Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Innovate or Perish!

The new Zionist mantra of those who would have us leap into bed with apartheid Israel NOW, is 'Innovate or Perish!'

Well, actually, it's not that new, just another annoying variation on the old Zionist BS about 'making the desert bloom.'

Inevitably, Murdoch's Australian is the mantra's megaphone, and the voice blowing into belongs to the Australian's telecoms and technology reporter Mitchell Bingemann, winner, we are informed, of "the inaugural Australian Computer Society Excellence in IT Journalism award." (Bingemann leads the IT crowd, The Australian, 2/12/15)

The star of the show, of course, is Israel our Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, recently returned from a rambamming in the Upstart Nation. (See my 29/10/15 post Looking for Inspiration in All the Wrong Places.)

Here are the opening lines of Bingemann's post-rambam follow-up:  
"Government officials, high-profile investors and major technology companies are urging closer ties with Israel to emulate the nation's successful track record of fostering technological innovation and creating world-class start-ups. Seek co-founder Paul Basset, who leads the James Packer-backed venture capital firm Square Peg Capital said Australia needed to follow Israel's lead in creating a sustainable ecosystem for start-ups, saying it would be the lifeblood of the nation's future economic growth... [Mr Bassat said] 'The reality is that in every city in the world people are trying to do what Israelis have achieved over the past 20-30 years. So we have to make significant steps forward just to stand still, and I don't think we should underestimate the enormity of the size of the task if we really want to build an innovative country over the next 30 years.'" (Leaders urge closer ties with innovative Israel, 25/11/15)

Oh dear, will we ever catch up?! Why am I reminded of American journalist Lincoln Steffens' praise of Stalin's Russia: "I have seen the future, and it works."

Roy pops up, of course:

"Mr Roy said the government was... working on the final details of additional deals with Israel, including an R&D co-operation agreement and a double taxation treaty that would be revealed soon."

And Telstra too! 

"Telstra... is preparing to invest people, resources and capital in Israel..."

And Ziva Eger [Eager Beaver?], chief executive of the Division for Foreign Investments and Industrial Co-operation at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, who:

"... encouraged a closer trade relationship between Israel and Australia saying the latter imports more than $US700m a year of goods from Israel but only exports about $US240m to the Middle Eastern nation."

I wonder what our Ziovotes in the UN earn us (apart from sniggers)?

And how's this more recent Ziospin from Bingemann:

"It's conventional wisdom that in the bars and diners of Los Angeles every second waiter is an actor-in-waiting - but head to a cafe in Israel and you're more likely to to be served by the next Mark Zukerberg than Mark Wahlberg. That's because the small nation state - forged from adversity, fiercely territorial, and surrounded on all sides by enemies - has established itself as one of the world's most successful technology hubs where kids dream of being engineers and computer scientists rather than movie stars and fashion icons." (Israel's young dazzled by start-up stardom, 28/11/15)

Forged from adversity: Too right! Stealing someone else's country is hard yakka, mate! Now I know it's innovation you're after, but really, you can't go past the Old Testament. After all, you try getting rid of an unwanted Arab majority to make way for a Jewish majority without a whole lot of smoting hip and thigh going on.

Fiercely territorial: Never come between a Zionist and a piece of Palestine. Don't even think about it!

Enemies on all sides: A bit dated this one. I would've thought, what with peace treaties concluded with Jordan and Egypt, and Israel's mates in the Nusrah Front keeping Asad busy, life's pretty much a bed of roses. I mean, if a country way off to the east (Iran), which doesn't have nukes, is the most you've got to worry about...

Stay tuned for more inspiring news of Mitchell, Wyatt, 'Innovate or Perish!' and the Upstart Nation we just can't live without as it comes to hand.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Post-Rambam Hatchet Job for Israel

Just one passage from Ben English's post-rambam hatchet job for Israel in last Saturday's Daily Terrorgraph suffices as a reminder of why you wouldn't touch the Terri even with the proverbial barge pole:

"Down the road from Bethlehem, patriotic murals adorn the 8m walls that tower over sections of the West Bank, celebrating yet more soldier 'martyrs' of the cause. Blood is the dominant motif, the blood of the enemy and martyr flowing together without a trace of irony. Listen to the spokesmen for Palestine and the language is equally stark. The barrier is branded the 'apartheid' wall, a prison that cuts them off from their true homeland to the east - the Palestine that was 'theirs' until statehood for Israel was decided in 1948." (Parallels of hate never meet, 28/11/15)

A mere four sentences to be sure, but what a surfeit of scribbling idiocy!

