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)

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

"Everything Everywhere" Except When It's Pro-Israel?

Courtesy: Edgar Davidson blog
'EE is the UK's largest 4G operator, with a network that offers the most extensive coverage and the fastest speeds....
EE, which stands for Everything Everywhere, was formed when T-Mobile and Orange merged in 2010.... It was the first UK operator to launch a 4G service in late 2012, with a super-fast service that was available in the UK's cities. Since then it has expanded to 215 locations, as of June 2014....'

That's the boast here

But "Everything Everywhere" might fall under the "false advertising" label, since EE appears to be blocking access to certain pro-Israel sites, including this one.

Anti-Israel sites are apparently not affected.

Edgar Davidson, who has described this strange state of affairs, and its anomalies, has contacted the company requesting an explanation ...

If he gets no satisfaction from them, I suggest that this is a matter for the Board of Deputies.

Bibi Pleads For American Non-Partisanship: "Oppose This Dangerous Deal" (video)

Extremely sobering stuff here, as Bibi Netanyahu spells out to Americans how and why "this dangerous deal" will enable Iran to get the Bomb and how a terrible nuclear conflagration in the Middle East is made more likely by the Deal, which is opposed by Israelis on a non-partisan basis.  Americans, too, should put party politics aside and oppose the Deal, he says.


Read more here

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

"The Most Beautiful Thing About BDS" (video)

BDSers in Adelaide, with variations on their usual theme:


By the way, my previous post, on the contrasting attitude between most Israelis and Palestinians in response to the slaughter of innocents, by a French oleh, is garnering a lot of attention. 

In similar vein is an article by Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil, which is summarised thus:
 'We Palestinians have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians.
Abbas's ambiguous, half-hearted condemnations of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are only intended for public consumption and are primarily aimed at appeasing Western donors so that they will continue channeling funds to the Palestinian Authority. In addition, his condemnations seek to blame Israel for Palestinian terror attacks.
Netanyahu's strong and clear condemnation left me and other Palestinians wondering when was the last time we heard similar statements from our leaders. I cannot remember Abbas or any other Palestinian leader ever expressing shock and outrage over the killing of a Jew in a Palestinian terror attack, nor the last time a Palestinian official visited the Israeli victims of a Palestinian terror attack.
Each time Abbas reluctantly condemns a Palestinian terror attack, he faces a wave of criticism from many Palestinians. Unlike the Israeli public, many Palestinians often rush to justify, and even welcome, terror attacks against Jews. Has there ever been a Palestinian activist who dared to hold a rally in a Palestinian city to condemn suicide bombings or the murder of an entire Jewish family? The Israeli president has good reason to feel ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we react to the murder of Jews?' 
 Read all of Bassam Tawil's article here 

Monday, 3 August 2015

"A Mon Voisin Arabe Palestinien; To My Palestinian Arab Neighbour"

First in French, and afterwards in English, the thoughts of a French oleh following the tragic terrible fate of baby Ali Dawabsheh and his family at the hands of an evil monster.  (The links have been added by me.)


A mon voisin Arabe Palestinien,

Je t’écris aujourd’hui pour exprimer mon horreur suite à l'attaque terroriste qui a eu lieu hier à Douma et je souhaite aux survivants soignés par des docteurs sionistes un prompt et complet rétablissement.

Je suis sûr que pratiquement tous les Israéliens se joignent à moi à ce sujet. Vous voyez, nous savons ce que vous ressentez. Même si à cette heure nous ne connaissons pas les auteurs de ce crime. En juin, Ceux qui ont brûlé l'église près de Tiberiade étaient bien arabes, tu t'en rappelles.

Je peux seulement imaginer comment les membres survivants de la famille Dawabsha se sentent, mais il y a d'innombrables familles juives qui ont été déchirées par le terrorisme arabe palestinien que vous pourriez imaginer.

