Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Truth About Why and How Many Arabs Became Refugees in Palestine

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                 

"The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing PARTITION and the JEWISH STATE.  The Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem."  Emil Ghoury, September 6, 1948 to the Beirut Daily Telegraph.  "(Arabic: إميل الغوري‎, alternatively spelled Emil Ghoury) (1907–1984), a Palestinian Christian, was Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee (AHC), the official leadership of the Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine. He was also the general secretary of the Palestine Arab Party.
In May 1947 Ghouri was nominated by the AHC as a member of its delegation to represent it before the United Nations in its special session for Palestine. 
In 1947 there were about 1 million Arabs in all of western Palestine. After the War of Independence that started on November 29, 1947 when Arabs responded with violence to the UN resolution on Palestine and the partion, the war lasted until the signing of the Armistice Agreements in 1949.  Then there were only 140,000 Arabs in Israel.  The total number of Arabs who left and became refugees couldn't have been more than some 420,000.  (p. 22) 
The partition plan had been a result of military operation and was different from the original scheme;  Jewish Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Corridor, western Galilee including Nazareth, Jaffa and certain sections of the Negev were incorporated into Israel.  The Arabs refused the deal so the proposed Arab state never came into being.  The  Arab areas were taken over by Jordan and Egypt, and a recommended economic union was not implemented, most likely due to the immediate attack on Israel as an answer to the partition.  All this had been started as far back as 1937 by the Peel Commission.  10 years of planning didn't get the result because the Arabs had wanted more, actually, as we have discovered later,  the whole state of Israel.  
Heads of state later inflated numbers; even Emil Ghoury was caught doing that, but records show what original facts were.  
Nearly half of the refugees were in the Gaza Strip; 155,000 out of 367,000.  The control of the Strip was in the hands of Egypt.  Jordan, Lebanon and Syria never restricted the movement of refugees or stopped them from trying to rehabilitate themselves as long as they didn't give up their refugee status.  Egypt, however, maintained a strict separation between "refugees" and the population of the area.  
This remained a refugee problem with a difference. Many of the Arabs who were in western Palestine had their neighborhoods annexed by Jordan in 1950.  In Syria and Lebanon the refugees took their support into their own hands and became fairly self supporting while continuing to supplement their earnings with free food, free medical supplies and shelter provided by UNRWA.  Those who were either unwilling or unable to work or who were forcibly prevented as those were in Gaza numbered less than 400,000 on the eve of the Six Day War, June 4, 1967.  The war lasted from June 5th to June 11th.  
I note this has been a huge problem today for Syrian refugees from their own Civil War with Assad.  Those that fled to Egypt had been promised refugee status by Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in order to garner more votes for himself, but he was kicked out and the refugees could then no longer sign up as refugees.  Some didn't even want to sign on as a refugee because then their movement was curtailed.  They would then be forced into refugee camps.  Those who didn't sign up were able to try to find jobs, though they were as hard to find as jobs are in the USA today.  With a Syrian passport they were only able to travel to Muslim countries.  Now UNRWA is faced with Palestinian refugees from 1948, the longest period of time for anyone to be on refugee status, and the newer refugees from today's wars in the Middle East.
In 1952, Jordan, Egypt and Syria all signed agreements with UNRWA to execute a plan for integration which was to cost the UN $200 million.  It was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN on January 26, 1952.  They never took any steps to implement the plan.  Not one single project was ever started.  The UN Secretary General at that time had been Norway's Trygve Lie.( b: July 6, 1896-d: December 30, 1968 at age 72.)    "As Secretary General, Lie supported the foundations of Israel.  His passionate support for Israel included passing secret military and diplomatic information to Israeli officials."  Being he was the first to this post, and there were many other problems in the world at the same time, this was left on the table. 

The land of Palestine had been promised through the English Balfour Doctrine to become the Jewish Homeland, but before the ink on the paper was dry, England had given away 80% of the land to become Transjordan-later just Jordan-to Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who had been cheated out of his kingship there.  His reward for fighting was to be King of Transjordan.                                             

He was the one in the British made movie, Lawrence of Arabia,  who joined up with the British to fight against the Germans in the First World War (1914-1917).  The movie had Peter O'Toole as TE Lawrence, Alec Guinness as Prince  Feisal, and Omar Sharif playing as Sherif Ali, a fictional character in the movie.  I thought he was Abdullah. ( Between 1916 to 1918, working with the British guerrilla leader T. E. Lawrence, Abdullah played a key role as architect and planner of the Great Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule, leading guerrilla raids on garrisons).  Emir Feisal was the one brilliant Arab leader who was for Jews creating a state.  He hoped his own Arab people would benefit from them as they were skilled people who could uplift their status, and after all, they were cousins who also believed in one G-d. In real life,  "Abdullah's relations with the British Captain T. E. Lawrence were not good, and as a result, Lawrence spent most of his time in the Hejaz serving with Abdullah's brother Faisal who commanded the Arab Northern Army."
Out of the 20% left which is western Palestine, the Israelis are expected to allow enough land to become a Muslim -Only -Palestine for the Arab refugees.  Other Arabs, 1.7 million, are already full citizens of Israel who didn't flee from the Jews at the sign of Arab attack, but stayed and held onto their homes regardless.  Those who became refugees had been promised by their Arab leaders not only their own homes back but those of the Jews also, so wound up with nothing.  Here, greed (coveting) did not pay off at all.  
Resource: Battleground by Samuel Katz, p. 22, 26-27, etc.   
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia on partition

