UPDATE: IDF arrests 17 wanted Palestinians overnight.
The facile willingness of the media to buy into the Palestinian narrative becomes more appalling by the day. The title of today’s blog is the headline of a Reuters’ article about the wedding day this week of a recently released Palestinian prisoner in the Gilad Shalit exchange–an article that was picked up by Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper yesterday and carried in its online edition Ynet News.
It is an article about Nael Barghouti and his ‘sweetheart’ Eman Nafe. The article would have us believe that these two long-suffering soulmates, cruelly kept apart by the Israeli prison system, have at last found marital bliss. More than this, Barghouti and Nafe are now free to pursue their dreams of happiness and peace.
The article wistfully begins: “While in prison, I dreamt that I would one day build a big, international library in Palestine, just for children,” said Nael Barghouti on his wedding day.”
And continues: “In his West Bank home town of Kobar, where his face is drawn or plastered on nearly every wall, thousands of people came to greet and congratulate him during a traditional lunch of lamb and rice served on his wedding day. Some gave him gifts, others money donations.”
Even more (note the ludicrous suggestion that his turn to the religion of Hamas has turned him away from armed violence): “At the time of his arrest, Barghouti was a member of the armed wing of the Fatah movement. But in prison, he became more religious, and joined the Islamist Hamas movement. Barghouti, middle aged but never married, arrived carried on a man’s shoulders. A large crowd surrounded him, cheering, singing and dancing.
And finally, here comes the bride, herself once a ten-year prisoner of the evil Israelis, who was released in 1997 : His bride and longtime sweetheart Eman Nafe, 47, wearing a white dress and full makeup waited inside, surrounded by her family and hundreds of women. For years the only contact they had with each other were letters and messages exchanged through family members.
What a sweet loving couple so long denied their rightful happiness!
Of course, there are a few other details about the unrepentant ‘dean of prisoners’ and his unrepentant sweetheart.
Barghouti was sentenced to life in prison in 1978 for the brutal stabbing murder of the security guard of the Samarian Jewish community of Halamish–as he and his “peace-loving” terrorists attempted to gain entrance to the community in order to murder other Jews.*
And poor Ewan Nafe . . . how could such a wonderful person have been in prison?
The only thing that she tried to do was detonate herself in “a suicide operation” in Tel Aviv and kill as many Jews as possible.
Yes indeed: Nael Barghouti and Ewan Nafe, a match made in an Islamic heaven.
*Addendum: Ironically note Israel breakingnews today of another attempt by a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist to enter a Jewish community to kill Jews that was fortunately thwarted by the community’s security officer.
THIS DAY IN ISRAELI HISTORY
On November 22, 1967, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 242.
In part, the resolution:
“Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
- (i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”
Of course the most hotly contested part of this resolution has been: “Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict”–with Arabs claiming that this means “all territories” and Israelis insisting that it means “some territories that will be negotiated”–an insistence that is based on successful Israeli negotiations at the time to not have the word “the” appear before “territories”.