Wednesday, February 25, 2015

EU, US Anti-Terrorism Task Force Joining Up with Terrorist Abetors

Nadene Goldfoot                                                         
Ankara, Turkey

The EU and the USA have recently been holding meetings in Brussels, Belgium and Ankara, Turkey that include representatives of Turkey and Qatar to form an anti-Terrorism task force.  February 12th seems to be the last one in Brussels which is the capital and largest city of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU).  
President of Turkey; Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Why are Turkey and Qatar included in these meetings?  They happen to be 2 of the major funders of terror groups.  The very Islamists they support have been spiritedly spreading out.    It is said that Turkey is funding ISIS.  "

 A former IS terrorist said that Turkey,  a member of NATO, provided funds for the terrorist group. Other accusations are that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are funding terrorists.  "Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. "As we have the longest border with Syria," writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, "Turkey's support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country." Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey's frontiers."

The  American Jewish Congress asked Erdogan to return his 2004 Profile of Courage Award and described him as “the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world. Erdogan is now telling his Jewish community "“I talked with our Jewish citizens’ leaders on Thursday and I stated that they should adopt a firm stance and release a statement against the Israeli government. I will contact them [Jewish leaders in Turkey] again, but whether or not they release a statement, we will never let Jewish people in Turkey get hurt.”  Telling Jewish Turks what to say about Israel?  That's what Abbas did to the Jews of Syria when they were questioned by interviewers.  They were living in a ghetto they could not get out of except with the help of Judith Feld Carr in the 90s, and lied to interviewers or they would have been either thrown in prison or killed.  

“Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large [numbers] of our mujahedeen received medical treatment in Turkey,” said the man, who was not identified. “We do not have the support of Saudi Arabia, but many Saudi families who believe in jihad do assist us. But anyhow, we will no longer need it, soon,” he said.
“We will build the Islamic state in the territories from Tigris to Jordan and Palestine and to Lebanon. Sunni Law will rule,” he continued.                                                      
Ismail Haniyah

Khaled mashaal

Turkey's President, had been meeting with Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyah last June 18, 2013 in Ankara.  
Qaradawi in Qatar, fatwa on all Jews

Al-Jazeera broadcasts from Qatar and Qaradawi, the religious leader kicked out of Egypt for his extremism, fled to Qatar where he was joyfully greeted.  The Arabic version, as we now have this station entering many colleges and universities in an English version thanks to ex vice president Al Gore who bought the English station,  ENCOURAGES TERRORIST ATTACKS IN EGYPT AND THE SINAI PENINSULA BY THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, AND PREACHES DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL NON-STOP!

Their recent documentary broadcast was a series glorifying Hamas and the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, their military-terrorist wing.   This series was idealizing Islamist terrorism and encouraging mass-casualty terrorist attacks against Jews in the name of radical Islamist ideology.  A star in the series was just released from prison in Israel so fled to Qatar; the killer,  Abd al-Karim al-Hanini.  In the series Al-Hanini explains how to build explosives from agricultural goods such as chemical fertilizer and sulfur.  He explains how to fill an empty gas balloon with explosives;  how to detonate the bomb mechanically, electronically or with a suicide-bomber in order to kill as many Israelis as possible.  This type of TV programming is also on the web inducing young men and women to come to Syria or Iraq via Turkey to join up with ISIS or kill as many as they can at home.  

Hanini boasts about his killing Israeli civilians and soldiers.  Intelligence agencies all over the world can see this series for themselves to see how detrimental they are.  So far none have even criticized it.  
Egypt's jets attacking IS

Qatar's TV channel incites terrorism against President el-Sisi of Egypt.  The US State Department recently hosted an official meeting for the Muslim Brotherhood, father of Hamas. They were the enemy of Sisi and Egypt, and had been outlawed by the previous president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat who followed Nasser.   Evidently Cairo's speech in 2009 wasn't Obama's last connection with the Muslim Brotherhood.  

