath of life, and the Star of David waves atop a great nation arisen from the desert.

To those in the audience who have served America in uniform, our country eternally thanks you. We are proud and grateful to be joined today by veterans of the Second World War who liberated survivors from the camps. Your sacrifice helped save freedom for the world — for the entire world.

Sadly, this year marks the first Day of Remembrance since the passing of Elie Wiesel, a great person, a great man. His absence leaves an empty space in our hearts, but his spirit fills this room. It is the kind of gentle spirit of an angel who lived through hell, and whose courage still lights the path from darkness. Though Elie’s story is well known by so many people, it’s always worth repeating. He suffered the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust. His mother and sister perished in Auschwitz. He watched his father slowly dying before his own young eyes in Buchenwald. He lived through an endless nightmare of murder and death, and he inscribed on our collective conscience the duty we have to remember that long, dark night so as never to again repeat it.

The survivors in this hall, through their testimony, fulfill the righteous duty to never forget, and engrave into the world’s memory the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people. You witnessed evil, and what you saw is beyond description, beyond any description. Many of you lost your entire family, everything and everyone you loved, gone. You saw mothers and children led to mass slaughter. You saw the starvation and the torture. You saw the organized attempt at the extermination of an entire people — and great people, I must add. You survived the ghettos, the concentration camps and the death camps. And you persevered to tell your stories. You tell of these living nightmares because, despite your great pain, you believe in Elie’s famous plea, that “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

That is why we are here today — to remember and to bear witness. To make sure that humanity never, ever forgets.

The Nazis massacred six million Jews. Two out of every three Jews in Europe were murdered in the genocide. Millions more innocent people were imprisoned and executed by the Nazis without mercy, without even a sign of mercy.

Yet, even today, there are those who want to forget the past. Worse still, there are even those filled with such hate, total hate, that they want to erase the Holocaust from history. Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil. And we’ll never be silent — we just won’t — we will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again.

‘Denying the Holocaust is only one of many forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world’

Denying the Holocaust is only one of many forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world. We’ve seen anti-Semitism on university campuses, in the public square, and in threats against Jewish citizens. Even worse, it’s been on display in the most sinister manner when terrorists attack Jewish communities, or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction.

This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism. We will stamp out prejudice. We will condemn hatred. We will bear witness. And we will act. As President of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people — and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the State of Israel.

So today, we remember the 6 million Jewish men, women and children whose lives and dreams were stolen from this Earth.

We remember the millions of other innocent victims the Nazis so brutally targeted and so brutally killed. We remember the survivors who bore more than we can imagine. We remember the hatred and evil that sought to extinguish human life, dignity, and freedom.

But we also remember the light that shone through the darkness. We remember sisters and brothers who gave everything to those they loved — survivors like Steven Springfield, who, in the long death march, carried his brother on his back. As he said, “I just couldn’t give in.”

We remember the brave souls who banded together to save the lives of their neighbors — even at the risk of their own life. And we remember those first hopeful moments of liberation, when at long last the American soldiers arrived in camps and cities throughout occupied Europe, waving the same beautiful flags before us today, speaking those three glorious words: “You are free.”

It is this love of freedom, this embrace of human dignity, this call to courage in the face of evil that the survivors here today have helped to write onto our hearts. The Jewish people have endured oppression, persecution, and those who have sought and planned their destruction. Yet, through the suffering, they have persevered. They have thrived. And they have enlightened the world. We stand in awe of the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people.

I want to close with a story enshrined in the Museum that captures the moment of liberation in the final days of the war.

It is the story of Gerda Klein, a young Jewish woman from Poland. Some of you know her. Gerda’s family was murdered by the Nazis. She spent three years imprisoned in labor camps, and the last four months of the war on a terrible death march. She assumed it was over. At the end, on the eve of her 21st birthday, her hair had lost all of its color, and she weighed a mere 68 pounds. Yet she had the will to live another day. It was tough.

Gerda later recalled the moment she realized that her long-awaited deliverance had arrived. She saw a car coming towards her. Many cars had driven up before, but this one was different. On its hood, in place of that wretched swastika, was a bright, beautiful, gleaming white star. Two American soldiers got out. One walked up to her. The first thing Gerda said was what she had been trained to say: “We are Jewish, you know.” “We are Jewish.” And then he said, “So am I.” It was a beautiful moment after so much darkness, after so much evil.

