PALEOSTINANS SUE U.K. FOR ISSUING BALFOUR DECLARATION THAT INITIATED THE DRIVE FOR THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL……..

Who cares what these international aid leeches have to say…..

Arab crybabies

Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dore Gold’s statement on the Palestinian move to sue Britain for issuing the Balfour Declaration.

27 July 2016

On the Palestinian Move to Sue Britain for Issuing the Balfour Declaration
Dore Gold, Director-General Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

In a revealing address given in the name of the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, before a meeting of the Arab League last week in Mauritania, Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, asked for help to prepare a legal file against Britain for issuing the Balfour Declaration<http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/peace/guide/pages/the%20balfour%20declaration.aspx> in 1917.

Quite apart from the obvious lack of any legal basis for Abbas’ claim, his initiative itself demonstrates yet again the continuing refusal of the Palestinian side to recognize the legitimate and indigenous connection of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, alongside the recognition the Palestinians seek for their own rights.

The legal significance of the Balfour Declaration emanated from the fact that it was incorporated by the League of Nations into the 1922 Mandate for Palestine. That mandate recognized the historical connection of the Jewish people to that area and that it provided the grounds for them to reconstitute their national home there.

This recognition came at a time when the Ottoman Empire, was crumbling and renouncing its sovereignty in the areas south of Modern Turkey. The League of Nations Mandate had the effect of transforming the policy position expressed in the Balfour Declaration into an internationally recognized international legal obligation to give effect to the inherent right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their ancient homeland.

Rights that were recognized by the League of Nations in that period were preserved by its successor organization, the United Nations, through Article 80 of the UN Charter.

Significantly, neither the Balfour Declaration nor the Mandate created the historical rights of the Jewish people to their homeland. Rather, these documents together recognized pre-existing rights that the Jewish people never conceded. Indeed thousands of Jews poured back into their ancient homeland well before the Balfour Declaration was issued.

Israel has insisted that at the end of any negotiation with the Palestinian leadership, it should recognize the rights of the Jewish people to a nation-state, just as many have been insisting that Israel recognize the rights of the Palestinians to a state of their own.

The statement of Mahmoud Abbas that the Arab League should help sue the British government for the Balfour Declaration is yet another resounding “no” to Israel’s fair request for reciprocity through mutual recognition and compromise. It is this stand by the Palestinian leadership that serves as a core obstacle to achieving genuine peace.

NORWEGIAN DIPLOMATIC CAR USED TO TRY SMUGGLE 10 KILOS OF ANCIENT ARTEFACTS FROM ISRAEL INTO JORDAN……..

Boneheaded move by the Norwegians….

TT Israeli correspondent Chanah S observes: “Either the embassy staff was complicit or it puts its trust in dishonest locals.”

Norwegian diplomatic car ‘used for contraband’ in Israel

Norwegian diplomatic car 'used for contraband' in Israel

Ten kilos of ancient coins and statuettes were found in the car. Photo: Israel Tax Authority

Published: 07 Jun 2016 08:35 GMT+02:00

The Mercedes containing a “top Jordanian diplomat” was inspected with Oslo’s permission at the crossing over the Jordan River between the occupied West Bank and Jordan, a statement from Israel’s tax authority said.

The driver, a Palestinian from Israeli-occupied and annexed east Jerusalem, was arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle antiquities.

He was later released, at the tax authority’s request, after posting bail.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman in Oslo confirmed that a Norwegian diplomatic vehicle had been stopped at the Allenby crossing last Tuesday evening, May 31st.

“We consider it very serious that a Norwegian diplomatic vehicle was being used for contraband,” Kristin Enstad said, adding that an investigation into the incident had begun.

The value of the antiquities seized from the car is not immediately known.

Enstad said Israeli customs had information that led them to search the car.

More here

TWO STATE SOLUTION DEBATE WITH BRIAN OF LONDON PRESIDING, TAKE DOWN OF PALESTINIAN IDENTITY LEADS TO SHOUTING MATCH…….

Over at Isreallycool, Brian of London posts a number of videos taken at the recent debate in London on the “two state solution” to the Arabs’ war against the peace loving Jewish state of Israel. Please check out the videos there.

Two State Great Debate room joined

I repost the the video of the Q & A, and draw your attention to the portion where Brian mentions the not-to-often-stated (which should be common knowledge) fact that Palestinian identity is a false construct, made in the 60’s by the Soviet’s during the Cold War to de-legitimize Jewish claims to the ancient land of Israel.

