Infographic: How Far Can Gaza’s Rockets Reach in Israel

Don’t fall for the typical palestinian canard that they have no weapons to defend themselves with except rocks. Everything about Grads and Qassams:

Qassam Rockets and Their Ranges

PA and Other Arab Reactions to the Gaza Crisis

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and President Mahmoud Abbas are not calling for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israeli cities. Via Washington Institute:

The most striking aspect of ongoing Arab reactions to the latest Hamas-Israeli clashes is an act of omission: the Palestinian Authority (PA) and President Mahmoud Abbas are not calling for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israeli cities. This contradicts Abbas’s recent declarations that the new PA government and its Hamas backers would honor past PA commitments regarding nonviolence against Israel. A new statement from Abbas’s office claims that “the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves by all legitimate means” against “Israeli escalation.”

In today’s latest twist, Abbas and the PA are not just calling for Israel to stop its airstrikes against Hamas targets inside Gaza. According to several plausible press reports, they are also threatening to haul Israel before the International Criminal Court for the “war crime” or “genocide” of responding to Hamas rocket attacks.
High-level U.S. statements, from President Obama on down, have so far not asked Abbas to account for the PA’s failure to oppose the Hamas rocket fire. Washington should unconditionally demand that Hamas stop shooting rockets into Israel — and that the PA fulfill its longstanding commitment to precisely that position.

Rockets from Both Gaza and Lebanon Strike Israel

Lebanon was always Syria’s puppet: Via Washington Post:

Rocket fire from both Gaza and Lebanon struck Israel Friday morning as fears of a possible Israeli ground invasion rose in the Gaza Strip as Israel issued warnings to residents of the coastal enclave’s northeast corner, advising them to leave their border-area homes and stay away. A rocket from Hamas-controlled Gaza hit a gas station in the Israeli city of Ashdod, seriously injuring one and wounding two others.

Hey wait a minute

We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peace-loving normal Islam.

Judging by their behavior however, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in 25 of some 30 conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

Doesn’t this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and normal Islam is extremely rare?

Palestinian Minister says Israel conducts medical experiments on prisoners

LOL.  Via HumanRightsVoices:

Palestinian Minister Says Israel Conducts Medical Experiments on Prisoners

Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister for Prisoners Affairs, speaks at the “UN Roundtable on Legal Aspects of the Question of Palestine” at the UN Office in Geneva

Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs represented the Palestinian Authority. His slanderous comments accused Israel of torturing and raping little children and subjecting Palestinian detainees to medical experiments. Violence, he declared, was the Palestinian right and intention. Here are some of his words (UN translator, original in Arabic):

    “I convey the greetings of families and prisoners in Israeli prisons and camps…. Israeli authorities since 1967 have detained …children, women, sick people, and disabled…UN resolutions have confirmed the right and legality of resistance of people … and supported national liberation movements to liberate from foreign occupation and control… Israel committed …war crimes and crimes against humanity against these prisoners… Israel …is using cruel and barbaric methods of torture, including on children from the moment of detention. Detention is done under the pretext of the fight against terrorism… The youngest child was only 8 years old… Some of them are subjected to sexual assaults… Thousands of medical experiments are conducted by Israeli pharmaceuticals against Palestinian detainees… The Israeli court system is inherently unjust.”

When he finished the Chairman of the UN Committee Diallo thanked him “for representing state of Palestine during this meeting.”

Thereafter the UN closed the meeting to members of the public. The discussions of the roundtable, with the exception of the opening and closing sessions, are open only to members of the Committee and the UN staff which services their obscene activities.

Palestinian Mythology: “Israel is monstrous soldier eating the Dome of the Rock Mosque”

Via PMW:

Israel is monstrous soldier
eating the Dome of the Rock Mosque

Cartoon repeats PA libel
that Israel is planning
to destroy Jerusalem mosques

PLO official: Israel wants
to “erect what they call ‘the Temple’ over Al-Aqsa”
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik


One of the libels continuously repeated by the PA is that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything else on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – in order to build what the PA refers to as the “alleged Temple.”

