Fatah's entire political platform of 2009 in English
This is the official Fatah platform, in English, referred to by Abbas Zaki in this interview posted earlier today.
The main strategic goals are “Liberating the homeland, ending its settler occupation and attaining the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.” Note that these are separate goals - the “homeland” is all of British Mandate Palestine while the “occupation” is the areas Israel gained in 1967 and the “inalienable rights” include the “right to return.”
The platform makes it very clear that Fatah still subscribes to “armed resistance” as a “right”:” ”The Palestinian people’s right to practice armed resistance against the military occupation of their land remains a constant right confirmed by international law and international legality.”
Unintentionally proving how tenuous Palestinian peoplehood is, the platform tries to shore it up by saying "The Palestinians are a genuine people with a clear identity and clear affiliation to their homeland. They maintained their attachment to this identity and to their homeland through their national struggle for almost a century.”
Two of their tactics include:
Boycotting Israeli products at home and abroad through popular movement, particularly those goods for which there is local substitute. Performing new forms of civil disobedience against the occupation and launching an international campaign to boycott Israel, its products, and its institutions benefiting from the experience of South Africa against Apartheid.…
Restoring our direct and strong relations with the Israeli peace camp, and revitalizing our joint action for a just peace, without mingling it with normalization with Israel, which is rejected while occupation continues.
It also calls to strengthen the culture of terror:
Continued commitment to the culture of struggle, and the permanent readiness to engage in resisting the occupation, and sacrifice for the homeland. Continuous education through regular organizational meetings and training courses. The issuing of Fatah circulars, to continue mobilizing the cadres of the movement and masses with the heritage of the Palestinian armed struggle. Celebrating our battles, and commemorating the history of our struggle and the permanent readiness to sacrifice.
Every single thing that is incompatible with true peace is enshrined in this platform. These are not negotiable positions, according to this document.
I am certain that neither John Kerry nor President Obama, nor Thomas Friedman nor any supposed mainstream media “expert” ever read this.
In fact, practically no one in the West has read this platform, although Mahmoud Abbas has been acting entirely consistently with it. I translated some of it when it was released, but this official English translation seems to have been released over a year later. I found it at the Palestinian Press Office of Denmark.
This is essential reading in order to understand the strategy of the PLO and Mahmoud Abbas.
An Egyptian secular newspaper tries to figure out why some people are afraid of the number 13.
It can’t figure it out (apparently Egyptian reporters are even lazier than their American counterparts who at least rely on Wikipedia) , but it says anyway "It is certain that the Jews are behind the smear of the number 13 and they tied it to bad luck, especially when the 13th of a month is on a Friday…. The Jews believe that there are 12 tribes and their awaited ‘Antichrist’ will come out of the tribe No. 13 and they will consider that his appearance represents a victory that the Jews who are seeking to achieve and this is the reason for their obsession with the number 13, which symbolizes their power and cosmic dominance, and this is why the Jews were promote the number 13 to be unlucky to Muslims.”
It would be wonderful if some social scientists would analyze why so many Arabs - the intelligent ones, who write for major newspapers - are so freaking crazy. But it would be career suicide to do something useful like that.
Oxfam - The U.K. NGO, already embroiled in anti-Israel scandal, accused of funding Palestinian terror affiliates
The Oxfam International aid group has been partnering with at least two subsidiaries of an internationally designated terrorist organization, and has been providing them with financial assistance and “additional forms of material support,” according to a letter from The Israel Law Center sent to Oxfam and conveyed Thursday by the Washington Free Beacon.
The letter called on the Oxford-based NGO to sever its ties with the Union of Health Workers Committees (UHWC) and the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), two Palestinian groups that center described respectively as the “health organization” and the “agricultural organization” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The PFLP, in turn, has long been designated as a terrorist entity by the United States and European Union, due to terror attacks stretching back to the early 1970s. The letter cites a range of evidence linking both of the subsidiary groups to their alleged parent organization, and bluntly notes both that the groups are “instrumentalities” of the PFLP and that “Oxfam readily acknowledges it works very closely with” them.
