Archive for Maj, 2004

Svenska kyrkans kampanj för att nedmontera Israel

Torsdag, Maj 27th, 2004
Rättvis fred i Mellanöstern … baserad på 1967 års gränser” är hur Gustaf Ödquist beskriver HOPP-kampanjen.

Det finns inga gränser från 1967, bara en vapenstilleståndslinje som inte erkänns av arabvärlden. Kampanjen bidrar inte till vare sig rättvisa eller fred när den likställer begreppen – vapenstilleståndslinjen omvandlas till gräns via förhandlingar.

Enligt kampanjen kräver fredsplanerna att varaktig fred uppnås genom att ”den israeliska ockupationen avslutas och … bosättningarna … avvecklas”. Fel. Samtliga planer kräver att palestinskt våld först upphör innan beslut tas i andra frågor.

Ödquist förespråkar markering av varor från Västbanken/Gaza. Produkter därifrån säljs enbart i Israel. Uppmaningen är därför i praktiken en bojkott mot Israel. Handlarna kommer inte att orka en lång procedur för ursprungsmarkering – de kommer att upphöra med all import från Israel för att gardera sig.

Ödquist nämner att i Tel Aviv samlades 120 000 israeler under mottot ’Lämna Gaza – börja förhandla nu’. Detta var en manifestation för fred, inte för bojkott. Det var också ett öppet bevis för israelisk demokrati. På Västbanken och i Gaza sker istället summariska mord på oliktänkande. Det kanske är på sin plats med en bojkott mot allt som produceras av palestinierna i dessa områden. Detta skulle dock vara kontraproduktivt – selektivt stöd uppmuntrar positiva krafter; bojkott drabbar samhället.

HOPP-kampanjen bör fundera på detta när den säger sig arbeta för ”alla människors lika värde”.

Hur värdeladdat får en rubrik vara?

Fredag, Maj 21st, 2004
Hur värdeladdat får en rubrik vara?

Expressen gillar ordet ”massaker”

Åtta palestinska civila har av misstag dödats under kriget i Gaza den gångna veckan (maj 2004), av allt att döma av en israelisk missil som ämnades som ett varningsskott men som antingen slog ned fel eller slog ned i ett område som tidigare minerats av palestinierna för att hejda den israeliska framryckningen. Därav den enorma explosionen och stort antal skadade och döda.

Under den pågående aktionen – vars mål är att stänga de tunnlar från Egyptiska Rafah som används för att smuggla in vapen och sprängmedel till Gazaremsan – har även 13 israeliska soldater dödats och deras kroppar skändats och bjudits ut till allmän auktion. Därtill har cirka 40 palestinier dödats med vapen i händerna. Det är en pågående tragedi utan like, för alla inblandade.

Men när Expressen kallar ett misstag för en ”massaker” injicerar man bara mer dödligt gift i konfliktens ådror – tidningen gör sig skyldig till medveten vantolkning och ärekränkning.

Förra gången man skrek ”massaker” från feta krigsrubriker talade man om Jenin, där glatt publicerade men totalt obekräftade rykten om 500 civila dödsfall mycket skamset fick revideras till 52 palestinska dödsfall under en aktion som även krävde 23 israelers liv. Av de 52 dödade palestinier var 47 unga män med vapen i handen, samt fyra kvinnor och ett barn.

Många siffror, som enkelt kan summeras i NOLL massaker samt EN lögn. Fast en stor sådan.

Det skulle uppskattas om Expressens webbredaktion dubbelkontrollerar omständigheterna innan man skriver. Det gör tidningen med beröm godkänt i alla andra sammanhang, tacksamt nog.

Church of Sweden suppresses truth about Palestinian barbarity

Onsdag, Maj 19th, 2004
Suppression of the truth about Palestinian barbarity undermines the Church of Sweden’s credibility.

Israel’s opponents are not the Palestinians, but the core of brutal Palestinian terrorists who rule with the active aid of the Arab world and blinkered supporters in countries like Sweden.

