UPDATES 9:30 am Israel time, Tuesday, September 3 2013:
**A serious security incident at Ben Gurion early this morning as a truck broke through the checkpoint barrier at the entrance to the airport. Israeli security personnel fired at the truck and brought it to a halt–and proceeded to capture two Palestinians who attempted to escape on foot. While the truck was being checked for explosives (none were found), the entire airport was closed down for a little over an hour.
**There is not a day that passes that does not see Palestinian attacks on Israeli motorists in Judea and Samaria. The normal process is that the terrorists wait until they see a car which is carrying children before they throw Molotov cocktails and/or “rocks” at the car in an attempt to cause the driver to crash.
Yesterday a mother was driving her children near Elon Moreh in the Samarian hills northeast of Shechem (Nablus) when terrorists struck. Fortunately (and miraculously for the children in the back seat), no one was physically injured:
**Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Chairman Naftali Bennett made the following comments yesterday at a Rosh Hashana event in Modi’in in discussing the war-torn Middle East:
“There is one place that is an island of stability – the state of Israel in the Land of Israel. This is the only place where there is peace. I am amazed by the bottomless fanaticism with which followers of the ‘religion of peace’ want to give our enemies parts of the country. What is amazing is that precisely the same people said, a few years ago, that we have to give Assad the Golan in order to bring peace. Had we listened to them, Al Qaeda would have been dipping their feet in the Sea of Galilee, and chemical weapons would be striking Tiberias.
**The Israeli government yesterday established “The Jewish Identity Authority” for the state of Israel. The purpose of the authority will be to make sure that Israel’s Jewish identity is taught in every level of the Israeli educational system. The Authority was proposed by Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi Party. In the Knesset, Bayit Yehudi passed a law that will extend labor laws for women in Israel to women who are working in Judea and Samaria.
Aside from supporting the rights of women, this law marks one of the first times that Israeli law has ever been applied to Judea and Samaria.
**Israel’s loathsome President Shimon Peres had the unmitigated gall to praise the Oslo Accords yesterday on their 20th anniversary. Peres, who refused to allow Israel’s national anthem to be played at a soccer event in Tel Aviv last month, said that the Oslo Accords were “the right decision” despite the fact that more than 1000 Israeli men, women, and children were blown to pieces by Palestinian suicide bombers.
Peres went on to glibly blather that it was no problem that Mahmoud Abbas has declared that any new Palestinian state must be “Jew-free”, and to mendaciously claim that there was “no connection” between the 2005 Israeli unilateral withdrawal from northern Gaza and the large number of missiles that were fired from the area once the Palestinians took over. Take a look at the following graph which reveals the depth of Peres’ mendacity:
Peres went on to say that the PLO/Palestinian Authority “has agreed to allow Israel to keep” three “settlement blocs”. Thank you Mr. President for willy-nilly accepting the dictates of the terrorists in Ramallah.
**New Rosh Hashana population data for Israel from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics:
8,730,562 registered Israelis/8,081,000 (currently living in the country)
75.1% Jews, 20.7% Muslims, 4.2% Christians-or nonreligious
127,052 weddings last year (29,616 divorces)
160,749 babies born last year (82,437 boys, 78,312 girls)
Most popular boys’ names: Itay, Daniel, Ori, Yosef, and Noam
Most popular girls’ names: Noa, Shira, Tamar, Talia and Yael
For the last few years, your humble servant has fought the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel in many different venues from city councils and commissions to local mosques, churches, and synagogues.
As the instances have mounted, it has become increasingly clear that the mentality that pervades the BDS movement is profound and dangerous anti-semitism. For all of their talk about wanting to merely target Israel, their actions and words indicate that Jews are whom they are really after.
An event last Wednesday night in Johannesburg, South Africa shows how the BDS movement is no longer even making any pretenses about whom it hates and what it wants to do.
That event was a performance by Israeli jazz saxophonist Daniel Zamir and his quartet at Wits University. Outside the concert venue, BDS supporters gathered with their usual “Israel is Apartheid”, “Jews are Terrorists”, and “The World Must Stop Israel” signs. But it was what they chanted that tells the tale:
“Shoot the Jew! Shoot the Jew! Shoot the Jew!”
When the event was over, the local BDS coordinator, Muhammed Desai defended the chant and said it was just “used as a way of identifying with the apartheid regime.”
The next time you see any representative of the BDS, or see any letter written by a member of the BDS, or confront any demonstration organized by the BDS, or hear that BDS is not directed against Jews, just remember the chant:
“Shoot the Jew! Shoot the Jew! Shoot the Jew!”