- Un Français blessé sur l'Esplanade des Mosquées (AFP) - voir une image du touriste battu par des musulmans ici.
"Un touriste français chrétien a été rudoyé et légèrement blessé par des Palestiniens ce matin quand il a déployé un drapeau israélien sur l'esplanade des Mosquées [et Mont du Temple...], haut lieu de l'islam [et du judaïsme...] à Jérusalem-Est, a indiqué la police israélienne. Cet homme a été légèrement blessé à la tête et devait recevoir des soins et ensuite être placé en détention, a indiqué une porte-parole de la police. La police n'a pas précisé les motivations de cet homme d'une trentaine d'années, qui encourt des poursuites selon la porte-parole. Les quatre hommes soupçonnés d'avoir pris part aux violences contre lui ont également été placés en détention, a dit la porte-parole. [...]
La police autorise les juifs à se rendre sur l'esplanade [et Mont du Temple...] mais leur interdit d'y prier ou d'y brandir des symboles nationaux pour éviter des heurts avec les musulmans."
- How a French tourist turned into an "Israeli settler extremist" on the Temple Mount (Elder of Ziyon) - "It is far from clear that he "waved" the Israeli flag. My guess is that he simply was carrying a souvenir flag that he had bought; there is no video of his waving it or of the crowd ripping it up so for all we know it was a lapel pin".
- Air France wipes Israel off of the map...literally (JP)
"An Air France in-flight map omits Israel, according to a passenger who sent a photo to the Facebook page of the pro-Israel organization Stand With Us. In the photo of the map [voir image sur le site de l'article], there were only indicators of where the West Bank and the Gaza strip are. Since posting that photo, other members of the Facebook page have started posting their own photos, taken on Air France flights, of the in-flight maps sans Israel.
In a letter to Air France chairman and CEO, Frédéric Gagey, the Simon Wiesenthal Center director for international Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, “French members of our center have sent us reportedly captured shots from the English and French language of an Air France flight-path, taken last week between New York and Paris, and the locations ‘Israel’ and ‘Tel Aviv’ are glaringly absent.” The letter noted that, “We are asked whether Air France has succumbed to the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State by literally wiping it off the map?”
Air France issued an apology, saying they “deeply regret this incident, due to a map scale and display problem which is currently being resolved.” In 2009, British Midland International Airlines, a subset of British Airways, apologized for omitting Israel from their in-flight maps, also attributed to a technical error."
- In AFP Captions, Only Palestinians Are Peace Activists (CAMERA) - "On Sunday, an Israeli peace group organized an event drawing together Israelis and Palestinians who stood together against violence and for peace. Why did Agence France-Presse call only the Palestinians "peace activists" while referring to the Israeli participants as "Jewish settlers"? [...] CAMERA has asked AFP: Are the Israelis demonstrating against violence and in favor of peace not "peace activists?" Why the partial and inconsistent terminology?"
Attentat de Duma
- Israël : un deuxième extrémiste juif arrêté (AFP)
"Un deuxième extrémiste juif a été arrêté mardi à la suite de l’incendie criminel qui a coûté la vie vendredi à un bébé palestinien en Cisjordanie, a annoncé le Shin Beth, le service de sécurité intérieure israélien. «Un deuxième individu, Eviatar Slonim, a été arrêté pour appartenance à une organisation extrémiste», a affirmé une porte-parole sans donner d’autres précisions sur les soupçons pesant sur lui.
Selon la radio militaire, cet homme était interdit par les autorités israéliennes d’entrer en Cisjordanie et à Jérusalem en raison de ses activités extrémistes, comme Meïr Ettinger, une figure de l’extrémisme juif, arrêté lundi et dont la garde à vue a été prolongée mardi. Ces deux arrestations sont présentées [autrement dit méfiez-vous, semble suggérer l'AFP...] comme la preuve de la détermination des autorités à combattre les groupes de la droite la plus extrême.
La deuxième chaîne de télévision israélienne a par ailleurs indiqué que le bureau du procureur général Yéhuda Weinstein avait donné mardi son feu vert au placement en détention administrative de trois extrémistes juifs. Pour être appliquée, cette mesure doit encore validée par le ministre de la Défense Moshé Yaalon, a ajouté la télévision. [...]"
- Netanyahu: I'm waiting for world to condemn terror against Jews (JP)
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited a Jewish woman who was injured by a firebomb attack in Jerusalem on Monday said he was waiting for the international community to condemn the attack as it had previously condemned the arson attack in the West Bank that claimed the life of a Palestinian toddler, Ali Dawabsha.
"A few days ago I visited the injured brother of the baby Ali who died in a terror attack that targeted Arabs. Today I visited Inbar [Inbar Azrak], a young woman who was injured from a firebomb by terrorists targeting Jews. Ali's brother is four-years-old, Inbar is a young mother of three, ages, two, three and four," Netanyahu said. "Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism. Our policy is zero-tolerance for terrorism regardless of background. We condemn it and fight it in equal measure," he added.
Netanyahu said he was waiting for the international community to join him in condemning the attack against the Jewish woman. "Days ago the international community joined me in condemning the terrorist attack that targeted Arabs and I expect it now to join me in condemning terror targeting Jews." "I'm still waiting," Netanyahu said.
On Monday night, Azrak and her husband were injured in a firebomb attack near the Beit Hanina intersection in the capital. The incident occurred when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their moving vehicle. Azrak, 27, was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in stable condition with burns to her body. Her husband was unharmed, although the car was completely burnt."
- Palestinians: The Difference between Us and Them, Bassam Tawil (Gatestone Institute) - "The wall-to-wall Israeli condemnation of this crime has left me and other Palestinians not only ashamed, but also embarrassed -- because this is not how we Palestinians have been reacting to terror attacks against Jews -- even the despicable murder of Jewish children"; "I cannot remember ever hearing Abbas or any other Palestinian leader express shock and outrage over the killing of a Jew in a Palestinian terror attack. Nor can I remember the last time we heard of a Palestinian official visiting the Israeli victims of a Palestinian terror attack"; "When will we stop glorifying terrorists, and naming streets and public squares after them, instead of strongly denouncing them and expelling them from our society?"
"I cannot count the number of times that I heard from Israeli Jews the phrases "I'm ashamed" and "I'm sorry" in response to the horrific crime that claimed the life of Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsha in the West Bank village of Duma last week.
The strong response of the Israeli public and leaders to the arson attack is, truthfully, somewhat comforting. The wall-to-wall Israeli condemnation of this crime has left me and other Palestinians not only ashamed, but also embarrassed -- because this is not how we Palestinians have been reacting to terror attacks against Jews -- even the despicable murder of Jewish children.
Our response has, in fact, brought feelings of disgrace and dishonor. While the Israeli prime minister, president and other officials were quick strongly to condemn the murder of Dawabsha, our leaders rarely denounce terror attacks against Jews. And when a Palestinian leader such as Mahmoud Abbas does issue a condemnation, it is often vague and equivocal.
Take, for example, what happened after last year's kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians in the West Bank. It not only took President Abbas four days to issue a statement condemning the terror attack, but even then, the condemnation was at best a tentative: "The Palestinian presidency... condemns the series of events that happened last week, beginning with the kidnapping of three Israeli youths." Abbas then went on to denounce Israel for arresting dozens of Hamas members after the abduction and murder of the three youths.
Later in 2014, when Abbas did condemn a Palestinian terror attack that killed five Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue, Fatah official Najat Abu Baker, a few days later, explained that Abbas's condemnation was made "within a diplomatic context... [he] is forced to speak this way to the world."
Abbas's condemnation of the attack at the synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood apparently came only under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who telephoned the Palestinian leader twice to demand that he speak out against the killings. Abbas's statement said that the Palestinian leadership condemns the "killing of worshippers in a synagogue and all acts of violence, regardless of their source." His statement then also called for an end to "incursions and provocations by settlers against the Aqsa Mosque."
Abbas's ambiguous, half-hearted condemnations of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are only intended for public consumption and are primarily aimed at appeasing Western donors, so that they will continue channeling funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA). In addition, his condemnations almost always seek to blame Israel for the Palestinian terror attacks -- presumably an attempt to justify the killing of Jews at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.
In contrast, Israeli leaders who condemned the murder of the Palestinian toddler sound firm and unambiguous. Here is what Prime Minister Netanyahu said after visiting the murdered baby's parents and brother, who were wounded in the arson attack and are receiving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals: "When you stand next to the bed of this small child, and his infant brother has been so brutally murdered, we are shocked, we are outraged. We condemn this. There is zero tolerance for terrorism wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from."
Netanyahu's strong and clear condemnation left me and other Palestinians wondering when was the last time we heard similar statements from our leaders. I cannot remember ever hearing Abbas or any other Palestinian leader express shock and outrage over the killing of a Jew in a Palestinian terror attack. Nor can I remember the last time we heard of a Palestinian official visiting the Israeli victims of a Palestinian terror attack.
The Israeli leaders' condemnation of the baby's murder is a sincere voice that reflects the views of the overwhelming majority of the Israeli public. In contrast, the Palestinian leaders' denunciations of terror attacks do not reflect the general feeling on the Palestinian street. Each time Abbas reluctantly condemns a Palestinian terror attack, he faces a wave of criticism from many Palestinians.
Unlike the Israeli public, many Palestinians often rush to justify, and even welcome, terror attacks against Jews. This was the situation just a few weeks ago, when an Israeli man was shot dead near Ramallah. Several Palestinian factions and military groups applauded the murder, calling it a "natural response to Israeli crimes."
This is the huge difference between the way Israelis and Palestinians react to terrorism. The murder of Dawabsha saw thousands of Israelis hold anti-violence rallies to condemn the horrible crime. But has anyone ever heard of a similar rally on the Palestinian side whenever terrorists kill innocent Jewish civilians? Is there one top Palestinian official or prominent figure who dares to speak out in public against the murder of Jews, at a rally in the center of Ramallah or Gaza City? Has there ever been a Palestinian activist who dared to hold a rally in a Palestinian city to condemn suicide bombings or the murder of an entire Jewish family?
While Israelis have been holding rallies to condemn terror attacks against our people, we have been celebrating the killing of Jews. How many times have we taken to the streets to hand out sweets and candies in jubilation over the killing of Jews? Such sickening scenes of men and women celebrating terror attacks against Jews on the streets of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have never been condemned by our leaders. These scenes have become commonplace each time Palestinian terrorists carry out an attack against Jews.
These scenes stand in sharp contrast to the public statements and rallies in Israel in response to terror attacks against Palestinians. Our leaders need to learn from Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin, who said he was "ashamed" and "in pain" for the murder of the Palestinian toddler. When was the last time a Palestinian leader used such rhetoric to condemn the murder of Jews? The laconic statements issued by Abbas's office in response to anti-Jewish terror attacks never talked about shame or pain.
We have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we continue to condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the whole world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians. We have reached a point where many of us are either afraid to speak out against terrorism or simply accept it when it claims the lives of Jews.
The Israeli president has good reason to be ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we are reacting to the murder of Jews? When will we stop glorifying terrorists, and naming streets and public squares after them, instead of strongly denouncing them and expelling them from our society? We still have a lot to learn from Israeli leaders and the Israeli public."
Gaza & Hamas
- Amnesty lies again about Rafah school incident (Elder of Ziyon) - "Amnesty International, that respected human rights organization, continues its practice of daily anti-Israel lies. The missile didn't hit the school. It hit a motorcycle on the road outside the school"; "Amnesty is lying in tweeting that Israel shot at and hit the school. Yes, in this case there was a tragic miscalculation, but that is because Islamic Jihad terrorists were traveling next to the school, not because of IDF war crimes, as Amnesty wants the world to believe".
- Yémen : un système sanitaire dévasté (AFP) - les hôpitaux "sont régulièrement visés, des plaques de métal ont été placées sur les fenêtres". MSF : "La population fait face à des pénuries de nourriture, le système de santé est en voie d'écroulement. Je n'ai jamais vu un tel niveau de violence". Et pourtant, nos médias couvrent-ils ce désastre ne serait-ce qu'un dixième du temps qu'ils avaient consacré (et consacrent encore) pour couvrir la situation dans la Bande de Gaza ?
"Pénuries de médicaments, de personnel, hôpitaux visés par des tirs : de retour d'une mission de dix semaines à Aden au Yémen, une équipe de Médecins sans frontières (MSF) a décrit aujourd'hui un système de santé dévasté par quatre mois de combats.
"La population fait face à des pénuries de nourriture, le système de santé est en voie d'écroulement. Je n'ai jamais vu un tel niveau de violence", a déploré Thierry Goffeau, coordinateur des projets à Aden pour Médecins sans frontières, lors d'une conférence de presse aujourd'hui à Paris. "Il est très difficile d'avoir accès aux populations et aux populations d'avoir accès aux hôpitaux du fait des bombardements et des combats", a ajouté Xavier Guinotte, directeur-adjoint des opérations.
La coalition arabe a lancé le 26 mars une campagne de raids aériens pour soutenir le président en exil Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, réfugié en Arabie saoudite, contre les rebelles chiites Houthis soutenus par l'Iran qui avaient conquis l'an dernier de larges pans du territoire. La guerre au Yémen a fait près de 4.000 morts en quatre mois selon l'ONU. [...]
La pénurie de fioul, l'insécurité et les bombardements quasi-quotidiens ont complètement désorganisé les transports, privant la population des soins les plus élémentaires. Résultat : "Des femmes nécessitant une césarienne meurent parce qu'elles n'arrivent pas à temps" à l'hôpital, a décrit Thierry Goffeau. Il n'y a plus de combats à Aden mais il reste "quelques snipers" et les hôpitaux "sont régulièrement visés, des plaques de métal ont été placées sur les fenêtres", a-t-il raconté. [...]"
- Can Jewish refugees claim billions from Arab states?, Dr. Adam Reuter (Ynet) - "More than 700,000 Jews fled from Arab countries by the mid 1960s, most of them immigrating to Israel. The property they left behind is estimated at billions of dollars, but the disintegration process most of these countries are going through doesn’t leave Mizrahi Jews much hope for compensation".
- Schools teaching 'pro-Palestinian extremist agenda’, Camilla Turner (The Telegraph)
"An “extremist agenda” is being taught to children as young as three, it has been claimed, with the National Union of Teachers accused of “spreading political propaganda” in classrooms by promoting Palestinian “resistance”.
The NUT has designed and promoted a teaching resources pack, under a partnership with Edukid, a children’s education charity, which asks teachers to explore themes of Palestinian “occupation, freedom and resistance”. The resource pack, titled “My Name is Saleh” [voir image sur le site de l'article], and a video were launched at the NUT annual conference in April. Writing in the pack’s foreword, Christine Blower, the NUT general secretary, explains the project was “inspired by a union delegation visit [to the Palestinian territories] in 2013”.
However, concerns have been raised that the resource pack gives a “one sided” and “divisive” view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Images in the pack’s appendix feature a Palestinian child who has been “assaulted by settlers” and the video contains a reference to “Jews” as opposed to “Israelis”.
Tom Wilson, from the Henry Jackson Society, a think-tank, called the project “overtly agenda driven” and warned: "We need to be more vigilant about the politicisation of British classrooms”. The resource pack’s accompanying video contains references to “Jews” as opposed to “Israelis” was described as “extremely troubling” by Mr Wilson, who added that it carries a risk of “inciting tensions between faith communities in the UK”. “It is a particularly shameless example of political activism masquerading as a legitimate form of education,” he said. “When dealing with a subject as complex as the Israeli Palestinian conflict, it is so important to avoid giving young people a distorted or one sided account."
Sam Westrop, the director of Stand for Peace, a counter-extremism think-tank, said that by teaching school children that Palestinian “resistance” against Israel was a worthy cause, the “NUT’s political propaganda and misrepresentation serves the extremist agenda”. The Charities Commission said it would contact Edukid to assess whether regulations had been breached. [...]"
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