Juliet Moses attack on Palestine solidarity protestors at the Christchurch counter-terrorism conference was wrong

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The New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses should never have been invited to speak at a counter-terrorism conference in the wake of the terror attack against New Zealand Muslims on 15 March 2019. 

As a mouthpiece for the Israeli Embassy, Moses uses every opportunity to make false smears of anti-semitism against the Palestine solidarity movement and anyone who calls for sanctions against Israeli to make it comply with international law. She did this today with her opportunistic attack on Palestinian solidarity protests at the counter-terrorism conference. 

Six of those killed in the mosque attack were Palestinians.

Moses has previously expressed deep-seated racism towards Arabs and Palestinians when she refused to take action against another Jewish Council member, David Cumin, who tried to justify Israeli snipers murdering unarmed Palestinian protestors in the Great March of Return Protests in 2018 by saying:

“…violent riots on the border with Israel to which they bring children to use as human shields. The quote of Israel’s first woman Prime Minister sums the situation up beautifully. Golda Meir said: “there can only be peace when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us” ”

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 We approached Juliet Moses to complain and asked her to condemn this racism against Palestinians and repugnant slur on all Arabs because if anyone had said the same thing about Jews she would have quite rightly condemned it as anti-semitic. 

However, Moses refused saying:

“The NZ Jewish Council considers your complaint to have no validity. We will not enter into any further correspondence about it”

Moses is tone deaf to Islamophobia and anti-Arab and Anti-Palestinian racism.

 

 

71 COMMENTS

  1. I’m glad she was invited, I’d rather these people be in the spotlight and talking openly rather than lurking in the shadows.

    As an aside Willie Huber was a great guy and it was cowardly of the zionists to wait until he was dead before they went after him

  2. Ms. Moses rank tirade in Christchurch reeked of outright dishonesty. She must know that Hezbollah and Hamas have not been designated as terrorist entities by New Zealand (https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/personal-community/counterterrorism/designated-entities). To compound the lie, the overblown nonsense of NZ Jews being threatened by Hamas and Hezbollah is about as deep into a fantasy world as could be dredged. As far as threats go, has anyone ever heard of snipers or a task-force of dangerous Hamas or Hezbollah assassins attacking Jews in NZ? The same can’t be said of the recently departed Israeli PM who did threaten the country when it fronted a human rights based resolution at the UN.

    Now, what was the four year old clear and present threat that Ms Moses used to burnish her ill-considered rant? Well it was a disparate group of 20 morons who ssemingly, by Ms Moses’ account, were committed to setting up a Hezbollah chapter in Auckland to wipe out the local Jewish community. They were so bright and committed, they couldn’t even spell ‘Hezbollah’, and it is even doubtful as to whether there was even a Muslim among them.

    In sum, it is to be hoped that there are wiser heads among the NZ Jewish community who will take over the leadership role as the NZ Council’s current pathetic paranoia and its ever increasing propagandist dishonest slants (https://info.scoop.co.nz/Jewish_Council). This dysfunctional outfit has now exacerbated its follies with the calculated wrecking of a conference that was to be an attempt to build a better country where both Muslims and Jews are treated with equal dignity, protection and respect.

  3. Hilarious!

    All she did was suggest we condemn all forms of terrorism, including Hezbollah, whereupon the Muslims walked out. It seems they only wanted to condemn the terrorism that fits their agenda.

    • Seems like a fair enough expectation seeing that 51 of them were killed by a white terrorist. I guest they wanted to talk about real threats and solutions and not exaggerated or non existent threats or being referred as one of the threats.

    • Yeah, Andrew.

      Why not?

      What could *POSSIBLY* be wrong with re-positioning attention on organisations (Hexbollah and Hamas) that (a) have no presence on Aotearoa; (b) have committed no acts of violence on our soil (unlike French and one Australian bigot), and (c) have zero connection to events in Christchurch on 15 March.

      Why not deflect from the events that transpired on our soil – to events happening on the other side of this planet?

      Why not try to conflate the activities of Hezbollah and Hamas with muslims in Aotearoa? It wouldn’t at all be like raising the issue of IRA activities on St Patrick’s Day, at your local Irish pub.

      Why not try to re-write the narrative that benefits another country’s expansionist agenda?

      Why not indeed.

      Because Ms Moses’ comments were nakedly self-serving, inappropriate, and exploitative.

      She did more harm to her cause that day than critics of Israel’s aggressive policies could achieve in an entire decade.

      Time and place, Andrew; time and place.

  4. The following is an email I sent to MorningReport RNZ .

    ……………
    As the interviewee said on this morning’s news, not that long ago Nelson Mandela was labelled a ‘terrorist’.

