Dead Palestinian children—not worth much

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Andrew Mitrovica is a well known journalist with an excellent track record on human rights. He periodically appears in the Star and a few other papers. this time he was writing on a good online source about the selective compassion of national leaders when it comes to the battered children of Gaza. Virtually no national leader has the guts to attack the criminality of Israel and its ongoing battering of the Palestinian people.

Below the firing line, of course, is a major discussion among Jews, many abandoning any support for the failed version of Zionism at play there. Former “liberal Zionists” have come to the conclusion after the last massacres in Gaza that any more blank support for Israel is out of step with traditional Jewish humanist values.

Here’s Mitrovica:

Where was the ‘compassionate’ media cavalry when a Palestinian physician was fighting a losing battle with Ottawa to arrange for 100 Palestinian children to come to Canada for desperately-needed medical help?

Where were Mulcair and Trudeau when the international news services were swamped with images of dead or mutilated Palestinian children during theIsraeli invasion of Gaza last year? Like Alexander, they were hiding behind their PR people, who issued circumspect press releases about those “heartbreaking” images and limply urged the Canadian government to do more to stop the bloodshed. How nice.

Not once, to my knowledge, did Mulcair or Trudeau step in front of a microphone during that 50-day war — which claimed the lives 521 Palestinian kids and grievously injured another 3,000 — to make impassioned pleas as
fathers or grandfathers for “compassion.” (I gather, Mr. Trudeau, that you can indeed find compassion in the middle of an election campaign.)

But perhaps the biggest hypocrites of these past few days have been some of this country’s major news organizations — the ones which saw fit to publish pictures of Alan’s lifeless body and demand action, but which sat on their hands when others were urging action for the children of Gaza.

Where were they when Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish — a Palestinian humanitarian, physician and father who lost three daughters and a niece to an Israeli tank shell in 2009 — was fighting a losing battle with Ottawa to arrange for 100 Palestinian children to come to Canada for desperately-needed medical help? Where was the “compassionate” media cavalry then?

Some were silent about the initiative, known as Heal 100 kids. Some dismissed it as political ploy. Worse, some even cynically implied that it was simply cover to allow terrorists to sneak into the country.


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    mushafta Says:

    Right on brother Ted! Right on!
    Somehow because Israel is far more connected to the Palestinian issue there is a big warning sign.. Stay off this issue! Too much controversy.
    Too much Jewish money and trade deals to be lost.

    Even Pope Francis today is encouraging parishes to take in Syrian refugees. Where was his offer of support during the Palestinian Israeli war? Again- enormous fear of Israeli push back. Politics, politics, politics.
    And where was Nemshi and Tory? Ohh yeah, great for the political posturing now, but where were they during that massacre? All absent!

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    mushafta Says:

    Israel’s Response to the Refugee Crisis… Build a wall!

    Today’s Toronto Star:

    JERUSALEM—Israel has begun building a fence along part of the country’s eastern border with Jordan as Syrian civil war refugees and other migrants flee their countries.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday: “We see today what happens when countries lose control of their borders.”
    He seemed to be referring to the massive influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East and African migrants heading to Europe.
    Earlier in the day Netanyahu bemoaned the “human tragedy” of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has helped out victims. However, he said Israel isn’t large enough to do much more.
    “Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of the refugees from Syria and Africa,” he said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “But Israel is a small country, a very small country, that lacks demographic and geographic depth; therefore, we must control our borders against illegal migrants and terrorism.”
    Netanyahu travelled by helicopter after the cabinet meeting to tour the construction area for the new eastern fence. The first 30-kilometre section will start from Israel’s southern resort city of Eilat.
    Israel has already built fences along its border with Egypt to stop African migrants and in the Golan Heights bordering Syria. Netanyahu said Israel is discussing multilateral aid packages with European governments aimed at helping African states “in order to deal with the problem at the source.”

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    mushafta Says:

    And in Today’s National Post Israel’s Opposition Party leader reminds Netanyahu of the Holocaust! Something it seems he’s forgotten!

    Isaac Herzog, leader of the centre-left Labor Party and head of the opposition, stirred a heated national debate over the issue after he said Saturday that “Jews cannot remain indifferent when hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking safe harbour.” He added, “Our people experienced firsthand the silence of the world,” alluding to the Holocaust, “and cannot be indifferent in the face of the rampant murders and massacres taking place in Syria.”

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    mushafta Says:

    Pope Francis meets Israeli President to talk peace..

    Catholics joined others in protesting Israel’s extension of its security wall, further dividing Palestinians and Israelis, Pope Francis gave Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a tangible sign of his hopes for peace.
    The pope’s new peace medal — replacing one depicting “the Angel of Peace” — is a bronze circle split in two with an olive branch growing up the middle. A band around the entire medal reads, in Italian, “Seek what unites. Overcome what divides.”

    “There is division,” the pope told Rivlin Sept. 3. “The challenge is to unite.”

    Rivlin gave the pope a rough basalt copy of an inscribed slab. The original was dated to the 9th century B.C. and includes what Rivlin said was the earliest reference to King David outside the Bible. “I thought it was right to give you this gift to recall the common origins of Christianity and Judaism,” he told the pope.

    Pope Francis and Rivlin met privately for 30 minutes. The Vatican said their conversation and the president’s subsequent meeting with officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State “focused on the political and social situation in the Middle East, affected by several conflicts, with special attention to the condition of Christians and other minority groups.”

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    mushafta Says:

    Tip of the mitre hat to Cardinal Collins!

    Good on ya Cardinal C!
    That’s leadership opening the coffers for the Syrian refugees!
    So pleased to see you take the ball and run!
    Bravo Cardinal C!

  6. Ted, you are so right on this. I have been leaving replies for sometime on Facebook saying much the same. Where are the opposition leaders on this? And someone mentioned Francis. One wonders and remains disappointed

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    mushafta Says:

    Harper’s immigration policies do little for Syrian refugees…
    Story in today’s National Post..

    “It’s our impression that refugees aren’t the government’s priority,” said Janet Dench, executive director with the Canadian Council for Refugees.

    As Conservatives boast, Canada is indeed one of the most immigrant friendly countries in the world, accepting an annual immigrant intake equivalent to nearly one per cent of the population.

    For the first six years of Conservative governance, Canada averaged 254,000 immigrants per year, the “highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history,” said then-immigration minister Kenney in 2012.

    And sure enough, the next two years would see another 519,427 newcomers — more than the population of Quebec City.

    But while the immigration system has been massively streamlined for economic newcomers, Canada has simultaneously made it increasingly difficult for certain refugees. In fact, the massive system overhaul in 2012 is being blamed for the country’s inaction in addressing the Syrian crisis.

    A centralized processing facility was established in Winnipeg to expedite applications for privately sponsored refugee claims. However, an internal report made public by an access to information request revealed that staffing shortages caused backlogs to reach “an unprecedented high.”

    Authorities also listed 37 countries as being a “designated country of origin,” and enacted a different system for processing refugee claimants from those countries.

    Enacted as part of an attempt to cut down on bogus claims, the 37 countries are considered to be free from persecution, and refugees from these “safe” countries are expedited and have no right of appeal.

    However, the system also means a refugee from Syria applying to Canada from a temporary home in a “safe” country may see the chance of acceptance plummet.

    “They’ve just added enormously to the paperwork and the hurdles people have to go through,” said Dench.

    And the evidence, say critics, is in the numbers.

    Canada received 35,775 refugees in 2005, just before the Conservative election victory. By 2014, the number was 23,286 — a drop of nearly one third.

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    But Ted, even you have your pet issues, even you are inconsistent in your condemnation of the culture of death. You could have entitled this: dead fetuses–not worth much. You too are governed by certain incentives. I.e, what would happen if Ted became pro-life and attended the March for Life, side by side with Campaign Life Coalition? You would lose your fan base. And if that fan base were your financial support, all the more reason and the greater your incentive to preserve them. You are not that different from the people you condemn–which is always the case with people who condemn, it seems.

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