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)

Friday 1 August 2014

A Ticket To Tomfoolery

In the Northern Hemisphere (well, in Britain at any rate), August is dubbed "The Silly Season" because people go on holiday and nothing much that's newsworthy happens ...

Far too much is happening at the moment, of course, but let's have a nod towards silliness anyway, by kicking off the August posts with yet another example of silliness by the you-know-whos.

Yes, the tomfoolery, the sheer ignorance, exhibited by members of the anti-Israel pro-Palestinian movement regarding the history and geopolitics of the region, never loses its capacity to amaze.

Coins (minted by the British Mandate authorities), pre-1948 mid-twentieth century maps bearing the name "Palestine", travel posters (designed by a Yishuv artist),  the (Yishuv) newspaper called The Palestine Post, the (Jewish) Palestine Symphony Orchestra, a (Yishuv) football team, postage stamps, even birds and shtriemels, have been introduced by individuals who really should know better as evidence of a sovereign "Palestine" stolen from the sovereign "Palestinian" by da Joos.

In that preposterous tradition comes a new piece of tosh, courtesy of a very recent blogpost:
 '[A]ny implication that there was no place called Palestine is undercut by this travel advertisement from the 1940s':

And then there's this, a (misspelled) message by Bristol-based anti-Israel pro-BDS band "Massive Attack" at a recent festival:

They do realise, I suppose, that from 1948-67 Gaza was occupied not by Israel but by Egypt?

As for another kind of silliness, that displayed by Jewish useful idiots, there's a fairly good succinct article here


  1. In regards to this "1948-67 Gaza was occupied" I've made comment on the site

  2. Only thing I know about Massive Attack is they do the theme song for "Luther". Other than that, don't really care.


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