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)
I've said it before and I'll say it again (par the old British television commercial for a well-known, now defunct, chain of gentlemen's outfitters aka High Street tailors: "John Collier, John Collier, the window to watch!"):
David Collier, David Collier, the website to watch!
In the comparatively short time that David Collier has been blogging, he's produced some absolute gems.
And in case you haven't heard yet, he's caught out anti-Israel ex-pat academic Ilan Pappe admitting to what is the Big Lie of the BDS movement.
To quote reader Harvey:
"This post from David Collier is one of the most important scoops to come out of the on-going battle against BDS for some time. David attended a talk by the execrable Ilan Pappe last week in which Pappe kindly pulled the rug from under the BDS . He confirms what we have always suspected, that there was never a call for Boycott from within Palestinian society. It was a lie but the hard left brigade needed it to be compared to the South Africa model which was a call for boycott from within South African society. Pappe in this one short clip disproves it."
But as Pappe laughingly says, "It's a desperate call ... for historical records":
Here's a long but valuable video by David Collier beginning "I'm going to talk about BDS"
Incidentally, the very long-established Jewish communal newspaper in Perth, Western Australia, The Maccabean, has ruffled a number of leftwing communal feathers by refusing an advertisement from the New Israel Fund. I reckon that befits the place where Australia's first ongoing Zionist body was born, and a newspaper that has always been proudly supportive of Israel.
I've blogged before about how the BBC is spoon-feeding schoolchildren bite-sized morsels of pro-Islam propaganda.
See my post here about what the BBC tells the kids about Islam and war and my post here about what the BBC tells the kids about Islam and women's rights.
Astonishing stuff. Bloody outrageous (excuse the "Great Australian Adjective" but if not appropriate here, where?)
But those are not the only ways in which the BBC shamelessly shills for Islam, indoctrinating British schoolchildren. What an evil agency it is.
Thanks to a recent post by the estimable Craig over at "Is the BBC Biased?" I've been taking a look at the BBC presentation for teenage schoolchildren entitled "The Islamic world in the Middle Ages" that proclaims what I've cut and pasted above on the yellow/orange background.
Here's a summary of that presentation's points. Note the way in which it contrasts the (supposed) glories of Islam with the squalor of medieval London. A cheap, deliberate mockery of the western way of life, eh?
And, in the Bitesize section on "The Crusades", here's one of the revision questions Al Beeb poses to schoolkids. (Yes, very childish. How thick would a kid have to be to tick the second or third alternatives?!)
Very respectful of "The prophet". But have you ever seen the BBC talk of "Moses the Lawgiver" or "Christ the Redeemer" or "Jesus the Saviour"? No, me neither. Such labels would be offensive to those of no religion or at any rate non-applicable to anyone but the followers of Judaism and Christianity and thus politically incorrect. (Ain't that right, BBC?)
There's nothing in these Bitesizes about the supremacist nature of Islam, the "convert or die" scenario or the taking of infidel women and girls as sex slaves excrescence. There's nothing about the bloody slaughter of Jews at the battle of Khyber and the capture of their wives as booty. There's no mention, as far as I can see, of the Jews of the Rhineland killed by marauding Crusaders. Jews don't appear to count in these particular narratives, except where they can be used as fodder for pro-Islam propaganda, as in this idealised picture of the Ottoman Empire:
"I would have hoped that the BBC would have encouraged nuance at the very least in their schools' history study guide instead of sounding oddly like proselytisers" [Emphasis added]
Re the Crusades:
And note the value judgment regarding Dubya, whose speech is labelled "infamous". That's a straightforwardly blatant example of the BBC's contempt for its obligation to be impartial. [Update: when a reader of mine complained to the BBC about this he received the absurd reply below at ***]
On the Biased BBC website is a very good guest blog that addresses this very issue. It says, inter alia (do read it all, and the comments):
“The BBC’s contemporary battle for hearts, minds and souls extends far beyond the purile petulance of its news outlets. Such is the BBC’s eagerness to produce the next generation of politically correct, self-loathing social justice dhimmis that they are now indoctrinating school children via the BBC Bitesize guide to National Curriculum.
Al-Beeb’s sinister agenda is evident in Key Stage 3 resources, such as “The Islamic World in the Middle Ages”. The licence fee is helping fund a programme of propaganda that is telling children as young as 11 that Allah really is the greatest...
Ah, but surely if talking about the Religion of Peace™ the Beeb will have to mention the concept of jihad, dhimmis and jizra? Well, not really. On Islamic imperialism, the Beeb seems to think that the Ottoman Empire expanded so quickly not because of a desire to extend power or the march of Islam but because “the Turks believed in a prophecy called Osman’s dream, about a tree which grew until it covered the whole world”....
If the kiddies haven’t got the message yet, what about being told that the Islam provide the foundations of Western Civilization? Shamelessly: “The Islamic empire had a huge impact on the development of medieval western Europe. It is possible to argue that the Islamic world provided the foundations on which later developments in western civilisation occurred.” ....' [Emphasis added]
I can't resist linking here to a post I wrote for the Elder of Ziyon website earlier this year. It debunks the notion of "1001 Islamic inventions" so beloved of propagandists like the BBC, and as commenter Raymond observed:
'Much of what "Islamic civilization" contributed was built on the earlier works of the Greeks and Romans, and heavily reliant on the conquered peoples living under Muslim rule - the Christians, Jews, Persians, Hindus, etc. Yes, there were a few contributions by Muslims in the field of medicine, for example, building on earlier Greek works. But according to one historian, 90% of physicians around the Islamic Mediterranean at one point were ... Jews. The standard work of known pharmaceuticals in the 12th century was compiled by none other than Maimonides.
The typical pattern however is that as the generations of conquered cultures began to be "Islamized" or Arabized, those cultures went into decline and their contributions dwindled. And when Europe opened trade routes to India and China that bypassed Islamic lands, the Arab/Islamic world became almost irrelevant.' [Emphasis added]
"We are living in a crazy time ... in a world of total and absolute chaos ... As a growth industry antisemitism has become immense ... Europe is under siege ... Jeremy Corbyn is promoting the worst form of leftist antisemitism and he himself is a primitive troglodyte ... "
That's just part of Isi Leibler's compelling introduction to Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld discussing "the British Disease".
To quote the uploader of this long video, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:
"In recent months, a large number of extreme anti-Semitic expressions by elected representatives of the British Labour Party have come to light. The publicity has forced Labour, which is under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, to investigate antisemitism, Islamophobia, and racism in the party. The antisemitism issue is overshadowed by the many consequences of Brexit, which include a major crisis in Labour.
Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld is the former Chairman of the Board of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. His many books deal with European-Israeli and European-Jewish issues. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism, and the International Leadership Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center."
In this recently issued video from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Adam Shay, a Jerusalem Center expert on the cultural boycott of Israel, answers Lenny Ben-David's question "Has the Cultural Boycott of Israel Peaked?"
To quote the uploader:
"In the 2016 concert season, there is no shortage of international performers coming to Israel and virtually all categories are represented. The South African rave-rap duo Die Antwoord, one of the hottest names around, was a prime target for BDS activity. However, the band paid little or no attention to this and once they took the stage in Tel Aviv they told the boycott activists exactly what they thought of them.
Guitar icon Carlos Santana had cancelled his performance in Israel back in 2010 when the cultural boycott was at its height. This is why Santana's recent performance in Tel Aviv was so important. The fact that a performer of iconic status, who has in the past cancelled a performance, now feels it is safe and legitimate to return, tells us that as far as the cultural boycott is concerned, the worst may very well be behind us."
As for the craziness that engulfs Europe, this new article makes grim reading indeed.
Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.
media has gone into overdrive after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited
President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu to Moscow for direct talks.
Al-Sisi broke the news during an interview on 22 August with the chief
editors of state-run newspapers Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar and Al-Gomhouriya:
Russian president has informed me that he has invited Palestinian
President [Abbas] and Prime Minister Netanyahu for a meeting in Moscow.
Egypt supports these efforts and both sides are urged to
participate and respond positively to the initiative for the sake of
finding light at the end of the tunnel for Palestinians and establishing
their state alongside Israel."
The Russian invitation has not yet been confirmed by Putin.
even assuming the meeting was indeed to eventuate – it must be crystal
clear to any impartial observer that such a Moscow talkfest will end up
in the garbage bin of history, like so many similar meetings over the
last 20 years that have failed to resolve the 100 years-old Jewish-Arab
Peace negotiations between Netanyahu and Abbas remain
deadlocked on one perennial and fundamental Israeli demand – that Israel
be recognised as the Jewish State.
Abbas made his rejection of this
demand very clear on 30 November 2014 when speaking to leaders of the
Arab world in Cairo:
“We will never recognize the Jewishness of the state of Israel.”
has now backed up this statement by threatening to sue Britain for
issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917 – which ultimately led to the
League of Nations unanimously approving the Mandate for Palestine in
1922 calling for the “reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in
Abbas has been emboldened in taking this stance after
the Obama administration wavered in America’s previous long-standing
commitment to support this Israeli non-negotiable demand.
“Jewish state’ was
resolved in 1947 in Resolution 181 where there are more than 40—30
mentions of ‘Jewish state’. In addition, chairman Arafat in 1988 and
again in 2004 confirmed that he agreed it would be a Jewish state. And
there are any other number of mentions.”
Any Arafat declarations
are meaningless – having been replaced with statements of outright
rejection by Abbas. Arafat cannot rule from the grave.
will soon be political history and his successor – either Hillary
Clinton or Donald Trump – have both made clear that the Obama-Kerry
position will be reversed.
I support a two-state solution on Israel. But the Palestinian Authority
has to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Have to do
France’s attempt to convene an international conference
later this year has been apparently undertaken without first attempting
to get Abbas to moderate his stance by finally acknowledging and
accepting the decisions of the international community expressed in the
Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
Indeed Abbas’s threat to sue Britain is a diplomatic kick below the belt for France’s efforts to broker a solution.
Putin would be politically naïve if he failed to sound out Abbas before facilitating any Moscow meeting.
on the vodka, caviar and a Kremlin guard of honour whilst hosting talks
that must inevitably lead to nowhere is the last photo-op Putin surely
Strong man being derided with egg on face is not a pretty sight.
Many people will already have seen this heart-warming video by a brave Israeli Arab lady.
But heart-chilling is this troubling report of Anglo-Jewish "Trembling Israelites" at their most craven:
A Jewish newspaper in the UK smears a Zionist movement in a badly
researched hatchet job, a London synagogue bows down to pressure and
cancels a Zionist event. A scene from an antisemitic horror movie? No,
this is the actual state of affairs of Jewish London in 2016. ...
now need to be asked about just where British Jewry is heading. Are the
‘red fascists’ taking hold in our community? ...
My political position is supported by the majority of Israelis. I will not sit quietly whilst cowards, bullies and naive astroturf suppliers manipulate the Jewish community into believing blue and white are tainted colours. I will wave the Israeli flag and I will not be silenced. This synagogue needs to be challenged by its members to understand *on what grounds exactly* was the Zionist voice silenced. This is a disease that must not be allowed to spread. ...
More lovable expositors of that Olde Tyme Religion.
First, the Hezbollah preacher informing of Israel's imminent demise. (Come to think of it, he doesn't look too convinced!)
TV interview, Lebanese cleric Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive
Council of Hizbullah, said that "Israel is closer than ever before to
its demise" and warned that "the time for operations will come." When
the interviewer asked whether Hizbullah was capable of entering the
Galilee or "even further than the Galilee" with ground forces,
Safieddine responded: "We have that capability. Of course." The
interview aired on Mayadeen TV on August 8.'
Second, an Iraqi Shiite salivating about sex slaves:
'Iraqi Ayatollah Abdul Karim Al-Haeri, Director of the Karbala Hawza Shiite seminary, said in a video that after the arrival of the Mahdi, it would be permissible to take five or ten slave girls from among those who oppose the imam, and to offer them to friends for sex, when they come over.
Al-Haeri recommended this as a means to prevent marital problems: "If his wife asks him where he was, he has no problem [telling her he was with his friend]," he said.
Excerpts from the lecture were posted on April 7 on the Facebook page of Beith Al-Wujdan Al-Thaqafi, a group focused on enlightenment and extremism in the Arab and Islamic world.'
(Hey, Pope Francis, what in Christianity is analogous to this? .... Nu? Nah, I don't think His Naive Holiness could provide a convincing answer, even if he tried to, do you?)
Third, a Kuwaiti alleging a Jewish-Masonic conspiracy:
'In a 2011 episode of his religious TV show, Kuwaiti preacher Nabil Al-Awadi claimed that there was a Jewish-Freemason conspiracy aimed at instilling un-Islamic messages in the mind of children through popular animated films. "The whole world has turned SpongeBob," he complained. "They are instilling the message that boys are wimps, sissies, and girlish, whereas girls are butch, strong, and masculine... Brothers, there is homosexuality in cartoons." Al-Awadi further said that "Jews are behind most of the American companies today." The show aired on Al-Watan TV on September 24, 2011.'
"An international push to make Google show Israel’s illegal wall around Palestinian territory on its Maps service will be launched this week by a Scottish MEP.
The SNP’s Alyn Smith will launch the #showthewall petition in partnership with the global activism network Avaaz, which has 44m members in 194 countries.Smith, who sits on the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said the absence of the so-called “separation barrier” from Google Maps appeared “deliberate and excessive”. ...."
Read more about this push from Smith, a contender for the Scottish National Party's deputy leadership, by clicking on the caption.
We all know what that "Celtic fans' Palestinian flag protest" entailed, of course.
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign chief Napier explained it thus:
George Galloway had this comment:
And blogger Edgar Davidson has this graphic one here that's worth 1000 words:
As most readers will know, Glasgow's footie teams, "Celtic" and "Rangers," have histories rooted in sectarianism: "Celtic" football club has Glaswegian Irish Catholic roots and "Rangers" Protestant ones. It would seem that the support for Palestinian nationalism that became evident in Irish Republican circles in the 1970s, and persists in the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is among the most vicious of the PSC's branches and imitators, along with an unhealthy dose of antisemitism that arguably stems from traditional Catholic Church influences, drives much of this hostility towards Israel, abetted by Muslim anti-Israel sentiment in Scotland.
The comments beneath this Facebook post by Gorgeous George will help to explain the latter point:
Beneath that video, commenter Moe Sylver unleashes some demons of the deflecting, conspiracy-laden kind:
And the stench persists:
And gains momentum:
Looks like young Cameron Gore (comment directly above) has no qualms about displaying racist antisemitism.
And as for Tina (see the final comment shown here), just fancy that!
I found that video on the Facebook page of a Scottish anti-Israel fanatic, who like most of his ilk seems to love the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV, notwithstanding the fact that Iran is one of the world's worst violators of human rights.
Here at left is the fanatic's present profile pic.
Very eloquent as to the endgame, eh?
I blogged recently about the latest anti-Israel Hatefest in Scotland.
I realise he's not a Scot, but I can't resist adding this footage of a literal comedian, Londoner Mark Thomas. In the opening frames he and as-a-Jew BDS activist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi hove into view, and then the comedian goes on about the Shalom Festival (which was a grand counter in Ediburgh to all the recent hate) and about pride in BDS.
It's stuff that shows the puerile mindset of the anti-Israel set.
And the damnable self-importance of "Artists for Palestine".
So rants one of those olde tyme fire and brimstone preachers, in Al Aqsa Mosque:
Says the uploader, Memri.org:
'In an address delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 20, 2016, as the month of Ramadhan drew near, Palestinian preacher Sheikh Ali Abu Ahmad said that he hoped that the Caliphate would be restored in the near future and called upon the armies of the Islamic nation to rally to the battle. Abu Ahmad prayed: "Oh Allah, protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! Oh Allah, annihilate all the Jews! Oh Allah, enable us to kill them!" The address was posted on the Aqsa Call YouTube account.'
Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.
Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to prosecute Britain for publishing the 1917 Balfour Declaration amounts to an outright rejection of the right of the Jewish People to have their own State in former Palestine – the major stumbling block to peacefully resolving the Jewish-Arab conflict for the last 100 years.
Abbas effectively abandoned further peace negotiations with Israel when his Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki announced Abbas’s decision during an Arab League meeting in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott on 25 July:
"We are working to open up an international criminal case for the crime which they [Britain] committed against our nation – from the days of the British Mandate all the way to the massacre which was carried out against us from 1948 onwards …
… With the commemoration of 100 years since this historic massacre, and following the continuity of this tragedy, we request that the Secretary General of the Arab League assist us in prosecuting the British government for publishing the Balfour Declaration which caused this catastrophe against the Palestinian people."
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), from its founding in 1964, had labelled the Balfour Declaration a “fraud” – revising this position in 1968 by claiming it was “deemed null and void”.
Such unsubstantiated assertions of British fraud and illegality are supposedly now to be legally challenged – but can Abbas be taken seriously?
Abbas has not similarly threatened France, although France’s Secretary General For Foreign Affairs, Jules Cambon, informed Nahum Sokolow on 4 June 1917 – 5 months before the Balfour Declaration:
“You were good enough to present the project to which you are devoting your efforts, which has for its object the development of Jewish colonization in Palestine. You consider that, circumstances permitting, and the independence of the Holy Places being safeguarded on the other hand, it would be a deed of justice and of reparation to assist, by the protection of the Allied Powers, in the renaissance of the Jewish nationality in that Land from which the people of Israel were exiled so many centuries ago.
The French Government, which entered this present war to defend a people wrongfully attacked, and which continues the struggle to assure the victory of right over might, can but feel sympathy for your cause, the triumph of which is bound up with that of the Allies.
I am happy to give you herewith such assurance.”
Abbas is not proposing to sue all 51 member states of the League of Nations who unanimously adopted and incorporated the Balfour Declaration in the Mandate for Palestine – when calling for the “reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in Palestine”.
