Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday, 29 August 2016

Something To Do With Islam: The BBC befuddles British schoolkids (updated)

BBC bias for schoolkids
I've blogged before about how the BBC is spoon-feeding schoolchildren bite-sized morsels of pro-Islam propaganda.

See my post here about what the BBC tells the kids about Islam and war and my post here about what the BBC tells the kids about Islam and women's rights.

Astonishing stuff.  Bloody outrageous (excuse the "Great Australian Adjective" but if not appropriate here, where?)

But those are not the only ways in which the BBC shamelessly shills for Islam, indoctrinating British schoolchildren.  What an evil agency it is.

Thanks to a recent post by the estimable Craig over at "Is the BBC Biased?" I've been taking a look at the BBC presentation for teenage schoolchildren entitled "The Islamic world in the Middle Ages" that proclaims what I've cut and pasted above on the yellow background.

Here's a summary of that presentation's points. Note the way in which it contrasts the (supposed) glories of Islam with the squalor of medieval London.  A cheap, deliberate mockery of the western way of life, eh?

And, in the Bitesize section on "The Crusades", here's one of the revision questions Al Beeb poses to schoolkids.  (Yes, very childish.  How thick would a kid have to be to tick the second or third alternatives?!)

Very respectful of "The prophet".  But have you ever seen the BBC talk of "Moses the Lawgiver" or "Christ the Redeemer" or "Jesus the Saviour"?  No, me neither.  Such labels would be offensive to those of no religion or at any rate non-applicable to anyone but the followers of Judaism and Christianity and thus politically incorrect.  (Ain't that right, BBC?)

There's nothing in these Bitesizes about the supremacist nature of Islam, the "convert or die" scenario  or the taking of infidel women and girls as sex slaves excrescence.  There's nothing about the bloody slaughter of Jews at the battle of Khyber and the capture of their wives as booty.  There's no mention, as far as I can see, of the Jews of the Rhineland killed by marauding Crusaders.  Jews don't appear to count in these particular narratives, except where they can be used as fodder for pro-Islam propaganda, as in this idealised picture of the Ottoman Empire:

 To quote Craig:
"I would have hoped that the BBC would have encouraged nuance at the very least in their schools' history study guide instead of sounding oddly like proselytisers"   [Emphasis added]
 Re the Crusades:

And note the value judgment regarding Dubya, whose speech is labelled "infamous".  That's a straightforwardly blatant example of the BBC's contempt for its obligation to be impartial. [Update: when a reader of mine complained to the BBC about this he received the absurd reply below at ***]

On the Biased BBC website is a very good guest blog that addresses this very issue.  It says, inter alia (do read it all, and the comments):

“The BBC’s contemporary battle for hearts, minds and souls extends far beyond the purile petulance of its news outlets. Such is the BBC’s eagerness to produce the next generation of politically correct, self-loathing social justice dhimmis that they are now indoctrinating school children via the BBC Bitesize guide to National Curriculum.
Al-Beeb’s sinister agenda is evident in Key Stage 3 resources, such as “The Islamic World in the Middle Ages”. The licence fee is helping fund a programme of propaganda that is telling children as young as 11 that Allah really is the greatest...
Ah, but surely if talking about the Religion of Peace™ the Beeb will have to mention the concept of jihad, dhimmis and jizra? Well, not really. On Islamic imperialism, the Beeb seems to think that the Ottoman Empire expanded so quickly not because of a desire to extend power or the march of Islam but because “the Turks believed in a prophecy called Osman’s dream, about a tree which grew until it covered the whole world”....  
If the kiddies haven’t got the message yet, what about being told that the Islam provide the foundations of Western Civilization? Shamelessly: “The Islamic empire had a huge impact on the development of medieval western Europe. It is possible to argue that the Islamic world provided the foundations on which later developments in western civilisation occurred.” .... [Emphasis added]
I can't resist linking here to a post I wrote for the Elder of Ziyon website earlier this year.  It debunks the notion of "1001 Islamic inventions" so beloved of propagandists like the BBC, and as commenter Raymond observed:
'Much of what "Islamic civilization" contributed was built on the earlier works of the Greeks and Romans, and heavily reliant on the conquered peoples living under Muslim rule - the Christians, Jews, Persians, Hindus, etc. Yes, there were a few contributions by Muslims in the field of medicine, for example, building on earlier Greek works. But according to one historian, 90% of physicians around the Islamic Mediterranean at one point were ... Jews. The standard work of known pharmaceuticals in the 12th century was compiled by none other than Maimonides.
The typical pattern however is that as the generations of conquered cultures began to be "Islamized" or Arabized, those cultures went into decline and their contributions dwindled. And when Europe opened trade routes to India and China that bypassed Islamic lands, the Arab/Islamic world became almost irrelevant.'  [Emphasis added]
 Click on the caption for link and enjoy!

To read article click on this caption

***  BBC's reply to a reader's complaint:

Saturday, 27 August 2016

"As a Growth Industry Antisemitism Has Become Immense ... Jeremy Corbyn is ... a Primitive Troglodyte"

"We are living in a crazy time ... in a world of total and absolute chaos ... As a growth industry antisemitism has become immense ... Europe is under siege ... Jeremy Corbyn is promoting the worst form of leftist antisemitism and he himself is a primitive troglodyte ... "

That's just part of Isi Leibler's compelling introduction to Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld discussing "the British Disease".

To quote the uploader of this long video, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:
"In recent months, a large number of extreme anti-Semitic expressions by elected representatives of the British Labour Party have come to light. The publicity has forced Labour, which is under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, to investigate antisemitism, Islamophobia, and racism in the party. The antisemitism issue is overshadowed by the many consequences of Brexit, which include a major crisis in Labour.
Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld is the former Chairman of the Board of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. His many books deal with European-Israeli and European-Jewish issues. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism, and the International Leadership Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center."

 In this recently issued video from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Adam Shay, a Jerusalem Center expert on the cultural boycott of Israel, answers Lenny Ben-David's question "Has the Cultural Boycott of Israel Peaked?"

To quote the uploader:
"In the 2016 concert season, there is no shortage of international performers coming to Israel and virtually all categories are represented. The South African rave-rap duo Die Antwoord, one of the hottest names around, was a prime target for BDS activity. However, the band paid little or no attention to this and once they took the stage in Tel Aviv they told the boycott activists exactly what they thought of them.
Guitar icon Carlos Santana had cancelled his performance in Israel back in 2010 when the cultural boycott was at its height. This is why Santana's recent performance in Tel Aviv was so important. The fact that a performer of iconic status, who has in the past cancelled a performance, now feels it is safe and legitimate to return, tells us that as far as the cultural boycott is concerned, the worst may very well be behind us."

As for the craziness that engulfs Europe, this new article makes grim reading indeed.

 Corbyn's little comeuppance
Antisemitism in Belfast

Thursday, 25 August 2016

David Singer: Palestine – Russia Following France On Diplomatic Journey To Nowhere

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

The media has gone into overdrive after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu to Moscow for direct talks.

Al-Sisi broke the news during an interview on 22 August with the chief editors of state-run newspapers Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar and Al-Gomhouriya:
"The Russian president has informed me that he has invited Palestinian President [Abbas] and Prime Minister Netanyahu for a meeting in Moscow.
Egypt supports these efforts and both sides are urged to participate and respond positively to the initiative for the sake of finding light at the end of the tunnel for Palestinians and establishing their state alongside Israel."
The Russian invitation has not yet been confirmed by Putin.

However even assuming the meeting was indeed to eventuate – it must be crystal clear to any impartial observer that such a Moscow talkfest will end up in the garbage bin of history, like so many similar meetings over the last 20 years that have failed to resolve the 100 years-old Jewish-Arab conflict.

Peace negotiations between Netanyahu and Abbas remain deadlocked on one perennial and fundamental Israeli demand – that Israel be recognised as the Jewish State.

