As a single boat from the infamous "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza is intercepted without incident by the Israeli navy (which notes the presence of not one gram of humanitarian aid on board the ship, naturally) and the entire pathetic effort limps into history, The Propagandist's Editor Jonathon Narvey talks with Jonathan Danilowitz about the Israeli Apartheid lie.
It's not hard to imagine a place where political corruption, education that fails to provide skills for the modern global economy, endemic violence and other factors produce a society where jobs are scarce. This is common to many parts of the undeveloped world. It is particularly noticeable in pockets of the developed world: in rust-belt American cities, decaying British neighborhoods and Canadian and Australian aboriginal reserves.
In the Western world, the welfare state has been set up to ameliorate some of the worst conditions, paid for through taxation. In most of the undeveloped world, people are pretty much on their own -- except where they have an uncle who works for the government, or if they can get a job at an NGO, again funded by taxpayers in Western countries.
The Palestinian territories are a perfect example of the welfare state without limit. According to a new United Nations report highlighted by the New York Times, nearly half of Gazans are unemployed. Of course, just because they're jobless doesn't mean they have no income. Unlike impoverished families in broad swathes of Africa, Asia and regional neighbors, Palestinians in Gaza will somehow make it through. Because, truth be...More >>
The same question applies for the European Union, Britain, India, Japan and others, now that the Palestinian Authority has made it illegal for the PA to not fund terrorism. The PA may be one of the only organizations in the world that actually pays terrorists a regular salary -- all with foreign donations, largely from countries that are formally fighting jihadist terror movements.
In other words, all Palestinians in Israeli prisons for terror crimes officially join the PA payroll. According to the definition in the PA law, Palestinian car thieves in Israeli prisons will not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers will.
The PA also gives a salary to Israeli Arabs convicted of terror crimes against Israel - the country of which they are citizens. PA benefits to Israeli Arab terrorists, in fact, are greater than the ones extended to Palestinian terrorists.
Those serving more than 20-year sentences will receive a greater PA salary than prisoners serving shorter sentences, the new PA law establishes. Salaries are to be paid from the day of arrest until release.
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The manner in which the world, and in particular the Quartet, responds to the emerging Hamas-Fatah reconciliation will be of prime importance in dictating whether the Middle East will move within the next few months from a situation of no peace to one of all-out war.
If Hamas is allowed by the international community to integrate into the Palestinian Authority without being made to renounce its armed campaigns and without being obliged to recognise Israel's existence, the already terminally ill peace process will come to a very rapid demise. Not only will Israel not negotiate with a Palestinian government which contains terrorist elements, but the terms of the Roadmap, which up to now have formed the foundations of negotiations, will become devoid of any further relevance.
That, of course, would suit Hamas perfectly; it has done all in its power to scupper the peace process for many years and by its very definition rejects all negotiations intended to lead to a two-state solution. However, it also suits Fatah which, despite dodging the negotiating table with considerable alacrity since negotiations resumed last autumn, received a serious blow to its already...More >>
Apparently, every time such exercises take place, it is the ‘Palestinians’ who seethe with righteous indignation as the underdog. The ‘Israelis’ suffered too, the negotiators recognise, but that was ‘in the past’.
How has the peace agenda come to be so seriously skewed? The victims of a genocidal project to destroy the Jews in the Middle East have been turned into aggressors, and Jewish suffering downplayed. Who around the negotiating table remembers that it was the Arabs were rejected the UN Partition Plan for Palestine, and launched a war of annihilation against Israel in 1948? Who remembers the Arab League secretary-general Azzam Pasha’s spine-chilling promise in 1947: ‘This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades’?
It was a good week, writes Freedland. He negotiated Israel back to the 1967 borders.That was the easy bit, Jonathan. Did the ‘Israeli ‘negotiators’ get the ‘Palestinians’ renounce their ‘right of return’ to Israel proper?
We've come to expect that a substantial portion of the Palestinian population will support terrorism and murder aimed at Israelis anytime, anywhere. And this is all deemed perfectly normal. Surely, such attitudes could not be an impediment to peace in the Middle East?
Roughly one year ago, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai suggested publicly to shocked international colleagues that if Western powers didn't stop asking him to end the corruption and increasing authoritarianism of his regime, he would quit politics and join the Taliban.
Karzai's bluster was met with shock, disbelief and finally boiling anger. Karzai's position owes everything to the billions of dollars poured into the country by generous international donors -- not to mention the sacrifices of thousands of killed and maimed ISAF soldiers. Those of us who support the international mission found ourselves undercut by the one leader in Afghanistan who ought to be its boldest champion. One of the worst aspects is that Karzai couldn't possibly justify his threat on pragmatic grounds, since poll after poll show that roughly 90 percent of Afghans despise the Taliban and rightly see them as the enemy. So Karzai's outburst wasn't ordinary lizard-brained demagoguery -- it was crazy talk.
Confidence in Karzai, never all that strong to begin with thanks to years of double-talk and government robbery schemes, has never recovered from that incident. No one was expecting Jacksonian democracy to spring up overnight, but neither can we forgive a decade...More >>
"There have been hundreds of missiles fired on the heads of our men, women, children and elderly, even in the last few days," says Israeli Defense Forces Captain Avichai Adraee on Al Jazeera. "Did anyone really think that we would not defend our citizens?
"... Instead of threatening and attacking us, they could have been investing their money in the daily needs of the Palestinians. This is the barbarism that I'm talking about."
The news desk editors must be going insane. The Japanese earthquake tragedy is the top story; it's bigtime news, shutting out everything else. In some of the media, the questions raised about the future of nuclear power almost overshadow the human tragedy. Everyone has their priorities.
Here in Israel, at Itamar, the slaughter of an innocent family, including a three-month old infant, apparently by Palestinian terrorists (the army is still searching), was also largely overshadowed by news of the Japanese earthquake. Israeli news media reported it at large, but it hardly made a blip on international radars. Five people - the parents and three young kids - had their throats slashed as they slept.
Finally, the world’s liberals and human rights activists made soothing statements and declarations of how inhuman & barbaric the perpetrators were. However, some even managed to hint that the victims were actually at fault, for being Israelis, for being Jews, for living in Itamar.