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)

Monday 29 June 2020

David Singer: Jewish People Reclaiming Sovereignty in Biblical Heartland after 3000 Years

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

He writes:

The United Nations is disgracefully trying to prevent a miracle happening 100 years after the world first gave its historic imprimatur to an impossible dream becoming a possible reality:  The restoration of Jewish sovereignty in 1697km² [square kilometres] of the Jewish People’s biblical heartland in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

The defeat of the 400 years-old Ottoman Empire in World War One revived the Jewish People’s 3000-years-old dream of regaining nationhood in their ancient homeland – which had extended across both banks of the River Jordan where the twelve tribes of Israel had finally settled 40 years after their exodus from Egypt.

The San Remo Resolution signed by Great Britain, France, Japan and Italy on 25 April 1920 promised the Jews real hope.

The Treaty of Sevres involving the international community quickly followed on 10 August 1920.
The British Empire, France, Italy and Japan (“Principal Allied Powers”) were joined by Armenia, Belgium, Greece, the Hedjaz, Poland Portugal, Roumania, the Serb-Croat Slovene State and Czecho-Slovakia (“Allied Powers”) in this peace treaty signed with Turkey.

Signatories for the British Empire were representatives of:
  • His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 
  • The Dominion of Canada
  • The Commonwealth of Australia
  • The Dominion of New Zealand
  • The Union of South Africa
  • India
Article 95 provided that Palestine – within such boundaries as might be determined by the Principal Allied Powers – be administered by a Mandatory to be selected by them. The Mandatory was to be responsible for putting into effect the Balfour Declaration made on 2 November 1917, by the British Government – and adopted by the Allied Powers – in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people – it being clearly understood that nothing would be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine – or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

The League of Nations' 51 member states unanimously appointed Britain as Mandatory and approved the terms of the Mandate for Palestine on 24 July 1922. 

Intervening political events in Syria between 1920 and 1922 involving France and Britain saw the Mandate’s provisions deny the Jewish People the right to reconstitute the Jewish National Home on the East Bank of the Jordan River where two and a half of the twelve tribes had settled after reaching the Promised Land.

Judea and Samaria were reserved however for the Jews under the Mandate – that right being preserved under article 80 of the 1945 United Nations Charter notwithstanding the demise of the League of Nations in 1946.

After Britain handed its Mandate back to the United Nations in 1948 – every Jew living in Judea and Samaria was driven out by the invading army of Transjordan which itself comprised 77% of the Mandate territory and had achieved independence in 1946.

Judea and Samaria were unified with Transjordan to become “The West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” from 1950 to 1967 – recognized only by Great Britain, Iraq and Pakistan. Jordanian citizenship was extended to all its Arab citizens from 1954 to 1988. 

Jordan’s loss of Judea and Samaria to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War saw some 450,000 Jews returning to reclaim their patrimony over the next 53 years – but the international community’s seal of approval soon changed to outright condemnation. President Trump’s 2020 Peace Plan has confirmed those vested legal rights acquired 1920-1922 by the Jewish People in Judea and Samaria. 

An amazing miracle is about to occur on 1 July without any parallel in world history.

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.

Saturday 27 June 2020

A Queen ... & A King (or two)

Oh, the clueless vandals who think every white man in period costume was a villain whose statues deserve oblivion, what ignorant reverse racists they are.  Take, for instance, this egregious example, which may be taken as symbolic of the rest.

Talking of history, do you know your New Testament?  In Chapter 8 of the Acts of the Apostles (verse 27 to be exact) there is a reference to "Candace, queen of the Ethopians".  Some scholars tell us that Candace was not, as might be thought, the name of a person, but of a dynasty.  Others suggest that the term might have meant "queen mother".

No matter. The English Puritans and others who have given their daughters this name have understandably assumed that it means "queen".  And who is the best known bearer of it at the present day?  Step forward the brave and beautiful Ms Candace Owens, a voice of sense and moderation amid the present race warfare.

Here she is, in a video issued by Prager University.

Meanwhile here is BLM activist Shaun King, who's sounding foolish, fascistic and sinister with his reverse racism.

I mean, look whose statue is in his sights, and why:

Deservedly, he's meeting opposition and ridicule:


Writing in The Spectator, the distinguished British journalist Charles Moore has King's measure, as well as that of the fools who meekly give into them.  Inter alia:
 '.... I had a cousin by marriage called Lawrence Durdin-Robertson. After ten years as an Anglican parson, he returned to his ancestral home, Clonegal Castle, in Ireland. There he gradually came to the view that God had been (or rather, is) a woman. He and his sister eventually founded the Fellowship of Isis, dedicated to this proposition, whose temple is in the castle basement. Lawrence, who, as the Fellowship of Isis puts it, ‘made his transition to spirit’ in 1994, was hardline, and tended, when he saw statues of Jesus with a beard, to break the beards off. I am glad he thrived pre-Twitter, so that his ideas did not spread much further than Co. Carlow. No such luck with today’s equivalents.
Shaun King is a well-known and noisy activist associated with Black Lives Matter, who fell out with some of them because there was sharp disagreement about how black he really was. Now Mr King is tweeting: ‘Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been. In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down.’ It is only a matter of time before people of Shaun King’s mind scour our churches and cathedrals for depictions — readily available, of course — of the ‘white European’ Jesus, and do as he suggests. How will the bench of bishops react then? I suspect they will express their collective repentance for being what the Archbishop of Canterbury calls ‘deeply institutionally racist’ and take the knee amid the rubble and the dust.
 By the way, I suggest Mr King add Michelangelo’s David to his list: there a Middle Eastern king is disgracefully recast by a white European as a white European, uncircumcised penis and all. Tear it down! .....' [Emphasis added]

Wednesday 24 June 2020

BLM & Palestine

 A co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement tells:

As for the enslavement of black people, UN Watch's Hillel Neuer knows all about the double standards that exist on that score.  Watch him here

I guess what he says undermines at a stroke this articulate young woman's tribute to Mohammad and Islam at an English university's campus event of 2 June when 'staff, students and local residents from ... came together (while observing social distancing requirements) ...  to support Black Lives Matter and to show solidarity in the struggle against racism'.

See also here

Monday 22 June 2020

David Singer: Jordan Backs PLO in Rejecting Trump Deal of the Century

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

He writes:

Jordan has backed the PLO in rejecting President Trump’s deal of the century – as Israel readies to regain sovereignty after 3000 years in 30% of Judea and Samaria (aka West Bank) – the biblical heartland of the Jewish people.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with PLO President Mahmoud Abbas this week to confirm that Jordan stood in solidarity with the PLO against the Trump plan to create a Palestinian State in the remaining 70%:
“The stance that I have carried today is the Kingdom’s historical position: Attaining the rights of our brothers in Palestine to freedom and a full Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the June 4, 1967 lines is the only means to realise a just and comprehensive peace”.
Safadi’s statement of Jordan’s historical position was false.

No Palestinian State – “full” or otherwise – was ever contemplated during Jordan’s illegal annexation of the West Bank between 1948 and 1967. To the contrary Jordan extended Jordanian citizenship to all the Arab residents of the West Bank from 1954 to 1988.

Jordan’s rejection of the Trump Plan could see Trump dealing with Jordan similarly to the way he dealt with the PLO’s rejection of Trump’s Plan – sight unseen – two years before its release on 28 January 2020:
“’We told Trump we will not accept his project, the ‘deal of the century,’ which has become the ‘slap of the century’. But we will slap back.
“We do not take instructions from anyone, and say ‘no’ to anyone if it is about our destiny, our cause, our country and our people… 1,000 times no'”
Trump answered the PLO by progressively:
· Recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US Embassy there
· Recognising Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights
· Cutting off funding for Palestinian refugee programs
· Closing down the PLO diplomatic office in Washington
· Confirming that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank did not contravene international law
Responses to Jordan’s defiant stance could see Trump:
· Agreeing to Israel extending its sovereignty beyond the 30% of the West Bank currently contemplated in Trump’s Plan. This proposed area is in fact only 50% of Area C - already under Israel’s complete security and administrative control pursuant to the Oslo Accords – so there is plenty of scope for enlarging the area of Israeli sovereignty.
· Reviewing existing US-Jordan security and financial agreements
· Calling on Jordan to replace the PLO in negotiations with Israel to allocate sovereignty in the remaining 70% of the West Bank between their two respective states.
Jordan’s King Abdullah would find Trump’s offer to regain a major part of “The West Bank of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 1950-1967” difficult to reject.

Abdullah’s father the late King Hussein wrote in "Uneasy Lies The Head" (page 118):
"Palestine and Jordan were both under the British Mandate, but as my grandfather pointed out in his memoirs, they were hardly separate countries. Trans-Jordan being to the east of the River Jordan, it formed in a sense, the interior of Palestine" 
Abdullah’s uncle Prince Hassan has written:
"Small as Jordan is, our country is politically, socially economically, militarily and historically inseparable from the Palestinian issue"
Trump would be acting in conformity with article 6 of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the UN Charter which designated the West Bank as part of the area in which the Jewish National Home was to be reconstituted.

Ominously for King Abdullah however – article 2 of the PLO Charter also confirms that the West Bank and Jordan form part of one indivisible territorial unit.

Jordan faces interesting times ahead.

Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article  – is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones” –  sone 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.

Saturday 20 June 2020

Thursday 18 June 2020

"The Left Have Hijacked the Public Discourse" (And How!)

Here's Alan Freedman, vice-president of the Australian Jewish Association, ably and justifiably calling out the unconscionable intolerance of today's Woke Warriors:

Which brings me to this horrible piece of Wokism issued some days ago. To read this vomitous statement from the American Reform Movement is to revisit that equally vomitous slogan of crackpot radicals during the 1960s: "we are all guilty".  It's not so much a call for bridge-building and compassion, which needless to say are admirable objectives, as a one-sided exercise in self-flagellation and group demonisation. 

"Black Lives Matter is Jewish value" the statement declares, going on to castigate "white Jews" for their collusion (more supposed than real), in keeping black Americans down.  It's as if the visible Jewish presence in the Civil Rights era never happened.  It's as if there are no antisemitic or anti-Israel aspects to the organised Black Lives Matter movement.

Of course "Black Lives Matter", along with the lives of every human being on this earth, of whatever hue our skin happens to be.  That's why many of us, Jew and non-Jew, prefer the slogan "All Lives Matter", since all of us are made in the image of our Creator: that is why the concept "All Lives Matter" can be considered a Jewish value.

But try telling that to some of the politically biased bigots both in and outside the Reform movement and you risk being smeared as a racist.  They should know that Judaism is not a racist religion and that Jews who harbour contempt for their fellow human beings are, fortunately, few and far between.

As Rabbi Chaim Ingram of Bondi, the famous beach suburb in Australia, a man known applying sound common sense to socio-political questions andrefusing to be intimidated by leftist and "politically correct" activists has admirably stated, inter alia, in a recent post on his blog:
"....  Judaism is not racist and never has been.
In a very powerful statement to this effect, the Mishna declares: (Snahedrin 4:5): Why was Adam created singly? So that no-one would be able to say to another: My (racial) ancestor was greater than yours!
Our sages in the Midrash (Mekhilta Shemot 20:1) ask rhetorically why the Torah was given in the no-man’s land of a desert and not in the Land of Israel? They answer: so that no nation could complain that they did not have an opportunity to accept it.
A few paragraphs earlier in the same Midrash we are told that indeed, there in the desert, all the nations, one by one, beginning with Edom, Ammon,, Moab, and Ishmael, were explicitly offered the opportunity to accept the Torah. All refused because one or other of the mitsvot they were offered was not to their liking.
Whether or not this Midrash is to be taken literally, the message it conveys is plain: Every nation had potentially an equal opportunity to accept the Torah. Am Yisrael became G-D’s chosen nation not because of any racial superiority but because only they chose to accept the Torah unconditionally (Exodus 24:7). It is the Torah alone upon which Jewish distinctiveness is predicated.
Moreover, any individual of any nation may voluntarily accept the Torah (as indeed Jethro the priest of Midian pioneeringly did) and become Jewish.....  
Let me leave the last word to R’ Aharon haLevi, revered 13th-century author of the famous rabbinic educational treatise on the 613 commandments, Sefer haChinukh (Book of Mitsva Education): If someone …..has set in his heart a firm hatred towards them [here he talks about the progeny of Edom descended from Esau but it is equally applicable to all nations] because they come from a different race, he violates [a] …prohibitive commandment [of the Torah] (Mitsva #563)
Judaism was already avowedly anti-racist millennia before “racism” ever became a word or a concept in the dictionaries of the world’s nations!...."
 And read Rabbi Ingram's well justified strictures regarding the Australian BLM protesters' unconscionable flouting of governmental pleas not to hoild mass rallies during the present coronavirus pandemic, here                                                                                   

Monday 15 June 2020

David Singer: America Erases its Past as Israel Resurrects 3000-years-old History

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

He writes:

It is amazing that in the midst of an unprecedented global economic shutdown some Americans are presently hell-bent on erasing America’s past by pulling down statues of controversial persons in America’s deeply-troubled history and engaging in cultural cancelling – whilst Israelis are simultaneously planning to resurrect Jewish history by restoring Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish people’s biblical heartland – Judea and Samaria – after 3000 years.