Monday, November 03, 2014

Arabs' Historical Connection With Palestine?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                      

Let's get down to the nitty gritty.  Arabs, who include Palestinian Arabs, originally came from Arabia which is the SW peninsula of Asia.  Arabia is made of 1,027,000 square miles or 2,630,000 square km.    Compare that to Israel's 8,000 sq. miles.  It includes Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrein, Qatar, Trucial Oman on the Persian gulf, Muscat and Oman, and South Yemen.
Mohammad was born in 570 and died in 632 at the age of 62.  He started the new Islamic religion.  Arabs came out of the desert of Arabia with the purpose of conquest and established an empire within 100 years that extended over 3 continents, from the Atlantic Ocean to the border of China.  Early on they had conquered Palestine from the Byzantine Empire (330-1453CE) . It was finally destroyed by the Ottoman Empire's Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.  

The Byzantium was the Eastern Roman Empire with its capital in Constantinople, Turkey and covered a changing geography depending on the year. They controlled all of the Balkans and Asia Minor, the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, Egypt, and parts of North Africa.  It was the heir of the Roman Empire. They were eastern Orthodox Christians. and they spoke Greek    Up to 637 CE it included Palestine.  Jews lived in this empire from its takeover in the 4th century.  Eastern emperors had their own specific religious attitudes towards the position of Jews and their religious life, which continually deteriorated towards the Jews.  Justinian (527-565) had terrible anti-Jewish laws in his Codes and issued a decree in 533 about synagogue services which interfered with their conduct of such.  Heraclius in 614 issued an edict ordering the conversion of the Jews. Judaism was forbidden by Leo in 723, Basil I in 873-874, Romanus Lucapenus in 932-6, etc.   
The Muslim Arabs took from the Jews the lands they had held onto for 20 generations after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE. 

Arab rule came from Damascus, Syria by the Omayyad /Umayyad dynasty  which lasted a little less than 100 years (661-750).  It was not a stable empire with the Caliphs lasting about 6 years each.  They were in the position of having a huge empire made up of people of many different religions.  Their history, handed down from the Abbasid historians who didn't like them, said they were hard drinkers and pleasure lovers.  Only a few strengthened the empire and advanced its frontiers.Islam was militantly aggressive so that's why they took over vast areas so fast. This was the start of Muslim rule in Palestine for 450 years. The Umayyads had been fairly tolerant in their rule.  

Constantinople had taken away the Arab sons in Palestine, the local tax farmer sucked them dry, the village over the hill of a rival tribe had to be watched or fought in a cycle of mutually destructive retaliation.  Bedouin nomads tore up olive trees, destroyed crops, filled wells with stones, broke down cisterns, took away livestock.  

Arab problems started with establishing who the next Caliph would be as Mohammad had no sons.  Ali died and Mu'awiya took the caliphate as a member of the Quraysh tribe that Mohammad had belonged to. 

As to how Arabs looked upon other new Muslims they had converted in their vast empire, the bottom of the rank and file were the slaves, black, white and yellow.  The next level above slaves were the dhimmi, the Jews, Christians and Sabians.  Later this privileged group that they didn't want to kill included the Zoroastrians of Iran and the Berbers of North Africa.  Next in line above them were non-Arab Muslims they called CLIENTS.  It was they that were problems.  The Arabs were following the leadership of Umar I and interpreted the Koran from a limited point of view with the supremacy of the Arabs and didn't want to share their privileges with converts.  The Arabs didn't know anything else but to handle problems militarily so they asserted Arab national superiority.  

 They were overthrown in 750 by the Abbasids who were their bitter antagonists.  They claimed descent from Abbas, Muhammad's uncle.  They ushered in a new era (750-1258).  Creating a United Arab Empire had failed.  Now the world saw 2 rival empires.  The capital moved from Syria to Baghdad, Iraq and Iran.  Kufa, on the border of Iran, became the new capital.  Non-Arabs felt liberated.  Iranians held the high positions of government.  Arabs were not fashionable anymore, but Islam remained and out of it was to come Iranian, Ottoman and sometimes Indian ideas. The Abbasid dynasty of Turks were growing in anarchy and were also Muslim rulers.The Abbasids  governed for 200 years dominated first by the Persians (Iran), then by the Turks. They were conquered by the Mongols in 1258.   

  The Fatimids finally defeated them and that's when the Arab hadn't had any part in the governing of the empire; not in the capital or in the provinces.  The Fatimids from Cairo were more of persecutors.  Their empire lasted from 750 to 1099 and brought in Shia Islam.  
 The Crusaders (1095-1291) massacred the Jews in the cities.  Yet the surviving Jews held on, survived and worked and fought.  They had fought the Crusaders with the Arabs.  The Crusaders had gathered up Jews, put them in a synagogue and burned them alive.  Jews held out in Haifa against Crusaders and held onto the city from June to July 1099.  At the time there were Jewish communities all over the land.  50 known included Jerusalem, Tiberias, Ramleh, Ashkelon, Caesarea and Gaza.  