Depuis au moins une centaine d'années, les Arabes palestiniens ont assassinés nos bébés, nos enfants, nos athlètes, nos passagers de bus, d’avion, nos amoureux de pizza, nos jeunes amateurs de cafés, discothèques et tous les Juifs pris au hasard au mauvais endroit au mauvais moment. Ils ont été fusillés, poignardés dans le dos, dans leur sommeil, ils ont été battus, enlevés, brûlés vifs, la gorge tranchée ou explosés dans les attentats. Les milliers de roquettes que vous avez lancés contre nous n'ont servi à rien, regardez ou vous en êtes aujourd'hui.


Des familles entières, comme les Dawabshas, ont été détruites. La famille Vogel, la petite Adele Biton et le bébé Chaya Zissel Braun agé de trois mois seulement et bien d’autres encore…

L’as tu oublié ?

Vous nous avez envoyé vos monstres terroristes pour nous anéantir et vous les avez accueillis comme des héros aux mains pleines de sang.

Et il se trouve, que cette vermine terroriste est peut être parmi nous aujourd’hui. À quoi t'attendais-tu?

Après une centaine d'années de terrorisme arabe palestinien dirigé contre nous, certains membres de notre nation ont peut-être appris à vous imiter.

Nous sommes humains aussi. Nous avons nos criminels, nos assassins, et même nos terroristes. Bien sûr, nous ne les traitons pas comme des héros comme vous le faites. Nous ne diffusons aucune incitation à la haine sur nos stations de radio, de télévision, dans les écoles. Nos Rabbins ne nous incitent pas à tuer des Arabes. Nous ne distribuons pas des sucreries quand une personne est assassinée et ne chantons pas de Youyou. C’est la toute la différence entre mon peuple et vous.
 Chez nous dans le Goush Etzion, des centaines de villageois prient pour cette famille arabe pendant que chez vous à Gaza/Ramallah/Jennine ont crie " "Allah Wakbar, Itbakh al-Yahud" (à mort les juifs)

Nos forces de sécurité vont sûrement appréhender les auteurs et notre société saura les isoler. Ils seront punis, peut-être même plus sévèrement que les terroristes arabes. Le terrorisme est le terrorisme.

Bonne chance avec l'ONU et l’UE. Je suis sûr qu'ils seront heureux d’accepter votre demande de commission d'enquête, une chose qu’ils n’ont jamais faite après l'une des centaines attaques terroristes arabes contre mon peuple.

Nous traversons une zone de turbulences mais nous nous en sortirons, les épreuves on en connait un rayon.

Même si les médias biasés sont avec vous, nous continuerons à nous défendre sur tous les fronts.

 Shalom,
 Jean Vercors


* * *
 To my Palestinian Arab neighbour,

I am writing to you today to express my horror following the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in Duma and wish to the survivors treated by Zionist doctors a full and speedy recovery.

I am sure that virtually all Israelis join me.
 

We know how you feel, even though at this time we do not know the perpetrators of this crime.
 

In June, those who burned the church near Tiberias were Arabs, you remember.
 

I can imagine the suffering of surviving members of the Dawabsha family,  countless Jewish families that were torn apart by the Palestinian Arab terrorism share the same suffering.

For at least a hundred years, the Palestinian Arabs have been murdering our babies, our children, our athletes, our passenger bus, plane, our lovers of pizza, our young people sitting at the cafes, in nightclubs, and all Jews mowed down randomly in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They were shot, stabbed in the back, in their sleep. They were beaten, abducted, burned alive, their throats slit, exploded in the attacks.Entire families like Dawabshas, were destroyed. The Vogel family, little Adele Biton, baby Chaya Zissel Braun aged 3 months only and many more ...
 

Also I can imagine what the surviving Dawabsha family members feel.
 

You sent us your monster terrorists to destroy us, you welcomed them as heroes.
 

After these years of Palestinian terror, some members of our nation may have learned to imitate you.
 

We also have our criminals, our murderers, and even our terrorists? Good.
 

But we do not treat them as heroes, as you are doing.

We do not pay pensions to their families as you do.
 

We do not name streets in their names to honor them, as you do so.
 

Our rabbis do not encourage us to kill Arabs. Instead they condemn such acts. Your imams, what do they say?
 

