Friday, July 30, 2004

Helen and Phil's new friends 

The New Zealand government's foreign policy is gaining us some truly odious admirers.

Getting praised by Hamas for joining in the anti-Israel-fest is appalling, but at least not unexpected. But this really is ridiculous.

For the truth about this corpulent lying sicko, click here. Or read this best-selling book.

Kiwis are becoming the poster children for the idiotarian left. I want regime change.

Update: Here is an excellent piece by Christopher Hitchens (one of the few leftists who retains some integrity) about the legion inaccuracies, twisted facts and tendentious misrepresentations in this nasty lardy's "documentary".

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Mourning The Death of the Left 

Hello everyone! Apologies for my lack of blogging recently - lots of things (uni etc.) in the way. But now I'm here to stay! I hope.

I have one small, but I think quite poignant remark to make. Two nights ago was Tisha B'Av (for our non-Jewish readership: the 9th day of the month of Av, the day traditionally marked as the date of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem). At shule (synagogue), we had the honour of hearing a short but stimulating talk from Daniel Pipes. Dr. Pipes discussed briefly the concept of the new antisemitism - that coming from the Left and from Islam rather than from the Right and from Christianity. And it is that saddens me.

I consider myself a lefty. In theory, the left stands for a set of ideals that promotes the dignity of each individual as an individual and thereby creates a certain economic theory to accompany that - i.e. any number of economies from the welfare state to the communist regime. But whatever economy is decided upon, the crux of the matter is still the dignity of each individual and the assertion of his/her basic human rights. That is why I am a lefty - because I'm a softy.

So, you can imagine my dissapointment with the current state of affairs of the left. The left has begun to ignore it's roots - it has forgotten justice and has decided to side with what it (mistakenly) views as the "underdog". The left has sided with those that threaten its very existance (i.e. Muslim theocracies and mad Arab dictators such as Mr. Arafat). How is getting rid of Sadaam antithetical to the left? Wasn't that EXACTLY what they should have supported - hasn't the left always been in favour of using violence to achieve their aims? Isn't that what revolution is all about? The left is falling to pieces. But worst of all, it's still calling itself the left. As a true lefty, I am offended. I think my thoughts are best described by the timeless poet Mr. William Shakespeare in his great tragedy, Othello:
Who steals my purse steals trash - 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

The real anti-semitism of New Zealand's government 

Imagine murderous killers from the North Shore coming and killing people in pubs and restaurants in Auckland City: led by genocidal fanatics and unaccountable warlords in Devonport and Takapuna, these people seeking, and causing, death and carnage.

If the diplomatic process failed (despite strenuous efforts), and international condemnation prevented the use of retaliatory military force, could anyone blame people living south of the harbour from closing the Harbour Bridge, and constructing a fence through Te Atatu? Would the lives saved not justify this temporary measure, even if it involved inconvenience and economic loss to people who can't get to their jobs, and Shore kids who run out of places to buy alcohol? Surely, it would be justified.

It sounds ridiculous, but this very fact shows how pervasive the double standard, the demonisation of Israel, and the denial of the right of Jews to live, has become.

You can make a moral argument against personal interventions (what most of the world calls "assassinations" or "extra-judicial killings"), even though any reasonable country faced with such murderers would do the same.

You can make a case against armed forces entering areas where terrorists are based and operate -- there are risks to innocent civilians, even though I think it is the only practical thing to do to dismantle the terrorist groups, and thus morally justified.

But there is no way on earth it is possible to argue against the separation barrier (of which only a small part is wall, most of which is link fence with gates for people to move through). This is a passive measure to give security to people, so they can say goodbye to their loved ones in the morning, and not worry if they will be blown up by a genocidal nihilist.

Successful suicide attacks in Israel have ground nearly to a standstill (although there are still attempts).  It works. And once the murder inside Israel stops, the peace process has a chance.

The attempts in the UN to force Israel to remove this barrier are a deliberate statement, that innocent Israeli civilians have no right to any form of security, that vaguely stated costs to Palestinians are more important than Jewish children being blown up on the way to school.

In short, an announcement that genocidal anti-semitism is condoned by the international community.

And New Zealand joined in (unlike Australia and America who valiantly fought the monstrosity, or those countries with enough decency to abstain).

NZPundit, a New Zealander with principle and the courage to speak out, puts it well.

No other country in the world, no other people, would be subject to such gross double standards.

Joining in the Jew-hating conclave that the UN General Assembly has become, far more than Helen Clark's recent statements regarding the alleged spies, proves the anti-semitic effects of this government's policies.

KiwiJewPundit is Back 

Yes, after a long hiatus, we're back and blogging again.

It seems that, as New Zealand Jews, we are a bit of a hot commodity at the moment.

In case you're wondering, we're all safe and sound. Luckily, the brave anti-semitic vandals who attacked the historical gravestones in Wellington have not moved on to attacking live people.

Expect up-to-date information, cutting analysis, and a little bit of silliness.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Dodgy journalism on "Sunday" 

Cameron Bennett attempts to raise some innuendo about alleged Mossad links to Israeli passport fraudsters in New Zealand.

In describing the secretive and malign influence of this crafty agency, he interviews journalist Yvonne Ridley as some kind of expert on the Middle East in general, and the Mossad in particular. He says she is a journalist for the Observer.

What does he not say about her?
- She was held hostage by the Taliban in 2001, and then decided to convert to Islam.

- She maintains that the CIA tried to assassinate her, and make it look like the Taliban, to provide a pretext for a war in Afghanistan (as if they needed one after 9/11).

- She worked for al Jazeera online (the same al Jazeera that have special access to Mr Bin Laden). She was sacked, wait for it... for being too extreme!

In short, she has no credibility whatsoever, to comment on the Mossad, or anything else relating to the Middle East that requires a modicum of detachment or impartiality.

Sunday should have had the decency to notify the viewing public of this. This is a significant breach of broadcasting standards.

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