    Journalist Glenn Greenwald has quoted 2 academics on the subject of how and who defines terrorists, Richard Jackson and Remi Brulin.
    ” Professor Richard Jackson at the the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in New Zealand has explained: “most of what is accepted as well-founded ‘knowledge’ in terrorism studies is, in fact, highly debatable and unstable” and is “biased towards Western state priorities.
    ” Remi Brulin is a scholar who specializes in the discourse of “terrorism” and has long documented that, from the start, it was a highly manipulated term of propaganda more than it was a term of fixed meaning — largely intended to justify violence by the West and Israel while delegitimizing the violence of its enemies.”

    • You have to believe that Hamas and Hezbollah are just poor misunderstood victims, don’t you Lois, or else your cover is blown to reveal the ugly truth. Glad our Govt. disagrees with you.

  5. Why did the Jewish faith and no other (I’m guessing the Christian right was represented looking at the panelists) get a select invite to our Counter-terrorism conference?

  6. Jewish settler Zionism is a flawed ideology that supports the occupation and subjugation of all Palestinians by the Jewish occupier.
    The mentality that drives Zionism is both destructive and ultimately unacceptable on a humanitarian level.
    The destabilising tactics by people such as Juliet Moses and Dr David Cumin are part of a global strategy linking political and economic sectors with a compliant mainstream media.
    Intentional provocation to create a response that can be manipulated to an advantage is textbook strategy for propagandists.
    When so much pain and suffering has been meted out to the Palestinians for so long by successive Zionist regimes the soldiers (in the broad sense) are dehumanised and therefore acts of brutality are normalised.

  7. What a joke having a Tin eared, Zionist propagandist called Juliet Moses at a Anti-Terrorist conference? Its like having the Mosque Terrorist shooter appear at a Anti-Mass shooter rally? Israel is a British experiment, a illegitimate, apartheid creation, plonked in the middle of Arab countries by the English repartition of Jews from Europe after WW2 to Palestine! And Israel has gone on to become the greatest Terrorist Nation on Earth, next to the USA. And her definition of Hamas & Hezbollah as Terrorist Organisations is deceptive, one man’s Terrorist is another man’s Freedom fighter, they aren’t Terrorists, they are the Resistance, fighting against Imperial Tyranny! No wonder these Muslim people walked out of this Hui, it was a insult to them having to be lectured too by this ridiculous Woman & her Zionist propaganda!

  8. IMO the overwhelming majority of NZers have next to no knowledge of what the Israelis did to the Palestinians way back in 1947 – sanctioned by the British “govt”!

    The Palestinians are the TRUE people of that land – they had/have been living there for centuries – unlike the “Israelis” who are recent arrivals. It has long “sickened” me that at the end of WW2, the Jewish people said “Never again” re the treatment they’d been dealt by the Nazis. Liars!!! But before they’d even set foot on Palestine, they started treating the Palestine people like the Nazis had treated them (the Jews). These self-entitled people are IMO are a scourge on the Earth. There are good & bad everywhere & I’ve experience wonderful human beings who “happened” to be Jewish. I’ve also experienced so-called Christians whom I think the “Christ” would have whipped!!

    • Hi Isabel,

      Regarding your comment “But before they’d even set foot on Palestine, they started treating the Palestine people like the Nazis had treated them (the Jews)”, I have never heard this claim made before. Can you direct me to some information suggesting the Jews killed millions of palestinians in concentration camps before they even became the state of Israel?

      You are totally correct, as a NZ citizen I had no idea the jews had done this. I wait with interest for the historical links.

      • You do realize that Jewish is a religion not a race/ethnic grouping. Those Jews have no more right to Israel than i have a right to Rome for being roman catholic.

        • Wrong. Jews are both a race and religion. Why would we use the terms Semitic and anti-Semitic otherwise? And don’t flannel us about Arabs being Semitic as well. They may well be but the term anti-Semitism applies ONLY to Jews. Look it up.

