Today, at least four Israelis were killed in a Beersheba terror attack. Mohammad Ghaleb Abu al-Qi’an, a 34 year old former terror convict from the Negev town of Hura stabbed and ran over multiple Israelis before he was finally neutralized. Abu al-Qi'an was a former high school teacher previously jailed for supporting and promoting ISIS at the school.
Palestinian media was filled with praise for the attacker. Hamas spokesperson Abd al-Latif al-Qanou on official Hamas radio declared “We salute the executor of the heroic operation in occupied Beersheba
“The occupation’s crimes shall be met with heroic operations: stabbings, ramming and shooting,” al-Qanou added
In Gaza, sweets were passed out in the streets to celebrate the murders.
Palestinian promotion of violence, glorification of violence and celebration of violence- these have always been the obstacles to peace in the region.
Gaza, an area 25 miles long and 8 miles wide has 1,230 mosques, many ornate and extravagant.
The people of Gaza are begining to ask why.
Imam al-Shafei Mosque in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza was built at a cost of $3.5 million.
|Imam al-Shafei Mosque in Gaza|
Al-Hassayna Mosque in Gaza City cost over $2 million.
|Al-Hassayna Mosque in Gaza|
The Al-Khalidi and Salim Abu Muslim mosques in Gaza were built at a cost over $1 million each. More lavish mosques will be opening soon.
|Gaza's Al-Khalidi Mosque|
In improverished Gaza, citizens are begining to question the wisdom of such lavish expenses.
Mohammad al-Khalidi, a citizen from Gaza, poured out his resentment of such luxury mosques. “The Ministry of Endowments claims that the donors funding the construction of the mosques want to spend this much money on them. But why would it [the ministry] not inform the donors that there are other fields in Gaza where the donations could be more useful? Mosques can be built at a reasonable cost and the remainder of the donations could be used to build hospitals, schools or residences, for example.
Al Khalidi questioned these priorities:
“The opening of the Khalil al-Wazir Mosque in the coming months will stir an uproar among Gazans due to the large number of mosques already present in Gaza, in the absence of development projects, hospitals and sewage networks. For example, in the Beit Lahia area in northern Gaza, the Salim Abu Muslim Mosque was built at a cost of $1 million, while a nonregulated landfill in the area is endangering the health of the locals and the environment.”
The construction of these lavish mosques in Gaza is yet another indication of how out of touch the Hamas leadership is to the needs of its people and how misplaced its priorities have been.
Read more here:
Gazans outraged over millions of dollars spent building mosques
(Cross-posted at Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Last night, in Nablus’s Balata refugee camp a gunfight broke out when Israeli Border Police officers entered the camp to arrest a wanted criminal. Two terrorists arrived on a scooter and began to shoot at the police. Border Police officers fired back, killing them.
The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry identified one of the deceased as 17-year-old Nader Rayan, who will go down forever in statistics as a "child" killed by Israel.
Qatar affiliated AJ+ (Al Jazeera plus), a social media publisher owned by Al Jazeera Media Network the death, posted about Rayan's death, deliberately devoid of any context .
English language posts on social media show a well groomed young man in athletic wear. The Arabic posts are quite different.
Images that aren't geared to a Western audience portray the "martyr" Nader Haitham Rayan in a very different light.
When 17 years olds are given weapons and told to shoot policemen, 17 years olds will die. Mourn for Nader Haitham Rayan, whose life was cut short by those cynically willing to sacrifice their young. Mourn for his community, that values his death more than his life.
In a stunning rebuke to Amnestry International recent slander, the Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Israel in 23rd place in the out of 167. The index ranks Israel as the most democratic country in the Middle East, placing it ahead of even the United States. Israel's overall score has been improving steadily over the years.
Israel scored 7.97 points out of a maximum of ten, just behind France (7.99 points) and Britain (8.1 points). Nations are rated on a variety of factors, including electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture.
CAIR Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush currently serves as an Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party. He has a long history of unchallenged extremist and antisemitic rhetoric. Now leaders in the local Jewish community are demanding he be held accountable for his vitriole.
In an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newson, California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks, and Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, Jewish community leaders representing Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities in the state of California expressed their concern regarding the "multiple antisemitic statements made by California Democratic Party (CDP) leader Hussam Ayloush."
As an institution whose mission is to be a “leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding” and whose Los Angeles Executive Director, Hussam Ayloush, currently serves as an Assembly District Delegate to the CDP, we are deeply concerned by CAIR LA’s role in influencing California’s Democratic Party with revisionist lies about Israel and the Jewish people, and the Middle Eastern Jewish community in particular. These lies are contributing to the rising tides of antisemitism our communities are currently experiencing, and are making the CDP an increasingly hostile place for many Jews – particularly those of North African and Middle Eastern descent.
We feel it is critical to open this letter by asserting that the vast majority of Jewish people are indigenous to Israel. As Mizrahi Jews, our ancestors lived continuously in the Middle East since the dawn of Judaism itself. In the mid to late 20th century, state-sanctioned antisemitism—frequently taken under the banner of anti-Zionism—led to the ethnic cleansing and displacement of close to one million Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews from countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. About 650,000 of these Jews fled to Israel as stateless refugees and the remainder scattered to countries around the world, including the USA, with an estimated 200,000 residing in California. Today, Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews comprise over half of Israel’s Jewish population.
Hussam Ayloush's repeated dehuanization of the Jewish people is doumented in the letter:
Since 2014, former CDP Executive Board member Hussam Ayloush has gone on record with antisemitic, genocidal calls for the state of Israel to be “terminated. We are deeply disturbed to learn that Mr. Ayloush has also referred to those who support Israel as “heartless hateful bloodthirsty humans” and compared them to "Nazis"....We are also deeply concerned that Mr. Ayloush’s ongoing and repeated characterization of Zionism as a “political ideology whose tentacles are rooted in racism” is directly contributing to antisemitic, revisionist histories of the Jewish people.
California deserves Democratic leadership that bridges gaps and unifies our diverse community. We deserve better than Hussam Ayloush.
Read the entire letter here:
Letter Denouncing Antisemitic Statements made by California Democratic Party Leader Hussam Aylous
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