Middle East Report

‘Palestine not for rent,’ says Saeb Erekat

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Authority on Saturday rejected a US offer that Israel lease lands in East Jerusalem and from the future Palestinian state for 40-99 years. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said in a press statement that the “land of Palestine is not for rent.”

Turkish army chiefs boycott ceremony where president’s wife wore hijab

Turkish secularism steadily eroding away. “Turkish army chiefs boycott ceremony over Islamic headscarf,” from AFP, October 30 via JW.

Left wing activists caught cutting down Arab olive trees

From YNet:

Arabs and leftist activists staged an attack on Palestinian fields in a bid to accuse settlers of vandalism, an organization that claims to have documented the incident says.  (Elder of Ziyon)

At least 19 killed in rescue from Iraq church

BAGHDAD: At least seven Iraqi Catholics died on Sunday when police stormed a Baghdad church where gunmen were holding dozens of parishioners hostage, threatening to kill them if Al-Qaeda prisoners were not released.  (Arab News)

At least seven Iraqi Christians dead as al-Qaeda takes hostages in Baghdad church, demands release of prisoners (JW)

In Islamic law, blood money, or diyya is less for non-Muslims than for Muslim lives. It is just one such indication of how, under Sharia, infidel blood is cheap. “At least 7 hostages killed in rescue from Iraq church,” by Waleed Ibrahim and Muhanad Mohammed for Reuters,

Iraq suicide attack death toll rises to 30

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi health official says the death toll from a suicide bombing north of Baghdad has risen to 30.

Who does the AP consider an “extremist”?

In all of these cases, the word “extremist” is used to refer to murderers and/or supporters of terror groups with a long track record of murders and terror attacks.

Jew-hatred alive and well in Jordan

Islamic supremacist Reza Aslan calls on U.S. to negotiate with jihad terrorists of Hamas

Our peace-partners in action…..

Islamic supremacist pseudo-moderate Reza Aslan is a clown, and the only proper response to clowns is laughter, but if any of the multitudes of useful idiots and dupes in Washington heed his advice, it could be lethal: he is also a Board member of a group that is widely regarded as an apologetic vehicle for the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is now calling upon the U.S. to negotiate with the jihad terrorists of Hamas.

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"Tolerance" in the "Occupied Territories" (Judea & Samaria)

PA lowers volume on mosques near ‘settlements’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has reportedly agreed to an Israeli request to lower the volume on mosque loudspeakers in Palestinian villages surrounded by settlements.

The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday that the PA has also agreed that Friday prayers will be held in one mosque per village, after several Israeli settlers complained to Israeli authorities over the volume of the call to prayer.


Ehud Ahmed Barak bars IDF troops from eating, drinking or smoking at checkpoints during Ramadan

Many people on the Right are upset about Barak’s dhimmi orders.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered IDF troops not to eat, drink or smoke at checkpoints during the month-long Ramadamadan Muslim fast. Ramadamadan starts on Saturday…..  Carl in J’lem

Update: just like the mythical Andalucia!

Sounds like a fairytale: how long will it last?

A wonderful supermarket opens in the West Bank, thrilling the Israeli and Arab shoppers (who get along just fine, thank you very much). Pajamas Media

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Rifqa Bari is 18! But is she off the hook?

Rifqa Bary is 18! (JW)

JAWA REPORT: Court Docs – Rifqa Bary’s father, Mohamed Bary, threatened Rifqa’s counselor, who in fear refused to testify on her behalf; Prosecutor Ron O’Brien refuses to file charges because “it will negatively impact the Muslim community”

The one who got away:

Israeli held in Libya returns home after release (Rantburg)

Rafael Rafram Chaddad, an Israeli-Tunisian dual national, disappeared in March in Libya, where he was photographing Jewish heritage sites on behalf of an organization that documents the history of Libya’s vanished Jewish community.

Once upon a time the Arabs believed in peaceful co-existence, then these horrible Zionists came along and spoilt the party:

Der Spiegel notices Hamas infighting. Then it calls some of them “peaceful.”

Der Spiegel (German only) has an interesting article about Hamas infighting. It starts off with some interesting facts, but then turns into a joke.

