by Felix Quigley

July 12, 2008

We on 4international have thrown down a challenge to a British blog which claims to be socialist to state how is it possible to claim the revered name of socialism and NOT defend Israel from Islamofascism.

We do stand in the tradition of Leon Trotsky who in the late 1930s emerged as the greatest and staunchest defender of the Jewish people and their right to a National Homeland, which later (after he was murdered) became Israel.

We conclude that it is not possible to claim the title of revolutionary socialist and not stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel and with all Jews against the threat of a new Holocaust at the hands of world antisemitism, of which Islamofascism is one component, the attacks on Israel by the UN, by the American Imperialist Government of Bush and Rice, and by the British Imperialists such as Blair.

The threat to Israel is not just from Iran and from Hizbullah and Hamas. The threat is also from within. This is why the analysis of DEBKAfile of the recent attacks on Jews inside Israel is so important to address.

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Jerusalem struck by three terrorist attacks in

11 months

DEBKAfile Special Analysis

July 7, 2008, 5:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

Under the wheels of a terrorist's bulldozer


picture will be added later

Under the wheels of a terrorist’s bulldozer

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The bulldozer assault on July 2, a first in terrorist annals, claimed three Israel lives and left more than 70 people injured. The victims were Elizabeth Goren-Friedman, 54, Bathsheva Onterman, 33, and Zen Raluay, 68.

Lone Palestinian suiciders perpetrated all three multiple murders by unconventional means. All three carried Israeli IDs with jobs and benefits.

And all three killing rampages were stopped by off-duty soldiers or unofficial security personnel.

They had one other common denominator which has been largely obscured by Israeli authorities: They were all claimed by a group calling itself the Galilee Liberation Brigades which DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report is sponsored by the Lebanese Hizballah terror organization.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources note that it was not by chance that Hizballah secretary Hassan Nasrallah gave a news conference in Beirut just hours after the Jerusalem attack. He confirmed that the prisoner exchange with Israel would go through in mid-July.

Nasrallah was imitating the style of the Palestinian master-terrorist, the late Yasser Arafat, who was wont to follow up “diplomatic” statements with major terrorist attacks, to demonstrate to his fellow Arabs and Muslims that actions spoke louder than words.

The bulldozer which careered down a Jerusalem thoroughfare, leaving in its wake crushed bodies and vehicles, bore Hizballah’s hallmarks.

Nasrallah had warned that the death of the Lebanese group’s military commander, Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus last February, would be avenged by unconventional means that would shock Israelis.

This was the first time in terrorist history that a bulldozer was used as an instrument of death. It presages more of the same: unpredictable atrocities that require no explosives or bombs, a nightmare scenario hanging over the lives of ordinary people, for which no preventive measures have been devised.

In August 2007, the first of the three attacks claimed by the Galilee Liberation Brigades in Jerusalem was carried out by a local gunman from Kfar Mande in the old City of Jerusalem. He murdered a security guard, only to be killed by his victim’s partner.

On March 7, another Jerusalem Palestinian from Jebal Mukabar, carried out the massacre of eight youths in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva. He was finally killed by an off-duty army officer who was a next-door neighbor. The claim of responsibility by the Galilee Liberation Brigades was broadcast by Hizballah’s Al Manar TV station in Lebanon.

Then too, Israeli officials went to considerable pains to disassociate the attack from any organized terrorist group.

Yet Israel’s UN ambassador was instructed to demand an unqualified Security Council resolution of condemnation of the attack. But who should be condemned if no identifiable hand performed it? 

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The second report from DEBKAfile is equally important for our readers to see:

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Hizballah-sponsored Galilee group claims

“Israel girl soldier” from Tiberias held hostage

5 years

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

July 6, 2008, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Is this an Israeli version of Ingrid Betancourt’s long agony as the hostage of terrorists?

An unnamed man, saying he was chief of the Galilee Liberation Brigades, claimed in an interview Sunday, June 6, to have carried out the last two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem – the bulldozer rampage and the yeshiva massacre. He then said his group has been holding an Israeli girl soldier from Tiberias hostage for five years and promised a video-tape soon to prove it.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources are convinced he was referring to Dana Bennett, 18, who disappeared after a late-night shift as a waitress in Tiberias on Aug. 1, 2003, and was never heard of since, although hundreds of searchers hunted for her across Galilee. A month later, the family of the teenager, who held dual US-Israeli citizenship, posted a $50,000 reward for any information of her whereabouts.

The man interviewed by the London Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi Sunday said the release of three Arab Israelis serving life sentences would be demanded. He would name them after releasing the video-tape of the girl hostage to launch negotiations for a deal.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources have insisted since July 2003, when Cpl, Oleg Shaikhet, 20, was kidnapped and murdered a week before Dana Bennett’s disappearance, that the Galilee Liberation Brigades were a serious terrorist menace. Then, as now, after the latest Jerusalem attacks, the authorities maintain no knowledge of the group.

On July 2, the day a Palestinian bulldozer driver murdered 3 Israelis and injured 70 on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road, DEBKAfile alone reported that the three terrorist attacks Jerusalem had suffered in 11 months were all perpetrated by this same Hizballah Arab Israeli offshoot.

Our sources also noted that a few hours after the July 2 attack, Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah announced in Beirut that the prisoner swap with Israel would take place in mid-July.

The nameless Galilee terrorist chief’s interview in the London paper Sunday coincided with the announced start of the reciprocal trade, yet no Israeli official source connected this chain of events.

DEBKAfile’s sources interpreted the interview as a signal from Hizballah that the impending handover of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, the two Israeli soldiers kidnapped two years ago in a cross-border raid, is not the end and more Israeli hostages remain in terrorist hands.

The anonymous terrorist chief also had this to say:

1. The Israeli police recently renewed their search for Dana Bennett in Galilee woods.

2. Israel Arab lawmakers must quit the Israeli parliament and not run for re-election.

3. The group’s goal is to sow fear in all parts of the Zionist state.

4. Its links with Hizballah were confirmed but the interviewee said there were others too.

5. The two last terrorist attacks in Jerusalem were part of the revenge for the killing of Hizballah military commander Imad Mughniyeh.

6. The group is not offended by being treated as non-existent by the Israeli government, but is using its undercover status to embarrass Israeli security

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The pattern of all of these attacks shows that the enemy which Israel faces is Islamofascist and World antisemitism which has never died. It is the Jihad against Israel just as it was the Jihad against the Serbs in Yugoslavia.

The central issue is that the Arabs who live inside of Israel are going to join together with the Arabs outside and with world antisemitism, and they wish for nothing more than to carry on the 1940s Holocaust. There is an unbroken link withy the Holocaust through Izetbegovic and Hajj Amin el Husseini, then on through Arafat and Abbas, to Fatah and Hamas today; and any socialist who is worth the name will stand steadfastly with Israel.

{our thanks to DEBKAfile. I personally find this a wonderful site}

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