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, 28 December 2012

"We Came Here In Order To Learn From Gaza": Australian Mufti & Colleagues Visit Hamas (video)

And as the sheikh from Down Under (Dr Ibrahim Salem) says in this clip from Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV (26 December), they came to learn, and felt like they were "on top of the world".  In return, their genial host tells them that their visit demonstrates the unity of the worldwide umma in "the battle for the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine" ...

(MEMRI video; hat tip: reader Ian)


  1. OT
    Here's a shock an anti BDS article on the ABC!

    Friends and enemies colour BDS ideology

  2. B Of Deps sent it out to comment on, but it was already closed.

    Try this one.

    Not anti, but needs some comments. I haven't had the time

    : “Sydney peace centre boycotts Israel”

  3. Tim Blair has picked up on this.


  4. Thanks for the links, Ian and Shirlee.

  5. Great article here, OT: