Israellycool » Terrorism Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 I Will Not Accept Unearned Guilt For a Crime I Did Not Commit Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:22:32 +0000 I did not murder this beautiful young woman, Shiri Banki (may her memory be a blessing)

I did not murder this beautiful young woman, Shiri Banki (may her memory be a blessing)

Apparently, due to the fact that my paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors and my maternal grandparents fled the Farhud (Arab pogroms) of Iraq, and due to the fact that I have a Jewish education, I am responsible for every act of terror perpetrated by Jews, whether against Arabs, gays or any other minority in Israel.

How do I know this? Because Jewish columnists and bloggers make me feel as such. The horrible slate of murders that have plagued Israel — the heartbreaking murder of a 16-year-old gay activist by a sick ultra-Orthodox man (who should’ve been more closely monitored by police) and the tragic murder of an Arab baby in an arson attack by suspected Jewish terrorists (although no suspect as of yet has been named) — have prompted a flurry of embarrassed Jews who are quick to say: mea NOT culpa! – on both a personal and collective level.

The Times of Israel (TOI) has been especially filled with breast beatings, with editor David Horovitz writing: “But if it was Jewish terrorists who struck overnight — and the spraying of graffiti in Hebrew at the scene of the awful crime would appear to leave little room for doubt — then we Jewish Israelis most certainly need to be shocked.”

MK Yair Lapid, in the publication’s featured blogs, writes: “We are at war: He who burns a Palestinian baby declares war on the State of Israel. He who stabs young people at a Pride March declares war on the State of Israel.”

They don’t rush to disassociate themselves from other crimes, such as when Jewish mobsters kill a rival in a car bomb, or when some abusive Jewish husband shoots his wife, and not to mention when an Arab hacks a Jew to death. Should every single Jewish Israeli be as equally shocked by such murders? Should there be a “shock” police to monitor Jewish Israeli reactions to heinous, high-profile murders, to ensure a collective repentance in the eyes of the world?  Is any Jew who commits a hate crime “at war” with the State of Israel? If so, should they not also be tried for treason? In my view, any person who violates the Biblical moral absolute “thou shalt not murder” is at war with humanity and especially the victims, and it is humanity and the victims that the State must protect, not its own reputation.

I understand that since the recent murders are perceived to be religious or nationalistically motivated, and since they receive constant press attention, Jews feel an urge to prove that they are that acts of a fringe and do not represent the State of Israel or Jewry at large.

I take that for granted. We live in an overall good country with law enforcement and a system of courts that ideally prosecutes and punishes murderers no matter what the motivation – and the State of Israel would be at fault if it didn’t declare this “tacit” legal war against criminals and would-be criminals. While some Jews interpret the Torah in ways I find primitive, racist and chauvinist, the overwhelming majority do not make murder a religious policy. I find this to be self-evident.

A Jew need not be doubly punished for a crime because he also “murders” the prestige of the State of Israel and the image of Jews at large. He should be punished because he is a criminal, plain and simple – just as a non-Jew should be punished for a crime.

Some of my Facebook friends have argued with me that Jews must distance themselves from terror committed by Jews to inspire Muslims to do the same toward their terrorists, to show that we are “different.” I resent even the suggestion that acts of terror committed by Jews are analogous to Islamic terrorism. The scope, frequency, and ideology, plain for all to see – unless they just want to hate — cannot even compare. No need to defensively rattle off statistics, which just plays into the haters’ hands.

So I am not responsible for heinous crimes committed by my fellow Jews just because we are members of the same race or happen to grow up reading similar Biblical stories and statutes. They are not my brothers, and I’m not their keeper. I don’t feel a need to bombastically condemn those murders more than I condemn murder in general, unless I’m more personally involved with the victims. It should be taken for granted that I find such acts despicable – not because I’m a Jew but because I’m a human being – and expect the perpetrators to be tried and, when found guilty, punished.

