Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Nakba Here, A Nakba There, Everywhere A Nakba, Nakbas All Over The Place


    1 June 1941
    Seven years before the establishment of Israel.
    The beginning of the pogrom against the Iraqi Jews following a Nazi driven coup against the British backed regime and heralding in an era of persecution that did not end until the complete expulsion of the people under the Baathist regime.
    Remember the forgotten refugees. The nearly one million Jews expelled from ancient communities in Muslim and Arab lands where they had been for up to three thousand years.
    Robbed of their nationalities. Robbed of all they owned.
    A cruel vindictive attack on a harmless innocent population for no other reason than to extract retribution for the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel and the failure of all their armies to put it down.
    There were twice as many Jewish refugees than "Palestinians" who are counted as refugees from the Nakba the Arab world brought down on them in 1948. 
    This does not just affect the Jews.
    They are not too impressed with the Christians either. Not too big on anybody really including emphatically themselves.
    It was said at the time
    First the Saturday people.
    Then the Sunday people.
    And so it has come to pass.
    . .
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    Remember the Farhud: the Farhud was the Holocaust-era massacre committed by Arab nationalists, done in coordination with the Nazis. The Farhud took place June 1...-2 1941in Baghdad when hundreds of innocent Jews were murdered, thousands more were brutalized, and Jewish property was pillaged on the holiday of Shavuot.
    Palestinian Arab leaders, including the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, were central instigators of the violence in Baghdad.
    People of conscience will come together June 1, 2015 at 1:15 EST for a special event at the United Nations in New York to commemorate the Farhud.
    This commemoration, a live global event televised by UN Web TV, also recognizes that the Farhud was one of many steps in the process that resulted in the forced exodus of 850,000 to 900,000 Jewish refugees from centuries of peaceful existence in Arab countries.


News Flash! The Greens Are Out Of The Closet!


As if we already didn't know.

Officially racist, upfront, proud and letting it all hang out. 

I guess it just got too embarrassing to keep on pretending  it was a secret when the whole office knew all along anyway.

Check this out.

From Greens Party Aligned Independent News Site New Matilda

If you're not reading New Matilda then you can't really call yourself a Green. You may as well give back the card.

New Greens Boss Richard Di Natale Forced To Clarify Israel Stance

By Max Chalmers

In an apparent misunderstanding, the Greens' new leader aligned himself with Israel’s right wing Prime Minister. Members were not impressed. Max Chalmers reports.
New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has been forced to clarify his position on Israel and Palestine after apparently accidentally aligning his party with right wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a widely shared article in the Australian Jewish News, Di Natale was reported as saying that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
Despite running under the title “Di Natale in his own words”, the Senator’s office today told New Matilda that the article’s opening line was not an accurate reflection of the Senator’s views.
“He had no intention for his comments to be interpreted as support for establishment of a “Jewish state”. It’s not a phrase that he used,” a spokesperson said.
According to his office, Di Natale simply agreed to a question put to him by journalist Gareth Narunsky, apparently missing the distinction being made

Do read on at that link.

Here is the core of the "clarification".

Consistent with Greens policy, I have always supported a peaceful, two-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict that upholds the legitimate rights and aspirations of both the Palestinian and Israeli people to live in peace and security in their own independent, sovereign states. My comments in the AJN piece were intended to reflect that view and that view alone. I have never believed that the establishment of a ‘Jewish state’ (as opposed to an ‘Israeli state’) is conducive to this outcome and I absolutely do not support that goal


The blog is on the thread. It's about time they were told. More importantly, so do the people who vote for them.

There's nothing at stake except Australia and the planet.

 We need to know exactly what this party is proposing to give away and why the ideology that drives this mad policy is a threat to human kind and the environment that exceeds global warming by an order of magnitude that would take a room full of scientists, lawyers, historians, moralists and geopolitical experts a semester to calculate and that's if you weeded out the mad lefties who are most of the problem.

Yet it is a core policy. 

It is their only foreign policy except for something about the impact on whales of radar on US submarines and stuff about Japan on the same subject.

It was like dragging a rotten tooth out with a pair of pliers without an anesthetic but there is the filthy bloody thing in the bowl for all to see.

Never mind Gay marriage. Forget CSG. Sydney airport is so far off the radar you would need a Geiger counter and search light to find it. What the Greens are proposing should be done to Israel to fix the Middle East should be the number one election issue concerning this party.

It affects us all. More than you might care to think about. It affects us more than the Israelis who have shown time and again they know how to look after themselves even if some times it's a close and bloody call.  

This was not the first reaction but close to it.:

The Greens like to keep their conferences secret. No media. No attention.
But the Zionist Conspiracy managed to smuggle in a camera.
Here for the first time is film of the Greens in conference.
This time we are ready for you. Trust me with this.

To be cross posted at the usual places.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Letter From Israel


Oh dear...

This has been a moderately horrible year for me; one of accidents and incidents (thanks, Paul) and not much fun. Not quite as bad as the annus horribilis suffered by Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace—not to mention Princess Diana—but close. 

Last August, almost on my way home from Australia, I fell.  I never was far from being a total klutzit but this time it was serious:  Two ruptured discs, a dislocated shoulder and a partridge in a pear tree.  Couldn’t write, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t even imagine a pain-free existence.  And arriving home just before the High Holydays was a hoot.  Every medical request was answered with the same phrase:  After the holidays.  It was almost a month before someone would say Let’s see…can you come in on November 28th?

Socialised medicine is great.  Costs a farthing; without the profit motive people are happy to help but holy cow it took a long time to find the guy who does the best acupuncture (it worked); receive an appointment with the physiotherapist (she helped) and try to get back to normal.  And here I am.

Politically, we’re on the edge of a precipice and everyone knows it.  Bibi made his Likudniks sign a paper saying they wouldn’t vote against him.  Is this democracy?  I don’t think so. 

Avigdor Lieberman is turning out to be the wild man of the bunch, waiting until the end to be assigned his role in the new government and then saying No thanks.  I just love that—he could have continued as Foreign Minister, become the Finance Minister or just about anything he fancied but he has other plans.  Don’t know what they are but I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering about the man who pulled off the biggest kick-in-the-butt that Bibi has ever experienced—and the sound of sniggering was heard throughout the land.   

A recent article in Haaretz proclaimed that Arieh Deri is the only dove in the new government.  That’s nice.  But will he keep his hands out of the till?  There are countries which prohibit people who have 'done time' from taking government posts.  I wonder why Israel doesn’t have that law…

I also wonder why people pick on the New Israel Fund.  I worked with them years ago and found them upright, forthright and so on.  Perhaps it was just early days in Israel when I couldn’t identify right from left if I tried; maybe they’ve changed their operating philosophy ere since.  Happens.  Actually, it wouldn’t have mattered if they were flaming Communists (peace, Americans)—my job was to write grant proposals and obtain funding for a brand-new school for gifted students.  It worked.

Updates to follow. 

Racism Alert


Is it racist to expect Muslims to show the same compassion for people in desperate distress as the rest of us?

Of course it is.

ALA calls on rich Gulf States to step up

We have criticised PM Tony Abbott on issues like failing to identify the cause of our security problems (he struggles to use the words Muslims or Islam) and on saying Australians are OK with halal. But on this issue he is correct.
Bill Shorten on the other hand has called for the Government to "engage" on the issue, whatever that means.

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have refused entry and pushed back boats. Some have abandoned their journey and returned to Myanmar's western Arakan state.

UNHCR is making statements. US has said it will take some as part of an international effort.

But if these are genuine refugees fleeing persecution, why is there not an international outcry for the wealthy Muslim states, particularly the Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar etc to help their brethren? They don't lack space, they don't lack funds.

There is an international precedent: Israel will accept Jewish migration from any situation in which Jews are persecuted and recently made a call to French Jews suffering anti-Semitic attacks from increasingly violent French Muslims.

There are 56 member states of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) who have the capacity to offer safe harbour to their brethren.

The question must be asked loudly why they do not do so and why every effort is made to deflect this problem to western countries.
So this is where our PM falls short - he and other leaders should make such a call.

An Acehnese fisherman, lower left, help migrants to transfer to his boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.


Migrants on a packed wooden boat wait to be rescued off the coast of Malta on May 3, 2015.

Report in Sydney Morning Herald is here:

From Uncommon Sense

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Read My Lips


How many times does the world need to hear this before it dawns on Obama and Europe that these addled brained reptilian minded mothers of lunatic sleazy fanatics are not stupid and they mean exactly what they say?

This is a poisonous ideology. Poisonous ideology is the most dangerous threat to the planet and its people by a country mile. Climate change isn't even in the race. A puppy in need of house training.  

In other news, a new generation of Israeli ‘human rights organizations has emerged over the years  that work for the Arab "right of return" to all of Israel, permanent residential status for illegal immigrants from Africa and the provision of the most strident anti-Israel propaganda and in particular specializing in the manufacture of anonymous libels and slurs aimed at demonizing the Israeli military.

A feature of this? The extraordinary extent of foreign funding.

Huge amounts are contributed to these organizations from countries and state-like entities such as the UN and the EU, as well as from the New Israel Fund. Many more millions have been funneled by European governmentally-related NGOs, funded by their respective governments.

There is simply no parallel to this extent of intervention by foreign countries in the public activities of a democratic country anywhere else in the world.

Give This Man A Fifteen Year Deal


An official close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asserted that his government has a godly ordained right to annihilate Israel, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday.
The “government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, a Khamenei representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards.
According to semi-official state news agency Fars, Zolnour said that, “the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel.” He added that, “Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country’s determination to destroy Israel.”
This is by no means the first time that Iranian political or military officials have threatened Israel with destruction.