When it was revealed a fortnight ago that a handful of American soldiers had behaved in a disgraceful way towards some of their Iraqi prisoners in Baghdad, the Hamas and Islamic Jihad rulers of Gaza reacted by vandalising a local cemetery containing the graves of Allied soldiers who died during the First World War. 87 years after their death, not even the dead are protected from Palestinian bestiality.

The same callous disregard for human feeling was evinced earlier last week when six Israeli soldiers were blown apart in their armoured vehicle in the Gaza Strip. One might argue that this is war, the soldiers died fighting. But the Hamas and Islamic Jihad rulers of Gaza swooped on the scattered remains of the dead Israeli soldiers, collected the limbs and other assorted body parts and organised an auction – knowing full well that the Jewish faith requires the burial of the entire body. It is hard to imagine such macabre contempt for the most elementary tenets of human dignity, but it’s an attitude that frames the daily actions and attitudes of Gaza’s Palestinian rulers.

The Church of Sweden has lent its full weight and immense financial resources to the newly-started HOPP campaign. HOPP is the Swedish acronym for “End the Occupation of Palestine”, it is also rather cleverly the Swedish word for “hope”. The HOPP campaign aims at bringing financial and trade sanctions to bear on Israel – collective punishment against all Israel to induce the Jewish state to sanction the ultimate goal – the formation of a Palestinian state. The link between punishment and goal is rather diffuse to everyone except perhaps the anti-Semites with which the Church of Sweden claims it has nothing in common.

But this very same Church of Sweden is remarkably silent on the subject of Palestinian bartering over dead Jewish soldiers’ body parts. The Church of Sweden’s Information Bureau writes that there are “many friends of Israel – both Christians and Jews – who criticise the State of Israel for its unjust behaviour towards the Palestinians, without in any way being opponents of Israel”. However, criticism of the Palestinians for their unjust behaviour towards bereaved Jewish civilians who want to bury their dead does not seem to be equally high on the list of priorities of these very same “friends of Israel”.

The Church of Sweden’s Information Bureau claims that “Israel is a democratic state for Jews but not for other citizens of Israel”. This may come as something of a surprise to the country’s 1.2 million-strong Israeli Arab population, whose adults are entitled to vote however they want – including for political parties whose agenda favours the disappearance of the State of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Arab entity. While on the subject of democracy and human values, the Church of Sweden’s Information Bureau may also want to explain why Saudi Arabia’s visa laws banned the entry of Jews into the kingdom. An exhaustive search of the Church of Sweden’s website reveals no strongly-worded protests by the Church – in its much-vaunted capacity as self-declared “friend of Israel” – against these anti-democratic – racist – regulations.

The same search of the website reveals no strongly-worded protests against Libya for its refusal to allow Israeli chess players to participate in the World Chess Tournament in that country, even though Israel is ranked second in the world. Apparently the Church of Sweden – which so enthusiastically embraces the boycott of Israel in its HOPP campaign – does not apply the same yardstick when it comes to judging democracy in Arab dictatorships. But the Church of Sweden is of course in good company, because the IOC – the International Olympic Committee – is equally tight-lipped in its response to the racist policies of Libya, suggesting instead that Israel’s matches be played in Malta. That, unless the world is mistaken, is how apartheid came into being – the segregation of an entire nation of people from the rest of humanity. Not even the world of sport is permitted to unite the peoples of the world as long as the automatic anti-Israel majority has its say.

But back to Gaza, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the price per kilogram of butchered Jewish body parts. If this is not the sort of Palestinian leadership that the Church of Sweden and the HOPP committee want envisage, then it is time for an unequivocal condemnation of Palestinian barbarity. Expressed in the same uncompromising vocabulary that is used to condemn Israel for claimed – and occasionally even actual – wrongdoing. And signed by the very same people. A massive public campaign to condemn Palestinian brutality and bestiality, the result of years of officially sponsored Palestinian indoctrination. Criticism of Palestinians that is given the same sort of media prominence as criticism of Israel would go a long way to erasing suspicions that the HOPP campaign and its main powerhouse, the Church of Sweden , is only interested in the destruction of the Jewish state, no matter what measures are used against its living – and dead – citizens.