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Editor’s Note (Lasilencia): There were many photos I could have chosen for this article, but decided to remember the most beautiful view across the River from the Brooklyn Bridge. Sundown reflecting on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City pre-September 11, 2001. My feelings are so deep and personal that I cannot bring myself to write with dry eyes. How can I? As a Native New Yorker, it is only natural to look across the Brooklyn Bridge and expect to see the Twin Towers, or maybe that one friend who used to ride the train with me in the mornings on our way to work. Just one more ‘good morning’. Now I see a building that is supposed to represent ‘freedom’. Freedom of what? The World witnessed thousands brutally murdered, many jumped from these buildings expecting to survive, or did they know it was the leap of death and took that chance any way. 9/11 opened up the deepest dungeons of hell! We all lost of piece of ourselves on that day. It matters not what your beliefs are. The fires of hell have been released upon the world by the Imperialists. Just take a look outside. Is it any better than it was 13 years ago? Not only does my heart go out to my fellow New Yorkers who were murdered on September 11, 2001, but to the Middle East. Forgive us.

“Crimes against Civilization” have been committed.

“9/11 mythology precipitates the World into barbarity.”

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by Tony from Indiana

ed note (Tony)…for what it is worth, this video has a lot of good points. All part of ‘mission accomplished’.


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by reasonmadnesschoice

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State Department urges Jerusalem to reverse decision, calling the move ‘counterproductive’ to efforts to achieve two-state solution; Palestinians say decision will lead to more instability.

Editor Note MP

Netanyahu and gang continue to build  more “settlements” on land they stole in the 6 day war in 1967. Eroding any viable two state solution with every Caterpillar shovel plowing dirt and developing the West Bank. Once again showing the true Israeli resolve was never for two solution in the first place. But rather to just develop Palestine out of existence. While Kerry is aboard with this plan.  Netanyahu has been to reckless in this goal. Letting the world know what this two state scam was really all about. While Kerry is reduced to playing good cop (a bad acting job at best,)    Reuters

Published 09/01/14

 The US rebuked Israel Sunday overnight after it announced a land appropriation in the West Bank calling the move “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, and urging Jerusalem to reverse the decision.

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration on Sunday.

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The notice published on Sunday by the Israeli military gave no reason for the land appropriation decision, while Israeli media reported the move was in response to the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens. Tensions stoked by the kidnapping quickly spread to Israel’s border with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, and the two sides engaged in a seven-week war that ended on Tuesday with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

Peace Now, which opposes Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank, territory the Palestinians seek for a state, said the appropriation was meant to turn a site where 10 families now live adjacent to a Jewish seminary into a permanent settlement.

 

Construction of a major settlement at the location, known as “Gva’ot”, has been mooted by Israel since 2000. Last year, the government invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site.

 

Peace Now said the land seizure was the largest announced by Israel in the West Bank since the 1980s and that anyone with ownership claims had 45 days to appeal. A local Palestinian mayor said Palestinians owned the tracts and harvested olive trees on them.

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Israel has come under intense international criticism over its settlement activities, which most countries regard as illegal under international law and a major obstacle to the creation of a viable Palestinian state in any future peace deal.

 

The PLO condemned on the Israeli decision, saying in an issued statement that “today’s decision clearly represents Israel’s desire to wipe out the Palestinian presence and impose a one-state solution.”

 

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Israel to cancel the appropriation. “This decision will lead to more instability. This will only inflame the situation after the war in Gaza,” Abu Rdainah said.

 

US-brokered peace talks broke off in April after Abbas reached a reconciliation deal with Hamas, the Islamist terrorist organization that dominates the Gaza Strip, and Israel announced it would not negotiate with a government backed by Hamas.

 

In a series of remarks after an open-ended ceasefire halted the Gaza war, Netanyahu repeated his position that Abbas would have to sever his alliance with Hamas for a peace process with Israel to resume.

 

The administration of President Barack Obama, who has been at odds with Netanyahu over settlements since taking office in 2009, pushed back against the land decision. It was the latest point of contention between Washington and its top Middle East ally Israel, which also differ over Iran nuclear talks.

