Photos of some of the Palestinian “martyrs” currently being exhibited at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris
* Official Palestinian Authority TV praises Palestinian murderer of an 84-year-old Israeli man near Tel Aviv as a “giant hero who brought pride to all humanity”
* Turkish paper blames anti-Erdogan protests on Jewish conspiracy
* Saudi Sunni clerics: the Shi’ites are “worse than the Jews, since the Jews have no wish to convert the entire world to Judaism, but the Shi’ites want to enforce their faith on all human beings”
* Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the Sunni world: Hizbullah is “the Party of Satan”
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1. Turkish pro-government paper blames protests on American Jewish conspiracy
2. Outrage as Paris museum features exhibition glorifying Palestinian suicide bombers
3. Video: Killer of 84 year-old Raanana man praised as a heroic giant on PA TV
4. Financial Times makes rare correction for anti-Israel reporting
5. Ha’aretz admits Palestinian rape victim was Israeli, not Palestinian
6. “Hard to see” how Hizbullah not designated a terrorist group, Netanyahu tells EU
7. Hizbullah weapons and terrorists discovered in Nigeria
8. Argentine government prosecutor confirms Iran’s Rouhani tied to bombing of Jewish center
9. Sunni clerics increase their anti-Shi’ite rhetoric
10. Six rockets fired by Islamic Jihad from Gaza hit Israel; Israel strikes back
[All notes below by Tom Gross]
TURKISH PRO-GOVERNMENT PAPER BLAMES PROTESTS ON AMERICAN JEWISH CONSPIRACY
A Turkish newspaper supportive of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that the anti-government protests held by Turkish liberals throughout Turkey earlier this month, and which are still continuing in some places, were carefully orchestrated and planned by prominent Jewish officials in America, together with a Washington think tank.
The Yeni Safak newspaper claimed that the anti-government protests were part of an anti-Erdogan plot organized by members of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington think tank where several former senior U.S. officials now work. It alleged that Jewish officials at the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC) helped to concoct the plot to protest against Erdogan during a secret meeting held at the AEI’s offices in February.
For more on the Turkish protests, please see:
Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan”: Videos from the “Turkish summer”.
OUTRAGE AS PARIS MUSEUM FEATURES EXHIBITION GLORIFYING PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBERS
A museum in the heart of Paris subsidized by the French government has caused outrage after it opened an exhibition earlier this month honoring Palestinian suicide bombers, whom the museum calls “martyrs” and “freedom fighters” in the exhibit text.
The exhibition of 68 photos entitled “Death” by Ahlam Shibli, is currently on show at the Jeu de Paume museum of contemporary art in Paris.
For example, one of the photos is of Osama Buchkar, a PFLP operative who killed three people and wounded 59 in a terrorist attack he carried out at an outdoor food market in Netanya on May 19, 2002. The caption in the exhibition merely says he “committed a martyr mission in Netanya.”
The museum’s website says the exhibition is about “the efforts of Palestinian society to preserve their presence.”
According to the CRIF organization of French Jewish communities, the killers commemorated in the photos are “mostly from the Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.”
All three are designated by the European Union as terrorist groups. CRIF has made an official complaint to France’s Culture and Communications Minister, Aurélie Filipetti, which helps fund the Jeu de Paume museum.
VIDEO: KILLER OF 84 YEAR-OLD RAANANA MAN PRAISED AS A HEROIC GIANT ON PA TV
The Palestinian murderer of an 84-year-old Israeli man in the town of Raanana near Tel Aviv, has been praised as a “giant hero who brought pride to all humanity” on official Palestinian Authority TV, which is funded by western governments and NGOs. (Some western governments, such as Norway*, are beginning to question their funding of Palestinian media that incite the murder of Israeli Jews, but others have yet to do so.)
Faraj Saleh Abdallah Al-Rimahi was a terrorist belonging to Fatah, the party that now runs the Palestinian Authority. He beat 84 year-old Avraham Kinsler of Raanana to death with a hoe. He is currently serving a life sentence, although some western-funded NGOs and anti-Israeli campaigners are demanding that Israel release all Palestinian murderers from Israeli jails.
This video was posted last week and translated by Palestinian Media Watch. You can see it here.
PA TV narrator: “On July 4, 1992, the occupation’s forces arrested him and the military court sentenced him to life in prison. The sentence was unjust for this giant hero, who brought pride to all humanity with his struggle. Our hero, Faraj Al-Rimahi, is still writing the finest epics of endurance, heroism and self-sacrifice...”
Al-Rimahi’s wife: “Praise Allah, by Allah, we are proud of him everywhere. We are proud of him. By Allah, he is a good man, praise Allah.”
(Broadcast on PA TV (Fatah), on May 11 and 12, 2013.)
* For background on Norway’s changing position, please see:
Norway admits its aid went to Palestinian terrorists
FINANCIAL TIMES MAKES RARE CORRECTION FOR ANTI-ISRAEL REPORTING
The Financial Times often misreports the Middle East – but usually in subtle ways which are harder for average readers to notice, compared to the often flagrant biases of other British papers such as The Guardian or The Independent
It seems the editors of The Financial Times’s weekend Life and Arts section are more willing to acknowledge errors than the editors of its news and comment pages.
The paper has run a correction to its June 15 article “Expat lives: Los Angeles to Ramallah,” making clear that the Financial Times was wrong to state that there were curfews in eastern Jerusalem and wrong to state that there were air strikes in Ramallah. The misinformation seems to have been supplied to the Financial Times by Thomas Hill, an employee of the British charity “Save the Children”.
HA’ARETZ ADMITS RAPE VICTIM WAS ISRAELI, NOT PALESTINIAN
The left-wing Israeli daily, Ha’aretz, in addition to having some very good reporting, is also notorious for running stories that demonize Israel.
In a rare move, prompted by a number of Israeli politicians and campaigners complaining to the editor, Ha’aretz has acknowledged that a 13-year-old Israeli girl, who was raped six years ago by four Palestinian men, was an Israeli Jew and not a Palestinian, as Ha’aretz had recently reported.
“HARD TO SEE” HOW HIZBULLAH NOT DESIGNATED A TERRORIST GROUP, NETANYAHU TELLS EU
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again said to the EU that it is “hard to see how you cannot have a consensus on whether Hizbullah is a terrorist group.”
Netanyahu made his remarks to reporters when meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem last week. “I mean, it’s hard to see how you cannot have a consensus on Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. If Hizbullah isn’t a terrorist organization, I don’t know what is a terrorist organization. I mean, they’re butchering people left and right across the world and now in the cities of Syria. They’re murdering civilians without letup, including on European soil, as was discovered in Bulgaria, as they tried to do last year in Cyprus.”
Apparently, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic have prevented a consensus among the 27-member European Union to designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
Several Arab countries have now designated Hizbullah a terrorist organization.
HIZBULLAH WEAPONS AND TERRORISTS DISCOVERED IN NIGERIA
Hizbullah doesn’t just operate in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, but in Africa too.
On May 28, after a month-long investigation, the Nigerian security services uncovered a cache of Hizbullah weapons in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. It included anti-tank weapons, RPGs and RPG launchers, submachine guns, handguns, and a large quantity of ammunition and explosives (as reported by the BBC on May 30).
According to the Nigerian security services, the weapons belonged to a Hizbullah network that operated in Nigeria, and intended to launch terrorist attacks on Israeli and Western targets. In addition, three Lebanese nationals residing in Nigeria were detained, and during interrogation admitted they were working for Hizbullah, according to the Allafrica.com website, on May 31, 2013.
An estimated 20,000 people of Lebanese origin live in Nigeria, but this was the first time the Nigerian law enforcement authorities had uncovered direct Hizbullah activities there.
On the two previous occasions when Shi’ite terrorist activity was uncovered in Nigeria, it had been carried out directly by Iran:
* In October 2010, an Iranian arms shipment was discovered in Nigeria, after which Nigeria lodged a formal complaint against Iran with the UN Security Council. As a result, Gambia and Senegal also severed its diplomatic relations with Iran, although Senegal later reinstated them.
* In February 2013, an Iranian terrorist network was discovered in Nigeria, headed by a Nigerian mullah who had trained in Iran. Retired Israeli intelligence sources say that because of this discovery, Iran may now be keeping a low profile in its subversive activity in Nigeria, and may prefer to use proxy organizations such as Hizbullah.
ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT PROSECUTOR CONFIRMS IRAN’S ROUHANI TIED TO BOMBING OF JEWISH CENTER
Several people wrote to me about my dispatch last week titled: New Iranian president’s son killed himself “over father’s extremism”. That dispatch has been linked to in other news reports and blog posts.
I would like to add that the Argentinian government has now confirmed that Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani was on the special Iranian government committee that plotted the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires – one of the biggest mass murders of Jews since the Holocaust. 85 mostly elderly Jews were killed and 300 injured in an attack carried out by Hizbullah on the orders of Iran.
According to a 2006 indictment by the Argentinian government prosecutor investigating the case, the decision to launch the attack was made by a special operations committee connected to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
According to the Argentinian report, former Iranian intelligence official Abolghasem Mesbahi testified in 2006 that Rouhani was secretary of the Supreme National Security Council in August 1993 that helped plot the attack.
SUNNI CLERICS INCREASE THEIR ANTI-SHI’ITE RHETORIC
The Sunni-Shi’ite schism is intensifying (as noted here: Seeking imaginary peace while a Sunni-Shia civil war rages (& Al-Jazeera “apologizes”).
Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the Sunni world, said that Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi clerics were right to consider Shi’ites as infidels, and to call Hizbullah (which means “the party of God”), “the Party of Satan”.
Some Sunni clerics have said recently that the Shi’ites are “worse than the Jews, since the Jews have no wish to convert the entire world to Judaism, but the Shi’ites want to enforce their faith on all human beings.”
Another prominent Saudi cleric said that the Shi’ites are nothing but “Persian Zoroastrians in disguise,” not real Muslims. They say that “the Persians have destroyed the pure Arab Islam and have betrayed Islam throughout history: they surrendered Baghdad to the Mongols and, after the occupation, behaved like ‘rabid dogs’ in that city; they tried to murder Saladin; they worked with the Europeans against the Ottomans and are responsible for the failure of the Ottoman siege of Vienna, which marked the beginning of the end of the Muslim empire. The same is true today: the occupation of Iraq in 2003 was the work of the Shi’ites, who used American assistance to topple the regime and spread their faith.”
SIX ROCKETS FIRED BY ISLAMIC JIHAD FROM GAZA HIT ISRAEL; ISRAEL STRIKES BACK
In recent hours, four missiles have been fired from Gaza at the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, and two at the Bnei Shimon area.
Two of the rockets were successfully intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system and two landed in unpopulated areas. No one was injured.
The Israeli air force this morning responded to the rocket attacks by hitting a missile-launcher and a weapons depot in Gaza, belonging to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, the group that fired the rockets.
Hamas, which rules Gaza, apparently wants to maintain its ceasefire with Israel but Islamic Jihad is defying this.
[All notes above by Tom Gross]