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)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Shamrock & The Star: Support for Israel from the Emerald Isle (video)

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has the reputation of being  one the most vitriolic of all such organisations in Western Europe, and one of its stalwarts (who appears on some if not all of the videos I've posted on here from time to time) is presently wielding a vociferous seemingly obsessive campaign against "Israeli blood diamonds".

It's wonderful, then, to come across this video (hat tip: reader Ian) of support for Israel from Irish people, and so touching to see and hear their messages.


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  1. There is an Irish support for Israel group. I have a link somewhere, but can't find it! Problem is that my filing system is too good!!

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  2. http://nifriendsofisrael.wordpress.com/

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  3. Now this makes my Irish half smile...

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  4. Don't forget Cliona Campbell.
    http://cifwatch.com/2010/09/28/ireland-and-israel-has-that-ship-sailed-an-exclusive-cif-watch-essay-by-cliona-campbell/

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    1. Thanks - yes, a corker of a lass!

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    2. That was a great article, thanks. I missed that one at the time.

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  5. The Irish are not an anti-Semitic people. Hundreds of Irish came to the new State of Israel and fought on her behalf in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and in the struggle against the English, before 1948. The late Lord Mayor of Dublin, Bobby Briscoe, was Jewish. And there is a group called The Loyal League of the Yiddish Sons of Ireland (they eat green bagels on St. Patrick's Day)...it's true...the group is now based in New York City. The best boss I ever had was an Irish gentleman. My Jewishness was never an issue for him. He even donated an antique, engraved Jewish wine plate that he discovered to a local synagogue.

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    1. Thanks for that very interesting and reassuring comment, Anon.
      Robert Briscoe was celebrated, of course.

      I've heard that when the great American baseball player Yogi Berra, known for his malapropisms (such as remarking of a night club in NY "Nobody goes there anymore - it's too crowded"), was told that Dublin now had a Jewish mayor, he exclaimed: "Only in America!"

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