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“We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” said a State Department official, who declined to be identified.

 

“This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians,” the official said.

 

After the collapse of the last round of US-brokered peace talks, US officials cited settlement construction as one of the main reasons for the breakdown, while also faulting the Palestinians for signing a series of international treaties and conventions.

 

Israel has said construction at Gva’ot would not constitute the establishment of a new settlement because the site is officially designated a neighborhood of an existing one, Alon Shvut, several km (miles) down the road.

 

Some 500,000 Israelis live among 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory that the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Six Day War.

 

Elior Levy contributed to this report.


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New film tackles assisted suicide, illegal in Israel and other countries, with a dose of laughter

Ed note–Given Judaism’s morbid fascination and focus on death as the process by which the Judaic god ‘Yahweh’ is appeased and his anger sated, it should come as no surprise that Israel should make light of this very serious subject, as they do with everything, including the murder of Gentile women and children, whether they be in Palestine or whereever.

After all, who but Israel makes t-shirts such as those below–

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It is no surprise either that the name attributed to the legendary ‘Angel of death’ is ‘Izrael’.

Times of Israel

With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing matter.

“The Farewell Party” centers on a group of Jerusalem retirement-home residents who create a euthanasia machine to put a dying friend out of his misery — and then face a moral dilemma when others come seeking the same service.

The movie treats assisted suicide — illegal in Israel and many other countries — with large doses of comedy, an idea some may find off-putting. But directors Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit insist that the movie’s unusual tone, with shoots of laughter and absurdity illuminating the darkness, simply reflects real life.

Maymon said the seed of the film was the death of his ex-boyfriend’s elderly grandmother.

“We felt like death released her from pain and suffering — but then the paramedics came into the house and tried to resuscitate her for half an hour,” the director said during an interview in Venice. “They were fighting for her life like she was 16 years old. It was so absurd, and from this absurd moment the idea came.

“There was a funny moment when her son told the paramedics: ‘If you wake her up, you are taking her with you.’”

The directors know not everyone will find that funny. Granit said some people had been scandalized by the idea for their film.

“They told us, ‘How can you laugh about such a thing?’” she said.

“But we really believed in this movie, what it says. It’s very important for us to raise these questions.”

And, she said, “We love to take risks.”

Maymon and Granit have a record of tackling tough social issues with humor in their three previous shorts and one feature, “Mortgage,” about a couple battling to save their home at any cost.

The script for “The Farewell Party” won the “best pitch” award at the Berlin Film Festival, but finding a producer proved tricky in Germany, where many oppose assisted suicide because of its association with Nazi euthanasia programs.

Even when the money was in place, casting also had its glitches.

The protagonists in “The Farewell Party” are played by well-known Israeli actors, including veteran comedian Ze’ev Revah as Yehezkel, the amateur inventor of the mercy-killing machine.

Maymon said Revah consulted his rabbi before agreeing to take the part. Some other actors didn’t show up for auditions.

“It was very hard for them to deal with this subject because they are old and they felt that it’s too close for them,” he said.

Israel’s film industry is vibrant for a country its size, but the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sometimes shadows its productions on the international stage.

Another Israeli-funded film at the festival, “Villa Touma,” is at the center of a political spat after Israeli Arab director Suha Arraf submitted it as a Palestinian entry, sparking calls in Israel for the director to give the Israeli money back.

Israeli scripts have been the basis of several Hollywood hits, however, including the television series “Homeland.”

Maymon’s last feature, the sumo-wrestling comedy “A Matter of Size,” is being remade in Hollywood, and it’s easy to imagine “The Farewell Party” getting the same treatment. The international audience in Venice reacted warmly; the Hollywood Reporter called in a charming film that approached its subject “with wisdom, sensitivity and a welcome strain of humor.”

It also offers plum roles for older actors. The main cast members do everything from pratfalls to poignant exchanges and even have a nude scene.

And, the directors say, the film’s themes are universal.

“It talks about friendship and about love and about separation from someone you love,” Granit said. “Our story tells an international story that anyone can relate to.”


