Israellycool » Brian of London Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:16:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WATCH: Richard Kemp Speaking Truth To The Terrorist Tools At The UNHRC Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:08:45 +0000 Col Richard Kemp at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC):

“This council has become a tool of Hamas’s murderous strategy”

And don’t miss how he’s abruptly cut off at the end.

And just remember, the UNHRC is the body that condemns Israel this much:

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Perfidious British Press Massacre Edition Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:08:38 +0000 On Facebook Kay Wilson, herself the survivor of a machete terrorist attack by two Muslims, wrote:

The hypocritical semantics of the British media:
BREAKING: Israelis killed by Palestinian militants
BREAKING: British holiday-makers murdered as they sunbathe on the beach in barbaric attack by terrorists.

I corrected her. The first one should be:

BREAKING: Palestinian youth shot by Israeli security services after alleged attack

Go back and remind yourself of some of the headlines after the Har Nof Synagogue attack on Honest Reporting.

Every one of these papers has, at one time or another, excused Palestinian terrorism against Jews and Israelis because of the perceived crimes of Israel. Years of this have emboldened the terrorists, worldwide, and this is one of the results.

If this was an attack against Jews, the press would be rushing to work out which grievance of this Muslim terrorist they could ascribe his actions too. The worst you can say of these unfortunate British tourists is that they occupied the wrong sun beds and my heart goes out to their families and friends.

Please consider Israeli beaches for your next holiday. As we showed in a video last year, we have a special system for dealing with garbage that tries to wash ashore on our beaches.

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Photo Of The Day: Brutal Israeli Occupation Forces At Work Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:39:03 +0000 The brutal Israeli occupation forces at work.


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Regular As Clockwork, Here Comes A New Olive Tree Libel Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:23:48 +0000 A couple of weeks ago I posted about what it takes to cut off a small piece of an immature olive tree. I posted a video I filmed in the park of two landsmen carefully pruning a baby olive tree to keep it healthy. I wrote the post purely because, every year, the Palestinians and their supporters come up with a story about how settlers destroyed a ton of “Palestinian” olive trees.

It didn’t take long. Here’s a screen shot of the article and it’s picture and we see the first problem.

Notice the date: January 2010

Notice the date: January 2010

So this brand new story is illustrated with a woman standing in front of an olive tree that hasn’t been cut down, but looks to have been pruned (a necessary step in ensuring an ongoing olive harvest).

And more than that it’s FIVE YEARS OLD!!!!! They haven’t got anything more recent than this staged picture?

In fact it comes from an AP photoshoot and we even have a few old samples knocking around on Israellycool from the same staged event:

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The text begins:

Israeli settlers chopped down more than 70 olive trees between the towns of Yasuf and Jammain in the northern West Bank districts of Salfit and Nablus on Monday.

Palestinian farmers said the trees, which lay close to the illegal Israeli settlements of Ariel and Taffuh, had been cut down using chainsaws.

Interesting side note: “Taffuh” here means the hebrew name “Tapuach” with a “P”-sound. That’s the hebrew for apple and the name of a village. The Arabs write this (transliterated into English) with an “F”-sound because they don’t have a “P”-sound in Arabic. Which is strange for people who call themselves “Palestinians” with a “P”.

But back to the Pallywood chainsaw massacre: nobody heard this happen and nobody arrived with a cell phone to photograph or video it? Really. Remember that sound in my video of a chainsaw cutting a small branch? It took a minute. So they did this 70 times on mature trees with chainsaws and nobody noticed at the time. But this is always captured right:

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A local, Khalid Maali, said that because the land lay close to settler roads near the Zaatara checkpoint it had been easy for the settlers to flee afterwards.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank, and the Salfit district in particular is known for its fertile soil and large olive trees.

Settlers attack olive trees in a bid to oust Palestinian farmers from their land, and a loss of a year’s crops can cause destitution for farming families.

According to ARIJ, in addition to confiscating Palestinian land in Yasuf in northern Salfit, “Israeli settlers have also carried out a series of attacks against Palestinian landowners in an attempt to intimidate them and deter them from returning to their land.”

Meanwhile, in Jammain in southern Nablus, “attacks and violence perpetrated by settlers living in the settlements near Jammain town has had a profoundly negative impact on residents and their property.

“Palestinian land owners are unable to access their lands, as they have been fenced off with barbed wire. Settlers have planted trees in these areas to reinforce their control over the area. The settlers have damaged and burned a number of Palestinian owned trees and plants.”

Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

And the world laps up this stuff.

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Why Do We Save Their Civilians? Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:25:17 +0000 idf soldier old man 1Yesterday the UN released the Schabas report. There are already some great responses from Yesh Atid MK Haim JelinElder of Ziyon, and NGO Monitor. We’ll have more more about the report later.

However I predict the effect of the UN Schabas report on Israeli public opinion will be to ask ourselves a question. Why do we care about their civilians so much? When we are supremely careful, even to the point of allowing our kids to be unnecessarily killed, and we are still MASSIVELY condemned in world opinion, why do we take such care?


They (the haters who hate us) will condemn us always because they have been infected with palestinianisation and the hate that flows with that.

