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Fatah Facebook Page Tells Parents to Raise Children for Terror

Teach them that we live in misery. Teach them that there is a seed in the soil; if you water it with blood, it will sprout a revolution.’


Culture of violence? Palestinian Arab children play with toy guns

Culture of violence? Palestinian Arab children play with toy guns

Fatah, the ruling political party of the Palestinian Authority (PA), continues to incite violence against Israel on its Facebook page.

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a prominent post reads, “Teach your children to love the soil. Teach them that we live in misery. Teach them that there is a seed in the soil; if you water it with blood, it will sprout a revolution.”

The statement is accompanied by an armed and uniformed man standing over a large crowd with a rifle, under the Palestinian Arab flag.

Fatah’s Facebook page has been a hotspot for incitement. Last week, the page praised a mass murdering terrorist, in a post celebrating the anniversary of terrorist Ali Ja’ara’s Jerusalem bus suicide bombing attack that killed 11 in 2004. Ja’ara was honored on PA TV in 2012 when his body was handed over by Israel in a “goodwill gesture.”

The post called Ja’ara a “quiet hero” who “succeeded in breaking the Zionists’ security barriers and breaching their fortresses.”

The group also praised several other terrorists, including Wafa Idris, the first female suicide bomber who killed 1 and injured over 100 in downtown Jerusalem in 2002, calling her “a Palestinian who knows the way.” Idris was able to get through Israeli security in a PA ambulance as a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Idris is “the sun of Palestine and its shining beacon” according the party of Israel’s “peace partner” Abbas. Her terror attack was lauded by Fatah as “heroic” and “an object of pride, honor and admiration.” The murderer was praised as being “sharp as a sword and strong as an oak tree.”

Another post featured a photo of the terrorist Mohammed Mubarak, who earlier this month opened fire on an IDF post near the Samaria community of Ateret, close to Ramallah.

Mubarak was eliminated by the IDF soldiers who returned fire, but not eliminated from the Fatah page where he was praised as a “heroic martyr.” A picture of Mubarak superimposed on that of former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat features the text “on couches, facing one another, with Allah on a magnificent throne,” a paraphrase of verses from Quran Sura 56 describing Heaven.

PA incitement against Israel continues to escalate, prompting intense efforts to assess the scope of the incitement and bring it to international attention. Last month, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz presented a detailed report on the incitement.

Findings included an analysis of how statements against Jews and Israel are being distributed and what is being said; a clear link was shown between the incitement and ongoing peace talks.

“We must not ignore the fact that the Palestinian educational system and media, under the patronage of Abbas and during the negotiations, are educating and inciting – on a daily basis – for the destruction of the State of Israel,” Steinitz stated at the time.


Poll: Majority of Americans Want Stronger Sanctions on Iran, Believe Palestinian State Would be Terror Hotbed

A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Berthold Werner.

Author:Joshua Levitt

The National Omnibus Poll, conducted by McLaughlin Associates, surveyed 1,000 Americans, and found that the majority want tougher sanctions on Iran and believe any state run by the Palestinian Authority would become a hotbed for terror.

The questions in the survey relating to Israel and Iran were sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America, the surveying company said in a statement.

The poll found that 59% of Americans believe that the U.S. should impose stronger sanctions on Iran to pressure it to stop its nuclear program, while only 17% believe the U.S. should weaken sanctions on Iran to convince it to stop nuclear development — almost a 3.5-to-1 ratio.

Asked another way, the poll found that 51% of Americans believe that U.S. President Barack Obama has not done all he can to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons, compared to 28% who believe that he has, almost a 2-to-1 ratio.

On Israel, the poll found that 47% of Americans believe that Israeli Jews should have the right to live in the West Bank, whereas only 14% of Americans believe only Palestinian Arabs should have the right to live there, a 3-to-1 ratio.

Meanwhile, 72% of Americans oppose President Obama’s plan to give the Palestinian Authority (PA) $440 million in aid, compared to 15% who believe that he should, almost a 5-to-1 ratio.

The poll found that 63% of Americans believe that the PA should recognize Israel as the sovereign state of the Jewish people, whereas only 11% believe it should not, almost a 6-to-1 ratio.

It found that 55% of Americans believe that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel, as opposed to 13% who believe it should not, more than a 4-to-1 ratio.

Only 31% of Americans believe that President Obama is a close and reliable friend of Israel, as opposed to 38% who believe that he is not.

The pollsters said their sample was split between Democrats (42%)  and Republicans (41%) with the remainder Independents or unidentified. By religion, the cohort was split among Protestants (46%), Catholics (30%), Jews (3.6%), and, by ethnicity, split among Whites (70%), African Americans (13%), Hispanics (12%), and Asians (3%).

