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)

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Company He Keeps

Here's our old mate the vicar of Virginia Water, linking on Facebook to a video about Nelson Mandela:

"Arafat is a comrade in arms?"


The terrorist boss who ordered the massacre of kindergarten children?  Really?

I can see why the Israelis may not have been happy with Mandela about that.

I can see why, despite Mandela's undoubted virtues, popular Aussie columnist Andrew Bolt has committed the heresy of not sharing wholeheartedly in the current virtually consensual, nay obligatory,  hagiography of the late South African leader.

Here's a despicable comment from a Facebook friend of Sizer, in relation to a link the vicar posted yesterday to a Jerusalem Post article concerning Netanyahu's decision not to attend Mandela's funeral citing "high costs":

The commenter in question, I'm told by the person who alerted me to the comment, is a "revert" to Islam who has long been  perceived by many as an antisemite.

Needless to say, the vicar has not admonished her for such an unwarranted smear.
Incidentally, there's a nasty little piece here by Larry Derfner about the absence of Netanyahu and Peres from Mandela's funeral.  During the 1960s (until snubbed by the corrupt dictatorial regimes of those they were helping, and which now comprise part of the anti-Israel voting block of that viscerally anti-Israel organisation, the UN) Israel gave much technological help to the emergent nations of black Africa, but the Derfners of this world don't seem to acknowledge that.


  1. In staying away Bibi is in better company
    Dalai Lama not attending Mandela funeral
    Since 2009 the Dalai Lama has twice been denied a visa for South Africa.
    But Mr Takhla did not say why the Dalai Lama would not attend Mandela's national memorial service or the December 15 burial at his boyhood home of Qunu.
    The Dalai Lama was controversially denied a visa to South Africa in 2011 after being invited to give a lecture as part of celebrations for the 80th birthday of Mandela's fellow anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu.
    It was the second time that Pretoria had denied the Dalai Lama entry after refusing him a visa in 2009

    It was nice to see Zuma and the Chinese dictator were booed by the crowd.

  2. I don't believe the new Pope and the President of China attended either. Are we to believe they both are racists?

  3. Thanks, Ian and Trudy. Clearly, the double standards industry just keeps on rolling.

  4. Most interesting:,frameless.htm?NRMODE=Published


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