Monday, November 30, 2015

30-Nov-15: Incitement to savagery costs lives on all sides so why doesn't everyone want to shut it down?

Ahlam Tamimi: It's not every day you see the parents of a murdered child
posting an image as explicit as this one depicting the now-free-as-a-bird killer
exulting over what she did
If you saw another of our posts today ["30-Nov-15: Radio that kills: silencing it"], you will be aware that incitement to killing and violence has gotten some of the Israeli government's attention in recent days and for deadly serious reasons.

Now there's a related move, this time, perhaps surprisingly, attributed to the Abbas regime:
The Palestinian Authority on Monday instructed its broadcasting authority to indefinitely suspend Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV programming in the West Bank. “The PA’s security apparatuses have announced officially to all broadcasters in the West Bank that they are forbidden from airing the Al-Aqsa network,” Hamas confirmed in a statement on Facebook.
Israeli watchdog groups have long-claimed Al-Aqsa TV promotes terrorist activity, teaches anti-Semitism and incites hatred of Israelis, especially in its programming for children. Monday’s move was seen as an attempt by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to tackle Hamas “incitement” and in so doing to curb the almost-daily clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian rioters. ["PA orders Hamas TV off the air in West Bank", Times of Israel, November 30, 2015]
Incitement is expensive in terms of lives lost and ruined on all sides of the conflict. We know about the cost from up close; no surprise when we say we have a personal interest in this. Our daughter's murderer, a woman called Ahlam Tamimi who was in her early twenties at the time, was convicted on 15 counts of murder for engineering the August 9, 2001 massacre at Jerusalem's Sbarro pizzeria. For this, she was tried, convicted on her own comprehensive and unblinking admission, and sentenced to 16 terms of life imprisonment. The judgment came with an explicit recommendation from the three-judge court that no consideration ever be given to releasing her early.

This was ignored. In October 2011, she walked free, her life-sentences conditionally commuted, and went back to Jordan where she was born and where her family live. We warned whoever would listen [via the BBC for instance, as well as NPR, Canada's CBC, Haaretz, The Guardian, CNN, Le Figaro and dozens of other mainstream media channels] that she was not done with terrorism. This proved, of course, to be right.

Tamimi's influence has grown greatly since her release. As we noted in this blog some months ago
[I]n December [2014] she was proclaimed the "Success Model" of the students at the Arab world's most important graduate school for journalists, an institution [called the Jordan Media Institute] modeled on the Columbia School of Journalism and founded by the woman previously known as Rym Brahimi who graduated Columbia and who then spent years working as an on-camera reporter for CNN. As Princess Rym Ali, she is now the king of Jordan's sister-in-law.
Tamimi travels freely and often throughout the Arab world. And she hosts a weekly television program on the Al-Aqsa TV. As we noted in an earlier post ["6-May-12: What lies behind freedom of the Palestinian Arab press?"], starting in February 2012, just four months after her release from an Israeli prison where she was serving sixteen terms of life imprisonment for murder. her career
has been on a sharply-upward trajectory. She got her own glossy television program that is beamed by satellite every Friday night into all parts of the Arabic speaking world via the Al-Quds TV channel. That's one of two global-facing television channels operated by the Hamas terrorist regime; the other is called Al-Aqsa TV. Her weekly program, "Naseem Al Ahrar" (translation: “Breezes of the Free”) focuses on the injustices allegedly visited on Palestinian Arab prisoners languishing in Israeli custody... [A]t the age of 31, this woman possesses one of the most prominent and influential platforms that an Arabic-only journalist could ever dream of having. 
Tamimi hosting the March 23, 2015 edition of her weekly televised paean to
terrorism, Islamist-style, produced in Jordan for Hamas and beamed
throughout the world
Tamimi was the first female terrorist in the ranks of the blood-soaked Hamas jihad organization. Her enthusiasm for its barbarism is legion.

In 1999, under Jordan's then and current ruler, King Abdullah II and shortly after the death of his father King Hussein, the Hashemite Kingdom banned Hamas. Fearing the presence of "radical Islamic elements", it accused Hamas of engaging in "illegitimate activities within Jordan" and "clandestine paramilitary training and... of penetrating local fundamentalist opposition parties". Khaled Mashal, who today heads Hamas, was arrested that year on returning to Jordan from a visit to Iran but - reflecting the tightrope-walking for which the kingdom is famous - the Jordanian king very soon afterwards flew him by private jet into "exile". That's how he came to live in Syria for some years, before trading that for considerably more-opulent Qatar where he currently resides. A New York Times report at the time said the Jordanians
adamantly denied that the crackdown had been conducted at the behest of Washington or Israel. But they acknowledged that the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, had asked Amman to take action against what he saw as a dangerous source of rebellion against his peace negotiations with Israel. 
Quoting an Indian newspaper from November 22, 1999, one source said that Hamas leaders were warned that "firm action would be taken if the Palestinian organization resumed its activities on Jordanian soil".

Our impression is that this "firm action" includes turning a blind eye to the production in Amman each week for almost four years of "Naseem Al Ahrar", the Hamas TV show that Tamimi fronts.

It's not hard to find. YouTube hosts an Al-Quds channel where more than 170 episodes [click] of Ahlam Tamimi's weekly tribute to terrorism and terrorists are stored and viewable online (unfortunately without Arabic-to-English subtitles). We have watched many of them. With the help of Arabic-speaking friends, we have come to understand that this loathsome young woman with a cold passion for murder [view this 2012 video with English subtitles] may be one of the most powerful marketing tools in the Hamas arsenal.

On the day she returned to Amman after being conditionally freed in an
extortion deal, Tamimi arrived at Jordan's Family Court for a reception in
her honour, one of many that followed throughout the
Arab world, but especially in Jordan [Image Source]
We have already noted above that all the Al-Quds programming is beamed throughout the world by satellite. There's almost nowhere on earth where ordinary Arabic-speaking folk with access to satellite programming can't watch their favorite jihadist.

