mardi 30 juin 2015

Grèce: "Même les Palestiniens ont pitié de nous"

Ces propos pourraient être pris pour un compliment: l'entité "sioniste" traite mieux les Palestiniens que les Eurocrates traitent les Grecs.  Pour certains Européens les Palestiniens sont la mesure du malheur absolu...



Shane Croucher @ International Business Times (Via Honest Reporting)

Palestinian pity

Vasilaki is an assistant programme officer for Global Water Partnership, which works for the development of clean and sustainable water sources across the world.

"Last week, I was in Palestine for the work of a regional project on water governance and financing," Vasilaki says.

"Palestinians were telling me that they felt so sorry for us and that they wouldn't want to live here in Athens as the crisis deepens and that they preferred to live in Ramallah with the usual problems of living there."

Vasilaki is frustrated by the negotiations between the troika and her government. Austerity has failed, she says, so even more would only make things worse.

"I feel that we lost any dignity left, that our debt is not viable and we have nothing else to lose now," she says."

lundi 29 juin 2015

La citation du jour - Douglas Murray (34)



"The ‘cartoon wars’ — which began when the Danish paper Jyllands-Postenpublished a set of cartoons in 2005 — are part of that. But as Flemming Rose, the man who commissioned those cartoons, said when I sat down with him a few months ago, there remains a deep ignorance in the West about what people like the Charlie Hebdo murderers wish to achieve. And we keep ducking it. As Rose said, ‘I wish we had addressed all this nine years ago.’

Contra the political leaders, the Charlie Hebdo murderers were not lunatics without motive, but highly motivated extremists intent on enforcing Islamic blasphemy laws in 21st-century Europe. If you do not know the ideology — perverted or plausible though it may be — you can neither understand nor prevent such attacks. Nor, without knowing some Islamic history, could you understand why — whether in Mumbai or Paris — the Islamists always target the Jews."

vendredi 26 juin 2015

La citation du jour - Luc Rosenzweig (33)

Luc Rosenzweig @ Causeur: Grosse fatigue de Laurent Fabius - Son plan de paix, personne n’en veut…

"Vu des Territoires palestiniens, au niveau du petit peuple, celui qui tente de survivre tant bien que mal en dépit de la corruption des dirigeants, les sentiments sont mitigés: on n’oublie pas l’injustice historique dont on estime avoir été victime, on peste contre l’occupation, l’érection de la barrière de sécurité, les check-points,  mais un rapide coup d’œil par-delà les frontières proches montre que son sort est, après tout, plus enviable que celui de ses frères syriens, irakiens et même libanais… On vit peut être moins bien que les ennemis sionistes, mais beaucoup mieux, et surtout avec moins de risque de mort violente, que les frères arabes de la région.

Cette réalité du terrain est de nature à mettre à bas les plus belles constructions intellectuelles élaborées dans les chancelleries: on ne fait pas boire des ânes qui n’ont pas soif.

Finalement la chevauchée donquichottesque de Fabius n’aura peut-être qu’un usage interne. Faute d’accord, la France devrait procéder, l’an prochain à la reconnaissance de l’Etat palestinien, une initiative sans conséquence sur l’évolution du conflit, mais que l’on suppose payante pour attirer le vote des musulmans de France vers le président sortant en 2017. Tout ça pour ça?"

Un demi-million d’euros de la part du gouvernement français pour la flotille

Coolamnews:

Une des ONG derrière la dernière flottille anti-Israël à Gaza est financée par le gouvernement français, selon Arutz Sheva.

La Plate-forme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine est parmi les groupes actifs  soutenant la Flottille de la Liberté III dont le but vise à défier directement le blocus de l’enclave contrôlée par le Hamas. Ce vendredi, la plate-forme a annoncé que le dernier bateau allait rejoindre la flottille menée par La Marianne de Göteborg. Ce bateau  avait appareillé en Sicile et va se joindre à quatre autres navires transportant quelques 70 militants anti-sionistes en route pour Gaza. Parmi les personnes à bord, l’ancien président tunisien Moncef Marzouki, l’eurodéputée espagnole Ana Maria Miranda Paza et le député israélo-arabe Bâle Ghattas dont la présence a déclenché une vaste controverse en Israël. Mais il y a un autre aspect potentiellement controversé dans la flottille: le rôle joué par les ONG financées par les gouvernement européens.

