First.One.Through

Why Blockade Gaza?

The United Nations, liberal media and politicians are bemoaning the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza, arguing that it is a form of “collective punishment” and is creating an economic disaster in the small coastal enclave. Those articles and arguments all fail to describe why the blockade exists and why …

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Evicting 70,000 Dead Settlers From Jerusalem.

The Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem is the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world. Existing east of the Green Line (EGL) in eastern Jerusalem, it is considered “Arab land” by the New York Times, illegal by the United Nations, and against the desires of the acting President …

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The Veil of Hatred:

The expression “the best defense is a good offense” is most often applied in the military and sporting competitions. It is now being used regarding antisemitism with greater frequency. The World Conference Against Racism met from August 31 to September 7, 2001 in Durban, South Africa with a stated noble …

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Abbas Failed To Capitalize on Trump’s Gift.

Not long after Donald Trump assumed the presidency of the United States, he made overtures to the Palestinians in the hopes of brokering a peace deal. He invited the acting-President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to the White House on May 3, 2017. They discussed tackling terrorism and building …

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Bad Education @ Al Jazeera

People have advanced the notion that ignorance is the root cause of global hatred, racism and antisemitism.  The unfortunate reality is that much of it is because of bad education. Consider the Qatari-run news site Al Jazeera.  It does not simply support an anti-Israel point of view in its stories …

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The Arab Spring Blooms in the UAE.

The Arab Spring began in December 2010 with a cry for help from a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire.  The self-immolation quickly spread as widespread protests in other Muslim Arab countries when people sought to overturn backwards authoritarian regimes which were not accountable to its citizens.  The …

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Replacing the Jordanian Waqf on The Temple Mount.

After Israel defeated the attacking Jordanian army in June 1967, it allowed the Jordanian Islamic Waqf to have administrative control of the Jewish Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem while Israel controlled the security of the area. In 1980, Israel officially applied sovereignty and reunited the city of …

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The Jordan Valley in 1930 and 2020.

Israel is considering claiming sovereignty of the Jordan Valley in the near-future to establish a secure and natural border with Jordan to the east. The pro-Palestinian press has not surprisingly taken a harsh view of the contemplated action.  It is comical to read how the media describes the physical land …

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The Shrinking Modern Jewish Homeland.

The Jewish homeland as described in the bible is well known to the entire world. Originally the land promised to the first Hebrew, Abraham, was the land west of the Jordan River. When the twelve tribes of Israel returned to the land of their forefathers after being slaves in Egypt, …

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‘Palestinian’ Maps of 1995, 1997 and 2005.

Palestinian Arabs often share a series of maps which show that “their land and country” are in a perpetual state of shrinking when the opposite is the truth. Local Palestinian Arabs never had self-rule until 1995. The Ottomans ruled the region from 1517 to 1917 and then the British until …

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The Green Line Through Jerusalem.

When the United Nations considered dividing Israel into an Arab State and a Jewish State in 1947, it sought to remove the contentious religious sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims into a distinct “corpus separatum” which would be under international control. The area of Greater Jerusalem and Greater Bethlehem …

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UNRWA Artificially Extends Its Mandate.

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was created in December 1948 as a temporary agency to handle shelter, medical assistance and education for the roughly 700,000 Arabs who left what became Israel. Over seventy years later it continues to artificially extend its mandate. UNRWA’s term …

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The Building’s Auschwitz Tattoo.

I came with my parents to Vienna on a heritage trip to see where my grandparents lived and my mother was born before they fled the city in December 1938, just after Kristallnacht. My grandmother passed away twenty years before the trip when I was a young adult. I remember …

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Toronto Star Sanitizes Hamas During Pandemic.

On March 30, 2020, the Toronto Star wrote an article “Fearing Gaza coronavirus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantines” which painted Hamas as a reasonable and responsible government caring for its citizens. The article opened with a woman returning to Gaza from Egypt who was surprised that Hamas had set …

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