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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

To Trust and Trust Not!

All the must-read, trendy liberal lefty news outlets that have done their utmost to harm Israel are now hand-wringing about the massive spike in world antisemitism. Strange isn't it?

Funny, that it's all happened after Israel began to pull its ground troops out of Gaza following Operation Protective Edge. Weird that the world’s bravest,  best war and defence correspondents with their accompanying cameramen were too timid to tell the truth while the war was at its height.

Peculiar that we were treated to clip after clip  of  killed and maimed Palestinian women and children but of no dead or injured  IDF troops – let alone any of terrified Israeli civilians running for their lives from the constant barrage of rockets on their homes in towns like Sederot and Be’er Sheva.

PallywoodOdd, how the misjudged disappearance of late Israeli 2nd-Lt. Hadar Goldin was treated as devious Israeli Government P.R., while everyone decided to believe the outrageously deceitful ‘Pallywood’ productions staged at Hamas-held hospitals, churches and schools with their use of recycled, airbrushed photographs from other conflicts, people pretending to be dead or injured and doe-eyed children covered in latex fake blood patches.

But don’t worry! This sort of fauxtography has a fine history, starting as far back as World War 1 with the con artistry of US-born RAF pilot, Wesley D Archer.

There’s also huge competition  for the best definition of chutzpa – the Yiddish word for brazen cheek. This time the gong goes jointly to all the major international news outlets, which together and apart allow themselves to be continually coerced, corrupted and otherwise manipulated by Hamas and the sheiks who fund them.

Despite the phraseology generally employed, members of Hamas (Arabic for ‘resistance’) are not heroic freedom-fighting ‘militants’  but a bunch of snivelling toe rag terrorists who scavenge like rats in underground tunnels, exploit innocent children to help build them and hide behind tea-towel masks so as to appear as frightening as possible.

For  more years than I care to recall, newspapers like The Guardian and The Independent with broadcast media led by BBC News and latterly Sky News have done their utmost to portray Israel as the prime pantomime villain of the M.E. Now Jews worldwide – even and especially those who profess to distance themselves from Israel – are  reaping the poison that they sowed.

How dare The Guardian, the great anti-Israel manipulator pen this? “Attacks on (U.K.) synagogues, Jewish shops and individuals – even children – are rising. They are inexcusable”. 

How could Rod Liddle,  as a columnist for The Sunday Times, write solemnly about the UK Jewish Film Festival-Tricycle Theatre row : “As I see it, it is an act of antisemitism and may well be breaking the law, under section 29 of the Equality Act. Most of those involved in this grotesque act of discrimination are not really antisemitic. They are instead infantile, metro-liberal, radical chic narcissists …”

Only the previous week, Times Newspapers had rejected anti-Hamas advertising featuring Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel,  because those making the decision feared the strong wording would offend readers! However, with customary bare-faced audacity, The Guardian picked up the gauntlet and was due to run the advertisement  on Tuesday 11 August.

I could go on, mention an erudite feature by The Telegraph’s Charles Moore  or the personal article by  Hilary Freeman, one of the Mail Online’s Jewish reporters. I am sure both individuals are sincere. But as I  wrote in October last year,  I worry about the Mail’s ambivalent attitude to Jewish matters. When it surfaces like it did during a campaign to destroy Ed Miliband’s credibility as Labour leader by impugning his late father, Ralph’s loyalty to Britain, it leaves the stench of stale Nazism hanging in the air. Alas, I have  too many similar examples to include here.

All of which brings me to the sudden  resignation of Sayeeda Baroness Warsi, who until early August was serving as Foreign Office Minister in Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet. 

There may be many reasons why Baroness Warsi resigned, but like other people (please see pro-Israel commentator, Douglas Murray’s views above) I suggest her policy about Israel’s war  with Hamas in Gaza comes some way down the list.

Understandably, she is less pro-community cohesion than anti-Islamophobia; more concerned about her precarious position at Westminster than in inventive Holocaust remembrance.

However her response to Chancellor George Osborne, who claimed her resignation was ‘unnecessary’, was noteworthy:

“My actions”, she retorted with a thinly veiled reference to IDF Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, “would not have been necessary if he had done what he should have done, which is pick up the phone to people he is incredibly close to and say, ‘It’s unnecessary for you to meet your ends by taking out power stations, taking out homes, taking out schools and killing kids on beaches’.

