Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fires - Arson or ... ?

Left-wingers are trying to push a "no arson" message.

But if one rolls back the years...

Fire near Neve Tzuf; firefighters: Probably arson
A fire broke out in a woodland area near the West Bank settlement of Neve Tzuf. Israeli and Palestinian firefighters are on scene. This is the second time on Saturday that a fire has started in this area.


Fire breaks out near Neve Tzuf
A fire has broken out near the West Bank settlement of Neve Tzuf, and settlers claiming Palestinians were trying to torch sheds at the nearby Maayan Meir clashed with the Palestinians.


Military officials warn of 'arson intifada'Number of arson cases plaguing West Bank settlements spikes, prompting concern over 'new weapon discovered by Palestinians'

According to a report published by Yedioth Ahronoth Tuesday, more than 20 fires have been maliciously set in West Bank settlements and outposts in the past few weeks.  
Police investigators determined that all of the fires were the result of arson and evidence in all cases led to surrounding Arab villages. The Judea and Samaria District Police have recently arrested six suspects.
Defense establishment sources have expressed concern that the area may be facing an "arson intifada," saying Palestinians have foregone hurling rocks and rioting in favor of setting fires near settlements and letting the hot weather and winds do the rest – i.e. feed the blaze as it spreads and threatens communities and wildlife alike.
Residents of northern West Bank outpost of Mizpeh Danny have had to conquer seven fires over the past three weeks, Neve Tzuf, Migron, and Givat Ronen outposts battle an average of one fire a week; and just last week, an entire neighborhood in the Kochav Yaakov settlement in the Binyamin region had to be evacuated after flames began devouring its outskirts.
 "This is a genuine concern," Amiad Kadmon, Mizpeh Danny's security officer, told Yedioth Ahronoth. "This could literally burn our lives down to the ground." 
The IDF has also voiced concerns over the new "trend": Binyamin Division Commander Colonel Saar Tzur has declared the fight against arson a top priority

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Where there's fire, there is a good probability, but not in all cases, of arson.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Shiloh, As Seen From Across the Valley

I just received this in the mail:

While growing up in in Turmus Ayya I was surrounded by tales and evidence to dislike Israel. From the way 18-20 year olds in the military harassed innocents on the streets to the stories of bombings in Gaza and elsewhere, the image of an omnipotent power forcing its might onto us was ubiquitous. I broke away from the reflexive hatred and realized that holding on to any grudge, especially when no direct harm to me was caused, is quite ignorant. The fog caused by the embitterment made it impossible to make out the beauty of belonging to such a region. The land where Eli lived, Hannah urged and Samuel reigned.

Attached are two pictures I took from the opposite side of Shiloh... I send these knowing that it's from an angle you probably never saw. (Sorry for the bad quality, I was just snapping pictures with no intention on what to capture).

Shiloh is far in the background, on the hill:


Thursday, December 01, 2016

And You Thought Walking Through Meah Shearim Was Tough

Well, seems there are problems elsewhere as protests mount over a  temple dress code.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

As reported:

A day after relaxation of the age old dress code for women entering the ancient Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here, confusion prevailed today with its administrative committee asking the Executive Officer to withdraw his decision after protests surfaced. 

The order of Executive Officer K N Sateesh allowing entry of women attired in 'salwar kameez and churidar', doing away with the earlier requirement of wearing a 'mundu' (dhoti) over the churidar for offering worship, triggered protests from various Hindu organisations in front of the temple.  Some women devotees early in the day entered the temple wearing salwar kameez and churidar, but they were prevented briefly by temple officials after the Supreme Court-appointed Administrative committee of the shrine intervened. 

By the way:

it is the richest Hindu temple in the world. In terms of gold assets and precious stones, it is by far the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world, with an estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults (not accounting for historical value). 



Student Assistance from the U.S. Jerusalem Consulate

Here are two updates found on the US Jerusalem Consulate General Facebook page:

Are you a student between the ages of 20-24 with strong English skills and leadership potential? If so, you need to apply for the MEPI Student Leaders Program! This is a fully-funded six-week intensive leadership training program in the United States for undergraduate students from across the Middle East and North Africa. Apply via the link here and share with your friends. Amideast- West Bank EducationUSA GAZA Education USA - West Bank

If you go to the link, the first requirement is

"Eligible Applicants:
Palestinian citizens, living and attending university in the West Bank, Jerusalem or Gaza. Note that applicants should be residing in one of these three areas at the time of application submission and during the interview process."

What is a "Palestinian citizen"? Is there a country called "Palestine"?  
Can a Jew be an "Palestinian citizen" living in "Jerusalem" or the "West Bank"?

Or does a Jew living in a community village like Shiloh or a town like Efrat or a city like Ariel not live in the "West Bank"?

By the way, that interpretation may have relevance for the labeling of products by the EU.

If the US doesn't consider me or other Jews as living in the "West Bank", why label our products as being produced there?

Are you a Palestinian university student who is interested in spending a semester studying at a U.S. University? If so, consider applying for the Global UGRAD program! This fully funded State Department Program will give you the opportunity to enroll in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work at a prestigious U.S. university. Apply here and share with your friends. #Exchanges  Amideast- West Bank

If you go to that link you'll read:

​"Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program: 1. Applicants must be Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza and must be currently studying in their place of residence"

What is a "Palestinian resident"? Only Arab? Or only Muslim? Or only Christian? 

Or, anything but Jewish?

By the way there's more there:

But nothing in a Jewish residential community.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Language Obfuscation Or, How To Divert Attention

I saw this relating to the Ohio State University Islamist a la Palestinian terror-style attack the other day:

"The suspect has tentatively been identified as a man of Somali heritage," the Council of American Islamic Relations's press release said.

And at 2:16 in this video


In other words, his religion was less important than his cultural heritage, his ethnic identity?

Are they diverting attention?


Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Real Land Grab at Amona

From remarks delivered by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the situation in the West Bank, including settlements at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on November 22, 2016

The so-called regularisation bill, which passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset, would allow for the ex-post legalisation of Israeli outposts in the occupied West Bank. It would enable essentially the confiscation of the private property rights of Palestinian land owners in the West Bank for the benefit of settlers. This would mean crossing a new threshold, even under Israeli law, for the settlement enterprise in the West Bank. It would also mean the exact opposite of what the Quartet has called for, namely preserving the two-state solution.

Let's review that confiscation of the private property rights of Palestinian land owners bit.

In the Amona instance, despite the fact that the lands in question were distributed by an illegal occupying power, i.e., Jordan, with no real purchase proof, and despite the legal assertion by the Amona residents' lawyer that that was without legal foundation as regards actual "private" ownership, the High Court ignored that and asked the State Prosecutor's Office who agreed that the land in question was "privately-owned".

In a check, 7 out of the 9 plaintiffs "owned" land that was outside the Amona community. The two people - Maryam Hassan (מרים חסן עבד אלקרים חמאד) and Ibrahim Halil (אברהים חליל יעקוב גע'מה) - "owned" proportionally 2 dunams out of a total of...500 dunams in question. Hassan held proportionally 12 out of... 109 of 24 dunams and Halil held...80 out of 36,000 in an area of 36 dunams.  "Worse", they cannot pinpoint exactly where on the map those portions exist.

Out of 500 dunams, two are claimed but the owners know not where exactly the lands lie.

And what the Civil Administration did was not to define the proportionality of the land but to 'submerge' the 2 dunams into the 60 and then decide those 60 covered the entire soutern portion of Amona.

That's a land grab!

(based on a research article by Dr. Yehuda Yifrach in Makor Rishon, November 18, 2016 which was also published at NRG).


France's Regulations Should Be Worded Exact & Correct

Here is a section of the new French regulations on goods produced in that part of the Land of Israel not yet under Israel's full sovereignty:

For products from the West Bank or the Golan Heights originating from settlements, a restriction to "product originating in the Golan Heights" or "product originating in the West Bank" is not acceptable. Although these expressions refer to the broad area or territory from which the product originates, the omission of additional geographical information to the effect that the product originates from Israeli settlements may mislead the consumer True origin of the product. In such cases it is necessary to add, in brackets, the expression "Israeli colony" or equivalent terms. Thus, expressions such as "product originating in the Golan Heights (Israeli colony)" or "products originating in the West Bank (Israeli colony)" may be used.

I was wondering: do products in that same geographical area but not produced in Jewish communities need to be registered/labeled as "hummus produced in Arab-occupied Samaria" or "olive oil originating in Arab-occupied Judea"?

The additional geographical information is that those areas, Samaria and Judaea, are the ones the United Nations used to describe the border of the Jewish and Aerab states to arise as a reult of the 1947 partition plan (which the Arabs rejected, launched a war of aggression and then had Jordan occupy and annex):

The boundary of the hill country of Samaria and Judea starts on the Jordan River at the Wadi Malih south-east of Beisan...

So, if the French want to be just and correct, let them employ the correct nomenclature and the genuine legal standing of the areas.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Did Bob Dylan Describe Arab Propaganda

I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

He's Inciting, Lying and He's A Minister

He's trying to start a riot.

From this report (via Google Translate):

Palestinian minister: Israeli occupation seeks to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque
Wednesday, 23 / November / 2016 - 20:10 
Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Palestinian Adeis Yusuf, said the situation in the holy city and the Aqsa Mosque has reached an extremely dangerous level, given the lapse of the Israeli occupation authorities in their practices against racism and the Judaization of the mosque and the city.

Adeis in an exclusive statement to the UAE site 24 said that the Israeli government is trying to undermine the Al-Aqsa Mosque and implement a spatial partitioning scheme and then destroy it, to establish on its ruins the alleged structure [i.e. the Third Temple], stressing that Israel is seeking to impose a fait accompli policy.

Adeis explained that the Israeli occupation of racist practices designed to blur the historical Arab and Islamic presence in Jerusalem, in preparation for implementation of all settlement plans and colonial against Jerusalem.

He pointed out that the Palestinian leadership took the file to the international community and the Security Council, and moving toward the cessation of Israeli practices and punish the crimes of the Israeli occupation in the holy city, noting that the Palestinian move alone is not enough to rein in Israel and stop the repeated crimes.

Maybe this response?


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Did Rabbi Eric Yoffie Proofread His Oped?

Did I read this correctly?

"Now is actually a good time to put forward a reasonable plan to resolve the settlement question and to indicate Israel’s intentions in negotiations with the Palestinians. And Lieberman has done just that, calling for a return to the terms of the Bush-Sharon letters of 2004. The Bush-Sharon letters called for a two-state solution and an end to settlement construction outside of the major settlements blocs. At the same time, they also called for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and suggested that the blocs could be incorporated into Israel as part of any final status agreement. As Lieberman noted, a reaffirmation of this correspondence could be negotiated in such a way that would give Israel freedom to expand settlements within agreed-upon borders of the blocs.

If the Bush-Sharon letters are adopted by Trump and Netanyahu, peace is hardly likely. In the current climate, it is hard to imagine the Palestinians embracing the 2004 formula.

What is he suggesting here?  

Does he make sense to you?