"Blood is the dominant motif."

Is it now? What a surprise! With almost 100 civilian martyrs gunned down since October you were expecting, like, flowers?

Israeli and Palestinian blood "flowing together."

What? 50/50?

It probably wouldn't mean anything to English, but I think the rest of us have got what it takes upstairs to understand the Australian explorer Edward John Eyre's 1845 reflection on settlers, Aboriginals and bloodshed on the colonial frontier and extrapolate to Palestine today: "Could blood answer blood, perhaps for every drop of European's shed by natives, a torrent of theirs, by European hands, would crimson the earth."

So the language of Palestinian spokesmen is "stark," is it?

Well, it is a stark situation, isn't it?

Maybe, just maybe, the fact that Palestinians are being gunned down at a rate of knots might have something to do with that.

English's Israeli PR interlocutors, of course, can come on all smooth and plausible because, really, they haven't a care in the world. All they have to do is feed fools like English bullshit and get paid for it. How hard must that be?

You see, life's sweet when you're a seasoned performer and you've got know-nothing foreign journalists and politicians hanging on your every word. When you're not dodging bullets. When your kids aren't being ripped out of their beds at 2 in the morning and carted away to be tortured. When your home isn't going to be bulldozed or burnt down by settler fanatics while you're still inside trying to sleep.

And those Palestinian "spokesmen" got it all wrong when they called the Apartheid Wall not only an Apartheid Wall but also a prison, did they?

I guess Ronnie Kasrils, a South African Jew who fought apartheid and calls Israel's West Bank Apartheid Wall "an apartheid wall of dispossession and a prison by any name" also got it wrong. But, hey, what would he know?

Now I take it that, by "their true homeland to the east," English means Israel.

I hate to tell him this, but Israel's actually to the west.

Anyway, if his geography's shit, his history's even worse, because, in point of fact, every inch of historic Palestine, from the River to the Sea, is the Palestinian's homeland - in exactly the same way as every inch of Australia is Aboriginaland.

The stark reality is that the Palestinian spokesmen's families were ethnically cleansed from Jaffa or Haifa or Lydda or any one of hundreds of other Palestinian towns and villages by Zionist terror gangs in 1948. That crime against humanity, the Palestinian Nakba, was unacceptable then, and it's just as unacceptable now. That Israeli Jews have profited from the crime and continue to do so (most refusing even to acknowledge the fact), changes nothing. The homes, lands, and possessions stolen by Israel from those driven out in 1948 still belong to the descendants of those Palestinian refugees, many of whom are still refugees whether in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria or Jordan. There is no use-by date on human rights.

And in what parallel universe does the mere proclamation of a state in someone else's country confer legitimacy on that state and put an end to the matter?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Astonishing Naivete of Aaron Patrick

Have the movers and shakers (AIJAC, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies) behind the rambamming of Australian journalists now decided, in the wake of the Sharri Markson affair,* that the rambammed should launch a propaganda offensive immediately upon their return, if not sooner?

This line of thought has been prompted by the sudden appearance of a rash of propaganda pieces by the most recently rambammed:

Sharri Markson: Iran missiles 'bigger threat than ISIS', The Australian, 17/11/15
Sharri Markson: Palestinian violence is 'in the national cause', The Australian, 19/11/15
Aaron Patrick: A ride on the Israeli lobbying machine, Australian Financial Review, 27/11/15
Ben English: Parallels of hate never meet, Daily Telegraph, 28/11/15 

Be that as it may, here are some gems from Aaron Patrick's Zioprop:

"On a recent Thursday a 23-year-old man shot in the arm by a sniper while driving joked around with five other Syrians packed into a narrow ward...The man - whose name the hospital asked me not to publish - couldn't bring himself to praise his protector. But he appeared very happy to be safe. 'Bashar Al-Assad told us all that Israel is the enemy,' he said."

The 'hospital' of course is Israel's Ziv Hospital, where mysterious Syrians, such as the gent above, show up for some of that world famous Israeli TLC before being packed off to resume whatever it was they were doing before being touched by the healing hands of Israeli angels.

But what interests me more is the highlighted utterance above. Despite the 1967 war in which Israel took the Syrian Golan Heights and which it continues to illegally occupy to this day, this mysterious Syrian, hailing from somewhere adjacent to the GH, apparently had to be told by Bashar al-Asad (What, personally?) that 'Israel is the enemy'? Seriously?

"The trips have attained almost legendary status in media circles."

What the hell does this mean?

Colleague: Just back from Israel, mate?
Aaron: Yep.
Colleague: You're a legend, mate.

"The care of these wounded is a potent symbol for the Middle East's first democracy. There are no Ziv hospitals outside Israel."

Oh really? What about this hospital in Turkey then?:

"Every day for the last 4 years, Mr Gharib has risen early to check his phone for the injured and dead. Now based in Reyhanli, just across the border from the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, he says the local hospital receives at least 60 seriously injured patients each day from Syria. How many are there today, I ask? He gets out his phone and counts: 17. And it is only midday." (Syrians crushed by clashing titans, Ruth Pollard, Sydney Morning Herald, 28/11/15)

Now Aaron informs us that Ziv has treated 550 injured Syrians since February 2013. So how many has Reyhanli treated since then without any fanfare or media cheer squads? Extrapolating from the above figure of 60 per day for Turkey's Reyhanli Hospital over the period 2013-2015 that comes to potentially 65,700 seriously injured Syrians treated.

More like there's no Reyhanli Hospital inside Israel!

And so to the matter of "the Middle East's first democracy," here's Israeli democracy 101 just for Aaron:

1. From 1917-1948 the Zionist movement opposed representative government in majority Arab British Mandate Palestine because it would have led to a majority Arab (Muslim/Christian) government.

2. In 1948, after Zionist terror gangs (Irgun, Stern Gang, Haganah) had reduced the Arab majority to a minority by ethnically cleansing 78% of Palestine, lo and behold and surprise, surprise, Israel emerged as a Jewish democracy.

"The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the greatest battles for global public opinion in history."

Yeah? Well, Aaron, has that prompted you to pick and read one, just one, only one, book on the subject? No? I thought not. Journalists these days...

"We received briefings... from a member of the Jewish settler movement.."

David Wilder, spokesman of the Jewish settlers in Hebron? - "He presents us with a context-free history of  the Jewish people that is a complicated mixture of half truths, outright lies, and racist paranoia." (A meeting with the spokesman of the Jewish settlers in Hebron, Alice Rothschild,, 24/10/12)

And you swallowed it, hook, line and sinker?

"Ruined Syria is barely a threat to Israel any more. The main danger is internal, from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where 1.8 million resentful Palestinians wait for their own nation."

Wait a minute! Israel has occupied, colonised and fucked over the Palestinians of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for 48 years... but the Palestinians are the problem?!

"The status quo favours Israel..."

Aaron, mate, did you really have to go all the way to Israel to learn that the status quo favours the colonisers over the colonised?

"To impose a cost on the people that see as their occupiers, Palestinians attack, relentlessly."

Oh, so it's all in their minds, is it?

"'Why are they making us kill them?' said Sarit Zehavi, an intelligence officer in the Army Reserve. 'We don't want to kill them.'"

OMFG, Aaron, you can't see through this crap?!

"Palestinian culture celebrates the violence."

It's called resistance, Aaron. You expect them to celebrate their occupiers and colonisers?

"Nour Odeh, a former journalist and spokeswoman for the Palestinian authorities [sic]... essentially made a Marxist critique of Israeli policies, which she argues impose settlements on the West Bank to make life miserable for Palestinians and profits for settlers. 'This is not a housing issue,' she said. 'This is a colonial issue.'"

So, Aaron, pointing out that that the occupied and colonised Palestinians are, well, occupied and colonised makes one a Marxist? Maybe you should be writing for the Murdoch press?

Next post on Ben English...

[*See my 23/11/15 post The Day Sharri Markson Went Feral.]

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Intellectual & Moral Cowardice of Malcolm Turnbull

I notice that the Sydney Morning Herald columnist Elizabeth Farrelly has been seduced by M'Lord Turnbull.

He's "intelligent," she says. He can talk to us as though we're "functioning adults." Hence, she ventures to predict, he's going to be Australia's "longest-serving prime minister since Menzies. Possibly ever." (Malcolm is here for the long haul, 26/11/15)

Talk about easily pleased.

Now I get where she's coming from.

M'Lord Turnbull's not Tony Abbott. He lacks the simian gait. He doesn't wink, and his ears don't stick out.  But can't she see it's substance, not style, we need?

Frankly, I don't give a rats whether he's intelligent (whatever that means) or has a way with words. All I ask of a leader - or a columnist, or anyone else for that matter - is intellectual and moral courage.