But in the internet age, even that's more technology than a person needs. Click here to see a long list of streaming sites that will bring the same message of terrorist "heroism" and dead Jews onto the laptop, smartphone or home computer of anyone with a connection to the web. That includes the Al-Quds website itself; it's streaming live Al-Quds programming into our home as we write this.

Why does Jordan, which even now bans Hamas from its territory, allow hateful extremist Hamas TV programming to be created and up-beamed from downtown Amman? If the Palestinian Authority has silenced Al-Quds and Tamimi, why does Jordan not immediately follow suit?

Why do Jordan's friends, the countries with whom it has diplomatic relations (for instance the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, the Vatican, the United States, Sweden, the EU, Australia and many others) not whisper into the Jordanian authorities' ears and suggest this does not advance Jordan's interests? Why, knowing who Tamimi is and what she stands for, the pride she takes in the massacre she engineered, in the deaths she caused, don't those ambassadors accredited to Jordan explain to their diplomatic hosts what they already know: that the Jordanians, by turning a blind eye or (which is just as likely) encouraging Tamimi's missionizing for Hamas, are active participants in incitement to murder by their actions and by their failures to act? People are being killed.

From experience, we don't have much faith in the power of petitions. We managed to sign up more than 8,000 people in about three days when we tried to stop Tamimi walking free in 2011. We prefer to publicize our request by bringing it to the attention of the decision-makers in Jordan and in countries friendly with Jordan. We need help in doing that - help from people who care. Please comment below if you can offer some concrete suggestions, or email us at thisongoingwar (at)

30-Nov-15: Radio that kills: silencing it

IDF forces raid the Al-Hurriyya radio station in Hebron
on November 21, 2015 [Image Source]
Unless you have been taking at face value those scurrilous news reports that focus exclusively on Palestinian victimhood in this violent times of stabbings and rammings and shootings, you will know that a disproportionate number of the terrorists/attackers in the current wave of lethal violence come from Hebron. An article by William Booth ["Hebron becomes the center of Palestinian violence", Washington Post, November 7, 2015] says
Israel and the Palestinian Authority see Hebron as a center of influence for the militant movement Hamas in the West Bank. Hamas has been egging on violent resistance on its Web sites and via the media but has been careful not to have its leaders at the forefront. There have been more than 20 Palestinian attacks in Hebron center over the past three weeks.
He might have added (though he didn't) that a steady stream of young men and women from Hebron have fanned out throughout Israel to carry out vicious terrorist attacks on, mainly, Israeli civilians. Many of these attackers were killed by alert Israeli security.

Israel's security authorities have noticed. And one of the ways they are responding is to seek out and silence Hebron's incitement to kill. There's no shortage of it in Hebron. And it's not that hard to locate.

One of the most potent outlets for the hateful, murderous anti-Jewish messaging is local radio. Hebron has several radio stations. Three of them have been forcibly shut down by IDF action in the past month. A Palestinian Arab source says there are"90 local radio stations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as 18 TV stations". Those numbers are substantially larger than the numbers of Israeli radio and TV outlets.

Nominally under the control of Fatah/PLO and the Palestinian
Authority, the dominant presence of Hamas in Hebron is an
open secret. This image shows a Hamas rally in the city during
2013 [Image Source
Advocates for the Palestinian Arab right to kill and maim in the name of "resistance" - and there's no shortage of those either - are currently engaged in a full court press to paint Israel's suppression of the incitement to kill innocent civilians as an attack on democracy, a curtailing of free speech, the heavy hand of occupation and similar such familiar refrains.

Here's a sample of how some of the darker corners of the news reporting industry and the social media have depicted the recent silencing of Hebron-based incitement to kill:
  • Headline: "Israel wants to muzzle the Palestinian media" [Ennahar Online, Algeria | November 29, 2015]
  • Ayman Qawasma, chairman of [a] local council, sees the closure as a part of Israel's escalating violations against Palestinian media and journalists. Qawasama told local press that “we didn’t incite, we just reported Israeli daily crimes against our people in Hebron.” He added: “they want to silence our voice.” [Alternative News, November 4, 2015]
  • “The Israeli occupation forces have been providing a mountain of lies regarding the execution of Palestinians in claimed foiled attempted stabbings and Al Hurriyah radio station has been digging down for the truth. There has been nothing more devastating to the Israeli structure of lies than the revelation of the truth,” said the radio’s statement. “Our radio station has actively participated in showing yet again the ugly face of the Israeli occupation, especially in the flashpoint of the city of Hebron... We will not adhere to the Israeli military order and our broadcast will go just normally as if nothing had happened,” read the statement. ["Israeli shuts down a radio station in Hebron", Gulf News, November 3, 2015]
  • ...The director of of Dream Radio station, Talab Al-Jaabri, stated that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the station, destroying equipment and damaging offices... Earlier this month, the Israeli occupation army shut down Radio Hebron and Al-Hurriya, two other Palestinian radio stations which have been accused of broadcasting anti-Israel content. ["Third Palestinian radio station closed by the IOF", Palestine News Network, November 9, 2015]
The reality is that Israel and Israelis are more than used to the "anti-Israel content" that emanates daily from a multitude of Palestinian Arab sources. The shutting of the Hebron radio stations is an attempt to address something much more harmful and life-threatening... to both sides.

Palestinian Media Watch, which monitors the media messaging from Palestinian Arab sources, published a translation into English today of several overt calls to murder and to the renewal of what it calls suicide bombings (we think human bomb attacks is a more accurate term) broadcast in recent weeks by Radio Hebron:

First a song:
"Blow up the executor's [Israel's] innards
Bring back the period of martyrdom-seeking (i.e., suicide bombing)
Rise and strap yourself with bombs."
Next, an announcer's intro to another kill-a-Jew song [audible here]: 
"[Hebron] sacrificed a martyr several days ago in the popular uprising, and now it sacrifices another martyr, according to initial reports."
Song: "Blow up the executor's innards, bring back the period of martyrdom-seeking (Istish'had, i.e., suicide bombings), rise and strap yourself with bombs"
Announcer: "Two more martyrs (shahids) today are watering the soil of the Hebron district with their blood"
Song: "Write in dripping blood: death to Israel! Write in dripping blood: Death to Israel!"
[Radio Hebron Station, Oct. 29, 2015]
Another blood-curdling song:
"Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem
Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers
Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem
Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers
Open fire, have no mercy, shoot the Zionists!
Advance with your men, O keffiyeh-masked one!"
[Radio Hebron station, Nov. 19, 2015]
Referring to incitement-to-kill of this kind as "anti-Israel content" is disingenuous at minimum, and white-washes a process that has cost the lives of Hebron residents, as well as their Israeli victims. Reporting the claims of Palestinian Arab propagandists in a straight-faced manner as if the facts were documented and beyond controversy makes the media channels that engage in this kind of thing complicit.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

29-Nov-15: Where the bodies are and what to do with them

Enthusiastic crowds, lots of children, green Hamas flags everywhere, 
and Hamas' bitter rivals from Fatah/PA deliver the speeches and provide 
logistics. The festive May 2014 re-interment of the remains of the 
human bomb who exploded inside the Sbarro pizzeria. The backstory is here
Even dead bodies play a role in the Arab -v- Israel saga.

In a sadly familiar instance of Palestinian Arab agitprop, the Ma'an News Agency, funded by European foreign aid and based in Bethlehem, recently ran a story entitled "Israel’s decades-long policy of holding Palestinian bodies" over the by-line of Emily Mulder.

The focus is on the customary Israel-on-Arab outrages, as promoted by an entity called "Palestinian National Committee for Retrieving Bodies of Martyrs". Lip-service is paid by the writer to the cause of death of "the majority" of the Palestinian Arabs whose bodies are said to be held by Israel: in her rather colorless words, they "had killed or injured Israeli military and civilians in attacks". No hint here that these "attacks" were invariably terrorism, with the targets in most cases being civilians, including women and children. No need for anyone to be troubled by this aspect, according to Ma'an, since
"the actual involvement of others in attacks at the time of their death has been disputed by the United Nations and Amnesty International."
They presumably understand what they mean. To us, it sounds like more of what Ma'an is good at: liberal use of "alleged" when terrorism is being done to Israelis; the systematic casting of doubt on whether the attacks even happened, whether they were terrorism or "resistance", even whether the assailants had knives or whether the Israelis planted them next to the attackers' bodies. Not exactly a sophisticated approach. More a matter of heavy-handed agenda-based reporting.

On Twitter, we are now (today - but on reflection why publicize the links?) seeing conspiracy claims that hitch a ride on "news" reports like that from Ma'an. Why are the bodies not being handed over? The answer for the stupefyingly credulous: it's simple - because the Israelis are harvesting Arab organs. This approach works well in societies where the leadership has to maintain a constant state of belligerence and demonization of the enemy i.e. today's Palestinian Authority.

Sickening tale-spinning like that can work well in the right circumstances and with the right people. Without descending quite to those depths, the Ma'an piece invents realities that suffuse the narrative with emotional weight. They even manage to bring theology into it:
Salwa has watched dozens of Palestinian families over the years appeal to Israel’s high court in efforts to retrieve the remains of their relatives. She says that despite possible political motives for the policy, the only outcome she has seen is suffering families. “I met the father of Bayan al-Esseily, the 17-year-old girl from Hebron, before we got the body back. One week before, he was like a crazy man. He told us, ‘I want to see my daughter, I cannot sleep, I cannot eat.’ They made him suffer.” Salwa said that withholding bodies prevents a Muslim family from adhering to religious tradition regarding burial and prayer, forcing religious transgressions of mourning relatives. [Ma'an]
Not much doubt who the victims are, even though the piece is dealing with murderers and the families they leave behind. Ma'an's approach works far better for them than actually facing up to the realities of what the Palestinian Arab regime under Mahmoud Abbas does when bodies of dead jihadists are handed back to them.

We described last year a festive commemoration that took place when the decomposed body of the human bomb who exploded inside the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem was given to the PA: see "5-May-14: The making of a martyr: it takes more than a village". It's what death cults do. And no, it's not at all surprising that despite the very visible presence of Hamas flags and supporters, there's the high-profile involvement of senior PA figures. Arch-rivals they may be, but in their world everyone wants and expects to get a piece of the adulation of a certified martyr.

Here's a selection of the Arab media coverage of the funeral of  Izz Al-Din Al-Masri whose explosion caused a massacre in the center of Jerusalem on August 9, 2001:
  • “The popular gathering around the blood of Izz Al-Din Al-Masri is an honest and true expression of our people’s yearning for national unity and unity of action.” [Jamal Abu Ara, the mayor of Aqqaba, a village where the human bomb had lived]
  • “The flags of the political parties were raised at this national wedding...” [Government-controlled PATV reporter] [Wedding, according to PMW's analysts, is a reference to the disintegrated body being united with his 72 heavenly virgins.]
  • The "victorious" "martyr" "has returned to make those who loved him happy, just as he made them happy on the day he carried out his operation 13 years ago... [that] gave the Zionists a taste of humiliation" [Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV News]
  • "The citizens expressed their pride in Izz Al-Din's heroism, along with the thousands who gathered to accompany him on his final journey, and they did not forget all those who played a role in this operation." [Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV News]
  • "Congratulations, my son, on your Martyrdom, praise Allah. You obtained what you sought, praise Allah..." [Mrs al-Masri, the human bomb's mother]
  • "I salute Ahlam Tamimi who brought Izz Al-Din to his battlefield (she was released in the Shalit transaction despite having been sentenced to 16 life terms and lives today free as a bird in Jordan); I salute Qais Adwan (responsible for 77 acts of murder); I salute Abdullah Barghouti (maker of the Sbarro bomb apparatus; now serving 67 life sentences); I salute Ahmed Al-Ja'abari (a blood-drenched Hamas chief; his homicidal career ended in explosive circumstances in 2012); I salute Muhammad Deif (another blood-drenched Hamas chief and arch terrorist), and first and foremost, I salute prisoner Jamal Abu Al-Hija (now serving 9 life sentences for multiple murders)." [Hamas leader Ahmad Nimr Abu Ara on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV]
  • "Our Martyrs are not [mere] numbers in the occupation's cemeteries, but heroes who watered the pure land of Palestine with their blood..." [PA governor of Tubas Rabih Al-Khandaqji]
At Ma'an, in the course of an article of more than 1,500 words, there's not a single mention of any aspect of this or of the fact that the remains were handed to the PA by the Israelis. Evidently that would spoil their narrative, their war campaign and their (excuse the deep cynicism) resistance.