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Costumed superheroes with Semitic roots are swinging into a town near you

ed note–keep in mind that the recent rash of high-budget Hollywood remakes of comic book legends is NOT being done to make a quick buck, but rather a quick shekel, and by that we don’t mean $, but rather political capital. These blockbuster movies–directed at young people, are the product of Jewish minds seeking to program the thinking of MAINLY YOUNG MEN who will be of military age very soon at a time when the economy is no longer producng good paying jobs and with college costing a fortune, and so we can be rest assured that the theme of superheroes going to battle against Nazis, Muslims et al will continue for the foreseeable future.

Remember what Netanyahu quipped in an interview a few years ago–‘We (Israel and the West) will be at war with Islam for the rest of this century’.

Times of Israel

Behold! “Marvel Universe Live” has arrived and it’s a terrific time for any family of comic book nerds. Captain America, Spider-Man and their colossal comrades in combat do battle with the Red Skull, Loki and a nefarious cabal of the world’s worst villains in this campy mix of the circus, Ice Capades and San Diego Comic-Con.

After a major market premiere in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (so, yes, Barbra Streisand and Thor checked their hair in the same backstage mirror) the show is criss-crossing North America through May of 2016. Dates in the UK and in Europe have yet to be set, but if the show’s a hit you can count on it. And considering the undying thirst for superhero action with kids and, sometimes just as much, their parents, you can expect that announcement soon.

The production is the work of Feld Entertainment, the company founded by Jewish-American entrepreneur Irvin Feld run by his, how shall we say, notable descendants. The company is the live entertainment juggernaut behind family staples like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Monster Jam, where a bunch of jerks waste fossil fuels by smashing giant trucks and revving engines till no one can hear themselves think.

But all of Feld’s showbiz schtick is on display with “Marvel Universe Live.” There’s high-flying acrobatics, death-defying stunt biking and dazzling pyrotechnics to rival any Independence Day celebration. It’s a spectacle in the mighty Marvel tradition that would make 91-year-old brand ambassador Stan Lee (née Lieber) kvell.

And there are, of course, plenty of opportunities to come home with glossy programs ($25 a pop!) and plush versions of Thor’s hammer.

Spidey uses his webbing to yank the money out of parents' pockets as their children demand high-priced programs, snacks and stuffed toys. (Photo courtesy: Feld Entertainment)

The show goes deep into Marvel’s stable of characters, many of which were created by Jews like the aforementioned Lee, Jack (Jacob Kurtzberg) Kirby and Joe (Hymie) Simon. Joining Captain America on this adventure are the Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, the Scarlett Johansson-ized Natalie Rushman aka Black Widow, Falcon, Captain Marvel and Hawkeye. But thanks to some short-sighted licensing deal between the movie studios, this is the only way you’ll get to see the Avengers team up with Spidey and his buddies in the X-Men comics. (And thus, our costumed heroes are condemned to a silver screen diaspora between Disney, Sony and 20th Century Fox.)

The villains in “Marvel Universe Live” are legion. Thor’s trickster half-brother Loki and his nasty aliens (the Chitauri, if you are keeping track) from the “Avengers” movie are back. With him is the Teutonic Red Skull and the forces of Hydra, a kid-friendly Third Reich substitute. From the Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is the Green Goblin and his Sinister Six plus Killian (who?) and his Extremis soldiers. All in all, no shortage of dastardly no-goodniks for our heroes to Bif! Bam! and Pow!

The story goes like this: it’s all that lovably lunkheaded shaygetz Thor’s fault. Space Goy thinks he’s doing a mitzvah by smashing the all-powerful Cosmic Cube into bits. (That’s the thingamabob they call the Tesseract in the movies.) The Cube breaks into three pieces and land on Earth. Meanwhile, Iron Man and Spidey stumble upon Loki’s latest evil scheme: to create a clone of the Cosmic Cube using the mutant energies of three of your favorite X-Men: Wolverine, Cyclops and Storm! In addition to this, he breaks the fourth wall to insult the audience and tell them that they smell! Boooooooo!

Thor doesn't much care for Cubism. (courtesy Feld entertainment)

Spidey and Iron Man are able to free Wolverine from the machine that’s draining the X-Men’s powers, but Loki escapes with the other two imprisoned mutants. Iron Man assembles the Avengers (Avengers love to be assembled!) to find the three pieces of the Cosmic Cube that Thor smashed. Maybe then they can stop Loki and his faux Cube. (I hope you got that, because there is going to be a quiz.)

The problem is, the three pieces are in the clutches of some of the world’s worst supervillains. The heroes break into smaller squads, which eases the show into a series of choreographed set-pieces. There’s plenty of acrobatics and non-threatening fights, set to sound effects and dry ice.

Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Hawkeye go after Iron Man’s foe Killian (who is this guy again?) with his fire-enhanced Extremis soldiers and evil A.I.M scientists. Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow ride their motorcycles to Hydra Island to battle the Red Skull and Madame Hydra. (Figure she owns the place, she can name it.)

Thor and Spider-Man confront the Green Goblin and his Sinister Six in New York City in a battle atop the Statue of Liberty. (That’s a local victory for Spider-Man, a wiseacre quasi-Jewish kid from Queens.) Lastly, Wolverine and Dr. Bruce Banner (the pre-angry Incredible Hulk) head off to the Himalayas to rescue the X-Men from Loki’s clutches.

Will the heroes get those Cosmic Cube pieces? Will the heroes stop Loki’s latest plan to rule the world? Will the audience finally get to see a giant foam Hulk lumber around a basketball arena?

Black Widow prefers the 'battling Hydra foes workout' to the P90x. (courtesy Fuld Entertainment)

Before you buy a ticket, remember that this is not the movies, this is family entertainment. You can clearly see the wires when Iron Man flies. You’ll need to suspend your disbelief and keep your cynicism in check or else not bother showing up. But hey, you’ll probably be eating cotton candy as you watch. (For grownups who aren’t into this sort of thing, beer was available at the Barclays in Brooklyn — one suspects that will be the case throughout the whole tour.)

Parents should also be aware of what their children can and cannot handle. Once the first explosion roared, and there are an awful lot of them, there were no shortage of crying, terrified kids. But if your little monsters love nothing more than to scream at the top of their lungs and hear a lot of loud noises, they’re going to go bonkers. Also, if you are raising a nerd of the female variety, know that the show does not skimp on “girl power.” In addition to Black Widow and Storm, Agent Maria Hill, Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel and Black Cat leap, fight and hurl Stan Lee-esque puns right alongside the boys.


 Mind_Control-300x274

Costumed superheroes with Semitic roots are swinging into a town near you

ed note–keep in mind that the recent rash of high-budget Hollywood remakes of comic book legends is NOT being done to make a quick buck, but rather a quick shekel, and by that we don’t mean $, but rather political capital. These blockbuster movies–directed at young people, are the product of Jewish minds seeking to program the thinking of MAINLY YOUNG MEN who will be of military age very soon at a time when the economy is no longer producng good paying jobs and with college costing a fortune, and so we can be rest assured that the theme of superheroes going to battle against Nazis, Muslims et al will continue for the foreseeable future.

Remember what Netanyahu quipped in an interview a few years ago–‘We (Israel and the West) will be at war with Islam for the rest of this century’.

Times of Israel

Behold! “Marvel Universe Live” has arrived and it’s a terrific time for any family of comic book nerds. Captain America, Spider-Man and their colossal comrades in combat do battle with the Red Skull, Loki and a nefarious cabal of the world’s worst villains in this campy mix of the circus, Ice Capades and San Diego Comic-Con.

After a major market premiere in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (so, yes, Barbra Streisand and Thor checked their hair in the same backstage mirror) the show is criss-crossing North America through May of 2016. Dates in the UK and in Europe have yet to be set, but if the show’s a hit you can count on it. And considering the undying thirst for superhero action with kids and, sometimes just as much, their parents, you can expect that announcement soon.

The production is the work of Feld Entertainment, the company founded by Jewish-American entrepreneur Irvin Feld run by his, how shall we say, notable descendants. The company is the live entertainment juggernaut behind family staples like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Monster Jam, where a bunch of jerks waste fossil fuels by smashing giant trucks and revving engines till no one can hear themselves think.

But all of Feld’s showbiz schtick is on display with “Marvel Universe Live.” There’s high-flying acrobatics, death-defying stunt biking and dazzling pyrotechnics to rival any Independence Day celebration. It’s a spectacle in the mighty Marvel tradition that would make 91-year-old brand ambassador Stan Lee (née Lieber) kvell.

And there are, of course, plenty of opportunities to come home with glossy programs ($25 a pop!) and plush versions of Thor’s hammer.

Spidey uses his webbing to yank the money out of parents' pockets as their children demand high-priced programs, snacks and stuffed toys. (Photo courtesy: Feld Entertainment)

The show goes deep into Marvel’s stable of characters, many of which were created by Jews like the aforementioned Lee, Jack (Jacob Kurtzberg) Kirby and Joe (Hymie) Simon. Joining Captain America on this adventure are the Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, the Scarlett Johansson-ized Natalie Rushman aka Black Widow, Falcon, Captain Marvel and Hawkeye. But thanks to some short-sighted licensing deal between the movie studios, this is the only way you’ll get to see the Avengers team up with Spidey and his buddies in the X-Men comics. (And thus, our costumed heroes are condemned to a silver screen diaspora between Disney, Sony and 20th Century Fox.)

The villains in “Marvel Universe Live” are legion. Thor’s trickster half-brother Loki and his nasty aliens (the Chitauri, if you are keeping track) from the “Avengers” movie are back. With him is the Teutonic Red Skull and the forces of Hydra, a kid-friendly Third Reich substitute. From the Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is the Green Goblin and his Sinister Six plus Killian (who?) and his Extremis soldiers. All in all, no shortage of dastardly no-goodniks for our heroes to Bif! Bam! and Pow!

The story goes like this: it’s all that lovably lunkheaded shaygetz Thor’s fault. Space Goy thinks he’s doing a mitzvah by smashing the all-powerful Cosmic Cube into bits. (That’s the thingamabob they call the Tesseract in the movies.) The Cube breaks into three pieces and land on Earth. Meanwhile, Iron Man and Spidey stumble upon Loki’s latest evil scheme: to create a clone of the Cosmic Cube using the mutant energies of three of your favorite X-Men: Wolverine, Cyclops and Storm! In addition to this, he breaks the fourth wall to insult the audience and tell them that they smell! Boooooooo!

Thor doesn't much care for Cubism. (courtesy Feld entertainment)

Spidey and Iron Man are able to free Wolverine from the machine that’s draining the X-Men’s powers, but Loki escapes with the other two imprisoned mutants. Iron Man assembles the Avengers (Avengers love to be assembled!) to find the three pieces of the Cosmic Cube that Thor smashed. Maybe then they can stop Loki and his faux Cube. (I hope you got that, because there is going to be a quiz.)

The problem is, the three pieces are in the clutches of some of the world’s worst supervillains. The heroes break into smaller squads, which eases the show into a series of choreographed set-pieces. There’s plenty of acrobatics and non-threatening fights, set to sound effects and dry ice.

Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Hawkeye go after Iron Man’s foe Killian (who is this guy again?) with his fire-enhanced Extremis soldiers and evil A.I.M scientists. Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow ride their motorcycles to Hydra Island to battle the Red Skull and Madame Hydra. (Figure she owns the place, she can name it.)

Thor and Spider-Man confront the Green Goblin and his Sinister Six in New York City in a battle atop the Statue of Liberty. (That’s a local victory for Spider-Man, a wiseacre quasi-Jewish kid from Queens.) Lastly, Wolverine and Dr. Bruce Banner (the pre-angry Incredible Hulk) head off to the Himalayas to rescue the X-Men from Loki’s clutches.

Will the heroes get those Cosmic Cube pieces? Will the heroes stop Loki’s latest plan to rule the world? Will the audience finally get to see a giant foam Hulk lumber around a basketball arena?

Black Widow prefers the 'battling Hydra foes workout' to the P90x. (courtesy Fuld Entertainment)

Before you buy a ticket, remember that this is not the movies, this is family entertainment. You can clearly see the wires when Iron Man flies. You’ll need to suspend your disbelief and keep your cynicism in check or else not bother showing up. But hey, you’ll probably be eating cotton candy as you watch. (For grownups who aren’t into this sort of thing, beer was available at the Barclays in Brooklyn — one suspects that will be the case throughout the whole tour.)

Parents should also be aware of what their children can and cannot handle. Once the first explosion roared, and there are an awful lot of them, there were no shortage of crying, terrified kids. But if your little monsters love nothing more than to scream at the top of their lungs and hear a lot of loud noises, they’re going to go bonkers. Also, if you are raising a nerd of the female variety, know that the show does not skimp on “girl power.” In addition to Black Widow and Storm, Agent Maria Hill, Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel and Black Cat leap, fight and hurl Stan Lee-esque puns right alongside the boys.


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Israeli filmmaker heads to the West Bank to document what Palestinians think of the Holocaust

Times of Israel

What do average Palestinians think about the Holocaust, if they know about it at all? Amateur Israeli filmmaker Corey Gil-Shuster, who moved to Israel from Canada 15 years ago, set out to the West Bank to find out as part of his YouTube series, “Ask an Israeli, ask a Palestinian.”

The results, unscientific though they were, weren’t especially encouraging.

There were three types of answers that surfaced during his interviews: lack of knowledge about the Holocaust, the view that the Holocaust happened but was exaggerated or is what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians now, or the idea that Adolf Hitler was right for killing Jews.

The question “Palestinians: What do you know/think of the Holocaust?” was sent in by “Jason from Canada.” Gil-Shuster and his translator filmed on his $180 Best Buy camera mainly in Ramallah while this summer’s fighting in Gaza was still ongoing.

“Me and the translator walked down the street and he mainly picked people who looked like they were intelligent,” Gil-Shuster told The Times of Israel. “Sometimes I asked people. We mainly asked people who look like they have two minutes to answer a question.”

Ayoud in Ramallah, for example, said that “The same they did to the Jews, the Jews are doing now,” according Gil-Shuster’s translator.

“They are basically massacring the Palestinians, just like Hitler did to them,” agreed his companion Najla from the US, “except people had more sympathy for the Jews than they do for the Palestinians, ’cause in American media, they portray the Jews as the ones being hit by the Palestinians.”

Mohammad from Ramallah said that 100,000 Jews were killed, “but they keep announcing 6 million were killed… Anything that happens to the Jews they will exaggerate.”

Also in Ramallah, Malek said, “It’s exaggerated in the media; still I am against it and against the killing of civilians anywhere… Nobody denies the Holocaust, it happened, and it is real. But what Israel does now is use this as an excuse to play victim on the entire world… they kill us Palestinians, just like they were killing them.”

Speaking in Nablus, a man named Ahmed said, “All respect to Hitler.” He added that he wanted to kill Jews “because the Jews are occupying the land.”

A young woman in Ramallah named Amani opined that “Hitler left a few Jews to let the world know why he burned them.” Are Jews evil? she was asked. “Yes, of course.”

Several respondents didn’t know much about the Holocaust, beyond that it was where Hitler burned the Jews.

Abdel-Karim in Ramallah seemed to be the most well-informed. “They were killed, they were burned, they were expelled,” he said. “Hitler was a dictator who liked to take over everything… He wanted all people to be scared of him. Because of that he burned the Jews. To show the people of the world what powers the Germans had.”

The self-funded Ask project started somewhat by chance around three years ago, when Gil-Shuster got fed up with non-Israelis making claims about Israeli society that didn’t match what he had experienced living here. He started by asking on Facebook for a for questions to pose to Israelis. The project, which has garnered over 100,000 views for some of its videos, has received more than a thousand question submissions.

Gil-Shuster said that he has a set of rules for the approximately 250 videos he has made: “The majority of responses will be random people on the street that I meet. I include all responses no matter what they say. I don’t edit out any of the content of what they say; I only edit their names out or if someone interrupts or something. I try to get a representative sampling of Israelis — young, old, men, women, Arabs, Jews, etc. This doesn’t always work because older people, women and Arabs, for example, are less likely to agree to be in the project. So it is not scientific sampling but I try.”

He said he was aware that acknowledging the Holocaust was taboo in Palestinian culture, and that many either know little or think it is a lie made up by Jews.

Still, he said, he “was a little shocked at the depth of hate they have for Jews and Israelis. I wanted to yell at them when they answered these things but I don’t want to burn bridges so they will think I have an anti-Palestinian motive to ask questions.”

He said he did not feel he was in danger asking questions about the Holocaust. “I present myself as a Canadian. No one ever asks if I am Jewish and I don’t think they care about foreign Jews so much. But if they suspected I am Israeli, they will likely think I am a Shin Bet agent or some kind of spy looking for information.”


israel

Israeli filmmaker heads to the West Bank to document what Palestinians think of the Holocaust

Times of Israel

What do average Palestinians think about the Holocaust, if they know about it at all? Amateur Israeli filmmaker Corey Gil-Shuster, who moved to Israel from Canada 15 years ago, set out to the West Bank to find out as part of his YouTube series, “Ask an Israeli, ask a Palestinian.”

The results, unscientific though they were, weren’t especially encouraging.

There were three types of answers that surfaced during his interviews: lack of knowledge about the Holocaust, the view that the Holocaust happened but was exaggerated or is what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians now, or the idea that Adolf Hitler was right for killing Jews.

The question “Palestinians: What do you know/think of the Holocaust?” was sent in by “Jason from Canada.” Gil-Shuster and his translator filmed on his $180 Best Buy camera mainly in Ramallah while this summer’s fighting in Gaza was still ongoing.

“Me and the translator walked down the street and he mainly picked people who looked like they were intelligent,” Gil-Shuster told The Times of Israel. “Sometimes I asked people. We mainly asked people who look like they have two minutes to answer a question.”

Ayoud in Ramallah, for example, said that “The same they did to the Jews, the Jews are doing now,” according Gil-Shuster’s translator.

“They are basically massacring the Palestinians, just like Hitler did to them,” agreed his companion Najla from the US, “except people had more sympathy for the Jews than they do for the Palestinians, ’cause in American media, they portray the Jews as the ones being hit by the Palestinians.”

Mohammad from Ramallah said that 100,000 Jews were killed, “but they keep announcing 6 million were killed… Anything that happens to the Jews they will exaggerate.”

Also in Ramallah, Malek said, “It’s exaggerated in the media; still I am against it and against the killing of civilians anywhere… Nobody denies the Holocaust, it happened, and it is real. But what Israel does now is use this as an excuse to play victim on the entire world… they kill us Palestinians, just like they were killing them.”

Speaking in Nablus, a man named Ahmed said, “All respect to Hitler.” He added that he wanted to kill Jews “because the Jews are occupying the land.”

A young woman in Ramallah named Amani opined that “Hitler left a few Jews to let the world know why he burned them.” Are Jews evil? she was asked. “Yes, of course.”

Several respondents didn’t know much about the Holocaust, beyond that it was where Hitler burned the Jews.

Abdel-Karim in Ramallah seemed to be the most well-informed. “They were killed, they were burned, they were expelled,” he said. “Hitler was a dictator who liked to take over everything… He wanted all people to be scared of him. Because of that he burned the Jews. To show the people of the world what powers the Germans had.”

The self-funded Ask project started somewhat by chance around three years ago, when Gil-Shuster got fed up with non-Israelis making claims about Israeli society that didn’t match what he had experienced living here. He started by asking on Facebook for a for questions to pose to Israelis. The project, which has garnered over 100,000 views for some of its videos, has received more than a thousand question submissions.

Gil-Shuster said that he has a set of rules for the approximately 250 videos he has made: “The majority of responses will be random people on the street that I meet. I include all responses no matter what they say. I don’t edit out any of the content of what they say; I only edit their names out or if someone interrupts or something. I try to get a representative sampling of Israelis — young, old, men, women, Arabs, Jews, etc. This doesn’t always work because older people, women and Arabs, for example, are less likely to agree to be in the project. So it is not scientific sampling but I try.”

He said he was aware that acknowledging the Holocaust was taboo in Palestinian culture, and that many either know little or think it is a lie made up by Jews.

Still, he said, he “was a little shocked at the depth of hate they have for Jews and Israelis. I wanted to yell at them when they answered these things but I don’t want to burn bridges so they will think I have an anti-Palestinian motive to ask questions.”

He said he did not feel he was in danger asking questions about the Holocaust. “I present myself as a Canadian. No one ever asks if I am Jewish and I don’t think they care about foreign Jews so much. But if they suspected I am Israeli, they will likely think I am a Shin Bet agent or some kind of spy looking for information.”


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Justice minister says decision to seize about 1,000 acres will ‘tarnish country’s reputation’

Times of Israel

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Monday condemned a government decision to appropriate about 1,000 acres of land near the West Bank settlement of Gva’ot, in the Etzion Bloc, asserting that the move would prove detrimental to Israel’s security and damage the country’s reputation with the international community.

Livni further warned that as a result of the decision, past Israeli settlement activity in the Etzion Bloc may come under renewed scrutiny, subsequently leading to widespread delegitimization of the area’s existing settlements.

This is a decision that is wrong, inherently,” Livni charged in an interview with Israel Radio. “It is a decision that weakens the state of Israel and harms its security… any such announcement, at this time, or ever, will immediately draw the world’s attention to the Etzion Bloc, and will immediately turn a place like the Etzion Bloc, which is considered within the consensus both in Israel and abroad, into a controversial area.”

Livni went on to criticize government officials for encouraging the appropriation, accusing minsters of advancing narrow political agendas at the expense of Israel’s security concerns.

On Sunday, the army department charged with administering civil affairs in occupied territory said Israel had “declared 4,000 dunams (about 1,000 acres) at [the settlement of] Gvaot” as state land, adding that concerned parties have 45 days to appeal. The IDF stated that there was no claim of Palestinian ownership on the land in question, according to the Ynet news site.

Critics said the move to appropriate the land near the Etzion Bloc, close to the spot where three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped in June, was “a stab in the back” to the Palestinian leadership.

“We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” a US official told Reuters. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes… is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.”

“We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” the official said in Washington.

The Palestinian Authority decried the decision as well.

“The Israeli government is committing various crimes against the Palestinian people and their occupied land,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday.

“The international community should hold Israel accountable as soon as possible for its crimes and raids against our people in Gaza and the ongoing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the announcement would cause the situation in the region to deteriorate further, and added that settlements in general are illegal, Israel Radio reported.

Some Israeli officials, however, lauded the decision, asserting that the settlement activity was the proper response to “Palestinian terrorism.”

“We continue to build our country as we always have,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said during a visit to the Etzion Bloc, Army Radio reported. “For over 120 years, since the dawn of Zionism, we have built and the world did not like our building — not before there was a state, and not after the establishment of Israel,” he said.

“We continue — as Hamas murders, we build.”

Israel accused Hamas of being behind the June 12 abduction and killing of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19. The three were last seen at a hitchhiking post outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.

The abduction sparked Operation Brother’s Keeper, a massive search to locate the teenagers and a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank, with hundreds arrested. The bodies of the three teens were found near Hebron on June 30, and a number of Israeli hardliners set up unauthorized West Bank outposts in reaction.

The Etzion settlement council welcomed Sunday’s announcement, and said it was the prelude to expansion of the current Gvaot settlement.

It “paves the way for the new city of Gvaot,” a statement said.

“The goal of the murderers of those three youths was to sow fear among us, to disrupt our daily lives and to call into doubt our right to the land,” it said. “Our response is to strengthen settlement.

The Gvaot settlement is currently home to a number of families and a winery.