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)

Tuesday 31 July 2018

"Born of a Deep-Seated Culture"

 At top left, an anti-Israel Aussie academic's take on Gothenburg University student Elin Ersson's much-publicised action in holding up a passenger plane to prevent the deportation from Sweden of a failed asylum seeker back to Afghanistan.

I'll sweep aside for now the noisome reality of increasingly islamicised Sweden and what it portends for people with two X chromosomes such as such as Ms Ersson herself, but the Danish woman in this video nicely indicates the problem facing Swedes in general and the female of the species in particular.

It's that "white privilege" trope that's so utterly bizarre.

After all, there's nothing privileged about being the white victim of an "Asian" Muslim rape gang.

We see this bizarre mindset in the numerous western feminist condemnations of misogyny committed by white men and the same women's studied neglect of, and consequent failure to condemn misogyny committed by non-white men against women of all colours.

And we see the double standard it engenders in barrister Dafydd Enoch QC's defence of a Muslim father living in the UK city of Leeds, who with his wife tricked his teenage daughter (UK-born, westernised and hoping to study at university) into travelling to rural Bangladesh, where she was married off against her will:  
“These events are not borne [sic; BBC spelling] out of malice, hate, greed or prejudice. They were borne [sic] of deep-seated culture.”
(Reminiscent of a "progressive" young male schoolteacher who indignantly told my then schoolboy son, when the lad compared the oppression of women in most Middle Eastern countries to the Apartheid in South Africa that the teacher was talking about, that the Arabs' attitude to women is "part of their culture" and dismissed the misogyny as of no importance.)

All praise, therefore, to Jacinta Price, a councillor in the famous Outback town Alice Springs and an aspiring parliamentarian, who on last night's The Bolt Report on Sky TV, denounced the current leftist trend to blame the very high level of violence against women in aboriginal communities to the enduring impact of white colonialism on aboriginal males.

Ms Price, of joint aboriginal and Celtic heritage, did not resile from laying a large part of the blame for that violence on the misogynistic elements inherent within traditional aboriginal culture.  That's heresy in leftist eyes, but as Ms Price pointed out, to deny the aboriginal people responsibility for their own actions and portray them only in terms of white victimhood is to infantilise and insult them.

Nor she been slow to call out the ABC (Australia's answer to the BBC) for its approach to the question of Islamic misogyny, as in this social media post involving ABC darling Yassmin-Abdel-Magied, who on the ABC's QandA program described Islam as a feminist religion.  What a breath of fresh air Ms Price brings to the public arena: long and strong may she flourish!

Sunday 29 July 2018

Bourgeois Israel Bashers' Fun in the Sun (video)

Amid the outer London sunshine on 28 July, members of the Kingston and Richmond PSC show what a jolly caper retirement can be  when one has the absorbing hobby of spreading ripping yarns about the only Jewish state in the world. 

Not much business doing, all things considered, but when a good-looking young black guy hoves into view with a donation, it seems to make at least one of the bourgeois bunch's day. 

(Have a squint at the Prager University video below, love, and you may decide to return to your crochet, or croquet!)

(An Alex Seymour video)


Why don't the Palestinians have their own country? Is it the fault of Israel? Of the Palestinians? Of both parties? David Brog, Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force, shares the surprising answers.

Thursday 26 July 2018

David Singer: Trump exposes UN hypocrisy on PLO, Hamas and Israel

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

President Trump has challenged United Nations (UN) member States to put their money where their mouths are in a hard-hitting speech delivered by US Permanent Representative to the UN – Ambassador Nikki Haley – at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East on 24 July.

Following Trump’s dressing down of NATO – Haley attacked UN member States who are full of words but short on money when it comes to supporting the Palestinian Arabs.

