Israel Falling Behind Arab Propaganda
Warning signs are growing that Israelâ€˜s failure to convey adequately to the world its justifications for defending against lethal Palestinian terrorism-which, in anything other than the current climate of absurdity, should need no explanation-is hampering Israelâ€˜s ability to defend its citizens and tarnishing the stateâ€˜s reputation in the international community.
Israeli Parliamentarian Nehama Ronen told the Knesset (Israelâ€˜s Parliament) last month that Israelâ€˜s online presence is dwarfed by the 3,000-4,000 pro-Palestinian websites weighing in on the Palestinian side of the conflict. Knesset member Michael Eitan said Israelis and Jews in the diaspora should join internet chat groups, establish and frequent pro-Israel sites, and rally their email buddies to support and explain Israelâ€˜s position to their associates around the world.
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New Palestinian Strategy: More Dead Palestinian Innocents
A senior member of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, a terrorist group whose mission is to carry out murderous suicide attacks against Israelis, acknowledged last month that its new strategy of attacking Israeli soldiers at checkpoints is directly responsible for raising the Palestinian Arab death toll in the current conflict. The New York Times reported that the official, Naser Badawi, said, "We are losing innocent people as a result of the new strategy," he said. "But this is the price of the occupation." (Feb. 26)
This new tactic, which has included ambushes against Israeli soldiers sleeping in a respite area and attacks on Israeli civilians riding buses near Palestinian-controlled zones, has turned Israeli soldiers manning checkpoints into battle targets. As a result, Israeli soldiers have been forced into the near-impossible position of having to determine whether Palestinians approaching their checkpoints are human bombs intent on attacking them or Palestinian
>civilians trying to cross through the area. This new Palestinian terrorist ploy has raised the numbers both of Palestinian casualties-as Badawi acknowledges-and of Israeli casualties. Clearly, Palestinian terrorism makes a mockery of the sanctity of both Palestinian and Israeli human life.
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Palestinian Terrorists Using Ambulances to Transport Arms
Palestinian Arabs are flouting international norms and jeopardizing the safety of the Palestinian civilian population by using ambulances and medical vehicles in terrorist operations. Emergency vehicles are not subject to the same strict security checks at Israeli roadblocks and checkpoints as are other passing vehicles, but the increasing use of medical personnel and vehicles by Palestinian terrorists to transport assailants and weapons into Israel is forcing Israeli forces to scrutinize more rigorously Palestinian emergency medical vehicles.
Wafa Idris,the murderous suicide-bomber who blew herself up on Jerusalemâ€˜s Jaffa Street in January, worked for the Palestinian Red Crescent (the Arab equivalent of the Red Cross) and was sent on her mission by a Palestinian ambulance driver, to cite one example.
This terrorist tactic has further inconvenienced the Palestinian population by slowing down the response time of Palestinian emergency vehicles responding to genuine medical emergencies. Despite the obvious harm that such terrorist groups do to the interests of the Palestinian Arab population, support for terrorism is growing among the Palestinians.
According to the latest poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, a group run by Palestinian journalists and researchers, a whopping 64% of Palestinians support suicide-bombing attacks against Israeli civilians, 67% support "military operations" inside Israel proper, and at least 40% want the current Intifada to result in the destruction of the State of Israel.
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Attacks Compel Israelis to View All Arabs Warily
The persistence of lethal Palestinian Arab attacks against unsuspecting Israelis has made it necessary for every Israeli citizen to adopt an approach of high caution toward Palestinians. While assaults continue by Palestinian workers against their Israeli bosses, by Palestinian youths against their Israeli "friends," and by Palestinian policemen against Israeli civilians, Israelis are learning that every Palestinian must be viewed as a potential assailant.
In one recent incident, a Palestinian man affiliated with Yasser Arafatâ€˜s Fatah faction entered the office of his Israeli employer, Gad Rejwan, in northern Jerusalemâ€˜s Atarot industrial area, and shot him dead at point-blank range. Police said the Palestinian assailant, an employee of Rejwanâ€˜s coffee-packing plant for three years, had no record of any labor dispute with his employer.
According to police, the assailant reportedly fled to his home in a village in Area A, under full Palestinian Authority control. The owners of the coffee factory said they intended to keep the plant open despite the killing and invited the remaining Palestinian employees to return to work the next day.