Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’
Bias in favour of Israel
Following the bus attack in Tel Aviv today the only voices heard on BBC News are in support of Israel. Three interviews come from representatives of the Zionist authorities and one from a British tourist clearly supportive of the Israeli policy of oppression and brutality against Gaza. Then William Hague condemning the bombing. Why no one condemning the massive increase in Israeli attacks?
Your presenters portray this bus bomb as an escalation likely to endanger peace negotiations when in the last 12 hours Israel has massively increased its attacks on Gaza. All the time you fail to point out the grossly disproportionate violence from Israel and although your report the facts (5 Israeli deaths, 150 Palestinian deaths) you skip over this in editorialising as if there is equality of responsibility.
Israel is a brutal, oppressive regime in breach of 64 UN resolutions, regularly murdering many times more Palestinians than are killed by its resistance. You fail entirely to remind viewers of this context and of the illegal nature of Israeli policy
The amazing Type 45 or Daring class destroyer is the most powerful air-defence warship in the world. HMS Diamond is just a short trip away, through the Suez canal, from coming to the rescue of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
We are morally obliged, if necessary, to blast the Israeli airforce out of the skies. The evil actions of the war criminals in the Israeli government and the IDF far exceed those of Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi or Al Qaeda.
If we fail to rescue Gaza then we are complicit in the monstrous crimes of the Nazionists.
If Israel is concerned about the fireworks which the brave Palestinian resistance is firing in self-defence then the solution is simple. End the illegal blockade of Gaza. Comply with the 64 UN resolutions it is in breach of. Stop the theft of Palestinian land and destruction of Palestinian homes.
The final reckoning must also include multi-billion dollar compensation to the people of Gaza with Netanyahu and his cronies on trial for war crimes.
I am tremendously impressed with David Cameron. His light has been hidden under the bushel of the coalition for too long. His courageous words in Turkey and India have reminded me that he is a true leader. Tonight’s excellent BBC documentary, Five Days That Changed Britain, reminds me that it was his bold leadership that initiated the coalition, an idea that is proving stronger and cleverer than anyone can have thought.
He has said precisely the right thing about Turkey, Israel, Gaza, India and Pakistan. He has spoken the truths that so many others have been afraid to. I am proud that he is our prime minister. He fills me with confidence that he knows his direction and will stick firmly to it. He is nobody’s fool and everybody’s champion. He is a man who I am very prepared to trust, to give him the time he needs to achieve the big ambitions.
David Cameron is the right man at the right time. We should all give him our support.
On Friday night they had Raoul Moat cornered at last. It was the culmination of something more akin to a military invasion than a reasonable response to just one deranged nutter. Northumbria Police had already made fools of themselves but we were all biting our lips, not yet protesting, hoping against hope that there would be no further casualties.
The first photographs from the stand-off were released and they clearly showed police pointing tasers. On BBC News the ex-police firearms expert was interviewed and asked why a taser couldn’t be used to disable Moat. He answered quite unequivocally that using a taser when a man has a gun pointed at his head was more than likely to result in him firing the weapon involuntarily.
First thing on Saturday morning and it was no surprise to learn that Moat was dead. What was utterly shocking was to learn that two tasers had been fired and the recording broadcast by the BBC revealed the shouting before the sound of the shotgun blast. The unavoidable conclusion is that exactly what the firearms expert had predicted was what happened.
I don’t have any sympathy for Moat. As far as I’m concerned a good case could have been made for him being shot on sight but I am very, very unhappy with the way the police handled the affair.
It may be that the denouement itself was handled properly. We will never know what really happened however many inquiries we have. What I am certain of is that overall the police should have done much better. Those far, far better qualified to judge than me have already said as much. I speak only as a concerned citizen.
I really worry about our police service. While I believe there are many brave, honourable coppers, some of whom are highly skilled, there are too many worrying indications that our police service is not up to the job.
There’s thuggery and the rank-closing covering-up and justification of it. There’s the appalling canteen culture which is at the root of all the institutionalised racism, thuggery and freemasonry. There’s the amateurish approach of senior officers who seem barely competent at times. There is inevitably some corruption but also a long-running deception that the decision to prosecute is at arms length. The police decide who to investigate in the first place. The CPS and the police eat in the same canteen
Look at the brutality of the police, the TSG in particular, at the Gaza and G20 protests and how they’ve got away with it. Look at the Inspector Gadget police website for an insight into the disgusting attitude of many officers. Look at the management of situations like the Cumbrian shootings and the Raoul Moat affair and the use of ludicrous, self-evidently bad ideas like the “kettling” at the Gaza and G20 protests. Look at the income generation from speed cameras promoted by some chief constables. Look at the absurd, intrusive, wildly excessive use of CCTV. Look at the ridiculous administration routines that many chief constables have imposed. Look at the insistence on retaining the DNA of innocent people.
The police are now very well paid. A starting police officer gets about twice as much as a starting soldier. They have wonderful pension arrangements. They’re also excused, let off and get away with behaviour that should never be allowed. Look at the thug, Sergeant Delroy Smellie , who repeatedly beat Nicola Fisher at the G20 protest and got away with it, or the officer who assaulted Ian Tomlinson, who later died, and who has still not been charged over a year later.
All the brave, honourable coppers are let down by those bad apples which myopic “support” of the police allows to rot and infect the rest.
The British police service needs a shake up. It is complacent and inefficient. Excellent work is done in anti-terrorism and organised crime but the truth is not all our policemen are wonderful. We need to face up to that truth and make some changes. Perhaps locally elected police chiefs are a way forward.
As usual it ended up taking too long and it was watered down so far as to be ineffective. UN Imposes Sanctions On Iran
Any reasonable person, be they Iranian, Israeli, European, American, any member of the human race with any sort of rational approach to the world knows that it’s not a good idea for Iran to have nuclear weapons.
I see no justification for Israel’s conduct in Gaza but if lunatic Islamists like Ahmadinejad go nuclear, Israel would have no option but to launch a pre-emptive strike. Israel would have every justification in responding with extreme force to a threat that it will be “wiped off the face of the earth”. The whole world would have to stand behind Israel.
If that pre-emptive strike has to come then it must come sooner rather than later so that it can be non-nuclear. Iran must be stopped before it has a nuclear capability.
In the interests of peace a joint NATO/Israel strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities must be considered. I expect that plans already exist. Let us pray that Iran steps back.
I have had an overwhelming response to many things that I have written about Israel. It has reached a crescendo with the views I have expressed about the attack on the Gaza flotilla. It polarises opinion. You either agree with me or you want me put to death by the slowest and most painful means.
I’m just an ordinary Brit of proud Welsh descent from a family that was at the bottom of the heap (the slag heaps of South Wales) but has dragged itself upwards, entirely through its own efforts. I’m not an anti-semite. I’m not a natural ally or an enemy of Arab, Jew, Muslim or anyone. What I care about is truth, justice, freedom, beauty, love and my dogs!
I cannot stand by though and see the way that Israel behaves without shouting my protest and disgust.
Israel and its supporters must understand that many intelligent, considered men of principle throughout the world believe that the way you are now behaving is just as bad as the Nazis did against you!!
I condemn the great evil that Islam has become in the world but you give them so many excuses! Gaza is now the biggest concentration camp ever and Israel oppresses, bullies, brutalises, starves and denies the rights of the Palestinian people. It is shameful!
My country fought to create the state of Israel so that the Jews could have a homeland after the holocaust, the greatest tragedy in human history. Israel has betrayed those who fought for it. You are now as bad as those that offended against you.
I know that there are millions of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians, people just like me, who abhor violence and prejudice and oppression. We must stand up against the zealots and the fanatics. Justice must prevail!
There is much that is wrong on both sides but first, most urgently, Israel must draw back from Gaza, from the settlements, from oppression. These are grave wrongs that must stop now! You must not be surprised that retaliation is made against you but these are fireworks against your tanks and F16s. You must stop first.
I am just an ordinary man with no particular interest but I know what justice is.
Israel must stop.