Weekend long read

1) Writing at the Jerusalem Post, Maurice Hirsch examines “The UK-PA partnership to reward terrorists”.

“Despite having positive knowledge that the PA used a considerable amount of its financial resources to implement its terrorism-rewarding policy, the DFID, via the World Bank, provided the PA, over a seven-year period, with over £430 million to be used as the PA saw fit. While DFID has adamantly claimed no UK funds were used to fund “pay for slay”, it did so relying on narrow audit reports that cannot and do not support its assertion.

Created in 2008, the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program – Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF) pooled the funds of multiple donor countries, including the UK, and provided steady and reliable quarterly cash flow to the PA. As the PRDP-MDTF clearly states, the donor funds were provided to the PA “untied and unearmarked.””

For more information on that topic see this post from UKLFI.

2) At the JCPA Nadav Shragai explains “The Unique Status of the Jerusalem Suburb
of Wadi Hummus
” – information which was lacking in BBC reporting on that story last month.

“In the area of Sur Baher, the state planned to locate the security fence on the route of the jurisdictional boundary. But vigorous lobbying activity, including an appeal to the Supreme Court by residents who opposed detaching Wadi Hummus from Sur Baher, brought about a change in the decision. The result was that Wadi Hummus was included within the route of the fence even though it is not part of Jerusalem.

Some of the Wadi Hummus residents are originally from Sur Baher and hold Israeli residency cards. Others are from the West Bank and are not Israeli residents. The result is a legal and bureaucratic imbroglio in which Wadi Hummus, a tract of only a few hundred dunams, is surrounded by the Israeli fence, is not an official part of Jerusalem, and includes areas of three kinds: A, B, and C. In Area A, security and civilian control belong to the Palestinian Authority; in Area B, security control belongs to Israel and civilian control to the Palestinian Authority; in Area C, official security and civilian control belong to Israel.”

3) At the Tablet Liel Leibovitz takes a look at “The Long History of Politically Motivated Travel Bans”.

“American law […] goes on at length regarding the various categories of people who may be barred from entering the United States, including those with communicable diseases, those convicted of certain crimes, and—drumroll, please—anyone who “seeks to enter the United States to engage solely, principally, or incidentally in… any activity a purpose of which is the opposition to, or the control or overthrow of, the government of the United States by force, violence, or other unlawful means.”

Israel has similar laws. Its argument that avid supporters of a movement, BDS, whose overtly stated goal is the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state represent a threat to the country may not be politically savvy, but nor is it unprecedented or indefensible.”

4) As the BBC continues to promote the notion that the Palestinian Authority aspires to a two-state solution to the conflict, at the Washington Institute David Pollock analyses a recent Palestinian public opinion poll.  

“…when asked about ending the conflict with Israel permanently, only a minority would approve a two-state solution: 30 percent of West Bankers, and 42 percent of Gazans. Instead, the narrow majority in both territories–56 percent in the West Bank, and 54 percent in Gaza, say “the conflict should not end, and resistance should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated.” This marks a hardening of West Bank views compared to previous polls. And under half of the Palestinian public say “we should recognize that we will never defeat Israel, and that fighting just makes things worse”: 40 percent of West Bankers, and 49 percent of Gazans.”

 

 

One comment on “Weekend long read

  1. Jonathan S. Tobin [Editor in Chief of
    JNS dot org, Jewish News Syndicate] said:

    “… [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortes, [Ilhan] Omar,
    [Rashida] Tlaib, and others making egregious
    comparisons of Israel with Nazi Germany
    are still being treated as the “future of the
    Democratic party” — in the words of the
    Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez…”

    SOURCE:
    A blow to BDS in the House
    by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019/7/24
    http://www.jns.org/opinion/a-blow-to-bds-in-the-house/

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    Rabbi Harry Maryles said:

    “These four freshmen congresswomen have been
    granted far more attention, influence, and power
    than any other first-term congressmen in US history!”

    SOURCE: A Word to My Readers
    by Harry Maryles, 2019 July 17
    http://haemtza.blogspot.com/2019/07/a-word-to-my-readers.html

    ===================================
    Melanie Phillips said:

    “Yet the Democratic Party, which still attracts
    unquestioning support from some three-quarters
    of Jewish voters, has failed to discipline these women
    [Ilhan Omar (Democrat-Minnesota),
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York),
    Rashida Tlaib (Democrat-Michigan)
    and Ayanna Pressley (Democrat-Massachusetts)]
    — not just for their Jew-baiting, but also for their
    deep-dyed anti-Americanism and anti-White racism.”

    SOURCE: In Trump vs. ‘the Squad,’
    American Jews have picked the wrong target

    by Melanie Phillips, 2019/7/18
    http://www.jns.org/opinion/in-trump-vs-the-squad-american-jews-have-picked-the-wrong-target/

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    The most senior Democrat in the USA government,
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has also condemned
    “[Ilhan] Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial
    accusations about Israel’s supporters” as “deeply offensive.”

    SOURCE: Ilhan Omar’s Pro-BDS Resolution
    Isn’t About Free Speech — It’s About Hating
    Israel and Jews
    by Adelle Nazarian, 2019/7/19
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2019/07/19/ilhan-omars-pro-bds-resolution-isnt-about-free-speech-its-about-hating-israel-and-jews/

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    Ilhan Omar’s Contempt for the Law:
    trespassing, multiple traffic violations,
    – and she “married” her brother:

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/07/ilhan-omars-contempt-for-the-law
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274444/ilhan-omars-contempt-law-robert-spencer

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    USA President Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump tweeted this message:

    “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed
    Representative Omar and Representative Tlaib
    to visit [Israel]. They hate Israel & all Jewish people,
    & there is nothing that can be said or done to
    change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan
    will have a hard time putting them back in office.
    They are a disgrace!”

    SOURCE: Storm of Controversy
    Erupts Over Israeli Decision Barring Entry to
    BDS-Supporting Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar

    by Benjamin Kerstein, 2019 August 15
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2019/08/15/storm-of-controversy-erupts-over-israeli-decision-barring-entry-to-bds-supporting-congresswomen-tlaib-and-omar/

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