Friday, January 30, 2009
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Friday, January 09, 2009
- Ja zag al in de foto weergave zo vreselijk veel gelijkenis met die Madoff.Maar dat is dus uit hetzelde "hout gesneden" (of uit het zelfde stof gekneed of uit dezelfde rib gevormd) What's in a name? ( door: Ach mineer: "2 joden weten wat 1 bril kost", Amsterdam )
- Een reactie was al verwijderd, de 'naam' van de feedbacker zegt genoeg: Tel altijd je vingers na als je een...een hand geeft, Amsterdam
- Wat een maf volk met die pruik. Maar als je naar de afkomst kijkt van deze oplichters dan weten dat deze centen op dit moment veel vuurwerk geeft in de Gaza.
- Madoff is een Jood en zij is ook een Joodse. Jesus sloeg al de geldleners met een zweep bij de tempel in Jeruzalem weg.Toen de Nazi's aan de macht kwamen begin dertiger jaren, vluchtten de rijke Joodse bankiers zoals Rothschild naar Engeland enNew York. Natuurlijk op slinkse wijze met hun goud, juwelen, aandelen en geld. Dit is ware geschiedenis moderator.
- no ik geef die russen groot gelijk hoor laat ze die hele madoffen khoon stamboom maar uitroeien want op dit soort schorem zitten we niet te wachten ,murdoch was ook zon rat zogenaamd zelfmoord gepleegd en nooit gevonden .krediet hebben ze bij mij niet
- Met het geld dat deze joodse bankiersmaffia heeft buitgemaakt wordt de Israelische oorlog tegen het palestijnse volk gefinancierd.
- Opvallend is dat in de economische wereld krisis Israel niet genoemd word. Kan het zijn dat de Madoff/Kohn miljarden zich in Israel bevinden?
- Begrijpt u nu waarom Israel met hand en tand verdedigd word ? Al dat zogenaamde verdampte geld ligt nu veilig daar! geld verdampt niet , als ik het niet meer heb dan heeft iemand anders het. Dit is de grootste roof aller tijde !
- mijn grootvader zei het vroeger reeds:doe als niet-jood nooit zaken met joden!kijk maar naar wall-street allemaal joden!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
- This is an example of a heading that shows that many, probably most foreign journalist and news editors do not have a clue about what is going on here, or what the Middle East is all about. The fighting is not raging despite the cease-fire proposal, but because of it. Both sides - and particularly Israel, because it knows that as a state it will have to bear more diplomatic pressure than 'the Palestinian entity' - try to achieve as many goals and hit as many targets as possible before they will be forced to stop shooting. Besides the destruction of enemy targets ( and enemies ), the fighting can serve another goal: put you in a stronger position during the negotiations that lead to a more permanent cease-fire. In all recent wars the fighting was the most intensive towards the end of the wars.
- In the same article it becomes clear that journalists often do not even bother to ask the chicken-egg question. "Hamas responded with a rocket barrage". Whatever.
- A very nice friend of a friend of mine ( mori, rabbi wehaveri ) - we met last week at a new year's party organized by that friend and his wife - sent me his impressions of the war in Gaza. Like many guests at the party he and his wife also immigrated from Holland, long before I arrived here, they live in kibbutz Matzuva, close to the Lebanese border.
- I just heard that the rockets were fired from the same village where Lebanese and UNIFIL troops neutralized several rockets aimed at Israel a few days before the war against Hamas started. This strengthens the assumption that Palestinians, not Hezbollah or other Lebanese forces, are responsible. Until now, Hezbollah's leader Nasrallah's statements have been threatening but rhetorical and conditional ( "If the Zionists invade Lebanon..." ), but again, you never know. An Israeli journalist just called this a "Greetings from your Palestinian brothers in Lebanon, nothing more". Hallevay. Israel's response was limited to firing some shells in the direction of the location from where the rockets were launched. The message - to Lebanon, UNIFIL and Hezbollah - is clear: Israel is not interested in a second front, but keep the border quiet or...
- I appreciate and have great respect for the balanced position of the Dutch government regarding the war in Gaza and Southern Israel. More than once in the past did I write that Holland - on its own and as a EU member - could play a central role in bringing about a more peaceful and livable reality for Palestinians and Israelis. I still believe that. That the government's wisdom is not shared by all Dutchmen and -women can be seen in the feedbacks of Dutch media, for example the comments on this morning's attack. The feedbackers can't be blamed, they depend on journalists who provide an article about that incident with a heading like "Israel opens fire against Libanon". There is no limit to some journalists' lack of competence, understanding and empathy.
