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)

Monday 8 April 2013

BDS: Leftist Snakes Show Their Fangs

A Phial Of The Venom
Here's a mob of BDSers in Brisbane demonstrating against what it seems fashionable in Israel-demonising circles these days to denigrate as the "Zionist Project".  Specifically, this mob are protesting against the "Nakba" and demanding that sly and slick manouevre called "the right of return" which would lead to what they seek, the destruction of the world's only Jewish State.

Perhaps the most notable feature of these poisonous snakes is that they come in various guises...
(Hat tip: reader Shirlee)

There are, as well, plenty of snakes, and poisonous ones at that, in Ireland.  Their latest and most ignoble escapade to date is the decision of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) to pass (unananimously) this vile motion at its annual conference last Thursday:
"TUI demand that ICTU step up its campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the apartheid state of Israel until it lifts its illegal siege of Gaza and its illegal occupation of the West Bank, and agrees to abide by international law and all UN resolutions against it.
Congress instructs the Executive Committee to:
(a) Conduct an awareness campaign amongst TUI members on the need for BDS
(b) Request all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all co-operation in research programmes."
The TUI, reflecting the vicious Israel (and Jew)-obsession of the Far Left and its cohorts, becomes the first teaching union in Europe to do so.

Crowed architecture lecturer Jim Roche, who moved the motion:
"BDS is a noble, non-violent method of resisting Israeli militarism, occupation and apartheid, and there is no question that Israel is implementing apartheid policies against the Palestinians"
Read more here 

And how ghoulishly, grubbily opportunistic of the increasingly antisemitic Guardian newspaper to link the Scottish writer Iain Banks's announcement that he has terminal gall bladder cancer as a spirngboard from which to launch his excerpted-from-a-pro-BDS-book-the paper-is-touting explanation of why he supports the cultural boycott of Israel.

Mark Goldberg comments powerfully on Banks's muddled nonsense here


  1. Joe in Australia8 April 2013 at 22:19

    I think The Guardian probably published Iain Banks' article when it did in order to cash in on sympathy for a dying author, but it's still remarkable that they would publish a screed on the Friday before Yom HaShoah alleging that Jews "of all people" didn't learn the lessons of the Holocaust.

    1. Good point, Joe. And on that theme, see this excellent pertinent article that a non-Jewish pro-Israel blogger wrote some times ago:

  2. The wider question has nothing to do with Ian Banks. One could find a million Ian Banks among the UK blogeratti, intelligentsia, BDStards, NGO idiots, the House of Lords, every union, the Beeb, al Guardian, the Greens. The only thing Ian Banks has to do with this is the implication we can't confront a dying man with his own racist stupidity and so it will be let stand. I for one would help ensure Ian Banks is buried in Gaza where he belongs. One hopes the terminal Mr Banks verified and refused any and all "Jewish" or Israeli medical care, treatments, protocols, technology et al. and so is putting his money, so to speak, where his mouth is. At least I hope so and I would ask Mr Banks to verify this for all of us lest we have a good reason to spit in his hypocrite face.

  3. There is an anti-BDS at North American college campuses petition that just started.

    If you want to voice your support, you can sign the petition.

  4. Re Brisvegas BDS
    15 views and 5 thumbs down

    Re Banks
    CIF Watch had the best headline
    What would you do if you only had a year to live?

    Elliott Abrams on the Irish
    Irish Teachers Teach Hatred of Israel
    "One can only pity the poor Irish student who might think for himself or for herself, might wish to spend a term in Israel at a place like the Technion, and might not share in the biases of the teachers."

    1. Thanks, Ian.
      There was an earlier same-theme video by the Brisbane BDSers, to which I originally linked, which they suddenly removed. I don't know how many views it had.


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