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Former Top British Commander Warns UN Gaza War Report Will Embolden Terrorists and Cause More Bloodshed

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Retired Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan.

Retired Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan.

A former commander of British forces in Afghanistan warned on Thursday that the recent U.N. report on the 2014 Gaza war was likely to embolden terrorists and cause violence.

“It pains me greatly to see words and actions from the United Nations that can only provoke further violence and loss of life. The United Nations Human Rights Council report on last summer’s conflict in Gaza … will do just that,” wrote Col. Richard Kemp in an op-ed for the New York Times.

He said that an immediate and unconditional lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, which the report called for, would “undoubtedly lead to further bloodshed in both Israel and Gaza.”

Kemp ridiculed the commission’s “lack of understanding of warfare,” noting that its head, former New York supreme court justice Mary McGowan Davis, had told him that the U.N. panel had no military expertise.

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The former British commander wondered why the commission refused to incorporate a 242-page report commissioned by Israel after it declined to cooperate with the U.N. commission, which included findings by 11 senior military officials from seven nations, including Kemp and Chairman of the Unites States Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. That report said Israel’s actions were “lawful” and “legitimate” and rejected claims the IDF intentionally targeted civilians.

Kemp also noted several internal contradictions in the U.N. report, such as acknowledging that Israel Defense Forces tactics saved lives while indicting “‘decision makers at the highest levels of the government of Israel’ of a policy of deliberately killing civilians.”

He accused the U.N. commission of endorsing “Hamas’s anti-Israel narrative.”

Kemp has said he was in Israel for much of the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last summer.

“During these periods I met, was briefed by and questioned Israeli political leaders, senior officials and Israel Defence Force (IDF) soldiers from general officer down to private soldier,” he wrote in the testimony submitted to the UNHRC. “I spent a considerable amount of this time close to the Gaza border where I also met, was briefed by, questioned and observed many IDF officers and soldiers immediately before and after they had been in combat.”

“In my opinion the actions taken by the IDF were necessary to defend the people of Israel from the ongoing, intensive and lethal attacks by Hamas and other groups in Gaza,” he wrote.

Critics of the report are concerned that the testimonials it presents could be used against Israel or Israeli political and military officials at the International Criminal Court, which the Palestinians joined just a few months ago.

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  • mary daly

    iv read some dribble here and usually I dont comment but today beats everything if a person doesn’t agree with what you say they get insulted from a great height everyone should be entitled to their own opinion without coming under a barrage of name calling cruelty shame on you

    • Haim Ahmed Emmet

      Mary Daly, opinions don’t count only facts. That fact is that the UN is occupied by countries where your opinion could put you in jail.

  • mary daly

    grow up

  • Dani

    It is apleasure to count with such an educated enemy. Please, keep fighting against us. That will only help us to be more united and stronger. We always wanted and will always want peace. We want to kill none but many want to genocide us so we learned to defend ourselves. We do not like to to assimilate, thanks for the generous offer! We do nt believe in race but we consider ourselves a nation, a culture and a religion with a common
    Past and future. So keep playing your game. In the end, we will endure.

  • A Zionist

    Mr J Clovelley’s latest turgid thesis emphasises his woeful understanding, or wilful misunderstanding of just about everything: international law, military law, history, Jews, Judaism and the Jewish State.

    Two things shine through: his narcissism and his antisemitism.

  • Jack

    Solid lad that Kemp.
    Mary McGowan Davis, well no doubt well intentioned, has failed to realize the extreme unctuousness and that the two sides have come to, as a result of the Islamism’s need to fulfill the commands of the Koran.
    By faith they must not stop until they find solace from their own inner fears, which are false fears created by their own faith.
    In short they are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
    As for the U.N….
    it has shown itself to be an overly politicized and biased body that despite best attempts is biased on many issues and none more so than Israel.

