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 30 May 2013

The Hate & The Hypocrisy: London Rally Against Israel's Hosting Of UEFA Tournament (video)

"Israel is an abnormal country.  It's a country that depends for its existence on violence and cruelty and repression,"  So claims Alexei Sayle, lending his weight to demands that Israel should not be allowed to host the UEFA under-21 championship tournament next month.

Ironically, the Jewish comedian was speaking to a reporter from Press TV, propaganda channel of the cruel, violent and repressive Iranian regime.

Also in this video, of a rally in London when UEFA officials were meeting, is Baroness Tonge ...

A letter in today's Guardian expresses the case for Israel and the inherent hypocrisy in the boycott merchants' demands very well:
'Firstly, the reason Israel plays in European football tournaments is that, long before the 1967 war and the subsequent "occupation", Arab and some Asian countries refused to play Israel at any level. Secondly, if countries were stopped from hosting tournaments because of their human rights records, we'd probably have to hold the World Cup etc in Luxembourg every four years!
Lastly, the games played in Israel will be played in front of crowds unhindered by restrictions on race or gender, unlike the United Nations-sponsored Gaza marathon, which was cancelled due to the fact women were banned from running with men. The World Cup after next is in Russia which, last weekend, saw the arrest of dozens of gay rights activists in Moscow. I don't see any "show Russia the red card" protests.'

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