In spite of recent polls indicating that ordinary Palestinians increasingly recognize that Israel is here to stay, the rejectionist Palestinian leadership remains the most formidable obstacle to a peace agreement with the Jewish state. But running a close second place is the US State Department, where unfounded faith in Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) remains unshaken.
The State Department’s Palestinian fantasies are on display in its congressionally-mandated annual report on international terrorism released in July. Abbas’s PA “continued its counterterrorism efforts in the West Bank where Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine remained present,” according to the report. Abbas is portrayed as a benign leader with an expressed “commitment to nonviolence, recognition of the State of Israel, and pursuit of an independent Palestinian state through peaceful means.”
When 35-year-old Maysaloun Hamoud, a Palestinian director, said she wanted to “stir things up” with her movies – she achieved it.
Her first feature film, In Between, has resulted with her being issued with a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling), as well as death threats.
The movie, which is released in the UK this month, is about three young Arab women sharing an apartment in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
Away from the traditions of their families, they find themselves “in between” the free lives they’re aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them.
Among the “partners and supporters,” listed on the website of the PA’s National Committee for Summer Camps, are UNICEF and UNDP.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Honest Reporting on Monday hosted American journalist Hunter Stuart for a frank discussion on how his perception of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict shifted during his one and half years living in Jerusalem and reporting from the region.
Metal detectors and are commonplace at most prominent mosques in the Middle East, and more than 5,000 surveillance cameras (and 100,000 security guards) monitor pilgrims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia during the annual Hajj.
Once again, Palestinians are behaving irrationally.
Once again, no one knows what to make of it.
And once again, once you apply the honor/shame construct, it all makes perfect sense.
…Once we have entered the honor./shame universe, actual facts or logic are meaningless – all that matters are symbols… Abbas cannot act in a way that diminishes his honor… He must use all the weapons in his arsenal to “win”. Because the other aspect of honor/shame societies is the zero-sum game, and if Israel gets anything out of this episode that it didn’t have before- like normal security that any society would demand – Abbas thinks he loses… if he loses, he is finished – his shame will end him as a leader.
As often happens, the logical West is confronted with the irrational Middle East. Usually the West blinks before dealing with these seemingly crazy people who would happily start a war over metal detectors.
There’s a very interesting link at the end of the piece.
The State Department is facing harsh criticism for claiming in an official report that Israel is to blame for terrorism attacks committed by Palestinians and accusing the Jewish state of being largely responsible for an impasse in peace negotiations, according to a leading member of Congress who is calling on the State Department to correct its “inaccurate and harmful” characterization of Israel.
Friday prayers normally held at hundreds of mosques in Arab towns in Israel were canceled in dozens of locations following pressure from local Muslim leaders to encourage thousands to throng the Temple Mount.
For five consecutive days, Muslim rioters have engaged in violent clashes targeting Israeli security forces in Jerusalem’s Old City near a main entrance to the Temple Mount.
Although Europe claims to respect human rights and the rights of peoples, it has been a party to violating the most essential right of the Jewish people: the recognition of its existence for more than 3,000 years, and the anchoring of this existence to its sacred monuments. Worse, Europe does so in the name of a people fictitiously invented less than 50 years ago. No serious scholar can find any trace of a “Palestinian people” before the 1960s. Europe has apparently been all too happy to accept lies.
PA official Laila Ghannam, the District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, praised the “Martyrdom-death” of a 17-year-old terrorist who was shot and killed while throwing Molotov cocktails at Jewish civilians.
Following the terror attack on Friday, in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered near the Temple Mount, Fatah rebroadcast Abbas’ implicit call to violence from 2014.
Critics of Israel claim Israel’s security checkpoints “restrict” and “humiliate” Palestinian travelers. They say the checkpoints force Palestinians to wait in long lines and disrupt their lives. They even say the existence of the checkpoints proves Israel still “occupies” the territories.
There’s one more fact about the checkpoints I should mention, because Israel’s critics never do: The checkpoints save lives. Many lives.
Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen said at the mourning tent: “On behalf of President Abu Mazen and members of the Fatah Central Committee and Revolutionary Council, we extend our sincere condolences for the death of the fighter Muhammad Jibrin, who was deliberately killed by the occupation forces without any reason.”
Israeli children’s TV star ‘Yuval HaMebulbal’ (‘Confused Yuval’) caused an unlikely uproar on Wednesday when the temporary location of his filming set in the West Bank was mistaken for a new Israeli settler outpost by Palestinian media.
Calm was only restored when photos later emerged of the true reason for the “outpost” – the set of a movie featuring ‘Yuval HaMebulbal’, who is famous for being remarkably confused, among both toddlers and parents alike.
The outrage commenced when Palestinian activist Nazmi Salman posted a message on social media stating that a group of Israeli settlers had established a new outpost close to the West Bank city of Ariel. Salman described heavy traffic flow around the site, the pitching of tents and the construction of wooden buildings and electricity lines. Palestinian farmers that approached were ushered away by security.
News of the construction of the “outpost” spread quickly and was even picked up by several major Palestinian news agencies, including popular Palestinian Authority network Ma’an.
On Twitter, Ma’an announced that “Israeli settlers take over Palestinian lands in Salfit, erect illegal outpost.”
The reality was that it was a set-up for a children’s film due for release next summer.
Palestinian terrorists who were released from prison by Israel as a “goodwill gesture” are honored at Mahmoud Abbas’ presidential compound in Ramallah, on October 30, 2013. According to statistics, at least half of released Palestinian prisoners have returned to terrorism. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
Here is what is being said on the Palestinian street: Today Israel runs away from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip; tomorrow Israel will run away from Ashkelon, then from Tel Aviv and from there to the sea, and we have achieved our goal of destroying Israel. Therefore, we need to continue attacking Israel.