Posted by Atilla89 on August 29, 2009
I’ve recently started writing articles on a very small university paper under the heading of ‘International News’. Since I very rarely actually write anything here, I will start putting these up on the blog for you all to read.
It is common knowledge that every country around the world has its own set of problems. Some have big and serious problems such as Afghanistan, while others like Australia are quite well off. However, in late June in Toronto, Canada 180 protesters from “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid” (http://queersagainstapartheid.org/) marched in an attempt to “reignite Toronto’s queer community in the fight against apartheid”. Israel has many problems, some relating to security, others relating to the issue of the Palestinians. Naming your group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid draws attention to the dirty little secret in the Middle East, that is homosexuals are not welcome there. Except for Israel that it. The protest group echoes another similarly ridiculously named group, Queers for Palestine. Both groups ignore the fact that Israel is the most liberal country in the Middle East allowing anyone almost anyone who is prosecuted to find shelter within its borders. There is a reason why the Baha’I faith decided to move the remains of Bab from Iran to Haifa and it wasn’t for the view.
Some people on the fringe of both sides of politics will believe anything that you tell them about Israel or Jews. If you needed more evidence of blatant lies being printed about Israel look no further then the claim being put forward by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers kidnap Palestinians to steal their organs and sell them in the black market. Did I mention that Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt refused to apologise to Israel for this disgusting report. I think Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman got it right when he said “It is regrettable that the Swedish foreign ministry does not intervene when it comes to a blood libel against Jews, which reminds one of Sweden’s conduct during World War II when it also did not intervene.” It is these sorts of allegations and lies that regularly rise up around the world which then must be combated in the media as well as at university campuses.
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Posted by Atilla89 on May 20, 2009
First post in months, yay. As usual I’ve had other priorities and things to attend to. This does not mean I have ignored what been going on (kind of hard to do while studying for an International Relations major). The aftermarth of Operation Cast Lead and of course Durban 2. Its kind of funny in a sick way how that turned out. Fredrick Toben a Holocaust denier in Adelaide has been sentenced to 3 months in jail due to a refusal to take down Holocaust denial and Antisemitic material from his website. He was prosecuted by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry in 1998 due to the offensive nature of the content on his site.
I was given this article to read recently and told to respond to it. This is what I wrote; I hope it gets through the editor and published on the site, but if not here it is.
This piece by Clementine Force completely glosses over the fact that 1) being ‘wrong’ and ‘misguided’ was not Toben’s crime and 2) freedom of speech was never the issue in this case. The Racial Discrimination Act makes it very clear that it is unlawful to act in a way that is reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate, or intimidate another person especially if it is done because of a person’s, among other characteristics, race or creed. The judge ruled against Toben not specifically because he was wrong about a certain fact, but because he asserted that some Jewish people had exaggerated the number of Jews killed during World War II in order to profit from the perpetuation of what is described as ‘a Holocaust myth’. The laws of free speech have never covered the right to insult and humiliate other people based on a person’s religion or race. Force also asserts that Toben’s views are not dangerous in a world where Holocaust denial is dismissed. She is right. However, we don’t live in that world; in 2006 Toben went to the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Iran, a conference sponsored by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another Holocaust denier who is the President of Iran. Toben was never sent to jail based on whether he was right or wrong, he sentenced because he refused to comply with a court order after giving his word that he would.
Tell me what you think of it and what I can improve.
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Posted by Atilla89 on October 14, 2008
I have a major deadline coming up so I won’t be posting for a while. I’m just going to briefly comment on the Akko riots. Firstly, it was a disgrace on both parts. Regardless of whether the Arab driver was drinking and blasting loud music as he drove through the Jewish Quarter during Yom Kippur, the response by the Jews in the area was disgusting. This may seem obvious to you and me but if someone is upsetting the peace, call the police! Don’t take matters into your own hand by trying to stone the man! Secondly, the response given by Arab-Israeli MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL) was disgraceful. And as well as this, Arab MK Mohammed Barakeh stated that the alleged attack by Jews was “similar to the pogroms that Jews were exposed to at the hands of the Nazi gangs in Germany.” We really just don’t need those types of comments and it just makes you look bad and ignorant. Thankfully law and order has been restored and I really hope this won’t happen next Yom Kippur.
As a treat, here is a documentary that I’ve found on YouTube that have some significance on upcoming events with Iran – enjoy.
History – Israeli airstrike on Iraqi nuclear reactor (1981)
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Posted by Atilla89 on October 8, 2008
Breaking news! Jews are responsible for all the world’s woes. Now its our fault that the world’s global financial situation is going to hell. You would think that after all our expertise in managing the world’s finance for so long that we should see a little crisis like this a long way off. But no according to Hamas its all our fault. Honestly do they really think that anyone outside of the Arab world takes them seriously, wait, don’t answer that.
The crisis was the result of “bad administrative and financial management and a bad banking system put into place and controlled by the Jewish lobby,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement.
And on that note I wish everyone well over the fast!
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Posted by Atilla89 on August 12, 2008
If you’ve ever wondered how to stop the cycle of violence that plagues Israel and the Gaza Strip & West Bank then I have the answer for you, education. This may seem a little bit strange but education has the most say in a child’s outlook on the world. When I say education I am not just referring to going to school and then coming home to do homework and study. I am talking about the education that children receive from their parents, their friends, their religion and the media both independent and state-sponsored.
When a child learns to hate a particular people or religion from an early age, that hatred stays with them for a long time. When the message is continually hammered into them from every source of education it is almost impossible to undo the effects of such an upbringing. Of course, I am talking about the education that is continually forced upon Palestinian children. In my opinion, it would take generations to undo the damage being done to the Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. However outlining a brief plan of such a solution is not the point of this post. My aim is to show one particular grotesque way in which such a hatred of Israel and Jews is being fostered upon Palestinian children.
For example, a recent article in Pajamas Media titled ‘How Gaza Kids Are Spending Their Summer Vacation‘ is a great example of this ‘education’. When most people think of school holidays (especially summer) they think of going to the beach to relax, maybe going to a summer camp (known as a Sport and Recreation camp in Australia), you get the picture. However in the Gaza Strip, summer holidays means something completely different:
‘Hamas and Islamic Jihad, ever mindful of their responsibilities as pillars of the Palestinian community, are running their annual summer camps for thousands of youngsters…In addition to receiving healthy doses of religious and political indoctrination, they’ll be learning how to handle weapons and navigate assault courses.’
Hang on you say, did I read that last part right? They are letting children handle weapons? These sorts of descriptions sadly no longer surprise me (think Farfour, the Hamas version of Micky Mouse), indeed they are almost the norm now in Gaza. However to somebody else who has no idea about Palestinian society this would come as a shock and rightly so, this sort of treatment is disgusting.
‘An Islamic Jihad operative was at pains to point out to Ynet that children would only be handling dummy rockets, not real ones. Allah forbid that they should play with real Qassams or Katyushas — someone could lose an eye.’
Because that is any better…
Of course, this not anything new. During March I wrote a post very similar to this one in which I showed a video of children giving out flowers and lollies to passing Palestinians celebrating the recent (then) terrorist attackat Dimona. These sorts of actions just illustrate my point of how education is the key to stopping this conflict. Golda Meir, a former Prime Minister of Israel got it right when she said that peace would only be possible “when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”.
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Posted by Atilla89 on August 2, 2008
Most people have realised by know that the second Durban Conference will be quite similar to the last one, Antisemitic and Anti-Zionist. We’ve already had a foretaste of what’s to come in the “Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards” which was put into place in order to “heed the decision and instruction of the 2001 World Conference against Racism.” Need I say more? Indeed, once Canadian Senator Jerry Grafstein saw the signs and realised that the next Durban Conference known as UN Durban Review Conference scheduled for April, 2009 in Geneva was going to be much of the same thing, he started organising a counter-conference.
However, this is all just background information. In the latest development coming from the planning on the next conference, Eye on the UN reports that:
‘Iran has become a member of the “Group of Friends of the Chair”, an informal group of states charged with taking the first steps towards producing a Durban II manifesto.’
Is anyone else getting that queasy feeling in their stomachs again? I mean, the country’s President is a Holocaust denier, has threatened to destroy Israel numerous times and has stated that there are no homosexuals in Iran, which can be loosely translated as, because I killed them all (or am trying to). Am I missing something here? Now who else is on this “Group of Friends of the Chair’?
The role of his “friends” is described by Armenian Chairman Zohrab Mnatsakanian as “engaging in brainstorming and consolidating inputs.” Other members of the behind-the-scenes group are Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Egypt.
Um yeah… This is going to be interesting. Anne Bayefsky, Editor of Eye on the UN hits the nail on the head with this comment:
‘…one shudders to imagine the brainstorming among such human rights paragons.’
‘The first contribution of the “Group of Friends” will be filed at the next stage of the process, the ‘Intersessional Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group’ session to be held in Geneva September 1-5, 2008.’
I would be very interested to read exactly what they believe should be in the Durban ll manifesto, obviously I’m expecting more of the same that seen in Durban I but you never know…who am I kidding?
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Posted by Atilla89 on June 1, 2008
Funny list that I found courtesy of LGF, here’s the link for it.
Category 1: The Seed Planters
Examples: Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes, Bernard Lewis
Usual Profession: Academics
Main Motivation: Zionism
Category 2: The Theological Warriors
Examples: Robert Spencer, Craig Winn, Pat Robertson
Usual Profession: Christian preachers
Main Motivation: Religious bigotry
Category 3: The Media Voices
Examples: Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Fox News, Ann Coulter
Usual Profession: Radio and TV personalities
Main Motivation: Money
Category 4: The Fringe
Examples: LGF, Joe Kaufman, Jewish Task Force
Main Motivation: Racism
Category 5: The Politicians
Examples: George W Bush, John McCain, miscellaneous Republican politicians
Usual Profession: Politicians
Main Motivation: Need to court the anti-Islam vote
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Posted by Atilla89 on May 14, 2008
Sorry guys for the large break. I’ve had a lot of work to get through, but know the worst is over, yay! Israel has made it to her 60th birthday which is something to celebrate, even if there those who can’t appreciate it, here and here, hat tip to LGF.
My favourite of these links is the Daily Kos one, just read this and laugh.
It thus emerged as a major power and a formidable challenger of existing Arabic powers that will decide the fate of the world, coordinated assassination of President Kennedy which unnaturally led to the hasty re-evaluation of American foreign policy for adjustion that align with the interests of Israeli state for total compatibility in irreversibly entangled alliance.
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Posted by Atilla89 on May 2, 2008
I’m going to be talking and linking about a few things here, but first how’s this for an eye-catching title? “Lesbians Pick Fight With Gay Women”. This is not joke, its an article about a court case in which the residents from the island of Lesbos are suing gay women!
Next, I’m sure everyone has heard about what happened to those poor children in Austria (locked in a cellar for their whole life). The most interesting thing (and very disturbing) to emerge from this is the fact that the kids thought they were in heaven when they emerged into the sunlight. As well as this, these kids speak in their own private ‘language’ to each other. Words can’t really describe just how, excuse my french, f**ked up that is. Their development is going to be damaged for life, besides being born from incest, I doubt these kids will ever have a normal life. I feel so sorry for them.
Now here is another strange situation that just happened on our metaphorical doorstep (for Australia that is). ‘Timor troops party with rebels’, yep you read right, these people, who many would consider terrorists are being treated like a ‘commander in chief.’
Opposition Fretilin MPs said the party was “bizarre” and sent the wrong message to the people of East Timor.
“It’s quite immature and also looks bizarre that some, who you call as a rebel who has also been accused of conducting an attack against state, is welcomed like a big head or commander in chief – it is not the right message,” said Arsenio Bano, a Fretilin MP and member of the parliamentary defence and security committee. “Anyone in this country will think now that if you need to get attention from the President or important men, you just need to make trouble – a lot of trouble will allow them to talk to you and negotiate with you.”
Today Israel and Jews all across the world have celebrated Holocaust Day. I have a couple of friends in Poland at the moment who are marking this day while being in Auschwitz on a program called March of the Living. I myself attended this program 2 years ago and I definitely recommend it. The Palestinians however are remembering this day in a different manner (link above).
Meanwhile, Hamas television marked the 63rd anniversary of the Holocaust by suggesting it was orchestrated by Jews to wipe out the disabled among them in preparation for the creation of the state of Israel.
According to the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Media Watch, the head of the Palestinian Centre for Strategic Research, Amin Dabur, said: “The Israeli Holocaust – the whole thing was a joke, and part of the perfect show that (Zionist leader and future Israeli prime minister) Ben Gurion put on”.
The “young energetic and able” were sent to Israel, while the handicapped were sent “so there would be a Holocaust”.
How disgusting is that?
A two-minute siren sounded across Israel at 10am yesterday in memory of the estimated six million Jews who died in the Nazi death camps. People stopped were they were and cars came to a standstill.
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Posted by Atilla89 on April 11, 2008
That fool Professor Falk who I was talking about in the previous post, has decided that the ‘neocons’ may have played a role 9/11. Yep, he’s that kind of guy; did I mention he was a fan of Ward Churchill? Hat tip to LGF, full article below can be found here.
A new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Mr. Falk said, “It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I don’t think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess.”
I am not going to go into all these conspiracy theories and try and debunk them, you can check out Screw Loose Change for that. But seriously speaking, why in its inifinite wisdom did the UN send an official so obviously biased against Israel, who believes in nut-case conspiracy theories to try and make decision regarding human-rights abuse? Further in the above article former American Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton explains America’s position on this.
When asked for a comment about the appointment of Mr. Falk, a former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton said, “This is exactly why we voted against the new human rights council.” A spokesman for the American embassy at the United Nations offered no comment yesterday when asked.
If there was any more doubt about Falk’s unsuitability to this position it can be summarised below.
In a February 16, 1979, op-ed for the New York Times, Mr. Falk praised Ayatollah Khomeini and bemoaned his ill treatment in the American press. He wrote, “The depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.” Nearly nine months later, student followers of Khomeini invaded the American embassy in Tehran and held 52 diplomats hostage for the following 444 days.
Obviously Israel is not too happy with this and has decided to deny him entry.
Richard Falk is scheduled to take up his post with the UN Human Rights Council in May, but the Foreign Ministry said it will deny Falk a visa to enter Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, at least until a September meeting of the council. At that meeting, Israel intends to ask the council to expand the envoy’s mission to include investigating Palestinian human rights abuses against Israelis.
An obvious and fair question, one any reasonable country would be expected to ask.
According to a Tuesday posting on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Web site, Falk defended statements he made last summer equating Israel’s treatment of Palestinians with Nazi treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. He told BBC News that Israel has been unfairly shielded from international criticism.
Yeah… because Israel has never been bashed in the UN. Should I even be bothered to mention the countless of times the former Human Rights Council has gone after Israel? Or should I just mention Durban 1 and be done with it.
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