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Glimmers of hope, from Arlene Kushner’s blog

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Nov. 3, 2015 (from http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/)

“If Only…”
If only there would be a preponderance of positive news.  But that is wishful thinking, of course.  And yet, there is positive news, and news that carries within it a glint of encouraging possibilities.  I’m going to begin today with some of these items, so that we may be buoyed and have a broader perspective:
Sheikh Ali Halabi, a senior Jordanian Salafi sheikh, has issued a fatwa (religious ruling) against killing Jews.  You are reading this correctly.
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Jews may be killed only during war, he said:
“Someone who protects you, gives you water and electricity, transfers you money, and you work for him and gives you money – would you betray him, even if he was a Jew?…
Our brothers in Palestine tell us that the Jews do not attack anyone who does not attack them.” (Emphasis added)
Now, his statement was a bit qualified. He certainly does not represent the mainstream of Muslim religious leaders, and took a great deal of flack for saying this.  But it suggests to me at least the possibility of a shift.
What has occurred to me (and yes, this may be wishful thinking) is that it has to get very bad, beyond just “bad,” before we begin to see a reaction.
Please note the sentence above that I have emphasized. This puts the lie to Abbas’s consistent and outrageous claim that we “execute” innocent Palestinian Arabs in the street.  This statement can and should be used broadly.
You can see the MEMRI video of the Sheikh making these statements here:
And just today there was acknowledgement by a US official, reported by Reuters, that Israeli pilots and Jordanian pilots trained together in an exercise in the US this summer.  A first.  And, I would suggest, harbinger of a new day, however quietly and slowly it is coming to us.
Then we have the occasion – also a first – of Egypt voting with Israel at the UN.  Granted, Egypt also qualified its action, and the vote concerned a non- political issue: Israel’s membership on the United Nations space committee.  But not so long ago, even this would not have been possible.
Additionally, there is the extraordinary Egyptian journalist, activist and blogger Ahmed Meligy, who is speaking out about violence being perpetrated against Israeli civilians and the outrageous bias in the media against Israel.
Credit: JPost
He feels so strongly about it, he says, that he, a devoted Egyptian, is prepared to put the Israeli flag next to his beloved Egyptian flag.
You can see his amazing video here:
Glimmers, just glimmers, in a sea of vile happenings. But don’t lose sight of them.
Also encouraging are Israeli actions that are strong in behalf of our interests.  Often there is the feeling that the decision to act took altogether too long.  But the actions are most welcome none-the-less.
We have been seeing that a preponderance of the Palestinian Arab violence has taken place in the Hevron region.  Thus it should not come as a surprise that the Al-Huriya  radio station, which broadcast in the Hevron area, had been openly advocating stabbings.  Now Israel has shut down the station: the station’s offices were raided and broadcast equipment was seized.  You want to say: “Mazel tov.  What took you so long??”
I confess, I didn’t know he was going to be this tough, but now that Danny Danon has assumed the position of Israeli Ambassador to the UN, he is speaking out unequivocally, defending Israel with strength.  We need this.
Credit: Times of Israel
“We demand that hypocrisy and hostility towards Israel be rooted out from the UN organizations,” he told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
A new law regarding tougher sentences for rock-throwers has been ratified by the Knesset.  Those found guilty of throwing rocks will now receive a minimum sentence of three years, which cannot be suspended except in special circumstances.  (Have no idea what they might be.) Penalties will also be levied with regard to cancellation of national insurance benefits – where minors are concerned, the parents will suffer the penalty.  Rocks have now been defined as weapons under the law.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is promoting legislation that would require transparency of NGOs that receive the majority of their funds foreign governments: they would be required to make the fact of this funding public and declare the sources.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Credit: Yonaton Sindel/Flash 90
This is an issue of huge importance as foreign governments have long attempted to influence the workings of our government inappropriately from within.  Here I want simply to mention this, as the process for passing it into law has just begun; there have been other versions of this law that have not succeeded.
The law would apply to all NGOs, whether on the left or right, but the harsh reality is that the vast bulk of foreign government money that comes to Israeli NGOs, is from European governments seeking to advance their agenda via left-leaning NGOs. As time allows, I would like to visit this issue in further detail.
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