          • “Here is what was written about the conversion of the Khazars, a nation of Turkish origin, in the Zionist Mikhlal Encyclopedia that the State of Israel’s Zionist Ministry of Education recommended so warmly during that “period of silencing”: “It is irrelevant whether the conversion to Judaism encompassed a large stratum of the Khazar nation; what is important is that this event was regarded as a highly significant phenomenon in Jewish history…….
            No “nationalist” Jewish historian has ever tried to conceal the well-known fact that conversions to Judaism had a major impact on Jewish history in the ancient period and in the early Middle Ages. Although the myth of an exile from the Jewish homeland (Palestine) does exist in popular Israeli culture, it is negligible in serious Jewish historical discussions. Important groups in the Jewish national movement expressed reservations regarding this myth or denied it completely.”
            – Israel Bartal, Avraham Harman Professor of Jewish History, member of Israel Academy of Sciences (2016), and the former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Hebrew University (2006–2010). Since 2006 he is the chair of the Historical Society of Israel.
            https://ce399fascism.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/israel-bartals-response-to-shlomo-sands-invention-of-the-jewish-people-haaretz-72008/

      • Please pick up a History book before posting or at least closely read your own Wikipedia source:
        “According to lexicographer David ben Abraham al-Fasi (died before 1026 CE), the Muslim conquest of Palestine brought relief to the country’s Jewish citizens, who had previously been barred by the Byzantines from praying on the Temple Mount.[23]”

        Palestine was majority Christian from the 5th century through the 11th. In other words, it took centuries for Islam to become the main religion of Palestine.

        If you have the wherewithal, consider from whence these Christians all came.

        They were adherents of what was then considered a variant of Judaism.
        In short, first Christianity came to the people of the region (Jews, Samaritans etc), then Islam.

        Blood Brothers: Palestinians and Jews Share Genetic Roots
        https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/palestinians-and-jews-share-genetic-roots-1.5411201

        “David Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi claimed that the population at the time of the Arab conquest was mainly Christian, of Jewish origins, which underwent conversion to avoid a tax burden, basing their argument on ‘the fact that at the time of the Arab conquest, the population of Palestine was mainly Christian, and that during the Crusaders’ conquest some four hundred years later, it was mainly Muslim. As neither the Byzantines nor the Muslims carried out any large-scale population resettlement projects, the Christians were the offspring of the Jewish and Samaritan farmers who converted to Christianity in the Byzantine period; while the Muslim fellaheen in Palestine in modern times are descendants of those Christians who were the descendants of Jews, and had turned to Islam before the Crusaders’ conquest.”
        – A History of Palestine, 634–1099. Moshe Gil. [1983] 1997.Cambridge University Press. pp. 222–3:

        Perhaps Wikipedia is more to your liking:
        “A number of pre-Mandatory Zionists, from Ahad Ha’am and Ber Borochov to David Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak Ben Zvi thought of the Palestinian peasant population as descended from the ancient biblical Hebrews, but this belief was disowned when its ideological implications became problematic.[122] Ahad Ha’am believed that, “the Moslems [of Palestine] are the ancient residents of the land … who became Christians on the rise of Christianity and became Moslems on the arrival of Islam.”[122] Israel Belkind, the founder of the Bilu movement also asserted that the Palestinian Arabs were the blood brothers of the Jews.[124] Ber Borochov, one of the key ideological architects of Marxist Zionism, claimed as early as 1905 that, “The Fellahin in Eretz-Israel are the descendants of remnants of the Hebrew agricultural community,”[125]

      • James Brown, the Wikipedia article you provide makes it clear that before the seventh-century Muslim conquest, the people of Syria and Palestine were largely Christian and Greek-speaking, and had been so for centuries, many the descendants of distant ancestors who were Aramaic-speaking adherents of the Jewish religion. It’s likely that after the Muslim conquest they all learned to speak Arabic, and that, just as their ancestors had converted from Judaism to Christianity, many of them converted to Islam. Whether Christian or Muslim, they were the ancestors of modern Palestinians, who now suffer oppression in their ancestral land by European, American, and Russian colonists.

      • No, the Jews weren’t the original occupants of that Area that became Israel? Read the Bible? The Canannites where the original occupants of that Land & were displaced by the Jews! That Land was given to them by God, but they had to fight for it & supplant the Canannites first, which they did with divine assistance! The Jews inheritance & their continued claim to the Land would be based on their obedience to God? They failed to obey & lost that Land, firstly to Babylon then to the Romans. The final straw was when the Jews conspired with the Romans to kill Gods son, Jesus Christ! From that Day on, they were cursed as a Nation! Since then, the Land became home to the Arabs & became Palestine until the British repatriated European Jews after WW2 to Palestine & established the Israeli State in 1948! And this is how all this bullshit began!

      • Jewish people?
        Get real, Judaism is a religious faith,no more or less than Christianity, Muslim, Buddism, or any other you may care to mention.
        Elevating Jews to people status relies purely on historical distortion better known as mythistory

        • When you have a religion that membership of is guaranteed by being a child of an adherent then you end up with a religion that is familial/clannish/tribal.
          I’ve heard jew professors say that judaism is religion of descent (cf one of assent).

