Palestinian Husseini family loses Shepherd Hotel court fight or shall I say they didn’t steal it

April 3, 2012

(MFS Other) Palestinian Husseini family loses Shepherd Hotel court fight. (JPost). The High Court of Justice ruled Monday that a prominent Palestinian family could not claim ownership of a landmark and now derelict building in east Jerusalem – paving the way for a Jewish settlement project. The Husseini family said the Shepherd Hotel, now partially demolished, is a symbol of the Palestinian rights to their land and to east Jerusalem, and criticized the court ruling.
The Shepherd Hotel was built in the 1930s and served as the home of Jerusalem grand mufti Haj Amin Husseini, who fought the British and Zionists. It was declared “absentee property” by Israel after it was captured and annexed to east Jerusalem in 1967. The title was transferred to an Israeli firm, which sold it in 1985 to Irving Moskowitz, a Florida businessman and patron of Jewish settlers. In 2009, the Jerusalem city hall approved a project to replace the building with a block of 20 apartments. Israeli officials said Washington had voiced its opposition to the plan to Israel’s ambassador in the United States. “This property, which is legitimately ours, represents the Palestinians’ rights to their land and to Jerusalem,” Mona Husseini, heir to the property and Husseini’s granddaughter, said on Monday. In dismissing the family’s case, the court said too much time had passed since Israeli authorities had transferred the property to private developers for a legal challenge to be brought, a lawyer for the petitioners said. The family said it had been unaware at the time that the site had been sold off.”The court clearly sided with the other party, and this proves that the Israeli courts have never been fair to Palestinians,” said Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian Authority-appointed mayor of Jerusalem and a member of the extended family. The family said, however, they would continue to seek legal action “against the odds.”Read the full story here.

I don’t get it either. The place was vacant… right? and like usual they wanted it after the Jews did something with it.


Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center

June 18, 2011

Mehnaz Afridi’s expertise is the intersection of Islam and the Holocaust. Michael Datikash

Manhattan College is revamping its Holocaust Center to include the further study of other genocides, as well as interfaith activities that would include Islam alongside Judaism and Christianity — the two religions that until now have been mostly alone at the core of Holocaust interfaith issues.

Perhaps nothing accentuates the change more than the appointment of Mehnaz Afridi, 40, to be director of what will be renamed the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center.

Afridi, a Pakistan-born Muslim woman, has been teaching at Antioch University, and her writings have primarily focused on Muslim identity and the intersection of Islam and the Holocaust.

Afridi is awaiting publication of her first book, “The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes.” The book, Afridi told The Jewish Week, grew out of “my frustration with the anti-Semitism within the Muslim community, its lack of education, [its] denial of the Holocaust, or those that say it wasn’t six million but two million. Negating someone’s history or someone’s truth is actually quite a huge sin.”

The changes at Manhattan College prompted novelist Thane Rosenbaum, a professor at Fordham Law School and a frequent essayist on post-Holocaust themes, to wonder whether the Holocaust is becoming unmoored from its Jewish specificity.
“It hasn’t even been two generations,” said Rosenbaum, and already the message is, ‘We now have transcended the Holocaust,’ time for something else. Only with Jews, do people change the parameters like this, going from the Final Solution to exploring ‘Prejudice Around The World.’ This is Holocaust Studies for a new century: led by a Muslim, dealing with issues not exclusive or particular to the Holocaust, [issues] from Islamophobia to racism, looking for a wider appeal. They can do whatever they want, but I’m not sure that morally they have the right.”
Hikind, noting that his Brooklyn district includes “the largest contingent of Holocaust survivors,” asked Manhattan College to drop the word “Holocaust” from the center’s name because “the addition of Dr. Afridi and the expansion of the Center’s mission diminish the magnitude of the Holocaust as a defining Jewish event.”
Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, one of the pioneers in Holocaust studies in the 1970s, and the former chair of the national Holocaust Memorial Council, said that the debate over the universalistic expansion of Holocaust studies “has been an issue all along, going back decades.”
“Each case is different. In some places its worked,” protecting and underlining the distinctiveness of the Shoah, “and in other places not.”
The increased emphasis on interfaith relations is “great,” said Rabbi Greenberg. “One of the lessons of the Shoah, and part of what drove me [to Jewish-Christian] dialogue was that we have to recognize and break down the horrible poison and stereotypes [that predominated in Christian Europe] to prevent future Holocausts. That’s a legitimate application. I’m in favor of Muslim dialogue, too. The real issue is that most of the Muslim dialogue, so far, has not been very honest. That’s where the danger comes — not the concept of interfaith, but it’s how you do it, with whom, and how it’ll play out.”

Hikind’s criticism of Afridi was partially provoked by an article she wrote for Common Ground but widely circulated by the Khaleej Times (Aug. 11, 2008), an Arab newspaper. In the article, Afridi recalls an exchange at a Jerusalem bar that happened 18 years before, when she was studying archeology in Israel. An Israeli Jew at the bar, not knowing Afridi wasn’t Jewish, voiced the opinion that “surely you know, as a Jew, that this is our ancestral homeland.” She responded, “Well, no … First, I am not Jewish, and second, I am not quite sure whose land this is.

However, in another piece, written for the Jewish Journal (Oct. 4, 2007), Afridi says that she “sympathizes with Jews and understands the need for the state of Israel,” as well as noting that her young daughter happens to share a birthday (March 30) with Maimonides 

translation from Victimization Culture:
Sympathy does not bring any rights to own land.

more Mehnaz Afridi and her Taqiyya via

Public relations for third world dictators want feminism not G-d.  They want to promote their tyranny to the ladies who they hurt.  …More stories like the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism is to close at the end of July.

F#(% Sean Penn, Steve Buscemi and Robert De Niro Kiss Julian Schnabel’s Juden Rat Ass at the U.N.

March 18, 2011

…and screened a virulently anti-Israel film called Miral.

UN General Assembly
to screen a film

that glorifies the sister of
Adolf Hitler’s henchman
Actor Sean Penn, left,
director Julian Schnabel, left,
and actor Josh Brolin
arrive for the premiere of “Miral”
at United Nations headquarters.
–Reuters Photo/Jessica Rinaldi
Oliver Stone they are ready
for their closeup!


Annie Leibovitz photographs the lazy
slug of an artist Julian Schnabel,

who glorifies terrorists in his movie

Even his penchant for wearing pajamas
all-day has become the stuff of legend.
“When you see somebody
walking down the street in pajamas,
they think that you just got out of a mental hospital.

via image via
Julian is from a
Jewish background
and  his mother Esta Greenberg

was president of Hadassah,
the Women’s Zionist
Organization of America, in 1948

maybe Robert wants to play the
Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini?


Sources said that invitations
were sent out on Thursday
afternoon for the Monday
night screening.
Members of the Israeli delegation
to the UN said the decision
to screen a feature film
in the General Assembly hall –
especially such a dramatically
pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli film
– was a “horrible” one.
The decision seems to have
been made unilaterally by Switzerland’s
Joseph Deiss,
the General Assembly’s president.
Messages to his spokesperson
left by the Post Sunday were not returned.
On Friday morning,
Israel’s delegation to the UN
sent a letter of complaint to Deiss,
protesting his decision to host the US premiere
of Miral, Israeli spokeswoman
Karean Peretz told the Post.

In the letter, Israel’s Deputy
Permanent Representative to the
UN Haim Waxman wrote,
“We find it very troubling that the UN
has chosen to feature this film in the GA Hall.
We are not aware of any other films
with such contentious political content
that have received this kind of endorsement
from the President of the GA.”
The event, according to the Israeli delegation,
“will mark a rare occasion in which the
UN’s GA Hall is used for a movie premiere.
This is clearly
a politicized decision of the UN,
one that shows poor judgment
and a lack of evenhandedness.”

According to members
of the Israeli delegation,
various offices at the UN denied
having any knowledge
of the event beforehand,
including the office of the
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
His office did not respond
to the Post’s request for comment.

Waxman told the Post that Deiss,
as president of the General Assembly,
in some circumstances is independent
and therefore has the prerogative
to make decisions such as these.

Slumdog movie star turns defiant Palestinian girl?
The crappy version of Star Trek called “Voyager”
is where the actress from Slumdog Millionaire started

“But the hall of the General Assembly is not his own property,” Waxman continued. “This is the main hall of the global community and belongs to the countries of the world. Anything that happens there has to be decided with great care. We find ourselves arguing about commas here and there on every document – so how can this screening happen?

Here is the plot from Wikipedia (it’s actually based on a true story, which has been propagandized).

A chronicle of Hind Husseini’s effort to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.
Jerusalem, 1948. On her way to work, Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass) comes across 55 orphaned children in the street. She takes them home to give them food and shelter. Within six months, 55 had grown to almost 2,000, and the Dar Al-Tifel Institute was born.
In 1978, at the age of 7, Miral (Freida Pinto) was sent to the Institute by her father following her mother’s death. Brought up safely inside the Institute’s walls, she is naïve to the troubles that surround her. Then, in 1988, at the age of 17, she is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the reality of her people’s struggle. When she falls for Hani, a political activist, she finds herself torn between the fight for the future of her people and Mama Hind’s belief that education is the road to peace.

You can probably guess to whom this movie is sympathetic….

So what’s wrong with a highly visible film that’s likely to get a lot of attention (even though it may be out of the running for an Oscar) and that shows the ‘Palestinians’ in a favorable light? Well, let’s start with Hind Husseini. Does the name sound familiar? I thought it might. She was the sister of Haj al-Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem and a collaborator with Hitler. And she never apologized for that. And no, the movie isn’t going to highlight it either.
And guess where the original 55 children
in the orphanage came from?
They were survivors of what Wikipedia calls the
Deir Yassin massacre.’
(There never was a ‘massacre’ there,
but I won’t get into that now). So you can bet that
lie will be repeated.
The orphanage ended up in Sheikh Jarrah,
directly across from what
was until 2002 the ‘Palestinian’ headquarters in Jerusalem
known as Orient House.
Maybe we’ll even see the nearby Shepherd’s Hotel….
Do you all have a
sense of where this is heading?
This entire movie is one
massive slander against Israel….

But as a reminder,
I am going to show you the trailer again.
Let’s go to the videotape.

What could go wrong?

I’m seriously starting to think that Hollywood is controlled by NAZIS.  the Jews control the media meme just doesn’t make sense.  The Jews that made it are puppets on a string.
check your strings!

way to go Hollywood!  You just glorified the unrepentant sister of one of Hitler’s Goons.

Palestine Betrayed

March 17, 2011

When it comes to the birth of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Palestinian narrative has become the most widely repeated version of events: After World War I, Jews began immigrating to areas within Britain’s Mandate of Palestine with the Zionist dream of building a Jewish state. Jewish immigration dramatically increased at the end of World War II as a result of collective European guilt in the aftermath of the Holocaust. The Jews eventually established Israel as their illegal state after evicting the Arab population and plundering the Palestinian people and their homeland with the help of colonialist Europe. Israel’s independence is known in Arabic as the Nakba—the great catastrophe—and it created the Palestinian refugee problem, the biggest obstacle to solving the conflict today.