  • Christopher Proudlove

    Julian Clovelley dismisses the Bible as myth. I find its prophecies amazingly accurate. In Deuteronomy 28 Moses tells the Israelites that in the Promised Land there would be blessings if they obeyed God or curses on them if they did not. Verses 64 to 67 tell of what would happen if they disobeyed God: “Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods — gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and in the evening, ‘If only it were morning!’— because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see.” This is a chillingly accurate picture of what has historically happened to Jews.
    A plethora of later Bible prophecies warned that if the Israelites continued to disobey God they would be conquered by foreign powers and the cream of society expelled from the Promised Land. This happened and the exiles occurred under the Assyrians, Babylonians and twice under the Romans. Jews that remained were the labouring classes. Jews have always been present in the Holy Land. They are the true indigenous people, not the Johnny-come-lately Palestinian Arabs.
    Psalm 122:6 urges us to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee.” But Zechariah 12:2 tells us that God “will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.” Peace will come to Jerusalem at the Second Coming of Jesus. Until then Jerusalem will continue to be trampled down by the Gentiles as predicted by Jesus in Luke 21.
    Scores of Hebrew Bible verses proclaimed that God will never take his eye off His chosen people and that eventually He would restore the “apple of His eye” to the land He had promised them.
    Typical of them is Amos 9. Verses 14 and 15 state: “I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. They will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine. I will firmly plant them there in the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God. ‘Then they will never be uprooted again.’”
    The 1917 Balfour Declaration stated that the UK was in favour of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and would use its best endeavours to achieve this aim.
    The San Remo Agreement of 1920 gave Israel the right to settle Jews between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. Both Balfour and San Remo were incorporated into the unanimously approved League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
    Article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine confers on Jews the right to settlement. It states: “The administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by the Jews on the land, including state lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.” Article 6 does not exclude Jewish settlement in the West Bank or anywhere else under the Mandate. Moreover, UN resolution 242 (1967) conditioned Israel relinquishing territories (not all) in exchange for peace. Since there has been Palestinian terror rather than peace, Israel remains as the legitimate administrator of the West Bank territories.
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, following a UN Security Council meeting on March 18, 1994, notably remarked, “We simply do not support the description of the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war as occupied Palestinian territory. In the view of my Government, this language could be taken to indicate sovereignty; a matter which both Israel and the PLO have agreed must be decided in negotiations on the final status of the territories. As agreed between them, those negotiations will begin no later than two years after the implementation of the Declaration of Principles.”
    The UN proposed a Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947, recommending the setting up of an Arab state, a Jewish state and an international zone to include Jerusalem. This Resolution (181) was only a recommendation to consider partition. It was not an injunction that must be obeyed. The recommendation was accepted by the Jewish leadership but rejected by the Arabs, and had no legal validity once rejected. Each time a two-state solution for Israel has been mooted the Jews have accepted the plans but not Arabs.
    The League of Nations Mandate became international law in 1923 and it is a scandal that the world’s nations choose to ignore it. Even the Koran has two passages saying that the Holy Land belongs to the Jews.
    DNA evidence confirms that there is a Jewish gene.
    It is more nonsense for Mr Clovelley to state that the future of the Middle East was decided in a “truly awful act of terrorism” when Irgun bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1947. Warnings were given about the bomb but the British Army HQ staff ignored them. Sadly, 90-odd people lost their lives including Jews, but Menachim Begin said they only intended to cause damage not deaths. The British Government had reneged on their promise to Jews and were clearly favouring Arabs in the bloody skirmishes that had already broken out. Surrounding Muslim nations were threatening annihilation of a Jewish state if ever it came into being. Jews were forbidden to acquire weapons, Arab nations were not.
    I was in Bethlehem in March, 2014, and there were signs stating that no Jews were allowed in the Palestinian Authority area. Jews were forbidden when Trans-Jordan was created in the early 1920s. Talk of Israel being an apartheid state is nonsense as anyone who has visited the Holy Land knows. The restrictions placed on Palestinian Arabs comes as a result of them pursuing violence. Just think what Israel would be like if it had been accepted by Arabs in 1948 and both Jew and Arab lived in peace with one another?
    How can Israel truly respect the United Nations when it is manipulated by Muslim members. The United Nations Human Rights Council has issued more official condemnations of Israel than the rest of the world’s nations combined. “Sadly, with members like China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Venezuela and Qatar, the UNHRC today may possibly rank as a more corrupt international organisation than FIFA,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch.

    • Julian Clovelley

      To recognise that the Bible version of history is predominantly mythology is not to dismiss it, Christopher, far from it, rather it is to accept it for what it is, and not for some pious fantasy about its nature – whether or not such fantasy is reinforced by an internal claim, or emotional religious feeling. If its mythical nature detracts from the Bible for you I can only say I understand that emotional wrench. Many of us had to pass through that door to remain sane.

      There are no fulfilled predictions in the Bible. All the apparent predictions – such as the Divine Donation are literary devices written long after alleged events. Sometimes they are used to justify not so much the actual events, but to justify the existing situation. In most cases there is negligible evidence for the events too. Yes the Bible is indeed mostly myth – I am sorry if that distresses you. truth can hurt. It’s my Bible also. I had to grow up too. It hurt because it involved abandoning childhood

      My birth religion is full of predictions a Jew would regard as nonsense, such as the non existent prediction of the equally non existent Virgin Birth, and items gleaned from Isaiah. Modern Christian scholars recognise that the Gospels were literary devices composed to give the appearance of fulfilment of Jewish Prophecy. Apart from amongst the Fundamentalists and Traditionalists the main question here is just how much of the Gospels are artefacts of fiction. I fear most of them

      The second Part of your post begins with the 1917 Balfour Declaration which was declared at a time when traditional belief had not questioned the reality of popular myths concerning Genealogical heritage. The critical point of the 1917 Balfour Declaration was its ACCEPTANCE of the Zionist view albeit not necessarily agreement with its cultural claims. The declaration is entirely about the sympathy for the concept of a Jewish homeland. Acceptance and agreement are very different in quality in English

      There are a number of errors in the latter part of your post, too many to closely analyse. For my part I accept the Resolution that resulted in the Partition of Palestine in 1947 as a means then of dealing with ongoing violence. However I rather doubt if the same Resolution would have been passed in modern times. I accept the Resolution because it is a UN Resolution and because it was couched in terms of eventual reconciliation. I fear we have strayed a long way from its intent. I consider your claim of Muslim manipulation of the UN to be utter baloney. I also accept the Israeli Arab claim that they are treated often like second class citizens in their own country. The situation in the Occupied territories makes Apartheid look almost benevolent!

      As to the Jewish Gene – I am afraid that really is what we downunder would call a “furphie” – a name given to the carts used in the great war to transport sanitary waste

      The Genetic connection with the Middle East occurs indeed in the “Jewish” population because it is prevalent throughout ALL the population – you can check the studies and the debates. It varies as one might expect in degree. It is in my own Gentile family – on my wife side because of Jews who assimilated into the family 150 years ago, a very high percentage of early Jewish settlers having assimilated in Australia. But the Gene is there anyway. So far as I am concerned Jewish describes adherents to a religion that has a MYTH of origin for its adherents. It really to me is that simple. People are all the same, one humanity, one mankind – the rest is culture and much of it nonsense. The myth of a pure Jewish people originates in ignoring those who exit and marry outside the religion and also those who converted both over thousands of years. The ancient Hebrews dispersed into the general population in borderline prehistoric times – for there of course was no Exodus and quite likely no Abrahamic family. They are clan myths so far as we know on present lack of evidence for them. In truth we don’t really know where Jews came from- only that they seem to share a close common physical nature with all the peoples of the regions in which they live

      As for the effect of the King David Hotel Bombing – I think Israel has paid for it a thousand and more fold. It was and is a tragedy in the past. As for the supposed warning, my friend in the British Army who was in the hotel at the time assured me there indeed was no warning given. I can only accept that none was indeed transmitted, and it strains my credibility to assume that had there been one it would not have been passed on.

      Regards

  • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

    There are some silly comments here, clearly showing some people simply haven’t a handle on the bid picture. The bottom line kids (and you are however educated you think you are) is OIL. Saudi Wahhabi Islam has insidiously dominated world politics since the ’70’s. Why? Money is power (whether Saudi earned it or not, which BTW she didn’t) the west discovered her OIL and OPEC in ’73 set a precedence on who should have and who should have not. Arabs have been against Israel since the early part of the 7th Century. The reason being Mohammed felt humiliated by a Rabbi’s when he declared himself a prophet! Every modern city in the Arab peninsular was designed, built and constructed by imported workers. Saudi now turns to Israel for protection against Iran! Go figure kids! Analyse the last 45 years of middle east disruption, take analysis back to source – apprx 1973 however rumblings were a foot in WWII.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Well wrote article and I trust more this retire army commander that UN comity or commission that are politically or ideologically motivate and certainly are not been elected by suffrage. UN is well know for the corruption and inefficient. UN are a body that should be completely review. First of all should been not direct by the more rich nations.

