The Arab world, as a default, rallies around Hamas against Israel on any and all issues. Muslim countries in conflict, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as other Muslim countries came together last week at the UN in attempt to have Israel condemned for their so-called aggression in Gaza.
However, in wake of the ever evolving geo-political reality in the Middle East, this seems to be only lip service, and the Arab World is actually interested in the IDF seriously hindering Hamas’ terror activities.
They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims. A growing number of Arabs and Muslims are fed up with the Islamist terrorists who are imposing a reign of terror and intimidation in the Arab world.
Senior journalist Khaled Abu-Toameh, writing for Gatestone, reports that over the past week there are voices coming out of Egypt and some Arab countries, voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Isolated and under attack, Hamas now realizes that it has lost the sympathy of many Egyptians and Arabs.
Egypt’s Prime Minister announced this morning that Israel is insistent on continuing what he defined as aggression, and is waiting for Israel’s willingness for a cease fire. However, President Abdel Fattah Sisi has thus far turned down appeals from Palestinians and other Arabs to work toward achieving a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Sisi and urged him to intervene to achieve an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas. Abbas later admitted that his appeal to Sisi and, other Arab leaders, had fallen on deaf ears.
Sisi’s decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt. Some Egyptians are even openly expressing hope that Israel will completely destroy Hamas, which they regard as the “armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.”
“Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!” Wrote Azza Sami, of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. Sisi’s Egypt has not forgiven Hamas for its alliance with Muslim Brotherhood and its involvement in terrorist attacks against Egyptian civilians and soldiers over the past year. The Egyptians today understand that Hamas and other radical Islamist groups pose a serious threat to their national security.
The trade, though still small, is growing enough to encourage long-held Israeli hopes that the Jewish state can become a commercial gateway to the Arab world. Israel plans to invest at least 6 billion shekels ($1.7 billion) in infrastructure over the next six years to improve the trade route. In the past, some Israeli businessmen and diplomats have lamented the way politics have hurt economic opportunities; others have kept any trade with their Arab neighbors quiet so as not to upset them. Now they see a chance to boost economic and political relations."Israel is returning to its historic role, as a transit country, as a bridge between continents, where historic trade routes passed through," said Yael Ravia-Zadok, head of the Middle Eastern Economic Affairs Bureau in Israel’s Foreign Ministry. She leads a group of Israeli government and security officials trying to figure out how best to encourage trade. The logic is simple: Goods from Europe and elsewhere destined for the wider Middle East are usually unloaded in Egypt before they make the several-hour drive to a Red Sea port, where they are loaded onto new vessels and shipped to their final destination. The routes from Haifa in Israel to Jordan, Iraq and even Saudi Arabia – used by the Ottoman and British empires up until Israel’s founding – are potentially much quicker and cheaper, shaving days, if not more, off a trip between Turkey and Baghdad, for instance. Costs could be cut in half.Neighborly Trade
Leviathan field partners in talks to sell gas to BG’s Egypt LNG plant / ReutersOwners of Mediterranean gas field considering $30 billion export deal with British energy company.Full Story
Here’s what Israel just did: Last night, the IDF went door to door in cities in the West Bank and confiscated a huge cache of weapons. Photos and a video show what they found in Nablus/Shechem, a city that has an ancient Jewish Biblical-era history. It is now a city ready for battle.
Here’s what members of the local Palestinian community did: They posted anti-Jewish cartoons and posed their children giving three fingered salutes—one finger for each captured “Shalit.” And they baked cakes celebrating the kidnapping.
Here’s how Hamas sounded: Their spokesman, Mushir al-Masri, “warned the Zionists against committing any more stupidities, including their violations of international laws by their arresting of the Parliament speaker.” As of yesterday, Israel had arrested over 150 Palestinians, including the Hamas representatives in the newly formed Palestinian Unity Government. Al-Masri continued: “The resistance is the only route to freeing the (Palestinian) prisoners.” He said that he did not believe that the “lives of the three Israeli teens are actually worth “those of the 5,000 prisoners.”
