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  • WINSTON MID EAST ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY October 11, 2005 Email: gwinston@interaccess.com Please disseminate & re-post. If you publish, send us a copy. Many of our articles appear on Websites at http://www.gamla.org.il/english & freeman.org Outgoing mail is virus-checked. To be removed from this list, please send your Email address. 600 ISRAELI SOLDIERS UNDER PSYCHIATRIC CARE PLUS 7 SUICIDES ...SO FAR! by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has left a trail of broken bones, pernicious lies and all the things that indelibly mark a Dictator driven by his own interests . The following is unreported by the Leftist Media: Of the 40,000 soldiers sent in to roust Jews from their homes, 600 are under psychiatric care with 7 having committed suicide so far - according to reliable, confidential sources. For every one who has sought help and committed himself to psychiatric facilities, one may assume there are multiples of those numbers who are brooding, depressed who may yet end up in a psychiatric facility or "G-d forbid" commit suicide for their role in being one of Sharon's storm troopers.
  • The enclosed report from Arutz Sheva describes the condition of the refugees from Gush Katif and the N. Shomron communities following the August 17 forced expulsion by the Sharon government. To date, ALMOST NOTHING has been done to help the refugees – NO COMPENSATION, NO EMPLOYMENT, NO HOMES, NO SCHOOLS, NO SYNAGOGUES, NO FARMS,……..NOTHING – except one temporary shelter followed by another. It is clear that the government MUST fulfill its obligations to the 10,000 displaced persons, but, WHILE THEY WAIT, MANY ARE PENNILESS. Money is being raised for them through many different organizations. AFSI suggests that you may want to give tax-deductible donations through the CENTRAL FUND OF ISRAEL – earmarked for RACHEL-OPERATION BAND-AID, or to FRIENDS OF GUSH KATIF. Checks may be mailed to AFSI, 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, NY 10128, and we will send them on to the proper parties.    SHARON HELD PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR EXPELLEES’ PLIGHT By Hillel Fendel Over 10 weeks after the expulsion, and 2/3 of the families evicted from their Gush Katif/Shomron homes have not yet been provided with a temporary solution. Their lawyer holds PM Sharon responsible.    Attorney Yitzchak Meron, the head of the Land of Israel Legal Forum that has been representing the Gush Katif expellees on a pro-bono basis, has written a letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Excerpts: "Over 70 days have passed since, at your initiative, some 9,000 people were thrown out of their homes. Almost none of them have attained their permanent [housing] solution. At the earliest, they will reach it two years from now, and others will apparently have a final housing solution in only 3-4 years. "No less severe is the fact that 2/3 of the people still do not even have a temporary solution. As it appears now, a large portion of them will reach this only 3-6 months from now. "The temporary solutions themselves involve great suffering for the residents. They will have to live in very crowded conditions of 10-12 square meters [12-14 square yards] per person. Much of their furniture and belongings do not even fit into the small houses; their belongings will have to remain in containers or warehouses. The people have to buy furniture and equipment that fits their new houses - and it goes without saying that the law provides for no compensation for this." "In short, the State has taken away from thousands of expelled residents their houses that they built with great toil, and these people are now without a home. They live in crowded hotel conditions. Some of them will have to remain this way for months to come. Physical and psychological ramifications of this situation are already noticeable, and experts say they will only get worse. "We warned in advance that the state did not concern itself with providing appropriate housing solutions in advance. We warned of a double uprooting, and now it appears that some people will have to be uprooted three and even four times." Meron contests the claim that the residents themselves did not cooperate sufficiently with the Disengagement Authority, but adds, "In any event, ever since the expulsion, certainly there is no such claim! Yet despite this, everything that has been done has been too late, too little and too slow... "Among the issues that have not been solved and that could be solved by your personal intervention are the families that lived in the area for many years - including young couples who were born there and families who rented privately - but because of various technical definitions, [are not yet receiving compensation]. The uprooted people themselves are not even involved in various negotiations between the government and the locations where caravila communities are planned - and they stand helpless on the sidelines.“ ---------------------------- Report # 12: State of Gush Katif, Northern Gaza and Northern Shomron CommunitiesOctober 24, 2005 Submitted by Toby Klein Greenwald Commissioned by Israel Resource News Agency and the Center for Near East Policy Research [All previous reports available through the search engine www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com] No Treatment for Special Needs Children There are three families currently living in Ir Haemuna who have young children who have special needs, and who received regular treatments, paid for by National Insurance, in Neve Dekalim, the “capital” of Gush Katif, before the disengagement. One of the children, a 5-year-old boy, is recognized as a victim of terror, and receives treatments as a result of a mortar injury he suffered when he was only a year old. Since the families did not know how long they would be in Ir Haemuna, they began to arrange for the children to receive treatment shortly before Rosh Hashana. According to one mother, they were told by the supervisor of the local treatment center five minutes away that she was given an instruction by the Prime Minister’s office to not give treatment to any children from Ir Haemuna. A more senior supervisor, who was also the supervisor of Special Education facilities in Gush Katif before the disengagement, stepped into the picture and met with the families on the eve of Succot, and said she would attempt to solve the problem. The Prime Minister’s office did not respond to our question about the incident. More on Ir Haemuna below. Moshav Katif The members of Moshav Katif have been staying in the Ulpana in Kfar Pines since the disengagement. Dvir Cohen, spokesman for Moshav Katif, says that the possible deal with Kibbutz Hafetz Haim fell through because the Disengagement Authority was not willing to pay for meals and the families of Moshav Katif, none of whom, to the best of his knowledge, have received compensation yet, do not have the funds to pay for food, nor do they have the facilities in the small guest house rooms to cook for themselves. The day after Succot, the Katif community will be moving to the King Saul Hotel in Ashkelon (which means that the elementary school children will have to change schools again). The long term plan is to end up in the Lachish area, but it is not clear where they will be between a short stay about a month in the hotel and when they go to Lachish. Among the possibilities being discussed are being in a high-rise apartment building in Ashkelon, being in the Nechusha area in the Negev. There were originally almost 60 families in Moshav Katif. There are currently about 45 left in the Ulpana. The others have scattered to Ir Haemunah, to parents or friends or other private arrangements. This is one more example of a community that is slowly being broken up. Seven sites of the Gush Katif community were visited over the Succot holiday. Ganei Tal - Yad Binyamin 1 [Photos available] The people from Ganei Tal are still living in cramped conditions in Kibbutz Hafetz Haim, although they are complimentary about how the kibbutz and its guest house has received them. They still have only two washing machines for more than 60 families, and have grown used to taking their laundry with them to family and friends when they go to visit. The caravan site, to which they are due to move some time soon after the Succot holiday, is in the process of being completed. People from Ganei Tal have testified that there were homes that were tested for water-proofedness and found faulty. A “tour” of several of these houses confirmed what has been said about the small sizes of the rooms, and the fact that the living-dining-kitchen area is small and not sufficient for a regular sized family, including their kitchen appliances, and normal sized dining and living room furniture. There were no security rooms in the houses, as is required in new buildings by Israeli law. An outside glance at some of the houses revealed crooked “trisim” (closing blinds), which raises the question if those are freak occurrences or an indication of the general quality of the building materials and/or process. The homes are set very close together and the windows face each other so there is no semblance of privacy. One Ganei Tal resident who toured a sample house, said about it, “Aside from the fact that it’s made out of cardboard, it’s not bad.” Nitzan Residents here are from Neve Dekalim and a number of other Gush Katif communities [Photos available] It had rained for approximately fifteen minutes in Nitzan that day, and there were some streets that were filled with water, where the drainage was faulty, and many muddy areas. MK Uzi Landau visited Nitzan that day, met with local residents and then toured one of the homes. At the same time there was a visit by Nobel Prize winner Professor Yisrael (Robert) Aumann and the head of World Mizrachi, Mr. Kurt Rothschild, who said that World Mizrachi had donated succot to Nitzan and elsewhere. The residents spoke with MK Landau about the debilitating issue of unemployment. Aaron Hazut, who had been the head of the secretariat of the Gan Or community before the disengagement, who is himself a victim of terror, led the discussion from the side of the residents. There are currently 270 families living in Nitzan. Hazut says, “We were not among those who said, ‘ It won’t happen’. We didn’t think it would ‘weaken anyone to plan in advance; we wanted to find a solution.” He then went on to describe to MK Landau the problems that they’ve encountered, in spite of their decision to plan. The main issue raise was unemployment. Hazut said, “The government built a local employment office but the ‘solutions’ they’re suggesting are putting salt in the wounds. There is a real feeling of unkept promises. The homes don’t have the proper infrastructure or security. The employment office doesn’t offer any real solutions. We’re trying to create the solutions ourselves.” According to Hazut, there were originally 420 farmers in Gush Katif, of which 200 actually worked the land themselves. Most of those ended up in Nitzan. He said that 520 families would be located in Nitzan in the end, including others from Neve Dekalim. The farmers claimed that the land they were offered was not developed; they were told to use their compensation money to develop it but then there would have left them nothing to build their businesses with afterwards. They say that the compensation is based on what things were worth six years ago, but everything has gone up since then - the raw materials, gas, solar, etc. They valued their worth according to the old prices but they will have to pay the new prices. (This and other issues were raised before the disengagement by attorneys who brought petitions to the High Court of Justice, but ten out of eleven judges found, in most instances, against the people to be disengaged.) Personal comments by farmers: o So we sat [with the Disengagement Authority] before the disengagement, and what good came of it? Only bad - the entire Gush fell apart. You [politicians] also only worked on how to prevent it. Even during that period, those MK’s who considered themselves the “rebels”, should have worried about the “day after”. o Personal comment: “They wouldn’t tell someone who lived on a kibbutz for 20 years, ‘Go rent an apartment on the third floor in a city...’” o Another Farmer: We have to fight for everything. o I was a person who was active, busy, doing business, now is doing nothing. We still have to pay our everyday supplies, but there are some people who have no income since June! o We have to buy storage sheds, different furniture…The ministry of agriculture didn’t find solutions for us. My equipment is thrown in Masuot Yitzhak, and parts of it are always being stolen. o They give us 90 meter homes in these kinds of conditions, and then we have to spend tens of thousands of shekels on storage. I look at the newspapers nothing appears there about this. We expect the people “in charge” to help take care of these things, to have a heart. o We brought millions of dollars into the state of Israel through our exports. This [disengagement] is a national crime. And we’re a society who are law-abiding… o There aren’t closets in the homes, someone had to spend NIS 40,000 just on all new closets. We’re still paying mortgages, and being charged $450 for rent. o Farmer: We, who were super-farmers, are now super-unemployed. I grew 90 dunams of cherry tomatoes, exported tons to Europe, employed 60 workers a typical Gush Katif farmer. When I signed up for unemployment, they wanted me to take a job in a carton factory, folding cartons at minimum wage. Some of my Thai workers, that are working somewhere else, hopefully temporarily, are receiving NIS 5,000 a month. I would have received NIS 3,000 a month. We need something to get up for in the morning. o At the most, we’ll receive 60% of what our real worth is, and that’s the best case scenario. They’re offering compensation that will be able to bring us, at best, to 50% of the output we had before. There is no possibility that we’ll reach what we reached before. We’ve already lost one season. Even if I started building right now, I won’t be able to get it off the ground till September, 2006. o The day before the disengagement we sat with the Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and he said, “I’ll do thus and thus…”A month later, when we sat with him, we saw there are no solutions. They offer land far away, or inappropriate…The Minister of Agriculture doesn’t relate to us, or his deputy minister. o They offered us land that is not sandy, not appropriate to our organic produce for which we developed an expertise. We can’t use up all our compensation on developing land. But we can’t just sit at home doing nothing, either. o It takes an average of three years just to “learn” the agricultural land area. They say that it took the farmers from Yamit five years before they were able to produce effectively again [and they had three years in advance to prepare, and much higher level of compensation TKG]. o We had special terms with Agrexco and others; one has to work hard to be accepted into that “club”; now we have to start from scratch. o At first, they came to us with the offer of going to Kibbutz Nahal Oz, to give us 2,000 dunams there. The government was to take care of the infrastructure. The only problem was that the kibbutz didn’t give the land in the end. A visit was made to several families who live in Nitzan. They were obviously trying to make the most of the situation by arranging the homes nicely, but they all commented that they had to spend money on storage sheds, new closets or furniture that fit the small rooms, and other items, such as trisim (blinds). Unlike the caravans in Yad Binyamin, the homes in Nitzan all come without blinds, even though the homes look into each other. One family the Farjun’s - estimated that they had to spend between NIS 25,000 and NIS 30,000 on items that they would not have had to buy, had they stayed in Gush Katif, and that will not be covered by any compensation. On a very troublesome note: They told MK Landau that three teenagers have been hospitalized in the psychiatric ward in Beer Sheva. “It’s a human tragedy,” said one resident. “There is no treatment for the problems of the teenagers. Not to mention how they feel, when they come home and ask, ‘ Abba, what did you do all day?’ And these are youth who, before the disengagement, when professionals were sent to study them, were considered psychologically the strongest among youth.” MK Landau promised to pursue solutions for the various issues. Gan Or - Kibbutz Yavne [Photo of Dorit and Tzvika available] There are five families from the community of Gan Or who have been absorbed into Kibbutz Yavne on the basis of residents, not members, for the next two years. One family we visited, Dorit and Tzvika Fixler, had settled into a little kibbutz home that was 30% the size of their home in Gan Or. Dorit, who worked full time as an art teacher in Gush Katif, had not yet started working, as there already are art teachers in the kibbutz. Tzvika, who, with Dorit, owned a highly successful bio strawberry growing farm that exported extensively to Europe, is now working as a salaried employee for an irrigation company. They do not know what their long term plan will be and, like the other Gan Or people, are exploring a number of possibilities. The families in Kibbutz Yavne from Gan Or, mostly from the field of agriculture, made arrangements in advance, but because there was not a location that could take all of them, Gan Or was one of the communities that did not succeed in remaining together following the disengagement. Elei Sinai Tent City [Photos available] According to spokesperson Edi Amit, families left in the tent city of Elei Sinai are waiting for the government to make them an offer of a communal settlement. The large Bedouin carpets meant to give a “feel of home” were sunk into the mud, as it had rained that day. A sign facing the highway says, “59 days without a home” (on October 19) and another sign, on a makeshift clinic tent, reads, “We treat people with sensitivity and determination”, a reference to the instructions given to the soldiers who removed people from their homes. Shirat Hayam Hotel in Ashkelon Residents from Bdoloch, Morag, Elei Sinai and elsewhere. [Photos available] There are about 40 families left in this hotel. The hotel, at the instructions of the Disengagement Authority, has allowed the people to remain in the hotel rooms but has closed the dining room. We found them, at dinnertime on chol hamoed Succot, sitting around a little table in the lobby, eating meals out of airline-type packets, that have been donated. For the most part, they buy their own food now. Most of them have not yet received any compensation and are unemployed. Other families from those settlements, who had desperately wanted to stay together as communities, are scattered around the country. Rabbi Yishai Bar-Hen, who had been the rabbi of the secular, northern Gazan communities, gave us a tour, and was astounded to discover, in the process, that the hotel had dismantled the synagogue room. He expressed bitterness and anger about what he called “a lack of basic humanity” being shown the Gazan Jews. Another member of the Elei Sinai community fumed as she showed us the what she referred to as a “one-sided” contract that they had been offered by Kibbutz Carmia [contract available in Hebrew], where there already is an area with caravans for the disengaged, and more are due to be built. “The caravans aren’t ready yet,” she says, “but the Disengagement Authority wants us to move anyway.” She pointed out a clause stating that that they could not have “invited guests” in their homes, without permission of the kibbutz, only guests who “happen by”. [We have a copy of the contract.] They will be charged rent (deducted from their compensation, while they are still paying mortgages), almost $500 including expenses as of August 15, even though they will be moving in some time, they hope, in November. The payment is supposed to come from the Disengagement Authority, but the contract states that they will be required to pay, themselves, if the Authority does not. Also, the evacuees, not the Disengagement Authority, are required to have two guarantors sign the contract. The secular Gazans said they were sorry that, whereas religious settlers were given succot as gifts, they were not offered to most of the secular. When asked if it was common practice for secular Jews in