So how do we test for that? Simple. As the Singaporean writer and thinker Kishore Mahbubani once observed:

"There is always a litmus test to assess a person's intellectual and moral courage. In the West... this litmus test is provided by the issue of Palestine."

I'm afraid M'Lord Turnbull has been failing the Palestine test all his life.

In fact, he's just failed it 5 times in a row, as our most recent voting pattern on Palestine in the UN General Assembly indicates:

Committee on the the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people (A/70/L 10): "Requests the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to promote the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self determination, to support the achievement without delay of an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and of the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders..." 102 in favor, 8 against (Israel, United States, Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau), and 57 abstentions

Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat (A/70/L 11): "Considers that, by providing substantive support to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in the implementation of its mandate, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat continues to make a most useful and constructive contribution to raising international awareness of the question of Palestine..." 99 in favor8 against (Israel, United States, Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau), and 59 abstentions

Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the secretariat (A/70/L 12): "Considers that the special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department is very useful in raising the awareness of the international community concerning the question of Palestine..." 155 in favor, 7 against (Israel, United States, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau), and 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Papua & New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Tonga)

Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine (A/70/L 13): "Expressing grave concern about the extremely detrimental impact of Israeli settlement policies, decisions and activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including on the contiguity, integrity and viability of the Territory..." 155 in favor, 7 against (Israel, United States, Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau), and 7 abstentions (Cameroon, Honduras, Nauru, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga)

Jerusalem (A/70/L 14): "Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the Occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures." 153 in favor, 7 against (Israel, United States, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau), and 8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Panama, Papua & new Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Toga, Tonga)

Deeds, not words, Elizabeth. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Syrian Skyscape 2

You wouldn't read about it (in the Australian ms media, that is):

"According to reports out of the Syrian media, Israeli warplanes launched four airstrikes against a Hezbollah base in western Syria, along the Lebanon border, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens of others. The report identified the slain as 8 Hezbollah fighters and 5 Syrian soldiers. No reason was given for the attack and, as with several previous Israeli attacks on Syria, there has been no formal statement from the Israeli military confirming the incident, let alone explaining it." (Report: Israeli airstrikes kill 13 along Syria-Lebanon border, Jason Ditz,, 24/11/15)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Syrian Skyscape 1

Heard this morning on ABC Radio National's Breakfast program:

"... in the airspace above Syria you've got the US-led coalition, including Australia, bombing targets. You've got the Russians, and occasionally, the Israelis..." (Matt Brown reporting from the Syrian border, AM,, 25/11/15)


Greg Sheridan Stuffs Up Again

Understandably, when it comes to mass murder and mayhem, we're all a bit jaded these days, but I'd ask you to cast your mind back to the August 17 outrage in Bangkok.

Here, for example, is The Australian's headline for August 19:

* 20 killed, 125 wounded *Police seek man in yellow t-shirt * northeastern [sic] insurgents accused 

On the same page, barely before the blood had dried and the dust settled, Greg Sheridan, the rag's foreign editor, was busy speculating about who the perpetrators were, with most of his guessing game focusing on Thai Muslim separatists from the southern state of Pattani.

But, and here's the thing, Sheridan's not the one to merely canvass the possibilities. He's got an ideological axe to grind - a bloody great Zionist one. It was given to him as a child by his Auntie Poppy, who, according to Sheridan, "always told me I must never forget that the Jews were God's chosen people." (See my 3/8/15 post, Greg Sheridan: the Making of a Gentile Zionist.)

The problem with Sheridan is that he's never recovered from that kind of indoctrination.

Which explains the insertion in his piece of the following, beyond gratuitous, bullshit:

"Southeast Asian and Western intelligence agencies have long been waiting for the separatists to bring their struggle to Bangkok. At the same time, intelligence agencies know that other terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah, have established an infrastructure in Bangkok." (Blaming rivals too neat and easy)

Now, here's the latest on the incident:

"A military court in Bangkok has indicted two men accused of carrying out the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine that left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured. The two, identified as Bilal Mohammad and Mieraili Yusufu, were indicted on Tuesday on 10 charges connected to the August 17 blast at the Erawan shrine. Thai officials have said the blast was revenge by a people-smuggling network against Thai authorities for breaking up their operation." (Bangkok bombing: court indicts Bilal Mohammad and Mieraili Yusufu, Associated Press, 24/11/15)

Not that that will detain "the most influential foreign affairs analyst in Australian journalism" - which is how Sheridan is amusingly described on The Australian's website.