"[M]any Jewish prayers speak of
Jerusalem, Zion and the land of Israel. Jews are told not to forget Jerusalem,
the site of the temple, which is a major tenet of Judaism. The Jewish calendar,
holidays and festivals all originated in Israel and revolve around Israel's
seasons. Jews pray toward Jerusalem and say the words, 'Next year in Jerusalem'
every Passover since 70CE. The Jewish religion, culture and history make clear
that it is only in the land of Israel that a Jewish state can be built" [source].
"And Hamas and Gaza are finally,
finally being honest with the world. Proudly, they will tell you they fired four
rockets at Jerusalem - they do not love Jerusalem, who would bomb her streets,
riot and set fire to her forests" [source].
"Violence will not shake us from our
determination and all you prove by bombing Jerusalem is that you don't deserve
it and you have no rights to it. ... whatever small amount of rights the Arabs
had to Jerusalem as one of the three centers of their religion is gone.
Jerusalem will never be yours; you don't deserve it" [source].
"[T]wo days ago, Palestinians fired
on the holy city of Jerusalem... if you love something, you don't try to destroy
The Propaganda War
"The effort to destroy the Jewish
state has many fronts. ... the most insidious, is comprised of the propaganda
arm of the Palestinian movement. And this front thrives for only one reason -
the complicity of the world press and the so-called 'international community'.
It was the propaganda arm that staged the 'Freedom Flotilla'. But there have
been many previous productions: The propaganda arm was responsible for the
photo-shopped images of damage to Lebanon during the 2006 war, the staged
'death' of 12-year-old Muhammad Al Durrah, the 'massacre' at Jenin, and the 'war
crimes' in Gaza. In each and every case, the 'news' of Israeli atrocities was
broadcast far and wide by organizations like Reuters, AP, CNN, and AFP. The
United Nations has offered its imprimatur to every libel. The truth see[ms]
always to have a case of laryngitis" [source].
Restraint and Proportionate
"Foreign Secretary Hague was correct
to condemn the Hamas rocket attacks, saying the 'people of Israel have the right
to live without constant fear for their security.' But in the next
sentence, he, like many other world leaders, predictably urged for 'restraint'.
Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on London? Or Washington, Paris or
Moscow? What kind of 'restraint' would they show? The fact of the matter is
there is no such thing as 'restraint' or a 'proportionate response' to
terrorism, to brutal murderers who idolise death and see every Jew as a target.
... No nation can accept such incessant terror against its people and Israel is
entitled to take whatever action we deem necessary to protect our civilians from
Palestinian terror" [source].
"We often hear the term
'disproportionate' bandied about to condemn and demonise the efforts of a
military tasked to defend its country against unprovoked aggression. The term
isn't a bad one. The IDF does act disproportionately. It acts disproportionately
to defend the lives of civilians on both sides. It invests millions into
defensive projects such as Iron Dome ... In times of active conflict, it does
all it can to exclusively target combatants" [source].
"They are also bringing back the
accusation that Israel is using 'disproportionate' means to combat Hamas because
[Operation Protective Edge] has seen (so far) 53 Palestinians killed and no
Israelis. I will repeat again, as I did in 2008 [Operation Cast Lead] and 2012
[Operation Pillar of Cloud], that this is nonsense. Proportionality has nothing
to do with the relative number of casualties in a conflict. In international
law, an army may use force proportionate to what is required to achieve its
objective. The IDF's objective here is to stop the rocket fire, and its
restraint in avoiding collateral damage is far greater than [is] customary among
developed nations" [source].
"The standing rebuke to Israel is
that its counter-attacks against Hamas targets in Gaza produce more casualties
than the Palestinian barrage exacts from Israel. ... Israeli counter-attacks are
always called disproportionate though the last thing the Palestinians would want
is for the IDF to respond in kind with attacks that, like those of Hamas, aim to
kill civilians. The notion that Israel needs to apologise for the inaccuracy of
Hamas rockets or the success of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system is
Islam: A Religion of Death
"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot
forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only
have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they
hate us" [Golda
"The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more
Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war"
[Benjamin Netanyahu, 2006].
"The real opponents of Zionism can never be placated
by any diplomatic formula: Their objection to the Jews is that the Jews exist,
and in this particular case, that they exist in Palestine" [Chaim Weizmann,
Israel's first president].
"While the Jews sanctify life, Palestinians glorify
death. The asymmetry is lethal. For contrary to the calumny spread by its
enemies, Israel's self-defense is hampered by the moral scrupulousness that
instructs its military wherever possible to avoid killing civilians. By infernal
contrast, Palestinians deliberately put their own civilians into harm's way and
seek out Jewish civilians to kill, especially the young. ... Islamic fanatics do
not fear death. They seek it out. We should be finding imaginative ways of doing
what will really destroy them: using the weapons of the modernity they so deeply
fear to subvert the cult of death that threatens us all" [source].
"You know the story about the Palestinian boy who
got the transplant here? There was a boy... from Gaza and he needed an organ
transplant and the mother brings him over here to Israel so we can save her
little boy's life. And that's fine. I say it's fine if we can help them, if we
can save a life, a child's life? Yes of course! Bring him. So whose organ gets
transplanted? There is a Jewish boy, an Israeli boy who is killed in a terrorist
attack and his father gives the ok to transplant his dead son, his murdered
son's kidney or whatever they transplanted, into the Palestinian boy from Gaza,
to save his life. And they say you know who will get your boy's kidney? It will
be a boy from Gaza, from the place that dispatched the terrorist that killed
your son. And he says, yes I know and I want to do it. I want to do it, so
they'll see who we are and we'll have peace. We'll start with this boy and his
mother. That's how we'll build the peace. So they do the transplant and the boy
lives. And you know what the woman says? She says it on television so the whole
world can see it and hear it. She's not ashamed. She says, you saved my son's
life and you Jews have a right to be angry about what I'm going to say. That's
your right and I don't care. Because now that you've saved him, when my son
grows up, I want him to become a 'Martyr' and kill Jews, as many as he can! ...
So when I see a woman on the television and she's crying because her child has
been killed in this war, I'm a woman, my heart aches for any child who is
killed, it's awful. But I think to myself, if this is the woman who wants her
child to grow up so he can blow himself up while killing Jews, while trying to
kill me or my mother or my brother or my neighbour, what's the tragedy? Is it
that the child didn't live long enough to kill me? Is that the tragedy for her?
Or is it that's she's afraid that if she doesn't raise him to kill Jews, the
Hamas will kill her, or kill him. It's insane! Do you hear that? It's insane" [source].
"Israelis love life. It's simple really. ... It's a
fight between those who yearn for peace, and those who fetishise war. It's a
fight between those who love life, and those who crave death"
"In the midst of her mourning period, bereaved
mother Rachel Fraenkel released a statement that 'this is a horrifying act.
There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no
justification and no atonement for murder.' Contrast this with the
response of the mother if one of the suspected Hamas murderers: 'If my son did
this act, I'm proud of him.' Such sentiments are routinely expressed by
mothers of 'martyrs' engaged in killing Jews and reflect the Palestinian culture
of hatred and death" [source].
"Maybe this whole thing isn't about the boys - maybe
it is about the mothers. Theirs and ours. Ours showed grace this week and unlike
me, they kept their anger to themselves. They were the definition of strength
and dignity while the rest of us wanted to smash and scream and cry. Theirs
showed pride in the agonies that others were caused; pride in the evil that
their sons had done. There was no dignity, no grace. ... Their mothers and
ours... yes, I'm sure many of their mothers mourn the deaths of their sons but
too many celebrate the deaths of ours. And our mothers... blessed by Iris
T'shura and blessed be Rachel Devorah and blessed by Bat Galim" [source].
Palestinians: The 'Occupation'
"The normally alleged justification for Palestinian
violence - a reaction to 'the occupation' - does not stand up. Since 1995, over
95% of Judea and Samara (West Bank) Palestinians have lived under the
administration of the Palestinian Authority, which controls all aspects of
Palestinian life except for visas and external security. And since 2005,
Palestinians in Gaza have controlled even these" [source].
"The Europeans put their own people on trial
for 'hate speech' when they have said nothing but the truth; and yet they pour
millions into non-stop propaganda and bloodthirsty hate-speech on our
government-controlled TV - the only kind we have here. They fund any baseless
sewage our leaders can think up. The usual claim is 'occupation', but the
Israelis are only 'occupying' the West Bank because we - in the form of Jordan -
occupied land promised to them, and then repeatedly attacked them. A more recent
claim is 'settlements', but the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] was
formed in 1964, before there were any 'settlements', so what exactly was it
planning to 'liberate'? If you look at any Palestinian map to this day, it
encompasses the entire country of Israel. To the Palestinian Authority and many
Arabs and Muslims, all of Israel is one big 'settlement'. Last week, Fatah
Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi said, 'Haifa, Jaffa, Acre and Nazareth
are Palestinian, despite the American and the Israelis'. Next week it will be
some other pretext" [source].