Trashing America’s past is violent and unlawful – whilst Israel’s democratically elected Government is reinstating the Jewish People’s past in tandem with President Trump’s Peace Plan published on 28 January 2020.

Many American mayors and governors have watched on – restraining their police forces from doing anything to halt these monuments to history being torn down by chanting mobs. Residents and businesses located in the affected cities will continue to pay a high price for these elected officials failing to allow the police to take back control of the streets and restore safety and security for all.

Alarmingly many of these mayors and governors are now considering defunding or replacing their police forces in what can only be described as abject surrender in the face of extreme provocation by rampaging and looting protestors out of control and oblivious to maintaining any semblance of complying with the laws of social distancing that the majority populations in these cities under attack follow, respect and obey.

As this epidemic of unbridled lawlessness spreads worldwide – the international community’s response to Israel’s intended application of sovereignty in 1697km2 of Judea and Samaria’s 5655km2 is deeply troubling.

An avalanche of international opposition – led by the United Nations and European Union – falsely claims that Israel is acting “in flagrant violation of international law” – ignoring:
  • The San Remo Resolution and the Treaty of Sevres 1920
  • The League of Nations Mandate for Palestine 1922
  • Article 80 of the United Nations Charter 1945
  • President Bush’s written commitment to Israeli Prime Minister Sharon on 14 April 2004 overwhelmingly approved by the Congress by 502 votes to 12 (America’s Commitment) – promising that Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza would not require Israel to withdraw from all of Judea and Samaria.
  • The Quartet – Russia, United Nations, European Union and America – endorsing America’s Commitment on 4 May 2004
  • Israeli Prime Minister Olmert acknowledging Israel’s reliance on America’s Commitment at the Annapolis Conference on 27 November 2007:
“The negotiations [with the PLO] 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.”
51 nation states comprised the League of Nations that unanimously approved Judea and Samaria forming part of the area proposed for reconstitution of the Jewish National Home:
Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, British India, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Persia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of China, Romania, Siam, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Union of South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
These states who are now United Nations and/or European Union members supporting the current cacophony of “flagrant violation of international law” – need to hang their heads in collective shame. They are encouraging an atmosphere of Jew-hatred and incitement to violence. 

Pray for America as its past is being trashed and its future is distinctly uncertain.

Recognise the resurrection of sovereignty in the Jewish people’s biblical heartland after 3000 years as a modern-day miracle that could help end 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.

Thursday 11 June 2020

Towards the West's Destruction, Every Knee Must Bend

Catholic clerics in El Paso (Image: (Associated Press)
We could all be forgiven for assuming that the Religion of Peace™ had never had any involvement in the enslavement and exploitation of black people, to hear the Islamic preachers featured below talk.  But who can truly blame them for taking the opportunity of exploiting the current insanity and naivity prevalent in the West with regard to the excesses of the Black Lives Matter movement in order to advance Islam?

In this photo, for instance, are some of the nice but naive Vicar of Rome's nice but naive representatives in El Paso, including a bishop,  paying homage to the movement.

Grab a sick bag and look at this!

This Lowell, Massachusetts, policeman had more gumption and commonsense when, despite raucous intimidatory demands that he "take a knee" he calmly and steadfastly refused to do so.

 So, too, did black Georgia State Trooper O'Neal Saddler, who explained that he kneels only before God, a principle that accords with many Jews and others, including this rabbi:

The link above also shows that State Trooper Saddler has also sensibly observed that 'the actions of bad officers don't make me or other good officers bad'. 

One of the latest targets of the Black Lives Matter movement has been the memorial in Boston to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, that band of black Civil War heroes and their young white commander, Captain Robert Gould Shaw, whose courage and sacrifice in the cause of human dignity and freedom was so memorably told in the 1989 movie Glory.

Another target, of course, has been Sir Winston Churchill's statue near the Houses of Parliament in London.  For shame.