The Mameluke's (military class Turks taken as slaves) took the reigns of power in 1250 after the Christian Crusaders.  They were a group of slaves that ruled Egypt from 1250 to 1517; 267 years.  Palestine had no existence to them, even as a sub entity.  The Mameluke's exploited its people with hostility and indifference.  Some Arab tribes collaborated with them in some internal struggles that marked their rule, but the Arabs lacked any direct influence in their government.  Arabs were  conquered subjects and were treated this way.  

Arabs had accomplished several things, though.  Throughout out the lands conquered, Arabic became the dominant language and Islam the predominant religion.  People conquered accepted Islam usually was for the social and economic discrimination suffered by a non-Muslim.  So what had happened was a cultural assimilation which brought about the so-called Golden Age of Arabic culture.  Notice that the people who were not assimilated were the Jews.  They could not change from their own deeply rooted religion to one that had none of the same moral and ethical values they loved in their own religion even though it was one that worshipped ONE G-d.  

In the 10th century the Arab writer Ibn Hukal said: " Nobody cares about building the country or concerns himself for its needs. " 

The invaders from the desert brought no tradition of learning, no heritage of culture to the lands they conquered.  Instead, some of them learned from the people they had conquered.  Arabic civilization was not Arabian either in its origins and structure nor in its principal ethnic aspects.  They only contributed their language and their religion.  It was their conquered people who actually contributed their own enlightenment and learning.  

Many conquered people had books of learning and they were translated into Arabic.  Most of the great works in mathematics, astronomy, medicine and philosophy were translated. renditions from others.  Then some original works came along in Arabic on all these subjects and also on alchemy, pharmacy and geography.  These were not from the Arab mind or developed by Arabs but were from the conquered Persians, Egyptians or Arabians, either Christian or Jewish or Muslims.  

Arab literature was not all from Arabs.  They had help from non-Arab people.  Their philosophy, linguistics, lexicography and grammar were primarily Arabian in origin but with outside help.  

During all this period, Palestine was never mentioned.  "The few Palestinian scholars were born and may have died in Palestine, but they studied and worked in either Egypt or Damascus, the hubs of learning for the Arabs.  Palestine was nothing more to them than a forgotten backwater of the empire.  Where all was happening was in Damascus, Baghdad or Cairo.  These were the centers of the Muslim Empire.  Jerusalem, where the Muslims had built a mosque over the site of the ancient Jewish Temple in the act of trying to establish a Muslim Holy Place, never achieved any political or even cultural status.  None of the empires had interest in Palestine except for what they could squeeze out of it for the imperial exchequer or the imperial army.  

Arabs didn't improve under the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922), either.  Even though they all were Muslims, they didn't get any benefits from this fact.  The Ottomans replaced Arabic with Turkish as the language of the country.  Arabs disliked their Turkish rulers just 1 degree less than the Jews did because the Jews were heavily taxed and the Arabs weren't.  

The Arabs did one thing to Palestine.  They contributed to its devastation.  Part of this devastation came about through the warring of the previous dynasties;   the Arab, Turkish, Persians or Egyptians, Crusaders and invading hordes of Mongols or Kharezamians, plus by the local Arab chieftains.  They had brought with them internal strife of inter tribal warfare within Palestine.  The Bedouins (Arabs) were always raiding from the neighboring deserts on the populations of little villages.  This had been happening way back during the Byzantine era.  Over 15 centuries they had eroded the face of Palestine.  

The Bedouin depredations were more intense during the latter phase of the Abbasids and Fatimid era.  Palestine east of the Jordan was laid waste.  In the 13th century with the Mameluke's, ruining the land went on constantly.  It worsened during the Ottoman Empire.  Bedouin raiders plundered livestock and destroyed crops and plantations.  they plagued the life of the farmers of that period.  Bedouin camps dotted the countryside and were bases for highway attacks on travelers or any caravans carrying merchandise and on the cavalcades of pilgrims.  

In 1785, Count Volney described what he saw in Palestine.  He said the peasants were invading each other's lands and would destroy their corn, durra, sesame and olive-trees, carry off their sheep, goats and camels.  The Turks were negligent in repressing this and paid less attention to this happening in Palestine.   since their authority was very precarious.  The Bedouins had camps on the level countryside and were attacking the Ottomans and resisted their authority.  The Palestinian part of Syria (Palestine) was more wretched than that of any other.  this country is indeed more frequently plundered than any other in Syria because it lies open to the Arabs.  
                      Russian  Jews of Aliyah clearing the swamps, getting Malaria afterwards

By 1850, hundreds of years of abuse had turned Palestine into a treeless waste where there was a sprinkling of dilapidated towns, and malaria-ridden swamps.  This was where originally there had been fertile northern valleys and a once-thriving South (Negev) now  turned into a desert with a population of almost nothing.  There never was a Palestinian Arab nation. Visitors felt that the country had been waiting for the return of its lawful Jewish people.  In 1200 years the Arabs had built only Ramleh and that was in the 8th century.  The 1880's brought in the 1st Aliyah of Russian Jews who tackled the swamps.  

Culturally, the Arab conquest of the Fertile Crescent and Iran was a barbarian invasion of the advanced civilizations of the Byzantine and Sasanid (Iranians)  empires.  The first group were the conquerors and preached the simple faith of Islam they had brought with them from the desert.  The Umayyads were very close to the primitive Bedouin culture and had to handle civil wars but brought their faith in contact with Christianity and Iranian cultures and raised more questions about faith and the the conduct of Islam.  The Abbasids borrowed from the non-Islamic world and this was all translated into Arabic.  Their creativeness was built upon acquired knowledge from those conquered.  

Resource: Battleground-fact and fantasy in Palestine by Samuel Katz p. 108-109, p 88.
Middle East Past & Present by Yahya Armajani, Thomas M. Ricks 2nd Edition, College Text
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Obama's Administration Using Chickenshit in their Diplomacy

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       

Some idiot senior Obama administration official doesn't understand Netanyahu's position at all about Israel.  He refers to him as Bibi, his nickname with friends, and said that he's a chickenshit. This word means worthless or contemptible (used as a general term of deprecation).

"no more chickenshit excuses"  

Netanyahu's first responsibility is to his own people's safety, and if he followed this official's 

ideas, he would be putting Israelis in harm's way, no doubt.  

 The official can't read Netanyahu at all.  Is he/she another of these two-faced friends?  Is he/she one of those who walked out on Netanyahu at the UN when he explained the red line in his speech about atomic weaponry?  You can't fault Netanyahu for his speaking prowess, for he's a great speaker.  When a diplomat has no idea where a leader of a small country is coming from, there's no hope of having any endearing ties.
                                                                       Sadat of Egypt    
                                                                   Begin of Israel

One of the best unions was that between Sadat of Egypt and Begin of Israel.  They didn't always see eye to eye on how to bring about the conclusion both agreed upon, but they felt the warmest regard for each other.  When Sadat died, Begin wrote to his widow beautiful words in remembering their friendship and when Begin's wife, Aliza died, Jehan wrote to Menachem Begin in a beautiful and understanding letter.  Sadat was assassinated, mostly for his going to Jerusalem and making friends to bring about peace between the 2 countries which still stands to this day.  Begin was a born debater.  Sadat was a great listener.

Evidently Obama's people do not understand that Iran and their atomic power is not created for undercutting their oil supply, but that they have evil intentions to use it on Israel, for one, and then maybe the giant USA.  They're playing around with people's lives in trying to be the bigshots they aren't.  Kerry is no Kissinger.   Iran's far more polished in dealing with such dealers in the open markets, and these wiseguys can't compare.
 When the Shah was in power, Iran and Israel did business together.  He was a friend.
Another thing; our administration is such a group of hotshots that they think they can tell another nation when and where they can build.  Israel is not a satellite of the USA but has been a good friend, the only Democratic state in the Middle East since 1948.  Israel has been holding land they received by winning the1967 war for 47 years, now, patiently waiting for some spark of peace from people bent on their destruction. I call waiting 47 years a lot of patience.  Remember, Israel was attacked then by surrounding states who thought they'd get rid of the only Jewish state in the midst of a sea of Muslims.

 Personally, every time they caused a bomb to fall on my country, I'd build another house on that land.  Every time another Jewish life was murdered, another apartment would go up.  I'd keep a tally going on the highest building in Jerusalem for all to see as to all the steps taken by the Palestinians have taken against peace for nudniks like this official could understand better.  Israel is a free democratic society built on the traditions of Moses who brought the Israelites laws in how to be fair to people.  They follow a higher power than the Obama administration is  and consider themselves people that must  follow highly moralistic rules of behavior.  Jews are an ancient race, who were writing when others were chasing wild animals and people.  They have produced many psychologists such as Freud and Adler  who studied people's behaviors.  They know what they're doing when they announce that they are GOING to build on this bare undeveloped land of theirs to people who SAY they want a Palestine in that spot but want to drop bombs and send in suicide bombers to attack Israelis.   Obama, Israel knows how to play the game of chess very well.
                                                               PLO's Arafat

The PLO never was out for peace, and Fatah is nothing but  the PLO with a new leader who has not shown any change except the overt acts of the PLO have been taken over by Hamas.  Their acts are more insidious like celebrating the murderers of Jews.

Obama's administration is so similar to Ronald Reagan's and  Jimmy Carter's; one a Republican and one a Democrat.  It is all in how these men look upon Jewish existence.   Ford's wasn't too outlandish and Nixon was single-minded but did want Israel to succeed.  The best was Harry S. Truman.  However, I can't say that much for our present administration in the acts they have pulled and with the people in the administration who are opposers to the life of Israel.  What has been typical with so many presidents is that they have said one thing but did another.