  • Mordecai Ben NMatan

    Julian Clovelly

    You are an ace idiot.
    You have no idea about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
    Had the Arabs/Muslims accepted the UN partitton plan, and not told the world that there would be blood shed if the Jews get a state of their own, not attacked the Jewish state on day one of the reborn Jewish Biblical state, by 5 Arab armies, who were beaten by the small Jewish population, with no army, airforce, navy, but with WW2 veterans, with the help of G-D, there would have been peace and a PA state.
    But you forget that Israel has been attacked so many times, and every time, the Arabs were beaten.
    They have tried time and again to “undo” the loss of face at always being beaten by a small nation, compared with the might of all the Arab armies.
    You critisize the Jewsiah people as a myth.
    You must then critsice Catholics, Protestants, Islam etc etc.

    I could go on and on about the rubbish you have written but you are not worth the time.

    You refer to the bombing of the hotel in Jerusalem.
    Let me remind you, that it served as the HQ of the British military, who supplied the Arabs with weapons, but hanged young Jews who were caught with a defensive weapon.
    The British were told to get out, as that part of the hotle was going to be blown up.
    The answer the British gave was “We do not take orderes from Jews”
    They could have been saved had they “taken orders dfrom Jews”
    One other point.
    The Jews were forbidden by the British Military, to sound the Shofar, the rams horn, which is one of the most moving symbol of Jews at prayer. Any Jew caught sounding the Shofar was arrested, becaue it “upset”the Muslims. But the Muslims were allowed to “call to prayer” a few times every day, and night, making sleep difficult.
    Just like the Muslims are demanding that Holocaust education must be banned as it “upsets the Muslims’

    No sir, You must get your facts right, and stop your typical hated of Jews. Please G-D, when you die, you will join Hitler in hell where you will burn for eternity.
    Of course, you do not believe in G-d, as you have no religion.

  • Harvey Lloyd

    What reason is there to publish this Nazi like diatribe that runs on and on? Is Algemeiner a flak sheet for the racists of the radical left?

  • Harvey

    Julian
    And I suggest you are a shill for Palestinian terrorism .

  • COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF:

    Boo Hoo Palestine by Pat Condell, 2014 October 20

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvTgqBluojM

    Despite the recent enthusiasm we have seen in the West for recognizing the non-existent country of Palestine, the much-vaunted Two-State-Solution is a fantasy, that has no chance of leading to peace; because the Palestinians, or to use the correct term, Arabs, have proven beyond any doubt that they are not negotiating in good faith, that they cannot be trusted to keep their word, and that any agreement they sign will be worthless.

    They initiate all the violence in the region, and they break every cease-fire, because they do not want negotiations or a Two-State-Solution, and they are not even keeping it a secret. They keep telling us: they want a One-State-Solution with no Israel and no Jews;
    and they pledged to never stop fighting until that day comes; both Hamas and the supposedly-moderate Fatah [PLO]; and we have no excuse for not listening.
    But we will find one, as usual, won’t we?

    Any agreement they do sign will be simply a stepping-stone to a better vantage-point from which to attack and destroy Israel; every Arab knows this is true. So any future Palestinian State will be like Gaza is today: a racist apartheid state, devoid of Jews on pain-of-death; and a launch-pad for daily rocket-attacks on Israeli civilians, until the Israelis finally lose patience and retaliate, and the world condemns them as Nazis.

    The pattern has been set:
    Palestinian terrorism is always rewarded, and that it why it never stops.
    And we in the West are helping to bankroll it; we can’t throw enough money their way.
    So much money that the leaders of Hamas, supposedly former refugees, are personal billionaires, while the people they claim to represent live in misery.

    Killing Jews for Allah is very lucrative, because it is popular with the rest of the world;
    if it were not popular, it would not be lucrative.