Heaven help anybody who dares to suggest that a better slogan than Black Lives Matter is the inclusive All Lives Matter, which embraces every human being, or who, while conceding that his was a terrible, unconscionable way to die and that Derek Chauvin thgoroughly deserves punishment for his brutal actions, that there are worthier heroes for Afro-Americans than a career criminal such as George Floyd.  If that brave and articulate black American, the estimable Candace Owens, could not escape calumny for saying so, what hope is there for the rest of us from demonisation as racists by political "progressives"?

Is there no limit to this demented thirst for revenge against all white people (including Jews who don't know or don't care that the Black Lives Matter movement is deeply infested with hostility towards both Jews and Israel) for the racist behaviour of some?  Who, in all honesty, can deny that much of what we are seeing is racism in reverse?

Meanwhile, here are the two Olde Tyme preachers I referred to in the introductory sentence, making mischief out of these crazy times in which we are now suddenly embroiled.

Below is Islamic scholar Nafis Abu Zayd Sparrow of Philadelphia, where he was formerly an imam, and is now librarian at the Maktabah Ibn Taymiyyah Islamic Library and Learning Center,  talking on 2 June, in the wake of George Floyd's death.

To quote Memri TV):
'Comparing the black community to the Children of Israel, whom he said would kill their own prophets, he said that one must fight in order to attain freedom and that this is what had been advocated and spoken about by Malcolm X, whom he said had been the leader that had adhered most closely to the Quran and the Sunnah.
 Sparrow said that if people who are fed up with the system want to make a difference, they must become a formidable and respected foe. He explained that it takes some "real fighting" to stand up, that revolution requires bloodshed, and that America's indigenous blacks should fight for their own land, similar to how Asians have Chinatown and how the Jews in New York have their own "police state" [Emphasis added]'
 Sparrow elaborated that he is "all for" doing what Malcolm X had advocated, and he said that since people are not ready for any form of Jihad, they should be quiet, supplicate to Allah, and inspire others.....' 
And here, on 4 June, is British Islamic scholar Sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad, of Palestinian background, a board member of several Islamic organisations, talking in the aftermath of George Floyd's death ("Surrender yourself to the real superpower -- Allah.").

 To quote Memri TV:
'He said that democracy is being abused by powerful people, that his idea for "post-democracy" is a merge between democracy and Islam, and that the only solution for abuse of power is submission to Allah [Emphasis added].

Monday 8 June 2020

David Singer: European Union shamefully denies Jewish rights in Judea and Samaria

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

He writes:

The frenzied rush by the European Union (EU) to condemn Israel’s restoration of Jewish sovereignty in 30% of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) reflects poorly on an organization which has adopted an exceptionally confrontational approach to the Jewish State.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has led the charge:
“We strongly urge Israel to refrain from any unilateral decision that would lead to the annexation of any occupied Palestinian territory and would be, as such, contrary to International Law”
So many false statements appearing in such a short sentence by this high-ranking EU official is breathtaking:
  1. Israel’s action is not unilateral
Such action is being taken in tandem with President Trump following the outright refusal by the PLO to enter into negotiations with Israel on the basis of Trump’s detailed plan released on 28 January 2020.

70% of Judea and Samaria awaits the PLO – or any other Arab interlocutor such as Jordan – prepared to step up and negotiate on its future sovereignty.
  1. Israel will not be annexing occupied Palestinian territory contrary to international law
  • “Annexing occupied Palestinian territory” means taking territory belonging to someone else to which Israel has no entitlement.
  • “Contrary to international law”: Israel will be applying sovereignty in 30% of Judea and Samaria pursuant to vested legal rights to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in this specific area conferred on the Jewish people by:
  • The San Remo Resolution and the Treaty of Sevres 1920
  • The League of Nations Mandate for Palestine 1922
  • Article 80 United Nations Charter 1945
The EU’s attempt to trash these existing Jewish legal rights in Judea and Samaria is extremely disturbing – since 20 of the 27 current member States of the EU – plus former member the United Kingdom – were among the 51 member States of the League of Nations that had unanimously included Judea and Samaria as part of the area in which the Jews were entitled to reconstitute their biblical Jewish homeland after 3000 years.

Article 25 of the Mandate for Palestine – approved on 24 July 1922 – had provided for the provisions of the Mandate relating to the establishment of the Jewish National Home to be postponed or withheld “In the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine as ultimately determined”.

Judea and Samaria (West Bank) – was clearly being reserved for the Jewish National Home.
Minutes of the Council of the League of Nations held on 16 September 1922 (below) confirmed this decision.

