Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

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)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 18 November 2011

From Your Tents, O Ratbags!

Apart from the nasty taste that the antisemitism of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and its global offshoots has left, I shall take away two memories of the "Occupy" madness.

The first is the hyperbolic comment of "liberal feminist" Naomi Wolf (of The Beauty Myth fame), who wrote after her arrest on Hudson Street, near to Wall Street protesters, where she was attending a function for the Huffington Post:
'first they come for the "other" – the "terrorist", the brown person, the Muslim, the outsider; then they come for you – while you are standing on a sidewalk in evening dress, obeying the law.'
The second is the robust, if at times over-rude, condemnation of Wall Street occupiers by "Batman" author Frank Miller, who on his blog remarked, to the chagrin of the usual suspects:
'Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:
The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.
“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” ...  is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves....
Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.
Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.
And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently - must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh - out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.
In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.
Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape.
They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.
Meanwhile (hat tip: reader Shirlee) a new word has entered the language:

(Sorry I haven't posted it before, Shirlee - computer woes again!)


  1. That's OK Daphne, I was aware of your 'woes'

    Love the you suppose the McQuarie dictionary might add it?

  2. I heartily endorse the movement but not for the reasons you would think. It's a cold hard world out there and anything they can do to take themselves out of the pool of people competing for jobs is welcome. Please do continue.