Oxfam has spent recent weeks mired in controversy after former goodwill ambassador Scarlett Johannson resigned her position due to Oxfam’s public position that Israeli communities beyond the country’s 1949 armistice lines should be economically boycotted and isolated.
The advocacy has been blasted by critics as an anti-Semitic call to wage economic warfare against Israeli Jews. Revelations that Oxfam has been supporting groups waging literal war against Israel are likely to deepen skepticism regarding the group’s motives regarding the Jewish state.
What If Terrorists Could Shoot This Rocket at Your Country
Iran tried to send powerful M-302 rockets to Gaza terrorists. Last week, IDF naval forces intercepted the weapons approximately 1,500 kilometers from Israel’s shores. Had Iran’s shipment arrived at its intended destination, Gaza terrorists would now be able to fire rockets almost anywhere in Israel.
Continue to the IDF blog for an interactive map that answers the question: what if the Gaza terrorists were your neighbors.
High Palestinian demand for Israeli products stems from comfort and proximity, as well as Israeli control of movement to and from Gaza.
Cookies, coffee, soap and even hummus – these are just some of the Israeli products one can find on the grocery stores’ shelves in Gaza, written in Hebrew just like the ones in the nearby Israeli retail chains.
Apparently, beneath the surface of the daily military tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip, there is a meaningful economic relationship. In 2012 the value import of Israeli products to Gaza stood at NIS 1.3 billion ($375 million), including not only water, gas and electricity, but also food and cleaning products from well-known Israeli companies such as Telma, Willifood, Osem and Tnuva, which brings subtantial tax profit to Israel.
A Tnuva importer in Gaza reports that every day, 200 tons of the company’s products arrive to the Strip and sent to about 1,700 different stores. The most popular products are milk and cream.
However, the high demand for Israeli products doesn’t only stem from comfort and proximity; in fact, Gaza is a captive market as Israel controls the formal movement from and to the strip, so it is easy for Israeli companies to control its market.
The demand still exists
While Israel makes a profit from selling its products within the Gaza strip, the citizens of Gaza are not given the same opportunities to sell their products. In 2007, after Hamas takeover of Gaza, Israel’s Defense Ministry banned the selling of goods from the Strip, though up until then, 85% of the Gaza-based merchandise was sold in Israel and the West Bank.
Israel also controls the scope of traders who can travel in and out of Gaza using a procedure that explicitly encourages trade with Israeli companies only, and specifies rigid criteria defining who is permitted to enter Israel. The permits are given only to traders proving a large sale scope, the rest are not even allowed to send mail packages out of Gaza. This damages mainly women trying to maintain small businesses. The result – the scope of trade exiting Gaza stands at only 2%, resulting in the collapse of small businesses.
"The demand in Israel for Gaza products still exists, and both sides would benefit from it as many products such as fruits, furniture and clothes are cheaper to produce and manufacture in Gaza" said Sherry Bashi, executive director of the Israeli charity Gisha ("access") dealing with Palestinian freedom of movement in the territories.
The big show won’t be until Monday, when the government hopes to bring most of the foreign diplomats in the country to Eilat, but the IDF has already posted its final inventory of the weapons discovered on the Klos-C - the Iranian weapons ship that was intercepted off the coast of Sudan this past week.
After detailed analysis carried out by the Engineering Corps, the IDF found 40 M-302 rockets, with a range of between 90 to 160 kilometers, hidden in crates.
The Klos C also carried 180 120mm. mortar shells and some 400,000 7.62mm. bullets.
“These are advanced weapons that were intended to threaten the security of millions of Israeli civilians. The IDF will continue in its mission to prevent arms smuggling across the Middle East to various terrorist organizations, under Iranian cover and funding,” the military said in a statement.
Before being intercepted, the ship was heading for Port Sudan, where the Iranian Quds Force had planned to pick up the rockets and move them overland via Egypt and into Gaza through smuggling tunnels, the IDF determined.
“To be a Jew is to keep faith with the past by building a Jewish future. That is the secret of our unbroken capacity through centuries of suffering to renew ourselves as a people”—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Syria is starving Palestinian refugees in Damascus’s Yarmouk, says Amnesty Int’l report
Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using the starvation of civilians as a weapon of war, according to a new report by Amnesty International on crimes committed against Palestinian and Syrian civilians in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk.
The report, “Squeezing the life out of Yarmouk: War crimes against besieged civilians,” comes ahead of the third anniversary of the civil war in Syria and highlights the deaths of nearly 200 Yarmouk residents since the siege around it was tightened in July 2013. Access to food, fuel, and medical supplies was cut off in Yarmouk as well as in other districts of the capital and other areas near major cities such as Homs and Aleppo.
Neil Sammonds, the lead researcher of the report, told The Jerusalem Post that in the last few weeks, since they finished the report, the situation has gotten worse.
Food deliveries by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) stopped in March, said Sammonds.
In addition, armed rebel groups such al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, and its rival jihadist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have returned to the camp, he said, as they have secret ways to break through the siege.
Since March 2, these groups have returned because they felt that the Syrian Army was not upholding the agreement to lift the siege. The Syrian government and the opposition came to a fragile agreement whereby fighters agreed to leave the camp in exchange for a lift to the siege. The deal broke down last week as fighters returned to the camp.
“The Syrian government did allow more aid in and 500 ill and injured people could leave, but the government didn’t abide by the agreement,” asserted Sammonds.
Yarmouk was home to the country’s largest Palestinian refugee community, comprising some 180,000 Palestinians and several hundred thousand Syrians. Around 17,000-20,000 people remain, many who are elderly or sick.
Almost two thirds of Syria’s 530,000 Palestinians are internally displaced in Syria and more than 50,000 reportedly fled to Lebanon, 11,000 to Jordan, 6,000 to Egypt, 1,000 to Libya, 1,000 to Gaza, and others to Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia among others, according to the report.
Following Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a mammoth $19 billion, the world is on the lookout for the next great mobile messaging app. And Samba, a sleek and fun new Israeli mobile video messaging app, might be just that.
Samba co-founders Barak Hachamov, Shay Erlichmen, Ronel Mor and Oren Meiri say this combines the “convenience of asynchronous communication, with the power of face-to-face communication.”
An Arab Muslim mother from northern Israel who is aspiring to a life in politics called out fellow Arab women on Tuesday for failing to differentiate between the Jews and Arabs with whom they are in conflict.
Commenting on a Facebook event page protesting the sexual harassment and torture of female activists in Egypt, Anet Haskia (who was interviewed in the latest issue of Israel Today) said Palestinian women should take a close look and realize how humane their Jewish “enemies” really are.
To the Palestinian women who commented on that event page, and apparently tried to draw Israel into the issue, Haskia had this to say on her own Facebook page:
"We are talking about the rape of Arab women in Egypt and other Arab states, and you still try to make a connection to Israel? Jewish men do not rape Arab women and girls! It is Arab Muslim men who are raping you, so focus this campaign on them and leave Israel alone."
Haskia has created her own Facebook movement called Another View (Hebrew) that is working to bring local Jews and Arabs together in true coexistence.
The Nazis invented the Jewish boycott, and went on from there to the Holocaust.
The world excuses Islamic murder, but focuses on flaws, often imaginary, on the part of Israel.
This is the wrong boycott in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Everybody hates Israel. That is not just accepted wisdom, it is a reality that chokes all rational debate on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. There are exceptions, of course, such as Canada, but most of Western Europe has slipped from support for Israel to support for the Palestinian cause, as if both sides might not have valid claims to the disputed land.
Most Americans are enthusiastic about Israel, but the U.S. government under Barack Obama, has, in recent years, shown increasing antagonism. Unsurprisingly, not a single Muslim nation likes Israel at all.
Many hate the Jewish state precisely because it is a Jewish state — there seems no other reason why they might hate it. Many, in a display of true prejudice, have never even visited it.
In the world in general, and Europe in particular, anti-Semitism is growing at a rate not unlike the 1930s. It does not take much mental grip to see the link between that escalation of the “oldest hatred” and the refined political and religious rejection of Israel as the one and only state in the world that deserves to be abolished. Or, as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once put it in Farsi, “exterminated” (Umam-e Eslami bayad Isra’il-ra qal’ o qam’ kard: The nations of Islam must exterminate Israel.)
In a Friday sermon, former Iranian President Rafsanjani also made the statement, “If one day, a very important day of course, the Islamic world will also be equipped with the weapons available to Israel now, the imperialist strategy will reach an impasse, because the employment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth, but would only do damage to the Islamic world.”
The treatment—or rather, mistreatment—of the Jewish people stands out in the modern era as the single greatest emblem of man’s inhumanity to man.
In Arab countries, after many years, the Protocols is still a bestseller. And Hitler’s Mein Kampf, tagged in 2011 by Waterstone’s in the UK as the “perfect Christmas present”, in its electronic form is selling hand-over-fist.
How hurtful — and deeply unjust — that is to Jews who have just made critical advances in medicine or saved a Palestinian child’s life when operating in an Israeli hospital, or journeyed to Africa to teach better methods of farming, or travelled with an Israeli aid team to Haiti or the Philippines to save yet more lives.
Israeli travelers restricted by cruise line in Tunisia
Received by email:
B’nai Brith Canada has learned from Canadian Jewish tourists aboard a Norwegian Jade cruise ship that Israeli tourists have been denied the right to disembark when the ship dropped anchor at the Port of Tunis, Tunisia.
As passengers began preparations to visit the country, Israelis on board were quietly told that they were not welcomed by the Tunisian Government and would have to remain onboard.
According to some Jewish passengers no prior notice was issued, either in writing or by public announcement. The cruise line also failed to advise passengers in advance that Israeli tourists would be confined to the ship when arriving at the Tunisian port. Other Jews aboard were unaware that their coreligionists were being detained and were outraged when news of the incident spread.
According to B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO, Frank Dimant, “The cruise line has a responsibility to it’s passengers to advise them of this discriminatory policy in advance. Better still the cruise line should avoid ports that have such policies. “
Since you have found us out, we may as well list a few other things the Zionists are planning: We actually work for an organization called ‘The Elders of Zion.’ Perhaps you’ve heard of them? At any rate, we are two of their agents. As you can imagine, we are paid hefty sums of money, $4.6 billion a year to be exact. We are in charge of disseminating information around the globe, regulating U.N. meetings in New York, controlling seagull calls, and sending signals to sharks in the deep blue sea. We elders also work closely with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Cinderella’s stepsisters in controlling things that occur in the world. You see, we were the ones who made Cinderella’s glass slipper come off when the clock struck “12.”
We are also behind the misinformation campaign that mischaracterizes Iran’s regime as evil and sinister. The Iranian regime is actually a democracy ruled by angels and ponies. The images on television of Iranian civilians being persecuted and oppressed is actually a vast conspiracy, a television show put on by Zionist actors and directors.
The Iranian people are actually treated with kindness and goodness by their leaders; They are even given cute little treats from Candy Crush every day, and some are even selected to visit Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory if they really behave.
An Iranian cleric claims that the Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, was a Shiitie Muslim, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
The report cites a video by Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja’far Al-Sadiq, an eighth-century Shi’i imam.
In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, “a process which was faster than the speed of light,” he realized “this is the very same relativity movement that Einstein had understood.”
The ayatollah adds: “Einstein said, ‘when I heard about the narratives of the prophet Mohamad and that of the Ahle-Beit [prophet’s household] I realized they had understood these things way before us.’”
Reports of Einstein’s affinity to Islam circulated in 2012 as well, when the grandson of the late Ayatollah Hossein Borujerdi claimed the scientist was “corresponding with the cleric and had admitted Shia Islam was the most scientific and just religion in the world.”
According to those reports, Einstein’s correspondence with Ayatollah Borujerdi is kept in a London safe box. Luckily, the readers were provided with the code to open it: B-۱۲-D.E/۱۷-V.A.E.
There is nothing relative about it: this claim is objectively crazy.
Although I have to agree with Ha’aretz on this one: