Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Anti-Israel propagandists rely heavily on Finkler family members – Jews who are Jewish in name only but who gleefully use any means of guild and deception to rub shit in the Jewish State’s face.

I mentioned one of them a few days ago but the Palestinian cause needs more than a ham actress who enjoys farting in public. The cause is so desperate that it actually dug up a fellow who masqueraded as a Jew but really isn’t. Back in July, Ha'aretz published a column by a would-be flotilla participant, Gabriel Matthew Schivone - A Moment before boarding the next flotilla but the trouble is that Schivone is no angel but is, in fact, like most Finklers - a liar. He’s not a Jew at all - Would-Be Flotilla Participant Poses as Jew in Ha'aretz.

Still, he's such an anal person that I just had to include him in the Finkler crowd. After all, while Islamists like the ones who might have benefitted from Schiavone's flotilla (had it not been such a flop) are wreaking havoc and killing people across the world in places like Nigeria and Irak, at least he can enjoying his Christmas the way all Finklers do - by blowing wind.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


It's Xmas day and what better way to celebrate it with the dirtbag members of the Finkler family.

Here's one about a nice Jewish girl who once accepted a role in the Australians for Palestine antisemitic production of Seven Jewish Children -

Very funny, good for a laugh and it tells us a lot about this piece of ...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Truth crushed again in the Melbourne Age

At this time of year, regular as clockwork, comes a piece in the Melbourne Age, often concocted by someone from the London Guardian that is full of the usual bias against Israel and which tells some real whoppers about settlements, walls and restriction of movement in and around the birthplace of Jesus.

This year is no exception. We were served up with the usual tripe from Al Guardian's Phoebe Greenwood with the usual one-sided story that exaggerates every aspect of a narrative told from one side only - complete with the views of an Israeli anti-government Peace Now activist but no true mainstream Israeli perspective - Christmas spirit crushed in besieged Bethlehem
Greenwood's opening gambit demonstrates how problematic it is when a reporter engages in producing propaganda for one side in a conflict.

Quoting a local parish priest Greenwood tells her readers that "if Joseph and Mary were making their way to Bethlehem today, the Christmas story would be a little different."

"The couple would struggle to get into the city, let alone find a place to stay.

''If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed.''

Since Joseph and Mary were Jewish, I would say there's a fair chance that if they were heading to Bethlehem today, they might not only struggle to get into the town; they might struggle to survive the experience.

But a minor little fact like that wouldn't deter the Age or get in the way of their sordid storytelling.

Elsewhere in the same newspaper there was a little puff piece that glancingly covers a very real issue for Christians, not only in Bethlehem but throughout the Middle East where they form a minority in Muslim areas. Things are different in Israel where Christianity is thriving but Al Guardian and Al Age won't deliver that story to you at any time soon.

Bethlehem itself once had a Christian majority but its population is dwindling rapidly. The situation is such that one day, nobody living in the place will care about those three Jews, Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus. I wonder what the folks at Fairfax will have to say about that!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


According to the Melbourne Age these seven people have been identified as Israeli spies who assassinated the Hamas thug in Dubai last year.

It really must have hurt them to publish this but, for what it's worth, here it is: - Israeli relations warm as intelligence returns.

As with most things this newspaper publishes about Israel these days, Daniel Flitton's piece is riddled with speculation.

The claim that Hamas mass murderer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was simply "an agent and weapons dealer" is clearly risible.

Funnier still, is the extraordinary statement that "Investigators identified more than 20 members of a suspected Mossad team on cameras inside the Dubai hotel where Mabhouh's body was discovered."

Names please, Mr. Flitton?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


... and the world ignores it all.

Fatah declares 'war' on normalization with Israel

Now imagine how Al Age would carry on if Israel's major parties announced something like this?

Sunday, December 18, 2011


No McGeough either ... and some of the victims are children.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Only in Israel

"Only in Israel" By Israeli humorist, Efraim Kishon

Israel is a country surrounded on all sides by enemies, but the people's headaches are caused by the neighbors upstairs.

Israel is the only country in the world where the coffee is already so good that Starbucks went bankrupt trying to break into the local market.

Israel is one of the few places in the world where the sun sets into the Mediterranean Sea.

Israel is the only country in the world whose soldiers eat three sets of salads a day, none of which contain any lettuce (which is not really a food), and where olives ARE a food and even a main course in a meal, rather than something one tosses into a martini.

Israel is the only country in the world where one is unlikely to dig a cellar without hitting ancient archaeological artifacts.

Israel is the only country in the world where the leading writers in the country take buses.

Israel is the only country in the world where the graffiti is in Hebrew.

Israel is the only country in the world that has a National Book Week, during which almost everyone attends a book fair and buys books.

Israel is a country where the same drivers who cuss you and flip you the bird will immediately pull over and offer you all forms of help if you look like you need it.

Israel is the only country in the world with bus drivers and taxi drivers who read Spinoza and Maimonides.

Israel is the only country in the world where no one cares what rules say when an important goal can be achieved by bending them.

Israel is the only country in the world where reservists are bossed around and commanded by officers,male and female, younger than their own children.

Israel is the only country in the world where "small talk" consists of loud, angry debate over politics and religion.

Israel is the only country in the world where the ultra-Orthodox Jews beat up the police and not the other way around.

Israel is the only country in the world where inviting someone "out for a drink" means drinking cola, coffee or tea.

Israel is the only country in the world where bank robbers kiss the mezuzahas when they leave with their loot.

Israel is one of the few countries in the world that truly likes and admires the United States.

Israel is the only country in the world that introduces applications of high-tech gadgets and devices, such as printers in banks that print out your statement on demand, years ahead of the United States and decades ahead of Europe.

Israel is the only country in the world where everyone on a flight gets to know one another before the plane lands. In many cases, they also get to know the pilot and all about his health or marital problems.

Israel is the only country in the world where no one has a foreign accent because everyone has a foreign accent.

Israel is the only country in the world where people cuss using dirty words in Russian or Arabic because Hebrew has never developed them.

Israel is the only country in the world where patients visiting physicians end up giving the doctor advice.

Israel is the only country in the world where everyone strikes up conversations while waiting in lines.

Israel is the only country in the world where people call an attache case a "James Bond" and the "@" sign is called a "strudel".

Israel is the only country in the world where there is the most mysterious and mystical calm ambience in the streets on Yom Kippur, which cannot be explained unless you have experienced it. Sunsets in Jerusalem are gorgeous every evening.

Israel is the only country in the world where people read English, write Hebrew, and joke in Yiddish.

