Gaza

Not all Maori support Hamas hugging Green grandstander

Sheree Trotter (Te Arawa) writes at Shalom.Kiwi:

Davidson has aligned herself with an organisation that is little more than a hate group. Kia Ora Gaza leader, Roger Fowler, has expressed support for a one-state solution (the dismantling of the world’s only Jewish state), has compared Israel to Islamic State, has publicly supported a “third intifada”, and has justified violence against Israeli civilians. This is not an organisation committed to peace and human rights.

For Māori who oppose Kia Ora Gaza’s hatred of Israel, the co-opting of Te Reo Måori for their cause is deeply offensive. Historically, Māori have had strong connections with the Jewish people. Indeed the struggle of the Jews gave inspiration to many of our tipuna, and several indigenous prophetic movements in the 19th century were established on the Jewish model. The return of Jews to their ancient homeland has been an inspiring example for many indigenous peoples. Even though the Jewish people experienced expulsion and dispossession, they never abandoned their hope of return, and a small Jewish remnant kept ahi kaa in the land over many centuries of dispersal. The rebirth of Hebrew has been an inspiration for the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa.

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Catherine Delahunty does her bit to give Marama Davidson her 5 seconds of fame

A motion without notice was put forward by Catherine Delahunty this week regarding the Women’s peace boat to Gaza that Marama Davidson is going on. She asked the National Party in private if they were okay with it and they said no. Normally that would be the end of it but she still asked leave to make the motion in order to grandstand. Her lack of co-ordination and co-operation was mentioned by the speaker.

The boat to Gaza is nothing but a giant virtue signal by people who care more about how things look than about actually making a difference. Marama Davis is a fool who has ignored all the facts that have been helpfully sent to her on Facebook. She is determined to have her day in the spotlight and Catherine Delahunty was prepared to give the National party the metaphorical fingers in order to help her.

Woman relaxing on cruise ship

Woman relaxing on cruise ship

I wish I could go on a relaxing cruise. Marama gets to hang out with other Social justice bullies, sipping Chardonnay and feeling virtuous. Meanwhile, nothing changes for the Palestinian women still oppressed by Hamas and the religion of peace.

The truly sad part is that these aging hippie activists are really going in order to make a scene when the inevitable happens and the Israelis enforce their legal blockade. I hope the Israeli soldiers don’t get hurt by the boney old crones aboard the ship. I suggest that they bring ear plugs because the screeching is going to be weapons grade.

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World Vision suspends the Gaza office…what happened to nothing to see here, all above board?

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Shalom.Kiwi reports:

In August we reported on the breaking news that the director of World Vision in Gaza, Mohammed El-Halabi (pictured with Mike McRoberts), was arrested by Israel for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars of aid and donations to Hamas terror.

When the allegations broke, World Vision announced it was “shocked” and said it has “no reason to believe” they are true but will “carefully review any evidence presented to us” and “take appropriate action based on that evidence”. World Vision has now suspended operations in Gaza and 120 staff have been laid off.

This follows Israel freezing World Vision bank accounts in Jerusalem. Other governments have also taken the allegations seriously – Australia and Germany halted funding to World Vision, with representatives from both countries making strong statements:

World Vision massively damages the trust necessary for aid work for the people in Gaza … Hamas is a terrorist organization, which should not be financed with taxpayer funds.” – Volker Beck, German Green Party MP

Any diversion of the generous support of the Australian and international community for military or terrorist purposes by Hamas is to be deplored and can only harm the Palestinian people.” – Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade   Read more »

Are you a Gaza-loving-Greenie? Then it’s time for school

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.

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I’m not a maths teacher but World Vision’s numbers do not add up *UPDATED

UPDATE: my interpretation in my article of the publically available figures was based on the below CEO statement from World Vision. I believed that the statement was referring to the total budget for Jerusalem-West Bank and Gaza ( JWG ) as the three are put together as if it is a single budget and a single office in other statements. I have since been told by World Vision that the Gaza budget is separate but despite a request for the figures for Jerusalem and West Bank  the figures have not been made available to us.

Whatever the actual figures are the key point of my article still stands. The amount is irrelevant and how much each office got doesn’t actually matter. What is of concern is that a significant amount of money intended to help people in JWG ended up in terrorist hands. World Vision should be focussing on that rather than quibbling about the actual figure stolen.


 

The international CEO statement from World Vision says,

World Vision’s cumulative operating budget in Gaza for the past ten years was approximately US$22.5 million, which makes the alleged amount of up to US$50 million being diverted hard to reconcile.”

-World Vision Press release

In reality how much the Israelis claim was funneled to Hamas from World Vision doesn’t really matter. What the public are concerned about is whether or not money intended to help people ended up in the pockets of terrorists.

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I cannot comment on how much money ended up in terrorist hands but I can look at how much money was given by World Vision to their Gaza office.
In 2012 according to this screenshot World Vision spent more than 50% of their 10 year budget on Jerusalem West Bank Gaza, giving that office 12.3 Million dollars.

***Note how the below screenshot says JWG  which stands for Jerusalem West Bank Gaza.
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The NZ Government and TV 3 need to rethink their support of World Vision *UPDATED

We have been contacted by World Vision regarding this post. 

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.


The man allegedly responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from the charity World Vision, was featured by Mike McRoberts in his videos from Gaza. Mike McRobert’s TV 3 videos helped raise money in New Zealand for World Vision and if the allegations are true, 60% of World Vision’s fundraising was funneled directly to the terrorist arm of Hamas.

World Vision received more than $7M in grants from the New Zealand Government. How much of that money ended up in Palestine is anyones guess if the claims are true.

The New Zealand government has given more than $7m in grants to World Vision over the past two years. There has been no statement from any New Zealand officials at the time of publishing about whether this support will continue or not in light of the allegations…

…The director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, Mohammed El-Halabi, was arrested by the Israeli internal secret service for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars of World Vision funds to the terrorist arm of Hamas.

It is reported that during the investigation El-Halabi admitted that he had been a member of Hamas since his youth, had undergone military training and had been commissioned by Hamas to infiltrate World Vision. He also reportedly admitted that his father, Halil El-Halabi, who had served as head of UNWRA’s educational institutions in the Gaza Strip for years, was a member of Hamas and used his position as a UN employee to help the terrorist organization.

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Hamas get military weapons ideas from Iran and North Korea

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It is well known that Iran supplies Hamas with weapons, but it appears that they are also sharing weapons technology and designs with the North Koreans.

Hamas claimed recently it has created its own tank, repurposing parts of another tank captured from Israel Defense Forces two years ago

The vehicle was put on public display during a parade last week at the funeral of seven Hamas members, killed during a tunnel collapse near the Israeli border.

A Hamas leader told the assembled crowd: “The Tufah neighbourhood (in Gaza) has a long story with enemy tanks, and therefore, we are preparing ourselves for the day we shall meet those tanks … Let the locally-produced vehicle move forward.”    Read more »

Two-Thirds of Palestinians Support Knife Attacks and Intifada

Sheikh Muhammad Sallah “Abu Rajab” at the Al-Abrar Mosque in Rafah

Sheikh Muhammad Sallah “Abu Rajab” at the Al-Abrar Mosque in Rafah

No surprises here from adherent of the “religion of peace”.

A poll released on Monday found that two-thirds of Palestinians support the ongoing wave of stabbings against Israelis, while nearly the same percentage give a thumbs-up to the idea of an armed uprising, or intifada, against Israel.

France24 reports that a survey of 1,270 people in 127 randomly selected locations by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) reveals that 67 percent support the use of knives, while 66 percent of those asked said an armed intifada or uprising would “serve Palestinian national interests in ways that negotiations could not.”

On the up side, nearly three-quarters said they opposed the involvement of “young schoolgirls” in stabbings. How chivalrous of them.   Read more »

UN staff hail Palestinian terror attacks on social media

UNRWA has always been part of the problem, never the solution.

Now their staff have been busted hailing terrorist attacks on social media.

Palestinian employees of a UN refugee agency are inciting Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis from social media accounts on which they explicitly identify as United Nations workers, a report from a UN watchdog published Friday charged.

UN Watch chief Hillel Neuer said his organization’s report was submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, to UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl and to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. The US, according to the United Nations monitoring group, is the largest funder of UNRWA with $400 million annually.

In the report, Neuer cites nine UNRWA employees and presents screenshots of what the group says are inciteful posts from their Facebook pages that call for the murder of Jews, or promote conspiracy theories claiming terrorists killed by Israeli security forces were innocent.

Among the purported employees cited in the report is Hani al Ramahi, who identifies as a project support assistant at UNRWA. He posted a violent image on his Facebook on October 8 in which a keffiyeh-clad man stares down the camera, holding a knife with a blade bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag and dripping with blood. “Stab Zionist dogs,“ reads the caption.

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Face of the day

Chloe Valdary. Photo: Canada Israel Friendship Association

Chloe Valdary. Photo: Canada Israel Friendship Association

Today’s face of the day is Chloe Valdary who is a consultant for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and a fellow at the Lawfare Project. I came across a hard hitting article she wrote about the student organisation SLP ( Students for Justice in Palestine ) and I just had to share it with you all.

The student organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is prominent on many college campuses, preaching a mantra of “Freeing Palestine.” It masquerades as though it were a civil rights group when it is not. Indeed, as an African-American, I am highly insulted that my people’s legacy is being pilfered for such a repugnant agenda. It is thus high time to expose its agenda and lay bare some of the fallacies they peddle.

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