Arab Israel conflict

That awkward moment

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI clips the video below of Umm Muhammad Shamasneh. Shamasneh’s son Muhammad was killed while perpetrating a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem on October 12. Appearing in her home via the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel, she offered the interviewer candy to celebrate her son’s “martyrdom.” She said that she hoped her other sons would follow in his footsteps and pulled out a knife, threatening: “My deeds »

Halting Halbertal

Featured image Minnesota United States Attorney Andrew Luger took to the pages of the Star Tribune to denounce the “Islamophobia” allegedly rampant in “the news.” The column appeared under the heading “Minnesotans must face Islamophobia head-on.” Luger condemns a “current wave of Islamophobia.” There are several problems with Luger’s column. I want to note two. “Islamophobia” is a term of art invented by fanatics to stigmatize their opponents. Speaking as “Minnesota’s chief »

Rabin’s legacy

Featured image The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago has been the occasion of observances and retrospectives that honor his role in the Oslo Accords. Over the weekend, for example, Bill Clinton was in Jerusalem telling Israelis they must “finish the last chapter” of Rabin’s legacy. Among knowledgeable observers, Peter Berkowitz, Jeff Jacoby, and Caroline Glick have written columns worthy of note on the subject. Oslo of course »

“Are we living on the same planet?”

Featured image A BBC correspondent asked Prime Minister Netanyahu what he would say if urged to resumed negotiations with the Palestinian Authority president who’s in the eleventh year of his four-year term. (Congratulations are in order.) Netanyahu wondered if the BBC correspondent follows the news. He pointedly asked her: “Are we living on the same planet?” The video is about two-and-a-half minutes long and well worth your time. Via Tom Gross/Mideast Dispatch »

Understanding the bloodlust

Featured image Muslim Arabs seem to be acting out a maniacal bloodlust against Jews in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel. In the adjacent post, Paul refers to the incitement underlying the current wave of terrorist attacks centered on Jerusalem. Following the news in the United States, through comments by Obama administration officials or correspondents such as FNC’s Conor Powell, one would have no idea what is happening. Andy McCarthy did the job »

Undercover Jew

Featured image Virtually every day, or so it seems, we get notices from Palestinian Media Watch of calls for, or celebration of, the murder of Jews in Israel. PMW performs a valuable service for those of us interested in a realistic understanding of the region. Following the Palestinian media, one comes to the conclusion that they represent a society unfit for self-rule. Decent civil institutions are also required and notable by their »

Anne Bayefsky explains

Featured image The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body whose essential purpose is to stigmatize the Jewish state for imaginary crimes. The Obama administration therefore deems it important for the United States to fund and participate in the work of the body, such as the farcical investigation of alleged war crimes conducted by its Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. Having concluded its investigation and issued its report, the commission concluded »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 3 (video corrected!)

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke this morning at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington. I have posted the video below (20 minutes). This speech is a warm-up to the main event tomorrow morning before a joint session of Congress. In this speech Netanyahu tactfully takes the highest ground possible consistent with his mission. “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that »

Saved by the mayor

Featured image An Arab practitioner of violent extremism attacked an Israeli Jew in Jerusalem on Sunday. The practitioner was wielding a knife; the attack took place at Tzahal Square in central Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his security detail happened to be on the spot and swung into action. A bodyguard pulled his gun and the mayor tackled the terrorist. The Jerusalem Post reports the story here. As the Mall of »

NY jury rejects PA BS

Featured image There is at best one degree of separation between the Palestinian Authority or the PLO and the terrorist attacks carried out in Israel by Palestinian Arabs. A federal jury in Manhattan returned a verdict against the PA/PLO in favor of American plaintiffs injured as a result of terrorist attacks carried out in Israel between between 2002 and 2004. The New York Times reports: The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation »

Trending in the PA: How to stab a Jew

Featured image The Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza lack the requisites on which a decent state might be formed. Among other things, they lack the infrastructure of a civil society. What they do have in abundance is the infrastructure of terrorism. They also have the bloodlust on which to sustain it. To take just one recent example, the Jewish Press draws attention to the video below demonstrating the proper use »

Ms. Glick dissents

Featured image The Jerusalem Post’s Herb Keinon moderated a panel at the Post’s diplomatic conference in Jerusalem on Thursday. On this panel Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr expounded on the wisdom of the European Union’s application of a double standard to Israel. Senior contributing editor Caroline Glick angrily demurred. The Jerusalem Post covers it here. It’s an interesting exchange that warrants a look. UPDATE: Tom Wilson comments insightfully on this exchange at Commentary. »

A spiral of inanity

Featured image President Obama is marinated in the left-wing hatred of Israel and, not surprisingly, he hates Israel (not just Prime Minister Netanyahu, though there is that too). He has no patience with Israel’s struggle for survival. He seeks to engineer Israel’s surrender to her enemies. His attitude toward Israel is perhaps a little more obvious than his attitude toward the United States. As with so many issues, however, Israel presents as »

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Murders

Featured image This morning, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and murdered four rabbis during their morning prayers, wounding a number of others. The rabbis reportedly included three Americans and a Briton. The murderers were armed with a gun, knives and axes or meat cleavers. Most of us wouldn’t regard this as something to celebrate: But then, most of us haven’t been raised from birth to hate. Muslims in both Gaza »

The case of Conor Powell

Featured image This past week FOX News aired Conor Powell’s report on Israel’s West Bank operation to apprehend Hamas operatives suspected of participation in the the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens. (I saw Powell’s report on Special Report with Bret Baier. It may have aired on other shows that day.) IDF forces were unable to apprehend the operatives; they were killed in a shootout. The Washington Post reported on the incident »

Tweeting @ConormPowell (updated)

Featured image On Special Report with Bret Baier last night, Conor Powell reported on the killing by Israeli forces of two Hamas members suspected in the murder of the three Israeli teens. In his first pass at describing the relationship of Hamas to the kidnapping, I believe that Powell conveyed Hamas’s denial of involvement. I think a second reference later in the report may have backtracked on the issue. (I can’t find »

Ignoring Hamas crimes

Featured image Khaled Abu Toameh combines his usual invaluable reportage with media criticism in “Big media ignores Hamas’s ‘ugliest crimes.'” As I am sure this will be studiously ignored by Conor Powell, Rick Leventhal and all the rest shouting out coverage live but limited from Gaza, I am taking the liberty of pasting the whole damn thing in below: During the recent war in the Gaza Strip, armed Hamas militias committed the »