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Facts and Logic About the Middle East

October 20, 2015

Despite fake reasons offered up by Kerry and the New York Times, Palestinians kill Jews because they hate them

Dear Friend of Israel:

Knife-wielding Palestinians rampaging through the streets and bus stations of Israel—an uncoordinated uprising of "lone wolves"—mostly claim they are trying to murder Israelis in order to protect al Aksa mosque from desecration or destruction by Jews. (This is a lie. Israel has made no moves to change the status quo on the Temple Mount since it liberated the site in 1967.)

Yet, the Obama administration continues to try to impose its own explanation on the situation—one that comports with its blind belief that the Palestinian-Israel conflict can be settled with a nice, friendly agreement over borders. Thus Secretary of State Kerry blames this violence on "a massive increase of settlements" over the last few years. (This is a lie, too. There has been virtually no increase of settlements and a dramatic decrease of settlement population growth over recent years.)

Now, in Sunday's New York Times, Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren expresses her inner social worker, claiming that the cause of the violence is Palestinian "despair" over conditions in neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. While she offers precious few facts to back up her analysis, she has lots of quotes from despairing Palestinians, one of whom inexplicably cries when he shows his Hebrew University ID at the airport. (This sounds like the kind of first-world problem millions of Arabs would love to have.)

Truth is, the murdering Palestinians—most between the ages of 15 and 25—are not motivated by studied analysis of settlement development in the Jerusalem suburbs or despair at school funding or the garbage pick-up schedule in their neighborhoods.

Rather, they are animated by a hate of Jews, whom they have been taught since birth are descendants of pigs and monkeys—in other words, crude, unabashed anti-Semitism. Packed around this core of burning bigotry is an equally irrational rationale—that Jews are not a people, but rather are religious colonists who are stealing Arab land (all of Israel) and must be driven out. The Jews of biblical Palestine, the Kingdom of David—thousands of years before the arrival of Arabs? It's meaningless hogwash to these "indigenous" Arabs who just started calling themselves Palestinians in 1967.

These young Palestinian murderers—and polls consistently show that most Palestinians—simply don't accept the Jewish state. That's why "President" Mahmoud Abbas consistently refuses to accept "two states for two peoples" and one of the core reasons the Palestinians don't have a state today.

No, my friends, it's not about al Aksa, about settlements, about despair or about the so-called occupation (which exists only because Palestinians refuse to stop fighting, declare peace and build a state). It's about a culture of hate that is bred deep into the Palestinian psyche—cultivated and nurtured in their schools, mosques, media and U.N. refugee camps run by UNRWA.

You'll learn more about this vicious, virulent culture in this week's FLAME Hotline featured article, below, by Bret Stephens, one of today's most astute and articulate commentators on the Middle East. In this brief, but powerful piece, he recounts reasons for what he calls the "Palestinian psychosis" and upbraids mainstream media for denying it. (By all means, if you haven't seen it, click on the video link in Stephens' article to the Gaza imam exhorting Palestinians to stab Jews—shocking and despicable.)

Please take a few minutes to review this piece, then pass it on to your friends and colleagues who may benefit from it. Now, more than ever, we need clarity on this issue. No more lies. No more fake narratives of Palestinian victimhood. To this end, I also urge you to see the P.S. immediately below, which describes FLAME's efforts to tell the truth about Palestinian incitement.

Best regards,

Jim Sinkinson
Vice President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)


As you know, the Palestinian "cause"—which is essentially to conquer Israel—has been pushed out of the headlines and global attention by other, more pressing issues in the Middle East, such as barbarous conquests by the Islamic State, slaughter of Syrians by their leader Bashar Assad and by other disastrous fallout from the "Arab Spring." To regain the spotlight, Palestinian leadership is now inciting the Arab street to acts of terrorism—blaming Israel with lies and anti-Semitic slander. Unfortunately, too many Western media, including the New York Times, are buying it! To fight back, FLAME is now publishing a new position paper in media nationwide. I want to offer you a preview of this outspoken hasbarah message: "Palestinian Incitement to Terror" This piece will soon be appearing in magazines and newspapers, including college newspapers, with a combined readership of some 10 million people. In addition, it is being sent to every member of the U.S. Congress and President Obama. If you agree that this kind of public relations effort on Israel's behalf is critical, I urge you to support us. Remember: FLAME's powerful ability to influence public opinion comes from individuals like you, one by one. I hope you'll consider giving a donation now, as you're able—with $500, $250, $100, or even $18. (Remember, your donation to FLAME is tax deductible.) To donate online, just go to donate now. Now more than ever we need your support to ensure that Israel gets the support it needs—from the U.S. Congress, from President Obama, and from the American people.

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Palestine: The Psychotic Stage

The truth about why Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust.

By Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 12, 2015

If you've been following the news from Israel, you might have the impression that "violence" is killing a lot of people. As in this headline: "Palestinian Killed As Violence Continues." Or this first paragraph: "Violence and bloodshed radiating outward from flash points in Jerusalem and the West Bank appear to be shifting gears and expanding, with Gaza increasingly drawn in."

Read further, and you might also get a sense of who, according to Western media, is perpetrating "violence." As in: "Two Palestinian Teenagers Shot by Israeli Police," according to one headline. Or: "Israeli Retaliatory Strike in Gaza Kills Woman and Child, Palestinians Say," according to another.

Such was the media's way of describing two weeks of Palestinian assaults that began when Hamas killed a Jewish couple as they were driving with their four children in the northern West Bank. Two days later, a Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem's Old City, and also slashed a woman and a 2-year-old boy. Hours later, another knife-wielding Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli police after he slashed a 15-year-old Israeli boy in the chest and back.

Other Palestinian attacks include the stabbing of two elderly Israeli men and an assault with a vegetable peeler on a 14-year-old. On Sunday, an Arab-Israeli man ran over a 19-year-old female soldier at a bus stop, then got out of his car, stabbed her, and attacked two men and a 14-year-old girl. Several attacks have been carried out by women, including a failed suicide bombing.

Regarding the causes of this Palestinian blood fetish, Western news organizations have resorted to familiar tropes. Palestinians have despaired at the results of the peace process—never mind that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas just declared the Oslo Accords null and void. Israeli politicians want to allow Jews to pray atop the Temple Mount—never mind that Benjamin Netanyahu denies it and has barred Israeli politicians from visiting the site. There's always the hoary "cycle of violence" formula that holds nobody and everybody accountable at one and the same time.

Left out of most of these stories is some sense of what Palestinian leaders have to say. As in these nuggets from a speech Mr. Abbas gave last month: "Al Aqsa Mosque is ours. They [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet." And: "We bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah."

Then there is the goading of the Muslim clergy. "Brothers, this is why we recall today what Allah did to the Jews," one Gaza imam said Friday in a recorded address, translated by the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute, or Memri. "Today, we realize why the Jews build walls. They do not do this to stop missiles but to prevent the slitting of their throats."

Then, brandishing a six-inch knife, he added: "My brother in the West Bank: Stab!"

Imagine if a white minister in, say, South Carolina preached this way about African-Americans, knife and all: Would the news media be supine in reporting it? Would we get "both sides" journalism of the kind that is pro forma when it comes to Israelis and Palestinians, with lengthy pieces explaining—and implicitly justifying—the minister's sundry grievances, his sense that his country has been stolen from him?

And would this be supplemented by the usual fake math of moral opprobrium, which is the stock-in-trade of reporters covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? In the Middle East version, a higher Palestinian death toll suggests greater Israeli culpability. (Perhaps Israeli paramedics should stop treating stabbing victims to help even the score.) In a U.S. version, should the higher incidence of black-on-white crime be cited to "balance" stories about white supremacists?

Didn't think so.

Treatises have been written about the media's mind-set when it comes to telling the story of Israel. We'll leave that aside for now. The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment. Despair at the state of the peace process, or the economy? Please. It's time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves.

Above all, it's time to give hatred its due. We understand its explanatory power when it comes to American slavery, or the Holocaust. We understand it especially when it is the hatred of the powerful against the weak. Yet we fail to see it when the hatred disturbs comforting fictions about all people being basically good, or wanting the same things for their children, or being capable of empathy.

Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.






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