Will Fact Ever Displace Anti-Israel Fiction?

CommentAnti-Israel propaganda has been driven from the start by lies distortions and a massive rewriting of history. Blame for everything is piled on the Jews, while the crimes of the Arabs, including the Palestinians, are exonerated.

The American Vice-Consul, along with British officers and the British High Commissioner, Sir Alan Cunningham, stated at the time that the Arabs were encouraging flight while the Jews were doing all in their power to prevent it.

The Haganas behavior was the exact opposite of “ethnic cleansing.” Once order was restored, Arabs were appointed to key posts and part of the supplies originally earmarked for the Jewish inhabitants were given freely to the Arabs.


Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraqs ambassador to Vatican

Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.

As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraqs ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiffs life.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the ambassador said.


Supporting Hamas is Anti-Semitic

Criticizing specific Israeli policies is certainly not anti-Semitic. Indeed many Israelis are critical of some of their nations policies. But support for Hamas is anti-Semitic, because Hamas policies and actions are based, at their core, on Jew-hatred. Yet many prominent individuals, some out of ignorance, many more with full knowledge of what they are doing, are overtly supporting Hamas. Some have even praised it. Others, like Italys most famous philosopher, Gianni Vattimo, are trying to raise money and provide material support to this anti-Semitic terrorist organization. Still others refuse to condemn it, while condemning Israel in the strongest terms.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning. The PM’s final plea to Scotland dominates today’s papers. “PM begs Scots not to leave the UK” is our splash. “Sob Tory” chuckles the Sun. “Cameron’s parting plea to Scots” says the Guardian’s. “Heartbroken if you leave” is the the Herald’s take. Today it’s Ed Miliband who is next up to bat, who will tell Scots that change is coming, both to Scotland in the form of further powers in the event of a No vote, and to England in the shape of a Labour government in May.

Is it already too late? “Cameron in final pitch to Scots as blame game begins” is the FT’s headline. “Unionists outgunned in final push of campaign” says the Times page 1 lead, reporting that it is Yes Scotland, for all Better Together’s fundraising advantage, with more money left in the bank for leaflets and billboards in the campaign’s dying days.

In Glasgow yesterday I spoke to people who will, for the most part, have nodded along when David Cameron told them that he could be kicked out. The problem is they don’t – at the moment – believe that Ed Miliband can be the agent of the change they require. Proving them wrong is the task ahead for the Labour leader today.


“We haven’t got a clue where he is” is the Mail’s take on Philip Hammond’s omission that British hostage Alan Hemming is currently beyond the reach of Britain’s armed forces. At Westminster, a cross-party consensus appears to emerging on tackling Isil. Ed Miliband’s party could “very possibly” back airstrikes against Isil, Owen Smith tells the Times.


Sir Peter Housden, Scotland’s senior mandarin, put businesses under pressure to “keep out” of the independence debate, a Telegraph investigation has revealed. The mood of intimidation appears to have extended to the ground campaign. “Remind me to tell you what Mussolini did to collaborators,” is the line reported from the campaign trail and “Don’t Be Bullied Out Of Saving Britain” is the Scots Mail’s splash. Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish Secretary, has told his fellow Scots to stand firm against intimidation and threats in the campaign’s last days.


Generation Yes, a splinter group for young voters supporting independence, has produced a guideline to winning over the over-60s – the most Yes-resistant group in Scotland – through a series of one-to-one conversations between children and grandparents, modelled partially on the letters sent by young Democrats to retirees in Florida in the 2008 election.


The Passport Office should reduce the amount of money it charges to issue passport in order to reduce its profits, MPs have said. At present, each passport nets HMG a £15 profit after everything is settled.


“The Vow” is the Daily Record’s splash. Dave, Ed and Nick have all signed a joint pledge to Scottish voters pledging permanence for the Scottish Parliament, devolution of powers to an agreed timetable, and a continuation of the Barnett formula in perpetuity. It appears to raise more questions than it answers – it’s not clear what a permanent Parliament means, absent a written constitution. It’s also decreasing the disquiet in Westminster that a new constitutional settlement is being drawn up, without the consent of fifty-five million British people in response to narrowing polls.

Eric Pickles is heading for a legal battle with local councils over his request to scale back production of free newsletters, which have been described as “taxpayer-funded propaganda”, and, it’s said, deprive local government of advertising revenue. Labour say that it’s a partisan attack as those Conservative councils who have also exceeded Mr Pickles’ “four times a year” limit have not been targeted.


“Aye Cloud” is the Scottish Sun’s splash. A cloud has appeared in the skies, appearing to show Scotland floating away from England. “A Sign for Eck and Cam?” is the Sun’s question. Meanwhile, in the UK edition, the Sun’s Cabbie – who’s interviewed Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband – has been left hanging by the First Minister. He’s not best pleased, and the First Minister comes in for a bashing in the Sun’s leader.

The New Romantics: “Being Fair” to Terrorist Groups

“Because perfect democracy does not exist anywhere, the imperfect democracies of the West can be damned and the worst forms of political power legitimated.” — Pascal Bruckner, The Tears of the White Man.

What sort of pink-tinted spectacles do you need to march while chanting, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the Gas”? Or to march alongside the black flags of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? It is not just the new Romantics that bow down to the myth of Islam as the path to peace. Governments, church-leaders, do-gooders of every stripe accommodate every demand made by Muslim minorities. “Sharia law? No problem.” “Islamic Banking? Why not?

What answer can there be to explain such wished-for self- defeat?


Are “Integrated Muslims” Integrated?

Most noticeable was that the protests across Western European cities have overwhelmingly been led by Muslims — not Islamists — just normal, “integrated” Muslims, who stay at home when any other war occurs. Where were their protests against Qatar for funding Hamas?

What is harder for people to address is the lies that feed this violence.

These otherwise “integrated” people hate Israel and Jews because they have been taught to. A whole generation — perhaps several — has been taught to hate. That is a lot of hate, but it needs to be tackled.

The best place to start might be by tackling the lies and defamations that are allowed to go on underneath everyones noses, such as the frivolous — and false — accusations of Israeli “genocide,” “war-crimes” and the like. The problem is worse than anyone had thought.


Scotland heading for a Great Depression after a Yes vote

Britain faces a period of severe economic turbulence if Scotland votes for independence next week, economists warned, as the prospect of a Yes vote threatened a new financial crisis.

A report from a respected financial advisory firm said that investors were already pulling money out of the UK at the fastest pace since the “credit crisis” of 2008.