  9. Instead of giving us the comment that sparked the walkout you bring up something that happened three years ago.
    For those that are interested and I guess that’s not many.
    Moses had told the crowd that leaders should be consistent in condemning terrorism.
    “We need to hear leaders condemn all support for terrorism and all terrorism equally whatever the source, target, and circumstances, and even when it is not politically expedient to do so.
    The rest of it is here.
    http://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/444796/hui-on-countering-terrorism-sees-mass-walkout-over-hezbollah-comment

    • Experts – she is totally biased and is making things up when she said there was a protest supporting Hezbollah in Auckland. There was a protest supporting the Palestinian people. Hezbollah is not regarded as a terrorist organisation, its armed wing is. Do remember that Nelson Mandela and the ANC were regarded as terrorists.

      I am interested to know who and why some people are there, how the invites were divyied up.

  10. I don’t think Juliet should shoulder all the blame here. This was a New Zealand government sponsored event. The government decided who would speak (Juliet Moses) and who would not (New Zealand Muslims). The New Zealand government has also designated Hezbollah’s military wing a “terrorist entity”. So this conference was all about using a dishonest concept of terrorism to pursue the political goals of the Five Eyes alliance. Like Rebecca Kitteridge and others participating on behalf of the regime, Juliet Moses did what was expected of her by pushing the Five Eyes agenda.
    The one criticism that I would make of the Muslims in the audience is that they were utterly naive to think that they had anything to gain from being party to the orchestrated farce that was “Te Whenua Taurikura”.

    • Hopefully the government will do their job and secure our hospitals from cyber terrorists in the first instance, and protect other core infrastructure

  11. Hezbollah is armed and trained by the Iranian regime to the extent that it is the irregular wing of the Iranian revolutionary guard with many in its officer ranks being Iranians.
    It is the same organization that has slowly destroyed Lebanon and even assassinated the President of Lebanon (Rene Moawad) using a car bomb.

    • Hezbollah came into existence in 1982 as a result of Israel’s attack on poorly defended Lebanon – an attack that took 20,000 mainly civilian lives – Lebanese and Palestinian refugees. The Israelis carpet bombed urban areas and caused the massacres at Sabra and Shatila.
      Shiite Lebanese in the hardest hit South formed “The Party of God” and they now hold about a third of the seats in the Lebanese Parliament. Iran supports them to a fraction of the extent that the U.S. supports the terrorist state of Israel. The Lebanese people overwhelmingly support Hezbollah.
      I have seen no evidence for “many in its officer ranks being Iranians.” Please post a link to source.
      Neither have I seen verifiable evidence that Hezbollah commits acts of terror. The attribution of the AIMA bombing in Buenos Aires to Iran/Hezbollah was a shibboleth.
      Clinton’s Ambassador to Argentina at the time of the bombing, told Gareth Porter “To my knowledge, there was never any real evidence [of Iranian responsibility]. They never came up with anything.” The hottest lead in the case, he recalled, was an Iranian defector named Manoucher Moatamer, who “supposedly had all this information.” But Moatamer turned out to be only a dissatisfied low-ranking official without the knowledge of government decision-making that he had claimed. “We finally decided that he wasn’t credible,” Cheek recalled. Ron Goddard, then deputy chief of the US Mission in Buenos Aires, confirmed Cheek’s account. He recalled that investigators found nothing linking Iran to the bombing. “The whole Iran thing seemed kind of flimsy,” Goddard said.

        • I regret to say my education is a little more formal than Wikipedia affords but I will admit it is lacking in this one aspect:
          “I have seen no evidence for “many in its officer ranks being Iranians.” Please post a link to source”
          Now you must have read that somewhere – please tell me where.

          “The reason the Israelis went into Palestine in the first place was to dislodge Hezbollah”
          I assume you mean Lebanon. Are you not yet aware of the Israeli tactic of provoking a response in order to justify its attacks and expansion?
          Moshe Dayan made it clear in the case of the Golan:
          “”Moshe Dayan, the celebrated commander who, as Defense Minister in 1967, gave the order to conquer the Golan…[said] many of the firefights with the Syrians were deliberately provoked by Israel, and the kibbutz residents who pressed the Government to take the Golan Heights did so less for security than for the farmland…[Dayan stated] ‘They didn’t even try to hide their greed for the land…We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn’t possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn’t shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot.
          And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that’s how it was…The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us.'”
          – The New York Times, May 11, 1997.
          Similarly with the Sheba Farms in Lebanon.

  12. “We need to hear leaders condemn all support for terrorism and all terrorism equally whatever the source, target, and circumstances, and even when it is not politically expedient to do so.

