Born in Palestine.

Some 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.

Who of Israeli or PA leaders were born in Palestine?

Israeli Leaders:

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Born 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv.

EHUD BARAK, Born 12 February 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate of Palestine

ARIEL SHARON, Born 26 February 1928 in Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine

EHUD OLMERT, Born 30 September 1945 in Binyamina-Giv'at Ada, British Mandate of Palestine.

ITZHAK RABIN, Born 1 March 1922 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine.

ITZHAK NAVON, Israeli President in 1977-1982. Born 9 April 1921 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine.

EZER WEIZMAN, Israeli President in 1993-2000. Born 15 June 1924 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine. 

PA Leaders:

YASSER ARAFAT, Born 24 August 1929 in Cairo, Egypt

SAEB BERAKAT, Born April 28, 1955, in Jordan. He has Jordanian citizenship.

FAISAL ABDEL QADER AL-HUSSEINI, Born in1948 in Bagdad, Iraq.

SARI NUSSEIBEH, Born in 1949 in Damascus, Syria.

MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR, Born in 1945, in Cairo, Egypt.

Well, 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?

Until 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

Have 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!

Does FIFA Care that Hamas Commits War Crimes?

Prime 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?

Israeli 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.

Hypocrites Make Noise - Israel Acts

Israel 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)

Self-respect: Israel Must Learn

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 statement.

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

A 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

The United States 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

Israeli 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…”

Quote 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).” - an Interim Report on the Civil Administration of Palestine during the period of 1920-1921.


Traitorous 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.

"Since American 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 return.'" 

The NGO Monitor report indicates that JVP views itself as the "Jewish wing" of the “Palestinian solidarity movement”…