Archive for December, 2009

Reality check for the EU

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

One wonders whether the EU’s paid officials (paid out of our tax revenues) really believe the nonsense they disseminate.

If they don’t and all they are engaged in is cynical, money-grubbing play-acting at public expense, all well and good – at least they know what they are and whose errands they are running.

What is problematic, however, is if they really believe their own garbled, fairy-tale distortion of reality.

Take the EU’s massive use of public funding to sabotage, subvert and deligitimise the Jewish State of Israel. From within that state.

The EU’s funding of NGOs in Israel does not constitute meddling in Israeli political affairs,” says EU Ambassador to Israel Andrew Standley according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

There is a certain perception in Israeli society that what we are financing in Israel (is) aimed at influencing public policy in Israel,” Andrew Standley said. “The reality is that these are global programs.” He added: “The funding is not provided for a political agenda, but rather in support of a universal objective such as human rights … all over the planet”.

Really?

In the interests of transparency, it would be useful to examine the EU’s records of its financing of and involvement in human rights programs in places such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, the Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Iran, Somalia, Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

It would be heartening to see evidence of robust EU condemnation of the ban on church construction in Saudi Arabia, along the lines of the robust EU condemnation of housing construction in East Jerusalem. Financial records and a list of the programs financed by the EU in these countries. Comparative tables juxtaposing records of campaign spending in Iran and Israel, Saudi Arabia and Israel, Pakistan and Israel – that sort of thing.

There’s no better way of allaying Israeli suspicions that the EU is using massive public funds to meddle in Israeli political affairs and that the Jewish state is the target of selective treatment.

There’s no better way of allaying Israeli suspicions that the EU is implementing a concealed foreign policy strategy via a plethora of NGOs. Concealed by funding through irregular, non-transparent means and by the granting of semi-official status to organisations dedicated to the deconstruction of the world’s only Jewish state, to be replaced by the world’s 58th recognised Islamic state.

Useful links:
NGO Monitor: Foreign Government Funding for Political Activity in Israel
NGO Monitor: Promoting Israel’s isolation
NGO Monitor: Boycott and Divestment Programs

NGO Monitor: KAIROS and Political Advocacy
NGO Monitor: EC Funding for Political NGOs
NGO Monitor: Trojan Horse: The Impact of European Government Funding for Israeli NGOs
NGO Monitor: A Clouded EU Presidency – Swedish Funding for NGO Rejectionism

CAMERA: Human Rights Watch Discredited Even By Its Founder
JCPA: The Media War Against Israel
JCPA/Dore Gold: Europe Seeks to Divide Jerusalem

Middle East Forum: NGOs Make War on Israel
Jerusalem Post/Herb Keinon: Biased ‘Human Rights’ NGOs
Spectator/Melanie Phillips: An Inconvenient Truth

Spectator/Melanie Phillips: Spot the Difference
Spectator/Melanie Phillips: Even Perfidy is Now Gutless in Albion
Gerald Steinberg: European Funding
The Independent: The Palestinian Arab Tragedy – What the NGOs Never Deal With

Fiery Spirited Zionist: Swedish NGO Demonises Israel
Atlas Shrugs: Europe Funds NGO Belligerence Against Israel
IsraelMatsav: The Swedes Pay Attention
Arutz Sheva: Sweden Carrying Out Radical Anti-Israel Campaign

Judea and Samaria are an integral part of Israel

Friday, December 25th, 2009

According to the US Consulate in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are an integral part of the State of Israel. That is the only logical conclusion to be drawn from its activities, as reported in the Jerusalem Post.

If the US regards Judea and Samaria as an integral part of the Jewish State of Israel, it is easy to understand American ire over being stopped by Israeli security personnel manning a roadblock since diplomatic staff traveling within a country are exempt from security inspections.

Even if the security personnel confirm that the US mission is illegally using its diplomatic vehicles for illicit human trafficking purposes.

However, if the US regards Judea and Samaria as part of a second Palestinian Arab state alongside the original Palestinian Arab state of Jordan, then not even the US in its infinite arrogance can expect diplomatic immunity for the same staff and vehicles in two separate countries or political entities.