Resource: by Bassam Tawil "Who could Be whipping Up Terrorists?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

USA Sinking Low From Congress Members Shirking Responsibility

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       

The role of Congress members is to scrutinize the decisions of the president.  Today he is making decisions involving our national security, our relationship with long standing allies and the threat of nuclear proliferation.

Congress has every right to invite any world leader or international expert to speak to them as an aid in helping them to making decisions about Iran and it's quest to have nuclear power.  15 Democrats plan to boycott Netanyahu's speech.  Of course Obama and Biden are not going to attend.  John Kerry, Secretary of State who is the main deal-maker for the USA won't attend either.  Hertzog of Labor, a very left political party in Israel, Netanyahu's political opponent, has met with these important Americans, however, finding time for him in working to unseat Netanyahu.  Instead of thinking of all the lives that are hanging in jeopardy over this Iran deal, all 4  are thinking only of themselves and of their  politics.
Some, mostly Democrats, have already decided not to come and hear Netanyahu speak to them on March 3rd.  The discourtesy of not coming to listen violates protocol and basic decency.  Netanyahu must  fly a great distance to come and speak and is the Prime Minister of Israel, not some flunky.  He probably knows more about this issue than any other world leader because his country has been threatened by extinction from Iran.  Their very existence is at stake.

According to the latest reports, a deal being made would allow Iran to keep some 6,500 centrifuges.  This deal seems to consist of a waiting period of 10 years and then slowly easing restrictions on their actions that could be used to make atomic arms.  It's the idea of rewarding them for good behavior, if that shows, and allowing them to have uranium enrichment and slowly ease the economic sanctions higher than what they are at present.  It involves trusting them at their word, which no one seems to really believe is possible as they are churning away their machines of producing a lot of centrifuges.
Many feel it is a danger to peace in the Western world and threatens the security of the State of Israel.  It's a deeply flawed deal that doesn't address the issue of weaponization.  They've already violated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty for more than 20 years by working on nuclear weapons capabilities.  No one is addressing this core issue of weaponization in reports.  Interballistic missiles must also be discussed and hasn't been.  The ICBMs Iran wants to develop have delivery systems for nuclear weapons.  Is that what is going to be allowed 10 years from now?  There is nothing restricting Iran on missile development in this deal.                                                                            

We do not want Iran to enrich their uranium stockpile to be able to build a nuclear weapons secretly.  It has 19,000 centrifuges, secretive and heavily guarded nuclear facilities.  They are into weaponization and have advanced centrifuge research.  Revolutionary Guards are present and involved in a ballistic-missile program and their plutonium reactor.  This deal would be allowing Iran to keep 4,500 - 6,500 centrifuges  and remain within striking distance of building a nuclear weapons.  It would be giving them the green light to enrich uranium.  Only those planning on building such weapons need to have uranium enriched.  That's not what the USA does.  Civilian uses just call for importing enriched uranium for operating industrial-scale enrichment facilities.  The USA isn't even doing such things.
Syrian missiles
Ask the nuclear experts.  They think it's a bad deal.  One president cannot make all these decisions who isn't going to share information with Israel  now about the deal.  Have the Congress members not interested in listening considered the fact that Iran is coordinating with Al-Qaeda terrorists and has been since 2007?  They speak together about their joint terror attacks against US targets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said they lack the tools to monitor Iran's nuclear program in this deal.  The P5+1 is ready to legitimize Iran as one of the nuclear threshold states.  The world community of P5+1 lacks the will to stop this from happening.  Whatever is Obama thinking?