Abbas made his rejection of this demand very clear on 30 November 2014 when speaking to leaders of the Arab world in Cairo:
“We will never recognize the Jewishness of the state of Israel.”
Abbas has now backed up this statement by threatening to sue Britain for issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917 – which ultimately led to the League of Nations unanimously approving the Mandate for Palestine in 1922 calling for the “reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in Palestine”.

Abbas has been emboldened in taking this stance after the Obama administration wavered in America’s previous long-standing commitment to support this Israeli non-negotiable demand.

US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to downplay supporting Israel’s position when he told a Senate panel in March 2014:
“Jewish state’ was resolved in 1947 in Resolution 181 where there are more than 40—30 mentions of ‘Jewish state’. In addition, chairman Arafat in 1988 and again in 2004 confirmed that he agreed it would be a Jewish state. And there are any other number of mentions.”
Any Arafat declarations are meaningless – having been replaced with statements of outright rejection by Abbas. Arafat cannot rule from the grave.

Obama will soon be political history and his successor – either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump  – have both made clear that the Obama-Kerry position will be reversed.

Hillary Clinton declared on 4 November 2015
“I am deeply committed to Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state” 
 Donald Trump stated on 26 March 2016:
“Basically I support a two-state solution on Israel. But the Palestinian Authority has to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Have to do that.”
France’s attempt to convene an international conference later this year has been apparently undertaken without first attempting to get Abbas to moderate his stance by finally acknowledging and accepting the decisions of the international community expressed in the Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter.

Indeed Abbas’s threat to sue Britain is a diplomatic kick below the belt for France’s efforts to broker a solution.

Putin would be politically naïve if he failed to sound out Abbas before facilitating any Moscow meeting.

Laying on the vodka, caviar and a Kremlin guard of honour whilst hosting talks that must inevitably lead to nowhere is the last photo-op Putin surely needs.

Strong man being derided with egg on face is not a pretty sight.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

"I'm Loyal to the Country That Gave Me Everything" (video)

 Many people will already have seen this heart-warming video by a brave Israeli Arab lady.

But heart-chilling is this troubling report of Anglo-Jewish "Trembling Israelites" at their most craven:

A Jewish newspaper in the UK smears a Zionist movement in a badly researched hatchet job, a London synagogue bows down to pressure and cancels a Zionist event. A scene from an antisemitic horror movie? No, this is the actual state of affairs of Jewish London in 2016. ...
Questions now need to be asked about just where British Jewry is heading. Are the ‘red fascists’ taking hold in our community? ...
 My political position is supported by the majority of Israelis. I will not sit quietly whilst cowards, bullies and naive astroturf suppliers manipulate the Jewish community into believing blue and white are tainted colours. I will wave the Israeli flag and I will not be silenced.  This synagogue needs to be challenged by its members to understand *on what grounds exactly* was the Zionist voice silenced. This is a disease that must not be allowed to spread. ...
Read the full outrageous story here

Also, this timely article by Alan Dershowitz

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sex Slaves & Other Infidels: A Posse of Passionate Preachers (videos)

More lovable expositors of that Olde Tyme Religion.

First, the Hezbollah preacher informing of Israel's imminent demise.  (Come to think of it, he doesn't look too convinced!)

'In a TV interview, Lebanese cleric Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Hizbullah, said that "Israel is closer than ever before to its demise" and warned that "the time for operations will come." When the interviewer asked whether Hizbullah was capable of entering the Galilee or "even further than the Galilee" with ground forces, Safieddine responded: "We have that capability. Of course." The interview aired on Mayadeen TV on August 8.'
Second, an Iraqi Shiite salivating about sex slaves:

'Iraqi Ayatollah Abdul Karim Al-Haeri, Director of the Karbala Hawza Shiite seminary, said in a video that after the arrival of the Mahdi, it would be permissible to take five or ten slave girls from among those who oppose the imam, and to offer them to friends for sex, when they come over.
Al-Haeri recommended this as a means to prevent marital problems: "If his wife asks him where he was, he has no problem [telling her he was with his friend]," he said.
Excerpts from the lecture were posted on April 7 on the Facebook page of Beith Al-Wujdan Al-Thaqafi, a group focused on enlightenment and extremism in the Arab and Islamic world.'
(Hey, Pope Francis, what in Christianity is analogous to this? .... Nu?  Nah, I don't think His Naive Holiness could provide a convincing answer, even if he tried to, do you?)

Third, a Kuwaiti alleging a Jewish-Masonic conspiracy:

 'In a 2011 episode of his religious TV show, Kuwaiti preacher Nabil Al-Awadi claimed that there was a Jewish-Freemason conspiracy aimed at instilling un-Islamic messages in the mind of children through popular animated films. "The whole world has turned SpongeBob," he complained. "They are instilling the message that boys are wimps, sissies, and girlish, whereas girls are butch, strong, and masculine... Brothers, there is homosexuality in cartoons." Al-Awadi further said that "Jews are behind most of the American companies today." The show aired on Al-Watan TV on September 24, 2011.'
 (All videos by )

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Stench Beneath Some Scotsmen's Kilts (updated again)

An exclusive report here
"An international push to make Google show Israel’s illegal wall around Palestinian territory on its Maps service will be launched this week by a Scottish MEP.

The SNP’s Alyn Smith will launch the #showthewall petition in partnership with the global activism network Avaaz, which has 44m members in 194 countries.Smith, who sits on the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said the absence of the so-called “separation barrier” from Google Maps appeared “deliberate and excessive”. ...."

Read more about this push from Smith, a contender for the Scottish National Party's deputy leadership, by clicking on the caption.

We all know what that "Celtic fans' Palestinian flag protest" entailed, of course.

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign chief Napier explained it thus:

 George Galloway had this comment:

And blogger Edgar Davidson has this graphic one here that's worth 1000 words:

As most readers will know, Glasgow's footie teams, "Celtic" and "Rangers," have histories rooted in sectarianism: "Celtic" football club has Glaswegian Irish Catholic roots and "Rangers" Protestant ones.  It would seem that the support for Palestinian nationalism that became evident in Irish Republican circles in the 1970s, and persists in the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is among the most vicious of the PSC's branches and imitators, along with an unhealthy dose of antisemitism that arguably stems from traditional Catholic Church influences, drives much of this hostility towards Israel, abetted by Muslim anti-Israel sentiment in Scotland.

The comments beneath this Facebook post by Gorgeous George will help to explain the latter point:

 Beneath that video, commenter Moe Sylver unleashes some demons of the deflecting, conspiracy-laden kind:

And the stench persists:

And gains momentum:

Looks like young Cameron Gore (comment directly above) has no qualms about displaying racist antisemitism.

And as for Tina (see the final comment shown here), just fancy that!

I found that video on the Facebook page of a Scottish anti-Israel fanatic, who like most of his ilk seems to love the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV, notwithstanding the fact that Iran is one of the world's worst violators of human rights.

Here at left is the fanatic's present profile pic.

Very eloquent as to the endgame, eh?

 I blogged recently about the latest anti-Israel Hatefest in Scotland.

So (magnificently) did David Collier, here

I realise  he's not a Scot, but I can't resist adding this footage of a literal comedian, Londoner Mark Thomas.  In the opening frames he and as-a-Jew BDS activist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi hove into view, and then the comedian goes on about the Shalom Festival (which was a grand counter in Ediburgh to all the recent hate) and about pride in BDS.

It's stuff that shows the puerile mindset of the anti-Israel set.

And the damnable self-importance of "Artists for Palestine".

More obscenity:

Read about this woman here
 Click on caption (feint, but there) for link to article 

25 August 2016: The SPSC chief's obscene characterisation of Israel in the wake of the Italian earthquake gets lots of likes and shares:

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Why Donald Trump is Good for Jews & Why Hillary Clinton isn't (video)

Here's Canadian broadcaster Ezra Levant (The Rebel, giving a very zippy pep talk to leftist American Jews who don't like Donald Trump but do like Hillary Clinton.

And here's a current article that cites Levant liberally.