Enter Efraim Karsh, head of Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London, and his latest book,Palestine Betrayed. A preeminent historian on the Arab-Israeli conflict, Karsh sets out “to reclaim the historical truth” behind Israel’s creation. In doing so, he tests such Palestinian narratives and the conclusions of the “new historians”—revisionists such as Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappe, and the early Benny Morris who in the 1980s rose to challenge the established narrative of Israel’s birth.
Karsh sets the record straight by drawing on Western, United Nations, Israeli, and Soviet documents declassified over the last decade, providing the correct context often missing in the selective focus of the “new historians” and altogether absent in the Palestinian narrative. His detailed examination of the historical records reveals that Israel’s establishment was not the main cause of the Palestinian refugee problem and the hardships that the population has faced thereafter. Instead, it was the result of actions taken by the Palestinian Arabs and their leaders.
Anger instigated by Arab leaders is the foremost recurring theme in Palestine Betrayed, and Karsh holds the mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Husseini, responsible for the deterioration of neighborly relations between the Arabs and Jews during the Mandate period, and for the eventual “collapse and dispersion of Palestinian Arab society.”
Hajj Amin, known for his pan-Arab ambitions, “viewed the Palestinians not as a distinct people deserving statehood but as an integral part of a single Arab nation”—with himself as leader, and clean of Jews. To this end, Hajj Amin, an admirer and supporter of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, launched a campaign to demolish the Jewish national revival by enraging his constituents with all the anti-Jewish rhetoric he could find, from verses in the Quran to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
But the Mufti was not alone in his aspirations to control Palestine at the expense of its inhabitants. It was Transjordanian King Abdullah’s “imperial ambitions” that eventually forced the newly formed Arab states to invade the day-old Israel in 1948 “not to save the Palestinian Arabs but to prevent the annexation of Palestine, in whole or in part, to Transjordan.” Karsh astutely points out that the Arab invasion following Israel’s independence “was more of a scramble for Palestine than an attempt to secure Palestinian national rights.”
However, instead of consolidating Arab rule over Palestine, “The 1948 war resulted in the total disintegration of Palestinian Arab society.” By the end of the Mandate in May 1948, some 340,000 Arabs had fled Palestine; by January 1949, that number swelled to 600,000—a direct result of Arab leaders’ coercion and invasion.
Indeed, the Mufti and heads of surrounding Arab countries were largely responsible for the flight of the Palestinian Arabs—a highly controversial point that Karsh proves remarkably well with a substantial body of sourced material and quotations from key British, Jewish, and Arab eyewitnesses. While there were instances in which Jewish forces expelled Arab villagers in the heat of battle, in most cases, Arab leaders and their armed militias forcefully drove the Palestinian Arabs from their homes, at first to use the houses as military bases and then to prevent them from becoming citizens of a prospective Jewish state. Many others fled of their own free will as the wartime security situation deteriorated.
At the heart of Palestine Betrayed, Karsh argues that the Palestinian people were—and still are—betrayed by their very own leaders who promised to act with their best interests in mind but instead acted on personal ambitions. Never relinquishing their dreams of a pan-Arab empire under their homage, each leader refused to establish peaceful relations with the Jews, condemning the Palestinian people to decades of war and statelessness.
“Had the Mufti chosen to lead his people to peace and reconciliation with their Jewish neighbors,” Karsh writes, “the Palestinians would have had their independent state” in accordance with the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine, which the Jews accepted and Palestine’s Arab leaders did not.
The same applied to Yassir Arafat in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he chose to pocket international aid and create terrorist networks rather than infrastructure necessary for an independent state. The same now applies to Mahmoud Abbas who refuses to accept Israel’s ‘Jewishness’ in a peace agreement but insists that Israel fully implement the right of return, “the Palestinian and Arab euphemism for Israel’s destruction.”
Palestine Betrayed is an extraordinarily well-documented account of the events leading up to Israel’s creation. It is the antidote to revisionist historians whose narrative casts the Palestinians as passive players in the conflict with no responsibility for their actions. The contexts of war and inter-Arab rivalry are the key components to understanding how events played out. At the same time, Karsh’s work demonstrates that Palestinian mythology continues to hinder all attempts at solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Indeed, the notion that Israel is solely responsible for creating the Palestinian refugee encourages Palestinian leaders and society to cling to the erroneous belief that Israel will welcome each refugee into the state as part of a peace deal. And as long as this remains a Palestinian redline, there is no hope for ending the conflict.
Efraim Karsh
Yale University Press, 2010. 336 pp.  $32.50
Reviewed by Samara Greenberg
National Security Policy Proceedings
Posted via email
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Jimmy Carter and Rosie O’Donnell Defend Helen Thomas

February 26, 2011

I’m sure if the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini would do the same…

I suppose that none of us should be surprised that former President Jimmy Carter reached out to Helen Thomas after she put her foot deep in her mouth last May.

According to a column in the Feb. 24 edition of the Falls Church News-Press by Nicholas F. Benton, the editor-in-chief of the publication, the paper’s newest columnist Helen Thomas had a surprise waiting for her after an extraordinary interview she gave to HLN’s Joy Behar last week. That was flowers from Rosie O’Donnell, who had been on the record for defending Thomas in the past.
However, as Benton noted, at the time of the Thomas’s infamous remarks, there were very few willing to defend her other than O’Donnell and the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.
“[Rosie] O’Donnell sent Thomas, now age 90, flowers in sympathy for the highly upsetting incident and, along with President Jimmy Carter, was one of only a handful of her longtime colleagues and friends to reach out to her,” Benton wrote.
Alana Goodman, the assistant online editor for Commentary magazine, followed up with Benton on that claim. She noted in a post that Benton told her that Thomas told him that Carter reached out to her after the comments.

random image via

“Benton told me over the phone that Thomas told him about Carter’s outreach herself, though she didn’t give him details about what the former president said to her,” Goodman wrote. “‘The context was in the context of what transpired,’ said Benton, referring to Thomas’s unceremonious retirement from Hearst.”

Birds of a feather stick together.

Jerusalem 1948

UCLA’s having Palestine Awareness Week.

February 18, 2011

I just saw a Facebook page advertising UCLA’s “Palestine Awareness Week” next week.
I deeply believe in awareness for Palestine, so here is my small contribution to the cause:

  • Are you aware that Palestine was never a country?
  • Are you aware that the word Palestine is Roman, not Arabic?
  • Are you aware that Jerusalem was never the capital of any Arab nation?
  • Are you aware that before 1920, the area known as Palestine included much or all of what is now Jordan?
  • Are you aware that practically every written history of the Palestinian Arabs starts after Jews started returning to the area in the late 1800s?
  • Are you aware that practically no Arabs called themselves “Palestinian” before 1964?
  • Are you aware that the first Palestinian Arab leader, Haj Amin al Husseini, originally wanted a “Greater Syria” to include Palestine and only changed his mind in the 1920s?
  • Are you aware that this same Husseini instigated murderous rampages against the Jews of Palestine – including Jewish communities that had been there for centuries?
  • Are you aware that this same Husseini colluded with Hitler to perform genocide on all Jews during World War II?
  • Are you aware the Palestinian Arabs have never accepted any peace plan that included a Jewish state?
  • Are you aware that modern terrorism was created by Palestinian Arabs?
  • Are you aware that Palestinian Arabs never demanded their own West Bank or Gaza state when they were under Jordanian and Egyptian control?
  • Are you aware that Yasir Arafat embezzled as much as $3 billion from his people, yet he is still regarded as a hero and no Palestinian Arab leader is trying to find his stolen money?
  • Are you aware that the constitution of Palestine states that Sharia law would be the main source of legislation?
  • Are you aware that Mahmoud Abbas bankrolled the 1972 Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes, and that he praised the ringleader of that attack as recently as 2010?
  • Are you aware that Mahmoud Abbas’ college thesis denied the Holocaust?
  • Are you aware that Hamas does not want a Palestinian Arab state but instead a pan-Islamic caliphate that spans the world?
  • Are you aware that the Palestinian Authority still officially states that there was no Jewish Temple in Jerusalem?
  • Are you aware that the PLO wants to build a state with no Jews in it?
  • Are you aware that the elected Hamas government has laws discriminating against women?
  • Are you aware that Yasir Arafat was born in Egypt, but Ariel Sharon was born in Palestine?
  • Are you aware that the biggest heroes to ordinary Palestinian Arabs are terrorists like Dalal Mughrabi and Samir Kuntar?
  • Are you aware that the original 1964 PLO charter specifically excluded the West Bank and Gaza from the land they wanted, and their only desire was to destroy Israel within the Green Line?
  • Are you aware that not a single refugee camp has been dismantled in the territories governed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas?
  • Are you aware that even after signing the Oslo Accords, Yasir Arafat publicly said that a Palestinian state is simply a stage on the way to destroying Israel altogether?
Just a small public service for Palestine Awareness Week. 

Wikileaks: Saudi oil reserves overstated by 40%?

February 9, 2011
Aerial View of Oil Refinery
WikiLeaks cables suggest the amount of oil that can be retrieved has been overestimated. Photograph: George Steinmetz/Corbis via 

Saudi oil refinery. Cables released by Wikileaks report that Saudi oil reserves may be overstated by as much as 40%.

The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show.
The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take seriously a warning from a senior Saudi government oil executive that the kingdom’s crude oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 300bn barrels – nearly 40%.
The revelation comes as the oil price has soared in recent weeks to more than $100 a barrel on global demand and tensions in the Middle East. Many analysts expect that the Saudis and their Opec cartel partners would pump more oil if rising prices threatened to choke off demand.
However, Sadad al-Husseini, a geologist and former head of exploration at the Saudi oil monopoly Aramco, met the US consul general in Riyadh in November 2007 and told the US diplomat that Aramco’s 12.5m barrel-a-day capacity needed to keep a lid on prices could not be reached.
According to the cables, which date between 2007-09, Husseini said Saudi Arabia might reach an output of 12m barrels a day in 10 years but before then – possibly as early as 2012 – global oil production would have hit its highest point. This crunch point is known as “peak oil”.
Husseini said that at that point Aramco would not be able to stop the rise of global oil prices because the Saudi energy industry had overstated its recoverable reserves to spur foreign investment. He argued that Aramco had badly underestimated the time needed to bring new oil on tap.
One cable said: “According to al-Husseini, the crux of the issue is twofold. First, it is possible that Saudi reserves are not as bountiful as sometimes described, and the timeline for their production not as unrestrained as Aramco and energy optimists would like to portray.”
It went on: “In a presentation, Abdallah al-Saif, current Aramco senior vice-president for exploration, reported that Aramco has 716bn barrels of total reserves, of which 51% are recoverable, and that in 20 years Aramco will have 900bn barrels of reserves.
“Al-Husseini disagrees with this analysis, believing Aramco’s reserves are overstated by as much as 300bn barrels. In his view once 50% of original proven reserves has been reached … a steady output in decline will ensue and no amount of effort will be able to stop it. He believes that what will result is a plateau in total output that will last approximately 15 years followed by decreasing output.”
The US consul then told Washington: “While al-Husseini fundamentally contradicts the Aramco company line, he is no doomsday theorist. His pedigree, experience and outlook demand that his predictions be thoughtfully considered.”

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