    And this despite the fact that Israel has NEVER initiated violence against any of its neighbors; it has only ever responded to it. The Israeli Army takes more care than any other to minimize civilian casualties, and everybody knows this; but this is never a feature of any news report, because it sends the wrong message; it tells the truth.

    But despite the media’s criminal dishonesty and bias, many people are now beginning to see for themselves, even if they can’t quite bring themselves to admit it, yet, that Arab/Muslim Jew-hatred is root-cause of this problem; it is the poison at the heart of it, and until it is confronted and dealt with, honestly and effectively, by the rest of us, including especially the media, the Two-State-Solution will remain self-congratulatory fantasy of stupid Western politicians.

    But something else that really does not help the emotional temperature of the situation is the fact that the Arabs are clearly jealous of Jews. And with good reason; they can see the disproportionate contributions that Jews have made to human advancement, in contrast to their own contribution, which is virtually nil. And they can see what a civilized and prosperous society the Jews have created in their midst, in contrast to their own racist, misogynist and deeply ignorant culture, with its childish honor-shame culture, which has no honor, and of which they ought to be ashamed.

    Also, the Jews have given the Arabs a tidy spanking, several times, when attacked unprovoked, despite being heavily outnumbered. It seems that everything the Jews do, they do better. No wonder the Arabs are jealous. It must infuriate them that they very people their infallible religion [Islam] depicts as inferior, as apes and pigs, have turned out to be clearly superior; that has got to hurt!

    And it must infuriate them to know that the world is openly patronizing them by giving them all this unwarranted attention and money. We all know they do not deserve it, and if they were measured by the standards we apply to everyone else, they would not get it. But we hold Arabs to lower standards; we expect less of them, because we are racists.

    And they are so stupid and self-indulgent, they milk it for all it is worth, and they end up expecting less of themselves, a lot less, which is exactly what they get. And it is what we all get, when show yet again, that they cannot be trusted, by breaking yet another cease-fire, by attacking innocent women and children in the most cowardly way, and are not held to account for it; but on the contrary, are rewarded, yet again.

    That is why this conflict is self-perpetuating. That is why the Two-State-Solution is a fantasy, and for once, we in the eternally guilt-ridden West really can’t blame ourselves.

    *** THE END ***

  • The Arab-Palestinians have the right to go back to the Arab countries where they from originally came from and not steal Jewish land and resources. They educate their children and the masses to commit terror and violence which is counter productive.
    It is enough that they got Jordan as the Arab State after taking it from the allocation as territory for the Jewish people according to international treaties and laws from 1920.
    The Arabs countries persecuted and expelled over a million Jewish families (who lived there for over 2,400 years) from their countries, confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate property. Over 650,00 Jewish families and their children of these expelled Jewish families and their children were resettled in Greater Israel (the balance of the expelled Jews from Arab countries settled in other countries). The Land the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles, which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is the trillions of dollars.
    Let the Arab-Palestinians relocate to those properties and leave Israel permanently. These actions will bring about peace and prosperity. They will be able to utilize funds devoted to weapons and war and divert those resources to improve the standard of living and create a prosperous economy, which will benefit everyone .
    YJ Draiman.

  • Arabs countries also persecuted and expelled over a million Jewish families (who lived there for over 2,400 years) from their countries, confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate property. Over 650,00 Jewish families and their children of these expelled Jewish families and their children were resettled in Greater Israel (the balance of the expelled Jews from Arab countries settled in other countries). The Land the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles, which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is the trillions of dollars.
    YJ Draiman

  • Anschel

    Colonel Kemp calls it exactly right. Unfortunately, the UN began to lose credibility the moment Dag Hammarsjkold’s plane crashed in Angola (I think in 1960). The UN has become just another political body controlled by a majority consisting of the world’s worst authoritarian, anti-democratic regimes.

    Israel, the one beacon of democracy and enlightenment in the Middle East, must do whatever is necessary to survive against the evil forces that surround it.

  • steven L

    That is exactly what the “Muslim Leadership” wants.

  • Siena

    I do not doubt that Hamas must share culpability with the Rothschild madeup Israel for the ongoing and decades long slaughter of Palestinian innocent children and their families.

