Sunday, October 04, 2015

04-Oct-15: In Sydney, a boy murders a stranger with his pistol and the authorities are lost for words. But there's room for theories

Police headquarters, Parramatta, Australia, after the killings [Image Source]
In Sydney, they're trying to come to terms again with terrorism and the loss of lives, and left with more questions than answers.

This past Friday, mid-afternoon, around 4:30 pm, a high school student aged 15, shot dead a police accountant, Curtis Cheng, 58. He had worked in finance for the police for 17 years. The shots were fired from behind and at close range. It's all captured on video [here]. Neighbours of the killer, quoted here, say (in the traditional way) that he was not unusual; in fact, he was "cordial". But the neighbour had never spoken with him.

The shooting was directly outside police headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. The boy is said to have been unknown to counter terrorism police before he carried out what they are now calling a "politically motivated" attack. And as far as they can tell, he acted alone.

But conclusions like that tend to be flexible and changeable, and the police are already "exploring every avenue with regard to why he did what he did," according to the police commissioner quoted in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald. They have already formed the view that "his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism."

The boy before he executed the murder
Having murdered the unsuspecting police employee, the high school student whose name is Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar kept firing his handgun until he was killed in a shoot-out with three special constables.

According to Australia's ABC, quoted in the same report, the boy's sister left Australia on a Singapore Airlines flight on Thursday bound for Istanbul, evidently attempting to reach Iraq or Syria. She had taken all of her belongings with her.

It's also known the boy attended the nearby Parramatta mosque on Friday afternoon before carrying out the killing. He then changed into a flowing black shirt and black trousers there.

The police commissioner says his team are a "long way from establishing a full picture of the boy" who was of Iraqi-Kurdish background, born in Iran and living in North Parramatta with family.

New South Wales premier Mike Baird asks: "How can someone so young undertake such a chilling act? ...It doesn't make sense. It should never have happened. Obviously we are all lost for words."

04-Oct-15: In California, difficulties in understanding Bassem Tamimi, but we're here to help

Yesterday's Stockton article
From Stockton, California, there's a fresh report [here] published just yesterday that has come to our attention. It details a speech made by Bassem Tamimi, described there as "a Palestinian activist", on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College a few days ago. The article helpfully points out that "Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have come out in support of Tamimi."

It appears there were some on-the-ball participants in the audience, and the manner in which their questions were parried kind of gives the whole charade away:
A student who identified herself as Palestinian-American said that because of the language barrier and Tamimi’s accent, it was difficult to understand him and that likely led to some confusion, but explained that the event was not intended to bring answers or solutions, but for Tamimi to share the brutalities he has experienced.
We felt the readers of the report were given a very selective presentation of what Bassem Tamimi actually stands for, and exposure to almost none of the barbarism and brutalities that are so central to the Tamimi experience. So we posted a comment to the site where the report is published, and plan to send this to the reporter as well:
I am the father of Malka Chana Roth. Malki was an American citizen whose murder at the age of 15 here in Jerusalem was masterminded by Bassem Tamimi's cousin. She is Nabi Saleh's most celebrated daughter, but people who know no Arabic will find it hard to learn this, and will probably be surprised. They should not be. What people ought to know about Bassem Tamimi is out there for anyone who wants to find it. 
It's a great pity no one in the San Joaquin Delta College audience posed the questions that we have been anxious to ask the various hosts of the Tamimi tour with no response.
From close and detailed inspection, we know him to be passionately aligned - along with numerous other members of the Nabi Saleh Tamimi clan - with anti-Jewish murder and savagery. And yes, we are at least as aware as your readers of how very differently from that he is portrayed in the US.  
It's such a puzzle.  
If you have a way to put these questions to Tamimi or any of his numerous hosts, and get a response (or even a non-response), actual lives might be saved. We have posted them here: 
Arnold Roth
The Bassem Tamimi roadshow tour continues, and in the next two weeks is bound for Santa Fe (later today) then Medford, MA; Boston, MA; Cambridge, MA; Pittsfield, MA in the Berkshires; South Florida, and the winding up in Washington DC. Full details are on the website [here] of the promoters and marketers of what Tamimi is selling.

04-Oct-15 Jerusalem Watch | The "moderates" of the Abbas-run Palestinian Authority condemn... the victims

Palestinian Authority spokesman Ihab Bseiso
Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on September 30, 2015 [full text here] that his regime sees itself as now no longer bound by the mutual undertakings of the mid-1990s Oslo Accords [text here]:
“We cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel and Israel must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power.” [New York Times, September 30, 2015]
We do not respond to the Israeli occupation’s hatred and brutality with the same. Instead, we are working on spreading the culture of peace and coexistence between our people and in our region... My hands remain outstretched for the just peace that will guarantee my people’s fights, freedom and human dignity. I say to our neighbors, the Israeli people that peace is in your interest, in our interest, and in the interest of our future generations. Narrow vision is destructive. I hope that you will consider the dangerous reality on the ground and look to the future... [Text of Abbas speech via Times of Israel]
What did he actually mean?, asked numerous commentators (like this one). Evidently the great man himself believes he made himself perfectly clear:
"I stand behind everything that I said on the UN stage, and will work to implement the decisions." [Abbas quoted in Ynet, October 2, 2015]
Today we have a slightly better sense of his intentions. Times of Israel says today
After days of silence amid a string of terror attacks and skyrocketing tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority on Sunday condemned Israel for its “policy of escalation,” after two Palestinian assailants were killed as they carried out terror attacks. In a written communique published on the official news agency Wafa, PA government spokesman Ihab Bseiso called on the international community to intervene following “the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and the series of incursions into cities and villages in the West Bank.” The statement made no mention of the fact that the two dead Palestinians had been killed while carrying out stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians... [and] did not condemn or mention the killings of Naama and Eitam Henkin, who were shot to death in a Palestinian terror attack on Thursday in the West Bank.
The PA's condemnation of Israel is especially galling when it's recalled who took responsibility for the murder-by-shooting of the Henkins on Thursday ["02-Oct-15: Google the name of the young Israeli parents murdered in their car last night..."].
A unit within Fatah’s armed wing assumed responsibility for the murder... The Abdel Qader al-Husseini Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, announced on Friday that its men on Thursday night opened fire on the car of Eitam and Naama Henkin, a couple in their 30s, while they were driving home with their four children, aged four months to nine... Fatah, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is the largest faction within the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is the governing body in West Bank areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. “With Allah’s help and in keeping with our right for resistance and our duty to sacred jihad, our forces on Thursday night carried out a necessary action in which they fired on a car of occupying settlers..." The statement, translated into Hebrew by the Ma’ariv daily, also warned “the enemy against taking revenge on civilians,” as “any war crimes would be severely retaliated against.” ["Fatah armed wing claims responsibility for terror attack", Times of Israel, October 2, 2015]
It's baffling to see how blood-curdling threats to murder in the name of jihad, and evidence that they do it and are proud to have done it, keep getting discounted by observers and politicians. Odd, too, that no one seems terribly vexed by the way Fatah, which claims to be secular, invokes the doctrine of holy jihad in explaining why Jews must die.

04-Oct-15: Jerusalem Watch | A teenage boy is stabbed from behind just hours after last night's two murders

Security personnel pursued and caught up with this morning';s knife man,
and terminated his terrorism activities [Image Source]
It's early Sunday afternoon here, the day before the end of Sukkot, the Tabernacles festival that provides millions of Israelis with the opportunity for time with family, picnics, rest and recreation. Plus the joy of Simchat Torah which starts at sundown this evening.

But in the new reality here, Jerusalem and its citizens are grappling with seriously escalated violence, and a deeply worrying sense that more knifing and more shooting attacks, and perhaps worse, are exactly what the ruling echelon in the Palestinian Arab world have decided we are going to get.

Just a few hours after the killing of two Israeli men in the Old City of Jerusalem last night (Saturday), a second stabbing attack, terribly similar to the earlier one, was carried out on a 15 year old boy close to Damascus Gate, one of the heavily-used entrances to the Old City from Jerusalem's Western neighbourhoods. According to JTA, a news syndication service, this morning
The 15-year-old victim was in moderate condition after being treated on the scene early Sunday morning by paramedics, according to initial reports. He was taken to the hospital with wounds to his chest and back. The suspected assailant reportedly fled the scene after stabbing the teen. A video posted online appeared to show him hundreds of feet away, on the tracks of Jerusalem’s light rail, where he was shot by police officers. Hamas media named the suspected stabber as Fadi Aloon, a resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. A post before the attack on what appeared to be Aloon’s Facebook page pledged martyrdom and asked God’s forgiveness for sins.
Israel National News focuses on the victim who understands from his hospital bed in Jerusalem's Shaarei Zedek Medical Center well just how fortunate he is to have come through the trauma more or less intact:
15 year-old Moshe Malka is on the mend after being stabbed near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday night - and he regards his survival as nothing more than a miracle... "Now I will take with me something for self-defense, I will not walk around like that in the street... The general feeling among Jerusalemites is fear to walk around the city streets, defenseless." Malka had been walking toward the Old City from his yeshiva when he was attacked. "During the walk I saw an Arab who looked as if he's waiting for something to happen, and then began running toward us with a hand in his pocket," he recounted. "We started to run away, I got stuck on the sidewalk and he began to stab me... A friend of mine saw him and sprayed him with tear gas, but the terrorist escaped... I didn't feel blood until I touched my shirt"...  Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat notified Malka early Sunday that security forces had caught and killed the terrorist, and called Malka a "hero." But Malka is simply thankful to those who came to his rescue.  "I survived through a miracle," he said. "If my friend had not sprayed him with tear gas he would have continued to stab me... I thank G-d I was saved." 
So how disturbed by these most recent lethal Jerusalem attacks are the 'moderate' leaders of the Palestinian Authority, and Mahmoud Abbas, its peace-aspiring senior figure, in particular? We may soon know. But it's worth noting that tributes to the nobility of a man with a knife who plunges it into the back of a defenceless fifteen year old boy can already be seen online. Here, for instance, on the Facebook page of something called Palestine Social Global [archived here, in case it gets changed in the coming days] where they display his photo (that's it over on the right) next to the caption "Palestine worth sacrificing" and call him "martyr".

How widely or well is this morning's vicious stabbing attack reported? We expect to come back to that question today.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

03-Oct-15: Arab violence escalates in Jerusalem: Multiple stabbings in Old City tonight

The Old City of Jerusalem's Lions Gate in less violent times [Image Source]
The Sabbath is barely out and the reports of serious violence are coming in. Times of Israel says
Three Israelis were injured, one of them seriously, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City Saturday evening. According to police, the victims were part of the same family. Paramedics at the scene were treating the injured. The incident occurred near Lion’s Gate in East Jerusalem. The suspected attacker was shot by police and is said to be in serious condition.
Israel National News says
Three members of the same Israeli family have been wounded in a stabbing attack on Hazayit Street in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday night, shortly after the end of Shabbat. According to reports the father of the family is in critical condition; his wife was moderately injured, and their young child was was lightly wounded. The terrorist is also seriously injured after being shot by security forces. The latest attack comes as Palestinian leaders continue to call for more violence against Israelis, on the heels of last week's deadly terrorist attack in which Arab terrorists murdered two parents in front of their children.
There have unfortunately - but only too predictably - been additional attacks on Israelis over the past 36 hours. More details when we can manage to sit down and edit the reports.

UPDATE 9:15 pm Saturday 03-Oct-15: A 40-year-old male, the father in the family we described above, was hospitalized at Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center after this evening's attack in critical condition with multiple stab wounds. Tragically it's now reported that he died there. A second victim also succumbed to his wounds shortly after, according to Israel National News, and died this evening. The attacker, who was shot and critically injured by security forces, died of his wounds a short time later. No names at this stage. Residents of Jerusalem realize there is a deliberate campaign by the Arabs to escalate the lethal violence and are expecting the authorities to implement appropriate security measures as a matter of urgency.

UPDATE 9:30 pm Saturday 03-Oct-15 - The Jerusalem Post report on tonight's terror attack in Jerusalem's Old City:
According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the attack occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m., when the unidentified suspect began stabbing the family members while they were walking past Lion’s gate, en route to the Western Wall. After stabbing two others, Rosenfeld said the terrorist took a pistol from one of the victims and fired wildly into a crowd of tourists before being shot and killed by Border Police officer on patrol some 50 meters away.“The suspect opened fire in all directions and Border Police responded immediately and shot and killed him,” said Rosenfeld, adding that he did not believe anyone else was shot. “Police have cordoned off the area and are searching for a possible accomplice.” ...As of 8:30 p.m., police helicopters continued to circle the Old City as officers’ search for possible accomplices on the ground, although no arrests have been made.
UPDATE 9:45 pm Saturday 03-Oct-15 - The sicker corners of the Palestinian Arab world have already announced the identity of tonight's terrorist attacker. He's said [according to this Twitter account] to be Muhanad Shafeq Halabi, 19, from al-Bireh, near Ramallah on Jerusalem's northern periphery. And because of his frenzied attack on Jews walking peacefully in the alleys and through the gates of the national capital's Old City tourist precinct, Halabi qualifies - in their sociopathic system of values - as a "martyr". The attack itself is being termed a "resistance operation", a neat cover-all designed to bamboozle politically-minded innocents far from this region into not seeing the cold-blooded act of murderous hatred for what it is.

Friday, October 02, 2015

02-Oct-15: Truth, honesty, love, murder... and useful idiots

A large crowd accompanies the coffins in the Jerusalem funeral of the murdered Henkin couple today [Image Source]
The funerals of Naama Henkin and her husband Eitam, an Israeli couple in their thirties who were shot to death while driving home last night with their four children (four months to nine years old), are underway as we write these words.

They are happening while a highly successful apologist for precisely yesterday's kind of violent, hateful terror acts that took the Henkins' lives is touring the United States on a roadshow inspired, sponsored and principally executed by Amnesty International. His name is Bassem Tamimi. We have written about him several times in the course of the past month.

Here is our translation of a Hebrew-language interview published a month ago. In it, Nariman Tamimi, Bassem's wife and frequent "activism" and "resistance" partner as well as being the mother of the precocious fist-in-the-soldier's-face, teeth-clamped-into-the-soldier's-arm Shirley Temper, reveals her not-so-nuanced attitude to murder. She throws light as well on the role murder plays in her town's (more precisely, the Tamimi clan's) media-rich 'struggle'. 

As far as we know, no one else has published an English version, so we would be glad to know it is getting some exposure.
The weapons of the Palestinians against the security forces: women and children Assaf Gibor | NRG | September 1, 2015 | Our unofficial translation from Hebrew 
Nariman Tamimi with her husband the roadshow hero and
their daughter in a 2013 photo [Image Source]
Nariman Tamimi, mother of Muhammad, the youth who hurled rocks at an IDF fighter in the village of Nabi Saleh, has issued a call to Palestinian women to join in the struggle against the “occupation” and for its liberation. “We knew the media were present and that the army would not arrest women and children, and so I avoided arrest.” 
The latest weapon of the Palestinians? Against the background of Palestinian reports about the investigation and rapid release a short time later of the parents of the Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh - the women who clashed with an IDF fighter have issued a call to Palestinian women to join the fight against the “occupation”. Nariman Tamimi, mother of Muhammad, the boy who hurled rocks at the soldier, and the boy’s aunt Nawal Tamimi, claim the Israeli army will not arrest women and children and that they should therefore join the struggle. 
In the discussion the two women had with nrg in the village of Nabi Saleh, they admitted to being satisfied with their release by the security forces since, in their eyes, it signifies victory. According to their approach, images of the IDF soldier struggling with women from Nabi Saleh last weekend and distributed throughout the world amount to a weapon against Israel. "Our hope is that other women in other villages will see our struggle and the victory, and that they too will join in the fight. When all is said and done, we won. We managed by stubbornness to prevent the soldier from taking my son away," says Nariman, the mother. 
The aunt and the mother made clear that in Friday’s incident, men were also present. They however feared being arrested if they would try to prevent the arrest of Mohammad. They therefore permitted the women to be at the center of the fight. "We knew the media were present, and that the army would not arrest women and children, and so I avoided arrest. We decided to try and prevent his arrest, and we did,” she admitted. 
"Women and children have always been a part of the struggle in Nabi Saleh, as opposed to what has happened in Qadoum, Bil'in and Ni'lin. Here, it’s a cultural thing, something traditional and educational, and also the fact that everyone in our village belongs to the one family numbering about 500 people and in reality there’s no alternative. But we hope that women seeing the photos in the media will understand their power and join in the struggle", she emphasized. The two women explained further that ''When the ‘enemy’ wants to shoot at us, he shoots at everyone without distinction: women, children, men. So we all need to be fighting against the occupation." 
An integral part of the struggle 
One of the major Palestinian murderers who emerged from the village is Ahlam Tamimi who transported the perpetrator of the terror at Jerusalem’s Sbarro pizzeria."What she [Ahlam Tamimi] did was an integral part of the struggle. Everyone fights in the manner in which he believes. There is armed uprising, and there is popular uprising. I support every form of uprisingI personally choose the way of popular uprising," explains mother Nariman.
Ahlam Tamimi, confessed and happy murderer of
children including ours, makes an appearance on
Mrs Bassem Tamimi's Facebook page
And lest anyone fear that Mrs Bassem Tamimi has any actual reservations about the particular form of "uprising" chosen by her cousin, the homicidal sociopath Ahlam Tamimi, a quick glance at the Nariman Facebook page, with images like the one on the right lionizing the multi-murdering, celebrity sociopath Ahlam Tamimi, will soon put that matter to rest. 

For the lethally hateful village of Nabi Saleh
Ahlam Tamimi, a confessed and unrepentant murderer, is a celebrity, a hero, and most of all - a figure to emulate.

But for Amnesty International, well - that's an altogether different story. For the extremists who have it and its massive budget in their control, Bassem Tamimi is a celebrity. When he served time in an Israeli jail, Amnesty put its substantial weight and influence behind a campaign that termed him "prisoner of conscience". He and they are leveraging that same bogus marketing claim now as they prepare for a series of roadshow events in the next two weeks. One in the Boston area next week, under the catchy brand "Our destiny is to resist" is typical of the genre. (Resist is a key word in the Tamimi lexicon. Read this to get a sense of its nuances in the world of the Palestinian Arabs.)

Does all this branding, selling, marketing, promoting have an effect? Of course. See for instance a fairy-floss op ed confection that appears today in the town newspaper where Bassem Tamimi's visit was seized upon by his handlers to win over some eight year old school kiddies (the story is here). As becomes clearer with each passing day, innocent little children are a key demographic for certain sorts of people. 

This superficial article, under the subtle heading "Guest Viewpoint: Tamimi is champion of human rights" is signed off by "Maura Stephens... a Spencer resident". We guess her record in the town where she works, as an advocate for the Palestinian Arabs and other causes of a similar kind speaks for itself. It probably needed no additional elaboration in the Ithaca Journal. She's also Associate Director, Park Center for Independent Media, Department of Journalism, at Ithaca College.

Here's part of her fearless expose of the facts behind the scandalous Bassem Tamimi encounter with grade three children:
Tamimi is the kind of person we want our children to meet. His work revolves around inclusion, love, nonviolence and reconciliation. [Ithaca Schools Commissioner Luvell] Brown’s objection to Tamimi’s sharing of simple truths about life under ongoing oppression in an occupied land is an insult to many who actively champion human rights... Third-graders understand the healing powers of love. They can grieve and sympathize with those who’ve suffered loss. If we won’t speak truth to these children, on whose shoulders so much will soon rest, we’re doing their generation a grave disservice... The message to our children should be that U.S. residents can and should help persecuted people achieve not only self-governance, but also the most basic rights and dignities they lack under the current Israeli regime, which is propped up by our government. If we cannot model such work, we fail our children, our society and our future.
So in the interests of not failing your children, your society and your future - and ours too - will Ms Maura Stephens take these simple questions of ours (below) and put them to her idol of love, nonviolence and reconciliation? We began posing them some weeks ago ["04-Sep-15: Mr. Human Rights Defender, a question if we may"] but Tamimi and his handlers have avoided answering them. Probably they lack Maura Stephens' urge for speaking truth. Or just super busy.
Bassem Tamimi, tell us in simple words: are you as delighted by your cousin Ahlam Tamimi's massacre of Jewish children as she is? Have you criticized it ever, anywhere? Will you condemn it here and now?
The rest of us, very much less convinced than Ms Stephens is of Bassem Tamimi's dedication to love and reconciliation, can probably guess the answers. 

But it's important for the questions to be asked, even if those who proclaim a commitment to truth actually intend for these particular truths to be left under the rug. It's also important that the way they are ignored is factored into how we feel about the terror-laundering Tamimi and the useful idiots providing him a platform across the United States.

02-Oct-15: Google the name of the young Israeli parents murdered in their car last night...

After the attack [Image Source]
Understanding the mindset of Israelis on the morning after a murder-by-shooting attack on an anonymous vehicle traveling one of the roads of the Samarian hills doesn't come easy to certain sorts of onlookers.

Those for instance who responded within minutes to the cold-blooded killings on Thursday night by casually, thoughtlessly, coldly dismissing the victims as "colonists" in the way that one especially loathsome commentator, an Arab with a vile track-record of similar publicly-expressed hatefulness did.

And as did another, the self-possessed privileged son of an American family with Jewish roots (whose father has for years been one of Hilary Clinton's closest advisers) and who recently was awarded the special 'honor' of being banned by the speaker of the German federal parliament from trying again to enter the Bundestag; in Germany they have an acute sensitivity to, and relatively little patience for, boorish anti-Jewish extremism of the kind he practices.

Outside Israel, the fact of the murder is barely known. The usual reason - very little interest by news channels in reporting it. We assume this will change if and when some act perceived as retaliatory can be identified and blamed on Israelis.

Meanwhile, having just Googled the name of the murdered couple - Henkin, an unusually distinguished family - it's terribly sad, but not at all surprising to anyone aware of how these things work that almost no non-Israeli news sites come up. Here's an archived copy of the search result as at 10:00 am, Friday morning. It speaks for itself. Or perhaps better to say it weeps.