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Thou Shall Not Murder Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:45:46 +0000 gay pride parade attack

(Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Less than 24 hours. 2 shocking acts of murder and attempted murder.

Seemingly perpetrated by fellow Jews.

The first: Stabbing of participants at yesterday’s Jerusalem gay pride parade, by a so-called “Orthodox” Jew.

The second: The murder of a toddler in an arson attack perpetrated against a palestinian family, in an apparent “price tag attack.”

I cannot not address these acts.

Both attacks had a religious element. As a religiously observant Jew, I feel compelled to speak out loudly and clearly against this desecration of G-d’s name and corruption of the ideals of the Torah from where we are taught “Thou shall not murder.”

There is no way it is G-d’s will to have His name desecrated in commission of crimes going against one of His Ten Commandments.

There are no ifs and buts about it. These are deplorable, evil acts and we need to speak out promptly and clearly against them, just like we do against palestinian terrorism.

And yes, I do consider them also to be terrorism, rather than simply “hate crimes.” True, these are not the acts of terror organizations, but rather individuals. However, this is not a prerequisite for terrorism, which can be defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” The Jerusalem gay pride attack perpetrator had distributed a manifesto, in which he wrote:

“It is incumbent upon every Jew to risk beatings or imprisonment and together to stop the desecration for the sanctity of His name. If we refrain from declaring war, they’ll feel free to spread this shame all over the world.”

Sounds like a social objective to me.

As for the “price tag” murder, it is no different to terror attacks perpetrated by the likes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

This is not to say there is an equivalence between the respective societies. For a start, these acts are being roundly condemned by almost all of Israeli society – including (importantly) religious leaders. As Israeli Chief Rabbi Lau said yesterday, “The Torah forbids any act of violence… It is clear to all that this is not the way of the Torah and of Judaism.”

Another difference: our Prime Minister has condemned them. Unequivocally. For instance, this was his reaction to the murder of the palestinian child:

And not just the Prime Minister. Politicians on all sides of the political spectrum have denounced them. For example:

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett said the attack was not “a ‘hate crime’ or a ‘price tag’ — it’s murder.

“Terror is terror is terror,” Bennett added. “The torching of the house in Duma and the murder of the baby is a shocking terror attack that is unfathomable.”

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman condemned the “heinous act,” and urged the security forces to do their utmost to track down the killers.

No justifications. Just unequivocal condemnations.

Compare the palestinian response to the Har Nof terror attack last year:


The Palestinian Authority condemned the Har Nof terror attack twice on Tuesday, while Hamas and other Palestinian groups welcomed it as a “natural response to Israeli crimes.”

Mahmoud Abbas’s condemnations came after heavy pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who phoned the PA president on Tuesday for the second time this week.

Shortly after the attack, Abbas’s office issued a statement in which it said that the PA presidency “condemns the killing of all civilians by any party, as well as the attack in a synagogue in West Jerusalem.”

The statement also called for an end to “incursions and provocations by settlers against the Aksa Mosque,” and accused “some” Israeli ministers of incitement.

But after receiving a phone call from Kerry, Abbas chaired a “security meeting” of Palestinian officials in Ramallah, where he publicly condemned the Har Nof attack.

In a televised statement, he said: “We condemn the incident that took place at a synagogue in Jerusalem and which resulted in the killing of a number of Israelis. And while we condemn this act, we also condemn the assault on the Noble Sanctuary [Temple Mount] and all holy sites and the torching of mosques and churches.”

Meanwhile, some senior Fatah officials blamed Israel for the recent escalation of tensions.

Fatah Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub told AFP that the Israeli Right bore responsibility for plunging the region into a “religious war.”

Other Fatah officials refused to condemn the attack, saying it was a “natural response to Israeli crimes and assaults on the Aksa Mosque.”

The Fatah-affiliated Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) group in the Gaza Strip welcomed the attack and called for an intifada in Jerusalem.

