Touring the ‘West Bank’ with Machsom’s Watch

By Uri Pilichowski, published in The Times of Israel:

Over the summer, tour groups come to our house in Mitzpe Yericho to meet “real settlers” and hear about life in Judea and Samaria — what the world calls the West Bank. Looking at our glorious view of Jericho, the Jordan Valley and the Jordanian mountains, I talk about the religious, legal and national right of the Israeli people have to live in this small strip.

During the Q & A part of one group’s visit, I was asked if I have empathy for Palestinian suffering. I answered that of course I had empathy for their suffering — Jews wish suffering on no one. I expressed my hope that one day there would be peace between our people and all suffering would stop.

Inspired by that interaction and many more left wing friends’ challenges to see things from the Palestinian perspective, I joined an uber­left wing organization, “Machsom Watch” to take a tour around the West Bank and see the “occupation caused” suffering of the Palestinians. The goal, as our guide quoted President Obama’s charge to Israeli University students, was to “Put yourself in the [Palestinian’s] shoes. Look at the world through their eyes.” Read more »

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Iran’s Supreme Leader publishes new book outlining ‘annihilation’ of Israel, giving Iran full reign in Middle East

From the EU Reporter:

Only weeks after a deal was reached between the world powers and Iran that will lift international sanctions in exchange for some restrictions on and monitoring of its declared nuclear program, which Iran largely developed in secret. in a new published book, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured) outlines a “slow and painful” strategy to annihilate the State of Israel.

He claims that his plan would promote “the hegemony of Iran” while removing “the West’s hegemony” from the Middle East.

Iranian leaders regularly and openly call for the destruction of Israel. Iran has intercontinental missiles apparently capable of striking Israel, and past intelligence has indicated that Iran had researched fitting one of those missiles with a nuclear warhead.

In this 416-page book edited by Saeed Solh-Mirzai, entitled “Palestine,”Khamenei recommends rather than wiping Israel off the map through conventional warfare a plan of terrorism and everlasting chain of low-intensity attacks that will ultimately make life unbearable for Israelis, who would largely respond, Iran’s Supreme Leader hypothesizes, by packing their bags and relocating themselves out of the country.

Khamenei makes his position clear from the start : Israel has no right to exist as a state. He uses three words : one is “nabudi” which means “annihilation”, the other is “imha” which means “fading out’’ and finally there is “zaval” meaning “effacement.”

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry chief: Sunni Arab nations are our ‘allies’

This report from JTA is highly significant:

NEW YORK (JTA) – The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.”

Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal.

“What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.”

Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime adviser to Israeli prime ministers from the right-wing Likud Party, is also the author of a 2003 book on Saudi Arabia called “Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism.” Saudi Arabia has been one of the most vocal Arab opponents of U.S.-Iran rapprochement and the Iran nuclear agreement.

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BBC Panorama goes off the rails

In an alternate universe, had Israel decided that Jerusalem’s light rail would discriminate against Palestinian residents of the city by avoiding their neighborhoods, you can bet that the BBC (and many others) would be up in arms. In reality, the light rail serves all populations of Jerusalem, be they Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

But that hasn’t stopped the BBC from focusing on the light rail as a means to portray Jerusalem’s Palestinians as the victims of some malevolent scheme to “Judaize” the city at their expense. And all led by the development of Jerusalem’s transport network.

BBC Panorama, the network’s flagship current affairs program, broadcast “The Train That Divides Jerusalem” on July 20. It is a biased and one-sided look at Jerusalem.

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Vicar’s 9/11 Facebook post investigated by Church

The Church of England is investigating a vicar accused of posting an article on Facebook blaming Israel for the 9/11 attacks in the US.

The Reverend Stephen Sizer, vicar of Christ Church, in Virginia Water, Surrey, allegedly posted a link to an article entitled: “9/11 Israel did it.”

He reportedly wrote: “Is this anti-Semitic? It raises so many questions.”

The Diocese of Guildford said it was taking “immediate steps” to investigate.

A spokesman for the diocese – which oversees Dr Sizer – said it was a matter of “deep sorrow and shame” that the posts appeared in the same week as the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

“Our attention has been drawn to comments by the Rev Stephen Sizer on social media. In those comments Rev Sizer linked to an article entitled ’9/11 Israel did it’,” the spokesman said.

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