After all, US diplomatic personnel stationed in Sweden cannot demand diplomatic immunity for gun-running or human trafficking offences if they are picked up in Norway – their immunity ceases once they cross the border.

So which is it to be – are Judea and Samara part of Israel and the US mission is free to conduct illegal activities within the single state’s borders, as it has been doing? Or are Judea and Samaria part of another state, as the US claims, thereby rendering all passage subject to the same stringent checks applicable to all suspects?

The thunderous Palestinian Arab silence

Friday, December 25th, 2009

In early November 2009, an Israeli Jew, Ya’acov Teitel, was arrested by Israeli police on suspicion of terrorism. His alleged victims were Arabs, and his motivation was political: violence as a strategy for political gain.

Here’s what the mainstream English-language Israeli press had to say:

Jerusalem Post: “Analysis: How many Jewish terrorists are still out there?

If the allegations against Ya’acov “Jack” Teitel are true, then the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has succeeded in apprehending one of the most dangerous Jewish terrorists in recent years.”

Haaretz: Netanyahu: “Minority of violent far-rightists must be stopped

The Shin Bet revealed that it arrested Shvut Rachel resident Yaakov Teitel last month for allegedly killing two Palestinians.”

The paper goes on to say:

Following the arrest of a West Bank settler suspected of multiple murders and bomb attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel must fight the terror posed by violent extreme rightists, whom he termed a ‘marginal minority’.”

PM Netanyahu continued:

 “There is still among us a minority that is not prepared to accept democracy and are not prepared to accept the rule of law.” He then went on: “They do not represent the majority of the nation. They are a small and marginal group, but we have already seen the strength and damage of one murderer. We must continue to condemn the use of violence and to use all legal power against any attempt at violence.”

Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz said that he “categorically condemned the actions of the Jewish terrorist. It is the insane behavior of a lone man, one that is foreign to the ways of Judaism.”

No doubt then about the response of the Israeli media and the political establishment. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist.

Now fast forward a few weeks. Israeli Jewish father of seven Meir Chai was gunned down by Arabs following the removal of multiple security roadblocks at the insistence of Barack Hussein Obama, who is comfortably ensconced in the safety of the White House a few thousand miles away.

Here’s what the Israeli press had to say:

Jerusalem Post:

After months of quiet, a father of seven was shot dead in a drive-by shooting attack near the northern Samaria settlement of Shavei Shomron on Thursday.
The victim was identified as Meir Chai, a 45-year-old resident of the settlement and father of seven children ranging in age from two months to 18.
Chai was the fourth terror victim in the West Bank in 2009. In March, two policemen were shot dead in the Jordan Valley and in April, 13-year-old Shlomo Nativ was stabbed to death near his home in the Gush Etzion settlement of Bat Ayin.”

 Israel National News:

“Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika said following the terrorist murder of Rabbi Meir Chai from Samaria Thursday: “After a long period of security quiet, the main roadblock between Shavei Shomron and Tulkarm was recently opened, despite our warnings. The government of Israel preferred ‘the Palestinian fabric of life’ to its citizens’ rights.
“An unnamed IDF officer told Haaretz that the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Chai most likely escaped through the abandoned checkpoint, which was removed shortly before the murder.
“The IDF’s removal of roadblocks is widely perceived as a gesture toward US President Barack Obama, who has pressured Israel to make Arabs’ “fabric of life” as comfortable as possible.”

 Here is the response of the Palestinian media:

This is the response of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas:

And here is the response of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad:

Silence.

Israeli cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen sums it up neatly:

Visit Dry Bones and read Yaakov Kirschen’s incisive comments on the issue.

The only time Palestinian Arab media and politicians ever comment on Palestinian Arab terrorism is to commemorate their “heroic feats”.

Way to go, Barack Hussein Obama. Got any more experiments up your sleeve?

Useful links:
To find out more on the issue of the Palestinian Arabs’ insatiable appetite for concessions while bringing less than nothing to the table, read Professor Barry Rubin on the GLORIA website: “For Obama, 2010 in the Middle East Looks More Like the Precipice of Doom than Achievement
 
To find out more about what the Palestinian Arabs want and who’s entitled to what, read the following on the Daniel Pipes website danielpipes.org: No Palestinian State – No Land Concessions R4.