Thursday, October 23, 2014

The BBC's Quotation Marks

The BBC love affair with quotation marks to assit hate for Israel:

Jerusalem car 'attack' kills baby at rail station    Police say the driver was a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. He was shot by officers as he tried to run away and later died of his injuries in hospital.  Officials say they are treating it as a "terrorist attack" and that the suspect had previously served time in an Israeli prison "for terrorism".


Is The EU "Jewish Challenged"?

From the EU document on the five 'red lines' Israel needs to back away from:-

Dear EU, if anyone is challenging, the Muslims who attempt to interfere with, prevent, disrupt and otherwise badger the freedom of access and worship of non-Muslims to their holy site are those who are so challenging.

Is the EU "Jewish challenged"?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At Amana 's General Assemby

I attended, as a representative of my home community village of Shiloh, the General assembly of Amana

established in 1978 with the primary goal of developing communities in Judea, Samaria, The Golan Heights, The Galilee, The Negev and Gush Katif. This goal includes not only the establishment of communities and their supportive industries and social services but their continued maintenance and development.

Over 80 delegates congregated in Jerusalem to hear reports and to elect a 25-member council which will later select a 7-exeutive directorship.  I missed out getting elected by 3 votes.

A special guest was Minister Naftali Bennett

who outlined his three-point program of Zionist emphasis.

He did say that he would like 1 billion NIS to go for waging a proper public diplomacy campaign alongside developing strategies in internationa law efforts which is part of our actual security difficultues as they tie the hands of the IDF.

Zambish, Ze'ev Chaver, reviewed activities, successes, areas needing greater effort andplans for the future.

He asserted the true figure for Arab residents in Judea and Samaria, outside of the Jerusalem is between 1,650,000 to 1,850,000.  There are 410,000 Jewish residents in that same area which translates into approximately 18% of the total population.



Bennett to Netanyahu: Unfreeze settlement building or we'll destabilize coalition
Habayit Hayehudi warns that unless West Bank housing tenders start moving, it may stay away from no-confidence vote.

Altering the Status Quo

Remember this?

The European Union (EU) is seeking to persuade Israel not to take a series of moves in the occupied West Bank deemed “red lines” by the European body, Israeli daily Haaretz reported, citing an internal EU document.
According to the paper, the European Union believes that crossing any of these "red lines"...might draw further European sanctions against Israel.
...The last [red line] is harming the status-quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as the EU warned that attempts to challenge the status-quo have led to instability and increased tensions in East Jerusalem...The EU underlines that implementing those plans may amount to a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law (IV Geneva Convention),” the document reads.

A friend of mine wondered is an Arab who drove into civilians at a train stop was engaged in altering the status quo.

Temple Mount Letters-to-the-Editor

From the Jerusalem Post's Letters to the Editor section:

Abbas and the Mount 

Sir, – With regard to “Abbas calls on Palestinian activists to prevent ‘settlers’ from entering Temple Mount” (October 19), I am wondering when we are going to set Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas straight by publishing, fact by fact, our entitlement to the Temple Mount.

Our temples stood on that ground before there were Muslims, before there was Muhammad, before they invented Islam, before Christ. The wall is the same wall that was part of our temple grounds and the only thing we have left of it. Nowhere in the Koran does “Jerusalem” appear. In the Torah it appears countless times, in many contexts as the heart and soul of our country.

They have declared Jerusalem the third-holiest place for their faith. For us it is the holiest place.

As far as Abbas’s disgusting accusation that we are bent on desecrating the “Noble Sanctuary,” take note: They use it to play football, to picnic, to sleep. Oh yes, and to pray.

The “special flavor” that Jerusalem has for Muslims is that the loss of it would devastate the Jews.

Certainly, they should have access to their portion of it, as should we. But when will we formalize our position by backing it up with armed forces protecting our right to our most holy place?


Sir, – The time has surely come for Israel to lodge a formal complaint with the UN Security Council about the desecration of the Jewish holy sites on the Temple Mount by Palestinian hooligans – aided and abetted by no less than the president of the PA.


Sir, – Can someone explain to me how on earth then-defense minister Moshe Dayan was allowed to let the Wakf Islamic religious trust take charge of the Temple Mount after the bitter battle for Jerusalem? That was a tragedy, for ever since it has been one, long fight for Jews to even set foot there.

