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Michael Kuttner

Truth is stranger than fiction

First published in jWire

October 25, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
Very often, especially in this part of the world, actual events, either in the past or currently, indeed seem stranger than fiction.

Given the propensity for overblown and widely inaccurate claims by those seeking to distort and rewrite Jewish history, it is difficult at times to discern actual truth but with a little bit of common sense and effort it is not that difficult. Mind you, witnessing the asinine and misinformed antics and listening to the mindless prattling of politicians from London, Washington right .... Read More

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Printed in The NZ Herald on 1st September, 2014

If as Anne Penketh claims, some Israelis feel that the West hates them, they can be forgiven for holding that view. No other country receives such a sustained barrage of Western criticism, even if it acts with levels of aggression and brutality far beyond anything seen in Palestine. Nor is it surprising that Israel's Government does not fall into line; if self-appointed Israeli experts launched concerted attacks on our Government, no self-respecting Kiwi would expect it to don sackcloth and ashes in penitence for its supposed sins.
The fact that so many Western pundits think they know what is best for Israel does not mean that they are right or even partly-right. Israel is only being logical in not giving much weight to their strictures. Ms Penketh's straw man, that Israelis see all Western criticism as antisemitism, is supported only by anecdote. The fact that Israel is the only Jewish-majority state on the planet, and also ..... Read rest of letter

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From Other Angles — Gaza

“The best speech an Israeli diplomat ever held”

George Deek’s speech in Oslo 27 September 2014.
George Deek is a Christian Arab from the ancient Mediterranean city of Jaffa. He is also deputy to Israeli Druze poet and academic Naim Araidi, who currently serves as Israel’s ambassador to Norway. Late last month, Deek addressed a gathering hosted by the Norwegian group “With Israel for Peace.” He delivered what some in that country are calling “the best speech an Israeli diplomat ever made.” Full transcript in English

Arab Palestinians Have Begged Youtube to Remove This Video

Simple facts. This information is so basic that it seems to have eluded the Palestinians. People do not desecrate that which is sacred to them. People do not rewrite their holy books. Unless, of course, you happen to be a Palistinian Arab. Watch at UTube October 2, 2014

Lancet Editor Gives Full-Throated Apology for Vicious Anti-Israel Article

The Jewish Press October 3, 2014

Lancet 'hijacked in anti-Israel campaign'

Senior British medical figures say the well-respected journal is being used as a platform by alleged conspiracy theorists
By Jake Wallis Simons 22 Sep, 2014
For almost 200 years, it has been regarded as a well-respected medical journal.
But according to senior British medical figures, the Lancet is being hijacked to campaign indefatigably against Israel, and used as a platform by alleged conspiracy theorists. ... Read at

Gazans Speak Out: Hamas War Crimes

By Mudar Zahran September 19, 2014
While the world's media has been blaming Israel for the death of Gazan civilians during Operation Protective Edge, this correspondent decided to speak with Gazans themselves to hear what they had to say.

They spoke of Hamas atrocities and war crimes implicating Hamas in the civilian deaths of its own people. ... Read at The Gatestone Institute - International Policy Council

The Gaza War in 5 Minutes:
Thoughts from Col. Richard Kemp

Posted on September 17, 2014
Britain's former armed forces commander in Afghanistan talks to Jerusalem U about the double standards in the treatment of Israel during the recent Gaza conflict. Listen This video is 5 minutes

Palestinian Authority Angered by Jewish, Arab Children Playing Together

Thursday, September 11, 2014 Yossi Aloni & Ryan Jones
The game organized by Peres wasn’t between just any groups of Israeli and Palestinian kids. The Israelis came from the rocket-battered town of Sderot, and the Palestinians from Hebron, near to where earlier this summer Hamas terrorists abducted and executed three Jewish teens. ... Read More

In our village there are 10 Arab boys
serving in the IDF and fighting in Gaza

Posted on September 7, 2014 by Eliyokim Cohen
On Wednesday, researcher Dr. Anat Berko wrote of her recent visit to an Israeli Arab village, where she found an under-reported respect that many Israeli Arabs have for their state.....
Berko observes that one of Hamas' efforts during Operation Protective Edge was ldquo;to destroy the delicate fabric of the various communities in Israel, Jewish, Druze, Christian, Muslim and Bedouin, and attempted to create chaos within the country to influence the outcome of the war.rdquo; ....Read More

Report: Egyptian President Offers Abbas
Land in Sinai for Future Palestinian State

By Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel, Tazpit News Agency - Monday 8 September, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reportedly offered to give PA President Mahmoud Abbas part of the Sinai Peninsula adjacent to Gaza to establish a contiguous Palestinian state in those areas.. United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were also notified of the plan, according to a report today (Monday, August 9) on Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio). Although there has been no official confirmation of the proposal, news of the initiative met with approval from Israeli leaders. ....Read More

The Lebanese Muslim Activist Who Waves the Israeli Flag

By Anav Silverman - Tazpit News Agency. Sept. 3rd, 2014.

Over 500 blue and white Israeli flags dotted a solidarity rally held for Israel in Stockholm that was organized by the Zionist Federation in Sweden, this past Sunday, August 31. Among those holding the Israeli flag, was featured speaker Mostafa Geha, a Muslim Lebanese activist and writer, who co-founded the Lebanon Israel Peace Project. . ....Read More

IDF present evidence that Hamas fired rockets from schools in Gaza

03 September 2014
The Israeli military has provided its most detailed assessment yet of the conduct and impact of the Gaza war, including photographs indicating that terrorists stored and fired rockets from schools. ... Read at WJC

Israeli Civil Rights Group to Bring Hamas to Hague for War Crimes Against its Own People

By Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel, Tazpit News Agency - 3 September, 2014

An Israeli civil rights group has filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague against Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal over the July-August murders of 38 Gazan civilians. The motion by the Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center to bring Mashaal to the ICC was made possible by the fact that he is a citizen of Jordan, one of the ICC member states, and represents the first time that a Palestinian terrorist would be brought to the court on the basis of his Jordanian citizenship. ... ....Read More

Outrage at “Auckland bishops condemn Gaza violence”

The Auckland Anglican and Catholic bishops published a combined statement which contains many inaccuracies, but fortunately good people are responding.

Anglicans Down Under
Anglicans Down Under

Bishops’ Statement “Arrogant, Ignorant, Smacks of Anti-Semitism”

NZ Catholic
Full article with comnments beloiw

Melanie Phillips: Western Jewry - Paying the Price for Gaza

Published on Aug 31, 2014

Video of the HonestReporting event at our headquarters in Jerusalem, August 27, 2014, featuring Melanie Phillips.M

“The intractable problem of Gaza has been exacerbated by the meddling incomprehension of a western world that just doesn't grasp how Islamist fanatics play by entirely different rules.”
For more than three decades, Melanie Phillips has served as Britain's political conscience. Followed by members of the Royal Family as well as by homemakers, ubiquitous on radio and television as well as in the print media, Melanie Phillips is widely regarded as an indispensable force for good in the battle to restore western civilization. ... Listen HERE (55 minutes) but a must hear if you want to understand the media.

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

Remote Control Catheterization Unveiled in Israel Sept 28, 2014

New baby formula has no dairy or soy September 29, 2014

Horse Meets Israeli Boy With Williams Syndrome — INCREDIBLE

Advances in All good things

Israel continues to contribute to humanity

At a time when barbaric extremism is engulfing the region, Israel’s continuing contribution to humanity is a shining exception to the darkness threatening the world today.

Robotic Spine and Brain Surgery - Mazor Renaissance Technion Born Technology UTube video

New Israel Hologram can touch your heart while beating. Shapshifting Technology scifi is REAL UTube video

New directive requires businesses to employ disabled workers Read at Israel Hayom

Israel approves Intel plan to invest $6 billion in Jewish state Read at jns

Stunning stalactite cave discovered in Jerusalem hills Read at Israel Hayom

Israeli-Arab Priest at UN Human Rights Council:
”Israel is the only place where
Christians in the Middle East are safe.“

Download a pdf

By Anav Silverman
Tazpit News Agency – Tuesday 23 September 2014

Geneva, Switzerland - In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council today, September 23, Father Gabriel Naddaf, an Israeli Arab Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, called attention to the plight of Christian minorities suffering under Muslim extremists in the Arab world.

Speaking immediately after a panel discussion on the “Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories,” during a special debate on racism at the Council’s 27th Regular Session, Father Naddaf discussed the violent oppression facing Middle Eastern Christians and their widespread flight from the region in recent years. Read More

PA Paper Admits Jewish Employers Treat Arabs Better

By Ari Yashar First Publish: September 23, 2014
Boycotts target Jewish companies in Judea and Samaria - but PA survey finds local Arabs get better pay and rights from Jewish employers.
The global BDS boycott move against Israeli Jewish businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in Judea and Samaria claims to aim to benefit local Arabs - but according to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) official daily, it is doing just the opposite. ... Read at Israel National News

'Aramean' officially recognized as nationality in Israel

“It is a historic decision ... proof that Israel protects its citizens and identity of its minorities, unlike all the Arab nations around us,” Aramean-Christian community leader says • Interior minister instructs Population Authority to act accordingly.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar on Tuesday approved having “Aramean” as a nationality on Israeli identification cards, a move warmly received by Israel's Christian-Aramean community. .... Read More

And — Righting a historic wrong

This is history in the making. No less. We've been used to putting all the minorities that live among us into one box. For most of us, they are “Arabs.”
But that is not at all the case. The Muslim invasion in the seventh century forced Arab culture on many peoples who lived in the area long before anyone had ever heard of Islam. Familiar with the “Druzerdquo; and the ldquo;Circassians”63; Starting now, practice using the term “Arameans.&lrquo; .... Read More

Israel Joins International Efforts to Help Prevent Spread of Ebola

By: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
Published: September 7th, 2014
Israel is joining international efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa, which has been one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and is currently affecting five West African nations including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. Read More

R & D for the elderly

The Israel Ministry of Science has announced a call for proposals in a new research program devoted to developing scientific and technological innovations for Israel’s elderly. Read More

Israeli Hospital Saves Gaza Child Facing Kidney Failure, Overcomes ‘Nightmare Scenario’

September 9, 2014
Author: Shiryn Ghermezian
Israel's Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa introduced an innovative procedure to save the life of a 14-year-old boy from Gaza who suffered from kidney failure for years and was in dire need of a transplant, the hospital said on Monday. Read More

LOOK Find your glasses anywhere

See at UTube

These clothes crush viruses, bacteria and fire

By Abigail Klein Leichman September 7, 2014.
‘Everybody touching Ebola should be outfitted with our highly anti-viral fabric from head to toe,’ asserts Argaman Technologies cofounder. Read More

12-Year Old Injured Syrian Boy Escapes to Israel on Donkey for Medical Treatment

By Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel - Tazpit News Agency - Monday 8 September, 2014

A 12-year-old Syrian boy arrived over the weekend to an Israeli hospital with injuries to his arms, leg, and eyes sustained from a mortar attack on his home near Damascus. The boy was led on a donkey by his brother up the slopes of Mt. Hermon to an IDF base on the mountain, from where Israeli forces evacuated him to Ziv Medical Center in the northern town of Safed. A spokesman for the hospital told Tazpit News Agency that the boy is the latest of 358 injured Syrians to be treated there in the last year and a half, most of them victims of the Syrian civil war. Read More

September 1, 2014

Israeli Children, Parents On Gaza Border Start New School Year with Mixed Feelings

By Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Ashkelon Municipality / Ashkelon schoolchildren start new school year on Monday, Sept. 1.

On Monday, September 1, schools across Israel opened the school year, as 2,105,394 children took their places in the classrooms a week after a 50-day war with Hamas ended in a ceasefire agreement on August 26. In southern Israel, where cities and communities were most affected by Hamas rocket fire and terror attacks, special activities took place to help children ease back into school following a summer spent mostly in bomb shelters. Read More

A British Muslim Visits Israel For The First Time.

His shocking reaction will shsock you
August 26, 2014
See at Israel Video Network

Children from Gaza with heart disease treated in Israel

Published on Jul 24, 2014
The Majority of Israel's population is in range of missiles being fired from the Gaza strip by the Hamas terror organization. The 'Save a child's heart' humanitarian project continues to treat children arriving from Gaza, who suffer from heart disease.... See at UTube

OECD: Israel attracts foreign investors

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #197, August 22, 2014 .... Read More at the Ettinger Report

Israel Plans Center for Agriculture Technology in Goa

.... Read More at Jewish Business News

Yazidi Child in Israel for Surgery

While Wisam recovers from heart surgery in Israel, his father worries about the rest of the family on the run from Islamic State in northern Iraq.
Wisam was born in northern Iraq 17 months ago with life-threatening congenital heart disease. His family is one of 200,000 adherents of the Yazidi faith who have escaped to the mountains near their hometown of Sinjar under persecution by the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda terrorist group offshoot formerly known as ISIS. .... Read More at Israel 21C

Israeli Nurse Delivers Syrian Baby

“I am very happy that I came here, they are treating me nicely and taking care of me and my new baby.” - 25-year-old first-time mother.
A first-time mother from Syria is happily cradling her newborn at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed (Tsfat), after giving birth to a healthy 2.6 kg girl at the Israeli medical facility on Tuesday (August 26, 2014). This is the seventh birth of a Syrian baby at the northern medical center.
“We have already treated a number of mothers and babies from Syria and we do so with devotion and love,” said Esther Ambar, the nurse in charge of the Neonatal Department at the Ziv Medical Center..... Read More

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

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

More Other Angles Good News Here