7 Nissan 5778
23 March 2018
The Outrageous Quote of the Day:
“The conviction and sentencing of Ahed Tamimi is emblematic of how the unresolved conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation . . . The treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention remains a human rights priority for the UK. We will continue to call upon Israel to improve its practices in line with international law and obligations . . . We have offered to help the Israeli authorities through expert-to-expert talks with UK officials . . . While we recognise that Israel has made some improvements, it needs to do much more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care.”
Alistair Burt, Minister for the Middle East, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian child? She is a 17 year old Pallywood actress who has done nothing with her life except travel the world trashing Israel and travel throughout Judea and Samaria with her cameraman trying to provoke IDF soldiers.
That attempt to provoke has taken the form of slapping soldiers, biting soldiers, kicking soldiers, spitting on soldiers, and, and, and. Finally all of her provocations have caught up with her, and she is going to prison for eight months after agreeing to a plea deal two days ago for her part in a particularly egregious attack on an IDF soldier last year. She will be going to prison with her mother and her aunt who participated in the same attack, and agreed to a similar plea deal.
The UK calls “upon Israel to improve its practices in line with international law and obligations”? What a joke. Even in the attack on the IDF soldier in December, that soldier reacted in the same say that every other soldier attacked by the Tamimis has reacted. He did absolutely nothing. Slapped in the face and spit on–he just stood there and took it.
“We have offered to help the Israeli authorities through expert-to-expert talks with UK officials?” What utter gall. For Alistair Burt to think that UK experts have anything to offer Israel in the way of treating anyone is the ultimate in colonialist patronizing blather.
Israel “needs to do much more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care”? Your humble servant wants to throw up. Israel absurdly already puts our own soldiers at risk to protect so-called “vulnerable people.”
And by the way, those so-called “vulnerable people” are not “in our care.” They are in the situation they are in because they have repeatededly refused peace offer after peace offer through the decades.
In sum, Ahed Tamimi and the Palestinians are not some vulnerable entities that need to be babied by the world. They are adults who embarked upon a violent course of action half a century ago and deserve to reap what they have sown.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
The endless streams of Palestinian violence continued yesterday with terror attacks at an IDF position on Route 55 near Azzun, attacks on a firefighters attempted to extinguish an arson fire between Ma’ale Levona and Singil, attacks on buses at Havat Gilad and the Gush Etzion Road near Karmei Tzur, and an attempted bulldozer attack at Kiryat Arba.
Also there were “rock” and Molotov attacks at Burin, on the Tunnel Road, Beit Ummar, Hizma, Hawara, Tekoa, Beit Ummar, Yitzhar, the Tapuach Junction, El Aruv, Bab a-Zawiya, Qadum, Mazrat al-Garbiya, Bil’in, Budrus, just outside of Ramallah, and many other places.
The above reports are taken from citizens’ reports to rotter, hakolhayehudi, Rescue 443, and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
Another assault in Judea . . .
Another assault which was videotaped yesterday occurred out on a hill in Judea when a Jewish community member was attacked by leftist activists. According to reports, the leader of the attacks was Arik Ascherman a former member of “Rabbis for Human Rights.”
Ascherman is now a member of Tayush, the abominable group that has turned over the names of Palestinians selling land to Jews to the PLO with the result that the land sellers are killed.
In any case, Ascherman has been detained by the police.
Some interesting facts about individual Israelis’ finances . . .
According to an article today in the daily economic newspaper “The Calcalist“:
37% of all Jewish households in Israel are in debt. This rate is higher than in the past but relatively lower than in other developed countries. The total debt in 2016 was 511 billion shekels–mainly owed to Israeli banks.
Of this amount, 336 billion shekels is mortgage debt.
The Calcalist article concludes that even though the number of indebted people remains “low”, rising wages are causing Israelis to spend more and take out more personal loans. It views the development as “worrisome.”
Another Judicial Decision Puts Our Soldiers and Citizens At Risk
Try to wrap your mind around this, dear reader.
Back in 2001, the Palestinian second “intifada” was in full force. Hundreds of terror attacks were taking place daily throughout Judea and Samaria. Israelis were being killed right and left. Suicide bombers were leaving from the area, driving to Jerusalem, and blowing Israeli men, women, and children to pieces.
One afternoon, a Palestinian car approached a checkpoint which led into Israel. The soldiers manning the checkpoint ordered the car to stop. It did not.
Instead it burst through the checkpoint. The soldiers continued to yell at the car to stop and fired their weapons in the air. The driver did not stop.
As the car sped away, the soldiers fired at the car. A woman in the car’s back seat was killed.
Two days ago saw the culmination of the trial in a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court under the judgeship of Judge Mordechai Burshtein.
Burshstein ruled that heavy fighting was taking place in the area at the time. However, he ruled that because no one in the car shot at the soldiers, the car breaking through the checkpoint was not “belligerent.” He further ruled that even though the car illegally entered Israel, the soldiers were negligent in “not protecting the lives of the people in the car.”
He then awarded the family of the dead woman 910,000 shekels, and ordered the government to pay an additional 180,000 shekels in legal fees.
Your humble servant simply cannot believe it.
If anyone should have to pay the family of the woman anything, it should be the driver of the car.
And what about our soldiers out on the front lines? A car breaks through a checkpoint speeding toward a possible terror attack, and the soldiers are supposed to do nothing? What if the car had been full of suicide bombers (by the way it was never established why the car refused to stop)?