Google News search result for "Henkin"
We don't know the Henkin family personally, though their extremely positive reputation goes before them. But while we doubt many people outside Jewish circles are going to notice or care, we want to point out that they are not going to lead riots in the streets of Arab towns. They will not be calling for murderous attacks on the parents of Palestinian Arab children. It's unlikely they will summing up ancient curses or bad-mouthing those who give succor and support to the killers. Burning rubber tyres in public squares is not going to be on their minds.

As with so very, very many Jews and Israelis who have endured the unspeakably destructive intrusion of hateful, extreme violence into their lives, they are going to be looking to connect their tragedy to positive actions, likely in the realm of education.

This is going to be hard for the likes of the hideous "activists" we mentioned above to understand. Nonetheless, it's a rock-solid reality of Jewish values and Jewish life.

Such Jewish responses don't relieve the bottomless pain or the sense of total irrecoverable loss. They don't heal the sense of injustice and grief. They surely don't bring back those stolen lives. But engaging in them allows us to look ourselves in the mirror in the aftermath of unthinkable catastrophes like the carefully calculated one that last night that created four new orphans and say to ourselves: Thankfully, we're nothing like the people who did this, or those who provide them with cover and shelter. We never have been. We never will be. There is neither symmetry nor two sides of a coin.

May the memories of the Henkins be a blessing, and a source of inspiration for more positive acts of goodness, kindness and light.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

01-Oct-15: "Brave resistance": Israeli parents shot dead in their car tonight

The scene of tonight's drive-by murder near Itamar
Israel is in the midst of the week-long celebration of Sukkot, or Tabernacles. It's just after 10:00 pm, and we have arrived home after spending a delightful afternoon and evening in the Sukkah with friends in Samaria (Shomron, to Hebrew speakers), a historically-rich region of gentle hills and gorgeous vistas, bounded on the north by the Galilee and on the south by Judea.

We had the car radio off and so were unaware as we drove back of the Palestinian Arab terrorist savagery that exacted a tragic price some 30 kilometers further along the road where we had been having such a pleasant time.

As Israel National News reports
A shooting attack took place just after 9 p.m. on Thursday night, with initial reports indicating two people in their 30s were killed in the gunfire. MDA volunteers [Magen David Adom - Israel's main ambulance service] said that the victims were a man and a woman and that they were dead when the volunteers arrived on the scene. They had suffered wounds in the upper body. Four children were in the vehicle. The children are aged four months, four years, 7 and 9. They were unhurt and did not require evacuation to hospital. An MDA paramedic, Boaz Malka, said that upon arrival, “We saw a car in the middle of the road, with a man in his 30s lying next to it with wounds to the upper body. Inside the vehicle, a woman in her 30s was seated, also with serious wounds to the upper body. They were without signs of life and regrettably we had to determine that they were dead on the spot.” The attack occurred near Beit Furik, between the towns of Itamar and Elon Moreh, located southeast of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria. Large security forces are present at the scene. Shooting was reportedly heard after the IDF arrived on the scene and it was believed that the forces may be engaged in a chase.
Poster from the current Amnesty Tamimi roadshow. 
Resist is the word Hamas uses to describe tonight's murders
of a young couple traveling with their children. When the 
subject is terror, the terror-laundering Bassem Tamimi 
should be believed
Ynet says the murdered couple are the parents of the children (9, 7, 4 and 4 months) in the car. No names have been published at this early stage, though strong rumors refer to a very well-known and widely admired family of educators.

Hamas, according to Ynet, nauseatingly praised the cold-blooded shootings of a family in a car on the road near their home as an act of "brave resistance". That's the very term that the terror-laundering Bassem Tamimi and his current roadshow sponsors/hosts Amnesty International use repeatedly to absurdly suggest non-violent passivity (unless you probe him a little more diligently, or ask his wife who is quite open about this). Hamas also (surprise) termed the attack on three very young children and their mother and father "heroic". The Popular Resistance Committees, a Palestinian Arab terror organization, called it "a natural reaction" to "Israeli crimes."

UPDATE 11:55 pm Thursday night, 01-Oct-15: It's been announced that the victims of tonight's Pal Arab savagery are Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama. They lived in the same small (250 families) Samarian community, Neria, as the five Schijveschuurders - mother, father and three of their little children - murdered in the 2001 attack on Jerusalem's Sbarro pizzeria which also extinguished the life of our beloved daughter Malki.

The Henkins are to be buried tomorrow (Friday) at Jerusalem's Har Menuchot cemetery (where Malki and at the Schijveschuurders were also laid to rest) at 11:00 am.

01-Oct-15: For Amnesty's supporters to take into consideration

And this:

30-Sep-15: With Amnesty at his side, why would so-called smear campaigns faze this child-abuser?

And this:

And this:

If you're concerned about the corrosive effect of strategies like Amnesty International's, particularly as it impacts public opinion on terrorism, please help us get this message out and understood.


01-Oct-15: Thursday morning stabbing attack thwarted

A home in the Israeli community of Einav [Image Source]
The ordinary, lethal Palestinian Arab violence that slowly exacts a high price on both sides continues.

A Palestinian Arab male attempted a stabbing attack on an IDF officer in the very early hours of this morning (Thursday) near the Samaria-region community of Einav (population: about 600). Times of Israel says the would-be attacker approached soldiers at a roadblock holding a knife in his hand. There was an "ensuing altercation" in which the attacker was injured, and then treated by a Palestinian Red Crescent crew. He was removed from the scene shortly afterwards by the IDF for interrogation. Israel National News reports that one of the soldiers was also hurt.

