Tag Archives: Egypt

Chris Trotter’s dark reading of Israel’s dilemma.

In one of the most polarizing trials in Israeli army history, 20 year old Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, was found guilty of manslaughter. Three judges presiding over the military court ruled that he had violated the ‘Purity of Arms doctrine’ of …

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McCully secures shameful legacy for New Zealand at UNSC.

As New Zealand prepares to finish its time on the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Murray McCully will be remembered for his complicity in making it illegal for Jews to pray at their holiest site, the Western Wall. In the last United Nations Security Council meeting of the year and …

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Gaping Hole in Shuttleworth’s Narrative on the ‘Women’s Peace Boat’.

Green MP Marama Davidson’s ‘Women’s Peace Boat’ mission came to an inauspicious end last week as she was arrested and deported from Israel, having failed to accomplish her mission of reaching Gaza. Of course, she always knew this was the likely outcome, underlining the futile and foolish nature of the …

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Flotilla became ‘ship of fools’.

Opinion piece by David Cumin and Juliet Moses who are members of the New Zealand Jewish Council Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology The sovereign integrity of states is one of those building blocks on which the modern world operates. It is a guiding tenet of …

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South Africa Was an Apartheid State and Israel is Not.

What it is necessary to understand is that the movement known as Zionism which, beginning in the nineteenth century, climaxed in the setting up of the state of Israel in 1947, was a response to this long history of persecution. The so-called Holocaust came as the horrific confirmation of the …

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Green Party “Peace Mission” to Gaza: Nine Things to Consider.

Green Party NZ MP, Marama Davidson, is soon to depart on the “women’s peace boat” in an attempt to breach Israel’s legal maritime blockade of Gaza and raise awareness of the Palestinian cause. However, press releases from the Green Party and Ms Davidson seem to lack awareness of some fundamental …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion? And Far Worse

One great thing Israel has going for her is the political cartoon work of Ya’akov Kirschen, who has been doing “Dry Bones” for over 40 years now.   At present, he is developing an online Bones Academy to train an army of cartoonists in the art of Computer Based Messaging – …

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Egypt cleaning up ‘Down Under’.

Egypt has been fighting a losing battle in the Sinai for a number of years now. With the overthrow of  Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 conflict the country became increasingly unstable and it created a security issue in the Sinai peninsula. Radical Islamic terrorists  in …

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Written in Cement.

Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow? Let me count the ways. How many BBC foreign correspondents does it take to change a light-bulb? None. The light-bulb is only broken if their favoured sources tell them that it is. Five Minutes for Israel hasn’t awarded a red clown nose for quite some …

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Kenya is building an apartheid wall! Where’s the outcry?

News that Kenya is planning to build a wall to protect its citizens against terrorists invading from Somalia will no doubt enrage some of  Marrickville’s ex-councillors. The New York Times reported: Mandera, Kenya: As the border gate opened early in the morning, minibuses dropped off passengers, donkey-led carts trotted through and …

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Egypt discovers the “Mother of all Tunnels”

A military spokesman in Egypt announced that  Egyptian border guards have discovered a tunnel, 2.8 kilometres long and three meters deep. Military Spokesman Mohamed Samir said  in a statement on his official Facebook page the tunnel was used by “terrorists” and “criminals” in the smuggling of individuals, goods, and “arms …

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Israel: Security in a Small Country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as “a small country, one of the smallest”. That is true, but only part of the story. As Bibi added “Israel is strong, but it’s much more vulnerable [than the US].” Size: Israel is about 20,000 square kilometers, using the 1949 Armistice Lines, or 22,000 …

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Arlene from Israel – HOW PROUD WE ARE!

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the speech of his life today. His speech was not merely good, it was, as one commentator here put it, perfect. His pacing and his delivery were masterful; he managed to take the high road and deliver a powerful message at the same time. …

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Egypt to Attack Gaza?

An item published today by JNS.org claims the Egyptian media reported on Sunday that the army has been given a green light to strike Gaza. The report says the Egyptian government’s legal adviser sanctioned the legitimacy of an attack in Gaza following a Supreme Court decision on Saturday to label …

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The Holocaust was an Arab story too.

On the day that the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the UK liberal newspaper The Guardian declared in an editorial : “The Arabs, meanwhile, cannot be blamed for feeling that Europe’s blood debt to the Jews was paid with what they see as …

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Arlene from Israel – Seeking Sparks of Light

I’m going to do something different today: Start with good news items.  We need to hear that good news, with all the clouds hanging over us. The first is the matter of Israeli-Japanese relations, which have blossomed astonishingly in the past year.  This is true in the areas of diplomatic …

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Into the Fray: Sisi or ISIS?

It’s difficult to overstate the potential importance of the Egyptian president’s New Year speech on Islam – and equally important to avoid overly optimistic expectations as to its practical impact.  “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that …

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Palestine – Mapping The Truth Erases A Long-running Fiction.

The US State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs has featured a map on its website – which both rejects and corrects the misleading use of the terms “1967 boundaries” and “1967 borders” – which have never existed in relation to any territorial subdivision between Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. …

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Arlene in Israel – Jewish (and Other) Rights in the Land Today.

Editor’s note: There is some excellent material here to study and to share Please click links and read. Let us begin today by looking briefly at the historical situation that immediately followed Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the subsequent War of Independence.  At the end of the war, in 1949, …

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Egypt in turmoil: blame the Jews!

    The ongoing bloodbath in Egypt got me thinking about the Jews from Egypt. We have a long history there; each Pesach we are exhorted to remember when we were slaves in Egypt and to celebrate our redemption from slavery to freedom. Under Mubarak’s regime, repressive though it was, …

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