Not one more Israeli soldier should be risked to save their civilians. If they want to save themselves they’ll need to rise up and overthrow Hamas.

But there’s something else. We can’t and won’t indiscriminately kill their civilians because that’s not who we are. We are better than that and if we ever stop being better, we won’t be Jews anymore.

This is in the Jerusalem Post today:

Captain (res.) Dor Matot, who fought last summer in Shejaiya, responds to the UNHRC report and explains “humanitarian considerations in Gaza cost us in blood.”

I served in the Shejaiya rescue force. Certain rules of engagement were made clear for our six days there. The night before the ground incursion, a Shin Bet officer came to us and explained that there was a large civilian population in the direction that we were headed. Because of this, we did not enter Shejaiya at that time, although that was what we had practiced and it was the correct tactical maneuver.

After consideration, we went the following day in the anticipated direction, where Hamas gunmen were awaiting our arrival. Hamas understood our strategies, and how each of our operations had humanitarian and moral considerations, and because of this they were ready to receive us. They had set up observation posts in the surrounding areas, and they anticipated our arrival because of the previous decision not to enter into a civilian population.

On the first night we went in, we were attacked. Five of our soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured. In spite of the claims made against the IDF that they have gone against international law, in this instance it is understood that our morality cost us our lives.

It is important that organizations like Breaking the Silence exist. The problem is that the organization presents its evidence from the sidelines. If their information was presented  through the proper institutions and investigations would take place, then that’s fine, and wrongdoings should be explored. But once they bypass this system and take this information abroad, what they are presenting to the public becomes asymmetrical and they are spoon-feeding the hatred that already exists.

Read the rest.

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How Do You Know A Doctor In Gaza Is Lying? Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:12:39 +0000 His fingers are typing.

That is the terrorist who stabbed a policeman with a huge knife just outside the Damascus gate.

Here’s our own Deebo’s response:

Here’s the massive knife he used:

Here’s the hospital he is now being treated in:

Shaare Zedek Medical Center - Photo: Hospital website

Shaare Zedek Medical Center – Photo: Hospital website

Lying liar.


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WATCH: Jerusalem As The Birds See It Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:20:55 +0000

Interestingly this video was taken by Bladeworx, a company that was awarded a contract to provide surveillance services for the Police and city hall in Jerusalem (17 July 2014):

Employing unmanned aerial vehicles, which look like miniature helicopters, would provide police with an invaluable preventative tool that will curtail violence and expedite arrests and convictions in court, Barkat said.

“The challenge we have is to get an aerial perspective on the light rail’s route, and currently ground-level surveillance doesn’t give us a top-down view, which can help us see violence and what is going on,” he said.

“As far as I know, this is the first program of its kind.”

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Checkpoints Save Lives Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:55:43 +0000 And the converse: lack of checkpoints directly contributes to more dead Jews.

This morning (and it won’t be reported outside of Israel and probably barely beyond Arutz 7 which is labeled as a “settler slanted” site):

Arabs Found with Gun Hidden Behind Car Speaker

Security guards from the Defense Ministry stopped an Israeli vehicle Friday morning, a Peugeot 206 with both East Jerusalem and Palestinian passengers, after they aroused the suspicion of a security guard at the crossing.

During the inspection, the guards found a Carl Gustav submachine gun hidden behind a subwoofer. The suspects were taken in for questioning.

And this despite certain Ramadan relaxations such as:

For the first time in at least a decade, the IDF will let Palestinian buses bring West Bank worshipers into Israel during the month of Ramadan, which begins Wednesday, a senior officer said.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai announced a series of measures aimed at easing movement for Palestinians during the Muslim holy month.

On Friday this happened:

Breaking News: Shooting Against Israeli Vehicle Wounds Two Near Dolev

By Tazpit News Agency

DOLEV – In the late afternoon on Friday, June 19, a shooting took place against an Israeli vehicle with Israeli Jews travelling in the vicinity of the Dolev community in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, about 17 miles northwest of Jerusalem.

Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said that at 4:15 pm in the afternoon, Jerusalem’s MDA received a phone call that a vehicle had been hit by bullets. Initial reports stated that MDA paramedics provided medical treatment to two men injured by the gunman. One man was wounded critically, with a gunshot wound to his upper body and found unconscious.

An IDF helicopter transported the critically wounded 25-year-old man, to the Tel Hashomer hospital after he received CPR at the scene of the attack. Another 25-year-old man was lightly wounded, with gunshots to the limbs. He is conscious and in stable condition.

A security officer who arrived to the scene told Tazpit News Agency that: “we received a report about an attack next to a water spring, where one person was injured critically and another injured lightly. The gunman apparently fled the area according to reports from the injured.”

Israeli security forces are now searching the area for the terrorist.

Danny Gonen, the critically wounded 25 year old man has been buried already.

Danny Gonen, the 25-year-old who was murdered in Friday’s shooting attack in the Binyamin region’s Dolev, was laid to rest late Saturday night at the new cemetery in Lod.

Hundreds of family members and friends attended the funeral, as did rabbis from his yeshiva and many other citizens. The funeral was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely; MK Moti Yogev, a resident a of Dolev; and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel.