 An example was at the end of Begin's service as Prime Minister.  Israel was blamed by Reagan for the Lebanese Christian Militia going into Sabra and Shatilla and massacring people.   Begin found this accusation to be unbelievable, fantastic and utterly despicable.  Lebanon's President elect Bashir Gemeayel was assassinated on September 14, 1982  for being a Christian by his own Muslim population.  This was terrible for Israel as the two had much planned in the name of peace.  After this happened, Israel moved the IDF into West Beirut to prevent a Christian revenge on the Muslims.  No one in Israel dreamt that the Christians would massacre people in these camps who were Palestinians.  It was Arabs murdering Arabs, and the Jews took all the blame.  The truth of the matter was that the IDF stopped the carnage.  This event was used as a libelous campaign against Israel and no other people other than Israel were outraged about it.  Within weeks, everyone everywhere thought, from what they saw and heard through the media, that it was an Israeli military unit that massacred the Palestinians.  General Sharon, who was the friend of Major Hadad of the Christian Militia and who had been helping Israel by guarding the border, had to be the fall guy and took the blame, though he had no idea his friend would bring such an act about.  I doubt it Hadad realized himself what his men were about to do.  They were "mad as hell" at the Palestinians at the time, and revenge was the name of the game to them.  
When questioned amid all the strife between the USA and Israel,  Jeffry Goldberg let it be known that diplomatic relations between them is in a "full-blown crisis."  Calling Netanyahu a chickenshit certainly is showing the level of intelligence for this official, and that's why it's hard on Netanyahu to remain civil.    How he does it is beyond me, but he could explode in Hebrew, however there are no swear words in Hebrew to use.  English has a monopoly on them but I hear that Arabic has their share, too.  First,  it's been nasty words coming from Iran, and now from the Obama administration.   

Every American administration has wanted to bring about a Palestine thinking this is the panacea of  all the problems in the Middle East.  At this time, it would only be bringing about another Gaza stronghold where Arabs can air their rockets, missiles and mortars at Israel in order to suffice their goal of being the ones to destroy Israel.  Take off your blinders and see the truth.  Stop trying to add such a destructive move onto your resume of accomplishments.  Open your ears and listen to Netanyahu for a change before it is too late.  What is it in physics?  For every cause there was a reaction?  Learn why Netanyahu has taken the stands he and his country has.  

Resource: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/23462/us-official-bibi-chickenshit/?utm_source=Breaking+Israel+News&utm_campaign=fbb6afabb8-BIN+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6d3627f72-fbb6afabb8-83518689#FGWwhui8ZEFUXy18.97
The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner
The Secret War Against the Jews by John Luftus and Mark Aarons
http://honestreporting.com/idns-10292014-feathers-fly/ over the word, chickenshit
Update:  CNN news: 10/29/14 afternoon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lixYEZ9M_dU&app=desktop, 28 year old Netanyahu speaking

Monday, October 27, 2014

Qaradawi, Theologian of Terror, Behind Muslim Brotherhood's Jerusalem Attacks

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                             

The Muslim Brotherhood started the problems in Syria.  When Assad ordered his troops to attack his city of Hama in 1982, it was because it was the capital of the Muslim Brotherhood.  They had tried to assassinate him.  20,000 people were killed in that attack.  This came about because Assad is an Alawite, not a Sunni Muslim.  It's a branch of Islam.  When Assad became the president, the Muslim Brotherhood starting their planning of his overthrow.  On June 26, they had tried to assassinate him with hand grenades.  Assad suffered a foot injury, and Hama was the result.

Now that IS has come upon the scene of Sunni Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood is working on uniting all the Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the center being Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It is Khaled Mashal of Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood member since 1971,  who is bringing in  the Palestinian issue to cause the Arabs to support the Muslim Brotherhood.  Mashal is living in Qatar, home of Qaradawi (b. 1926), the religious leader who wants to kill all Jews wherever they are.  He's best friends with Qatar's Emir.
Hamas's partner, Fatah, former PLO terrorists, was quick to glorify the terrorist who drove purposely  into the crowd in Jerusalem of people who just got off the train and killed a baby girl and a woman when he hit about 10 people. Fatah has the Silwan or Jerusalem branch, and they have glorified the driver as they always do to people who manage to kill Jews.
Unfortunately, the security situation in Jerusalem has not been good lately thanks to the Muslim Brotherhood.  During Operation Protective Edge, they raised the banner "The siege of Gaza" in trying to incite European Muslims to demonstrate in their streets against Israel.  In this they hope to raise that status of Islam.  Now they have a "Save Jerusalem" campaign in wanting ALL of Jerusalem for Muslims only, and this is because it is a Jewish city created by King David himself.  The commandment of not to covet other people's things is unknown to Muslims, evidently, or ignored as not applying to them..  They want to take what is dear to others.  For them, it gives them status if they can pull it off.  As for their weak point of Mohammad flying to Jerusalem on his flying horse to the farthest Mosque, it never mentions Jerusalem by name.  It's an allegory.  It's a tale of flying carpets and horses.  It was a dream.  It's not usable in taking a city belonging to Jews for the past 3,000 years plus historically, religiously, politically and by population.