Now we have the disgusting name-calling of our “moderate” partner Mahmoud Abbas trying to incite his willing masses to stop us completely from all the area, including the Western Wall. What is wrong with our government, for goodness sake, take back control of the whole area and stop being so scared of the rioting Arabs? If they behave normally they can visit; if not, bar them just like you do with some of our own hotheads.

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Petah Tikva



Note the language employed:

"The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.  "We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to the entire compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam..."They have no right to enter it and desecrate it," he said of the visiting Israeli Jews.

Low-intensity Conflict Security Report #94 October 2014

Low-intensity Conflict Security Report #94 October 2014

These reports are translated and publicized by Yehudit Tayar for Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron with the clearance and confirmation of the IDF.  Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron is a voluntary emergency medical organization with over 500 volunteer doctors, paramedics, medics who are on call 24/7 and work along with the IDF, 669 IAF Airborn Rescue, the security officers and personal throughout Yesha and the Jordan Valley, and with MDA.

We, the volunteers of Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron go out to rescue anyone who needs our emergency medical assistance; including civilians, military and Arabs also those within the PA territories. (with IDF presence) To us a life is precious and we go out at risk leaving home and family or stopping on the road to rescue anyone in need.

This is a partial report of the on-going terror attacks against Israel and IDF and innocent civilians. While the world continues to pressure Israel and boycott products from Yesha the attacks continue daily by those who wish to murder Jews in our Land.  It is imperative to break the silence of these attacks which are both encouraged and condoned by the Palestinian Authority, the UNWRA who teach to hate and murder using the excuse of Israel occupying these areas and willfully ignoring the establishment of the PLO in 1964 before the Six Day War in 1967.

While the Palestinian Authority and their representatives continue to attack Israel for not being willing to make concessions in order to continue the "Peace Talks", the reality is that Israel is the only side that has released murdering terrorists, frozen building, and made far reaching one sided concessions in order to at least try to resolve this. To no good since this is a one sided negotiation and the other side have concluded that they will never accept our existence here in our eternal homeland.

This report is from October 1-22, 2014

Rock attacks:

A rock that penetrated Israeli vehicle


Following fire started by  Arabs a fire broke out near MItspeh Yitzhar

Road 55 resident of Kedumim attacked by rocks near gas station

Emmanuel bus attacked

Between Migdalim and Tapuach Junction- damaging 5 Israeli vehicles

Highway 55 near Kedumim


Near Ma'aleh LEvona bus attacked

By Sen'jal massive rock attacks

North of Ophrah causing damage

Adam Square bus attacked

Highway 443 near Maccabim checkpost

East of Ofra

A-Ram Border Policeman slightly injured taken to Mt. Scopus Hospital

Gush Etzion:

Herodian –Gush Etzion Highway

Near El Arub

Between El Hadar and Efrat junction

Amos Juncion

Sin'jil massive rock attacks injuring 2 IDF soldiers lightly

Kiryat Arba –Hevron:

Daily rock attacks at Erez Square in Hevron

Near mosque in Hevron window of car damaged with father and infant near Kiryat Arba

Near the Cave of the Patriarchs near Erez Junction –Security Officer called out to incident

Halhul Bridge on Cross Judea Highway

In the Kasba- Market of Hevron towards Bet Romano

Rock attack from moving vehicle at Israeli vehicle near Bet Anun north of Kiryat Arba- by miracle no injuries but damage to the windshield

Daily groups of anarchists and Arabs attack IDF soldiers with rocks inside of the Jewish Quarter of Hevron on 2.10 some were arrested

Southern Hevron Hills:

Aduraim Road near Neguhot

El Fuar causing damage to cars


The Joz Valley Junction rocks thwon at buses causing damage

Bet Hanina rocks throw nat cars causing damage to the body of the car

Rock attacks on Border police at Shoafat crossing

Mt. Scopus- Bus attacked shattering the windshield inuring one of the passengers

Armon Hanatziv , Paat Junction and Har Homa

Bet Hanina -damaging the body of the car

Shoafat -Border Police attacked

Near Joz Valley -causing damage

Near A-Tur -Jewish family attacked in their car smashing the window and 2 of the injured were taken with mild injuries to Sh'are Zedek Hospital

