Arab/Palestinian – ME

Hamas exploitation of World Vision in Gaza to support terrorism.

  Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs The director of the Gaza branch of World Vision diverted the humanitarian organization’s funds and resources from the needy to benefit Hamas’ terrorist and military activities. Introduction: World Vision is an American NGO, one of the largest charitable and humanitarian aid organizations in the …

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Rethinking the Conflict

One of the fundamental things that we are trying to do at Israel Thrives is simply rethink the conflict.  Two things, to my mind, could absolutely not be more clear.  The first is that the vast Arab majority in the Middle East, including those in Gaza, Judaea, and Samaria, have no intention …

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Mothers of Terrorists– Mothers We Love to Hate

mothers of terrorists

Mothers of terrorists shock us, if we are still able to be shocked.  A translation of the words of the mother of the terrorist who stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel on June 30th has been making the rounds on the social media and regular news outlets.  She comes out in support of …

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Who knew ?? Palestinians are NOT Philistines.

Philistine cemetery uncovered in archaeological dig in Israel, Goliath’s people were ‘normal sized’ A Philistine cemetery has been unearthed for the first time in southern Israel, shedding new light on the culture of the biblical giant Goliath’s people. Key points: Excavation of 30 years uncovers first Philistine cemetery ever found …

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‘Palestinian’ letter to parents of murdered Israeli teen.

I am a Palestinian Christian who shares your sorrow. And I am not the only one. Dear Rena and Amichai Ariel, I’m writing to you with deep sorrow in my heart. I try to imagine your loss from the brutal murder of your lovely daughter, and I cannot. As a Palestinian …

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Palestinian national identity and the roadblock to peace.

Palestinian Arabs

  A distinctly Palestinian national sense-of-self evolved during the 1920s – not organically, but as a negative reaction to Zionism. And this fact is at the centre of the current conflict. Let’s start with a quiz. Which Jewish leader said the following words? The land over which we have restored …

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The Dissertation of Mahmoud Abbas.

Mahmoud Abbas completed his PhD dissertation for Lumumba University in Moscow in 1982. For years I have been reading that this piece of writing – which to the right is the original cover – entitled “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism” was one in which he …

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ISIS and Acid Baths.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the single most grotesquely violent political movement since the Khmer Rouge. In a recent Associated Press piece published on the FOX News website we learn that: BAGHDAD –  In March, a senior commander with the Islamic State group was driving through …

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Fida’i – When A Nation Is ‘Revenge’

Fida'i - the Palestinian anthem

The Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians have a national anthem. Actually, their current anthem is supposedly their second. The lyrics of the first were written in 1934 by Ibrahim Tuqan and expressed opposition to the British presence in the Ottoman Empire. Named “Mawtini”, meaning “Homeland”, it talks about gaining …

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Into the Fray: Gaza: A port is no panacea for poverty

Gaza from the sea. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.– Attributed to Albert Einstein Just when you thought that you could not possibly hear anything more preposterous on how to help resolve the conflict with the Palestinians, somehow someone …

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Where does the ‘State of Palestine’ get its money from?

So where does ‘Palestine’ get its money from?  A good question which came to mind a while back. Constantly on the pro-‘Palestinian’ sites and Facebook pages one hears comments about the United States of America running Israel, giving money to Israel, Israel being America’s lap dog etc., etc.  They clearly …

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The alchemy of Palestinian nationhood

“Alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation” (The Oxford Dictionary). “I do not think there is a Palestinian nation at all. I think there is an Arab nation. I think it’s a colonialist invention — a Palestinian nation. When were there any Palestinians? Where did they come from? I …

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Root causes and red herrings

More than two years before any Israeli presence in what are now the “occupied territories,” Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser issued a public message: “We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand, we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood” (March 8, 1965). This chilling …

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A surprise from Kuwait.

On March 27th, doing a crawl through the pro-Palestinian leftist Facebook ‘Israel hate sites’, I came upon a video from the Kuwait Times, regarding the shooting of an Arab by a member of the IDF. I was angry after having posted and argued earlier elsewhere that I thought a person …

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Two Sides: Lost me at “Occupation”, Then It Got Worse

two sides to co-existence

Curious about a Facebook link to a post by Ikhlas Ishtaya on the website “Two Sides”, promoting co-existence workshops, I began to read. Her story looked interesting and I was sure I would be moved; after all, they subtitled her piece: “An honest look which goes straight to the heart”. …

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(Not) Suppressing Academic Freedom in the Palestinian Authority

academic freedom

  Fighting the lies of academic BDS is serious business, but I found out you can sometimes have fun with it. Pro-BDSers repeatedly write about how the security problems in “Palestine” caused by Israeli “oppression” impinge upon academic freedom at their institutes. I decided to explore how these same institutes …

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A headline by any other name…

anti-Israel media bias in Israeli newspaper

A headline by any other name… “ISRAEL/PALESTINE PEACE DEAL SIGNED” Those words would certainly look great sitting together in the news headlines. There may even be journalists out there who want to believe them and wish to tell happy stories about a real peace deal, but we know all too …

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How the Jews are Winning the Long Arab War .

The long Arab-Muslim war against the Jewish people goes on and on… but the Jews are winning. We need to acknowledge that the conflict is an ongoing expression of Arab-Muslim religious hatred toward Jews as manifested since the time of Muhammad and embedded within the Koran and the Hadiths. Further, …

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Oslo II: What Did Peres and Abbas Expect?

Oslo II - Peres, Abbas

This is my summary and critique of an article published in 1996 (citation below). I bring this now because we can see that even at that early stage points were being drawn in the sand in what has become a trajectory of failure. The article outlines the “peace process” clearly …

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Arabs in Jerusalem.

Listening to the United Nations, one might fear that Palestinian Arabs are being “ethnically cleansed” in Jerusalem due to Israeli “occupation.” Here are some facts (statistics as of 2011 as compiled by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies). Fastest Growing Group in Jerusalem and Most of the Middle East The …

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