Khaled Mashal published a note calling on his people to hurry now to DEFEND (translated as TO TAKE OVER) Jerusalaem and Al-Aqsa.  Al Aqsa is in the hands of Jordan.  Our general, Moshe Dayan saw to that at the end of 1967's war when Israel won.  He was foresighted enough to avoid more problems by allowing them to police the property of their mosque.  So, is the Muslims Brotherhood taking it  from Jordan?  And for why?  They have been piggish about who they allow to pray on their property, causing some Jews to be angry about not being able to pray on the land that held our Temple, which could be worked on later by peaceful leaders, but certainly not by the Muslim Brotherhood's instigations.

The Muslim Brotherhood is trying to take over all of Jerusalem.  Do you remember in your culture hearing "if you give them an inch they will take a foot?  It seems like the Brotherhood had high hopes with a part of Jerusalem being the capital of their Palestine, but were plotting and scheming to take over all of Jerusalem, something they never even had in 1948 when Jordan took east Jerusalem and Israel got it back in 1967 after being attacked.  .
This call comes from Al-Aqsa by sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi himself when he was in Cairo in February 2011.  when President Mubarak was ousted.  He called for Al-Aqsa's LIBERATION (take over).  Qaradawi, theologian of terror,  is the most evil of religious leaders that one can find.  It was he who said he'd kill Jews with his bare hands if he could.  The 88 year old is in a wheelchair, however, but is up to trying to kill a Jew.    The man is dangerous because he broadcasts weekly from Qatar to the whole world with his evil thoughts about Jews and Israel.  He had been ousted from Egypt for his radicalness, and taken in happily by Qatar.  Qaradawi put out a fatwa and told the Muslims it was their duty to DEFEND (take over) Jerusalem with their lives.  He would like to die a martyr.  That way he'll get his 72 virgins.  I would hope they'll all be  as old as he is.

A two-faced theologian, while he has condemned the murder of civilians in the 9/11 terror attack, he supports terrorist acts against Israel.  Qaradawi claimed that "such martyrdom operations should not be carried out outside of the Palestinian territories.  He justifies this by claiming that Israeli civilians do not exist because the Israeli government requires all citizens to serve in the army.  So children are fair game, too, to him.

"Mashal and Mousa Abu Marzuk were said to have accumulated vast personal wealth estimated at $2.5 billion each. Mashal was alleged to have appropriated, for himself and his confidantes, the entire Hamas "Syrian Fund" of hundreds of millions of US dollars upon leaving Damascus for an opulent lifestyle in Qatar in 2012."  They follow the footsteps of the PLO's Arafat who also managed to keep a fortune for himself.  

The recent attack in Jerusalem against  the crowd of light rail riders who just got off the train  who were hit by a car on purpose killed a 3 month old American baby girl, Chaya,  immediately, and another of the 10 hit just died in the hospital. She was an Ecuadorian 20 year old.    That was a baby very much wanted by her parents who had waited a long time for her.  

Resource:   http://jcpa.org/article/hamas-fatah-jerusalem-disturbances/
ADL, http://www.adl.org/NR/exeres/788C5421-70E3-4E4D-BFF4-9BE14E4A2E58,DB7611A..

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Kidnappers of Three Teen Aged Israeli Boys Died During Firefight

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                               

The old year of 5774 ended with the death of the kidnappers of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel. Two were 16 and the other was 19.  One held dual citizenship with the USA.   Their bodies were found on June 30th in a shallow grave in a field near Hebron 18 days after they had been missing.  They had been taken by accepting a ride since they were hitchhiking.  That's something that's very common to do in Israel, usually giving soldiers a ride who hitchhike from post to post. At least the soldiers carry their weapon.
 The boys accepted the ride  from a junction in the Gush Etzion bloc just south of Jerusalem where they had been attending a Yeshiva.   They were going to become rabbis.   IDF's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told the news reporters that on the day before Erev Rosh Hashanah, September 23rd, the two men they had suspected were killed in a firefight in Hebron  with Israeli troops when they tried to apprehend them.  The Israeli troops had surrounded the house where they had been hiding for more than 3 months.  All that time Israel had a tremendous search going on to find them.

How did the IDF know who did it?   They knew Hamas terrorists did the kidnapping.  They went first by family reputation of Hamas members.  Omar Abu Aysha was a 32 year old locksmith.  His brother was also a Hamas member who was killed in November 2005 while trying to thrown an explosive device at Israeli soldiers during a clash in Hebron.  They had also arrested Aysha's father several times for many terrorist activities.  Aysha was seen last at a family get-together just hours before the kidnapping, but left quickly without telling anyone where he was going.

Marwan Kawasme was a 29 year old barber.  His family was known to have ties to Hamas.  The money to buy the car used in the kidnapping and the guns they used was from Hamas through his brother, Mohamad.  Another brother, Hussam, was already in Israeli custody for helping to bury the bodies and hide the 2 men. Marwan had been detained by the PA and Israel in the past for his activities with Hamas.

The Kawasme family had 2 others besides Hussam arrested  during the operation.

Resource:  The Jewish Press, October 3, 2014, page 3.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

New Revealed Facts About Hamas and ISIS Plans Against Israel

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                  

You'd think that the Palestinian Gazans would have heard or at least felt the vibrations of the electric jackhammers drilling 20 feet below the surface in creating their tunnels leading out to Israel for attacks.  Inside them were found thousands of weapons like Russian anti-tank missiles, explosive devices, tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes and ropes.  One can only imagine what they would be used for once a terrorist popped up in Israel. 

 They were planning attacks for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur this year; September 24, 25, 26 and the 3rd and 4th of October.  One remembers that Yom Kippur was the date of the October 6, 1973 war.  This was when hoping to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, in 1967, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.  This is our day of fasting for 25 hours, even to be without water, and ask G-d's forgiveness of our sins.  
Some tunnels were deep enough to hold vehicles.  They were reinforced with concrete made on site in workshops next to the tunnels.  They were command centers, armories filled with weapons, rocket-launcher hiding sites and  also acted as rooms to move and hid fighters during urban combat.

The tunnels were dug in parallel pairs with many shafts to the surface for many entry points.  In Gaza's center, the labyrinth allowed fighters to move unseen between homes and alleys.

Areas of Gazan cities were laced with hundreds of booby-traps.  Brigadier-General Mickey Edelstein, commander of the IDF Gaza Division, said that in a single street in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, the IDF found booby-traps in 19 out of 28 homes.

"On 1 August 2014, Hamas militants emerging from a tunnel attacked an Israeli patrol in Rafah killing 2 Israeli soldiers. Israel at first believed that the militants had abducted Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and were holding him, but Israel later determined that Goldin had also been killed."

Three IDF soldiers entered a building marked as a UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. When they entered they were killed by an explosive device.

Hamas's largest known military control center was in the basement of a hospital.  IDF had to engage in very limited ground combat because the whole area was booby-trapped with explosives, ambushes and civilians that were used as targets by Hamas.

The Palestinian terrorists planned these tunnels for years and wanted to use them to hold kidnapped IDF soldiers. said Brigadier-General Moti Almoz.  Hamas wanted strategic blows more than psychological ones from just kidnapping, though.  They were out for jihad.

Their budget spent 40% for war preparations. $10 million was spent on tunnels.  800 tons of concrete was used on them.   Hamas worked with Iran in this.  They worked towards a coordinated attack of about 15,000 Hamas terrorists trained in Gaza.  From 2012, they have doubled their rocket arsenal.  They had hundreds of missiles with the range to reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv according to Brigadier-General Itai Brun.  In March, they had bigger missiles on their way coming from Iran and sourced in Syria.  Their ship was intercepted by the Israeli Navy special forces in the Red Sea.  Now do people understand why ships have to be searched by Israel?

A mass terror attack has been averted by Operation Protective Edge.  Though about 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the Operation, they were all warned to get out of the way before the actual Israeli attacks.  Due to their leadership, they died.  It was not the plan of Israel to have this happen.  One cannot begin to comprehend the extent of Hamas behavior.

"The tunnels into Israel were constructed using the expertise of the Rafah families who have specialized in digging tunnels into Egypt for commerce and smuggling."  

Now tunnels have been discovered in Judea and Samaria.  Some were stocked with bomb-making materials.  when John Kerry suggested last week that Israel must agree to a ceasefire including the end of the operation to find and destroy tunnels, it seemed to be a preposterous idea.  He was so far behind the known facts.

Israeli author Amos Oz is a famous pacifist in Israel.  Even he condemned Hamas for creating warfare in a civilian population of Gaza.  Naftali Bennett is the leader of the Jewish Home party and Israel's Economy Minister.  He said that "without the ground operation, we would have woken up one day to an Israeli 9/11."  Thank goodness for miracles like Operation Protective Edge which allowed Israel to discover the workings of Hamas.  

The Media is not helping the situation.  They cover anything that smacks of finding fault with Israel, no matter what is going on.  Since about 2,000 Palestinians died in the operation of which about 1,000 were Hamas people, Israel is blamed.  Especially hard on Israel has been the death of so many children.  People forget it was Hamas who made sure these Palestinians suffered death for this very reason, to blame Israel for attacking.  The media forgets all this and just blames Israel for defending itself, making out that they were the aggressors just to be aggressive for no reason.

"In 2013-2014, Egypt's military has destroyed most of the 1,200 smuggling tunnels which were used to smuggle food, weapons and other goods into Gaza."  Israel has known about these tunnels and the money the Palestinians were making from them, even becoming millionaires, but were taken by surprise at the immensity of their digs in using them in warfare against Israel.  .  Israel restricted the importation of construction materials into the strip, to prevent their use for military purposes by Hamas. As a result, concrete and other construction materials were some of the main goods smuggled through the tunnels "

Israel also seems to be the only country worth reporting about.. In people's minds, Jews can do no right, therefore anti-Semitism is running rampant.   No one wants to bring to light the Muslims killing Muslims in Iraq and Syria.  In Syria alone there have been 120,000 and 170,000 people killed including more than 11,000 children.  The violence has gone into Iraq with massacres of prisoners by jihadis from IS.  CNN finally showed a video of a long single line of Iraq soldiers who were prisoners of ISIS who were shot and killed, Nazi style, after the 50 days of war in Gaza.

