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Self Inflicted Disasters And Delusions

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May 19, 2016 by Michael Kuttner
First published in jWire

Every year at this time our misnamed “peace partners” and their cheer leaders mourn the re- establishment of the Jewish State.

Referred to as the “nakba” this Arabic word means disaster or catastrophe and has become the all embracing slogan for lamenting the fact that Israel exists and that Jews have succeeded in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to create a technologically advanced democratic society.

One would have thought after sixty eight years they might have received the message that their current plight is entirely one of their own making. If we were dealing with normal societies where logic and common sense prevail that would be the case. However given the dysfunctional state of Arab countries today, the symptoms of self inflicted disasters and delusions have reached unprecedented levels. Instead of helping them to recognize reality, past and present, the international community prefers to support and promote policies which not only deny reality but also guarantee future disappointments.... More

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By Michael Kuttner
Honest Reporting Down Under has just released its latest assessment on the media down under.

Yarden Frankel reports that the New Zealand Broadcasting Complaints Authority has upheld a complaint lodged by the Wellington Palestine Group against Television NZ for implying that East Jerusalem is part of Israel. Back in October while Jews were being stabbed by Palestinian Arabs it was reported that a 70 year old Jewish woman was stabbed near Damascus Gate in the Old City. Video footage showed the assailant being shot with the caption “Jerusalem” as the Damascus Gate site was seen in the background.

The Wellington Palestine Group protested that this implied that the Old City was actually part of Israel (and its Capital). The Complaints Authority has now upheld their complaint.

This should not come as any surprise because the New Zealand Government also does not recognize either any part of Jerusalem as the Capital of the Jewish State or apparently the legitimacy of the Jewish connection to the Old City which includes the Western Wall and Temple Mount.

For a full report on Honest Reporting’s reaction to this piece of revisionist thinking click on the link. http://honestreporting.com/is-jerusalem-in-israel

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Chris Harris, Onehunga College (Auckland), Anna Chapman Holocaust Centre of NZ (Wellington) and Mike Brady, Porirua College (wellington) Chris Harris, Onehunga College (Auckland), Anna Chapman Holocaust Centre of NZ (Wellington) and Mike Brady, Porirua College (wellington)

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

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