    Which is exactly why we need to hear our AO/ NZ leaders loudly condemning, and taking action against, the ongoing murderous onslaught, the terror-inducing daily actions, of a particular terrorist nation on a group of men, women and children whom they are holding captive.

  13. I’m pleased she was invited.
    Having a group of people with the same point of view talking to one another would not achieve much.
    Same as walking out.
    That’s not say I agree with what she said but rather this was a forum discussion and like many discussions there will be differences of opinion.
    To attempt to resolve issues is in the main aided by discussion.

  14. Juliet’s mob:
    ‘Death to Arabs’: Israeli ‘Flag March’ features racist anti-Palestinian chants
    Among the chants that were reported were “Death to Arabs,” “may your village burn,” and “a second Nakba is coming,” referring to the nakba, or ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic, when thousands of Palestinians were massacred by Zionist militias and over 750,000 were forcibly expelled from their homes in 1948.
    https://mondoweiss.net/2021/06/death-to-arabs-israeli-flag-march-features-racist-anti-palestinian-chants/

    Moses needs to be reminded that:
    “From the end of 1937 until the middle of 1939, in less than two years, the terrorist activities of the Irgun and Lehi claimed 232 victims with another 370 wounded – men, women and children.”
    https://www.haaretz.com/1.5023536
    Data from the book “THE TERRORISM INDUSTRY” by Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, indicates that up to 1989, when it was published, those killed by terrorism were 4% Israelis and 96% were Palestinians.
    https://www.amazon.com/TERRORISM-INDUSTRY-Edward-S-Herman/dp/039458080X

    None so blind as those who will not see.

  15. Isreal is an apartheid state that occupies and terrorises the Palestinians in their own land. Isreali actions are disgusting and in breach of international law and human rights. There is no ‘point of view’ involved in their attrocities and calling Isreal out is not antisemitism. They should not be given a platform to justify their actions.

  16. Juliet Moses , an apologist for an apartheid state. Her voice supports a terrorist nation… The Muslim community had good cause to walk out…

    • Israel is not an apartheid state. It is the only true functioning democracy in the Middle East. Jews are the world’s biggest victims of Terrorism. Muslims mostly kill each other. If you support Hamas or Hezbollah we know what you are.

      • In “The “Terrorism” Industry”, Edward S. Herman (Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania) tallied the numbers up to 1989:
        Israeli victims of PLO terror attacks – 282
        Palestinian victims of Israeli terrorism – between 4,795-7,496.
        “Jews are the world’s biggest victims of Terrorism”
        Counting fingernails are we?

          • Thanks for that confirmation of Professor Herman’s figures though what you wish to achieve by listing only Jewish victims is a bit beyond me when just one civilian bombing raid by the IAF, which is the very definition of “terrorism” totally eclipses them.
            It does serve to illustrate the Israeli habit of inflating their victim numbers however.
            From your link:
            Yehuda Guetta, victim of “the terror attack at Tapuah Junction”
            – “Israeli Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, who had had contact with the killer shortly after the incident, reported that Hatib had “said he was tired of living”[23] and that the subsequent investigation failed to reveal any signs of “organisational affiliation or of clear ideological reasons”, linking the act to militant groups or a larger plot.” – WP.

            Esther Horgan….was found early Monday with clear signs of a violent attack which police and the Shin Bet security agency suspect was an act of terror.
            Since the perpetrator was not found it seems a stretch to call it “terrorism”.

            Rabbi Shai Ohayon, a father of four, was killed in a stabbing attack in suburban Tel Aviv by a Palestinian assailant.
            According to his brother, the perpetrator suffered mental illness and had never been politically active.

            Ben Yigal succumbed to wounds sustained after being struck in the head by a rock hurled at him..
            ‘Nuff said.

            Rivka Jamil, of Ashkelon, died from wounds sustained while running for a bomb shelter during the violence from the Gaza Strip.
            – She died two months after her fall. She was 89.

            Ori Ansbacher of Tekoa, was brutally assaulted and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while walking in the Ein Yael forest southwest of Jerusalem.
            – This was a rape/murder.

            A 23-year old British female tourist was stabbed to death in a terror attack at IDF square on Jerusalem’s light-rail. The attacker was apprehended at the scene. A 30-year old pregnant Israeli woman was injured when the light-rail train came to an abrupt halt during the attack. The attacker had previously attempted to commit suicide in an Israeli hospital by swallowing a razorblade.
            – Certifiably insane?

            Rabbi Michael Mark, father of ten, was driving his car with his wife and two children along Route 60 near Mount Hebron, when they were cut off by another vehicle, and bullets started flying. Mark’s car flipped over after swerving off of the road. When police arrived they found upwards of 20 bullet casings inside Mark’s car.
            – I guess the “terrorists” must have thrown their bullet casings into the Rabbi’s car huh? Or could it be road rage?

            And that is just from the first page – I don’t have time right now to go through them all. Many of the “victims” listed were soldiers. Political philosopher Michael Walzer says: “..attacks on soldiers are not terrorist attacks. That does not make them right, terrorism is not the only negative moral term in our vocabulary.”
            – It seems to be the only term the Jewish Virtual Library has at its command however.

              • “None of these wars -with the possible exception of the 1948 War of independence- was what Israel refers to as Milhemet Ein Berah(” war of necessity”). They were all wars of choice” – Professor Zeev Maoz, “Defending the Holy Land” p.35.
                Zeev Maoz is a distinguished professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. He was University of Haifa lecturer, 1982-85, senior lecturer, 1985-89, associate professor, 1989-91, professor of political science and chair of department, 1991-94, director of Center for Policy and Security Studies, 1992-94; Tel Aviv University, professor of political science, 1994-2004, Brian Mulroney Professor of Government, 2004, head of Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, 1994-97.
                You know something he does not?

              • So if Maori never started a war with settlers and never put the rest of New Zealand into open air prisons, what trait makes it a natural course of justice for isreal to put Palestinians into open air prisons?

  17. By Your Actions Ye Shall Be Known: Implacable Israel Again Bombs Gaza, Still Shattered By Its Last Atrocities
    https://www.commondreams.org/further/2021/06/15/your-actions-ye-shall-be-known-implacable-israel-again-bombs-gaza-still-shattered

    Unimaginably, Israel is again bombing the besieged enclave of Gaza. This time, the colonial and nuclear power that gets $10 million in military aid each day from the U.S. took to the deadly skies in the middle of the night to drop bombs on a traumatized, brutalized, occupied and often homeless population in retaliation for—wait for it—”incendiary balloons” launched from the territory that may or may not have “caused fires in fields in southern Israel.” In response, Israel’s mighty military said it was “ready for all scenarios,” including renewed fighting “in the face of continued terrorist acts emanating from Gaza” – like, say, balloons. Israel’s attack came just weeks into a supposed ceasefire from their most recent atrocity, the 11-day bombardment in May that killed over 250 Palestinians, including at least 67 children, and left Gaza once again in ruins. It also came hours after a pointedly provocative “Flag March” of right-wing Israeli settlers and other zealots—”God’s chosen people right there”—chanting “Death To Arabs!” through East Jerusalem; they were accompanied by Israeli police shoving, arresting and assaulting scores of Palestinians, including elderly women, sometimes for the crime of holding a Palestinian flag. And the bombings came on the first full day of a newly-sworn- in, equally bellicose Israeli government hailed in some stubbornly disingenuous quarters as signalling a new chance for “peace” and a “two-state solution” but rightly deemed by most Palestinians suffering under the same Occupation “same ax, new executioner.”

  18. In the last 24 hours the children of Gaza were again terrorised, woken in the night to sounds of bombs smashing into their neighbourhoods. American made bombs, the weapons of terrorism.

    This followed the genocidal chants of Israelis as they marched in the streets, “Death to Arabs!” “Death to Arabs!”

    This followed the election into their new government of the woman Ayelet Shaked who, in her election campaign, calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers (specified).

    How long can our AO/ NZ govt go on and on and on pretending there’s “Nothing to see over there, folks”.

    A week before they resumed bombing Gaza, they dismantled the last remnants of the Gaza health system.

    During the earlier bombing they had already taken out the only Covid testing centre along with medical professionals, including one in charge of the centre. They also took out the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, the Humanitarian Centre. And, of course, they removed the media centres, which means their actions are ever less likely to be seen or heard.

    If “They are Us” means ANYTHING, ANYTHING AT ALL, then our silence as a nation, our inaction, cannot go on!!!

    • Again, If “They are Us” means ANYTHING, ANYTHING AT ALL, then our silence as a nation, our inaction, cannot go on!!!