Gonen’s mother Devorah eulogized her son, weeping bitterly: “You lived your life as a free Jew in his own country. You loved this country and you loved the truth. You raised the banner of truth and that’s how you lived.”

Danny and his friends were hiking in the beautiful hills to the north of Jerusalem. You can see the town of Lod, very close to where the murder took place. This is the ancient heartland of Israel.

Of course that’s an area that isn’t completely controlled by Israel: we rely on the PA to police parts of it and there are fewer (or no) checkpoints between where this man was murdered and where large numbers of Arabs live.

If you can look past the horror you can see the beauty of the land (and how empty it is) and understand why Jews might want to drive 30 minutes from the urban sprawl (they lived in Lod which is almost joined to Tel Aviv now) and go for a hike.

Nobody should pay with his life for hiking in empty hills.

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Danny Gonen Murder – Photo: Ehud Amiton Tazpit News Agency

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George Galloway’s Lawyer Needs A Good Lawyer Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:07:33 +0000 Remember George Galloway’s dodgy law firm Chambers Solicitors? The one who sent out borderline illegal threatening letters to anyone who so much as tweeted that George Galloway hated Jews? The ones with a website explaining how happy they were to defend people on charges of child sex and murdering their relatives for “honour”. Well they’re in trouble:

TWO solicitors at a leading Bradford law firm, including a senior partner, and a third employee are facing fraud charges after a long-running investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Mohammed Ayub, 53, senior partner with Chambers Solicitors in Grattan Road, and Neil Frew, 47, a solicitor who works as immigration department associate with the firm, are accused of conspiracy to defraud.

Ayub’s brother Mohammed Riaz, 47, who works in the translation side of the company’s business, has been summonsed to appear in court in relation to the matter.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Ayub and Frew had been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

They are understood to have been charged after answering their bail at a police station.

The allegations relate to the defrauding of the Legal Aid Agency over payments for the provision of interpretation services.

Chambers has vehemently denied any criminality.

The charges follow police raids on the firm’s offices in the centre of Bradford in July last year.

Read it all at the Telegraph & Argus.

Oh dear.

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When The Mossad Stole 1060 Shoes From Morocco Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:53:49 +0000 And the 530 children who were wearing them at the time.

And here are the shoes of two Mossad agents who ran the operation.

Two pairs of shoes worn by Mossad agents - Photo: Brian of London

Two pairs of shoes worn by Mossad agents – Photo: Brian of London

This is the real “Mossad”. Across all of it’s history, and despite the impressions you may have from Spielberg movies and other reality based fiction, The Mossad has devoted more than half of all its resources to rescuing Jews.

We can laugh at the #MossadStoleMyShoe jokes about Asghar Bukhari and his delusions of extrodinary grandeur in thinking he matters enough for The Mossad to move his shoes but the truth is they have important work to do. (While we ridicule him, be aware this clown is a serious hater of Israel and the Jews and not to be taken lightly.)

On Tuesday night in Jerusalem I attended a book launch. The book is the definitive history of an amazingly daring mission to take Jewish children out of Morocco. Just the children with the parents staying behind with only a hope that they might, one day, be allowed to leave.

The book is named after the operation and the operation is named after the code name of the main agent: David Littman. Both David and his new, young wife and his baby daughter, took on immense personal risk to rescue the children. At the time he did not even fully realise who he was working for. Operation Mural is an amazing story. The book is the collected testimonies of many involved, it contains newly declassified, original documents and the stories of the children that were brought, via Switzerland, to Israel.

The book was started by David Littman but he passed away before it was completed. His daughter and widow carried on the work and it has just been published.

Operation Mural chronicles a brave 1961 Mossad mission, based on the recently declassified minutes. A spellbound and often chilling account of what it took to smuggle 530 Moroccan Jewish children to Israel via a holiday-camp in Switzerland, re-counted by one of its main operatives, David G. Littman. “A document of historical importance for the history of the Aliya of Moroccan Jews to Israel. I am sure that this book will in the future be read to the next generation so as to prove the heroic operation of one man.” -Shmuel Toledano Deputy Head of the Mossad (1953-1976), former Knesset member, and adviser on Arab Affairs to Prime Ministers Golda Meir, Levy Eshkol, and Yitzhak Rabin

I was lucky enough to be at the award ceremony at The Mossad HQ where David Littman received a special award: “The Medal of Silence” (which is described at great length on New English Review).

And here are the owners of those shoes: Gad Shahar and Shmuel Toledano.

Operation Mural  Mossad agent Gad Shahar - Photo: Brian of London

Operation Mural Mossad agent Gad Shahar – Photo: Brian of London

Operation Mural Shmuel Toledano - Photo: Brian of London

Operation Mural Mossad agent Shmuel Toledano – Photo: Brian of London

There is a documentary I thoroughly recommend which can be seen in full online. It gives you the flavour of the mission but not all the detail in the book. If the video embed isn’t working click here.

Never forget: The Mossad represents the Government of Israel’s commitment to making sure never again is not just a slogan.

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