Virtue signalling is NOT a good reason for Ireland, or anyone else, to recognise the Palestinian State
This post is a response to Symbolic step of Ireland recognising Palestine would mean so much by T.P. O’Mahony in the Irish Examiner on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017.
Ireland should not recognise a Palestinian State because:
- It does not fulfil three of the four legal qualifications for statehood,
- If a state arises it will inevitably bring on war – not simply against Israel but also between Palestinian and Palestinian and others,
- Recognition would reinforce the Palestinian belief that they don’t have to make the necessary concessions for peace with Israel ,
- Both the current Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and Hamas-led Gaza have disgraceful human rights records, call for genocide and ethnic cleansing – and they pass this on to their children.
Put simply recognising Palestine is not in the interests of Ireland, the world or even the Palestinians. It is an empty gesture. (If you pretend that O’Mahony has the interests of Israel or Jews at heart you’re mad as a box of frogs). Continue reading
Stereotypes of Jews & Women Benefit No One and Damage Pro-Israel Advocacy
by Jacqueline Mulhern
Heard any good Irish jokes lately? How about the one where an Irish journalist writes a column insulting Jews and women, then issues an apology insulting Jews and women? Continue reading
Does the punishment fit the crime?
The Internet is humming over the story of Kevin Myers, veteran Irish columnist who received his marching orders for an off-the-cuff antisemitic reference in an article that he penned. Speaking as someone both Jewish, Zionist (chose to move to Israel as an adult) and a believer in workplace fairness I am very dubious about the sacking. It did, however, give me thoughts about the antisemitism’s nature and PC punishment.
World War II Concentration Camp photo repurposed as Deir Yassin
Thank goodness for Reverse Image Source. The people who distribute these lies don’t care whether there is any truth or not and won’t be dissuaded from distributing more pallywood fauxtography, by the real story of this one. Continue reading
Ali Gabbay may change Israel’s Labour party –
but will he change my vote?
Last week Avi Gabbay won the leadership of the Israeli Labour party after just months as a member and barely more in politics, after leaving Kulanu, a party with no socialist pretensions.
I had to ask myself, what would he need to do to persuade me to vote Ha’avoda, ever again. Continue reading
Yet another Palestine flag to fly in Ireland
I hope that PM Netanyahu or someone has the gumption to tell visiting Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney how pissed off we are by yet another Irish local council flying the red, black, white and green (like most Arab states in various combinations) Palestine flag in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Assuming they don’t Five Minutes for Israel has a graphic solution. Continue reading
BBC Persian ‘personality’ supports Hezbullah …
no one cares
How can the BBC continue employing someone who proudly parades with the Hezbollah flag?
Just what is Ali Alizadeh’s official position with BBC Persian? We’ve seen him labelled as commentator. We have seen him labelled as Iran expert. He certainly appears often on the BBC. Continue reading
Apology for the headline but not the article
BBC Response: We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it. Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offence caused.
Most of the discussion revolves around the appalling BBC headline. They have changed it. The article is still appalling … and, yes, it is still misleading.
My issues with article now headlined Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem.
Hunger-striking terrorist caught eating
For some of us the Saltwater Challenge is a stupid and dangerous teenager craze from about one year ago, something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. For others it’s a series of videos about fishing on the ocean waves.
There is a third option. In the last few weeks supporters of the hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli prisons, have attempted to mimic the viral success of the ALS challenge by posting videos of them drinking a glass of salt water, in solidarity.
The stunt was introduced by Aarab Marwan Barghouti the son of gaoled convicted murderer and sometime Palestinian Authority politician Marwan Barghouti.
And then Barghouti Snr. was caught by cameras hidden in his cell eating while his fellow prisoners abstain from food – drinking saltwater to stabilize their health, if they are to be believed. Continue reading