Archive for May, 2007

BBC reporter ‘claimed’ to have intercourse with sheep

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The BBC, missing no chance to blacken the name of Israel, has published a report speculating that the 1976 Entebbe hijacking was in part perpetrated by — are we surprised? — Israel.

BBC reporter Dan Parkinson wrote,

An unnamed contact told a British diplomat in Paris that the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Beit [sic], and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) collaborated to seize the plane.

There you are, positive proof. An unnamed contact told a diplomat named D. H. Colvin that they did it in order to “torpedo the PLO’s standing in France and to prevent what they see as a growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans”.

ParkinsonNow I want to get this on the record: last week my brother-in-law was told by an unnamed source that he saw Dan Parkinson having sexual intercourse with a sheep.

Go ahead, Parkinson, I want to hear you deny it.

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Lieberman proposes a real disengagement from Hamastan

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

There is no nation or organization on earth that is more hostile to Israel than Hamas (the Hamas covenant can be found at Know Your Enemy).

The Gaza strip is controlled by Hamas. Given time they will eliminate the opposition from Fatah and co-opt other factions. They have been moving toward Islamification of Palestinian society, closing (or blowing up) Internet cafés, harassing “improperly dressed” women, etc.

Hamas is prosecuting a war against Israel by firing Qassam rockets and is preparing for a larger struggle by stockpiling weapons, building fortifications, and digging infiltration tunnels under the border with Israel.

Nevertheless, Israel provides water, electricity and other services to this enemy nation. The absurdity of a situation in which Israeli electricity powers Qassam rocket production is not lost on right-wing Israeli cabinet member Avigdor Lieberman, who has proposed a real “disengagement”:

Israel will start regarding Gaza and the West Bank as two separate entities – the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction will cover the West Bank alone, Gaza will be regarded a hostile, independent political entity – Hamastan. The Palestinians can blame no one but themselves for this – it is their own doing, their own choice.

Gaza will be isolated both from Israel and from the West Bank. There will be no ‘safe passage’ between the two Palestinian entities – not for goods, not for people, not for Abbas. Israel will complete the disengagement from Gaza by gradually cutting all ties – including water and electricity supply, trade, taxes etc.

To avert a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, this will not be done instantaneously – we will give six months notice to allow for Gazans, and the international community to prepare for this new reality. All goods and services that are currently provided by Israel can be rerouted through Egypt.

Hostile actions from Gaza will then be treated in the same way as attacks from Syria, for example. And the “international community” that has been so supportive of the Palestinians can then take responsibility for them:

Israel will welcome the deployment of NATO troops in Gaza to keep the law and order, and the EU to invest in Gaza to create jobs and income for Palestinians.

The nation of ‘Palestine’ is entirely a creation of this ‘community’. If left to themselves, the Palestinians would have to develop an economy and find a modus vivendi with Israel. As long as they are propped up by international aid, they can continue to put all of their energy into war and preparing for more war.

But this is not up to Israel. It is, however, in Israel’s power to at least not contribute to it.

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Quartet tells Israel to absorb rocket fire

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I have to quote this item in its entirety, with a few interpolations. From the Jerusalem Post:

Quartet [US, UN, EU, Russia — ed] urges Israel to show restraint

Israel must exercise restraint during its military operations in order to avoid civilian casualties, the Quartet said during a meeting centered around the situation in the Middle East in Berlin on Wednesday.

In a press statement released early Thursday morning, the Quartet condemned continued Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, but warned that the country must not react in a way that would harm civilians or cause “damage to civilian infrastructure.”

But it’s impossible to stop the rockets without harming civilians or damaging infrastructure. The Palestinians are firing from “civilian infrastructure”. And they are not going to stop because the Quartet says they should. So Israel is urged to just absorb the rocket fire.

The Quartet raised concerns over the incarceration of Palestinian Authority (PA) government officials and called for them to be released by Israel. Several Hamas members of parliament were jailed by Israel after Kassam rocket attacks escalated last week and resulted in the death of an Israeli woman.

Those clever Jews! They found a way to stop the rocket fire without hurting civilians or infrastructure. Sorry, not allowed. Just step into the showers please.

Furthermore, the resumption of transfers of tax funds by Israel on behalf of the PA, read the statement, would have a significant impact on the Palestinian economy. It recommended Israel transfer money via the Temporary International Mechanism, the European emergency aid which bypasses the PA government.

The Palestinian economy doesn’t exist, unless you count the ‘defense contractors’ building Qassams and digging tunnels. The clans, gangs, and militias have seen to that. More money is being pumped into the territories than ever before, but it’s all going into the wars and street fights.

The Quartet expressed concern over the deterioration of a cease-fire between Hamas and Fatah members in the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate stop to factional fighting.

But the US is supplying weapons and money to Fatah. I guess the vote in the Quartet wasn’t unanimous.

The Quartet also called for an immediate release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit.

They could have said “no more aid until he’s released”. But they didn’t.

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Another day, another bunch of moral idiots

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

This is my third attempt to write about the decision by the British Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) to ‘consider an academic boycott of Israel’:

“Israel’s 40-year occupation has seriously damaged the fabric of Palestinian society through annexation, illegal settlement, collective punishment and restriction of movement,” the motion said. “Congress deplores the denial of educational rights for Palestinians by invasions, closures, checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and arrests of teachers, lecturers and students.”

“Congress condemns the complicity of Israeli academia in the occupation… Congress believes that in these circumstances passivity or neutrality is unacceptable and criticism of Israel cannot be construed as anti-Semitic,” it added. — JPost

Attempt one was to point out that they must be blind to not notice the pogroms, wars, and continuous terrorism of Arabs against Jews which might possibly have something to do with the “invasions, closures, checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and arrests”. But they aren’t blind.

Attempt two was to talk about how an anti-Israel position is so much a part of the conventional wisdom in Academe today, especially in the UK, that it’s almost like breathing. It would take a truly original thinker to think otherwise, and not too many academics are original. Probably true, but boring.

So I’ve decided to issue my own manifesto. It will have as much or as little influence on anyone as a line-by-line refutation of their statement, but will be more entertaining.

Resolved, that these academics are moral idiots, and their “criticism of Israel” can only be construed as antisemitic.

Their attempt to rewrite the history of the conflict from one of almost a century of attempted genocide against the Jews of Palestine and later Israel into a story about European colonialism is false from start to finish, and does such great violence to the plain facts staring us in the face that it can only have irrational motivation: antisemitism.

Their alliance with groups such as Hamas, so opposed to traditional British, Western, Christian, and Jewish values that they would send their own children to their deaths in order to kill Jewish children, indicates that those who support the boycott have in a sense become morally insane as a result of their antisemitic infection — a certain symptom of such infection.

Their ability to ignore or repress their awareness of current events, such as the continued Qassam barrage on Sderot, or even the continued captivity of the British journalist Alan Johnston — whose release Hamas could bring about in hours if they wished — in favor of their obsession, clearly points to its pathological nature.

Finally, the fact that support for Hamas and other murderous, totalitarian, corrupt, cruel, and plainly evil gangs can only lead to more misery, poverty, suffering, lack of self-determination and death among the Palestinian people that the academics purport to care about — this shows that the hatred of Jews is far more important to them than the love of Arabs.

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US, Israel cooperate to pay and arm terrorists

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Well, maybe that wasn’t exactly their intention, but:

A long-wanted terrorist chief arrested yesterday by Israeli forces was trained by the U.S., served in a senior capacity on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ U.S.-backed security detail and was a ranking member of a team that received and distributed American arms shipments the past two years, WND has learned.

Khaled Shawish, an officer in Abbas’ Force 17 presidential guards, was captured by undercover Israeli police forces following scores of shooting attacks he is suspected of carrying out.

Shawish doubles as the Ramallah chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group. He previously boasted of involvement in a West Bank shooting attack in December 2000 that killed Israeli ultranationalist leader Benjamin Kahane [son of Rabbi Meir Kahane –ed] and Kahane’s wife, Talya. — WND

I cannot understand why the Palestinian Fatah faction, which has a ‘military’ (i.e., terrorist) wing no less murderous than that of Hamas, is considered the ‘good guy’ by the US and Israel. The al-Aqsa Brigades have taken credit for numerous terror attacks, including the suicide bombing in Eilat this January. They often do so cooperatively with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as in the case of the Eilat bombing.

Anyway, weapons given to Fatah often end up hijacked by Hamas. And many members of the Fatah ‘security’ forces moonlight in Hamas and other terrorist militias.

But worse yet, money is now officially flowing directly to the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority:

With U.S. backing, donor funds have started flowing into an account controlled by Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad to pay partial government salaries, Palestinian and Western officials said on Monday.

Fayyad was expected to receive enough money through the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) account to pay government workers, including members of the security forces, at least half of their normal monthly wages later this week…

U.S. officials said the objective of providing the assurances was to ensure that banks felt comfortable transferring funds to the PLO and, in turn, to strengthen Palestinians like Fayyad and Abbas who favour a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict. — Reuters

QassamsAbbas and Fayyad provide the fig leaf, but Hamas is in control and Hamas now has more financial resources than ever before.

What do we expect them to do with it?

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