Monday, December 12, 2011


This brilliant cartoon which sums up the truth about the United Nations comes from Henry.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Today, the Melbourne Age publishes an article from the Guardian's Harriett Sherwood entitled Israel to move 'illegal' camps.

Written in typical Guardian and Al Age style the article does little else but to regurgitate UN propaganda against Israel.

The AGe even published after Sherwood's piece was skewered by CiF Watch - Harriet Sherwood’s report on Bedouin copy-pastes UNRWA anti-Israel propaganda.

What would you expect from the Age with its bevy of foreign correspondents whose main aim is ... ?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Lebanon has filed a complaint to the United Nations over Israel's artillery response to its retaliation to Katyusha rockets fired into Israel late last month claiming it to a violation of UNSC Res. 1701 and of international law - Lebanon files UN complaint against Israel.

That's the resolution that the United Nations has failed routinely to enforce against the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah since it was passed after the Second Lebanon War.

It's things such as these that turn the United Nations and international law into bullshit.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011


I don't quite get this.

A boatload of Free Gaza flotillistas with nothing on board but a few unwashed individuals arrive in waters off Gaza and are intercepted by the IDF and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Whilst they are there, their terrorist friends from Gaza fire missiles indiscriminately in the direction of Ashdod.

Go figure?

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Now that Palestine has been welcomed into UNESCO I suppose the Palestine Authority will replace its racist Jew hating school text books with something a little more appropriate.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Something foul this way comes

The inaptly named Australians for Palestine continue on their self-defeating campaign to trash the Palestinian brand -
Stooping to use people who call themselves Jews but support a campaign that is intended to wipe out the Jewish State is as low as you can get.

These people are causing more harm to the Palestinians that to any Israeli.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held hostage for more than five years by the democratically elected Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and released in return for more than a thousand prisoners, is welcomed home by his father Noam.

This is the story of the conflict.

Other sons are no doubt being hugged by fathers but they were also swearing to try to commit further violence against their Jewish neighbours. Shalit's message was that he hoped for peace.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


It appears that Hamas has struck a deal with Israel for the release of its soldier Gilad Shalit who was abducted five years ago.

In return for Shalit, an undisclosed number of Palestinians will be set free.

The release of Gilad Shalit is a human rights victory of the highest order.

There will be no celebrations of his release from the fax human rights activists who have been silent these five years while Gilad Shalit was kept in captivity by the evil regime that rules the Palestinian people of Gaza and which denied their prisoner even the most basic of human rights.

There will be no pronouncements by these so called activists about the disproportionality between the value of one Jewish life as against the value of possibly a thousand Palestinians for they are nothing but rank hypocrites.

Still, the most important thing is that Gilad Shalit will soon be free and back with his family and his people.

Friday, October 07, 2011



Dershowitz at his best.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Here's that old smoothie Malcolm Fraser who bludgeoned democracy in Australia many years ago, doing the same for the people of the Middle East with his continuing love affair for the genocidal thugs of Hamas - It's now time for the West to recognise Palestinian statehood.

We're not sure whether he kept his pants on while writing this.

Monday, October 03, 2011


MEMRI: Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki Calls Netanyahu and Obama "Scumbags" and Says: "The Greater Goal Cannot Be Accomplished in One Go"

In their own words:

Abbas Zaki: The settlement should be based upon the borders of June 4, 1967. When we say that the settlement should be based upon these borders, President [Abbas] understands, we understand, and everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.

If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall – what will become of Israel? It will come to an end.

Who is nervous, upset, and angry now? Netanyahu, Lieberman, and Obama... All those scumbags. Why even get into this? We should be happy to see Israel upset.

If we say that we want to wipe Israel out... C'mon, it's too difficult. It's not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don't say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.

I want the resolutions that everybody agrees upon. I say to the world, to the Quartet, and to America: You promised, and you turned out to be liars.


Saturday, October 01, 2011


Robert L. Bernstein, the chairman of the group Advancing Human Rights and founding chairman emeritus of Human Rights Watch, asks in the Washington Post ""
Human rights groups, which could be highlighting the crimes of Arab dictatorships against Israel and each other, have instead chosen to focus primarily on Israel. They continually discount the extraordinary steps Israel takes to protect civilians on both sides — steps approved by military experts, such as using pamphlets, phone calls and even noise bombs to scare people away from a location before a bombing — while whitewashing Hamas’s desire to eliminate a whole country as just bluster and meaningless words. One would think that, of all organizations in the world, human rights groups would particularly believe that words matter. Words inform intent and influence action. Words and actions need to be taken seriously, especially when they are sponsored by governments.

The real obstacle to long-term peace is the endless and overwhelming words of hate and incitement to genocide effectively spread to Arabs and Palestinians. One example is the textbooks given to millions of children in Saudi Arabia, distributed in the Arab world and beyond, that label Jews “monkeys and pigs.” This continues to foment discord, radicalism and violence.

The absence of criticism by the United Nations and human rights groups is more than just a lack of judgment and fairness. It is proof that the Arab Spring has yet to thaw the old thinking that has stymied progress toward peace for far too long. There will be no peace between Israel and the Arabs while hatred and incitement to genocide continue. Sixty years of spewing hate won’t be undone in a day. Human rights groups should be leading this battle — not ignoring it.
Much the same could be said of certain segments of the media which despatch any news of such hatred and incitement directly into their blank pages.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


... that we have at least one idiot sitting in the Senate

Ben Fordham interviews Green’s Senator Lee Rhiannon on …

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Getting It Right

The Palestinian propaganda machine has worked overtime recently with the objective of legitimising the claim of the Jewish people to their homeland. The most effect weapon of the propagandists is the lie. Many lies are told Goebells style about both the past and the present to willingly believing audiences by the machine and its supporters distorting history as well as current events. The Mavi Marmara lie is one example where we've seen truth and facts distorted by the propagandists and their supporters who do their handiwork in a variety of places including the media and social networks.

Here's an example from Kenneth Lasson in the Baltimore Jewish Times:
Getting It Right

It's not easy to fight hypocrisy and fraud anywhere, much less the Middle Eastern variety.

Several months ago, a Facebook group called "Freedom Will Come to Palestine" published a photograph that appeared to depict an Israeli soldier with his foot on the body of a prone Palestinian girl, a rifle aimed at her head. Readers were urged to "share this photo and let the world see what is really happening."

Although scarcely covered by the international media, the picture predictably provoked a storm of Internet reaction, mostly vituperative responses condemning Israel. Among the milder ones: "I hope the Israelis rot in hell!"

A small Israeli news organization called Tazpit noted that the rifle was a Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle — not the standard issue M16 and M4 of the Israel Defense Forces. Careful scrutiny disclosed that the soldier's outfit was not an authentic IDF uniform. In short, the photo was a fraud of the kind often perpetrated by the Palestinians — not unlike the infamous al-Dura hoax (the staged "killing" of a young Arab boy caught in "Israeli crossfire" provocatively telecast around the world).

Facebook enables yet another incarnation of the Palestinians' Big Lie Machine to spread incitement against the "ruthless and oppressive Israeli occupiers." Hundreds of pro-Palestinian groups use the social networks so readily accessible in cyberspace to spread false information and encourage violent responses to alleged Israeli "aggression."

Tazpit seeks to combat such fabricated images. Its founder, a young IDF veteran named Amotz Eyal, was originally motivated by the international media's unfair reporting on Israel and what he saw as unfair coverage by the left-wing Israeli press. His group has some 60 volunteers, equipped with still and video cameras, who stand ready to document reporting they consider patently biased against the Jewish state and expose it by distributing more factual accounts to newspapers and websites.

They also make effective use of YouTube to disseminate footage of everything from environmental infractions and life-threatening traffic violations on West Bank roads to more outrageous offenses — such as their video evidence that Arab olive trees claimed to have been cut down by settlers were in fact purposefully destroyed by Palestinians.

Tazpit is but the latest in a line of committed, underfunded grassroots groups combating Palestinian propaganda, which is supported by millions of petro-dollars and abetted by biased international media. Others are Americans for a Safe Israel, a political support group for the Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Golan; Stand With Us, aimed largely at campus advocacy; and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, aimed at promoting "honest fact-based and civil discourse" on Israeli issues.

Better organized but still grossly outspent are the American-based Middle East media monitors CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) and Honest Reporting, which monitors the media for what it perceives as bias against Israel.

All are devoted to getting the facts right, lending a bit of balance to the world's perception of Israel's rightful place in the world of nations.

Kenneth Lasson, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Jewish Times.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must stop deluding himself

Today's Australian Editorial - - says it all about what is happening with the Palestinian pursuit for independent statehood.

Abbas is not the only one prone to delusion. All those who are baying for the creation of a Palestinian State in the absence of peace talks which Abbas is doing his best to avoid are causing inestimable damage to the cause of peace in the region.
Given the lessons of history, Mr Netanyahu can hardly be expected to exercise anything other than the utmost caution. Hamas, which only recently reconciled with Mr Abbas's Fatah movement, doesn't recognise Israel's right to exist. It's hell-bent on its destruction. It has rained down thousands of rockets on Israel. It opposes Mr Abbas's statehood bid, declaring the battle for the liberation of all Palestinian land the first priority. It is willing Mr Abbas to fail so it can capitalise on the Palestinian disillusionment to follow.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


There's a Walkely in the waiting for an enterprising, creative journalist (preferabley from the Fairfax organisation) who can take this story and milk it for all it's worth.

Breaking news from Turkey is that PM Erdogan has seized a Syrian-flagged ship and will intercept any arms shipments headed to Syria - Turkey seizes Syrian ship, announces arms embargo
Speaking to reporters in New York late on Friday where he attended the UN General Assembly, Erdogan said Turkey had stopped a Syrian-flagged ship in Marmara, according to state-run Anatolia News Agency. It did not indicate whether the ship was stopped in the Sea of Marmara or the port of Marmara.

Erdogan did not say when the ship was seized or whether any weapons were found aboard.

"We have already made a decision to stop and prevent any vehicle carrying any type of weapon to Syria. We told them our decision as well as shared it with neighboring countries," Anatolia quoted Erdogan as saying.

This is the same Erdogan who was recent pilloried in the Palmer Report for knowingly allowing IHH terrorists to board the ill fated 2010 Gaza flotilla to confront the Israelis and prevent them from conducting their own embargo on arms suppliers who threatened Israeli citizens.

Erdogan has one law when fellow Muslims are being murdered and a different one altogether when people are targeted because they live in a Jewish State.

Friday, September 23, 2011


From Gerard Henderson' Media wAtch (apparently)

I heard a good joke about The Age recently.

What is the difference between the Age’s op-ed page and the crossword?

ANSWER: You need clues to know what’s in the crossword.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


With thanks to elderofziyon who notes the crucial differences bewteen the viewpoints of Obama and Abbas:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bigoted, Dangerous and Shameful

The annual freakshow of bigoted, dangerous and shameful haters were out and about tonight outside Crown Casino. Around fifty or so of these feral losers showed their true colours when they chanted slogans such as "Palestine will be free from the river to the sea" which means they support the racist movement to deny the Jewish people and the Jewish people alone of the right to self-determination. This is a catchcry for those extremists in Palestinian society who not only advocate the denial of and the destruction of Israel but also the genocide of its Jewish inhabitants. Their hatred was palpable as they hissed, screamed and frothed at their mouths resembling the Nazi rallies of the 1930s which seems to be their inspiration.

The irony is that they were demonstrating at a function organised by the Jewish National Fund at which representatives of the nation's two main parties were among the thousand guests who heard a keynote speaker describe how the embattled nation and its people are thriving despite the racist boycotts and the constant warlike threats of their neighbours.

Ironically, the nation's lesser third party which to its shame tolerates, and in some cases supports, the bigoted BDS campaign would no doubt be green with envy to know that Israel is the world's only nation that boasts more trees today than a century ago and that the JNF is a major contributor to a sustantial number of environmental initiatives that are improving the lives of not only Israelis but of its Palestinian neighbours.

At the end of the evening, there was not one demonstrator to be seen. The freaks had gone home to hate another day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The UN's tragic failure

This Jerusalem Post Editoria looks at the UN's tragic failure
Today, perhaps more than ever before in history, there is a desperate need for an objective, responsible international body capable of peacefully arbitrating conflicts, enforcing human rights and mitigating the more negative forces of globalization.

The United Nations no longer fills the bill. Rather it panders to the racism of many of its corrupt consituents in the General Assembly where "about 20 anti-Israel resolutions are adopted each year, as opposed to just five or six against other countries."

We live in dark times where irresponsible terrorists are feted and bankrupt regimes are acclaimed at the expense of democracies.

With its automatic majority of human rights violators who condemn the Jewish State and champion the cause of its corrupt leaders, the United Nations is about to throw the Palestinian people under a bus by giving succor to the hatreds of their disgraceful leadership.