 


Official PA TV reiterated this libel when it broadcast on its show Circle of Events a cartoon from the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustur, which  depicts Israel as a monstrous soldier gorging on the Dome of the Rock Mosque, while a Hamas activist holding a flag with the word “Land” and a Fatah activist holding a flag with the word “Day” commemorate the Palestinian Land Day. [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]

Similarly, on the same day, Chairman of the Political Committee of the Palestinian National Council (the legislative body of the PLO) Khaled Mismar accused Israel of scheming to tear down the Al-Aqsa Mosque:

 

 “Now they want to divide up the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount Plaza). Furthermore, they want to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and erect what they call ‘the Temple’ over Al-Aqsa.” [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]


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Palestinian Media Watch has reported on similar cartoons in the PA media depicting Israelis and Jews eating the mosques.

PMW has documented that PA leaders repeatedly spread this libel, which not only demonizes Jews and Israelis but  also serves the purpose of denying Jewish history in the land in general and in Jerusalem in particular.

PMW recently reported that top PA religious leaders deny Jews the right to pray at the Western Wall. The highest religious authority in the PA, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, repeated this when he responded to what he called Israel’s “attempt… at lay[ing] hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… [and] in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 26, 2014]

The Jewish Biblical and Modern Historical Connections to Gaza

There is a profound lack of knowledge of the Jewish Biblical and modern historical connections to Gaza.

Gaza is mentioned several times in the Torah. Its size, shape, region and identifying markers are precisely mentioned and illustrated. Gaza is but another area of Jewish land that has been stolen from Jews by Arabs via fabrications, historical revisionism, literal land grabs and genocide against the indigenous Jews of Israel.

The following Biblical references should help you in talking points on the subject:

Biblically speaking:

1. Genesis 15 – The area in which Gaza is located was included as part of Abraham’s inheritance.

2. Numbers 34:2-6 – The Bible details precisely the northern, southern, eastern and western borders of ancient Israel. Readers should note that in every reference there is a body of water – the Mediterranean Sea, a lake, a river and a wadi (a dry river bed that flows only after an infrequent heavy rain). Bodies of water are permanent markers in most cases. In Numbers 34:5 with reference to the southern border it states: From Azmon the boundary shall turn towards the Wadi of Egypt (near el-Arish) and terminate at the sea (Mediterranean). This would include the entire present-day Gaza Strip and additional land in the Sinai.

3. Joshua 13:2 – The Lord said to Joshua: This is the territory that remains to be conquered: all the districts of the Philistines, those of the Gerurites, from the Shihon, which is close to Egypt, to the territory of Ekron in the north, are accounted. Canaanite, namely those of the five lords of the Philistines – the Gazities (Gaza), the Ashdodites (Ashdod) etc.

4. Joshua 15:47 - Most Biblical commentators hold that the modern day Gaza Strip was within the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah.

5. Consider in Joshua Chapter 15: This was the portion of the tribe of Judea (15:20); Ekron, with its dependencies and villages (15:45); Ekron, westward, all the towns in the vicinity and Ashdod, with their villages (15:46); Ashdod, its dependencies and its villages, Gaza, its dependencies and its villages, all the way to the Wadi of Egypt and the edge of the Mediterranean Sea (15:47).

6. Judges 1:18 - And Israel captured Gaza and its territory, Ashkelon and its territory, and Ekron and its territory.

7. Kings 5:1 – Solomon’s rule extended over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and the boundary of Egypt (Wadi of Egypt or to el-Arish).

8. Ezekiel 47:19-20 – 47:19 The southern limit shall run: A line from Tamar to the waters of Meriboth-kadesh, along the Wadi (of Egypt and ) the Great Sea (Mediterranean). That is the southern limit.

Historically speaking:

* During the 3rd century BCE, Gaza and Akko were the leading centers of trade and industry. Both cities had numerous Jewish residents, including some very wealthy and influential families. [1]

* There were Jewish communities in Gaza during the Hasmonean period (166-63 BCE).

