If David Mivasair had done 5 seconds worth of fact checking, he would know that photo has been in use since at least 2012. If he had done 10 seconds worth of fact checking, he'd know that photo is not an "uprooted tree"- it is a pruned tree.
The newly constructed Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital will be Gaza's largest when it becomes fully operational in 2017. Funded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), this is the second hospital to open in Gaza since the 2014 war with Israel
The following is yesterday's Fatah post celebrating and bragging about Fatah's murder of Israeli civilians:
"To those who argue [with Fatah], to the boors, and to those who do not know history:
Fatah has killed 11,000 Israelis
Fatah has sacrificed 170,000 Martyrs (Shahids)...
Fatah was the first to carry out operations (i.e., terror attacks) during the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian violence and terror against Israel, 1988-1993), and it was the first Palestinian faction to reach the nuclear reactor in Dimona (i.e., 1988 murder of 3 working mothers on way to the Dimona plant)
Fatah was the first to fight in the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) (Baha Al-Sa'id, an officer in the Preventive Security Forces, infiltrated an Israeli settlement on the border with Gaza) [parenthesis in source]...
Fatah was the first to defeat the Zionist enemy (Battle of El-Karameh) [parenthesis in source]...
Fatah led the Palestinian attack on Israel in the UN."
The Gaza head of the U.S.-based humanitarian aid organization World Vision has confessed to funneling as much as $50 million a year over the past 10 years to Hamas terror activities. Over a decade ago, Hamas recruited World Vision’s head of Gaza operations, Mohammed Halabi. (also known as Mohammed El-Halabi, He rose through the ranks of the organization until he.was in control of the finances and budget, ultimately funneling 7.2 million a year to Hamas, and its military wing the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades. It is estimated that 60% of all funds sent to Gaza by the World Vision charity was diverted to the Islamist movement. World Vision is among the largest Christian charities in the world. The specific allegations against Mohammed Halabi. include: • Promoting fictitious agricultural associations as cover for transfers to Hamas; • Transferring money to Hamas members fraudulently registered as employees of charity-sponsored projects; • Issuing inflated invoices and fictitious receipts with the excess being transferred to Hamas; • Issuing fictitious tenders for work to be done for World Vision, with the "winning" tenderer to transfer 60% of funds received to Hamas; • Transferring directly to Hamas equipment and aid packages provided by World Vision; • Initiating a greenhouse project to use the greenhouses to hide the sites of terror tunnels; • Disguising Hamas warehouses as World Vision warehouses so Hamas could take materials delivered to them; • Diverting money for injured children to Hamas terrorists who fraudulently listed their own children as wounded; and• Diverting unemployment benefits to Hamas terrorists..
An Israel Security Agency official said that while the investigation did not implicate World Vision in the scheme to divert funds, it did reveal an abysmal lack of monitoring and supervision by the organization of its donations and projects. "Hamas stole tens of millions of dollars from disabled and poor Palestinian children to build a war machine," said David Keyes, a spokesman for the Israeli government.
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has suspended funding of World Vision programs in Palestine, after the head of the charity in Gaza was charged by Israel with providing funds to Hamas. Germany has followed.
DFAT said, "Any diversion of the generous support of the Australian and international community for military or terrorist purposes by Hamas is to be deplored and can only harm the Palestinian people."
World Vision has worked in Israel and the Palestinian territories since 1975, “advocating for the improved well-being of children as well as empowering Palestinian and Israeli voices that advocate for peace and justice.” It receives considerable funding from the UN and Western governments.
Palestinians and other opportunists have been attempting to co-opt the African American struggle for years.
We saw it with Trayon Martin.
We saw it with Oscar Grant.
We saw it with Ferguson.
And we see it again with the current incarnation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Having failed to co-opt the movement to his satisfaction, anti-Israel activist Bassem Masrihas been documented threatening and trying to blackmail prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson.
A Palestinian father urges his toddler to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers, while taunting them to shoot the young child. The child has been identified as 3 year-old Muhammad Suroor. The father doesn't get quite the photo op he's looking for- instead, the soldier high-fives the little boy.
Why would any parent exploit their child in such a cold-hearted and callous manner?
Among the social justice warriors of the hard left and the hard right, the Gaza as "open air prison" meme predominates. They paint a vision where a besieged people live a hard scrabble life among the rubble, completely cut off from the outside world. Its a false narrative. Just yesterday there were 1,085 crossings of foreigners, merchants and others between Gaza and Israel. Where are the merchants heading? Some are off to China. From Xinhua
Dozens of Gaza merchants and businessmen are importing Chinese-made goods by traveling to China to buy products, ship them to an Israeli port and then deliver them to Gaza through Israeli-controlled crossing points.
There are no official figures to show how big the scale of the import is. However, Maher Taba'a, the man who is in charge of public relations in Gaza Chamber of Commerce, told Xinhua that more than 50 percent of the general import of goods is coming from China.
In spite of the big challenges and deterioration of economy, around 2,000 Palestinian businessmen are seeking opportunities in Chinese goods, because the Chinese products are "special and distinctive" ...
Highlighting some of these Chinese imports, the StarsCenter - an indoor amusement park has recently opened in Gaza, featuring bumper cars, rides and arcade games.
Carlos Santana has landed in Tel Aviv, defying an unrelenting campaign of bullying directed not only him, but his Milagros non-profit as well. The Mexican music legend will rock HaYarkon Park Saturday night, and will be performing with his original 11 member band.
photo from the Creative Community for Peace
In an interview with Ynet, Santana announced that the majority of the proceeds from his show would be channeled back into the community, to help Israeli and Palestinian children. Who could possibly object? In a last ditch effort to bully the Grammy award winning guitarist into caving to their demands, BDS holes orchestrated an onslaught on social media,spamming both his Twitter feed and his Facebook page with their spurious claims. It wasn't exactly a spontaneous grassroots effort.
In response to the vitriol directed towards him, Santana responded: I'm doing something constructive and productive with my light and my energy. The majority of the funds from this concert will go back into Palestine children and Israeli children. There was a friend of mine who used to say 'Stop whining complaining and bitching. Do something construction or shut the heck up'...I'm doing something from the center of my heart ... Thousands are looking forward to hearing more of Carlos Santana's light, love, and magic at HaYarkon Park tomorrow.
The Amcha Initiative is releasing a new report tomorrow that reveals a large surge in campus anti-Semitism during the 1st six months of 2016. It includes strong evidence linking student government divestment resolutions and anti-Jewish activity, a huge uptick in expression opposing Israel’s right to exist, and an alarming spike in shutdowns and suppression of speech compared with 2015. Specifically:
Incidents involving suppression of Jewish students’ rights, including the right to free speech and free assembly have doubled;
Expression denying Israel’s right to exist tripled and is highly correlated with conduct targeting Jewish students for harm;
Divestment resolutions are fueling an increase in campus anti-Semitism; and
Schools with the largest increase in anti-Semitic activity from 2015 to 2016 are Columbia, Vassar, U of Chicago, NYU, U of MN, UMass, U of WI, U of FL and U of WA.
These trends are frightening for Jewish students but also very illuminating to those battling this threat. Those who promote anti-Zionism on campus are becoming a great deal more brazen in their tactics and are exposing their true colors. Understanding this shift provides us valuable information on how to fight it.
Another reminder that while we have history, the other side has "narrative".
May 14 1948, Israel's Independence day, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle
The Chronicle documents the coordinated attacks on the nascent state by 5 of her neighbors
independence day, Syrian forces were reported across the northern border (map at
right arrow No. 1) The Jewish army conceded loss of Kefar Tzion (2) Egyptian
Trops were ordered to invade from the South. Other Arab armies of Lebanon, Iraq
and TransJordan were reported ready for action
High Muslim Call for "Holy War"
The Arabs considered this a “Holy War”. Sheikh Mohamed
Mamoun El-Shennawy, rector of Al Azhar
University and chief of the Moslem Theological institute announced “The Hour for Jihad has struck”.adding “This
is a holy war for the sake of Allah. He who dies for God will live forever at
the side of the Lord”
S.F.Zionists to celebrate on Monday
Locally, there were celebrations in the Jewish community, who declared “We are with you”
A local attorney, Bartley Crum declared “We have fought long and hard for this day. There
may be many obstacles ahead, but May 15 1948 will live in history with July 4
Rabbi Saul White called Israel’s independence the “fulfillment of prophetic utterances of
Conspicuously absent from any of these articles, or any article in any paper is mention of a "Palestinian" people. I challenge any anti-Israel activist to go to any of the historic newspapers now widely available and fully digitized to find any evidence of a "Palestinian" people before the 1960s.
Pity the tunnel-rats of Gaza. They've had a rough few months. In the last year, 18 Gaza militants have died in tunnel collapses. There have been 2 collapses this month alone.
Hamas Tunnel Rats Before
Hamas Tunnel Rats After
Several times this year, Israel has discovered and destroyed terror tunnels stretching from Gaza into Israel. The latest was 90 feet below ground. Hundreds are employed to dig these tunnels, with concrete and supplies diverted from humanitarian projects in the impoverished strip. Hamas makes it perfectly clear what the tunnels are meant for.
Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student who had been studying in Nice, France, has been identified as among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.
Just 2 weeks ago, 18-year-old Berkeley sophomore Tarishi Jain also lost her life in a terror attack at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Nicolas and Tarishi are not the first Bears whose lives were cut short by Arab terror. This month is the yahrzeit (anniversary)of the death of Marla Bennett, who along with 5 other Americans, was murdered in an attack on Hebrew University.
On July 31, 2002, Marla Bennett was one of nine people killed killed when a bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra cafeteria on the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus. 85 others were injured. The cafeteria was gutted by the explosion . Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Nicolas, Tarishi and Marla were all idealistic, bright compassionate students who died too young, victims of an ideology of callous extremism.
The hate that starts with Jews never ends there. The "car intifada"- a revolting act of terror began with Palestinians deliberately ramming Israelis and has now moved to Nice, France. Reports indicate that as many as 60 people have died after a large white truck deliberately ran down Bastille Day revelers.
Israel has had 46 incidents of vehicular terror attacks in the past year,
spurred on by incitement in the Palestinian media and in social media
From Humans of Judaism. Like them on Facebook A very old man came in to my Starbucks. Halfway through struggling to understand his order through his thick accent, he noticed my necklace. He stopped and said "Your star is beautiful.", and I thanked him. There was a long pause before he spoke again. When he did, he said "It is beautiful, but I am having a hard time looking at it. The last time I wore one, it was mandatory." We then spoke to each other in Hebrew for a bit. But soon enough he stopped again, and looked back to my star. With one hand he held mine, and used his other hand to shakily touch the sapphires on my necklace. His lip shook, and tears rolled down his cheeks. In a shaky, heavily German-accented whisper, he said "I am so happy you are here. Your generation is here. We won." and kissed my hand.