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Another lie from McCully exposed

Some people think if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth.

We have already exposed the lie about New Zealand and America not changing their stance towards Israel when in fact the wording of the resolution was?substantially different?and a major break with US policy. The UN resolution sponsored by Murray McCully as chairman of the security council called all territory beyond the 1967 lines “occupied Palestinian territory”?when previously the US Secretary of State Madeleine?Albright had said…

? We oppose the specific references to Jerusalem in this resolution and will continue to oppose its insertion in future resolutions, we simply do not support the description of the territories occupied by Israel in?the 1967?war as occupied Palestinian territory.?

Now further information has come to light showing that McCully’s claim that the Israelis are illegally occupying the West Bank is also wrong.

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McCully and Obama’s actions put thirty thousand Palestinian jobs at risk

I received this e-mail yesterday from Jay Sekulow the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) Chief Counsel.


President Obama’s diplomatic war on Israel is expanding.

First, he betrayed our greatest ally in the Middle East at the United Nations (U.N.). Second, Secretary Kerry bullied and berated Israel on the public stage. Now, the U.N. has created a blacklist of anyone who does business in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem.

This blacklist of Jews and people who support Israel will be used by the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to further delegitimize Israel.

Now, President Obama may be planning a final betrayal ? unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state led by a government that funds terrorism…

I did a little research and it turns out that like previous actions by the BDS the people most affected by the blacklist will be the very people that the activists claim to support, the Palestinians.

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McCully is a disgrace, not fit to hold a ministerial warrant any longer


Murray McCully has become a disgrace, well, more of a disgrace than he has been in the past.

He has become an Arab apologist and anti-Israel mouthpiece with no respect whatsoever for Israel.

New Zealand?s Foreign Minister Murray McCully has fronted Auckland?s Jewish community criticising?Israel?s policies in its region.

Speaking at the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, ?Peace in the Middle East? McCully placed a great deal of the blame for the lack of progress in the plans for peace on Israel?s settlements policy according to reports received today.

McCully refused to accept that attacks by Palestinians on Israelis were acts of terrorism?saying that Israelis and others could call them terrorism but he would not.?At the function organised by the New Zealand Zionist Federation the Foreign Minister said that New Zealand had contributed to a mine-clearing operation on the West Bank the aim of which was to clear land for Palestinian agriculture. He told the audience that after the area had been cleared Israel took a portion of it to build a road denying ? the Palestinians the right to use that strip for farming?an action which displeased the New Zealand government.

McCully appealed to the Jewish community to contacts friends and family in Israel to seek their cooperation in persuading Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ?to cease his settlement activity?.

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Calling out David Shearer over his bias against Israel

David Shearer is generally a decent guy. He is sometimes a bit economical with details, like his claims about mangoes in South Sudan, but generally he is a decent person.

However, he does have a blind spot and that blind spot is his bias over Israel.

Shalom.Kiwi calls him on it.

A recent post on David Shearer?s Facebook page, supporting Murray McCully?s statements blaming Israel?for the stalling of the peace process, has brought these shortcomings into clearer focus. On being challenged about his post he replied:

Yes none of us should ignore or tolerate violence particularly against civilians ? I agree ? but settlement expansion IS the major issue to any two state solution. That?s obvious. Since I left there in 2007 tens of thousands of new houses have built. More than 500,000 settlers now live in the West Bank. Each settlement has its own roads, infrastructure that for the most part are completely separate from the Palestinian villages they are adjacent to. How is it possible for a Palestinian state to operate with thousands of Israelis inside it??Or why build more if a two state solution is the end goal and reaching that goal will be made evermore less possible??David Shearer [emphasis added]

To which there was a reasoned response and question from Juliet Moses:

David, Israel ?operates? and indeed flourishes with a 20% Arab population, as you will be aware. Arabs have fully democratic rights and function at every level of civil society, including Parliament, the Supreme Court and academia. So, if I understand the argument correctly, Israel can and is expected to operate like this, and Palestinians insist they must have the right of return to Israel, which would soon mean an Arab majority in Israel. However, the West Bank, where Jews have lived for thousands of years and that Palestinians have NEVER had sovereignty over, must be judenrein? How is that even-handed? How you can think that settlements is THE issue when the Palestinians demand self-determination in and sovereignty and exclusivity over the West Bank but deny that same right to the Jews in Israel??Juliet Moses [emphasis added]?? Read more »

One killed and at least 13 injured in Palestinian terror attacks

Israel is again under sustained terror attacks from Palestinians.

Not that you’d know from NZ media. The Guardian reports:

Three attacks by Palestinians in the space of just over an hour and a half have left one dead and at least 13 injured across Israel, in incidents that included a mass stabbing in Jaffa during a visit by the US vice-president, Joe Biden.

Israeli police later confirmed that the person killed in Jaffa was a 29-year-old American tourist who was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in Holon. There were no details on the American?s identity.

In the spate of attacks on Tuesday evening ? in East Jerusalem, Petah Tikva and Jaffa ? attackers used guns and knives against both Israeli police and passersby. It was one of the worst days of violence in several months of almost daily attacks in Israel.

They coincided with the arrival of Biden on Tuesday for meetings with the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. ? Read more »

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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The only solution is to kill them before they kill us

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 »

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 Kr?henb?hl 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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As terror attacks increase in Israel, who is to blame?

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.


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Labor senator castigates his own party over Palestinian claims

Rationality on the vexed question of Palestinian”rights” can not usually be found from the left.

In Australia an ALP senator, Joe Bullock, has some pretty wise words for the ALP and for anyone involved in progressing any form of settlement in the region. Murray McCully would do well to acquaint himself with some of these views.

As I said in [my maiden]?speech, a lifetime of representing working people is not easily set aside, nor should it be.

Naturally I assumed the Labor Party, my party, would share this focus. I did not imagine that at its first national conference since the election of the present Liberal government a few obsessives within the ALP would choose to concentrate instead on the Middle East peace process.

Much less did I imagine that these cranks would seek to undermine the bipartisan commitment to a two-state solution with a reckless, poorly thought-out and frankly foolish motion urging the immediate recognition of a state of Palestine.

Yet here we are.

It is quite absurd for everyone to be running around deciding to recognise a “state” that doesn’t exist in reality, is split ideologically and whose leaders refuse to renounce terrorism.

It would appear to be stating the obvious to say that all sides in this discussion want to see a resolution of the conflict on the basis of ?two states for two peoples?. And so, in this context, it is quite accurate to say that everyone, certainly within the ALP, supports a Palestinian state. However, sensible people recognise the vast gulf between wanting to see a Palestinian state established within a framework of secure borders, the renunciation of violence and terrorism, and a final peace settlement on the one hand and, on the other, demanding a Palestinian state be established at once without regard for these issues.

The advocates of immediate recognition have never answered five key questions about their position. ?? Read more »