Saturday, November 25, 2006

Palestinian terrorist transport vehicles

Myth and Fact

By Mitchell G. Bard


"Israel prevents Palestinian ambulances from taking sick and injured Palestinians to hospitals."


One of the unfortunate results of the violence during the "al-Aksa intifada" has been the allegations of Israeli abuse against Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances. Various human rights groups, and politicians throughout the Arab world, have accused Israel of gratuitously delaying ambulances attempting to cross from the West Bank into Israel proper, resulting in inconveniences, medical complications, and even death to the sick passengers on board. These accounts tend to portray the delays as wanton acts of cruelty on the part of Israeli soldiers against Palestinians in need of medical attention.

These allegations are correct in one regard: ambulances are indeed stopped and searched at Israeli checkpoints. They fail, however, to put the facts into a broader context. The reason that ambulances have been held and searched at checkpoints is due to the very real threat that they pose to Israel and its citizens. Ambulances have frequently been used as a means to transport terrorist bombs, and many of the militants who have triggered suicide bombings in Israel gained access by driving or riding in Red Crescent ambulances.


Blogger Ibrahamav said...

The accusations leveled against Israel by its critics have frequently been based on statements of international law, such as the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is true that the Geneva Convention does place particular emphasis on the immunity and neutrality of ambulances and emergency medical personnel. But the conclusion that Israel must ignore a clear and present danger to its citizens, or else violate international law, is a distortion. It is in fact the Palestinian terrorists, who are using ambulances to smuggle explosives into Israel, that are compromising the Red Crescent's immunity and neutrality.

4:37 AM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Abu Foxman said...

Hi Av, I'm glad to see you have made so many new friends recently. It seems to have really inspired you to post more great articles now that your readership is going through the roof. Congratulations on both fronts. I really liked your post on that girl who got in front the bulldozer. What kind of moron would think that would make a good play?

BTW check out my new blog. I probably won't do much on it but once in awhile I might post something.

5:13 AM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Will do. What these foolish supporters of islamic fascism don't realize is that as soon as they comment with psuedofacts, all I have to do is post the truth.

6:42 AM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Lieberman: Vocalizing Israel's Apartheid Reality
Saree Makdisi, The Electronic Intifada, 15 November 2006

Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: Israel MFA)
Former President Jimmy Carter's new book, which slaps the "apartheid" label on Israel, comes out this week. Before the book hit the stands though, members of his own party rushed to distance themselves from his allegations. While the label makes supporters of Israel uncomfortable, there is ample evidence that Israel practices institutionalized discrimination against its non-Jewish citizens. Israel, in fact, goes further than South Africa. While whites in South Africa sought to control non-whites, Israel has since its establishment pursued various means of getting rid of its non-Jewish population altogether.

The addition of Avigdor Lieberman's party to Israel's ruling coalition u and the appointment of Lieberman himself as Minister in charge of "Strategic Threats to Israel" u has also occasioned some discomfort among Israel's most earnest supporters. But Lieberman's ascent to deputy Prime Minister should give pause to those who so vigorously chided Carter for using the term "apartheid" to describe Israeli policies.

We are told that Lieberman is unhelpful; that he is the wrong partner for the current Prime Minister; that he is unlikely to facilitate peace with the Palestinians; that he is unrestrained and irresponsible u and even (according to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz) that he is a strategic threat himself.

This consensus is not a reaction to Lieberman's insalubrious background u though former nightclub bouncers rarely rise to national office in any country u but rather to the fact that he is willing to dispense with diplomatic niceties and to express Israel's ambitions in their crudest and most unapologetic form.

Lieberman wants an Israel free of the land's indigenous population.

His party's declared aim is to eject Israel's Palestinian minority u now approaching a quarter of the population u and to annex the parts of the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem with heavy Jewish settler populations.

The irony here, of course, is that Lieberman was born not in Israel but in a remote province of the former Soviet Union. He moved to Israel as an adult.

Because he is Jewish, he was eligible for instant citizenship under Israel's law of return.

But it was evidently not enough for Lieberman that, as a Russian-speaking immigrant fresh off the plane, he was instantaneously granted rights and privileges denied to Palestinians born in the very country to which he had just moved (not to mention those expelled during the creation of Israel in 1948). The very presence of an indigenous non-Jewish population in Israel was, in effect, unacceptable to him.

So he wants the non-Jews out. And he says so bluntly.

It is Lieberman's blunt racism -- rather than the policies he stands for -- that makes Israel's advocates, particularly the liberal ones, feel so uncomfortable.

For the only significant differences between Lieberman and other mainstream Israeli politicians are matters of style rather than substance.

All Israeli politicians are committed to preserving Israel's Jewishness. They have to be. It's the law.

As the state of the Jewish people, Israel is, after all, the only country in the world that expressly claims not to be the state of its actual citizens (who include a million non-Jews), let alone that of the people whom it actually governs (half of whom are Palestinian Arabs).

Most of Israel's land, for example, is the property not of the Israeli people, but of Jewish people everywhere. As non-Jews, Palestinian citizens of Israel are barred from access to state land, even though the land used to be Palestinian.

Israel's newly revised nationality law, similarly, prohibits Palestinian citizens of Israel from marrying Palestinians from the occupied territories and living with their spouses in Israel. The same law does not apply to Jewish Israelis who marry Jewish settlers living in the occupied territories. Interestingly, similar legislation had been proposed in South Africa at the peak of Apartheid, only to be rejected by that country's supreme court. Israel's nationality law, however, was endorsed by Israel's High Court just this year.

There is nothing new in all this, however. The simple fact of the matter is that non-Jews have always been, at best, an impediment to Israel's Jewishness.

This is why, when Palestinian citizens of Israel demand that their state become the state of all its citizens, they are denounced for imperiling the Jewish nature of the state. It's also why Israel repeatedly demanded the renunciation of the Palestine National Charter as a prelude to negotiations with the PLO. The longstanding Palestinian call for a democratic and secular state u a state for both Arabs and Jews u has always been regarded as a direct threat to Israel's Jewishness.

To citizens of the advanced Western democracies, the concept of a democratic and secular state u a state of all its citizens u seems elementary. To Israel, however, it is anathema.

The only thing that distinguishes Avigdor Lieberman from run of the mill politics in Israel is that he is willing to take Israel's vision of itself to its logical conclusion. Rather than tolerating non-Jews as second or third class citizens, he wants them out altogether.

The issue, then, is not that Lieberman is more racist than other Israeli politicians. It is, rather, that he shamelessly utters what most of his peers dare not say aloud.

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA and a frequent commentator on the Middle East.

7:06 AM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Lonnie said...

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7:48 AM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Uriel said...

It seems your posts are full of hate and the comments and responses is doing damage to our image to Americans. Just a suggestion to start posting positive about Israel and get rid of the hate posts and definitely the comments they are posting and type of responses you give.

1:38 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger BagelUndertheCouch said...

it's just so sad that they just can't get along. they've come down to checking each other's ambulances and children...

1:46 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Chava said...

Takshiv - ata bikhlal lo mewin eise shem ra ata noten lanu weh la aretz! Kol ha anashim hoshwim she anakhnu, ha iehudim, bikhlal mefagrim!! Ata mitnaheg be zura metumtemet be'ioter weh lo oseh lanu SHUM tova!!!!!!!! Tafsik kwar im a shtuiot shelkha wet titnaheg cmo ben adam im sekhel ... mi ma she ATA kotew, ani lo iakhola lirot she iesh lekha afilu pizponet shel moakh!! Ata mefager weh busha le kol ha iehudim!!!!!!!!!!yffcf

1:59 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Not checking each others, just checking the ambulances of the Islamic fascist governments.

5:28 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Robin said...

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5:46 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Robin said...

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7:45 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Robin said...

Hey Guys since our host took the side-bar off, I thought you might like the links to his other blogs. Here they are: I am missing one but will get it from this post later and give it to you.

Have good evening will catch you all later.

Anon #5

9:42 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Robin said...

Ok guys, I got it for you now just in case he decided to delete it to. Not much different than the rest the moron has.

See Ya Later!

9:45 PM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Side bar is where it always was. Antisemites are just paranoid.

It also appears that one of you jokers actually printed something true - Advertisement

It seems you are merely advertising your desire to aid islamic fascists. How noble of you to admit it.

5:21 AM, November 26, 2006  
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10:12 AM, November 26, 2006  
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10:12 AM, November 26, 2006  
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10:13 AM, November 26, 2006  
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10:15 AM, November 26, 2006  
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10:16 AM, November 26, 2006  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Sorry, but repeated commnets will be deleted except in the first comment that they appear. Bandwidth clogging. Learn to live with it.

3:28 PM, November 26, 2006  

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