I am an Arab-Muslim. Israeli citizen. My soul was torn from the lie called a Palestinian people and it was time for an Arab to say it openly. We are the Arabs living in Israel, just Arabs. We have never been "Palestinians" because there was no such thing as a "Palestinian people." Never. Most of the Arabs in Israel were born in the State of Israel.
Our ancestors came from various Arab countries in the last hundred and twenty years, following employment and livelihood offered by Jewish farmers or various jobs in the service of the British for thirty years.
Indeed, a handful of Arabs had been here before under Ottoman-Turkish rule. No Palestinians. This bunch is gathered to its ancestors and descendants continue to be Arabs like me.
The invention of the Palestinian people, followed by the demand for an independent Palestinian state, is a nightmare for me. I do not want to live in any Arab country, not even in Palestine.
Another Arab state will be run like every other Arab country, which every sane Israeli Arab should oppose. There is not a single democratic state in all the Arab states.
There is no struggle - no discrimination. I am an Arab-Muslim-Israeli who wants to live in the State of Israel, in the national-democratic home of the Jewish people, which is also my home. As Jews / Arabs / Chinese / live outside their countries of origin and accept the laws, rules and customs of the place.
I demand full civil equality between me and every other Jew, both in rights and in duties. I want a fair and equitable distribution of resources to all parts of the population. The situation of some of the Arabs in Israel is no better than that of the Ethiopian immigrants, but they also know that the alternative in one of the Arab countries is much worse.
The struggle of the Arabs against the Jews distinguishes us from Israeli society and obliges the Jews to discriminate against us. There will be no struggle, no discrimination. very simple.
I'm not alone. There are many Arabs who think as I do in their hearts and even give it a whisper. It is not fashionable to speak and write in Western terms - that we have grown up in Israeli society, that we have learned one or two chapters in the laws of life, that the sanctification of death brings death and that the right to life is a higher value than anything else.
I am a secular Arab-Muslim who lives among secular Jews and if we only take out this nonsense called "Palestine" from our lexicon, there will be no difference and there should be no difference between us.
Want an Arab country? - Get out of Israel! You have to admit, the Jews want to live quietly with the Arabs among them. It is we who are interfering with all sorts of Arab leaders who only perpetuate hostility. Alas, there were wars and now this is reality. The small State of Israel can and should be an exemplary state and I do not mind Israel being called the "National Home of the Jewish People."
Even if this land is divided and a Palestinian state is established, I will not give up the possibility of living in the democratic state of Israel. I love this country and respect the Jews who built it on the ruins of a desolate wilderness that was here before.
Americans Are the Least Islamophobic Group - Laura Adkins
A majority of Jewish Americans have positive feelings about Muslims - and the feelings are mutual - according to the 2019 American Muslim Poll, conducted in January and released on May 1st. 53% of Jewish Americans reported having positive views of Muslims - the highest of any non-Muslim faith group surveyed - compared to 13% with negative views. Likewise, 45% of the Muslim-American respondents had favorable views of Jews, while just 10% reported having negative views. (JTA)
Editor's Note: The news above is very good, and a welcome change from Europe, where Jews are under heavy assault from Muslims. However, although Jews represent only 2% of the US population, the FBI reported in 2017 that 58% of all religiously motivated hate crimes were committed against Jews. That's a much bigger problem than "Islamophobia." RAC
'No Future For Jews In Germany,’ Says Jewish Teenager: The large German broadsheet newspaper Die Welt published online Saturday 27 April 2019: “Why young Jews are leaving Germany.” According to the Die Welt, 50 young German Jews left Germany in 2018 to enroll in the Israeli government-sponsored Naale program. Young Diaspora Jews can apply to be accepted into a high school program organized by the Naale scholarship program, with a view toward aliyah. The 15-year-old Golda Maertens, who has been accepted to Naale, told Welt reporter Philip Kuhn “I also think that there is no future for Jews” in Germany. “I want to go to a boarding school like my brother in Israel. I already visited him and he is doing well there.” In 2016, a student of Arab origin reportedly said during a discussion of the Middle East conflict in a class in Berlin: “If there is a Jewish student in the class, I would kill him.” (J.Post)
Mossad Team That Infiltrated Iran to Receive Israel Security Prize: The Israel Security Prize will be awarded to the Mossad team that broke into the Iran nuclear archive and smuggled out secret documents. The documents, which were smuggled out of Iran in 2018, included 55,000 pages and 183 CDs. According to reports, they were taken out in one night. A committee headed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu made the deci-sion to award the prize, citing the significant risk that was involved in the operation. The prizes are given to Israelis recognized for improving the state’s security and maintaining its power and qualitative advantage on the battlefield, technologically and operationally. In a nationally televised broadcast in 2018, Netanyahu described the hiding place of the documents:
“This is where they kept the atomic archives. Now, from the outside, this was an innocent-looking compound. It looks like a dilapidated warehouse. But from the inside, it contained Iran’s secret atomic archives locked in massive files,” he said. “And here’s what we got; fifty-five thousand pages and another 55,000 files on 183 CDs. Everything you are about to see, is an exact copy of the original Iranian material,” he said, adding: “Where are the originals? Well, I can say they are now in a very safe place.” (J. Post)
The Iraqi Farhud Massacre of 1941
As we remember the horrific events of the Farhud, it's important to remember and share the truth about the nearly 1 million Jewish refugees who were expelled or forced to leave Arab countries because of violent antisemitic persecution.
It's also important to note that not a single one of these refugees received reparations or even acknowledgement from any of the Arab countries which persecuted them (and in many cases stole their homes, business, etc.).
Here is an example of what Iraqi Jews faced. A massacre was committed by Arab nationalists, done in coordination with the Nazis. The Farhud took place June 1-2 1941 in Baghdad, Iraq when hundreds of innocent Jews were murdered, thousands more were brutalized, and Jewish property was pillaged on the holiday of Shavuot.
Editor's Note: Jews had lived in Iraq since the Babylonian Captivity 2600 years ago. No Jews remain today. This massacre that occurred in 1941 is just one of the many traumas that Jews suffered in Iraq. RAC
PM Netanyahu Thanks Countries that Helped Fight Fires
Times of Israel News May 25th
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially thanked Egypt for sending two helicopters to back Israel's firefighting efforts, and said the Palestinian Authority and Russia were among those that offered to help Israel battle a spate of wildfires that forced thousands from their homes a day earlier. At an emergency briefing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that aid arrived from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Egypt and Cyprus. Neighboring countries dispatched backup aircraft to Israel, a day after the blazes devastated towns and forests. (Thousands of acres of forests, farmlands, and homes were destroyed by the fires.) Pray that the summer will not bring any more fires and that the Gaza terror groups stop sending burning balloons across the border. Source:
Pro-Palestinian Group Supported By Corbyn Forces Jewish Shops To Close: Pro-Palestine activists have been conducting a 'campaign of intimidation' against Jewish shops that sell products from Israel for years. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is supported by UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has forced two Jewish businesses to close and activists have threatened others. Other groups targeted a British Jewish shopkeeper in Ireland and Scotland, forcing him to relocate three times and eventually flee Britain. A new film, Hounded, has been released by anti-racist campaigners to draw attention to how British Jewish shopkeepers have been living in fear for years.
British Jews have spoken of their fear after a pro-Palestine group supported by Jeremy Corbyn forced Jewish-owned shops to close by staging aggressive rallies outside them. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), of which Corbyn is patron, targeted shops selling Israeli products in Brighton, London and Manchester, forcing two businesses to fold. Last month, it organized a rally in London which saw ‘open anti-Semitism from attendees’, according to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. A statement from the Labour leader was read out to the crowd. It comes as Labour became the only party after the BNP to be formally investigated for racism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
One Jewish father said: "It is so sad that Corbyn is a patron of this group. I live in a Jewish community and people are beaten in the streets and pelted with eggs. With Corbyn's support, people feel free to do these things." (MailOnline)
Israeli President “Proud” that Israel is the One Place in Middle East Where the Christian Community Is Growing
by Joshua Spurlock Mideast Update
Israel is home to three major world religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is not only glad to see Israel’s commitment to freedom of religion, but also the status of the Christian community in the Jewish state. “These are difficult and painful times for Christians in the Middle East. I am proud that Israel is the only country in our region where the Christian community is not shrinking, but in fact is growing,” said Rivlin on Monday in comments published by Israel.
Rivlin was speaking to leaders of the Christian community in honor of Ascension Day—the day the Catholic Church marks the ascension of Jesus into heaven as recounted in the biblical book of Acts.
“The State of Israel, as guardian of this city, is deeply committed to the religious rights of worship and activity of all communities of faith in Jerusalem and Israel,” said Rivlin. “Christians, Muslims and Jews will always be free to worship here. Israeli sovereignty will never compromise religious freedom.”
The Israeli approach to that freedom contrasts severely with that of their archenemy, Iran. Just last month, a United States official strongly critiqued Iran’s human rights abuses around religious freedom. US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback was quoted by the State Department website as saying that “in Iran, blasphemy, apostasy from Islam and proselytizing of Muslims are crimes punishable by death.”
Brownback noted the persecution facing Christians, including over accusations of preaching what Iranians were calling “Zionist Christianity.” Brownback said of Christians in general in Iran, that heading into Christmas last year, Iranian security services “conducted raids on house churches throughout the country, detaining congregants for hours or days and interrogating them about their Christian faith.”
In contrast, on Monday, Rivlin was joined by Father Francesco Patton, who thanked the Israeli president for the visit. In the Israeli press release, Patton noted the dark side of religion in world events as well—citing the attacks on Jews in the US, Muslims in New Zealand and Christians in Sri Lanka.
“…As religious leaders, we refuse, condemn and deplore all kinds of exploitation of religion, and especially the religious justification of acts of violence. When Pope John Paul II came to Jerusalem in March 2000, he reminded us that the role of religious leaders is, above all, that of ‘promoting peace and reciprocal understanding.’”
Vandals Attack Israeli Agriculture in West Bank - Ilanit
Vandals threw a firebomb that ignited a cherry tree orchard in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in the West Bank in June on land belonging to the Jewish National Fund. Yaron Rosenthal, director of the Kfar Etzion Field School, said Israeli farmers have been exposed for years to such attacks. Earlier this year, 200 cherry trees were uprooted and destroyed at a kibbutz in Gush Etzion. In another incident, Palestinians uprooted and stole 50 trees in the Gush Etzion community of Nokdim planted in memory of terrorist victim Ori Ansbacher.
In January, vandals destroyed dozens of vines at Israeli-owned vineyards in Shiloh and Hebron. Days earlier, vandals uprooted an Israeli-owned vineyard in the Jordan Valley. (Jerusalem Post)
The Fate of
Palestinian Refugees in Syria and Lebanon - Pinhas
In Syria, the brutal civil war caused significant demographic changes that can be defined as the war crime of ethnic cleansing, as Sunnis, including Palestinians, have been driven out of the country. The large Yarmouk refugee camp adjacent to Damascus, known as the "capital of the camps," has ceased to exist.
A secret European initiative sought to transfer the refugees from Yarmouk to the Palestinian-controlled Jericho area in the West Bank. Mahmoud Abbas rejected the initiative, however, insisting that the right of return does not apply to territories in the Palestinian Authority but to Israel.
Palestinian refugees fleeing from Syria to the refugee camps in Lebanon were joined by non-Palestinian, Syrian refugees, who have completely changed the demographic composition of the camps. The writer, a veteran Arab affairs correspondent, is an analyst for the Jerusalem Center. (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary minimally invasive technique to freeze cancerous tumors that only requires a local anesthetic. It is already used to treat breast cancer. A solution at a temperature of -274 degrees Fahrenheit is injected into the cancerous tumor to freeze it, rendering it inactive and enabling the body to dispense with it as it does with other dead cells naturally within a few weeks. Most patients can be treated within one hour, allowing them to go home the same day or the following day. (i24News)
Jewish-Arab Relations in the Jordan Valley - Alan Rosenbaum
David Elhaiini heads the Jordan Valley Regional Council, comprised of 21 Jewish communities, whose growth rate is an annual 6%, among the highest in the country. Elhaiini reports excellent relations between the Jewish communities and their Arab neighbors. "The only source of income for the Arab population in the Jordan Valley is the Jewish settlements," he explains. "We employ over 6,000 Palestinians each day, and in the peak periods - June, July and September - the number reaches as much as 12,000." Salaries paid by Jewish industries are three times higher than those from other local sources.
"We live together. When you have a worker who has worked together with you for years, you have a relationship. You become his friend. They come to our weddings, and we attend theirs....When I worked in agriculture, my wife would tell me that I spend more time with Yusuf, my field manager, than I do with her. We would be together from 5 a.m. until 4 p.m. When you work together, sit together and eat together, you create relationships."
He points out that the Jewish farmers share their agricultural expertise with their Palestinian neighbors. "We teach them the best ways of growing dates. They ask questions and work with us. Our instructors visit them unofficially, because the PA does not want any connection." Elhaiini says that the quality of life for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley has improved dramatically. "You can see it in the number of their children who attend university. Their profits and benefits have increased."
"We want to transform these good relations into more concrete areas, but the Palestinian Authority is preventing us from doing anything, and their BDS supporters don't understand that they work to prevent peaceful relations." (Jerusalem Post)
Palestinian Arabs Who Fought
the Nazis - Maya Margit
Jerusalem Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini's ties with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy are well-documented. Less known is the story of 12,000 Palestinian Arabs who volunteered to serve in the British army during World War II in North Africa and Europe, often fighting side-by-side with 30,000 Palestinian Jews who served. Prof. Mustafa Abbasi, a historian at Tel-Hai Academic College in Israel, has recently published "Palestinians Fighting the Nazis: The Story of Palestinian Volunteers in World War II."
"It appears that an important and central portion of the Palestinian public believed that it was necessary to stand on the British side....They didn't accept the mufti's policies....Arabs and the Jews were in mixed units and fought together." Abbasi decided to research the matter after discovering that his own maternal grandfather had volunteered in the British army during the war. Abbasi notes that economic motives were the deciding factor for the majority. The British army provided low-priced food, clothing and medical care. (Media Line-Jerusalem Post)
A new book, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, by veteran star chronicler Robert Matzen, describes Hepburn's life in the city of Arnhem and nearby Velp during the war where she displayed heroism on behalf of individuals in danger. In 1942, the Nazis executed her uncle, Otto Ernst Gelder, Count van Limburg Stirum.
Audrey, known at the time as Adriaantje, refused an order to join a Nazi artists' committee, ending her burgeoning dance career, which had made her Arnhem's most famous ballerina by 1944. Hepburn also assisted Dr. Hendrik Visser 't Hooft, who helped shelter hundreds of Jews in Velp throughout the war. She was one of the ones bringing messages to families protecting Jews. She also danced to raise money for the resistance and to feed Jews in hiding. Her family members risked their lives sheltering a British soldier, and she and her mother assisted as nurses. At one point the Nazis rounded up Dutch women and girls to work in German kitchens including Hepburn, but she escaped. (Times of Israel)
New Israeli Technology Freezes Cancer Cells: An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary minimally invasive technique to freeze cancerous tumors that only requires a local anesthetic. It is already used to treat breast cancer. A solution at a temperature of -274 degrees Fahrenheit is injected into the cancerous tumor to freeze it, rendering it inactive and enabling the body to dispense with it as it does with other dead cells naturally within a few weeks. Most patients can be treated within one hour, often allowing them to go home the same day. (i24News)
Israeli Startup is Working to Develop a Flying Electric, Autonomous Car: An article published by the Israeli business site Calcalist reports that Netanya-based NFT Inc. is working to develop a flying electric, autonomous car. Owner Guy Kaplinsky said the vehicle, which he is calling Alaska (Japanese for flying bird) will be equipped with 14 propellers and collapsible wings. The car will be around 6.5-feet wide and 39-feet wide with its wings fully extended. It could hold up to three people and travel as far as 342 miles at up to 149 miles per hour. And the cost? Between $200,000 and $300,000. Kaplinsky told Calcalist that NFT should be ready to begin testing flights by next year. Kaplinsky believes autonomous flying cars will solve city road congestion. (J. Post)
Source for materials on this page:
Barry & Batya Segal. Vision for Israel,
P.O. Box 7743, Charlotte, NC 28241
Editor's Note: Vision for Israel is an excellent source for news from Israel that can arrive regularly via email to your computer. They also accomplish wonderful works of charity among the poor in Israel, as well as for those suffering from the traumas of terrorism and the Holocaust. RAC
Israel Honors Trump With Inauguration of ‘Trump Heights’: The USA mission to Israel took part in a special naming ceremony in the Golan Heights on 16 June 2019, marking the formal naming of a new town in the Golan after President Donald Trump. A sign at the entrance of the future town was unveiled during the ceremony for the yet-to-be-built community of Ramat Trump, or Trump Heights. USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman joined Israeli PM Netanyahu and members of his cabinet at the ceremony.
"This is a historic day,” Netanyahu said. “We are about to approve construction of a new town in the Golan, something that hasn't happened in quite a long time, and we'll be honoring a great friend of Israel, President Donald Trump, who recently recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, the first foreign leader to do so." Following Netanyahu's comments at the special cabinet meeting in the Golan, Ambassador Friedman thanked the prime minister for the decision to name a new town after the American president, calling it an "extraordinary gesture that you and the State of Israel are making to the President of The United States." (Arutz-7)
Jewish-Arab Relations in the Jordan Valley: David Elhaiini heads the Jordan Valley Regional Council, comprised of 21 Jewish communities, whose growth rate is an annual 6%, among the highest in the country. Elhaiini reports excellent relations between the Jewish communities and their Arab neighbors. "The only source of income for the Arab population in the Jordan Valley is the Jewish settlements," he explains. "We employ over 6,000 each day, and in the peak periods - June, July, and September - the number reaches as much as 12,000."
Salaries paid by Jewish industries are three times higher than those from other local sources. "We live together. When you have a worker who has worked together with you for years, you have a relationship. You become his friend. They come to our weddings, and we attend theirs. When I worked in agriculture, my wife would tell me that I spend more time with Yusuf, my field manager, than I do with her. We would be together from 5 a.m. until 4 p.m. When you work together, sit together and eat together, you create relationships."
He points out that the Jewish farmers share their agricultural expertise with their Palestinian neighbors. "We teach them the best ways of growing dates. They ask questions and work with us. Our instructors visit them unofficially because the PA does not want any connection." Elhaiini says that the quality of life for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley has improved dramatically. "You can see it in the number of their children who attend university. Their profits and benefits have increased. We want to transform these good relations into more concrete areas, but the Palestinian Authority is preventing us from doing anything, and their BDS supporters don't understand that they work to prevent peaceful relations." (J. Post)
‘Mother Of 7-year-old Rape Victim on Verge of Total Collapse’: The suspected rapist indicted for the abduction and rape of a seven-year-old Israeli girl used a local family’s home he was renovating to carry out the sexual assault. On 16 June 2019, 46-year-old Mahmoud Nazmi Abed Alhamid Katusa was indicted at the IDF’s Ofer prison outside of Jerusalem on charges of aggravated rape. Katusa is a resident of the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Deir Qaddis, which is located next to the Israeli city of Modi’in Illit.
Katusa, who is suspected of raping a seven-year-old girl after abducting her from her school, had been employed at an elementary school in the Modi’in area. Investigators say Katusa met the girl at the school, and befriended her, talking with her and giving her candies. Once he had gained her confidence, Katusa asked the girl to leave school with him and go to a nearby house. When the girl objected, Katusa carried her off, throwing her on the ground to pacify her. Katusa took the girl to a home near the school, where several other Arab workers were present.
“I’m going to do something fun for you,” Katusa told the girl. Aided by two other Arab workers present in the home at the time, Katusa removed the girl’s clothes and then raped her. The other Arab workers held the girl’s arms and legs, and covered her eyes, while she cried and asked to go home. Haim Bleicher, the attorney representing the girl’s family, later said that the two accomplices mocked the girl during the rape, saying she “deserved it”. Two days later when the girl returned to her school she told her teacher what had happened and identified Katusa as the perpetrator.
Police arrested Katusa for the rape, while the investigation into the incident continues. While Katusa is in custody and under indictment, his accomplices remain at large and are likely still employed in the town where the rape occurred. The family, meanwhile, is struggling to help their daughter cope with the traumatic attack while keeping her identity secret. According to a source close to the family, the girl’s parents have been “physically” affected by the ordeal. “The parents are in a terrible situation, they really cannot deal with this incident. The mother is on the verge of total collapse." (INN)
Who can imagine the horror of something like this happening to a child? How can a child ever recover from such a revolting violation of his or her innocence? Only a miracle of God’s healing and comfort can meet this life-long challenge. Please intercede for this entire family and for the necessary miracle to come to each of them.
Peaceful Death Threats
Bosch Fawstin, www.frontpagemag.com
Were it not for my Mohammad cartoons, some Muslims believe that they would be peaceful, and they act as if my “terrorism,” (yes, they call my Mohammad cartoons “terrorism”) must be responded to in kind, with terrorism, even though they’re “peaceful.”
If you want to maintain your illusions that “Islam means peace” and that “99.9% of Muslims are peace-loving,” then my book, Peaceful Death Threats, is not for you, as you’re either a Muslim or you might as well make it official and become one. If you can’t imagine threatening to murder cartoonists over cartoons, then my book is for you.
Islam wasn’t “hijacked” by jihadists, peace was hijacked by Muslims. In my acceptance speech after I won the Mohammad cartoon contest, I asked the audience, “Why do you think we have this kind of security?”, and as the audience started to applaud, and even laugh, as they had a good idea where I was going with it, I said that it was because Islam did not mean peace. The Only reason any of us are talking about Islam is because it doesn’t mean peace. Islam hasn’t given us any reason to talk about it outside of our concern over it.
When a lone evil scumbag goes on a shooting spree in America, the “national conversation” is that it has something to do with America, that it says something about us, and that we all have to answer for it in some way. Only self-loathing leftists would define America by a small minority of evil scumbags. Yet when daily atrocities are committed by Muslims across the world, the “national conversation” crowd tells us that it “has nothing to do with Islam,” while also saying that we had it coming. They live for a chance to condemn America for things it’s not responsible for, and to exonerate Islam for things it is responsible for. These “national conversationalists” don’t want a conversation about Islam, about jihad, or about the truth. And the “national conversation” that needs to take place is about Islam and its calls for violence against non-Muslims. As for “nice Muslims,” especially those in the West, they embody Western values that they fancifully attribute to Islam...