Israel to build succot, they replied, “We all did in Gaza.” Atzmona Ir Haemunah (near Netivot) [Photos available] Atmona’s tent city, called in Hebrew “Ir Haemunah” The City of Faith is located on the outskirts of Netivot, a city in the Negev. It is in an abandoned factory compound. There is a reconstructed temporary playground in an empty area across the road, for Atzmona’s many children. Large industrial tents have been set up and separated by plyboard and various materials into separate living quarters. Concrete and rubber sheeting have supplanted the pastoral community of grass and palm trees. Atzmona was the “holy” settlement in Gush Katif, unique in its combination of deeply committed, religious people who were also welcoming and tolerant to outsiders. They allowed no televisions or secular newspapers into the community, and many of the adults were involved in the study or teaching of Torah; others were farmers who ran the largest plant nursery in the Middle East. It also boasted one of Israel’s most famous pre-army study (“mechina”) programs, headed by a rabbi who had been a pilot in the air force. That program has relocated to Yated, a community in the Negev, close to the Egyptian border and within the range of mortars from Gaza, where about 20 of Atzmona’s families including many farmers and the mechina teachers - went after the disengagement. Most of the others about 57 families - have remained here, while they await a community solution. They are not interested in apartments scattered in various cities, or in what they consider the large, impersonal, Nitzan development, which are the only options they’ve been offered so far by the Disengagement Authority. A handful of families have arranged for other living quarters, for now. There are areas in the compound set aside for study, for prayer, and the second floor of the factory has the school. The Ministry of Education refuses to finance either the school or the pre-schools. Bathrooms and showers for the community are metal stalls standing in a row at one end. A slice of life: The “rabbanit” of Atzmona, Meira Netanel, welcomes us in their tent and explains that, “It’s been a hard day. The concrete is not level, and all the rain flowed down to our side and flooded the tents here.” She spent the day picking items up off the wet floor and trying to push the water out of the tent. Two of her daughters were sitting on a small couch, using plastic chairs as desks. There were crayons, books, and a Hebrew version of Monopoly on nearby stools. Shabbat candlesticks stood on a small white tablecloth on a well-worn wooden bureau, and a bamboo bookshelf held food supplies. Meira said they were about to leave for a funeral near Yated. The 83-year-old man known as “ Saba (Grandfather) Tzadok” Raab (brother of the Israeli poet Esther Raab), who became a media star during the disengagement, had passed away that afternoon. He was the oldest person to be expelled from Gush Katif, and was a favorite with the young people of Atzmona. “Saba Tzadok” was shown on Israeli TV when he spoke with the soldiers and officers who came to remove him from his home in Atzmona. He tried to return a medal to an IDF officer, a medal he received from the State of Israel for his personal war efforts against the Nazi’s, who destroyed his first home in Czechoslovakia. He also lived and fought in Kfar Etzion, that fell in the War of Independence in 1948, with the rest of Gush Etzion, and he sat in a Jordanian prisoners of war camp after that for a year. He lived for 18 years near his son in Atzmona, since the death of his wife, and worked in the Atzmona plant nursery. During the disengagement, he no longer wanted an Israeli medal, hence his attempt to return it. Meira told us that her husband, the rabbi, had visited Saba Tzadok just before Rosh Hashana, and Saba had told him of his joy to at least be living in a new settlement in the Negev, where he would be able to bring a little bit of “tikun”, repair, to the world, following the disengagement. He worked a little bit every day, in spite of his age. When asked what their future plans are, Meira said, “The government is offering us something in the Lachish area [where some other Gush Katif communities would also be] but nothing is finalized yet. There is a secular kibbutz there, with eleven families, of the Hashomer Hatzair [Communist] movement. We’d be perfectly happy for them to stay in the area, but they apparently would want to move, and have asked the government for compensation that it is not willing to pay. So I don’t know how long it will take. We may be here [in the tent city] for months.” Interim possibilities? “Yes, in apartments scattered in various cities. But we want to remain a community.” Her words are confirmed by Yonatan Rom, a member of the Atzmona secretariat, and he adds, “If the government wanted to help us relocate now with the same determination that they expelled us, we’d no longer be living in this tent city.” There is a sign hanging from the “school” balcony, a sheet painted with the words, “It is impossible to stop this faith.” For more information or contact information: Toby Klein Greenwald [email_address] 0523-822104 From abroad: 972-523-822104
  • Gush Katif Communities: Where Are They Now? 16:41 Oct 30, '05 / 27 Tishrei 5766 By Hillel Fendel 13 families from Morag of the former Gush Katif have moved into houses in southern Judea. 6 Morag families are in Nitzan, the other 20 have scattered - and for the most part, Morag no longer exists. Rabbi Yitzchak Ideles, father of one of the 13 families who have moved to the community of Teneh, northeast of Be'er Sheva, is excited about the new challenge: "Teneh - also known as Omarim by the residents - is about 20 years old, and has some 110 families. It is basically a secular community that is showing signs of awakening to Judaism. They recently built a synagogue, several families have changed their lifestyles - and in general they have welcomed us with open arms. We will, at least for the first stage, be a community within a community, and good things will hopefully result." For Ideles and his family, this was the second expulsion; they were thrown out of the Sinai community of Atzmonah in 1982 to make way for the peace treaty with Egypt. But he looks only forward: "We are the first group to move into houses," he noted, "and the first group to move to a Yesha [Judea and Samaria] location, and we welcome this new challenge." The group is scheduled to remain in Teneh for at least two years. Many of the Morag families spent the first two months since the expulsion in the high school dormitory in Ofrah, north of Jerusalem. Another group of Morag families - six in number - is living at the caravila site of Nitzan, together with some 300 others from various Gush Katif communities. "It cannot be denied that Morag has fallen apart," said one former resident currently living in Nitzan. "We just hope that the six of us, and possibly others, will remain together when our permanent homes are finally built." When will that be? "The truth is, we don't know. We are hoping for a permanent community outside Nitzan, but the government says that at least 200 families must sign up - and so far, there are only 130. So the uncertainty continues..." A succinct update on other Gush Katif communities: * Approximately 40 of 50 Gan-Or families are in Nitzan. * Tel Katifa - currently in Even Shmuel, just south of Kiryat Gat and east of Ashkelon, hoping to move to new caravans in Even Shmuel. * Netzer Hazani - must choose between Avnei Eitan in the Golan and Ein Tzurim (not ready yet) in the south. * Atzmonah - some, joined by others from Gush Katif, are in the Faith City encampment, near Netivot in the western Negev. They are hoping that a caravila site will be ready within 2-3 months in the northern Negev/Lachish region so that they can build a new community there. Other families have made new homes in Yated, in the Halutza Sands area, south of Gaza. * Netzarim - most in Yevul, in Halutzah Sands area, and some in Karnei Shomron, until housing units are ready in the Shomron city of Ariel. * Moshav Katif - many to King Sha'ul Hotel in Ashkelon, some to Yad Binyamin, some to Atzmonah, and some on their own. * Shirat HaYam - waiting for Prime Miniser's approval to move to Maskiyot in the Jordan Valley. * Kfar Darom - still waiting to move into high-rise building in Ashkelon.
  • LEGAL ACROBATICS: THE PALESTINIAN CLAIM THAT GAZA IS STILL "OCCUPIED" EVEN AFTER ISRAEL WITHDRAWS Dore Gold Jerusalem Issue Brief, August 26, 2005 PER PHASED PLAN OF 74 ---------------------------------- PA TELEVISION: ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION IS WITHIN REACH The Palestinian Authority's state-run television station broadcast various programs this past week conveying the message that Israel's destruction is attainable. In the days since the IDF began to withdraw completely from Gaza, PA TV broadcast several programs all emphasizing the goal of destroying the Jewish State. ----------------------------------------------------------- Friends, For all those ostriches who view the man in the suit as anything other than the spiritual successor to his unwashed boss, Yasir Arafat, the mass murderer, the recent death of a young bride, her cousin and a fourteen year-old boy should erase any doubt. Under Abbas, the murders continue. The incitement continues. They even brag about it. I wonder what Ms. Rice has to say to this? Naomi _____ PALESTINIAN MEDIA AND OFFICIALS SAY ABBAS'S OWN FATAH KILLED 'SETTLERS' BY MICHAEL WIDLANSKI 16 October 2005 Voice of Palestine Radio, the official voice of Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority, declared Sunday night that both of today's attacks on Israelis were carried out by members of the Fatah organization headed by PLO leader Abbas. At least three people were murdered and another five wounded-including women and children-- in the two drive-by shooting attacks that took place within minutes of one another: one on a group of civilians at a bus-stop south of Bethlehem, the other on the road between Jerusalem and Nablus. "Both armed attacks were carried out by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades which are part of the Fatah Movement," asserted Voice of Palestine, which, along with the other Palestinian media stressed that the attacks were on "mustawtaneen"-the Arabic word for settlers. The murders were not condemned by the official Palestinian media or any Palestinian officials who have generally called such previous attacks on "settlers" a legitimate form "resistance" to occupation. Dr. Abbas and his aides also did not condemn the kidnap murder three weeks ago of a Jerusalem man, Sasson Nuriel, who was tortured by Palestinian terrorists from the Hamas organization and then made to read a "confession" that was filmed and distributed on Hamas websites. The attacks have occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which is often a time set aside not only for penitence but also for jihad, holy war. Indeed, official Mosque addresses as well television and radio shows during recent weeks have been depicting Israelis and Americans as murderers and as victimizers of Muslims, highlighting the need for more "resistance" [muqawwama], "fighting" [kifaah] and "active struggle" [nidaal]. Palestinian leaders have repeatedly promised to curb violence and curtail incitement to violence, but since Dr. Abbas came to power as PLO chairman last December, there has been a general continuation of anti-Israeli and anti-Western propaganda as under the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Although Abbas has removed some "martyr videos," government-controlled newspaper cartoons and television montage films habitually depict Israelis and Americans as sadists. A cartoon in the Al-Quds newspaper this month shows America turning the Arab world into a human slab of beef with a US government stamp, while staged "documentary films" show Israeli jailers torturing Palestinian prisoners or Israeli soldiers gloating while killing Palestinian women and children. ----------------------------- Abu Mazen accused Israel for this attack because Israel did not make"significant enough concessions"!!!! And he believes his accusations. Well, not that it will help people like Peres, but the rest of us can recognize Criminal Chutzpah when it is in our face. Don Arabs Kill 3, Wound 5 in Gush; One Wounded Near Eli IsraelNationalNews.com , October 16, 2005 / 13 Tishrei 5766 Terrorists from the PA have fired on a hitching post on Route 60 in Gush Etzion in the direction of Kiryat Arba, killing three and wounding five. In a similar attack near Eli, one Jew was wounded. --------------------------------------------
  • >> "The suicide bomber who carried out the attack was identified as a >> 20-year-old resident of the West Bank town of Qabatiyeh. The bomber's >> name, Hassan Abu Zeid, was announced over a bullhorn in Qabatiyeh, >> residents said. Israel Radio reported he was released about ONE MONTH >> AGO FROM ISRAELI PRISON." (HAARETZ Oct. 26, 05) >> >> THE IDF spokesman announced tonight that ''limited targets'' would be >> hit by the IDF in 'response' to today's terrorist attack in Hadera >> that killed 5 Jews and wounded 30 more. The limited targets >> according to most reliable sources would be 8empty buildings, 5 empty >> fields, and 3 empty parking lots throughout terrorist villages and >> towns in Israel. Since Arik Sharon released today's terrorist only >> one month ago, he may not be tried for war crimes as the statute of >> limitations expired on the 29th day of Prime Minister's participation >> in terrorist activities of terrorists whom he released from Israeli >> jails. Most freed terrorists are now vying against each other as to >> who can go back and kill after Arik Sharon released them. >> >> More details to follow after tomorrow's 5funerals and hospital visits >> of maimed Jews. >> Information sheet re: Roadside slayings of  Israelis in Judea & Samaria   a. The three Israelis who were shot to death yesterday (Sun. 16/10), including 2 girls who were cousins, died in so-called "drive-by attacks". Drive-by attacks are the most fatal variety of all shooting attacks, for 2 reasons: a. It is easy for the terrorist to approach the victim; and b. It is easy for the terrorist to flee after he has shot his victims.   b. Due to the particular danger presented by drive-by attacks, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), for the duration of the Oslo War which broke out in 2000, have  maintained separate roads for the Israeli and Arab populations in Judea and Samaria. These roads were impertinently termed "apartheid roads" by the loony left, despite their being perfectly well aware that the system was not in fact motivated by racism but rather by the need to save lives. The Sharon government and its embassies abroad did not respond to these serious allegations on behalf of the loony left.   c. As part of the disengagement plan, and responsive to heavy American pressure to "strengthen Abu Mazen", Israel has once again opened roads which were slated for Israelis only, to Palestinian traffic. At the same time, the roads slated for Palestinians only continue to serve Palestinians only and are forbidden to Israelis.    d. Each and every time this road-opening step takes place, the result is a fatal road attack . For example, the terror attack 4 months ago resulting in the death of two teenagers at Bet Haggai, happened under exactly the same circumstances.  All commanders in the IDF are aware of the fact that opening roads serving Israelis, to Palestian traffic, will eventually cause a fatal road attack (dead Israelis). When Israelis resident in Judea and Samaria (repeatedly) raise this point with IDF commanders, the commanders never make any attempt to deny the undeniable.      e. These predictable "patterns of death", intended to serve international peace (sic) diplomacy,  have occured dozens of times in the past few years. They occur as follows:   I. Due to "negotiations", "progress", "confidence-building measures" and other code-words, Israel opens Israeli roads to Palestinians as described above. II. Often, non-fatal road attacks are the first  indication that something is wrong -- such as the event when Israeli idealogue Moshe Feiglin's 18 year old daughter was sprayed with bullets and miraculously survived. That attack, which was relatively well publicized, is the exception which proves the following rule: non-fatal attacks (on Israelis in Judea and Samaria are extremely common and are not treated as newsworthy. Therefore, the Israeli roads are not closed to Palestinian traffic in the aftermath of  attacks, unless the attacks are fatal. III. Eventually then, or immediately, a fatal road attack occurs. At this point the road is closed. IV. The period of time for which the road is closed depends on whether pro-Israel elements scream louder than the loony left, or vice versa. If the pro-Israel elements in Israel and abroad scream loudest, the roads remain closed -- at least for a while. If the loony left screams louder, the roads re-open to Palestinian traffic almost immediately -- back to step I. And on. And on.   f. The allegation that Palestinians cannot live with roads being closed to them, is nonsense . Just as Israelis had circumventing roads built for them during the Oslo years, Palestinians had circumventing roads built for them, during the forthcoming Oslo war (waged by Palestinians against Israelis). It is true that the Palestinian roads are very poor in quality, due to the total lack of concern that the so-called Palestinian Authority demonstrates toward its own people. However, the Sharon government has not dared to publicly demand that these roads be improved for Palestinians by Palestinians. Sharon's government has preferred to order  Israeli roads to be opened -- for the Palestinian public. And if that causes some Israelis to lose their lives -- so be it.   g. The allegation that Palestinians are discriminated against due to the separate road system , being forced to travel long circuitous routes rather than cutting through Israeli roads, is absolutely baseless -- because the Israelis are also forced to travel equally long circuitous routes of their own, rather than cutting through Palestinian roads. Note that both populations did actually share roads in harmony and mutual satisfaction, for 25 years (1967 - 1992)  until peace broke out in 1992 (Oslo) and ruined everything.   h.  Palestinian and loony left sources imply that the small price of having a few Jews shot to death is well worth it , compared to what happens when the roads are blocked to Palestinians -- which calamity results in "60% of Palestinian births at roadblocks terminating in death", to paraphrase a recent UN allegation. This too is nonsense . First, the UN allegations are based on what is optimistically termed "data" supplied by the corrupt and hostile Palestinian Authority. There is no reason to feel any confidence that this "data" is reliable in any way at all. However, assuming it is partly reliable, there is also  no reason for the Palestinian women in question to be heading for Israeli hospitals. They should have been heading for Palestinian hospitals, in which case the entire roadblock issue would not have arisen. WHY were they not willing to go to Palestinian hospitals? Again -- because Abu Mazen, the Physicians for Human Rights, the European Union and others are all busy burning money for political causes and have absolutely no time or inclination to set up decent hospitals for their own people. Conclusion: Instead of allowing the IDF to be blamed, Israel should be pointing its finger at the people who are really selling out the Palestinian babies: the Palestinian leaders and their diplomacy-crazy cohorts in Israel, Europe and the United States. ----------------------------------------------------- Hebron/Arutz 7 Commentary   Tears of anger and tears of mourning by David Wilder The Jewish Community of Hebron Succot, October 19, 2005 When I received information about the shooting at the Gush Etzion junction last week, my first thought was, 'where is my daughter?' Ophira was in Jerusalem and frequently comes home to Hebron, 'tramping' or hitching in Americanese, from the Gush Etzion intersection. I tried calling her cell phone, but she didn't answer. I tried a few other numbers; they too didn't help. But few minutes later she called me back, asking what I wanted. "Where are you?" I asked, and she informed me that she was still in Jerusalem. After work she had spent some time with her best friend, Ortal, who lives in the southern Hebron Hills community, Carmel. What did I want? I told her that I'd received a beeper message about a terror shooting at Gush Etzion and wanted to know where she was. That was the end of the conversation. From my end. But she started making phone calls too, trying to find out who might have been there when the shooting started. A little while later she called me back. "Do you have any names?" I had heard names of a group of people, but wasn't yet sure who were the wounded and who were the killed. So I didn't respond. "Why?" "Because Ortal told me that her sister was injured. Do you know any more?"  