An awakening

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World awakening to the injustice and misery perpetrated by the enforcers of Israel’s criminal founding ideology is growing fast. The Zionists have, until now, enjoyed centre stage in the argument and the mere accusation of being ‘anti-Semitic‘ has led to loss of incomes, livelihoods and reputations. No need for proof the mere assertion is sufficiently loaded to bring ruin upon the accused! The recent history of the British Labour Party and its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the victim of a Zionist witch hunt, says it all. But the views of Western governments and mainstream news media are being exposed, and opposed more than ever, through social media and grass-roots action. Zionist lies are becoming ever less convincing. However, opinion and perception can change. In 2019, famed British actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry, defended the British television star, Rachel Riley‘s, criticism of the UK Labour Party. At the beginning of this month, Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter of “a wonderful piece of writing” that had “clarified so much for me.” He was commenting on an essay, published by 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Benjamin Moser, entitled “A trip to Hebron.” Fewer and fewer people now, however, see condemnation of Israel’s crimes as an expression of anti-Jewish prejudice.

Reason and clarity

Houston-born Moser described conditions of life for Palestinians in Hebron as worse than the Jim Crow laws that had enforced racial segregation in the US. He wrote that it was “worse than apartheid — a word that is now, finally, being applied to Palestine”. Moser described the dystopian nightmare imposed by Israel on Palestinian life there as “so suffocating that you can’t quite believe you’re not in some grotesque movie. The Palestinians have no citizenship, and nowhere to go: if they leave the Occupied Territories, they become stateless refugees. And if they stay — well, their lives are restricted in ways that are very hard to imagine. Imagine the COVID lockdowns, but for your entire life, generation after generation, and with no vaccine on its way.” He revealed the reality of Israeli settlers “continually expanding, continually creating more and more restrictions” on Palestinians with “ethnic cleansing and racial supremacy . . . marching forward day by day.” He said he found it hard to explain just “how cruel”, “how perverse” and “how criminal” it is.

Moser concluded by championing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reminding us that such measures had helped “in forcing the apartheid regime to stand down” in South Africa. He spoke of our “moral duty”, saying the world should push for change in Israel and recognise that there is an occupier and an occupied”. Moser saw. . . a racial tyranny that was not only not over: it was actively getting worse I saw ethnic cleansing happening in real time, house by house, block by block. And why? In order to build an ugly condo for someone from New Jersey”.

On 24 May 2021, the UK Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JFJFP) published a list of 2,025 JFJFP signatories, in recognition of their commitment to the cause of justice for Palestinians. Stephen Fry is among them. The movement holds that: “Peace requires Israel to acknowledge its responsibility in the creation of the Palestinian refugees . . .” and calls for an end to “Israel’s illegal occupation and settlement of Palestinian land, including its illegal blockade of Gaza.” Their reaction to Zionist racism and criminal behaviour is to firmly say: “not in our name”.

Relentless Israeli ceasefire violations

This month, the mainstream news media have again chosen not to report Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations. Four Israeli assaults on Gaza on 8 June, as well as another that took place just two days afterwards, have been ignored. It seems that, only when such violations can be ‘excused’ as Israeli reactions to provocation by Hamas, may such important news be published and broadcast.

So, for the record, on 8 June at 8:40am, an Israeli Army position, behind the Green Line, opened fire towards agricultural land east of Khuza’a. From 9:30am3pm, Israeli forces, accompanied by reconnaissance aircraft, invaded an area, north of Beit Lahiya, laying waste to the land and, at 11:50pm the Israeli Navy made two attacks, opening fire on, and pursuing, Palestinian fishing boats off Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis. Israel tries to justify its aggression by citing its right to defend itself, yet denies the right equally to Palestinians. The Zionist regime‘s military forces enter and leave Gaza, violating its air and sea space, whenever they like. On 10 June, the Israeli Navy again opened fire on, and pursued, Palestinian fishing boats, this time off al-Sudaniya.