    Retired Colonel Richard Kemp comes from the imperialistic colonialist and barbaric United Kingdom that connived and supported the intent to commit genocide in Palestine so that these so-called Israeli despots could takeover the land of an ancient culture.

    History tells the truth not some crap from the mouth of a war mongerer!

    • leon klement

      ha ha ha the egg is on your face

    • Shoshie Borchardt

      Oh get a life! The Israel Defense Force is the most humanatarian fighting force in the world. If we didn’t tell the other side to leave where we were going to bomb, our soldiers would still be alive today. That the Hamas wouldn’t let them leave (human shields) that’s why they were injured or killed. Colonel Kemp is a career soldier and he understands war, war is a terrible thing, but when one side is coninuously firing rockets at Israel, 12 years and a few thousand rockets later, we have no choice but to defend ourselves. Yhe next war I sincerly hope that they (IDF) will cut the crap and blow the shit out of Gaza….
      We have never, I repeat never, targeted children or commited genocide against the “Palestinian” people and just so you know, Israel is on their land for the last 3,500 years. The Arabs migrated here because this was the only place that there was work…. so cut the crap about this being their land….

    • Jeff Zucker

      Siena,

      It is quit obvious that you have an extreme case of bias against Israel. Of course, Hamas has a big hand in the deaths of most of the innocent and not so innocent civilians in Gaza. After the first cease fire they insisted on continuing action which caused the deaths of more Gazans and Israelis. In fact they broke several cease fire agreements. Israel would have stuck to the agreements if they had not been fired upon.

      Israel has not slaughtered Palestinian children or adults on any scale. If an individual acted to kill or injure Israelis or guests in Israel, they were dealt with in a lawful manner. The prisons of Israel are full of individuals who have perpetrated crimes against Israelis both Jewish and Arab. Prior to the 1949 truce things happened on both sides that were regrettable; however, since that time violence has been an act used by the Arab population of Palestine against its Jewish population.

    • Harvey Llohd

      The racist fascist driven narrative is from the same group of Israel and Jew haters who hate themselves most of all. Hamas is a brutal dictatorship no better than ISIS, and they kill any protestors in Gaza and enslave the people. There is no need to answer this provocative lying person because he will kill himself with anger and hypocrisy, the age old refuge of mean spirits on the way to their own hells.

    • Bullfrog

      Sad that the Arab world have been the Palestinians’s worst enemy. Looking at the Middle East today reveals enough ‘fighting fronts’ to know the Arabs & the Palestinians can never live in peace amongst themselves. It is nothing to to do with Israel, that is just an excuse.

      This letter by an ex naval Saudi Commodore says it all.

      http://www.arabnews.com/arab-spring-and-israeli-enemy

    • S.R.

      Ok, and the Arabs are the bastion on culture, liberty and social justice in the world. Just to remind you, Hamas swear to kill all the Jews and the “poor” Palestinians, the poor kids parents, voted for Hamas in the last pools. The “poor” Palestinians voted for the “killing the Jews” Hamas. They are not so innocent as you think.

    • citizenstat

      Sorry, dear. The only crap in these comments is being flung from your mouth.

    • Ann

      What utter rubbish this person writes. The truth and the facts can only be ignored by those who do not wish to know the truth. So long as she continues to wear her blinkers, her tunnel vision will ensure that she believes all the garbage being issued by the UN, PA, and the.like now it is itime to wake up and open Your eyes to the truth.

    • GOLUM

      Siena you’re an idiot and a terrorist lover….GET A LIFE!!!

    • Duncan

      I’m curious about this “ancient culture” you refer to. Where is the archaeological record? What language and currency was used? Who were their leaders? The “Palestinians” are Arabs from Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who were squatting on land at the end of the Ottoman empire. They will never accept a Jewish presence in the land(much like yourself, apparently) so they will eventually be destroyed from off it themselves.

    • destiny

      And you are trolling for philistines.

    • IKE SEMAYA

      With your support of Hamas you show that you DO NOT GIVE A DAME FOR THE SAFTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GAZA” If you did your comments would be to recognize and condem Hamas for the tactics they use. Such as firing rockets from civilian homes with the residents present and then moving before the IDF reacts. When the IDF reacts Hamas is gone and the occupants are killed. The IDF has no knowledge civilians are present. At times when the IDF found civilians in targets, they aborted the strike. SO WHERE IS YOUR CONDEMNATION OF HAMAS???????????

