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)

Thursday 12 April 2012

Here They Come, Here They Come Again

Yes, folks, the Flytilla activists are gearing up for this year's stunt.  They'll be flying into Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday. 

Seeing Hadar Sela's spotlight on a trio of participants, a sample which, as not infrequently in these campaigns, includes a person of Jewish extraction (there are two deracinated Jews among the incorrigible Israel-bashers living not far from me), I thought of an interesting remark attributed to Israel's ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub, in the aftermath of the despicable disruption by a bunch of fanatics of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall (Jewish Chronicle, 23  September 2011):
 "I don't think it's helpful to define people who are anti-Israel as antisemites.  That places the bar too low.  I don't want to create a situation where the only thing a person has to do is to prove that they are not an antisemite, and that everything else they do is okay.  If somebody has double standards for Israel, we should hold them to account because of that."
 Later this month, an international convoy led by Viva Palestina Arabia leaves for Gaza, where it's due in May.  Two Antipodeans, one an Australian flytilla/flotilla alumna of Jewish descent, the other a New Zealander, are scheduled to join it in London.  More information here

Meanwhile, this chap snuck into Israel quietly (purpose unclear):

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