February 26, 2012
(Carl) There’s a conference going on in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and Monday – its logo is at the top of this post. It’s officially called the ‘International Conference for Jerusalem,’ but it is also known as the International Conference for the ‘Defense of Jerusalem,’ and what Jerusalem is being ‘defended’ against is ‘Judaization.’
Speaking at the International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Doha, Qatar, Abbas was quoted by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency as saying, “The Israeli occupation authorities are using the ugliest and most dangerous means to implement plans to erase and remove the Arab-Islamic and the Christian character of east Jerusalem.”
The Palestinian Authority president accused Israel of “surrounding Jerusalem with an Apartheid wall and a band of settlements in order to isolate the city from its surroundings in the West Bank.”
Abbas slammed Israeli authorities for setting up barriers preventing Palestinians from entering Jerusalem without “almost impossible to obtain” permits.
He implored Arabs and Muslims from other countries to visit Jerusalem if they can. “This move will have political, moral, economic and humanitarian repercussions, showing that Jerusalem belongs to all of us and no one can stop us from accessing it.”
He added that visiting “occupied Jerusalem” would remind the Israelis that “Jerusalem is the cause of every Arab, Muslim and Christian,” and would not constitute normalization with Israel.
The International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem was taking place for the first time Sunday. This followed a decision made by delegates to last year’s Arab summit in Libya to hold an annual international conference that would include Arab and foreign countries and civil institutions, to discuss defending Jerusalem “against Israeli violation at all levels.”
Among those present at the conference are five ‘Israeli Arab’ members of the Knesset: Ahmad Tibi, Taleb a-Sanaa, Haneen Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Ibrahim Sarsur. There’s also a representative of the US State Department there: Kenneth Raymond Insley, Jr. And a representative of American Friends of ‘Peace Now’: Lara Friedman.
One has to wonder what the State Department – and even ‘Peace Now’ – are doing at a conference against the ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem.
…wait did he say U.S. Rep?
November 4, 2011
In his annual report, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss says that the State of Israel financed commendations to six Israeli Arab passengers on the Mavi Marmara terror ship in 2010. The commendations, which cost a total of NIS 5,000 ($1380), were presented by the Israeli Arab Ta’al party, and were purchased with moneys received from the State of Israel
A week after the flotilla, United Arab List-Ta’al Chairman MK Ibrahim Sarsur granted six commemorative plaques worth a total of NIS 5,000 ($1,380) to MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Ra’ad Salah and others.
That’s Salah in the picture at the top (second from left).
According to the report, which examined the state’s political party funding, the faction paid NIS 5,000 to buy the brass plaques, for the activists who took part in the flotilla on which IDF soldiers were brutally attacked and nine Turks were killed.
They listed the plaques as an expense aimed at keeping in touch with the party’s supporters, as they were given out to well known people who represent an extensive section of the Arab Israeli sector.
The Comptroller noted in the report that the funds should never have been used to purchase the plaques and that their purchase could not be included in the “keeping in touch with the voters” clause as they were given as personal gifts directly to a small number of people. He added that their purchase from the public was illegitimate.
This is a case in which not only were public funds misappropriated, they were also uses to honor a group of people who took part in a flotilla against Israel.
MK Sarsur said he was summoned to the State Comptroller’s office where he was told that he used the funds contrary to state procedure. “I told them that there was no clause forbidding what we did,” the MK told Ynet.
He added that “the flotilla participants took steps in line with social and political activity and their stance is justified, a kind of defense of values.” Sarsur stressed that he did not regret his actions.
As long as Israel’s Arab community continues to elect the likes of Sarsur and Hanin Zoabi as its representatives to the Knesset, Israeli Jews will continue to be suspicious about which side Israel’s Arab take and whether they’d rather live with the ‘Palestinians.’