Interestingly enough at the 9:30 minute mark, Mudar Zahran, a more balanced and moderate kind of Arab that you could hope to get, admits that over 50% of the Arabs of Gaza identity as Egyptian (I think he’s low balling it actually), then at the 35:39 mark when Brian talks about the false Pali identity narrative, Mudar ”the moderate” Zahran erupts in indignation, to defend the supposed validity of the Palestinian identity.

It’s hilarious actually.

The very same cognitive dissonance on display here, is seen with the Arabs condemning post-WWI allied western leaders for imposing colonialism/imperialism on the Levant and Maghreb (making nation states out of the defeated Ottoman empire), and then claim nation state-hood for the ”indigenous” Palestinians. The whole concept of ”nation states” is foreign to Islamic thinking, but they now claim a distinct nation called Palestinians existed long before the modern state of Israel became a reality.

The befuddled thinking of the anti-Israel nay sayers is such because it’s based upon ideology, not historical facts, commons sense and reasoning. They take every day talking points and memes and then try to fit it into their ideological construct. It’s why some ”Palestinians” can claim to be an indigenous people related to the Phoneticians / Philistines and Canaanites, then claim to be full blooded Arabs (some of their imams claim direct relations to Mohamed himself, noted with a black turban).

TZOFAR THIS WEEK: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ORIGINAL SIN, HAPPY SYKES-PICOT TREATY DAY…….

Tzofar This Week

There’s no such thing as an original sin.” Elvis Costello

In 1494 Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas dividing the Americas along a vague and rather arbitrary meridian. The native peoples were of neither consulted nor even considered.

During the First World War, as the defeat and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire were at hand, Britain and France colluded in a similar manner to the Spanish and Portuguese and divided the Middle East up according to their own national interests. Again, native peoples were neither consulted nor considered.

The secret Sykes-Picot treaty was signed on May 16, 1916, one hundred years ago today, and created the now-failed states of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. In 1921 Britain further interfered in Middle East by creating Transjordan (today’s Kingdom of Jordan). To do this Britain contravened the 1920 international San Remo Conference by handing over 75% of the land mandated as a Jewish national homeland.

The division of lands and peoples resulted in states that were held together by coercion alone, without unifying religion, ethnicity, or, in the case of the Kurds, language. In fact, the Kurds were divided among four states—Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran—and oppressed in each. Every government in the post-colonial era in the region rose and fell with the fortunes of the ruling strong men. Heavy-handed dictators, however, failed to instill a sense of nationhood.

In a recent article, Daniel Pipes critiques the treaty in its form—secret negotiations which fomented a culture of conspiracy theories, and its substance—the carving up of new and expanded territories which diminished the viability of the states. A third critique could also be made. There are very few national identities in the Middle East, but tribal identity is strong. In the areas of Iraq and Syria, national loyalties were never more than an imposed veneer. Some elements of the populace have religious or ethnic allegiances, as do the Christians, Yazidis, Druze, Alawites and others, but these also have a significant tribal element.

Without understanding that the predominant allegiance in the region is tribal allegiance, you cannot comprehend what is happening today. As Mordechai Kedar pointed out at the beginning of the Syrian conflict, while there are Sunni, Hezbollah, and Syrian army militias, there are also local tribal militias that play a role in the conflict. Winning their support or defeating them totally is necessary to holding territory. This is just as true in both parts of the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, was held not by Hamas directly, but by a Gaza tribal group with their own set of interests. As another example, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussain ruled with the strong support of his Al-Tikriti tribe. Look-alike relatives formed his team of body doubles.

To post-modern Westerners this parochial tribal and religious culture seems like an implausible shell which can be easily cracked and the contents re-shaped. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tribal loyalties are strongly bound up by cousin marriages and familial ties of obligation. If we compare remotely-constructed Western policy to the interlaced actual construction of society in the Middle East, it is obvious that we are looking at polar opposites. It is as if the West has the high-altitude Google satellite view and the actual Middle East is locked in street view.

Western interference is doomed to fail when it attempts to nation-build in its own image, and this has been proved a failure from Libya and Egypt, to Iraq to Afghanistan.