Monday, September 19, 2011


No Apologies: Israel Isn’t to Blame for Its Growing Isolation
If only Israel had apologized to Turkey for killing nine of its nationals on last year’s Gaza flotilla, so the argument goes, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan would not be threatening now to send warships against the Israeli coast. If only Israel had apologized to Egypt for the accidental killing of six of their soldiers when Israeli helicopters entered Egyptian territory in pursuit of terrorists last August, an Egyptian mob wouldn’t have ransacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo, as Egyptian leaders refused to take calls from desperate Israeli leaders. And if only Israel had stopped building in settlements and offered the Palestinians a fair solution, they would not now be turning to the U.N. to substitute an imposed solution for the negotiating process.

This convergence of blame comes at a time of spiritual vulnerability for Jews. This is, after all, our season of contrition. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, the process of self-examination intensifies. And as Jewish tradition emphasizes, the basis for penitence is apology. Before seeking forgiveness from God, we are to seek forgiveness from those we have hurt, even inadvertently.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Does this man act or talk as if he desires peace?

Friday, September 16, 2011


The BBCNEWS site tells an everyday tale of anti-Semitism in Cairo which does not bode well for the future of the region.

Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. "Sorry," he said contritely, offering his hand, "we thought you were a Jew."

Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised:

"That's stupid, you are obviously not a Jew."

The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.

Nice of the Beeb to even mention the story in this context. I know of one local news outlet that wouldn't touch this.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nice pay if you can get it.

The man pictured is Abdel Bari Atwan, editor in chief of pan-Arab daily Al Quds al Arabi who often appears on the BBC and CNN.

According to elderof ziyon, Atwan has been a big supporter of terror attacks on Israel.

From Wikipedia:

Speaking about Iran's nuclear capability in an interview on Lebanese television in June 2007, Atwan stated, "If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight."In March 2008, Atwan said that the Mercaz HaRav shooting, in which a Palestinian gunmen killed eight students (aged 15 to 26), "was justified." He added that the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva is responsible for "hatching Israeli extremists and fundamentalists" and that the celebrations in Gaza following the attack symbolized "the courage of the Palestinian nation."Atwan described the the attacks on Israelis in Eilat as correcting "the course of the Arab revolutions and refocused them on the most dangerous disease, namely the Israeli tyranny. This disease is the cause of all the defects that have afflicted the region for the past 65 years."

According to The Elder, Arabic media has been reporting that the new Libyan government has released documents showing that Atwan, as well as Jordanian Al-Dostour reporter Khairy Mansour, were being paid by Gaddafi a sum of $3000 every month. Atwan vehemently denies it and is threatening to sue everyone who makes these accusations.

Good to know if you ever come across this scumbucket on your television screen.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Haaretz Headline:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Friday, September 09, 2011


The Australian newspaper leads the way in exposing the racism of the BDS movement

Unionist slams 'ludicrous and racist' anti-Israel drive

THE anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign has been dismissed by one of Victoria's most senior unionists as potentially racist, ludicrous and a recipe for a civil war in the Middle East.

In a scathing critique of the campaign, Victorian Trades Hall Council assistant secretary David Cragg warned the union leadership of the flaws in the logic and integrity of the BDS strategy.

Mr Cragg also reminded his colleagues of the "totally repugnant history" of boycotting Jewish businesses, and questioned the comparison of Israel with apartheid South Africa.

"If the strategic goal of BDS is not just to end the settlements in the West Bank but to change the demographic composition of Israel, it is clearly a racist and frankly ludicrous enterprise at odds with the global consensus, which has always recognised Israel's right to exist specifically as the state of the Jewish people legitimately created under international law and the UN Charter," he said.

Thursday, September 08, 2011


Yaacov Kirschen from Dry Bones Blog brings us another fantastic piece - this time on Turkey and its duplicitous leadership which is trying to bully its way to a fight with the Israelis.

It's a fight he won't win.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A Scottish Professor responds to the haters

A Scottish professor responds to campus boycott. The Edinburgh Student's Association made a motion to boycott all things Israeli since they claim Israel is under an apartheid regime. Dr. Denis Maceoin (a non-Jew) is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs. Here is his letter to those students.

Dr. Denis MacEoin is a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

TO: The Committee Edinburgh University Student Association.

May I be permitted to say a few words to members of the EUSA? I am an Edinburgh graduate (MA 1975) who studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic History in Buccleuch Place under William Montgomery Watt and Laurence Elwell Sutton, two of Britain's great Middle East experts in their day.

I later went on to do a PhD at Cambridge and to teach Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University. Naturally, I am the author of several books and hundreds of articles in this field. I say all that to show that I am well informed in Middle Eastern affairs and that, for that reason, I am shocked and disheartened by the EUSA motion and vote.

I am shocked for a simple reason: there is not and has never been a system of apartheid in Israel. That is not my opinion, that is fact that can be tested against reality by any Edinburgh student, should he or she choose to visit Israel to see for themselves. Let me spell this out, since I have the impression that those members of EUSA who voted for this motion are absolutely clueless in matters concerning Israel,
and that they are, in all likelihood, the victims of extremely biased propaganda coming from the anti-Israel lobby.

Being anti-Israel is not in itself objectionable. But I'm not talking about ordinary criticism of Israel. I'm speaking of a hatred that permits itself no boundaries in the lies and myths it pours out. Thus, Israel is repeatedly referred to as a "Nazi" state. In what sense is this true, even as a metaphor? Where are the Israeli concentration camps? The einzatsgruppen? The SS? The Nuremberg Laws? The Final Solution? None of these things nor anything remotely resembling them exists in Israel, precisely because the Jews, more than anyone on earth, understand what Nazism stood for.

It is claimed that there has been an Israeli Holocaust in Gaza (or elsewhere). Where? When? No honest historian would treat that claim with anything but the contempt it deserves. But calling Jews Nazis and saying they have committed a Holocaust is as basic a way to subvert historical fact as anything I can think of.

Likewise apartheid. For apartheid to exist, there would have to be a situation that closely resembled how things were in South Africa under the apartheid regime. Unfortunately for those who believe this, a weekend in any part of Israel would be enough to show how ridiculous the claim is.

That a body of university students actually fell for this and voted on it is a sad comment on the state of modern education. The most obvious focus for apartheid would be the country's 20% Arab population. Under Israeli law, Arab Israelis have exactly the same rights as Jews or anyone else; Muslims have the same rights as Jews or Christians; Baha'is, severely persecuted in Iran, flourish in Israel, where they have their world center; Ahmadi Muslims, severely persecuted in Pakistan and elsewhere, are kept safe by Israel; the holy places of all religions are protected under a specific Israeli law. Arabs form 20% of the university population (an exact echo of their percentage in the general population).

