November 1, 2014 - After a week in which security personnel have been trying to keep the capital from going up in flames, some Israeli media are nevertheless singing soulfully about the "occupation."
What the hell is that all about?
A somewhat confusing report on “the voices behind the riots” written for Jerusalem Online.com by Yael Klein allegedly quotes a “French news agency reporter” and “AP news agency” to describe the Arab “fear of becoming the next Mohammed Abu Hadir.” (sic)
Talk about slanted coverage.
The article cites this week's shooting of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick as a cause of current tensions, Frankly, that was an attempted targeted assassination by a convicted Islamic Jihad terrorist, who first asked Glick his name to be sure of his identity before firing four bullets at him at point-blank range. Oddly, that fact is not mentioned once in the article.
The murder attempt led directly to the closing of the Temple Mount to all visitors and worshipers for the first time since 1967, Jews as well as Arabs even though it was a Muslim Arab who tried to kill Glick and it is Arabs who are rioting. This detail was also ignored in the article, which cites the closing of the Mount as another cause of the continued violence by Arab “protesters” who have been “rioting” for weeks.
Instead, Klein attempts to pin the blame for the wave of destruction and attacks in Jerusalem by Arab terrorists on the revenge killing of young Abu Khder. While the murder was despicable she never mentions that the Jewish murderers were caught and detained immediately, unlike the Arab terrorists triggered the wave of violence in the first place by abducting and murdering three Jewish teens on June 12, less than three weeks earlier.
Abu Khder was murdered and his body was discovered the day after the bodies of the three Jewish teens were found in a shallow grave in a field just north of Hebron.
“Riots in Arab neighborhoods are unceasing, and the young men confronting the security forces have no faith in the situation changing.”
The rioting young men who are hurling rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and fireworks at civilians and security forces -- who are doing their best to kill people on the roads of Jerusalem and anywhere else they can find them – THEY have no faith in the situation changing? Really? Why not? Could it be because they have no intention of changing it themselves, perchance?
“Hisham, 14, from Shuafat who was born during the second intifada, dreams of a new uprising that will protect Al-Aqsa.”
From what? From his own people who are doing their best to destroy the structure with their own violence? Perhaps he just dreams of a new uprising because he is drunk on a hefty overdose of adrenalin and jazzed from the Friday sermon at the mosque.
“The Temple Mount compound, where the mosque erects, is a symbol for the Israeli occupation for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem,” Klein explains. She writes for the Jerusalem Online website, mind you – not an Arab website and not Haaretz -- but aside from the phrasing, I also don't get how the Temple Mount has suddenly become a symbol of the "occupation" since it is supposed to be the third holiest site in Islam.
More to the point, I don't get this writer's intimate use of the enemy's language.
What on earth is wrong with us? Since when have Israeli media become so self-destructive that we are now willing to trumpet Arab propaganda?
There is a difference between recognizing a legitimate issue, and cozying up to total bullshit.
Are Arab youth having difficulties in their neighborhoods? Yes. They’re getting mixed messages from families, the mosque and political leaders. They have no idea which is right. More to the point – which is right for them.
Sadly, their own parents are in the same boat.
It’s been too many years and three generations fed on a steady diet of hate, thanks to a stupid Israeli government decision to abandon control over public communications and education of Arab youth in Judea, Samaria and parts of Jerusalem restored to the capital in 1967.
This kind of damage cannot be undone quickly. But someone is going to have to bite the bullet and do it; since the current Israeli administration is hated internationally anyway, it may as well be now.
Annex Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, and give them autonomy status similar to that of Puerto Rico with the U.S.
Cut Gaza loose -- it's just an enemy Arab state anyway at this point -- and then seal off the southern border, the way the northern border is sealed off with Lebanon.
Israeli media are certainly doing no one any good whatsoever by feeding the frenzy to destroy any hope of co-existence by advancing radical Palestinian Authority propaganda. Disagreement is one thing. Incitement is quite another. Bashing your own people with Arab propaganda while they're actively being attacked by that same enemy? Wrong.
It's time for those who are citizens of this country to learn the definition of "allegiance." Those who believe they're supposed to be in Ramallah or Gaza (like MK Hanin Zoabi, for instance) really should be allowed to move on -- preferably across the border.
Don't forget to surrender your passports, benefits and blue identity cards on the way out.