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Our Kiwi in Israel 2017

Michael Kuttner


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March 6, 2017 by Michael Kuttner
First published in jWire

There are countless news events concerning Israel which occur every day and never reach your media or if they do, receive distorted coverage.

In the interests of exposing some of these hidden gems which you may not have read, seen or heard, here is a choice selection from this week's crop.

Consumer warning: some of these revelations could cause adverse reactions so caution is advised.

A new head of Hamas has been appointed in Gaza. It so happens that he is a terrorist who was released from jail by Israel some time ago in one of those useless gestures so beloved of the Obama Administration and “progressive” purveyors of an illusory peace. Needless to say his agenda includes the elimination of Israel and support of terror. Supporters of a Palestinian State should carefully note that this is exactly the sort of “democrat” who could be expected to take up residence in a “liberated” capital of a Palestinian Arab State.

The kleptocracy known as the Palestinian Authority has advised Netanyahu not to waste his time talking to Donald Trump about Iran because “that's way behind us.” This piece of advice would have gone down well in Washington in the recent past. It would also have been applauded by media commentators and self appointed “experts.” Thank goodness the appeasement promoters have been replaced in the USA although they still reign supreme in Europe.

Meanwhile Hezbollah, the Iranian financed and supported terror group which has virtually taken over Lebanon is issuing threats again. This time they promise to target and destroy Haifa and the Dimona nuclear reactor. When Israel stated that such an event would mean the destruction of Lebanon, politicians there affiliated with the terror group complained and ran to the UN. It is a classic case of the local school bully threatening to beat up his neighbour and then running to the headmaster when the intended victim promises to massively retaliate.

The clearest example of delegitimization is the way language can be used to twist and distort facts. This has reached unbelievable heights of absurdity but is generally ignored. Here are some examples from our Palestinian Arab “peace partners”:

Star of David becomes six pointed star.
Western Wall is now Al-Buraq wall
Temple Mount transforms into Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem
Israel is reborn as Palestine
Judea and Samaria are called the occupied west bank
Terror is designated as resistance
Suicide bombing is lauded as martyrdom seeking operation
Terrorist killed in the act of murdering Israelis praised as a martyr.

In case you think that these and many other perversions are the sole prerogative of the PA, think again. Much of the media as well as politicians and commentators are also complicit in using and disseminating these warped and false descriptions.

The PLO Ambassador to Iran stated: “I pray to Allah that Iran will produce 1,000 nuclear bombs. Israel is part of a ‘Western enterprise’ whose ‘goal is to establish the Greater Israel, which would control disintegrated Arab and Islamic countries’.”

“This way, our enemy, along with its defenders and masters, would complete their plan to turn us into servants, if not slaves, in this region, and to plunder our resources, this is happening today in our Islamic world.”

Meanwhile back in the USA one of the guest speakers at the J Street Conference, the PLO Ambassador to the USA, complained that the Trump Administration was ignoring them. With Bernie Sanders and Martin Indyk supporting failed past policies these three “experts” personify exactly how the term pro peace in double speak language actually means appeasement. What do the letters PLO represent? Palestine Liberation Organization which sums up the real agenda. Those who cannot or will not recognize this simple fact should not be surprised when the sane majority rejects their admonitions.

With an upsurge of Judeophobia now sweeping Europe and the USA the assertion is being made in certain quarters that it is all the fault of Israel. If only we would hand over more parts of our country to those whose aim is our elimination then the current wave of cemetery desecrations, bomb threats and violence against Jews would instantly disappear. This specious assertion is nothing new. During two thousand years of pogroms, expulsions, crusades, inquisitions, boycotts and book banning, Jews were accused of bringing these disasters upon themselves. Obviously the perpetrators could not blame a Jewish State so instead they transferred guilt to Jews and their Faith. Today the roles have been reversed and it is the Jewish State and everything it stands for which is accused. The media of course will not reveal this dirty secret.

Once again the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is obsessing over Israel. Star speaker this week was once again the PA President whose term expired many years ago. Accusing Israel of a multitude of crimes and sins the assembled hypocrites managed to avoid dealing with real violations of human rights and failed to challenge Mr. Abbas over abuses and corruption in his own back yard. Did your local media report on this in a fair and balanced manner?

These examples are just a smattering of what generally remains unpublished or swept under the media carpet.

For those who still do not understand what lies at the core of the conflict here is a brilliant item which was reported in the Gulf News.

Dubai: Authorities at Fujairah Municipality carried out a routine inspection campaign in shops recently, and were shocked to discover that controversial caps were offered at a shop.

The caps, which were available in red and blue colours, had the Star of David printed on them.

Engineer Hassan Salem Al Yamahi, director general of Dibba Fujairah Municipality, said that the inspection campaign was carried out by the Department of Public Health, which includes municipal inspectors seizing banned or harmful goods, and pulling them off the market.

So long as this sort of attitude prevails in Arab/Islamic countries the chances of peace breaking out are slim. Unfortunately most of the media and hallucinatory “peace advocates” refuse to acknowledge self evident proof. Keeping it a dirty secret seems to be preferable.

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel where he is J-Wire's correspondent.