The PFLP said the Har Nof attack had come in response to Israel’s “arbitrary measures in the West Bank, especially assaults on the Aksa Mosque.”

The group described the attacks as a “heroic operation.”

Initially the PFLP claimed responsibility for the terror attack. However, spokesmen for the group later denied responsibility.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, too, welcomed the attack and denounced Abbas for condemning it.

Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, described Abbas’s denunciation as “national incompetence and political adolescence.”

Another thing: these Jewish terrorists will not have any streets named after them.

Every society has sickness and evil within it. The true litmus test of a society is how prevalent & institutionalized it is, and how the society as a whole deals with it.

That is not to say we should stop at condemnations and recriminations. We also need to undergo some introspection, and speak out stronger against the hateful attitudes that, although in most cases do not lead to such murderous acts, do sometimes create a climate where the unhinged decide to take drastic action.

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Proof 17-Year-Old Killed By IDF Was A Terrorist Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:22:34 +0000 Last week, I posted about the death of 17-year-old palestinian Muhammad al-Casba, killed while attempting to murder Col. Israel Shomer. Brian later posted about the Irish Times skewed coverage of his death, which referred to him as merely a “17-year-old Palestinian protester.”

A number of Israeli sites have since posted some photos purporting to be of the young “protester”, which if correct, show what type of “protesting” he was involved in. Not to mention what kind of future he had lined up for himself.

My initial reaction when seeing such photos is “Is this really proof? After all, this is an Israeli site. Seeing these photos on a palestinian, Arab, Muslim site – now that would constitute proof.”

So I dig a bit of digging and discovered the following photos disseminated by palestinians and their supporters.


Now compare to the photos of the young man with the gun and the intense look of hatred in his eyes.

I think we can all agree this 17-year-old was a terrorist whose aim was to murder, and not merely a young protester trying to ruin someone’s car.

Thank you to the big-mouth Israel haters for confirming what we already suspected.

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Irish Times Shilling For Terrorists Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:33:54 +0000 This was posted on Facebook this morning by the Israel in Ireland page, the official page of the Israeli Embassy in Ireland:

Meital sent us the following message: “The Irish Times shows again why it is destined to be closed down sooner or later. In the last days, 3 Israelis were murdered and many others wounded, some critically in SEVEN Jihadist Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli civilians. The Irish Times as similar antisemites before, do not see Jews as human beings and preferred to ignore their tragic death and didn’t even bother to report on it. However, when a Palestinian threw stones on a soldier’s car (see photo attached) and almost murdered him, the soldiers retaliated and killed the terrorist. The Irish Times as a good Jihadist propaganda tool published this morning a big picture of the crying Palestinian mother and told the story about those “vicious” Jews. History will be as unkind to you as it was to your ignominious predecessors for the blood of the innocent is on your hands!”

Along with the picture of the broken windscreen from the attempted assassination of Col. Israel Shomer that Dave covered on Friday.


Here’s the revolting piece of agitprop they’re referring to in the Irish Times:

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Palestinian protester shot dead in West Bank

Doctors say teenager, whose father works for the intelligence service, had been shot twice

Israeli troops have killed a 17-year-old Palestinian protester amid a surge in West Bank violence, coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Israeli military spokesman said troops, led by a senior officer, opened fire after a crowd of young Palestinians who threw rocks at an army Jeep driving between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, killing Mohammed al-Ksbeh.

An initial military investigation determined that the commander acted according to standing orders, believing his life was in danger, after first firing warning shots.

Palestinian doctors said the teenager had been shot twice and was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

He was trying to kill people. He got killed.

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Duck, Duck, Sitting Ducks Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:57:37 +0000 Israel reduced security in many areas for this Ramadan. The result it seems is a sharp rise in violence, with stabbings, shootings, injuries and murders of Israeli citizens. Wednesday evening, a protest was held near the Israeli Prime Minister’s residence.

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The PM was away celebrating an early 4th of July with the US Ambassador, but that did not stop the Israeli flag-waving crowd.

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People stood on both sides of the street with Israeli flags and red and white signs demanding a stop to the wave of violence.

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“Head of the government, you have brought a security situation to our country that is immoral” was written on large banners held high.

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One family wore, “I won’t be a sitting duck” on their heads.

Yes, things are feeling all Ducked up.

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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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Required Reading: New Hamas Website Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:55:55 +0000 Fresh from launching rockets aimed at Israelis, Hamas has now just launched a new website aimed at the English speaking audience.

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Well, another one anyway. This one – which has been the source of my Wacky Terrorist Profiles – is still around.

But back to the new website. Clearly, Hamas has gone to some effort with this website to up its propaganda war. And I am glad. Because they are being quite upfront about their goals.

For example, there is this post:

Abu Marzook: Hamas Seeks a State on Whole of Palestine

Mousa Abu Marzook, member of Hamas political bureau, stated today that Hamas wants a state in the whole Palestine not only in Gaza .

Abu Marzook affirmed Hamas’s adherence to resistance as the mean towards liberating the land of Palestine.

Here’s another example: one of the answers in their #AskHamas section (Not to be confused with this failed experiment on Twitter).

Does Israel have a right to exist?

Israel is not a normal state. It is a settler colonial state that was created during and after mass expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people. Sixty-seven years on, millions of Palestinians remain victim of occupation, exile and dispersion. Recognizing Israel effectively means legitimizing what Israel has done to the Palestinian people and legitimizing all Zionist claims upon which Israel was created.

The relation between the Palestinian people and Israel is not between sovereign states. It is a relation driven by Israeli colonialism, dispossession, and military occupation and the Palestinians’ struggle for freedom and self-determination. This is the reality of the matter; there is no way around it.

Now compare to statements by the likes of Jimmy Carter:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas this weekend at his headquarters in Ramallah, and declared that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is not a “terrorist.” Carter said that he would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it was a “waste of time,” and that Meshaal not only wanted a “peace process,” but would commit to recognizing Israel as part of a deal brokered by Saudi Arabia.

And other Israel haters like Richard Silverstein:

Remember, this is from their website aimed at the international audience. They are being very brazen in revealing they do not accept Israel and never will (unlike the forked tongue approach of the PA, who say one thing in English and another in Arabic).

Which also tells you much about how emboldened they are from the international community, from whom they are clearly feeling the love despite their genocidal goals and tactics.

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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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CNN Breaking News: Killer Cars! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:34:26 +0000 The other day a very tragic event happened in Graz, Austria, as CNN put it:

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A man intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthplace.

Now, those of us in Israel know this horrible scene all too well. The inventors of “car intifada” encourage this as a way to peacefully protest the occupation kill Jews.

Here’s how CNN reported it then.

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Suddenly, no man intentionally did anything. It was the car. And let’s throw in the fact that it was near “border police headquarters” to somehow make it sound like a legitimate military target.

This headline is not a simple wording issue. This is intentional. As with everything related to Israel and international media, the terrorist is innocent until… well forever.

Let’s take a look at the most recent incident in which a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a border policeman with a foot-long knife before being shot down and taken to an Israeli hospital and received Israeli taxpayer funded treatment.

h/t Honest Reporting


OK, here’s that headline again, now with editors notes:

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Now. This was an attempted murder. Plain and simple. Last week we saw Lod resident Dani Gonen murdered for trying to be a good samaritan. But the headlines again emphasized that he was in “occupied territory”.

What if a mass murder happened in a place of worship in Israel like in Charleston? Imagine how the media would report that in a similar style!

Well.. like this actually:


That’s how CNN reported the news when 2 Palestinian terrorists walked into a synagogue during prayer time and butchered 4 worshippers plus a cop with an axe. By equating the attackers with the victims and speaking to a PLO spokesperson on the phone.  I don’t even want to think about how a similar style would report the Charleston incident.

When events similar to what happens in Israel happen around the world. Take note of the language.

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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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