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Israel-Hamas war, 2014

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David Werdiger has written a number of pieces during the Israel-Hamas war of July/August 2014 that consider various aspects of the conflict: No Room for Restraint is a rally against the constant demands that Israel show ‘restraint’ in responding to the attacks against its civilian population. Israel is the New One-percenter discusses how the left have over-reached in their search to treat all conflicts as equal between the two parties. That’s not a Knife deals with the incorrect…

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You might be a racist

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The world owes comedian Jeff Foxworthy a debt of gratitude for his funny and clever stand-up routine “You might be a redneck”. While some rednecks might take pride in the label, other labels, particularly “ist”s, are rapid argument enders. No-one wants to be labelled a racist. Indeed a recent blog post gives a guide to supporters of Israel who do not want to be labelled a racist. This looks like a follow-up to the earlier…

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All the President’s Speeches

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President Barack Osama has made another pivotal speech directed to the Muslim world. Again, for those who don’t want to read or watch the whole thing, here is an abridged version that will give you the gist of what all the fuss was about: Thank you. Thank you (applause). Thank you. Please have a seat. I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton. I count on Hillary every single day, and I firmly hope and…

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if only Israel ended “the occupation” …

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The Jewish world is in shock after the brutal murder of five members of the Fogel family, from the town of Itamar in northern Samaria. On Friday night (the Jewish Sabbath), as they were sleeping, a Palestinian broke through the fence around the town, and brutally cut the throats of the family as they slept. I say the Jewish world, because the uproar at this massacre can hardly be heard from the rest of the…

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So many Muslim apologists, so little time

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An interesting contrast between two cases of Muslim apologism appears in my favourite newspaper The Age this weekend (hey, if I gave up my subscription, what would I write about?). The first is from Julie Szego, who writes a disturbing essay on the bikini bans at public pools. In Australia, I hear you ask? Yes, VCAT recently approved an exemption to the Equal Opportunity Act to compel “participants aged 10 and over … to ensure their…

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What price for Gilad Shalit?

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There are so many angles The Age could have taken for a story to mark Gilad Shalit‘s four years in captivity. As a counterpoint to their regular stories of the suffering of Palestinian families, they could have told us of the anguish suffered by his family, not having any idea where their son is being held, or any idea of the prospects for his release. They could have highlighted this blatant breach by Hamas of…

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Hamas ‘disciplines’ army officers over Gaza

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A Hamas army report on its conduct in Gaza last year has revealed that two officers were ‘disciplined’ for insufficiently endangering human life when they authorized three hundred civilians to be moved to a UN school that was being used to fire rockets. Hamas division commander Mohammed el-Hafiz, known as Abu Gosh, and brigade commander Bilal Diya-al-Din, known as Abu Falih, were summarily executed for exceeding their authority in approving the use of human shields…

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Voice of Inequity

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Jason Koutsoukis’s profile of Palestinian MP Haneen Zoubi’s fight for “equality” is so riddled with irony, I could barely contain myself. It starts from the subheading, “a female Palestinian MP in Israel’s Knesset”. Are there any female Palestinian MPs in either of the Palestinian governments in the West Bank or Gaza? In the former, perhaps. In the latter, the repressive Islamist regime of Hamas, most definitely not! The world claims that Israel should talk to…

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Fraser loses his balance

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It’s an interesting life, being the former leader of your country. If you are blessed with a natural charisma, like Bill Clinton, you can quickly switch to the lecture circuit, and earn six figures for each appearance. Then, you can just as quickly spend this money helping your unelectable wife fight for the Democratic party nomination against the only other unelectable candidate. In the meantime, John McCain sits back and watches, gleefully picking furniture for…

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Playing with words

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I awoke this morning to see a stunning headline on Yahoo – Hamas fires on Arafat rally. In the story, taken from Associated Press, a rally of some 250,000 Fatah supporters held in Gaza commemorating their leader Yasser Arafat, Hamas “security forces” opened fire on civilians. Wow, I thought. This is big news – almost an Tiananmen Square-like situation, and a perfect illustration of the brutal regime Hamas has installed in Gaza since taking over….

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