78% of the territory of Palestine originally proposed for reconstitution of the Jewish National Home east of the Jordan River in 1920 had thus been denied to the Jewish people by 1922 – but Judea and Samaria clearly was not excluded.

Those 20 EU member States who actually voted in favour of creating these Jewish rights in 1922 were:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
 These reasons help explain the EU’s strenuous opposition to Israel’s sovereignty move:
“first, [Israel] is proudly nationalist; second – thanks to the ideological cover provided by the KGB’s propaganda offensive of the 1960s and 70s – [Israel] can be falsely portrayed as colonialist and racist, thus providing the Europeans a way to assuage their guilt for their own colonialist and racist past; third, [Israel’s] local enemies are Muslims, providing a way for Europe to pay jizya to its own uneasy Muslim minorities; and finally, [Israel’s] a Jewish state – and here no further explanation is necessary.”
Europe’s antipathy to Jews is becoming fashionable once again.

The EU has acted shamefully.

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

Sunday 7 June 2020

"Pigs Are Haram"

Remember the '60s?  Remember how radical lefties in America routinely dubbed police "pigs"?  Well, it seems the insult may be returning, at least of this Black Lives Matter demonstrator has her way.

George Floyd was a career criminal and, as Candace Owens, herself black, has argued, not the most wortht black person to be cast as a hero in the eyes of African Americans, his death was an outrage, and his killer deserves no sympathy. 

Of course Black Lives Matter.  But so too do all lives. Including White Lives, despire the demonisation of white people which is proceeding apace and is being abetted by radical whites themselves, and by police and politicians who participate in the sickening spectacle of bending the knee to atone for their "white privilege".

On the subject of that submission see Caroline Glick here and Melanie Phillips here and Frank Haviland here

It's hardly surprising that there is much anger in Australia at the holding of BLM demos in city centres today with bloody-minded disregard for social distamcing.  An arrogant young (white) demonstrator even said on camera that the deaths of a few hundred people from Covid-19 as a result of the demo would not matter, since the deaths of Aborigines in custody is so much more important.

The state of New South Wales had attempted to ban the Sydney demo, but the state Supreme Court court overturned the ruling.  In Victoria, the government of dictatorial far left premier Dan Andrews asked protesters not to proceed with the demo, but let it go ahead anyway, despite having more draconian amti-Covid 19 measures in place than any other state.

The antisemitic and anti-Israel of sections of the Black Lives Matter movement is, of course, well-knowm, and in New York American activist Linda Sarsour, and Muslims in Brooklyn have shown their solidarity with the protests over the death of George Floyd.

It's all grist to the mill of anti-white racism. Moreover, we are accustomed to hear of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and there is in comparison little awareness of the enslavement and brutalisation of Africans by Muslim Arabs.  Yet, as a recent article by Larry Elder in the Toronto Star reminds us, quoting a Ghanaian scholar, John Azumah:
“While two out of every three slaves shipped across the Atlantic were men, the proportions were reversed in the Islamic slave trade. Two women for every man were enslaved by the Muslims. While the mortality rate of the slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10 per cent, the percentage of the slaves dying in transit in the Tran-Saharan and East African slave market was a staggering 80 to 90 per cent.
While almost all the slaves shipped across the Atlantic were for agricultural work, most of the slaves destined for the Muslim Middle East were for sexual exploitation as concubines in harems and for military service. While many children were born to the slaves in the Americas, the millions of their descendants are citizens in Brazil and the United States today. Very few descendants of the slaves who ended up in the Middle East survived. While most slaves who went to the Americas could marry and have families, most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East were castrated, and most of the children born to the women were killed at birth.
It is estimated that possibly as many as 11 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic, 95 percent of which went to South and Central America, mainly to Portuguese, Spanish and French possessions; only 5 per cent of the slaves ended up in what we call the United States today. However, a minimum of 28 million Africans were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East. Since at least 80 per cent of those captured by the Muslim slave traders were calculated to have died before reaching the slave markets, it is believed that the death toll from 1,400 years of Arab and Muslim slave raids into Africa could have been as high as 112 million.”

Friday 5 June 2020

The Magnificent Mr Burton

Image credit: Middle East Eye/Ali Harb
What a sad and sorry shambles these recent days have been and continue to be:
- For those of us who remember such events as:the American race riots of the 1960s, and the hope of a new dawn engendered by the Civil Rights Movement and the stance and oratory of Dr Martin Luther King;
For those of us who recall the tragic death of young Australian Jewish scholar Yankel Rosenbaum, so tragically killed amid racial tensions in Crown Heights in 2010;
For those of us who respect America and are grieved to see that country tear itself apart in the wake of the shocking needless death of George Floyd;
For those of us who love Israel and see the way that the enemies of Jews and Israel have been exploiting Mr Floyd's death for their own propaganda ends, as in the Washington protest pictured above, and in the targeting of synagogues in Los Angeles.

Much has been written on the antisemitism that lurks within sections of the Black Lives Matter movement and within Antifa, and about the lawlessness and looting that has erupted in many American cities (take a look at this video drive-through of Manhattan to see the incredible number of "high-end" stores that were victimised, cleaned out, and are now boarded up!)

In 2015 the superbly gifted and highly likeable young Afro-American bass-baritone Dashon Burton, he of the charismatic  presence and rich deep velvety tones, recorded Plain-Chant for America, a confronting piece that has assumed a fresh relevance now. 

If you have not yet discovered Mr Burton (whose former college roommate and other friends confirm in YouTube comments that he is every bit as kind-hearted and charming as online interviews with him suggest) the first place to make his acquaintance might be this beautiful and hauntingly poignant spiritual from his album Songs of Struggle & Redemption:

Known particularly as a performer of Baroque music, especially Bach and Handel, Mr Burton is very versatile, as his participation (2013) in Lori Laitman's Holocaust, 1944 shows:

And here's Mr Burton's triumphant rendering (2012) of Handel's rousing The Trumpet Shall Sound, a performance that clearly had many members of the choir enraptured:


Monday 1 June 2020

David Singer: Trump Needs to Revise his Vision for Judea and Samaria

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

He writes:

President Trump’s deal of the century envisioning the creation of a second Arab state in former Palestine – in addition to Jordan – is in tatters following its absolute rejection by the PLO – requiring its urgent revision by the president.

Trump has vainly struggled to keep the statehood possibility alive despite PLO President Mahmoud Abbas having consigned it to the dustbin of history on the day of its publication – 28 January 2020 -but the PLO has refused to play ball.

Being a beggar does not fit Trump’s persona. He is allowing Israel to apply sovereignty in 30% of Judea and Samaria in July – with allocation of the remaining 70% requiring another Arab interlocutor to negotiate with Israel.Trump’s vision was always a mirage – offering the PLO less than 100% of Judea and Samaria it had been demanding since 1967– supported by the international community since the 1980 Venice Declaration.

Trump had predicated his vision without even defining who comprised the “Palestinians”. In addition his plan had incorrectly asserted:
1. “Palestinians have aspirations that have not been realized, including self-determination”.
All West Bank Arabs became Jordanian nationals in 1954 until their nationality was revoked by Jordan in 1988.
2. “The State of Israel has also exchanged sizeable territories for the sake of peace, as it did when it withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula in exchange for peace with the Arab Republic of Egypt.”
 Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 didn’t rate a mention.
3.“One reason for the intractability of this problem is the conflation of two separate conflicts: a territorial, security and refugee dispute between Israel and the Palestinians and a religious dispute between Israel and the Muslim world regarding control over places of religious significance. ”
There is only one conflict – between Jews and Arabs - fuelled by the Arab League’s refusal to recognise the State of Israel since its establishment in 1948.
The religious dispute was resolved under the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty granting Jordan control over places of Islamic religious significance in Jerusalem.
4. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin’s proposal for ending the Jewish-Arab conflict.
 Rabin actually said:
“We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.”
Trump’s generous offer of statehood – rather than an entity less than a state – has gone begging with the PLO’s unbelievable rebuff of Trump’s proposal.
5. “This Vision addresses today’s realities, and provides the Palestinians, who do not yet have a state...”
The “Palestinians”do have a state – called Jordan – created in 78% of former Palestine in 1946.
 The key to ending this 100 years unresolved conflict now requires Trump to call on Jordan to replace the PLO as Israel’s negotiating partner to allocatebetween them the areas designated “Proposed future state of Palestine” in Trump’s vision for peace.

June 1967 marked Jordan’s loss of Judea and Samaria to Israel after 19 years of illegal occupation.
 June 2020 will hopefully signal Jordan’s agreement to peacefully return.

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