Of course, Hamas officials also condemned Abbas for agreeing to help Israel look for its captives—and demanded that he instead “declare Jihad against the Zionists.”
What else did Israel do? The authorities cancelled visiting privileges for all Palestinian terrorist prisoners who, unlike Israeli captives, have access to excellent medical care, other prisoners and visitors, literacy and university educations, exercise, prayer sites, and entertainment. According to Noam Shalit, Hamas kept his son, Gilad, in the dark and in isolation for five years. The Red Cross was not allowed to visit him. These privileges that Palestinian prisoners routinely enjoy will be returned when the three kidnapped boys are returned.
MEMRI translates an article from Egyptian magazine El Kibar by Firnas Hafzi, a supposed expert on Hebrew who also writes about fashion, beauty and health.
The article breaks new ground in the classic Passover blood libel, recycling the historic medieval blood libels as fact and adding new accusations against Jews.
The article, along with illustrations from antisemitic and even Nazi sources, is online.
In another stage of the Passover celebrations, [the Jews] combined the preparation of matzas and the offering up of sacrifices with their enmity towards non-Jews, especially Christians, and mixed the blood of one of their victims into the matza [dough. This was done] especially on Passover, Purim and circumcision rituals. They also used blood in acts of sorcery and witchcraft…
…The draining of the victims’ blood is done in [several ways. One method is] by means of a barrel lined with needles. This is a barrel the size of the victim’s body, with sharp needles that stick into all his limbs when he is placed in it, so that his blood slowly trickles down from every part of his body. This entails excruciating torment, which gives pleasure to the Jews who become drunk with joy at the sight of the blood dripping from the victim’s [body] to the bottom of the barrel and into a container placed there to collect it. [Another method] is to slaughter the victim like a sheep and collecting his blood in a vessel, or else slashing the victim’s veins in numerous places so that the blood flows from the wounds into the vessels. Then the blood is handed to a rabbi who prepares a matza laced with human blood in order to please the Jewish god, Jehovah, who thirsts for blood.
The Jews can rejoice in their holidays only if they eat matza laced with the blood of non-Jews.
Based on this false [narrative] in the Torah and this barbaric behavior anchored in delusions, we can understand what motivates the Zionist leaders to kill Arab children in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, insolently, ‘whenever I hear of the birth of an Arab child I cannot sleep at night.’
…The Jewish crimes which came to light throughout history and which were investigated and tried are a drop in the ocean compared to the Jewish crimes that no one knows about. The thousands of children and others who vanish around the world are probably victims of Jewish rituals. Their blood surely lies in Jewish stomachs along with the holiday matzas.
The Jews have tried denying that they drain the blood of non-Jews and use it in their holiday matzas, and they continue to deny it. Rabbi Moussa Abu ‘Afia [one of the Jews implicated in the 1840 Damascus blood libel] converted to Islam during the investigation into the [murder] of Father Toma in order to escape punishment. He gave important testimony regarding the Talmud and the directions it contains that hint at crimes and barbarity.
As part of the efforts to deny [the Jewish crimes], Jewish Americans wrote stories about vampires in the 1970s, in order to disassociate themselves from the accusation of sucking human blood and deceive [the mechanisms of] justice. During that period they spent millions on Dracula films, in order to deceive world public opinion. They claimed that those who slaughter children and adults and suck their blood are lunatics and that all this has nothing to do with them and their religious rituals. On February 14, 1964, the [Egyptian] magazine Al-Musawwar published a story about vampires in Colombia after many [Colombian] children had been slaughtered to shed their blood. Neither the magazine nor the investigators in Colombia dreamed that the vampires might be Jews, rather than [people who] sell blood to hospitals.
Out of hundreds of millions of Arabs, I cannot find a single one denouncing these lies and incitement.
We know from past experience that such naked antisemitism in Arab media cannot be solved by merely publicizing it. Most Arabs are not even aware that there is anything offensive about describing Jews as murderous bloodsuckers.
However, a major advertiser for Al Kibar is Visa, with this ad popping up on most articles and shown on the main page:
I emailed to Visa’s media relations departments for Egypt (email@example.com) , the US (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Europe (email@example.com).
Dear sir or madam,
Visa Middle East is a major advertiser for Egypt’s El Kebar magazine. Every online article seems to pop up your ad for the FIFA World Cup promotion.
The current issue includes a sickeningly antisemitic article by Firnas Hafzi that calls Jews “vampires,” that claims that Jews kill Christian children to drink their blood and mix them with Passover matzah, and that the Dracula story was made up by Jews to deflect from people realizing that they are the ones who suck people’s blood.
And that is just the beginning.
The article is here, the translation is here. Your ad is linked from the front page of the El Kebar website and pops up when viewing this vile antisemitic article.
I would hope that now that you are aware that your brand is being associated with the most disgusting kinds of incitement, that you will not only drop all sponsorship of this magazine but also demand that El Kebar issue a strong apology for publishing this filth.
What do you plan to do about this, and when?
I am a news blogger with thousands of readers, and I am writing about this article and your sponsorship of it.
I look forward to your speedy reply.
I urge you to write to Visa as well.
Here is a chance to make a difference.
A 24-year-old Egyptian has been arrested by authorities in Egypt for allegedly committing the crime of “loving Israel.”
National media outlets in our neighbor to the southwest have already given the “suspect” the moniker “Israel-lover,” after he was spotted with a tattoo of the Star of David on his arm.
According to authorities, the man “made contact with Israelis through his Facebook page, and he clicked ‘like’ on the Mossad’s Facebook page.”
Authorities also allege that the man, who is currently unemployed, made contact with the Israeli and South Sudanese embassies in Cairo. He is also reported to have posted critical comments of the Egyptian government on his Facebook page.
While Israel and Egypt have had full diplomatic relations for 35 years, civilian contacts between Egyptians and Israelis are considered taboo in Egypt, the largest Arab country in the Middle East. In the first 30 years of Israel’s existence, it fought four large-scale wars with Egypt, two of which ended in decisive victory for Israel.
In his online contacts with Israelis, the Egyptian was said to have professed his admiration for the Jewish state. He is also believed to have attempted to reach Israel through Sudan.
Local media even reported on a list of items that authorities say “prove the suspect’s guilt”: a Hebrew-Arab dictionary, $100 US, rifle rounds, and four identity cards, each of which indicate that he worked in a different place. He also was found to have a business card belonging to the South Sudan embassy. On the back of the card, he wrote, “Israeli embassy.”
Authorities who investigated his Facebook page and his personal computer discovered that he clicked “like” on the Mossad’s page as well as that of the IDF Spokesperson and other Israeli pages. He was also found to have downloaded pictures of Israeli soldiers and officers as well as other figures waving the Israeli flag.
According to local media reports, the man admitted that “while he worked as a driver in a tourist resort in Sinai, he traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh in 2011, met an Israeli woman, and tried to enter Israel by way of local Beduin who work in smuggling infiltrators into Israel.”
Watching this video, I am at a loss to figure out exactly whom these terrorist thugs were protecting themselves from. Were they defending themselves from three-year-old Adele Biton, who was killed by Palestinian rock throwers? Or from five-month-old Yehuda Haim Shoham, also murdered by rock throwers? Maybe from Koby Mandell, 13, and Yosef Ishran 14, who were stoned to death and their bodies hidden in a cave covered by stones?
And you might want to have a chat with the Egyptian military.
If it’s guns and machinery that concern you, Israelis are also murdered by Palestinian guns and rockets. Of course, sometimes Palestinians are also “martyred” by their own weaponry in “work accidents”.
We also know that Hamas loves to launch rockets from highly populated areas, especially schools, mosques, and hospitals, using their own people as human shields so that when Israel is forced to fight back, Hamas can cry crocodile tears over the lives of their pawns.
Your defense of these psychotic murderers is sickening.
Code Pink, the Israel-hating uber-leftist organization, was planning a publicity stunt to try to get into Gaza for "International Women’s Day." Of course, they knew quite well that it was a stunt and there was very little chance that they would actually get into Gaza.
We will meet in Cairo on March 5. We will attempt to enter Gaza on March 6 and return from Gaza on March 12, 2014. Due to the political and security issues in Egypt, there are no guarantees that we will be able to get into Gaza. If we get to Gaza, we will spend our time meeting with women’s groups, human rights leaders, fisherfolk, farmers, UN representatives, youth activists and journalists. If we do not get into Gaza, we will make your time in Cairo very worthwhile.
(That webpage, by the way, was created using Israeli webpage software from WiX.)
Anti-Semitism is the sign of profound mental and social failure — and a harbinger of more failures and errors to come.
The prevalence of delusional conspiracy thinking at all levels of Egyptian intellectual and political life is a “tell” that points to important limits on Egypt’s potential for political, social and economic progress. Societies in thrall to this kind of darkness are unlikely to develop the vigorous, forward looking and competent civil societies that can promote true democracy. Societies whose intellectual leaders cannot understand how power works in the modern world are unlikely to adopt policies that bring rapid economic progress. Given the power of these ideas among prominent Muslim Brotherhood officials and leaders, it should have been clear to the Obama administration that whatever it was observing in Egypt, it was unlikely to be a “transition to democracy.” At best, the Egyptian revolution was always likely to be an interregnum between despotisms; at worst there is still a chance (hopefully small) that the country could fall into the kind of chaos and violence that has become much too common across the Middle East.
My Parents are refugees from Egypt. My entire family was exiled in 1949. Because they were Jewish, they were never given Egyptian citizenship — only residency.
When they were exiled, they were given a document allowing them a one-way trip out of Egypt. They were only permitted to take a suitcase weighing 20 kilos, (about 40 lbs), per person. They were forced to leave the rest of their belongings behind, including all assets.
Did my parents ever condemn Egypt? No!
Did my parents ever blame and condemn Islam? No!
Was I raised to hate Egypt and Muslims and to call on the death of all Egyptians? No!
Was I raised to carry revenge and martyrdom in my heart against all Egyptians and Muslims, until I am entrenched with hatred and rage rushing through my veins? No!
Do Egyptian Jewish refugees call on the destruction of Egypt? No!
Do Egyptian Jewish refugees swear on their life to overtake Egypt? No!
Do Egyptian Jewish refugees encourage their children to carry out terrorist attacks against Egyptians? No!
What is the deference between Jewish refugees from Arab/Muslim countries and local Arabs from Israel? The answer is, detachment, dignity and the strength and resilience to move on.
The tweet arrived last week from a respected journalist. It read: “18 Palestinians killed in #Syria chemical attack.”
I subsequently checked other mainstream news sources to see if there were comments on the story. One of the few was Ma’an, the Palestinian news agency, which put the number killed at 31.
How revealing, I thought. Had the tweet read “18 Palestinians killed in #Israeli chemical attack,” it would likely have been all over the news, and countless non-governmental groups would have rushed to the ramparts.
But if Israel isn’t involved, it seems, the killing of Palestinian civilians just doesn’t arouse interest, much less anger.
No, this is nothing new, but it is still noteworthy.
There have also been other Palestinian victims in the Syrian civil war, singled out for who they are and what side they’re on, and they’ve been made to pay a heavy price. The reaction from the pro-Palestinian camp? Silence.
Meanwhile, the new Egyptian government, opposed to Hamas rule, has made life difficult for Gaza residents by destroying tunnels between Egypt and Gaza and closing the border at Rafah for days at a time.
But here, too, there’s been no international outcry or protests. To the contrary, even as Israel continues to permit the daily flow of goods into Gaza, the pro-Palestinian lobby curses Israel, while remaining largely mum about Egypt.
Again, nothing new, perhaps, but still noteworthy.