    • Mordecai Ben NMatan

      Sienna.

      You owe Col kenp an apology for refering to him as a war monger.
      Col Kemp is one of the greatest human military leaders.
      He has been in wars faught against Islamic terrorism. So he knows who and what Islamic terrorism is.
      Are you aware of all the terrorism by your beloved Islamic terrorists?
      Are you aware of the many suicde bombing of Israeli civilians? A few thousand Jews were murdered by you dear “innocent” Muslim terrorists
      The bombing of the Zbarro pitza shop, where many babies in prams were torn to shreds by the flying plate glass>
      That murderer chose Zbarro at lunch time, knowing that it would be filled with mothers and babies.
      What about the bombing of a Passover dinner, where Jews,men, women and children were celebrating the Passover Seder.
      Dozens of Jews, were blown up, many more were maimed for life.
      What about the bus bombings, which resulted in hundreds of Israeli civilians mudered by your Islaimc terrorists.
      The Israelis are the bravest people on earth.
      Would you like to sit in a bus, and hope that you will get home, and not be blown up by Islamic suicide murderers?
      That is what Israeli have to put up with daily.
      What about the Israeli school girls in a bus, who were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists.
      What about the suicide bombing of coffee bars?
      The big problem is that the Muslims are preached to by their Imams to hate Jews and to kill Jews, so that if they die, they will be rewarded with 72 virgins in heaven.
      That shows that islam is full of sex. But those murderers fogot that GOD will never accept murderers into heaven.
      Are you aware of the preacher in Al Aksa mosque, preached to his congregants that it is their duty to kill every Jewish man, woman and child, that not one must be left alive?
      Israel has freedom of speech.So that swine was left alone to carry on his murder sermons.
      Imagine if a Jew made those statements, in an Arab country,he would not have reached the door. He would have been cut to shreds by the Muslism who all seem to carry a knife.
      Dont forget about the Muslims who drive cars into Israelis waiting at a bus stop,
      is shot by a Police officer, and the news headline reads
      ISLAELI COP SHOOTS AND KILLS PALESTINIAN DRIVER.
      But only in the body of the article is the fact written,
      So, the idea is to make more hatred of Isralis. Most people only read the headlines.
      The muderers of Jews are sent to their holy leader, Satan, where they will burn in hell for eternity.
      Are you aware of the Muslims celebrating the bombing of WTC in NY where about 3 thousnd innocent people were murdered?
      Then, every time the Islamic terrorists murdered Jews, they celebrate by giving out sweets, naming streets, schools, parks,etc, after each murderer.
      That Abbas sends their families big money to show his “appreciation”, of the murder of Jews.
      And when Israel defends itself from Hamas terrorists, Israel is blamed.

    • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

      Sienna good heavens what on earth are your talking about. Are you the generation of kids who believe conspiracy theories? Rothschild and Hamas who ever heard anything so ridiculous! And yes at the time of the Napoleonic wars Britain was indeed Imperial and Rothschild Private Bankers bank rolled the British fight against Napoleon. I am simply staggered at the stupidity of today’s 35 to 50 year old’s ignorance. Please assure me someone there are no 30 year old’s in power! Commander Kemp is a military man with experience, who knows the mind set of moslem ingrates who have been kept in place by Imams taking their que from Wahhabi Islam (Saudi Islam). Since the ’70’s the Saudi’s have insidiously dominated the world through the power of OIL, rubbed the Ayatollah’s up the wrong way 2+2=4. Remember Sienna the first Gulf war – Saddam’s first target was Kuwait this was and is the start of the OIL wars of the 21st century. OIL is money and money is power and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Get educated Siena

    • Jack

      Considering Palestinians never where a nation, but a group of tribes under the control variously from Istanbul or Cairo, and that the Arab League opened hostilities I must ask, WHO IS THE MONGER?
      Look in the mirror.

