Tag Archives: Israel

Apartheid… Really?

27 May

Just a collection of pictures I found on facebook which consider a “different” view to that almost universally promoted by the global media regarding Israel.

(Click to zoom in…)

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These images clearly don’t reveal a detailed picture yet might make you reconsider the “apartheid” label so easily given to Israel ( meaning actual apartheid is taken less seriously).

Might upload more pictures later… but I can’t be bothered to write an entire post about it since people who actually think Israel is an apartheid state usually aren’t basing their view on rational arguments…

Here comes the hate 😀

Israel vs Hamas

24 Nov

Since the recent conflict and Israel’s operation Pillar of Defense began last week and  having now concluded , there has been an atmosphere of undeniable and most importantly irrational hatred towards Israel.

Firstly, it appears that the fact thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel prior to the recent conflict has been largely ignored (preventing a great proportion of the Israeli population from living a normal life) and yet at Israel’s retaliation, anti-Israel groups immediately flock to criticise the murderous and aggressive state of Israel. The right (OBLIGATION) of a sovereign nation to defend itself apparently does not apply to the Jewish state.

Despite the fact that, as Netanyahu pointed out, Israel withdrew from every inch of Gaza (evicting its own citizens for the sake of peace), rather than allowing it to prosper and become the “Singapore of the middle-East”, Hamas took power and turned it into a launch pad for terror. The blockade was a consequence (two years AFTER! Hamas began immediately firing rockets into Israel, smuggling arms, and forcing their disgusting ideology upon the people of Gaza) of the terror Hamas has imposed both on the citizens of Southern Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza.

Despite this, Israel has done huge amounts to separate the terrorists controlling the strip from the innocent people, and support Gaza. It has provided Gaza’s electricity, funded projects, and supported the people of Gaza as much as possible -all funded by Israeli Banks. A few mentioned here (http://www.aish.com/jw/me/Israels-Support-of-the-Palestinian-Economy.html )

Throughout the recent conflict, over 100 trucks of gas/food etc… of aid was sent from Israel to Gaza. During the military operation, the IDF did everything possible to minimise civilian casualties (including leaflets, phonecalls etc..)  http://www.idfblog.com/2012/11/15/how-does-the-idf-minimize-harm-to-palestinian-civilians/ provides the information at the time.

By contrast, Hamas, was and will continue to commit double-war crimes by EFFECTIVELY hiding behind their civilians and aiming their rockets directly at Israel’s civilians.

Criticising Israel’s actions as disproportionate is simply wrong. One must look beyond the figures and decide who is truly to blame. It should be pointed out that if Israel was less developed, the IDF was as not advanced as it was and the Iron Dome system was not in place, Isareli deaths and casulaties would be much greater.

Another interesting article highlighting the double-standards regarding Israel’s military action http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100190310/why-is-israeli-militarism-looked-upon-as-more-disgusting-despicable-and-criminal-than-the-militarism-of-any-other-nation-on-earth/

What sort of stable society can Hamas, a (TERRORIST) group, that kills it’s own people for suspected cooperation with Israel, kills their people for being gay, uses their people as human shields, states in it’s charter how it wishing to destroy Israel and I quote “the time will not come until Muslims fight the Jews (and Kill them)” and has no respect for human life, bring?

This is why ultimately I am disappointed in the ceasefire. I will not try and mince my words – the goal should be to destroy Hamas and its detrimental regime.   (who by the way have ALREADY broken the ceasefire agreement).

(Recommend to read – Richard Kemp support of IDF and the necessity of the blockade, Israel’s restraint and the unlikeliness of a successful ceasefire http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/11/20/former-afghan-british-troops-commander-on-possible-israel-hamas-ceasefire-i’m-skeptical-of-how-long-it-can-last-exclusive-interview/

Furthermore, it is important to remember who the real enemy is to the arab world: the dictators repressing their people and the militant Islamic fundamentalist terrorists gaining power. It is not Israel.  http://www.arabnews.com/arab-spring-and-israeli-enemy  We have seen what Hamas has done to the security of Southern Israel and the palestinian people in Gaza, this should be reason enough to topple the regime.

Frankly, I don’t remember any US-Al-Qaeda negotiations, or anything of the sort. There should be no dialogue with terror. The ceasefire – unfortunately it is true – has arguably given some form of legitimacy to Hamas and has given them an opportunity to restock in arms (supported I’m sure by Iran) which will lead to the next inevitable conflict and more loss of life.

The amazing Mossab Hassan Yousef, a son of one of the founders of Hamas -who spent years inside the regime working undercover for Israeli intelligence) has given his perspective. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/162454#.ULEQ7dvKcec

The enemy is Hamas, not Israel. Freedom for the people of Gaza and the people of Southern Israel can only be achieved when they are eliminated.