When she told me her sister's name, I knew that she was one of those hurt, and had a suspicion that she had been killed. But I wasn't 100% sure, so I didn't say anything. Ophira found her way to the Egged 160 bus and started home. By the time she arrived, I knew, and she knew, that Ortal's older sister, 23 year old Kinneret Mandel, was dead, the victim of terrorist bullets. Standing next to Kinneret at the intersection was her newly-married cousin, Matat Adler-Rosenfeld. Matat was married to my son-in-law's cousin. She was also a victim, killed less than three months after her wedding. Matat had been in the army and served in Netzarim when my son was there also. She was a 'tattzpanit' – a lookout, and knew the roads and paths in and out of Netzarim and Gush Katif like the back of her hand. When she concluded her service she assisted in getting hundreds of people into Gush Katif and Netzarim, protesting the planned expulsion. She was even arrested and jailed for her efforts. When my son called to ask if I had details of the attack I told him, 'yes, one of the critically wounded is a friend of yours, who you studied with. He has a bullet in the stomach. And one of those killed, I think you knew her too – Matat." "What," he exclaimed, "Matat was killed, she's dead?" My daughter Ophira got off the bus in Kiryat Arba. I drove up to get her. She got into the car and started crying. I think she cried all night. When we got home, she went into her room and wailed. It was a dreadful sound. A little while later I drove her out to Carmel, where Kinneret and Matat both lived. Kinneret had just finished her degree after four years of study. She lived at home with her family. Matat lived in a caravan home, right next to her cousin, Kinneret's sister, Ortal. Kinneret's husband is an officer in the IDF. I asked Ophira, "why did she live here, her parents don't live here and most of the time her husband's in the army?" "Because she wanted to live close to Hebron, close to Ma'arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs." I went with Ophira to Kinneret's home. The living room was full of people. Kinneret's mother Rivka hugged Ophira and they cried together. A few minutes later her friend Ortal came into the room, and the scene was repeated. Ortal, Kinneret's sister, is eight months pregnant. Her husband too is a soldier. I stood there, looking at the people, Kinneret's father and brother, still in shock, not really believing what had happened. Her father, sitting on the couch, talking to no one in particular, said, "you never really think it can happen to you." A little while later Ortal asked me to upload some pictures of her murdered sister from her camera into the computer, and burn them onto a disc, to send out to the news media.  I didn't remember ever having met Kinneret, but asked my daughter, "do you remember, when I photographed Ortal before her wedding…" and Ophira jumped, "Kinneret was there too." And now, sitting here in the office, looking at those pictures – outside Ma'arat HaMachpela, Ortal, in a wedding dress, together with her sister, both looking so radiant, and knowing that Kinneret will never have her own wedding day, what can  I say, it's so sad. Kinneret Mandel and Matat Adler-Rosenfeld were buried side by side in Jerusalem's Har HaMenuchot cemetery. Thousands attended, despite the fact that the Succot holiday was to begin only a few hours later. Usually, according to Jewish law and tradition, the deceased person's immediate family sit 'shiva' after the funeral, that is, they stay at home for a week, sit on the floor, and mourn their loved one.  It could be considered to be a period of adjustment, trying to get used to the fact that someone important in your life is missing. However, Jewish holidays supersede mourning traditions, and 'shiva' is cancelled should it collide with a festival. Being that the Succot holiday began only hours after the girls' funeral, the families were able to sit 'shiva' for only a short time, a couple of hours at most. This too, is a tragedy. The Succot holiday is usually extremely festive. Here in Hebron, thousands upon thousands of visitors flock to Ma'arat HaMachpela and tour the Jewish neighborhoods in the city. Jews in Israel and around the world spend the week living in 'Succot' that is, simple booth-like structures, four walls of thin wood or some kind of other material, with a roof of branches. This holiday is known as 'zman simchatanu' or, in English, 'our time of joy.' However, our sages teach us that should it rain during Succot, we are in trouble. The example they give is of a servant who comes to pour a drink for his master, but instead of accepting the cup, the master throws water in the servant's face. In other words, suring Succot, we desire to perform the mitzvah (precept) of sitting in the Succah, but instead, G-d pours water on our heads. This is considered to be a very ominous occurrence. Today, the second day of the seven day Succot holiday, it rained in Israel, from all the way up north, through to the south. Here in Hebron it poured too. As the sages taught, having the glass of water thrown into our faces. Maybe G-d is trying to tell us something. Almost 10,000 Jews, refugees from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron, are still homeless, almost forgotten, abandoned by their country, their leaders, their people. And the enemy, he who has killed, continues to kill, due to 'easing of restrictions,' allowing them to 'live better lives.'   So what is it? Is He giving us a warning, telling us, 'your prayers on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, the New Year and the Day of Atonement, they weren't enough. Words, supplication, they are fine, but deeds speak louder than words.' Or perhaps, G-d is sending down some of His tears, tears for Kinneret, tears for Matat, tears for their families, tears for their unborn children, tears for people abandoned by their own brethren. Or perhaps, both, tears of anger and tears of  mourning? Left to Right: Ophira, Ortal and Kinneret
  • The good terrorists - by Caroline Glick The Jerusalem Post - October 27, 2005 ...After Wednesday's bombing, the Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. As is their habit, the terrorists claimed that the massacre of Israeli civilians was their response to the IDF's killing of their terror commander Luai Sa'adi in Tulkarm earlier this week. But then something interesting occurred. In Gaza City, masked Fatah and Islamic Jihad terrorists held a joint press conference where they claimed joint responsibility for the bombing. A Fatah spokesman further announced that any attack against Islamic Jihad will be viewed as an attack against Fatah as well. Disturbingly, no Israeli newspaper other than The Jerusalem Post reported on the press conference. And that isn't all. Like the government, the Israeli media also ignored the fact - reported again exclusively by the Post's Khaled Abu Toameh - that in the same IDF raid where Sa'adi was killed, Majed al-Ashkar, a senior Fatah terror commander, was also killed. The Israeli Hebrew-speaking public has not been informed that the two had spent the past several months establishing joint Fatah-Islamic Jihad cells throughout Judea and Samaria and Gaza. FOR HIS part, Abbas, whom the Sharon-Peres government and the Bush administration uphold as Israel's partner in peace and the fight against terrorism, has been making some interesting moves. Abbas has told the Americans and the Israelis that he is working to end Fatah terrorism by integrating the Aksa Martyrs Brigades into the Palestinian security forces. But on Wednesday night, Channel 2's reporter in Gaza interviewed three such "former" terrorists as they stood in position outside the ruins of the community of Neveh Dekalim. The flag flying from the top of their tent was that of the Aksa Martyr Brigades. One man was in uniform and the other two were wearing civilian clothes. All were brandishing the same AK-47 rifles they received as terrorists. All claimed that they are still part of the Aksa Brigades. As one Palestinian source noted to the Post, the fact that Fatah and Islamic Jihad terrorists are now operating in the same cells raises the prospect that Islamic Jihad operatives will infiltrate the Palestinian security services by claiming to be Fatah terrorists. As members of the security forces, these murderers will receive training at the hands of Russian security personnel who are now operating in Gaza.... 10-31 Is the choice Abbas or the abyss? By Jonathan Tobin Strategy on Palestinians a mockery of president's stands on democracy and terror http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In any descent into folly, there is a tipping point. Before that happens, there's a chance to reverse course and avert disaster. But after the crucial moment arrives, failure is inevitable, and the only question is just how badly things will actually turn out. No, I'm not talking about the Bush administration's Iraq policy, its hurricane recovery efforts or the fallout from the Valerie Plame leak case. Rather, the really bad mistake Washington is about to commit is one that has generated no outrage from the press or worries about declining poll numbers. Ironically, it was at Bush's meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week - an event that provided a respite from bad press - at which the greatest administration blunder of the month occurred: Bush gave Abbas the green light to allow Hamas terrorists to keep their arms and run in next January's Palestinian elections. Not only does this contradict Bush's own challenge to the world that it must choose between terror and democracy; it also gives the lie to the administration's position on what is acceptable in the efforts to establish a government in Iraq. TERROR AND POLITICS DON'T MIX Some of the administration's defenders will claim that excluding Hamas or any other Islamist movement would undermine democracy. But nothing could be further from the truth. A political party in a democracy does not need an army, let alone a terrorist wing. Excluding armed gangs from the status of genuine democratic parties is simple common sense. How, we must ask Bush, can an election be considered fair when the contending parties can intimidate voters and the media at will? Of course, would it be fair to exclude Hamas while including Fatah, which has its own "armed wing" - the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade - that murdered three Israeli teenagers in cold blood the day before the Washington meeting? But to even ask such questions is to ponder issues that the administration is unwilling to face. The Bush team's approach to the Israel-Arab conflict has boiled down to a simple prayer that somehow Mahmoud Abbas can transform Palestinian politics and culture from one of terrorism and war to one of peace.
  • 2. GENERAL YA'ALON, THE OUTGOING CHAIRMAN OF ISRAEL's JOINT C-o-S BLASTS "DISENGAGEMENT" (Ha'aretz, June 3, 2005). Ya'alon cautions that "Disengagement" would be a tailwind to Palestinian terrorism, bringing Kassam missiles and homicide bombing to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Kfar Saba and other major cities. He warns that the Soft Belly of Israel would become a regular target for Palestinian terrorism. 3. General Ya'alon determines that "Disengagement" has been perceived by the Palestinians as a cut & run, emboldening terrorists: "The Palestinians believe that they are advancing their goal... while Israel retreats." 4. General Ya'alon claims that "Israel's military re-engagement [since 2002/3] with Palestinian cities has tilted the battle on terrorism in favor of Israel, has reduced the number of casualties, has bolstered Israel's steadfastness, has contributed to economic recovery and has acquired international legitimacy... Until the inception of "Disengagement" the Palestinians reassessed their position on terrorism, concluding that violence yields no rewards." But, then came the plan of "Disengagement", which has adrenalized Palestinian terrorism. 5. General Ya'alon insists that "Disengagement" would demolish recent Israeli achievements in its war on terrorism, and would produce a wave of terrorism, which would dwarf the one that has plagued Israel since the conclusion of the 1993 Oslo Accord. 6. GENERAL YA'ALON CONTENDS THAT A PALESTINIAN STATE WOULD BE A LETHAL THREAT TO THE JEWISH STATE, would exacerbate terrorism and would be a catalyst to a horrific war. 7. General Ya'alon concludes that ABU MAZEN HAS NOT ACCEPTED ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST. "Abu Mazen has not given away the claim of return... which stands for the destruction of the Jewish State.“ ----------------------------------- IDF Chief-of-Staff Heard First of Expulsion Over the Internet 16:17 Jun 29, '05 / 22 Sivan 5765 Former IDF Chief-of-Staff Moshe Yaalon has confirmed that he first heard about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to expel Jewish residents from Gaza and northern Samaria over the Internet. At a meeting of the Knesset Government Audit Committee yesterday, Yaalon said that the IDF did not participate in most of the discussions that formulated the expulsion plan. Yaalon, whose tenure as Chief of Staff ended last month - probably because of his objections to the expulsion plan - also said that the Americans knew about the plan before he did. “The first time I was asked about a plan to evacuate one or two communities was in the summer of 2003,” Yaalon said. "I was asked to express my opinion in that regard, and I gave my opinion in relation to varying circumstances, [mentioning] the possibility of intensified terrorism, etc.” Yaalon added that the first time he actually heard of the government’s intention to implement the plan was in a conversation initiated by Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz. “That update came after the Herzliya conference, in February 2004, after the plan had already been presented to the Americans and the Egyptians,” said Mofaz. Mofaz told the committee: “The first consultation with the Prime Minister was on February 12, 2004. The entire security establishment participated and opinions were heard regarding the plan. The first evaluation of the developing situation was on August 30, 2004. I understood that [the decision] was final, and was asked to analyze the situation on the level of dangers and possibilities. I thought that it was wrong to do it that way and expressed my opposition to the process.” The committee meeting was called to discuss the allegations of the new book “Boomerang” by journalists Raviv Drucker and Ofer Shelah. The book indicates that the Sharon’s promotion of the expulsion plan was linked to police investigations into alleged corruption by Sharon and his family. "Boomerang" also showed that Sharon and his confidantes bypassed the normal decision-making and analysis channels in the government as the disengagemetn process was decided upon. "There [was] no contact with those elements who were supposed to help Sharon decide about the plan, figure out what Israel would get in return, and help Israel get the best deal it could," the book states.
  • Ben-Aharon quoted Meir Har-Tzion, who is a close friend of Sharon and a founding member with Sharon of the famous counter-terror Paratrooper Unit 101 in the 1950’s
  • 6- In September, 25,000 Israeli Arabs called for the violent overthrow of the Israeli government & the death of the Police Minister and he did nothing. The next day 100,000 settlers had a rally in which they repeatedly urged their followers to use non-violent means of opposition to Disengagement and the government decries that the settlers are preparing the atmosphere for murder.
  • by  David Bedein Jun 12, '05 / 5 Sivan 5765 Waking up to a New Existential Reality: Living in the Only Place in the World Where There are no Human Rights or Civil Liberties for Jews.by Law. David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency This morning, I came to my office at the press center in Jerusalem at 9:45 a.m. and was greeted with two new dissonant realities within minutes. An official letter from the Israel Government Lands Authority authorizing our family's purchase of a home in the city of Efrat, 14 kilometers south of Jerusalem, a city of almost 1800 families, set o expand to 5,000 families, according to the municipal plans that were approved by the government of Israel more than a quarter century ago. After twenty years of rental, we finally own our home. Well, there was not much time for sentimentality of owning a home in the state of Israel. Only minutes after opening the letter, the second reality hit like a ton of bricks. 10:00 a.m. news cast on the Voice of Israel Government Radio News reported that the Israel High Court of Justice had declared that the Israel Government Disengagement Plan, while violating human rights and civil liberties, was legal because Israeli human rights and civil liberties law simply do not apply to Israeli taxpayers and Israeli law abiding citizens who live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza - since Israel has not yet annexed these areas. And Efrat is smack in the middle of Judea. The Israel High Court of Justice therefore declared that Israeli citizens who live in Judea and Samaria have no human rights and no civil liberties. Hence, the silence of organizations such as the Israel Association for Civil Liberties and the Anti Defamation League > In other words, the only place in the world where Jews have no "de jure" human rights and civil liberties would be in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
  • ...5. Organize a vigil outside of the Peres Center. The Peres Center for Peace maintains an investment of more than $100 million in a special development fund for the Palestinian Authority (January 1998), and another $64 million that has been allocated for the Palestinian communications company known as Pal-Tel (June 1999). In other words, Peres maintains a private financial stake in the PA. Remind the world of that conflict of interest, as Peres prepares to assume the reigns of power.
  • Top Journalist Confesses: Media Pushed Disengagement/ arutz-7@list.israelnationalnews.com <mailto:arutz-7@list.israelnationalnews.com> 3/11/05 Politics/Gov´t Respected Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea admits that most of the Israeli media has acted more like the "guard dog" of the disengagement plan than that of democracy. Writing in the most recent edition of the monthly media publication "The Seventh Eye," Barnea stated that Israeli journalists made a mistake that must now be acknowledged. "There is no argument that the tone in the Israeli media is pro-disengagement," Barnea wrote. "Were the media just supportive, or also enlisted [in its favor]?" He added that had the Prime Minister presented a program to strengthen Jewish communities instead of dismantling them, the media would have treated him "with cruelty." Barnea noted that only certain newspapers have published articles against the Prime Minister. He noted that the "right-wing" media, mainly the B'Sheva and Makor Rishon weeklies and the daily HaTzofeh, correctly have emphasized that Sharon promised he would accept the results of last year's Likud party referendum on whether to accept the disengagement plan. "Two-thirds of the party members voted against it in a party referendum, but Sharon ignored the results," Barnea wrote. "Even Ben-Gurion, whom Sharon admires, would not have dared to act that way towards his party. When he [Ben-Gurion] lost in a party vote, he obeyed it while gritting his teeth." Israel's media treated Sharon with "kid gloves" although he acted pretentiously, Barnea confessed. "We were the guard dog of disengagement more than we were the guard dog of democracy. Our duty is to report, expose, criticize, educate and influence." The media's conscription in the disengagement program was "a mistake" and the media should admit it now and not later, Barnea concluded.