Sydney, Australia had chants of demonstrators waving the black flag of ISIS chanting, "Palestine is Muslim land...Jew and Christian will not stand...From Lakemba to Gaza...You can never stop Islam.  Do those people realize that if one is not of the Salafist Muslims they can be killed?  Imams in Iraq who were Sunnis have been killed by ISIS.  The Iraqi soldiers were Sunnis.  Stop Islam?  Stop one group of Islam who are against all the rest.  Evidently they want a caliphate with very few people in it to rule.  They're killing just about everyone who crosses their paths.  How do the terrorists know they aren't next?  

Resource:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_tunnel_warfare_in_the_Gaza_Strip
Unknown source through friends.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

How Israel's Foreign Minister Views Hamas

Nadene Goldfoot                                               
Avidor Lieberman, Foreign Minister for Israel, spoke on CNN's Fareed Zakaria's program this morning.  He explained that he was against the cease fire, but found he was a minority with this opinion in the Knesset.  He felt that Israel could finally wipe out Hamas and had the force to topple them at this time.

Born on June 5, 1958 in Russia, he immigrated to Israel 2 years before I did in 1978.  Being much younger and a male, he did his stint in the IDF.

Avidor explained that Hamas is a radical terrorist group. 

He is 'bothered' that a terror group endured in battle against 'strongest army in Mideast.' One of many ways was in  their use of tunnels they had built and using them by popping out in Israel and taking lives is certainly a terrorist act.  Of course he neglects to say that Israel was following the rules of conduct in this fight by warning the civilians of their bombing way before the act, even though the terrorists saw to it that it was in vain and they fought by using this uncivilized tactic.  It is uncivilized to use your own people in gaining the advantage instead of trying to keep the civilians alive.  This fact alone prove they are a terrorist group.  Yet by doing this, they successfully deflected the blame of the deaths onto the Israelis who value all life, so no wonder he realizes that Hamas survived.  

This differs from the UN opinion of them.  Avidor feels that they differ little from ISIS. 
 William Schabas, a Canadian-born professor of international law at Middlesex University in London feels that it would "inappropriate " to assert that Hamas is a terrorist organization.  He's also very much against Netanyahu, even though his father is Jewish and he sits on the advisory board of the Israel Law Review.  I personally find this opposition from young people striving to make a name for themselves so take opposing stands and then later on, as maturity and extensive reading and research sinks in, often change their views. This has happened with Israeli historian, Benny Morris.   That Schabas is part of the board goes towards Israel's open-mindedness and democratic principles.  William Schabas is a product of English thinking which has been against Jews for centuries and certainly was when they held the mandate in Palestine.

"In 2014 Schabas was appointed the head of UN Committee investigating the Israeli role in 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict. The move was criticized by Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird  and Geneva based NGO UN Watch, due to previous records of Schabas' alleged anti-Israel bias, a charge that Schabas denies.  Schabas was born on November 19, 1950, so is 8 years older than Lieberman.  

Avidor would like to see a more moderate Palestinian group taking over in Gaza.  He says that Hamas is radical in having a charter that says to wipe out Israel.  They have been firing rockets into Israel ever since they took over the power seat from Fatah and kicked Fatah into Judea and Samaria.
Abbas, born March 26, 1935, is older than either Lieberman or Schabas,  is threatening to sue Israel in the UN over crimes against humanity.  He has lost popularity.  They are no partner in peace for Israel with an attitude like this.  They had united several times with Hamas and their charter which is the same as the Muslim Brotherhood in regards to Israel.  Abbas is using his newly founded power in the UN now against Israel of an automatic majority.  He is making a new play to reassert his role and cast himself as the leader of all Palestinians by taking his cause to the UN.  

The UN Human Rights Council already met last month and adopted a resolution against Israel with a vote of 29 to 1 with 17 abstentions and has moved to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  The USA was the only country against this decision.  

Netanyahu has pointed out that the report has already been written and  have decided that Hamas is not a terrorist organization.  He said they should really look at Damascus, Baghdad and Tripoli and go see ISIS, the Syrian army and Hamas.  They'll find their war crimes in these places but not in Israel.  This probe is just like what happened in 2009 and the Goldstone Report which Israel had rejected as being it was inaccurate and biased.  Goldstone even retracted that report but the die was already cast against Israel's reputation.  

Hamas's charter, which is also adopted by the unification of Fatah and Hamas, says,
1. “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will 
obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” 
(The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory). 
These are the words of terrorists.

2. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. 

It needs all sincere efforts.
Note, this is a religious terrorist war, like ISIS is bringing on the rest of the world.  

3. The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished 
Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose 
way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah 
over every inch of Palestine,
The Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS also share this goal.  

CNN, Fareed Zakaria programImage result for fareed zakaria
The Jewish Press, Friday, August 22, 2014, Israel Keeping Distance, front page, page 3