- The war teaches both Israel and Europe a lesson about their relationship with Turkey. While that relationship remains important and should be strengthened, neither the EU nor the Jewish state should fool themselves by believing even for one moment that when it comes to real trust and partnership, economic interests prevail over religious identification and loyalties. Israelis, though, will continue to flock to the cheap holiday resorts in Turkey, ignoring threats and worrying 'incidents'. I would - in particular given the good results ( I am cynical, again ) in Southern Lebanon with UNIFIL - be surprised if Israel really will exclusively trust Turkey and France ( a country which fascinates me, with a rich military history, but with an army that has not really won a war - without massive outside help, that is - for more than 200 years ) with the security of its citizens.
- It was reported earlier that at least one of the rockets that landed in northern Israel this morning - like many of the rockets fired from Gaza - was, hardly a surprise, Made in Iran. Weaponry and ( incentives for ) suicide terror are the main gifts of the ayatollahs for the Palestinian people. The poor Palestinians are truly blessed with friends and supporters. What is interesting to notice is that where common enemies - mainly peace-seeking Muslims/Arabs, Jews, Israel, the US, the West, in that order - are concerned, traditional rivalries and hatred between Sunnis and Shi'ites become irrelevant. Representatives of the two main currents in Islam still find time and reasons to murder each other ( see Iraq and Lebanon) but they know very well how to cooperate when they share a common goal. And no, believe me, that goal is not the wellbeing of Israel's neighbors.
- Based on what I hear outside the IAF seems to be on high alert in the North. All through the last two weeks planes have been heard more than usual, this morning they are even more active.
- Back to bed now, with the radio on, and my eyes and ears open.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
- 1, about Hamas's rule of terror, and about the ways in which humanitarian aid is abused and simply stolen by the terrorists; last night I listened to veteran journalist and analyst of the Arab world Ehud Ya'ari ( who has an amazing knowledge of what goes on among our neighbors, who has sources that nobody else has and whose analyses are followed by many Arabs, including Arab leaders, because his articles and commentaries are often more insightful and reliable than the information that is available to them ). He said that he has received many reports about Hamas terrorizing the citizens of Gaza. One example: terrorists grabbing children and holding them close to them whenever they are forced to get out into the streets. This terror and the brutal and bloody way in which Hamas took over power from Fatah in Gaza partly explains how Israel has been able to receive very good intelligence on Hamas targets, I am sure. As I wrote earlier, many Palestinians - not exactly stupid - understand that Hamas is their most vicious and dangerous enemy, and a bigger threat than Israel.
- 2, about the possible reason ( which is not an excuse, but an explanation ) behind the IDF hitting the UN school in Jabalya; yesterday evening Israel's minister for Internal Security, Avi Dichter ( who has an insider's knowledge of Gaza and was director of Israel's internal security service ), pointed out that nobody had published any names of the victims of the attack yet, mainly because ( both ) Hamas ( and the UN, my personal addition here ) knew that several known Hamas men were among them. Now I read that at least two of those names have been made public by Israel. Mr Dichter also said that part of the explosion at the school was caused by explosives stocked there. Again, if these accusations are true, not an excuse, but still. In recent wars such 'incidents' - in most if not all cases provoked on purpose by Hamas or Hezbollah - often forced Israel to agree to a ceasefire on terms that gave the terrorists an advantage that they had been unable to achieve without sacrificing their own people. Like in the second Lebanon War, most Israeli soldiers who were killed would probably still have been alive if the IDF did not try so hard to avoid civilian casualties. This is - halila wehas- not a plea for massive, indiscriminate bombings ( even though a three or four days' war with thousand civilian casualties a day would probably be 'digested' and forgotten more easily than two or three weeks of fighting that kills several hundred civilians ) but it is a point that should be taken into account. By the way, did anyone outside Israel cry Oy Gevalt! when a classroom in Be'er Sheva and a kindergarten in Ashdod were directly hit by Grad rockets earlier this week? That nobody was seriously hurt in those attacks was not because of the caution or good intentions of the friends of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, Harry van Bommel and George Galloway, but only because of the fact that Israel does all it can to spare its citizens. The evening before the hit on the Be'er Sheva school one or two rockets landed in the city which until then was considered not to be within the reach of the Hamas rockets. The city's mayor and the army decided to keep all schools in the city closed, which the next morning turned out to have been a lifesaving decision. I know that this UN building was now used as a shelter rather than a school ( the poor Gazans do not have any safe place to run to ), but that does not make the world's hypocrisy and myopia any less.
- 3, about the role of Iran in the war, and about its possible, or probable, motives.