As Gerda took this solider to see the other prisoners, the American did something she had long forgotten to even expect — he opened the door for her. In Gerda’s words, “that was the moment of restoration of humanity, of humanness, of dignity, and of freedom.”

But the story does not end there. Because, as some of you know, that young American soldier who liberated her and who showed her such decency would soon become her husband. A year later, they were married. In her words, “He opened not only the door for me, but the door to my life and to my future.”

Gerda has since spent her life telling the world of what she witnessed. She, like those survivors who are among us today, has dedicated her life to shining a light of hope through the dark of night.

Your courage strengthens us. Your voices inspire us. And your stories remind us that we must never, ever shrink away from telling the truth about evil in our time. Evil is always seeking to wage war against the innocent and to destroy all that is good and beautiful about our common humanity. But evil can only thrive in darkness. And what you have brought us today is so much more powerful than evil. You have brought us hope — hope that love will conquer hatred, that right will defeat wrong, and that peace will rise from the ashes of war.

Each survivor here today is a beacon of light, and it only takes one light to illuminate even the darkest space. Just like it takes only one truth to crush a thousand lies and one hero to change the course of history. We know that in the end, good will triumph over evil, and that as long as we refuse to close our eyes or to silence our voices, we know that justice will ultimately prevail.

So today we mourn. We remember. We pray. And we pledge: Never again.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fury Over 'Greedy Jews' Campaign

Ani Maamin in Auschwitz; אני מאמין באושוויץ

Chabad Rabbis attending the March of the Living stood at the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland, and sang together.

Bennett says, ‘One bombing attack’ could have stopped Auschwitz

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the Israeli government representative at the 29th March of the Living at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland on Monday, observed, “There’s only 4 gas chambers, 4. The allies, they knew exactly where they are…One bombing attack could have stopped the killing.”

The Dirty Secret Behind the Anti-Israel BDS Movement. by Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation

Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses

BDS is a form of jihad that predates not only the 1967 Six Day War, but also the establishment of the State of Israel.
BDS leader Omar Barghouti, leader of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has made it clear that his movement would oppose the existence of a Jewish state, regardless of any agreement for a two-state solution .
Already in 1929, the Palestinian national and Islamic leader said the Arabs would “remove the last remaining Jews” with an economic boycott. He spent WWII aiding the Nazis and planning to expand the Holocaust and the Final Solution to the Middle East.
Coerced by Arab demands, the British Mandate of Palestine agreed to boycott Jewish immigrants.

PMW: PA TV honors murderer by joining family's birthday party

PA TV honors murderer 
by joining family's birthday party:
He is a source of "pride for all of Palestine"
Murderers of Israelis are PA TV's "heroes"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
As'ad Zo'rob is a Palestinian murderer. In 2002, he shot and killed his Israeli employer who was giving him a ride in his car. Zo'rob is serving a life sentence for the murder. Official Palestinian Authority TV called him "heroic" and decided to join the family's birthday celebrations in his honor. At the party earlier this month, the PA TV host referred to the murderer as "the heroic prisoner" and a source of "pride" for "all of Palestine":

Official PA TV reporter: "Dear viewers, we are transmitting to you from the home of heroic prisoner As'ad Zo'rob..."  
Brother of murderer: "He is a hero, and is everything to us. He has made us proud."
Official PA TV reporter: "Of course, this prisoner is a [source of] pride for your family and all of Palestine."
[Official PA TV, I Call You, April 3, 2017]
Palestinian Media Watch has documented the participation of PA TV at a similar birthday party for terrorist Abbas Al-Sayid who is serving 35 life sentences  for planning two suicide bombings, one in 2002 at a Passover celebration, killing 30 Israelis, and another in 2001, killing 5 and wounding 100.

PA TV weekly program Giants of Endurance
This example of PA TV presenting a murderer of an Israeli as heroic is no exception. PMW has documented that all Palestinian terrorist prisoners and all terrorist so-called "Martyrs" are considered "heroes" by the Palestinian Authority and its leadership. It is therefore not surprising that official PA TV has a special weekly program dedicated to honoring terrorist prisoners called Giants of Endurance. PA TV honors these "heroes" by having their relatives as guests in the studio or visiting them in their homes, inviting them to speak about their imprisoned terrorist relative and sending him/her greetings. 

