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QATAR FLASHES CASH AT GAZA WHILE HAMAS CONTINUES ITS BRUTALITY

QATAR FLASHES CASH AT GAZA WHILE HAMAS CONTINUES ITS BRUTALITY

SHMULEY BOTEACH


As the world’s richest per-capita nation and Hamas’ staunchest ally, the emirate is in a position to make a difference for the people of Gaza.

A Palestinian man inspects the scene of an Israeli air strike on a Hamas security forces site in the southern Gaza Strip October 17, 2018. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

Gaza is in serious trouble.

For nearly a year, news wires have been rolling out stories detailing the humanitarian crisis plaguing the Gaza Strip. The people of Gaza, we are told, do not have the access they need to health care, power or even water. More than half of all medicines are in critically short supply. Electricity is provided for just a few hours daily. Water, too, is being supplied at about 70 liters per capita per day (LCD), far less than the World Health Organization’s recommended amount of 100 LCD. Add to this the fact that the Palestinian Authority has declared diplomatic war on Hamas and is refusing to hand over the funds Hamas needs to pay its government workers and keep the bureaucracy afloat.

What has been long assumed is now beyond question: Hamas has driven Gaza into the ground.

At this point, the bloodthirsty killers in control of the strip are overdue for an official reclassification. Hamas is no longer a terrorist organization, but a terrorist disorganization.

Clearly, something needs to be done.

Enter Qatar.

As the world’s richest per-capita nation and Hamas’ staunchest ally, the emirate is in a position to make a difference for the people of Gaza. As such, one might expect the emirate to pressure Hamas into adopting policies of real change. They could, for example, force Hamas’ leaders to bow out of their obsession with violence. They might force them to redirect government funds and attention from carving terror-tunnels and fashioning missiles to improving infrastructure and casting whatever lines they need to provide their citizens with sufficient health care, energy and water.

Of course, Qatar did no such thing. As we all saw in Qatar’s cynical campaign to get American Jewish leaders to help them earn Trump’s trust and support, the emirate does not, on any level, believe in progress and reform. In trying to woo American Jews, the emirate could have toned down the cascade of antisemitism that is their state-owned Al Jazeera network. They might have also forced Hamas to return the bodies of kidnapped IDF soldiers so that their families might have a grave at which they could pray. Again, they did nothing of the sort.

The colorless, terrorism-supporting monarchy chose to confront these issues with the only thing they’ve ever been able to offer: cold, hard cash. In a move strikingly reminiscent of the $100,000 payouts made to multiple Jewish organizations, Qatar sent millions of dollars into Gaza. Unlike the hushed effort to buy off American Jewry, this was a decidedly photogenic operation. In a move described by fuming PA officials as that of a “gangster,” the Qatari ambassador to Gaza, Mohamed Al Emadi, released a photo of cash-packed luxury leather luggage piled into the trunk of his luxury SUV, itself on its way into Gaza. The money – all of it American currency – would be used to pay the majority of the 40,000 civil servants hired by Hamas since 2007 who have yet to see a paycheck. Apparently briefed for the photo-op, workers assumed nearly identical poses with hundred dollar bills fanned out in hands raised triumphantly in the air above.

So far, $15 million has been brought in. Another $75 million is due to follow.

I wish only the best for all those in Gaza who are not actively engaged in terrorism against innocent Israelis. That said, there is nothing innately wrong in government workers being paid for their work. Nevertheless, Qatar’s actions herein provide nothing of a solution to the suffering citizens of Gaza. After all, this cash will only fortify the root of all Gaza’s perils – the heartless, child-sacrificing deathcult that is Hamas.

Every ounce of agony within the Gaza Strip can be traced back to Hamas. Right on the heels of their electoral victory in 2007, Hamas laid waste to the democratic system that brought them to power. In its place, they instituted a harrowing regime of built on fear and intimidation. Prominent critics of the regime face summary executions enacted by kangaroo courts. Lesser offenders are shot through the knees, leaving them eternally maimed. Public executions have been as brutal as they have been routine, with suspected traitors being dragged through the streets of Gaza City from the backs of motorcycles. Homosexuality is a capital offense and boys are encouraged to murder their own sisters should suspicions of “dishonoring” the family arise. Freedom of the press is replaced with state-sponsored children’s programs that feature Mickey Mouse throwing grenades and a talking bunny rabbit dying in a Gaza hospital after an Israeli air raid.

