UPDATES 4 pm Israel time, Saturday, October 11 2014:
**To no one’s great surprise, John Kerry is back at it again this morning. Fresh from his disappointment at not having won the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday and one American foreign policy disaster after another, Kerry is ready to renew his push to have Israel concede anything and everything to the Palestinians.
Interestingly, the announcement that he is trying to get Israel back to the concession table came as the Palestinian media touted a new game for Palestinian children yesterday. The purpose of the game is to teach the children how to carry out attacks against Israelis. In short, the more Israelis you kill the better.
The olive harvest season is upon us again.
In olive groves throughout Israel, including Judea and Samaria, Jews have taken to their groves reap the fruit of their labor.
In olive groves in Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria, Palestinians, so-called international “human rights” advocates, and leftist Israelis have swarmed into the orchards to “document” Israeli “hate crimes” perpetrated by “settlers” against the olive trees and “the poor Palestinians” who tend them.
Already, the international and Israeli media are full of unverified stories such as the ones yesterday from Yasuf and Burin yesterday in which “settlers” are condemned for chopping down trees, “assaulting” Palestinian olive pickers, and spraying “hateful graffiti” in Hebrew on rocks near the trees.
The only problem is that most of these stories, if not all of them, are patently untrue.
So what do Palestinians, so-called international “human rights” advocates, and leftist Israelis do in the face of peaceful Jewish community members?
They commit the crimes themselves. But you never read about this in the media.
Yesterday, we had this tiny news report buried in a local paper:
“Palestinians reported today that dozens of olive trees were burned in the Samarian village of Marda and that more were cut down in Azmut. The complaint was filed by a Palestinian landowner in Marda. However, during the investigation, it became clear that left wing activists cut and burned the trees. The landowner is now being investigated on suspicion of filing a false complaint.”
The report made your humble servant think of a similar occurrence that happened a couple of months ago in the Palestinian settlement of Reina near Nazareth. In this incident, the Muslim population awakened one morning to find “Am Israel Chai” written on the walls of their mosque. Immediately the cry of “price tag” (revenge attack) went up from the leftist Israeli media as everyone rushed to condemn “right wing settlers” for the “hate crime.”
But guess what?
It eventually turned out that it was a Palestinian man from Nazareth who sprayed the words in Hebrew on the mosque. In his confession, he said that he did it “to provoke” the people in Reina.
Video games, olive trees, and mosques: peace is indeed at hand with our neighbors the Palestinians!