  19. The entire “terrorism” meme is simply an invention designed to (falsely) characterise imperialism’s enemies as evil people who can therefore be bombed, strafed and murdered with impunity.
    Menachem Begin famously corrected journalist Russell Warren Howe who asked him if he was the “Father of Terrorism in the Middle East” by stating: “In the whole World”.
    In “The “Terrorism” Industry”, Edward S. Herman (Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania) tallied the numbers up to 1989:
    Israeli victims of PLO terror attacks – 282
    Palestinian victims of Israeli terrorism – between 4,795-7,496.
    In “The Real Terror Network” he writes:
    “Where Israeli state terrorism is acknowledged in the United States, it is almost invariably described as “retaliatory,” hence not criminal even if regrettable. To cite only one example, consider the laudatory article by Amos Perlmutter on General Ariel Sharon in the New York Times Magazine. Commenting on Sharon’s exploits as the commander of Unit 101 in the early 1950s, Perlmutter writes that “Every time terrorists were captured in Israel, they would be interrogated to determined where they had come from. Then an Israeli force would return to the terrorists’ villages and retaliate against them, an eye for an eye- or, more often, two eyes for an eye.” Perlmutter is a knowledgeable military historian, who certainly knows that this is an outrageous falsehood. The “retaliatory actions” of Unit 101 were characteristically directed against completely innocent civilians in villages that had no known relation to terrorist acts, for example, Qibya, where 66 civilians were massacred in October 1953 in the first major operation of Sharon’s Unit 101. There was no known connection between the villagers of Qibya and any terrorist actions against Israel. Israel angrily denied charges that its military forces were responsible for this massacre, pretending that the “retaliation act” was carried out by “border settlers in Israel, mostly refugees, people from Arab countries and survivors from the Nazi concentration camps…” Commenting on this fabrication in his diary, Prime Minister Moshe Sharett observed that “Such a version will make us appear ridiculous; any child would say that this was a military operation,” as was tacitly conceded much later. He writes that in the cabinet meeting following the massacre, “I condemned the Qibya affair that exposed us in front of the whole world as a gang of bloodsuckers, capable of mass massacres regardless, it seems, of whether their actions may lead to war. I warned that this stain will stick to us and will not be washed away for many years to come.” Sharett was wrong in thinking that “this stain will stick to us.” The typical response is falsification of the sort practiced by Perlmutter in the New York Times. A critical commentary on Perlmutter’s whitewash of the bloodthirsty General Sharon in The Nation fails to mention this remarkable suppression and distortion of the historical record. This single example is, unfortunately, quite typical of a long and ugly story of atrocities and cover-ups.”
    Its a farce and Moses should be called out on it.

  20. Life Inside Gaza After Nearly 2 Weeks of Bombings
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12khZa6d_0I&t=9s
    A N
    1 week ago
    Watching this man go through the list of his family that died is unforgettable. These poor people. I’m not a religious person but I pray for the people of Gaza.
    Matthew Lindley-Fletcher
    1 week ago
    The moment when he is struggling for his own life and then named all the family members throughout generations who have been massacred made me cry for the first time in over 7 years. I’ve had a serious break up in between but I honestly and truly feel for them and now I really want to show some support and raise awareness of this genocide taking place.
    Ghirbal منظمة غربال
    1 week ago
    That man lost his entire family and he cannot even cry about it because of his enjuries!

  21. New Israeli Regime Terror-Bombs Gaza

    by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

    Since ousting Netanyahu, extremist PM Bennett’s regime wasted no time proving its hostility toward long-suffering Palestinians.

    It approved Tuesday’s inflammatory Flag March through Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City by thousands of pro-settler right-wing extremists — knowing it could and did incite violence.

    Supporting what shouldn’t have been approved, thuggish Israeli security forces assaulted Palestinian protesters violently.

    Dozens were injured, at least 17 arrested — while racist marchers chanted “Death to Arabs…Jerusalem is ours…May your villages burn.”

    Defying reality, Bennett regime interior minister Bar-Lev said the following:

    “The right to demonstrate is a right in all democracies. (P)olice (are) ready and we will do everything in our power to preserve the delicate thread of coexistence.”

    Fact: For Occupied Palestinians and Arab citizens, Israel is ruled by police state-enforced apartheid tyranny — its ruling authorities contemptuous of their rights.

    https://stephenlendman.org/2021/06/new-israeli-regime-terror-bombs-gaza/

  22. John, Juliet is the spokesperson for the Jewish Council of New Zealand. Jews are some of the biggest targets of hate crimes and terrorist activities in the world.

    Of course she should have been invited to speak.

    Any suggestion that she shouldn’t have been invited to speak is a denial of the reality of white supremacist terrorist targeting of Jewish groups.

    The fact that her personal politics don’t align with yours is not a good reason to deny her the right to speak at the conference.

    • “Jews are some of the biggest targets of hate crimes and terrorist activities in the world.”
      Please provide the source that informs your view. As I have posted above:
      “Data from the book “THE TERRORISM INDUSTRY” by Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, indicates that up to 1989, when it was published, those killed by terrorism were 4% Israelis and 96% were Palestinians.”
      Obviously this is a very different picture. I am sincerely interested in knowing on what basis you make this assertion.

