Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The 'Right of Return' Comes to the Cameri Theater and taxpayers paying for it

1. I am not the only chap claiming that Israel has a dual justice
system, one for the Left and the other for everyone else. A few days
ago, Haaretz (of all things) ran a news story about a new book by Dr.
Michal Tamir, who teaches law ( at
one of the smaller college law schools in Israel. The book is about
political bias in law enforecement. It pretty much says what I have been
saying for many years, that law enforcement in Israel, especially with
regard to freedom, is biased and politicized. Where .right wingers. get
prosecuted for .racism. and .incitement. but Arabs and Jewish leftists
never are. The book is academic and thick and Hebrew. But the fact that
Haaretz felt obliged to report on it (not on its web sites, however, in
either Hebrew or English) states volumes!

2. In his weekly column, the deputy editor of Maariv, Ben Dror
Yemini, took on the .Cameri Theater. this past week. The Cameri is
largely financed by taxpayers with grants, only a small share of its
wampum coming from sales of tickets. It is currently staging a propaganda
play called "Return to Haifa," written by a Palestinian terrorist, and of
course celebrating the need for a Palestinian "right of return." The
author of this great work of literature was Ghassan Kanafani, a terrorist
assassinated by Israel in Lebanon in 1972. He was spokescritter for the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine back when it was active in
hijacking planes. In 1972 Israeli agents blew his car up in Beirut,
dispatching Kanafani to his virgins in retaliation for the attack on Lod
airport by Japanese terrorists a few hours before I was supposed to land
there. This is conveniently overlooked by the honchos at Cameri.
The Cameri is justifying this atrocious use of taxpayer money by claiming
that Kanafani was a great literary figure. Like most anti-Israel
propagandists, the Cameri Theater is the recipient of an Israel Prize,
granted by the Israeli government. You could send their director Noam
Semel a cyber-moon at or fax 972-3-6060950, and tell
them why you will never spend a shekel on Cameri tickets to anything, or
better yet - write the Ministry of Culture at and tell THEM what you think

The Forward Takes Israel Backward
By P. David Hornik | 4/9/2008
The latest issue of the liberal American Jewish weekly Forward has an
editorial demanding of Israel a .Settlement Freeze.. Its mere 722 words
contain enough falsehoods and perversities that it takes more than 722
words to set them straight.

The Forward warns darkly of .a spurt of new construction . . . under way
in Israeli settlements in the West Bank..actually bids for about 2,000
apartments about half of which will be in Jerusalem.and says this
.development should be alarming to anyone who cares about Israel.s
welfare.. What should really be alarming to anyone who cares about
Israel.s welfare is that there are still Jews who think Israel can win
peace by making Judea, Samaria, and part of Jerusalem off limits to Jews.

To begin with the editorial.s outright falsehoods and distortions:

Forward: The .new construction [is] a violation of Israel.s public
commitments, most of all to the Bush administration.. Israel committed
itself in the framework of President Bush.s 2003 Road Map to peace to
.freeze all settlement activity (including natural growth of

Fact: The Forward doesn.t misquote the .Performance-Based Roadmap. but
badly distorts the import of the quote. The idea of .performance-based. is
that the road map.whatever one thinks of it a process. It
clearly makes an Israeli settlement freeze conditional on certain
antecedent Palestinian measures in the first phase of that process:

In Phase I, the Palestinians immediately undertake an unconditional
cessation of violence.. Palestinians and Israelis resume security end violence, terrorism, and incitement through
restructured and effective Palestinian security services. Palestinians
undertake comprehensive political reform in preparation for statehood,, fair and open elections.. Israel withdraws from
Palestinian areas occupied from September 28, 2000 and the two sides
restore the status quo that existed at that time, as security performance
and cooperation progress. Israel also freezes all settlement activity,
consistent with the Mitchell report.

The settlement freeze, in other words, comes last in that paragraph (even
longer and more detailed without my deletions). Not even Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice in her frequent hectoring of Israel over housing
construction has charged Israel with violating the road map before it has
even begun. Leave that to the Forward.

Forward: .Every other government [than Israel] in the world, including the
United States, believes that east Jerusalem is occupied territory, and
that civilian Israeli construction there is forbidden under the Geneva
Fact: Claiming that the U.S. government .believes that east Jerusalem is
occupied territory. is technically true but leaves out the crucial datum
that since 1990 the legislative branch of that government, i.e., Congress,
has consistently taken a different position. Congress formally established
that position in its 1990 resolution declaring that .Jerusalem is and
should remain the capital of the State of Israel. and .must remain an
undivided city. and in its 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, which not only
reiterated that .Jerusalem should remain an undivided city. but added that
.the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no
later than May 31, 1999..
Since then both Presidents Clinton and Bush.while both having made similar
statements in their initial presidential campaigns.have made use of a
waiver in the 1995 Act allowing them to refrain from moving the U.S.
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But to say as the Forward does that
.the United States.believes that east Jerusalem is occupied territory.
distorts the record by leaving out all this information.
And as for the Forward.s assertion that .the United States.believes that.
civilian Israeli construction [in east Jerusalem] is forbidden under the
Geneva Conventions,. that has never been the official U.S. position and in
July 1999 the U.S. worked to counter UN attempts in Geneva to declare
Israel in violation of the conventions.
Forward: .Israel.s political and defense leaders see their country.s
survival as dependent on separating from the Palestinians by withdrawing
from the West Bank. If that doesn.t happen soon, Israel is, as Olmert said
recently, .finished...

Fact: Some of Israeli.s political leaders take that view.though to ascribe
any sort of coherent view to Olmert is to give him way too much credit.but
a lot of them don.t. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has now come out against
a West Bank withdrawal unless first a comprehensive missile-defense system
is in idea that.s clearly a pipedream. Binyamin Netanyahu, not
currently in office but the current favorite for prime minister according
to all polls of the last few years, certainly doesn.t take the view
described by the Forward.

As for defense leaders, the new air force chief Ido Nehushtan wrote in an
article published last month, under the subhead .The Importance of
Controlling Territory.:

Professionally speaking, if Israel wants to prevent any high-trajectory
rocket or mortar fire, it must establish good control on the ground.
Compare Lebanon and Gaza to the West Bank, where Israel has control over
the external perimeter and can control the entrance of weapons inside the
area. In Lebanon, well-organized shipments of weapons flow across an open
border with Syria. Gaza is open along the Egyptian border. The West Bank
is not open and the weapons don.t flow in with the same freedom.

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter favors reoccupying parts of Gaza
and opposes any military withdrawal from the West Bank; General Security
Service chief Yuval Diskin has said that .from a security point of view I
am against giving land to the Palestinians.; previous National Security
Council head Giora Eiland has come out against a two-state solution
entailing a West Bank withdrawal.and there are many other examples.

Forward: .Whatever the status of Jerusalem, outlying West Bank communities
such as Ariel and Betar Illit are settlements by anybody.s lights,
including Israel.s..

Fact: Although views on whether Ariel is .outlying. differ (it.s actually
sandwiched equidistant.all of 25 miles.between Tel Aviv and the Jordan
River), Betar Illit is all of six miles from Jerusalem and is not an
.outlying community. by anyone.s lights.
Forward: .At the moment the sole candidate for the job [of taking over the
West Bank if Israel withdraws] is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas, leader of the secular-leaning Fatah party..
Fact: Apart from the contentious issue of Abbas, Fatah, while still less
monolithically religious than Hamas, is not .secular-leaning. but rather
increasingly similar to Hamas in its growing Islamism.
So much for the bloopers. As for what, apart from ignorance, leads the
Forward to make statements that are both at variance with the truth and
harshly censorious of Israel, more than a clue can be found in the
editorial.s follow-up to its false claim that Israel has already
.committed freeze all settlement activity.:
There.s no exception for new building inside the settlements. municipal
boundaries, which Israel insists it.s entitled to do. New homes for the
settlers. growing families are exactly what is meant by .natural growth..
If I can get this straight: the Forward isn.t saying Israelis who live on
the West Bank are forbidden to have kids.I think.but that if they do have
the chutzpah to have them, they.ll either have to live dense-packed
together with them or send them off to live somewhere else.
Indeed, the Forward further pontificates:
Jerusalem maintains that the Palestinians must honor their Road Map
commitment to stop incitement and break up terrorist gangs before Israel
needs to begin acting on its commitments. The way things look now, though,
that may be backward. Israel needs to help Abbas win back control by first
honoring its own commitments.
In other words, it all gets down to that root of all evils.those
.settlements..and Israel doesn.t even have a right to demand an end to
incitement and terrorism without first stopping its own diabolical
.natural growth. in places like Ariel, Betar Illit, and Jerusalem. The
Forward stays faithful to all the self-negating axioms of the Left that,
in the form of the Oslo process, got Israel surrounded by terrorist gangs
in the first place. It can.t give up the idea that Israel brings terrorism
upon itself and could still appease its way into its enemies. hearts.
P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Tel Aviv.
He blogs at He can be reached at

4. Fauxtography:

5. Palestinian Groundhog Day:

6. Jihad at York:

7. A logical peace proposal:,7340,L-3529445,00.html

8. Yeah, that will help:,7340,L-3529355,00.html

9. Nice web site:

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