Rachel Smalley has declared she is a Hamas hugger, she claims she is a “serious journalist” and yet she remains silent on the threatening of journalists by Hamas to only show Hamas in a positive light.
Evidence is emerging now of significant intimidation of journalists in Gaza by Hamas.
I note there is no such intimidation by the IDF or Israeli authorities.
Radjaa Abu Dagga, Gaza correspondent for Franceâ€™sLibÃ©ration,Â told the newspaperâ€˜s readersÂ on Tuesday how Hamas refused his requests to leave Gaza and how he was interrogated by Hamas members from their headquarters inside Gazaâ€™s Al-Shifa hospital, a violation ofÂ internationalÂ rules of war.
Blogger Elder of ZiyonÂ published a translation of his harrowing account on Thursday.
Correspondent Radjaa Abu Dagga for years divided his time between Paris, where his wife and son live, and Gaza, where his parents live and where he works. On 18 June, when he wanted to cross the Rafah border, an officer banned his way and took his passport like all Palestinians trying to cross into Egypt that day.
After four blocked attempts to leave Gaza without explanation over weeks, the Palestinian journalist was summoned by the security services of Hamas on Sunday. â€˜I received a call from a private number. They summoned me to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City center,â€™ explains Radjaa. He carried with him his two phones, his press card and a small camera.
A few meters from the emergency room where the injured from bombings are constantly flowing, in the outpatient department, he was received in â€˜a small section of the hospital used as administrationâ€™ by a band of young fighters. They were all well dressed, which surprised Radjaa, â€˜in civilian clothing with a gun under oneâ€™s shirt and some had walkie-talkies.â€™ Â He was ordered to empty his pockets, removing his shoes and his belt then was taken to a hospital room â€˜which served that day as the command office of three people.â€™ Â Â Read more »
John Banks has launched his appeal with what he says is compelling evidence of would could well misfeasanceÂ before the court.
The Judge decided that Kim Dotcom, Mona Dotcom and Wayne Tempero were all more believable that John and Amanda Banks.
I think we may well be going to see a return to the quotes made famous by Justice Mahon, where it may be revealed that there was an “orchestrated litany of lies”…especially on the partÂ of Kim and Mona Dotcom. It may well also revisit the quote from the previous Labour government where officials were instructed to “lie in unison”.
“Tainted” Fisher shows us where the problems lie for Dotcom and his estranged missus.
What John Banks is labelling compelling new evidence for an appeal against his criminal conviction is believed to be sworn statements from two Americans whose presence at the critical donation lunch was a key issue at his trial.
Justice Edwin Wylie had found him guilty of filing the return without recording the origin of two $25,000 donations from entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, who is facing extradition to the United States.
His judgment hinged on the credibility of witnesses’ evidence, telling the court he did not accept evidence from Banks or his wife, Amanda.
Outside the High Court at Auckland yesterday, Banks said: “Since the finding of guilt, fresh, new, unimpeachable, watertight evidence has emerged. That new evidence completely contradicts much of the evidence given in the court.
“We’re looking forward to taking that … to the Court of Appeal.”
The Weekend Herald has learned details of the evidence that will be put before the Court of Appeal in a bid to have Banks’ conviction overturned.
Evidence was given by the Dotcom camp, saying there were American guests on the grounds of the mansion on the day of the lunch but Mr Dotcom, estranged wife Mona and security chief Wayne Tempero said they were not at lunch when the donations were discussed. Â Â Read more »
This is a man I probably oppose in his political views, but a man I can respect for what he has written yesterday.
Allan Dick wrote this on his Facebook page yesterday.
I have an admission to make. It will forever brand me but this is too important.
All my public life as a journalist and broadcaster I have kept my political persuasions private.
I believe in free enterprise and the rights of the individual to make his or her own way in life. I despise social bludgers and those who will legislate for the weakest links in the chain.
But I am also a socialist and believes in support for those who aren’t as self=supporting as I think I am. I have voted Labour all but once in my life when I voted Social Credit.Â
Today though, I am regretting it. I have read the pure evil and the hatred that’s been directed at John Banks and I am ashamed to be from the same political camp as those making these comments.Â Read more »
Earlier this week I received a response to my OIA requests from the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional council. They claimed that they didnâ€™t have to respond to the questions I asked hiding behind a dodgy interpretation of the law after breaching their statutory obligation to respond in 20 working days.
What they are trying to hide is exactly what needs sunlight shined on it. Remember this is a council whoâ€™s staff and chairman donâ€™t give important information to sitting councillors, and have bullied and threatened any and all opponents to their dodgy socialist dam.
To: The Office of Â the Ombudsman
Re: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council failure to respond to LGOIMA Requests
Dear Sir/ Madam
I am writing to complain about the Hawke’s Bay Regional Councilâ€™s failure to respond to the LGOIMA requests (overleaf).
The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council failed to respond to these requests within the statutory time limit. They failed to offer me the opportunity to pay for the cost of obtaining the information and have refused to comply with the law.
Their response is overleaf. Â Â Read more »
Flabbergasting is the best way to describe Phil Goff’s latest statement on facebook after he opened his cranium and spilled its rotten contents all over social media. The self styled
diplomat of Foreign AffairsÂ Middle East Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman of New Zealand Â made a statement with an obvious anti Israeli slant that was riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. The obvious ignorance of human rights abuses by PalestiniansÂ Gaza Arabs themselves is astounding, and is a continuation of the mindless repeating of people who read the *NEWS*.
Goff’s goofy statement is not something I can let by without it being addressed, and for a Labour politician to take on the stance of such commentary around the conflict is idiotic, there goes the Israeli/Jewish vote for this election. Congratulations.
The following is the statement of Yasser Arafat’s hand in hand partner on facebook taken to pieces to reveal the shrouded bias: Read more »
Yesterday David Cunliffe rushed of to make a statement about the conviction of John Banks, and his diminutive candidate in Epsom did likewise. Michael Wood defamed John Banks in his press release, Banks was found guilty of filing a false electoral return which is not electoral fraud as he claimed. But that is by the by. Both Cunliffe and Wood both think that because of something that John Banks did in 2010, standing as an independent in a local body election which he lost, somehow impacts onÂ theÂ Act party in 2014.
Labour Leader David Cunliffe said Mr Banks’ conviction “underlines a sorry chapter in our political history” and he should “accept his sentence and move on”.
“His conviction is also a reminder of the dodgy deal that kept him in Parliament over the last three years – and of the heavy-handed pursuit of the media by the police in its wake.”
However, with Prime Minister John Key this week saying he would again do deals with Act and United Future, “the National Party has learned nothing from this distortion of the MMP system”.
“National has been kept in power by a self-evident manipulation of our democratic process – relying on discredited and irrelevant support parties such as ACT and United Future which owe their place in Parliament to cups of tea and a nod and a wink.
“Labour will remove coat-tailing to make the electoral system fairer and more transparent.”
Basically their premise is because John Banks filled out a form incorrectly in 2010 when he wasn’t even a member of the Act party and subsequently was pursued by a convicted fraudster, tax cheat and blackmailer then sfor some reason people shouldn’t vote for Â Act this election.
“You failed to disclose only two donations. There is nothing to suggest it was a pattern of offending,” Justice Wylie said.
But it was not a victimless crime, he said, the victim of the offending was the community at large.
Which is not particularly accurate, as John Banks at the time had lost the election and was then a retired politician and a private citizen.
Cunliffe’s claims wereÂ a long bow and he failed to draw it properly.Â Read more »
You may recall Hone trying to get us all to pay for his election hoardings going pear shaped. Â As a result he had to take down all his signs with the Parliamentary crest on them.
Apart from one halfhearted attempt, one reader can’t see any change just yet, in spite of a whole week passing since the issue was exposed by Whaleoil.
Statement from the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke this afternoon with US Secretary of State John Kerry and told him that despite his joint statement with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, according to which assurances had been received from Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip regarding a ceasefire from 08:00 this morning, the Palestinians had unilaterally and grossly violated the humanitarian ceasefire and attacked our soldiers after 09:00.
As a result of this attack, two IDF soldiers were killed and another soldier is suspected to have been abducted; this was after the ceasefire had taken effect.
Prime Minister Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Kerry that Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip will bear the consequences of their actions and that Israel would take all necessary steps against those who call for our destruction and perpetrate terrorism against our citizens.