Born in Palestine.
people say that Arabs are "native Palestinians", while Jews are
"invaders" and "settlers". But I read the biographies of
Israeli and ‘Palestinian’ political leaders, and I was confused.
of Israeli or PA leaders were born in Palestine?
NETANYAHU, Born 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv.
BARAK, Born 12 February 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate of Palestine
SHARON, Born 26 February 1928 in Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine
OLMERT, Born 30 September 1945 in Binyamina-Giv'at Ada, British Mandate of
RABIN, Born 1 March 1922 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine.
NAVON, Israeli President in 1977-1982. Born 9 April 1921 in Jerusalem, British
Mandate of Palestine.
WEIZMAN, Israeli President in 1993-2000. Born 15 June 1924 in Tel Aviv, British
Mandate of Palestine.
ARAFAT, Born 24 August 1929 in Cairo, Egypt
BERAKAT, Born April 28, 1955, in Jordan. He has Jordanian citizenship.
ABDEL QADER AL-HUSSEINI, Born in1948 in Bagdad, Iraq.
NUSSEIBEH, Born in 1949 in Damascus, Syria.
AL-ZAHAR, Born in 1945, in Cairo, Egypt.
are Israeli leaders, born in Palestine, “settlers” or “invaders”? At the same
time, since Zionists started rebuilding the Jewish homeland, Arabs and others
moved to Palestine from all over the Ottoman empire - Egypt, Syria, Iraq,
Tunisia and even Bosnia. Some were Cherkesians from Russia?
1960, Jews used to be called Palestinians. For two thousand years Jews have not
abandoned the dream to return to the Promised land - Eretz-Israel, which the
Romans and other anti-Semites call “Palestine”!
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
you noticed interesting international phenomena? When there is a crisis
anywhere - in Iran,
Egypt or a national disaster in Japan - the international press forgets about “poor
Palestinians”. ‘Important’ daily reports from Israel are phased out and disappear. The Israeli-Arab
conflict is used unscrupulously by anti-Israel biased media bigots as filler
when there is nothing to report or when they need to boost their popularity,
using cheap anti-Semitic sentiments of the mob!
Care that Hamas Commits War Crimes?
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, and presented him with concrete evidence of Hamas terrorists using soccer fields as bases for launching
rockets at civilian populations in Israel. During the counter-terrorist Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza last November, the IDF bombed a Gaza City soccer field that camouflaged a Hamas
underground missile launching site used to attack Tel Aviv. Later FIFA
announced that it would help rebuild the stadium.
When will Stupidity End?
officials encouraged Canada not to cut its foreign aid to the Palestinian
Authority. Canada was one of nine countries that voted against the
symbolic but hugely controversial move by the UN General Assembly to grant the
Palestinians recognition as a de facto state in November 2012. In 2008, Canada committed $300 million over five years for various
development projects within the PA controlled territories. (The government of Israel had made empty threats about
“consequences” should the PA push ahead with the UN initiative.)
UN Human Rights Council is
an Ugly Joke
As a United Nations meeting is right now
hearing live campaign pitches from the UK, France and other democracies vying
for seats on the world body's Human Rights Council, the Geneva-based
non-governmental human rights group UN Watch revealed its "List of
Shame" - naming some of the world's worst abusers who are also running in
the Nov. 2013 election, and expected to win seats: Algeria, Chad, China, Cuba,
Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Though unconfirmed, reportedly Iran and Syria may also be running.
Make Noise - Israel Acts
carried out an air attack in Syria
this month that targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles sold to the Syria
government by Russia. The attack occurred July 5 near Latakia, Syria’s principal port city. The target was a type of missile called the Yakhont. The Russian-made weapon has been a particular
worry for the Pentagon because it expanded Syria’s
ability to threaten Western ships that could be used to transport supplies to
the Syrian opposition, enforce a shipping embargo or support a possible
no-flight zone. (Meanwhile Russia makes profit selling weapons to Syria)
Egypt’s foreign ministry summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Cairo last Tuesday, in protest against “Ankara’s interference in Egyptian affairs,” Al Arabiya reported. The Egyptian move came after Turkey described the overthrow of former president Mohammed
Morsi as an “unacceptable coup”. (Israel’s government must learn a tradition of
self-respect from others, even enemies! The Jewish state needs summon and
reprimand the international anti-Semites - members of the press, foreign diplomats
and political organizations - more often. Turkey’s envoy wasn’t summoned over sending
terrorists on the Mavi Mamara!)
UN Holds 'Guinness
Record' for Hypocrisy
Israel's UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor,
attacked on Thursday the requests by Syria and Iran to join the UN's Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). "A new Guinness world's record at the UN? Putting Syria and Iran in the UNHRC is like appointing mob bosses to head
the witness protection plan,” Prosor said in a
Why does Obama Love Syrian Islamists so Much?
Russia's UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said that he handed over evidence to the United
Nations which indicates that the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad used Sarin gas in an attack in March. "The results of the
analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in Khan al-Assal was not industrially manufactured and was filled with
Sarin," Churkin added.
The US dismissed these allegations and said more proof was
required. (A similar accusation against the ‘rebels’
was made by the initial UN report, which was promptly dismissed and
‘forgotten’. Why was Obama so eager to create another
Islamic state at the doorstep of Israel? Why is he still supporting the
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood)
There is a Hope
for Israel’s Electric Car
group of investors has taken over the remains of Israel's bankrupt electric car venture, pledging to give
the project another boost. As recently as last August, the company was valued at $2
billion. The group was committed to
maintaining Israel's 2,000 charging spots and its battery swap services. The takeover
gives "Israel a second chance to get it right."
Business is Business
plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, despite the overthrow of
Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Delivery of the
four F-16s is likely to take place in August. In February, Egypt received four F-16 aircraft from the United States, part of a group of 20 F-16s that are expected to be
delivered to Egypt this year. They are part of the US$1.3 billion in annual military aid
to Egypt. (What country will those
F-16s be used against?)
Clueless US Mediator
media doesn’t have a favourable impression of US
Secretary of State John Kerry and his push toward peace in the Middle East. “The US cannot make peace between Arabs and other Arabs, yet
it believes it can make peace between Israel and the Palestinians…” The paper goes on: “Kerry’s
mediation skills are limited to pressuring Israel to make dangerous concessions for the sake of
negotiations that will lead nowhere…”
of the Week:
“There are at the present time 64 of
these settlements, large and small, with a population of some 15,000. Every
traveler in Palestine who visits them (the Jewish settlement), is impressed by
the contrast between these pleasant (Jewish) villages, with the beautiful
stretches of prosperous cultivation about them and the primitive conditions of
life and work by which they are surrounded (Arab villages).” -
Interim Report on the Civil Administration of Palestine
during the period of 1920-1921.
Jewish Voice for Peace
by Rina Tzvi
NGO Monitor released
a report detailing the goals, tactics, and opaque financing of Jewish Voice for
Peace (JVP), a US-based advocacy organization dedicated to driving "a
wedge" within the Jewish community to create the impression that the
Jewish community is polarized over Israel.
The group implements
this tactic in an effort to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing
or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political
support for Israel, says the report.
Jews are important supporters of Israel, JVP's
attempt to divide the Jewish community is aimed at undermining U.S. support for Israel," warned Yitzhak Santis,
Chief Programs Officer of NGO Monitor and the report's author.
JVP implements a
strategy of political warfare against the state of Israel, which was adopted at the 2001 Durban NGO Forum, and
promotes divestment campaigns on US campuses and in mainline churches by
deploying the language of demonization and delegitimization, the report states.
"JVP's tactics," said Santis, "include
boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), a sustained campaign of demonization against Israel, and support for a Palestinian claim to a 'right of
The NGO Monitor
report indicates that JVP views itself as the "Jewish wing" of the
“Palestinian solidarity movement”…