A special chocolate, and also a coffee, wrapper with the faces of the three kidnapped Israelis has been produced by Palestinians
U.S. and EU-funded Fatah posts a cartoon mocking kidnapped boys as rats
* As her husband’s official media glorifies kidnapping of Israeli boys with anti-Semitic cartoons, Abbas’ wife convalesces in top Tel Aviv hospital in “apartheid Israel”
* No “Bring back out boys” photo tweeted yet by Michelle Obama, regarding the kidnapped Israeli schoolboys
* Human Rights Watch head Roth struggles to condemn kidnapping of Jewish teenagers – and also appears to “understand” ISIS in Iraq
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1. Teenagers, not settlers
2. U.S. and EU-funded Fatah posts cartoon mocking kidnapped boys as rats
3. Using World cup logo, more cartoons in official Palestinian paper celebrate abduction
4. A world cup joke of the kidnappings
5. A special chocolate wrapper produced to glorify child abduction
6. Palestinian university students hand out candy
7. Daily Mail: “The terrorists of tomorrow”
8. Abbas’ wife convalescing in top Tel Aviv hospital in “apartheid Israel”
9. Human Rights Watch head Roth struggles to condemn kidnapping of Jewish teenagers
10. Ken Roth and ISIS
11. International Red Cross calls for release of 3 teens
12. No more prisoner swaps, Lieberman vows in response to kidnapping
13. “New low. Even for Haaretz.”
14. Shooting attack at Paris synagogue thwarted by armed police
[Notes below by Tom Gross]
Below are some notes regarding the Hamas kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last Thursday night.
TEENAGERS, NOT SETTLERS
Some media who are reporting this story have wrongly stated that the three were settlers. Following a wave of reader protest, The Guardian is to be commended for correcting its online reports to change “settlers” to “teenagers” – not that this would, of course, make the abduction of three teenagers by terrorists any less condemnable.
(Both Eyal Yifrach, who lives with his parents near Petah Tikva, and Naftali Frenkel who lives in Nof Ayalon near Modi’in, do not live in settlements. Gilad Shaar lives in the Talmon, which is just over the green line.)
There has yet to be reaction from President Obama regarding the Israeli schoolboys kidnapped by Islamist militants, whereas Obama and his wife Michelle have (rightly, of course) been very outspoken in calling for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped recently by Islamist militants in Nigeria. (John Kerry has strongly condemned the kidnapping of the Israeli teens.)
On Wednesday, the day before the kidnapping, a bipartisan group of 88 U.S. senators sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to “cease any alliance with terrorist organizations such as Hamas.”
U.S. AND EU-FUNDED FATAH POSTS CARTOON MOCKING KIDNAPPED BOYS AS RATS
Here is a cartoon from the official Facebook page of Fatah, which is led by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and governs the Palestinian Authority in coalition with another extremist group, Hamas.
The cartoon shows three rats with Stars of David dangling from a fishing rod, accompanied by an Arabic caption in red reading “A Master Stroke”.
Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party regularly promotes anti-Semitism of all kinds on its official TV and other media. It receives hundreds of millions of dollars and Euros of American and European taxpayers’ money annually, and yet European and American leaders are remarkably quiet in their criticism of its anti-Semitism and general human rights abuses.
USING WORLD CUP LOGO, MORE CARTOONS IN OFFICIAL PALESTINIAN PAPER CELEBRATE ABDUCTION
In a distortion of the Brazilian (soccer) World Cup 2014 logo, an official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper yesterday printed a cartoon celebrating the kidnapping of three Israeli youths
Instead of the World Cup logo, in which three victorious hands hold the globe, representing the football trophy, the Palestinian Authority cartoon shows a “trophy” of three hands holding three people. Instead of the word “Brasil” under the “trophy,” the word “Khalil” is written – Arabic for Hebron, a city where the Israeli teens are believed to have been taken.
A WORLD CUP JOKE OF THE KIDNAPPINGS
Another image produced under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority.
(The caption in Arabic on the World Cup image calls the teenagers “soldiers”. It reads: “The kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers in Hebron in the Palestinian Resistance Cup”.)
A SPECIAL CHOCOLATE WRAPPER PRODUCED TO GLORIFY CHILD ABDUCTION
A special chocolate (and also a coffee) wrapper with the faces of the three kidnapped Israelis has been produced by Palestinians.
PALESTINIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAND OUT CANDY
Palestinian university students have also been distributing sweets in celebration of the kidnapping.
There is a collection of such photos here.
The Israeli security forces say they have foiled over 64 kidnapping attempts in the past year, but official Palestinian-funded media and mosques continue to incite for the abduction of Israelis.
As reported on this list, last September, a Palestinian terrorist lured a young Israeli restaurant worker Tomer Hazan to a Palestinian village and murdered him.
DAILY MAIL: “THE TERRORISTS OF TOMORROW”
Most western media also do their best to avoid reporting on Palestinian incitement. One of the few cases where it is being reported was last week in the (London) Daily Mail, which carried photos of Palestinian children (some as young as 6) being taught to kill, and staging mock kidnapping of Israelis. Please see here.
Tom Gross adds: However, the Daily Mail prints as one of their top readers’ comment the preposterous lie that “There are approx. 1.5 million Palestinians that have died since Israel started occupying Palestinian land in 1948.”