Russia has offered to sell an air-defense system to Iran, the Antey, a 2500 air-defense system.  They've had a contract since 2007 that was cancelled in 2010 after pressure from the USA and Israel.  This one can destroy aircraft and ballistic missiles at a range of 200 km.(125 miles).  
Iron Dome
 Israel has the Iron Dome, but it doesn't have 100% accuracy.  When you have to stop atomic missiles or bombs, you can't play with %s.  It's about 988 miles from Iran to Israel, so they won't be shooting missiles directly from Iran but from Syria or Lebanon, somewhere that they have their foot inside.  It's about 87 miles from Syria to Tel Aviv,   and only 131 miles to Lebanon. Iran's closest ally is Syria.  
10-15 years from now, he most likely is thinking that the ayatollahs will be gone.  In all probability, they will be in full force.  That's the power behind the throne of presidency.  The president takes his orders from the residing Ayatollah in Iran.  Such a deal as this will put the Ayatollah in the seat of the throne.  Who would need the presidential puppet?  Israel will then face extinction as well as Saudi Arabia.  Then the USA will be easy pickings along with Europe who is already falling in line.

Resource:  Daily Alert 2/24/15 such as Commentary, Jerusalem Post, Wall Street Journal, Times of Israel.and Nasser Al-Haqbani (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Auschwitz 70 Years Ago Reminds Us of Iran Today

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       

Germany established Auschwitz Concentration Camp as part of their "Jewish Solution"  in Poland in June 1940.  The Allies freed it 70 years ago in 1945.   One hears the regret and pledges of "never again" but anti-Semitism has returned to Europe with a vengeance. It had become the largest Nazi Jewish extermination camp.  The Jews living in Auschwitz numbered about 4,000 and they all were either expelled or exterminated in 1940.

 This camp was organized by the SS men with experience of similar camps in Germany.  It was intended to serve as a place of punishment for Polish political prisoners.  It was in East Upper Silesia, a region Germany had annexed.  The town it was in was Oswiecim, known in German as Auschwitz, which was 30 miles from Cracow.

Rudolf Hoess   was the commandant who had arrived on April 29th with 5 other SS men.
 " From 4 May 1940 to November 1943, and again from 8 May 1944 to 18 January 1945, he was the commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, where it is estimated that more than a million people were killed. He was hanged in 1947 following a trial in Warsaw."

 On May 30, 30 more Germans who were convicted criminals had arrived to be the barrack chiefs or Kapos, as they were called.  In the first 2 weeks of June, 300 Jews from Auschwitz were brought in to clean the site which had been the Austro-Hungarian artillery barracks of WWI.  The Jews were sent back after working under 15 SS cavalarymen.  6,000 Jews from Auschwitz were sent to other towns in the region.

The first people to be deported to the Auschwitz Concentration camp came from the city of Tarnow.  They were Poles, imprisoned because they had tried tried to get out of the area by going south to Slovakia, because some were community leaders, priests and schoolteachers.  20 Jews were in this first group; a director of the local Hebrew school, 2 lawyers and others.  These luckier people came there by passenger train and heard that Paris had just fallen.  Upon arrival they had to work digging ditches and moving earth.  728 had arrived but only 137 survived the war.  The Jews had all died.

It had held prisoners of virtually every occupied European nation as well as Jews of all nationalities.  Those not Jewish were assigned to slave labor, but up to 90% of the Jews were selected on their arrival for immediate extermination.  The rest died from hunger, disease and maltreatment like horrific beatings.
At first prisoners were slaughtered by mass shootings, beatings, poisonous injections, and then gassing which was first experimented with in September 1941.  The Nazis acted like animals in their fury to tear apart babies and slaughter Jews, and the Ukranians, Poles and Lithuanians sometimes acted even worse in their zeal to assist the slaughter.

Soon the gassing chambers were able to process thousands of human beings daily.  About 1.6 million persons lost their lives to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the satellite camps.  This included 1,350,000 Jews, 83,000 Poles, 20,000 Gypsies and 12,000 Russians.  When the Russian troops liberated the camp on January 27, 1945, they found 7,650 survivors.

The Jews who were killed didn't realize it was possible for the Germans to want to exterminate all Jews in the whole world starting with them.  Who could ever expect such a thing?  It was unknown to the world as far as they knew.  Back in 722 BCE when Assyria had attacked Israel, they fought and then took away the best of the people as slaves, and for a trade of people.  The same by 586 BCE when the Babylonians did the same thing, take away the best of the people as slaves and a transfer and planting of different people.  Even the Romans didn't try to extinguish all the Jews by 70 CE though they burned down the Temple and took over the destroyed city.  After several years the news leaked out to remaining Jews of exterminations, so they began to fight back as best they could.  They gained a few hours, days, and sometimes even weeks more of life by fighting.

What was the hardest in all the cruelty was of how the children were killed, and usually were the first selected.  The evilness of the murderers were methods unbelievable; bashing babies against something hard, catching them on the ends of bayonets, thrown into fires:   the most innocent of all life slaughtered by the most cruel  of humanity.

Now, Israel, born again in 1948, has 6 million Jews in its population, the amount lost in the Holocaust.  We need to make 'NEVER AGAIN" more than an empty phrase.  It is the Muslim Middle East today that is the heart of the global anti-Semitism that has arisen.  There is a factory of anti-Jewish literature, films, blood libels and calls for violence against Jews which calls for another genocide against Jews who are only 0.02% of the world population as it is.

Albert Camus wrote The Plague,  an allegory with 2 levels of meaning.  The historical allegory  signifies the plague as when the Germans occupied France from 1940 to 1944 during WWII.  The plague are the rats which invade with the citizens of the town being very slow to realize the magnitude of the danger because they do not believe in pestilence or that it could happen to them, just as the French were complacent at the beginning of the war.  They could not imagine that the Germans, who they had defeated 20 years before, could defeat them in a mere 6 weeks which happened to France.  At the allegorical level, the plague carries people off unexpectedly which was the reality of the occupation where people were snatched from their homes by the Gestapo and imprisoned or sent to work as slave labor, or gassed if they were Jewish.

But by being so allegorical, it does not imbue the reader of the terror, the horror that the Nazis brought nor their blood-thirsty acts of savagery that were let loose.  As I read this short story, the longest I've ever read in this category, I was utterly bored to death.  A popular story in literature classes, the students get none of the horrors, only a ho hum and one would see drowsy students.

Hamas terrorists who rule half or more of the Palestinian Arabs and have been living in Gaza have a founding charter.  It calls for the eradication of Israel and for the killing of Jews everywhere.  They feed on old Nazi literature.  That is their godly  literature, possibly  more swaying than Islam..

Yet such nice people, I call them do-gooders, have sided with Hamas, such as the 26 year old Kayla Mueller of Arizona  who was just killed by IS in Syria.  She had been in Gaza helping the "poor people" who voted Hamas in, and then finding them a tough nut to crack, went to Syria with her Syrian boyfriend to help bring peace there. She was taken prisoner on August 4, 2013.   Her parents just found out from ISIS that she had been killed in a Jordanian strike.  Kayla meant well but went into a hot spot without understanding the dangers and had not been really prepared at all, stated a woman journalist interviewed on CNN last week.                                                                

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nazrallah welcomes Jewish emigration to Israel for his own evil purposes, as he thinks it makes killing Jews easier.  "If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."  His interpretation of the present position of Arabs in the Middle East is shared by most who will not accept the fall of the Ottoman Empire in WWI.  He said, "I believe that Palestine is an occupied land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, and this is the right of the entire Palestinian people, this land."  He also said, "However, there is no legal and legitimate state called Israel."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,  Past President of  Iran 

Present President of Iran Hassan Rouhani 
Religious leader  Ali Khamenei, more powerful than the president.

Iran openly declares as its sacred mission the annihilation of Israel.    

For Israel, the threat of atomic weapons made by Iran is direct, immediate and mortal.  It took Nazi Germany 7 years to kill 6 million Jews.  It would take a nuclear Iran one day.  These 3 men above have not been kidding! They have also been Holocaust deniers while demanding nuclear power. 
Update:  "According to leaked details of the talks, the US is reportedly softening in its stance towards Iran and allowing a higher number centrifuges to remain in Iranian possession. In a stunning admission, the White House said that it was purposely leaving Israel in the dark regarding details of nuclear talks so that Israel would not have any opportunity to torpedo the agreement."  Iran is threatening to walk away from talks.  Why not?  It has worked with the Palestinians to get their own way.  

