Green MP Marama Davidson has some great peaceful shipmates on board her feminist peace flotilla (of one ship!). Tablet Mag has details.
First we have Ola Abed who is a video game inventor. How cool. What does the game do? Encourage kids to shoot Israelis. You even get extra points for headshots!
We also have Norsham Abu Bakr who has said Israel is actually behind the Islamic terrorist attacks in Munich and Nice.
Wendy Goldsmith seems to thinks Israel was behind 9/11
And we also have Fauzia Hasan who has openly advocated banning Sisters in Islam, a Muslim women’s movement working for gender equality within the religion.
Fairfax has published an opinion piece about Marama Davidson’s “Ship of Fools”.
The sovereign integrity of states is one of those building blocks on which the modern world operates.
It is a guiding tenet of international law, and one of the founding principles of the United Nations.
In the case of Israel’s protection of the waters on the southern end of its country, these principles are confirmed by the Oslo Accords and more recently by the UN Security Council.
So when a New Zealand politician openly and unashamedly decides to violate international law and another country’s sovereignty for the sake of a media stunt, that act will inevitably reflect poorly on that politician, the party they represent, and sadly, even on our Parliament. Read more »
While Hamas-hugging Green party MP Marama Davidson has been detained, Israel has come under rocket attack from Gaza.
The Israeli Navy on Wednesday evening took over control of a boat of women activists that was headed to Gaza as a protest against Israel’s security blockade of the coastal strip.
The IDF confirmed the takeover.
The boat was commandeered without violence or any resistance from the 13 activists onboard, the army said.
It was intercepted some 35 nautical miles (65 kilometers) from the Gaza coast, and was making its way slowly toward the Israeli port of Ashdod.
The group of 13 women, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, was traveling aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea toward the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave.
“In accordance with government directives and after exhausting all diplomatic channels, the Israeli Navy redirected the vessel in order to prevent breach of the lawful maritime blockade,” the IDF said in a statement.
“In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel numerous times to change course prior to the action. Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The visit and search of the vessel was uneventful,” the statement concluded.
Women soldiers were placed at the forefront of the navy’s interception force, Israel Radio reported, in order to minimize friction with the activists.
The activists put up a website carrying prepared “SOS messages” by those on board alleging they had been “kidnapped” by the IDF.
Shalom.Kiwi posts about the nine things that Marama Davidson needs to learn or understand before she makes her “stand”.
Green Party 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 facts, so we thought we would help them become better acquainted with the truth.
1. Jews are indigenous to Israel
In the Green Party press statement, Ms Davidson said she is joining the boat “as an indigenous woman” to support the women of Gaza. However she appears unaware of the Jewish people’s 3,000 year historical connection with the land of Israel, which expulsion and dispersal failed to destroy. Since the most recent expulsion by the Romans 2,000 years ago, faithful Jews have prayed three times daily, and annually on special festivals for a return to their maunga (sacred mountains), their whenua (ancestral land). This is the longing of an indigenous people.
The Jewish state of Israel is considered by many to be the role model for indigenous peoplesseeking a return to their ancient homelands. While most were dispersed to foreign lands, Israel hasalways retained a small number of Jews, keeping the fires burning (ahi kaa) for an eventual return to land over which they had mana whenua. Jews, like many other indigenous peoples, were under occupation, a minority in their own land for many centuries. The revitalisation of the indigenous language (Hebrew) is an inspiration to indigenous language advocates worldwide, including Måori.
If there is a people group that knows and understands discrimination, persecution, dispossession, expulsion, occupation and genocide, it is the Jewish people. The re-establishment of the Jewish state was an existential necessity that was internationally recognised and ultimately granted by the United Nations. In the face of an alarming rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, the state of Israel as the Jewish homeland, continues to be a necessity.
Hamas really are an ungrateful lot. Foreign journalists could not be more cooperative. Already predisposed to seeing Palestine as the victim and Israel as the aggressor the articles on the conflict seem to be always biased in Hamas’s favour. When Hamas store weapons and fire rockets at Israel from inside hospitals, schools, and mosques the press dutifully report that the terrible Israelis attacked hospitals, schools, and mosques which are not legitimate military targets. When Hamas damages with rockets an Israeli power station that supplies power to both Israel and Palestine, the media dutifully report that the terrible Israelis have cut off power to Palestine.
Despite this Palestine friendly coverage, Hamas is restricting the work of foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip.
We have been contacted by World Vision.
You can read their Press release on the topic here.
Due to the seriousness of the allegations World Vision says that they have already suspended operations in Gaza.
As you already know millions of NZ dollars donated to World Vision were allegedly stolen and funneled directly to the terrorist wing of Hamas. New Zealand was not the only country to have its donations allegedly sent to Hamas. Germany, Britain and Australia were allegedly ripped off as well.
Back in 2012 World Vision was warned that money was being sent to Hamas.
World Vision said it was standing by its employee Mohammed El-Halabi and was “shocked” at the charges against him.
Hamas didn’t blow all of it on loose goats, camel urine, and tea towels. They also allegedly managed to put enough of the stolen millions of World Vision charity aside to build this terrorist base complete with terror tunnels, a surveillance tower, and an urban training facility.
Donations from the United Kingdom made to the Christian aid organization World Vision were used by Hamas to build one of such 70 military bases that operate in Gaza. The allegations are part of the June 15, 2016 arrest of Mohammed El-Halabi, a senior World Vision worker facing charges of funneling $43 million in charity funds to Hamas.
ISIS are celebrating Palestinian stabbings of Jews in Israel on social media using children.
Truth Revolt reports:
Social media is one of the tools ISIS uses to push its propaganda to the widest available audience. The Islamic terrorist group is not one to shy away from utilizing extreme shock value to proselytize its message of “death to the infidels.” And that is never more apparent than in its latest spreading of images of very young children brandishing knives and adorned in Palestinian garb — an obvious ode to recent stabbing attacks against Jews in the West Bank. Read more »
Shalom Kiwi reports on our double standards when it comes to terrorist attacks.
British Prime Minister David Cameron made a strong, principled speech against extremism in July. In it, he said that if one says “‘violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter’ – then you too are part of the problem.”
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, was quick to condemn the recent terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, calling it an abhorrent attack on innocent people and declaring that “we stand with the people and government of Turkey in their fight against terrorism in all its forms.”
Given our solidarity with Turkey, why is it that New Zealand has, so far, failed to similarly condemn any of the dozens of recent terror attacks in Israel over the past month, including the killing of parents in front of their children, the stabbing of elderly, firebombing of children, and a shooting at a bus station. Read more »
We don’t need to look far for who is to blame for the increasing terror attacks in Israel, usually by stabbing.
MEMRI has released this video of Palestinian Cleric Muhammed Salah aka “Abu Rajab” exhorting his adherents to go out and stab Jews.
It is particularly sickening…but this is what Hamas and the Palestinian Authority endorse.
Normally student bodies and academics are protesting against impinging of academic freedoms.
In the topsy turvy world of New Zealand universities though they mean only freedoms they agree with, but when it involves Israelis then there must be boycotts, demands for cancellation of events and bullying via the media.
So much for academic freedoms.
Israeli soldiers involved in an operation that left thousands of Palestinians dead will speak at Victoria University, to the horror of some staff and students.
But the group of Jewish students bringing the former soldiers out say attempts to stop them coming to the university are an affront to free speech.
Students are planning to picket the Tuesday evening event at the university while 11 academics have signed a letter opposing it, arguing Palestinians would not be able to do the same.