Saturday, February 28, 2015

An Anti-Semite's Dream Jews

Israeli journalist Amira Hass reports on the progress of the Israeli master plan for the ethnic cleansing of Hebron:

"The sickest imagination of present-day anti-Semites cannot compete with the handiwork of Israel and its emissaries the settlers in Hebron for the past 20 years. The demand for the Jewish return is broken down here into all its raw components: the expulsion of the Palestinians, the destruction of their homes and cultural legacy, destruction of the economy, extreme ethnic-spatial separation and deranged prohibitions regarding movement and housing, attacks in the name of the Torah, harassment and denial of the other. If gentile foes were to say that's how Jews behave, the institutes for the study of anti-Semitism would sound the alarm.

"Today, February 25, is the 21st anniversary of the massacre perpetrated by Dr Baruch Goldstein against worshipers in the Ibrahimi Mosque (the Cave of the Patriarchs). The prime minister and defence minister at the time, Yitzhak Rabin, could have dismantled the nuclear bombs stored by his colleagues from Mapai (the forerunner of Labor) in the late 1960s - Yigal Alon and Moshe Dayan - when they allowed groups of messianic Jews to settle there and encouraged them by providing military protection and weapons. The evacuation of the settlers from Hebron would have been received with great understanding in 1994. But Rabin decided to continue with the traditional policy, which was natural for Mapai, of pampering the settlers, and instructed the army to punish the Palestinians for the massacre committed against them by a Jewish doctor - an immigrant from the United States - with a prolonged curfew, restrictions on movement, the closing of shops and marketplaces, and criminal forgiveness for the violence of the settlers. Since then Israel has continued with its policy of punishing those who are attacked.

"Twenty-one years after the massacre, the settlers in Hebron have many reasons for celebration. President Reuven Rivlin visited them and gave his approval for the evaporation of the Palestinian community from the center of Hebron. Last week a second representative of the Hebron settlers entered the Knesset, instead of the late Uri Orbach: Rabbi Hillel Horowitz of Habayit Hayehudi, who is joining his colleague and neighbour Orit Strock. And even if it's only symbolic and for a month or two, there's a chance that another of their neighbors, Baruch Mazel, who lives in the settlement of Tel Rumeida, will preserve the handsome quota in the next Knesset: two elected officials from a community of several hundred people who have orchestrated one of the most violent and racist realities.

"The Hebron settlers can be credited with several more accomplishments achieved in the past 3 years: another new promenade connecting Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarchs, an expanded Beit Romano, an archaeological park under construction, the Cave of the Patriarchs as a national heritage site, tours by school students, and the main thing - a first settlement site in Hebron in 30 years in 'Beit Hameriva' (the house of contention) in the heart of the ar-Ras neighborhood, after the Supreme Court confirmed that it was purchased legally.

"And among the achievements and festivities, the center of the city is deserted and in ruins. You have to visit there, repeatedly, in order to begin to understand not only how it looks when 120 blockades and checkpoints cut off abandoned streets in the middle, and how it is when young soldiers enforce the prohibition against visiting the family that insists on continuing to live in its home or walk in the street that's for Jews only, and how the elderly climb up the incline short of breath, because Palestinian cars are not allowed there. The visit is necessary in order to understand this all-Israeli creation: Active and conscious assistance of Labor governments, and conscious support, indifference and the emotional and intellectual laziness of elites and ordinary people, have implemented the most extremist settlement-oriented-messianic-right-wing master plan since 1948." (Israel's Hebron handiwork: Its most heinous endeavor since 1948, Haaretz, 25/2/15)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Anyone Remember 'No War for Oil'?

Remember the bullshit we used to hear about the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq - that it was all about oil?

The fact that it was really all about Israel seldom emerges from the mouths of mainstream political figures. Which is what makes the following snippet so interesting:

"On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry questioned Mr Netanyahu's foreign policy judgment as he testified before a Republican-dominated foreign affairs committee in the House of Representatives. Referring to Mr Netanyahu's condemnation of the Iran talks, Mr Kerry said with clear irony: 'The Prime Minister was also profoundly forward-leaning and very outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush'." (White House-Israel relations at new low over Iran deal, Nick O'Malley, Sydney Morning Herald, 27/2/15)

For those of you who still have oil on the brain, and still haven't read my 22/12/08 post Absent-Minded Professors Inadvertently Set Iraq Ablaze, do so NOW. Just click on the Stephen Sniegoski label below.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blowing the Whistle on Zionist Control of the MSMedia

From the opening paragraphs of British journalist Jonathan Cook's 24-page essay Publish it not! How Israel controls the way the international 'liberal' media portray its illegal and vicious occupation of Palestine & why the media allow them to get away with it:

"Probably like many other journalists, at some point in my childhood I fell in love with the idea of the crusading, fearless reporter - unafraid of bullying figures of authority and always looking out for the little guy... Life, of course, has proved to be less simple. Who is the bully and who is the little guy? I, like more notable reporters who preceded me, would find that conundrum expressed most powerfully in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"In the mid 1990s, I arrived in Jerusalem for the first time - then as a tourist - with another potent Western myth at the front of my consciousness: that of Israel as 'a light unto the nations', the plucky underdog facing a menacing Arab world ranged against it. A series of later professional shocks as a freelance journalist reporting on Israel would shatter my assumptions about both Israel and courageous reporters.

"These disillusioning experiences came in the early stages of the second intifada, the Palestinian uprising that began in late 2000. At the time I was writing for Britain's Guardian newspaper... The Guardian has earned an international reputation - including in Israel - as the Western newspaper most savagely critical of Israel's actions. That may be true, but I quickly found that there were still very clear, and highly unusual limitations on what could be written about Israel.

"During my years at the Guardian, I had regularly travelled to the Middle East from where I dispatched a number of reports. Only when I offered articles about Israel itself - or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict did I sense a reluctance, even a resistance, to publishing them. The standard of proof required to print anything critical of Israel, it became apparent to me, was far higher than with other countries. Particularly problematic for the Guardian - as with other news media - was anything that questioned Israel's claim to being a democracy or highlighted the contradictions between that claim and Israel's Jewish self-definition."

Google it and read the lot!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dog-Whistling with a Vengeance

"The Prime Minister called on Islamic leaders to rise to the challenge of condemning terrorism more frequently and openly. 'I've often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a 'religion of peace'. I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it,' he said." (Citizenship may be stripped away under tougher security laws, Mark Kenny & David Wroe, Sydney Morning Herald, 24/2/15)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Menage A Trois

Mike's got the hots for Israel:

"Premier Mike Baird addressed the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies' luncheon club earlier this month... Baird, who has been in the top job since April last year, has pledged to lead a trade delegation to Israel if elected on March 28 - should he do so he will become the first NSW Premier to visit the Jewish State this century." (Premier Baird at the Board, The Australian Jewish News, 20/2/15)

Miranda's also got the hots for Israel:

"Miranda Devine... Australian columnist and writer, has a conservative stance on a range of social and political issues and was recently on a visit to Israel." (Quoted in an AJN ad listing speakers for the coming United Israel Appeal NSW Campaign 2015 (24/2-11/3)

And for Mike:

"NSW Premier Mike Baird is the political candidate from central casting. Tall, handsome, and popular, he also is a deft financial manager with a clear plan for the state... If Baird falls, so too does any hope for micro-economic reform and responsible fiscal management in Australia... While Baird is ahead in the polls, the 'Abbott factor' is proving toxic, according to candidates doorknocking in their electorates... But other candidates doorknocking in the Liberal heartland of the Hills district say all they hear is praise for Baird. 'People just love him. They say that Mike Baird is a nice bloke,' the people say... Middle-aged women swoon when he walks through a suburban shopping centre to buy a salad sandwich. 'He wears a suit so well,' they gush. A colleague describes him as 'the guy everyone hopes their sister would bring home.' A veteran news photographer says Baird has the 'it factor' - he's cool, like Bill Clinton without the sleaze'." (Why Mike makes us go weak at the knees, Miranda Devine, Sunday Telegraph, 23/2/15)

NB: Apparently, real men do eat salad sandwiches.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Potemkin Kitchen

Zionism is all about deception... and self-deception.

Palestine is Ersatz* Israel.

The Apartheid State is a Light Unto the Nations.

Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.

Freedom fighters are terrorists (and vice versa).

The Haram ash-Sharif is the Temple Mount.

David Grun, of Plonsk, Poland, is David Ben-Gurion.

Black is white.

Up is down... and so on.

Oh, and Benjamin Mileikowsky** is Binyamin (Fibi) Netanyahu. 

Which brings me to Fibi's kitchen (s):

"In a preemptive strike before the release of the report [by the Israeli State Comptroller condemning the Netanyahus for 'excessive spending' at both the prime minister's official residence at 2 Balfour Street in Jerusalem and the couple's private beachfront villa in Caesarea] the Netanyahus had the Israeli interior designer Moshik Galamin over to film a walk-through of the official residence, to show the people the couple do not live in the lap of luxury but rather must endure tired carpets, dusty lamps and the kitchen from hell.

"A 15-minute episode was released via social media on Sunday by the decorator with full participation by the Netanyahus and their people. It is high camp. When Mr Galamin, dressed all in black, isn't gushing, he is holding his hand to his cheeks in mock shriek. Quelle horreur! Dingy drapes! As they tour the residence, Sara Netanyahu has to yank open stuck doors. She apologises for the dust and an arrangement of wilting flowers still on display 3 weeks after she received them from the visiting Japanese prime minister.

"The piece de resistance of the tour is the kitchen, which, depending on whether you are an average Israeli voter or an average Israeli interior decorator, is either a bit frumpy... or a dump. 'I am shocked that this is your kitchen!' Mr Galamin declares. He says it reminds him of a '1960s public health clinic' or 'a Romanian orphanage.' Quick-eyed Israeli reporters noticed right away that the kitchen presented in the video is not the Netanyahu's only kitchen. It is the staff kitchen, they said, the working galley where chefs whip up dinner for guests. There is a modern, unrevealed kitchen for the couple's use on the second floor." (Benjamin Netanyahu's $30,000 takeout bill is causing a scandal, William Booth, Washington Post/Sydney Morning Herald, 18/2/15)

[*See my posts Ersatz Israel 1 (12/7/12) & 2 (13/7/12); **See my 24/9/11 post Benzion, My Father.]

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Abbott Comes Out Swinging


"Tony Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Islamic State terrorist group. Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in Canberra on November 25, the prime minister said the move would help halt the surge of Islamic State in northern Iraq. After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia's leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian troops without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous for the Australians.

"They argued that even the US was not prepared to put ground troops into Iraq and it would make Australia the only Western country with troops on the ground. Asked this week about the suggestion by the PM of sending Australian ground troops to Iraq, a spokesman for Mr Abbott said: 'The PM has consistently said that the Australian government will continue to talk to the government of Iraq and to our coalition partners about what Australia could usefully do to make the world a safer place and to make Australia a safer country'... The Iraq idea was not the first time Mr Abbott had suggested a military intervention by Australia's armed forces. The Australian reported in August that in the week following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine by Russian-backed militia, Mr Abbott suggested sending 1000 Australian soldiers to secure the site of the crash... Australia's leading military planners also argued against that proposal, telling Mr Abbott there were serious problems with the plan: Australian soldiers would not be able to speak either Ukrainian or Russian, and the Australian troops would have difficulty distinguishing between Ukrainians and Russian militia." (Abbott sought military advice on go-it-alone invasion of Iraq, John Lyons, The Australian, 21/2/15)

"Insiders say that, these days, Abbott sits for much of the day in his office in parliament House pondering national security, Islamic State and reading Winston Churchill." (In command & out of control, John Lyons, The Australian, 21/2/15)

And another thing...

"John Lyons has been appointed an associate editor of the paper. He has worked at senior levels in Australian journalism for 35 years... He has been Washington and Middle-East correspondent for The Australian and has recently returned after 6 years based in Jerusalem for the paper. Lyons has won many awards, including 3 Walkleys, and was the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the year in 1999." (Appointment, The Australian, 21/2/15)

Question: Has Lyons been punished for transgressing the party line?

See my 9/3/14 post John Lyons Slams Sheridan, AIJAC.

You might also like to revisit my 11/4/09 post The Ambassador Reflects, on the experience of former Fairfax Middle East correspondent Ed O'Loughlin.