Sunday, April 21, 2019

Kay Wilson's book: a very important read



Kay Wilson is the British Israeli tour guide who, in 2010, miraculously survived a brutal machete attack by two sadistic Palestinian terrorists (Aiad Fatfata and Kifah Ghanimat) while hiking in a forest near Jerusalem. The American tourist she was escorting - Kristine Luken - was murdered in the attack. The terrorists simply wanted to 'kill some Jews' (although Kristine was in fact a Christian).  In this book Kay describes in detail the attack, how she survived, and her long road to recovery.  The book is both harrowing and inspiring, and while it is a very personal account it also provides many insights into Israeli society. Once you start reading it you will find it difficult to put down. Yet, publishers refused to publish it because it does not fit the mainstream narrative of "Palestinians as victims".

Although it is not a point that Kay focuses on herself in the book, it is important to note that the terrorists who were convicted of the attack are held in the highest esteem in Palestinian society (receiving a monthly stipend of $3,410 as reward for being officially 'Heroes of Palestine') and also received full legal support from the Israeli state, while being housed in the relative luxury of an Israeli prison. This contrasts with the struggle Kay and her carers have to cope with the aftermath of the attack. As a further example of this contrast, the book describes how, during the trial, the Israeli court failed to provide an English translator for the Luken's victim statement, yet provided Arabic translators for the terrorists.

There are many other remarkable insights in the book, including Kay's first meeting with Kristin's parents, the fact that the terrorists did not know Kay had survived the attack until she stood up to testify at their trial (this caused them to argue between themselves); and also how Kay first heard about the arrest of the terrorists who attacked her, during a shared taxi journey in Jerusalem (when she was going to complete the forms needed to get a meagre disability allowance). The other passengers did not know it was Kay they were talking about.

There is also the revelation that Kifah Ghanimat had committed a string of previous terrorist attacks including the murder of Netta Blatt-Sorek the previous year. As the trial of Ghanimat was for the murder of Netta as well as Kristine, the story of Netta and her family features prominently in the book.  As Kay says, she remembered this being assumed at the time to have been 'suicide'. This is a recurring problem I have discussed on this blog whereby the Israeli authorities and media are desperate to downplay the possibility of a terrorist attack. This was despite the fact that Netta had been bound and stabbed. Indeed, this curious obsession to find some other explanation - other than simple Jew hatred - to 'explain' Palestinian terrorism was also evident in the case of Kristine and Kay;  the attack on them was wrongly speculated to have been 'in revenge' for Israel killing a Hamas commander in Dubai. But Fatfata and Ghanimat never said anything about that. They admitted they just wanted to kill Jews.

Kay also reminds us that, for victims of Palestinian terrorism there is always the danger that their torment will be increased by the possibility that the killers will be released as part of a 'prisoner exchange deal'.  Kay describes how shortly after Fatfata and Ghanimat were convicted came the news that Israel was going to release over a thousand convicted terrorists in exchange for the captured soldier Gilad Shalit. Kay feared that her attackers would be among those released and that this would have destroyed her trust in the country.  Fortunately, they were not, but many killers equally as sadistic and depraved as Fatfata and Ghanimathad were; and thousands of Israelis (such as Frimet and Arnold Roth) suffer the double agony of knowing the killers of their loved ones are free and living in luxury as 'heroes of Palestine'. Hopefully, one lesson of this book will be that no such further releases of convicted terrorists can be justified.


The Epilogue of the book



See:
The Rage Less Traveled

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tuvia Tenenbom exposes brutal antisemitism dressed up as support for 'Palestinians'


Sussex Friends of Israel have distributed a disturbing clip from a video produced by Tuvia Tenenbom. He is seen talking with republicans in Northern Ireland. Although it is in English (with German subtitles) I have taken the liberty of adding English subtitles as it is quite hard to understand everything being said.



The key message -  "We support the Palestinians because they’re against the Jews...Hitler didn’t kill enough Jews" pretty much sums up the rationale of most ‘anti-Zionists’.

Of course no need for the Board of Deputies to comment about this as it doesn't involve any 'Islamophobia' and it's all just perfectly legitimate criticism of the Israeli government .......

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Britain's pathetic Jewish leadership


Today I heard that a couple of brave supporters of Israel (Jonathan Hoffman and Damon Lenszner) were issued with arrest warrants under clearly trumped-up charges of assault. Although the warrants were subsequently rescinded they still have to appear in court in June. Anybody who, like these two, has attended demonstrations where the Israel haters are around will know that all of the intimidation and violence comes from the other side. And the Police and CPS routinely turn a blind eye to it such as when a Jewish lady in her 60s was brutally assaulted in October 2018.

Jonathan and Damon deserve the full support of the Jewish community - especially those in positions of influence who claim to be fighting antisemitism. I was hoping to find some words of support from such people today, but instead we got exactly the opposite in the form of a despicable headline in the Jewish Chronicle (which was only changed after several hours). Meanwhile, those of influence in the Jewish community are, as usual ignoring this story of Jews in genuine need of support and instead batting for the opposition under the GUISE of fighting antisemitism. For example, we have the Board of Deputies accusing friends who use the term 'cultural marxism' of being antisemites; and similarly we have people like Simon Myerson QC accusing friends who use the term 'Soros money' of being antisemites (I had a twitter exchange with this pompous jerk this morning over this).

It is hardly surprising therefore that, despite all the publicity about antisemitism in the UK, the level of antisemitism (and especially that based around lies about Israel) continues to increase.  Lavishly funded organisations like the Board of Deputies now simply pay lip service to their duty to fight antisemitism and support Israel. While they have abdicated their responsibility in favour of political correctness and fighting 'Islamophobia', it is left to heroic individuals like Jonathan and Damon to defend Israel on the streets, Harry Markham in Universities and David Collier to do the in-depth research exposing antisemites. 

It is also very sad to report that even Rachel Riley - who has been brilliant in exposing and challenging genuines antisemites - has jumped on to the politically correct bandwagon of assuming that anybody critical of Soros or supportive of Tommy Robinson is a racist. She is now spending her time trying to get companies to boycott advertising on sites that she calls 'fake news'. While one of the sites targeted (the Canary) is a genuinely antisemitic site  -most of the others seem to be conservative pro-Israel sites like Rebel Media and TR.News.  It's an appalling censorship route to go down. It is especially ironic that she is using BBC articles to 'prove' some of these sites are 'fake news' sites on the basis that they have at some point published a 'fake news' story.





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Soros says working under the Nazi occupation was the happiest year of his life (note the full context of his quotes is provided here)

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Fogel family massacre eight years on

Eight years ago today Arab terrorists murdered five members of the Fogel family in their home in Itamar, killing the parents, Ehud and Ruth, and three of their children, Yoav, aged 11, Elad, aged 4, and baby Hadas just 3 months. The killers cut off the baby's head. My blog posting from that day appears below.

Few people know about the massacre and even less know about the depraved terrorists who committed it. The massacre was ignored by the entire main stream media outside Israel, except for a couple of  ludicrous reports claiming that it might not have been a terrorist attack, with even nonsense like it could have been a 'disgruntled Thai worker'. But the terrorists Hakim and Amjad Awad (who are cousins) were eventually found and convicted. They told the court they were proud to have committed the attack, which was carefully planned. From the day Hakim Awad was arrested the PA rewarded him with a monthly salary of $3,000 a month, four times the average Palestinian civil servant’s salary. Official PA TV invited his mother and aunt to talk on the PA TV program dedicated to honoring and sending greetings to imprisoned terrorists. They referred to Awad and his accomplices as “heroes” and Hakim Awad himself was called “the hero, the legend.” The PA TV host added: “We, for our part, also convey our greetings to them.”

It is also worth noting the depraved reactions of leftists in Israel to the massacre (see end of the report).

Another massacre of Jews that the world will never know about

12 March 2011

scene from the Fogel home
I woke up today in Tel Aviv to hear of the appalling terrorist attack that took place in Itamar overnight. A young family of five, including a 3-month old baby, children aged 3 and 11, and both parents were killed by having  their throats cut in their own home by two Palestinian terrorists. Pamela Geller has posted pictures here.

Although the Japanese tsunami is obvously still dominating the news I checked today to find that Sky News and CNN were carrying plenty of other stories from around the world, but a massacre of Jewish children apparently does not count as news. If they had got planning permission to build an extension on their home, then being in 'the West Bank' that would certainly have made the news.  If any Arab child was murdered by an Israeli in this way then the Japanese tsunami would immediately have been demoted to second place, while the world lined up to condemn Israel and a generation of writers would have started working on plays to explain why all Jews are ultimately responsible for the act. Even if a guard had shot and killed the terrorists before committing this atrocity Sky News and CNN would have been all over the story posting claims of Israel murdering innocent Palestinian 'farmers'. So what you will never find out is that the attack has been claimed by none other than the Al Aqsa Martyr's brigade who are the 'military wing' of Fatah - Israel's 'peace partners'. Hamas has hailed the attack as 'heroic' and there have been the usual celebrations and fireworks in Palestinian towns. And, perhaps most importantly, the attack is likely the direct result of Israel being forced to drop certain security checks at the insistance of the Americans and British. Remember that the next time you are lectured about the poor Palestinians having to go through Israeli security checks.

Palestinian terrorists have a long history of murdering Jewish children in cold blood. There is no recorded incident in history of an Israeli deliberately killing an Arab child, let alone in an act organised by official representatives. Yet placards calling Israelis 'baby killers' are more common place on UK campusus and high streets than prostitute calling cards in Soho. If the Nazi Holocaust were taking place today then the main stream media and the UN would be citing only the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto as a crime against humanity - calling it a bloody massacre of innocent Germans.

UPDATE: As if they are trying to self-parody, the main stream media has this morning triggered into life .... to report for example:

Note the tone of the AFP report. Israeli children massacred - no story (and note also no perpetrators). But claims by Palestinians that Jews threw stones at them - that is headline news.
UPDATE: I am appalled to also report on how depraved leftists in Israel really are. In discussions about the massacre several people here have said they feel little sympathy because the Fogels were 'ultra-orthadox fanatics' or because 'they had it coming to them' for living in Itamar.

Monday, March 04, 2019

A case study in hypocricy: the BBC's John Sweeney v Tommy Robinson



Seems to me that if the BBC wanted a real high quality documentary produced they should employ ... Tommy Robinson since his Panodrama documentary is a much better piece of journalism than anything done recently by the BBC.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tommy Robinson: for the attention of British Jews

The silencing of Tommy Robinson should worry anybody interested in free speech and democracy. None more so than Britain's Jews who - largely under the guise of anti-Zionism - are currently attacked from all sides (but especially the left, Islamists and the main stream media promoting anti-Israel lies).  Yet Britain's 'official Jews' are part of the problem - virtue signalling their contempt for Tommy at every opportunity. More details and updates about Tommy Robinson can be found at Brian of London.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

The brutal terrorist murder of Ori Ansbacher

While the main stream media report (and rage over) the death of Palestinian teenagers - even though they are actually members of Hamas killed while attacking Israelis - the brutal terrorist murder of Israel teenagers is ignored.

And the story gets even worse.  It turns out the terrorist was a known Hamas supporter previously arrested for entering Temple Mount with a knife but released even though he said he wanted to kill Jews and become a 'martyr'.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Why I am not a big fan of Holocaust Memorial Day


In fact if you look at the trustees of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust  you will see that some of  them are people who push the anti-Israel lies. In fact, apart from the two token Holocaust survivors who presumably have little active say in policy, it is dominated by people pushing the Leftist/Muslim alliance. This includes 'friends' like Labour MP Tulip Siddiq who recently pushed blood libels against Israel and supports Hamas attacks against Israel and the loathsome Fiyaz Mughal

Hardly any surprise then that the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust pulled this stunt in 2017 ....

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Board of Deputies decides to fight Spurs fans

I have now come to the conclusion that the Board of Deputies actually do more harm than good to the British Jewish community. Incessant antisemitism in the Labour Party? They fall over backwards to appease senior Labour politicians. Incessant media lies and demonization against Israel? No interest at all (indeed they even promote some of the lies).  Violent attacks against Jews who support Israel? Not their business. But finding antisemitism in one of the few places where there is proud identification with Jews and Israel (upsetting thousands of football supporters for no good reason at all in the process) ......that's their current main concern.


And of course the idiot Baddiel brothers are in on the conspiracy.

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Meet a typical 'great friend of the Jewish community': Wes Streeting MP

Noticed that Wes Streeting was one of the speakers recently at Limmud. Seems there is no Jewish community event where he is not invited. No surprise as he certainly fits in perfectly well with the leftists who now dominate the Board of Deputies. But it is important to note that even the previous BoD Head Jonathan Arkush - who was genuinely pro-Israel - was taken for a ride by Wes Streeting.



Saturday, January 05, 2019

Our friends the Jordanians

With Hamas on Israel's Southern border and Hezbollah on the Northern border it is worth remembering who our so called friends are to the East. And this despite the fact that it is Israel who keeps the Jordanian regime safe.