Ironically, the blatant failure of the West’s carving up of the Middle East and its imposed nationalities have not served as a lesson to the Europeans. Europe, currently drowning in its own problems with an Islamic invasion, has decided to insist on meddling here. The Belgians and now the French, arguably the most terror-stricken states, are proposing a two-part international conference to create a Palestinian state. The initial conference will exclude Israel and the P.A.; presumably this is when parameters will be set, and the second conference is when, presumably, they will be imposed.

The standard formula for Israel–Palestinian negotiations, which has failed time and time again, is to press Israel for concessions which the P.A. will reject and use as an excuse for increased hostilities. While the West insists that Palestinians deserve and require a state, clear-thinking realists can plainly see that nationalism is neither an objective here nor anywhere else in the area. The main driving forces are tribal allegiance and religious fervor. This is how ISIS deconstructed Iraq and Syria. The objective of the Palestinians and their sympathizers is the annihilation of the State of Israel. Further attempts by the West to create yet another state will end in failure.

Happy Sykes-Picot Day, Europe!

DR.MANFRED GERSTENFELD WITH JAMIE BERK: FALSE MORAL EQUIVALENCE, ZIONISM EQUAL COLONIALISM AND IMPERIALISM…….

Lies about the founding of the modern state of Israel need to be debunked time and again, and as often as they are manifested.

The truth be told, Jewish development of the land purchased from Turkish landowners, created an economic boon for the region, and acted as a magnet for Arab/Muslim migration to the area. There are just as many Arab migrants to the Palestine region at the turn of the century, as there were Jewish ones.

NOTE: This article Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld wrote with Jamie Berk on “False Moral Equivalence: Zionism Equals Colonialism and Imperialism” which was published in Israel National News. This is republished here with the author’s consent.

“The Zionist project of colonization worked in a markedly different manner. Rather than arrive as zero-sum military victors, the Zionists arrived as positive-sum neighbors. Granted they had no ability to conquer, and granted they built up their defenses against predatory attacks from both Arabs and Bedouin inhabitants of the land, but they nonetheless made peace with most of those who dwelled there by offering the benefits of civil society: hard productive work made everyone better off.”

False Moral Equivalence: Zionism Equals Colonialism and Imperialism

By Manfred Gerstenfeld and Jamie Berk

Dr.Manfred GerstenfeldFor centuries Christianity promoted the idea that Jews were the epitome of absolute evil, because they supposedly were responsible for the murder of Jesus. With increasing secularization, perceptions of all-encompassing malevolence gradually changed, together with the purported role of Jews in that characterization. For the self-styled superhuman Nazis, Jews were by definition subhuman, vermin and bacteria, the ultimate Nazi version of absolute evil. Nazism in turn became the benchmark for demonic behavior after the Second World War.

Nowadays, the West fixates on Israel in its characterization of absolute evil. French linguist Georges-Elia Sarfati summed this up saying that the equivalences used against Israel “attach the four major negative characteristics of Western history in the last century – Nazism, racism, colonialism and imperialism – to the State of Israel. They relate to a collective memory and are easily memorized.”1

All four false equivalences have been used by the Palestinians and their allies as part of their total anti-Israeli war. Israel has been demonized and labelled a Nazi, racist, colonialist and imperialist state. This comparison is a false equivalence that undermines Israel’s right to exist.

The claim that Zionism and Israel are inherently imperialist, representing a colonial power in the Middle East, is largely present in the world of intellectuals and academics.

A new academic discipline, post-colonial studies, suggests that current trends in former colonies be viewed through the lens of their colonial legacy, in particular in terms of the power structures and Western influence on these nations. A distorted version of this discipline however includes the false claims regarding Zionism and Israel’s imperialist and colonialist nature within its sphere of investigation. In practice, much of modern postcolonial studies is built on the warped concept of the discipline presented in Edward Said’s book Orientalism. He argues that nearly all Western influence on the developing world has been negative and destructive, with Western colonizers imposing their culture and attitudes on colonized populations while treating them like primitive peoples.2

Proponents of the distorted version draw a parallel between the Palestinians and indigenous people of color colonized by Westerners for centuries. These hate mongers argue that Zionism justifies the colonization of people of color in their own land by white people, who then rule the entire population and exploit their resources.

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UNESCO EXHIBIT SHOWING JEWISH ROOTS IN ISRAEL OPENS AT KNESSET, DR.MANFRED GERSTENFELD AND DR.ROBERT WISTRICH AWARDED……..