Haley did not mince her words:
Here at the UN, thousands of miles away from Palestinians who do have real needs, there is no end to the speeches on their behalf. Country after country claims solidarity with the Palestinian people. If those words were useful in the schools, the hospitals, and the streets of their communities, the Palestinian people would not be facing the desperate conditions we are discussing here today. Talk is cheap.
No group of countries is more generous with their words than the Palestinians’ Arab neighbors, and other OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – ed.]member states. But all of the words spoken here in New York do not feed, clothe, or educate a single Palestinian child. All they do is get the international community riled up.
Haley used members’ contributions to UNRWA to prove her case:
Last year, Iran’s contribution to UNRWA was zero. Algeria’s contribution to UNRWA was zero. Tunisia’s contribution to UNRWA was zero.
Other countries did provide some funding. Pakistan gave $20,000. Egypt gave $20,000. Oman gave $668,000.
Haley did not spare non-Arab and non-Islamic countries from similar naming and shaming:
Other countries talk a big game about the Palestinian cause. In 2017, China provided $350,000 to UNRWA. Russia provided two million dollars to UNWRA.
Haley contrasted America’s generosity:
Last year … the United States gave 364 million dollars… And that’s on top of what the American people give annually to the Palestinians in bilateral assistance. That is another 300 million dollars just last year, and it averages to more than a quarter of a billion dollars every year since 1993.
Haley delivered this stern warning:
“But we are not fools. If we extend a hand in friendship and generosity, we do not expect our hand to be bitten. And as we extend our hand, we also expect others to extend their hands as well.”
Haley emphasised that Arab countries’ giving more money was not the only issue confronting them:
Too often, the Arab countries give just enough money and mouth just enough uncompromising words to stay out of the cross hairs of Palestinian representatives. But if they really cared about the Palestinian people, they would not do that. Instead, they would condemn extremism and they would put forth serious ideas for compromises that could end this struggle and lead to a better life for the Palestinian people. They would tell the Palestinian leadership how foolish they look for condemning a peace proposal [Trumps’ “ultimate deal” – ed.] they haven’t even seen yet.
Haley called out both aberrant PLO and Hamas leaderships:
The Palestinian leadership has been allowed to live a false reality for too long because Arab leaders are afraid to tell them the truth… It is time for the regional states in particular to step up and really help the Palestinian people, instead of just making speeches thousands of miles away.
Those regional States – Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon – can really help by sitting down with Israel and negotiating an end to the 100-years old Arab-Jewish conflict as formulated 51 years ago by UN Security Council Resolution 242.
Delivering this message to the UN has been long overdue.

(Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators –  whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog)

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Blackburn Blues

When Jews were readmitted to England under the Cromwellian Protectorate, a decision ratified by King Charles II after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, they came not as ghettoised, medieval people, but as modern citizens indistinguishable, save for the private expression of religion, from everybody else.

On the European continent the situation was different, still rooted in the past, and in the eighteenth century that icon of the French Enlightenment, Voltaire, was repelled by the Jews' apparent medievalism. 

In the infancy of the nineteenth-century, before Napoleon was prepared to guarantee the Jews of France the civic equality that had been ushered in by the French Revolution, Jewish leaders had to satisfy him that their people deserved French citizenship by meeting the requirements of modernity, assuring him, for example, of their repudiation of polygamy (which in fact had not been practised by European Ashkenazim since the early Middle Ages) and that  their premier allegiance was to France.

This they were easily able to do, and integrated seamlessly into the fabric of France.

How ironic is the situation today, when in old England medievalism and segregation of the kind the Enlightenment swept away, and which had never existed in modern Britain, flourishes in pockets of the country.

Take, for example, Blackburn, Lancashire, where an seemingly inexorable population replacement is taking place by people who seem in many respects mired in medievalism.  We glimpse men strutting ahead of their niqab-clad wives, and hear government adviser Dame Louise Casey fearlessly state what her masters in government apparently did not want to her to express.

Islamophobic?  In this video dating to 2016 Melanie Phillips effortlessly routs Roshan Muhammed Salih (who appears regularly on Iran's Press TV  interviewing demonisers of the Zionist Entity such as Jenny Tonge) when he tries to compare "Islamophobia" to antisemitism.

Fear of Islamofascism, says Melanie (around 7:05), is "based on evidence and truth; antisemitism is based on lies".

Tuesday 24 July 2018

"The Pips Have Started to Squeak" (video)

Commentator Hugo Gurdin on the Iranian regime:

Friday 20 July 2018

David Singer: Trump and Putin Focus on Syria, Israel, Arab-Jewish Conflicts

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

Defusing the Syria–Israel conflict and resurrecting the primacy of Security Council Resolution 242 in resolving the Arab-Jewish conflict have emerged as positive outcomes from the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki this week.

President Putin expressed America and Russia’s joint resolve with this succinct statement
“The south of Syria should be brought to the full compliance with the treaty of 1974 about the separation of forces, about separation of forces of Israel and Syria. This will bring peace to Golan Heights. And bring more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel and also to provide security of the state of Israel. Mr. President paid special attention to the issue during today’s negotiations. I would like to confirm that Russia is interested in this development and this will act accordingly. Thus far, we will make a step toward creating a lasting peace in compliance with the respective resolutions of security council, for instance the resolution 338.”
Article 1 of the 1974 Syria-Israel Separation of Forces Agreement provides:
“Israel and Syria will scrupulously observe the cease-fire on land, sea and air and will refrain from all military actions against each other, from the time of the signing of the document, in implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 338 dated October 22, 1973.”
Security Council Resolution 338 – adopted following the 1973 Yom Kippur War:
“Calls upon all parties concerned to start immediately after the cease-fire the implementation of Security Council Resolution 242 (1967) in all of its parts;
Article 1 of Security Council Resolution 242 – adopted following the 1967 Six Day War:
“Affirms that the fulfilment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
(i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognised boundaries free from threats or acts of force;”
When Security Council Resolution 242 was passed on 22 November 1967
1.The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was not the sole spokesman for the Palestinian Arabs – having only being so appointed at the 7th Arab League Summit held in Rabat in October 1974.
2.Arabs living in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) (“Territories”) were Jordanian citizens and possessed Jordanian passports following these Territories being unified with Transjordan on 24 April 1950 and subsequently being renamed Jordan.
3.The PLO was expressly not claiming territorial sovereignty in the Territories or Gaza – Article 24 of the PLO Charter proclaiming: “This Organisation does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organisational, political and financial fields. 
4.No additional Arab State in former Palestine – in addition to Jordan – was contemplated.
5.Hamas had not been founded.
Resolution 242 still contains the only internationally agreed formula for peacefully ending the 100-years-old Arab-Jewish conflict.

A conference to resolve this long-running conflict in accordance with Resolution 242 – co-chaired by America and Russia – would see Israel and every Arab State in the area attending but would exclude non-States PLO and Hamas.  Such a conference now looms as a possible Trump-Putin initiative – putting Trump’s unannounced “ultimate deal” on the back-burner.

Going back to November 22, 1967 could indeed be the key to resolving the 100 years old Arab-Jewish conflict.

Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators –  whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog

Wednesday 18 July 2018

The Left-Liberal Globalist War on the West

A rather complicated examination of globalist Left-Liberalism here.  From about 12:25 we hear Sargon Akkad regarding Jews, and declaring that "Jewish people have to stop the identity politics.  I'm sorry about the Holocaust but I don't give a shit."  A clip featuring Alan Dershowitz follows: "We have earned the right to be heard".

Tuesday 17 July 2018

A Zionist, A Flag, & Mr Plod

The following scene, captured by Alex Seymour/Seymour Alexander, took place at the end of June in the University of London district.

While Sandra Watfa inveighs against Israel in her customary manner the redoubtable Jonathan Hoffman hoves into view.

Brandishing an Israeli flag, he has a message of his own, and resumes his patch even after Mr Plod arrives to give him a pep talk ....

Another Seymour video, this one showing the crowd outside Windsor Castle when President Trump called on the Queen:
For anti-Israel activists among the UK anti-Trump crowd see David Collier's latest post here

Sunday 15 July 2018

"Of Particular Importance for the Women of Europe"

Feministas, with very few exceptions, close their eyes and ears to the menace to European women and girls mass Muslim migration has wrought.  And their mouths as well. 

Not so  Hungarian MEP Krisztina Morvai.

At the FEMM (Women’s Rights) Committee of the European Parliament (Austria's Juliane Bogner-Strauss presiding) the charmingly feminine (will the leftist thought police hunt me down for saying that?) Ms Morvai, with admirable directness and clarity, raised the issue of the negative impact for women and girls that such migration into Europe is having.

Saturday 14 July 2018

"Very Bad for Europe"

So says Donald Trump, regarding mass you-know-what immigration.

See what he means:  

Wednesday 11 July 2018

David Singer: PLO-Hamas anti-England, anti-Israel Hatred Politicises FIFA World Cup

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

Hatred against Britain and Israel surfaced in Gaza as England progressed its way through the World Cup to meet Sweden in the quarter finals.

One Gaza fan was outspoken:
“Of course I will support Sweden.
I can’t imagine a Palestinian supporting England, which created the Balfour Declaration, or not supporting the country that stood before the world and recognized our state.” 
The 1917 Balfour Declaration has never been forgotten or forgiven by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas – both of whom consider the Declaration to be null and void – spending decades in spruiking this false message to their respective constituencies – fomenting Arab hatred against the Jews since the Declaration first called for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.

The fuming Gaza fan was expressing his resentment by barracking for Sweden – even though Sweden was one of the 51 countries that transformed the Balfour Declaration into binding international law by unanimously incorporating it in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine in 1922.

Our anguished fan was blissfully unaware of these facts having obviously not studied the 100 years old Arab-Jewish conflict. Anti-England prejudice was enough to back his decision to go for Sweden. True – Sweden had purged itself of its 1922 decision when officially recognizing the State of Palestine in October 2014 – making it the first major European Union member state to back the PLO’s statehood bid.

However in atoning for its 1922 sin, Sweden’s recognition of the “State of Palestine” was a fiction that failed to meet the requirements demanded in international law by Article 1 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention which states:
“The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications:
a. A permanent population
b. A defined territory
c. Government
d. Capacity to enter into relations with the other states
FIFA’s admission of the Palestinian Football Federation as a member of FIFA in 1988 had also contravened Article 10.1 of FIFA’s then governing articles:
'Any Association which is responsible for organising and supervising football in its country may become a Member of FIFA. In this context, the expression “country” shall refer to an independent state recognised by the international Community.'
FIFA started living in its own dream world 26 years before Sweden joined it. Who will replace Sweden as Britain’s nemesis was summed up by another fan:
“Anyone supporting England is supporting Israel itself. These teams represent their countries and governments and will raise their flags in the stands. How can I support the country that allowed the Jewish state on our land?”
The Gazan fans are in for a shock and a reality check when they begin choosing one of the three remaining teams – France, Belgium or Croatia – to topple the evil Brits.

France, Belgium and Croatia just happen to have all voted in favour of the Mandate for Palestine incorporating the Balfour Declaration.

The semi-finals, final and third-place playoff will be agony for Gazan viewers as one of these last four countries holds up the trophy on the winner’s podium come finals day – the others the three minor places - with their flags filling Gaza’s TV screens.

The moral is clear – international law cannot be turned on and off as circumstances dictate – because one day the perpetrator will become entrapped in the hopeless position that the Arab States, the PLO and Hamas now find themselves.

Throwing out binding international law – the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate for Palestine – and falsely creating fake international law – “the State of Palestine” – goes to the heart of why the Arab-Jewish conflict still remains unresolved in 2018.
(Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators – whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog)

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Guest Post: "Where Are the Samson and David of our Government?"

"Where are the Samson and David of our government?" asks Israeli Jean Vercors, who's no stranger to regular readers of this blog. 

He writes:

When I was a little child, I was fascinated by kites.  Seeing the kites dancing with the wind with colorful structures in the blue sky was magical. I remember running in all directions on the sand trying to fly my kite like a butterfly, a bird, a happy heart. Like all the children of the world I played with kites on beaches.

 Kites are normally children's toys. Except in Gaza, where the population uses the kite as a weapon of terror against the Israeli civilian population.

 For more than three months, hundreds of terror kites and incendiary balloons have been launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, causing considerable fires and threatening the civilian population in southern Israel (where I live).

 Reports indicate that thousands of dunams of crops and plants have been destroyed because of this form of terrorism: agricultural terror.

Since the beginning of Palestinian violence and attempts of incursions into Israeli territory, the damage to flora, crops and wildlife has been considerable, with estimates that losses amount to several millions dollars.

 According to a JNS report, "officials of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority have estimated that at least a third of the Carmia Nature Reserve has been destroyed, with significant damage to local plants and wildlife".

Because Israel has the advanced technologies needed to fight terror kites and incendiary balloons.

It would only take a few hours for the IDF to completely raze Gaza and put an end to this problem.

Except that this problem is not technological, but purely political.

Indeed, to combat these terrorist incursions into Israeli territory, the IDF uses barely 1% of its military power.

The IDF is very successful in preventing all terrorist incursions on its territory. So, no human loss on the Israeli side is deplored.

Politically speaking, the Israeli Government and the Israel Defense Forces believe that these terror kites attacks are secondary.

Without downplaying it, the Israeli government has decided not to use force. No wonder why it will take longer to finish the job.

As long as human lives are not in danger, Israel has chosen restraint and patience and prefers to listen to other nations who condemn us even for "stealing clouds in Iran".

 With these terror kites, the Palestinians try to play the David against Goliath and have managed to ridicule the IDF for at least 3 months.

Israel needs spiritual determination not restraint to overcome them. Restraint only shows our weakness that empowers the terrorists to harm us more.

 We give them food they send us terror kites.

Every week thousands of tons of goods enter Gaza from Israel.

We give them food, water, gas, electricity and even medical care.

Which country in the world would do this to his enemies?

Terrorists try to deceive the whole world into believing that they are the real owners of this land they prefer to burn.

 Where are the Samson and David of our government?

 It’s time to show no restraint to those who only wish to destroy Israel.

Adds Daphne: 

Meanwhile, is it any wonder that many Israelis regard this Israeli general part of the problem, not of the solution?

Sunday 8 July 2018

David Singer: Hamas and PLO Entrench Apartheid in Gaza and West Bank

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:
The British Foreign Office showed appalling judgement when scheduling a visit by Prince William to a refugee camp in the West Bank which should have been closed down long ago. The Prince  – obviously moved by what he saw – remarked:
“I saw at Jalazon (refugee camp) the tremendous hardships faced by the refugees, and I can only imagine the difficulties of life lived under these conditions, the ed (sic) resources and the lack of opportunity”
Regrettably Prince William failed to question why:
1. Jalazon had not been dismantled during the past 25 years after it came under Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) control.
2. Jalazon’s inhabitants should still be classified as “refugees” when they are living in part of former Palestine now under PLO occupation.
Prince William’s visit was closely followed by a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process  – Nickolay Mladenov.

During their meeting Abbas stressed the UN's important role in providing protection for
the “Palestinian people” and the necessity of continuing to provide services to the “Palestinian refugees” through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Undiscussed between them was why the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza have failed to close down the 27 refugee camps still remaining within their respective fiefdoms.

The West Bank currently has 775,000 registered “refugees” – around a quarter of who live in 19 refugee camps. Most of the others live in West Bank towns and villages. Some camps are located next to major towns and others are in rural areas.

UNRWA provides services in these 19 Palestine refugee camps – but does not administer or police the camps – as this is the responsibility of the PLO – intriguingly identified as the “host authority” by UNRWA Gaza has 1.3 million registered “refugees” – of who 500,000 currently live in 8 refugee camps. As in the West Bank – UNRWA does not administer or police these camps -this being the responsibility of the “host authority” – Hamas.

The West Bank refugee camps are all located within Areas “A” and “B” – some 40% of the territory of the West Bank – being under full PLO administrative control as designated by the Oslo Accords. 95% of the West Bank Arab population – including all those living in the refugee camps – live in Areas “A” and “B”

Many of these camps and their inhabitants date back to 1949. Severe overcrowding problems, high rates of unemployment, personal safety and poor infrastructure are common to them all.
Gaza’s entire population has been under Hamas occupation since 2007.

The PLO and Hamas have maintained their discriminatory two-tiered refugee segregation systems in Gaza and the West Bank for at least the last ten years under which:
1. 800000 “refugees” live in refugee camps
2. 1,570,000 “refugees” live among the general population
Closing these refugee camps and integrating their long-suffering populations among the general population are long overdue. The failure of the PLO and Hamas to do so allows them to maintain and exploit a hard core of hate-filled and desperate Palestinian Arabs who can be readily incited and used as pawns and martyrs to undertake acts of terrorism against Israel.

UN and UNRWA complicity in refusing to pressure the PLO and Hamas to close these squalid camps and end an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis is reprehensible, immoral and completely inexcusable.

Entrenching apartheid by segregation and discrimination whilst denying equal rights to all members of the Arab populations in Gaza and the West Bank spells disaster for both Hamas and the PLO.

(Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”– one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators – whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog)

To Lose in Toulouse?

Here's a video regarding the outcry against Toulouse imam Mohamed Tatai over his sermon delivered in December.

Friday 6 July 2018

Thank You & Best Wishes, Michael Danby!

I don't belong to his party.  I've never voted for it.  The chances are I never will. 
 But you don't have to be an ALP (Australian Labor Party) supporter to admire and appreciate that great stalwart champion of Israel, Member of the House of Representatives Michael Danby (pictured, in the heart of his constituency), who has just announced that he will not be contesting the next federal election.

He tells J-Wire readers, inter alia:
"Before I was elected to Parliament in 1998, there hadn’t been a single MP visit Israel for more than a decade. Thanks to the support of philanthropists Sol Lew and David Goldberger, I took the first mission of Australian Labor MPs to Jerusalem (led by the then opposition leader Simon Crean). Since then, the atmosphere has totally improved in Parliament, with many Members and Senators having visited Israel, the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group having one of the largest memberships in Parliament, we having regular speakers and functions thanks to the ECAJ [Executive Council of Australian Jewry], AIJAC [Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council] and the Israeli Embassy. Words cannot speak highly enough of my regard for our long-standing Labor stalwart Senator Glenn Sterle. He works with love and passion to continue my work with the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group. The same applies to my dear Liberal friend, the chairman of the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group and the chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (which I used to chair), Senator David Fawcett. Israel visits have generally benefitted Australian national security. The visits to Israel have had an important transformative effect on our national politics. You don’t have to explain to MPs and Senators Iran, Jihadism, counter terrorism, the extremism of Erdogan, of Hezbollah and Hamas’ role as terrorist organisations and threat, once parliamentarians have visited there."  Read the rest here
The Australian newspaper's foreign editor Greg Sheridan on Danby here and here

Thanks for the memories, Michael, and best wishes! 

Regarding the terrorist featured below, don't miss Danby's very recent parliamentary speech here 

Wednesday 4 July 2018

"We Reject Extremists who work with the New Israel Fund and Boycotts of Israel"

Earlier this week, David N. Myers announced that he will shortly be stepping down from his position as head of the New York-based Center for Jewish History, which comprises  the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. 

His resignation, coming hot on the heels of that of American Historical Society executive director Rachel Lithgow,  who resigned from the Center after she scheduled a play under the auspices of the heinous, pro-boycott Jewish Voice for Peace organisation (see also here and here), is being hailed a victory for critics who deplore his support for the New Israel Fund:
"In a victory for the Jewish people, it was announced today that David Myers has resigned from his position as leader of the Center for Jewish History.  We called for Myers’ resignation from the day he commenced work at the institution, as he is a leader of the New Israel Fund which openly supports a boycott of the State of Israel, and as such does not belong in a position of Jewish communal leadership.
Let us say it again today, loud and clear: if you stand with the New Israel Fund who supports a boycott of Israel we will raise a voice of moral conscience and ensure we do all we can that you will not sit in Jewish establishments in the United States, or anywhere else in the world.  There is no room in Jewish communal life for any form of a boycott of Israel....
Myers denies that they have been instrumental in his decision.
But one thing is certain.  The New Israel Fund is a dangerous, duplicitous  organisation that has been making inroads here in Australia of late, and must be checked:
'There is no room in communal Jewish leadership for those who support New Israel Fund’s boycott of the State of Israel.... Harvard professor Ruth Wisse rightfully has noted that, “the rapid demoralization of Jews in the face of anti-Zionism… shows the depth of the influence of the past, for many have yet to achieve the simple self-respect that has been eluding the Jews collectively since the dawn of modernity.”
We reject extremists who work with the New Israel Fund and boycotts of Israel. Those who fund a boycott that harms the Jewish State will be held accountable. Those Jewish organizations that partner with New Israel Fund leaders will be targeted...'
See the rest of that article here

And here's a snappy video (with English subtitles) by Im Tirtzu, which is uploading it declares:
'The New Israel Fund is a foreign political organization working to harm the State of Israel and undermine its elected government. 
In the past several years, the NIF has funneled over $85,000,000 to anti-Israel organizations like "Breaking the Silence," "B'Tselem," and "Adalah" that operate against IDF soldiers and Israel.'



Monday 2 July 2018

"The Government Has No Plans to Monitor Preaching in Mosques" (video)

De Nile is a river that flows through Westminster?
"The government has no plans to monitor preaching in mosques or any other faith institution.... The government is committed to tackling Islamophobia ..." 
That's what Conservative life peer Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, recently told the House of Lords on behalf of the Theresa May government.

And reiterated his pledge following the concern expressed by UKIP life peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch, who had dared to express, in the Lords' chamber, a well-justified antipathy towards Islamic extremism and Islamic rape culture.

The expression on the faces of some of the more politically correct peers when Lord Pearson says what he is compelled to say are more than eloquent reflections of a Chamberlainesque approach, as are the female voices shrieking "Shame!"at Pearson's unflattering description of what is, after all, a misogynistic creed.