Independence Day 2017

To the good ship Israel
& all who sail in her
or with her
Yom Atzmaut Sameach
Happy Independence Day

Today is a very interesting day distant but not unrelated to Israel’s independence. Continue reading

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Balfouria

star-balfour_150Could the Palestinians actually sue the United Kingdom for the Balfour Declaration?

With so much coverage of a Palestinian threat to sue the United Kingdom for the 1917 Balfour Declaration I was surprised to find no one had investigated if they actually make a go of it. To my surprise, it’s a long, long shot but, yes, it’s a possibility. They could have their day in court. Continue reading

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Happy Pessach

To all our readers
who celebrate it
Chag Pessach Sameach
Happy Pessach

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Petition to recognise Jewish history

Demand the UN recognise Jewish History in Jerusalem

The Israel Project has launched a petition against attempts in the UN to deny Israel’s rights to any part of Jerusalem. This includes that part of Jerusalem that was in Israeli hands after 1948 and Jewish long before. Continue reading

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I just joined Jewish Voice for Peace!

All you need is a credit card

I just joined Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).  All I needed was a credit card – not even a real one. They will probably catch on – eventually but I bet they will still number me among the members for a long time to come. Continue reading

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Purim Sameach

Purim – What’s with that?

Purim Tel Aviv 1934

Purim parade in Tel Aviv with a float of a dangerous 3-headed Nazi dragon (Library of Congress 1934)

The festival of Purim is sort of cross between Halloween and Mardi Gras (closer to the first on the spectrum) although the origins are completely different. Continue reading

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IAW 2017 Poster

star-IAW 2017Deconstructing the Israeli Apartheid Week poster 2017

If you have recently visited a university, college or in not a few cases a church you have probably seen the latest Israeli Apartheid Week poster. You will find quite a change of public approach from the IAW Israel Haters. Yet as far as I am aware no one has analyzed it in-depth. Continue reading

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie No, No, No

star-SydneyMorning-Herald_150-Petition the Sydney Morning Herald –
Tel Aviv is NOT Israel’s capital

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW, Australia), which presumably means the entire Fairfax Media group refused to acknowledge that Tel Aviv IS NOT the capital of Israel when this error is pointed out to them.

This is a clear failure of the news site of the year. They claim to be Australia’s leading news source. Make your disapproval known. Sign the petition. Share widely. Continue reading

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From a gassy Knell

star-BBCHow the BBC prepares us for the Paris Peace Conference

Yolande Knell displays her ‘half a story’ cred. Fisking Can Paris summit save fading two-state solution?  Continue reading

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We’ll always have Paris

star-Paris-Peace_150 Déjà Versailles

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

Karl Marx

Just in the interests of symmetry the Paris Peace Conference due to take place next week should have waited two more years. It won’t of course, not even four more months, because the organisers are aware that not only would U.S. President Obama be replaced by President Trump but French President François Hollande has announced he would not seek re-election in the upcoming 2017 French presidential election. For both of them properly screwing Israel before their term ends is a last hurrah.

versailles

“You have to swallow it whether you like it or not”

Why two years? That would be the centenary of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, otherwise known as the Treaty of Versailles. The first was tragedy, leading ultimately and perhaps inevitably to the Second World War by way of a failed international body, the League of Nations. The second …? Continue reading

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