  • Disengagement Plan Formulated to Escape Sharon Corruption Probe 19:53 Jun 16, '05 / 9 Sivan 5765 Two veteran journalists, based on talks with persons very close to the Prime Minister, say that the Disengagement Plan was hatched up simply to avoid Sharon's indictment in the Greek Island scandal. Journalists Raviv Drucker of Channel Ten TV and Ofer Shelach of Yediot Acharonot newspaper appeared on Nissim Mishal's Channel Two television program last night and summarized the results of their research. The main findings: The evacuation plan was born because Sharon was sure that then-State Prosecutor Edna Arbel would indict him. The decisions on the disengagement plan were made by marginalizing the army people, and without the participation of the ministers and the Cabinet. Sharon proposed to one of the army's top generals that he be a "plant" and report to him on the goings-on in the General Staff. Click here to view the 7-minute Channel Two TV segment - in Hebrew (or right click and select "Save Target As..." to download) Drucker and Shelach said that Sharon's fear of State Prosecutor Arbel was a determining factor in making this plan. "If not for the interrogations, this historic decision would not have been made," they said. "This can be seen by the timetable of events in February 2004" - the appointment of Gen. Eiland to begin working on the plan, the appointment of Meni Mazuz as Attorney General, a summons to Sharon for police interrogation, the rumors that Arbel was about to indict him, and finally the meeting of the Farm Forum [Sharon, his sons and one or two others very close to the Prime Minister]. This Farm Forum "did not state it outright," Drucker said, "but it was in the air that something had to be done, that there had to be some major diplomatic process that would swallow up everything and would change the public agenda [away from the corruption headlines against Sharon] - and they came up with this plan." In answer to a question, Shelach said, "The people who are closest to Sharon told us absolutely that if it wasn't for those police interrogations, this decision [to quit Gaza] would not have been made. This can be seen by the timetable of events..." Drucker and Shelach further found that top Sharon-aide Dov Weisglass (pictured) led the way in preparing the disengagement plan, particularly in a private meeting with Condoleeza Rice in December 2003, and that those in the army and government who could have helped improve the plan for Israel were left out of the decision-making loop. "[National Security Advisor] Giora Eiland was in the midst of preparing a plan as to how Israel could get some benefit from its withdrawal," they said, "when suddenly he was presented with this new [unilateral] plan - and even now he objects to the plan [as it now stands]." Narrator Nissim Mishal noted that the image of Prime Minister Sharon as depicted in the new book, entitled Boomerang, does not jibe with the common perception of him as strong and determined. "Instead," he said, "your book portrays him as one who is scared of police interrogations and led along by the Farm Forum and [top Sharon-aide] Duby Weisglass." Raviv Drucker responded, "We too were surprised by what we found. One government minister told us, 'This is the weakest Prime Minister I have seen, and I have seen many Prime Ministers.' The point is that Sharon is very strong at enforcing his decisions, but is weak at making decisions; he has no spine of his own today, and the best example of this is Duby Weisglass and the disengagement plan... "Sharon wanted only to survive politically. Weisglass led the whole plan. In October 2003, before the plan had started, Weisglass asked staffers in the Prime Minister's Bureau for data on Gaza because he said he felt we had to withdraw from Gaza. Sharon did not yet agree then - but he would come around later. At that time, Weisglass also started spreading hints to other people that if Sharon didn't agree to this plan, he would end up leaving the political arena as an 'insignificant old man.' Weisglass also started pressuring [Defense Minister Sha'ul] Mofaz at this time. But more than anything - Weisglass felt that he had the right key to persuade Sharon." Drucker's colleague Ofer Shelach continued: "When Sharon arrived in office, he didn't know what to do; he was great in tactics, but had no strategy - not on the personal level, and not on the diplomatic-international level. He just doesn't know what to do. Don't forget: after two years in office, he finds himself - the great terror-fighter Arik Sharon - with the highest amount of terror victims ever. And Weisglass - together with the Farm Forum, but mainly Weisglass - takes advantage of this to lead Sharon [by the nose]... "In December '03, after Sharon's Herzliya speech introducing the disengagement concept but when this plan was still very vague - in fact, Sharon was still asking the Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff what they thought about taking down just one or two communities - Weisglass goes to Washington all by himself - without his Military Secretary Moshe Kaplinsky or National Security Advisor Giora Eiland, who usually accompany him - and speaks to then-U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice privately. Very senior army officials told us that this was the trip in which Weisglass made the following offer: In the first stage, we would quit Gaza, in the second stage there would be a deep withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, and in the third stage we'd even be willing to talk about the '67 lines. "The important thing to note is that from that moment, there is no contact with those elements who were supposed to help Sharon decide about the plan, figure out what Israel would get in return, and help Israel get the best deal it could. And from that moment, the plan essentially rolls along on its own." Shelach and Drucker revealed that Sharon sought out a top IDF general to be a mole in the IDF General Staff. The authors refused to divulge the name of the general whom Sharon asked to be his "plant." They said, "The general himself told us that Sharon asked him to agree to report back to him on the goings-on in the General Staff... All along, Sharon was unhappy with the army, and always tried to form direct channels of communication [in this way]..." They said that many top officers, such as former Chief of Staff Mofaz, Intelligence Chief Ze'evi-Farkash, and others, were originally very much against the disengagement plan. "Several months before Sharon's adoption of the Disengagement Plan, there was a deliberation amidst the top brass of the IDF in the presence of the Chief of Staff. Many options were presented. One of the options was unilateral disengagement from Gaza. There was unanimous agreement regarding the idea: absolutely no. Mofaz said at the beginning, 'Whoever supports a unilateral retreat, apparently wasn't here for the last two and a half years,' and Farkash said it would be a catastrophe, and the head of IDF Research said it would be the worst thing... but after several months, when they saw that Sharon was so strongly in favor, they amazingly all fell in line and backed it..." "We have a very biting claim," Drucker concluded. "In the past four and a half years, there were many opportunities to end or change the course of the intifada, but because of the way decisions were made, these chances were missed, and the bottom line - it's terrible to say - is that there were many people who were killed [by terrorists during the Oslo War] in vain."
  • Check out the link. It's a comparison of the Matrix to Judaism on Aish.com http://www.aish.com/seminars/matrix/default.asp I think it's great Now get some sleep --------------------------------------------------------------------   You mean this Girl. [email_address] http://arutzsheva.com/article.php3?id=5679 I like it but, My brother has a point that I agree with. He wrote: "Or maybe the flaws are in the prayers and the Diaspora Jews who penned them long ago..." So now the Anshei Knesset HaGedola are "Galut Jews". In that case, I'm happy to be counted in their company. mw Shabbat Shalom Shlomo Walfish [email_address] Aish Orchestras and Singers www.aishorchestra.com 718-261-AISH-office 718-228-8881-fax ----------------------------------------------------- From: Rob Muchnick <rmuchnick@TheMetroGroup.com> Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 22:28:15 -0400 To: 'Shlomo Walfish' <shlomo@aishorchestra.com> Subject: RE: An Open Letter to American (Orthodox) Jewry Hey, Where did you find this letter? I'd like to contact this guy. Thanks, Rob -----Original Message----- From: Shlomo Walfish  [ mailto:shlomo@aishorchestra.com] Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005  2:52 PM To: shlomo@aishorchestra.com Subject: An Open  Letter to American (Orthodox) Jewry An Open Letter to American (Orthodox)  Jewry by Orit Oct 26, '05 / 23 Tishrei  5766    First, I'd like to thank you, America, for being a  wonderful host to me after the terrible Disengagement. It was nice to spend  time with my family in sunny Los Angeles, relax with manicures and pedicures,  and zone out to the latest TV shows. I was able to gather new strength, gain  new perspectives, and clarify my mission to go back to Israel and change a  country. However, it was less fun to go to sh ul o n the High  Holidays at my folks' Modern Orthodox synagogue. Services were terribly  boring. But what really annoyed me was that no one talked about Gush Katif.  The sermons that I heard (or didn't fall asleep to) mentioned Katrina a lot,  but rabbis were eerily silent on the topic of the Disengagement. I find this a  little disturbing, because all throughout the holidays we pray for the joy and  peace of Israel; yet, while thousands of Israelis are in a state of suffering,  uncertainty and confusion, no one seems to care, even though the liturgy  expresses otherwise. It was also interesting that on the holiest day of  the Jewish calendar, when we're supposed to reflect rigorously on the state of  our soul, no one really talked about the fate-altering Disengagement. This  certainly should have been a hot topic on the Day of Atonement, but again, it  was easily evaded, if it was even on anyone's minds. And still, we prayed -  all day - for righteousness, honesty and peace of mind - personal and  national. But, in America at least, Judaism is not about the Jewish  people anymore. Judaism is about having a nice life and wearing nice outfits  to sh ul, where you can network with equally smart, successful and  well-dressed people. It's about saying morning and evening prayers because it  feels holy and idealistic, and, hey, everyone wants to feel good about  themselves. For many American Jews, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur seemed  all about how to continue living a nice, suburban life. The Torah might as  well be a Tony Robbins self-help book, because it outlines great techniques  for living, sprinkled with a few historic traditions and ethical  codes. I realized, during my nice stay with you, that you say you care,  but deep down, I don't think you really do. You say you love Israel and that  you are Zionists, but I don't think you really are. You see, Judaism is not  about nationalism to you. Judaism is not about a people living free,  independent and strong in their homeland; it's about having a nice house, a  good pa rnasa, and a way of life that's safe and comfortable.   That's why many of you (and there are exceptions), didn't really like  talking about the Disengagement. That's why some of you were even happy that  it occurred, and that America was appeased, because God forbid, your generous  host - your real nation -- would be mad at you otherwise. As soon as you have  to take a stand or interrupt your lifestyle, you retreat to your prayer books  and everyday say words like: "Blessed are You, Ha Shem, Who  redeems Israel, Who gathers the dispersed of Israel, Who loves righteousness  and judgment, Who breaks His enemies and humbles wanton sinners, Who builds  Jerusalem, Who sprouts the rays of redemption, Who restores His Presence to  Zion." These are supposed to be your values, but are they? Do you mean  these prayers? Do you want these blessings? No, you do not. Because if you  did, you'd be taking a lot more risks for Israel than you are now. You'd  seriously consider - and what a thought! - fulfilling the mi tzvah o f  living in the country. You'd save some money, pick-up your family, and take  part in realizing your prayers - the ingathering of the exiles, the building  of Jerusalem, the restoration of Zion - no matter how difficult it will  be. Or maybe the flaws are in the prayers and the Diaspora Jews who  penned them long ago, because it's easy to absolve all responsibility to  Ha Shem a nd just say, "Ha Shem r estores Zion, Ha Shem b reaks  His enemies, I don't have to do a thing!" But Ha Shem o nce said, through  his prophet Isaiah, "Of what are your great many sacrifices to me? I am full  of the burnt-offerings and the fat of fed beasts." Prayers are considered the  modern-day substitute for animal sacrifices, and Ha Shem's sick of them.  He doesn't want your new moon and Sh abbat i nvocations - Ha Shem  c alls them "iniquity." He says that you can pray all you want, but he  won't answer them. Ha Shem w ants us to do what's right and to  seek justice - thus says Isaiah. But Torah is not about doing what's  right anymore, is it? It's about making enough money to send kids to Jewish  day schools, so that one day, they could also have a big house and two cars in  the same neighborhood and send their kids to the same school and sh ul,   and so on and so forth, forever. And when Israel is at war with her  neighbors, and her people are dying, they'll continue to send their kids to  Jewish day schools, and say the same prayers in the same sh ul, and  maybe they'll send some money to Israel, but they'll be glad they are in their  beloved America. When Judaism is too difficult, why put yourself on the line?  Why risk your life or your lifestyle? Why shed blood? After all, it's only a  religion. And I wouldn't want you to risk your life for a religion.  But it's not a religion we're talking about. It's about a nation - the Jewish  nation and its people - me, you, your spouse, your kids, your parents. It's  about fighting for what is right and pursing justice. But that doesn't seem to  be too important these days. So, farewell America. I had a good time.  You're a good friend, you can be there for me in difficult times, but I have  to catch a plane and start finding myself some justice.   Shabbat Shalom Shlomo  Walfish [email_address] Aish  Orchestras and Singers www.aishorchestra.com 718-261-AISH-office 718-228-8881-fax -----------------------------------------------------
  • It just so happens that the one person killed in Tel Aviv was the head pork importer in Israel. Statistics from Moshe Saperstein, resident and spokesman of Gush Katif 4/5/05
  •   And finally, President Bush needs to go back to reading the Bible and remind himself that those who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse her will be cursed. We therefore urge the American people to remind their President that the evil the nations do to Israel always strikes them.  Pharaoh, Haman, Hitler and all the leaders of nations that have opposed the will of G-d for His people have perished or ended on the ash heaps of history Eight Major "Acts Of God" That Coincided With The Timing of US Pressure On Israel To Give Up Land October 30, 1991: President George Bush opens the Madrid Conference with an initiative for a Middle East peace plan involving Israel's land. On the same day, an extremely rare storm forms off the coast of Nova Scotia. (It was eventually tagged "The Perfect Storm," and a book and movie were made about it.) Record-setting 100-foot waves form at sea and pound the New England Coast, even causing heavy damage to President Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine. August 23, 1992: The Madrid Conference moves to Washington D.C. and the peace talks resume, lasting four days. On that same day, Hurricane Andrew -- the worst natural disaster ever to hit America -- produces an estimated $30 billion in damage and leaves 180,000 homeless in Florida. January 16, 1994: President Clinton meets with Syria's President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Less than 24 hours later, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California. This quake, centered in Northridge, is the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew. March 1 to April 1997: The combination of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat touring America and Clinton rebuking Israel for not giving away her land for peace coincide with some of the worst tornadoes and flooding in US history. On the very day Arafat lands in America, powerful tornadoes devastate huge sections of the nation, ripping across Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Arafat's American tour also coincides with the storms in the Dakotas, which result in the worst flooding of this century, in addition to weeks of major storms throughout the Midwest. Arafat finishes his tour and leaves the US and the storms stop.   January 21, 1998: Netanyahu meets with President Clinton at the White House and is coldly received. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refuse to have lunch with him. Shortly afterwards that day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks into the mass media and begins to occupy a major portion of Clinton's time. September 27-28, 1998: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright works on the final details of an agreement in which Israel will give up 13 percent of Yesha. The same day Hurricane Georges slams into the Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175. The hurricane hits the coast and stalls. On September 28, Clinton meets with Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize the land deal. Later, Arafat addresses the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian state by May 1999, while Hurricane Georges pounds the Gulf Coast causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time Arafat departs the US the storm begins to dissipate. October 15-22, 1998: On October 15, 1998, Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland, to continue the talks which ended on September 28. The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13 percent of Yesha. The talks are extended and conclude on October 23. On October 17, awesome rains and tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with 20 inches of rain in one day. The rains and floods in Texas continue until October 22 and then subside. The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area. May 3, 1999: This is the same day in Israel that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. The declaration is postponed to December 1999 at the request of President Clinton, whose letter to Arafat encourages him for his "aspirations for his own land." He also writes that the Palestinians have a right to "determine their own future on their own land," and that they deserve to "live free, today, tomorrow and forever." That same day, starting at 4:47 pm CDT, the most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The winds are clocked at 316 mph the fastest wind speed ever recorded. FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU Did God send Katrina as revenge over Gaza? Eerie parallels between forced evacuations spark speculation Posted: September 7, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com JERUSALEM – While most religious authorities seem to agree one cannot discern the intentions of God, there has been talk in some circles here and on the Internet the storm that turned parts of the Gulf Coast into a disaster zone, prompting hundreds of thousands to evacuate their homes and possibly causing upwards of 10,000 deaths, was thrust upon the U.S. for its support of the Gaza evacuation. "Katrina is a consequence of the destruction of [Gaza's] Gush Katif [slate of Jewish communities] with America's urging and encouragement," Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Lewin, executive director of the Rabbinic Congress for Peace, told WND. "The U.S. should have discouraged Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from implementing the Gaza evacuation rather than pushing for it and pressuring Israel into concessions." Lewin is one of many rabbis in Israel and abroad who have been making similar statements both in private and in speeches to their congregations. Rabbi Joseph Garlitzky, head of the international Chabad Lubavitch movement's Tel Aviv synagogue, recounted for WND a pulpit speech he gave this past Sabbath: "We don't have prophets who can tell us exactly what are God's ways, but when we see something so enormous as Katrina, I would say [President] Bush and [Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice need to make an accounting of their actions, because something was done wrong by America in a big way. And here there are many obvious connections between the storm and the Gaza evacuation, which came right on top of each other. No one has permission to take away one inch of the land of Israel from the Jewish people." Abraham, the biblical father of the Jews, received this promise from God in the book of Genesis: "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." One week before Katrina made landfall, Israel carried out the evacuation of 9,500 residents from Gush Katif and four Samaria communities. Residents were forced from their homes by Israeli troops, some dragged away kicking and screaming and placed on buses that took them from the area. The majority of former Katif residents are currently homeless while the Israeli government struggles to find permanent