- 4, about the 'professional' way in which some media cover this conflict. This morning I watched France 24 while having breakfast. The anchorman asked a guest in the studio, a 'geostrategist' whose name I do not remember, whether there was a way in which Hamas could claim victory after this war. The guest said no, the organization was too badly damaged militarily and politically for that, but maybe by simply surviving its leaders and members could claim a victory somehow. After which the anchorman cleverly asked his next question: "Could it be that Hamas's mere survival will enable them to claim some sort of victory?". The decision not to allow journalists into the Strip was a wise one, I believe. There is no reason why Israel should give Hamas even more means to fight us. On Sunday Sky News was one of the first stations that broadcast the claim by Hamas that it had kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, a claim that turned out to be false but did cause hours of anxious rumours among Israelis, thus contributing to Hamas's psychological warfare against Israel. Such warfare is an integral part of any war, Israel also uses it of course, but I see no reason why Israel should make fighting even harder for its soldiers. For instance, if a journalist gets hit - the chances of which are more than imaginary - the chances of Hamas being made responsible are almost nonexistent, no matter which side's fire killed the man or woman. Every casualty - Palestinian civilians or terrorists, Israeli soldiers or civilians, journalists, aid workers - is a point scored by the terrorists, which is why Israel does and should do all it can to keep the number of victims among at least five of those categories as low as possible. Have a look at the picture next to this article to see how war journalism, consciously or not, sometimes uses antisemitic subtexts.
- 5, about the 'friendly fire' accident in which Israeli soldiers were killed. Colonel Avi Peled, commander of the Golani Brigade ( who happened to be the commander of the Gaza southern brigade when Gilad Shalit was kidnapped ), was also hurt in the incident. Yesterday evening Colonel Peled was interviewed on television, he already had returned to command his men inside the Strip. In the history of the Israeli army many officers, some of them very high-ranking, were wounded or killed in the line of duty. Most of the senior Hamas leaders live in Damascus or hide underground, behind women and children in hospitals, schools or mosques, which is one of the reasons why so many of them end up being killed not while commanding their men but in a hiding place or while moving from one hiding place to another.
And yes, of course I also follow the reports about the suffering of the people in Gaza ( for example, every night one of the Israeli news broadcasts receives a live report and update from the director of the Shifa hospital in Gaza ), but I do not think that my sadness, compassion and pity - like the crocodile tears of many of the Palestinians' 'friends' - are of any use to them. For the people of Gaza, and for all Israelis, especially those in the Gaza Strip and in Southern Israel, I hope that this will all be over as soon as possible, with Hamas at most being able to claim the abovementioned type of victory.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Bedankt voor de link, Doortje, en je commentaar, Minispace. Het zou inderdaad goed kunnen dat dit voorVan Bommel nog wel een staartje zou kunnen krijgen, al betwijfel ik het. Ik had in hun plaats "Palestina vrij! We want Sharia now!" geroepen, maar dat ging zelfs de gabbers van EAJG te ver. Anyway, zou die Harry niet doorhebben hoe krom hij uit zijn nek zwamt als hij de Nederlandse regering - die, voor zover ik minister Verhagens uitspraken gevolgd heb, Israel steeds tot terughoudendheid heeft gemaand - van blindheid en medeplichtigheid beschuldigt omdat ze "wel de raketaanvallen van de islamitische organisatie Hamas op Israël ziet, maar niet het geweld van Israël", terwijl hijzelf en de anderhalve paardekop die naast en achter hem liep enkel en alleen de Israelische acties veroordeelden en het geweld van Hamas en de Islamitische Jihad volkomen negeerden?
Mijn gebruik van de woorden vreedzaam en gezellig was relatief - er zijn wel ergere demonstraties geweest en van een paar Moslims die een Israelische vlag verbranden en Israel to hell roepen raakt niemand meer opgewonden - en het gebruik van kleurrijk was deels cynisch bedoeld. Zoals ik eerder schreef, veel van de demonstranten die er vandaag waren lopen met hetzelfde gemak en dezelfde haat te hoop als iemand ergens een boek/cartoon/filmpje maakt dat hen niet zint, mensen wier mening ik superserieus neem en waar Israel naar mijn mening naar zou moeten luisteren heb ik daar niet gezien.
- Het is zo te zien in Nederland ongeveer hetzelfde weer als hier.
- Alhoewel volgens de organisatoren de demonstratie gericht is "tegen de Israelische aanval op Gaza" ( natuurlijk niet, has wehalila, evenzeer tegen de Palestijnse aanvallen op Israel ) koos de Telegraaf voor de kop "Duizenden actievoerders demonstreren tegen Israël ". Hmmm, interessant. Hoe komen ze daar nu bij?
- Ja hoor, Anne Frank en de Holocaust worden er weer bijgehaald! ( foto's nr 8/13, 11 en 15)
- Nog steeds kent men het verschil niet tussen Joods en Israelisch ( foto 7, zie spandoek ). Een Ander Joods Geluid heeft nog veel werk te doen, lijkt me.
- Ook de vraag "Hoe kan een volk dat zo geleden heeft..." is weer van stal gehaald ( foto 11).
- Het ziet er in ieder geval redelijk vreedzaam, gezellig en erg kleurrijk uit.
- Gretta D. was niet een van de sprekers.
- Last but not least: United Civilians for Peace ontbreekt op het lijstje van niet minder dan vijfentwintig organiserende organisaties.
Friday, January 02, 2009