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)

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Playing At Being An IDF Soldier In Limerick (video)

The opening seconds of this video set in Limerick focus on a quaint, almost bizarre, sideshow that evokes a vanished era.

Then the camera swings to a scene nearby, where members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign - reputedly one of the most extreme such groups in the British Isles - stage a show of their own.  As one (a familiar face and voice to Iwatchers of the Israel-demoniser movement in Ireland) blares anti-Israel propaganda through a megaphone, a bloke who definitely does not look good in uniform (if my ears serve me correctly he later explains that it's that of the "British racist state" and claims that when Israelis don a uniform they change) pretending to be an IDF soldier at a checkpoint, bashing a Palestinian with the butt of his rifle ...

Along come two Arab girls to sign the BDS petition on offer - one is evidently known to the BDSers and the other, questioned by megaphone man, confirms that she is from Saudi Arabia.  Approving noises all round from the welcoming, excited BDSers. Not a word, of course, from those BDSers about the (true) apartheid practised in that country against women and non-Muslims, nor about the heinous punishments meted out by the barbaric "justice" system of the tribal kingdom.

Ah! If only my Muse was moved to compose a limerick about these folk below and their double standards ...
(Update: For a wonderful must-read article on this very issue by pro-Israel Irish film maker Nicky Larkin,   see here - hat tip: Ian and Rita)


  1. EoZ posters there’s one for every occasion!

    Don’t despair there’s at least one Irishman who has seen the light.
    Nicky Larkin: Israel is a refuge, but a refuge under siege
    “I used to hate Israel. I used to think the Left was always right. Not anymore. Now I loathe Palestinian terrorists. Now I see why Israel has to be hard. Now I see the Left can be Right -- as in right-wing. So why did I change my mind so completely?”
    The trailer for his film “Forty Shades of Grey”

  2. What a fantastic article by Larkin! Thanks. I'll update with a link to it.


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