January 12, 2007
Over the past few days Israeli media and blogs around the world have been chewing, regurgitating, and chewing again, a short video, filmed in
Of course, for the Israeli media, this kind of film is similar to a big piece of chocolate cake with cream and a cherry on top. A live portrait of the 'monsters of
However, all those having a field day over the Yifat video have either forgotten, or never knew, or prefer to ignore a number of important facts:
1. The Tel Rumeida neighborhood, the highest
When the Olso War (aka the 2nd intifada) began in October, 2000, on the eve of Rosh HaShana, Tel Rumeida came under attack from those hills. Terrorists shot from those hills into Tel Rumeida for two years. All the caravan homes, comprised of pasted-together plasterboard walls, were hit by Arab gunfire. The homes are all full of bullet holes. One Friday afternoon, when the Alkobi's firstborn daughter Tziporah was playing outside, a terrorist lined her up in his rifle scope and fired. The bullet missed Tziporah's head by a few centimeters.
2. Just over eight years ago an Arab terrorist penetrated the Tel Rumeida neighborhood at about 11:00 PM, entered the home
3. About a year and a half ago, following the expulsion of 10,000 Jews from
Of course, the ends justify the means: the group's participants are ordered to physically intervene against Israeli security forces: " The project will be activist-oriented. Unlike other organizations, the project work will not be
“witness” or “presence” oriented… Assertively advocate for Palestinians of Tel Rumeida-Physically intervene when soldiers or settlers attack Palestinians. [http://www.telrumeidaproject.org/Proposal.html]
These so-called activists, all foreigners, openly incite the Arabs against Israeli security forces and civilians. Their actions are overtly provocative, attempting to draw both Israeli adults, children and soldiers into violent situations, which they then selectively film, for use by media and internet. Of course, the films are professionally edited, so as to leave out segments which they clearly are not interested in being witnessed by the public-at-large. So too, with the "
4. A true, short story, about the family in question, the Abu Isha clan, (which has been transformed by ISM et al into the
One day, as happens with children all over the world, the kids had a fight and this one went home crying and that one went home crying. A little while later the Jewish woman heard someone knocking at her door. When she opened it, one of the Abu-Isha clan stood their, and started screaming at her. (Did you see it on internet?) After a little while he turned around and went home. Shortly afterwards, a soldier stationed in the neighborhood approached the woman and asked her if she wanted to issue a complaint against the man who had screamed at her. She responded that she didn't understand Arabic, and she had no idea what he had said. The soldier replied, "I understand Arabic – he said he was going to come back with a knife and kill all of you." Needless to say, the kids stopped playing together.
5. In conclusion, it is also important to try and keep events in proportion to their actual significance. For example, yesterday I read in Israeli internet news about a man who murdered someone because of an argument between….. two dogs. One dog bothered another dog in a coffee house in
Did you know anything about this story? Which seems to be more significant: A Jewish woman yelling at an Arab woman, or a man who was convicted of killing another man because of a dog, and whose jail sentence was reduced due to its extreme severity?
6. And finally, what really happened? What's shown in the video? A woman yelling at another woman. Now, let me ask you, when was the last time you yelled at someone – a co-worker, a spouse, a child – hand on your heart. Did you ever have a dispute with a neighbor and 'let go?' Did it make international news headlines? On Israeli news – Kol Yisrael headline news, one of the features is that Yifat Alkobi from
Again, the difference is Jews and Arabs in
In reality, that's the whole story. So you tell me, who's to blame?