The following are some examples of terrorists who PA TV has named "heroic": (Details on each terrorist and each attack appears at the end)

In March this year, when introducing the relatives of two murderers, a PA TV host called the terrorists "heroic prisoners": 

Official PA TV host:
 "Allow me to welcome the wife of heroic prisoner Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1)... I want to turn to the family of heroic prisoner Alaa Al-Din Al-Bazian (i.e., terrorist who led a cell that murdered 2)."
A third terrorist was named "heroic prisoner" in the text on the screen:
"Brother of heroic prisoner Nidal Zalum"
[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, March 3, 2017]
 Terrorist prisoner Murad Al-Ajlouni who was an accomplice to the murder of 3 Israelis and sentenced to 3 life sentences has also been glorified as a "heroic prisoner" by PA TV:
Text on screen: "Mother of heroic prisoner Murad Al-Ajlouni"
[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, July 6, 2016 and Sept. 14, 2016]
Terrorist prisoner Mazen Al-Qadi, who was another accomplice to the murder of 3 Israelis and also sentenced to 3 life sentences, was named a "heroic prisoner" by PA TV too:

Official PA TV host: "We are now in El-Bireh, and more precisely at the home of heroic prisoner Mazen Al-Qadi who was sentenced to 3 life sentences and 20 years."

Text on screen: "Mother of heroic prisoner Mazen Al-Qadi"
Text on screen: "Father of heroic prisoner Mazen Al-Qadi"

One sister of terrorist Al-Qadi expressed pride in her brother, stating that he is a role model for "all the young people of Palestine," including her own son who she named after the accomplice to murder:

Official PA TV host: "You named your son Mazen."
Sister of jailed terrorist Mazen Al-Qadi: "I named my son Mazen, and praise Allah, he turned out similar to him. I hope that he will be like him, because Mazen is an example, in other words, not only for my son but rather for all the young people of Palestine. Praise Allah, may we hear good news about him, may we take pride and glory in it. We shed no tears other than those of pride, pride in Mazen and the young people who are like Mazen. May Allah release them."
[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, Oct. 13, 2016]
Text on screen: "Sister of heroic prisoner Mazen Al-Qadi"
Text on screen: "Sister of heroic prisoner Mazen Al-Qadi"

PA official District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam endorsed PA TV's presentation of this terrorist as "heroic" by guesting the show and appearing with the family of Mazen Al-Qadi.
Text on screen: "District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam"
Hani and Issam Zayn Al-Din are each serving one life sentence for being accomplices to murder and they were both named "heroic prisoner."
Text on screen: "Mother of heroic prisoner Hani Zayn Al-Din"
Official PA TV host: "We are now in the home of heroic prisoner Issam Zayn Al-Din... He certainly is resolute. He is a prisoner, one of the giants of endurance, loves the resolve, and he is one of the legends of resolve."
[Official PA TV, June 14, 2016]
Terrorist prisoner Husam Shehadeh who was involved in the murder of 6 Israelis and sentenced to 6 life sentences is another of PA TV's "heroic prisoners." 
Text on screen: "Brother of heroic prisoner Husam Shehadeh"
 [Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, July 6, 2016 and Sept. 14, 2016]
Another "heroic" terrorist is Bassem Al-Khandaqji, a member of the PFLP who was involved in a suicide bombing in which 3 were murdered:
Text on screen: "Uncle of heroic prisoner Bassem Al-Khandaqji"
[Official PA TV, July 21, 2016]
Othman Younes, who was involved in the murder of 3 and several other attacks and is serving 4 life sentences, is another of PA TV's "heroic prisoners."

Official PA TV host: "Allow me to go on to the sister of heroic prisoner Othman Younes, be well my sister. Othman [was sentenced to] 4 life sentences."
Text on screen: "Mother of heroic prisoner Othman Younes"
Text on screen: "Sister of heroic prisoner Othman Younes"
[Official PA TV, Dec. 8, 2016]
PA TV also honors terrorist murderers without referring to them as "heroic prisoners." Introducing the parents of terrorist Izz Al-Din Khaled Hamamrah who is serving 10 life sentences for recruiting a suicide bomber who killed 8, the PA TV host wished that "Allah release him": 

Official PA TV host: "We will move on to the family of Izz Al-Din Khaled Hamamrah, sentenced to 9 life sentences (sic., 10 life sentences), may Allah release him."
[Official PA TV, July 8, 2016]
See the PMW website for additional PMW documentation about the PA's glorification of terrorist murderers and its promotion of violence.