Palestinians: A Palestinian State
"Palestine is here, exactly where it
always was. It has been lived in for 4000 years, by Arabs, Christians, Jews and
anyone else who showed up. The Roman Emperor Augustus called it Iudaea. Later,
in 135 CE, the Romans renamed it Syria Palaestina in an attempt to sever all
connection to it by the Jews. It was part of the Ottoman Empire until its
dissolution in 1918, then called Palestine again under the British Mandate.
After Israel's war of Independence in 1948, it was and still is called Israel.
There never has been a Palestinian state. Ever. The West Bank was Jordanian, the
Golan Heights were Syrian and the Gaza Strip was Egyptian. The truth is the PA
President Mahmoud Abbas has been trying to turn the State of Israel into the
State of Palestine" [source].
"Remember there was no Palestine as
a state. it was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we've had an
invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part
of the Arab community" [Newt Gringrich, December 2011, quoted at:
"The Palestinian people does not
exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our
struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there
is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only
for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a
Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the
existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism. For tactical
reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise
claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand
Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right
to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and
Jordan" [Zahir Muhsein, PLO executive committee member, 1977 interview with
Dutch newspaper Trouw, quoted at:
"Every Palestinian... throughout
Palestine can prove his Arab roots, whether from Saudi Arabia or Yemen or
anywhere. ... Personally, half my family is Egyptian, we are all like that. ...
Brothers, half the Palestinians are Egyptian and the other half are Saudis...
Who are the Palestinians? ... We have families called al-Masri whose roots are
Egyptian, Egyptian! We are Egyptian! We are Arab! We are Muslim!"
Hamas Minister of the Interior and National Security, March 2012 televised
address, quoted at:
"[T]he Palestinians are not a discrete 'national, ethnical, racial or religious
group' but - as many of their own leaders have acknowledged in the past - they
are an indissoluble part of the broader Arab nation. They have no culture,
language or religion that makes them distinct from the broader Arab nation; many
if not most of their ancestors in the last century immigrated into Palestine
from neighbouring states such as Egypt and Syria; their 'Palestinian' identity
was forged in the 1960s purely as a weapon of war to destroy Israel and to
appropriate Jewish history as their own" [source].
"According to "Omar Ja'ara, a
lecturer at Al-Najah University in Nablus and broadcast on PA TV, Moses as well
as King Saul were Palestinian Muslims who conquered and claimed 'Palestine' for
the benefit of Palestinians. ... [And] the actions of Moses and Saul represented
'the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate
Palestine... this is our logic and this is our culture.' Of course it
doesn't matter that Saul lived approximately 1,700 years before Muhammed was
zygote. Facts play absolutely no role in Palestinian academia. Empirical data
and evidence is ignored. Precedence is given to upholding a false, pernicious
and viscerally anti-Semitic narrative that either denies historical fact or
co-opts it" [source].
Moral Equivalence and Cycles of Violence
"To hell with moral equivalences and
journalistic 'balance', it's time to decide which side you are on because it
will sooner or later become that simple: life or death. Which path do you want
humanity to follow in the decades ahead? Is it to push back and defeat, to
obliterate religio-fascism, or bury yourself in a quagmire of misdirected human
rights' qualms that are only appropriate for a society and culture that has the
moral capacity to produce them?" [source].
"While the brutal deaths of three
Jewish teens and a 15-year-old Palestinian Arab are tragic, the reaction of
mainstream Israelis and lawmakers versus that in Palestinians society is as
different as night and day. Palestinians were celebrating the kidnapping of
Israeli teens, while Israelis were calling for the arrest of anyone, Jew or
Arab, who commits violence against innocent civilians" [source].
"According to [prominent Palestinian
human-rights activist ... Bassam] Eid, Palestinians in the West Bank [Judea and
Samaria] were hoping the three boys would be traded for Palestinian prisoners.
Asked whether [Palestinians] saw any difference between innocent schoolchildren
being held captive ad violent terrorists with blood on their hands, he
acknowledged that indeed they did not differentiate between them. 'It's no
different than the IDF shooting at Palestinian teenagers', he responded,
although, as UWI pointed out, the Israeli children were on their way home from
school while the Palestinian teens shot - allegedly - by the IDF would have been
throwing rocks or committing some form of aggression against soldiers or
civilians. Nor do the Palestinians differentiae between civilian residents of
Judea and Samaria and soldiers, Eid added" [source].
"Even as Israel sent its forces in a
house-to-house search for the three missing teenagers, critical Palestinian and
foreign voices were heard condemning Israel for imposing 'collective
punishment' on Palestinian society. ... As IDF, police, and intelligence
units probed Arab towns and villages in and around Hebron, acting on scant
information, they were obstructed and hindered by the collective will and
actions of local Palestinian residents. Collectively, [the Palestinians] refused
to offer any information that would help lead Israel to the kidnappers or to the
location of the boys. Collectively, local Palestinians, and those in Gaza,
celebrated the abduction and disappearance of the young boys, as if this was a
cause for revelry. Collectively, they complained about the efforts that were
made to find the boys. Collectively, they interfered with attempts to bring the
perpetrators to justice. ... To confirm. This was a collective Palestinian
crime. The organizers and murderers of this terror act may be few in number, but
we witnessed an outpouring of collective support from the bulk of Palestinian
society and from the wider Palestinian supportive elite" [source].
"So, are we actually accusing the
Jews of 'genocide' while it is we who are striving [to] kill all of them and
drive them 'into the sea'? Are the Europeans actually buying this nonsense? We
all ask ourselves: If Europeans like to feel so righteous about themselves, then
why are they acting as the accomplices and accessories to criminals? Does that
not make them criminals too?" [source].
"If we are going to be honest with
ourselves, as we can see here every day on the ground, Israel has never called
for the destruction of the Palestinians; and research strongly suggests that
they have never tried to 'destroy the Palestinians' or any other ethnic group -
not Christians, Muslims, Kurds, Yazidis or Copts. Israel has never said or done
anything that indicated any plan to destroy the Palestinian people. On the
contrary, Israel, while protecting itself, has done its utmost not to harm
Palestinian civilians, even though it could inflict untold damage if it wished.
We laugh about how fortunate we are to have Israel as our 'enemy'; that everyone
should have an enemy like that. Can you imagine what a massacre of the Jews -
and Christians and others - would be like if Iran or ISIS had the weapons Israel
has? On the contrary, it is we, the Palestinians, who for decades have been
calling for the destruction of the 'Zionist entity' and for driving the Jews
into the sea. Some of us still act to achieve that aim" [source].
"Hamas, whose very raison d'etre is
the destruction of Israel and which is recognised as a terrorist organisation
both by the EU and UK, has invested millions of dollars [of received] aid
(including British tax payer dollars) into more rockets" [source].
Hamas: Human Shields
"Like in past operations, the
Israeli military has given advance warning to civilians in Gaza to evacuate
homes or areas that would be hit, but recently we have seen pamphlets being
distributed by Hamas urging citizens to instead of finding safety, to head to
the roof, to act as human shields. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed,
and over 230 wounded since the start of Operation Protective Edge. My heart
breaks for the families who have lost loved ones during this operation, and the
innocent women and children who are brought up to the roofs of their homes by
their loved ones to try to stop the IAF from destroying their homes. But what
kind of culture urges their citizens to run towards danger instead of running
for safety?" [source].
"In Gaza, children are crammed into
targeted buildings. Sometimes forced to wait on rooftops, children are then
ejected from these buildings, forced to 'escort' targeted militants - with no
guaranteed for their personal safety. A human shield. A shield of hate. It is a
perverse strategy - a sick practice which is stomach-churning to even describe.
For Hamas, their nation's own children are expendable in a murderous struggle to
kill innocents. ... Hamas are guilty of a double war crime. They fire upon
civilian areas from civilian areas. They endanger their own people while
considering all Israelis as legitimate targets" [source].
"Those Palestinians 'civilians' who
went BACK into the home of a Palestinian terrorist to protect the building and
got hurt, become accomplices. We don't protect our buildings, we protect our
lives. We don't put our leaders in bunkers, we put our children there" [source].
"For centuries, Muslims had been able to incite the
Arabic-speaking masses to anti-Jewish attacks by invoking the racially
prejudiced 'holy words' and by spreading inflammatory fabrications about
the Jews. In 1948, ... the Arab masses believed that, with
independence, the Jews would turn the tables on the Arabs and would take
retribution from them for the persecution that the Jewish dhimmi
had suffered at Arab hands in the past. The few 'acts of reprisals'
by outraged Jews, in response to the Arab violence designed to prevent the
Jews' statehood, were novel and unexpected. For so long the dhimmi
had exhibited 'incredible restraint'. Word of the Jews'
counterattacks was broadcast far and wide, embellished, and vastly
exaggerated" [Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial: The Origins of
the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine, JKAP Publications, 1984,
'Hip Hip Hurray' is a No No!
"Around 135AD the Romans besieged Jerusalem and after a terrible period
the city was subdued. So costly was the siege that relieved Romans
instituted a new toast at their feasts: 'Hierosolyma
Est Perdita,' 'Jerusalem is destroyed,' the guests
immediately greeting it with the shout Hurrah. This is the origin of
our 'Hep! Hep! Hurrah', H.E.P, being the abbreviation of the
three words, formed by their initial letters (on the principle known as
Notarica, or Notricon). To this day Hep or Hip is said by only one
person, the rest joining in the shout which greets it! In view of
Psalm 122:6 and Psalm 129:5-6 it is better to say 'Praise the Lord'"
[Peter, Crows Nest, NSW,
The Israeli/Gazan Conflict, Dec 2008-Jan 2009
"On the first day of Israel’s ground
attack, approximately 30 Palestinians, almost all Hamas combatants, were killed.
On the same day an Islamic suicide bomber blew herself up in a mosque in Iraq,
killing 40 innocent Muslims. No protests. Little media coverage" [Alan M. Dershowitz, Hamas Deploys its 'CNN Strategy' on World, 7 Jan 2009].
"The moral inversion in the west
is so egregious, so monstrous, that the better Israel is shown to behave the
worse the vilification that rains down upon it. What other country in the world
would show such restraint in the face of more than 6000 rocket attacks upon its
citizens – 6000! – that it took seven years before going to war to put a stop to
it? What other country would treat individuals – including proven terrorists –
from that enemy territory in its own hospitals? What other country would
continue to provide essential foodstuffs and other supplies to those enemies who
continued to fire rockets at it? What other country, when finally forced to go
to war to stop the attacks, would show such concern to avoid the loss of
civilian life that it contacts the population in enemy territory -- even
households containing identified terrorists – to warn them to flee from the
imminent bombardment? And what other country would, for showing such
unparalleled moral scrupulousness, be vilified and libelled as Israel is?
Israel’s behaviour is moral, legal and proportionate. This conflict is revealing
just who is on the side of morality, decency and sanity and who is not" [Melanie
Phillips, The Moral Battleground, 4 Jan 2009].
(IsraelNN.com) "The IDF Spoeksman's
Unit joined the popular YouTube video sharing website this week, opening a
channel to let viewers see footage from the 'Cast Lead' operation in Gaza. The
footage showed humanitarian aid entering Gaza via Israeli crossings and Israeli
strikes on Hams targets. Supporters of Hamas-led Gaza quickly began reporting
the IDF videos in an attempt to get them removed from the website. Some of the
most popular videos were taken down, but not before being viewed by thousands.
One of the videos that was removed by the YouTube management showed terrorists
loading Grad missiles into a truck near a residential area. The terrorists were
then taken out in an IAF strike. The video was picked up by the LiveLeak
website. IDF spokesmen altered the IDF channel homepage to say, 'We are saddened
that YouTube has taken down some of our exclusive footage showing the IDF's
operational success in Operation Cast Lead against Hamas extremists in the Gaza
Strip. As the State of Israel again faces those who would see it destroyed, it
is imperative that we in the IDF show the world the inhumanity directed against
us and our efforts to stop it. It is also worth noting that one of the videos
removed had the highest number of hits (over 10,000) at the time of its removal"
[Maayana Miskin, 30 Dec 2008].
"If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my
two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to
stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing"
[Barack Obama, July 2008,
during his visit to Israel as a Presidential candidate].
The Israeli/Hezbollah War, 2006
former Speaker of the [American] House [of Representatives] said today's
[July 16, 2006] deaths of eight Israelis from Hezbollah missile attacks is the
equivalent of losing 500 Americans, based on population: 'Imagine
we woke up this morning, and 500 Americans were dead in Miami from
missiles fired from Cuba. Do you think any American would say, 'No, we
should have proportionate response. We shouldn't overreact.'?
would say, 'Get rid of the missiles.' John F. Kennedy, ... was prepared to go
to nuclear war to stop missiles from being in Cuba. ... This idea that
we have this one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to kill
us and we get to talk, is nuts'."
[NOTE FROM BAYITH: We believe
the extract above to be a true comment on the world's hypocrisy concerning the
situation faced by Israel during the summer of 2006,
please do not see our inclusion of this quote here as our legitimising
or endorsing other aspects of this politician.]
saith the LORD,
which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the
ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,
which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the LORD of hosts is His
'If those ordinances depart from before me,' saith the LORD,
'then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before me
"For the LORD will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His
trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion which cannot be removed, but
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about
His people from henceforth even forever"
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