* During ancient times, in the taking of tithes (shmittah), the Gaza area was included in this Jewish religious obligation. Shmittah is observed to this day in Jewish settlemens located in the Gaza Strip as it was deemed part of ancient Eretz Israel.

* During the 4th century CE, Emperor Constantine attempted to build a church in Gaza but the Jewish population located there was opposed to this.
At that time, Gaza was the principal port for trade and commerce for the Jewish population of the Holy Land. A very ancient synagogue was excavated there some time ago. Influential rabbis, Israel Najara, author of the popular prayer and Shabbat song Kah Ribon Olam, and Rabbi Avraham Azoulai, the renowned mekubal, lived in Gaza Jewish communities.

* During the 7th century CE: “When the Arab hosts now began spreading northward, they encountered the first focus of resistance in the city of Gaza, then occupied by a strong Byzantine garrison under the command of the provincial governor, Sergius. At that time Gaza embraced a substantial Jewish settlement, in fact the most important community in Judea. Jews seem to have fought alongside the Byzantines in the ensuing battle, which ended in Sergius’ defeat.” [2]

* Also during this period, “Saccording to the famous grammarian, Jonah ibn Janah, Gaza, too, lost its status as the foremost community in Judea, but it remained a center of learning and well-developed community life.” [3]

* From 1885 to World War I Jews lived in Gaza.

* A renewed Jewish community existed in Gaza until the Muslim pogroms against Jews in 1929. Jews were murdered in many communities throughout Palestine, especially Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed – three Jewish holy cities.

The following is a list of Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip that no longer exist because they were destroyed by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement.  In 2005, the government of Israel began the Gaza Disengagement, where 9,000 Jewish residents were evicted from their homes. Despite mass rallies against the disengagement, and an orange-ribbon campaign, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implemented the plan with the hope of reducing security concerns and diffusing the demographic problem of Gaza’s 1.5 million Arabs. Upon completion of the evacuation, all 21 Jewish communities in Gaza were bulldozed and destroyed. Only the synagogues were left standing; these were then torched by Arab mobs:

Alei Sinai, founded in 1983, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Bedolach, founded in 1986, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Bnei Atzmon (Atzmona), founded in 1979, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Dugit, founded in 1990, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Gadid, founded in 1982, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Gan-Or, founded in 1983, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Ganei Tal, founded in 1979, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Katif, founded in 1986, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Kerem Atzmona, founded in 2000, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Kfar Darom, founded in 1946, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Kfar Yam, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Morag, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Netzer Hazani, founded in 1977, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Netzarim, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Neve Dekalim, founded in 1983, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Nisanit, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Peat – Sadeh, founded in 1989, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Rafiah – Yam, founded in 1986, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Shirat HaYam, founded in 2000, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Tel Katifa, founded in 1992, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs

Notes:
[1] A Social and Religious History of the Jews, Salo Wittmayer Baron,
Vol 1,
page 255, (Original copyright 1937)
[2] Ibid, Vol 3, page 87
[3] Ibid, page 102

References to Jewish Connections to Gaza by Anthony David Marks: Israel Hasbara Committee

Simple Truths

Arabs have been killing Jews since the late 1800′s when there was no “occupation”.   Recall the Hebron riots and massace of Jews in 1929, as just one example.  And don’t try to suggest  that “uprooting of palestinians” from their homes was a reason for anything.  Arabs chose war in 1948.  Arabs suffer the consequences.  Fatah was founded in 1964; unless causality has no meaning, the resistance to Israel – Fatah – was born with no reference to 1967.  It’s Arab rejectionism of all things non-Arab.  It has nothing to do with Israel winning the war in 1967 but, rather, with Israel being reborn in 1948.

No one ever hears of outrage when the Egyptians were in possession of Gaza for almost twenty years. There was no movement toward a Palestinian state when Gaza was under the control of Egypt and the West Bank was under control of Trans-Jordan.  That’s because it was Arabs controlling the regions.  But now that Jews were returning to their indigenous homeland, the Arabs decided to wage war.

Jews are not the usurpers in Jerusalem. They have been living there since the Biblical era and have been the majority population since the 19th century. Jews have synagogues and other holy sites in most cities of the world. But do they claim sovereignty over those cities because of it? Of course not! It would be preposterous and people wouldn’t accept it. Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel and will remain so. That is why there is no reason at all that the Israeli government could not plan and build residences for its citizens – Jews and Arabs – in any part of the city. Those who get out of joint about that are either misinformed or looking for a pretext to create a “situation.”

Palestinian teenager: My life’s ambition is kill at least 37 Jews

Via PMW:
Palestinian teenager:
“My life’s ambition is to reach the level
that the Martyr fighter Dalal Mughrabi reached”
- words of student at school
named after terrorist Mughrabi who led massacre of 37 -
 shows success of PA’s role modeling of terrorists
Teacher at the school:
“We in the Ministry of Education
had the honor of naming our school
after the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi”Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik


A Palestinian teenager’s ambition in life is to be a killer of Israeli civilians, PA TV broadcast recently. The interview of the teenage girl took place in a school named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, whose bus hijacking north of Tel Aviv left 37 civilians murdered in 1978. The girl’s statement demonstrates the PA’s effectiveness in presenting terrorist murderers as heroes and role models for Palestinian youth.

Girl to PA TV about her goal in life:

“My life’s ambition is to reach the level that the Martyr fighter Dalal Mughrabi reached…”

The purpose of the PA TV program was explained by the TV host:

“Today we are in the Dalal Mughrabi School [in Gaza], to get to know the Palestinian Martyr and fighter…”

Other children and teachers in the school were also interviewed.

Student at the school:

“Dalal Mughrabi is a great leader, who raised more and more and worked for the Palestinian cause to protect the pure land of the homeland, by defending Jerusalem to liberate it. This fighter may have died and her soul may have ascended to Heaven, but still our mothers give birth to thousands like Dalal, and she still walks among us. Dalal Mughrabi has given us a lot, and I personally am proud to attend the Dalal Mughrabi School, which bears this pioneering name.”

Teacher at the school:

“Dalal Mughrabi is a fighter who carried out Jihad and struggle from the beginning of her life. She was one of the brave female fighters who carried out Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., terror attacks). We in the Ministry of Education had the honor of naming our school after the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, so that her eternal memory will stay for a long time.”

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNwKL6W7xdU

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that in addition to this school in the Gaza Strip, the PA has named numerous places and events after Mughrabi, who led the massacre of 37 civilians, including at least two additional PA schools and one kindergarten in the West Bank, summer camps, sporting events, and much more.

Click to view PMW’s special section documenting that the PA regularly glorifies Mughrabi as a hero and role model.

Recently, PMW reported that PA TV broadcast statements by teenage students in a school named after a terrorist bomb-maker. The students said they admired the bomb-maker and saw her as a role model.

The Middle East War on Christians

Via The Wall Street Journal:

Over the past century, a plague of persecution has swept across the Middle East, emptying the region of its Christian population. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

In Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers.
Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria’s Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.

In January, a report by the nondenominational Christian organization Open Doors documented the 10 most oppressive countries for Christians; nine were Muslim-majority states noted for Islamic extremism, tyrannical regimes that uphold archaic blasphemy and defamation-of-religion laws. The Islamic Republic of Iran has executed dozens of people for the crimes of “waging war against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth.”

Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian population. Its Christian community has increased from 34,000 in 1948 to 140,000 today, in large measure because of the freedoms Christians are afforded. Salim Joubran, a Christian Arab Israeli, has served as a Supreme Court justice since 2003.
Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest living in Israel, recently told me: “Human rights are not something to be taken for granted. Christians in much of the Middle East have been slaughtered and persecuted for their faith, but here in Israel they are protected.”