    • How many Jews have been murdered by ‘armed to the teeth’ Palestinians in New Zealand? How may NZ Jews are physically threatened daily because they are Jewish? Do New Zealanders stand back when NZ Jews are discriminated against?

      The Christchurch counter-terrorism conference was a New Zealand conference to address our failures that caused the deaths of so many good people who should have been safe in their place of worship, the same as those who attend a synagogue without fear.

      The message to you Georgina is ‘f**k off and swallow a dose of reality. This was neither the time nor place for Juliet Moses to spew out her all too common racist hate speech that had no relevance to purpose of the conference. Thank goodness we have a sizable Jewish community that chose to come to New Zealand that we can celebrate. They more than compensate for the few sick f**ks that seem to have taken over the Jewish Council and their erstwhile supporters!

      The main plus from this episode is that everyone can now see how dangerously consumed with hatred the innocence claiming Ms Moses is.

    • It is Juliet Moses anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobic bigotry that John Minto does not align with ,,,,

      In this specific instance ,,,, her actions clearly helps spread dehumanizing, insulting , Kahanist level IDF war propaganda ,,,, that the Palestinian children among the unarmed civilians,medics, reporters etc ,,, who were all deliberately shot by Israel Army snipers …

      …. The bullets going too and hitting exactly where they are aimed.

      Snipers rifles are precision weapons ,,,, As the Israeli Snipers who competed and bragged about shooting the most Palastinian Knees in one day clearly shows.
      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200306-israel-snipers-boast-of-shooting-dozens-in-the-knees-during-gaza-protests/
      “”I kept the casing of every round I fired,” said one former sniper from the Golani infantry brigade. “I have them in my room. So I don’t have to make an estimate – I know: 52 definite hits.”

      David Cumins called these shootings of unarmed and non-threatening civilians “fake news”….. He Lied https://www.bitchute.com/video/MksDsWs30GvR/ ,,,and then he got worse.

      David Cumin – New Zealand Jewish Council rep / member –….” they bring children to use as human shields”…..

      Which is a nasty and somewhat stupid bit of Bull-Shit from Cumins / Israel ,,, as one “Human shield ” would be hopeless against snipers,,,
      ,,,,You See ? >> https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/e73eeb5c068cb1afacd1a0c9e0b497d8

      To make Juliet Moses & David Cumins & Israels IDF “Human Shield” propaganda even worse ,,,,,,,,,,, Is the Israel Army systematically used to use Palestinian civilians as Human shields ,,, THOUSANDS of times.

      Fact Check: Who REALLY Uses Human Shields, Hamas, The IDF or Both?
      https://youtu.be/xtxA-GsvUnk?t=598

      The Reality is that Trapped in Gaza ,,, Parents would be unable to shield their children from Israeli / Usa 500 pound ,, 1000 pound ,,, and 2000 pound bombs .

      David Cumin – New Zealand Jewish Council rep / member –“there can only be peace when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us”

      “fake news ” Cumins has the tongue of a Kahansist to spread those racist smears and blame the victims of Israels war crimes,,,

      Blaming these people for their own deaths sums Cumins up,,,.”At least 44 Palestinians, including 18 children, were killed in the 16 May massacre on al-Wihda street.

      Multiple generations of multiple families were obliterated.

      Here are some of their stories.”
      https://electronicintifada.net/content/al-wihda-street-massacre/33366

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      Juliet Moses when asked to condemn this racism against Palestinians and repugnant slur on all Arabs . — “The NZ Jewish Council considers your complaint to have no validity.”

      Juliet Moses,,,, apparently a more loving better Mother ,,, than ARAB women. ,,,Or Shield Breeders, as she and David like to call them.

      Well Moses had no validity speaking at an event formed in response to a terrorist attack against Muslims / Arabs / Palastinians.

      Given the Israel Parliament is riddled with Kahanists ,,, and numerous splinter groups with bits of their TERRORIST ideology..

      Did Juliet talk about the Jewish terrorists ???

      I bet she didn’t ,,,,,, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-we-fought-israel-s-kahanists-we-lost-and-jewish-religious-extremism-won-1.9584626

      https://merip.org/2021/02/three-decades-after-his-death-kahanes-message-of-hate-is-more-popular-than-ever/

      https://youtu.be/eFl4U2NRJTg?t=1474

    • Georgina, you do not help your cause by exploiting a tragedy to push your own agenda.

      Just as you would not welcome a Nazi to speak at a public event remembering the Holocaust, why would you think its appropriate to make comments that attempt to conflate Middle East conflict with the events of 15 March?

      Just because you can say a thing, doesn’t mean you should. There is a time and a place for everything.

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