We do not distribute sweets when an Arab is killed, as you do when a Jew is murdered.
 

We do not cheer and dance when a Palestinian dies as you do when our brothers and sisters are ruthlessly murdered.
 

This is one of the many differences between my people and you –

At home in Gush Etzion, hundreds of villagers are praying for this Arab family.
 

Unlike you. At home in Gaza, Ramallah, Jenin, they shout "Allah hu akbar, al-Yahud Itbakh" (killing the Jews). Not here.
 

Our security services will apprehend the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime.
 

And if they are Jewish or Israelis,our society will judge them, neutralize them, condemn and punish them.
 

If they are Jewish, perhaps they will be even more severely condemned that Arab terrorists.
 

With us, terrorism is an extremely rare fact.
 

Since the attacks of September 11, hundreds of terrorist attacks are perpetrated every month worldwide. None has been committed by a Jew.
 

Almost all were committed by Muslims.
 

Without looking at the statistics, I know that no country in the world has had to endure one single Jewish attack.

Good luck with the UN and the EU: they love you because you are their peaceful young “freedom fighters”. Through you, they harass us and try to reach us yes ... Good luck!
 

They will welcome your complaints, complaints they will never dispatched after all your terrorist attacks against my people.

We are passing through a very slight turbulence. We are accustomed to it, nothing new under the sun.
 

The media are biased against us? They sow doubt among the general public.

The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a split moment.

Shalom,

Jean Vercors

See also Bibi here

How To Destroy Israel: Iranian leader's recipe

The Ayatollah Khameini, it seems, has just published a book (front cover pictured)  telling how the Zionist Entity is to be destroyed.  In Farsi, the book, 416 pages long and entitled Palestine, is apparently going to be translated into Arabic soon.

According to an article by Amin Tahiri in the New York Post:
 '.... A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”....
Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.”....
Dozens of maps circulate in the Muslim world showing the extent of Muslim territories lost to the Infidel that must be recovered....
However, according to Khamenei, Israel ...  is a special case for three reasons.
The first is that it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan” and a key element in its “evil scheme” to dominate “the heartland of the Ummah.”
The second reason is that Israel has waged war on Muslims on a number of occasions, thus becoming “a hostile infidel,” or “kaffir al-harbi.”
Finally, Israel is a special case because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City.”
He intimates that one of his “most cherished wishes” is to one day pray in Jerusalem.
 .... What he recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that they leave the country.
His calculation is based on the assumption that large numbers of Israelis have double-nationality and would prefer emigration to the United States and Europe to daily threats of death.
Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action against the Islamic Republic.
In Khamenei’s analysis, once the cost of staying in Israel has become too high for many Jews, Western powers, notably the US, which have supported the Jewish state for decades, might decide that the cost of doing so is higher than possible benefits....
Khamenei counts on what he sees as “Israel fatigue.” The international community would start looking for what he calls “a practical and logical mechanism” to end the old conflict....'
Read the entire article here

Sunday, 2 August 2015

In Britain, Muslims React To Cameron's Recent Anti-Extremism Speech (videos)

The following two videos relate to British prime minister David Cameron's recent speech in Birmingham as outlined here

In this video (which also features Jonathan Fryer, a journalist specialising in counter-extremism and counter-terrorism issues, who warns inter alia of Saudi-financed Wahhabism) Manchester-based Reza Nadeem of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, unequivocally condemns Cameron's speech. The way Muslims are lectured, Mr Nadeem says, "is so deeply Islamophobic it's off-putting" and excoriates calls for "integration" because, he maintains, "assimilation" is meant by that concept.  He insists that if Muslims are to be placated and feel part of British society Britain's "unjust foreign policy ... needs to change" and inevitably "Palestine" is mentioned (at approx. 11:58 particularly).


In this footage some distinctly less urbane voices react to Cameron's speech.  In fact, one member of the crowd cautions a particularly raucous speaker not to "scream or shout or people will take it the wrong way".  The Crusaders and the East India Company figure in the screeching rant, but so, specifically, do Jews and Christians the former more than once.  (Highlights, if that's the appropriate term, at approximately 2:10, 4:13, 4:47).

Saturday, 1 August 2015

An Evil Deed: "We're Shocked, We're Outraged, We Condemn This..."

Ali in his shroud
Needless to say, the horrific death of toddler Ali Dawabsheh at his home near Nablus was the work of unmitigated evil and his barbaric murderer should be punished to the full extent of the law.

All decent people, including the vast majority of Israelis and Jews around the world, condemn the vile attack upon Ali and his parents and brother, as they slept, and wish the terribly injured survivors a full and speedy recovery.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, of course, has been swift to do just that.  Having visited Ali's four-year-old brother, Ahmed Sa'ed, in the hospital that is treating him for burns to sixty per cent of his body, Netanyahu said, inter alia:
"....When you stand next to the bed of this small child, and his infant brother had been so brutally murdered, we're shocked, we're outraged. We condemn this. There is zero tolerance for terrorism wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from, we have to fight it and fight it together.
 I spoke to President Abu Mazen right before I entered the hospital.  I told him of this visit and of Israel's absolute commitment to find the perpetrators, bring them to justice.  We have to calm the spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism
It's something that all parts of the Israeli government and all parts of Israeli society agree on.
 It's important  that we make a common cause with our Palestinian neighbors to give ourselves a better future: a future free of violence, free of terror, a future of peace."
Reacting yesterday to news of the little boy's death, Dr Aaron Lerner of the website  IMRA
Independent Media Review and Analysis, captured well the essence of the Israeli response in his piece entitled  Critical Difference Between Israeli and Palestinian Reaction To Terror By Countrymen

The despicable terror attack today against a Palestinian family apparently carried out by Jews was properly immediately and vocally condemned as terror by the entire spectrum of Israeli society with calls for the arrest, prosecution and punishment of those who carried out this vile crime. 
As Palestinian rush to try and exploit this terrible event against Israel at various international forums it is most appropriate to contrast the response of Israeli officials to a terror attack carried out by Israelis to the response of Palestinian officials to terror attacks carried out by Palestinians:
1. Israelis call for the perpetrators to be arrested. Palestinians are silent on this.
2. Should the perpetrators be detained Israeli calls for them to be prosecuted and punished with imprisonment. Palestinians call for the perpetrators to be released.
3. The perpetrators receive no Israeli government support, The perpetrators receive high salaries from the Palestinian Authority the greater the crime (as reflected in prison term) the higher the salary paid by the Palestinian Authority to the perpetrator. All this regardless of if the act of terror of the perpetrator was condemned in a press release issued by Palestinian officials.
4. The Government of Israel and the Israeli educational system makes no favorable reference to the perpetrators. The Palestinian Authority honors the perpetrators for their “contribution to the struggle”. All this regardless of if the act of terror of the perpetrator was condemned in a press release issued by Palestinian officials. 
Meanwhile, here's the word from Hamas

Needless to say, too, Israel's enemies have gone into overdrive regarding this crime, using it as yet another tool in their inexorable determination to demonise, undermine and destroy Israel and that little country's supporters round the world.

Here, for instance, is the co-founder of Electronic Intifada, waxing hyperbolic:


Here's the PLO, courtesy of the ABC's Sophie McNeill, making the most of an opportunity:


And here, rather obsessively, is a certain candidate for Mayor of London: 

The incorrigible antisemites on social media and elsewhere are, predictably, having a field day, with some very intemperate sentiments indeed.  Look, for example, at the comments here

And the tragic death of little Ali has been incorporated into a demo by the usual suspects outside the BBC's London headquarters to protest (wait for it!) the BBC's support for Israel! (Are they watching the same BBC as the rest of us?!):


(On social media, incidentally, the chatter from some Muslim Israel-haters regarding a similar event due to take place outside the BBC's Manchester headquarters has focused wistfully on a suggestion from one of their number that the demonstrators should make a detour through Prestwich, a neighbourhood where many Jews live...)

As for the stabbing of participants in a gay parade in Tel Aviv last week, an attack roundly denounced by Bibi: