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Arabs Who Created The Palestinian Refugee Issue

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Big Win for Washington anti-BDS Activists
+Amy Miller, +Legal Insurrection 

We’ve provided extensive coverage of the BDS movement’s battle against the inclusion of Israeli-made products at food cooperatives. Most recently (and closest to the hearts of the Legal Insurrection team,) the members of the Ithaca-based GreenStar Food Co Op won a very hard-fought battle against BDS activists fighting for a referendum that called for the boycott of Israeli products. A Co Op in Olympia, Washington, however, has found itself on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Members of the Olympia Food Cooperative sued the Co Op’s board after board members decided to protest Israel’s alleged human rights violations via a Co Op-wide boycott of Israeli-made products. Plaintiffs claimed that the boycott violated the Co Op’s own boycott policy; the board, however, invoked Washington’s anti-SLAPP statute, claiming that the plaintiffs had filed a frivolous lawsuit as a way of suppressing public discussion. The plaintiff group was SLAPPed (I had to) with over $200,000 in fines and penalties, but appealed, claiming the SLAPP statute itself was unconstitutional.

Guess what—they won.

The case went all the way to the Washington Supreme Court, which held that Washington’s unique SLAPP language “creates a truncated adjudication of the merits of a plaintiff’s claim, including nonfrivolous factual issues, without a trial. Such a procedure invades the jury’s essential role of deciding debatable questions of fact.” This, they said, violates the Washington State Constitution.

...Legally, this is great for anti-BDS folks, but politically, it’s huge. The BDS movement is loud and proud, but it hasn’t been very successful when it comes to convincing co ops to boycott Israeli products. The Olympia Co op was their one victory, and now that victory is spiraling out of their hands. BDS activists are used to getting a long way on rhetoric alone; this case will cause serious repercussions when it comes to public image, and narrative momentum.
 
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‘Not Recognizing Israel As Jewish Is Anti-Semitic, Pope Says
’Francis also said to backtrack on statements attributed to him to the effect that Abbas is a ‘bit an angel of peace’
Avi Lewis, +The Times of Israel 

In what would constitute a stunning rhetorical volte-face, Pope Francis reportedly walked back earlier statements praising Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and dubbed some of Israel’s detractors “anti-Semitic.”

In comments made to veteran Portuguese-Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman Thursday, Francis was quoted as saying that “anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism.”

Francis was also said to have backtracked on statements he was reportedly heard making earlier this month designating the visiting Abbas “a bit an angel of peace.”

The pope recalled telling Abbas in Italian that he hopes the Palestinian chief might one day become an angel of peace in the future, according to Cymerman — although ostensibly he has not yet reached that level.

The comments were sent by the Pope in writing to Cymerman along with Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka, one of Francis’s close interfaith colleagues, after the duo approached him following his meeting with Abbas, Channel 2 reported.

Keep reading (http://bit.ly/1FReKan)

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Evidently, The Guardian Doesn’t Have Any File Photos Of Palestinian Rockets
+Adam Levick, UK Media Watch 

Elements of Islamic Jihad  in Gaza fired a rocket last night which exploded east of the Israeli city of Ashdod, setting off red alert sirens in both the Ashdod and Lakhish regions. Though no major injuries were reported, a 15-year-old girl was taken to an Ashdod hospital suffering from a panic attack following the blast. The IDF responded by striking a terror target in northern Gaza.

 Shortly after the Palestinian attack, the Guardian published a report – credited to “Agencies” – titled ‘Unknown’ Gaza militants fired rocket at Israel, Hamas claims‘. [see below, bottom left]

First, note the caption under the photo chosen by the Guardian:

Most of the rocket fire from Gaza has ceased since the 2014 war between Palestinian militants and Israel, which left much of the Gaza Strip in ruins.
Their claim that the war left “much of Gaza in ruins” is actually misleading.