L’Agence Française de Développement
La Plate-forme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine est une organisation parapluie pour plus de 40 groupes anti-israéliens, et elle est très active dans les BDS: Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions. Entre autres choses, la plate-forme exige la fin de tous les accords et les relations entre l’Union européenne et Israël. Elle est également un destinataire régulier de l’argent des contribuables français, via l’Agence Française de Développement. Cette agence d’aide publique travaille pour le compte du gouvernement français afin de procéder à des "programmes de développement durable" dans le monde entier. Bien que beaucoup des ressources de l’AFD sont consacrées à des projets en Afrique sub-saharienne, elle investit aussi des millions d’euros en autres pour le Moyen-Orient. Récemment, en mars 2014, l’AFD a approuvé une subvention de trois ans pour la somme de 225.000 euros annuel en destination de la Plate-forme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine. Entre 2010-2011, l’agence a donné un total de 261.200 euros pour le groupe. Il faut savoir que cette plate-forme a également reçu des milliers d’euros en dons de la part des parlementaires français, selon un rapport de 2014 de NGO Monitor.

L’Agence Française de Développement et ses liens antisionistes
Le destinataire principal de l’Agence Française de Développement est l’association palestinienne NDC qui en 2010 a reçu une subvention de l’AFD  de 5.000.000 euros. Entre autres choses, le NDC fonctionne activement contre la "normalisation" avec Israël, et a publié le "Code de conduite des ONG palestiniennes", qui invite chaque ONG palestinienne à rejeter "toutes les activités de normalisation avec l’occupant, envers sa politique de sécurité, au niveau culturel ou aux niveaux de développement". La suite.
 

jeudi 25 juin 2015

Les gouvernements européens acquiescent tacitement à l'exode silencieux des Juifs

"As a Catholic, as an Englishman, as a civilised human being, I feel a profound sense of responsibility towards the Jewish people as a whole, but towards my Jewish compatriots in particular. Preserving the Jewish presence in our midst is as much a solemn duty for our generation as it was for our parents and grandparents, who fought to defeat the Nazis."
 
Daniel Johnson @ Standpoint: Europe Must Never Again Betray Its Jews

The Belgian politician Karel De Gucht
claimed Jews have a “belief that they
are right” (photo: European Union)
Anti-Semitism is a very ancient and a thoroughly modern phenomenon: it was as common among ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as it is among their present-day successor states. It constantly mutates: Christian anti-Judaism became right-wing anti-Semitism and now left-wing anti-Zionism. Those who wish to resist and if possible destroy its roots must also adapt to the moving target.

Take, for example, the case of Karel De Gucht. He is a leading Belgian liberal politician, who served as foreign minister and then as a European Union commissioner from 2009 to 2014, responsible for aid and trade. Two of the Belgian prime ministers under whom he served, Guy Verhofstadt and Herman Van Rompuy, also became high EU officials and it is fair to assume that De Gucht’s outlook is typical of the European political elite.

Yet in 2010, this supposedly liberal representative of this supposedly liberal union of supposedly liberal nations told Belgian radio: “Don’t underestimate the opinion . . . of the average Jew outside Israel. There is indeed a belief — it’s difficult to describe it otherwise — among most Jews that they are right. And a belief is something that’s difficult to counter with rational arguments. And it’s not so much whether these are religious Jews or not. Lay Jews also share the same belief that they are right. So it is not easy to have, even with moderate Jews, a rational discussion about what is actually happening in the Middle East.” Washington was controlled by Jews, De Gucht declared, even in the Obama era: “Do not underestimate the Jewish lobby on Capitol Hill. That is the best organised lobby, you shouldn’t underestimate the grip it has on American politics — no matter whether it’s Republicans or Democrats.”

It is revealing that De Gucht not only got away with this public outburst, but that it is not even mentioned in his Wikipedia entry under the heading “Controversies”. Such views are indeed seen as uncontroversial by many Europeans who consider themselves liberal. To utter them in public is a breach of diplomatic etiquette, but certainly not a resigning matter, and De Gucht in fact faced no serious consequences. At a public event just after the De Gucht incident I asked Peter Mandelson, a former EU commissioner who happens to be Jewish on his father’s side, what he thought about it. Lord Mandelson looked uncomfortable with the question and gave a non-committal reply, but later in private he made it clear that he was indeed disgusted by De Gucht’s conduct. Should the commissioner resign? “That is for him to decide,” was the reply. The fact that De Gucht came under no pressure to resign suggests that his brand of “soft” anti-Semitism is ubiquitous in Continental corridors of power.  [Note:  it is perfectly acceptable in Belgium for a schoolteacher, Pierre Piccinin, to complain of the "Zionist mafia" (he also worked for the European School) or for someone like Abu Jahjah to be a columnist at one of the most respected Flemish newspapers (De Standaard) and a frequent guest at TV and radio programmes.]

