Monday, September 15, 2014

PMW: Holocaust imagery and terminology used by the Palestinian Authority during the Gaza War

"[Israel] did more evil and more horrifying things
than what happened in the Nazi crematoria"
Former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake  
Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014

"The Israeli occupation... 
perpetrates the most heinous forms 
of Holocaust against the Palestinian people."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014]

"Israel has murdered
over two million Palestinian children... 
Jewish children murdered in the Nazi Holocaust... 
did not exceed a million and a quarter."
Former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake,
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014

Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial center:
"Exploiting these terms from the Holocaust, 
in order to incite and inflame hatred,  
desecrates the memory of the Holocaust."
[July 24, 2014]

by Itamar Marcus

Executive Summary
Part 1: Israel is worse than the Nazis
Part 2: Israel is reenacting the Holocaust
Part 3: Netanyahu is like Hitler and the Nazis
Part 4: Additional examples and longer segments 

Image from Fatah Facebook - 
"The Main Page," July 9, 2014
Executive Summary

During the Gaza operation, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, both headed by Mahmoud Abbas, actively and repeatedly desecrated the memory of the Holocaust by comparing Israel's measures against Hamas to the Nazi genocide:
"[Israel has] become adorers of Nazism, and implement that barbaric model on the flesh of our children."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2014]

Often the PA claimed Israel was worse than the Nazis:
"Israel... has surpassed Hitler's massacres... By calling Israel Nazi, sadist and fascist for its present actions, we are letting it off lightly."
[Fatah leader in Gaza Atef Abu Saif,
PA TV, July 21, 2014]

At times, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was the focus of the PA hate speech:
"Benjamin Netanyahu is a descendant of the Nazis, worships Hitler's ways and imitates him in all the Holocausts he has perpetrated."
Fatah leader and official PA daily columnist Yahya Rabah 
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014]

Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial center, condemned what it called "demagogic abuse of Holocaust imagery and language" as desecration of the memory of the Holocaust:
"As an institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, we are also gravely concerned by the demagogic abuse of Holocaust imagery and language which distorts the past as well as the current reality for political purposes. Exploiting these terms from the Holocaust, in order to incite and inflame hatred, desecrates the memory of the Holocaust."

PA and Fatah leaders and official news outlets used the following Holocaust comparisons and hate expressions to define Israelis and/or Israel's actions: 
  • "Holocaust unlike any that has been recorded"
  • "Reenacting the Holocaust"
  • "Surpassed Nazism and fascism"
  • "Descendant of the Nazis"
  • "The new Nazis"
  • "Opened its gates to the death factories"
  • "Holocaust state"
  • "Genocidal war"
  • "Holocaust war"
  • "Scum is what this Hebrew state is"
  • "Nazi Israeli mentality"
  • "Flinging its neo-fascist flames"
  • "Barbarity, arrogance, and bloodletting"
  • "Surpassed Hitler's massacres"
  • "Nazi, sadist and fascist"
  • "The Nazi crimes"
  • "[Gaza] reminded the world of the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, after the atom bombs had been dropped"
  • "Israel, the rogue state, which is still blackmailing Germany, Europe and humanity with the Holocaust"
In addition to embracing comparisons between Israel's Gaza operation and the Holocaust, articles in the official PA daily also included demonization and hate speech, as typified in the following description of Israeli soldiers:

"Robotic soldiers from hell, burning with extremism like fiery devils, possessed by the culture of murder and death."
[Fatah MP (until recently PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs) Issa Karake,
Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014]

The official PA daily used its Holocaust comparison as "proof" that Israel has no right to exist:
"This war has proved once again that Israel is a completely artificial state without  historic or moral roots, a myth produced by the settlement wave - a fact that prevents it from living normally. As long as it exists, it will only produce things that are against humanity... Benjamin Netanyahu is a descendant of the Nazis [who] worships Hitler's ways and imitates him in all the Holocausts he has perpetrated."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014]

Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the PA and Fatah regularly desecrate the memory of the Holocaust with misappropriated Holocaust terminology. All of the examples in this Special Report were published during and immediately after the 2014 Gaza war, and are from official PA and Fatah sources. Mahmoud Abbas is chairman of both the PA and Fatah.

(PMW released a report last month on PA use of Holocaust imagery during the Gaza war. However, as the Holocaust desecration by the PA has continued unabated PMW felt it was important to release this updated report documenting the full extent. Even after this report was finalized, PMW researchers documented three additional examples of Holocaust desecration that are not included in this report.)

Parts 1-3 of this report are brief quotes of the PA and Fatah comparing Israel to Nazism and the Holocaust. Parts 1-3 follow below. Part 4 includes these same citations with longer context and additional sources:
Part 1: Israel is worse than the Nazis

"[Israel] did more evil and more horrifying things than what happened in the Nazi crematoria... Scum is what this Hebrew state is... a Holocaust state."
[PA MP and former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, 
Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014]

"A Holocaust unlike any that has been recorded in history!"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014]

"Since 1948, Israel has murdered over two million Palestinian children... the number of Jewish children murdered in the Nazi Holocaust... did not exceed a million and a quarter."
[Former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake,
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014]

"Israel... has surpassed Hitler's massacres... By calling Israel Nazi, sadist and fascist for its present actions, we are letting it off lightly."
[Fatah leader in Gaza Atef Abu Saif, 
PA TV, July 21, 2014]

"The new Nazis are committing more heinous crimes against our people than those committed by the Nazis against humanity."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2014] 

 "Another aspect of Nazism. Few European cities and states in the 1940s experienced what Gaza has experienced."
[Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub,
Al-Ghad Al-Arabi TV, and posted on Rajoub's Facebook page, Aug. 6, 2014]

The "new Nazis in the Israeli government of death" use "white phosphorus and all existing types of poisons and biological and chemical weapons."  
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2014]

"No war criminal of the 20th century ever did what Israel has done."
[PLO Ambassador to India, Adli Sadeq,
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014]

"The Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis is the same as is being perpetrated by the occupation against our people, [but Israel's] is even more severe."
Former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2014]

Part 2: Israel is reenacting the Holocaust

 "The Israeli Death and Holocaust State has murdered the hope for a better future."  
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2014]
"The insane Israeli war... revealed the bleeding face of the Zionist ethnic cleansing state, which is reenacting the Holocaust against the Arab Palestinian people." 
Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, former advisor to then PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad 
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2014]
"[Israel is committing a] mass extermination as the Nazis did in Europe in the 1940s." 
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub
[Awdah independent Palestinian TV channel, July 14, 2014]

"[Gazans are] undergoing the Holocaust of the 21st century by the barbaric occupation, which takes pride in murdering children."
District Governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 31, 2014
"This state [Israel] has merited a first-class Nazi decoration."
[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 28, 2014]
"The behavior of Israel, which has exclusively adopted a method of killing and destruction, is nothing more than a new version of Nazism."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 25, 2014]
"The crimes... cannot be described as anything less than crimes that will be cited in history as the Nazi crimes were."
Adnan Al-Damiri, spokesman of the PA Security Forces
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014]
"We are facing the largest mechanism of war, destruction and killing, which vies with the Nazi and fascist [mechanisms]."   
Bakr Abu Bakr, member Fatah Revolutionary Council,
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014]
"Children have become the fuel for Israel's Holocaust and war against Gaza."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2014]
"The international silence... [grants] the Nazi occupation government a green light to burn childhood in Palestine."
District Governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2014]
"The Israeli land, sea and air war machine has been continuing its fascist Holocaust against the Palestinian Arab people."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2014]
"The Israeli occupation and aggression state... invades and perpetrates the most heinous forms of Holocaust against the Palestinian people in the West Bank, Gaza and the diaspora."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014]
"The execution of hundreds of Palestinian children in a Holocaust similar to the Nazi Holocausts."   
Member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza, Yahya Rabah
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 9, 2014]
"The victim [Jews] assuming the role of the Nazi."
PLO Ambassador to India, Adli Sadeq
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 9, 2014]
"Hatem Abd Al-Qader, [who is] responsible for the Jerusalem [portfolio in Fatah] said that the Palestinians are facing Jewish racism and a new Nazism."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2014]

Part 3: Netanyahu is like Hitler and the Nazis
"Benjamin Netanyahu is a descendant of the Nazis, worships Hitler's ways and imitates him in all the Holocausts he has perpetrated."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014]
"Netanyahu has surpassed Nazism and fascism in the genocidal war..."
Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2014]
"Hitler's Nazism... score[s] a stunning victory today through Netanyahu's actions, for which Hitler is applauding him joyously."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2014]

Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hamas' Actions Match Its Words

Hamas leaders state that they are very different than ISIS when they address the Western media. Are they? In Arabic it's clear that Hamas and ISIS are two branches of the same tree. Thus link will help you understand Hamas better. Share this!

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Hamas" by Ari lesser

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LAZERBEAMS: "Ein Od Milvado" - There is none beside Him!

