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, 1 May 2013

Gaza: A Bolt From The Blue For The Greens

I see that tomorrow the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Palestine have, for the Israel-demonising faithful and the merely gullible (at $A75 or $A100 a ticket), a dining and sailing experience on behalf of the oppressed of Gaza.

As Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt reminds us today, the mistreatment of Gazans is grim, but it is Hamas who are doing the mistreating, yet people like NSW parliamentarian David Shoebridge and his fellow-Greens are studiously ignoring such violations of human rights while saving all their excoriation for Israel:
'It’s three weeks since his arrest but Ismail Halou still has streaks of purple bruising on the soles of his feet. The 22 year-old was filling cars at his family’s petrol station in Gaza City at 5pm on April 4th when a black jeep pulled into the forecourt, plain-clothed police stepped out and ordered him into the car. He was blindfolded and driven to the nearest police station.
“I could hear the screams of people being beaten in the rooms next to me. Two men held my legs down and tied them together on a wooden board then they beat the soles of my feet with a plastic rod. They beat me for at least five minutes. I was crying and screaming with agony. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” Mr Halou recalls.
It was only after the beating that police officers set to work trying to shave off the one-inch fin of gelled hair that was the cause of his arrest…
Police in Gaza, a Palestinian coastal enclave run by Islamist faction Hamas, have arrested at least 41 men on charges of immodesty this April.
Most of them were beaten, all of them had their heads forcibly shaven. Some were shaven because their haircuts that were deemed culturally inappropriate, others because their trousers were either too low-slung or too fitted. In at least two cases, police also cut-up jeans deemed too tight.' 
Incidentally, today as well Bolt draws attention to this example of reverse racism, in an ad for a TV show host on Canada's tax-funded equivalent of the BBC. Perhaps they just want to increase the representation of non-white males on the show, in order to reflect the diversity of society and provide children with a variety of role models.  Fair enough, but hopefully that's all it is and unlike the BBC the Canadian national broadcaster will know when enough is enough: a grotesquely disproportionate degree of discrimination in favour of ethnic minorities, making presenters of "white British" identity virtually obsolete, has been evident on the BBC in kids' shows for a very long time. 


  1. Re: the poster 'This child could grow up to be...' On you can see a video of the Hamas education process in action.

  2. The twisted logic of the fascist left.

    But they’re Jews, too, right?
    But Mr Harrison appears in the video saying (5min): “Max Brenner itself is a franchise. So financially speaking there isn’t really any connection between this Max Brenner store in particular and Israel. It’s become really a kind of cultural ambassador for Israel, this store. Why do we say that it’s a cultural ambassador for Israel?
    “Well, all of the Zionists in the Australian parliament—Kevin Rudd, Michael Danby—various figures who want to say they want to support Israel come down to Max Brenner to show their support and to actually stand to the other side of us, to actually stand against Palestine, and to show that Israel is in their DNA.”

    Watch the video to the end, he's against the BDSers so give it a thumbs up

    1. Thanks for the link, ian - have been busy all day but will look at it now.