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, 13 May 2015

On A Westminster Walkway, Windy Weather & Wild Windbaggery (video)

What the heck? Let's have a look at the hardcore anti-Israel fanatics (all baker's dozen of 'em at a generous estimate) who came out onto the pavement outside the Park Plaza Hotel on 12 May to harangue delegates to a Hewlett Packet Conference regarding the company's "support" for da Zionist Entity.

Much of Alex Seymour's video consists of the trials and tribulations of trying to hoist Israel-demonising placards on a squally day, with hotel security personnel interfering in the grand design.

(No wonder Alex resorts to a musical soundtrack for much of the video, but of course it's not Bach or Beethoven or the Dionne Warwick or the Rolling Stones which fills the void.)

I guess the true amusement in watching this footage is to be had by guesstimating just how many Israel-haters showed up.  There's the ubiquitous ranter-in-chief, of course, chomping at the bit to get started (which she eventually dies at approximately 10:15), there's that ever-present spear carrier, or rather placard carrier, the plummy-voiced woman with long grey hair who's prone to hop onto Tube trains to spew anti-Israel venom in the form of "poetry", there's the bloke who accompanies her on such capers, there's an Irish bloke (Sean Clinton, I think), and there's Alex behind the camera. How many's that, then?  Did they get a quorum?

Of course, those being ranted at are ensconced inside the hotel, and, very wisely, most people on the tape besides the hardcore anti-Israel fanatics are cops, security personnel, or bemused passers-by giving the rally a wide berth.

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