Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an extreme Islamist organization, banned in many countries, that works towards creating a single Islamic caliphate.

But sometimes the extremists see things more clearly than the rest of the world.

This article in one of their online news sites describes how terribly the Lebanese are treating their Palestinian "guests."

Lebanese authorities outperform Jewish entity by building racist walls!

The Lebanese authorities have completed construction of a concrete wall around the largest refugee camps in Lebanon, the Ein El Helweh camp, which is home to 80,000 people near the southern city of Sidon.
The wall was built between 5 and 6 meters high with barbed wire, with high observation towers up to nine meters high and iron gates at the entrances to the camp, despite promises to stop building it, without regard to any voice or opinion of the residents of this camp who were abandoned and suffered as they are separated from their parents and their homes against their will.
The Lebanese authorities, as usual, did not deal with the conditions of the Palestinians except in terms of security at a time when they neglected to address the humanitarian and economic issues faced by Palestine refugees in Lebanon. This wall was established in coordination with the Palestinian factions and the popular committees in the camp, under the pretext of maintaining security and combating terrorism, which has become a stain on any gathering of Muslims on this land as terrorist spots.
The Palestinian families in this camp are now in a large prison in the presence of towers, barbed wire, and other barriers that are usually used in prisons, which gives them an additional burden and a sense of being imprisoned inside their homes; they can only look at the sky. 
With the intensification of the political and security crisis in the country, and the absence of any legal status for the presence of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Lebanon, the Palestinian camps are the most prominent humanitarian issue with all the painful humanitarian details. They live in miserable humanitarian and economic conditions, These refugees are still subject to a discriminatory law that was implemented in 2001, which prevents them from the right to own property and to register their property legally, with difficulty in their access to the labor market and preventing them from working in 25 professions, incuding professions that require union membership, as well as tight to allow the expansion of the camps or the entry of building materials into them. 
These restrictions and unfair measures by the Lebanese state as a "host country", as well as UNRWA's restrictive services measures, have exacerbated the situation of Palestine refugees in Lebanon and those displaced from Syria which increased their daily suffering. 
In short, the humanitarian situation of the Palestine refugees in Lebanon is becoming more fragile day after day, to ask: "Is this the honor of the host?" How much time do we need to know that the problem of the Palestine refugees is not solved by organizations called humanitarian? And controlled by political interests ?! 
The people of Palestine and the refugees have been the fuel of this conflict for the last decades and are still paying their blood and lives for the liberation of their land. They live in oppression and suffering in the country of asylum in the hope of realizing the right of return. 
Lebanon's hospitable rulers! 
It is not the security and military dealings that are dealt with by the guests. It is their duty to honor them not to oppress them and imprison them between the separation wall, which is similar to the apartheid wall that was established by the Jewish entity, as you brandish a sword to terrorize the camp and its people. Will you take responsibility for the inhuman situation you imposed? 
The article throws in some bizarre political theories, blaming the Lebanese abandonment of their Palestinian "guests" on Western and Jewish power, but it is nearly impossible to find any articles in Arabic media that actually mention the institutional apartheid system that Lebanon has against Palestinians.  Too bad no one who matter will read Hizb ut-Tahrir news, and the Palestinians of Lebanon will remain to be treated as cannon fodder.

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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon

If you want to see the sickness of the anti-Israel crowd, you cannot get a better example that Ali Abunimah in Electronic Intifada.

A much-discussed article in The New York Times about pressure on President Donald Trump to fire his advisor Steve Bannon contains this intriguing sentence:

Mr. Bannon’s ability to hang on as Mr. Trump’s in-house populist is in part because of his connections to a handful of ultrarich political patrons, including Sheldon G. Adelson, the pro-Israel casino magnate who is based in Las Vegas.

As executive chairman of Breitbart News before joining the Trump campaign, Bannon transformed the right-wing outlet into what he described as the “the platform for the alt-right” – the collection of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and racists who have been the renewed focus of outrage since their violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

Bannon is widely viewed as the champion of the white supremacists – some of whom were openly parading with Nazi flags – and the reason why Trump did not explicitly condemn them immediately after one of their number, allegedly James Alex Fields, 20, rammed his car into counterdemonstrators killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring more than a dozen others.

Hence the renewed pressure on Trump to fire Bannon. But if Bannon supports the white supremacist and clearly anti-Semitic far-right, why does he enjoy the backing of Adelson?
Abunimah pretends to answer the question with his usual modus operandi of finding tenuous connections between Israel and Nazis, going back to the Ha'avara agreement that Jew-haters like Abunimah love to lie about.

Here's an example of what Abunimah considers logic in his bizarre attempts to tie Israel with antisemites:

Notably, Richard Spencer, the neo-Nazi ideologue who wants to create an Aryan homeland in North America, has called his mission a “sort of white Zionism.” 
An antisemite calls his racist movement "white Zionism" so Abunimah uses that as a way to tie Israel to neo-Nazis!  We've seen this type of logical fallacy from Abunimah hundreds of times, and in fact his gang has done it to me too, pretending that I support mass murderer and psychopath Anders Breivik by taking something I said out of context and running with it.