housing solutions. The Gaza withdrawal was backed by the U.S. government. Some Middle East analysts and senior Israeli politicians entirely attributed the evacuation plan to pressure coming from the American establishment. Gaza family stands on balcony awaiting forcible removal. (Photo: WND) "I welcome the disengagement plan," stated Bush immediately following the announcement of the Gaza evacuation. "These steps will mark real progress toward realizing the vision I set forth in June 2002 of two states living side by side in peace and security." Now, Garlitzky and many others here and on the Internet are pointing to what they call eerie similarities between Katrina and the evacuation of Gush Katif, including parallels in events, names and numbers: Close to 10,000 Jews were expelled from their homes in the Gaza Strip and parts of northern Samaria. Katrina's death toll is now expected to reach at least 10,000. America's population ratio to Israel is about 50:1. Ten thousand Jews who lost their Gaza homes is the equivalent of about 500,000 Americans who are now reported to be displaced as result of Katrina. New Orleans residents bob in flood waters awaiting rescue. (Photo: Times-Picayune) Gaza's Jewish communities were located in Israel's southern coastal region; America's southern coastal region now lies in ruins. The U.S. government called on Louisiana residents to evacuate their homes ahead of the storm. The Israeli government, backed by statements from U.S. officials, demanded Gaza residents evacuate their homes. Katrina, written in Hebrew, has a numerical equivalent of 374, according to a biblical numbering system upheld by all traditional Jewish authorities. Two relevant passages in the Torah share the exact numerical equivalent: "They have done you evil" (Gen. 50:17) and "The sea upon land" (Exodus 14:15). Bush, from Texas, and Rice, from Alabama, were the most vocal U.S. backers of the Gaza evacuation. Hurricane Katrina hit the states in between Texas and Alabama – Louisiana and Mississippi. Similarity in scenes: Many residents of Jewish Gaza climbed to their rooftops to escape the threat of expulsion, while residents of the Gulf Coast climbed on their own rooftops to protect themselves from the rising waters. Jewish Gaza homes described as beautiful and charming were demolished this week by Israel's military. Once beautiful homes in New Orleans now lie in ruins. The day Katrina hit, Israel began carrying out what was termed the most controversial aspect of the Gaza withdrawal – the uprooting of bodies from the area's Jewish cemetery. There have been media reports of corpses floating around in flooded New Orleans regions. Citizens of Israel were barred from entering Gush Katif; people were only allowed to leave Jewish Gaza. As Katrina was making landfall U.S. authorities barred citizens from entering the affected areas. People were only allowed out. Gush Katif was an important agricultural area for Israel, providing the Jewish state with 70 percent of its produce. A New Orleans port that exported much of the Midwest's agricultural production was destroyed by Katrina. The connections have caused a firestorm of speculation on Internet blogs and in chat rooms. In a Jerusalem Newswire op-ed discussing the similarities just before Katrina made landfall, writer Stan Goodenough commented, "Is this some sort of bizarre coincidence? Not for those who believe in the God of the Bible and the immutability of His Word. What America is about to experience is the lifting of God's hand of protection, the implementation of His judgment on the nation most responsible for endangering the land and people of Israel. "While the 'disengagement' plan was purportedly the brainchild of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the U.S. has for more than a decade been the chief sponsor and propeller of a diplomatic process that has dangerously weakened Israel in the face of an overwhelming, growing threat to annihilate her. ... Can't you see the link, America? Won't you see the link?" Another Newswire piece quoted a Christian Louisiana resident in Katrina's direct path as stating, "[The hurricane is] a direct 'coming back on us' [for] what we did to Israel: a home for a home." A blog on TheRaphi.com by Mideast pundits Paul Eidelberg and Israel Hanukoglu linking Katrina to the Gaza evacuation warned, "We urge the American people to remind their president that the evil the nations do to Israel always strikes them. Pharaoh, Haman, Hitler and all the leaders of nations that have opposed the will of God for His people have perished or ended on the ash heaps of history." Billye Brim, a Christian prayer leader and founder of Billye Brim Ministries who had visited Gush Katif weeks before its evacuation, noted on her website : "Is there a connection between [Katrina and Gush Katif]? I believe so. Is this judgment? I believe so. And I must say it. Outright! Many wont like to hear it. Many wont agree. But I believe America is in danger and something has to be done. ... America needs to repent. From Bush, Rice and the State Department on down. America must repent for actively opposing God's plan for Israel as revealed in His Word." WorldNetDaily the past week has received numerous letters from readers urging a Katrina-Gaza connection. One letter stated, " I think you all are dancing around the real cause of the hurricane. Let me suggest to you that it is the wrath of God on our nation because President Bush pressured Sharon to take the homes from the Jews. ... I knew we would be punished on a large scale. I faxed letters and contacted Bush every way I could begging him not to go forward with that plan to evacuate Gaza but he did so anyway, and as a result we were hit in a week with a hurricane that will make history." Perhaps the first to publicly connect Katrina to the Gaza evacuation was famed Israeli conspiracy theorist Barry Chamish, who sent a mass e-mail noting, "GUsh is like GUlf, and KATif is like KATrina. If you take 'KAT' from KATif and KATrina, you are left with 'IF' and 'RAIN.' If you support Gush Katif evacuation, it will rain." Chamish told WND yesterday: "Simple human beings cannot fully understand what is going on, but the events certainly must be connected. It's statistically impossible to have two such great natural disastrous like the recent tsunami in Asia and Katrina right after each other. This is the hand of God. He is saying something." Jerusalem Kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri drew the parallel: "Divine retribution is meted out according to the principle of 'measure for measure,' just as the Jews were forced out of their homes as a result of U.S. pressure on Israel, so too are Americans being forced out of their homes." But Rabbi Mordechai Greenwald, leader of a Jerusalem synagogue, said connections between the Gaza evacuation and Katrina should not be made. "No rabbi can tell you why such a disaster struck," Greenwald told WND. "Doing so, making these statements, is dangerous and counterproductive. There have been debates the past 50 years for the reason of the Holocaust, and we still don't know what it was about. Some things we are not meant to know." Greenwald said the religious leaders who publicly blame Katrina on U.S. support of the withdrawal "do not speak for the majority of rabbis. We cannot say who is being punished for what." Meanwhile, some are urging the U.S. to ensure against what they say will be further damage in Gaza. Lewin of the Congress for Peace told WND: "There are news reports that weather centers in the U.S. have predicted additional hurricanes on the way, some maybe even stronger than Katrina. Bush and Rice still have a chance to stem the tide of further punishment by at least pressing for Gaza not to be turned over to the Palestinians, which will allow terrorists to occupy the area that Israel evacuated. Although the damage of the destruction of Gush Katif was done, letting it serve as a terrorist base for al-Qaida and other anti-American and anti-Israeli groups will only bring more destruction and chaos in the region and the world over."
  • The Policeman told me that we should always plan events on Jewish holidays, as the weather is always perfect.   He asked me what happened this year.   I said that G-d must be very upset with us. 1967 WE MADE OUR MISTAKE BY TAKING THE FLAG DOWN IN 2 HOURS AND THEN IN 10 DAYS OFFERING THE LAND “BACK”   -----------------------   Katrina – Bush/ Rice - Israel must do more Israel must restrain itself in the interests of peace Israel must slice itself in half by connecting arab states Israel may not expand Ma’ale Adumim Israel may not sell weapons to China/ Venezuela/ India or anyone else we don’t want to US canceled truck mounted laser project   Indonesia, Malaysia – Tsunami - after the president of Malaysia said that the Jews control the world and how can 5M Jews beat 1.5B Muslims   Pakistan – Musharraf said that Israel will be recognized after it makes a Pal state, and that you have to understand the mind of a terrorist, and the root cause which is Israel (existing)
  • This is from Psalms 102....translation: Psalms Chapter 102 1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he fainteth (or “enwrappeth”), and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. 2 O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee. 3 Hide not Thy face from me in the day of my distress; {N} incline Thine ear unto me; in the day when I call answer me speedily. 4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth. 5 My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; for I forget to eat my bread. 6 By reason of the voice of my sighing my bones cleave to my flesh. 7 I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am become as an owl of the waste places. 8 I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop. 9 Mine enemies taunt me all the day; they that are mad against me do curse by me. 10 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, 11 Because of Thine indignation and Thy wrath; for Thou hast taken me up, and cast me away. 12 My days are like a lengthening shadow; and I am withered like grass. 13 But Thou, O LORD, sittest enthroned for ever; and Thy name is unto all generations. 14 Thou wilt arise, and have compassion upon Zion; for it is time to be gracious unto her, for the appointed time is come. 15 For Thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and love her dust. 16 So the nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory; 17 When the LORD hath built up Zion, when He hath appeared in His glory; 18 When He hath regarded the prayer of the destitute, and hath not despised their prayer. 19 This shall be written for the generation to come; and a people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. 20 For He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; 21 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; 22 That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem; 23 When the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. 24 He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days. 25 I say: 'O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days, Thou whose years endure throughout all generations. 26 Of old Thou didst lay the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. 27 They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure; {N} yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall pass away; 28 But Thou art the selfsame, and Thy years shall have no end. 29 The children of Thy servants shall dwell securely, and their seed shall be established before Thee.' {P}
  • We would be wise to remember what British politician Adrian Hilton wrote: “In a true democracy, it is the people who decide which powers to lend to their leaders. In a false democracy, it is the leaders who decide which freedoms to lend to the people” ( The Principality and Power of Europe ).
  • “ Do we not understand the nightmare that is hidden in the words "specially trained for evacuation" and "forced evacuation"? “ It is not out of compassion that Sharon decided to establish a special unit of some 2,000 soldiers to carry out the mission of removing the Jews from their homes. Israeli newspapers shared with their readers the information that this "special unit will carry out the forceful evacuation of settlers. The unit's soldiers will be specially trained for the operation. It will function as a wing of the police force, and will train only for the mission of evacuation."
  • mms://msmedia.a7.org/arutz7/heb-perm/alimut-shotrim.wmv A gang of policemen cruelly beating a road-blocking protestor last Wednesday night was caught on an Arutz-7 video camera. On Wednesday night, June 29, Arutz-7's Russian-language site's director Tuvia Lerner set out for the Gush Dan-Tel Aviv area, with the aim of covering the scheduled anti-disengagement road-blocking protests set for that night. At one point, he was standing at the main thoroughfare in Ramat Gan, Jabotinsky Blvd., when he saw what he later described as a "cruel, shocking and pre-meditated attack by policemen." Lerner said that despite attempts by the police to hide it by standing tightly around, he managed to film it on an amateur digital camera. Lerner's video testimony can be seen here. Arutz-7 spoke both with the demonstrator (see below) and Lerner. Lerner's story: "I heard someone call out, 'Photographer!' When I turned around, I saw a demonstrator lying on the road, with three Yasamnikim [special unit policemen used for missions that require extra force - ed.] sitting on him, bending his arms, and putting handcuffs on him. There is no doubt that a man in this position is totally neutralized and cannot endanger anyone. I should note that I had passed that part of the road a few times before that and there was no violence at all by demonstrators. "I saw the policemen surrounding this demonstrator. It seemed very strange to me. I pointed my camera towards them and towards what they were doing to him. The policeman who was wearing an ID tag with the name Eliran Avraham tried to prevent me from taking the pictures. He pushed me and kept on turning my camera away and threatened to arrest me. His behavior just intensified my suspicions. "Through the screen of my camera I saw the officer, wearing a name tag with the name Eran Naim, go behind the demonstrator, go on top of him, and stick his full hand towards his face. He stuck his fingers into the man's nostrils and pulled upwards and backwards in a fast and professional way, and tore his whole face, including a blow at his eyes . "I realized that I had incriminating material in my camera. I saw how nervous/angry the policeman Eliran Avraham was, in his fear that I might have managed to catch the act on my camera despite the wall of policemen blocking it, and he continued to threaten to arrest me. That's why I did not photograph the officer Eran Naim when he walked aside to wipe off his hands that were filled with the blood of the demonstrator. I didn't want to take a chance on losing the material that I already had. "The policemen immediately picked up the wounded demonstrator and arrested him, while he was dripping blood. His head, nose and eyes were almost totally covered with blood. "Afterwards, I disappeared from the scene so that the policemen would think that I had already given in the material to my editors, and then I came back to take more pictures. "There were many other press photographers on the scene. No one else filmed this very hard scene. But what worries me more than anything is that I gave the material to the three main television channels - Channel 1 (Israel Broadcasting Authority), Channel Two and Channel Ten - and none of them showed real interest in receiving it. This, despite the fact that I had already done all the 'dirty work' and found the demonstrator, who has still not yet recovered. He is suffering from pain and psychological anguish. "Despite the fact that both he and I agreed to be interviewed, some of the reporters told me, off the record, that it was a waste of effort because their editors would not approve it. "This showed me that the watchdogs of democracy had turned into etrog-preservers." The reference to etrogim applies to a recent remark by leading television commentator Amnon Abramovitch, who said that the media in Israel must protect Ariel Sharon "like an etrog" - the citron used and carefully sheltered by observant Jews on the Sukkot holiday - presumably, so that he not suffer a political downfall before he succeeds in carrying out the expulsion plan. Lerner reported that he later spoke with the victimized demonstrator. The latter said that after he was brought to the police station, he was taken into a room while in handcuffs, and there he was beaten by three policemen - one of whom was Eliran Avraham. A Gush Dan Police spokesman contacted by Arutz-7 said, "We have received the material you sent, and you will receive a response." The demonstator, named Akiva, told Arutz-7 what happened from his point of view. His story (paraphrased): "I was on the scene of the road-blocking, and I heard the police near me say they wanted to arrest me. Suddenly, four or five Yassamnikim surrounded and grabbed me - each one with his own job: One choked me, one bent my arms, one poked his fingers very strongly into my nose up and down - on two different occasions - and it felt as if he was trying to push my nose into my skull. It hurt terribly. And another one poked my eyes very strongly. They handcuffed me and dragged me to the truck, and then to the police station. I asked for medical assistance, they said OK, but didn't give me. After about two hours, they wanted to give me water to wash off the blood, but I said I didn't want them to wash it off until a doctor sees me. "A few of us [arrestees] were there together, and we were talking, and the policemen said to be quiet. I said that they can't take away our right to speak. One guy looked at me as if he was about to kill me and said, 'Is that so?' or something like that. He then took me into a side room where there was a bunch of policemen and they all started beating me up. Punches to the head, kicks, everything, while at the same time, one of them was trying to put handcuffs on me. When they finished, they sat me on a chair, with my hands handcuffed behind me, and one guy started slapping and punching me in my face and head with all his strength. I of course couldn't defend myself. It was just like one long terrible painful hurt; I couldn't feel each individual punch... "I don't know why, but I still didn't shut up; when he finished, I said, 'I'll see you in Machash [the Complaints Against Policemen Department]. He looked at me again and started beating me up again - and then a third time. He even gored me with his head against my head one time." Later, Akiva related, "I refused to identify myself, or be photographed, as is my right, and they put me in a room for a couple of minutes with one of the Yassamnikim from before - maybe to scare me or something. He said two things that I think are very important. First he said, 'You guys work on the issue of justice - but sometimes it's not such a good idea; sometimes you have be smart, not right.' And then he said, 'What you got today is nothing compared to what often goes on here.'" ... They finally photographed me, and then, at 1 AM, just let me go, just like that." Akiva said he plans to file a complaint with the police department, as well as a civil suit.
  • Senior Police Commander On Film - Calls to Beat Disengagement Opponents Without Mercy 09:07 Jul 22, '05 / 15 Tammuz 5765 (IsraelNN.com) Channel 10 TV on Friday night will air its video footage depicting Negev police commander Brigadier-General Miso Shacham. Speaking to the area border police commander, Shacham is recorded instructing his forces to beat anyone who breaks away from the Kfar Maimon group, seeking to enter Gush Katif. He called for the indiscriminate use of the water cannon, giving him authority to do so without hesitation or approval, as well as telling him to use batons and "hit them hard, blows to the lower extremities to teach them a lesson". The documented footage includes a fair share of vulgarities and explicit instructions to inflict pain on those persons apprehended trying to enter Gush Katif. Learning of the footage and the Channel 10 program, Shacham explained his statements were made in a closed conversation with a senior officer following a number of days without sleep, expressing remorse for his harsh words. Israel Police officials have requested the tape from Channel 10 to review the conversation as well as the context in which the remarks were made.
  • Every country where the western Palestinian Arabs have influence, they try to dominate or wreck. (1) They could have enjoyed peace and prosperity in Israel, but tried to destroy the country; (2) Failing that, masses of them received citizenship in Jordan. Violating their agreement, they set up roadblocks, intimidated native Jordanians, and started to usurp power. The King had to send the army against them; (3) Fleeing largely to Lebanon, they were given refuge. Instead, they engaged in rape, extortion, usurpation of jobs, used the country as a base for committing terrorism against Israel, and set off a religious civil war; (4) When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the Palestinian Arabs guided the enemy to key points and prominent officials to liquidate, and jhelped torture Kuwaitis. Upon being liberated by the Coalition, Kuwait, and then S. Arabia, expelled several hundred thousand ! whom it had given jobs to in the oil industry; (5) Given rule of the P.A., Arafat turned it into the corrupt dictatorship and center of jihad we know of it today. What does Abu Mazen propose? He proposes that millions of such Arabs be sent into Israel. The purpose is to destroy the Jewish state. It also would ruin it.
  • The Planned Ethnic Cleansing and It’s Consequences – by Arieh Stav Thus, by means of elimination, there is only one plausible explanation, which MK Zvi Hendel pithily characterized: "The depth of the evacuation equals the depth of the investigation". Below is the account, which Hendel, who was then Deputy Education Minister, claims to have received from one of the participants. "The Depth of the Evacuation Equals the Depth of the Investigation" In late 2003, distressing information reached Dov Weisglas, esq., Sharon's attorney and chief of staff: The contents of the revised indictment against Dudi Appel in the Greek Island matter. The revised indictment stated that Gilad Sharon had received an astronomical salary for relatively marginal consultancy services in the mega-deal in which the contractor sought to purchase the Greek Island of Petrocolus for the purpose of building one of the largest vacation sites! in the world there. In paying that salary to Gilad Sharon, Appel apparently sought to obtain assistance from the Prime Minister himself in consummating the deal. Weisglas was distraught. He understood perfectly the connotation of "bribery" the legal term for the deal described above. He shared his concerns with the "farm forum", the Prime Minister's support group, which would regularly meet on the farm: His sons, Omri and Gilad, Weisglas, public relations consultant Eyal Arad and others. Weisglas was determined: "If the indictment includes the section about bribery, we are in a lot of trouble. We must take a drastic step to stop this course of action". The question was what is that "significant step", which would be able to stop the indictment snowball. "Look, Arik", Weisglas said, "You have no choice. There are many precedents in the world when a leader of a nation undertakes a significant national enterprise, investigations against him are closed. That is your chance". For a moment, a proposal was raised to go to war, however that was immediately rejected. It was clear that the Left would not forgive Sharon, with his problematic past in that area, for going to war. "We need a political initiative", Weisglas said. Then Eyal Arad said: "Arik, go for a total evacuation of the Gaza Strip. The Right will support you on that issue because they have already become accustomed to the idea. Everyone hates Gaza and no one will oppose an action of that sort. It will extract you from the legal muddle. It is the easiest step to market to the public. Come on, go for it". Sharon disagreed. "Have you gone mad?" he asked those present, "The settlement there is a strategic asset. I truly believe that. It was but a few months ago that I explained that to Mizna". The discussion ended with no decision. Time passed, the apparent bribery story gained momentum in the media . The "farm forum" sought a different step, which would! be dramatic enough to dissuade the Attorney General from pursuing his plan to indict, but found none. Three weeks later, the "farm forum" reconvened. This time it was the turn of Gilad, Sharon's "right-wing" son who was considered to be the smart one in the family, to be the primary speaker. "Father", he said to him, "We have no choice. Nothing else can save us. We must go for an evacuation of the Gaza Strip". This time, the father agreed with his son. Shortly thereafter, on February 2, 2004, Sharon announced his "disengagement plan". It goes without saying that his action was successful. From that date on, the Greek Island matter disappeared from the public agenda and Sharon became a media darling and a cultural hero of the extreme Left. As there is no other plausible explanation for the phenomenon of a man who in one fell swoop tramples everything in which he believed, which is, not coincidentally, the essence of Zionism there is no avoiding the conclusion that Sharon sold out the Land of Israel for personal gain. Quisling and Petain would be blushing in shame.
  • Post disengagement

    1. 1. What Happened this summer in Israel?
    2. 2. El Al added to my adventure
    3. 3. Check Points <ul><li>I got through 3 checkpoints in an average of 1 hour each. </li></ul><ul><li>One we talked through, one we drove around, and one we got some help from a soldier. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Life in Shirat HaYam 20 permanent families 500 reinforcements living in Tents for as long as 2 months
    5. 5. Synagogue – the night before
    6. 6. “ Let my people stay!”
    7. 7. The Troops Move in
    8. 8. Who is the threat to whom?
    9. 9. The girls on my roof <ul><li>Pleading & trying to convince the soldiers not to expel them. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Being taken away <ul><li>Notice how unconcerned the soldiers are about us. </li></ul>
    11. 11. A few words from the Gross Family
    12. 13. Over 98% of soldiers followed orders <ul><li>The Yassam (riot police) each received a $5000 bonus </li></ul><ul><li>Why did they wear BLACK and march in unison?????. </li></ul><ul><li>Some were more than happy and would have taken down the Wall, or shot us. Some were ARABS, and many were Christians. </li></ul>
    13. 14. But other soldiers… <ul><li>Fulfilled their orders even though they didn’t know why - </li></ul><ul><li>600 are under psychiatric care </li></ul><ul><li>7 committed suicide so far </li></ul>
    14. 15. “ This was my house”
    15. 17. The refugees – in the City of Faith <ul><li>As of today, 2/3 of the families don’t even have a temporary solution. The average temp solution is 120 sq. ft per person. It will be 6 more months until all refugees have temporary solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Final housing solutions will be reached within 4 years. The government is doing everything it can to do NOTHING, which makes the refugees split up, whereas they want to stay together. </li></ul>
    16. 18. More abominations <ul><li>NONE have received compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Almost none have jobs, schools or synagogues. </li></ul><ul><li>They must still pay for mortgages on their former homes. </li></ul><ul><li>As the gov’t is doing nothing, private individuals and groups are picking up the slack, which makes future Expulsions easier. </li></ul>
    17. 19. “ The Arab-Israeli conflict is closer to a resolution than anytime since Oslo” But is this true?
    18. 20. 1974 PLO “Stages” Plan <ul><li>Article 2: Establish, through terror OR any means, an “independent combatant national authority” on any “liberated” territory </li></ul><ul><li>Article 4: Continue the armed struggle using the territory [liberated] as the base </li></ul><ul><li>Article 8: Provoke an all-out regional war to destroy all of Israel </li></ul>
    19. 21. “ Palestinian” Representatives <ul><li>Faisel Husseini: </li></ul><ul><li>We distinguish the strategic, long-term goals from the political phased goals , which we are compelled to temporarily accept due to international pressure. . [Palestine] according to the higher strategy [is]: `from the river to the sea.' Palestine in its entirety is an Arab land, the land of the Arab nation.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Nabil Sha’ath </li></ul><ul><li>We decided to liberate our homeland step-by-step... Should Israel continue - no problem. And so, we honor the peace treaties and non-violence... if and when Israel says &quot;enough&quot;... in that case it is saying that we will return to violence. But this time it will be with 30,000 armed Palestinian soldiers and in a land with elements of freedom ... If we reach a dead end we will go back to our war and struggle like we did forty years ago. </li></ul>
    20. 22. Typical Propaganda for PA children (1 min)
    21. 23. And this is what the PA has created <ul><li>“ What could be better than going to Paradise?” </li></ul>(2 min)
    22. 24. What the PA doesn’t tell it’s children <ul><li>PLO executive committee member Zuhir Muhsein stated in a 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper, Trouw: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Palestinian people does not exist . The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity . In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.“ </li></ul><ul><li>The “Palestinians” deserve to be told the truth by their leaders! They deserve to live in peace in their true homelands (or some may live in ours under certain conditions) and not to be used as pawns by their leaders and their brethren in a war to annihilate Israel. </li></ul>
    23. 25. What the PA doesn’t show it’s children <ul><li>Joseph’s Tomb - 1900 and today in Shechem (the Arabs now call Nablus) </li></ul><ul><li>This is the first place that Abraham stopped in Eretz Yisrael, and the Arabs didn’t move in until the 20 th century (for better economic opportunity – as the British kept the Jews on a strict quota but ignored illegal Arab immigration.) </li></ul>
    24. 26. Palestine Media Watch, cont. <ul><li>Gaza survey: “palestinians” were asked if they support continuing violence against Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Pre Announcement of Disengagement - 38% </li></ul><ul><li>Post Announcement of Disengagement - 78% </li></ul><ul><li>Itamar Marcus did his presentation to a Left wing Israeli group and the response was: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Now we know we have 2 enemies – The Arabs AND the Settlers” </li></ul>
    25. 27. “ Gaza is still occupied” <ul><li>Abu Mazen (since the expulsion): </li></ul><ul><li>Gaza is still occupied. </li></ul><ul><li>We won’t stop until all occupied territories are liberated and our capital is Jerusalem. </li></ul><ul><li>The “right of return will never be given up”. </li></ul><ul><li>(notice the code words) </li></ul>
    26. 28. And we gave our homes and our synagogues to who?
    27. 30. But does the left think everything is just a joke?
    28. 32. The new terror attacks are not a joke! <ul><li>10/16 – Israel removed checkpoints and 3 Israelis were murdered & 5 wounded in a roadside shooting. </li></ul><ul><li>Now Sharon is instituting separate road systems – ostensibly for safety – but really to facilitate the NEXT expulsion. </li></ul>23 year old Kinneret Mandel (on the right) was murdered by Arab terrorist bullets. For what?
    29. 33. Sharon & Abu Mazen worked together <ul><li>10/26 Bus bombing in Hadera - 5 dead, 30 wounded </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon released the bomber from jail one month prior as a “goodwill gesture”. </li></ul><ul><li>Islamic Jihad & FATAH (Abu Mazen’s group) claimed joint responsibility! </li></ul><ul><li>IDF state “limited targets” would be hit in response!!!!!!!!! </li></ul>
    30. 34. So Why Did Ariel Sharon do this?
    31. 35. Sharon’s STATED reasons for Disengagement <ul><li>Because “you can’t see from there what I see from here” </li></ul><ul><li>Because Gaza isn’t really part of biblical Israel anyway. </li></ul><ul><li>To stay Jewish and democratic </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t want to rule another people </li></ul><ul><li>It’s good for security – we don’t want to have so many soldiers guard so few Jews – to save one life is the greatest thing you can do. (Besides, if the Arabs act up, “we’ll annihilate them”!) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s good for relations with Europe & the US </li></ul><ul><li>It’s good for the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>I promised “painful concessions” so no one should be surprised (I’ve been a settlement advocate, so that let’s me know what’s right.) </li></ul><ul><li>We have no other choice. (If we don’t do this, then we’ll probably be forced to do something worse, like The Geneva Accords.) </li></ul>
    32. 36. IDF Chief (forcibly retired) Moshe Ya’alon (6/05) <ul><li>He confirmed that he first heard about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to expel Jewish residents from Gaza and northern Samaria over the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>He cautions that &quot;Disengagement&quot; would be a tailwind to Palestinian terrorism, bringing Kassam missiles and homicide bombing to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Kfar Saba and other major cities . He warns that the Soft Belly of Israel would become a regular target for Palestinian terrorism. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Disengagement&quot; would demolish recent Israeli achievements in its war on terrorism, and would produce a wave of terrorism, which would dwarf the one that has plagued Israel since the conclusion of the 1993 Oslo Accord. </li></ul>
    33. 37. Security-wise, can Israel do this Disengagement? <ul><li>Israel needs “Defensible Borders”. (and all UN resolutions permit this) </li></ul><ul><li>67 US Joint Chiefs Report (and 74 Military Staff College Report) – Giving up Gaza will bring 5x the terror and cost 3x as much to defend </li></ul><ul><li>Judea/Samaria - can only give up a small section due to topography. Not time to mobilize without this land. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology can’t ever take the place of 3000 ft mountains. </li></ul><ul><li>The mountains are the ideal defense or the ideal platform to attack from. </li></ul>Maj-Gen (ret.) Yaakov Amidror
    34. 38. Meir Har-Tzion, famed fighter & Sharon friend of 50 years (2/23/05) <ul><li>Moshe Dayan referred to him as the bravest Jewish warrior since Bar Kochba (in 135) </li></ul><ul><li>He’s a staunch secularist (Left winger), and he decries the lack of social responsibility of the Left, has started a secular anti-Disengagement movement, and he slams Sharon: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sharon has gone crazy”. </li></ul><ul><li>The Disengagement plan is a “holocaust” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Soldiers should willingly go to jail rather than fulfill such illegal orders” </li></ul><ul><li>“ If a Palestinian state is established here it will be the beginning of the end for us” </li></ul>
    35. 39. Sharon says: “We want to stay Jewish & democratic” <ul><li>Sharon uses the Palestinian Authority’s population statistics which show 3.83 million Arabs living in Judea/Samaria & Gaza </li></ul><ul><li>However, according to a January, 2005 study led by former Israeli Ambassador Yoram Ettinger, there are only 2.42 million Arabs in these areas. </li></ul><ul><li>This leaves a Jewish majority of 60:40% in all of Israel (instead of only 52:48%) </li></ul><ul><li>Or, in absolute terms, there are 1.75 million more Jews than Arabs, instead of only .34 million </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the “demographic time bomb” is not ticking as fast as it is portrayed by Sharon. </li></ul><ul><li>However, millions of Arabs will come into the areas given up by Israel. THIS WILL BECOME A MAJOR PROBLEM. </li></ul>
    36. 40. Ariel Sharon said - 2003 <ul><li>“ Never. Netzarim is like Tel Aviv” </li></ul><ul><li>- said in response to Amran Mitzna’s request for Sharon to evacuate 1 settlement (Netzarim) for him to bring Labor into the government after Sharon had trounced Labor. </li></ul>
    37. 41. Sharon vs. Democracy <ul><li>1- He ran on a re-election platform AGAINST Unilateral Disengagement (this is why he trounced the Labor candidate Mitzna), but within a few months after he won, he changed 180 degrees and advocated Unilateral Disengagement . THIS DISENFRANCHISED 63% OF ISRAELI JEWS WHO VOTED LIKUD OR TO THE RIGHT OF LIKUD. (69 OF 112 JEWISH SEATS IN THE KNESSET . Including Shinui, 75% of Israeli Jews were disenfranchised.) </li></ul><ul><li>2- He called a Likud referendum to vote on his disengagement plan. He said that he‘d abide by the results. He lost and decided to forget about abiding by the results. </li></ul><ul><li>3- He changed the punctuation marks in his plan and called it a new disengagement plan, and in order to get a majority in favor of it in his cabinet he fired 2 cabinet members. </li></ul><ul><li>4- His party voted to forbid him to enter into a government with Labor, and he stated that he will not abide by this result. </li></ul><ul><li>5- He threatened to and then fired 2 ministers who voted against Disengagement during the first vote in the Knesset. </li></ul><ul><li>6- He formed a new government with Labor, which advocated Unilateral Disengagement at the last election. </li></ul><ul><li>7- The Bill to implement the expulsion plan passed on the vote-change by Arab MK Mohammed Barakeh, who openly identifies himself as a palestinian hostile to Israel and Zionism </li></ul><ul><li>8- He refused to call a National Referendum on the topic, and he refused to call new elections. </li></ul>
    38. 42. The one place in the world where Jews have NO Human Rights <ul><li>June 12, 2005 - Voice of Israel (government radio) </li></ul><ul><li>Reported that the Israeli Supreme Court had declared that the Israel Government Disengagement Plan, while violating human rights and civil liberties, was legal because Israeli human rights and civil liberties law simply do not apply to Israeli taxpayers and Israeli law abiding citizens who live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza – since Israel has not yet annexed these areas. </li></ul><ul><li>The Israel High Court of Justice therefore declared that Israeli citizens who live in Judea and Samaria have no human rights and no civil liberties. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, the only place in the world where Jews have no &quot;de jure&quot; human rights and civil liberties would be in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. </li></ul><ul><li>Has anyone heard from the ADL about this? Certainly not! </li></ul>
    39. 43. Sharon’s (potential) UNSTATED reasons for Disengagement <ul><li>He wants a legacy. </li></ul><ul><li>This is his real ideology – he grew up as a Mapainik </li></ul><ul><li>When he started in politics, Labor refused him so he started his own party, which failed. All of his staff went to far left parties. Likud was the only party that would have him. Now he wants to be back in step with Labor. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicts of Interest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dov Weisglass (Sharon’s top advisor): owns 15% of Arafat’s casino in Jericho, and is the lawyer putting the deal together with the PA for Marriott to build a casino on the beach in Jewish Gaza </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonathan Bassi (Head of Compensation Office): owns export co’s that will make millions when their competitors in Gaza are put out of business (as he stated they would be) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shimon Peres: In 98-99, his EU funded “Peace Center” invested $100 million in a PA development fund and $64 million in Pal-Tel (the PA’s phone co.) He has made many millions of dollars and stands to make much more post disengagement . These conflicts are currently being investigated by the Knesset, but certainly nothing will come of it. He will also profit greatly from the Desalination plant which will be needed when this plan destroys our sources of water in the northern Shomron. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoidance of Indictment for himself and his sons Gilad & Omri </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Greek Island Casino Affair (on hold for now, but can be re-opened at any time) Gilad accepted $400k to “consult” which ostensibly included getting his father’s help to lobby Greece to permit a casino to be built. (Sharon also approved the pro PA Greek Orthodox patriarch because the church owned the island , even though he stated he would donate all church land holdings to the PA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Campaign Finance Scandals – Omri Sharon recently indicted, but nothing will happen until after Disengagement is supposed to occur (to keep pressure on Ariel Sharon?). </li></ul></ul>
