Archive for June, 2010

Israel – guarantor of freedom in the Arab world

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

It is worrying that increasing numbers of people in the Muslim world regard Israel as a guarantor of freedom – but that large swathes of the Western world do not appear to feel the same.

Here is a short film from MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) showing an interview on Al-Jazeera TV from June 15 this year. Egyptian author and commentator Magdi Khalil goes on record as saying what increasing numbers of people in the Arab world admit but very few openly say for fear of their lives: that Israel takes its human rights responsibilities seriously, that Turkey’s current leader is a rabid Islamist and that within a decade, Turkey will be transformed into an Iran-style Islamist republic – in the heart of Europe. He also says that Islamists throughout the Muslim world have one common goal: the destruction of Western civilisation.

Most revealing of all, Magdi Khalil says that since 1948 the Arab world has done nothing other than feed illusions and hatred, that it is time for the Arab world to finally open its eyes and face reality.

Farid Ghadry, A Syrian writer and Middle East analyst, encourages all Muslims the world over to be Jews for a day. He suggests this as a means of recognising and combating the hatred that is cultivated not just in the Muslim world but also in many countries in the West that appear to have lost their moral compass. Farid Ghadry writes that “We, Muslims, should be lucky the Jews only want Jerusalem” and nothing else. He emphasises that Israel does not want anything else, that the Jewish nation has only ever gone to war to protect itself, even when cynical pan-Arab strategic planning has forced Israel to engage in pre-emptive strikes to avoid total destruction of the Jewish state. This is a truth that appears to have evaded many people in the Arab world – scarcely surprising bearing in mind Ghadry’s revelation on his blog that the average Arab reads 4 pages of text a year, compared with the average American, for instance, who reads 11 books every year.

And in order to truly appreciate what it is that Israel is so keen to defend – which Arab intellectuals understand but which appears to escape the attention of intellectuals in the West – see the following short film which explains Israel’s concerns in easy language and simple graphics.

Intellectuals from Syria and Egypt emphasise the need for moderation, at the same time as Barack Hussein Obama in Washington punishes a Hamas defector who underlines the importance of moderation. Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organisation, denounces the hatred spewed by the Gaza-based and Iran-financed organisation and now works towards a peace that will benefit Israelis and Palestinian Arabs alike whether they are Jews, Muslims or Christians. For this courageous stance he is now being threatened with deportation from – the USA. Yousef sought political asylum in the USA but the American authorities intend to despatch him to certain death by deporting him from the country which proudly claims to be the standard-bearer of freedom and which claims to be in the vanguard of human rights.

The US administration claims it is working to support peace in the Middle East. Yousef, who actually works to support peace in the Middle East, is being expelled by the US administration. The US administration is on increasingly comfortable terms with Syria, Iran, Hizbollah, Turkey and Hamas, while Arab and Muslim intellectuals warn of the immense dangers posed by precisely these regimes.

Moderation in the Arab world is paralleled by increasing extremism in the Western world. Apparently the Arab world is more interested in freedom – and its courageous citizens are doing more to realise those freedoms – than the key players in the Western world. 

Intellectuals from Syria and Egypt emphasise the need for moderation, at the same time as Barack Hussein Obama in Washington punishes a Hamas defector who underlines the importance of moderation. Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organisation, denounces the hatred spewed by the Gaza-based and Iran-financed organisation and now works towards a peace that will benefit Israelis and Palestinian Arabs alike whether they are Jews, Muslims or Christians. For this courageous stance he is now being threatened with deportation from – the USA. Yousef sought political asylum in the USA but the American authorities intend to despatch him to certain death by deporting him from the country which proudly claims to be the standard-bearer of freedom and which claims to be in the vanguard of human rights.

The US administration claims it is working to support peace in the Middle East. Yousef, who actually works to support peace in the Middle East, is being expelled by the US administration. The US administration is on increasingly comfortable terms with Syria, Iran, Hizbollah, Turkey and Hamas, while Arab and Muslim intellectuals warn of the immense dangers posed by precisely these regimes.

Moderation in the Arab world is paralleled by increasing extremism in the Western world. Apparently the Arab world is more interested in freedom – and its courageous citizens are doing more to realise those freedoms – than the key players in the Western world.