Lord.Ahmed.Baroness.WarsiAlso revealing was an episode some years ago when the ‘principled’ Lady Warsi  spoke in Urdu during a dinner in Rotherham, Yorkshire and praised fellow Muslim peer Nazir Lord Ahmed. She then remarked: One of the lessons we have learnt … is that not all Muslims who go into politics are principled. Not all Muslims that are involved with politics are Lord Ahmed. Not all of them put their community first, and career second”.

This is the same Lord Ahmed who  has been imprisoned for dangerous driving and later resigned from the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism.

Principles are as principles do. I rest my case.

Mark.UlyseasThis piece first appeared in the September 2014 edition of Live Encounters magazine ( edited by Mark Ulyseas, a faithful supporter of Israel and all matters Jewish.

© Natalie Wood (27 August 2014)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

‘Allah Gave Israel to the Jews’!

From the impossible to the improbable! Eliyokim Cohen of Jews News recently introduced baffled readers to a real live  Zionist  Moslem sheikh !
Sheikh.Ahmad.Adwan“There is no ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Allah gave Israel to the Jews’, insists Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, who describes himself as a “Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan
He wrote  on his personal Facebook page that Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and added: “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59).

“I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it “The Holy Land” and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews)”.

The sheikh added: “The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren’t their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them. This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70’s, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them.

“Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children. This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support”.

It has been reported that Sheikh Adwan visited Israel, met Jewish religious scholars and was interviewed by the “Israel in Arabic” site when he explained that the reason for his openness towards the Jewish people “comes from my acknowledgment of their sovereignty on their land and my belief in the Koran, which told us and emphasised this in many places, like His (Allah’s) saying ”Oh People (i.e the Children of Israel), enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned unto you” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and His saying “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59) and many other verses.

He (Adwan) added: “(The Jews) are peaceful people who love peace, who are not hostile and are not aggressors, but if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honour for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns until the Day of Judgment. I made the reasons for Allah’s choice clear in my books and pamphlets. When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust to other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”


I close this post with a clip featuring British commentator Douglas Murray, currently one of Israel’s most fiercely loyal non-Jewish friends.

© Natalie Wood (23 August 2014)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

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‘Moderate’ Fatah Resumes Anti-Israel Terror!

A new video released on YouTube by Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades military wing, declares the unity of the terror group’s military branches and its decision to strengthen activities.

Filming in their so-called “joint operations room” in Gaza, the Fatah terrorists are seen displaying three-barrel rocket launchers, anti-tank rocket launchers, assault rifles and portable communications devices.

These are mostly extremely dangerous pieces of military hardware. They are not the ‘toys’ dismissed so blithely by their western supporters.


One of the terrorists insists that "the rifle" was and remains the only option to "free the occupied lands," and that Fatah has never abandoned the path of violent terrorism. As demonstrated by its armed presence in Gaza, Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades has reportedly taken an active part in the anti-Israel terror war alongside Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups during Operation Protective Edge.

(With thanks to Arutz Sheva and Israel Video Network for the information).

© Natalie Wood (17 August 2014)

Thursday, 7 August 2014

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hamas Combat Manual Reveals Truth of ‘Human Shields’


Officers in the Israeli Defence Forces struck gold when they captured a Hamas Combat Manual explaining the benefits of using human shields.

For almost a month since the start of Operation Protective Edge   the outside world has denied how Israel’s enemies have used their own civilians as cannon and campaign fodder to feed their war of attrition against the Jewish state.

But now the truth is known. A Hamas manual on "Urban Warfare" found by IDF personnel proves that the terror group encourages civilian casualties among Palestinians and pushes its fighters to engage in battles in civilian  areas of Gaza to draw an Israeli response.

The IDF Blog reports that the manual, discovered in the Gaza Strip, belongs to “the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades… (and) reveals that Hamas’s callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and pre-planned. This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths:

(1) The terror group knows full well that the IDF will do what it can to limit civilian casualties.

(2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.

In a passage, “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual details how:

  • The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].


Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support its infantry. The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:

(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it

Last, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:

  • The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).

This proves that Hamas desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.

It is also very important that the manual belongs to the Shuja’iya BrigaHAMAS.Terroristsde because the IDF fought a major battle in the Shuja’iya district, which had been turned into a terrorist stronghold. The discovery of this manual suggests that the destruction in Shuja’iya was always part of Hamas’s plan.


Earlier this week, an American Arab woman, Brigitte Gabriel revealed on Fox News that she was used as a Palestinian terrorist ‘shield’  as long ago as the 1970s.

I conclude with this clip of a terrorist showing a little girl how to fire a gun through a window:

© Natalie Wood (05 August 2014)

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