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This wasn’t all the mainstream news media chose to keep from the public this month. From 4-13 June, statistically: three people, including a 15-year-old boy, Muhammad Saeed Hamayel, were killed by the Israeli Army. Israeli Occupation forces opened fire on and killed a woman, Mai Khaled Youssef Afanah (29), while she inadvertently drove her motor vehicle on a road reserved for the Israeli military. She is the mother of an eight-year-old girl. The Israelis claim that Mai Afanah tried to run her vehicle into soldiers but, as can be seen in this video, they stand on high ground in the rough terrain bordering the road.

From 4-19 June, at least 179 Palestinians (three of them youngsters – one aged 9) have been wounded/injured. Eight Palestinian youngsters, aged 13-17, were abducted by Israeli troops. Three of those abducted, Abdullah Adnan Abu Srour (14), Imran Mahmoud Yousef Barqaa (14) and Ahmed Zakaria Barqaa (15), were seized in the Aida UN refugee camp. No refuge for them.

More Israeli air strikes

On the night of 15/16 June, Israeli forces carried out fresh air strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip, following the launching of incendiary balloons into southern Israel by Palestinian Resistance fighters. The fire balloons were themselves a reaction to a parade through East Jerusalem, in celebration of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in 1967, with Israelis chanting “death to Arabs”. Leading up to all this, of course, were the provocative evictions, by Israeli Occupation forces, of Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood Palestinian families, growing settler violence and attacks by Israeli Occupation forces against worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. To make matters even worse, Israel has tightened its stranglehold on Gaza, including a ban on imports of fuel for Gaza’s power plant, as well as other desperately-needed raw materials. Up until and including 29 June, Israel has committed at least 29 Gaza ceasefire violations including three incursions.

Real journalism faces reality

The Tel Aviv municipality has awarded Haaretz Journalist, Gideon Levy, the prestigious annual Sokolov Prize for Israeli journalism. Levy, who observes that “Israel thumbs its nose at international lawdescribes Israeli Air Force pilots and drone operators as “heroes who are battling the weakest, most helpless people who have no air force and no aerial defence . . .” He asks: How do you sleep at night, pilot? Did you see the pictures of the death and destruction you sowed – on television, and not just in the cross hairs?” In February this year, Levy welcomed the International Criminal Court ruling that it has jurisdiction to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. When will our news media find the courage and decency to inform and speak truth to the world? When will they, and our politicians, face up to their moral responsibility to bring Israel to account?

Courageous and selfless appeal

Zionist social terrorism places people in fear of their careers and livelihoods but it has to be resisted and shamed. On 15 June, a resolute 69-year-old man, Nick Georges, challenged the politically-managed reporting and complicit silence by putting his life at risk in London to awaken public awareness. See the video of Georges scaling a 650ft crane, near the US Embassy in London, and unfurling a Palestinian flag. It took the Palestine Action member two hours to get to the top and fly his Palestinian flag. He remained there for 30 hours! Until forced down.

Yet to awaken

Unfortunately, the Zionist ability to influence news and government policy is still with us. How is it, for example, that Juliet Moses, spokesperson for the pro-Zionist NZ Jewish Council, was invited as a main speaker at the recent counter-terrorism summit, when the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack, including Palestinian families, were not? She seized the occasion to falsely suggest that Palestine solidarity protests were in support of terrorism yet refuses to condemn or even admit the suffering that Israeli state terrorism inflicts upon Palestinians. In the West Bank, Israel subjects the Palestinian people to its self-serving military regime, while illegally-imposed Israeli settlers, occupying valuable and precious Palestinian land, live under Israeli civil law. Brave Israeli soldiers in the West Bank constantly terrorise Palestinian children, often abducting them, even from their homes during night raids. They are the only children in the world who are regularly subjected to the authority of foreign military courts.

New Zealand’s leaders and politicians must awake to the reality of changing world opinion regarding Israel. Even in the US, establishment voices like the New York Times and The Washington Post are shifting somewhat. Andrew Little and Nanaia Mahuta might be moved enough to rethink their reluctance to call Israel out after watching this video of two Palestinian children, Mohammed and Owais (aged eight and ten) in which they speak of their treatment by Israeli soldiers. Routine population-control methods, especially directed at the young, are used to instil fear, obedience and total acceptance of Zionist control.

The image at the beginning of this piece is of Stephen Fry as Lord Melchett in the Blackadder television comedy version of Britain‘s role in the First World War. At the time of this war, in 1917, callous imperialism and the Balfour declaration laid the political foundations of Zionism and guaranteed its advancement. The quote from Melchett sums up the attitude. Time now for Britain and its traditional allies to make amends.

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Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

33 COMMENTS

  1. Why do you allow your site to be dragged into the gutter by this one-sided anti-semitic dreck Matyn?. Are you that afraid of the likes of Minto, Bravery etc that you allow them to post here with their anti Israeli bile with such regularity. Shame!

    • Yep – another Zionist comedian. Did you not notice that your buddies from IINZ (which doesn’t allow countervailing opinions) have had a few dismal outings on TDB. Problem was that the opinionated “dreck’ that was presented was devoid of supporting evidence. One in particular had his disingenuousness striped apart almost immediately.

      You can rest assured that the person whose name you can’t even be bothered spelling correctly is – unlike you – unafraid of encouraging free speech and fact-supported commentary along with the stupidity of the misguided . The fact that your ill considered comment appears here is ample proof.

      • LMAO! The rabid little bulldog who savages anyone daring to defend Israel on this site, frequently resorting to profanities and threats, is lecturing us about respecting freedom of speech! None so blind etc. Hilarious!

    • John, It is because of your unsupported obviously biased rant that it is essential such views are allowed to be published; the MSM will certainly not do it. That the Western ‘solutions’ post the WWs to Middle Eastern problems have been a disaster for all involved is in my view unquestionable.

    • @ john crawford. The shame is all yours son. You write; ” …the likes of Minto, Bravery etc that you allow them to post here… ” You just made yourself read like an idiot and a stupid one at that. Well done. You saved me the trouble of doing it for you. I think you might be keeping too much of the company of the other idiots the villages somewhere are clearly missing like gaby, john, andrew etc.
      Can I ask? Does the saying ” Hoisted by one’s own petard” ring a bell in your dark, dull and no doubt cruel little mind? The more the israeli’s and the thug zionists murder, torture and displace the Palestinians then whining out the, we’re misunderstood, poor us, not our fault, no one understand us narrative as the world watching sees an entirely different story. One of brutality, greed and with a gleefully murderous inclination to contradict the facts.
      [It’s] the logic of the liar, isn’t it? The liar, lies and even though the liar knows that the listener knows the liar’s lying, the liar keeps lying anyway.
      The entire world’s watching israelis and zionists murder the Palestinians and yet the israeli’s think the world sees the victims as being the israelis. It could be argued that it’s a madness that only arrogance can afford.
      FYI
      “Hoist with his own petard” is a phrase from a speech in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet that has become proverbial. The phrase’s meaning is literally that a bomb-maker is lifted (“hoist”) off the ground by his own bomb (a “petard” is a small explosive device), and indicates an ironic reversal, or poetic justice.[1]”

    • Hey Look ,,,,Gaby is repeating one of the lies that Juliet Moses uses ,,,,
      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/german-anti-semitism-surges-right

      “Police recorded a surge in anti-Semitic incidents in Germany last year.

      But contrary to Israel lobby efforts to blame Muslims, leftists and the Palestine solidarity movement, the phenomenon stems almost exclusively from the right.”

      “The picture provided by the statistics is stark: 1,247 were categorized as right wing: 9 as left wing; 18 as “foreign ideology” and 20 as religiously motivated. Another 39 incidents could not be classified.

      Based on these figures, 94 percent of the anti-Semitic incidents had a right-wing political motivation.”

      ….. “This contrasts with the impression disseminated by Israel lobby groups” ,,, ( like Juliet Moses),,,, “aiming to misdirect blame at supporters of Palestinian rights, as well as Muslim and immigrant communities.”

      How come Juliet Moses never mentions or condemns the Jewish terrorists??? ,,, Kahanists and their Kahanism ,,,, who ARE part of the Israel Parliament .

      Juliet Moses and twats like Gaby Share some of the same beliefs / goals of the ‘Kahanist movement’, a Jewish extremist group outlawed as terrorists by Israel, the United States and other Western countries decades ago ,,,,,, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210213-kahanism-is-now-israels-mainstream/

      “Kahane was an American, born in Brooklyn. In fact, before he left for Israel in 1971, Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League (JDL), one of the most prolific U.S.-based terrorist groups of the 1970s and 1980s” https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/08/netanyahus-far-right-partners-were-birthed-by-u-s-terrorists/

      https://apnews.com/article/israel-elections-benjamin-netanyahu-exit-polls-6fc44df2043b04b1b823a45d6d508859

      https://www.nif.org/press-releases/nif-ceo-kahanism-is-a-danger-to-israeli-democracy/

      https://youtu.be/eFl4U2NRJTg?t=554

    • The amusing thing is that I heard about the Banat killing on Aljazeera News.

      Even they have abandoned the Pallies!

      • That is a bloody long bow Andrew. Is it a Zionist propagandist one because the Al Jazeera report doesn’t say what you claim. Just look at the first line, “Death in PA custody comes as Amnesty says Israeli police use ‘ruthless excessive force’ against Palestinians during arrests. Perhaps you shouldn’t rush to use half-understood headlines to re-disseminate Gaby’s worn out bullshit lines.

        You also seem to not understand much of what you spout when it comes to Palestinians. It is obvious you know nothing of the dynamics of the Palestinian Authority which is regarded as the corrupt subcontractor of Israel.

        • Hey I’m just broadly supportive of the only successful, liberal, multi-ethnic democracy in the region: Israel. I’m sure it’s imperfect in some respects but then so is everywhere, including NZ.

          So who exactly do you support?
          > The Islamist thugs and tyrants of the region?
          > The genocidal maniacs who throw homosexuals off the top of buildings?
          > The people trying to exterminate the Kurds?
          > The people who force women to wear sacks and who think it’s a mans right to rape?
          > The people who backed Hitler?

          Take stock of the company you keep

  2. I don’t have a problem with Jews or Israelis, but I am anti Zionist and i think we in NZ are starting to wake up to their manipulation and lies.
    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is the way forward against these Zionist deceivers who implement apartheid .
    https://bdsmovement.net/

  3. Gaby the IDF troll.
    So that’s just one bad indecent and if you put it up against all the really bad and hideous things the IDF and Israeli police do it pales into insignificance. The IDF are murderers,abductors/attackers of children and are untrustworthy in the extreme.

  4. Leslie Bravery, Gideon Levy, Ilan Pape, John Minto, Martin and Lois Griffiths, Mike Prysner and Abby Martin, Desmond Tutu, Jeremy Corbyn, Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen, Norman Finklestein, Gabor Mate, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Stephen Fry, Aaron Mate, Avi Shlaim, Lilia Brooker, Akram Salhab, Chris Hedges, Cornell West, Ali Abunimah, Rania Khalek, Roger Waters and Yanis Varoufakis.
    This is a small example of the calibre of eloquent and well informed people who speak out against the treatment of Palestinians who have been denied their human rights by an apartheid state based on the flawed ideology of Zionism.
    The continued barbarism and horror inflicted on Palestinians by Israel will forever stain the otherwise historically loving and inclusive Jewish culture.
    A corrosive mentality has evolved within a large proportion of Israeli Jewish society which has resulted in normalising brutal and dehumanising behaviour towards Palestinians and this position can only be destructive and ultimately untenable for their psyche.
    Freedom and equality for all in 1948 Palestine.

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