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L’Chaim – Israel – To Haim – a story of so many lives lost

Listing Jews named Haim who were innocent victims of terrorism and the conflict. Not soldiers, but family men and children going about their day. How many can there be? Like all my research, the tragic truth is always heartbreakingly worse than the imagination. To Haim. To all of them. On October 13 2015 Haim Haviv was sitting on a bus in Jerusalem. He was out … Continue reading L’Chaim – Israel – To Haim – a story of so many lives lost

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IHRC Al Quds 2020 – terrorists, extremists, antisemites and violence

The IHRC Al Quds Day 2020 was like no other. If you doubt that the BDS movement supports violence, seeks to destroy Israel and wants to rid the Middle East of Jews, then you should sit through the whole toxic 150 minutes of this online event like I did. Each year, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) are given permission to hold a radical Islamist … Continue reading IHRC Al Quds 2020 – terrorists, extremists, antisemites and violence

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Fighting the academic demonisation of Israel in schools

How do you deal with historical distortion in academic¬† textbooks and propaganda in schools and universities? I would argue that if you want to really fight this fight, then you have to begin by understanding just how widespread the problem really is. (On Wednesday I spoke as part of a panel on anti-Zionist, antisemitic propaganda in schools. The event was organised and chaired by UK … Continue reading Fighting the academic demonisation of Israel in schools

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The CAABU letter, British MPs – hypocrisy, antisemitism and discrimination

The CAABU letter. How rancid and hypocritical can British MPs be? In the coming months Israel may or may not reclaim sovereignty of land along the Jordanian border. Petitions are being signed advocating boycott, sanctions and other diplomatic penalties. Every anti-Israel group talks about it being the end of Israel’s democracy, proof of Apartheid and whatever other nonsensical term they seek to use. Early May … Continue reading The CAABU letter, British MPs – hypocrisy, antisemitism and discrimination

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Nakba – a Twitter tale of 7 million distortions

Today on Twitter is Nakba Day. It is commemorated on 15th May, the day following Israel’s independence. As bad as the distortion and ignorance surrounding the conflict may be on any normal day, the nakba anniversary always takes it to a whole new level of insane. The true story behind the Nakba is a simple one. The UN partitioned the land between a Jewish state … Continue reading Nakba – a Twitter tale of 7 million distortions

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An evening with Zoom. Delusion, propaganda and defeat.

I sat through two events last night on Zoom. One was hard-core anti-Zionist, featuring several of the anti-Israel camps big names. It was all about how antisemitism doesn’t exist. The other was a much more mundane affair, with Yachad hosting Husam Zomlot, the ‘Palestinian Ambassador’ to the UK. I came away feeling depressed. The level of discussion was so weak. If this is the best … Continue reading An evening with Zoom. Delusion, propaganda and defeat.

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How the Jewish Diaspora let down its own children

My politics are Israeli politics and a lot of the discourse that takes place in the UK, also takes place in Israel. Dinner tables, ‘ul ha esh’ (BBQ), restaurant gatherings, pubs, coffee shops or even in a taxi, these are all places where vibrant and agitated political disagreements take place. Everyone in Israel is a budding Prime Minister. So let us not pretend for a … Continue reading How the Jewish Diaspora let down its own children

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Palestinian refugees and UNRWA – it is time to tell the truth

In May 2016 I spoke at a panel event on the possibility of a two state solution. My talk focused on the key issue of the entire conflict – the reason the ‘Palestinian refugee’ situation can never end. At the time I called for the ridiculous definition of a Palestinian refugee to be thrown into the dustbin of history and for UNRWA to be scrapped … Continue reading Palestinian refugees and UNRWA – it is time to tell the truth

Those pesky Israelis just can’t stop disappointing diaspora Jews

Some UK Jewish papers have already opened the ‘annexation front’, criticising Israel for unilateral action it may be about to take. I promised myself I would stay quiet on this until July – when I expected to be forced to stand up against an uproar from some of the small-but-vocal quarters of the diaspora community. It seems they are so eager to make a noise, … Continue reading Those pesky Israelis just can’t stop disappointing diaspora Jews

Corbynites seek to ignite a race war with the Jews

Many people think that with the election done, the battle is behind us. They use several arguments to rationalise this – chiefly based on the idea that the troublemakers are a small fringe who have been ‘dethroned’. This type of blinkered and naive vision is the same short-sighted, stick-your-head-in-the-sand strategy that allowed for Corbynism to arise in the first place. Even the first wave of … Continue reading Corbynites seek to ignite a race war with the Jews

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In the UK, our bookshelf is nobody’s business but our own

Michael Gove is Minister for the Cabinet Office. His wife uploaded an image of a bookshelf onto social media. What followed this simple action borders on surreal. The crimes of the bookshelf After Sarah Vine uploaded the image, the bookshelf police went to town analysing what exactly was sitting on the shelf. It is perhaps also important to note that Vine had explicitly stated this … Continue reading In the UK, our bookshelf is nobody’s business but our own

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ihbid194 – Gaza’s secret electronic army – exposed

Ihbid194 is an online activist group based in Gaza. It has been lauded by many of the anti-Israel outfits such as Electronic Intifada. They succeed simply by numerically swamping their targets. Ihbid194 boast an army of 1000s and by using tailor made, cut and pasted comments they often appear as locals (Americans, Europeans) voicing a democratic opinion. Like most anti-Israel units, they use keywords in … Continue reading ihbid194 – Gaza’s secret electronic army – exposed