    40. 44. And where did the Israeli Media Stand? <ul><li>Top Journalist Nahum Barnea Confesses: The Media Pushed Disengagement (3/11/05) </li></ul><ul><li>Writing in the most recent edition of the monthly media publication &quot;The Seventh Eye,&quot; Barnea stated: </li></ul><ul><li>“ that Israeli journalists made a mistake that must now be acknowledged.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ that most of the Israeli media has acted more like the &quot;guard dog&quot; of the disengagement plan than that of democracy.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;There is no argument that the tone in the Israeli media is pro-disengagement,&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>“ had the Prime Minister presented a program to strengthen Jewish communities instead of dismantling them, the media would have treated him with cruelty .&quot; </li></ul>
    41. 45. So What is really happening? Haaretz Editorial - July 8, 2005 <ul><li>Haaretz said that they know this plan is </li></ul><ul><li>Bad for security </li></ul><ul><li>Bad for the economy </li></ul><ul><li>And </li></ul><ul><li>Bad for the “peace process” </li></ul><ul><li>But they still favor it. WHY??? </li></ul>
    42. 46. So why did Haaretz favor Expulsion? <ul><li>The disengagement of Israeli policy from its religious fuel is the real disengagement currently on the agenda . On the day after the disengagement, religious Zionism's status will be different. The real question is not how many mortar shells will fall , or who will guard the Philadelphi route, or whether the Palestinians will dance on the roofs of Ganei Tal. The real question is who sets the national agenda. </li></ul>
    43. 47. 2 “Pro-Disengagement” Journalists Confirm MK Hendel’s Theory (6/05) <ul><li>Raviv Drucker of Channel Ten TV and Ofer Shelach of Yediot Acharonot, who personally support Disengagement, claim in their June, 2005 book “Boomerang”: </li></ul><ul><li>That Based on talks with persons very close to the Prime Minister, </li></ul><ul><li>the Disengagement Plan was hatched up simply to avoid Sharon's indictment in the Greek Island scandal. </li></ul><ul><li>LET’S TAKE A LOOK……. </li></ul>
    44. 49. But is this really “Disengagement”? <ul><li>Israel will continue to provide utilities to palestinian areas and will not respond to terrorist acts by shutting off the power and/or phone lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel will increase greatly the quota of palestinian “day workers” allowed into Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Israel will provide road infrastructure connecting Gaza with Judea and Samaria. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel will continue to bankroll (40 million shekels per month) AND ARM (per Clause 5) the terrorists. </li></ul><ul><li>All of these items are conditioned on nothing . </li></ul>
    45. 50. Why is this plan bad? <ul><li>It sets EVIL precedents: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is now acceptable to ETHNICALLY CLEANSE Jews. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It rewards the side that started and lost multiple wars. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The US backed off comments that Bush would support Israel keeping blocks of “West Bank” settlements. </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t address the palestinian “Right of Return” </li></ul><ul><li>Weapons smuggling into Gaza will increase tremendously. </li></ul><ul><li>Weapons smuggling will move then to Judea/Samaria, where the Intifada will re-start </li></ul><ul><li>Gaza will become the worldwide safe harbor for terrorists. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel agrees again to the PLO operating an army. </li></ul><ul><li>It rewards terrorism, which will bring us more terror. </li></ul>
    46. 51. More reasons this plan is bad: <ul><li>As we just saw, the only things being Disengaged are the Jews from their homes and Israel from Zionism and Judaism. (And why can’t these Jews stay in their homes even if the political lines are redrawn?) </li></ul><ul><li>Israel has provided an undertaking to transfer the homes of the settlers and other buildings to the Arabs by way of the World Bank. </li></ul><ul><li>The plan is anti-democratic. Sharon ran for office OPPOSING just such a plan being touted by the Labor Party under Amram Mitzna. Voters elected Sharon on that platform and because they opposed Mitzna's plan, yet here is Sharon implementing it by fiat. </li></ul><ul><li>It will cause terrible harm to the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>It will have no positive diplomatic effect. It will actually create more pressure on Israel to further retreat. </li></ul><ul><li>The plan may have been put through LEGALLY, but it is certainly NOT LEGITIMATE. </li></ul><ul><li>As it is devoid of legitimacy, it is causing a horrible rift in the country. </li></ul>
    47. 52. But Worst of All: <ul><li>The Disengagement Plan </li></ul><ul><li>RELINQUISHES the Jews’ legitimate biblical, historical and legal claims to the Land of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>By giving up these claims, we admit we don’t belong there. And by extension, we give up our divine mission to set up a Jewish society in the Land of Israel which is supposed to be a light unto the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is true that our claim is false, then we should leave, as we would correctly be called “colonialists”. </li></ul><ul><li>However, we are called “Jews” because we are from “Judea”, and they are called “Arabs” because they are from “Arabia”. </li></ul><ul><li>So who’s land is it really??? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s OURS! So we have to keep it!! </li></ul>
    48. 53. So who are we? – Let’s read a letter from an Expellee. <ul><li>Are we Jews or are we Americans? </li></ul><ul><li>What does that mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we support uncomfortable things that are right? (Even if they feel too Jewish?) </li></ul><ul><li>Should we realize what we say in the liturgy and act on it, or is the liturgy itself wrong? </li></ul>
    49. 55. What do we want for Israel & What is our connection to it? <ul><li>A state like all the others, or a Light Unto the Nations? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it belong to us? Should we just let the government do whatever it does, or should we have “red lines”? </li></ul><ul><li>Is Israel the new Golden Calf? Is the IDF the Golden Calf? What is the real thing? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Sharon choose these people to expel? </li></ul>
    50. 56. Tenets of the “Religious Zionists” <ul><li>Torah </li></ul><ul><li>Land of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Love of ALL Jews </li></ul>
    51. 57. Does G-d get involved? <ul><li>How about all of Israel’s wars, particularly 48 and 67? </li></ul>
    52. 58. The 6 day War <ul><li>Israel took down the flag on the Temple Mount after 2 hours….and </li></ul><ul><li>Offered ALL the land back to the Arabs 10 days later. </li></ul><ul><li>We turned our back on G-d, on our heritage, and on common sense, too, and caused all of our PR problems. </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of state did the Israeli leadership want? </li></ul>
    53. 59. A word about Miracles <ul><li>During the Iran-Iraq war, Iraq fired 40 scud missiles at Tehran, which killed 2000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>During Gulf War I, Iraq fired 12 scuds into Saudi Arabia, which killed 200 people. </li></ul><ul><li>During the same Gulf War, Iraq fired 39 scuds into Tel Aviv, which only killed 1 person (which was 1 too many). </li></ul><ul><li>This defies logic, doesn’t it? </li></ul>
    54. 60. Miracles in Gush Katif <ul><li>From the outbreak of the new terror war in September, 2000 until 4/1/05 over 5,800 mortars, rockets and missiles have been shot by neighboring Arabs into Gush Katif. </li></ul><ul><li>Gush Katif houses 8,500 Jews in an area of 8.7 square miles. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 1 person has been killed by these mortars. </li></ul><ul><li>Isn’t it OBVIOUS that the Jews of Gush Katif and of Israel are being protected by a higher power? </li></ul>
    55. 61. Those who bless the Jews… <ul><li>From 1991-1999, the US suffered bigger natural disasters each time it pressured Israel to surrender land (each one was the largest in US history in it’s category.) </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Andrew </li></ul><ul><li>The Perfect Storm (hit Bush Sr.’s house) </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest Flooding </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Georges </li></ul><ul><li>Most powerful tornado ever…..and more </li></ul>
    56. 62. G-d’s Wrath? <ul><li>Tsunami in Malaysia – 150,000 dead </li></ul><ul><li>(PM said to destroy Jews) </li></ul><ul><li>Katrina in the US – largest natural disaster in US history </li></ul><ul><li>(Rice said Israel must expel more Jews & Bush paid for this.) </li></ul><ul><li>Earthquake in Pakistan – thousands dead </li></ul><ul><li>(Musharraf said Israel must do more.) </li></ul>
    57. 63. The Last Prayer in Neve Dekelim
    58. 64. The Last Prayer
    59. 65. The faith is impossible to stop
    60. 66. Moshe Feiglin, Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) <ul><li>Trying to turn “The State of the Jews into the Jewish State”. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founded the Zo Artzeinu (This is Our Land) civil disobedience movement after Oslo. Endorses solely non-violent civil disobedience AND REFUSAL TO SERVE. </li></ul><ul><li>Now Manhigut is trying to take over the Likud from the inside, and then take control of the state. They are the largest faction inside the Likud. </li></ul><ul><li>This is to avoid a repeat of when Peres was defeated, and Netanyahu became just as bad. </li></ul>www.JewishLeadership.org
    61. 67. (2 min)
    62. 68. The Orange Revolution will continue
    63. 69. Hatikvah <ul><li>As long as deep in the heart, The soul of a Jew yearns, And forward to the East To Zion, an eye looks Our hope will not be lost, The hope of two thousand years, To be a free nation in our land, The land of Zion and Jerusalem . </li></ul>
    64. 70. End
    65. 71. 1250 BCE <ul><li>The Ten Commandments </li></ul><ul><li>Moses is the greatest Prophet. </li></ul><ul><li>All later prophesies were merely restatements of Moses’ visions </li></ul><ul><li>The golden calf & 40 Years wandering in the desert </li></ul>
    66. 72. What was really “disengaged”?
    67. 73. Moshe Feiglin, Manhigut Yehudit <ul><li>Upon seeing that the Israeli left and Sharon’s “right” have voted in favor of Disengagement, Mr. Feiglin deduced the following: </li></ul><ul><li>a)         The solution is disengagement. </li></ul><ul><li>b)         There is no moral problem in transferring populations. (note: The left has been shown to have been less than truthful when they said they were against transfer.) </li></ul><ul><li>c)          (Therefore), the question is not whether it is permissible to uproot a population, but which population to uproot. In other words, to whom does the country belong? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(2/24/05) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    68. 74. Disengagement Checklist <ul><li>Security: BAD </li></ul><ul><li>Diplomacy: BAD </li></ul><ul><li>Economy: BAD </li></ul><ul><li>Morality: BAD </li></ul><ul><li>Legitimacy: BAD </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to the Nation: IRREPARABLE </li></ul>
    69. 75. IF YOU REMEMBER NOTHING ELSE ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION, <ul><li>Remember this: </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT’S IN IT FOR US? </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, the answer is: </li></ul><ul><li>ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !!! </li></ul>
    70. 76. EXCEPT <ul><li>We will receive: </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of dead Jews </li></ul><ul><li>And: </li></ul><ul><li>A brand new terror war in and from Israel’s heartland with rockets that will hit Jerusalem daily. </li></ul><ul><li>And we’ll be left with: </li></ul><ul><li>An indefensible country teetering simultaneously on the edges of implosion and destruction. </li></ul>
    71. 77. Ariel Sharon - 2001 <ul><li>The great question of our day is whether we, the Jewish people of Israel, can find within us the will to survive as a nation that is necessary to solve the problems confronting us. </li></ul><ul><li>From his autobiography, p. 556 </li></ul>
    72. 78. Conclusion : <ul><li>The Disengagement Plan </li></ul><ul><li>is the next step in the phased plan for </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli Destruction </li></ul><ul><li>and for </li></ul><ul><li>palestinian Arab Empowerment </li></ul>For more info (and how you can help) – contact saveisrael@optonline.net
    73. 79. What has happened to our hearts? For the true Jewish alternative, visit www.jewishisrael.org WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!! Please contact us and get involved! [email_address]
    74. 83. ISRAELI DEMOCRACY How Does It Work? Prepared by the Media and Public Affairs Department of the Consulate General of Israel in New York
    75. 84. Chaim Weizman would certainly like Sharon’s plan <ul><li>Weizman, before the British Royal Commission, 1937 on the impending Holocaust: “The hopes of Europe’s 6 million Jews are centered on emigration.” But when asked if they could be brought to Palestine, he answered, “No… the old ones will pass. They will bear their fate or they will not. They are dust, economic and moral dust in a cruel world; only a branch shall survive. They have to accept it; if they feel and suffer they will find the way – Be’acharith hayamim (when the Messiah comes, all the dead will be revived) – in the fullness of time. There is no place for the European Jews in Falasteen or in the Land of Israel/ Eretz Yisroel for that matter … </li></ul><ul><li>The European Jews shall die. They should accept it, and forget about emigrating .” </li></ul><ul><li>[Jews like Chaim Weizman who let their fellow Jews DIE without trying to save them would like Sharon’s Disengagement Plan] </li></ul>
    76. 85. David Ben-Gurion, et al, would certainly like this plan, too <ul><li>The “Saison”: BG handed 250 Jewish freedom fighters to the British in the early 1940s who hung 12 of them (and informed on another 250) </li></ul><ul><li>The Altalena: In 1948, BG & Rabin MURDERED 16 defenseless Jews swimming to shore after initially giving approval for the ship to arrive. </li></ul><ul><li>The Kastner Affair: The Moshe Sharett government fell in 1955 after it was concluded in Israeli court that the Jewish Agency (under BG & Sharett) refused to help the not yet doomed Jewish community of Hungary, and even colluded with the Nazis to some extent to save Jewish Agency officials at the expense of hundreds of thousands of “regular Jews”. </li></ul><ul><li>The Yemenite children Affair: The early Israeli government under BG took thousands of Yemenite children from their parents and placed them with secular Ashkenazi families [probably to de-Judaize them]. </li></ul><ul><li>The Temple Mount: 2 hours after its conquest by the IDF in 1967, Moshe Dayan ordered our flag to be removed, and he handed control of the site to the Muslim Waqf. [In essence, this said to the world that we RENOUNCE our claims to our holiest site!! And the same was done to our biblical heartland.] </li></ul><ul><li>[Jews who could behave with such hatred and contempt for fellow Jews and for Judaism like this would certainly STRONGLY SUPPORT Sharon’s Disengagement Plan.] </li></ul>
    77. 86. July 13, 2005 Israel closed the doomed areas <ul><li>The Yesha Council responded to the closure stating </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;This is the first time in history that a Jewish Prime Minister has placed a siege on a Jewish town and declared that part of the Land of Israel should be clean of Jews.&quot; </li></ul>
    78. 87. Let’s take a moment and appreciate our wonderful police officers
    79. 89. Besides stopping buses <ul><li>The Knesset Law Committee viewed a June 29 film of police beating an anti-evacuation protestor, and it demanded an investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>The film showed police severely beating Akiva Vitkin, who was trying to block traffic on June 29 in Ramat Gan, adjacent to Tel Aviv. </li></ul><ul><li>One policeman motioned to his colleagues to help beat Vitkin, and they sat on him and stuck fingers in his nose and mouth, causing excessive bleeding and facial injuries. </li></ul>
    80. 91. How does the Supreme Court feel? <ul><li>Supreme Court Justice Ayala Procaccia remanded to prison a 14-year-old girl who participated in a road blocking until the end of proceedings. </li></ul><ul><li>Proceedings like this typically take 18-24 months. This decision was unprecedented, even for Israel. </li></ul>
    81. 92. But does the public even know about REAL VIOLENT PROTESTERS <ul><li>In July, left-wing “anti-security fence” protesters took out a soldier's eye and then killed another one in separate violent protests. </li></ul><ul><li>Why has the government AND the media said NOTHING about these horrific incidents? </li></ul><ul><li>Not to mention that Ariel Sharon does NOTHING when 2 Gush Katif residents are MURDERED by Arab terrorists 7/22 on their way into Gaza. </li></ul>
    82. 93. What happened at Kfar Maimon? 7/21
    83. 94. Another look at the “Violent” Protesters
    84. 95. Let’s look at the Israel Police Force wanted to “deal with” Kfar Maimon <ul><li>Channel 10 news broadcast on July 22 the discussion between the head of the police southern district, Nissan (&quot;Niso&quot;) Shaham and Roni Ohana, the Commander of the Border Police (southern command). </li></ul><ul><li>Shacham  is seen here giving instructions to Roni Ohana, to break up the ORANGE demonstration in Kfar Maimon. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s see how the Israeli Police like to deal with Jews who love Israel and demonstrate peacefully. </li></ul>
    85. 96. <ul><li>Police commander Shaham (in the light blue uniform, talking to Roni Ohana (at left) at Kfar Maimon, being filmed and recorded by Channel 10 news: </li></ul><ul><li>Roni Ohana: You want arrests made? </li></ul><ul><li>Shaham: I want arrests. </li></ul>
    86. 97. <ul><li>Shaham: &quot;Whores! I want arrests!&quot; </li></ul>
    87. 98. <ul><li>Shaham: And I want you to use water cannons! </li></ul>
    88. 99. <ul><li>Shaham: Use water cannons! Shit on them! </li></ul>
    89. 100. <ul><li>Shaham: They should all burn! Don't even think! Use cannons! </li></ul>
    90. 101. <ul><li>Shaham: Use water cannons and batons! </li></ul>
    91. 102. <ul><li>Shaham: And hit them in the lower part of the body, this is for the protocol! (Ohana laughs) </li></ul>
    92. 103. <ul><li>Ohana: Now Listen, I do not hit anyone..... </li></ul>
    93. 104. <ul><li>Shaham: No .. we know... you just do what you know how to do.... (Ohana laughs again) </li></ul>
    94. 105. <ul><li>Shaham: No Problem! You just do what you know how to do... ok. </li></ul>
    95. 106. <ul><li>Shaham: You will work, because the soliders (IDF soldiers) will not do it.... </li></ul>
    96. 107. <ul><li>Shaham: And arrests! Roni, arrests will break them all... </li></ul>
    97. 108. <ul><li>Shaham: Alot of arrests, and violence! </li></ul><ul><li>Ohana: OK, I understand. </li></ul>
    98. 109. <ul><li>Shaham: Listen to me... you know that I am an expert in Hareidim. </li></ul>
    99. 110. <ul><li>Shaham: No problems, hit them with batons, the lower part of the body. </li></ul>
    100. 111. <ul><li>Shaham: Uri (Bar-Lev - police officer in charge of the Disengagement) and the General (Chief of Staff Dan Halutz) are losing it. I told them: Move inside. </li></ul>
    101. 112. <ul><li>Shaham: The General (Halutz) told me: Niso, one minute, slow down. </li></ul>
    102. 113. <ul><li>Shaham: I am not some whore that opens her legs </li></ul>
    103. 114. <ul><li>Shaham: waiting for them to come to me </li></ul>
    104. 115. <ul><li>Shaham: I told him (Bar Lev) I want to be paid to open my legs </li></ul>
    105. 116. <ul><li>Shaham: I will fuck the shit out of them! </li></ul>
    106. 117. “ The Arab-Israeli conflict is closer to a resolution than anytime since Oslo” But is this true?