Resource: The Jewish Press, February 13, 2015 "Do We Really Mean "Never Again"? by Charles Krauthammer
The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert
Albert Camus;  The Plague, by Everyman's Library

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rudy Guiliani's Comments About Obama Not Loving America

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                    
Meet the Press on NBC this Sunday morning was talking about the former Mayor of New York, Rudy Guiliani, whose comments were about President Obama not loving the USA like Governor Walker and his family and Juiliani's family have loved this country. What causes him to think this?   All the commentators are talking about it.  He's even had death threats over it.

  For Americans, especially Democrats,  it's been like love at first sight and not wanting your parents to point out all the problems of falling in love with this man that it  is going to cause if you marry, and marry Americans did by electing him for 2 terms.  Americans have been in denial about everything he has led because of this strong love affair.  So here's some of the reasons why Guiliani might believe that Obama doesn't love America like he does.

 " From ages six to ten, Obama attended local Indonesian-language schools: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School for two years and Besuki Public School for one and a half years, supplemented by English-language Calvert School homeschooling by his mother."  That means that from the 1st grade through the 5th grade, Barack was schooled in Indonesia, not the USA.  He started life off not learning the subjects Americans study.   He wasn't raised as we were to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag or to celebrate 4th of July like we did.  
Rudy Guiliani
Guiliani was quick to point out that the Communist, Frank Marshall Davis,  had been a visitor to Obama's home.                                                
Frank Marshall Davis,  journalist,  political and labor movement activist
In his memoir Dreams from My FatherBarack Obama mentions a friend of his grandfather named Frank, who was later identified as Davis. Davis told Obama that he and Stanley (Obama's maternal grandfather) both had grown up only 50 miles apart, near Wichita, although they did not meet until Hawaii.  Frank Davis moved there in the 70s.  

 "Frank Marshall Davis (1905-87) was a mentor to a young Barack Obama throughout the 1970s, the period of Obama’s adolescence. Since Obama was born August 4, 1961, he would have been between the ages of 10 to 18, very formative and impressionable years in Hawaii with his mother and grandparents after returning from Indonesia.  Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian class at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.  Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya.   They separated in late August shortly after Barack's birth.  Barack was reared more by his grandparents than his mother.  

  Davis was  a literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party—Party number 47544.  Davis edited and wrote for Party-line publications such as the Honolulu Record and the Chicago Star, which included contributors who served as actual agents to Stalin’s Soviet Union." 

Davis  turned to Communism after being fully duped by a Soviet propaganda campaign that convinced him the USSR had abolished racism of all kinds.
There are stark parallels between Frank Marshall Davis’ words and deeds and those of the Obama administration — from universal health care to the catch phrases, “hope and change” and “forward!” (all of which find origin in Obama’s Communist mentor).                                              

The question always comes up about Obama's religion;  is he a Christian or is he a Muslim.  The panel can't understand why people think he might be Muslim.  The obvious answer is his name:  Barack Hussein Obama.  It's a Muslim name that he didn't want to change.  He owns it.  It's possible he has even tried to use that name in talking to heads of Muslim states, such as when he was in Egypt speaking at the beginning of his presidency and wanted the Muslim Brotherhood right up in the front of the audience.  He has a Muslim name and spent his formative years living in Indonesia, which is the most populated Muslim country in the world. with about 228,582,000 people of which 86.1% are Muslims.  His step-father was a Muslim.  His mother was not religious, and there he was in a Muslim country where Muslim traditions were being practiced in life as in holidays, conversations, etc.
Then let's not forget Jeremiah Wright, his Christian pastor in Chicago for over 20 years.  Wright  berated Jews and rubbed shoulders with Black Muslim leaders.  Of course Obama had to hear some of the sermons and think about them.  He surely didn't do much to change Wright's views about Jews.  All this adds up to not only the first Black president in the USA, but the first president with a Muslim name and the first to be brought up in a country other than the USA." Obama’s ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright or the Weather Underground’s Bill Ayers " has caused many consternation about his present philosophy and direction.  .  
Qaradawi, Egyptian Muslim religious leader exiled to Qatar
That was pretty appalling to me since the Muslim Brotherhood seems to be the root of all evil with the Muslim religion.  They have in their charter the goal of destroying Israel and killing all Jews.  Qaradawi is the main religious leader of the Brotherhood, and he is a fanatic. An old man himself, he has stated he would kill a Jew with his bare hands if he were near one.  He has a Nazi mindset.

Why did Guiliani think Obama doesn't love America?   He has refused to wear a pin on his chest like others do.   Obama's wife, Michelle,  had mentioned something very close to that before he was elected.  She was recalling the treatment of Blacks before and after the Civil War, evidently.  Now she has reason to have negative feelings, and it's quite possible this has also been transmitted to Obama through his own family and through her.  Wives are traditionally very strong in leading their husbands towards a certain direction.  It was in 2008 that she had said, For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”   Actually, this election of Obama has caused all Blacks, about 11% of the American population, to have some pride that a Black was elected.  It held out hope for themselves to do better and to be elevated socially in this country.   But even some of them have become disillusioned.  

Guiliani is also voicing the feelings of many Americans about Obama's programs and directions of his policies.  One has to be very thick-headed not to wonder about it.  This pussy-footing around words to use is one thing.  Being Islam is the 2nd largest religion in the world, it's natural Obama doesn't want the USA to stir up hatred and have all Muslims attack the USA.  But he has over-reached in this business of being so careful about the verbiage used and call Muslim terrorists what they are and what damage they are doing to their own religion.

"Giuliani said he was disgusted with Obama's response to the executions of Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS and the attack on a Jewish market in Paris by radicals inspired by the terrorist group."  He wouldn't recognize the fact that a Jewish store was hit and sluffed it off as just a market. By doing this, he  refused to recognize that Muslim terrorists attack Jews.  

Quite frankly, I can't understand how Islam is always said to the the religion of peace.  They converted Jewish tribes living in Saudi Arabia with the sword.  They either converted or they were killed.  What a way to spread peace to people!  The only peaceful time I've noted was the past 1,400 years or so when Europe was not a peaceful land for Jews and those in Muslim lands fared much better, though they were 2nd class citizens called dhimmis.   Since the end of WWI and just the discussion of the creation of Israel, a state for "in the eyes of Muslims" a 2nd class people,  even though they were People of the Book, many Muslims have been on the rampage towards Jews, a very non-peaceful attitude.

The problem in the Middle East towards Israel is a religious one, not a political one, because the religion has brought about the political attitude.  It's not one of peace.  It's divided among Muslims just like our American political views are divided between Democrats and Republicans and Independents, etc.  Some people want peace and have respect for us.  Others want us dead along with wanting our land.  The whole area has been populated since some time after 632 with Muslims, for the religion was spread very fast, and they won't allow another religion to live there.  This is what Haj Amin al-Husseini, the sherif of Jerusalem, also called the Grand Muft had spread in the 20's and 30's and 40s causing havoc within the Muslims and Jews.  At the creation of Israel, all the neighboring states who were all Muslims attacked.  It was Muslims against Jews.

Guiliani is a straight shooter, and has shot straight this time since he's not running for anything.  It's what happens to us older folks.  What the heck; let's tell it like we see it to the young folks.  He's a man who led us through 9/11 brilliantly and calmly who had to make quick decisions.  Don't forget that.  He can't see the love that he has in his heart for this great country in a man who has gone around apologizing for our policies.

Most people who live in other countries have held the USA in very high esteem, a place to be admired, and show that by wanting to come here.  They even immigrate illegally from lesser loved countries.  Our concept of a president is not someone who suddenly confesses to our faults.  We want him to remind people of our talents and successes.  Guiliani probably feels that Obama has been brought up hearing too many reasons not to love America as a president of this country should.  Maybe that should be part of the vetting.  Please write an essay as to why you love this country.  


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rioting on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1948, In Jerusalem

Nadene Goldfoot                                                    

"The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred ten weeks before Israel even became independent. On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israel's independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed and 140+  were wounded. It is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by the "desperation from occupation", but by the very thought of a Jewish state."   "Palestinian Arab terrorists, with the cooperation of deserters from the British Mandatory forces, bombed Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem. It was possibly the first car bombing in history, and it was the first of several bombings of Ben Yehuda street in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."    "For the Ben Yehuda bombing, the bombers were supposed to get a thousand pounds sterling from the Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini." "The Irgun (created 1937-National Military Organization)  and LEHI underground avenged the attack. Irgun killed a British officer, a sergeant and two British drivers near the Jewish Agency buildings, while the Lehi (Stern Group/Gang) killed 10 British policemen,"  
Ben Yehuda Street, Jerusalem rioting Feb 22, 1948

The greatest contemporary hero in the Arab world is Hitler. (John Gunther, Inside Asia, 1939)

This was 67 years ago.  Most likely it was a rebellion brought about by Haj Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (1893-1974) , Sherif of Jerusalem.  
Haj Amin al-Husseini, Sherif of Jerusalem, instigator of riots
In 1920, "
Al-Husseini, then a teacher at the Rashidiya school, near Herod's Gate in East Jerusalem, was charged with inciting the Arab crowds with an inflammatory speech and sentenced in absentia to 10-years imprisonment by a military court, since by then he had fled to Syria.  It was asserted soon after, by Chaim Weizmann and British army Lieutenant Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, that al-Husseini had been put up to inciting the riot by British Field-marshal Allenby's Chief of Staff, Colonel Bertie Harry Waters-Taylor, to demonstrate to the world that Arabs would not tolerate a Jewish homeland in Palestine.The assertion was never proven, and Meinertzhagen was dismissed

He started being the instigator of riots against Jews in 1936 at the time that Jews were being treated badly in Germany. The Arab riots of 1936 in Palestine were carried out by the Mufti with funds supplied by the Nazis. (American Christian Palestine Committee, 1947.)     He later went there in 1941 to confer with Hitler about exterminating all Jews. Israel's War of Independence actually started on November 29, 1947 when the Arabs responded with violence to the UN resolution on Palestine, and lasted until the signing of the Armistice Agreements in 1949.  During its first 25 years, Israel has never known real peace.  From its first day, it has been confronted by neighboring States which refuse to accept its very existence, and have forced it to fight 5 and more wars; for Independence, the Sinai War, 6 Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War, Lebanon War, etc.  The Mufti understood that only "by invoking the deeply rooted religious prejudice of the masses against the Palestinian Jews that his family and other effendi families could hope to regain the extent of Power that had once been allowed to the feudal barons of the country by the Turks.  

The Palestine Royal Commission published a report in July 1937 veering of British policy away from creating the Jewish National Home towards a policy that would not be hateful to the Arabs.   p. 310 **
Emir Feisal, King and Syria and then Iraq

 He knew that Emir Feisal, the most important Arab in Palestine who was the spokesman called upon by the British, was in favor of the creation of a Jewish Homeland in Palestine.  No doubt he was jealous of him and didn't want to lose his position as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem which was bestowed on him coincidentally by  
Sir Herbert  Samuel, 1st Viscount (1870-1963), the first Jew to be a member of a British cabinet, a statesman and philosopher who certainly bet on the wrong horse in his selection of an Arab over Jerusalem.   Husseini's 1937 episodes caused him to be exiled, so he fled to Lebanon, next door.  Samuel was the first High Commissioner for Palestine.  He was the leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Commons from 1931 to 1935, and many other posts.  
Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Hitler 1941

During WWII he participated in Rashid Ali's pro-Axis coup in Iraq and then he went to Europe in 1941 where he assisted Hitler and was the main person responsible for the liquidation of the Jews in the Moslem areas of Bosnia.

