Arab/Palestinian – ME

Deactivating Palestinian dog whistles

Israel should counter fictitious Palestinian narratives, like the “threat” to Al-Aqsa, by ceaselessly telling the truth to the world In a geopolitical version of the movie “Groundhog Day,” the Palestinians have continually employed a series of dog whistles that are intended both to rally the faithful and gain the sympathy …

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MYTH: Israel is responsible for blockading Gaza.

FACT: Israel cannot impose a blockade on its own. Egypt controls the southern border of the Gaza Strip and has maintained its own blockade to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons from Iran and materials it can use to manufacture rockets to fire at Israeli cities. Egypt has demolished dozens of …

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MYTH: The al-Aqsa Mosque is Palestinian

Fact. The al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is not a Palestinian shrine.  It is considered the third holiest place in Islam after Mecca and Medina. After the Six-Day War, to avoid enflaming the Islamic world, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan agreed the Muslim authorities (the Waqf) would …

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Gaza, The Terrorist Enclave

In November 2021, the United Kingdom took the long overdue step of recognizing the entirety of the Palestinian Arab group HAMAS to be a terrorist organization. In making the decision to mark the ‘political wing’ as no different than its ‘military wing,’ British Home Secretary Priti Patel said “Hamas is …

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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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Palestinians ‘People-hood’ Based on a Big Lie.

The Palestinians claim that they are an ancient and indigenous people fails to stand up to historic scrutiny. Most Palestinian Arabs were newcomers to British Mandate Palestine. Until the 1967 Six-Day War made it expedient for Arabs to create a Palestinian people-hood, local Arabs simply considered themselves part of the …

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From Israel: “Appalled and Aghast!!”

And with good reason, I add, “alarmed!”  The situation as it is unfolding in Afghanistan is over the top. Here I hope to touch several bases briefly. As Lawrence Kadish, writing in Gatestone, put it: “The horror of President Joseph Biden’s deliberate retreat from Afghanistan is so immense and its …

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Between Morality and Bias.

Hamas aims to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible, but its rockets kill many more “Palestinians” than Jews because many of those rockets—in this case 680—misfire and explode inside Gaza. The death and destruction caused is, of course, usually blamed on Israel. In the 2021 May violence started by …

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Nakba: The Arab Self-Inflicted Catastrophe

As the British began to dismantle their Mandate [The British Mandate] and leave western Palestine, Israel’s War of Independence began (November 30, 1947 – May 14, 1948).  During the war, Palestinian Arabs became belligerents in the conflict, and by its end, rather than accept a Jewish state after five-and-a-half months …

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From Israel: Determination in the Face of Hatred!!

We begin today’s posting with citations from the Covenant of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement (emphasis added): “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (Preamble) “The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood… (Article …

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Into the fray: When did Palestine become Palestine?

The Palestinian-Arabs’ claim for sovereignty over what they now insist is their long yearned-for homeland arose only after 1967—i.e. when it came under Jewish administration The Arabs didn’t provoke war with Israel in 1967 to achieve Palestinian independence…Arab rulers could have established a Palestinian state in those territories whenever they …

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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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