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)

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Mr Mayor Feels Peckish

Yes, folks, the city of Oxford's two-and-a-half-week anti-Israel fest has begun, and the mayor (Rae Humberstone) has been among those having fun in the sun, watching dabke dancers strut their stuff and lending his encouragement to the proceedings with a handwritten message.

Here's what the mayor wrote:

Here he is, complete with chain of office, eyeing some "Palestinian" produce on one of the stalls:

 Buying this time:

Among the amusements, propaganda for kids with coloured pens (red and green, naturellement):

Friday night at the flicks: a lot of grey heads in place, watching a "sold-out" showing of Omar, followed by talks by academics Avi Shlaim and Mahmoud Hawari:

Update: Mustafa Barghouti fans lap up the demonisation:

 And of course there's plenty still to come, before this divisive one-sided extravaganza (as a reader aptly terms it) concludes with this:

Meanwhile, a bunch of Israel-bashers from points north are gearing up for a big bike ride on 15 August that will take them from Edinburgh to London on behalf of (well, not Israel):

Gee, I wonder whether Al Beeb's intrepid cyclist Jon Donnison (a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, incidentally) will be tweeting them a plug nearer to the time.

Nah, he wouldn't do that. Would he?


  1. I've written to the Mayor - yet to have a reply...