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JDL Boasts of Pulling Strings

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I can’t improve on the very first letter to this story in the Toronto Star recapping the shameful Galloway Affair in light of the Jewish Defence League actually bragging about their influence in having a Palestinian supporter and strident critic of Israeli policies absurdly deemed to be a “terrorist” and prevented from entering the country to address Canadian peace activists.

Jason Kenney said: “But that border officer . . . makes what’s called a fresh decision. That border officer looks at all the information and makes a decision on admissibility.” Anyone who believes this man’s ridiculously fatuous statements is a few bricks short of a load. What these events suggest to me, rather, is that the worst elements of the most radical Jewish organizations in Canada now effectively control our Middle East foreign policy through their manipulation of dissemblers like Mr. Kenny, who, as Mr. Walkdom wrote the other day “has lost it”. And that should make the 99% of us they do not represent, including many Jews, very nervous.

As stated by Jamie Liew, one of Galloway’s lawyers, “The [Immigration and Refugee Protection Act] is being interpreted to restrict certain opinions and voices. This is a dangerous precedent in terms of how we grant access.” Indeed.

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Dehumanizing Palestinians

T-shirts worn by some Jewish soldiers mock the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including pregnant women and children. “1 shot, two kills” says one depicting a pregnant Palestinian woman in a sniper’s crosshairs.

Apparently, the shirts came into fashion following disclosures that soldiers who took part in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza complained about rules of engagement allowing them to kill civilians and destroy property. According to Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, a sociologist at Bar-Ilan University, the phenomenon is “part of a radicalization process the entire country is undergoing, and the soldiers are at its forefront.”

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Gaza Airport: Then and Now

Opened a little over ten years ago by Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Gaza Airport was a “symbol of freedom”… Today, it lays in ruins — a monument of sorts to the ravages and futility of war.

Perhaps they should update their website: “Gaza Airport covers a wide span of high standard facilities. Long history of experiences should guarantees the unique quality services…” and so on.

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Israeli Election: The War Vote

Israeli voters go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new prime minister. The top two candidates in the race, Benjamin Netanyahu from the right-wing Likud Party and Tzipi Livni from the ruling “moderate” Kadima Party, are seeking to replace Ehud Olmert, who announced last July his intent to step down.

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City of Tunnels

What do you do when you live in a concentration camp? Dig tunnels, of course.

Israeli propaganda refers to the network of underground tunnels only in connection with the smuggling of weapons by Hamas, but rarely is it noted in the media that these provide an economic lifeline of sorts to the people of Gaza and, in fact, most are operated by merchants, not terrorists.

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Gaza & the Warsaw Ghetto

From the YouTube video description: George Galloway condemns the “pathetic” “puppet” Arab leaders and compares the “ineffectual” but essential Palestinian resistance in Gaza to the Jewish resistance against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

“The Palestinians have a choice of dying quietly of hunger and disease on their knees, or deciding to die noisily on their feet. It’s an age-old dilemma, and it was faced most comparably by the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, who were locked up in a ghetto by the Nazi occupiers of Poland and were systematically starved to death…”

The photos in the video show the current 2009 Israeli bombardment of Gaza alongside photos of Jewish civilians and Nazi soldiers in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.The audio is an excerpt from George Galloway’s talkshow on Talksport Radio, recorded 2 January 2009.

Update: Related to the above, veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman speaking out last week in a debate about the conflict in Gaza.

Sir Gerald, who was brought up as an orthodox Jew and Zionist, said the claim that many of the Palestinian victims were militants “was the reply of the Nazi” and added: “I suppose the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants.”

He went on to accuse the Israeli government of seeking “conquest” and added: “They are not simply war criminals, they are fools.”

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Gaza in Ruins

Aljazeera looks at the devastating aftermath of what Ezra Levant laughably describes as “Israel’s defensive war against Hamas terrorists and their missile attacks against Israeli civilians.” More about that later, after the clips.

First of all, let me just say that the following in no way condones the reprehensible practice of firing rockets at civilian targets in Israel (or any targets, for that matter) by Hamas. But let’s get real here. From 2001 when the Hamas missile attacks started until the present, despite having lobbed thousands of evidently near useless rockets across the border, the grand total of fifteen Israelis have been killed. That works out to about two people a year being killed by missile attacks. Two. The chances of being killed in a routine traffic accident are hundreds of times greater (the number of road accident victims in Israel for 2008 stood at 444).

To launch a carefully planned military campaign — with a plainly fraudulent causa belli it should be noted — that involved raining death from above with a high-tech “shock and awe” campaign of relentless bombing (utilizing illegal white phosphorous munitions, no less), followed by a brutal rampage through the streets of Gaza with heavily armoured tank and infantry corps, leveling markets, houses, mosques, schools… and well, just about anything in their path it seems, can hardly be called “defensive” in any sense of the word. And the end result of this grotesquely disproportionate response? The reduction of an already miserably forsaken ghetto to hellish rubble, at least 1,033 people killed (including 335 children and 98 women), over 4,800 injured, and many more thousands left homeless refugees.

Clearly, this wasn’t a “defensive war” but rather, a savage and vindictive retribution — in other words, collective punishment against the people of Gaza. At the outset of the war, Israel said that it was striking at the Palestinians to “teach them a lesson”… Well, they certainly did that — but surely it was one that will do little to advance the cause of peace that the Israeli government claims to want so desperately.

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“A Product of Circumstance”

If true, the allegations made by the grieving Gazan father in this news report from AlJazeera are quite shocking.

Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip were a “product of circumstance,” Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said today. “We had to carry out this operation. I am at peace with the fact that we did it,” she told Israel Radio. Livni is running for prime minister in next month’s election.

Yesterday, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticized Israel’s conduct during attacks on the Gaza Strip over the past three weeks that have left more than 1,000 Palestinians dead. Our government on the other hand… [crickets]

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Mission (Temporarily) Accomplished

The LA Times reports: “In declaring a cease-fire Saturday in Gaza, Israel asserted that it had achieved its goals: hurting Hamas’ military wing, discouraging rocket fire into Israel and cutting the flow of smuggled arms into Gaza. But Israel had a broader goal: sending a tough message to its arch-enemies Iran and Hezbollah.”

Unfortunately, many people like the Sammouni family in Gaza City were on the receiving end of that “tough message” from Israel. The IDF demolished their house yesterday AFTER ordering them to remain in it for safety.

Twenty-seven members of the family died. An estimated 90 people remain trapped in the rubble. And so the wheel of retribution turns…

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Bush’s Final Act?

Third part of the interview with Eric Margolis about Gaza. For those who read faster than they view (snick), most of the points discussed are in his recent commentary here.

Unfortunately, this is yet another area where any “change” promised by Obama isn’t likely to amount to a hill of beans.

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