A comprehensive analysis by the blog Israellycool, of data published by OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), demonstrated that most of the damage from IDF attacks affected only “5 locations right on the border with Israel” [http://bit.ly/YVX3UT]. The rest of Gaza, including the main population areas of Gaza City, Jabaliya, Khan Yunes, Rafah and Deir el-Balah, the study concluded, was largely undamaged.

Moreover, regarding the photo, note that the Guardian decided to illustrate an article about a Palestinian terrorist attack on Israel with an image of a toppled minaret at a Gaza mosque from the summer war. Are we to conclude that photos of Palestinian rockets, rocket launchers or the destruction in Israeli cities caused by previous rocket attacks weren’t available?

Here’s how an alternative Guardian photo choice would appear if they had used the following still shot from a video released in August depicting a Hamas rocket-launching pad likely fired from areas heavily populated with civilians. [see below, bottom right]

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Bill Would Make Arabic Lessons Mandatory From First Grade
"Knowing the language and being able to communicate with different people can increase our sense of security and serve as a bridge between people," Likud MK Hazan says.
+Lahav Harkov Levine, +Jerusalem Post  

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) does not speak Arabic, but he would like to – a gap in his education that inspired him to propose a bill requiring Israeli pupils to study Arabic from first grade.

The legislation states that schools in all sectors of Israeli society must learn Hebrew and Arabic – Israel’s official languages – from first grade onward.

“Just as it cannot be that Arab citizens complete 12 years of school without knowing Hebrew, the existing situation, in which Jewish citizens complete 12 years of school without knowing Arabic, cannot continue,” Hazan wrote in the bill’s explanatory portion.

The Likud MK pointed out that Arabic is on street signs and used by public institutions and government offices.

Mandatory Arabic classes “will allow students and citizens to understand one another,” he explained. “Knowing the language of the other is the basis for understanding and mutual respect, which are necessary in the current situation in Israel.”

Keep reading: http://bit.ly/1PQdPNS

Below: Children at Beersheba’s Hagar bilingual school read together. (photo credit:HAGAR: JEWISH-ARAB EDUCATION FOR EQUALITY)

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If Obama Wants To Assure Israel That US Knows Best, The Worst Example He Could Have Given of an Israeli Leader He Admires is Golda Meir

From: "More irony re Obama’s nostalgia for the Israel of Meir, Dayan, and Kibbutzim"
David Bernstein, +Washington Post 

Last week I noted the president’s nostalgia for the Israel of Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan and the kibbuztim, an Israel that Obama says inspired his admiration for the country.  I pointed out that this means that Obama, ironically, prefers what I called “white” Israel, the Israel dominated by secular socialist Jews of European origin and ruled in seeming perpetuity by the Labor Party, over the more liberal Israel of today, what one of my Facebook friends calls a “messy, multiethnic, religiously diverse democracy.” (For the best short analysis I’ve seen of the rise of Israel’s “Mizrahi” (Jews of recent Middle Eastern origin) population, see this article by Matti Friedman.)

Meanwhile, I heard from quite a few Israelis who thought I missed a more significant aspect of Obama’s nostalgia, which is that Meir and Dayan are widely seen in Israel as utter failures, to blame for Israel’s greatest military disaster, the Yom Kippur War.

To give readers some idea of the impact of the the Yom Kippur War on Israel, consider my wife’s family. Her father and seven uncles all served in the war. Of the eight men in the family, one was severely injured and eventually committed suicide; one suffered “shellshock” and never fully recovered; and one became convinced that Israel had no future, and packed up and moved his family to Toronto.

Meir was prime minister and Dayan was defense minister at the time, and they refused to launch a preemptive strike as Israel had in 1967, or even to fully mobilize the reserves despite signs of impending war. In part, this is attributed to overconfidence, but Meir’s hesitation, in particular, is attributed in significant part to fear of a harsh American reaction if Israel engaged in any sort of preemptive action.