Yet the greatest danger to Jews today comes from a different quarter. Anti-Semitism has mutated again and is now a particular problem among Muslim communities in Western Europe. According to the study by Günther Jikeli, “Antisemitic Attitudes among Muslims in Europe”, Muslims show consistently higher levels of anti-Semitism than the general population in every country that has been surveyed. In the UK, for example, a Pew survey in 2006 showed that 46 per cent of the Muslim population had an unfavourable view of Jews compared to 7 per cent of the population as a whole. A 2008 survey comparing Christians and Muslims found that in Austria — historically one of the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe — 10.7 per cent of Christians agreed with the statement: “Jews cannot be trusted.” Among Muslims, the figure was 64.1 per cent.  [...]
Because the attempt to exterminate the whole Jewish people took place in Europe, the post-war nations of our continent made a collective vow never to allow such a thing to happen again. Yet today, 70 years later, anti-Semitism has redoubled its strength and has returned to Europe with a vengeance. Jews are leaving in record numbers. Governments are tacitly acquiescing in this silent exodus by making life more difficult for Jews — restricting kosher slaughter or circumcision, for example — and by failing to take adequate steps to ensure their security. Jewish Europe is vanishing before our eyes, as the Dia-spora goes into reverse.

Does all this matter? As a Catholic, as an Englishman, as a civilised human being, I feel a profound sense of responsibility towards the Jewish people as a whole, but towards my Jewish compatriots in particular. Preserving the Jewish presence in our midst is as much a solemn duty for our generation as it was for our parents and grandparents, who fought to defeat the Nazis. As the last survivors of the Holocaust and the last exiles and émigrés pass away, we must take over their role as witnesses to the truth and guardians of that moral obligation. Never again should Jews have to live in fear among us. Never again should Jews feel that their loyalty is distrusted. Never again should they lack a state that is theirs, living in peace and security within recognised borders. Britain’s commitment to defend Israel’s right, not merely to exist, but to flourish, should be especially strong: it was, after all, the Balfour Declaration that brought the Jewish homeland back to life. Britain did not cover itself with glory during the Mandate period, but we do have a chance to redeem ourselves today by standing up for Israel at the UN and other international bodies, as our Anglophone cousins in Canada, Australia and the United States generally do. When Israel responded to attacks from Gaza last year by destroying the ability of Hamas to launch missiles and use tunnels to infiltrate Israel, the Prime Minister refused to join in the chorus of condemnation. Like Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, David Cameron has proved himself a friend of Israel. If only the rest of Europe could say the same.

“Never again” must be our watchword. Never again shall we betray the people whom St John Paul — the Polish Pope and righteous gentile who himself saved Edith Zierer, a Jewish concentration camp survivor — called our “elder brothers”.

mercredi 24 juin 2015

Il y a dix ans Ariel Sharon ordonnait le désengagement de Gaza... le résultat

Clifford D. May @ The Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  Extraits:
Ten years ago this summer then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to test the hypothesis that Israelis could trade “land for peace.” He ordered the evacuation of all Israelis from Gaza -- forcibly removing those who refused to quietly pack up and leave.

He hoped Gaza would thereafter become a peaceful place whose leaders would focus on economic development, education and health care. If that happened, the argument for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank would become compelling. But, he believed, if Gaza instead became a base for attacks on Israelis, they would be able to strike back hard – with the understanding and support of the international community.

Recall what followed: In 2007, Fatah and Hamas, the two major Palestinian political factions, went to war with one another other in Gaza. Fatah, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was the loser. Hamas soon began firing missiles -- thousands of them -- at Israeli villages. That led to wars with Israel in 2008 and 2012. Then, last summer, on top of missile attacks came the revelation that Hamas was building tunnels designed to infiltrate terrorists into Israel for the purpose of mass murder and hostage-taking. The result was an Israeli invasion of Gaza and 50 days of war.

And Mr. Sharon, it turns out, was wrong: Despite the fact that Israel was attacked and, as Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put it, went to "extraordinary lengths to prevent civilian casualties,” many in the West – including in a UN report issued this week -- blame Israel as much or more than Hamas for the death and destruction suffered by the people of Gaza last summer.

Based on this experience, most Israelis fear that withdrawal from the West Bank would be disastrous. The power vacuum left behind soon would be filled by Hamas or the Islamic State or an al Qaeda affiliate or Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanon-based foreign legion.

lundi 22 juin 2015

Priorités de Laurent Fabius

Les priorités de Laurent Fabius vues par Benjamin Weinthal...


 
Priorities: 

1) French FM in Israel to push his "peace" plan on Israel

2) More than 230,000 Syrians have died since Assad started war in 2011