Threatened legal action against Britain only will probably never eventuate – let alone have any chance of success.
Abbas’s latest grandstanding ploy comes as he desperately tries to recover lost political ground to Hamas by reinforcing his own Jew-hating credentials.
The Nouakchott Declaration has however served to focus attention on thirty years of long-overlooked international political decisions taken between 1917 and 1947 which resulted in:
* 99.99 per cent of the Ottoman Empire lands conquered by Britain and France in World War 1 being set aside for Arab self-determination whilst only 0.01per cent – Palestine – was set aside for Jewish self-determination
* 78 per cent of Palestine being closed in 1922 to Jewish settlement and development of the Jewish National Home – such territory subsequently becoming an independent sovereign Jew-free Arab State in 1946 – today called Jordan.
Burying Arab heads in the sand by refusing to accept these decisions remains an exercise in futility.
When Arab minds acknowledge these historic and legal realities, the peaceful resolution of the century-old conflict between Arabs and Jews becomes certainly attainable.
Get Up!is an Aussie organisation that describes itself as politically progressive and supports "social justice".
On the Facebook page of its national director, Paul Oosting, it's described as "a people-powered social movement".
The sort of issues that turn its members on can be seen here
As reported (behind a paywall) in today's The Australian by senior writer Sharri Markson:
'A director of activist group GetUp! supports a boycott of Israeli products and wants to “force Israel into a perennial state of existential anxiety”.
Fresh from revelations GetUp! chairwoman Sarah Maddison campaigned for the Greens during the federal election, comes news that another board member, Sara Saleh, publicly supports the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement on Twitter.
In a speech in March, Ms Saleh said the media fabricated news in support of Israel and claimed Israeli soldiers were banned from taking their phones into Gaza so they could not post to Facebook photos of them doing unspeakable things to dead Palestinians.
“It would come then as no surprise that after years of indoctrination, most Western news outlets are biased in favour of Israel, skewed at best, one-sided at worst in their media reports,” Ms Saleh said, adding this included “fabrication of news”.
“Not only were journalists banned from Gaza but even IDF soldiers were barred from bringing in their phones, probably to avoid photos of them doing unspeakable things to the dead and then posting it up on Facebook for likes.”
At the Australians For Palestine forum in March, Ms Saleh also said: “We must crack their ethno-nationalist supremacy to the very core. We must go further than resisting through remembrance alone, we must force Israel into a perennial state of existential anxiety.’’
During the federal election, Ms Saleh was involved in the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network’s IvotePalestine campaign, which had the support of all 51 Greens candidates....' [Emphasis added]
Full text courtesy of that very group of Israel-haters, APAN, who are urging their members to rally to write letters in response:
That reminds me: Michael Danby, re-elected Labor MP for Melbourne Ports at the recent federal election, recently wrote a superb analysis of how the Greens have been stirring up anti-Israel acrimony.
That's one of the slogans of the leftwing Aussie crowd who, more often than not, are anti-Israel and pro-Muslim immigration.
Funny (peculiar), not funny (ha ha), that they welcome more incursions onto Aboriginal land, and don't get off it themselves, given that their loathing of "colonial settlement" then. Strange that they don't hand their own homes and gardens back to those whom they consider the true owners of that land.
Then again, perhaps not so strange, given the breath-taking hypocrisy of the Left.
"Always was, always will be Palestine" is the sentiment of an Aussie Israel-hater, obviously adapted from the above-mentioned slogan, who has posted a certain video onto her Facebook page.
The video, from which I've taken the following representative screen shots, is in the by now time-dishonoured tradition of trotting out maps and artefacts "proving" that "Palestine" was once a sovereign entity stolen by da Joos from the original and rightful owners. All this collection of maps proves, of course, is that the Romans very successfully expunged the memory of the Hebrews' presence in Israel and Judah (Judea) by renaming the region Palestine and how easily fooled and desperate to fool some people are into swallowing and promulgating propaganda:
An old post of Scottish PSC chief Napier, setting out some core views:
It's instructive to know what the enemy thinks, even if it could be seen as giving them oxygen.
And north of the Border this weekend a branch of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has been holding an anti-Israel hatefest, where foot soldiers of the Israel-demonising movement got to see some of their idols up close and personal.
Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.
Donald Trump’s trusted co-advisor on Israel – David Friedman – has castigated Hillary Clinton for her role as Secretary of State in perpetrating one of President Obama’s worst foreign policy failures –
trashing the letter from President Bush to Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dated 14 April 2004 – its terms having been overwhelmingly endorsed by Congress 502 votes to 12.
Friedman – rumoured to be Trump’s Ambassador to Israel if Trump becomes America’s next President – was recently asked this question in a wide ranging interview:
"Hillary Clinton has just about everyone suggesting she is the most qualified person ever to be president. Where did she go wrong with the Middle East — if she did?"
"I don’t think she has made a right decision. I think she said some helpful things when she was the senator from New York when she had a Jewish constituency. As soon as she became secretary of state, the first thing she did was to embrace a unilateral settlement freeze. I think it completely poisoned the environment. I’m not aware of anything she did that is particularly good. I can name off the top of my head things that were nasty, like ripping up the letter from George Bush to Ariel Sharon, which I think was the only thing Israel got from evacuating Gaza."
The Bush letter had acknowledged the risks Israel was taking in unilaterally disengaging from Gaza and part of the West Bank. In return Bush gave Israel written assurances that in final status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority America would support Israel:
* not returning to the 1949 armistice lines
* demanding recognition as the Jewish state
* refusing Palestinian Arab "refugees" being resettled in Israel
In ripping up these assurances Obama had undermined Israel’s security concerns and negotiating positions as agreed with Obama’s immediate predecessor.
Israel’s unilateral disengagement was duly completed in 2005 – with 8000 Israeli civilians leaving their homes and businesses established during the previous 35 years – whilst Israel’s military also completely withdrew.
By any analysis that disengagement has been disastrous – bringing Israel and Gaza no peace – only ongoing and continuing conflict resulting from:
* Thousands of rockets and projectiles being fired indiscriminately into Israeli population centres from Gaza
* Terrorist incursions into Israel and
* The construction of tunnels from Gaza into Israel’s sovereign territory to serve as entry points for future terrorist assaults on Israel by Gaza’s myriad array of terrorist groups.
To be fair to Clinton, her role in framing Obama’s policy repudiating the Bush Congress-endorsed assurances remains unclarified and unexplained.
Clinton was confirmed as Secretary of State by the full Senate voting 94:2 on 21 January 2009 – having been a Senator since 3 January 2001.
On 24 June 2004 she was part of the Senate majority that voted 95:3 to endorse the Bush letter.
The fact that Clinton was Secretary of State when the Bush letter was torn up does not necessarily implicate her as the architect of, or personally having agreed to, that appalling decision.
On 3 August the London Daily Telegraph's defence correspondent, Con Coughlin, reported inter alia:
'The Israeli government has reacted angrily to plans by the Gulf state of Qatar to support a group backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which wants to impose a global trade and cultural boycott on the Jewish state.
Qatar has emerged as the main financial backer of a conference to review the aims of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign which opens in Tunis on Thursday....
Relations between Israel and Qatar, which has been accused of funding Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), have become strained in recent years over the Gulf state’s close ties with Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian group that is committed to Israel’s destruction.
At today’s meeting in Tunis, which is being hosted by the Qatari-funded Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, delegates will be asked to review BDS’s attempts to organise a global boycott against Israel, as well as exploring ways to make the anti-Israeli boycott even more effective.'
Sad to say, one of those delegates is a Sydney academic of Jewish extraction, Dr Peter Slezak, a stalwart of the BDS movement in Australia, and not to be confused with a Sydney medical practitioner of the same name.
Further reports about the conference here and here
Meanwhile, former Baptist minister Rev. Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, has claimed that there appears to be no substance to allegations that World Vision's man in Gaza, Mohammad El Halabi, has been siphoning off millions in aid money to Hamas.
"On June 15th, 2016, Mohammad El Halabi, the manager of operations for World Vision in Gaza, was arrested on his way home from routine meetings. On the 4th August 2016 date, after 50 days in Israeli state detention, Mohammad was charged with providing support to Hamas. World Vision was shocked to learn of these charges against Mohammad.
World Vision programs in Gaza have been subject to regular internal and independent audits, independent evaluations, and a broad range of internal controls aimed at ensuring that assets reach their intended beneficiaries and are used in compliance with applicable laws and donor requirements. Based on the information available to us at this time, we have no reason to believe that the allegations are true. We will carefully review any evidence presented to us and will take appropriate actions based on that evidence.
World Vision subscribes to the humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality and therefore rejects any involvement in any political, military or terrorist activities and maintains its independence as a humanitarian aid agency committed to serving the poor, especially children. World Vision has detailed procedures and control mechanisms in place to ensure that the funds entrusted to us are spent in accordance with applicable legal requirements and in ways that do not fuel conflict but rather contribute to peace.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. World Vision has been working in Israel/Palestine for over 40 years, striving to give hope to over 500,000 of the most vulnerable children, through education, health, child protection and resilience programs” (Hat tip: J-Wire)
"We are importing a hostile parallel society that is never going to integrate ... We are importing war."
If you want to stop the islamisation of the West, speak up if you can, he urges, but whatever you do, vote against the "arrogant political class" that is leading us into a "political dead end" that will result in disaster for our children and grandchildren.
So declares the "Palestinian ambassador to the UK," Professor Manuel Hassassian, in this video by our old friend Alex Seymour. Professor Hassassian explains that he's come to lend support to a demo outside the Red Cross headquarters in London regarding the incarceration of "political prisoners" in Israeli gaols.
Trouble is, "ending the occupation" does not appear to be the ultimate goal of the demonstrators, as the song belted out by the bloke with the guitar indicates when it invokes a familiar refrain.
As for Palestinian prisoners of the Israelis, see the video and article here
And here's what another Palestinian has been saying in American regarding "the Zionists":
To quote the video's maker, memritv.org:
'Osama Abu Irshaid, the national director of the Chicago-based American Muslims for Palestine organization, said that the Zionist movement has managed to culturally infiltrate American consciousness by claiming that Israel and the United States share the circumstances of their establishment. Speaking at a symposium titled “Confronting the Zionist Myths,” which was held in Istanbul as part of the second International Palestine Forum for Media and Communications, Abu Irshaid said that this claim has some truth to it, because both countries were involved in “ethnic cleansing.” Abu Irshaid complained that while MEMRI exposes “flops” in the Arab media to American public opinion, the Arab rhetoric is always emotional.
The Al-Jazeera network broadcast the event on May 18, 2016.'
A few days ago, BBC Travel's contributing editor Lindsey Galloway (@SavvyLindz on Twitter) wrote an article extolling Sweden as one of the safest countries in the world.
She introduced the article thus:
"One recent study by the Reputation Institute, a consultant and advisory firm specializing in reputation, sought to quantify the idea of the most well-thought-of countries. They measured 16 different factors – including being a beautiful and safe place to visit, and having friendly and welcoming residents, progressive policies and an effective government ....
To find out if the reputation matched up to the facts, we talked to residents and expats living in the top five reputable countries."
'Newly ranked as the most reputable country in the world ... Sweden hits all the marks of being safe, welcoming and beautiful, according to its residents. The county is also unique in Western Europe, having been spared from much of the impact of World War II and remaining neutral today.
"Swedes seem to be happy with this independent status, while at the same time being one of the most welcoming countries for refugees in all of Europe," said Dr Ernest Adams, an American-born British citizen who lives in Sweden part time as a consultant and a senior lecturer at Uppsala University. "This is a virtue they have had for a long time – they saved almost all of Denmark's Jews during the war." [My emphasis] Most expats live in Stockholm where the business and government hubs are located. English is commonly spoken, though some expats initially feel that residents can be standoffish.
"But after being here a while, you begin to realise that people like to keep themselves to themselves and they afford that respect to others too, for better or worse," said Kat Trigarszky, current resident and author of an An English Mamma in Stockholm. "It's quite usual not to know your neighbours at all well."
Entertainment and luxury items can be quite expensive in the city (VAT is 25%, and residents regularly complain about the high price of alcohol, which averages around 130 krona a cocktail). Still, many Swedes cook at home, and save on car costs by using the country's vast and affordable public transportation network.'
Well, evidently the "we" who did the investigating were not probing enough.
Sweden might have given sanctuary to Nazi-occupied Denmark's Jews, but their immigration policy in recent decades has left their Jewish population imperilled by Islamic antisemites, especially in Malmo.
Funny (peculiar) not funny (ha ha) that "we" (who after all are in the news-gathering business) had no inkling of that. Innit.
Hot off the press that article may be, but the charming and voluble Ms Carlqvist has been sounding the warning bell about the inexorable decline of Sweden for quite some time now: funny (peculiar) not funny (ha ha) that "we" didn't take her opinions into account. Surely Ingrid (who for good reason dubs Sweden "Absurdistan") doesn't say things that "we" would rather not hear?
Like the following, for example, in whichMs Carlqvist talks to Lebanese-born Canadian scholarGad Saad about the sorry state of Sweden with its suicidal policy of admitting hordes of immigrants obstinately opposed to Western cultural norms such as democracy and the equality of women ("We are fast becoming a minority in our own country ... Most of the people coming in now are Muslims from the Middle East ...")