If you find Abunimah's tenuous proofs by association credible, then it is a lot easier to find that he is the real Nazi. Stormfront, the very neo-Nazi organization that he claims to be against which has now been banned from being hosted by Internet providers, loves to quote Abunimah. He provides lots of material for Jew-haters, who appreciate his non-stop efforts to attack Jews who happen to support Jewish nationalism. By his own logic, Abunimah is a Nazi sympathizer.

The real answer to the question of why Adelson seems to support Bannon, though, is the simplest one: Bannon is not an antisemite in any way, shape or form.

Adelson does not only fund Zionist causes. He also gives millions each year to Yad Vashem for Holocaust education and to Jewish education. To tie him to neo-Nazis, as Abunimah tries to, is the height of absurdity.

Yes, Israel - like every country - sometimes allies itself with causes that are not 100% in concert with its own. So does the US, the UK, the EU and Saudi Arabia. That is politics. It is not evidence, as Abunimah loves to pretend, that Israel loves antisemites.

But Abunimah is trying very hard to distance himself from his own clear antisemitism. He has no problem with Arabs murdering Israeli Jews but he wants to pretend that his hate of the Jewish state is a liberal position, not a bigoted one. So the man who names his entire website after a Palestinian initiative to murder Jews in pizza shops and public buses tries to reinvent himself as a defender of Jews, which means we see him jump through hoops to pretend to be against all bigotry.

Sorry, Ali. We know what you really are. You aren't convincing anyone outside of your own fevered circle of bigots that Israel hates Jews. 

And this article prove that you are the antisemite. After all, the tag you used in this very article is "Lobby Watch," showing that you believe that the "Jewish lobby" (oh, sorry, "Zionist Lobby") controls America.  It doesn't get much more antisemitic than that.

(h/t YMedad)

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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon
A couple of days ago (secular calendar) and in a few days (Hebrew calendar) is EoZ's 13th Blogoversary, my bar mitzvah!

To celebrate, here is the world's worst Photoshop.

Also last week was my 27,000th post.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon

And who are these "allies?"
A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country’s Armed Forces will certainly give a severe response to the Daesh Takfiri terrorists and their allies.

“The kind of response is up to us and we will determine its type ourselves, but we will definitely do it,” Commander of IRGC’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour told IRNA on Monday.

He added that the IRGC Ground Forces have been engaged in battles with terrorists backed by the hegemonic powers and Al Saud in southeastern, western, northwestern and southwestern parts of Iran during the recent years, but the country is currently in peace and enjoys “acceptable security.”

He emphasized that the Daesh Takfiri terrorists attacked Iraq and Syria in recent years with the support of the hegemonic powers and Saudi Arabia, adding, “If they (terrorists) had not been stopped, there would have been no sign of Damascus, Karbala, Najaf and Shiism.”

The IRGC commander said Iran only had an advisory presence in Syria and Iraq at the request of their governments, stressing, “We did not enter these countries without permission like the Americans and others [did].”

On Sunday, The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Daesh terrorist forces make up the front-line soldiers of the Zionist regime and the global arrogance has created this Takfiri group to counter the Islamic Revolution.
This is not unusual talk from Iran, accusing Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia of supporting ISIS, but it is still rarely reported in the West. Especially from those who support closer relations with Iran and looking away from their support for terror and desire for nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

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From Ian:

Shapiro At 'National Review': America Has Twin Cancers, Antifa And The Alt-Right
America has cancer.
On Saturday, a crowd of alt-right white supremacists, neo-confederates, and Nazi sympathizers marched in Charlottesville, Va.; they were confronted by a large group of protesters including members of the Marxist Antifa — a group that has time and again plunged volatile situations into violence, from Sacramento to Berkeley. There’s still no certain knowledge of who began the violence, but before long, the sides had broken into the sort of brutal scrum that used to characterize Weimer-era Germany. The two sides then carried the red banner and the swastika; so did the combatants on Saturday.
Then a Nazi-sympathizing alt-right 20-year-old Ohioan plowed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring 19. The president of the United States promptly failed egregiously to condemn alt-right racism; instead, he opted for a milquetoast statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”
The Left leapt into action, declaring Trump’s statement utterly insufficient — which, of course, it was. But they then went further, declaring that Antifa was entirely innocent, despite Antifa’s launching into violence against pro-Trump marchers in Seattle over the weekend, as they have in Sacramento and Berkeley; berating New York Times journalist Sheryl Gay Stolberg for having the temerity to report that “the hard left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-right”; and suggesting that all conservatives were, at root, sympathizers with the Nazi-friendly alt-right.
And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity.
Crowder Slams Antifa, Alt-Right
In the wake of the violent events in Charlottesville, Steven Crowder released a video in which he likened the alt-right to Antifa, and triggered an avalanche of insults and abuse from white nationalists furious at the comparison.
Crowder started by noting the Left’s absurdity in lumping together various groups as though white nationalists and white supremacists should be considered conservatives, noting they mixed conservative Christians, conservatives, the Republican Party, the alt-right, white nationalists, white supremacists, and Nazis into one homogenous group.
He joked about those on the Left who have attacked him, “I’ve been called a Nazi, and by those same people I’ve been called a filthy Jew.” (Crowder is not Jewish and not by any stretch of the imagination a Nazi.)
Then Crowder got down to business. He said of the alt-right, “They are much more similar to Antifa than they want to acknowledge.” He continued, “The rest of America is caught in the crossfire … by the way, let’s make sure that both groups are completely disassociated from conservatives and then, separate from conservatives, even President Donald Trump.”
Crowder then listed the ways in which the alt-right and Antifa are alike:

Comments below the video were rife with fury from those from the alt-right.

Women's March Appalled Over Anti-Semitism At Charlottesville. There's Just One Problem.
The Women's March is appalled by modern-day anti-Semitism, just not the anti-Semitism coming from the group's most widely-known organizer and assistant treasurer Linda Sarsour.
How very convenient.
On Monday, the left-wing feminist group posted an article from Refinery addressing the anti-Semitism at this past weekend's Charlottesville, Virginia rally, where neo-Nazis promoting their racist views and protesting the removal of Confederate statues clashed with violent "anti-fascist" group, Antifa. Tragically, a 32-year-old woman was murdered when a man with white supremacist ties mowed down protesters in his vehicle; two police officers manning the event also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed.
"We can't talk about #Charlottesville without also talking about anti-semitism. It is real and it is all around," captioned the organization.
Yeah, it's hard to look at this post as anything other than exploitation of a tragedy. The Women's March doesn't actually care about anti-Semitism. If they did, they would not have anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour as the most prominent face of their organization.
Here's Sarsour embracing Rasmea Odeh, a woman who happens to be facing a lifetime prison sentence back in Israel for her involvement in a terror plot in Jerusalem at the British consulate and a fatal bombing at a Jerusalem grocery store.

The Women's March organizer also has a history of Jew-hatred, as noted by Daily Wire's Aaron Bandler:​

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon

Every once in a while there are articles about the small community of Palestinians who came from Africa.

These articles contradict each other, and sometimes themselves, as to the history of this community.

This Al Jazeera article says that the first set of Africans settled in Palestine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria and Chad.  But then it says that they arrived in 1829 with the army of Ibrahim Pasha, and some who were part of the British army at that time and who deserted to join the Muslims in jihad.

This other article says that the Mufti of Jerusalem asked the Africans to guard Al Aqsa mosque in the 1920s. "For a long time, most of the people working at Al-Aqsa Mosque were from the African community and they were religious militants," a member of he community says, claiming that they had to be relieved of duty for a day to allow a Belgian official to visit the Temple Mount since they would never allow non-Muslims to ascend. Then the second wave of these African Muslims came to Jerusalem with the Egyptian army in 1948 and stayed in Jerusalem. Given that the Egyptian army never made it to Jerusalem, this claim is also questionable.

Official Palestinian site Wafa goes further, saying that early African Muslims would visit Jerusalem after their Hajj to Saudi Arabia and some stayed. But then it claims that some of them came to Jerusalem with Umar in the seventh century!

Al Monitor recently discussed this topic, and it says:
Jerusalem's African community is relatively small and consists of nearly 50 families living in the Bab al-Majlis neighborhood of the Old City. The majority of the community comes from countries such as Chad, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. Their ancestors came to Jerusalem in successive periods, beginning in the Ottoman era and continuing into the British Mandate.
Moussa Qaws, a co-founder of the African Community Society in Bab al-Majlis, told Al-Monitor that Africans "immigrated to Palestine for two main reasons: the first is religious and consists of the hajj [to Al-Aqsa Mosque, which often follows the pilgrimage to Mecca]. In fact, Africans who used to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem were rewarded a privileged social status. The second reason is jihad and the [religious] bond [formed] in Jerusalem.”
This part is interesting:
When Jordan controlled East Jerusalem, from 1948-1967, the Jordanian government did not grant citizenship to Africans. Following the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, Africans who lived in Jerusalem obtained identity cards.
If they only came in 1948, Jordan's decision makes sense and they have only been in the region for a short period of time. If they came before that, the Jordanian government showed that they are racists.

One other part of the discussion may or may not be relevant. Today, these black Palestinians mostly live in an area called "The slaves prison" near the Temple Mount, an area that had been named that since Mamluk times.

Could some of them have come to Palestine as slaves and now they are re-writing their history?

(h/t Ibn Boutros)

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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon

I tweeted this here.

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From Ian:

Amb. Alan Baker: UNRWA Condemns the Palestinians to Refugee Status in Perpetuity
The “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East” (UNRWA) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1949 as a distinctly temporary entity to assist in reintegration, repatriation, or resettlement, with a view to furthering peace.
But according to UNRWA’s mandate, refugee status extends to cover all future generations of Palestinians, and specifically “descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948.” Rather than narrowing the problem, this definition has extended it, with refugee status now applying into the fourth generation of Palestinians, exploding the number of registered refugees from an estimated 700,000 back in 1949 (per UNRWA’s claims) to 5,000,000.1
This UNRWA mandate is far beyond the accepted international definitions and criteria for refugees that are the basis for the much more successful model for international refugee relief – the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), formed in 1950. The UNHCR seeks to resettle refugees, not perpetuate their camp existence.
The UNHRC operates on the basis of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which does not say a word about passing refugee status to descendants. Refugee status, according to the convention, is not permanent.
Refugees who become naturalized in their host countries, according to the convention, lose their refugee status. In contrast, in the UNRWA system, a Palestinian refugee who was born in Zurich and has a Swiss passport is still defined as a refugee.
Any attempt to reach a final Israeli-Palestinian peace must require a complete suspension of UNRWA funding and financing with a view to dissolving the agency and dismantling the refugee camps. New housing should replace them. Funding should be transformed into direct assistance to the appropriate agencies to carry out this task. If the goal of a future agreement is to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all, then UNRWA’s current configuration makes a final peace impossible to achieve.
UNRWA closes Hamas tunnel detected under two of its Gaza schools
UNRWA announced Monday it sealed a Hamas tunnel found two months ago that the terrorist group had built under two of its school in the Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
Canada’s Representative to the Palestinian Authority Scott Proudfoot congratulated the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees Monday for taking care of the tunnel.
“Visited school in Meghazi #refugee camp #Gaza; bravo @UNRWA for upholding neutrality & protecting children by detecting & filling in tunnel,” he tweeted.
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness confirmed UNRWA had closed the tunnel, which it discovered at the beginning of June after the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghaz Preparatory Boys School had been closed for the summer.
In a press release written in June, Gunness said, “UNRWA can confirm that the tunnel has no entry or exit points on the premises nor is it connected to the schools or other buildings in any way."
“UNRWA condemns the existence of such tunnels in the strongest possible terms. It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way,” he said.
“The construction and presence of tunnels under UN premises are incompatible with the respect of privileges and immunities owed to the United Nations under applicable international law, which provides that UN premises shall be inviolable. The sanctity and neutrality of UN premises must be preserved at all times,” Gunness wrote
Palestinians: The Honeymoon with the US is Over
The Palestinians have a condition for the US to be accepted by them as a mediator in the conflict with Israel: bias in favor of the Palestinians. This is the Palestinian state of mind: If you are not with us, you are against us.
In the Palestinian logic, the US administration must endorse the Palestinian narrative and comply with all their demands if it wishes to broker "peace" with Israel. The Palestinians do indeed want the US to be involved – as an axeman for their execution of Israel.
The Palestinians are prepared to cooperate with any US administration, on one condition only: that it forces Israel to withdraw fully to the 1949 armistice lines and allow the incompetent and discredited Mahmoud Abbas to establish a corrupt, undemocratic and failed state, one that would set its predatory sights on the now-much-harder-to-defend State of Israel.
Until recently, Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank believed that the new president would swallow their fabrications and perhaps collude with them to bring Israel down. At one stage, Abbas even instructed his aides and spokesmen to avoid making any criticism against Trump or his administration, toward just this goal.
However, the Palestinian tone has changed in recent weeks. Palestinian officials and factions and political commentators are no longer concealing their distrust of -- and disdain for -- the Trump administration. The "honeymoon" between the Palestinians and the Trump administration is over.

We know that historically, there has never been a sovereign, Palestinian state.

But if there has never been a state, a country, called Palestine -- then what did the Arabs call themselves when that territory was under Muslim rule?

In his book, From Babel to Dragomans, Bernard Lewis includes a talk he gave in 2001, under the title "The British Mandate for Palestine in Historical Perspective." In just a few understated paragraphs, Lewis hints at the importance of The British Mandate for the Palestinian Arabs:
The name [Palestine] survived briefly in the early Arab Empire, and then disappeared. The Crusaders called the country the Holy Land and their state the Kingdom of Jerusalem After the end of the ancient Jewish states, the capital of the administrative districts called Palestine were not in Jerusalem but elsewhere, in Caesarea, in Ramleh, in Lydda, in various other places The only time between the ancient and modern Jewish states when Jerusalem was the capital was the Crusader Kingdom, the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem as it was called. And that was a comparatively brief interlude. [emphasis added]
When Arabs today call themselves Palestinians, that is a new phenomenon. For centuries, the name "Palestine" had fallen into disuse and had actually disappeared altogether.

A secondary point Lewis raises is that outside of the crusaders, the city of Jerusalem was considered a capital only 2 times in history: as the capital of ancient Israel and of the modern reestablished state of Israel.

Jerusalem has never been the capital of an Arab territory, despite being the "3rd most holy" place in Islam, directly contradicting the current claims to East Jerusalem made by Abbas and by UNESCO.

Lewis continues:
Even the adjective Palestinian is comparatively new. This, I need hardly remind you, is a region of ancient civilization and of deep-rooted and often complex identities. But Palestine was not one of them. People might identify themselves for various purposed, by religion, by descent, or by allegiance to a particular state or ruler, or  sometimes locality, But when they did it locally it was general either the city and immediate district or the larger province, so they would have been Jerusalemites or Jaffaites or the like, or Syrians, identifying either the larger province of Syria, in classical Arabic usage, Sham
While the name "Palestine" is the one that Rome assigned in order to erase the Jewish connection to the land, that name "Palestine" was itself forgotten as well. Using the name Palestine today is itself a modern anomaly in a land of ancient and deep-rooted history. Those who lived in the land during the Ottoman occupation of the land did not call themselves Palestinians -- that is something that would come later, in the 20th century.

If not as Palestinians, then how did the Arabs in the identify themselves?

In The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz explains:
Under Ottoman rule, which prevailed between 1516 and 1918, Palestine was divided into several districts, called sanjaks. These sanjaks were part of administrative units called vilayets. The largest portion of Palestine was part of the vilayet of Syria and was governed from Damascus by a pasha, thus explaining why Palestine was commonly referred to as southern Syria. Following a ten-year occupation by Egypt in the 1830s, Palestine was divided into the vilayet of Beirut, which covered Lebanon and the northern part of Palestine (down to what is now Tel Aviv); and the independent sanjak of Jerusalem, was covered roughly from Jaffa to Jerusalem and south to Gaza and Be'er Sheva. It is thus unclear what it would mean to say the the Palestinians were the people who originally populated the "nation" of Palestine [italicizes in original]. 
The map below, published by Carta, illustrates the division of the land in the 1830s as described by Dershowitz:

Map from "Israel's Right to Live in Peace Within Defensible Frontiers:
Secure and Recognized Boundaries," by Carta, Jerusalem 1971, p.19.

There were no set boundaries to Palestine, which is what you would expect when there was no political, sovereign state -- just another Ottoman territory.

So if the name "Palestine" was forgotten for centuries, who revived the name -- thus making it possible for the Arabs to take the name Palestine and Palestinian for their own?

Lewis continues:
The constitution or the formation of a political entity called Palestine which eventually gave rise to a nationality called Palestinian and the reconstitution of Jerusalem as the capital were, it seems to me, very important, and as it turns out, lasting innovations of the British Mandate... (p. 154)
Instead of Abbas demanding an apology from Great Britain for the Balfour Declaration, he and all of those who want to call themselves "Palestinians" owe a debt of gratitude to the British. After the Arabs had long forgotten the name "Palestine" it was the British, whose Mandate was based on the Balfour Declaration, who themselves re-established the name of Palestine.

Just as the British re-established the name Palestine as the name for land, it was naturally used for coins and stamps:


This was during the time of the British Mandate.
But what about during the 400 years of the Ottoman Empire preceding it?

According to the Encyclopedia Judaica
Both Turkish and European coins circulated in Erez Israel during Ottoman rule. Tokens issued by various communities, such as the Jews and the German Templers, and by some business firms, were also in circulation...granted special rights to some European powers and resulted in French gold napoleons and Egyptian coins being brought into circulation alongside Turkish coins (5:723)
Contrast this multiplicity of currencies and the lack of an official local currency with the situation that developed under the British:
On the British occupation of Palestine, the Egyptian pound was made legal tender in the territory. It was replaced in 1927 by the Palestine pound...the designs, prepared by the Mandatory government, were intended to be as politically innocuous as possible, the only feature besides the inscriptions being an olive branch or wreath of olive leaves. The inscriptions were trilingual, giving the name of the country, Palestine, and the value in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. As a concession to the Jewish community, the initials "Alef Yud" ("Erez Israel") appeared in brackets following the name Palestine. (5:723-4)
The only coins ever minted with the name "Palestine" on them were the ones issued during the British Mandate while it governed that territory under the authority granted it by League of Nations. No coins with the name Palestine were ever minted before then. There was no reason to, since there was no country called Palestine and no Palestinian identity.

In his book, Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East And the Jews has a chapter on "Palestine: On the History and Geography of a Name" Lewis notes that the name Palestine has a very different meaning for Arabs and Jews:
It [the name Palestine] had never been used by Jews, for whom the normal name of the country, from the time of the Exodus to the present day, was Eretz Israel. It was no longer used by Muslims, for whom it had never meant more than an administrative su-district, and it had been forgotten even in that limited sense.
The British use of the name Palestine was a convenience, renewing a word that held no special meaning for Arabs and had fallen into disuse. The Arabs went along with the British usage. The Jews on the other had not only historical but indigenous roots to the land, spanning 3 millennia. They preserved that connection wherever they could by incorporating the ancient name, whenever the official name Palestine was used.

Without the Balfour Declaration, and the British Mandate that was based on it, the name Palestine -- which had been forgotten in the region -- would have continued to be forgotten.

But Jews will always have Eretz Yisrael.

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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon
At JCPA, Pinhas Inbari has a fascinating study of the origins of Palestinians.

One of his points is summarized:
Not a single Palestinian tribe identifies its roots in Canaan; instead, they all see themselves as proud Arabs descended from the most notable Arab tribes of the Hejaz, today’s Iraq, or Yemen. Even the Kanaan family of Nablus locates its origins in Syria. Some Palestinian clans are Kurdish or Egyptian in origin, and in Mount Hebron, there are traditions of Jewish origins.
He has interesting details about the Jewish origins of some of the Palestinian Arab families:

For Muslim families, a Christian origin could indicate a Jewish origin, though not necessarily. The Christian families of Ramallah are an example. According to their tradition, the Christians of Ramallah are descended from the Christian Bedouin tribe of southern Jordan. (Yes, there were Christian Bedouins in the past.) They were the Haddadin tribe of the Karak area, 140 kilometers south of Amman, who were forced to leave 250 years ago by pressure from the Muslim tribes who sought to marry their daughters.32
Originally, the Haddadin tribe was Yemenite, and it was forced to leave pre-Muslim Yemen at the time of the Jewish king, Dhu Nuwas (455-510 CE), to avoid converting to Judaism and to maintain their Christianity.33  Today, the Haddadin is one of Jordan’s important tribes, and its members hold senior positions in the Hashemite government; an example is Munzer Haddadin, who headed the Jordanian delegation to the talks on water with Israel.
The Jewish origin of the fellahin [villagers, laborer] is a fascinating subject. The Israeli computer scientist Zvi Misinay has sponsored genetic studies that have demonstrated a “primary” genetic link between the Palestinian fellahin and the Jews.34  Arab researchers have rejected this thesis, ascribing it to the desire to Judaize the Palestinians.35
Nonetheless, in conversations, many Palestinians confirm ancient traditions of Jewish origins that are common in their families. For example, a female clerk in the office of Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) once told me that her origins lay in the two biblical towns of Tzora and Eshtaol mentioned in the Samson story (Judges 13). Interestingly, the pairing of Tzora and Eshtaol is also preserved in spoken Arabic. The Palestinian Encyclopedia, published by the Palestinian Authority, describes “Sar’a” as a village that was founded in Canaanite days.36   The Israeli nonprofit organization Zochrot, which preserves the memory of the Palestinian villages that were destroyed during the War of Independence, makes use of the Palestinian descriptions but adds that the original name of this village was Sor’a and that it was known by this name at least until the 16th century.37
A source in Mount Hebron told me once that the Mount Hebron villagers call the residents of Hebron “the Jews.” Although the families of Hebron do not regard themselves as having Jewish ancestry, in the Mount Hebron villages there are traditions with Jewish origins. The most notable examples are the village of Yatta – the Biblical Juttah – and particularly among the Makhamra family.
Israel’s second president, Yitzhak Ben Zvi, was a noted historian who researched the village of Yatta. In 1928 he described the lighting of Hanukah candles and observance of Jewish customs.38
The tradition that the Makhamra clan has Jewish ancestry is common to this family, noted Ben Zvi. Strikingly, one finds on a Palestinian Facebook page,39 called “All of us are for Palestine,” a passage reposted from a different Facebook page called “Yatta is everyone’s”:
It is said that the Makhamra family is of Jewish origin, and this was proved in the United Nations, and in 1947 Yatta was registered as a Jewish town, and it is said that all the residents of Yatta are of Jewish origin, and that the Samu, the Maharik family, the Carmel, Susya, Bani Naim, the Ta’amar, and the Rashaida and Azazmah tribes [in Jordan] are also Jews.40
 The Middle East scholar Moshe Elad said on Israel’s Arabic television that two members of the Makhamra family had converted to Judaism and were now Israeli citizens living in Israel and that in the village customs of lighting Shabbat and Chanukah candles had been preserved.41
Unfortunately, the two terrorists who perpetrated the Islamic State-inspired attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona market on June 8, 2016, were members of the Makhamra family.42 
Essentially, the only Muslim families who can claim to have been in Palestine 2000 years ago were converts from Judaism or Christianity. By far most of them come from other areas of the Middle East or Europe.

I have looked at this topic a number of times over the years, and here is my latest list of 100 Palestinian families and their origins (although I've seen some contradictory origins listed for some families):

Afghani   Afghanistan
Abdil-Masih  (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Abu Aita (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Abu Ghosh Europe/11th century
Abu Sitta Egypt
Abu-Kishk Egypt
Adwan Arabia
Ajami  Iran
Al Hafi Iraq
Alawi   Syria
Al-Hayik (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Arafat Syria
Araj Morocco
Aramsha Egypt
Ashrawi Yemen
Awwad Egypt
Azd   Yemen
Badra Egypt
Baghdadi  Iraq
Bannoura Egypt
Bardawil  Egypt
Barghouti Yemen (may be Jewish)
Bushnak  Bosnia
Chehayber Turkey
Dajani Arabia via Spain
Darjani Arabia
Djazair  Algeria
Doghmush Turkey
Erekat Jordan
Faranji France
Faruqi Iraq
Gharub Egypt
Ghassan Lebanon
Haddadin Yemen
Halabi   Syria
Hammouda Transjordan
Hannouneh (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Hashlamun Kurdistan
Hijazi   Arabia
Hindi  India
Hourani   Syria
Husseini Arabia
Ibrahim (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Iraki  Iraq
Issa Arrived in 1820s to Haifa, not sure from where
Jabari Iraq
Kafisha Kurdistan
Kanaan Syria
Khair Egypt
Khalil Arabia
Khamis   Bahrain
Khazen Lebanon
Khoury (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Kukali Syria
Kurdi  Kurdistan
Lubnani  Lebanon
Makhamra Jewish
Marashda Egypt
Masa'ad Egypt
Masarwa Egypt
Masri  Egypt
Matar Kuwait
Mattar  Yemen
Metzarwah Egypt
Mughrabi  Morocco
Murad Albania/Yemen
Nablusi Named after Nablus - but that was named in the 7th century
Nammari Spain
Nashashibi Kurdish/Turkoman 
Nusseibeh Arrived 7th Century
Omaya Arabia
Othman   Turkey
Qudwa Syria
Qurashi Arabia
Ridwan Ottoman
Rishmawi (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Sa'ad Egypt
Salibas Greece
Saud / Saudi  Arabia
Shakirat Egypt
Shami   Syria
Shamis Syria
Shawish Arabia
Sous (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Tamimi Yemen/Egypt/Arabia
Tarabin Mecca
Tarabulsi  Lebanon
Tawil Egypt
Tikriti  Iraq
Touqan Northern Arabia or Syria
Turki  Turkey
Ubayyidi   Sudan
Yacoub (Beit Sahour) Turkey
Yamani  Yemen
Zabidat Egypt
Zaghab Morocco
Zeitawi Morocco
Zoabi Iraq
Zubeidi Iraq

The only real indigenous Palestinians who can claim to have lived in Palestine since before the Roman conquest are those who are descended from Jews.

Which means that today's Jews are really the only indigenous people left from the area that was later known as Palestine.

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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Elder of Ziyon
The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi,  reversed the city's decision to name one of the city's parks after arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat.

The original plan was for a street to also be named after the late chief rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Elio Toaff, for "balance." Toaff died in 2015.

The Jewish community of Rome protested bitterly against the decision.  The chair of the Jewish Community of Rome, Ruth Dureghello, wrote an open letter to the mayor, saying "We remember Arafat,  for those who obviously do not know the story, as the moral force behind the anti-Semitic attack on the Synagogue of October 9, 1982, in which Stefano Gaj Taché was killed, a Jewish, Roman and Italian child. Choosing to dedicate to Arafat a park is unacceptable...The city of Rome must choose: to remember the terrorists or their victims. Both things are not possible."

The letter also called Arafat the "forerunner, if not the creator, of modern terrorism."

Here is what happened in 1982:
The attack took place at the Great Synagogue of Rome in the historic district of Rome on Saturday morning, at 11:55 a.m., at the conclusion of Sabbath services. As the families of the local Jewish community began leaving the synagogue with their children from the back entrance to the synagogue, five elegantly dressed  armed Palestinian attackers walked calmly  up to the back entrance of the synagogue and threw at least three hand grenades  at the crowd, and afterwards sprayed the crowd with sub-machine gun fire. Eyewitnesses at the scene stated that the hand grenades bounced off the steps and exploded in the street
A 2-year-old toddler, Stefano Gaj Taché, was killed in the attack after being hit by shrapnel. In addition, 37 civilians were injured, among them Stefano's brother, 4-year-old Gadiel Taché, who was shot in the head and chest. 
Reaction in the Italian press to the initial decision was mixed. There were a number of articles that agreed with the Jewish community that it was ill-advised. An op-ed in Il Fatto Quotidiano ridiculed the "balance" of honoring the terrorist and the Chief Rabbi, saying that the political correctness that prompted the decision was akin to equating the Torah with a Kalashnikov. 

Strade Online remembers not only the Great synagogue attack but also the 1973 attack by Palestinians at Fiumicino International Airport that killed dozens and the 1985 attack at the same airport that killed 16.

But instead complained about how Rome gives "veto power" to the Jews, and it said that the Jewish community letter calling Arafat the architect of modern terrorism is an example of brilliant fake history.  It says "We do not want to believe that it is for low reasons of interest dictated by the economic and media power of Zionism that we accept the pro-Israel diktat, no, we just think that the terror of being unjustifiably labeled anti-Semitic has now assumed the power of an invisible but very sharp sword ready to decapitate anyone who dares to criticize Israel."

Because murdering hundreds of people is valid criticism of Israel.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

From Ian:

Former Muslim Sandra Solomon fearlessly defends Israel
Sandra Solomon, an Arab born in Ramallah who converted to Christianity more than ten years ago and became a supporter of Israel, explains in an interview to the Kan broadcasting network her motivations and goals in a single-woman crusade for sanity that constantly places her in danger.
Niece of one of the Fatah movement's founders, Sahar Habash, a close confidant of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, Solomon frequently repeats her unequivocal disapproval of attacks carried out by Muslims against Israelis, citing education as the cause of the violence.
She condemned the recent Neve Tzuf attack in which a Muslim broke into a home and killed three members of the Salomon family: “The Palestinian terrorist who murdered a family on Friday evening in Halamish - where did he get the idea to enter a home and kill the people who were in there?” asked Solomon. “The young Palestinians who carry out attacks are already murdered from a psychological point of view by the education that is given to them.”
“As a child, I was brought up to hate Israel,” she related. “The most important thing to us was the liberation of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the liberation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the State of Israel.
“We watched the second intifada on television” she said, recalling her childhood spent in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. “After every big terror attack—including when children were killed—candy was given out. The education that was given to me was that only Palestinians are the victims, that they are oppressed in this conflict and that the Zionists are the occupying criminals who took the land for themselves.”

Commemoration gone wrong
This week, Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi reversed the municipality's decision to memorialize late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat by naming one of the city's public parks after him. The original plan sought to honor the Nobel Prize laureate who, in the municipality's view, worked to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For balance, it was decided to name a street in the Italian capital after the late chief rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Elio Toaff.
In a letter to the municipality, the head of the Jewish community in Rome, Ruth Dureghello, condemned the decision for even drawing a comparison between the two figures. Explaining that the plan would debase the late rabbi, she demanded it be called off. Noting Arafat's direct involvement in the terrorist attacks that killed a young Jewish man in Rome in 1982, Dureghello wrote, "The municipality must decide whether it wants to memorialize the terrorists or their victims."
The municipality responded with that well-known anti-Semitic refrain: "Some of my best friends are Jewish." The supposed "balance" in this trick of transfiguration through the use of an exalted rabbi far removed from politics is reminiscent of the actions of the fascist leader Benito Mussolini, who, when he rose to power Italy in 1923, met with Rome's then-Chief Rabbi Angelo Sacerdoti to ease the minds of Italy's Jews. But when the Grand Council of Fascism embraced the race laws, it adopted the anti-Semitic policies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and sent the Jews to their deaths. Around 7,900 of Italy's Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, and lest we forget, it was Italy that bombed Tel Aviv, killing 130 people, in September 1940.
There is something shocking about the municipality's initial decision to turn the man who made terrorism a Palestinian start-up, who pledged to send "millions of martyrs to Jerusalem" to kill Israel's Jews and in fact did as much right up until his death despite signing the Oslo Accords, into a figure worthy of being memorialized as a peace activist.
By His Own Admission, Wilkerson Cannot Be Trusted
On July 23, retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson appeared on MSNBC and accused Israel of increasing the tension surrounding Al Aqsa Mosque by installing metal detectors nearby. "The ultimate [Israeli] goal with regard to the mosque is to drive the Palestinians and Arabs in general out completely," he said, adding that the Israeli government's "ultimate goal is to cause the Palestinians to react in a way that it can then react viciously and violently as it has in Gaza repeatedly."
With such invective, Wilkerson depicts metal detectors, which are used at holy sites throughout the Middle East, as a provocation against the Palestinians. He also inverts cause and effect, portraying the metal detectors (and Israel's attacks on Hamas in the Gaza Strip) as the cause, rather than the response to Palestinian violence.
A few days after Wilkerson offered his assessment on MSNBC, Israel removed the metal detectors it had installed, thereby demonstrating that when it comes to assessing Israeli intentions, Wilkerson had no idea what he was talking about. If anyone is trying to increase the tensions surrounding the Temple Mount, it is Palestinian leaders who have used the Al Aqsa Mosque as a pretext and as a staging ground for jihadist attacks against Jews for decades.
Wilkerson's recent appearance on MSNBC was not the only time he has defamed Israel. In 2016, he declared that a gas attack on civilians universally blamed on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad "could have been an Israeli false flag operation." When pressed by his interviewer from an internet TV station to describe what the motivation for an Israeli gas attack would be, Wilkerson dodged the question. All he could say is that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "too clueless" to know what was in his country's best interest in the Middle East.
It is Wilkerson who needs a clue. In the same July 21 MSNBC interview, Wilkerson reported a conversation he had with an unnamed Catholic Bishop in Ramallah in 2002 or 2003, who had declared that, "that the biggest enemy for him -- for Christians -- in that region was not the Arabs, it was the Jews."

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