Bad Santa: Palestinian dressed in Father Christmas costume throws tear gas at Israeli security forces in Jerusalem
Below are stories from the past week, mainly concerning Israel.
There is a separate dispatch today with items mainly concerning Israel, which you can read here: Israeli products in Syria, but not in Oakland (& the end of beauty salons in Gaza?)
-- Tom Gross
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1. Jordanian preacher proposes place of worship for Jews on the Temple Mount
2. Chinese company to buy Israel’s largest dairy conglomerate
3. In major policy shift, India may end support for “Palestine” at U.N.
4. Israel provides aid to victims of Philippines typhoon
5. Netanyahu denounces Erekat for incitement, as 11-year-old Israeli girl is fire-bombed
6. New York Times gets headline right
7. Israel saves life of Palestinian baby, after child collapses at border crossing
8. Joseph’s Tomb vandalized by Palestinians; almost no-one condemns it
9. Leaked CIA manual reveals how U.S. spies try to slip Ben Gurion security
10. Ridley Scott’s Exodus movie banned in Egypt for showing Jews building pyramids
[Notes below by Tom Gross]
JORDANIAN PREACHER PROPOSES PLACE OF WORSHIP FOR JEWS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT
Jordanian Preacher Yassin Al-Ajlouni has said that a place of worship should be set up for Jews on the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest spot, which the newer religion of Islam has sought to appropriate, and Islamic leaders have tried to prevent Jews from praying there in recent decades.
In a statement posted on the Internet on December 18, 2014, Al-Ajlouni said that the Jews should be given a place of worship on the Temple Mount.
He said: “I have given a lot of thought into what I am about to say, because I know that it is the most important issue of our times, and that whoever talks about it is likely to face severe criticism, and will be accused of generating controversy and maybe even strife. Do the Israelites have the right to pray in Beit Al-Maqdis? Is it permissible to allocate a place of worship in Beit Al-Maqdis for the Israelites?
“… The place where Omar Ibn Al-Khattab prayed was named the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the truth is that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not the Mosque of Omar, but the entire area within the old walls, which is called Beit Al-Maqdis. I call upon the Islamic world and upon the Hashemite sovereign to allocate for the peaceful among the Jewish Israelites a house of prayer within Beit Al-Maqdis.
“Beit Al-Maqdis is the place sanctified by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, as well as by Jesus son of Mary and by the Muslims. There should be a special place of worship for the Jews among the Israelites under Hashemite and Palestinian sovereignty, and in agreement with the Israeli regime… Part of the courtyard, where there are trees, will be allocated for the prayer of the Israelites.
“I officially call upon the religious ruling authorities in Palestine and Jordan to issue a fatwa that will clarify their religious position regarding the building of a place of worship dedicated for the Israelite Jews. Allah’s prayers and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and his companions.”
Video here (courtesy of Memri).
Tom Gross adds: Were such a move to occur, this would be a significant step in making Israeli-Palestinian peace more likely.
CHINESE COMPANY TO BUY ISRAEL’S LARGEST DAIRY CONGLOMERATE
Israeli media reported yesterday that China is poised to complete its acquisition of Tnuva, Israel’s multi billion-dollar dairy conglomerate. The purchaser is China’s Bright Foods.
While European and North American opponents of Israel continue to call for the boycott of the Jewish state, other world powers, in particular China and India continue to significantly increase investment there.
IN MAJOR POLICY SHIFT, INDIA MAY END SUPPORT FOR “PALESTINE” AT U.N.
The Hindu newspaper reports from New Delhi:
“In what could amount to a tectonic shift in the country’s foreign policy, the Modi government is looking at altering India’s supporting vote for the Palestinian cause at the United Nations to one of abstention. Two sources within the government confirmed to The Hindu that the change, which will be a fundamental departure from India’s support to the cause of a Palestinian state, was under consideration.”
India has growing defense, diplomatic and economic ties with Israel, as I have noted in several recent dispatches on this list.
ISRAEL PROVIDES AID TO VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON
An emergency response team sent by the Israeli-government and privately supported agency IsraAID has been a key player in providing medical, psychological, social and material relief goods in the areas close to the Philippines city of Dolores, where a massive typhoon struck earlier this month.
Local Philippino UN staff singled out Israel for praised for its efforts. Israel has delivered food and non-food items to thousands of Philippinos, including rice, noodles, water, mosquito repellent, and hygiene kits and set up welfare centers for children.
During the Holocaust, the Philippines accepted Jewish refugees when few other countries did, and Israel and the Philippines retain close humanitarian and other ties.
NETANYAHU DENOUNCES EREKAT FOR INCITEMENT, AS 11-YEAR-OLD ISRAELI GIRL IS FIRE-BOMBED
In a meeting on Saturday evening with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (who is visiting Israel), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, condemned chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, for his inflammatory comparison last week between Israel and ISIS.
Netanyahu said: “This is the same Palestinian Authority that joins hands with Hamas, incites constantly against Israel, the kind of incitement that has led to an attack that we witnessed just two days ago of a Molotov cocktail thrown at a little girl.”
(That 11-year-old Israeli girl, Ayala Shapira, who was attacked with her father in her father’s car on Thursday evening by Palestinians, is still fighting for her life in an Israeli hospital. She suffered severe and agonizing burns all over her face and body.)
Saeb Erekat, a favored guest of CNN, the BBC and other prominent western media, has a long track record of incitement and lies, for example in creating the totally discredited myth of the “Jenin massacre”, which I commented on in this article: Jeningrad
Former New York Times writer Chris Hedges (who as I have noted before regularly slams Israel), is also coming under criticism after he compared ISIS with Israel.
NEW YORK TIMES GETS HEADLINE RIGHT
In a rare move, the New York Times accurately described an incident involving Israel in a headline last week.
After a Hamas sniper in Gaza shot across the border and severely wounded an Israeli Bedouin soldier in an unprovoked attack, the media ran the following headlines:
NYT: “Palestinian Sniper Attack on Israeli Patrol at Gaza Border Sets Off Clash”
Reuters: “Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli troops near Gaza border”
Al Jazeera: “Israeli forces kill Palestinian man in Gaza”
Many would regard the headlines by Reuters, Al Jazeera and others as very misleading.
So is that by BBC Arabic service, whose headline (in Arabic) was “Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army near Khan Younis”.
Hamas proudly took credit for the sniper attack, not that you would know this from certain media headlines.
* In a separate incident, a photo of Palestinian dressed in a Father Christmas costume throwing tear gas at Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, has gone viral. Here is one report from the (London) Daily Mail.
Every Christmas, some (Muslim) Palestinians dress up this way and provoke IDF troops, in an effort to get media-friendly photos taken of them being “harassed” or “man-handled” by Israeli soldiers. The resulting photos make Israel appear to be attacking innocent Christmas revelers. However, this year this policy backfired as some media outlets showed a Palestinian “Santa” on the attack.
ISRAEL SAVES LIFE OF PALESTINIAN BABY, AFTER CHILD COLLAPSES AT BORDER CROSSING
A Palestinian baby collapsed on Saturday after suffering what turned out to be a heart attack while crossing the border between the West Bank and Jordan.
A nearby Israeli border official called IDF paramedics who raced to the scene and then called in a helicopter. The baby was taken by helicopter to Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital, where his life was saved.
JOSEPH’S TOMB VANDALIZED BY PALESTINIANS; ALMOSTNO-ONE CONDEMNS IT
Last week (on December 22), Joseph’s tomb, one of the holiest places in the Jewish Tradition, was vandalized by Palestinians.
To date, almost none of the international organizations, governments and media that rush to condemn Israel for any infringement they can find, have condemned this desecration. Joseph’s tomb, like many of Judaism’s holiest sites, is located in what the international community now call the West Bank, but which many Israelis refer to by its previous (pre-1948) names Judea and Samaria.
LEAKED CIA MANUAL REVEALS HOW U.S. SPIES TRY TO SLIP BEN GURION SECURITY
WikiLeaks last week exposed an internal CIA manual, dated September 2011, titled “CIA Assessment on Surviving Secondary Screening at Airports While Maintaining Cover”.
It is an open secret that the CIA spies heavily on Israel, as well as on other allies of America.
The document gives American operatives using false identities specific instructions on how to handle additional “secondary screening” while entering Israel through Ben-Gurion Airport without blowing their cover.
The document warns CIA operatives to avoid secondary screenings “at all costs” by maintaining a consistent and well-rehearsed cover story. “Referral to secondary screening can occur if irregularities or questions arise during any stage of airport processing – immigration, customs, or security – and regardless of whether the traveler is arriving, in transit, or departing. Officials may also randomly select travelers.”
The leaked document also reveals how the CIA operates in the EU’s Schengen area, in which travelers between 22 EU countries are not required to show passports.
The CIA expressed concerns that a new EU security system will potentially make life harder for American agents.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the documents show the CIA is intent on carrying out spying in Europe, and confirms Israel is a target for U.S. spy operations.
RIDLEY SCOTT’S “EXODUS “ MOVIE BANNED IN EGYPT FOR SHOWING JEWS BUILDING THE PYRAMIDS
The new Hollywood blockbuster “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has been banned in Egypt for showing that the Pyramids were built by Jewish slaves.
Morocco has also banned the film saying that prophets (in this case, Moses) are not supposed to be depicted in films.
And the UAE has banned “Exodus” for what it claims are “religious inaccuracies.”
The film “Noah,” which was released earlier in 2014, was also banned in some Muslim countries for portraying Noah as a prophet.