29-Nov-15: A second Sunday morning stabbing in Jerusalem

Shamgar Street in Jerusalem's Romema quarter - the scene of this morning's
second Arab-on-Israeli stabbing [Image Source]
The knives - attached to the hands of malevolent Palestinian Arabs with murder on their minds - continue to be out and active here in Jerusalem.

A woman of about 30 was stabbed a little after 10 this morning in the second Arab-on-Israeli stabbing of the day. The report from the ambulance people says "When we arrived at the scene we saw a woman about 30 years of age with a stab wound to her upper body in the front seat of a bus." The bus was reported else as the number 418 line. Egged's website says this line originates in Beit Shemesh.

The assailant is being sought now via a manhunt in the buildings - and we assume the numerous construction sites - near and along the Shamgar Street in the Romema neighbourhood on the city's north side.

The victim was rushed to Shaarei Zedek Medical Center for emergency treatment.

UPDATE 12 noon Sunday November 29, 2015
Events have evolved. Here's a clarified version of what happened in the Shamgar/Romema neighbourhood a couple of hours ago, according to Times of Israel:
The attacker approached the woman from behind as she waited at a bus stop on Shamgar Street, stabbed her in her upper back and fled. The woman was taken onto bus number 418, which stood open at the stop, where medics treated her wound. Medics said she is fully conscious and stable.
The terrorist fled the scene, triggering a manhunt in nearby buildings and streets, according to police. Shortly after 11 a.m., police said they located the man, age 17 and half, hiding in a construction site nearby. He was identified as a Hebron resident, and police said he admitted he had carried out the attack. He also matched descriptions provided by eyewitnesses to the attack. The suspect was handed over to the special investigations unit of the Jerusalem Police for questioning. Two other suspected accomplices were also arrested by police nearby.
How old are the accomplices? We don't know yet.

The stabber, as with so many of these murder-minded young men and women, is not legally an adult. So let's chalk that up as yet another "victory" for the lethal education delivered by the PA and by UNRWA, the UN agency that's up to its eyeballs in the blood of Jewish victims and of Palestinian Arab wasted lives.

And let's never lose sight of where the money - without which that catastrophic grooming of haters, savages and killers could never happen - comes from.

UPDATE 9:00 pm Sunday November 29, 2015: The victim is Hisouri Tepalya, a Nepalese female national [Times of Israel], one of thousands engaging in caring for disabled and/or elderly Israelis. At least one of the PA's diplomatic missions in Europe thinks differently and, quoting the scurrilous WAFA news service which serves as the PA's authorized mouthpiece, calls her "an Israeli female settler [injured] in an alleged stabbing attack" [Website of the PA Mission to Denmark] because, well, everyone living in Israel is in their eyes a "settler" and just because there's a victim with serious knife wounds doesn't mean the Israelis ought to be believed.

29-Nov-15: In Jerusalem, the knives continue to speak

The scene of today's attack, as depicted in a news photo of an earlier
essentially-identical attack at the same place, on October 14, 2015
[Image Source]
It's a bright, sunny Sunday morning here in Jerusalem and the knife-borne hatred is, once again, out there and on display for anyone wanting to understand.

Via Israel National News:
A policeman was injured in a stabbing at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, outside the Old City, initial reports indicate Sunday morning. A Palestinian Arab attacker managed to stab the policeman as he was stopping the attack, reports say; the policeman is suffering from light injuries. The attack unfolded on Hagai St., a flashpoint for terror in the Old City in recent weeks...
Damascus Gate is one of the two major entrance/exit points for the Old City.

Times of Israel, in a slightly more updated report, explains that the victim's injuries are not so light. He was stabbed in the neck and is said to have suffered light to moderate injuries, After emergency treatment at the site, he was rushed to the Hadassah hospital in Ein Karem. The attacker was shot and killed by officers at the scene. The same source reports that the attacker is a resident of Nablus - we call it Shechem in Hebrew, and the Damascus Gate is called Shechem Gate in Hebrew - aged 38. AFP says his name is Bassem Salah. Witnesses heard him shout "Allahu akbar" as he plunged the knife into the victim's body. A second knife was found concealed in his clothing, indicting thwarted plans for additional savagery.

Unrelated - but of course related - there's security camera video [here] of an Israeli Border Guard officer being attacked from behind by an assailant with a knife in Nahariya, in Israel's north, on Friday night. The stabber turns out - yet again - to be a 16 year old Palestinian Arab boy.

Friday, November 27, 2015

27-Nov-15: Our daughter won't be with us today as we remember her birthday

At a friend's birthday party
in Jerusalem on August 8,
2001. Malki was murdered
the following day.
Frimet's blog appears online on the Times of Israel website today. Please consider sharing the link with your friends.

In terror victimhood, all are equal
Times of Israel | November 27, 2015

Today is my daughter Malki’s birthday. As in each of the past fifteen years, it will be marked with a visit to her grave. The one other time we go there is to mark the anniversary of the day she was murdered.

I have always insisted on using that word, jarring though it is. I never say that Malki died. Or that she was killed or perished or passed away. It is significant to remember that she was snatched from us in that manner. And it is crucial to specify that her murderer was not your garden-variety blood-thirsty psychopath, but rather an Islamist terrorist.

Nowadays, my husband and I feel especially compelled to publicize that last point. We and the rest of the world must be reminded – and in some cases convinced — of how Jewish terror victims are one with terror victims of other nationalities.

Sadly, this is not a given. Many, even some Jews, view our victims as the collateral damage of a territorial conflict only vaguely connected to the terror threat confronting the rest of the world. The inference, of course, is that unlike the victims in Paris last week, my child’s murder had an explanation, a justification. Implying that as Jews residing in Israel, we invited our tragedy upon ourselves.

Unfortunately, the task of rectifying this abominable misconception has fallen to the victims themselves. We cannot rely on our prime minister to spread this message.

It would be hard for him to assert that Israel is suffering from the very same terror plaguing the world. That’s because, on October 18, 2011, he himself underlined the idea that ours is a milder version of terrorism. On that day, he freed hundreds of self-confessed, unrepentant, convicted murderers in a travesty of justice that no other free world leader had previously committed, has committed since or will ever commit in the future.

That day, the chasm between himself and other world leaders confronted by terrorism grew exponentially.

It is left to us, Israel’s terror victim families. We are among those who publicly decried the decision in 2011 to ride roughshod over basic notions of justice.

We need to demonstrate to the world that our children were as precious, as innocent and as randomly targeted as the victims of ISIS terrorism.

We carry the burden of proving that Palestinian terrorists are as indiscriminately barbaric and hateful as the beheaders of journalists and the rapists of Yazidi women.

A mere glance at the video [here] of Malki’s murderer, Ahlam Tamimi, as she rejoices in her prison cell to hear that she murdered not “merely” three, but eight children along with her eight other victims, makes that abundantly clear.

In interviews she gave to Arab journalists after being released in the Shalit Deal, Tamimi gleefully boasts of her accomplishment. Her blood-thirstiness is palpable.

Today, but for the evil of Islamic terrorism, our Malki would have been a thirty year old woman, probably a loving wife and mother and — as always — a dear daughter and sister. Instead, her murderer is free, married, a celebrity with a high-profile television program of her own, freely inciting other Muslims to follow her example.

And she is not the only one of the Shalit Deal releasees who returned to terrorism. While Israeli officials refuse to divulge the precise number, Palestinian sources reported in August 2015 that at least 63 of them had been rearrested by Israel up at that time.

The Shalit Deal is clearly a fiasco that our government is anxious to bury. Instead, we are burying the victims of that deal.

Today on Malki’s birthday, please help us in our quest to educate others about terrorism in Israel. Remember her, remember her purity and kindness and remember Ahlam Tamimi, the Islamic terrorist who murdered her.
The Malki Foundation is a memorial to our daughter's life. It does invaluable, practical good for families in Israel - Jews, Christians, Moslems, Druze, uncommitted - who care at home for a child with severe disabilities and who could benefit from a non-political, non-intrusive helping hand. Thousands of such families have been helped since the foundation was established on September 11, 2001. MORE 

27-Nov-15: Friday morning vehicle-ramming attack east of Jerusalem

Almost unremarked in the major media, vehicle
attacks on Israeli civilians are being aggressively marketed
into Palestinian Arab society. As the saying goes, advertising
The lethal downpour, directed at Palestinian Arabs from government, media and religious sources, of incitement to self-destructive violence [here's a Google-curated inventory of videos] continues to produce a return on the sickening investment.

At Kfar Adumim Junction this morning at about 7, a Palestinian Arab driving a sedan with PA license plates and approaching a roadside bus stop accelerated and plowed directly into the Israelis standing at the stop.

This was a copy-cat attack of the lethal vehicle-rammings that have become a fixture - along with stabbings - of the extreme violence now holding Palestinian Arab society in its grip. (Kfar Adumim is east of Jerusalem, on the road leading to the Dead Sea.)

The weapon in today's attack. That's
the bus stop shelter in the background.
[Image Source]
Times of Israel reports that two young Israeli men, both about 20 years old, were struck. Ambulance personnel arriving quickly at the scene [video] found them conscious but spreadeagled on the ground, one with injuries to the face and limbs, the other to the limbs. They were treated at the scene and then rushed to two different Jerusalem hospitals - one to Shaarei Zedek Medical Center, the other to the closer Hadassah hospital compound on Mount Scopus.

The assailant sought to flee the scene after the attack, and was shot and killed by what Times of Israel calls an armed bystander.

We can expect to see the driver's face soon as the Palestinian Arab terror industry ramps up the customary efforts to anoint him as a defenseless martyr, publishing posters in his honour. (Will they also claim the damaged car was planted next to him to unjustly implicate an innocent man? Stranger things have been happening here lately, almost daily.)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

26-Nov-15: At Tapuah, another knife attacker is stopped

There has been yet another knifing attack at Tapuah Junction. This morning, a Palestinian Arab male emerged from taxi that dropped him at the security checkpoint at Tapuah Junction (other reports say he got there via his own car), and ran with a knife toward soldiers shouting “Allahu Akbar,” according to police quoted by Times of Israel. That's the location where numerous attacks - including stabbings, shootings and vehicle-rammings - have been executed by Palestinian Arabs in the past two months, and less frequently in the years before. [Some dozens of our Tapuah posts are here.] The assailant was immediately shot by alert service personnel at the security checkpoint. The web-based television news channel i24news is reporting that he died of his injuries. No Israelis are reported hurt.

UPDATE via The Associated Press: "The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the assailant as 51-year-old Samir Seresi."

26-Nov-15: Peering into the darkness, seeing pre-teen children groomed to be ready to die so they can kill

One of the two cousins (11, 14) being
led away after their stabbing 
attack is thwarted [Source]
As the toll of innocent Israelis who are rammed, shot or stabbed grows, so too the anger here at unwanted, often deeply offensive, advice from people sitting safe and far from the scene and the mortal danger who find it necessary to vent their spleen at the things Israeli society does to defend itself and its children. On reflection, the term "profoundly ignorant" belongs in that description too.

Take for instance, Jacob T. Burns, self-described as
"Research and Campaign Assistant at@Amnestyonline, focus on#Israel/#Palestine. Tweets own etc."
Campaign assistants, it's known, can be uniquely well-placed to formulate ethical assessments about life-and-death matters. So here's what this passionate young man wants us to know:
And this
Some observations now from a couple of parents of a child murdered by products of the same sickening religion-driven fanaticism about which global authorities like this Amnesty fellow know so much.

Yesterday, the Israel Security Agency, better known as the Shin Bet, published the transcript of its interrogation of two Palestinian Arab boys, cousins aged 11 and 14 from East Jerusalem. They were in the news and in our blog not so long ago ["10-Nov-15: Arab teens and their knives: today's latest Jerusalem stabbing attack"] because of their central roles in a stabbing rampage. A man working as a security guard on the Jerusalem Light Rail came close to losing his life thanks to what they did. So did the boys themselves.

The younger cousin, aged 11 and in sixth grade, will not be facing any charges under Israeli law because of his tender age. The older one, 14, is likely to be charged as a juvenile with attempted murder. There are no plans to indict Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat or the PA Minister of Education at this stage.

What the two children told their interrogators [according to a report in Times of Israel, November 26, 2015] ought to get close attention but will not. It's appropriate that we pause here for a moment and once again think about the moral bankruptcy of UNICEFDefence for Children InternationalUNESCOChild Rights International Network, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Washington-based Jerusalem Fund, the Al Mezan Centre for Human RightsSave the Children SwedenArab Council for Childhood Development, plus of course the leader of the pack, UNRWA, along with the other players in the lavishly-well-funded child-focused NGO industry. All studiously looking the other way, all staring vacantly into the distance, all being utterly silent about the massive, institutionalized child-abuse in which every part of Palestinian Arab society is deeply engaged.

The boys intended their murderous attack "as an act of revenge". Why? Because - in the spirit of the cycle of violence that has crushed everything worthwhile in the world they occupy - a relative, Muhammad Ali, from the Shuafat neighborhood of Jerusalem, was himself shot in front of security cameras trying to murder a Border Guard officer near the Damascus Gate of the Old City early last month (and that was intended as revenge too). The title of our post about that attack and its outcome ["11-Oct-15: Weaponizing children"] expresses some of our deeply bitter feelings about a society that manufactures a lethal juveniles with homicide on their minds.
“I met my cousin at the entrance to school,” said the 11-year-old, who was not named... “The headmistress refused to let us in because our parents had not paid tuition. My cousin told me that on the way to school he wanted to carry out a stabbing attack but did not succeed because all the travelers were senior citizens,” ...The two first boarded a bus and looked for the opportune moment and target. “We travelled from Shuafat to Damascus Gate in order to stab a soldier but did not do it because the soldiers were in groups and we didn’t find one standing alone,” recalled the 11-year-old. “Then he told me ‘let’s do an attack together to revenge the death of Muhammad Ali.’ He opened his bag and showed me the knife. At Damascus Gate I bought a pair of scissors and then we boarded the light rail and looked for Jews to stab.” Two light rail security guards boarded the train, but the boys decided “not to stab them because there were two of them. Later on one of them got off and we immediately attacked the one that remained... I stabbed him in his head, my cousin stabbed him in his chest and stomach until the guard pushed me and fired three bullets in my stomach,” said the 11-year-old. The two cousins had decided they were ready to die as shahids, or martyrs, he said. The younger one said in the interrogation that none of their family members knew about their intentions. “I wanted to die as a shahid but now I understand I made a mistake and I am sorry,” he was quoted saying. At the end of his interrogation, according to the Shin Bet, he repeated: “I made a mistake. I want to be in school like any normal person. I don’t want to resist the occupation any longer.” The older cousin confessed early on in his interrogation, but said he did not mean to kill anyone... “The Israelis are occupying us and I am angry at what is happening in Gaza. I wanted to avenge the Jews who are torturing us.” Asked why they did not try to stab one of the passengers on the light rail, he said: “The Jews on the train were only old people and women, and it’s shameful to stab them.”
Jacob T. Burns of Amnesty International understands that what these boys, and a long line of boys and girls before them, did was (ahem) "reprehensible". He seems not to comprehend that this is about murder, something most sane, civilized people believe goes a way beyond the language used to describe spitting in the school corridor.

Not for the first time we see that something about the Arab conflict with Israel makes "activists" like the people from Amnesty stupid. Their silence in the face of the ongoing catastrophe we described here ["23-Nov-15: A third knife-wielding Arab boy is dead in terror attack"] speaks louder and more eloquently then their tweets do.

That leaves us (again) with the matter of how Palestinian Arab society keeps generating children who hate to the point where they stop caring - at least momentarily - about their own well-being. An entire society driven - without any audible or visible dissent - by lethal, blood-and-gore hatred, and willing to allow their own children to be buried in the name of that hatred.

Here's what we wrote some weeks ago about the attempted murder carried out by the older cousin of the two boys:
The sixteen year old boy is dead. Whatever potential it had for constructive achievements, his future no longer exists. In its place, a society in the grip of lethal depravity calls him hero and martyr and continues weaponizing other young men and women to follow him to oblivion. It's an appalling process of grooming and exploitation with many facilitators, contributors and (especially) enablers, certain of whom call themselves human rights organizations... ["11-Oct-15: Weaponizing children"]
Now that's something the Jacob T. Burnses of the world might want to tackle,

Meanwhile, we're grateful to have well-prepared, fast-acting, but also restrained, men and women on our side who shoot when our lives are endangered by the rising tide of self-destructive madness emanating from the dark side of the fence.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

25-Nov-15: A stabber outside Jerusalem's main transit hub and how the mainstream media helped put him there

Jerusalem's main transit hub [Image Source]
On busy Jaffa Road in Jerusalem at the point where the city's main transit hub, the Central Bus Station, is located, a young Arab man was stopped yesterday (Tuesday) by the security guards who are stationed there to oversee the well-being of tens of thousands of locals and visitors who daily pass by or enter or exit the modern structure.

The young Arab was asked some urgent questions after a passer-by who noticed him walking along the light-rail tracks just opposite the station alerted them and said the fellow, aged (as we now know) 19, had been checking what appeared to be a knife concealed inside his coat. Knives inside coats are no longer a strange or rare thing here. They demand an instant response.

The Arab, a resident of the Jerusalem Old City, was promptly taken into custody. Times of Israel reports today that he was arrested and confessed to being there so as to carry out a terrorist attack on unsuspecting Israelis. A knife was indeed found hidden in his clothes during a body search.
Police said the suspect initially denied he was planning on using the knife to carry out a stabbing attack. He was later transferred to the Special Operations Squad in the Jerusalem District Police’s Central Unit for interrogation, where he admitted he intended to carry out a terrorist attack. He said he had taken the knife from his home before riding the light rail to the Central Bus Station, where he searched for an appropriate victim... [Times of Israel]
Hadil and Nurhan Awad, cousins, intending murderers, aspiring terrorists.
Ages 14 and 16. The backstory is the real story and it's unreported
This, along with the fast-rising toll - 75 stabbing attacks, 21 killed, about 190 injured - among Israeli victims of the wave of Arab savagery in the past few weeks - makes it incomprehensible to us that a report on a central Jerusalem stabbing attack can have been so poorly done by a leading British news channel.

Daily Mail Online prides itself on being one of the world's busiest web-based news sites. Checking now, we see their current daily "article views" for today is just under 28,000,000. Not too shabby. We can't say the same for the way they reported the matter of the two Palestinian Arab girls, cousins Hadil and Nurhan Awad, aged 14 and 16, from Qalandiya on Jerusalem's northern periphery. We described ["23-Nov-15: Central Jerusalem's shuk - two slashers attack and are stopped"] how they rode the light rail into central Jerusalem in order to launch a frenzied stabbing attack on innocent shoppers, using only two pairs of (absolutely deadly) scissors. They were stopped very forcefully, but only after doing serious damage and being caught in the act by security cameras. The Daily Mail's report is a classic of its kind: "Shocking moment two Israelis shoot Palestinian teenager dead and wound another after they threaten them with scissors in Jerusalem"

Shocking it is. Shocking that with 21 funerals of Israeli victims in the past few weeks of vicious thuggery, the Daily Mail's editors can allow an article to appear under a headline that focuses on the victimhood of a teenager killed by "Israelis" after she threatened them with scissors - with no indication in the headline of the frenzy of murderous stabbing attacks of similar kind happening all over this country.

And utterly shocking that the Daily Mail and most of the mainstream media have failed to focus attention on (a) the violent deaths of three Palestinian Arab children, each one of them aged 16, each one of them clutching sharp instruments in their fists, each one of them trying to kill innocent Israelis, each one of them shot dead by alert Israeli security, all killed in a single day - this past Monday; and (b) the shameful, hideous process, overseen by the Fatah/PLO/PA leadership under the unspeakable Mahmoud Abbas, of programming children to hate, to demonize and then - the logical consequence - to murder Jews.

These children didn't wake up with blood lust one morning out of the blue. It's the end-stage of a process that takes a huge, multi-dimensional effort, with education (school curriculum) and religion (the mosques) being the central components.

It's a tragedy that so few serious reporters and their editors see the recounting of this process as core to the reporting of the current Arab-on-Israeli barbarism and to the ongoing child-abuse conducted by Palestinian Arab society at all its levels (including the most senior). It's hard not to see reporters and their editors as complicit in this process.

25-Nov-15: Stabbing at Al-Fawwar checkpoint

The Al-Fawwar security checkpoint
The knife-wielding terrorists are out and engaging in their savagery again today.

An Israeli was stabbed and seriously injured this morning (Wednesday) at the Al-Fawwar junction, close to an Arab town of the same name three kilometers south of Beit Haggai on Route 60, south of Hebron.

The attacker was a Palestinian Arab who, according to Haaretz, emerged from a vehicle armed with a knife and lunged at the Israeli (we assume an IDF soldier, but that's not confirmed). His attack was stopped by IDF gunfire and the attacker killed.

His victim, a man in his twenties, has stab wounds to the upper body and has been rushed to Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Worth recalling that an Israeli truck driver, Avraham Asher Hasno, 54, from Kiryat Arba, came under rock-hurling attack at about the same location just a few weeks ago. Ynet says he stepped out of his vehicle to go after the attackers and was then run down by a commercial vehicle and critically injured. He died at the scene soon afterwards, leaving a bereaved his wife and seven children. The driver of the truck turned himself in to the Palestinian security authorities soon afterwards claiming that the collision was an accident and that he had fled the scene out of personal fear. Two weeks later, the Defence Ministry announced that Mr Hasno was being recognized as a victim of a terror attack. Turns out the driver who handed himself in had been involved in a physical clash with his victim a day earlier.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

24-Nov-15: Another Palestinian Arab vehicle-ramming terror attack at Israel's Tapuah Junction

The scene about 8 am at Tapuah Junction. The attacker's vehicle is in the
center of the photo [Image Source: Video screen grab]
The Palestinian Arab violence in Israel got off to an early start today.

At Tapuah Junction, a busy intersection, transit interchange and hitch-hiking point on Route 60 in the Samaria district that attracts hostile attention for those reasons alone, there has been yet another vehicle-ramming attack.

Shortly after 8 this morning (Tuesday), a Palestinian Arab driving a fairly new and shiny black Volkswagen Polo with PA license plates (we see this in the video) drove at high speed into a cluster of commuters standing at one of the Tapuah bus stops.

Attacker after being stopped
[Image Source]
Israel National News quotes the first responders of Magen David Adom saying that four people, all in their twenties, are injured. Two are ranking officers in Israel's citizen military, the IDF (where commuting from home to base or office by public bus, as these people seem to have been doing, is a commonplace): a Lieutenant Colonel and a Colonel. One has suffered what are termed moderate injuries - evidently to the stomach and head. The other three are injured lightly in the limbs. All four were rushed to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva,

The attacker was stopped by gunshots from patrolling Border Guard forces at the scene. We know he or she was alive at the end of the attack, though neutralized; there are no details we can find for now about his/her condition or fate. What's important is the attack was stopped and a worse outcome averted.

24-Nov-15: How the emerging European reality feels to some of us

From the Dry Bones Blog:

And to be Swedish in Sweden, Danish in Denmark, British in the UK, Belgian in Belgium. And of course Egyptian in Egypt and so on. This is, naturally enough, not a political observation but a practical, existential one, the reality of which needs to be on the minds of, well, everyone everywhere.

Monday, November 23, 2015

23-Nov-15: A third knife-wielding Arab boy is dead in terror attack

The Arabic news site, Alquds, says today this photo shows the site
of the attempted stabbing [Image Source]
This post is about a low-profile terror attack today that has gotten almost no news coverage: also about little examined matters like where the terrorists come from, how they got there, who sent them and what this might mean for us and for peace and the future. They're serious existential questions.

According to Israel National News:
An Arab attempted a stabbing attack in the Hatmar Junction (also known as the Territorial Brigade junction - ed.) in Samaria on Monday afternoon, close to 3:00 pm. The stabber was eliminated by IDF soldiers at the scene before he was able to harm anyone.
This is the same checkpoint where another terror attack was done just yesterday. As Israel National News reported that, a little after 9 am Sunday a Palestinian Arab woman launched a stabbing assault on Israeli pedestrians in a place the article calls Brigade Square in the Samaria district. She failed to inflict any injuries on anyone. The attempt itself came to an end when a vehicle driven by a former head of the Samaria Regional Council deliberately plowed into her in order to thwart her obvious intentions, immediately after which IDF soldiers on duty at the site, acting on the relatively-new "shoot-to-kill-terror-attackers-in-the-act shot and killed her in the act.

Today's attack is reported in the Arab media with a few more details.

This version comes from International Middle East Media Center, self-described as "a joint Palestinian-International effort [that] combines Palestinian journalists' deep understanding of the context, history, and the socio-political environment with International journalists' skills in non-partisan reporting." It got started in 2003. Just how non-partisan is something we can discuss.

In any event, here's part of the IMEMC report:
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israel's army said. An Israeli army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian approached the checkpoint, he "drew a knife and attempted to attack a soldier." She said that the soldier "responded to the immediate danger" and opened fire on the Palestinian, "resulting in his death." The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the alleged attacker to Ma'an News Agency as Alaa Khalil Sabah Hashah, 16. 
If they're right, this makes the hapless attacker at Huwwara Checkpoint the third Palestinian Arab 16 year-old child (yes, child) to be killed in the same day, today, while carrying out an attack on Israelis with a knife in his hand. We posted about the other two here and here.

Not for the first time, we ask ourselves and our readers how a society engineers things such that it produces children of 16 and less ready to kill and be killed in an undeclared war. Conveniently, one part of the answer popped up today via Twitter:

Via Twitter today
Erekat's pompous declaration ("just practising their right to self-defence") perfectly channels the condescension of the Palestinian Arab political elite that for decades has provided the foundation for relentless Palestinian Arab failure and self-destruction.

He is the Palestinian Authority's prodigious Senior Vice-President for Strategic Resignations [here's a partial list: "Erekat may resign after failing to secure future for Palestinians", Gulf News, November 4, 2015; "Abbas rejects resignation of Palestinian peace negotiator Erekat", Jerusalem Post, November 17, 2013; "PA's Erekat: I didn't resign", Ynet, October 31, 2013; "Despite Resignation, Longtime Peace Negotiator Erekat Carries On as Before", Forward, March 2011; "Saeb Erekat resigns as chief Palestinian negotiator", February 12, 2011, BBC; "Palestinians' Top Negotiator Quits", SKY News, May 16, 2003; "Palestinian cabinet resigns", BBC, September 11, 2002].

Erekat's public, bald-faced lies ["Erekat: Media’s Favorite Liar Resigns", Honest Reporting, February 14, 2011] are the stuff of legend. But not among Palestinian Arabs; in his home market, he incites, prods and urges as effectively as the worst of the PA insiders.

There is no single step we can think of that would be more helpful towards the emergence of a genuine peace-focused political process on the Palestinian Arab side than Erekat's actual, authentic resignation and removal from the "peace-making" process.

But beyond that, and setting aside the decades of corruption, venality, kleptocracy and child-abuse of the deceased Yasser Arafat, no one is entitled to a larger share of the credit for the perpetual downward spiral in the prospects for a better future (or any future) of Palestinian Arab children than their current president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Holding arms high to signify honour and respect, PA President
Mahmoud Abbas honours arrival in Ramallah of convicted terrorists - all of them
murderers - freed under US pressure from Israeli prison,
August 14, 2013.[Image Source]
Elected to a four year presidential term 11 full years ago, the autocratic Abbas - frequently called "moderate" by journalists and public figures who don't know better - seems not to have missed an opportunity during all his extremely well-compensated years in power to elevate the standing of terrorists in Palestinian Arab society to the status of heroes and role-models. He has been at the forefront of Palestinian Arab society's one and only effective undertaking: the glorification of violence and terror.

The announcement, in April 2008, that Abbas was 
awarding the Palestinian Authority's highest medal, the Al Quds Mark of Honor, to two convicted female terrorists currently serving terms for murder in Israeli prison left [us] trembling with rage. One of them, Ahlam Tamimi, murdered fifteen men, women and children in the terror attack on Jerusalem's Sbarro restaurant in August, 2001. Among the victims was [our] own fifteen year old daughter, Malki... [Our April 23, 2008 blog post]
A sober commentary at the time pointed out that
Conferring the Al Quds Mark of Honor is decided at the discretion of the Palestinian Authority’s president, and he alone has the final say when choosing the Palestinians to be honored with the medal... ["Abbas: A "Moderate" Honoring Terrorists", Honest Reporting, April 15, 2008
To say it bluntly: the unrepentant mass murderer Ahlam Tamimi, our daughter's killer, embodies for Mahmoud Abbas precisely the kind of Palestinian Arab personality worthy of the highest regard and emulation. (It happens that he reversed his decision a short time later but only because of intense pressure from outside the PA. He left little doubt that the original decision to bestow honor on two female killers of Jews conveyed a message in which he personally believed.)

Today's three dead 16 year olds, all about the same age our murdered daughter Malki was when she was murdered by the people who groomed them too, join the long list of Palestinian Arab lives - many of them the lives of children - thrown away for nothing other than to serve the vanity, greed and weakness of this hateful, bigoted, kleptocatic octogenarian fraudster.