the New York Times manages to use 16-year old Daniel Viflic, who died on Sunday night as a result of wounds inflicted by an anti-tank missile fired by ‘Palestinian’ terrorists on April 7, to turn Arrigoni into a hero.
On the front page below the fold, Fares Akram and Isabel Kershner began their report with these sympathetic words:
For Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian pro-Palestinian activist who friends said fought peacefully for justice, the end was as violent as it was incongruous. (“Killing of Pro-Palestinian Activist in Gaza Deals a Blow to Hamas,” Apr. 16, 2011)
Supporting Hamas is fighting peacefully for justice? A few days ago, on April 7, Hamas fired a highly advanced and deadly anti-tank missile (a Russian supplied Kornet) at an Israeli school bus – a clearly marked yellow schoolbus – injuring the bus driver and gravely wounding the only passenger, 16-year-old Daniel Viflic.
Is this the peaceful justice that the Times credits to Vittorio Arrigoni by uncritically quoting his friends? And considering the extreme violence practiced by Hamas, not just against Israelis, but also against fellow Palestinians, such as those from the rival Palestinian Authority, how could the Times possibly term as “incongruous” any violence involving Hamas rule?
In contrast, the Times has quoted no such kind words about Daniel Viflic, the schoolboy who was so gravely wounded in the Hamas bus attack a few days ago. In fact his name has never graced the pages of the New York Times (according to Nexis and google searches). The Times did mention the bus attack in their article on Arrigoni, but only as a vehicle to generate more sympathy for the Italian, who was worried that the attack by his Hamas friends would provoke a response from the Israeli army:
In an e-mail to [a friend], he wrote, “I am very tense, exhausted, if [the Israelis] don’t kill anyone in the next 24 hours, I am getting out Thursday. Your V.”
So for the morally obtuse New York Times, a terror attack against a schoolbus that left a young boy fighting for his life ends up being used to evoke sympathy for a defender of the terrorists who carried out the attack.
Here’s hoping that those of you who still subscribe to the Times will cancel it.
The 16-year-old boy who was critically injured by an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas last has died. Daniel Viflic – whose full Hebrew name was Raphael Daniel Ariel ben Tamar – had been in critical condition at Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital since the school bus he was riding in two weeks ago was hit. He died of his injuries, which included severe shrapnel wounds to his brain, on Sunday evening. via cifwatch.com
The website of Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, posted an article on the recent death of Israeli teen Daniel Viflic, who died as the result of brain injuries sustained after Hamas terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus he was on.
Here’s an exact translation of the story, from Arabic into English (with clarifications in parenthesis), provided by a friend of CiF Watch who is a professional translator:
With pictures – Death of a Zionist soldier in the “Kfar Sa’ad” Operation (carried out) by Al-Qassam
April 18, 2011
On the evening of Sunday, 17 April, one of the wounded in the Kfar Sa’ad convoy died, after a Zionist convoy was targeted by the Al-Qassam Brigades as it was passing on a military road connecting military positions weeks ago.
The Zionist “Ha’aretz” newspaper mentioned that the Zionist killed (i.e. dead) met his death (sic!) weeks ago east of the city of Gaza, after the convoy which was transporting him was targeted by the Al-Qassam Brigades.
The newspaper mentioned that the killed (i.e. dead) was a Zionist conscript who was treated in intensive care in the Soroka hospital in the occupied city of B’ir Al-Sab’ (Beer-Sheba) after a major deterioration in his medical condition.
(The newspaper) added that the dead “Daniel Fiflich” (sic, there is no “v” in Arabic) was buried in the cemetery of the village of Noham (sic) last night. He died of the serious wounds which he received ten days ago when Al-Qassam (Brigades) targeted a Zionist convoy in the occupied Western Naqb (Negev).
Al-Qassam carried out the operation
The Brigades of the shahid ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam announced Thursday (April 7) evening that they targeted a Zionist convoy near the Kfar Sa’ad mughtasaba (this is an Arabic term for Israeli settlements, both inside and outside the Green Line. It comes from the word “rape”, and is meant to say that the place is being raped, or taken from its original inhabitants by force), east of Gaza.
The (Al-Qassam) Brigades announced in a military communiqué that its mujahids (jihad fighters) targeted a convoy of the occupation exactly at 3:15 pm, near the Zionist Kfar Sa’ad mughtasaba (see above), east of Gaza. This (targeting) led to it (i.e. the convoy) being hit directly. The occupation admitted that two of the Zionists were wounded at the time of the targeting (I know it sounds idiotic, but this is how it translates into English), one of them serious (wounds), and he died last night.
The Brigades added that “we claim responsibility for this Jihad operation, and we stress that this is a primary response for the crimes of the occupation and that more responses are on the way Allah willing, and its Jihad-waging Brigades will remain the spearhead in waging resistance against the occupation, and that it will respond twice as much if it (the occupation) will dare to commit any new stupid acts.”
It (the Al-Qassam Brigades) pointed out that this heroic operation comes as a response to the ongoing and repetitious crimes of the occupation and its increasing taghawwuls (probably a typo, and he meant “tawaghghul”, which means “incursions”) against our people in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), the (West) Bank and the (Gaza) Strip, the latest of which was the murdering of the Qassam leaders Isma’il and ‘Abdallah Labad and Muhammad Al-Daya.
The words above the first two pictures (Below): “Pictures of the killed (i.e. dead) Zionist”
The words above the rest of the pictures: “Pictures of the targeting of the Zionist convoy by Al-Qassam (Brigades)
The 16-year-old boy who was critically injured by an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas last has died. Daniel Viflic –whose full Hebrew name was Raphael Daniel Ariel ben Tamar – had been in critical condition at Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital since the school bus he was riding in two weeks ago was hit. He died of his injuries, which included severe shrapnel wounds to his brain, on Sunday evening. via cifwatch.com
Hamas’ Al Qassam Martyrs Brigades website reports about the death of Daniel Viflic, the 16-year old schoolboy who was killed because Hamas shot a laser-guided anti-tank missile at a school bus.
The Hamas article doesn’t acknowledge that Daniel was a minor. Instead, it says that Daniel was a “Zionist soldier” and even has the gall to pretend that it is quoting Ha’aretz to that effect!
The Haaretz newspaper reported that the slain Zionist was killed weeks east of Gaza City after the targeting of a bus he was traveling in by the Qassam Brigades.
The newspaper said that the dead man was a Zionist soldier who stayed in intensive care at Soroka Hospital in BeerSheva in the territories after a significant deterioration in his health.
The website then gleefully shows photos from the funeral as well as from the bus. And the commenters are uniform in their praise of this “heroic operation.”
empathy for Daniel and his family who are not victims… merely enemy to the world
A lot of people assume that Zionist Jews are Right Wing NUTS.
I started looking into the person who wrote the post below who is defending Israel and I found this…
…is this the same Arlene Kushner?
As in Gaza.
Right now it’s looking more than a bit dubious. According to the PA news agency Ma’an, last night UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Robert Serry had successfully negotiated a ceasefire — in which the Palestinian Arab factions in Gaza would cease launching projectiles at Israel, and Israel would halt attacks on Hamas in Gaza.
But there’s no evidence of it, as those projectiles — mortars, kassams and Grads — keep coming and our operations have not ceased. There’s been no word on this officially from either side. The term used in English was “ceasefire,” but I must point out that there are different gradations of what we would broadly see as covering this term. A hudna, in Arabic, is a mutually arrived at agreement– but still temporary. It’s not “peace,” of course. A tahadiya is a mutual quiet that is informal.
In either event, the possibility for the Arabs to continue to build and strengthen themselves exists. There would be no commitment that prohibits this, and in fact it is taken for granted that this is what they would do. And this, precisely, is what makes it all so problematic.
Among the issues complicating matters is a rift between the political arm of Hamas, which would like to revert to a situation of quiet, and the military arm, which wants to keep hitting us.
The Hamas political organization, headed by Ismail Haniyeh, is interested in consolidating its strength inside of Gaza right now; there is fear that the sort of unrest that has engulfed much of the region might reach Gaza as well. There is no desire to be distracted by hostilities with Israel. On the other hand, the military wing, Izz al-Din al- Qassam Brigades, won’t listen to orders from the political wing to cease firing. Spokesman Abu Obeida — who has taken responsibility for the school bus attack — says they will not sit idle when faced with the Israeli “aggression.” “The blood of our citizens will not be spilled for nothing.” Among other hits, Obeida may have been referring to the Israeli air strike just over a week ago on a car in the Gaza strip that was carrying three Hamas operatives who were identified by Israel as a squad planning to kidnap Israelis over Pesach.
Then there is the question of who stops first — each side saying it will stop if the other does. From our side, the demand is that Hamas impose quiet on all other Islamist factions.
And perhaps most insane is this: Israel National News reports that Hamas objects “to Israel being allowed to prevent ‘ticking bomb’ terrorist cells from firing rockets….According to a Hamas spokesman, a ceasefire specifically means that Israel cannot target terrorist cells preparing to launch rocket attacks on Israelis.”
Last night, Prime Minister Netanyahu — who had returned just before Shabbat from a visit to Germany and the Czech Republic — issued a statement that, “We won’t let Hamas set the rules. Even if we are not interested in an escalation, the response will be determined, harsh and ongoing.” The prime minister repeated this at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet session today. “If Israeli citizens continue to come under attack, the response will be much harsher.”
Also at the Cabinet meeting today, Netanyahu praised the Iron Dome, which has now been utilized successfully for Israel’s defense, deflecting missiles coming our way (but not, it must be admitted, in all cases). The prime minister himself acknowledged that this is not “a complete solution” to what Hamas is sending our way, and that an offensive action is also required. Word is, that the US has agreed to provide $205 million for the purchase and deployment of additional batteries of the Iron Dome.
They will be installed for the protection of major cities.
Minister of Strategic Affairs, Moshe Ya’alon, in an Army Radio interview yesterday, warned that, while war is our last option, Hamas should not test our readiness to go that route if it is called for:”They have taken some hard hits and they will sustain even harsher ones [if they continue firing rockets and mortars at Israel].”We have a lot of options, and the IDF is prepared for them.”
Certainly we’ve pummeled Gaza from the air in a punishing fashion in the last few days. In point of fact, more than 20 terrorists were killed over the weekend, and in the course of the last several days, 35 Hamas operatives have been killed. ~~~~~~~~~~
Not surprisingly, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is talking tough. The Yisrael Beiteinu coalition agreement with Likud (clause 11) designates the toppling of Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a strategic Israeli goal. But until now no Israeli government has specifically done this. Even when we were at war in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, that goal was not delineated. Lieberman wants his party to demand that this clause now be applied. (“the government will work determinedly and regularly against terror groups threatening Israel and do everything needed in order to eradicate them. A strategic target for the State of Israel would be the toppling of Hamas’s rule in Gaza.”) This is worlds away from saying that we’ll be quiet if they are quiet.
So where are we now? Monitoring the situation hour by hour, day by day.
Today Amr Mussa, head of the Arab League, announced that the League intended to appeal to the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, parallel to what had been imposed on Libya. Never mind that the two situations are not parallel and that the deliberate targeting of a school bus with an anti-tank missile constitutes a war crime. While Turkey on Sunday denounced what it termed Israel’s “excessive and disproportionate” strikes.
So this war must be fought on two fronts, as might have been expected.
Let’s turn for a moment to the boy on the school bus who was critically wounded. Daniel Viflic is actually from Beit Shemesh. He was in the south to visit his grandmother, and was riding the bus only because he is friends with the driver. His father, sitting next to him in the hospital, said, “Who knew, that a visit to his grandmother could end with this.”
The family is asking everyone to pray for him: Daniel Aryeh ben Tamar.
Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Education, said he intends to raise this issue with ministers of education in other nations, to highlight precisely what Palestinian Arab terrorism is like. Minister of Homefront Defense Matan Vilnai has ordered three armored buses for the region, to transport children to and from school.
As far as I have been able to determine, this — which has been making the rounds of the Internet — is real: British Muslims for Israel. A real lift, a glimmer of hope.
See this video, which turns to English after only a few moments: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=ppNPcNRIilI&feature=player_embedded
And we’ve got more good news, as a Russian billionaire has announced that he wants to fund an Israeli Al-Jazeera.
Israeli Al-Jazeera. Dr. Alexander Mashkevich, who is president of Keren Hayesod’s Jewish Leadership Conference, made the announcement at a conference at Bar Ilan University: He intends to found “a pro-Israel communication media, that will transmit, in the format of international news channels like Al Jazeera, and the BBC.
“Unfortunately, in the current situation, most of the channels just do not tell the truth about Israel … every day that passes, we are losing the war on the country’s image.”It is not possible that Israel should not have a television channel such as channels that operate in The establishment of such a channel is now imperative and necessary…” More power to him! How this could this change things. He is not interested in PR or hasbara, but in transmitting the truth 24 hours a day.
After the school bus was hit, I noted that I hadn’t seen a condemnation from EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Well, for the record, now she’s delivered it, and she can keep this repugnant bit of moral equivalency:”I strongly condemn yesterday’s mortar and rocket attacks out of the Gaza strip, which once again hit the innocent civilian population and which must stop immediately.” However, she said, she was also “deeply concerned by the current escalation of violence.” In fact, she said she also deplored “the loss of civilian life in Gaza and call on Israel to show restraint.”
What a piece of work she is. She would deny us our right to self-defense.
Former Israeli ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, addressed the US House International Affairs Committee last Tuesday at the invitation of chair, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. This was with an eye to the up-coming meeting of the Quartet.
He was joined by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan and Brig.-Gen .(res.) Udi Dekel.
Said Gold:”The idea that the Quartet would dictate to Israel the 1967 lines and set the stage for an imposed solution serves this Palestinian interest, but not the interest of achieving real peace.”European support for such initiatives would contravene the very peace agreements they signed in the past as witnesses. It would set the stage for further Palestinian unilateralist initiatives at the UN in September and deal a virtually fatal blow to any negotiations.” Gold stated that traditional US policy — dating back to UN Security Council Resolution 242 and reaffirmed in George W. Bush’s letter to then-prime minister Ariel Sharon in 200 — recognized that Israel was not expected to withdraw from all the territories captured in the Six Day War. These demands on Israel, “problematic in any event,” were being proposed “at the worst possible time – that is, precisely when the entire Middle East looks like it is engulfed in flames…degree of strategic uncertainty for Israel, given current political trends around it, has increased sharply.”
Gold pointed out that a demand that Israel withdraw to the 1967 lines contravened the 1993 Oslo Agreements (which were signed by the US, and by European nations as witnesses) that envisioned a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“Borders were to be decided by the parties themselves and not be imposed by international coalitions.”
From Ros-Lehtinen came the observation: “America and Israel love and seek peace, but peace without security is no peace at all.” Gold heads the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, which has put out considerable data on Israel’s needs for secure borders. It is worth re-visiting this information here: http://www.defensibleborders.org/security/
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