Convolutions, Dissembling, and Demogoguery: 24 Hours in the Life of Southern Israel

Special Notice: The final installment of our series on the egregiously anti-Israel “New Israel Fund” will appear in tomorrow’s blog.

UPDATES 9 am Israel time, Thursday, June 12 2014:

The major updates today appear in Today’s Blog.


It has been a busy night in the skies over southern Israel and Gaza. The sequence of events began yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 8:59 am with another Palestinian missile attack on southern Israel. This attack was followed last night at 11:04 pm by the attempted launch of another Palestinian missile which exploded shortly after takeoff before reaching the Gaza border.

This was followed around midnight by the targeted assassination of Mohammed Awarta (variously spelled Aawr, and Al-Awur) a Hamas-PLO policeman who has been involved in numerous rocket launches over the last few months. Awarta was blown up as he was motorcycling across northern Gaza on his way to another launch.

Awarta’s assassination was followed by another Palestinian missile attack at 2:02 am in which the missile exploded near the Gaza fence in the Eshkol region. At 4:20 am, warning sirens for incoming rockets again sent Israelis running to their bomb shelters across the Chof Ashkelon region.

The reactions of various parties to this series of attacks has been fascinating.

PM Netanyahu said of Awarta’s assassination: 

“Our policy is clear – kill or be killed. The IDF and Shin Bet are committed to acting strongly against anyone who tries to harm the security of Israeli citizens.

This [the ongoing rocket attacks] is the true face of Hamas – it continues to plan terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians even when in the government of the Palestinian Authority.

I wish to remind the international community that Abbas pledged to uphold all previous agreements when he established a government with the Hamas terrorist organization; it means that he is responsible for the dismantling of Hamas and other terrorist organizations disposal sites the weapons in Gaza. “

Yes, Shin Bet and the IAF continue the fight against PLO-Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Yes, Hamas just wants to kill Israelis and eliminate Israel. And yes, Mahmoud Abbas is 100% responsible for what goes on it Gaza. He initiated the agreement with Hamas and now he must bear responsibility for it.

And yes, PM Netanyahu and the IDF General Command do almost nothing to stop the steady rain of rockets on southern Israel. 

For his part, Mahmoud Abbas has failed to comment at all on the events of last night, and also has failed to comment personally on the missile that exploded in southern Israel at 8:59 am yesterday morning.

Instead Abbas disingenuously issued an unsigned statement to the WAFA News Agency from the unnamed “leadership” of the new PLO-Hamas government concerning the 8:59 am rocket yesterday:

“The leadership calls on all Palestinian factions to honor the 2012 Cairo truce and the understandings of the reconciliation agreement out of keenness for the interest of the Palestinian people and their security and so as not to give Israel any excuse to continue its aggression against the Gaza Strip.”

Great. No personal responsibility for Mahmoud Abbas, the dear darling of the Americans and Europeans. And isn’t the firing of a terrorist missile at southern Israel a wonderful opportunity to tell the world media about all of that nasty, nonexistent Israeli aggression against the “Gaza Strip”? 

But the most ludicrous line of the day came from U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who went out her way, as usual, to absolve Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO of any responsibility and blame:

“We would expect the Palestinian Authority would do everything in its power to prevent attacks, but we acknowledge the reality that Hamas controls Gaza.”

So let’s get this straight. The PLO/Palestinian Authority has now merged with Hamas, and Hamas is attacking Israelis with rockets, but the PLO/PA cannot really do anything to stop Hamas terrorism, but even though Hamas terrorists are now part of the Palestinian government the U.S. will continue to fund and support the PLO/PA-Hamas terrorist government.

Such is the convoluted nonsense of the U.S. State Department.

Coupled with the demogoguery Netanyahu and the absurd dissembling of Abbas, the residents of southern Israel have every reason to stay close to their bomb shelters today and tonight–as they do every day and every night.  



For the next few weeks, your humble servant will append Israel Vocabulary 101 to the bottom of this blog everyday.

 Basic Israel Vocabulary 101

1. Use the Jewish and Israeli names for things; here are five to start with:

Har HaBayit instead of Temple Mount

Kipat HaSela instead of Dome of the Rock

The Kotel instead of the Western Wall

Shechem instead of Nablus

The Kineret instead of the Sea of Galilee

2. Use ‘Judea and Samaria’ instead of ‘the West Bank. ‘West Bank’ is a term of occupation and exploitation created by the Jordanians to refer to the area west of the Jordan River illegally seized and annexed to Jordan in 1948. Prior to 1948, the land was referred to as Judea and Samaria for almost 3000 years. In the 1947 U.N. Resolution that partitioned “Palestine”, “Judea” and “Samaria” were the terms used.

3. Use ‘Palestinian Autonomous Territories’ to refer to Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria–never under any circumstances use the term ‘occupied territories’ because it is simply not true; Israel is not occupying anything. Areas A and B have been under Palestinian civil administration since the signing of the Oslo Accords two decades ago. By the way, when PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wants to compare these areas to Gaza, he uses the term “Palestinian Autonomous Territories.”

4. Use ‘Jewish communities’ or ‘Israeli cities instead of settlements.’ How in the world can anyone call the communities and cities of Maaleh Adumin (40,210) and Modin Illit (51,773), Gush Etzion (54,939), and Ariel (41,720) ‘settlements’?

5.  Use ‘construction of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals’ instead of settlement activity’. By obscuring what the activities are, the activities are delegitimized.

6. Use ‘new Jewish communities’ or ‘fledgling Jewish communties’ instead of outposts‘. An outpost is a small military encampment, not a place where people permanently live.

7. Use ‘Jewish community member’ instead of settler’. Are we living in the wild west? Most Jewish community members are suburbanites commuting to jobs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and elsewhere. If you want to use the term ‘settler’, refer to Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria as settlers–after all, they are the late arrivers to the land (see No. 13 below). 

8. Use ‘eastern Jerusalem’ or the ‘eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem’ instead of East JerusalemThe city of Jerusalem must never be divided again. Again, areas such as Ramat Shlomo and Gilo are ‘neighborhoods’ of Jerusalem, not ‘settlements.’

You are looking at Har Gilo--a huge Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

You are looking at Har Gilo–a huge 40,000+ person Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

9. Use ‘Palestinian cities’ instead of  Palestinian refugee camps. Who is kidding whom? Cities such as Kalandiya are huge places with massive construction going on all the time–the Palestinian residents of these cities are not nomads living in tents.

10. Use Palestinian ‘settlements’ instead of  Palestinian ‘villages’ or ‘hamlets’.

Accorcing to the leftist Israeli newspaper Haaretz, this is a picture of the Palestinian "village" of Halat Makhoul. Would you call this a "village" or even a "hamlet"? This is a settlement.

Accorcing to the leftist Israeli newspaper Haaretz, this is a picture of the Palestinian “village” of Halat Makhoul. Would you call this a “village” or even a “hamlet”? This is a settlement.

Who is kidding whom?  “Village” is a word blatantly used to make the West think that the Palestinians are (and have been) living peacefully and sleepily in hamlets for thousands of years.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

11. Use Palestinian ‘settlers’ instead of Palestinian ‘farmers’ and ‘villagers’Let’s call people what they are, not what the delegitimizers would have us believe that they are.

12. Use ‘PLO’ or  ‘Palestine Liberation Organization’ instead of Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear that the PLO runs the show in Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria, and the United Nations recognizes the PLO–not the Palestinian Authority. Your humble servant was the first to use the abbreviation “PLO/PA” when writing about the governance of Areas A and B–an abbreviation now used by various newspaper columnists here in Israel.

13. When possible, use ‘Palestinian Terrorist Organization–HAMAS’ instead of merely HamasHAMAS is an acronym for “Harakat al Muqawamah al Islamiyya” which means ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’–which is a euphemism for Palestinian Terrorist Movement. It is easier to say or write HAMAS, but the acronym does not tell what the organization is about.

14. In regard to the new PLO-Hamas “government”, use the phrase ‘terrorist government‘ instead of ‘reconciliation‘ or ‘unity‘ government. They only thing the PLO and Hamas are unified about is their desire to destroy Israel.

15. Use ‘conservative politicians’ instead of right-wing politicians‘. Smearing someone as ‘right-wing’ is a convenient way of dismissing what they have to say. Note how quickly international politicians and media (and the leftist Israeli media) call conservative politicians such as Naftali Bennett, Moshe Feiglin, and Orit Struck “right-wing extremists” and “right-wing fanatics” when in fact all they advocate is Israeli nationalism. We should all be so extremist and fanatic.   

16. When possible, use ‘Israeli men, women, and children’ instead of  Israeli citizens when referring to those of us assaulted by terrorists. After all, Palestinian terrorists delight in trying to kill all Israelis–regardless of age or gender.

17. When referring to the human results of Palestinian terrorism, use the term‘wounded’ instead of ‘injured’.  ’Wounded’ connotes an intentional act committed by someone trying to hurt you; ‘injured’ usually does not.

18. When referring to the human results of Palestinian terrorism, never let someone get away with saying that “no one was wounded.” In fact, an Israeli is wounded in every terrorist attack whether those wounds be physical or emotional–just look at the incidence of PTSD among children and adults living along the Gaza border. In fact, using the phrase “no one was wounded” is part of the underpinning of the absurd ‘disproportionality’ canard.  

Note that in this blog, your humble servant often says that “no one was physically wounded but the emotional toll is incalculable.” 

19. Use “so-called human rights organizations” or “self-proclaimed human rights organizations” instead of “human rights organizations” to denote the so-called human rights organizations operating in Israel. None of these organizations are in the least interested in protecting Israeli or Jewish human rights.

20. Use international ‘lawbreakers’ instead of international ‘activists’ when referring to those members of the international community who come to Israel for the express purpose of breaking Israeli law and attacking Israeli police and soldiers.

21. Use ‘the suicide bomber prevention fence instead of the ‘separation fence’ or ‘wall’Have we all forgotten why the suicide bomber prevention fence was built? To stop suicide bombers.

22. The current round of so-called “peace talks” has apparently come to an end, but it will be back in a new form before we know it.  Use “Israel concession process” instead of “peace process”. There never has been a peace process between Israelis and Palestinians–only a process of trying to wrench ever more concessions out of Israel in return for nothing.

23. Use “Muslims” instead of Muslim fundamentalistsMuslim extremistsMuslim fanaticsIslamistsmilitant Islamistshostile Islamistsradical Islamists, and Salafists. If you must use two words to describe terrorists, use “Muslim terrorists.”

What are Muslim fanatics, Muslim extremists, Muslim fundamentalists, Islamists, and Salafists? They are simply Muslims, and the attempt to cast them otherwise is an obvious attempt to portray just plain old “Muslims” as not fanatic, not extremist, not fundamentalist, not Islamist, and not Salafist. In Gaza, we now have the ludicrous situation in which Palestinian terrorist Hamas–which is one of the most fanatic, extremist, fundamentalist, and Islamist terror organizations on the planet–being portrayed as the “good guys” by the media. The time has come once again to call a Muslim a Muslim.


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