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`Holocaust Children' Demand Recognition
A group of Jews who were aged 1-12 during the Holocaust now demand special compensation
for their lost childhoods and the suffering they experienced during the war and after
Unlike the adult survivors, they say, they suppressed their trauma, and the
post-traumatic effect of their experiences only showed up later in their lives. The Claims
Conference that handles survivor compensation claims will bring up the group's demands
before the German government.
Netanyahu Gives No Hint of Concessions to Palestinians
By Luis Ramirez (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Washington this
week in an effort to muster U.S. support for Israel in the face of political changes in
the Arab world and rising pressure from the Palestinians.
The Israeli leader will have an opportunity to explain to President Barack Obama how he
plans to deal with changes in the Arab world and the growing internal and external
pressure for a peace with the Palestinians.
Israeli officials say it is too early to tell what changes will come in neighboring
Arab states in the wake of recent uprisings, but they are concerned that more hostile
governments will replace the ones that have fallen.
Speaking to Israeli lawmakers Monday, Netanyahu said that during this transition
period; Israel's situation might become more problematic and challenging. The Israeli
leader said Israel sees what is happening in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, which he says is
now ruled by the Iranian-backed Hizbullah. He noted that the demonstration by thousands
of Palestinians at Israel's border fences on Sunday, calling it an attempt to invade
Israel's territory and harm its sovereignty.
Sunday's unprecedented wave of protests by thousands of Palestinian demonstrators at
Israel's borders and checkpoints along the Palestinian territories showed that the
so-called Arab Spring has arrived at Israel's doorstep.
Demonstration organizers used Facebook and other social media to call protesters from
the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and Syria. Many described themselves as
Palestinian refugees seeking to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.
Netanyahu said Israel wants peace with the Palestinians, and he laid out a list of
conditions on Monday. None of them hinted at changes in policy or concessions ahead of
his Washington trip. The Israeli leader said the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a
Jewish state, allow for Jerusalem to remain undivided under Israeli rule, and agree that a
future Palestinian state would be demilitarized.
He also ruled out the return of refugees to lands inside Israel, saying that
Palestinians who want to return to Israel threaten the existence of the Jewish state.
Netanyahu said he is ready to accept a Palestinian state, but that he is not ready to
accept a Palestinian state instead of the state of Israel.
Also causing concern for Israel's leaders is a reconciliation agreement recently signed
by the moderate Fatah faction that runs the West Bank and the militant Islamist group
Hamas that rules Gaza. Israel opposes dealing with any Palestinian leadership that
includes Hamas, which the United States considers to be a terrorist organization and whose
charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.
Palestinian officials plan to be in Washington at the same time as Netanyahu and are
expected to make a case for their reconciliation deal. Israel, meanwhile, is working to
shore up international support to prevent the recognition of a Palestinian state before a
final peace agreement is reached.
Relations between the United States and Israel have been strained during the Obama
administration, as the Netanyahu government has resisted White House pressure for it to
curb settlement construction in the West Bank.
With conditions in the region becoming more uncertain, many Israelis are watching to
see how far Netanyahu is willing to go to bolster relations with Israel's biggest
Abbas, Netanyahu Agree: War of 1948 Has Not Ended
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
agree at least on one point: The "conflict" between Arabs and the Jewish state was not
settled in the 1948 War for Independence.
In his Knesset speech Monday night, the Prime Minister said, "This is not a conflict
about 1967. This is a conflict about 1948, about the State of Israel's very existence. You
must have noticed that yesterday's events ["Nakba Day"] did not take place on June 5, the
day the Six Day War erupted; they took place on May 15, the day the State of Israel was
In his Monday op-ed in The New York Times, Abbas wrote, "It is important to note that
the last time the question of Palestinian statehood took center stage at the General
Assembly, the question posed to the international community was whether our homeland
should be partitioned into two states. In November 1947, the General Assembly made its
recommendation and answered in the affirmative. Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces
expelled Palestinian Arabs to ensure a decisive Jewish majority in the future state of
Israel, and Arab armies intervened. War and further expulsions ensued."
Abbas' skillfully written op-ed implicitly rejected the existence of Israel by stating
that the General Assembly partitioned "our homeland," a phrase that previously had
referred to a Jewish state in declarations by the League of Nations and in the Balfour
Declaration, among others.
His description of the chain of events in 1947 and 1948 parallels several Muslim and
Arab alterations of history and the Bible. His op-ed stated that Zionist forces expelled
"Palestinian Arabs" after the United Nations recognition of Israel.
However, Britain still was in control of the country at the time under the Mandate, and
Israel, where the Jewish people already were under siege by Arabs, did not establish
itself as an independent nation until the following May. Also, the term "Palestinian
Arabs" was not invented until years later. The entire country was referred to as Palestine
under the British Mandate, a term coined by the ancient Romans.
Abbas also tried to establish as a fact that Arab armies "intervened" to stop the
alleged efforts to expel Arabs and create a Jewish majority. Virtually every history book
outside the Arab world notes that Arab terrorists attacked Jews for decades, most notably
the 1929 pogrom in Hebron, where Arabs slaughtered 67 Jews. The "intervention" was an Arab
declaration of war against the existence of a Jewish state, which Arab forces vowed to
Abbas wrote that "war and further expulsions" ensued but omitted reminding readers that
every war against Israel was launched by Arabs. He did not mention the war drums that
seven Arab nations beat until the beginning of the Six Day War in 1967.
Six years later, Egypt, followed by Syria, launched an unprovoked war with a
large-scale invasion on Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday.
Muslim clerics and the Palestinian Authority also have tried to change the Bible,
referring to binding of Isaac (Yitzchak) as the "binding of Ishmael." They also have
rejected any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, which has been subject to an Arab campaign
claiming that it was not built by Jews and that the Western Wall is a Muslim holy site,
despite the Bible and archeological findings to the contrary..
Similar claims have been made that Rachel's Tomb, south of Jerusalem and on the road to
Efrat, actually was a Muslim holy place, even though Islam was not founded until nearly
2,500 years after the death of the Matriarch Rachel, wife of Jacob (Yaakov).
92-Year-Old Arab Gloats Over 1929 Rape-Massacre, Wants Encore
As the world is subjected to a hail of propaganda from Arabs regarding the 1948
"disaster" inflicted upon them by the creation of the state of Israel, Arab press watchdog
MEMRI has released a video that places the Arab claims in perspective.
In the video, a 92-year-old Arab woman, originally from Hebron, glowingly recalls on
Hamas-Gaza TV how the Arabs of Hebron, including her father, without provocation,
massacred the peaceful Jewish neighbors they had lived beside for years in 1929
almost 20 years before the 1948 War of Independence. Needless to say, there was no State
of Israel then, no IDF, no "occupation" etc.
In an orgy of sadistic violence on August 24, 1929, 67 of Hebron's Jews were murdered.
The Arabs murdered children in front of their parents, severed limbs, raped and burned
The British High Commissioner in the Land of Israel, Sir John Chancellor, published a
statement following the massacre, saying, I have learned with horror of the atrocious acts
committed by bodies of ruthless and bloodthirsty evil-doers, of savage murders perpetrated
upon defenseless members of the Jewish population regardless of age or sex, accompanied as
at Hebron, by acts of unspeakable savagery, of the burning of farms and houses in town and
country and of the looting and destruction of property. These crimes have brought upon
their authors the execration of all civilized peoples throughout the world.
Glenn Beck Plans `Restoring Courage' Rally on Temple Mount
Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck is planning a huge "Restoring Courage" rally in
August on the Temple Mount, where he visited earlier this month. He announced on his
morning radio program Monday, "Last summer we set out to Restore Honor in Washington, DC.
This summer it is time to Restore Courage
. It is time for us to courageously stand
Beck acknowledged that organizing security and logistics for the August event would be challenging. "The very gates of hell will open up against us," he said on his radio program. (See http://tinyurl.com/BeckOnIsrael)
Referring to international diplomatic efforts to handle the Arab world's anti-Israel
views and actions and Western diplomatic efforts too, Beck said, "The only power broker,
the only seat of government that can and will solve this problem with or without us is
God. It is time to return inside the walls that surround Jerusalem and stand with people
of all faiths, all around the world."
Beck exhorted "all decent people and people of faith" to join him in Jerusalem. Having
recently returned from a trip to Israel, where he visited the Temple Mount, he said upon
his departure, "The Temple Mount almost pulsated. I could feel it."
Candidly admitting that he didn't know how many people would show up, or how much the
event would cost, he declared that the rally would be "a life altering event."
Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally drew between 90,000 and hundreds of thousands of people,
based on various estimates.
As a vocal advocate and fervent supporter of Israel, Beck has made Israel and the
Jewish people a focal point of his broadcasts. Last February, he offered his
prognostications on the revolution in Egypt by telling his television audience, "If
President Hosni Mubarak does step down, however, the Muslim Brotherhood would be the most
likely group to seize power. They've openly stated they want to declare war on
Often declaring his deeply-held conviction that Israel and the Jewish people are being
"set up," Beck has consistently addressed the exponential rise in anti-Semitism.
"Old hatreds are coming over the horizon; it's a well-laid plan," he said on one
program. "Right now, when you're paying $4 a gallon for gasoline, it's tough. Pretty soon,
you're going to want somebody to blame. And politicians always are there to give you
someone to blame. And mark my words; we will be paying 10 dollars a gallon for gasoline.
When that happens and someone comes to you and says, `It's the Jews. It's Israel. If they
would just give up Jerusalem. If they would just divide Jerusalem...'
Making an oblique reference to the upcoming meeting between President Barack Obama and
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Beck said, "There are people that will promise you
`peace' in the coming months. They are going to attack the center of our faith; our common
faith, and that is Jerusalem, but it won't be with bullets or bombs. It will be with a
two-state solution that cuts off Jerusalem; the Old City, from the rest of the world."
Alluding to the dramatic escalation in global anti-Western and anti-Israel animus, Beck
said, "There are forces in this land, and forces all over the globe that are trying to
destroy us, but remember, 'we are the great Satan and Israel is the little Satan.'"
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