The video's nearly an hour long, by the way, but it's very informative and need not be watched, just listened to. Sweden emerges as a land of castrated males (the descendants of Vikings!) who are too emasculated to save their country and too embittered to protect their women.
Equally informative is this long and depressing video regarding "The project of annihilating Sweden ... the left and right have colluded in this national suicide" and what mass Muslim immigration portends for other Western countries setting foot on the same crazy path:
The above video contends that there is "no hope" for Sweden; it is too late to prevent this once envied and pleasant country's demise.
This video talks of a backlash against "refugees. It's made by Al Jazeera and I haven't watched much ot it, so what "we" would make of it I can't guess:
Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have yet to signal their readiness to honour the commitments made by President Bush in his letter dated 14 April 2004 to Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Bush’s letter – overwhelmingly endorsed by the House of Representatives 407:9 on 23 June 2004 and the Senate 95:3 the next day – supported Israel’s proposed unilateral disengagement from Gaza and four settlements in the West Bank.
Bush further reassured Israel that in final status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority America would support Israel:
* not returning to the 1949 armistice lines
* demanding recognition as the Jewish state
* refusing Palestinian Arab refugees being resettled in Israel
Bush’s assurances were absolutely crucial to Israel resuming negotiations with the Palestinian Authority – Israel’s then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert telling world leaders gathered with Bush at Annapolis on 27 November 2007:
“The negotiations will be based on previous agreements between us, UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, the Roadmap and the April 14th 2004 letter of President Bush to the Prime Minister of Israel.”
Former Jerusalem Post editor David Horovitz revealed in an editorial that he raised the letter during Bush’s meeting with a group of Israeli journalists at the White House in May 2008:
“Bush did not at first realize that I was referring to the 2004 letter. [National Security Adviser] Hadley, who was also in the Oval Office, had to prompt him. "Okay, the letters," the president then said, remembering.”
Bush’s apparent memory lapse could not be claimed by his successor President Obama, who set out deliberately to circumvent Bush’s commitment supporting Israel’s position on territorial withdrawal.
Obama’s attack dog was Hillary Clinton – then Secretary of State – who claimed on 6 June 2009 that the letter:
"did not become part of the official position of the United States government"
Elliott Abrams –Middle East Affairs point-man at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2009 – had no qualms dismissing Clinton’s contention, stating in July 2009:
“Not only were there agreements, but the prime minister of Israel relied on them in undertaking awrenching political reorientation — the dissolution of his government, the removal of every single Israeli citizen, settlement and military position in Gaza, and the removal of four small settlements in the West Bank. This was the first time Israel had ever removed settlements outside the context of a peace treaty, and it was a major step”.
Clinton made Obama’s sinister intentions clearer on 25 November 2009:
“We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”
Bush’s letter had never mentioned “agreed swaps” – signalling abandonment of the Bush-Congress commitments if Obama himself confirmed Clinton’s statements.
Eighteen months later that confirmation eventuated – Obama declaring on 19 May 2011:
“The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
Michael Oren – Israel’s former Ambassador to Washington between 2009 and 2013 – has called for the Bush letter to be resuscitated. Clinton can do this by distancing herself from Obama’s attempt to trash it.
Trump’s assertion that “your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them” is meaningless unless Trump pledges to unconditionally honour those Bush-Congress commitments.
Halting America’s rapidly declining trustworthiness and diplomatic integrity demands Clinton and Trump so act.
"It's not right to identify Islam with violence. It's not right and it's not true. I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group....If I speak of Islamic violence, then I have to speak of Catholic violence"
has, as the BBC reports (the approval of his remarks by the leftist broadcaster being, nonetheless, almost tangible, in its counter-examples), outraged many members of said Ostrich's Pope's own flock, with the hashtag #PasMonPape trending in the land where the aged Father Jacques Hamel was mercilessly done to death last week.
Unimpressed by his interpretation of the present conflict, the boys from Isis have issued a blunt message for His Holiness, though given his proclivities, it's unlikely to stop him turning a blind eye as well as the other cheek.
"What is the response of the American and European leadership to our new reality? Denial, word games and silence. And verbal attacks on citizens who insist on talking openly about the threats we face. They call us "Islamophobic," "xenophobic," or "racist" to try to silence us....Western governments have been successfully working with social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to censor what they call "hate speech" – meaning any criticism of extremist Islam and illegal mass migration.In some European countries, the police are interrogating citizens for social media posts that are critical of the effects of unchecked migration.At a time when Facebook has censored, blocked or removed Gatestone's material, we refuse to be silenced; we continue to publish our carefully researched, accurate articles and video productions."