Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Takfiri Tripe

Macbeth must surely have had Australian takfiri Neil Prakash in mind when he spoke of "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing":

"'Hunters for Jannah (Paradise), message me... We need to fulfil our promise to Allah,' Prakash said in an internet post. 'Let your blood be a witness for you on DOJ (day of judgement)! My beloved siblings, be the ripe fruit that Allah swt loves and tells his angels he loves... Don't settle for second row, Be a forerunner!

"He also posted comments about the rewards of being killed in an explosion or suicide bombing. 'Oh how the martyr is rewarded, sheds his blood to see the beautiful face of his Rabb (Lord)! Blowing up kuffar for a place in Akhira (the afterlife),' he said.

"'Message me if your (sic) ready to meet your Lord in pieces!" (Drone kills Oz-linked Islamic terrorist, Mark Schlieb, The Australian, 28/8/15)

Monday, August 31, 2015

The 'Scuffle'

On today's Sydney Morning Herald website, there's a video clip of a thug torturing a 12-year-old boy. Despite the brutality, I would advise everybody to watch it, and then read the accompanying Associated Press report, Video of Palestinian woman [sic], Israel soldier scuffling goes viral.

The level of misrepresentation in the AP report can only be described as criminal.

Nowhere does it mention the MEGA-FACT that the site of the 'scuffle', the Israeli-OCCUPIED West Bank, is OCCUPIED territory - just as OCCUPIED as any territory OCCUPIED by Nazi troops in OCCUPIED Europe during World War 2.

And to call the incident a 'scuffle' is a total obscenity: A heavily-armed, masked, uniformed Israeli thug, choking and slamming an injured 12-year old child (with one arm in a plaster cast) against a boulder, is a 'scuffle'?

Or a 'skirmish', as the incident is elsewhere described?

The denial of reality evident in the SMH/AP report on this outrage is itself an outrage, and shames everyone responsible for it, from its drafting through to its publishing.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Leigh Sales Pitch for Israel 2

Leigh Sales: Israel is a country that a lot of people around the world who've never been to Israel have an opinion about.

And your implication is what exactly? Let me guess:


despite countless excellent first-hand reports on Palestine/Israel available in newspapers and on the internet...

despite numerous fine docos (none of which the ABC ever screens)...

and despite a constant stream of scholarly and reputable studies (none of which, it seems, Leigh Sales, with her degree in international studies and blog called well-readhead, has ever read)...

... we don't know what we're talking about unless we've been there?


Gideon Raff: Oh, yeah.

Sales: Do you think that people understand the reality of life in Israel very much?


Let me guess: Palestinian terrorists under every bed? Palestinian rockets falling like rain? Palestinian...

FFS, at the risk of repeating myself to the point of tedium, every square inch of 'Israel' from the River to the Sea is stolen Palestinian land.

Raff: Absolutely not. I think first of all, there's a lot of judgment about Israel. Some of it is right and some of it isn't. I think in order to understand Israel you should visit Israel.

Oh, yeah, especially if you're a politician or a journalist. Just call the bloke from Rambam Tours Inc.

Even just to see the sheer size of the place. I think because it's... on everybody's headline all the time, people think that it's a huge country, but the truth is that it's a very small country and we live together, Arabs and Jews and secular Jews and Orthodox and Ethiopians and Russians and it's such a mix of tribes.

Oh yeah, just one big, happy family really.

Raff's got his Zionist talking point down pat. Passing off the ethnocratic Jewish monoculture as an Australian-style multiculture works like a charm with people like Sales.

Does the well-readhead one (LOL) even know that - contra Raff's spin about Jews and "Arabs" living "together" - the majority of the "Arabs" were sent packing in 1948 & 1967, and that the rest are either under direct jackboot occupation or reduced to third class citizenship in an apartheid state?

And on one hand such an amazing democracy, with freedom of speech expected more than even in the United States.

Oh, yeah, what an "amazing democracy"... as long as Israeli Jews are in the majority - which was precisely the point of the Great Ethnic Cleansing of 1948!

And on the other hand, there's stuff that our government does that you can be critical of, of course. But I think it's probably [one of] the least understood places on Earth.

Oh, yeah, if only people really understood us...

The problem is, Gideon, they DO, only too well.

Well, maybe not people like Leigh Sales.

Sales: Gideon Raff, very interesting to have you on the program. Thank you very much. (Oh, dear, did I really write a book in 2009 (On Doubt) advocating the virtues of a doubtful mind?)

Raff: Thank you very much. (And thanks for yet another softball interview. This country's a dream run for guys like me.) 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Leigh Sales Pitch for Israel 1

On Thursday night, the 7.30 Report's Leigh Sales interviewed Gideon Raff, perpetrator of the Israeli television series, Prisoners of War (screened on SBS in 2013).*

What can I say? It was basically a Sales pitch - for Israel.

I'm going to devote two posts to it. For the first, I merely wish to vent on the following gobsmacker by Raff, which, need I say, went completely unremarked by Sales:

"I found that the term prisoners of war actually applies to all of [the Israeli prisoner's family], and maybe even to all of us as a country in Israel."

Oh, FFS... and your jailers are?

So fanatical Israeli colons steal someone else's land, destroy their homes, drive most of them out into permanent exile, and occupy, murder, imprison and torture the rest on a daily basis... and Raff's telling us it's his mob who are doing it tough...?!

Just imagine someone out there trying to get the ABC or SBS to screen a television series on imprisoned Palestinians. (Yes, I know it's a tautology.):

Palestinians, you say? We'd love too, but...

Well, let's say that somewhere out there, in some parallel world, on some parallel ABC or SBS, something called Palestinian Prisoners of Israeli Terrorism & Apartheid - there are around 6,000 at the moment - actually gets a run, one of its prisoners could perhaps be someone like... Rasmea Odeh.**

Never heard of her?

OK, here's a new poem about her by the greatest activist singer-songwriter of our time, David Rovics.*** Says it all really:

Rasmea was born in Palestine a year before she had to flee
Her family left their home at gunpoint - since then she's been a refugee
She lived a hard life in the camps, her dad had to move away
Try to support his family from way out in Michigan, USA
When Rasmea was first arrested, not much older than a kid
There had been a bombing, and the next thing the authorities did
Was round up the whole neighborhood - 500 women, children and men
They tortured Rasmea - they only stopped when
They extracted their confession - she did what she had to do
Having no idea when her ordeal would be through
After 10 years in a dungeon, in the land of stolen fates
She was sent to Jordan, from where she moved to the United States
Rasmea made a life here helping refugees like her
Adapting to their new lives and the people they once were
Until her home was raided because she once checked the wrong box
For not mentioning the confession produced by the electro-shocks
Again Rasmea was arrested - once again stripped of citizenship
Some drink deeply of their freedom - some only get a little sip
The fact that she was tortured was not considered of import
Only Israeli military evidence was recognized by the American court
Now they say they will deport her from the city on the lake
They say that 20 years ago she made a technical mistake
They say Rasmea is a terrorist, but I'd say it would seem
Rasmea Odeh is the victim of a terrorist regime

Coming up: A Leigh Sales Pitch for Israel 2

[*See my 21/1/13 post 'Prisoners of War': Those Bloody Arabs Again!;**Visit justice4rasmea.org & the Free Rasmea Now FB page; ***See my 20/6/12 post Holy Land 5.]

Friday, August 28, 2015

Christian Zionism in PNG

If you thought idol-smashing zombies were confined to ISIS-controlled Iraq and Syria, think again.

They're on Australia's doorstep:

"Today (26/8) is Repentance Day in Papua New Guinea, when highlights include the public burning of traditional carvings used in what the organisers call 'idol worship and witchcraft'. The day will also, bizarrely, feature a national collection of money as an 'Aliyah' offering - to promote the migration of Jewish people to Israel, which some American evangelical Christians view as a prerequisite for the second coming of Christ. The day is a public holiday, marked by 'prayer ceremonies' across the country.

"The president and vice-president of the PNG Council of Churches... warned that the cash collection aroused concern. They said the country's mainstream churches had not been consulted about the introduction, four years ago, of Repentance Day as a 'covenant' originally signed by then prime minister Michael Somare, nor about today's program... Parliamentary Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc* was accused of Taliban-style cultural terrorism when in 2013 he launched a 'cleansing exercise' to destroy the building's totem poles which he viewed as demonic, and which were ordered to be chopped up and burned." (PNG to torch its 'demonic' carvings, Rowan Callick, The Australian, 26/8/15)

[*"The Papua New Guinea Trade Union Congress, PNGTUC, has called on the police to arrest the Speaker of Parliament Theo Zurenuoc for destroying public property. The Post-Courier paper says the appeal comes on the back of more condemnation of the cleansing exercise which the Speaker began last week to remove ungodly images and idols from the House. A lintel containing 19 ancestral masks from the provinces was removed and chopped up in the first wave of the exercise. A four-tonne pole which contained carving traditions from around the country was next on the list until Prime Minister Peter O'Neill personally intervened... and stopped the work. PNGTUC general secretary, John Paska, praised the prime minister but said Mr Zurenuoc's actions were criminal in nature and he should be arrested. He also says the Community Development Minister Loujaya Kouza, who told the Post-Courier that an Israel-based Messianic group advised her to push for the removal of the intricate carvings, should be stripped of her portfolio." (PNG union want Zurenuoc arrested for destroying public property, radionz.co.nz, 17/12/13)]

Worth a read: Purging Parliament: A New Christian Politics in PNG? (ANU SSGM Discussion Paper 2014/1)

Here's an extract from an essay in that publication, The rise of Christian fundamentalism & the link to Israel (pp 8-9):