In Iran, the Bahai's (the largest religious minority) are forbidden to study in any university or to run their own universities: why aren't your members boycotting Iran? Arabs in Israel can go anywhere they want, unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa. They use public transport, they eat in restaurants, they go to swimming pools, they use libraries, they go to cinemas alongside Jews - something no blacks were able to do in South Africa.

Israeli hospitals not only treat Jews and Arabs, they also treat Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank. On the same wards, in the same operating theatres.

In Israel, women have the same rights as men: there is no gender apartheid. Gay men and women face no restrictions, and Palestinian gays often escape into Israel, knowing they may be killed at home.

It seems bizarre to me that LGBT groups call for a boycott of Israel and say nothing about countries like Iran, where gay men are hanged or stoned to death. That illustrates a mindset that beggars belief.

Intelligent students thinking it's better to be silent about regimes that kill gay people, but good to condemn the only country in the Middle East that rescues and protects gay people. Is that supposed to be a sick joke?

University is supposed to be about learning to use your brain, to think rationally, to examine evidence, to reach conclusions based on solid evidence, to compare sources, to weigh up one view against one or more others. If the best Edinburgh can now produce are students who have no idea how to do any of these things, then the future is bleak.

I do not object to well-documented criticism of Israel. I do object when supposedly intelligent people single the Jewish state out above states that are horrific in their treatment of their populations. We are going through the biggest upheaval in the Middle East since the 7th and 8th centuries, and it's clear that Arabs and Iranians are rebelling against terrifying regimes that fight back by killing their own citizens.

Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike, do not rebel (though they are free to protest). Yet Edinburgh students mount no demonstrations and call for no boycotts against Libya, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran. They prefer to make false accusations against one of the world's freest countries, the only country in the Middle East that has taken in Darfur refugees, the only country in the Middle East that gives refuge to gay men and women, the only country in the Middle East that protects the Bahai's.... Need I go on?

The imbalance is perceptible, and it sheds no credit on anyone who voted for this boycott. I ask you to show some common sense. Get information from the Israeli embassy. Ask for some speakers. Listen to more than one side. Do not make your minds up until you have given a fair hearing to both parties. You have a duty to your students, and that is to protect them from one-sided argument.

They are not at university to be propagandized. And they are certainly not there to be tricked into anti-Semitism by punishing one country among all the countries of the world, which happens to be the only Jewish state. If there had been a single Jewish state in the 1930's (which, sadly, there was not), don't you think Adolf Hitler would have decided to boycott it?

Your generation has a duty to ensure that the perennial racism of anti-Semitism never sets down roots among you. Today, however, there are clear signs that it has done so and is putting down more. You have a chance to avert a very great evil, simply by using reason and a sense of fair play. Please tell me that this makes sense. I have given you some of the evidence. It's up to you to find out more.

Yours sincerely,
Denis MacEoin

Sunday, September 04, 2011


From Stephen Pollard - Whiff of Weimar on a summer night at the Proms

Now watch out for letters from the apologists.

Friday, September 02, 2011


The devastating truth about water and Palestinian statehood

The stubborn refusal to work with Israel on mutual interests like improvement of the water infrastructure, and the way the PA subsequently uses that lack of improvement to demonize Israel, prove that the PA is not interested in the two-state solution, or peace.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Who's "Right-Wing?"

This excellent article by Barry Rubin comes from the MIDDLE EAST REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (MERIA) JOURNAL #3

Who's "Right-Wing?" by Barry Rubin

An AFP dispatch about the firing of Larry Derfner has been published widely throughout the world. It mentions correctly that I defended Derfner's right to free speech and said he should not have been fired.

There are two points in the article, however, I would like to challenge. First, is the description of me as "right-wing" and found it surprising that I defended Derfner.

I reject that entirely. There is more of a choice in politics today--I hope--than being either "left-wing" or "right-wing." As I have repeatedly made clear, I am more accurately described as a traditional liberal in American terminology and as a moderate social democrat in European or Israeli terminology. Since I was a parliamentary candidate in the last Israeli election of a social democratic party that might be some clue as to my political views.

By redefining everyone as extreme, the common ground of democracy is being destroyed. I judge each issue on its merits rather than on a preconceived ideological framework. Moreover, the defense of democracy, civil liberties, free speech, and judging someone's work on the basis of merit are important ideas to fight for. Political life should not be reduced to a battle between two extremes that ignore fair play in the search for victory.

Have we reached the point that it is shocking for someone to echo the famous statement that I might not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it (in this case, without being fired)? Is it surprising that someone actually agrees with the idea that an open democratic debate is the best solution for a society and opposes all of the various forms of "hate speech" thought crimes?

Because, you see, the founders of the United States were completely correct in understanding that once someone is able to set the boundaries of free speech--with the exception of speech intended directly to lead to criminal action - they can define it any way they want? Even laws defining "Holocaust denial" as a crime are pernicious and, as we have seen, were the opening wedge for far greater denials of free speech.

As for Israel today, a "right-winger" might be someone glad to hold onto control over territory. But most of the center and moderate left, though preferring a two-state solution, knows very well from experience that holding control over the territories in the framework of the 1973 and later agreements between Israel and the Palestinians is a necessity. That isn't "right-wing" that is sanity.

Finally, the AFP dispatch went out of its way to disagree with my point that in practice Palestinian-populated territory is not under Israeli occupation except for east Jerusalem and 20 percent of Hebron - both by agreement with the Palestinian Authority, by the way. The AFP says that international law interpretations say that everything--including the Gaza Strip--is "under occupation."

What this means in the context of the Derfner discussion is that a Palestinian can dwell completely within a Palestinian-ruled territory and be governed in every aspect of life by Palestinian authorities, and then kill Israeli civilians on the basis that he is suffering from a horrible Israeli occupation. This is absurd but then that's par for the course regarding Western news coverage of these issues.

Of course, the AFP had no space for my critique of Derfner's argument: that giving independence would not end the "right to kill Israelis" claim. But then they don't want their readers to know that the problem keeping this conflict going is not the lack of a Palestinian state but the existence of Israel.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I received this opinion piece via the email but don't know its author's name.

There is only one reason why the Palestinians are going to the United Nations in September hoping for a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State by the General Assembly.

It is because they are not willing to pay the one price demanded by Israel and the democratic world in negotiations.

And that price is the agreement that the State of Israel can exist and can do so in its current guise – as the Homeland of the Jewish People.

That is what is missing from the Palestinian resolution.

So called obstacles such as settlements, borders, Jerusalem etc are not the core issues at all.

Nor is the existence of a Palestinian State.

The core issue is whether the Palestinians and their supporters can tolerate a Jewish presence, of any size, in their midst.

The consistent policy of the Zionist Leadership has been “2 States for 2 Peoples”.

On the 29th of November 1947 that is in fact what the UN agreed upon in Resolution 181 – “A Jewish State and an Arab State”.

As we know, the Jewish People accepted this and the Arab People rejected it.

This has been the pattern ever since – post 1967 in August in Khartoum; Oslo in 1993; Camp David in 2000; Annapolis under Olmert; and times in between – our acceptance and their rejection.

And most importantly for those who continue to bury their heads in the sand both on the “ultra left” and “ultra right” – this is the public and repeated and sincere policy of the Netanyahu Government.

Six Israeli Prime Ministers (including Netanyahu) have offered the Palestinians a State, in return for the one real red line Israel has – no Palestinian Right of Return.

As the realisation has dawned on almost everyone, that the Palestinians mean something different from us when we each say “2 State Solution”, we have begun to emphasise that they need to recognise Israel as a Jewish State.

For clarity.

And to avoid the continuing Palestinian double speak to the world and perhaps especially, to their own people.

President Abbas’ stated aim is a Palestinian State where no Jews will be able to reside, alongside a State called Israel to which some 4.5 million claimed Palestinians will have the right to return and which will then be a supposed democratic Bi National State.

This is a reality that should be accepted by those within our community and those people who profess to be friends of Israel generally, when they attempt to lay blame for why no resolution of the conflict has yet occurred.

The constant belabouring of moral equivalence and of blame equivalence is erroneous and counterproductive. And it is doing exactly what it is designed to do – pushing our own youth away and depressing those who remain.

The Palestinians are continuing their strategy of trying to get what they want piece by piece, without ceding a single thing.

It is beyond time now for the world to finally tell the Palestinians et al a truth they have been avoiding for Israel’s entire existence and at the same time, lying to their own people about.

The Jewish State is here to stay.

This UN move is a tactic designed to avoid that truth.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Today's Melbourne Age tells the story of a Nablus man who hijacked a taxi, ran over two policemen and stabbed six people outside a Tel Aviv nightclub early yesterday -
Taxi hijacker on rampage

The cab hit two policemen and the taxi driver was among the six stabbed by the assailant before he was subdued and taken into custody.

The report then goes on to provide a rendition of the old style Age scoreboard of death reminiscent of the Ed O'Loughlin days:-

Eight Israelis were killed on August 18 in attacks near the resort city of Eilat. The bloodshed led to an escalation in the Gaza Strip, where at least 24 Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes, and one Israeli died from a Gaza-launched rocket attack.

True, but it only tells half the story.

The Israeli victims were all non combatants - attacked by terrorists who inflitrated into the country or by missiles fired at civilians.

The Palestinian victims included combatants - terrorist leaders and those killed while planning more attacks - or human shields placed in harm's way by the terrorists.

Pity this reporter decided not to put the figures in their right context.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Day after day missiles are fired from Gaza into Israel aimed at civilian targets. Some of them are Grad rockets capable of doing major damage. A rocket recently fired by Palestinian terrorists contained phosphorus. Israel's new Iron Dome defensive system has intercepted some of the deadly missiles.

Day after day there is silence in the media about these Palestinian attacks. Why are such war crimes ignored?

Sunday, August 28, 2011


There are many reasons why international recognition should not be given unilaterally to a Palestinian State next month.

One of them is the fact that one of the partners in the so-called Palestinian "Unity Government" is Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation and perpetrator of multiple crimes against humanity.

Hamas holds Gilad Shalit, who turns 25 years of age today, captive without any of the internationally accepted rights accorded to captured soldiers.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Gilad Shalit. May he be released as soon as is humanly possible.

"Gilad Shalit (Hebrew: גלעד שליט‎, born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli and French national and an IDF soldier who was attacked and kidnapped from Israel on 25 June 2006 by Hamas militants* in a cross-border raid. Shalit was captured near the Kerem Shalom crossing (in Israel), and has been held as a hostage at an unknown location in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and deprived of all International Red Cross visits since his abduction.

"Hamas has refused requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross to allow the ICRC to visit Shalit, and claims that any such visit could betray the location where Shalit is being held captive. Multiple human rights organizations have stated that the terms and conditions of Shalit's confinement are contrary to international humanitarian law. To date, the only contact between Shalit and the outside world since his capture has been three letters, an audio tape, and a DVD that Israel received in return for releasing 20 female Palestinian prisoners."

* for some reason it seems that Wikipedia deigns to describe Shalit's captors as "militants" yet the circumstances of his captivity clearly show them to be nothing other than  barbarians and terrorists. Such is the stupidity of a world that bends over backwards to appear evenhanded.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Swastikas in the City

The Sydney Daily Telegraph carries this story by John Masanauskas - Parents blasted after daughter carried swastika placard

The offensive placard above was paraded at a city rally in 2009 to protest against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission chairman John Searle said police needed better training so they could take swift action under racial vilification laws.

It is believed the issue was raised with the equal opportunity commission but no formal complaint was made because the culprits could not be identified.

Indeed not.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Peace Team

The mixed Israel-Palestine Peace Team is in town competing in the AFL's International Cup competition.

Please listen as two members of the contingent were interviewed yesterday on Melbourne radio station SEN:

Saji and Nimrod Part One

Saji and Nimrod Part Two

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Turkish newspaper says Why Golda Meir was Right

An article in a Turkish Newspaper, Hurriyet - Turkey, tells why Why Golda Meir was right.

It has been more than two and a half years since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Israel's President Shimon Peres, "You (Jews) know well how to kill." In this holy month of Ramadan full of blood on Muslim territories, let's try to identify who are the ones who know well how to kill.

As the Syrian death count clicks every day to come close to 2,000, the Turkish-Kurdish death count does not stop, already over 40,000 since 1984. Only during this Ramadan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK's, death toll has reached 50 in this Muslim Kurds vs. Muslim Turks war. This excludes the PKK casualties in Turkey and in northern Iraq due to Turkish military retaliation since they are seldom accurately reported.

But a simple, strictly Middle East research will reveal one million deaths in the all-Muslim Ira! n-Iraq war; 300,000 Muslim minorities killed by Saddam Hussein; 80,000 Iranians killed during the Islamic revolution; 25,000 deaths in 1970-71, the days of Black September, by the Jordanian government in its fight against the Palestinians; and 20,000 Islamists killed in 1982 by the elder al-Assad in Hama.

Muslim Arab deaths in the Arab-Israeli conflict are estimated at 46,000 including 11,000 during Israel's war of independence. That makes 0.05 percent of all deaths in all conflicts, or 0.4 percent of all Arab deaths in the Middle East conflicts.

Golda Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, had a perfectly realistic point when she said that peace in the Middle East would only be possible "when Arabs love their children more than they hate us."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Australian man faces indictment for anti-Semitic letter

This article about a Sydney man accused in the District Court of New South Wales of sending letters to families of soldies who died in Afghanistan appeared in the Jerusalem Post - Australian man faces indictment for anti-Semitic letter.

In one instance, Man Haron Monis described a Jewish soldier who had killed a civilian as a "dirty animal" in a letter to politicians and the Jewish community. "Some Jews who blame Hitler for violations of human rights are not much better than him," he added.

I suppose it's a local matter and not worthy of mention in the Age.

Not even in the blank pages ...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


ALP sources confirm that Prime Minister Gillard announced that Australia will not be sending any representatives to the Durban III Conference (aka racist anti-semitic hatefest).

Monday, August 22, 2011


From today's Australian ...

Risking shame

WHILE it's understandable that the Gillard government is keen to do all in its power to glean support at the UN for Australia's campaign to be admitted to the Security Council ("Canberra torn between racism conference and UN ambitions", 19/8), the question of whether Australia should attend the Durban III conference is a no-brainer.

To give credence to the most xenophobic, racist, anti-Semitic alliance on the planet by attending their conference would be to Australia's shame, Security Council membership notwithstanding.

Anne Robards, Tura Beach, NSW

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I turn my back for a few days and the Palestinian terrorist groups and their mentors are playing the same old game.

It starts with a murderous attack on innocent civilians such as the one at the end of last week in Southern Israel. The Israelis strike back at terrorist targets and that's followed by a hundred rocket attacks by terrorists at civilian targets inside Israel.

Hamas says "it's not us - try Islamic Jihad", Israel strikes at the terrorists including those caught in the act of launching rockets and Mahmoud Abbas complains and asks for an Arab League meeting to take action against Israel. No expressions of sorrow for the deaths caused by his own people and those in his so-called "unity government".

Then there are the apologists for the terrorists and their enablers, people like the flotilla and flytilla idiots and the BDS racists who condemn the Israelis and ignore Palestinian barbarism.

Business as usual.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Taking a break for a couple of weeks ... back soon

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


What a surprise.

An Age travel writer goes to Israel expecting military checkpoints and religious fanaticism but instead discovers a land where culture, nightlife and the beach often take precedence over piety and politics - A holy bunch of hedonists.

He also found sights like the one above.

And if he went to Gaza, he wouldn't find Aushwitz either but rather a third world area that also has beaches, restaurants, hotels and country clubs.

The problem must lie with the contorted and unreal picture painted by political correspondents with an agenda because, for years, the real Israel and the real Palestine have been hidden away in the blank pages.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Israeli's demonstrate peacefully in their streets and the Sydney Morning Herald trumpets that Protests put unflattering spotlight on Israel.

I wonder what tomorrow's Fairfax headlines are going to say about the spotlight that has been suddenly thrust on England after the current rioting and mayhem?

Less than unflattering?

Monday, August 08, 2011

Consumer watchdog asked to investigate Israel boycott

I wonder if something will become of this?

The Victorian Government has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate a campaign targeting businesses with links to Israel - Consumer watchdog asked to investigate Israel boycott

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Fogel Family Murderer Found Guilty

The vicious murder of the Fogel family played itself out in Court last week with the conviction of a Palestinian man Hakim Awad - Fogel murders: Israeli court convicts Palestinian man.

The BBC does a good job here of masking some of the underlying issues involved in the grissly murders such as incitement to violence in official Palestinian media and the fact that, in the case of these murder, President Mahmoud Abbas actually blamed Thai workers for the atrocity.

The BBC concludes:-
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called those behind the killings "immoral and inhuman".

There are almost 500,000 settlers living on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Settlements are regarded as illegal under international law although Israel disputes this.

No mention of incitement and Thais but the Beeb couldn't resist the temptation to mention the settlements as part of the story of a cold blooded racist murder.

Friday, August 05, 2011

The Palestinians' Imaginary State

Steven J. Rosen is the director of the Washington Project of the Middle East Forum.

He asks in The Palestinians' Imaginary State published in Foreign Policy whether Palestine really qualifies for Statehood?

According to the prevailing legal standard, the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, a "state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a) a permanent population; b) a defined territory; c) government; and d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states." Both the Hamas-controlled Palestinian entity in Gaza and the rival Fatah-governed Palestinian entity in the West Bank can be said to meet all four of these criteria of the law of statehood. The one on which the United Nations will vote does not.

Thursday, August 04, 2011


The Kurdish people are far more numerous than the Palestinians and are being oppressed by Arab rulers.

Opinion writer Guy Bechor raises the The Kurdish connection
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was described here as the Middle East’s ruler. Commentators spoke at length about “the Ottoman empire’s revival” and used similar superlatives that are largely disconnected from reality. After Turkey was kicked out of Europe and realized it has no chance to be accepted by the European Union, Ankara was also rejected by the Arabs (with the exception of the PLO, which has been left without a patron.) Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab elements made it clear to the Turks that they are unwanted in the Middle East. The only option left for Turkey in our region is, again, Israel.

Rather than securing Mideastern hegemony, Turkey itself may fall apart. This is the case after the Kurdish leadership in the country declared on July 15 the establishment of a democratic Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey, with its capital in Diyarbakir.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


According to a lawyer at Mubarak's trial, the Zionists replaced Hosni M with a lookalike after he actually died in 2004.

Who's on trial then?
11.32 Surreal moment as a lawyer calls out that Mubarak died in 2004, and that this court appearance is a conspiracy on the part of America and Israel. He is calling for a DNA test to prove that it's the real Mubarak and not a lookalike.

Various lawyers ranting at the judge, who wearily asks one: "What does what you're saying have to do with the trial?"

Hosni Mubarak trial: as it happened

Sheesh ...

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011


Michael Walzer writes in Dissent on the Israeli left's involvement in what some might want to call "peace marches" with Palestinians but the impression is that they will one day have to ask themselves what on earth were they really marching for - FLAGS

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Latest news from Twitter:

Hama residents say Syrian tanks storming the city: "Tanks are attacking from four directions. They are firing th...

... more yawning from the world's media ... and more thugs disturbing customers outside a Jewish owned chocolate shop.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


When Lebanese belly dancer Johanna Fakhry danced with Israeli heavy-metal band Orphaned Land last month at the Hellfest music festival in Clisson, France the pot was well and truly stirred.

Their countries are at war but the performers don't mind singing and dancing around their national flags - LEBANON, ISRAEL: Belly dancer and metal band rock the boat.

Hizbullah won't be pleased.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Syria - 1,634 people dead, 26,000 arrested (12,617 still in detention) and 3,000 missing

Almost 3,000 missing in Syria crackdown, NGO says and today the thugs are back in Melbourne's streets picketing a chocolate shop because it's owned by Jews.

Go figure?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

10 Unknown West Bank Facts

Hat tip: Israellycool

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just deranged

Anders Behring Breivik was a deranged individual who committed mass murder in Norway. The evidence is that he was not a fundamentalist Christian. Nor did he want to fight Jihadists. He was no Zionist and no lover of Jews.

Just deranged.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011


Turkey's Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan keeps on insisting that his country will not "normalize" relations with Israel until the Jewish State issues an apology for the deaths of nine Turks terrorists who attacked IDF soldiers with iron bars, knives and slingshots as they scaled down from helicopters during the takeover of the Mavi Marmara in May 2010.

That's normal?

The hypocritical bastard wants an apology from Israelis for defending themselves while his country still maintains its silence almost a century after it committed genocide against the Armenians.

The Israelis should rightly tell Erdogan to go to hell!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Karma's such a bitch

Following on from yesterday's posting but on perhaps a more serious note, this from The Daily Telegraph - Israel: The start up nation taking on Silicon Valley.

The more work Israel's detractors do on their boycotts and other pathetic stunts, the better things get for Israel. Those organisations which over the past decade divested their fund accounts from Israeli companies or firms that worked with Israel have lost small fortunes for their members. Some were virtually wiped out by the GFC, yet Israel business thrives.

Karma's such a bitch.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


I have just finished reading a remarkable book by geopolitical experts Dan Senor and Saul Singer entitled "Start-Up Nation". The book describes how a country of 7.1 million people, surrounded by hostile neighbours, many of them bent on its destruction has been able to rise above the adversity to foster a unique combination of innovative and entrepreneurial intensity.

The discovery of vast quantities of off shore natural gas and the potential of its shale oil reserves will only serve to strengthen the Jewish State while many other nation states are drowning in deep seas of debt.

Against this backdrop, it's an absolute tragedy that the leadership of the Palestinian people are so fueled by blind hatred of their Israeli neighbours that they are unwilling to accept them for what they are and to sit down and make peace for themselves and, more importantly, for their future generations.

Moreover, they have fallen into the traps set for them by the world's extremists of the hard right and the hard left who are so obsessed with the idea of a Jewish State that they need to sink in their own sewers of outrage per medium of the BDS, the flotillas, the flytillas and other assorted meshuganeh pursuits.

One observer, a Mr. Sultan Knish, has come up with a brilliant way in which the start-up nation can boost its tourism industry even further by taking advantage of these outraged protesters who have oodles of money to spend on indulging their hatreds and prefer to do so rather than to spend it on truly poor and needy people wherever they are on the face of this earth - Outraged Protest Tours - The Tourism Package for Leftists Who Hate Israel.

Knish believes that this is the way to deal with the great unwashed and outraged whose mission it is to intrude into the country with the sole purpose of deligitimising the state and dehumanising the population:
Rather than profiling them and giving them the heave ho at the airport, why not develop special tourism packages catering to their needs. Happily one company, Outraged Protest Tours is already on it.

By the first quarter of 2012, Outraged Protest Tours expects to be able to offer angry entitled brats a choice of three tour packages in Israel.
Love your work Mr. Knish!

Friday, July 22, 2011

How not to have a Palestinian State

How Not to Have a Palestinian State - Jose Maria Aznar (Ynet News)

The unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, and its international recognition, would be a huge mistake. A peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is essential, but it can only be achieved through honest negotiations - not by any party imposing a unilateral decision.

A Palestinian government in which Hamas is a member will make negotiations, much less a peace agreement, impossible: no negotiation or agreement is possible when one side is committed to the other's destruction.

There is no historical, institutional or legal basis on which to recognize a Palestinian state today, except as a kind of "virtual state," which exists in some fashion in the imaginations of various parties but which has no tether to reality. In the West Bank, Palestinians crucially depend on Israeli cooperation to function.

There cannot be two states, living in peace side by side, unless Palestinians accept that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people and the Israelis accept that the Palestinian state will be the state for the Palestinian people. Absent that basis, no genuine progress will be made.
It is time for the international community, starting with the UN, to say that the time for game-playing and wishful thinking is past. We urge the Palestinians to see that the only way they can have their own state is through an agreement with the Israelis. No other options should be supported by the international community.

The writer is former prime minister of Spain.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Yesterday, I mentioned the faked photograph that accompanied an Op Ed in the Melbourne Age by Palestinian advocate Randa Abdel-fattah entitled "Freedom and dignity are basic rights for all, even Palestinians"

It would appear that the same piece of propaganda has also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald which today published this excellent response:- 

 "Israel a home for both Jews and Arabs"

Randa Abdel-Fattah portrays Israel as a place which uses ''laws, weapons and propaganda … to safeguard the 'purity' of a Jewish-only state'' (''Freedom and dignity are basic rights for all, even Palestinians'', July 7). The reality is very different.

Some 77 per cent of Israel's total population is Jewish. The other 23 per cent are Palestinian Arabs, Bedouin, Druze and other groups. All of them are fully fledged citizens with the same voting rights as Jews. There are Arab members of the Israeli Parliament and Arab judges in Israeli courts.

Jews and Arabs use the same public transport, eat in the same restaurants, attend the same hospitals, share the same beaches, shop at the same malls, play in the same sports teams, attend the same universities and work together in many occupations.

True, there is still serious discrimination against minority groups in Israel, especially in employment, government spending and access to services. Serious racial discrimination exists everywhere, including Australia. But that does not mean Australia is a state based on racial purity.

The Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza seek the establishment of a specifically Palestinian state and many of them (and not just Hamas) have said they want it to be a specifically Arab and Muslim state which will exclude Jews.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the simplistic ''goodies versus baddies'' contest some people make it out to be. It's about the real world struggle of two nations, each of which is determined to live in freedom, independence and security.

Peter Wertheim executive director, Executive Council of Australian Jewry