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Michael Kuttner

Botched, Bungled and Blundered

First published in jWire

August 29, 2014

Quote from George Orwell: “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Bear this perceptive statement in mind as the spin doctors work overtime in order to convince us that the campaign to destroy Hamas has been a glorious success. Remember, also, that the buck ultimately stops on the desks of the politicians who formulated, directed and ... Read More

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Recent Letters

Sent to Radio NZ on Sunday 24 August, 2014

Anti Jewish diatribe
Wallace Chapman, I have listened to a replay of your “Wayne Brittenden” segment this morning. You left unchallenged the most disgusting anti-Semitic rubbish from Colin Thumbadoo that surely must rate as one of the most appalling sets of lies ever heard on National Radio. I hope you are proud of yourself. We have a sea of absolute anti-Semtism and Jew hating, and programmes like yours encourage it, with such lies. What absolute “conspiracy theories” from Thumbadoo. He is of the old school this man, who will never forgive the Jews for the killing of Jesus, even though we didn't do it! Many Jews in South Africa were notable for being in the forefront of the fight against apartheid. I suggest Mr Thumbadoo has a go at Hamas, when he wishes to discuss peace for the Palestinians. He didn't even bother mentioning them of course. ...... Read more

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Recent Posts


The author with an Iraqi child
August 27, 2014. History often repeats itself. Watching the News each night takes me back to the post- Gulf War days when along with nursing colleague Eve and Dr Dick Rodgers, I helped resettle the Kurds who had fled to Turkey over mountains from Saddam's punishing hordes. .. Nothing Much Has Changed by KBRM Member

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Download No. 2 Here Read about: Media reporting in NZ, First hand view of Hamas and Gaza from a NZer, Managed news from Gaza and from James Delingpole - English novelist, columnist (The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator)
Download July, 2014 Here In which you will be informed about our origins and many articles relating to the present crisis.

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From Other Angles — Gaza

August 28, 2014

Is UNRWA Aiding Terrorism?

By Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel, Tazpit News Agency

The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) has come under increasing fire in recent weeks for aiding Hamas in the terror group's war against Israel, with one advocacy group lodging a formal complaint against the organization. As evidence seems to continue to emerge of the use of the agency's schools and clinics as Hamas storehouses, rocket launching sites and tunnel entrances, protest has grown in Israel and abroad that the organization, established to aid the Palestinian Arab refugee population, ....Read More

An Insider's Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth

A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters ....Read at Tablet

Pick and choose who's right and wrong

CHRIS TROTTER 26/08/2014

OPINION: Where are the impassioned streams of citizens flooding our nation's streets to protest against the actions of the Islamic State? Read at Stuff

Hamas Executes
“Operation Strangling Necks”

By Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel, Tazpit News Agency

August 25, 2014

With Israel continuing to score major hits in Gaza, at least 25 Gazans suspected of collaboration with Israel are believed to have been killed by Hamas operatives in recent days.

Saturday evening, a 13-story building housing a massive Hamas command center was demolished by the IDF, with the army saying that only combatants were harmed in the operation. Last week three top Hamas operatives were killed in an airstrike by the Israeli Air Force, and yesterday's hit was the latest indication of the IDF's commitment to destroy Hamas and banish them from the Gaza strip. ...Read More

Israel Continuing
Humanitarian Work in Gaza

By Anav Silverman Tazpit News Agency
Israel cntinues to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip no matter if Hamas is in a state of war or truce against the Jewish state.

Photos: Koby Gideon, GPO / Palestinian patients with Magen David Adom on Wednesday, August 13.

About 270 trucks carrying 5,580 tons of goods and supplies have entered Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing since August 11, according to a report released by the Israel Ministry of Defense's Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) yesterday. ..Read More

Hamas Executes Tunnel Diggers to Protect Site Secrecy

To prevent the diggers of Hamas’ tunnels from revealing their locations, Hamas recently executed dozens of diggers. Read at The Clarion Project


Rally in Auckland with a fine speech by Maori woman, Sheree Trotter.

Sheree Trotter is the interviewer and researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She is a Maori New Zealander. On August 10 2014 a rally was held in central Auckland, NZ, to affirm Israel's right to exist, her right to defend herself against Hamas' agression, and to respond to the worldwide surge of antisemitic expression. The event was attended by about 800 supporters. Sheree was invited to give a speech. See and hear here at Shadows of Shoah or Download transscript in pdf


Tuesday 11 Aug 2014
“Bash the Jews, cut their heads off. cut their f****ing heads off”
See on Whale Oil's Blog

Foreign media protest Hamas harassment in Gaza

Tuesday 12 Aug 2014
Read at TV 3 News

Hypocrisy over Gaza

Pat Condell Published on Aug 5, 2014
Israel doesn't owe a biased world any explanation for defending itself against murderers.... Short UTube video

Journalist's leaving Gaza speak of Hamas' Use of human shields

JPost “The international press in Gaza has hardly reported on how Hamas has operated in this round of fighting, and photos or video of Hamas fighters from recent weeks are rare.
The reason became apparent this week as several journalists reported being threatened and even expelled from Gaza for highlighting that the terrorist organization used civilian sites to attack Israel.”

The Clarion Project After he left Gaza, Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati tweeted, “Out of Gaza far from Hamas retaliation: Misfired rocket killed children in Shati.”

British humour

The truth about Hamas

and about the UN

and about Iran

The empty spaces in Gaza

by Alan M. Dershowitz. August 5, 2014.
How many times have you heard on television or read in the media that the Gaza Strip is "the most densely populated area in the world"? Repeating this statement, however, does not make it true. There are dense parts of Gaza, especially Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis, but there are far less dense areas in Gaza between these cities. Just look at Google Earth, or this ...... More at the Gatestone Institute - International Policy Counil

Fundamentalism and Intergenerational hate brings peace: said no one ever

by Travis Poulson on August 6, 2014.
As a kiwi my eyes are really beginning to open up about the kind of people a lot of the Gaza Palestinians are. Not all, but as I type this I have just finished watching the news and am left with a sense of uncertainty, even impossibility as to the likelihood of any resolution.... Read More on Whale Oil's Blog

Eye witness account from Gaza

August 5, 2014.
Here is a dramatic eye witness account from an Indian news reporter of how Hamas assembles and fires rockets from within civilian areas. See Here

Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Human Shields

August 5, 2014. See Here

The Bolt Report - Gaza

August 5, 2014. See Here

Ten thousand in Australia rally in
support of Israel

August 4, 2014.
SYDNEY — Ten thousand Australians rallied in support of Israel in Sydney on Sunday at a peaceful demonstration in one of the city's suburbs.
Participants at the rally waved signs saying “We stand with Israel!” and “Stop the rockets!” and chanted “Am Yisroel Chai” as they heard communal figures defend the Jewish State. ...
See article at WJC

More Other Angles of Gaza War Here

From Other Angles — Good News

Advances in All good things

New wound-closure tech helping to heal soldiers

TopClosure, invented by an Israeli plastic surgeon, allows for quickly and temporarily closing skin over an open wound in an emergency setting. ....Read More

Ministers Approve Sick Days for Parents

sdaThe Ministerial Law Committee this past week approved a bill sponsored by MK Uri Maklev that grants up to 90 days sick leave annually for the parents of an ill child. ....Read More

Israel attracts foreign investors while confronting terrorism

1. $1.6bn was raised by Israeli high tech companies during the first half of 2014, 81% higher than the first half of 2013. Israeli high tech companies raised $930mn during 2014's 2nd quarter — the highest total since 2000, 30% higher than the 1st quarter and 109% higher than 2013's 2nd quarter (Globes Business Daily, July 16, 2014). ....Read More

Israel Pledges Tax Breaks for Prospective Cyber Partners

TEL AVIV — Israel is promising tax breaks and access to cooperative cyber programs to lure leading domestic and multinational firms to a new national cyber park in the Negev desert.....Read More

First Beduin agricultural cooperative in the world launches in Israel

The shepherds have joined the cooperative with the goal of lowering their collective costs and increasing their profits. ....Read More

Yazidi boy recovering from surgery in Israel, father worried about family in Iraq

Save a Child's Heart organization operated on the 17-month-old boy at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. ....Read More

Five Good News Stories

War or No War, Israel's MDs save Eyesight in Congo Eye From Zion medical team left Israel on cusp of war to provide 102 sight-saving surgeries in Kinshasa, one of the most dangerous cities in central Africa. Read at Israel 21C By Abigail Klein Leichman August 4, 2014,

IsraAID - Though war is raging on the home front, Israeli humanitarian agency flew an experienced crew of relief workers to Washington State to help after the big fire. Read at Israel 21C

Keeping Us Safe Decades of successful training of the public is an important factor in Israel’s low civilian casualty rate. Need to get people out of harm’s way? Here’s howRead at Israel 21C

Making Peace With A Surfboard ISRAEL21c talks to two Israelis who are building symbolic bridges with surfboards, sharing their passion with like-minded Arabs. Read at Israel 21C

Swatting Flies For Peace ‘Flies for peace’ is a serious effort to deal with housefly swarms affecting people on both sides of the Israel-Jordanian border around the Dead Sea. Read at at Israel 21C

Radiation Therapy is about to get much kinder

July 16, 2014
MercyBeam, a unique X-ray condensing system from Israel, is on the path to market as leading hospitals are eager to use it for cancer patients of all ages. Read at Israel 21C

How farmers can save water and fertilizer

July 9, 2014
The uManage platform from Israeli drip-irrigation pioneer Netafim gives growers all the real-time data needed to make the best decisions for their crops. Read at Israel 21C

Forbes highlights 25 Israeli startups to watch in 2014

July 6, 2014
There are 25 Israeli startups you should be keeping your eye on in 2014, according to a new report by the American business magazine, Forbes. Read at Israel 21C

Successful aging with Diabetes

Israel renovates pediatriconcology ward in Kenya

Albanian warm Jewish Muslim ties

Awesome Response

Brigitte Gabriel is the lady placing this Muslim lady in her place, Bridget is Lebanese by birth. See here

* Nepal is latest to use Israeli public-health model. The Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) program has reached mostly poor communities in more than 90 countries since 1960

* Israeli doctors perform life-saving heart surgery on 5 Palestinian children “This is what distinguishes us as Israelis, the ability to ignore what is happening around and continue with our sacred work of saving children's lives.” — Dr. Lior Sasson, SACH

* Innovation: Africa - Israeli Technology Creating Change for the People of Africa

* Israel Claims $3B in Cyber Exports; 2nd Only to US. Netanyahu: “We Have a Land Flowing With Milk and Cyber”

UN's Dictatorships Fail to Stop “2014 Catalog of UN Inaction on Global Rights Abuses”

Published on Jun 25, 2014
After UN Watch's Hillel Neuer called out the UNHRC for ignoring human rights violations around the world in 2013-14, he was interrupted by Cuba, China, Iran, Pakistan, Venezuela and Egypt. But he was defended by the U.S., France, Ireland, Canada, Norway, and Britain. Story: UN Watch

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