Hamas is celebrating its 25th anniversary today in the Gaza Strip — 25 years of suicide bombings, rocket attacks, incitement to genocide, repression and endless war against Israel.
Throughout the day, the official IDF twitter account, @idfspokesperson, is tweeting examples of the kinds of events that Hamas is celebrating. The IDF is using the hashtag #HamasCelebrates and is encouraging others to use the hashtag and tweet examples of Hamas praising attacks on Israeli civilians.
Israel is under attack again, I doubt they are going to put up with this for long:
More than 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, and struck major population centers in southern Israel in the last 103 hours. More than 1,000,000 Israelis are under the threat of rocket fire.
Terrorists, such as the PRC (What is the PRC?), are firing rockets into the cities of Ashdod, Be’ersheba, Yavne, Netivot and Ashkelon; as well as into the Eshkol and Shaár Ha’Negev regional councils. Iron Dome system has so far intercepted 56 rockets that were to land in densely populated areas.
Since Operation Cast Lead, Hamas has been intensively working to rearm itself and to pose a continuous threat to Israel’s civilian population.
Thousand of rockets and mortars have been smuggled into Gaza, reviving the terror infrastructure that was nearly dismantled by Israel in 2008.
In 2011 alone, 627 rockets and mortars and been fired from Gaza into Israel.
Two IDF soldiers were lightly injured from mortar shells fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip this morning, landing in the Eshkol Regional Council. The two were evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment. An IDF force responded by firing at the source of the launches.
The mortar shells landed in the same area where just last night IDF soldiers thwarted an attack by an Islamic Jihad militant who planted an explosive device near the security fence.
The Israel Air Force struck a weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip, two weapons-smuggling tunnels and a terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip overnight.
The attack is in response to the mortar shells that were fired at Israel, hitting the Eshkol Regional Council communities, during the past 24 hours, causing light injuries to two IDF soldiers.
More than 115 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli territory since the beginning of 2010, and over 420 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the end of operation Cast Lead.
I was on the Nation today and due to time constraints I didn’t get to slam into the liars of Kia Ora Gaza. Sean Plunket however did a fair job of trying to expose their lies.
Here is the transcript:
SEAN In the past week you’ve been asked to give again to a group called Kia Ora Gaza. They tell us they’re a group of Kiwis joining an international aid convoy to deliver humanitarian supplies to the needy of Gaza. They’ve had some media coverage in the papers and on the tele. They’ve adapted a Hank Williams song and have a cute little Kiwi cartoon on their website where they’re asking for $100,000 to fund this mercy mission. But is this really a homegrown handout for the needy of Gaza, or is there something else going on? To find out we have in the studio Roger Fowler, Team Captain of Kia Ora Gaza, good morning to you, and from the Jewish Council of New Zealand, David Zwartz, he’s in our Wellington studio
SEAN Roger Fowler I want to come to you first, is this about delivering aid, or making a political statement?
ROGER It’s definitely about delivering aid, we’re talking about millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid which is desperately needed by the people of Gaza. We’re talking about medical equipment, educational equipment, and building equipment to try and rebuild some normality of life for the people of that desperate nation.
SEAN Alright and to do that the six of you are going to London and then driving to Gaza?
ROGER There’ll be a massive convoy Sean of about 500 vehicles, coming in three legs. One’s coming down from London and that’s the one that we’ll be joining with the people of Palestine, and there’ll be another leg coming from Dohar, and another one from Morocco, all coming towards Gaza on the same day.
Ok here we have the first lies. That 500 vehicles is a massive convoy to save the embattled Palestinians. They are trying to make out that Israel is starving the people out of their homes through a blockade. It is a lie that “aid” is even needed.
SEAN Can you not buy the supplies, the medicines and the building supplies you want on Cairo and simply send them over the border to Gaza, why the need for this massive road trip?
ROGER Well this is a big international effort once and for all to bring much needed aid to the people of Gaza.
SEAN But as I’ve just explained to you there’s a far logistically simpler and one would presume more economically sustainable way to do that?
ROGER There is but the need to bring this humanitarian aid is because there is a siege on Gaza, which is inflicted by their neighbours, and we have seen a need to break that siege. So yes there is a physical component to breaking that siege and bringing that aid.
SEAN So are you actually going to physically drive through the lines and sort of confront the Israeli Security Forces?
ROGER Well the Israelis have indicated that they’ve eased the blockade and indicated that it’s easy to get stuff through. So that will be put to the test.
So this big international aid effort is only going to deliver a sixth of the usual monthly amounts, not even half of the trucks for the first week of August….sounds like they are just trying to make a show for cameras. There is not a siege on Gaza, a siege would not allow anything through. The Israelis have made it quite clear that they will allow anything through so long as it can’t be used for war-making.
SEAN Okay, I’m going to put it to you that actually this is about politics. You and Grant Morgan who’s the person you send the money to if you want to back Kia Ora Gaza, members of the Social Workers Party people have been involved in what one would call the far reach of left politics in New Zealand for quite some time.
ROGER Sean you probably know that left leading people are often the very first to come to the aid of the underdog in New Zealand, and in fact it’s a good Kiwi tradition. We come to the side of the underdog whether it’s in sports or its social events.
SEAN So you would agree there’s a political motivation to this?
ROGER No, there are people politically involved, but there’s people from a wide selection of backgrounds come to ….
SEAN Not on the trip there isn’t?
ROGER Yes there is a wide selection of people.
SEAN Well could you just name some people who aren’t politically active on the trip? Your son perhaps?
ROGER My son has put his hand up and he’s been selected too.
SEAN Okay, politically active?
ROGER He’s involved in community work just as I am. I’m the manager of a community centre in South Auckland, have been heavily involved in community work all my life.
SEAN Part of the Resident Action Movement that stood for Council?
ROGER Yes I’ve been active in politics.
SEAN Okay, other people on the truck been involved in that movement as well?
ROGER One other one yes.
This is about politics pure and simple. They are communists and antisemitic and want nothing more than a conflict with Israeli border troops entering Gaza. they will drive up and expect to drive straight through, that isn’t going to happen, those trucks will be thourghly searched and then allowed to proceed, but this won’t be good enough for these guys, hoping to make a huge deal with some pushing and shoving with Israeli troops.
Plunket is right, why not just buy the goods in Cairo and drive from there. After all one of Gaza’s borer crossings is into Egypt and managed by Egypt. Are they too blockading and laying siege to Gaza. Of course they aren’t, they don’t want bombs flying over their borders just as much as the Israeli don’t want them over theirs.
SEAN Okay, Grant Morgan as I said the man who’s taking the money the last General Secretary of the Communist Party in New Zealand. Where does that money go and who administers it, are you a charity?
ROGER We’re in the process of setting up a charitable trust. This has all come together quite quickly and the support has been enormous and is growing.
SEAN Okay, and you would agree that the person Viva Palestinia the group you are linked up with in London, is spearheaded by George Galloway, former Labour MP, virulent anti American, a man who’s said ‘I never met a dictator I didn’t like’ and Viva Palestinia itself was investigated by the British Charities Commission last year. Two of its directors resigned and questions were asked about direct payment of money to Hamas which is of course listed as a terrorist organisation in Great Britain.
ROGER Yes, I think all those allegations were proved to be false, and yes George Galloway has been a long time campaigner against war.
ROGER Sean, we all know that there is definitely a siege and a blockage on Gaza, even the Prime Minister of the UK has come out and denounced this inhumane blockade, and demanded that it be stopped. World leaders …
SEAN No what he’s actually said and I’ve got the direct quote here. He said that Gaza couldn’t remain a prison camp, and he says progress is being made, and he made that speech in Turkey, he said progress is being made, which is unlike George Galloway, who says that at the end of the day this is all about the fall of the capitalist system, and Grant Morgan says that in some of his political writings as well.
ROGER Well actually anybody making those references to this issue, this is an issue of taking humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, they’re in desperate straits despite what our friend says, and they have been for some time. Yes there has been an easing, and all that means is there’s a few bits and pieces are getting through. 250 trucks a day is completely inadequate, they’re people in a desperate situation.
Still they lie. Calling Gaza a prison camp and saying the people are in a desperate situation.
Kia Ora Gaza are tricking through lies and obfuscations, Kiwis into believing the mass media lie that Gaza is somehow a place of squalor. If there is squalor the solution for citizens of Gaza is simple. Stop throwing missiles, bombs and bullets over the border, start to live peacefully with your neighbours like Egypt does and they will find that life gets a whole lot simpler and easier. Nothing brings prosperity like peace does. The solution is in the hands of the the citizens of Gaza, that they keep using those hands to make bombs, and voting in Hamas is no ones fault but their own.
David Zwartz, former Honorary Israeli Consul to New Zealand, gives some very sensible advice for people wanting to donate to the needy.
I would say that $100.000 given to the Pakistan Aid Relief will help one million children instead of going to the diesel fuel and trucks to drive 4,000 kilometres from London to deliver aid which can be delivered much more efficiently through the International Red Cross.
I am very pleased to support the solidarity action ‘Kia Ora Gaza’. The people of Gaza have suffered severely from the blockade of Gaza by Israel. This has included not only their inability to get the materials they need to rebuild after the last bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli army but also even the ability to get school supplies. The attack on the most recent flotilla was an act of piracy and the violence displayed was beyond belief. A supply of aid from the people of New Zealand is a way for us to send a real expression both of our disapproval of the blockade but also our solidarity with the people of Gaza. I wish it every success.
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The impact of Labour’s economic mismanagement is often difficult to realise. After Labour, New Zealand’s gross debt is set to rocket from under 20% to 57% by 2023. That’s a big increase but what does it mean?
At 20% of GDP, give or take a few percent for infrastructure investment, we sit around the same place as countries like Denmark and Ireland. At 57%, we’re up alongside countries like Ghana, Malawi and the Great Satan (Bush’s America)
Now add in the huge economic crisis that has caught us all and especially caught out Michael Cullen who thought we could just keep on keeping on. We are in a world of hurt. Cullen and Clark will be long gone before we recover from their legacy.