Fire Bombs:


Fire bombs and fireworks at Bet Ovadia in Silwan.  Police responded

Fire Bombs and rocks on the Temple Mt. shattering the window of the police on the Mt. from the Mosque


Bet El: 2 Arabs broke into the community and threw 2 fire bombs into a yard causing a fire and damage to a window.  They escaped

Sin'jil –

Again a t Sin'jil following a n investigation by the IDF marbles soaked in cloth and dipped in fluid that would burst into flames when hitting cars and buses

Haramia Valley


Gilad Road

Near Yitzhar Junction

Rachelim junction: civilian spotted a suspicious item called the Border Police Bomb Squad

Near Yitzhar Junction

Shomron: Police /Border Police spokesman: 2-10

Suspected terror attack at Tapuach Junction – 2 young Arabs, residents of Shechem in their twenties were suspicious and the Border Police checked them finding on their person 3 explosive devices, an improvised gun, and a number of knives.  They were arrested – transferred to the Intelligence Forces.  The alertness of the security forces prevented a terror attack. This is not the first incident in the last year, there have been several attempts at Tapuach Junction.

Gush Etzion:


North of Hevron at Halhul bypass – 3 Aab terrorists threw fire bombs on buses and cars a the Halhul bypass north of Hevron

The damage to the Israeli families' car

Some of the weapons found on the 3 Arab terrorists at Tapuach Junction

Sunday 19.10.14 3 suspected terrorists from Bet Hanina in the Greater Jerusalem region , Achmed Abu Chadid, 19.5,Kosi Abu Chadid about 18.5, and a 17 year old minor were  charged after they were caught "red handed " on 12.10.14 by a special force of the Border Police of Jerusalem with the aid of technology while they were throwing rocks from behind a building at the light rail train and causing damage to it. The three were arrested in an undercover operation that was carried out that day and the charges that were brought against them were causing danger to lives .

From 2.7.14 and up until today over 100 suspects from Bet Hanina and Shoafat were arrested and 60 charges were brought up against them for attacking the light rail train and its' infrastructure.

On 2.7.14 a special force was established in order to deal with the continuous attacks against the light rail train with the full cooperation of the Jerusalem municipality and a Security company carries out many actions to protect the passengers of the train.

Special illumination was placed along the path of the train in the neighborhoods of Bet Hanina and Shoafat.

The Israeli Police in Jerusalem carries out many undercover and open operations including patrols with extra forces of police and Border policemen along the route of the train and police openly board the train while in route on the Shoafat region in order to enhance the security.  On 13.10.14 a policeman while riding the train noticed a young Arab boy about 14 years old who was raising a bottle in order to throw it at the train and was able to stop him before he was able to throw it.

In addition in covert operations many technical methods are used in order to aid he teams and make arrests of those who are attacking the light rail train. Since the establishment of the special operations team on 7.9.14 and up until 21.10.14, 37 incidents were reported of attacks on the light rail train.

There are about 300 trains that travel each day on the Bet Hanina –Shoafat route and the Jerusalem Branch Police long with the Jerusalem municipality and Stipis Company invest much effort and cost to prevent and limit the attacks.

The Jerusalem police views the attacks as very serious and are making great efforts to prevent track down and arrest the terrorists who are attacking and bring them to justice. There will be no compromise to ensure the safety of the passengers.


Quiz: Who "Spake"?

Who spake this?  A "state"!


And try this as well.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Zionist Narrative Justification

More confirmation of the historical narrative that, indeed, Jews lived in this land, that it was their land and that the narrative of jewish nationalism is true and genuine:

A Rare 2,000 Year Old Commemorative Inscription 
Dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian was Uncovered in Jerusalem

According to Dr. Rina Avner, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority...A rare find of tremendous historical significance was discovered in Jerusalem: a fragment of a stone engraved with an official Latin inscription dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian. Researchers believe this is among the most important Latin inscriptions ever discovered in Jerusalem...north of Damascus Gate...

Upon finding the inscription it was immediately clear to the excavators that they had uncovered an especially significant discovery, as indicated by the size and clarity of the letters.