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In 2015, Israel is under constant assault in an asymmetrical war to demonize, delegitimize and deny her history, deny her values, deny her very right to be counted as an equal among the nations,” he said.

All Jews are targets, from the streets of Jerusalem to the campuses of our universities. How should lovers of Zion respond? By telling the truth, the truth about an unparalleled love affair between the people and its homeland.”

UNESCO exhibit showing Jewish roots in Israel opens at Knesset

Knesset hosts Simon Wiesenthal Center-UNESCO exhibit on 3500 years of Jewish roots in Israel, a first for the UN.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

First Publish: 12/1/2015, 8:12 PM

UNESCO Exhibition

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Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, acclaimed author of over 20 books and a frequent Arutz Sheva columnist, is considered today’s foremost expert on anti-Semitism. In fact, a review of his recent and timely book on modern day anti-Semitism, The War of a Million Cuts, can be read on Arutz Sheva.

It was only natural, then, that he attended this week’s opening in the Knesset of the Simon Wiesenthal Center-UNESCO exhibition “People, Book, Land: The 3500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land.”

Another reason for his attendance was that the author of the exhibition was his late good friend, Prof. Robert Wistrich, head of Hebrew University’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and a world-famous expert on the subject as well, who died suddenly several months ago.

At the event, chaired by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Center and hosted by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), the Simon Wiesenthal International Leadership Award was granted to Dr. Gerstenfeld and to Danielle Wistrich in memory of her late husband

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Dr. Gerstenfeld  said that he had had no idea that the honor was to be conferred upon him until he arrived at the Knesset, and, talking about his friend, stressed the importance of a visual exhibit that can show the Jewish people’s connection with the land from the dawn of its history and the centrality it has in Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Cooper said that Israel’s need to respond to the world’s delegitimization and denial of Jewish historical rights in its land was the motivating factor leading the Wiesenthal center to initiate the exhibition, convince UNESCO to back it and charge Prof. Wistrich with creating it.

In 2015, Israel is under constant assault in an asymmetrical war to demonize, delegitimize and deny her history, deny her values, deny her very right to be counted as an equal among the nations,” he said.

All Jews are targets, from the streets of Jerusalem to the campuses of our universities. How should lovers of Zion respond? By telling the truth, the truth about an unparalleled love affair between the people and its homeland.”

“Our truth-teller, of blessed memory, was a respected scholar and a prolific author”, he continued, alluding to the late Professor Wistrich. “For decades, armed only with the truth, Robert took on intellectual anti-Semites and a world largely apathetic to history’s oldest hate.”

This is the first time, thanks to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s efforts, that the United Nations has hosted an exhibit that outlines the rationale for the UN decision to grant recognition to a Jewish state in the land of Israel. The exhibition was originally scheduled to open on January 20 of this year, but the opening was cancelled due to pressure from Arab UNESCO delegates, who argued it would disturb Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. There remained “unresolved issues relating to potentially contestable textual and visual historical points, which might be perceived by Member States as endangering the peace process,” UNESCO said in a January 17 press release.

This is such a betrayal. To do it in this way is so disgraceful,” Wistrich had responded, but the event was postponed and finally opened in Paris in June. After the postponement, the US State Department decided to become a cosponsor of the exhibition, joining Israel, Canada and Montenegro.

The exhibition consists of 24 panels of about 800 words each, detailing various aspects of the Jewish people’s connection to Israel throughout the generations, showing clearly that there was always a Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

The exhibition is to travel to various countries around the world and is due to open in the Vatican on Wednesday.

CLAIM: ANCIENT CITY SODOM FOUND……..

With plenty of other cities vying for that coveted second place status.

Has the Biblical city of Sodom been found? ‘Monstrous’ site in Jordan matches the descriptions of the area destroyed by God in the Old Testament

Has the Biblical city of Sodom been found at Tall el-Hamaam, Jordan

Experts investigating the region of Tall el-Hammam in Jordan (bottom right) believe the remains of a ‘monstrous’ Bronze Age city, matches the Biblical description of the city destroyed by God (top right). Not only would the site have been the largest city in the region, as suggested in the Bible, it is situated to the east of the River Jordan, dates back to between 3500 and 1540 BC and is thought to have been suddenly abandoned.

More here.

PALEOSTINIAN AUTHORITY DESTROYS ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS LIKE ISLAMIC STATE…….

