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, 3 April 2016

David Singer: Politics Precede Humanity In Brussels Bombings

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

The European Union has been increasingly expressing its growing antagonism towards Israel by
1. imposing specific labelling laws for goods produced by Jews emanating from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)
2. building structures in Area C of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) without consent or authorisation by Israel  – which exercises full administrative and security control over this area under the Oslo Accords to which the European Union is a signatory.
Positions such as these taken by the European Union – coupled with a growing tide of Jew-hatred in Europe during the past decade – create an atmosphere of hostility towards the Jewish State and can legitimise public expressions of opinion in Europe that would otherwise have been deemed politically incorrect and subjected to widespread criticism.

A case in point seems most likely to have occurred following the tragic events in Brussels on March 22 when 32 people were killed and 340 wounded in two terrorist attacks at Brussels Zaventem airport terminal and the city’s underground metro system.

Belgium’s federal hotline – set up by the Belgian Interior Ministry to take calls after these attacks – has fired an operator who told a caller that Israel does not exist and should be called Palestine instead.


The caller told the operator that he was a volunteer for the city of Antwerp’s Jewish Coordination Committee. Their message was recorded and the full English translated transcript follows:
XXX: Good afternoon, my name is XXX.  I am a volunteer in the Jewish Coordination Committee of Antwerp. We are contacted by persons… we have two persons of the Jewish community that were hurt in the attacks in the airport.
 Crisis Centre: Yes sir.
 XXX: They are prepared to be transported back to Israel. Our volunteers are busy with it and take care of everything but we received information from the hospital that we need special papers from the police that they can be released. Is this correct and to who should we ask that? Can you tell me more about that?
CC: That is effectively... I will take a look. So … they go back to Palestine. 
XXX: Not Palestine, Israel.
CC: Yes, but that was before Palestine, of course. OK.
XXX: Could you repeat that again, please? What is the name?
CC: That … Palestine. 
http://www.behindthename.com/name/zakaria
XXX: Can I get your name, please? 
CC: Of course.  Zakaria. 
XXX: And you know only Palestine? 
CC: Sorry? 
XXX: You don’t know Israel, only Palestine?
CC: I know the Jews went to there, that Palestine received [opvangen] them and that there is a war between Israel and Palestine, of course. And the occupation… that’s what's on the news of course. 
XXX: Can you help me with the question I have, or not? 
CC: Naturally, of course. Thus they go back to Palestine and ask that they could get an attestation. Voila, it is noted. 
XXX: Can I have you name again, I didn’t understand it well.
 CC: Zakaria.
XXX: Zakaria?
CC: That is correct. 
XXX: Zakaria what? What is your last name? 
CC: I am not obliged to give it.
XXX: OK  Thank you very much.
CC: You're welcome. Bye.
Jac Vermeer – CEO of IPG – the company which had the contract to run the hotline for the Belgian Interior Ministry – issued this pathetic apology:
“We wish to apologize to all members of the Jewish community and to the victims and their families in Israel”
No expression of outrage has been issued by the Belgian Interior Ministry or the Belgian Government.

Not a peep from the European Union or European Commission.

The PLO and Hamas must be overjoyed.

2 comments:

  1. The EU justifies building in Area C without Israel's consent on the basis that it believes these particular areas will be part of any future Arab state. Yet, when Israel makes the equivalent argument in areas it actually controls, including the Old City and the "settlement blocks," the EU objects. Yet another double standard?

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  2. Incidentally, another odious development, this time from the despicable UN:
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4786625,00.html

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