ABBAS’ WIFE CONVALESCING IN TOP TEL AVIV HOSPITAL IN “APARTHEID ISRAEL”
While the New York Times and other respectable media continue to commission, publish and promote (sometimes on their front page) op-eds carrying the lie that there is apartheid in Israel, Israeli media reports that the wife of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas is recovering from an operation – in Tel Aviv.
While the official media of her husband’s government is praising the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by Hamas, Amina Abbas is convalescing in a leading Tel Aviv hospital after undergoing surgery, including a knee transplant.
She checked into Assuta Hospital on Thursday, and on Friday underwent a leg operation. She is, according to doctors, staying in a private room on the seventh floor of the hospital’s orthopedic neuro-surgery wing.
Israelis hospitals treat thousands of Palestinian patients per year including many hundreds from Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli doctors are some of the most skilled in the world and therefore deal with all kinds of particularly complicated operations.
For one of the previous dispatches on this, please see:
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH HEAD ROTH STRUGGLES TO CONDEMN KIDNAPPING OF JEWISH TEENAGERS
As Hillel Neuer of UN Watch points out, in contrast to the UN secretary-general and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the head of Human Rights Watch is refusing to unequivocally condemn Thursday’s kidnapping of Israeli teenagers.
After repeated appeals from Twitter users for HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth to end his silence on the abductions, Roth finally responded with this carefully-constructed tweet: “Attending school at illegal settlement doesn’t legitimize apparent kidnapping of Israel teens. They should be freed.”
In cases throughout the world not related to the abduction or murder of Israelis, HRW’s standard procedure is to state that kidnapping is a violation of international law.
In other similar kidnapping cases, HRW has issued lengthy press releases and reports condemning the abductions of civilians as a war crime, citing the Geneva Conventions.
“It’s important to bear in mind that Ken Roth is today the most powerful individual in the human rights universe,” says Neuer. “As the once-mighty Amnesty International is mired by internal battles, union strife and an ever-revolving leadership, Roth controls an ascendant $228-million empire that recruits top diplomats, UN officials and journalists into its ever-expanding global staff, at the same time as it places its own officials in key positions of influence, including the senior ranks of the U.S. State Department’s human rights division.”
KEN ROTH AND ISIS
In a tweet, Roth also appeared to “understand” the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq, which in recent days as killed at least 1700 Iraqis, and have engaged in beheadings, amputations, crucifixions and mass shootings of others in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS in #Iraq reportedly tried not to alienate local population, unlike PM Maliki & his violent, sectarian repression trib.al/LqfFrjZ
INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS CALLS FOR RELEASE OF 3 TEENS
Unlike HRW and J-Street, organizations that are not headed by extreme far-left Jews such as Roth and Ben-Ami, have strongly condemned the kidnapping of the teenagers.
For example, the International Committee of the Red Cross called on Sunday night for the immediate, unconditional release of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers:
“We are very concerned by the fate of the teenagers. International humanitarian law prohibits abduction as well as the taking of hostages. They must be treated humanely, and their lives and dignity protected and respected,” Robert Mardini, head of ICRC operations in the Middle East, said in a statement.
The ICRC also offered to serve as an intermediary “on a strictly humanitarian basis” between the two sides to ensure the release of the boys.
NO MORE PRISONER SWAPS, LIEBERMAN VOWS IN RESPONSE TO KIDNAPPING
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would not agree to swap convicted terrorists to gain the release of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, under any circumstances.
Speaking from the Ivory Coast, where he is on part of his tour of several African states, Lieberman said the kidnapping of three teenagers was partially the result of Israel’s past policy of releasing hundreds of convicted Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped Israelis, and that this had to stop.
Lieberman added: “Clearly, Mahmoud Abbas is responsible for the kidnappings because he established a unity government with Hamas. He says he has no control of the Gaza Strip…on the other hand, he lets Hamas act freely in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], and we see the results.”
“NEW LOW. EVEN FOR HAARETZ.”
As three Israeli kids were kidnapped, Haaretz ran an op-ed saying “The only way still open for the Palestinians to remind the Israelis of their existence and plight is the way of violent struggle.”
(Of course in reality they could just return to the negotiating table, recognize Israel and accept Israel’s multiple offers of statehood.)
Haaretz is once again facing a wave of condemnation from people inside and outside Israel. Among the comments: “New low. Even for Haaretz.”
Earlier this morning, I was listening to a former senior Ha’aretz journalist whom I know personally (and who is now of professor of media studies at an Israeli university) being interviewed on the BBC World Service Radio about the kidnapping. He was making such anti-Israeli remarks that the BBC interviewer (himself no friend of Israel) felt he had to cut the former Ha’aretz journalist off before the interview had ended.
SHOOTING ATTACK AT PARIS SYNAGOGUE THWARTED BY ARMED POLICE
Two men who approached a Paris synagogue during services on Saturday armed with an AK-47 and handgun, fled after being chased by police guards. The men, who escaped on a motor scooter, have not been caught.
Both France and Belgium have placed armed guards at synagogues and major Jewish institutions following last month’s multiple murders at the Brussels Jewish museum and a wave of other violent assaults on French Jews in recent weeks.
[All notes above by Tom Gross]
Thanks to the various websites who linked to this dispatch, for example:
* Richard Behar at Forbes magazine
* Mark Whittington at Yahoo.Com
* The American commentator Ruth King
* The campaign group HonestReporting