UN-sponsored aid destroyed in Gaza by EU-sponsored Hamas

Monday, June 28th, 2010

EU-financed groups are destroying UN-financed infrastructure in Gaza. 

Silence from the world community. Of course, it is Islamist Muslims who are behind the destruction of UN-financed property, not Israeli Jews, so naturally there is nothing to write about in the world media, nothing for world statesmen to posture about on the political stage. 

The EU is one of the biggest financiers of the Palestinian Hamas enclave in the Gaza Strip. Now for the second time in less than two months supporters of the radical Islamist Hamas movement have destroyed UN property that they regard as a source of corruption, moral decadence and provocation.

Just what is this highly subversie property that was destroyed? Answer: a summer camp for children where boys and girls play, engage in sports and learn about human rights.

It’s a threat to the very foundation of Hamas, the EU-financed terrorist organisation that the EU supports both diplomatically and financially.

In the meantime, other UN aid is being attacked and destroyed by Muslim clansmen in Egypt. It isn’t easy these days being a strategist in the fast-sinking UN ship with both the EU and the Muslim world using it for target practice.

Gaza without electricity

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

A quarter of Gaza’s electricity supply has been summarily cut off.

Yet there are no boat convoys departing from Turkey to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinians’ human rights. Iran remains eerily silent. There are no massive demonstrations in Beirut, Riyadh, Damascus or Cairo.

25 percent of Gaza’s electricity comes from a power station in the Gaza Strip.

70 percent of Gaza’s electricity needs are covered by a power station in Israel, which Hamas routinely bombards with missiles. Israel has no domestic power resources. Yet Israel continues to supply the Gaza Strip with 70 percent of its electricity needs – even in the midst of the Hamas missile bombardment. Egypt, which has both oil-wells and gas-fields, meets just 5 percent of the Gaza Strip’s electricity needs.

Now Gaza’s sole power station has been shut down. Neither the international media nor prominent international politicians are lining up to say a single word about this disgrace. US President Hussein Obama, otherwise noted as a prominent champion of everything Palestinian, is silent. The fact that the Gaza Strip has lost a massive 25 percent of its electric supply in the midst of the boiling-hot summer is met with total silence by the world community.

There is of course a reason for this seemingly puzzling silence. Actually, there are two reasons:

  1. The power cutoff was not caused by Israel. Therefore there is no story to be told. There is by definition nothing to write about unless Israel can be blamed.
  2. The power cutoff was caused by the Palestinians themselves: the Palestinian Authority (financed largely by the EU) refuses to subsidise Hamas (which receives substantial financial and military aid from the radical Islamist regime of Iran). Therefore there is no story to be told. There is by definition nothing to write about since it is Muslims who are to blame for the impasse.

Hence the silence of the world community. Sweden, for instance, is the world’s largest per capita financier of the Palestinians, with the taxed income of long-suffering Swedes being diverted from Swedish hospitals, schools and infrastructure to finance the building of Olympic-size swimming pools in Gaza and five-star restaurants in Ramallah. Yet the Palestinian Authority, in receipt of these millions, is refusing to use the funds to supply the Gazans with a fundamental need: electricity. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt remains silent. Swedish opposition leader Mona Sahlin remains silent. Radical Swedish left-wingers such as Mattias Gardel, Henning Mankell, Pierre Schori, Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu, the Swedish Port Workers Union, Swedish communists under the leadership of Lars Ohly and Dror Feiler all remain silent while the Gazans’ sole electricity supply station is shut down by politicians vying for power at the expense of the civilians’ welfare. There are no demands for boycotts of either the Palestinian Authority or the Hamas regime, no demands that either regime be replaced, no questioning of the legitimacy of either regime. And of course the question is not being brought before either the UN General Assembly or the Security Council, even though the PA and Hamas are in a state of war and it is Palestinian civilians who are caught in the middle.

Total silence. That’s how much solidarity with the Palestinians and the welfare of Palestinian civilians really means when their sole source of power is shut off amid political jockeying between Muslim power brokers as the summer enters its hottest period in the heart of the blisteringly hot Negev and Sinai deserts.