At the End of the Day

The Slog

???????????????????It’s been a rum sort of day, to say the least of it. Having injured my left shoulder lifting stuff in the garden last week, I was today learning how to cope with only one usable arm, when a garden knife snapped shut on the index finger of my right hand. So it will not surprise you to learn that this piece is being typed via the use of noses and toeses.

Although the image to your left here might look like the visual clue to an insidious ransom demand, it is in fact a close-up of my right hand index finger. I will lead you through the legend as follows:

1. Hand

2. String tourniquet hastily applied during full death-fear panic phase of flood-like bleeding

3. Baby-food spoon acting as splint to bend finger and thus stem blood flow following restoration of left-cortex rational control.

4. Emergency use of…

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Extremists fail to disrupt ‘Closer To Israel 65’ in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Cross posted by London-based blogger Richard Millett

A group of 30 extremists failed to dampen spirits as some 3,000 Jewish and non-Jewish pro-Israel supporters came out to show their support and appreciation for the Jewish state at the Closer to Israel 65 event in London’s Trafalgar Square today. Even the sun finally shone!

The 30 extremists were from the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), the tiny Jewish religious sect the Neturei Karta, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jews For Justice For Palestinians.

A favourite racist chant of those from the IHRC was “Judaism yes, Zionism no, the State of Israel must Go”. How awfully nice of Islamic Human Rights Commission members to allow Judaism to be practiced. Now, all one needs to know is how much tax British Jews must pay to be allowed to continue practicing their Judaism.

Here are some IHRC members allowing Jews to practice Judaism in…

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June 4 1989 China’s Tiananmen Square massacre; the day that changed everything

China News

China Tiananmen Square 1989Purged officials and intellectuals recall devastating effect the crackdown of 24 years ago had on their own lives and their country’s political future.

They were once passionate in wanting to steer their country onto a path of liberalisation, rule of law and democracy. And they believed they were making a difference.

But when tanks rolled into Beijing and troops opened fire to crush the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square in the early hours of June 4, 1989, everything changed.

As party conservatives triumphed over reformists in the political struggle, allies of ousted party chief Zhao Ziyang and liberal intellectuals in government think tanks became targets of suppression, as did talented, but outspoken, young intellectuals.

Placed on the most wanted list, some were sent to jail while others fled the country. Some were investigated by the authorities, expelled from state jobs or pressured to leave.

Twenty-four years on, these liberal-leaning people…

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The BBC’s Macfarlane and the Vulture Club

BBC Watch

On May 20th 2013 the BBC News website ran an article on its Middle East page about the release of a new Israeli government report on the subject of the September 30th 2000 incident involving Jamal and Mohammed Al Dura at the Netzarim junction, as featured in a controversial television report by Charles Enderlin of France 2. 

The report itself can be read here

In response to a complaint, the BBC acknowledged three years ago that France 2’s claims of Israeli responsibility for the incident were far from water-tight.

“I think that, in stating as fact that Muhammed Al-Durrah was killed by the Israeli Army, the programme went beyond what could be said with certainty. …

 I hope you will accept my apologies, on behalf of the BBC, for the breach of standards in relation to accuracy which we have identified.” “

Nevertheless, the BBC News website continues to…

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A Vital Question for Netanyahu

Beyond the Cusp

At a recent Knesset Finance Committee hearing addressing the housing crisis in Israel and possible solutions a prescient question was posed by Committee Chairman Nissan Slomiansky. He inquired of Housing Minister Uri Ariel why there appeared to be no construction in Jerusalem. Ariel replied that Slomiansky needed to direct his question to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. To quote him directly, Housing Minister Ariel had responded, “Why is there no building in Jerusalem? I suggest you ask the Prime Minister.” What a novel and, may I add, brilliant idea. Truth be told, the questions addressing the very obvious lack of building in Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria have been popping up ever since President Obama visited Israel introducing Secretary of State Kerry and his peace process revival. Perhaps the Prime Minister should take on the denial of the existence of a silent, unannounced, stealth building freeze by having a…

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