Iyar 7, 5777
May 3, 2017
The News on the Israel Street Today:
Palestinian terrorism today:
An attempted stabbing was thwarted at the Shuafat checkpoint a few hours ago. A knife-wielding terrorist was disarmed and captured. No Israelis suffered any wounds.
Palestinian terrorism yesterday:
More than 40 attacks occurred yesterday ranging from a Molotov firebomb assault on an IDF pillbox near Ofra to a “rock” attack on an Israeli motorist near the Beit Anun Junction.
In the latter attack, the motorist had stopped his car to change a flat tire; another car then stopped near him whereupon Arabs came out of the vehicle and began throwing “rocks” at the man. The man was wounded in the leg and eventually had to be treated by MADA; all of the windows and windshield of the car were shattered before IDF soldiers could arrive on the scene.
In other terror attacks, Israeli civilians and soldiers and Border Guards were assaulted in Binyamin, at the Avraham Hasno Junction, Issawiya, Aida, Gush Etzion, between al Khader and Efrat, the Zif Junction, Hawara, Beit Hagai, Hatzer Yehuda, Luban, Eli, Route 60, Kikash Tekoa, Har Homa, the Zayit Junction, Al Arub, Wadi Hermiya, near Tekoa (Israeli wounded in the head and hand), and Qalqilya among other places.
The above information is culled from the Judea and Samaria Hotline, rotter.net, and hakolheyudi.
The Chairman of the PLO arrives at the White House
In the last few minutes, Mahmoud Abbas, the head of one of the most enduring terrorist organizations in the world, was welcomed at the White House by President Trump.
As Abbas stepped from his car he was greeted by Trump who shook his hand, paused momentarily for a picture op, and then walked into the White House followed by Abbas.
If picture optics mean anything, it was not a particularly warm greeting, but Abbas and Trump are scheduled to meet for several hours. We’ll see how it goes.
The Details of the Egregrious UNESCO Vote
As we all know by now, the hideous “Executive Board” of the UNESCO organization voted on Tuesday to deny Israeli sovereignty over our capital city of Jerusalem. Here is the text of the resolution:
From the Preface:
3. Affirming that nothing in the current decision, which aims, inter alia, at the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Palestine and the distinctive character of East Jerusalem, shall in any way affect the relevant Security Council and United Nations resolutions and decisions on the legal status of Palestine and Jerusalem, including United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 (2016),
Referring to Jerusalem (emphasis mine):
4. Reaffirming the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions,
5. Reminding that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith . . .
Here is how countries on the Council voted:
Yes (22): Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Egypt, Russia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Vietnam
No (10): United States, United Kingdom, Greece, Netherlands, Ukraine, Paraguay, Togo, Germany, Lithuania, and Italy
While this vote total was repugnant, it was not unexpected: after all of the 22 countries which voted in favor, 12* are Muslim-majority: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Sudan (*Nigeria is currently reported to have between 48-51% Muslim population).
Nevertheless, there were a few strikingly positive items:
*Only 1 European country voted for the abominable resolution: the always abominable Sweden
(of course, remember that not all European countries are on the UNESCO Board)
*Only 1 Central or South American country voted for the resolution: Brazil
As we end this blog today, remember those ten countries that supported Israel. They should be vigorously applauded: United States, United Kingdom, Greece, Netherlands, Ukraine, Paraguay, Togo, Germany, Lithuania, and Italy.
And let’s remember that all of UNESCO will vote on Friday. Let’s see how that goes.