    107. 118. How did Oslo come about? <ul><li>Rabin made an election promise NEVER to negotiate w/ the PLO (even though it was illegal to have contacts with them so this promise wasn’t necessary) </li></ul><ul><li>But his reps at that moment were in Cairo making a deal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Israeli Arabs would vote for Labor (Rabin) and in return Labor would give Arafat “Oslo”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Labor won with a minority government </li></ul><ul><li>Rabin pushed through Oslo by getting 2 MKs to switch their votes by giving them Mitsubishi cars </li></ul><ul><li>These accords were therefore NOT legitimate. </li></ul>
    108. 119. Israel’s Commitments under Oslo <ul><li>Recognize the PLO, to be called the </li></ul><ul><li>Palestinian Authority (PA). </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer land: exact amount to be </li></ul><ul><li>determined in interim deals </li></ul><ul><li>Allow a PA police force of 10,000, </li></ul><ul><li>without known terrorists </li></ul><ul><li>Give the PA small weapons (rifles) </li></ul><ul><li>to help them police and destroy terror </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the Israeli public for peace </li></ul><ul><li>ISRAEL FULFILLED ALL OF IT’S OBLIGATIONS </li></ul>
    109. 120. <ul><li>End PLO Terror </li></ul><ul><li>Destroy Terrorist Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Educate for peace, no incitement </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve Holy Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize Israel, change Charter </li></ul><ul><li>Work out conflict with dialogue only </li></ul><ul><li>THE “PALESTINIANS” DIDN’T FULFILL ANY OF THEIR COMMITMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>They didn’t even ATTEMPT to fulfill any of them! </li></ul>“ Palestinian” Commitments
    110. 121. Rabin: Conditional Deal Hamas. They won't dream of using it against us, since they know very well that if they use these guns against us once, at that moment the Oslo Accord will be annulled …” Israel Television, Channel 1, March, 1994 “ Stop being afraid. There is no danger that these guns will be used against us. The purpose of this ammunition for the Palestinian police is to be used in their vigilant fight against the Hamas.
    111. 122. Educate for Peace ? <ul><li>Peace with Israel is not mentioned. </li></ul><ul><li>The State of Israel is not recognized. </li></ul><ul><li>Palestine covers all of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Palestine has an undivided, exclusively Arab Jerusalem as its capital. </li></ul><ul><li>No Jewish historical connection to the Land, no Holy Sites. </li></ul>Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, a non-gov., non-profit org www.edume.org/reports/index.htm A study of 60 PA textbooks revealed*:
    112. 123. What Israel Received from Oslo:
    113. 124. Summary of Oslo <ul><li>Rabin lied to his constituency and made an illegal pact with an enemy in order to get elected </li></ul><ul><li>Israel then made commitments to the Arabs and lived up to them </li></ul><ul><li>“ Palestinians” made commitments to Israel and didn’t uphold them </li></ul><ul><li>More than double the amount of Jews were murdered during the “good years” of Oslo than during the 1 st intifada. (as Rabin’s “sacrifices for peace”) </li></ul><ul><li>Israel now faces a terror state inside its borders. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel is now seen by the world as the “bad guy” </li></ul><ul><li>Worst of all, due to the Israeli “peace education”, many Jews now believe Israel doesn’t have the right to its own land, and must relinquish it. </li></ul>
    114. 125. But why didn’t the “Palestinians” fulfill their obligations?
    115. 126. ISLAM <ul><li>610 - Muhammad receives revelation - founds Islam </li></ul><ul><li>622 - The Hegira from Mecca to Medina </li></ul><ul><li>628 - Muhammed makes “hudna” with Koraish </li></ul><ul><li>630 - Muhammed conquers Mecca </li></ul><ul><li>632 - Muhammed dies - followed by the “Rightly guided Caliphs” </li></ul><ul><li>638 - Muslims conquer Palestine </li></ul><ul><li>661 - division over accession to Caliph produces Sunnis & Shias </li></ul>
    116. 127. The 5 Pillars of Islam <ul><li>Faith (Shahada) - only Allah </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer (Salat) - 5x/day </li></ul><ul><li>Alms (Zakat) - 2.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Fasting (Sawm) - 30 days of Ramadan </li></ul><ul><li>Pilgrimage (Hajj) - once to Mecca during lifetime </li></ul>
    117. 128. “ The 6th Pillar” of Islam: Jihad <ul><ul><ul><li>- Qur’an: Sura 9, verse 29 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ So let them fight in the way of Allah who sell the present life for the world to come; and whosoever fights in the way of Allah and is slain, or conquers, we shall bring him a mighty wage” </li></ul>Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful. - Qur’an: Sura 9, verse 5 “ First: The Caliph must “invite” the infidel to join Islam
    118. 129. Jihad produces the concept of “the Dhimmi” <ul><li>“ Fight those who believe not in Allah… nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book - until they pay the Jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued .” </li></ul><ul><li>- Qur’an: Sura 9, verse 29 </li></ul><ul><li>- This is the “last word” from the Qur’an on Jihad </li></ul>
    119. 130. More rules pertaining to dhimmis <ul><li>“ The subject peoples must pay the jizya; are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar); are not greeted with ‘as-Salamu ‘alaykum’ (peace be with you); must keep to the side of the street, may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims’ buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed; are forbidden to openly display wine or pork…recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make a public display of their funerals or feastdays; and are forbidden to build new churches.” </li></ul><ul><li>If the dhimmi violates any of these, they can be killed or enslaved at the discretion of the Muslim leader. </li></ul><ul><li> - Umdat al-Salik (Islamic Manual) </li></ul>
    120. 131. Dhimmi in Theory and Practice <ul><li>Institutionalized Apartheid (Jews lived in ghettos) </li></ul><ul><li>No Legal Rights - can’t testify </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent state of Humiliation and Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jizya : poll tax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banned from riding horses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forced to wear distinctive clothing: Yellow star </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forced to bow before Muslims in the street </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conditional Protection: Shifting b etween tolerance and persecution </li></ul>
    121. 132. Dhimmi in Theory and Practice <ul><li>Until 1875, Jews in Tunisia were forced to wear blue and black robes. </li></ul><ul><li>Until the 20 th Century, Moroccan Jews had to walk barefoot outside of the Jewish quarter. </li></ul><ul><li>In the 17 th Century, Egyptian Christians had to dismount from their donkeys when passing distinguished Muslims. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1833, when the French Consul rode a horse in Damascus, Syria, riots broke out. </li></ul><ul><li>The Jizya was enforced until 1909 in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon & Turkey; until 1925 in Iran, and until 1980 in Yemen. </li></ul>
    122. 133. Current Dhimmi treatment Iran: Mona Mahmudnizhad, Executed for teaching Baha’i religion. Pakistan: Dr. Yusef, a Christian on death row for stating that Muhammed wasn’t a Muslim before his revelation. Many attacks on churches. Indonesia: Forced conversion & circumcision. Attack on disco & general terror campaign. Sudan: 2.1 Million Black Christians slaughtered by the Muslim gov’t in the last 20 years. Men killed, women raped, women & children sold into slavery. Egypt: anti-Christian riots in 2000. Churches unable to obtain building permits to renovate.
    123. 134. Why is Dhimmi Important? <ul><li>The Middle East is a diverse region, filled with many religions and minority groups </li></ul><ul><li>Ideology of Dhimmitude – minority submission – still shapes Middle East culture </li></ul><ul><li>Jews are the only minority group to overcome dhimmitude and achieve self-determination </li></ul><ul><li>Existence of Israel in the midst of Muslim world threatens a revered tradition and CAN NOT BE TOLERATED. </li></ul>
    124. 135. The lesson of the Al-Houdibaya pact <ul><li>628 CE – The Prophet Muhammad, then at Medina, signs a 10 year HUDNA (cease fire) with the Koraish tribe of Mecca. </li></ul><ul><li>This Hudna was signed at Al-Houdibaya </li></ul><ul><li>Muhammad who understood he is unable to conquer Holy Mecca, sought a pact, even with painful concessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Muhammad removed the words “Messenger of Allah” under his name, making it an “inferior peace agreement”, meant to be broken. </li></ul><ul><li>630 – Muhammad breaks the agreement when he realizes he is now stronger than the enemy, attacks Mecca and slaughters the Koraish tribe ! </li></ul>
    125. 136. Islamic Empires <ul><li>The Umayyad Dynasty of Islam - rule from Damascus </li></ul><ul><li>691 & 705 - Built Dome of the Rock and then Al-Aksa mosque on the ruins of the 2nd Temple & created mythic association with Qur’an (Muhammed died in 632 and the Qur’an states that he went to heaven from the “farthest mosque”. The farthest mosque was in Medina, but the Umayyads called their new mosque “The Farthest Mosque” (The Al-Aksa Mosque) and said that this is where Muhammed went to heaven from.) As the Al-Aksa Mosque wasn’t built until 73 years after Muhammad died, this is clearly not the mosque referred to in the Qur’an. </li></ul><ul><li>All of the Islamic Dynasties (through the Ottomans) ruled from places other than Jerusalem. </li></ul><ul><li>From 1948-67, when this site was Arab controlled, not 1 Arab leader visited it!!! </li></ul>
    126. 137. So how do the “Palestinians” adapt their history to the present?
    127. 138. 1964: Birth of the PLO and Its Official Charter <ul><li>Article 1: Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation. </li></ul><ul><li>Article 2: Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit. </li></ul><ul><li>Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine and is therefore a strategy and not tactics. </li></ul><ul><li>Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of Israel is fundamentally null and void… </li></ul>
    128. 139. 1974 PLO “Stages” Plan <ul><li>Article 2: Establish, through terror OR any means, an “independent combatant national authority” on any “liberated” territory </li></ul><ul><li>Article 4: Continue the armed struggle using the territory [liberated] as the base </li></ul><ul><li>Article 8: Provoke an all-out regional war to destroy all of Israel </li></ul>
    129. 140. The palestinians ’ less-than-stellar Track Record <ul><li>1- They failed to destroy Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>2- Many fled to Jordan in 1948, where they almost overthrew Hussein (before being thrown out) </li></ul><ul><li>3- They then went to Lebanon in 1970, where they set up a corrupt mini-state, tortured locals, used this land as a base to attack Israel, and brought about a civil war (before being thrown out in the mid 1980s.) </li></ul><ul><li>4- Many then went to Kuwait, where they helped the invading Iraqis torture and kill prominent Kuwaiti officials (before being thrown out after the Gulf War.) </li></ul><ul><li>5- Israel then brought them back into Israel in 1993, where they instituted a corrupt dictatorship, destroyed the thriving economy (one of the 5 fastest growing economies in the world over the previous 26 years), created a thriving Jihad center, and killed almost 2000 Jews and maimed many thousands more in a war which they are still waging. </li></ul><ul><li>This is NOT a good track record! </li></ul>
    130. 141. Arafat on Jordanian Radio: The Day after the Signing <ul><li>“ This agreement, I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Mohammed and Koraish, and you remember the Caliph Omar had refused this agreement and [considered] it a despicable truce.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We respect agreements the way that prophet Muhammad and Salah-a-Din respected the agreements which they signed” </li></ul>
    131. 142. Palestinian Representatives <ul><li>Faisel Husseini: </li></ul><ul><li>We distinguish the strategic, long-term goals from the political phased goals , which we are compelled to temporarily accept due to international pressure. . [Palestine] according to the higher strategy [is]: `from the river to the sea.' Palestine in its entirety is an Arab land, the land of the Arab nation.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Nabil Sha’ath </li></ul><ul><li>We decided to liberate our homeland step-by-step... Should Israel continue - no problem. And so, we honor the peace treaties and non-violence... if and when Israel says &quot;enough&quot;... in that case it is saying that we will return to violence. But this time it will be with 30,000 armed Palestinian soldiers and in a land with elements of freedom ... If we reach a dead end we will go back to our war and struggle like we did forty years ago. </li></ul>
    132. 143. How the PA raises it’s children <ul><li>Religious obligation to become shahada (“martyr for Allah” by dying while killing “infidels”) </li></ul><ul><li>Reward in paradise for becoming shahada </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s shows say to do it </li></ul><ul><li>Media says to do it </li></ul><ul><li>Parents say it’s good </li></ul><ul><li>Politicians say it’s the best thing to be </li></ul>
    133. 144. Typical Propaganda for PA children (1 min)
    134. 145. And this is what the PA has created <ul><li>“ What could be better than going to Paradise?” </li></ul>(2 min)
    135. 146. What the PA doesn’t tell it’s children <ul><li>PLO executive committee member Zuhir Muhsein stated in a 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper, Trouw: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Palestinian people does not exist . The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity . In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.“ </li></ul><ul><li>The “Palestinians” deserve to be told the truth by their leaders! They deserve to live in peace in their true homelands (or some may live in ours under certain conditions) and not to be used as pawns by their leaders and their brethren in a war to annihilate Israel. </li></ul>
    136. 147. What the PA doesn’t show it’s children <ul><li>Joseph’s Tomb - 1900 and today in Shechem (the Arabs now call Nablus) </li></ul><ul><li>This is the first place that Abraham stopped in Eretz Yisrael, and the Arabs didn’t move in until the 20 th century (for better economic opportunity – as the British kept the Jews on a strict quota but ignored illegal Arab immigration.) </li></ul>
    137. 148. Anti-democratic clauses of the Disengagement <ul><li>Three years mandatory imprisonment of persons who act together to oppose disengagement, even if one of them is a minor (or an infant). Five years mandatory imprisonment if such a meeting included a person with a weapon, even just a pen knife or a nail scissor. </li></ul><ul><li>The building of additional prisons capable of holding thousands of objectors to the Disengagement Plan (including “family” prisons) </li></ul><ul><li>The preparation of specially trained troops to forcefully evacuate Jews. These troops are to be paid a $5000 monetary bonus for participation . They do not have to wear their nametags during the operation, and will not be cited for minor offenses such as breaking hands . </li></ul><ul><li>The purchase of special protective equipment for the forces which take part in this evacuation of Jews.  (How about protective equipment for those about to be forcibly dragged out of their homes?) </li></ul><ul><li>Doomed settlements closed to outsiders 30 days prior to expulsion begins. </li></ul><ul><li>If there is any resistance whatsoever to being forcibly evicted from one's home, such persons lose any chance for compensation for their house and/or farm, and, in addition, forfeit the ownership of their personal possessions (furniture, appliances, clothes etc.) [Compensation not to be given according to market-value appraisals, but according to depreciation schedules, which will result in unfairly low compensation for business owners in Gaza.] </li></ul><ul><li>Media coverage of the Disengagement to be severely limited (IDF announced 3/17/05) </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish graves will be dug up and the Shiva period must be redone. </li></ul>
    138. 149. MK Zvi Hendel on Sharon’s About-Face <ul><li>Hendel describes 2 meetings at Sharon’s ranch in late 2003 (he claims to have received these descriptions from a participant): </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting 1- Sharon, top aids & sons review the revised indictment against David Appel (Greek Island Affair) in which Gilad & Ariel Sharon are accused of bribery. The participants sought a plan of action to undertake a “national enterprise” in order to have the investigations against them closed. </li></ul><ul><li>Going to war was first suggested, but this was rejected as “it was clear the Left would not forgive him.” </li></ul><ul><li>Giving away Gaza was next suggested by Eyal Arad. Sharon replied, “Have you gone mad? The settlement there is a strategic asset. I truly believe that. It was but a few months ago that I explained that to [Amran] Mitzna.” No decision was made at this meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting 2 (after the bribery story gained momentum in the media) – Gilad Sharon said, “Father, we have no choice. Nothing else can save us . We must go for an evacuation of the Gaza Strip.” </li></ul><ul><li>This is clearly the most plausible explanation of Sharon’s trampling on everything he believed in one fell swoop. </li></ul>
    139. 150. A look at Gush Katif before this summer.

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