 עם ישראל חי

Side points: Hamas Charter (if you’re interested in reading it’s vile words) – http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/www.thejerusalemfund.org/carryover/documents/charter.html

Also interesting – Muslim supporters of the state of Israel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_supporters_of_Israel

P.S. Must express my anger at the anti-Israel bias, especially in respected BBC, and the claims by anti-Israel groups that it was the other way around are beyond absurd! Photo-fraud, biased reporting and often actual lies..  Very sad…

Recent Escalation

17 Nov

This is largely an emotional post following recent events in Israel… I encourage to explore the facts  in depth (and let go of any possible bias that you may be presented with).

Raising your children to hate and view certain other citizens as “enemies” to be destroyed will bring a society inevitably connected to violence and conflict. Common sense may lead us to an opinion when differentiating between a leader declaring war and firing (more) rockets into a sovereign nation on the basis of “revenge” for the killing of a terrorist leader and a leader who promises to retaliate in order to “protect innocent citizens”.

I must say even the Russian news is presenting a more objective picture than the western media at the moment. “We” only wake up when Israel retaliates – despite the fact ordinary people have been prevented from living a normal life due to thousands of rockers being fired into Southern Israel since 2008. When Egypt attempted to negotiate a cease-fire recently, Israel put down their weapons whilst Hamas continued firing and then tried to lie to the international community that it was the opposite!

Operation pillar of defense is MORE than justified!

Whilst Israel makes greatest efforts to avoid civilian casualties (dropping leaflets warning people not to go near military/terrorist bases and more..) Hamas cares little where it’s continuous rockets are directed at and builds some of it’s bases under schools and hospitals as an attempted shield. If their rockets were more successful and Israeli’s defense less so (including the Iron Dome), Israeli casualties would be much higher. It is clear the blame lies with the violence of Hamas terrorists.

We need to stop blaming Israel when history has shown us that every attempt at peace has been forcefully declined by Israel’s enemies and realise that, like any other nation, they have a right to defend their people.

also read this:

http://www.idfblog.com/2012/11/15/how-does-the-idf-minimize-harm-to-palestinian-civilians

Rachel Corrie

31 Aug

I know I’m going to offend a lot of people by writing this but here is my opinion.

Rachel Corrie was a 23 year old pro-Palestinian activist and a member of the International Solidarity Movement. On the 16th March 2003 she was crushed by a D-19 bulldozer in the Gaza strip. A few days ago, an Israeli civil court in Haifa rejected the civil lawsuit brought against the Israeli military by her parents who demanded a symbolic $1 in damages.

Over the past few days, many have been filled with anger towards the Israeli military and justice system, claiming the courts, in accordance with government wishes, are granting illegal immunity to the IDF.

Such shameful examples show this is not the case. When soldiers conduct themselves in an inappropriate and inhumane manner, they should and will be punished.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/idf-soldier-convicted-of-manslaughter-of-british-activist-1.162287

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11462635

The fact that Rachel Corrie, an innocent civilian, was killed, is a tragedy. However, she should not have been there in the first place. She was ordered by the US government to stay away from the area, which was forbidden to civilians and had been engaged in conflict but a few hours before her arrival. She had entered a closed military zone at her own risk. On top of this, she was positioned in a trench while protesting behind a mound of debris. It is therefore, not so surprising that the bulldozer did not see her. The army conducted a full investigation into the matter. How are we expected to place the blame on the driver?

Furthermore, the ISM are a group that have protected Hamas and Fatah terrorists whilst blocking Israeli army efforts to stop the transfer of weapons between the border. This is not a peaceful or honest group. It opposes even a two-state solution by claiming the state of Israel should not exist.

Why are people not protesting at the actions of the terrorists the ISM are defending. Their victims, be they Jewish, Palestinian, Ethiopian, Thai or any other religion or nationality that has suffered as a result of the terrorism of Hamas and Fatah, had done nothing to expect danger or death.

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-03-07/news/29432349_1_hamas-militants-gaza-into-southern-israel-alaa-abu-dheim

http://frontpagemag.com/2010/anav-silverman/a-blind-eye-for-hamas-victims-2/

http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/c.hsJPK0PIJpH/b.3831671/

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/rocket-barrage-hits-southern-israeli-town-idf-kills-terrorist-involved-in-attack-along-egypt-border-1.439888

None of this means her death was anything less than a tragedy, yet it is clear that it was an unfortunate accident.

Although the global media, with popular and well-know publications such as The Guardian and respected organisations such as Amnesty International, continue to criticise the Israeli Justice system and claim Rachel Corrie’s death was “intentional murder” by the Israeli army, why are we accepting this so easily?