Islam 101 Muslims do not care about the archeological treasures of others, they are there to subjugate and destroy that which was there, for all times.

Jewish history’s greatest archaeological crime

Gabriel Barkay

Barkay looks over priceless pieces of debris believed to date back to the First Temple period. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

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“All of that was dug up with bulldozers in a place where even a toothbrush is too large a tool to carry out excavations,” he says.

“The Temple Mount is the most delicate and the most important archaeological site in this country, and it was never ever excavated because of politics.”

As a result, Barkay says, the historic plateau where the First and Second Temples once stood has become a “black hole in the history of Jerusalem.”

“Jerusalem may be the most excavated place on earth, but the most important place in Jerusalem is totally unknown,” he says. “It’s terra incognita; a piece of unknown land.”

Although Israel technically regained sovereignty over the Temple Mount after reunifying Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War, the government’s concession to allow the Jordanian government to oversee the coveted holy site has resulted in what Barclay terms a “catastrophe.”

“This is part of a cultural war that has been launched against every civilization that is non- Muslim… that continues now in Iraq and Syria with ISIS,” he says.

More here. H/T: Brian of London

LEFTIST RAG SLATE PUBLISHES ANTI-ISRAEL ”NAQBA” SCREED BUT UNWITTINGLY PROVES THAT JEWS WANTED ARABS TO STAY PUT…….

They say ”Naqba” I say ”of their own doing”.

The celebration of the anti-Israel ”Naqba” meme is soon upon us, and in the Leftist rag, Slate, a grandson pens a piece meant to  besmirch/smear the Jewish state, but unwittingly proves the point that most Arabs left in spite of being asked to stay put. Israeli, Yisrael Medad, however takes note of another salient point:

Here is another one:

“That night our Jewish neighbors told us not to leave,” my grandmother remembers. “And my father wanted to stay, to wait it out. But my mother … well she had 11 children, and of course she wanted us to be safe. And her sisters were leaving because of the attacks in their neighborhoods.”

The Bathish family. The author’s grandmother, the youngest of 11 children, is second from left in the front row. Taken around 1936–37.

The Bathish family. The author’s grandmother, the youngest of 11 children, is second from left in the front row. Circa 1936–37.

Courtesy of Saleem Haddad

[…]

Every time my grandmother recounts her experience, a new memory emerges, and I add it to the story, embellishing it with new details and anecdotes. But as her memories made their way onto the page, I had a moment of self-doubt: In my grandmother’s recollection, she was clear that her family had made a decision to leave. Might this play into one of the myths used to justify the establishment of modern-day Israel on Palestinian land—the myth that, despite overwhelming historical evidence to the contrary, Palestinians left on their own free will?

“Are you sure you left voluntarily?” I ask my grandmother. “There was a war,” she replies.

“But no one kicked you out, yes? No one was directly attacking you?” I continue.

“Not us personally, but my mother was worried by the reports. We thought we would be gone for a few weeks at most.”

Slate.com

HAPPY 67TH INDEPENDENCE DAY ISRAEL!!!!!!!

Israelis mark the country’s sixty-seventh year of independence.

Man celebrates Independence Day in Ashkelon, April 23, 2015

 Girl celebrates Independence Day in Ashkelon, April 22, 2015. (photo credit:REUTERS)

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IN MEMORY AND IN APPRECIATION OF TRUTH TELLER JOAN PETERS, AUTHOR OF FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL…….

A rare person indeed.

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The controversy of ‘From Time Immemorial’

Joan Peters, a pro-Palestinian researcher, drastically changed her political views while writing her opus “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine” • I seek to shed light on facts that were hidden from me, she writes.

Nadav Shragai

Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: An Obama administration official quits his job and devotes seven years of his life to writing a well-researched book that pulls the rug out from underneath his former boss regarding the Iranian issue. Then imagine that the book offers a sympathetic view of Israel that is factually based and that reveals information that was not previously known. U.S. President Barack Obama can only express anger, bewilderment, and frustration in response. This leaves the Democrats with a dilemma. Do they remain true to the facts or loyal to their president?

Astonishingly enough, this is a true story, though it took place in another era. It happened at a time when the administration in power — also Democratic — was about as friendly as the current administration. It happened during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was in power at the time, and Benjamin Netanyahu was making his initial foray into Israeli politics.

Joan Peters, a journalist, television producer, and political commentator, was a pro-Palestinian human rights activist during those years. She had even made frequent visits to the Middle East. Something unusual happened to her, though — she gradually changed her views. Peters had been working as a special adviser to the Carter administration. Her area of expertise was the Israeli-Arab conflict.

She signed a contract to write a book about the conflict in the Middle East, even getting a handsome advance for it. As she started her research, however, she discovered startling new facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that did not sit well with her employers. At that point, Peters gave back the advance and freed herself from any contractual obligations that were originally agreed upon with the book publisher. After seven years of research, which included long hours in long-forgotten archives and interviews with hundreds of people, Peters wrote a book titled “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine.” The release of the book in 1984 ignited controversy.

Published by Harper and Row, the book became a best-seller. It also earned Peters the National Jewish Book Award. She slaughtered the sacred cow known as “the Palestinian refugee problem” by revealing just how the United Nations altered the criteria for gaining refugee status in order to exacerbate the problem well beyond its proper dimensions. Peters discovered that the U.N.’s changing requirements for being listed as a Palestinian refugee essentially turned them into something else, something far different from other refugees in distant crises.

Peters even offered proof that many of the Palestinian refugees that earned special status in the eyes of the U.N. were never even residents of prestate Israel “from time immemorial,” contradicting a long-standing Palestinian claim. Instead, these were immigrants who had only arrived quite recently.

There were many who followed in Peters’ footsteps. They backed up her facts, but she was the first to bring them to light. Peters was the first to challenge the underlying assumptions of Palestinian wretchedness and refugee status. She also didn’t hesitate to criticize “the Jewish victim,” though the criticism wasn’t what one would expect. She quoted Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister who once famously said that a lie repeated often enough for an extended period of time eventually is recognized as a truism. Peters noted that Goebbels forgot to mention that the victim of that lie (in this case, the Jews) is also liable to believe it as true.

More here.  H/T: YM

DEFENSE OF THE FALSE NARRATIVE EVEN TO THE POINT OF ABSURDITY AND OWN NATIONAL EXISTENCE…….

There is no distinct ”Palestinian people” deserving of nationhood, any more than there’s a distinct ”Scandinavian people” deserved of the same.

H/T: Doris Wise Montrose:

After viewing both parts of the film, I phoned one of the people involved in its production and asked him to explain this distortion. He gave me a strange answer: “In Israel one cannot get a budget to produce movies that present only the Zionist view in a positive fashion and  do not reflect the existence and rights of the Palestinian people.”
So Israel, the land that claims to be the country of the Jewish people, digs its own grave by funding the false narrative of those who wish to establish their country on the ruins of the Jewish state. Is this why we have the Israel Broadcasting Authority? Is this the reason we pay a television tax ?

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Tsafrir, my dear friend, who can equal you? You saw back then what those who are considered brilliant have still not envisioned. Rest in peace, friend, because we are on our way to a terrible war with a terrorist entity that the world is establishing against us – because of us – and because we did not learn from you what you so wanted to teach us.  May your memory be blessed.

Op-Ed: Killing Tzafrir Ronen Again

The movie he never finished has been produced by the Israel Broadcasting Authority; it is a travesty because its message is in direct opposition to what he wanted to portray.

Published: Thursday, December 04, 2014 6:50 PM

Israel’s Channel 1 broadcast the first chapter of a two-chapter film titled “The Curse of Hadrian” this week. The idea for the movie’s production was raised about ten years ago by my dear friend, the late Tsafrir Ronen,  who hoped to disprove the narrative – or, more accurately, the lie – concerning the existence of a Palestinian nation.

Tsafrir was a fighter for the Land of Israel and the Jewish People who came from the mainstream secular left.  A founder of the secular nationalist Nahalal Forum and of Kibbutz Gilgal in the Jordan Valley, he served as advisor to Prime Minister Rabin in the 1992 elections, but changed his views after the Oslo Accords.

The name Palestine, he said, had nothing to do with the people who call themselves Palestinians today. The name was given to the land of Judea by the Roman Caesar Hadrian (reigned 117-138 CE), the emperor who put down the Bar Kochba Rebellion with great cruelty.

He destroyed Jerusalem and built the city of Ilia Capitolina on its ruins, forbade observance of Jewish tenets such as the Sabbath, prayer and circumcision, and killed the “Ten Martyrs”, the renowned Talmudic Sages whose deaths are mourned in a dirge said on Yom Kippur. It was in order to humiliate Judea and its sons that he called the country Palestine in honor of the Philistine nation, as these were the Jewish people’s historic enemy. In order to turn the land desolate, Hadrian also commanded that all fruit trees be cut down.