“We Seek Every Opportunity for Martyrdom”- Al-Quds Brigades

WTF stops us from exporting them to the virgins? Can’t we just  get on with it and help them along?   (Asharq Alawsat)

State Department: Taliban not a terrorist organization (JW)

Future Facebook Friends:

It is, of course, a jihad and Islamic supremacist organization — but no worries on that score either, as the State Department thinks jihad, i.e., interior spiritual struggle, is just fine. Capitulation: “State Department: Taliban is not a terrorist organization,” by Amanda Carey in The Daily Caller, August 10 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):

Why is Islamic supremacist Ground Zero mosque imam traveling to Muslim countries on taxpayer money?

The New York Post asks pointed and necessary questions about this story. “An odd envoy,” from the New York Post, via JW

Bucktooth Bashir Might Face Death Penalty

“Al-Qaeda in Aceh”- AFP

JAKARTA — Indonesian police said Tuesday top radical Islamist preacher Abu Bakar Bashir could face the death penalty over his alleged role in terror plots with Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Make no mistake: Ol’Bucktooth is preaching the real Islam, not the diluted version of the misunderstanders.

Bashir, who was arrested on Monday, is accused of funding and training extremists who were planning a wave of attacks in Jakarta.

“Our investigators found evidence that Abu Bakar Bashir had been actively involved in terror plots and activities including the training,” National police spokesman Edward Aritonang said.

Police have arrested 102 terror suspects, of whom 66 were detained, in a series of raids nationwide since discovering the training facility in Aceh, northern Sumatra island.

Aritonang said they found that several Islamic groups from regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) to Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) had also chosen Bashir as the leader for a new terror cell dubbed “Al-Qaeda in Aceh”.

The cell had planned a series of attacks, including using car bombs, on at least two embassies, several international hotels and the police headquarters in the capital.

The police discovered “Al-Qaeda in Aceh” in February and killed its leader Dulmatin, a JI militant, in March.

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Israel, Hizballah, Dead Mullahs, Useful Idiots & Bleeding Hearts….

Hizballah whines about free speech after CNN fires Hizballah groupie Mideast editor Octavia Nasr

Pic thanks to ZIP

One down, at least 10 more to go. CNN is not called the ‘Caliphate News Networx’ for nothing….

We  will label this a Free Speech Death Watch Update and shed a tear for Hizballah’s loss of its CNN mouthpiece when CNN actually stops reflecting the terror group’s political line, and when Hizballah begins carrying my columns on its websites. An update onthis story: “Hezbollah denounces CNN’s firing of Mideast editor,” from AP via JW

Zogby: “Feelings Hurt”

Dr. James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute, said the very public nature of Nasr’s firing was unwise for a network attempting to build a global audience.

“On the face of it, it doesn’t feel right,” he said. “And it’s going to create a deeper sense of aggravation in the community that says Middle East stories just don’t get a fair shake.”

Ya think?

Mahmoud Abbas: “If all of you [Arab States] will fight Israel, we are in favor….” PMW Bulletins Remember, this is  our partner in the peace process, the representative of  Fatah, our peace partners….

Iran’s Thug-In-Chief: Jews “only appear to be human,” Iran working to “rescue the American people” MEMRI Well, I rather not be saved then…..

Hamas Sends Patients to Israel for Care

Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv treats up to 100 patients a month from Gaza, and often Hamas takes the role of middleman between Gaza residents and the Israeli hospital. (ZIP)

But don’t expect anything in return, that would be un Islamic…... INN

Israel Furious After UK Ambassador Eulogizes Hezbollah’s Spiritual Mentor as a “Great, Passionate” Man… (JPost)

No Western government should employ a female to deal with Mohammedans, ever!

“When you visited him you could be sure of a real debate, a respectful argument and you knew you would leave his presence feeling a better person. Weasel Zippers


Obambi Outreach: Hamas says asked by US to keep silent on talks

Islamist group source says senior American officials request contacts remain secret ‘so as not to rouse Jewish lobby’- Y-net news

A senior Hamas figure said Friday that official and unofficial US sources have asked the Islamist group to refrain from making any statements regarding contacts with Washington, this following reports that a senior American official is due to arrive in an Arab country in the coming days to relay a telegram from the Obama Administration.

According to the report, the official said Washington has no choice but to work with Hamas due to its influence in the Arab and Islamic world.

Friends we can rely on:

US Muslim “jurists”  forbid aid to troops

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) issued a fatwa prohibiting offering aid to foreign troops in Muslim countries whether on the personal or the business levels. Al Arabya

Muslim FBI informant ostracized by Muslim community in U.S.

One would have thought that the Vast Majority of loyal, patriotic American Muslims would celebrate Mahmoud Omar as a hero. Why don’t they? Why does a man who helped the FBI against jihadists say, “I lost my people. I lost my religion”? And why don’t authorities ask that question, and seek answers to it? “From star FBI witness to ostracism, loss,” by George Anastasia for the Philadelphia Inquirer/JW

Hugh Fitzgerald’s reply is right on the money…..

Meet the Muslim War Council

Obama rewards Hamas

In “President Obama Rewards The Hamas Lobby” in Forbes today, Steven Emerson skewers Obama’s anti-Israel, pro-jihad actions:

Why is the terrorist group more interested in attacking Israel than improving the lives of its people?

A ship packed with violent, radical “activists”  tries to run a blockade aimed at preventing terrorists from receiving illicit material. Video shows them beating commandos with clubs as they land on the ship, pelting them with slingshots and carrying knives.

What is America’s response? To demand that the nation whose soldiers were attacked conduct an investigation to “find out the facts.”

It is clear Israel sought to peacefully secure the Mavi Marmara on May 31 as it approached Gaza. But the hardened activists, who openly discussed their desire for martyrdom, weren’t going to let that happen. Fighting for their lives, the Israeli soldiers opened fire with their sidearms, killing nine people on the ship.

But that does not make the Obama administration’s demand for an investigation from an ally any more sensible. It was the first such demand made by the U.S. of another country, let alone an ally, in recent memory. There was no call for a probe on Russia’s treatment of Chechnyans, for Egypt’s persecution of the Christian Copts or for the murderous rampages against the Ahmadiyan Muslim sect in Pakistan.

Just Israel made the history books. Israel, however, has proof of what really happened. It released at least five videos on YouTube showing Israeli soldiers being attacked as they landed.

Moreover, details emerged about IHH–the Turkish charity instigating the attack–and its long history of abetting Islamic terrorist attacks and Islamic terrorist organizations. Reports produced by MEMRI showed the violent attack at sea was planned by radicals vowing to go to their “martyrdom.” By June 3 more YouTube videos appeared showing the efforts by the Turkish flotilla extremists to battle with the Israelis….

Read it all./Check out the comments on JW, people are really starting to get it:  Comments

Caroline Glick:

Hamas’s free lunch

Today Hamas stands on the cusp of international acceptance. It may take a week or a month or a year, but today Hamas stands where Fatah and the PLO stood in the late 1980s. The genocidal jihadist terror group is but a step away from an invitation to the Oval Office….J’Post has more

Resign… or Change, Mr. President

While defending his own policies President Obama has routinely been rude and sarcastic to his predecessor, George W. Bush. Yet Obama appears to be making the resident of the previous White House look like a genius compared to his own serious missteps in office. FoxNews

Picture of the week from the Gaza concentration camp

Palestinian women take a short break from ‘starving’  to shop at one of Gaza’s thriving gold bazaars.

(Thanks to the RoP)

Palestinians admit “GAZA IS NOT STARVING,” but Hamas is stealing humanitarian aid

In the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident, anti-Israel activists around the world have worked to boost their message that the Gaza Strip is the most destitute place on earth, where famine and plague rule. But remarks by Gaza Palestinians to international media outlets covering the aid flotilla story paint a very different picture.

SEE FOR YOURSELF HERE: oh-those-poor-starving-palestinians

“There is no starvation in Gaza. No one has died of hunger,” Khalil Hamada, a senior official at Gaza’s Ministry of Justice, told London’s Daily Telegraph. Sticking to the Hamas party line, he then went on to criticize Israel’s embargo as “inhumane” and “brutal.”  Barenaked has more>>

Israeli Groups Mull ‘Reverse Flotillas’…

  • Islamist Turkey Overreaches/Daniel Pipes says that Islamism 2.0 is starting to look too much like the old version.
  • To the ‘Free Gaza’ Movement/Dear “Activists”, Where are you when Jews aren’t involved? (from the Puff Ho of all places!)
  • Hamas blocks the aid Israel was damned for checking/Now Hamas has a blockade against the supplies the “peace activists” were trying to Gaza last week until stopped by Israel, which has since checked the cargo and is trying to pass it on. It turns out the stuff junk wasn’t so urgently needed/Andrew Bolt

From Weasel Zippers:

Barry Rubin: Major New Development in Flotilla Story? – Turkey’s opposition waking up to nightmare of becoming a satellite state of Iran.

TEHRAN (FNA)– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Zionist regime of Israel is on the verge of collapse. “The demise of the Israeli regime is imminent.”


Egyptian Expert on International Law Hassan Ahmad Omar: Palestinian Allowed to Hijack Israeli Ships, But Flotilla Incident Constitutes Israeli Terrorism


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Beyond Parody: Bankrupt Britain to give £19m in aid to Gaza

Aiding and abetting Islamic terrorism. “£19m in aid to Gaza” means aid for Hamas. Read the Hamas charter, here:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

There are no words. New UK government groveling to Islamists; the British government is attempting to placate Muslim pressure groups in the UK by saying, “Look at us, you’re not going to catch us being soft on Israel, we’re as furious and condemning as you are.”

Press Association

The money, to be spent on healthcare, education and other services, (?) will be announced by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell on Sunday.

It will go to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on which about 70% of Gazans rely to meet their basic needs.

The support comes amid heightened international concern about Israel’s blockade of Gaza after the violent confrontation on an aid ship this week.

But the money is part of a five-year £100 million funding arrangement with the UNRWA that was entered into in 2006.

Mr Mitchell, who has confirmed the latest tranche of support, reiterated the Government’s calls for Israel to allow aid into Gaza.

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza is both unacceptable and unsustainable,” he said.

“The UK is committed to helping those people affected by this crisis and that is why I am today providing £19 million to help meet their most basic needs.

“There is an immediate need for unfettered access to Gaza if the humanitarian situation is to be improved, to allow the economy to get back on its feet, and to give the young people of Gaza the prospect of a better future.

“I call on the government of Israel to open the crossings to help end this humanitarian crisis.”

“Humanitarian crisis” here

Arabs in general and Falestinians in particular are by nature experts at displays of suffering.

We con the world!

On an international scale the Fakestinian Arabs are no 8 in obesity.

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Time to Dump Turkey

Andrew Bolt

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk forced modern Turkey to be secular and West-looking. His heirs even make Turkey an Israeli ally and NATO partner, but how dangerously it’s now sliding into another radical Islamic state:

TURKEY’S Prime Minister says he doesn’t view radical Palestinian group Hamas, Israel’s arch-foe, as a terrorist organisation.

“Our problem is not with the Israeli or the Jewish people. Our problem is with the oppressive Israeli administration which commits state terror,” he said.

The new Caliph?  Turkish PM Erdogan a hero with Islamists!

“Hamas are resistance fighters who are struggling to defend their land. They have won an election,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday in a speech broadcast live on television.

“I have told this to US officials… I do not accept Hamas as a terrorist organisation…”

The United States and the European Union blacklist Hamas as a terrorist group despite its victory in Palestinian elections in 2006.

Mr Erdogan made the remarks in an angry tirade against Israel after Monday’s raid on a flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of nine Turks …

The Wall Street Journal wonders how much the Turkish Government was behind an Islamist plot to make a pariah of Israel:

So the Prime Minister of Turkey calls Israel “a festering boil in the Middle East that spreads hate and enmity,” while his foreign minister compares Monday’s Israeli naval raid on a flotilla of ships headed for the Gaza Strip, in which nine passengers were killed, to the attacks of September 11, 2001…

A child points his finger and shouts religious slogans during the funeral of a victim of the Israeli naval commandos raid at the Beyazit mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, June 4, 2010.

Yet the more facts that come to light about the flotilla, its passengers and their sponsors, the more it seems clear that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergodan’s government, far more so than Israel’s, must be held to account for Monday’s violent episode… The Turkish accounting should begin with a full explanation from the government of its relationship with the IHH, an Istanbul-based Islamic “charity” that purchased three of the six boats used in the flotilla from the city government, sent hundreds of its activists along with it, and reportedly has ties to Turkey’s ruling Islamist AKP Party.

That attitude conforms with the general pattern of Mr. Erdogan’s foreign policy. For all his denunciations of Israel’s alleged brutality in Monday’s raid, he was among the first foreign leaders to congratulate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his “victory” in last year’s presidential election.


The IHH—the Turkish acronym for the “Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief”—has widely reported links to Hamas, the terrorist group that runs Gaza and most directly threatens Israel. Moreover, in the 2001 Seattle trial of Ahmed Ressam, the would-be Millennium bomber, French counterterrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere testified that the IHH had played an “important role” in Ressam’s plot to bomb LAX airport on New Year’s Day, 2000, and that there was “a rather close relation” between the bomber and the Turkish group…

Yet knowing all this, the Turkish government made no effort to prevent the flotilla from setting sail. The government also seems unembarrassed that the IHH belongs to a Saudi-based umbrella group of Islamic charities known as “The Union of the Good,” which the U.S. Treasury designated a terrorist organization in November 2008. On the contrary, Mr. Erdogan has been outspoken in his calls for the world to recognize Hamas, even as his relations with the more moderate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas have been notably cool.


Charles Krauthammer:

The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense.The world is tired of these troublesome Jews, six million — that number again — hard by the Mediterranean, refusing every invitation to national suicide.For which they are relentlessly demonized, ghettoized and constrained from defending themselves, even as the more committed anti-Zionists — Iranian in particular — openly prepare a more final solution.


An interview with the sergeant who killed six of the people on board the Mavi Marmara:

Looking to his side, he saw three of his commanders lying wounded – one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a gunshot wound to the knee. A third was lying unconscious; his skull was fractured by a devastating blow with a metal bar…He pushed the wounded soldiers up against the wall of the upper deck and created a perimeter of soldiers around them to begin treating their wounds, he said. He then arranged his men to form a second perimeter, and pulled out his 9 mm. Glock pistol to stave off the charging attackers and to protect his wounded comrades.The attackers had already seized two pistols from the commandos, and fired repeatedly at them. Facing more than a dozen of the mercenaries, and convinced their lives were in danger, he and his colleagues opened fire, he said. S. singlehandedly killed six men. His colleagues killed another three.

Hamas "unbowed"

Yawn. What else is new?

Resheq made it clear that his Movement although striving hard to achieve national reconciliation, yet, it won’t recognize the Zionist entity regardless of the price it might pay for it, stressing, “We want it a Palestinian-Palestinian reconciliation without American or any external dictates because we aren’t happy with the current political rift in the Palestinian arena”.    Read it all: Resheq: Pressures won’t make Hamas bow

PA Arabs to Israel: We’ll Take Your State, Please

Pali Arabs are increasingly rejecting the two-state solution, leaning instead towards turning Israel into a bi-national state governed jointly by Arabs and Jews. by Hillel Fendel/INN

Haniyeh: US conditions remain obstacle to unity

America gets the blame for  “conditions which ultimately prevent Palestinian unity and weaken the national position…”

Abbas urges Obama to impose peace deal

The peace we have to have sounds more like the peace of the grave:

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbasurged President Barack Obama on Saturday to impose a Mideast peace deal, signaling the Palestinians’ growing frustration after nearly two decades of failed negotiations with Israel. Breitbart

Elder of Ziyon present:

Hamas claims 2 million people parasites in Gaza now

Palestine Press Agency reports that Hamas has announced that the population of the Gaza Strip is at nearly 2 million people.
Another Hamas member has been killed in “a mission of jihad” – which might be a bomb that went off prematurely, or it might be some Hamas infighting that they are hushing up.

NY senator Chuck Schumer piles on to the criticism of the White House policy towards Israel, the most prominent Democrat to do so.

A Quinnipiac University poll shows that Americans don’t think that Obama is handling Israel very well, and two-thirds of Jews don’t approve of the administration policies on Israel. Jonathan Tobin comments here and Jennifer Rubin is upset at the number of Jews who still support Obama.

Guess where Mahmoud Abbas will spend this weekend? At the Fatah Revolutionary Council meeting! Just the thing you would expect from a moderate, pro-Western peace partner.

Some Brandeis University students are criticizing the choice of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren as the commencement speaker this year.

Prominent sheikh says other sheikhs suffer from mental disorders

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