The following are more details about the terrorists and their attacks:

As'ad Zo'rob - A 21-year-old Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered his Israeli employer Nissan Dolinger, 44, next to a military checkpoint near the Jewish town of Rafiah Yam in the Gaza Strip on May 12, 2002. Dolinger was giving Zo'rob a ride in his car, when Zo'rob shot him. Zo'rob was arrested by Israeli soldiers and is serving a life sentence

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti - Palestinian terrorists who killed an Israeli army officer in January 1978, near Ramallah. Both were sentenced to life plus 18 years but were released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011. Nael Barghouti was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release by offering Hamas to serve as its minister of prisoners' affairs, and is serving his reinstated original sentence. 

Alaa Al-Din Al-Bazian - a Palestinian terrorist who was arrested for terror activity in 1979 (including a bombing attempt during which he lost his eyesight) and released in the Jibril Exchange in May 1985. After his release Al-Bazian led a terror cell comprised mainly of terrorists released in the Jibril Exchange. The cell was responsible for several attacks, including the murder of Zehava Ben Ovadia, 59, in East Jerusalem on April 13, 1986, and the murder of British tourist Paul Appleby, 28, at the Garden Tomb Christian religious site in Jerusalem on April 27, 1986. The cell was rounded up and Al-Bazian was arrested and sentenced to a life sentence in October 1986. In October 2011, Al-Bazian was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas, but he was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release, and is serving his reinstated life sentence.

Nidal Zalum - a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and murdered 2 - Nissim Levy, 91, and Kalman Vardi, 60 - and wounded three others near the central Jerusalem post office on May 3, 1989. Zalum was sentenced to 2 life sentences. In October 2011, Zalum was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas, but he was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release, and is serving his reinstated original sentence.

Murad Nazmi Al-Ajlouni - Israeli Arab terrorist with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) who drove terrorist Ibrahim Hassouneh to carry out an attack on two restaurants, the Seafood Market and Mifgash Hasteak, in Tel Aviv on March 5, 2002, in which 3 Israelis were murdered. Al-Ajlouni used his status as an Israeli Arab to freely drive Hassouneh to the restaurants, where Hassouneh shot from the car at diners and passersby with an assault rifle, wounding 15. Hassouneh also threw two grenades that did not explode. When his weapon jammed, Hassouneh got out of the car with a knife and stabbed Yosef Habi, 52, and Eli Dahan, 53, to death. Druze Israeli Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, managed to subdue Hassouneh, but as Barakat was reporting his location to his police commander, Hassouneh suddenly broke free and stabbed Barakat in the throat, murdering him. Police shot and killed Hassouneh, while Al-Ajlouni fled the scene in his car, but was later arrested. Al-Ajlouni was sentenced in 2003, and is serving 3 life sentences and 20 additional years.

Murad Nazmi Al-Ajlouni - Israeli Arab terrorist with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) who, together with Fatah terrorist Mazen Al-Qadi, drove terrorist Ibrahim Hassouneh to carry out an attack on two restaurants, the Seafood Market and Mifgash Hasteak, in Tel Aviv on March 5, 2002, in which 3 Israelis were murdered. Al-Ajlouni used his status as an Israeli Arab to freely drive Hassouneh to the restaurants, where Hassouneh shot from the car at diners and passersby with an assault rifle, wounding 15. Hassouneh also threw two grenades that did not explode. When his weapon jammed, Hassouneh got out of the car with a knife and stabbed Yosef Habi, 52, and Eli Dahan, 53, to death. Druze Israeli Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, managed to subdue Hassouneh, but as Barakat was reporting his location to his police commander, Hassouneh suddenly broke free and stabbed Barakat in the throat, murdering him. Police shot and killed Hassouneh, while Al-Ajlouni and Al-Qadi fled the scene in their car, but they were later arrested. Al-Ajlouni was sentenced in 2003, and is serving 3 life sentences and 20 additional years; Al-Qadi is also serving 3 life sentences and 20 additional years.

Hani and Issam Zayn Al-Din and Abd Al-Rahman Othman - Palestinian terrorists who are each serving 1 life sentence for the murder of Israeli citizen Eldad Abir on March 1, 2006, at the gas station near Migdalim, southeast of Nablus. Abd Al-Rahman Othman shot Eldad Abir and Issam Zayin Al-Din stabbed him. Hani Zayn Al-Din assisted in planning the attack and by driving them. Issam Zayn Al-Din and Hani Zayn Al-Din were apprehended on March 7, 2006, while trying to cross into Jordan, and Abd Al-Rahman Othman was arrested in Jericho on May 1, 2006.

Husam Shehadeh - a Palestinian terrorist and member of the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) convicted for his role in a terror cell that carried out a series of lethal shooting attacks between January 2001 and January 2002. The first attack was the murder of Akiva Pashkos on Jan. 25, 2001, in Atarot, in northern Jerusalem. Shehadeh was also involved in the murder of Yaniv and Sharon Ben Shalom, and Sharon's brother Israeli soldier Corporal Doron Sviri, in an attack on Aug. 25, 2001, on Route 443 between Jerusalem and Modiin. Yaniv and Sharon's two infant daughters, 20 months and eight months old, were also wounded in the attack. The last of the series of shooting attacks took place on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem on Jan. 22, 2002, in which Ora Sandler and Sarah Hamburger were murdered and over 40 others were wounded. Shehadeh was arrested, and was convicted of both the murders and of planning a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Shehadeh is serving 6 life sentences.

Othman Younes - a terrorist of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) who sent a terrorist to infiltrate the Jewish town of Itamar southeast of Nablus on May 28, 2002. The terrorist entered a high school yeshiva (Jewish religious studies academy) in the town and murdered 3 teenagers - Netanel Riachi (17), Gilad Stiglitz (14), and Avraham Siton (17) - before being shot and killed by a security guard. Younes was sentenced in 2004 and is serving 4 life sentences for the attack, as well as for his involvement in a number of shooting attacks in which Israelis were wounded, and placing explosives at roads in the West Bank.

Izz Al-Din Khaled Hamamrah - Palestinian Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) member who recruited 23-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber Muhammad Za'oul, who carried out the suicide bombing of bus no. 14 in Jerusalem on Feb. 22, 2004, in which 8 were killed and dozens injured. Hamamrah was also involved in shooting attacks in the area of Bethlehem, at the end of 2003 and in February 2004. Hamamrah is serving 10 life sentences.

BCC meets Chloé Simone Valdary a pro-Israel political activist and a Zionist. Valdary grew up in New Orleans, in a family that belonged to the seventh-day Sabbatarian Christian Intercontinental Church of God.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

UN WATCH: No joke! U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd.”
“Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”
“I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,” tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.
Yet the fundamentalist monarchy is now one of 45 countries that, according to the U.N., will play an instrumental role in “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
Saudi Arabia was elected by a secret ballot last week of the U.N.’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Usually ECOSOC rubber-stamps nominations arranged behind closed doors by regional groups, however this time the U.S. forced an election, to China’s chagrin.
At least 5 EU states voted FOR the Saudis.
@HillelNeuer @UN_CSW @UNECOSOC I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I'm 'saudi' and this feels like betrayal.
Saudi Arabia was also recently re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council where it enjoys the right to vote on, influence and oversee numerous mechanisms, resolutions and initiatives affecting the rights of women worldwide, including:
The latest ECOSOC vote is reported in a U.N. press release:
Commission on the Status of Women:The Council elected by secret ballot 13 members to four-year terms, beginning at the first meeting of the Commission’s sixty-third session in 2018 and expiring at the close of the sixty-sixth session in 2022:  Algeria, Comoros, Congo, Ghana and Kenya (African States); Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan (Asia-Pacific States); and Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States).
The only good news: thanks to the U.S. calling a vote — breaking with the Obama Administration policy which in 2014 allowed Iran to be elected by acclamation — Saudi Arabia was not elected by acclamation, but instead received the least votes of any other country: 47 out of 54 votes cast, even though there was no competition given that there was an equal amount of competitors for available seats.
Here were the results of the elections, with all 54 ECOSOC members voting:
African States
Algeria: 54
Comoros: 53
Congo: 53
Ghana: 53
Kenya: 53
Asian & Pacific States
Iraq: 54
Japan: 53
Republic of Korea: 54
Saudi Arabia: 47Turkmenistan: 53
Latin American States
Ecuador: 54
Haiti: 54
Nicaragua: 52
It was a secret ballot, but the math tells us that at least 15 of these member states of the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted to elect Saudi Arabia to the U.N.’s women’s rights commission:

  • Argentina?
  • Australia?
  • Belgium?
  • Brazil?
  • Chile?
  • Czech Republic?
  • Estonia?
  • Finland?
  • France?
  • Germany?
  • Greece?
  • India?
  • Ireland?
  • Italy?
  • Japan?
  • Portugal?
  • South Korea?
  • South Africa?
  • Sweden?
  • United Kingdom?
  • United States?