"At the core of Christian Zionism is the belief that the return of the Jews to their Holy Land and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 fulfils biblical prophecies and foreshadows the second coming of Christ.The State of Israel has given official encouragement to Christian Zionism and Israeli religious leaders have fostered the sorts of linkages which took Loujaya Kouza and others to Israel in 2013. State-to-state linkages between Papua New Guinea and Israel have also been strengthened in recent years and in 2012 Papua New Guinea was one of 41 countries that abstained from the UN General Assembly vote on according Palestine non-member observer status in the United Nations (Solomon Islands, where Christian Zionism is also growing, was among the 138 voting in favour). Prime Minister O'Neill led a delegation to Israel in October 2013 where he visited religious sites, signed a joint Declaration of Co-operation (specific areas of prospective Israeli assistance include defence, security and intelligence capability, agriculture, and information technology and communications) and an agreement reciprocally waiving visa requirements, and proposed to establish a Papua New Guinea embassy in Israel. The O'Neill Government has since approved a joint venture partnership with an Israeli group to develop the agro-industry... Although there is not necessarily wrong with these ties to Israel, it may be that the spread of Christian Zionism has implications for Papua New Guinea's foreign policy."

One to watch.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Think of Bill Shorten & Weep

The following lengthy 'comment', taken from the thread which follows Guardian journalist Owen Jones' article Stand by for more attacks on Corbyn's principled foreign policy stance (21/8/15), is framed as an Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, of course, is the frontrunner in the contest for leadership of the UK Labour Party, and a harbinger of hope for a more progressive United Kingdom.

When you read it, think of 'our' Bill Shorten and weep:

"I grew up in a family that was politically active and aware. I watched the news nightly with my folks. We debated politics and religion and all manner of fascinating subjects. I remember, at the tender age of 16, being filled with envy for those who were old enough to vote and be involved in the political process. I watched the first federal election in which I understood the issues and the arguments for and against, champing at the bit to be able to play a part and cast my vote at the ballot box.

"By the time the next federal election came around I was already so disillusioned with politicians and their broken promises that I had little or no interest any more. What I witnessed in the intervening years was heart-breaking and soul-destroying. I was so young, and yet so cynical. Every vote I have cast since then has been well-informed, knowing all the issues, voting for who would be most likely to keep the promises they made to do all the things the country needs. Every time, I listlessly pushed my vote into the ballot box knowing it would make no difference. But, aside from protest, it was the only power I had. Every time, I was disappointed by charlatans who only seemed to want to disenfranchise the working class and maintain the status quo for the wealthy, the aristocracy and most importantly, the multinational corporations.

"I marched against the war in Iraq with millions of others all over the UK. It was an amazing day, filled with hope and solidarity, and the sense that we could, with this much opposition, halt the plans of this dastardly government to lead us into an illegal and immoral war. And then we were ignored! The government ignored the people it was meant to represent. It was the final nail in the coffin of my belief in democracy as a functional political system.

"This morning I awoke to read that Jeremy Corbyn, should he become Labour leader, is going to apologise on behalf of the Labour Party for the Iraq war! I felt a sudden, massive injection of hope for the future, and it is almost exhilirating! It is a feeling that has been building ever since I first heard his name. I can hear a man talking about caring for each other, building a Britain that looks after its sick, its disabled and its destitute, and might even try Tony Blair for war crimes! I want to jump in ecstasy and blissfully skip down the street in celebration. I can't believe I've got a whole day of work to do before I can celebrate having my love of politics rekindled and my energy for the fight reinvigorated. I've joined the Labour Party to support Jeremy Corbyn because his vision of the future is the one I want and I actually believe he is not just telling me what he thinks I want to hear! I actually believe he holds in his heart empathy and compassion, and that he will KEEP HIS PROMISES should he win power.

"But now I'm witnessing forces within the Labour Party trying to rig the election against Jeremy Corbyn. It's bad enough that the Labor Party are excluding members from voting, but now they're intending to annul votes AFTER they've been cast. So my cynicism of the democratic process as a whole remains intact. Thanks, Labour. But at least I can hear someone rallying the troops to fight the good fight.

"I didn't think I'd ever feel this way about politics again. Thank you, Jeremy Corbyn, and all who are supporting him, for resurrecting my love of politics and giving me hope again! Thank you so VERY, VERY MUCH!

Yours faithfully


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull in a Nutshell

All you need to know about the Liberal Party's Great White Hope, Malcolm Turnbull:

"We see ourselves as having shared values with Israel. We see Israel as being in the first trench... in the first line of battle against extremists and terrorism. We are definitely on the same side. We are determined to provide all the support we can to ensure that Israel remains a Jewish State within secure borders." (Malcolm Turnbull speaking at the Zionist Federation of Australia's Plenary Conference on August 16, ZFA conversation, jwire.com.au, 17/8/15)