Tag Archives: gaza

We need to talk about Gaza.

Some events of note have happened in Gaza in the last week or so, not necessarily related, but they make up a part of a bigger problem, one that is not being sufficiently aired and dealt with in the public domain. I will move chronologically. The first event was the …

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The Six Day War, 50 years later: Still little chance for harmony in a region of perpetual conflict.

Vastly outnumbered, outgunned, besieged on every front and overwhelmed by the wealth and diplomatic influence of the Arab States, Israel faced its hour of maximum danger 50 years ago. It did so alone: 100,000 Egyptian troops, armour and artillery had amassed on Israel’s southern border; the UN peace-keeping force along …

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How many times has the Red Cross visited Israeli prisoners in Gaza?

The international press is still going on about your hunger strike in Israel’s prison system. They are treating your requests as if any other country would honour such demands on the part of murderers they have in THEIR prisons. Tell me, Mr Barghouti – how do your prison conditions compare …

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Into the Fray: : Gaza: Let their people go!

Instead of pouring millions into inoperative desalination plants & rusting sewage treatment works, humanitarian aid should be generous relocation grants to help Gazans find safer, more secure lives elsewhere “If the borders opened for one hour, 100,000 young people would leave Gaza”  –  Rashid al-Najja, vice dean, Gaza’s Al-Azhar University; …

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Into the Fray: Touting tyranny in pursuit of bipartisanship.

“A durable Israeli-Palestinian peace can best be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, resulting in a Jewish state living side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state…” – From “The Peace Process: Israel’s Pursuit of Peace,” currently on AIPAC’s website. “Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on …

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Into the Fray: Generals, gimmicks and gobbledygook.

Are “Commanders for Israel” aware of the deadly defects in their ill-conceived program, but persist in promoting it anyway; or they are unaware of them, and are promoting it out of sheer ignorance?  [After Gamal Abdel Nasser’s death] the ability of the Arabs to coordinate their political and military activities …

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New Zealand has an issue with terrorism.

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack.  When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English spoke out against the terror attack.  …

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Terms Misused By Anti-Israel Activists.

In the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, words are just as powerful weapons as rockets or knives. Words can kill, but they are also a casualty of the conflict. You may remember Newspeak, the fictional language in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was an altered …

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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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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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Update: World Vision Suspends Operations in Gaza.

In August we reported on the breaking news that the director of World Vision in Gaza, Mohammed El-Halabi (pictured with Mike McRoberts), was arrested by Israel for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars of aid and donations to Hamas terror. When the allegations broke, World Vision announced it was …

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Women’s Flotilla About Everything But Helping Gaza.

Arguably, more humanitarian aid flows into Gaza than ever before. And strong evidence indicates that Hamas chooses to divert significant amounts of construction material that should be used to rebuild housing in order to gear up for future terrorist attacks against Israel. And so a flotilla aimed at drawing attention …

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Arlene from Israel: “To Be Visionaries”.

It is almost two weeks now since we observed Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the Temples and a number of other tragedies that have befallen our people at this time on the calendar. We did the mourning: fasting… reading Eicha (Lamentations) while sitting on the floor…chanting of Kinot (dirges, …

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Into the Fray: “Mowing the lawn” won’t cut it – My challenge to BESA.

 By avoiding confrontations in which Israel can win, Israeli governments risk backing the country into a confrontation which it cannot win. Israelis have gradually come to realize that at present the Palestinians are neither a partner for comprehensive peace nor capable of establishing a viable state…The Palestinian Authority has no …

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How much Kiwi money Has World Vision sent to Hamas?

The news broke on 4th August that the director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, Mohammed El-Halabi, was arrested by the Israeli internal secret service for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars of World Vision funds to the terrorist arm of Hamas. It is reported that during the …

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What is your World Vision?

Two weeks ago, a story emerged from Gaza that was so explosive in its nature and content that it should have shaken the world. The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed that back in June it had arrested Palestinian Mohammad El Halabi, a senior staff member for World Vision in Gaza, for …

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Into the Fray:New “nuts”:Jeffrey Goldberg,the JPost & the question of sanity.

Allow me to refer to an article, “Why we can’t dump Gaza”, written in the Jerusalem Post, almost a quarter century ago-by one, Martin Sherman  I think I’m getting ready to leave Ha’aretz … [its] cartoonish anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism can be grating. I find the @TimesofIsrael to be very reliable. Ha’aretz …

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Facebook. A pipeline for funding Hamas terrorism?

Arabs in Gaza are swarming social media platforms and sending private messages to pro-Palestinian activists looking for donations. Is it just one massive scam?  Or are Hamas utilising social media platforms, not just to spread propaganda, but as a pipeline to raise funds for their terrorist activities? Hamas are one …

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The alternate guide to Gaza.

Last Tuesday, SBS screened a programme on Dateline entitled “The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza”.  The blurb for the programme read: “Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration …

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