Mort Klein, ZOA National President, said, “The results of this latest, very detailed and highly representative survey of American opinion show gratifyingly high, indeed, overwhelming levels of support for positions Israel takes, as opposed to the position the Obama Administration takes. It also shows an understanding of the dangers Israel faces from a terror-sponsoring Palestinian Authority.

“Americans believe by an overwhelming ratio that Israeli Jews have a right to live in Judea/Samaria (West Bank), whereas only a small percentage believe in the racist, anti-Semitic Palestinian position that only Palestinians have the right to live there. Large majorities of Americans clearly understand that a Palestinian state, if established, will not live in peace with Israel and will simply be another Mideast terrorist state.

“President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry should heed these results. They should understand that the American people expect our government to support Israel; stop promoting a Palestinian state; stop condemning Jewish communities in Judea/Samaria and eastern Jerusalem as ‘illegitimate’; support Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital; stop funding the PA and impose stronger sanctions on Iran to persuade it to terminate its nuclear weapons program.”

Ethnic cleansing and apartheid Palestine


All those who promote the idea of creating a Palestinian entity need to look themselves in the mirror and ask if they truly believe that the ends justify the means.

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A sign in the West Bank banning Israeli entry to a Palestinian controlled area. Photo: REUTERS
Nearly 15 years ago, a tall, lanky legislator from Massachusetts arose in the US Senate and delivered a brief yet impassioned call to stop what was deemed to be ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

With a concurrent resolution on the table authorizing US president Bill Clinton to launch air operations and missile strikes against Yugoslavia, the lawmaker turned to his wavering colleagues and implored them to vote in favor.

“The essential objective,” he said, according to the March 23, 1999, Congressional record, is to “minimize the capacity for ethnic cleansing. That is the overpowering strategic and, I think also, humanitarian interest here.”

The veteran senators’ words, and his emphasis on the need to stop ethnic cleansing, helped to carry the day, with the Senate voting to pass the non-binding resolution by a margin of 58-41. The following day, NATO , with American participation, launched a ruthless and bloody bombing campaign against Belgrade.

Ironically, the senator who spoke out so firmly against ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in 1999 – John Kerry – is now leading the charge as US secretary of state to implement it in the Middle East of 2014.

By pushing for the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, Kerry is effectively calling for the systematic and compulsory removal of a particular religious and ethnic group – in this case, Jews – from their homes.

He is attempting to lend a hand to Palestinian efforts to remove any and all Jews from their midst, for the simple reason that they are Jews.

Isn’t that precisely what “ethnic cleansing” is all about? At his press conference in Davos on Friday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rightly repudiated this contemptible stance.

“I have no intention of removing a single community,” the premier said, adding, “I have no intention of uprooting a single Israeli.”

In the wake of Netanyahu’s remarks, an unnamed source in the Prime Minister’s Office suggested that Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria should be allowed to remain in areas under Palestinian control as part of any peace deal. Naturally, the Palestinians wasted little time in reacting, with Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat telling the Associated Press that, “No settler will be allowed to stay in the Palestinian state, not even a single one.”

In other words, the Palestinians are ready to hang a large “No Jews Allowed” sign at the entrance to their sought-after country. In this regard, Netanyahu has adeptly exposed the true face of Palestinian nationalism.

After all, the Palestinian desire to create a monolithic entity, one that is free of Jews, belies their claim to democratic aspirations and reveals the hatred and intolerance that is lurking in their hearts. If the very idea of Jews living among them is unacceptable, what does that say about the kind of state “Palestine” would be? We all know the answer to this question: any Palestinian state that would arise would be yet another bastion of autocracy, thuggery and oppression in the Middle East.

It is therefore time for all of us to stop mincing words and hiding behind opaque diplomatic ambiguities.

Anyone who supports the so-called “two-state solution” and advocates the expulsion of Jews from places such as Hebron, Shiloh and Beit El is a would-be ethnic cleanser. In the name of a dubious peace, backers of such an idea are willing to countenance discrimination and the deportation of an entire ethnic or religious community.

Just imagine the outrage that would ensue if a senior Israeli official were to suggest that Israeli Arabs be physically removed from their homes and shipped off to a nascent Palestinian state. And yet, for some reason, the international community and many of our fellow Israelis have no qualms about embracing this double standard, despite the clear hypocrisy upon which it is based.

All those who promote the idea of creating a Palestinian entity need to look themselves in the mirror and ask if they truly believe that the ends justify the means.

Does the establishment of Palestinian sovereignty warrant the violation of the human and civil rights of hundreds of thousands of Jews in Judea and Samaria? Does the desire of Palestinians to run their own affairs really outweigh the importance of true coexistence between Arab and Jew? The answer, I dare say, is no.

What Kerry and other supporters of a Palestinian state fail to grasp is that something so basic that it should not even need to be said. Simply put: a peace based on immorality and injustice is one that cannot, will not and should not stand. And nothing would be more immoral or unjust than the creation of Apartheid Palestine and the exile of its Jews from their homes.