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August 1, 2014 0

Gaza’s Future: It’s Up to the International Community

by Abra­ham H. Fox­man
National Direc­tor of the Anti-Defamation League

This arti­cle orig­i­nally appeared in The Jerusalem Post

The “bar­baric vio­la­tion of the cease-fire agree­ment,” in the words of the White House spokesman, by Hamas when they attacked Israeli sol­diers, killing two and tak­ing one hostage, sums up the chal­lenge fac­ing Israel and the West in this vital conflict.

An orga­ni­za­tion that launches rock­ets at civil­ians, uses its own civil­ians as human shields, that has in its char­ter repeated calls for the destruc­tion of the Jew­ish state is, not sur­pris­ingly, an orga­ni­za­tion to whom an agree­ment on a cease­fire is just another tac­ti­cal oppor­tu­nity in its ongo­ing war and is there merely to be vio­lated to achieve their evil ends.

This bla­tant action high­lights the need for stronger solu­tions to the prob­lem of Hamas in Gaza. Make no mis­take about it. If this con­flict ends leav­ing Hamas stand­ing with­out a clear path toward pre­vent­ing its rear­ma­ment in the years ahead, the vio­lence to come will make what we have seen so far look pale in comparison.

Some would argue that what Israel has to do is expand its oper­a­tion to destroy the Hamas infra­struc­ture and lead­er­ship so that it is no longer a threat and can no longer dom­i­nate Gaza. Such a deci­sion lies, of course, with the Israeli gov­ern­ment, but clearly there has been a hes­i­ta­tion to go in that direc­tion because of the poten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant IDF casu­al­ties, the inevitable dra­matic rise of Pales­tin­ian civil­ian casu­al­ties, and the impact on it would have on inter­na­tional, and specif­i­cally U.S. opin­ion toward Israel.

Short of such an expan­sion of the war, the goals need to focus on two things: pre­vent­ing Hamas from rearm­ing after this con­flict and the need for a Secu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion estab­lish­ing a super­vi­sory mech­a­nism and force to imple­ment the ban­ning of new weapons to Hamas.

The his­tory of such efforts is not good, as for exam­ple, the U.N. res­o­lu­tion about Lebanon after the 2006 war which banned weapons going to Hezbol­lah. It is believed that Hezbol­lah now has as many as 60,000 rock­ets, not to men­tion other advanced weaponry.

A com­mit­ment to pre­vent the rearm­ing of Hamas, how­ever, can be far more suc­cess­ful. In the case of Hezbol­lah, Iran was the main sup­plier of weapons and Syria the main conduit.

In the case of Hamas, all of its neigh­bors under­stand that Hamas is not only a threat to peace and sta­bil­ity but it rep­re­sents the larger threat of Islamic extrem­ism that is a dan­ger to mod­er­ate forces through­out the region. There­fore, Egypt, Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia, and the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity all would have an inter­est in ensur­ing that a Secu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion of this sort would work and that a super­vi­sory body would have enough author­ity and means to make sure that it does work.

And here is the cru­cially impor­tant upside: only through such an agency could con­di­tions be ripe to improve the qual­ity of life for the res­i­dents of Gaza and for the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity to return to gov­ern­ing Gaza.

One of the dis­may­ing aspects of this con­flict is the lament about civil­ian casu­al­ties in Gaza with­out suf­fi­cient recog­ni­tion of why they have occurred and what has to take place to pre­vent them from recurring.

The com­bustible com­bi­na­tion of an extrem­ist orga­ni­za­tion hav­ing access to rock­ets, mor­tars, machines and mate­r­ial to dig and build tun­nels for mas­sive acts of ter­ror, made this war inevitable.  Future wars are like­wise inevitable unless a new dynamic is created.

The Israel Defense Forces will do their part. It is now time for the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, led by the U.S., to do its part. The viciously cal­cu­lated vio­la­tion by Hamas of the 72-hour cease­fire agree­ment must serve as a reminder: with­out an over­see­ing body man­dated to pre­vent Hamas from rearm­ing, we will find our­selves in a worse sit­u­a­tion down the road.

The time to act is now.

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February 11, 2014 1

Iran’s Islamic Revolution: 35 Years Of Hate

Today marks the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion. More than three decades on, the author­i­tar­ian Iran­ian regime has indoc­tri­nated gen­er­a­tions of its cit­i­zens with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-Western pro­pa­ganda through state-controlled media.

These themes con­tinue to dom­i­nate Iran’s media, which also pro­vides a plat­form for Iran’s lead­er­ship to glo­rify ter­ror­ist groups such as Hezbol­lah in Lebanon to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Iran’s tele­vi­sion, news­pa­pers and film indus­tries are all under the com­mand of Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. Through these medi­ums the peo­ple of Iran have been receiv­ing a steady dose of the regime’s ide­ol­ogy and hatred.

Tele­vi­sion and Film 

Tele­vi­sion shows reg­u­larly fea­ture anti-Semitic ani­mated car­toons depict­ing Jews and Israelis as blood thirsty mur­der­ers of Pales­tin­ian chil­dren. These graphic ani­ma­tions, which are also aired on pop­u­lar children’s shows, often incor­po­rate anti-American imagery that implies an Amer­i­can hand aid­ing Israel’s crimes.

For exam­ple, a children’s car­toon aired in Sep­tem­ber 2012 titled, Yek Vajeb-e Azadi [An Oblig­a­tion of Free­dom], directly aimed to por­tray Israelis as child-killers by depict­ing an Israeli sol­dier killing inno­cent Pales­tin­ian chil­dren while they played.

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Yek Vajeb-e Azadi car­toon — Sep­tem­ber 2012

In Novem­ber 2012, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB) aired Sat­ur­day Hunter, an Iranian-made anti-Semitic film about a rabbi teach­ing his grand­son to kill Pales­tini­ans in accor­dance with Jew­ish law. This film and oth­ers like it are aired dur­ing the month of Ramadan.

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Anti-Semitic Iran­ian film “Sat­ur­day Hunter” — Novem­ber 2012

Print Media

State-run news­pa­pers are a pri­mary tool used by the Iran­ian regime to pro­mote hos­tile anti-Israel and anti-U.S. sen­ti­ments, and to pro­vide hard­line con­ser­v­a­tives a plat­form for anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial.

Kay­han, a news­pa­per known to be the mouth­piece of the Supreme Leader, reg­u­larly pub­lishes edi­to­ri­als pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies alleg­ing that the U.S. and Israel are plot­ting to take over Iran and arti­cles deny­ing the his­tor­i­cal facts of the Holocaust.

Another semi-official pub­li­ca­tion which is close to the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC), Fars News Agency, reg­u­larly pub­lishes anti-Semitic car­toons liken­ing Jews to unclean ani­mals and insects.

Israeli termite to the Saudi termite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Israeli ter­mite to the Saudi ter­mite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Fri­day Sermons

The pul­pit has become a polit­i­cal tool for the manip­u­la­tion of the Iran­ian pub­lic by the aya­tol­lahs. Tra­di­tion­ally held at Tehran Uni­ver­sity, fire­brand cler­ics give Fri­day ser­mons con­demn­ing the U.S. and the West as untrust­wor­thy pup­pets under the con­trol of Zionists.

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Wor­ship­pers chant “Death to Amer­ica” dur­ing Fri­day prayer and ser­mon in Tehran.

Fri­day ser­mons are also used by the regime to dis­cuss its  for­eign poli­cies. For exam­ple, shortly fol­low­ing the end of the brief Israel-Hamas war in Novem­ber 2012, Supreme Leader Khamenei and Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Khatami both use their Fri­day ser­mon to laud Hamas’s fight against Israel. Fur­ther­more, sev­eral high-ranking offi­cials pub­licly acknowl­edged that Iran had sup­plied Hamas and Islamic Jihad with the Fajr 5 mis­siles that were fired into cen­tral Israel.

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Supreme Leader Khamenei praises Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their fight against Israel in Novem­ber 2012.

 

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February 7, 2014 0

Iranian TV Broadcasts Simulated Attacks On Israel And U.S.

A day after the U.S. gov­ern­ment announced a tem­po­rary sanc­tions waiver on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity, IRIB’s chan­nel 1 broad­cast highly inflam­ma­tory and bel­liger­ent video seg­ments sim­u­lat­ing an Iran­ian attack against Israel and U.S. warships.

The seg­ments aired live on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2014, before the weekly Fri­day prayers were broadcast.

One of the seg­ments (watch below) shows Iran­ian drones tar­get­ing and destroy­ing civil­ian and mil­i­tary sites in Israel. The clip also includes an audio mes­sage from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s 2013 Per­sian New Year address where he threat­ened that if Israel were to “make the mis­take of attack­ing Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

In the sec­ond seg­ment (watch below), U.S. war­ships are shown invad­ing Iran’s ter­ri­to­r­ial waters. After issu­ing warn­ings, the Iran­ian air force dis­patches bombers to destroy the U.S. war­ships patrolling the Per­sian Gulf. The sim­u­la­tion also depicts Iran’s abil­ity to strike U.S. inter­ests in the Mid­dle East with its mis­sile system.

The air­ing of the seg­ments comes at a time as the Iran­ian regime read­ies to cel­e­brate the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion against the West­ern backed monarchy.

The waiver on IRIB is slated to last for 180 day and will per­mit non-U.S. satel­lite com­pa­nies to resume IRIB broad­casts. The waiver is appar­ently part of a good­will and confidence-building ges­ture toward Iran as nuclear nego­tia­tors pre­pared to meet for another round of nego­ti­a­tions. Based on this IRIB broad­cast, the waiver may wind up under­min­ing con­fi­dence in Israel, the U.S. and through­out the world.

Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda sta­tion Press TV, which pro­vides a plat­form for Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers, is also included in the exemption.

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