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Canada, UK and Israel missing in action

September 3, 2015


The world is horrified at the heart wrenching picture of the 4 year old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach, another drowned refugee. The 3-year-old found dead Wednesday along the shores of a Turkish resort town was named Aylan Kurdi. His family was trying to reach the Greek island of Kos when their boat capsized. His brother, Galip, 5, and mother, Rehan, 35, also died. Only the boys’ father, Abdullah, survived.
And the news that our big hearted Canadian government had refused the family entry into Canada.
“I was trying to sponsor them, and I have my friends and my neighbors who helped me with the bank deposits, but we couldn’t get them out, and that is why they went in the boat. I was even paying rent for them in Turkey, but it is horrible the way they treat Syrians there,” Teema Kurdi, Abdullah’s sister who lives in Vancouver, told the Ottawa Citizen.

NDP member from BC Fin Donnelly personally delivered the letter to immigration minister Chris Alexander in March, then nada.

“I walked across the aisle in the House of Commons and handed it to him and had a conversation with him,” Donnelly told Canada AM. “I asked him to look into the case.”Donnelly said Alexander promised to look into it.  He said Alexander’s office later requested more information about the family, which was supplied.

“But then the waiting began,” Donnelly said. “The weeks turned into months and we continued to wait and wait, and nothing.”

Alexander has suspended his re-election bid to rush back to Ottawa to control the damage.The Tories of course are hopeless in this regard, their performance abysmal but the other two leaders have shown that they are tone deaf to this global crisis. You can bet he’ll be one Tory who will defy the great leader and start speaking to the press.

NDP leader Mulcair at least acknowledged “It’s too easy to start assigning blame,” he said. “The international community has failed. Canada has failed.”

In Europe, while Germany is taking 800,000 refugees in, German newspapers are mocking another Tory government for its chintzy 10,000 admission response to the immigration crisis. Both Canada and the U.K. should be ashamed of their response.

And the last time I looked at the map, Israel was next to Syria and its response was typical. Basically we do not like Muslims. What would possess families to trek thru Europe for a safe haven when one of the most developed countries in the world is next door. Three guesses and the first two don’t count.

Well most people know by now Israel has become a very racist country which treats asylum seekers like vermin.
The new Minister of Culture, and former spokesperson of the IDF, Miri Regev welcomes Sudanese migrants who have trekked across a desert as “a cancer in our body.”

Israel only destroys “structures”, never homes

August 25, 2015

By 2050- earlier, probably- all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared.  Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron- they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. 

George Orwell in 1984

One phrase that you should always pay attention to in official Israeli state reports—or constant propaganda— is the bastardized use of language. The only democracy in the Middle East which has no respect for human rights or international law never bombs (as in Gaza) or destroys homes. No, homes are only “structures” as in barns or pens where animals and/or farm machinery are kept.This is Orwellian Newspeak. No, civilized Israel would never destroy “homes” where people who have lived on the land for centuries actually live. Why this would actually put innocent children out on the street.


The constant state use of collective punishment, bulldozing homes of Palestinians (excuse me Arabs, Israel never dignifies the original occupants of the area as “Palestinians”) is against international law. What your son was arrested? .Now we are going to blow up your house.

This week 31 human rights, and development organizations called on world leaders to take urgent action to halt ongoing demolitions and hold the government of Israel accountable for the wanton destruction of Palestinian property and of projects funded by international aid in the occupied West Bank.So far in the past week 132 people including 82 children were made homeless.according to ICAHD (House Demolitions) 46, 294 homes have been demolished since 1967.

Can you imagine the feeling as you watch your home bulldozed for nothing you have done? A home is a sanctuary, a special place .It is never just a “structure” as Israeli propaganda says.

Dr. Meron Benvenisti, the noted political scientist and demographer and one of the great “Jews of Conscience” in Israel describes the meaning of occupation today,the total disregard and contempt Israel has for international law and the United Nations.
It would be hard to overstate the symbolic value of a house to an individual for whom the culture of wandering and of becoming rooted to the land is so deeply engrained in tradition, for an individual whose national mythos is based on the tragedy of being uprooted from a stolen homeland. The arrival of a firstborn son and the building of a home are the central events in such an individual’s life because they symbolize continuity in time and physical space.
We Jews celebrate our strength but at its core lies a counsel of despair.For Jewish identity is linked, willingly or not, to Palestinian suffering and this suffering is demolition of the individual’s home comes the destruction of the world.

Bulldozing more homes in the crazy country

August 24, 2015


Adam Keller is just another reason to believe that the prophetic is still alive in Israel. A 60 year old longtime “Jew of Conscience”, the native born Israeli has been jailed several times for protesting the shameless abuse of Palestinian rights. The contrarian gene has been passed on to his son Uri Yacobi who served seven months in prison for refusing to serve the army of occupation.

Keller’s parents who fought in the ‘48 war quickly became disillusioned with the narrow vision of Ben-Gurion and the betrayal of socialist principles for a pure nationalist version of Zionism.


Keller continues to fight the good justice fight and is a regular blogger from Tel Aviv. He recently wrote a piece called Crazy Country.

On returning from the Netherlands he received a call from a good Palestinian friend Haj Sami Sadeq, head of the small village of Aqaba in the Jordan Valley – who asked him to call him. An old story hardly ever reported in America or Canada had taken place.

“They came suddenly, without any warning. Hundreds of soldiers, with two huge bulldozers. They destroyed seven structures and also toppled the electricity poles. I spoke with Asher Tzur of the Civil Administration, the man who is persecuting us for many years already. I told him, ‘I have a letter from Prime Minister Ehud Barak, he confirmed that we had the right to build power lines, to have light in our homes and air conditioning in the hot summer. He told me, ‘Your entire village is illegal, we will yet wipe it off the map. The Americans give you money to build, but to us the Americans give money to buy bulldozers.

Keller reported that this collective punishment proceeds apace in the West Bank. B’Tselem,the Israeli human rights group reported that “18 Aug 2015: This morning, 17 homes were destroyed, as well as 7 structures for livestock, in the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley, leaving 48 people homeless, 31 of them minors. Most of the families whose homes were destroyed have already lost their homes in previous demolitions. Evicted inhabitants were exposed to temperatures which reached 40 degrees Celsius.”

And so it goes, relentlessly under the radar in America and Canada but duly reported to a bored and blasé Israeli populace which has gotten quite used to the ugly face of occupation.

Distinguished author humiliated at Israeli border

August 19, 2015


Susan Abulhawa is a American writer whose first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was translated into 30 languages and was an international best seller. a helluva read. Now her new book, The Blue Between Sky and Water, is coming out soon.It has already been sold for translation into 19 languages,


On July 29 this American citizen born in Jerusalem was stopped at the Allenby Bridge crossing into Israel from Jordan. She was on her way to visit parents “in the only democracy in the Middle East,”

You can guess what happened if you know anything about Israel.

American passport in tow this feisty proud 45 year old American citizen was subjected to a 7 hour humiliation at the hands of security officials.

Why are you here? On and on and on.

As well as visiting friends this distinguished author was on her way to build 2 more playgrounds for kids in Palestine.

After the 7 hour humiliation fest Abulhawa lost it“ You wish you had the same roots as I do,” she shouted. “You should be the one to leave, not me! I’m a daughter of this land.”

Later on on Facebook she let it all hang out…wouldn’t you?

“Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently differential. Livid,”

Asking for help from the US consulate in Jordan was a lost cause. She was refused entry and the staff would not accept her complaint.

A typical day for a Palestinian arriving in Israel

The week before another Jerusalem native Dr. George Khoury landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Khoury is a professor of languages with a doctorate in theology from Berkeley got he same shoddy treatment. Traveling with a priest friend from Italy the 70 year old Khoury was denied entry.

The sensitive security apparatchik told him,”This is our Israel. This is for Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel”.

imagine a Canadian official treating a person like this.

Gone the next day.

But this is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
And this is America, the great enabler of the longest modern occupation in history.