The inscriptions, consisting of six lines of Latin text engraved on hard limestone...[are] as follows: 

(1st hand)To the Imperator Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus, son of the deified Traianus Parthicus, grandson of the deified Nerva, high priest, invested with tribunician power for the 14th time, consul for the third time, father of the country (dedicated by) the 10th legion Fretensis (2nd hand) Antoniniana.

According to Ecker and Cotton, “This inscription was dedicated by Legio X Fretensis to the emperor Hadrian in the year 129/130 CE.” Their analysis shows that the fragment of the inscription revealed by the IAA archaeologists is none other than the right half of a complete inscription, the other part of which was discovered nearby in the late nineteenth century and was published by the pre-eminent French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau. That stone is currently on display in the courtyard of Studium Biblicum Franciscanum.


Arias at the Opera

At the NY Metropolitan we had glorification/justification of terrorism, anti-Semitism, historical narrative corruption, etc.

In Paris:

Paris Opera cast refuse to perform for veiled woman
A woman wearing a full-face veil is told to leave a performance of La Traviata at the Opéra Bastille after the production refuse to go on stage

Is there a subliminal message in here? 


The Claim of 'Doubling'


[United Nations Human Rights Committee] Panel member Cornelis Flinterman, recalling that it had called on Israel in 2010 to halt construction of settlements, said that it had information that the number of settlements had doubled since.

Doubling within two years?!


There was this:

Number of Jewish Silwan residents doubles in overnight missionDozens of settlers move into two buildings in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

but be careful about the numbers 9and it is of residents)

one of the homes can accommodate four families while the second can house five families.


I caught this

Hitler and his henchmen tried their hardest to keep Eva out of the spotlight, and forbade any picture of her to be published, because they were keen to project the idea that he was “married to Germany”. 

I recalled that description as being applied to another:

An assessment of the personality of Yasser Arafat must take into consideration both his deep religiosity and his fierce nationalism (even if he tended to equate Palestinian nationalism with himself). He often said that he was married to the Palestinian cause, and indeed he had no other bride—at least until he married Suhā al-Ṭawīl, a Sorbonne-educated Palestinian woman of Christian origin, in 1990.

And this

A longtime bachelor who declared himself "married to the revolution," a then 62-year-old Yasser Arafat, stunned Palestinians when he wed his 28-year-old private secretary, Suha, in a secret ceremony in Tunisia in 1991.

The problem with this is that he seemed to be engaged in divorcing the Jewish people from their national homeland.


The Premiere Was A Moving Experience

An interview with the producer/director of Body and Soul which premiered tonight at the Begin Center in Jerusalem, a tremendous film.

The panel, moderated by Melanie Phillips, with the participation of, left to right, Dr. Yoram Hazony, Professor Robert Wistrich and Professor Eugene Kontorovich:

Make sure you see it.

Yes, I speak about the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the heartland of the Hewish national homeland under the Mandate and in the 1948 war when thousands of Jews became refugees from Hebron, Gaza, Nablus, Jerusalem and Gush Etzion and other moshavim and kibbutzim.


Monday, October 20, 2014

But Can Jews Apply?

More news from America's Jerusalem Consulate:-

Good news for Palestinians seeking exchange opportunities to America! During a recent visit, Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan noted that the number of spots for Palestinian Fulbright scholars will remain unaffected despite anticipated cuts to the exchange budget. Read the details here, and good luck to all future applicants.  Visit our Fulbright program page to learn more about Fulbright exchanges for Palestinians:

But can Jewish/Israeli residents of that same geographic area, the area the Jerusalem Consulate oversees benefit from American financial assistance?



Sunday, October 19, 2014


From a New York Times piece on that Klinghoffer blood opera:-

Mr. Adams and Ms. Goodman have been accused of being insensitive, anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic in a work that gives a voice (often a beautiful one) to terrorists and suggests an explanation (though not an excuse) for their actions in the vexed history of the Palestinian people through centuries.


Even a biased pro-Pal. book can only claim

Palestinians struggled to create themselves as a people from the first revolt of the Arabs in Palestine in 1834


Is This The Correct Way to Hold a Firebomb?


Throwing an incendiary bottle at a car of the Israeli police in Jerusalem quarter of Silwan.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

They Are Telling Us Something (UPDATED)

"Herd" remark below


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested Jews should be banned from a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims 

and this

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israel. Abbas stated that the holy site was being desecrated by settlers and that a continued Palestinian presence is required there to protect it...Palestinians "must be present at the Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said. "We must stop them (the settlers) from entering by any means possible. This is our mosque and they have no right to enter it and defile it."

The Palestinian president called for actions to replace words in regards to Jerusalem. "Al Quds," said Abbas, referring to Jerusalem by its Arabic name, "has a special place in the heart of every Palestinian, of every Arab, be they Muslim or Christian, Al Quds is the jewel in the crown and the eternal capital of the Palestinian people, and without which there will be no state."

came after this

RAMALLAH, October 8, 2014 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday warned the Israeli government of the repercussions of its actions which could turn the current political conflict into a religious one, stressing that the Palestinian people will not accept the latest Israeli measures taken against al-Aqsa Mosque.
“We all realize, and also the world realizes, the seriousness of using religion in political conflicts and transforming them into religious ones,” said Abbas in a press statement...“Every day, we see those [Jewish extremists] attempting to enter al-Aqsa by all means so as to compel [us] to accept what they want as a de facto status; to impose the temporal and spatial division of the Mosque, under the pretext that it has [rights] in it.”

and this:-

NABLUS, October 15, 2014 (WAFA) – ...Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah urged the international community to protect the Palestinian people...He called on the international community and the world countries to uphold their responsibilities and act against the daily violations committed against the holy sites, particularly al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that the right to worship is a sacred right.

and this was reported a day after:-

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An official said Saturday that if any power besides the Palestinian Authority ended up in control of East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian national project would be "destroyed."  Mahmoud al-Habbash, the Minister of Religious Affairs, told Ma'an that the PA needed to redouble its efforts to assert control in East Jerusalem.  "We should start working with the Jerusalem district ... and all the people of Jerusalem to bring back the weight of the PA in Jerusalem," al-Habbash said.  He said a "religious war" would erupt in the area if Israel continued carrying out its plans in Jerusalem.  "For Palestine, it is an open battle; even if Israel imposes a new reality in Jerusalem we will not give it legitimacy."   

I guess they are trying to tell us something. 

And that 'something' is that they are denying the Jewish people's historical, legal, religious and cultural connection to Jerusalem, to Mt. Moriah, the two Temples that existed there and the human rights of Jews to respect and honor their holy sites.


RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says his people should guard a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims against visiting Jews, who he referred to as a "herd of cattle."
Mahmoud Abbas' fiery rhetoric Saturday follows comments he made the previous day that Jews should be banned from visiting the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

and the Yesha communities are a "cancer"

Hamas gets involved.

And now this:-

Dept'y Foreign Minister responds.

Graphic Zionism:


Kerry, ISIL, Israel

"As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to. And people need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity, and Eid celebrates the opposite of all of that." 

That was from Secretary of State John Kerry's 

Remarks at a Reception in Honor of Eid al-Adha at the Delegates Lounge in Washington, DC on October 16, 2014 

and now we have this from a State Dept. press conference from Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, on October 17, 2014:

QUESTION: To the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? I’d like to come back to, return to the remarks Secretary Kerry made yesterday. He said that it’s imperative to re-launch the peace process, something he did in Cairo two, three days ago. But I think, for the first time, he made the connection, a link between the conflict and the rise of extremism and the rise of ISIL. And this morning the Israeli officials are pretty upset and angered against the Secretary.

So I would like to know if the Secretary --

MS. HARF: Well, yeah.

QUESTION: -- went a little bit too far.

MS. HARF: A couple comments. First, he did not make any linkage between Israel and the growth of ISIL, period. And we can go back over what he actually said, which I have in front of me. He did not make that linkage. What he was saying is in the course of his work, do leaders in Europe and in the Middle East tell him that they like that the U.S. wants to try to achieve peace? Of course they do. Do the leaders think peace would help create a more stable region? Of course they do. That is in no way a news flash. It’s something that presidents of both parties for decades have said, that if we could make progress on Middle East peace, that would help create a more stable region, and the Secretary was agreeing with what has been said publicly.

And I would take issue with the part of your question that Israeli leaders, plural, have disagreed with what they thought the Secretary said. I saw one in particular. And we would say to that that we know passions run high, politics are intense, but either this specific minister did not actually read what the Secretary said, or someone is engaging in the politics of distortion here. By any means it is an inaccurate reading of what the Secretary said. He did not make a linkage between Israel and the growth of ISIL, period.

And there's a follow-up"-

QUESTION: So you think that those leaders that told the Secretary of State there is a linkage, in fact, they’re expressing a sentiment of hate toward --MS. HARF: Well, that’s not what he was saying. He was saying that as he travels around the world --QUESTION: I understand.MS. HARF: Well, can I finish my sentence, Said?QUESTION: He was saying that that’s what – oh, sure.MS. HARF: And then you can follow up. Thank you.QUESTION: Sorry.MS. HARF: That as he travels around the world building a global coalition to defeat ISIL, which is an avowed enemy of Israel – the Secretary, helping to put together this coalition to defeat an enemy that has said they’re an avowed enemy of Israel, that he hears from people in conversations, as we have for many years, that if we could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that would help create a more stable region. In no way was he directly linking Israel and the growth of ISIL, at all.QUESTION: But you know, this is a story that goes way back. And I remember in the ‘70s, let’s say, with your close allies, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its foreign minister, or the king at the time, King Faisal, was always saying that not resolving this issue may lead to extremism or people will exploit it, as you said.MS. HARF: Absolutely, and American presidents --QUESTION: So there is a connection.MS. HARF: Well, American presidents and secretaries of state of both parties have said that if we can achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, it would be a blow to the region’s extremists. Yes, they’ve said that. But in terms of this specific Israeli minister’s comments, I think, and I think the Secretary thinks, and everyone thinks that what you say actually matters and not just how someone tries to distort it for their own political purposes....QUESTION: Yeah, sorry. Has the Secretary talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu since these comments and the flap?MS. HARF: I can double check.QUESTION: Thank you.MS. HARF: They talk frequently. I will check.

What do you think?


What Khaled Abu-Toameh thinks.  Zero.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shiloh.... West ______

So, you presumed that my title ended as:

West Bank



Don't be prejudicial.

That's in Montana.


The Jewish Homeland and the Elgin Marbles

Julian Ku writes that Amal Alamuddin-Clooney visited Greece as part of a legal team working for the return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece from Britain. He doubts 

"the strength of their legal case for the return of the Marbles.  At the time the Marbles were removed from Greece, the Ottoman Empire had sovereignty over Greece and there is pretty decent historical evidence that Lord Elgin had their authorization to remove the Marbles, or if he did not have authorization, his removal was ratified by official acts of the Ottoman government...there are strong moral arguments for the return of the Marbles to Greece. But...I think they have a very tough case...

One academic article explains the case for England keeping the Marbles so:-

In the early nineteenth century, a British Lord removed much of the sculpture from the Parthenon...The Greeks wish to see the Marbles returned to the Acropolis...Rejecting the emotional appeal of the Greek position, Professor Merryman analyzes the controversy...on reasoned, principled grounds. He concludes that the Greeks do not have a legal claim to the Marbles...He rejects cultural nationalism as a basis for the disposition of the Marbles, because cultural nationalism expresses dubious values and is founded on sentiment...Under the general principle of repose, the Elgin Marbles should remain in the British Museum until the Greek government can offer more compelling reasons for their return.

Mrs. Clooney 

thinks otherwise.

Be that as it may, the Ottomans had something much more precious: the historic national homeland of the  Jews.  Not cultural nationalism was involved but a nationalism over 3000-yars old expressed in political, religious, cultural, archaeological and a variety of other experiences, customs and practices all recognized by the supreme institution of international law in 1922, the League of Nations.  And not by just one "colonial power" who declared in 1917 that that should be a nobel aim but that League of Nations' decision had followed upon an earlier one - the decision of the allies who defeated the Ottoman Empire to affirm the right of the Jews to their homeland at San Remo in 1920, to wit:

The High Contracting Parties agree to entrust...the administration of Palestine, within such boundaries as may be determined by the Principal Allied Powers, to a Mandatory, to be selected by the said Powers. The Mandatory will be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 8, 1917, by the British Government, and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

I would think that those persons claiming a right of 'return' to a country that never existed, a land that had no specific boundaries and no form of administration, surely have even less a case that could be made than Greece does.

The Land of Israel is real property not just cultural property.  And our towns, hills, valleys, rivers and fields are worth much more than those friezes and sculptures.