Thursday, July 30, 2015

Let's Call This A "Temple Mount Gee"

Aw, gee, another Temple Mount example of idiocy.

From here:

Margalit asserted that Muslims at the holy site do not object to Jewish visitors, but rather to right-wing Jews, “who come up with a political agenda.

“When I was there, I was treated respectfully,” the Jewish councilman said of his numerous visits at the invitation of the Wakf Islamic religious trust, which oversees the compound for the Jordanian government. “They gave me coffee and sweets.”

Yes, they do object to Jewish visitors who seek to identify as Jews rather than identity-less Jews.

Yes, of course Margalit was treated respectfully as he came with his own anti-Temple Mount political agenda.

Yes, there are Jews who are not "right-wing" (Margalit is left-wing) who do have a Jewish interest in the site's history, archaeology, cultural and religious past (and present and perhaps, future).  And they, too, if they display an overt interest in what is there will not be tolerated.

Yes, Christians who display biblical interest as well as New Testament interest will not be tolerated.

I could go on but I presume you grasp the idiocy of Margalit's approach.


A Visit to Jerusalem, 1912


On Catt:

In 1933 in response to Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Catt organized the Protest Committee of Non-Jewish Women Against the Persecution of Jews in Germany.
The group sent a letter of protest to Hitler in August 1933 signed by 9,000 non-Jewish American women.It decried acts of violence and restrictive laws against German Jews. Catt pressured the U.S. government to ease immigration laws so that Jews could more easily take refuge in America. For her efforts, she became the first woman to receive the American Hebrew Medal.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Islamist Illusions

Caught this:

قال الشيخ حسام أبو ليل، النائب الثاني لرئيس الحركة الإسلامية في الدّاخل الفلسطيني إن هناك "اتفاقا سريا بين الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، وبين بعض الزعامات العربية، للسماح لليهود بالصلاة في المسجد الأقصى المبارك" 

That reads:

Sheikh Hussam Abu Leil, Second Vice-President of the Islamic movement in the Palestinian territories said that there was "a secret agreement between the Israeli occupation, and among some Arab leaders, to allow Jews to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque

Somehow, I would really like to belive him but I'll go with Islamist Illusion. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Spilled Milk

I've now read this

Milk firm may be flouting EU rules on trade with Israel’s settlements
Adri Nieuwhof Rights and Accountability 28 July 2015

An Israeli milk company may be sidestepping EU restrictions on dairy imports from Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.

New research demonstrates that Tnuva, a leading Israeli food firm, is processing milk from settlements that violate international law.

Who Profits?, a group monitoring the occupation, has filmed trucks collecting milk from the West Bank and bringing it to a Tnuva factory in Rehovot, a city inside present-day Israel...Who Profits? filmed Tnuva’s trucks bringing milks from three settlements in the West Bank to Rehovot earlier this month. Similar videos were filmed in September and October last year — a few months before the EU’s rules came into effect.

The evidence indicates that Tnuva is continuing to behave in an illegal manner, despite the EU’s rules.  Under the 1907 Hague regulations — a cornerstone of international humanitarian law — it is forbidden for an occupying power to exploit the land and resources of the territory it occupies for commercial purposes.

Who Profits? has listed four Israeli settlements in the West Bank that are known to provide raw materials to Tnuva. The settlements are named Carmel Maon, Beit Yatir, Migdal Oz and Rosh Tzurim.

But Migdal Oz and Rosh Tzurim were established prior to 1948 so they cannot be post-1967 occupied and in fact, point to Arab crime of ethnic cleansing.


Monday, July 27, 2015

UZ Greenberg: "He Who Rules..."

From the speech delivered by Uri Zvi Greenberg in the Knesst on March 8, 1949, including his famous dictum (underlined):


Was Raad Salah's "Quotation" an Error?


لا قيمة لإسرائيل بدون القدس، ولا قيمة للقدس بدون الهيكل

translates as

there is no value to Israel without Jerusalem, nor is there value to Jerusalem without the Temple 

It is at this news web site as a quotation direct from Sheikh Raad Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel.  He incites and had been in jail.

I looked for it after seeing it at an Arutz 7 item.

In the past, he has declared:

“Netanyahu is about to build the false Temple, and when the Jews build the Temple they will do so upon the ruins of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].”

But if you look at this article by another Islamist which includes this: 

 أنَّ المؤسّس لما يسمَّى بإسرائيل "ديفيد بن غوريون" قال:"لا قيمة لليهود بدون إسرائيل، ولا قيمة لإسرائيل بدون القدس، ولا قيمة للقدس بدون الهيكل"، وعليه فالصهاينة يحاولون طمس معالم الهويَّة الإسلامية للقدس؛ وهنالك حملة قذرة في تهويد القدس ومن ذلك:

you'll read, in English translation, that:

...the founder of what is called Israel, David Ben-Gurion, said, "there is no value for the Jews without Israel, nor the value of Israel without Jerusalem, nor the value of Jerusalem without the Temple" and the Zionists are trying to obliterate the Islamic identity landmarks of Jerusalem; and there is a dirty campaign in the Judaization of Jerusalem

So, Raad Salah declared what he declared based not on his belief but what he was given to understand was Ben-Gurion's belief.

But did B-G say that?

I checked here but no.  Here, I found this:

“There can be Jerusalem without Israel, but there cannot be Israel without Jerusalem”

The search is to be continued... 

But I think it's a (purposeful) misquote.



Found this from David Ben-Gurion:

The attempt to exclude Jewish Jerusalem from Israel is not calculated to establish peace in the Near East, and least of all in Jerusalem itself. Jews will sacrifice themselves for Jerusalem no less than Englishmen for London, Russians for Moscow, or Americans for Washington...We hope that those religions which respect the sanctity of Jerusalem and those nations which, like us, believe in the principles of peace and justice will respect the rights of Israel in Jerusalem just as Israel respects the rights of all religions in its holy capital and in its sovereign State.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

So, How Did It Start?

There was Muslim violence on the Temple Mount today, the fast of the Ninth of Av.

How did it start?

From the WAFA news site:

The entry of settlers provoked worshipers, who gathered to defend the site, spurring clashes with police, who provided protection to settlers.

From the Arutz 7 web site:

Jerusalem police received intelligence on Arab youths, who cloistered themselves on Saturday night inside of Temple Mount’s Al-Aksa Mosque.  The young terrorists gathered rocks, planks of wood and firecrackers, even making Molotov cocktails inside of the mosque’s walls, in an attempt to plan an attack against police forces and disrupt Jewish visits to Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av.

From Ynet:

Violence at Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av

Police force their way into al-Aqsa Mosque, where Arab youths equipped with stones and fireworks barricaded themselves overnight; police officers wounded; riot dispersed. 

Jerusalem District Police received information that some youths had barricaded themselves inside the mosque overnight and collected stones, planks, and Molotov cocktails with the purpose of altercating with police and disturbing the visits of Jews arriving at the Temple Mount complex for Tisha B'Av prayers. Tisha B'Av is an annual fast day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

The youths, some of whom wore face masks, created barricades to prevent the door into the mosque from being closed using shoe racks, iron rods, and ropes.

When a police team approached the mosque, the youths threw stones and launched fireworks. Police and border guard forces directed by Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri entered the complex as the rioters escaped into the mosque and threw dozens of stones and concrete blocks.

Police began to remove the barricades placed at the entrance to the mosque, while some were wounded by the stones and fireworks. They managed to force their way in and shut the mosque.

And you believe Arab sources?



And now AP has it right, too.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kerry Channels the Highly-Charged "Powerful"

Here is an excerpt from the interview of Secretary of State John Kerry with Setareh Derakhshesh of VOA Persian on July 20, 2015 in Washington with a certain phrase highlighted:

QUESTION: They [bipartisan skeptics from Congress] seem to remain unconvinced. What is your battle plan, sir, and are you going to bring anything new – any new arguments – so you can defend the deal?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, I’m going to tell the truth about the deal. There are many people who frankly – some of them had opposed it before they even read it. I mean, many of them admitted they hadn’t read the deal when they started opposing it. Some people just oppose the idea of doing a deal with Iran. But I think when people really look at what is gained here, when they see that this is a possibility of actually doing away with a potential of a nuclear weapon, and that perhaps opening up the possibilities of other good things happening, of a new relationship, I think people will see the benefit of it.

Obviously, there is a very powerful group of voices who are opposed to it, who spend a lot of money in opposition to it, and that’s been heard. But I believe – I’m glad we have the 60 days. I think it will give time for people to really reflect and see that if you don’t let this agreement go forward, you could be choosing conflict and war. That could be the alternative. Because if we don’t have this agreement, then I believe the Ayatollah would say, “Why should I negotiate with these guys? They haven’t delivered. They don’t do it.” Why would our colleagues in the world support the sanctions when they say the sanctions were supposed to be to get an agreement, but they got one and now they’ve walked away? So the whole thing comes apart, with great danger to the region.

J Street is spending money and presents itself as powerful, or influential, as it has great White House access.  So, it applies for both sides.  Or should.

Why should "powerful" resonate so negatively in my mind (does it your yours?)?

This: AIPAC: powerful US lobby on pro-Israel mission?

This: Inside The Jewish Lobby—The Most Powerful Racist Organization in the U.S.?

Mr. Kerry used a loaded term, one that is highly-charged.

I hope it was unintentional.