Meet Mr.Gopstein

August 12, 2015


Meet Mr Benzi Gopstein, age 46,the leader of Lehava – a group infamous for its virulent campaigns against relationships between Arab men and Jewish women now y urges the same government to expel Christian places of worship from the Holy Land. I mean, why not.
They need to take them out. We don’t have a place for churches here…. It’s Jewish law. This is what God told us.”
Oh really, Benzi where was that?
Anothert crazed fundamnetalist settler from Kiryat Arba outside Hebron in the West Bank where israel spends a fortune protecting 500 illegal settlers living among 140,000 Palestinians. It was in Hebron where the ultimate Jewish terrorist Dr.Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 settlers in the Ibrahim mosque in February 1994.

Israel suddenly got religion after some settlers torched a Palestinian house resulting in the death of an 18 month old infant Ali Dawabshe.They arrested Meir Ettinger, 23 – grandson of the late Meir Kahane, the racist rabbi whose Kach party was banned because of its racist beliefs. Young Mr Ettinger like Mr.Gopstein was arrested days after lamenting how Israel was being “desecrated” by churches in a blog post. Now he’s free to go.No proof.
The blog condemned “the state of Israel’s great sin of allowing idolatry – churches and monasteries abounding in the Land of Israel with the sound of their ringing bells mixing with the pleasant sound of the Torah and prayer”.
Recall what was chalked on the burned house: Long live the messiah.
The West Bank is riddled by bad religion like this, an Excedrin headache for the many Israelis who are disguisted with these gentlemen.
Mr Gopstein was chillingly dismissive of the reasons behind the crackdown – saying he would shed no tears for one-year-old Ali Dawabshe, the Palestinian child whose death in last Friday’s arson attack triggered a wave of condemnation from Israeli politicians.

NDP turtles in Nova Scotia

August 10, 2015


Poor Morgan Wheeldon NDP candidate in Kings-Hants Nova Scotia became another victim of political correctness this time the NDP turtling over a simple truth uttered by young Wheeldoon on Facebook regarding the butchery in Gaza last summer “One could argue that Israel’s intention was always to ethnically cleanse the region — there are direct quotations proving this to be the case. Guess we just sweep that under the rug.”

The simple truth indeed is what all Canadian political parties do when it comes to Israel. They run for cover. You simply cannot say anything critical about Israel.
Brad Lavigne, senior campaign adviser for the New Democrats, confirmed by email that Wheeldon had resigned as the party’s candidate

“We were made aware of some information that had not previously been disclosed. When we approached Mr. Wheeldon with this information, he submitted his resignation,” wrote Lavigne.

“Our position on the conflict in the Middle East is clear, as Tom Mulcair expressed clearly in the debate,” Lavigne said. “Mr. Wheeldon’s comments are not in line with that policy and he is no longer our candidate.”

Nor is Paul Manly in Nanaimo, BC who was hooked for similar reasons and will cost the NDP seat there on Vancouver Island. Manly another critic of Israel’s policies is now running for the Greens.

Wheeldon of course is correct in his comments but one must not at all costs speak the truth about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
On this issue Mulcair is as bad as the other timorous leaders.

August 6, 1945 a day of Infamy

August 6, 2015

A day of infamy FDR said of Pearl Harbour.

But neither he nor Truman would ever have said it about August 6, Hiroshima Day.
A day of mass murder, a needless exercise in butchery given that Japan had already made overtures to surrender.
A decision that sickened Admiral Leahy, the head of the Pacific fleet
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.

The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”

Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower’s thoughts when Stinson the Secretary of War informed him of Truman’s decision
During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face’. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude…”


The empire of course never apologizes for opening the nuclear age and being the first to immolate over one hundred thousand. And then there was Nagasaki on August 9. More innocent civilians became shadows on a rock.

Here they are again 70 years later ready to spend $1 trillion in the next 3 years on nuclear upgrades. And all the while lecturing Iran striving to go nuclear and saying nothing about the only nuclear power in the Middle East, israel

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Netanyahu and Peter Beinart pt 1

August 5, 2015


Peter Beinart is at his wit’s end defending liberal Zionism.A serious, thoughtful American Jew of Conscience he has written extensively on the failure of the American Jewish establishment woefully out of touch with the rapidly growing disenchantment with Israel.Today in Haaretz Beinart wrote a particularly food column on the the obtuseness of benyamin Netanyahu, the ultimate inciter-in-chief in Israel today.
His column was called The Moral Responsibility That Rivlin Accepts and Netanyahu Denies. Yesterday I praised Rivlin’s perceptive remarks on his countrty’s racism. Today it is Beinart’s turn.
After a Palestinian baby is burned, Netanyahu lies about Israeli incitement – including his own. See yesterday’s post. He asks: Will the Israeli right finally come to its senses?He then quotes Rivlin: “What is it in the public atmosphere which allows extremism and extremists to walk in confidence, in broad daylight?”

In other words, Rivlin acknowledged that he is implicated in Dawabsheh’s death, that in Rabbi Heschel’s famous words, “Few are guilty, but all are responsible.” Netanyahu did almost exactly the opposite. Yes, he called the murders “terrorism.” But in the very next sentence, he boasted that, “The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of who the perpetrators are.” That’s a lie. When Palestinians murdered members of the Jewish Fogel family in 2011, the Israel Defense Forces quarantined the entire city of Nablus and reportedly interrogated every man in the nearby village of Awarta. When Israel caught the murderers, it approved the demolition of their homes. Israel never responds to Jewish terrorism that way.

In the past, in fact, it has barely responded at all. According to the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, Palestinians filed 150 complaints against settlers with the Judea and Samaria (West Bank) police between 2013 and 2014. Only two even resulted in indictments. After that first self-congratulatory lie, Netanyahu soon told another. “What distinguishes us from our neighbors,” he declared, “is that we denounce and condemn murderers in our midst and pursue them until the end, while they name public squares after child murderers.

Evidently Netanyahu is unfamiliar with David Raziel, a member of the Irgun who in 1938 placed a bomb in Haifa’s Arab market, killing 21 and injuring more than 50. There are streets named for Raziel in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Ramat Hasharon, Tirat Karmel, Tiberias, Ramla, Beersheva, Kefar Sava and Haifa itself. Raziel’s face also adorns an Israeli postage stamp. In the same year Raziel committed his act of terrorism, another Irgun member, Shlomo Ben-Yosef, threw a hand grenade at an Arab bus travelling between Tiberias and Rosh Pina, hoping to make it crash. There are streets named for Ben-Yosef in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bnai Brak, Be’er Yaakov and Ramat Gan.He’s on a postage stamp too. I’m not saying this to excuse Palestinians who celebrate murder. Venerating terrorists who intentionally kill Israelis, as Palestinian leaders too often do, is always wrong.

Promoting hatred of Jews, as Palestinian leaders too often do, is always wrong. But there’s something sickening about Netanyahu applauding his government for not inciting acts of violence when Israelis have just burned a Palestinian baby to death. Not only sickening, but factually wrong. According to a poll of Jewish Israeli teenagers in June, forty-five percent said they would not study in class with an Arab. Forty-eight percent of those who identified as “right-wing” expressed sympathy for “price tag” attacks against Palestinians.

Burning babies and torching Torah

August 4, 2015


The torching of a Palestinian home resulting in the death of 18 month old Ali Dawabsha has opened a serious discussion in Israel. It has flushed out both genuine israelis of conscience and blatant hypocrites and massive deniers of present day reality.
Realists included the brave Israeli human rights group B’Tselem which stated, on the day of the attack July 30 ”A burned infant was only a matter of time.” The group stated the obvious : “This is due to the authorities’ policy to avoid enforcing the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians and their property. This policy creates impunity for hate crimes, and encourages assailants to continue, leading to this morning’s horrific result.
it is a well known fact that the settlers have acted with impunity, running roughshod over both Palestinians, their homes and their olive groves. This scandal has been going on for decades, routinely ignored by the central government.Prime Minister Netanyahu has a sordid history of such incitement. His constant support of settlers and far right parties and their incendiary language, his failure to punish Jewish terrorists who have torched nine Palestinian homes in the last three years is nothing short of permission-giving.
In 1994 Netanyahu became notorious in this regard.In March of that year, video clips showed Netanyahu marching in front of a black coffin bearing the words,”Rabin is murdering Zionism”. After the assassination Netanyahu was spurned by Rabin’s widow Leah.”Mr.Netanyahu incited against my husband and led the savage demonstrations against him.” Mrs.Rabin to the shock of many personally received Yasser Arafat and accepted his condolences.
Make no mistake, Israel is a deeply racist society, particularly in the illegally occupied territories, a hotbed of Jewish exceptionalism and fundamentalist messianism. It also includes many Jews of Conscience like president Reuven Rivlin.
Flames have engulfed our country,” he said at the rally in Jerusalem’s Zion Square. “Flames of violence, flames of hatred, flames of false, distorted and twisted beliefs, Flames which permit the shedding of blood, in the name of the Torah, in the name of the law, in the name of morality, in the name of a love for the land of Israel. Citizens of Israel, a Jewish and democratic Israel,  needs a wake-up call today,”

Rivlin cited the vision of the Prophets, of compassion and mercy, in his speech. He needed to because of what was inscribed on the wall of the torched Dawabsheh home was the shocking message:”Long live the Messiah King.”

This chilling statement, to anybody familiar with Zionist history, recalls the eerie prophecy of Ahad Ha’am,(Asher Ginzberg d. 1927) the noted spiritual Zionist on his visit to Palestine in 1890. When he saw the way the settlers of that period were treating the indigenous Arabs he wrote,”They treat the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, deprive them of their rights, offend them without cause and even boast of these deeds; and nobody among us opposes this despicable and dangerous inclination. If this be the ‘Messiah, I do not wish to see his coming.”

Such is the bizarre theology which is rife in the settlements in the West Bank.

Settlers burn Palestinian child and firebomb the Torah

August 3, 2015


Before dawn on Friday morning, July 31, Ali Dawabsha, an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler, was burned to death in an arson attack on two homes in the village of Duma in the northern occupied West Bank.Contrary to opinion this murder is not the first time Israeli settlers have burned Palestinians alive. A year ago a group of Israeli youths abducted and burned to death the eastern occupied Jerusalem teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair. As per usual the police despite having pictures of the thugs dawdled and it was only the disgusting nature of the crime and international pressure that their racist police force got off their culos at all.

Jews of Conscience in the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem commented “In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli police did not even bother to take elementary investigative actions.”

This is standard practice in Israel today. One week near Hebron or actually any place in the West Bank, rampant impunity of the settlers is standard practice. The IDF is there to protect not the innocent original Palestinian natives but the messianic settlers who not only torch olive groves but daily torch the Torah they say they believe in.

Earlier in July two Israelis burned a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. Their punishment, a slap on the wrist. They said it was worth it. You can’t have Palestinians and Israelis studying together.

On Aug. 16, 2012 Israeli settlers firebombed a Palestinian taxi south of Bethlehem, injuring Jamila Hassan, her husband Ayman and their children Iman, 4, and Muhammad, 6, as well as the driver.

“We are lost, our life has turned upside down, the father, son and daughter are each in different worlds, our life is difficult and we’re miserable,” Jamila told Ma’an at Haddassah Hospital, where Mohammad and Ayman are being treated. Muhammad has severe burns on his back, hands, legs and face.

In January 2013 despite overwhelming evidence fingering the 12 and 13 year old settlers Israeli prosecutors dropped the case, citing a “lack of evidence.” If they were Palestinian children throwing rocks, they would have been brutally punished. Again standard practice.

For international consumption the west was treated to the crocodile tears of  prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu who presided over the murders of over 500 children in Gaza last July. This is nothing but more hasbara (spin), a failed attempt to paint this outrage as an individual act rather than the predictable result of a colonial occupation and the coddling of illegal settlers who actually believe they are the true Zionists who are carrying out a divine mandate


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