In 1946 he escaped to Egypt.  After 1948, he set up a short-lived "Palestine Government" in Gaza.  He moved it later to Cairo.  
Husseini inspecting new recruits

Jewish immigration had been growing with the pogroms happening in Europe along with all the anti-Semitism.  The population grew from 3,000 in 1838 to 50,000 by 1910.  Many European Jews opted for the USA at this time, too.  New quarters were built outside the Old City wall, pioneered by Sir Moses Montefiore from 1855.  In the 1880's, Jerusalem was connected with Jaffa by a railway line.  By 1898 William II, German Emperor visited and was greeted by Herzl in behalf of the Zionist Organization.  WWI interrupted the development of Jerusalem.  In December 1917, General Allenby and the British army occupied the city. The Arab riots, thanks to Husseini,  in 1922, 1929 and from 1936 to 1939 claimed many victims among the Jewish population, but were followed by a renewed spurt of building and consolidation.  
Haganah 1947 (Clandestine Jewish self defense in Palestine)

 The period of Jewish resistance to the mandatory Government which was not allowing Jewish immigration, but kept bringing in Arabs illegally, lasted from 1945 to 1948.  Several buildings were damaged and the city outside the walls transformed into a patchwork of "security" zones.  By 1946 the Jewish population was 100,000.  The Hebrew University was built on Mt. Scopus.  

The UN partition resolution of November 29, 1947 led to an independent area of Jerusalem under UN administration.  Arab outbreaks, which soon reached the dimensions of regular warfare between the Haganah and the Arabs had gone from local Arab bands and then to the Arab Legion of Transjordan and put an end to the internationalization scheme of Jerusalem. The reason the UN was for internationalizing Jerusalem was the Soviet Bloc's desire to embarrass King Abdullah of Jordan and his British patrons.  Two days after November 29s announcement, the Arabs started attacking the Jews.  The 7 neighboring states, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt prepared to invade the country as soon as the birth of the state was announced.  They wanted the local Arabs out of the way.  Thus, the moving of Arabs to make room for their soldiers, and the Arab refugee problem was created by their own leadership.  

 A struggle lasted from December 1947 until July 1948.  Israel was created May 14, 1948. During this 1948 war, Jordan invaded and occupied east Jerusalem.  By doing this, their army drove out thousands of Jews, whose families had lived in the city for centuries, into exile.   The Jewish quarter in the Old City had to be evacuated to save their lives and was destroyed by the Arabs.  But, all the New City except the Arab quarters north of the walls fell into Jewish hands.  The Arab Legion shelled and tried to starve the Jews of Jerusalem into surrender.  It didn't work because of the fortitude of the Jews who opened up the Burma Road which restored the connection between Jewish Jerusalem and the coast.  By 1949, the government and Knesset were transferred to Jerusalem, yet to be recognized as the state's capital by the rest of the world.  

In 1948 Jerusalem had been divided into 2 parts; between Israel and Jordan;  the Israel section which included the whole of the W and S part of the New City including Mt. Zion and an enclave on Mt. Scopus. The city had become 2 armed camps where the western section was Israel's capital.  Jordan maintained a state of war with Israel like all the other Arab states at the time.  There were concrete walls and bunkers, barbed-wire fences, minefields and other military fortifications between the 2 sections.  

  The Six Day War (June 5, 1967) started with Jordanian troops in the Old City and Jordanian sections of the city bombarded the New City.  The IDF responded and 2 days later the entire city came under Israel control.  The first thing the soldiers did was go to the Western Wall which had been prohibited to Jews for almost 20 years and they cried and prayed and then danced joyfully.  

Resource: from Brigitte Gabriel's speech delivered at the Duke University Counter Terrorism Speak-Out, held Thursday, October 14, 2004.
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Facts About Israel
Myths and Factss by Bard and Himelfarb
Battleground by Samuel Katz, p.p 13,  46-
**From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters