Tag Archives: Palestine

Canadian Media Are Playing Into Hamas’ Hands

In war, the saying goes, the first casualty is the truth. In the wake of the deadly violence that occurred at the Gaza border with Israel on May 14 and immediately thereafter, Canadian media outlets accused Israel of using “excessive” and “disproportionate” force. Unfounded claims were broadcast contending that Israel …

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Palestinians: A People Invented .

“The history of the Palestinian people goes back as far as”… This is where Arab “historians” disagree. Some say the “Palestinian people” have a proud 4000-year history; others say 10,000 years, 30,000 years, and even –don’t laugh- 200,000 years, which makes the Neanderthals pretty young people compared to the “mysterious …

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Why Israel’s capital and not ‘Palestine’s’?

My answer to a Facebook question. I only realised after that the question really wasn’t addressed to me but to intellectuals and politicians in Arab states, a status I clearly don’t hold. The information is still valid. Pity to waste the effort.

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Unravelling the “narrative”.

Over and over I keep hearing the word “narrative”. Most often it is spoken by people who insist on the importance of understanding and respecting the “Palestinian narrative.” How many people have actually paused to consider what “narrative” means? More importantly, how should we respond to a narrative that is …

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Facts on the ‘Wall’

One of the most misrepresented and emotionally loaded issues about Israel – and there is a smorgasbord to choose from – is its security barrier.  This is one of the issues that featured prominently in a recent programme on Maori TV (One World – He Ao Kotahi) where the narrator …

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British Museum Promotes Antisemitism.

fighting antisemitism

“Hey Average Joe, did you see this map? “Look where Israel ought to be it says Palestine. And it says it was called Palestine 4000 years ago! It’s as if the Jews never lived there.  Can that be right?” “Well gee,” replied Average Joe, “It must be right.  After all …

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Why do companies like Amazon and Sears think it’s ok to profit from Jew hate?

Why do companies like Amazon and Sears think it’s OK to profit from Jew hate? Why do companies like Amazon and Sears think it’s OK to profit from Jew hate? The answer is simple – because we let them. Jews and non-Jews, from fear or from apathy are allowing hate …

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Words you should never use if you love and support Israel.

Words are used to explain reality but they can also be used to shape reality, to create it. Sometimes exchanging a single word for another can change the picture entirely. Personally, I don’t believe there is any neutrality on the issue of Israel.  There are people who are uninvolved and …

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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: “Palestine”- Who has moral high ground?

The “Humanitarian Paradigm”, advocating funded emigration for the resolution of the “Palestinian problem”, will be the most humane of all options if it succeeds, and the least inhumane if it does not. Even if the Palestinians agree that their state have no army or weapons, who can guarantee that a …

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Are Israeli settlements illegal?

Israeli settlements in the West Bank have been tried in the New Zealand court of public opinion and found to be illegal.  Waikato Professor of Law, Alexander Gillespie, recently declared in the NZ Herald that  “There is no question in international law that these settlements are illegal.”  Similarly, many of …

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Into the fray: “Palestine” – The perils in pictures.

As the coming Paris conference looms closer, avid two-state proponents should understand what the prescription they advocate really means: Israel through the binoculars of a Palestinian “intelligence officer” If a Palestinian state is established, it will be armed to the teeth. Within it there will be bases of the most …

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The BSA And The Terror-tories.

Hey, you didn’t forget about The Occupation for a minute did you? No silly, we are not talking about  Northern Cyprus, Tibet, Crimea, Balochistan, Western Sahara, or any of the other occupations around the world that you never hear about. We are talking, of course, about the Palestinians and their …

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‘Palestinianism’ and its relationship with colonialism and imperialism.

Friends, Meerim I want to share with us a bit of hakafa on the movement called Palestinianism and its relationship with colonialism and imperialism.  Often times, when the haters talk of Zionism, they, accuse it of been colonialistic but the opposite is the case on Zionism, and Palestinianism is the …

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What do you Recognize in Palestinians?

Summary: In their eagerness to give Palestinian Arabs self-determination, Europeans have begun to symbolically recognize Palestine as a country.  However, the Europeans have failed to recognize that Palestinian actions are against the law and vision for peace. During the months of October and November 2014, a number of European countries …

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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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A confession of a left-wing Zionist.

Zionism injected controversy into Middle Eastern politics not because there were competing nationalist claims for the same land, or because it entailed the creation of a Palestinian refugee issue. There was a time when being a “Leftist Zionist” was no contradiction. Zionism was built on principles of equality, common ownership …

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Palestine in the 1800s

 9,000 Photos from Palestine in 1800’s – with no trace of Muslims or mosques Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. Four years after his arrival he reported 15,000 prints of Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Greece, and 9,000 stereoscopic-views. He traveled to the region several times and we …

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Where does the ‘State of Palestine’ get its money from?

So where does ‘Palestine’ get its money from?  A good question which came to mind a while back. Constantly on the pro-‘Palestinian’ sites and Facebook pages one hears comments about the United States of America running Israel, giving money to Israel, Israel being America’s lap dog etc., etc.  They clearly …

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The alchemy of Palestinian nationhood

“Alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation” (The Oxford Dictionary). “I do not think there is a Palestinian nation at all. I think there is an Arab nation. I think it’s a colonialist invention — a Palestinian nation. When were there any Palestinians? Where did they come from? I …

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