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Boris slams BDS activists as “corduroy-jacketed lefty academics”

Boris Johnson continues to speak his mind, this time attacking anti-Israeli BDS activists.

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories hit a glitch Wednesday as meetings with Palestinians were called off following the mayor’s comments opposing a boycott of the Jewish state, which offended some supporters of the boycott movement.

The mayor on Tuesday dismissed those who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, known by its BDS initials, as “corduroy-jacketed lefty academics,” comments which caused anger on Palestinian social media.

“I cannot think of anything more foolish” than to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region, the only place that has in my view a pluralist open society,” Johnson said.

A number of Palestinian groups then refused to meet him while he was also informed his comments had led to additional security risks if he were to visit the West Bank, Johnson’s office said.

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Face of the day

 

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cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a team to investigate today’s face of the day, cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh. Despite being censored by his own Editors and being imprisoned in the past by Israel for five months because of  contact with a hostile organisation  in 2013 he still does not agree with freedom of expression. He argues that a cartoonist should not harm any religion.

He was against the re-publication by Western newspapers of Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of Mohammed. “Republishing them reactivates hatred and hostility. It’s provoking more hatred in the society, based on religion.”

Ironically however it was Sabaaneh’s cartoon of Mohammed that got him suspended from his job and under investigation.

He tells Ben Lynfield in Ramallah that he just wanted to make people think

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It was meant to be a favourable image, designed to counter negative stereotypes of Islam in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

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A Gay perspective on Islam

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I have given this article the title  ‘A Gay perspective on Islam’, but after re  reading both the blog post quotes and the advertisement I realised that both have failed to link Sharia Law ( Which is Islam ) to the way homosexuals are treated in Palestine, Syria and Iran. It is this liberal failure to gloss over the root cause and to instead pretend it is a terrorist/autocratic thing that deeply concerns me. Why this fear to say what is so obvious? Saudi Arabia is held up as an almost perfect example of Islam and we all know how they treat women and gays.

The rights of LGBT people in Saudi Arabia are unrecognized. Homosexuality is frequently a taboo subject in Saudi Arabian society and is punished with imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, capital punishment, whipping/flogging, and chemical castrations.

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I think people are confused because they see Islam as a religion and separate from politics/government. It is the fact that religion and politics are the exact same thing in Islam that is the problem. The Islamic activists are very honest about this. They say Islam is Sharia and Sharia is Islam. Historically and now there is no shortage of hard evidence that this is the case, so why are the victims so afraid to name their oppressor? I think that the below advertisement is great but it is like the victim of child abuse speaking out against the social worker who placed them with the pedophile rather than speaking out against the pedophile who abused them.

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Let’s lift up the Burka and have a peek at Sharia law: Part One

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Example one: Pregnant young woman flogged in public

Example two: Gay men forced into hiding as law passed stating that anyone caught having gay sex  will be sentenced to 100 lashes.

Location: Indonesia

Example three: UPDATE removed as turned out to be fake.

Example four: Colorado School Requiring Girls To Wear Islam-Compliant Clothing During Trip To Mosque

Location: America

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Hamas cleric Sheik Abu Funun: Hitler Killed The Jews Because They’re A Corrupt People

The so-called Palestinian government, which is made up of Hamas and Fatah representatives thinks they can get progress in the International Criminal Court against Israel.

They want to start prosecuting politicians and generals for war crimes.

Good luck even attempting that, especially when their own clerics blame the Holocaust on the Jews themselves because they were uppity, corrupt and disrespectful.

MEMRI has released this video of his hate speech:

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During a December 28, 2014 Hamas TV show, Palestinian imam Sheik Iyad Abu Funun said: “If the Jews had been a respectable, well-bred people,… [Hitler] would not have done those things to them. … Corruption is deeply rooted in that nation.” Abu Funun, who in the past was sentenced to 29 years in an Israeli prison, was released in the 2011 Shalit prisoner swap. He was later rearrested after resuming his militant activity and expelled from Bethlehem to Gaza for ten years. Abu Funun delivers sermons in a Gaza mosque and recently began to moderate a show on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV channel, where he made the current statements.

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Part 4: The children of Gaza

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Another subject of outrage that Hamas, incompetent media and anti Israeli campaigners like to push is the often flogged line of “baby killers” or a strongly slanted implication towards words of that effect. In a war there is always collateral damage, especially in one of the most densely populated areas on earth, as if wasn’t bad enough, are also used as human shields. Unfortunately in these circumstances children are caught in the cross fire. Sometimes it is deliberate, but mostly it is accidental collateral depending on the side perpetrating the violence. We always hear about how many children Israel has killed in air strikes, but what we rarely hear or see by the mainstream media is how children are treated at the hands of Hamas and their willing parents to allow and enable the abuse of their offspring to be indoctrinated with anti Israeli brainwashing from a young age and to be used as propaganda tools. Read more »

Face of the day

Today I have both a Face of the day and a comment of the day. The comment is actually from yesterday and was on another Blog but it is so brilliant that it deserves to be viewed by a decent sized audience. It refers to a post written by today’s Face of the day, John Minto.

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Respecting Ramadan in Gaza

So this is how Hamas and militant terror organisations respect Ramadan.

Two IDF Soldiers Lightly Injured in Rocket Attack, 17 Aug. 2010

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 IDF responded.

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.

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Unspinning the Kia Ora Gaza liars

The NationI 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.

The July Monthly report of border crossings of Civilian and Humaitarian Aid shows the lie of Kia Ora Gaza.
Civilian and Humanitarian Aid to Gaza – Monthly Report – July 2010

A total of 3,665 truckloads and 82,701 tons of general goods, 4.1 million litres of fuel for power stations and another 400,000 litre of other fuels.

This is just for July.

For the first week of August the totals were 1,166 truckloads carrying 23,279 tons of humanitarian aid (including food, goods, and fuel) were transferred into the Gaza Strip , and 324 patients and accompanying individuals left the Strip for medical purposes.

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.

Right, so the charity isn’t a charity. One other thing that Plunket didn’t cover is the endorsement of these communists by the CTU president Helen Kelly.

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 lying when they call Gaza a prison camp, they too presumably haven’t seen these appalling pictures starv­ing locals try­ing to find scarce food, or basic neces­si­ties at impov­er­ished shops lack­ing stock because of evil Israeli block­ades, or even try­ing to find a cool pool of water to take the edge off of the desert heat in the “prison camp”. This is the only “prison camp” in the world with a flash mall too. Lord only knows how they con­structed all that with a block­ade/siege in place.

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.

Helen Kelly has no idea

Helen Kelly and the CTU are supporting terrorists. Sure they dress it up under the guise of supporting the removal of an alleged blockade, but they deny the simple cold hard facts that is the real Gaza.

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.

Helen Kelly
President
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Te Kauae Kaimahi

She obviously hasn’t seen the starving locals trying to find scarce food, or basic necessities at impoverished shops lacking stock because of evil Israeli blockades, or even trying to find a cool pool of water to take the edge off of the desert heat in the “prison camp”. This is the only “prison camp” in the world with a flash mall too. Lord only knows how they constructed all that with a blockade in place.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.