Shirlee Finn

Jesus, Palestinian?

Causing quite a stir last weekend, Linda Sarsour tweeted that “Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with woolly hair.” Really? The Quran was written some 600 years after the death of Jesus.  Are we expected to believe that fact, if …

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‘Palestinians’ Peace?

When you look at the facts on the ground I think it’s clear to say that the so-called ‘Palestinians’ do not want PEACE, or maybe some people do, but their leaders do not. Maybe if they do have peace it will be the end of the *gravy train for the …

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From Israel: “Rage and Pain Multiplied!”

We knew there was a strong possibility that Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger might not live, in spite of the valiant efforts of his doctors to save him.  But we prayed, and we hoped.  And now we must say, Baruch Dayan HaEmet (Blessed is the Righteous Judge), because he died this morning. In …

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After Abbas – What Next?

Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen,  in January 2005  was elected as the President of the Palestinian Authority to succeed Yasser Arafat in the West Bank and Gaza, aka Judaea and Samaria. The PLO chairman and was elected for a four-year term  after which there was ‘supposed’ to be …

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Spelling and meaning of antisemitism and/or antisemitic.

fighting antisemitism

The incorrect spelling of both antisemitism and antisemitic is a pet hate of mine, as the correct spelling actually alters the meaning of the words. This is two previous items I’ve written on the subject joined. Unfortunately the spelling of the words have been Americanised!  I don’t recollect these incorrect …

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Desalination and the BDS.

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The 2000s drought in Australia, which was also known as the Millennium drought was said by some to be the worst drought recorded since European settlement. However plans for a desalination plant in Sydney were temporarily halted in 2005 after public opposition and the discovery of new underground aquifers. By …

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Antisemitism or anti-Semitism?

Antisemitism or anti-Semitism?  Which is it? Two plus years ago, I wrote an article called ‘Antisemitism v anti-Semitism’ in which I said that the incorrect spelling of antisemitism was getting to me more and more and I suspected it’s an Americanisation of the word. I might add it still is getting …

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My visit to the “occupied West Bank”.

My visit to the so-called ‘occupied West Bank’ in November 2017 has taken me some time  to get ‘down on paper’.  I just haven’t managed to find the time to do it. I was staying with a with a friend in Jerusalem who, when I mentioned I’d be interested in …

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied – “Lest We Forget”

Last year, 2017 Yassmin Abdel Magied posted the following insult in reference to ANZAC day – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is commemorated annually on April 25th in Australia and New Zealand and is held close to the heart of Australians. In 1915, Australia and New Zealand witnessed an …

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“Poor Palestinians”

“Poor Palestinians”.  Yes, some Arab Palestinians and Gazans are poor, but many are mega wealthy. In 2012 the estimated the number of ‘Gaza millionaires’ was said to be 800.  As of July 2014 there were some 1,700.  See ‘Luxury in the world’s largest prison !‘ Front Page Magazine says:  Fatah, …

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Happy Australia Day.

January 26 – Australia Day, is the day we celebrate the birth of our great country.  The day to remember the First Fleet which arrived in 1788, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip after its long arduous journey to Australia, landed in Sydney Cove. Australia Day is the day …

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“Peace for our time”

“Peace for our time” a famous four word phrase from Benjamin Disraeli, who said upon returning from the Congress of Berlin in 1878, “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time”. This was echoed in a speech given on 30 September 1938 by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain …

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‘ANZAC’ Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

‘ANZAC’ is the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It further …

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Bibi “Down Under”.

What an historical time and exciting few days we are having in Sydney with Bibi – Benjamin Netanyahu in town.  It was certainly a very moving experience listening to hear him speak in Central Synagogue. This is the first visit ever of an Israeli Prime Minister to Australia, he has …

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