Monday, February 29, 2016

What Leftists believe

For anybody who is concerned that leftists might sometimes have contradictory beliefs, this table should allay their fears:

What Leftists believe
What Leftists believe
Climate change
The most catastrophic thing in the history of the world (with the exception of Islamophobia and the creation of the State of Israel) 
Fantastic opportunity to stop all economic development in capitalist countries
Academic freedom
Academic freedom is sacrosanct and universal
Boycott all Israeli academics and ‘Islamophobes’
Boycotts 1
Boycotting Israel is a fundamental human right.
Those who attempt to boycott the boycotters are fascist scum.
Boycotts 2
The law must be used to boycott Israeli goods and services
Using the law to stop our boycotts of Israeli goods and services is a breach of our human rights
Freedom of speech 1
Freedom of speech is sacrosanct and universal
No platform for Israelis, no platform for ‘Islamophobes’, in fact no platform for anybody we don't agree with.
Freedom of speech 2
We have the freedom of speech to demand Israelis are not allowed to speak
Those who try to stop us allowing Israelis to speak are breaching our human rights and our freedom of speech
Antisemitism, like Islamophobia, must always be condemned
The Zionists control America. The Zionists control the media, The Zionists control the world banking system,  etc
The Holocaust
The Holocaust was a uniquely terrible event in history that must never be denied or downplayed
Holocaust deniers raise many legitimate points. Anyway, the Israelis continually use the Holocaust for their own benefit while committing a similar Holocaust on the Palestinians.
Peace partners and friends
Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, ISIS, the IRA – all legitimate freedom fighting resistance movements who we must negotiate with and befriend
Every Israeli politician must be arrested for war crimes. Tony Blair and George Bush must be arrested as war criminals.
(When Islamist groups like those above deliberately target and slaughter civilians). This is a robust and inevitable act of political resistance  against Imperialist oppression
(When children who Islamists deliberately use as human shields in areas from where they are firing rockets are accidentally killed). Israel (NATO, US, UK) guilty of state terrorism.
Nuclear energy
Must be banned in every country of the world
Iran has an absolute right to nuclear energy
Nuclear weapons
Must be banned in every country of the world
Iran has an absolute right to nuclear weapons
Immigration and freedom of movement
There should be no international borders – every person has a right to live wherever they want
Not a single Jew has a right to live in their historic homeland
Evicting any person from their home – even if they have lived there for a matter of hours is a crime against humanity
Jews living in Israel (including those who are over a hundred and have never lived anywhere else, and the 60% whose families originate from the Middle East and Africa)  should be forcibly ‘returned to the USA and Europe’.
Ethnic cleansing
Attempts to resettle two Arab families illegally squatting in Jewish owned buildings in Jerusalem is ethnic cleansing and must be stopped.
All 600,000 Jews who live on the “West Bank” and legally bought their land and houses must be forcibly removed.
Any oppression of people because of their race, colour, or religion is a crime against humanity and must be aggressively confronted wherever it occurs
Muslim oppression of Jews and Christians is a natural reaction to the crimes of the West; Muslim oppression of blacks and other non-Muslims is just a natural cultural phenomenon
Gay rights
Any discrimination of people because of their sexual orientation is a crime against humanity and must be aggressively confronted
Opposing the death penalty for gays in Muslim countries is a colonialist attitude that shows a racist insensitivity to traditional Muslim culture.
Any oppression of women is a crime against humanity and must be aggressively confronted
Any attempt to highlight oppression of women in Islamic countries is colonialist attitude that shows a racist insensitivity to traditional Muslim culture.
All colonialists are evil racists who must be destroyed
Islamic colonial conquests of the West are necessary for multicultural diversity
All forms of nationalism are racist
Arab nationalists are heroes
Capital Punishment
Must be universally banned. No government ever has the right to take a life no matter how serious the crime.
The fact that Muslim countries like Iran hang thousands of people each year (mostly political prisoners) has nothing to with us – those criminals were probably really evil child murderers or even worse - Zionist collaborators
Forced Conformity
Forcing people to dress in a particular way is a crime against freedom and humanity
People who complain about women being forced to wear the burka are racist Islamophobes
War generally
The ultimate horror and always to be avoided at all costs
We are all Hezbollah, We are all Hamas. Bomb Israel!
All weapons everywhere in the world should be made illegal and destroyed
We must arm Hamas, Hezbollah as they are freedom fighting heroes
Armed intervention in other countries
We must never intervene -  if we do they (the Muslims) will have every right to hate us and terrorise us
We must organize a UN force to stop any kind of violence against Muslims by non-Muslims.
The right to self defence
Israel and the West has no right to self-defence against acts of terrorism
Muslim acts of terrorism are always valid acts of self-defence
Religion is the opium of the masses. It should be ridiculed and banned
All aspects of Islam must be respected
Impact of Religion
Religion causes wars
Islam is the religion of peace

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Friday, February 26, 2016

The Corbyns: their anti-Israel hatred is a hereditary compulsive obsessional disorder

The public face of Jeremy Corbyn's son Seb

The public face of Jeremy Corbyn's son Tommy
Jeremy Corbyn's son Ben with one of his heroes Gerry Adams - and sporting "Palestine: end the occupation" t-shirt
UPDATED 26 Feb 2016: Following on from this week's revelations that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn really loves following antisemites on twitter, comes the news that his son Tommy (about whom I reported below) is the student who runs the anti-Israel group who arranged a performance of an antisemitic play at York University this week.

UPDATED 24 August 2015: It's a hat-trick!! All three of Corbyn's sons suffer from the same disorder as their father:

For anti-Semitic Israel haters the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his family really are the gift that keeps on giving. Following on from the revelation that Ben Corbyn - Jeremy's son - uses his Facebook page to disseminate blood libels against Israel, it turns out that both his other sons  Tommy and Seb have the same compulsive urge to spew anti-Israel hatred in public. Although it seems Tommy has (since yesterday when Fair Brit tipped me off about this) changed read access to his Facebook posts to 'Friends only' his profile picture (still visible as shown above) tells you all you need to understand the depths of his Israel-hating obsession. And (update!) I can now confirm we have a hat-trick and full-house. Seb Corbyn's banner facebook profile - like his brother's - spews the destroy Israel "Free Palestine" message and, additionally for good measure, throws in the blood libel that Israel is massacring Palestinians and calls for sanctions against Israel.

Those who still maintain that Jeremy Corbyn "does not have an antisemitic bone in his body" might wish to explain why the one thing in the world that he and ALL his children actually seem to think and dream about more than anything else is the destruction of the tiny Jewish state, a place they all know nothing about and which has done them no harm?

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BDS for Idiots: Barry Shaw's excellent new book

Barry Shaw's new book "BDS for idiots" is a must read for anybody who wants to understand the irrationality of the anti-Israel movement - and know how to respond to it.

BDS ("Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment") is the name of the umbrella organisation for all those people who want to shelter their antisemitism under the guise of 'only seeking the destruction of the State of Israel'. As Barry says
"BDS is a three letter metaphor for negativity. In their practice their initials stand for Bias, Deception and Slander. We need to out them, to name them, and shame them. They need to be exposed for the fraudsters they are. It's time to humiliate them. This book does that with facts, anecdotes and humor".
And that is exactly what the book does, with an excellent combination of his own insights and anecdotes, along with those of others who have fought against the anti-Israel tsunami. But this is where I must declare an interest. Alongside true heavyweight contributors (Alan Dershowitz, Caroline Glick, Pat Condell, Matti Friedman, Howard Jacobson, Bassem Eid, Denis Prager and Mitchell Bard) some of my own humble efforts are included (notably Rules and Guidelines for Reporting on the Middle East and Is anti-Zionism the same as antisemitism). I regard this as a real honour.

Barry has done a great job pulling this together. It is an easy, entertaining, and ultimately very useful read. I bought the book  on Amazon. Unfortunately, there is no kindle version yet, but the paperback is a snip at just £7.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Corbyn's obsession with following "anti-Israel" twitter accounts that do not hide their antisemitism

Jeremy Corby follows this antisemitic twitter account (click to enlarge)
Interesting to discover Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is a Twitter follower* of an account called "Israel Apartheid".  To get a feel for how antisemitic this account is check out the very top followers in the above screenshot. But that's nothing compared to the antisemitism of an account called "Jew4Palestine", which coincidentally, Corbyn also follows. As you can see from the screenshot below the latest tweets on that account are actually all about the terrorist murders last December in San Bernandino committed by ISIS husband and wife Farooq and Tashveen Malik. "Jew4Palestine" clearly sympathizes with the terrorists and repeats the lie that Farooq was 'bullied at work" by a "Zionist Jew" But in typical confused and paranoiac antisemitic style you can see that "Jew4Palestine"also believes the Jews support ISIS....

Corbyn also follows this antisemitic account ... and many others (click to enlarge)
But these are by no means an aberration. I just checked the other 2000 or so accounts that Corbyn follows. I counted about 130 'Palestine' related sites that are primarily focused on boycotting Israel and pumping out anti-Israel propaganda. Most of these also contain virulent antisemitic blood libels. Moreover, Corbyn's anti-Israel obsession is not balanced with an interest in any other foreign country. Apart from a handful of accounts supporting communist or socialist parties in countries such as Venezuela, Corbyn has no interest at all in any foreign affairs other than his hatred of the Jewish State.

It is also interesting to note that, with the exception of accounts relating to Left wing organisations and people (including the Communist Party), the only other 'political' accounts he follows are those of  Islamic charities, and commentators known for their obsessive hatred of Israel.

A small selection of some of the many dozens of anti-Israel accounts that Corbyn follows
Of course, as I pointed out previously (see links below), Corbyn has managed to pass on his obsessive hatred for the Jewish State to his three sons. I just checked the twitter account of Ben Corbyn. He follows just 76 accounts, most of which are football related. The only 'political' accounts he follows are:
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*"Following" a twitter account does not mean that you support the ideas of the person or organisation. Indeed it is useful to follow accounts of people you fundamentally disagree with in order to find out what they are up to and respond to their lies (which is why, for example, I "follow" Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn). But that does not apply to politicians. If, for example, David Cameron was found to be a follower of the British National Party then that would be a major scandal. So only Jeremy Corbyn can explain his obsession for following antisemitic accounts.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Covering up "Israel apartheid week" as some kind of legitimate protest (UPDATED!)

Express 21/2/2106: covering up for antisemitism
UPDATE: I received a very rapid - and positive response - from the Sunday Express. See below.

The following is a self-explanatory letter I have written to the Sunday Express (depressing when you realise that the Express is the least anti-Israel newspaper in the UK):
I was pleased to see the article on Page 2 of today's Express ("Anti-semitism at Oxford for years").  However, I was shocked to discover that the article actually covered up the event that triggered Alex Chalmers to expose the anti-Semitism of the University Labour Club. The article describes the trigger as follows:
The latest row erupted after the Labour students voted to support a week of events to highlight Israel's controversial policies towards Palestinians
In fact, what the students voted to support was the notorious "Israel Apartheid week" - an event  based on lies and antisemitic propaganda, whose sole intention  is to delegitimize the Jewish State. The organisers of the event support terrorism against Jewish civilians and seek the complete destruction of the Jewish State. And the event is all the more offensive coming as it does with Israel's civilians under multiple unprovoked Palestinian terrorist attacks each day. To describe such an event as one that "highlights Israel's controversial policies towards Palestinians" is appallingly misleading. It will have left readers of the article totally perplexed, as well as believing that Jews wish to shut down legitimate debate and protest.
Update: Within an hour of sending my complaint to the Sunday Express I received the following response from the Editor:
Dear Mr Davidson
Thank you for your letter in regard to our story on anti-semitism at Oxford University. It was certainly not our intention to mislead anyone and if we have done so I will certainly make sure that your letter is published and a wrong is put right. The Sunday Express takes the issue of anti-semitism extremely seriously, bringing, as it does, shame on our nation, and we intend to run further articles in the future highlighting the issue. I am very grateful to you for bringing the possible inaccuracies in our story to my attention. 
All the very best, as ever, 
Martin Townsend
Editor Sunday Express 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Are Jews being sacrificed for political correctness in Israel?

Earlier today I wrote my thoughts about the knifing murder of Tuvia Weissman by two 14-year old Arab terrorists, arguing that these kind of killings will continue while there are multiple incentives for the killers and no deterrents.

But there is something more disturbing about this case than any of the other recent terrorist attacks. Just hours before the attack Israel's Chief-of-Staff Gadi Eisenkot made the disgraceful public statement that Israeli forces had been wrong to shoot young terrorists (a statement that was predictably lapped up by the Israel-hating western media as it played directly into their narrative about the current intifada).

Was this obsession 'not to look bad in the eyes of the western media to blame for Tuvia's death? Of the few details that have been released about his murder we know that the terrorists entered the supermarket with their knives and were in the store for 20 minutes looking for victims. Given the location, the current situation, and the description of the killers how was this possible?

The fact that there appears to be a complete media blackout concerning the killers is also disturbing. None of the reports says anything about them other than that they came from a nearby Arab village. There was a photo of one of them being treated in an Israeli hospital which I can no longer find. One report says one was killed while another says they both survived and are being treated in different Israeli hospitals. How is it possible that, 24 hours after such a terrorist attack, the Israeli media is saying nothing about the killers?

Is the news blackout because the Government does not want anybody to know that these killers will be allowed to go free (because of their age) once they receive the best Israeli medical treatment and recover? And that the killers will be welcomed back as heroes by the Palestine Authority?

Or are they now covering up for Gadi Eisenkot who should have been sacked immediately after he made his public statement?

Tuvia Weissman (with wife and child): sacrificed for political correctness?

Friday, February 19, 2016

On the murder of Tuvia Weissman by 'Palestinian kids'

Murdered 21-year-old Tuvia Weissman with wife and child

 UPDATE: Was Tuvia a victim of Israel's political correctness?
  • The Western media as usual largely ignored the murderous knife attack in an Israeli supermarket, despite the fact it was carried out by two 14-year-old Palestinians. Had two 14-year-olds committed such an act of terrorism anywhere else in the world you can be sure it would have been headline news. But even the age of the assailants failed to pique media interest because neither were killed in the attack and so the headline writers were unable to lead with "Israel kills Palestinian children". 
  • Where the attack was reported Tuvia Weissman was dehumanized - being referred to as a 'soldier' - even the Israeli media was guilty of this (some - as reported by Aussie Dave felt his death was deserved because he was a 'settler'). But every 21-year-old man in Israel is a soldier and since he was off-duty shopping in a supermarket why was the fact that he was a 'soldier' of any relevance at all? 
  • The killing came just hours after chief-of-staff of the military, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot scolded Israeli soldiers for shooting at "Palestinian kids who attack with scissors" and knives. Clearly in the eyes of Eisenkot (and most of Israel's military leaders) it is far better to have dead Jews than have the Western media screaming about the killing of Palestinian kids. 
  • The  'Palestinians' (supported by the Western media and political elites) continue to have massive incentives to carry out terrorist attacks. That the Israeli authorities continue to provide no deterrents at all is not unrelated to the fact that the vast majority of leaders in Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF are leftist appeasers (as reported here). Hence, while Tuvia Weissman was being buried today his killers were being treated with the best possible medical care in an Israeli hospital (and because of their age they will be released without charge when they recover to a life of luxury as 'Palestinian heroes').
  • In the light of all this I have updated my table about incentives and deterrents for Palestinians (especially 'kids') to carry out terrorist attacks. Unless Israel's leaders start to come up with some deterrents the attacks will intensify and there will be many more victims like Tuvia:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Where should we Jews return to Mr Galloway?"

George Galloway - along with many other leftists who demand the destruction of the State of Israel - - says that the Jews there should 'return to New York, Poland and Germany'. But, about 80% of Israeli Jews were born in Israel, and a majority of those whose families originate from outside did not come from Europe or America but from other Middle Eastern and African countries (including Ethiopia of course). Unlike the relatively small number of Jews who have emigrated from the USA and Europe since 1948, every one of those families had no option other than to leave and return to their true ancestral home.

There is absolutely nothing unusual about the photo above (of orthodox black Jews) that I took while I was at the Western Wall in Jerusalem yesterday since "Western Jews" in Israel are a minority. But it did make me think about the ignorance of George Galloway whose views are actually shared not just by most Western leftists but also by almost every Muslim in the world.

BBC: "it is OK for us to lie if other sources print the same lie"

Last week I wrote about how the main stream media lied about the numbers who attended the Pegida march in Birmingham. I made the following complaint to the BBC:

The article referring to the Pegida march in Birmingham on 6 Feb was clearly trying to downplay the groundswell of concern against Islamic immigration to Europe, and included the statement: "The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt said fewer than 200 people turned up". In fact this is demonstrably a lie. As can clearly be seen from the video there are many times more people on that march than 200. You can clearly see at least 220 distinct placards being held up and about one in every 5 or 8 people is holding a placard, making an estimate of well over 1000 people.   
As readers of this blog will know I have made many complaints to the BBC (mainly about its anti-Israel bias) and received almost universally unsatisfactory responses. But their response (below) to the above complaint is the most astonishing yet in its contempt for the British public as well as its failure to adhere to the BBC's own constitution:

We note your comments unhappy with the figure (“fewer than 200”) the BBC’s religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt gave in the following article, for the number of people participating in a Pegida anti-Islam silent march in Birmingham on Saturday 6 February: 
While we’ve registered your concerns, we’re not alone in reporting this figure:

(Please note that the BBC is not responsible for the content found on any external sites.)

The Daily Mail article also notes that the figure of 200 was also the police estimate: “police said about about [sic] 200 PEGIDA supporters and 60 counter demonstrators turned out”.

Thank you for your feedback about BBC News. Please know complaints are sent to senior management and news teams every morning and we’ve included your points in our overnight reports. These reports are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC and ensure that complaints are seen quickly by the right people.

Kind regards
Stuart Webb

Sunday, February 14, 2016

An unsung Israeli hero

Jean Kloos-Fishman laid to rest in Be'er Sheva, 14 Feb 2016

Today I attented the funeral of my wife's cousin Jean Kloos-Fishman in Be'er Sheva. Jean was very well known in Be'er Sheva having dedicated her professional life to improving the health of Bedouins in the Negev, but her story needs to be known more widely. She is typical of many unsung heroes whose lives expose the lies of the antisemites who known nothing about Israel and yet ludicrously and ignorantly use the term 'apartheid state' to refer to the only country in the Middle East that is not an apartheid state.

The following tribute was written by another family member:
Jean made aliyah from London in 1958 when one of the directors from Saroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva told her she was needed there. She spent 25 years wondering the desert treating bedouins and introducing them to hygiene and health care. She was an excellent pediatrician and she specialized in helping children with all kinds of problems focusing on under-privileged children. She received an award in Be'er Sheva for her outstanding service to the community.
In her later years she devoted her life to trying to find as much information about Raoul Wallenberg and to giving him the recognition he deserved. She also helped Holocaust survivors. Today at the funeral we saw and heard many people who knew and loved Jean. She was buried next to the love of her life Max who died very early in their marriage. I am proud and thankful that Jean Kloos-Fishman was a member of my family.