If Hamas doesn’t grant its citizens their God-given rights, at the very least, we might expect that they’d protect them. After all, it appears to be self-evident that a government’s highest mandate toward its citizens is, if not to guard liberties, then at least to keep them safe.

Far from protecting its citizens, however, Hamas has shown a disgusting willingness to put them in harm’s way.

Since taking control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has provoked three wars in just over 10 years, hiding weapons caches in civilian areas to draw maximum destruction. All the while, their leadership hung out in villas in Cairo and, of course, Qatar.

During the many border-protests that Hamas has instigated over the past year, local leaders urged civilians “not to fear death but to welcome martyrdom.” Hamas then militarized the protests – again, simply to rack up dead Palestinians to fuel their utterly sinister PR stratagem. According to The New York Times, “The breach of the fence was no mere protest. Those assaulting it threw firebombs and rolled burning tires at the fence to try to melt it; at least some carried pistols.” With dozens of Palestinians killed in the fighting, their efforts clearly paid off.

Yet, Qatar believes itself to be helping ordinary Gazans by keeping these monsters around. Even if Qatar were to send $90 billion into Gaza, the scourge of Hamas oppression and mismanagement would not be even partially alleviated.

Instead of encouraging such futile “donations,” leaders around the world – including those in Israel – need to explain to the terrorism-funding, antisemitism- spouting Qataris the clear and simple truth that Palestinians don’t need their money. They need their freedom.


The writer, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the Founder of The World Values Network and, most recently, the author of The Israel Warrior. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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Notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan.

Report: Notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Leads ‘Death to America’ Chant on Solidarity Trip to Iran

Benjamin Kerstein


Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaking in Detroit, Mi. in February 2017. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Cook.

Nation of Islam leader and prominent antisemite Louis Farrakhan chanted “Death to America” and claimed that “America has never been a democracy” on Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran, ahead of the re-implementation of US sanctions on the country this week.

According to Iran’s semi-official state news agency Mehr, Farrakhan said at a meeting with the Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei that America is conspiring against Iran.

“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he said.

He also blasted American support for Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch-rival in the region, and added, “Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while God tells us in the Quran to be united.”

Farrakhan has referred to Jews as the “synagogue of Satan.”

In his remarks, he condemned the new American sanctions on Iran that will take effect on Monday. “Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake,” he said.

In addition, he stated that African-Americans are part of Iran’s Islamic revolution.

According to the Farsi language Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), he also spoke to students at the University of Tehran law school and fulminated against Israel, praised women’s rights in Iran and the Islamic laws demanding they cover themselves. He claimed, “America has never been a democracy and has always leaned towards the wealthy and powerful class.”

At the end of his talk, Farrakhan chanted the common Iranian slogan “Death to America,” and was joined by members of the audience.

Farrakhan, perhaps the most notorious black supremacist in America, has a long history of antisemitic statements. Most recently, he referred to Jews as “termites.”

Several prominent American activists and politicians have been linked to Farrakhan in recent years. Tamika Mallory, a leader of the Women’s March, praised him as “GOAT” or “Greatest of All Time.” Linda Sarsour, another leader of the March, attended an event with Farrakhan and has repeatedly refused to condemn him.

Illinois Democratic Representative Danny K. Davis said of Farrakhan, “I don’t regard Louis Farrakhan as an aberration or anything, I regard him as an outstanding human being who commands a following of individuals who are learned and articulate and he plays a big role in the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people.”

Recently, a photograph surfaced of former President Barack Obama meeting with Farrakhan in 2005 while he was a senator.


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THE AMERICAN LIBERALISM THAT FAILED

THE AMERICAN LIBERALISM THAT FAILED

ODED TIRA


Our brothers, the liberal Jews in the United States, are in the eye of the storm and take a most visible position in the campaign against President Trump and the conservatives.

An American Jew wearing a kippa embroidered with the US and Israeli flags attends a Hanukka reception at the White House last year. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Our brothers, the liberal Jews in the United States, are among those who want to revive the socialist revolution. Many of them are hardcore about globalism.