And there’s the irony. If you are trying, as Obama is, to reassure people that America knows best, that Israel should take its cues from American diplomacy, that Israel should trust the U.S. and not act unilaterally, e.g., re Iran, then perhaps the worst possible example you can give of an Israeli leader you admire is Golda Meir.

Keep reading (http://wapo.st/1clizsh)

Hat tip: +Martin Kramer 

Below: Meir with OC Southern Command Shmuel “Gorodish” Gonen during the Yom Kippur War. Credit: +Martin Kramer 

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German Man Loses Appeal on ‘Anti-Zionist’ Chants
+Jewish Telegraphic Agency 

An anti-Semitic agitator has lost his appeal in a German court on his conviction for incitement to hate.

An appeals court in the Essen District has upheld January’s verdict in the groundbreaking case against Taylan Can, who unsuccessfully argued that his chants at an anti-Israel demonstration last summer were purely political.

In January, Judge Gauri Sastry had stated that calling for “death and hate to Zionists” was tantamount to anti-Semitism. She sentenced Can to three months of probation and a fine of about $200.

The appeals court has affirmed her verdict and extended the probation period to 10 months.

The May 22 decision “is an absolute milestone in an otherwise very upsetting setting,” commented Sacha Stawski, founder and president of the German pro-Israel media watchdog Honestly Concerned.

Last summer’s demonstrations in Germany were “filled with hate — anti-Semitic hate, which hid behind the ‘facade’ of supposed ‘criticism’ of Zionism and of Israel,” Stawski said. “The judges in this case very correctly came to the conclusion that criticism is absolutely acceptable; but what we saw had nothing to do with voicing concern over the defensive measures of the Israeli army.”

...The incident took place on July 18, 2014 on Weberplatz in Essen, when anti-Israel protesters broke through a police barricade and attacked pro-Israel demonstrators. A video recording of the melee shows Can leading a chant of “death and hate to the Zionists.”

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Below: Taylan Can. Credit: blu-News

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While D.C. Downplays Risk, U.S. Sees Shocking Rise in Terror Arrests This Year
It's only May, but 2015 has seen 41 U.S. individuals arrested for terror charges, nearly double the combined total for 2013 and 2014. (Also read: Houston Man Charged With Supporting ISIS".)
Patrick Poole, +PJ Media 

The arrest of two southern California men last week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40. (UPDATE: with the arrest of Houston-area Asher Abid Khan late Monday for supporting ISIS, the tally is now 41.)

This number highlights the metastasizing Islamic terror threat in the American homeland. At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48).

The Islamic State, as well as al-Qaeda affiliates and other Islamic terror groups, have repeatedly called for supporters to conduct attacks inside the American homeland...

[The article goes on to list the 40 U.S.-based individuals charged in Islamic terror-related cases in 2015]

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Hebrew Inscriptions, Jewels Of Palmyra’s Jewish Past, May Be Lost Forever
With Islamic State now in control, fears grow for archaeological gems that point to the ancient city’s resonant Jewish history
Ilan Ben Zion, +The Times of Israel 

Among the archaeological gems from Palmyra, the pearl of Syria’s desert, at risk after the Islamic State’s takeover last week are vestiges of its Jewish past, including the longest Biblical Hebrew inscription from antiquity: the opening verses of the Shema carved into a stone doorway.

Western archaeologists who visited the site in the 19th and 20th century discovered Hebrew verses etched into the doorframe of a house in the ancient city. But whether that inscription is still at the site is unclear.


The last time a European scholar documented it in situ was 1933, when Israeli archaeologist Eleazar Sukenik of Hebrew University photographed it.

“What may have happened to it since is anyone’s guess,” Professor David Noy, co-author of Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis (Jewish Inscriptions of the Near East), said in an email on Friday.

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Below: Three views of the Shema inscription found in a doorway in Palmyra, taken in 1884 and printed in Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis. (S. Landauer)

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Questions Rebels Use to Tell Sunni From Shiite
Alissa J. Rubin, +The New York Times 

...ISIS believes that the Shiites are apostates and must die in order to forge a pure form of Islam. The two main branches of Islam diverge in their beliefs over who is the true inheritor of the mantle of the Prophet Muhammad. The Shiites believe that Islam was transmitted through the household of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that it comes down through followers of the Prophet Muhammad who, they say, are his chosen people.

But how can ISIS tell whether a person is a Sunni or a Shiite? From accounts of people who survived encounters with the militants, it seems they often ask a list of questions. Here are some of them:

What is your name?

A quick look at an Iraqi’s national identity card or passport can be a signal. Shiites believe that the leadership of Islam was passed down through the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law Ali and his sons Hussain (or Hussein), Hassan and Abbas, among others. While some Sunnis and members of other Islamic groups may also have those names, ISIS would most likely associate them with the Shiites.

Where do you live?

In every city and province, even majority Sunni ones, there are enclaves that are known to be Shiite. People who said they came from one of those neighborhoods would most likely be killed.

How do you pray?

Shiites and Sunnis offer prayers in slightly different ways, with Sunnis generally folding their hands or crossing their arms in front of their stomachs and Shiites leaving them extended, palms resting on their thighs.

In a chilling video that appeared to have been made more than a year ago in the Anbar Province of Iraq, ISIS fighters stopped three truck drivers in the desert and asked them whether they were Sunnis or Shiites. All three claimed to be Sunni. Then the questions got harder. They were asked how they performed each of the prayers: morning, midday and evening. The truck drivers disagreed on their methods, and all were shot.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Recordings of religious songs could also be a tipoff. Similarly, even the ringtone on a person’s telephone could be a clue because it might be from a Sunni or Shiite religious song.

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Below: Credit +Yaakov Kirschen, who links to the article 

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+Bobby Frazier I saw a source claiming that Iran and Russia were behind ISIS -- the latter to create havoc and the former to pursue their goal to increase their control and influence in the region. At this point, the best theory would be one to explain how best to stop them.

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Former FIFA Vice-President Warner Blames Zionism For Downfall
Simon Evans and Mike Collett, +Reuters
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Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has blamed Zionism for the circumstances that led to him and former Asian Football Confederation chief Mohammed Bin Hammam being forced out of world football.

Warner, 68, resigned from FIFA after ethics investigations were begun into a meeting he held with Bin Hammam where FIFA say payments were made to Caribbean soccer officials ahead of the election for FIFA president in June.

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Watch Palestine’s Soccer Team Play In 1939
Gabe Friedman, +Jewish Telegraphic Agency 

Soccer is in the headlines today, but not for positive reasons – 14 FIFA officials have been indicted on corruption charges.

This is especially interesting news to Israeli soccer fans, as FIFA is set to vote this week on whether or not to suspend Israel’s national team from international play. The Palestinian Football Association has accused Israel of breaking FIFA’s rules and introduced to the FIFA congress a motion to suspend Israel.

Of course, Jewish soccer in Israel dates back before the establishment of the state of Israel. This amazing video from 1939 from the British Pathé archive shows footage of a match between Australia and Palestine (which was then occupied by Britain). Note a detail that betrays how much has changed in the Middle East since 1939: the “Palestinian” players feature what look to be Jewish stars on their uniforms. (You may also want to check out this 1947 story from JTA’s Archive about when the Palestine Hapoel team defeated a New York all-star team thanks to Hapoel’s 18-year-old goalie Jacob Chodorov who “starred for the Palestinians.”)

Link: (http://bit.ly/1QbE6RA)
Read some of the historical background (http://bit.ly/1FbV1gG)

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When I am not blogging at Daled Amos, I am sharing articles and the great posts of others on my account on Google Plus.

I write about the Middle East in general and about Israel in particular -- especially about issues affecting Israel in the Middle East and how Israel is impacted by policy in the current Obama administration. 
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