We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East. (From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

BDSers' Stomping Stills Irish Dancers' Feet

Sadly, as reported in the Jewish Chronicle
'An Irish dance academy was forced to cancel the first ever Irish dance competition to be held in Israel after receiving threatening messages from an anti-Israel group. [See here]

The Carey Academy Israel was set to hold the “1st Israeli Feis” in Tel Aviv on August 15 but called it off after a protest outside its UK dance studio in Birmingham.

The organisers said that students, parents and teachers had received threats from boycotters.

In a statement on the event’s Facebook page, the organisers said: “Unfortunately we have to announce the cancellation of what would have been the 1st Israeli Feis. Age, nationality, or religious beliefs do not matter to us. Unfortunately, there was a protest outside our dance studio. We do not want to risk safety of anyone connected to the Carey Academy. The feis was not meant to be anything more than what it really is - a celebration of dancing, friendship and joy. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to people who may have already booked tickets but I am sure you understand the safety of our dancers is our number one priority.”....'

Naturally, the BDSers are dancing for joy, although their joy is tempered.  See, for instance, this mad-as-a-nest-of-disturbed-hornets press release from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, linked to by a despicably Israel-demonising group of as-a-Jews:

And note the indignation here:

Meanwhile, from a staunch Israel-basher in the Emerald Isle, composer Raymond Deane:

For PalFest Ireland's various anti-Israel initiatives see here

Another report here

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

In Britain, Israel-Haters Up On The Roof (includes videos)

Below is an example of the leftist hypocrisy that Pat Condell pans in the video that comprises the previous post.

These Israel-haters (including the fragrant Yvonne Ridley) rant and rave against Israel, yet think nothing of appearing on the propaganda satellite channel of the odious, persecutory, and  murderous Iranian regime.

Background to the above, quoting the Jewish Chronicle (read more here):
'Protesters shut down four factories in a co-ordinated move against Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.
Up on the roof
Three British factories, owned by Instro Precision, a subsidiary of Elbit, were forced to suspend operations after sit-ins by pro-Palestinian activists.
A factory in Melbourne, Australia, was also targeted.
Camera systems similar to those made by Instro Precision are used in Israeli drones supplied by Elbit to survey the West Bank security fence.
Groups including London Palestine Action, War on Want and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign took part in the “Block the Factory” protest, the third of its kind in the last year.
Banners proclaiming “Elbit Drones Murder,” “Stop Arming Israel” and “Elbit Kills Kids For Profit” were displayed and slogans spray-painted on walls.
Block the Factory spokesperson Alex Levan reported that “at least 10, and up to 20” of the group’s demonstrators at the Shenstone factory in Staffordshire had been arrested....'

See http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=15069

The Hypocrisy of "The Pseudo-Liberal Plonkers" (video)

Here's that man again, socking it to the "progressives".  From 3:24 he covers their despicable hypocrisy regarding Israel, Islam, women's rights, etc.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Been & Seen On The Streets of London (includes video)

At left is the link to a report in an Israeli newspaper regarding the squalid anti-Jewish demo held in central London on the 4th of July.

The commenter, one of the friends of Stephen Sizer (remember him?) on Facebook, has form in making anti-Jewish statements, notoriously in a spiteful little screed to the Jewish Chronicle itself back in 2007.  Stephen Pollard, the paper's editor, used the screed as an example of the malevolence that lies behind the BDS movement.

The 4th of July demo, as many readers will know, was due to have taken the form of a march through the London suburb of Golders Green, led by vile young neo-Nazi antisemite called Joshua Bonehill, who on his repugnant racist blog and elsewhere promised his followers: "We're going to have an absolute gas".

It was stymied owing to a groundswell of outrage and opposition on the part of the Jewish community and others, and moved to central London (authorities were powerless to ban it altogether) so that it was easier to police.

As the intrepid British pro-Israel blogger Edgar Davidson noted:
'It seems like the only thing of concern to British Jews at the moment is next week's planned demonstration by a handful of neo-Nazis in Golders Green to "end the Zionist occupation of Britain". Never before has the community been so united.'
Many congratulations to those who stood firm against the march are of course in order.  But Davidson also writes :
'While the people behind the demo are clearly despicable attention-seeking antisemites deliberately trying to provoke trouble, I am somewhat bemused as to why this tiny piece of antisemitic theatre has so grabbed the attention of the Jewish community. On almost every day of the week on the streets of the UK there are much better planned and coordinated displays of antisemitism that use exactly the same pretext as the one planned in Golders Green (i.e. 'ending the Zionist occupation'). Just look at the future events on websites of organisations like the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Socialist Workers Party, the UK Boycott Israel Campaign, and the dozens of other trade unions and students associations.
 These events range from weekly (and even daily) protests against shops and businesses with any connection to Israel and those selling Israeli products through to protests to stop any Israeli performer from appearing or any person at all speaking in public in support of Israel. Often they are quite elaborate, lavishly funded pieces of real street theatre with the sole intention of convincing normal Brits that Israeli Jews are the most demonic and evil people in the world. Every one of these events has more antisemitic participants than the number likely to turn up in Golders Green. And, of course, these events pale into insignificance when compared to the daily mass (often violent) rallies of antisemitic hatred that fill the streets of London whenever Israel dares to defend itself from terrorist attacks....
What it comes down to is that Britain's 'official Jews' feel comfortable demonstrating against anti-semitism when the proponents are white racists, but will not get involved when the proponents - - in far greater numbers - are Muslims and socialists....'
Speaking of "street theatre" in London, here's an old ( I mean a young old) friend of ours, attired as we've never seen him before, eliciting some ignorant anti-Israel comments from passers-by:

Also on the streets of London, the menacing sight of a man draped in an Isis flag, with a kid on his shoulders waving a similar item in miniature, strolling  near Parliament.  He was stopped by police, according to this report, but they let him and his flags go on their way unhindered (h/t Vlad Tepes blog):


Sunday, 5 July 2015

BDSers target Gloria Gaynor

Found here
The Greek crisis has all but pushed Israel out of the picture as far as many normally Israel-obsessed leftists on social media are concerned.

Meanwhile, though, American singer Gloria Gaynor, due to perform in Tel Aviv on 29 July, has received a billet-doux imploring her as a "woman of color" to cancel the gig, and Israel-haters are encouraging the like-minded to harass her on Twitter.

The missive referred to begins:
'We, the undersigned, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon (CBSI) and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) are pleased to learn that you plan to perform in Lebanon on July 31, 2015 but are deeply dismayed that, two days earlier, you are scheduled to sing in Tel Aviv. We call on you to cancel your Tel Aviv performance, as no matter what your intentions are, Israel’s regime of oppression will use your name, as the South African apartheid regime used artists’ names, to whitewash its crimes.
We represent large segments in Lebanese and Palestinian societies that hail from different backgrounds but are united in a common struggle to end Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, including the occupation of parts of Lebanon. We uphold the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and the right of return of Palestinian refugees who were ethnically “cleansed” from their homeland in 1948....'
Can one from Roger Waters be far behind?

Friday, 3 July 2015

David Singer: State Of Palestine and Islamic State Highlight International Double Standards

Here is the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Siger.

He writes:

UNESCO, the United Nations and, just this week, the Vatican, have recognised that the “State of Palestine” exists – despite the fact that it lacks all four basic requirements laid down in Article 1 of the Montevideo Convention 1933:
“The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a ) a permanent population; b ) a defined territory; c ) government; and d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.” 
Reverend Federico Lombardi – the Vatican spokesman – confirmed the Holy See’s stance: 
"Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists"
The Vatican is justifiably concerned to protect Christian communities in the Middle East against further ongoing death, dispersion and destruction of their churches as has occurred to Christian communities in Syria and Iraq during the last twelve months.

Easing the concerns of Christians in the West Bank would have certainly played a part in the Vatican’s decision.

Bethlehem’s Christian population has been reduced from 60 per cent in the 1990’s – prior to coming under Palestinian Authority control in 1995 - to 15 per cent Christian by 2013 -– whilst 1,000 Christians are reported to be leaving every year. However Christian population growth in Israel last year stood at 1.3 per cent.

Risking a rift in its relations with Israel displays poor judgement by the Vatican given these realities. Those 107 member States voting for Palestine’s admission to UNESCO on 31 October 2011 did so in direct contravention of Article II (2) of the UNESCO Constitution which provides:
“… states not members of the United Nations Organization may be admitted to membership of the Organization ….”
Voting to admit into UNESCO an entity that is not a lawful state is beyond understanding.

The UN General Assembly compounded UNESCO’s amazing decision when 138 UN member States voted to recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state" on 29 November 2012.

The rule of law was thrown out the window with these UNESCO and UN decisions. The international response to Islamic State has been markedly different since its declaration on 29 June 2014.

In just one year Islamic State has pillaged, plundered, beheaded and murdered its way through Syria and Iraq - now governing the population and controlling state assets in an area larger than Great Britain. Pledges of allegiance have come from many terrorist groups including Boko Haram and Sinai Province.

Islamic State meets all four Montevideo Convention criteria.

Yet British Prime Minister David Cameron urges Islamic State’s existence not be recognised by simply not using its self-declared name – reportedly telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
“I wish the BBC would stop calling it ‘Islamic State’ because it is not an Islamic State. What it is, is an appalling barbarous regime … it is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words.”
 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has an even whackier view:
“This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats’.” 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reportedly used the term “death cult” 346 times since last September.

The Pope too seems reluctant to use the term “Islamic State”. President Obama uses the acronym “ISIL” to deny it is Islamic or a State.
“Palestine” – not a State – is recognised as a State. “Islamic State” – a State – is not recognised as a State.
No wonder the world is in such a state of turmoil and confusion.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

BDSers Target Two Brazilian Singers (video)

My previous post shows Professor William Jacobson analysing the Academic Boycott.  In this video we see a mob of BDSers in London demonstrating against the forthcoming performance in Israel of the Brazilian singers Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

I nearly entitled this "Girls in their summer dresses" because that's what it appears to show at first, Londoners and visitors to London strolling in their warm weather finery.

But in the background a familiar group of Israel-haters are erecting their propaganda posters, and at 3:24 a familiar plummy voice begins with the usual "We are here today ..."

It's the voice of the woman who had a habit of boarding Tube trains and reciting anti-Israel "poetry" to the trapped commuters.

A one-track mind, we might say.