As a result, they worked tirelessly to eliminate the candidacy of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This is in contrast with the conservative positions of the American Right, a supporter of capitalism, patriotism and the right of every state to govern itself.

Our brothers, the liberal Jews in the United States, are in the eye of the storm and take a most visible position in the campaign against President Trump and the conservatives.

Where has liberalism led us? To cheap and free sex, which resulted in sexual harassment; lack of respect from children to their parents and teachers; lack of respect from young people to adults; and the lack of respect from soldiers to their commanders in the military where parents “have taken over.”

So much so that carrying out military tasks is secondary to the soldier’s comfort. “Liberalism led us and continues to lead us toward use of drugs and now we are in the midst of the battle to forbid the free use of cannabis. (“Liberal” Canada and several “liberal” American states have already approved it.) Liberalism has led the world to greed, the pursuit of publicity, and the takeover of the media by tycoons who in turn control the state. Because, after all, greed and popularity in the media have become global values.

Everyone submits to the media tycoons, from politicians to army commanders to entertainers.

Hollywood, which is the “bastion of liberalism,” has taught us to ask, “When a woman says ‘No,’ what does she mean?” It leads the world in the areas of sexual harassment and free, cheap and compulsive sex. Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey are just some examples.

During the peak of their famous movies, to force a woman with a hug until she surrendered and hugged back was a normal sight worthy of applause. Even the flower children of the 1970s, who were a liberal symbol, were a role model for millions of people around the world.

HOLLYWOOD PAINTED them, perhaps rightly so, as people who used sex as a “commodity” and relegated the family framework and values to media. Family values were a non-priority and they have yielded to the communal way of life. Remember the musical Hair?

Globally, our Jewish brothers led the Communist Revolution in Russia at the beginning of the last century, which ultimately failed. Trotsky and Marx set the ideological tone, while 30% of Bolshevik leaders were our Jewish brothers.

The revolution led to Bolshevik regimes that were totalitarian, corrupt, cruel, bloody – and barren of liberalism and freedom. Ultimately, the conservative American capitalist regime defeated them.

Those who argue for the justification of the failed revolution claim that people were simply not prepared for communism. This is a familiar and condescending claim that suits the global liberal elite as well as it does the American Jewish community.

Another point with a direct connection to Israel is that global liberalism led to the “migration of the Muslim peoples” to Europe and other places. The Muslims are growing and their political influence is increasing and influencing the positions of the so-called liberals across Europe.

This effect is making Europe hostile toward Israel. Are liberal American Jews trying to help us in this matter? Do American liberal Jews help us fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that targets Israel, or are they in fact part of the BDS establishment?

My liberal friends, what are you so proud of and arrogant about?

I support the conservatism that upholds family values, holds nation-states responsible for themselves, and works toward eliminating drug use.

I support turning sex into something pure; creating a relationship of respect between children and parents and between students and teachers; stopping immigration that harms security; and not returning to the corrupt socialism paradigm but rather to a more enlightened capitalism.

I also support the return of values and the desanctification of money; the aspiration for excellence and the return of control over the army to the commanders; and I support the return of control in the schools to the teachers, less liberal and more disciplined.

The author is an IDF brigadier-general in the reserves and a member of the Association of Reserve Officers for Israel.


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Eyes of A Soldier: First Person View of the IDF

Eyes of A Soldier: First Person View of the IDF

    Israel Defense Forces


 


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CELEBRATING ISRAELS REVIVAL ON YOM HAALIYAH

CELEBRATING ISRAELS REVIVAL ON YOM HAALIYAH

YAAKOV HAGOEL


Throughout history, no other people has held so strongly to the memory of their homeland no matter what country they lived in.

59 lone soldiers make Aliyah on the August 17 Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight from New York. (photo credit: SHAHAR AZRAN)

I was born in Israel to parents who were also born in Israel. However my grandparents had the merit to make Aliyah to Israel.

Like many who are now reading this article, my grandparents left behind a house, a culture, and a language. Unfortunately, I will never experience the amazing challenge of liberating myself from exile and returning home to the promised land.

I will never deal with the difficulties of learning a new/old language and adapting to a new culture – an integral part of immigration.

The phenomenon of aliyah, which means to “arise to Israel,” began nearly 4,000 years ago.

Under divine command, the patriarch of the Jewish nation was called to “leave thy country, and thy people, and thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show you” as it states in the book of Genesis. He embarked on a long journey, a journey that has not yet come to an end.

It is not at all simple to leave a land of plenty and come to a land that seems lacking. However Abraham’s complete faith in making this huge step has deepened within our people the importance of taking this step ourselves. The essence of our life is here and this is where we can fulfill the aspiration to establish a “model society” as described by the Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl.

Throughout history, no other people has held so strongly to the memory of their homeland no matter what country they lived in. With prayer books in front of their eyes, Jews have been praying for thousands of years facing the direction of Jerusalem. Despite not living in the land, Jews have always studied the laws that pertain to the land such as shmittah and the Jubilee year. Every year the Passover seder ends with the words “next year in rebuilt Jerusalem.”

The renewed Zionist idea contains two basic concepts which cannot be separated: immigration and resettlement.

As Theodor Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization wrote, “throughout the long night of their exile, Jews have never ceased dreaming of their kingdom. We read ‘next year in Jerusalem’ throughout all generations. Now the time has come to make that dream a reality.”

Yom HaAliyah was formalized as a national holiday in Israel to be marked on the 7th of Cheshvan. However according to tradition, Joshua led the children of Israel into the holy land on a different date, the 27th of Nissan. But it was no accident that the 7th of Cheshvan was chosen to mark the Aliyah Day. It is on this week every year, that we read Parshat Lech Lecha in synagogue on Shabbat. It is in this Torah portion that Abraham hears the divine call to leave the land of his birth and forge a new path to the land of Israel.

Yom HaAliyah, or Aliyah Day, reinforces the right of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. This date reminds us that despite the expulsion of the majority of the Jewish people from their homeland nearly 2,000 years ago, they remained faithful to the land throughout their Dispersion.

Throughout the generations, our ancestors aspired to immigrate to Israel. Many of us grew up seeing old photographs of immigrants ships, of Jews kissing the ground as they arrived in Israel, and of the Ma’abarot or transit camps with their rows of tents for homeless immigrant families.

Immigration to Israel in the days of our parents and grandparents was accompanied by a difficult transition. They came with little material possessions or money and lived in tent cities or development towns. They became a symbol both of the difficulty of making aliyah yet the importance of doing it in spite of everything.

With the development of the State of Israel and its prosperity, the procedure of aliyah and absorption has improved beyond recognition. The transit camps were replaced by apartments, poverty was replaced by an Absorption Basket, and language difficulties were replaced by the Hebrew Ulpan system.

From refugees of the Spanish Inquisition to those escaping the hardships in Africa and survivors from war-torn Europe steeped in blood, Israel has become the home of the Jewish people from all different walks of life.

In this new/old land, we have seen a new generation of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, military experts, lawmakers, intellectuals, and religious leaders from countless different countries. They are now all part of this innovation nation called the State of Israel where immigrants from around the world share their talents in development, economics, high-tech and medical breakthroughs.

There are numerous challenges when it comes to being an immigrant. We must all recognize the importance of both absorption and integration into Israeli society, the removal of obstacles to success as well as maintaining ties with our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora.

The State of Israel is looking forward to the continued ingathering of the exiles from around the world, from South America from Australia from Europe from North America from Ethiopia and from all over the world.

Today, organizations and movements around Israel are marking Aliyah Day in their own way. World Likud has chosen to mark this day with an event that unites all immigrants who were touched by the Betar youth movement. Members of Betar young and old, and anyone raised with the teachings of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, learned the value of aliyah. They left behind the culture of their host country, learned Hebrew and arrived in Israel to set down their roots and establish a new generation of Zionist families.

As the vice-chairman of the World Zionist Organization, I consider it crucial to continue encouraging aliyah. We must remove any existing barriers for new immigrants and continue to raise awareness among Diaspora Jews with the truth that Israel is my home, your home, and a home for all of us.

Happy Aliyah Day!


Yaakov Hagoel is the Vice-Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Chairman of World Likud.


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