Einav, a short drive from Netanya and the coast, was in the news two years ago [report] when a terrorist infiltration of the community was thwarted by the IDF, and in 2012 when an axe-wielding Palestinian Arab rammed his car into a vehicle being driven by security personnel.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

30-Sep-15: With Amnesty at his side, why would so-called smear campaigns faze this child-abuser?

Bassem Tamimi visits an upstate NY school class to address
8 year old children on the Palestinian Arab view of the Arab vs
Israel conflict; gets warm reception from local political
activist [Background]
Amnesty is pushing back in classic Amnesty fashion after a small storm erupted in the wake of Bassem Tamimi's official visit to a Grade 3 school class in Ithaca NY. 

There's some background:to the ruckus in Washington Free Beacon, Legal Insurrection, and via the contemporary historian Petra Marquardt-Bigman who has written several well-researched pieces on the Tamimi clan and what makes it so special

There's also a published apology to parents from the Ithaca school district superintendent in the wake of the Tamimi visit.

Mr. Tamimi's goal must have seemed innocent enough - for someone as deeply dedicated as he to providing camouflage for terrorism. He was there, in a program funded and organized by Amnesty International and a small raft of off-the-edge extremist grouplets [see "13-Sep-15: A roadshow and its groupies"] to initiate the upstate NY town's eight year olds (a demographic for which Tamimi has a demonstrated passion) into the secret arts of resistance and non-violence

We can only speculate that whoever had the idea of putting him in front of impressionable children must really believe the man from Nabi Saleh in the hills north of Jerusalem is an expert source of best practices in elementary school messaging. 

Whatever, like many in the dark netherworld of Palestinian Arab violence, terror and cynical abuse of their own communities, Bassem Tamimi has demonstrated that he's adept at squeezing the most out of children

Also highly relevant (though lately part-concealed from view): Tamimis from Nabi Saleh have murdered a startling number of innocent victims, mostly Jewish.

Amnesty's "Country Specialist - Israel/OPT/State of Palestine", Edith "Edie" Garwood, published a press release on Monday which we have just spotted. Backed by the full power and credibility of the global Amnesty enterprise and its astonishing $94M annual budget, it's subtly entitled "Beverly J. Martin Elementary School receives undeserved backlash"

Campaigning: Bassem Tamimi and local activist exchange views
on "resistance" with Grade 3 scholars in Ithaca classroom [Background]
(NGO-Monitor has a detailed dossier on Amnesty International, an organization that began nearly half a century ago with fine principles but which has lost its way - and its moral compass - in serious fashion. There's also some relevant background on its Country Specialist here.)

In a note published on the extremist Kibush website, the Amnesty functionary writes that it's being published
in response to a smear campaign and some bad publicity surrounding an event during Bassem Tamimi’s US speaking tour. Amnesty International USA is one of a coalition of groups sponsoring the tour. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are future attacks or challenges during the remaining stops of his tour as his village of Nabi Saleh is starting to get the attention of international media and there are some who don’t like it. [The added bolding is ours.] 
Tamimi is in the Bay Area today, moving on to several other California towns, then back to Boston and Washington at the end of 6 maximum-impact weeks. More details here: "29-Sep-15: In the Bay Area? Boston? Washington DC? Help us claim back the real meaning of human rights".

Finally, not for the first time, we repeat yet again the questions we began posing some weeks ago ["04-Sep-15: Mr. Human Rights Defender, a question if we may"] to Tamimi and his handlers, who have so far avoided answering them:
Bassem Tamimi, tell us in simple words: are you as delighted by your cousin Ahlam Tamimi's massacre of Jewish children as she is? Have you criticized it ever, anywhere? Will you condemn it here and now?
Perhaps some kind reporters, or attendees at the Tamimi worship sessions, might ask on our behalf.

The massacre we mention is described here. It's where the life of our precious fifteen year-old daughter Malki endedBassem Tamimi and the mother of his abused children are the stuff of our nightmares. If people understood them better, they would probably have the same problem we do.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

29-Sep-15: Ashdod, southern coast of Israel: Incoming rocket evidently intercepted mid-air [Updated 01-Oct-15]

Too soon to be sure of any of the facts, other than what we know from residents in Ashdod.

The incoming rocket warning system (Tzeva Adom, or Color Red) began sounding around 10:50 pm tonight (Tuesday), followed very shortly afterwards by the sound of explosions. Early indications are that at least one in-bound rocket, clearly from the nearby Gaza Strip, was intercepted in midair by the Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system. And here's a posted video showing the intercept. There may have been a second rocket and a second intercept.

Ashdod, home to Israel's main seaport, has a population of about 240,000.

There are reports from residents there hearing considerable aircraft activity over the city and in the direction of the Gaza Strip.

Most news reporting - at least outside Israel - will likely kick in only after there has been a counter-attack by Israel against the rocket-rich forces arrayed in the Hamas enclave. That's the point at which the predictable narrative of allegedly-unprovoked Israeli attacks on the teeming masses of Gaza get started. So predictable, so counter-factual, so unhelpful.

UPDATE 11:45 pm Tuesday 29-Sep-15: From Haaretz -
"At least one rocket was fired at southern Israel Tuesday night, but failed to cause damage or injuries, the Israel Police said. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted the rocket - most likely fired from Gaza Strip - over the skies of the coastal city of Ashdod. It was preceded by two sirens alert of an incoming attack."
UPDATE 3:00 pm October 1, 2015: See "Missile attack on Ashdod gets fifteen words of BBC coverage" via BBCwatch

29-Sep-15: In Germany, trying to deal with the "idiosyncrasies" of a million needy arrivals (in 2015 alone)

The caption on this published AFP photo reads: Policemen lead migrants to a temporary shelter as they arrive in Munich from Budapest on September 12, 2015 [AFP Photo/Sven Hoppe]
The Arab Spring, a relic of the distant past that
began on 18 December 2010 in Tunisia with the Tunisian Revolution, and spread throughout the countries of the Arab League and its surroundings [Wikipedia]
created a sense of optimism among ordinary Arabs that (as one source put it)
the people could, if they mobilized, win previously unheard-of freedoms.
As it's turned out, that "mobilization" and those "unheard of freedoms" turn out to be achievable, in the minds of a vast number of Arabs, only in Europe. Germany has become one of the prime destinations for the massive wave of mobilized Arabs and other largely Moslem migrants.

Germany's Deutsche Welle, under the title "Refugees don't leave their conflicts behind" has just published a startling piece about what the anticipated arrival on their doorsteps of a million people (the total expected to get to Germany before the end of 2015) describing themselves as refugees translates into in terms of challenges for the Germans.

Some extracts, all of them direct quotes:
  • There are no official statistics, but aid organizations, social workers and volunteers note that ethnic, social, cultural and religious tensions are on the rise in Germany's overcrowded refugee shelters...
  • The sudden surge in asylum demands this year has authorities scrambling for housing for refugees from war zones such as Syria, but also migrants from Albania and Kosovo. Often converted hotels, gyms, schools and tents are used as makeshift shelters. 
  • Tempers flare easily at close quarters. In Leipzig last week, about 200 refugees wielding table legs and bed frames started a fight after they couldn't agree who got to use one of the few toilets first. It took a large police contingent to calm the situation...
  • Other recent incidents include a riot at a refugee shelter in central Germany over a torn Koran and Muslim Chechens beating up Syrian Christians in a Berlin shelter...
  • [I]nsults, threats, discrimination and blackmail against Christian asylum-seekers in particular are a regular occurrence, according to the Munich-based Central Council for Oriental [in German: ZOCD]... "I've heard so many reports from Christian refugees who were attacked by conservative Muslims," said Simon Jacob, of the [ZOCD]... But that's only the tip of the iceberg... "The number of unreported cases is much higher."
  • Overcrowding isn't the main issue [he says]... it's merely the trigger: "People bring with them the conflicts that exist in their native countries, Christians and Muslims, Kurds and extremists, Shiites and Sunnis - they don't leave them behind at the border." These conflicts erupt when the refugees - often traumatized - are forced to live close together...
  • Separating refugees according to religion is now being mentioned as an interim solution to help alleviate the problems.
The optimism expressed by the German politicians quoted in this article is uplifting, even if it sounds (to us) a little out of touch with reality:
  • Islam is a part of Germany, but Islamism clearly isn't, said opposition Greens party leader Cem Özdemir, adding that tolerance must not be misinterpreted and exploited as weakness...
  • The refugees are afraid and mistrustful of authorities, and worried about possible retribution against their families at home, so they rarely call the police, he explained. They have to learn that they have duties and rights in Germany, Jacob [of ZOCD] said... It's of the utmost importance that the refugees be integrated in the German system of values, otherwise, they will live in parallel societies, he warned.
Robed figure, plus German police at the site of the Berlin mosque raid
a week ago [Image Source]
Eventually, the legal and criminal aspects of this massive influx are likely to become a core issue. Signs of trouble ahead are already there (all verbatim quotes):
  • "The police are at their limits," said Jörg Radek, deputy chief of Germany's police union GdP. Officers are tasked with registering newcomers, reconciling differences in the shelters and protecting them from far-right extremist attacks. "We have to do everything in our power to prevent further violence in the shelters," Radek said - and urged housing people of different religions separately. Different groups band together, and that can quickly turn into a major brawl, Radek said. "In that case, it's not enough to send a lone patrol car," Radek said...
  • Private security firms already guard some refugee shelters, but according to the refugees, their staff usually stays out of religiously-motivated strife...
  • Radek urged hiring even more private security offices to take the pressure off regular police officers. Ideally, the municipalities should hire security personnel experienced in intercultural affairs, he said: "Personnel that understands the various refugee groups' idiosyncrasies."
From the conservative part of the German political spectrum (but not only), they're focused on something that gets little direct analysis in the Western media. Marcus Pretzell, an MEP and regional leader of the Alternative for Germany party ["German economy collapse inevitable, caused by migrant waves", RT, September 18, 2015] says. 
I think that German government doesn’t have any idea for solution of the problem, because, it will be one million, maybe even more, maybe 1.2 million people, but mostly it’s young men who come to Germany and they all get their families to Germany as well. If they live in Germany, it will not be one million - it will be 2-3, maybe even more people from Arab countries living in Germany, and that will change the country. I believe that German government has no answer for this big change in German society... [Source]
Hans-Georg Maassen is the head of Germany’s domestic security service, the BFV. He is quoted in the past week by a British paper saying 
"We are very concerned that Islamists in Germany are trying, under the cover of humanitarian assistance, to exploit the situation of the refugees for their own ends and to proselytise and recruit among asylum-seekers..." [Telegraph UK, September 22, 2015]
Being concerned is of course not a basis for taking people's freedom from them. The head of the BFV concedes there is "no reliable evidence" that "jihadists are infiltrating Germany masquerading as refugees." Still, the interview was published shortly after a series of police raids were carried out in Berlin, targeting suspected recruiters for ISIS. A mosque and several apartments were raided in the early hours, on the heels of warnings that Islamic extremists are recruiting the refugees flooding into Germany.

Meanwhile, back in the home of what used to be the Arab Spring, the absorption of what are commonly (though not so accurately) termed "Syrian refugees" has produced a result that we think speaks for itself,. In CNN's words:
[N]o Syrian refugees have been resettled in Persian Gulf nations like Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, countries with significant financial and political interest in Syria... Gulf citizens have much in common with Syrians. They speak Arabic, like most Syrians. And those states are wealthier than many countries, such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, that have accepted refugees. Some say Saudi Arabia and Qatar have an obligation to help victims of a war in which those nations have been involved through their financial support of rebel groups that have fought Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ["Refugee crisis: Why aren't Gulf states taking them in?", CNN, September 8, 2015]
Some say, and some ask. But meanwhile the migrants keep pushing into Europe in their hundreds of thousands. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made a magnanimous offer to address Germany's challenges by building 
200 mosques in the country for the 'spiritual needs' of the Syrian refugees arriving daily in their thousands [Source].
That should help.

29-Sep-15: In the Bay Area? Boston? Washington DC? Help us claim back the real meaning of human rights

Why is this candid snapshot of Bassem Tamimi (left) getting zero exposure by his well-funded roadshow publicity machine? And whose shoulders is he hugging? The answers are definitely worth knowing; see "07-Sep-15: Peace, human rights, the sheer joy of killing people"

The US roadshow arranged by Bassem Tamimi's 'activist' friends (including Amnesty International, a once-principled organization that for at least three years has been deeply invested in sanitizing the Tamimi clan's blood lust and race-based hatred of Jews) is half-way done.

It has just rolled into the San Francisco Bay area where it will be performing several times during the next few days: San Francisco, Berkeley, Stockton, Hayward, then on to Albuquerque, NM; Medford, MA; Boston; Cambridge, MA; Pittsfield, MA; South Florida; and winding up in Washington DC in the middle of October. [Full published schedule here: "BASSEM TAMIMI 2015 US SPEAKING TOUR"]

Since we have readers and friends in some of these places, here's a message we very much want to share with them. Please feel free to send this post wherever you think something good and life-affirming can be achieved.

First, despite our efforts to get the Bassem carnival's promoters to address our uncomplicated questions, they remain unanswered:
"Bassem Tamimi, tell us in simple words: are you as delighted by your cousin Ahlam Tamimi's massacre of Jewish children as she is? Have you criticized it ever, anywhere? Will you condemn it here and now?"
It's obviously far easier to ignore the grieving parents of a murdered child (which is what we, the writers of this blog, are) than to relate to our discomforting questions. And especially when that murder - a massacre, actually - was masterminded by Bassem Tamimi's cousin, the little village of Nabi Saleh's most celebrated daughter, a woman singularly proud to have killed so many Jewish children.

But how ethical or principled is that?

Secondly, we wonder again how perturbed a laundry list of American fighters for a very-narrowly defined version of human rights are when confronted with the undisguised hatred and open blood-lust of their star performer and his extended family. Their views and deeds are a matter of public record - at least, to those who pay attention.

Ignoring all of this is easily done as we, more than most people, have learned over the years to our sorrow. But once you know about it, and understand how the Tamimi tour is calculated to provide a 'human rights' fig-leaf for prejudice, hatred and the killing of innocent people, what kind of person does ignoring it make you?

Bassem Tamimi's celebrated teen daughter ("Shirley Temper") in the hands
of the PA Minister of Education earlier this month. See
"06-Sep-15: The making of a pigtailed provocateur"
Thirdly, as we saw in Ithaca, New York, two weeks ago, Bassem Tamimi's American handlers want this calculating man exposed to US elementary school-children, and in Ithaca they succeeded. This is appalling on multiple levels.

But there's one aspect (even more than the many others) that ought to have stopped them - and did not.

Bassem Tamimi manipulates little children, starting with his own. It's key to what he does. Watch him (it's all on video: see "02-Sep-15: Lights, action, camera, bite: Scenes from a cognitive war") coldly engineering a clash with heavily-armed Israeli soldiers, knowing that one tiny slip on the part of the soldiers - a momentary loss of temper or discipline, or some accidental slip - and his pre-teen son and teenage daughter would be in a very, very bad place. Having consciously put them there, Bassem Tamimi, busy directing the cameras and stage-managing the action, does nothing to intervene. Neither do the brawny village men with rocks and firebombs in their hands. They, including Bassem Tamimi, stay carefully away, just out of video-camera range. Mrs Bassem Tamimi candidly confesses here that this is all part of the plan. (We translated her Arabic responses, via Hebrew, into English. Totally ignored by mainstream media so far.)

And it happens every Friday: same time, same place, same kids. Is it possible they actually want serious harm to come to their children? That this is not just brinkmanship but a calculated effort to showcase and exploit injured (or worse) child victims? These are remarkably evil, Machiavellian people. 

All of this has been well-enough documented for the various roadshow sponsors, backers and fans to have seen enough and to have bowed out in embarrassment. (Yes, we certainly do mean you, Amnesty International, along with the numerous other groups we listed here.) Ideological activism makes some people stupid and irresponsible. 

And keep in mind this is what the Tamimis' do to their own children. You don't need to be the Jewish parents of a murdered child to understand how very little those rights groups care about the human rights of our families. They are complicit in serial acts of evil - some already done, some still ahead

This is not the first time we are writing about the Tamimi clan. If you will help us share this with people in the SF Bay Area, there's a small chance (given the ideological fervor that accompanies the Tamimi/Nabi Saleh phenomenon) that something modestly good might come from our collective efforts:

First, these insightful essays by the contemporary historian Petra Marquardt-Bigman:
Then these recent posts of ours: