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November 5, 2015 0

Continued Publication of Anti-Semitic Themed Cartoons in the Arab and Muslim World

As Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism across Israel per­sists, Arab and Mus­lim news­pa­pers and social media accounts con­tinue to pro­mote themes in sup­port of the vio­lence, which is often referred to as a “mass out­burst” or the “Knives Intifada.”

In addi­tion to the image of the knives, other themes are also being fea­tured. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry’s recent efforts to end the vio­lence are depicted as Israel and Jews con­trol­ling the US and its lead­er­ship.  Exam­ples of car­toons pub­lished include a fig­ure rep­re­sent­ing the US trapped inside the Star of David, Uncle Sam being in the pocket of Israel and Sec­re­tary Kerry wip­ing the blood from the teeth of a wolf – which rep­re­sents Israel.

Another ever-present alle­ga­tion is the charge that Israel is attempt­ing to alter the status-quo on the Tem­ple Mount/Noble Sanc­tu­ary in Jerusalem.  These images show Israel as a sin­is­ter snake attack­ing the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Below are exam­ples of the car­toons published:


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October 14, 2015 6

As Israelis Are Stabbed, Obsession With “Even-Handedness” Morally Reprehensible

The inter­na­tional community’s obses­sion with “even-handedness” in com­ments on Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism is morally rep­re­hen­si­ble.  The recent spate of Pales­tini­ans stab­bings Israelis has gen­er­ated too many calls for restraint by both sides and too few con­dem­na­tions of those wield­ing the knives (and of those urg­ing the attacks.)

Spain is the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the UN Secu­rity Coun­cil.  Yes­ter­day its gov­ern­ment expressed “great con­cern over the extreme grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion in Israel and in Pales­tine, and its seri­ous regret at the suc­ces­sive vio­lent attacks and con­fronta­tions that have lead [sic] to the deaths of at least 6 Israelis and 29 Pales­tini­ans.”  Spain then called for “restraint from all par­ties and for them to deci­sively tackle this swath of vio­lence,” fur­ther describ­ing the sit­u­a­tion as a “dan­ger­ous spi­ral towards violence.”

Who held the knife and who had it plunged into their chest?  Who was shot after mur­der­ing inno­cent bystanders?  Impos­si­ble to know, based on Spain’s statement.

Anti-Israel Incitement from Twitter

Anti-Israel Incite­ment from Twitter

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sim­i­larly – and unchar­ac­ter­is­ti­cally for him – con­flated ter­ror­ists and civil­ian vic­tims.  His Octo­ber 6 state­ment, the only one he has issued since the stab­bings began, reads, “The Secretary-General is pro­foundly alarmed by the grow­ing num­ber of deadly inci­dents in the West Bank, includ­ing East Jerusalem.  The last few days of clashes, which resulted in the death of four Pales­tini­ans, includ­ing a 13-year-old boy, and hun­dreds injured, are yet another wor­ri­some sign of vio­lence poten­tially spi­ralling out of con­trol.  The Secretary-General con­demns the killings and looks to the Gov­ern­ment of Israel to con­duct a prompt and trans­par­ent inves­ti­ga­tion into the inci­dents, includ­ing whether the use of force was proportional.”

Of the four dead Pales­tini­ans ref­er­enced in Ban’s state­ments, it appears that at least two were killed while com­mit­ting ter­ror­ist attacks in Jerusalem. One, Muhan­nad Hal­abi, was shot by police after he bru­tally stabbed to death Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita in the Old City on Octo­ber 3. The sec­ond, Fadi Alon, was shot after he stabbed a 15 year-old Jew­ish boy out­side the Old City on Octo­ber 4.  The mur­dered Israelis are not men­tioned, inferred only by the ref­er­ence to “deadly incidents.”

Moral clar­ity requires dis­tin­guish­ing dead ter­ror­ists from their dead vic­tims.  Those in lead­er­ship posi­tions in the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity who fail to make such dis­tinc­tions should not be sur­prised when their other demands are ignored.

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October 9, 2015 5

Terror in Israel, A Reality We Know Too Well

By: Car­ole Nuriel, ADL’s Jerusalem Office

Over the past two weeks, a wave of ter­ror has once again hit Israel. For those of us who grew up in Israel dur­ing the 1980s, this is an unfor­tu­nate real­ity we know all too well. Israelis suf­fered through two intifadas, waves of ter­ror attacks includ­ing sui­cide bombs, shoot­ings, run-over attacks, stone throw­ing and Molo­tov cock­tails. Yet there is a feel­ing now that this par­tic­u­lar wave of ter­ror is dif­fer­ent. There are a few rea­sons for this:

•       The ter­ror­ists’ pro­file: They come both from Pales­tin­ian areas in the West Bank and from Israeli Arab communities

•       Most of them are rel­a­tively young, some even teenagers

Obvi­ously, another change is the use of social media:  some of the ter­ror­ists have declared their inten­tion to carry out attacks on social media. This tool, which has become the new “city square”, pro­vides a plat­form for recruit­ment, incite­ment, how-tos, as well as for orga­niz­ing crowds to demon­strate and riot against Israeli secu­rity forces.

Israel violence

In many ways, this wave of vio­lence rep­re­sents an on-the-ground ver­sion of the recent Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, which indis­crim­i­nately tar­geted Israeli civil­ians through­out the coun­try. This wave may have started in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, but quickly caught fire to the rest of the coun­try, and is now tar­get­ing cities like Kiryat Gat, Petach Tikva, Tel Aviv and Afula. Much like Hamas’ rock­ets, much of the fear Israelis are now feel­ing is because of the sense that no place in the coun­try is immune from ter­ror attacks.

Anx­i­ety is felt every­where, as is the nature of ter­ror­ism. I live in Modi’in and have taken Road 443 to Jerusalem daily for the past eight years. How­ever, dur­ing the last few months I haven’t felt safe dri­ving on 443, espe­cially with my kids, as there have been numer­ous stone and Molo­tov cock­tail throw­ing inci­dents on this road. I now feel safer tak­ing High­way 1, even though it means a longer drive to Jerusalem. Indeed, many Modi’in res­i­dents don’t drive on 443 any­more. Some­thing has def­i­nitely changed. Just today, I received a notice that secu­rity check­points will be erected at all entrances to the city, and secu­rity in all edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions will be increased.

Polls have shown that there is a gen­eral pub­lic con­sen­sus among Pales­tini­ans against ter­ror­ism. But last week we wit­nessed another kind of evil, one which greatly wor­ries me. Dur­ing Sat­ur­day night’s ter­ri­ble stab­bing in the Old City of Jerusalem, Adele Ben­nett, whose hus­band was killed and she her­self stabbed, was report­edly spat on and laughed at by Arab bystanders as she ran to get help with a knife still in her back. What can be more insult­ing, upset­ting and inhu­mane than this inde­cent act?

But this is not only about ter­ror, it’s also about incite­ment to vio­lence. Many of those riot­ing claim Israel is attempt­ing to change the sta­tus quo on Tem­ple Mount. This holy place to both Judaism and Islam has been the focus of clashes and provo­ca­tions for years. It is hard to ignore the dan­ger­ous actions and dis­course of the Islamic Move­ment in Israel, who have sup­ported the Murabitun/Murabitat group, whose sole pur­pose is to pro­voke and insult Jews vis­it­ing the Tem­ple Mount. Incite­ment has also come from senior Pales­tin­ian Author­ity offi­cials, includ­ing Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Abbas who infa­mously declared in a tele­vi­sion inter­view a few weeks ago that Jews are defil­ing the Tem­ple Mount with their feet.

Today more than ever, reli­gious and polit­i­cal lead­ers must under­stand how eas­ily their incit­ing words can lead to vio­lence and terrorism.

There are ongo­ing efforts among Israeli and Pales­tin­ian lead­ers to deesca­late ten­sions. Israelis hope and pray that this will be suc­cess­ful, and that the per­sonal secu­rity will be restored.

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