Tsafrir Ronen wished with all his soul to produce a full length movie, “The Curse of Hadrian”,  in which the lies of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians would be exposed, since there is absolutely no connection between them and that [Philistine] nation that hailed from the Grecian Isles. He collected archival materials and interviewed people, but in order to produce the movie he needed funding.  He used his own money and sank into debt which led to heart failure at the premature age of 53.

Tsafrir’s friends decided to make his dream come true and produce the movie, in which I appear several times. I watched the entire film and I am shocked to the depths of my soul, because the movie is exactly the opposite of what Tsafrir wanted. All his life, Tsafrir said that the “Palestinian narrative” is based on lies and falsehoods, bluff and inventions, while Jewish history in the land of Israel is solidly entrenched in biblical documentation and in the stories of other nations (Greece, Rome) and on unassailable archaeological findings.

In modern times, the Jews’ right to the land of Israel is based on international law starting with the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and continuing to the San Remo Conference of 1920.

The movie, whose first part was shown this week on Channel 1, is a betrayal of Tsafrir’s memory and life’s work, because it presents “two narratives”, the Israeli one and the Palestinian one, as equally worthy, as two truths, exactly what Tsafrir fought his entire life to refute.

More here.

FINLAND: HELSINGIN SANOMAT EDITORIAL ADMITS (BY DEFAULT) JERUSALEM BELONGS TO THE JEWS……..

They’re exactly right.

In an editorial giving a run down on the recent bloodshed in Jerusalem, I came across this glaring admittance of Jewish ownership of the city. I wonder how this got past the gatekeepers on the editorial board?

HS: Violence returns to the streets of Jerusalem.

Verenvuodatus ei ole uutta Jerusalemissa. Vuosituhansien aikana kaupungin kaduilla ja kujilla ovat taistelleet juutalaiset erinäisiä valloittajia vastaan. Sittemmin juutalaiset, kristityt ja muslimit ovat kamppailleet sekä toisiaan vastaan että keskenään.

Bloodshed is not new in Jerusalem. Over the millennia, in the city’s streets and alleys, Jews have been fighting various conquerors. Since then, Jews, Christians, and Muslims have been struggling against each other as well as with each other.

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OF ISRAELI ACTIVIST GLICK SPURS MORE INTEREST IN TEMPLE MOUNT VISITS…….

Push their backs into a corner and you’ll get push back yourself.

Poll: Glick Shooting Sparks More Support for Temple Mount Visits

Survey reveals that far from discouraging Jews from visiting the Temple Mount, shooting of Yehuda Glick has only made them more determined.

By Ari Soffer  First Publish: 11/17/2014, 2:52 PM

Yehuda Glick

Yehuda Glick
Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

When Islamist terrorist Mu’taz Hijazi shot Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick four times at point-blank range he was aiming to kill. Only by a miracle did Glick survive, although he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

But Hijazi was not just trying to kill Glick. As Likud MK Tzipi Hotovelipointed out during a visit to Judaism’s holiest site soon after the attack, by brazenly targeting one of the most visible figureheads in the campaign for Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount Hijazi also hoped to snuff out the movement he represents, which has been gaining considerabletraction in recent years despite fierce Muslim opposition.

Subsequent death threats were sent to other high-profile activists, MKs and even government ministers, warning them that they would be next if they continued to call for equal prayer rights for Jews on Judaism’s holiest site.

But a recent poll has revealed that the assassination attempt may have boomeranged.

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1939 FLAG OF PALESTINE……..

Not surprising to those of us who know Israel’s history.

1939 Palestinian Flag. What does it look like? Surprised?

Palestine Mandate Jewish Flag

This a Larousse French dictionary from 1939. In the appendix it lists all the then current flags of the world in alphabetical order. You’ll notice that for Germany at that time the flag was the Nazi one replete with Zwastika which proves that this was pre-1945 ( before 1945)!.

Now, alphabetically, look for the Palestinian Flag. YES , there is one. What does it look like? Surprised? Oh, but you thought (Mandate Jewish) Palestine was an Islamic Arab-,Turkish-, Circassian Sovereign State that the bad Jews took over , right?

More at FactualIsrael.com h/t: Elihu