Ein Od Milvado

Here's a gift for Shabbat - a Hebrew lesson of the the most important three-word phrase you'll ever need to know, and a lifesaver at that - ein od milvado - literally, there is no one or nothing but Hashem. Only He can help us, both collectively and individually. Like the Rambam teaches in the firsst of our 13 Principles of Faith, "He alone does, did and will do every deed."
The Torah says (Deut. 4:35), "You have been shown, in order to know, that Hashem, He is the G-d. There is none beside Him!" אין עוד מלבדו - "There is none beside Him," is the key to understanding everything that happens to us, both on a broad national scale and on a personal private scale.
"Shown, in order to know", explains the Ramban, refers to the revelation of Hashem on Mount Sinai. Moses received both the written and the oral law from Hashem on Mount Sinai. Therefore, whenever a person deviates - even in the slightest - from "Halacha Le'Moshe be'Sinai", or the law as it was given to Moshe on Sinai, one's understanding that "There is none beside Him," is seriously weakened.
"There is none beside Him" means that everything in the world happens because Hashem decrees that it should happen. No one can lift a finger against Hashem's will. So, if someone harms us or insults us, its pointless to bear malice toward that person. Rather, we should make an accounting of the soul, understand that Hashem does everything for our ultimate good, and pray to Hashem to help us understand the message and correct what needs to be corrected. This is especially important in Elul.
In light of the above, any time a person - or a movement of people - make any compromise on Shulchan Oruch, e.g. religious law, they weaken their own faith with their own two hands. Conversely, when a person strengthens his or her observance of the Torah's commandments, that person automatically benefits from a chizuk, or reinforcement, of faith. That's one of the reasons why Rebbe Nachman of Breslev implores us to learn Shulchan Oruch every single day of our lives, and not to budge an iota from its statutes.
Faith that "There is none beside Him" is the only reliable bridge to traverse this world safely to the other side.

Kesher Update - Parshas Ki Savo - R' Nissan Kaplan

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pallywood Fiction: Lies About Israel

The Palestinian Wall of Lies

Cruz Walks Out on Christian Crowd Booing His Support for Israel Cruz tells booing Christian crowd: "if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you." And he walked off the stage.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood with Israel, walked out on booing Christian crowd.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood with Israel, walked out on booing Christian crowd.
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About that Christian event U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attended last night, Sept. 10? Some have characterized what happened as Cruz having been booed off the stage.
Au contraire.
What happened is that Cruz walked out on the crowd, some of whom booed his stalwart support for Israel. It wasn’t a large percentage of the audience, but it was a relentless group.
“I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”
Here is what the senator sent out last night, describing what happened at the “In Defense of Christians” event:
Tonight in Washington should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians.’ Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred.
When I spoke in strong support of Israel and the Jewish people, who are being persecuted and murdered by the same vicious terrorists who are also slaughtering Christians, many Christians in the audience applauded. But, sadly, a vocal and angry minority of attendees at the conference tried to shout down my expression of solidarity with Israel.
They cannot shout down the truth. And we should not shy away from expressing the truth, even in the face of – especially in the face of – ignorance and bigotry.
I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America, that those who hate Jews also hate Christians, and that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ.
These statements were met with angry boos. I went on to tell the crowd that Christians in the Middle East have no better friend than Israel. That Christians can practice their faith free of persecution in Israel. And that ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, along with their state sponsors in Syria and Iran, are all part of the same cancer, murdering Christians and Jews alike. Hate is hate, and murder is murder.
I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East. American leaders have been far too silent as to this horrific evil.
But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion. Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.
After just a few minutes, I had no choice. I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.
Will the words he spoke, and the action he took, endear Senator Cruz to the sneering, jeering, (largely Jewish) intellectual elite?  Doubtful. And sad.

Anne Bayefsky speaks @ the UN about UN antisemitism, Sept. 8, 2014

“I will get right to the point,” she said. “The UN is not having a conference on the threat that global anti-Semitism poses to international peace and security… Why couldn’t the UN, founded on the ashes of the Jewish people, and presently witnessing a widespread resurgence in anti-Semitism, sponsor a conference on combatting global anti-Semitism?” she added.
“The United Nations itself is the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism,” Bayefsky said to rambunctious applause.
“One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six-decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now,” she added.
Bayefsky went on to list official actions sponsored by UN bodies in which anti-Semitism was promulgated.
“Inciting to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist, as does the UN Durbin declaration, the flagship of the UN racist anti-racism program of action.
In theory the UN charter demands equality both of individual men and women, and of nations large and small. In reality, the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.
Thirty-five percent of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, that are critical of the rights’ records of specific states, condemn one state: Israel. That’s anti-Semitism. Fifty percent. Fifty percent of the special sessions of the general assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel. No emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That’s anti-Semitism. The human rights council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn to Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 UN member states if required. That’s anti-Semitism. 70 percent of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That’s anti-Semitsm…
Today, UN anti-Semitism has taken one more treacherous turn. The UN has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish State. Hired guns; posing as independent arbiters… are appointed to discover what they've already found: guilty.”

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yale Chaplain Who Wrote Controversial NYT Letter Resigns Claimed ‘best antidote’ to anti-Semitism was for Jews to pressure Israel

Yale University in New Haven, Conn. (Shutterstock)
Rev. Bruce Shipman, the Episcopal chaplain at Yale, has resigned in the wake of controversy over a New York Times letter he wrote suggesting Jews were collectively culpable for Israel’s actions and for subsequent rises in global anti-Semitism. “The Rev. Bruce M. Shipman, on his own initiative, has resigned as Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church at Yale, effective immediately,” said a statement released by the Episcopal Church at Yale. “It is our belief that the dynamics between the Board of Governors and the Priest-in-Charge occasioned the resignation of the Rev. Shipman.”
In his letter to the Times, written in response to Deborah Lipstadt’s op-ed about rising European anti-Semitism, Shipman claimed that “the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.” Many readers expressed outrage at what they deemed Shipman’s exercise in victim-blaming, and an attempt to hold all Jews across the globe responsible for the actions of the Israeli state. As Bard College’s Walter Russell Mead put it,
No, the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be a realization among cretins that “the Jews” are a group of people with very different opinions and desires, that they do not act in concert, and that individual Yale students, for example, of Jewish descent who are American citizens have zero responsibility for any policies of the government of Israel. Anti-Semitism is like racism: most racists don’t think of themselves as racists and most anti-Semites similarly don’t recognize their own twisted prejudice. Perhaps the chaplain at Yale should reflect on the passage in which a well known first century Jewish rabbi urged his followers to take the log out of their own eye before trying to take the splinter out of someone else’s.
Our own editor Mark Oppenheimer also questioned Shipman’s moral calculus:
By your reasoning, why wouldn’t one write, “The best antidote to stop-and-frisk policing would be for black men everywhere to press other black men to stop shooting each other”? Why wouldn’t one write—perhaps after a Muslim was beaten up by white-supremacist thugs—“The best antidote to Islamophobia would be for radical Islam’s patrons abroad to press ISIS and Al Qaeda to just cut it out”?
“Institutional Christianity continues to display its unrivaled expertise in the field” of “combating anti-Semitism,” quipped Berkeley’s David Schraub. In a later post, Schraubobserved that someone like Shipman who insists that Jews behave in gentile-approved ways in order to live unmolested is perpetuating a world governed by anti-Semitic assumptions:
[I]t probably is the case that a non-Jew is less likely to punch a Jew in the face if he perceives Jews (as a group) as largely behaving in ways he sees as salutary. But that does not mean there is necessarily less anti-Semitism in such a state of affairs, if this view is transformed into an entitlement to such agreeability from Jews. That’s just anti-Semitism in a different form; the “safety” it provides to Jews [is] purchased at the price of their independence. Anyone can have positive attitudes towards groups who behave in ways they like; the true test of egalitarianism is respecting the minority when it behaves differently than how you’d want it to.
It seems the Episcopal Church at Yale agreed–or at least felt that someone who harbored Shipman’s views would not be the best face to represent their organization on campus. Hopefully, this episode will serve as a reminder that the “best antidote” to bigotry is always to fight the bigotry, not call on its victims to somehow attempt to appease their despisers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

D.Suissa: The media’s tragic obsession with Israel

Who pays the highest price for the media’s obsession with Israel? Hint: It’s not Israel. It’s the millions of victims who are ignored while the media chases what former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman calls its “hostile obsession with Jews.” 
Why this obsession?
In his widely read essay in Tablet, Friedman calmly explains that it’s “the result of decisions made by human beings in positions of responsibility — in this case, journalists and editors.” He speaks from the inside: Between 2006 and the end of 2011, Friedman was a reporter and editor for the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press (AP), one of the world’s two biggest news providers.
Friedman never suggests that Israel shouldn’t get its fair share of scrutiny and criticism. What he’s discussing is something else — a bona fide media fixation with the Jewish state.
When he was an AP correspondent, he says, the agency had significantly more news staff covering Israel and the Palestinian territories than it had in China, Russia or India, or in all of the 50 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa combined. More than the total number of news-gathering employees in all the countries where the uprisings of the Arab Spring eventually erupted.
And yet, in all of 2013, Friedman reminds us, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict claimed 42 lives — roughly the monthly homicide rate in the city of Chicago. Jerusalem, internationally renowned as a city of conflict, had slightly fewer violent deaths per capita last year than Portland, Ore., one of America’s safer cities.
Nevertheless, news organizations decided that this conflict is more important than, for example, “the more than 1,600 women murdered in Pakistan last year (271 after being raped, and 193 of them burned alive), the ongoing erasure of Tibet by the Chinese Communist Party, the carnage in Congo (more than 5 million dead as of 2012) or the Central African Republic, and the drug wars in Mexico (death toll between 2006 and 2012: 60,000), let alone conflicts no one has ever heard of in obscure corners of India or Thailand.”
While his bureau scrutinized Israel, you can’t say it did the same with the Palestinians.
Over a seven-week period in 2011, Friedman counted 27 separate stories from his bureau on the various moral failings of Israeli society. This was higher than the total number of critical stories about Palestinian society in the preceding three years.
You’d think that something as evil as the Hamas charter — which calls for the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel — would merit serious media attention. But even though Hamas won a Palestinian national election, the charter was never mentioned in print while Friedman was at the AP.
Friedman’s essay makes the case that in conflicts involving Israel, what matters most by far to the mainstream media is what Israel does. “Most reporters in Gaza believe their job is to document violence directed by Israel at Palestinian civilians,” he writes about this summer’s war. “That is the essence of the Israel story.”
It’s no coincidence, he says, that the few journalists who documented Hamas fighters and rocket launches from civilian areas were “mostly scrappy, peripheral and newly arrived players — a Finn, an Indian crew, a few others. These poor souls didn’t get the memo.”
The irony of all the extra scrutiny of Israel, of course, is that no country in the region already engages in more internal scrutiny and self-criticism than Israel.
When Israel goes to war to defend itself, it’s surrounded by a mini army of lawyers and watchdogs to make sure it doesn’t commit war crimes. And when mistakes are made, as inevitably happens in war, it has its own media breathing down its neck. No media is more ruthless than Israel’s, and few countries have more internal investigations.
The swarm of foreign reporters who focus mostly on Israel’s mistakes and who pile on the attacks think they’re being courageous. They’re not. There’s no courage in beating up someone who’s already beating himself up. You want courage? Report on Hamas. 
But as annoying as all the extra media scrutiny might be for Israel’s supporters, those who pay the highest price are surely the millions of persecuted people throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.
“The real victims of the media’s obsession with Israel and the Palestinian conflict,” author Yossi Klein Halevi wrote in an email from Jerusalem, “are the dispossessed of the world whose case almost never gets heard because the Palestinians have sucked up most of the air.”
Given the terrifying Islamic violence currently spreading throughout the region, it’s ludicrous that the media is so obsessed with scrutinizing the one civil society that allows freedom of speech and freedom to dissent.  
If the media wanted to chase a really big story in the Middle East, it would be this one: The 22 countries of the region will never build stable, decent societies until they start emulating the democratic ways of the Jewish state. Now that would be a worthy media obsession.

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Egypt offers Abbas a Palestinian state in Sinai

According to Army Radio report, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi offered Palestinian Authority 620 square miles of land adjacent to Gaza in exchange for relinquishing claims to 1967 borders • PA President Abbas reportedly rejects proposal.
Israel Hayom Staff
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry looks on in Cairo, Sept. 7 
 Photo credit: EPA

Israel Matzav: Shocka: Hamas already repairing terror tunnels

Hamas' priorities haven't changed. They've already started repairing the terror tunnels
Israel has received intelligence indicating that Hamas has begun reconstructing the attack tunnels that were destroyed during Operation Protective Edge, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday.

Two weeks have passed since the cease-fire went into effect, the official said, and Hamas has already begun preparing for the next confrontation with Israel and is focused on replenishing its arsenals.

The senior official said that Hamas militants have returned to arms smuggling through several tunnels that remain intact under the Philadelphi Route in Rafah. He said that the smuggling continues despite the Egyptian security forces' more concentrated and effective efforts to stamp out the tunnels.

The official added that production of the M75 rockets – capable of reaching the Gush Dan region in central Israel – has resumed in factories inside the Gaza Strip. He said that even after Operation Protective Edge, 40 percent of Hamas' capability to produce rockets locally remain intact.
So which idiot decided to accept a cease fire? And how long until we hit the terror tunnels and the rocket manufacturing facilities again? What do you mean we can't?