  • Julian Clovelley

    In setting itself against the very existence of the International Criminal Court Israel has set itself against what many people see as the one organisation capable of pursuing war criminals, and acting as a deterrent to future criminals

    In setting itself against the Red Cross Geneva Conventions for Occupied territory, Israel is defying the Conventions that aimed to reduce the horrors of military action and to protect noncombatants and civilians, especially under occupation – and further, to restore their freedoms

    In setting itself against a battery of consideration that Settlement of the Occupied territories is illegal under International Law, Israel defies world legal opinion and the Rule of Law that protects both nations and individuals

    In refusing to allow a Palestinian State, Israel defies the logic of Partition that justifies Israel’s own existence

    In pressing to become a “Jewish State” Israel, in the eyes of the world, effectively denies the existence and equality of some 25% of its population

    In its attacks on the United Nations, Israel seeks to undermine the vital organisation the world relies on to administer relief to refugees and disadvantaged populations – to provide an alternative in discussion to military action – to maintain, to the best of its ability, peace as a reality and an ideal

    In drawing unrealistic and sometimes unwelcome links with Jewish populations worldwide, Israel tars those populations with its own brush

    And yet there are some Jewish people who tend to wonder why there is a rise in antiJewish feeling and the threat of irrational antisemitism. The answer is that extremist Zionism, the religious fantasy of Divine Donation of land, the discreet and unique Genealogy, are reasonably NOT acknowledged by the world in general, and its people. Secularisation has meant the world has moved on from the rule of Myth and can distinguish religion from reality

    Therefore the entire Jewish population becomes unreasonably accused of Apartheid thinking – and this will likely not change until Israel rejects the Zionist fantasy, and seeks a more multicultural nature for itself – which in practice will commence through the unconditional closing of Settlements and the ending of the occupation and blockade, and intellectually through abandoning the ridiculous project of creating a separate “Jewish History”

    Viewed from a military point of view Colonel Kemp’s opinion is of great value. But the world is not ruled by the military, but by predominantly civilian Governments. Viewed from a civilian viewpoint the UN report is an essential document in further assessing the on-ground situation in the Middle East – the nature of relationships in the region and of behaviour. It will indeed be influential and often quoted

    Nearly seventy years ago the future of the Middle East was decided in a truly awful act of terrorism about which no great remorse has been ever displayed. It was the Terrorist Bombing of the King David Hotel – That was the great precedent for all that has followed. Just as Australia in recent years apologised to the Aboriginal population and for forced adoptions, so a contemporary renunciation of that Terrorist act is needed. Without being better reconciled to the world Israel must become more and more like other isolated nations, increasingly monocultural and militaristic – rather like North Korea – That would be a tragedy. Israel’s right to exist and its right to defend itself would be greatly enhanced if the present attempt to swing Jewry to the Right were abandoned.

    The Israeli people desperately need to rethink their path and perhaps display to the world a Government and ethos that make resolution, reconciliation and peace, possible. No group in the present conflicts have the faith of the world in their integrity and intentions. The belligerence of Israeli Zionist extremists and of the Islamic Fundamentalist forces reflect badly on their co-religionists overseas. Islamophobia and antisemitism are one and the same phenomena and are generally both held by an antisemite. When it comes to both Islamic Fundamentalist extremism and Zionist extremism the world increasingly views it as being rather like the ending of Orwell’s Animal Farm:

    “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    The Jewish people have one major card they have not played – it is revealed in the truth that the boundary between Jew and non Jew is very blurred indeed – through conversion and assimilation into host populations. That assimilation occurred over thousand of years. The finite, pure, Jewish people is a religious myth. For people of Jewish descent that is vastly the majority view, that we are all the same people., our descent is shared, only our myths and religions divide us

    I suggest that the Jewish community opens itself to that truth – There are vastly more non Jews, even in the same Genealogy – than Jews. Restore the bridge

    • It is people like you who promote hate by the Arabs based on false information.
      I suggest you do more research and go spend some time in Israel before you make unfounded claims.
      Read: From Time immemorial by Joan Peters for starters.
      I have family who were persecuted and expelled from Arab countries and their assets and land confiscated.
      There was never an Arab-Palestinian State in Greater Israel and there will never be – face it.
      The Ottoman land records of Palestine confirm that the Arabs did not own land, they were sharecroppers. Over 90% of the land was owned by the government the balance was owned by absentee wealthy Arabs from Lebanon and elsewhere who sold it to the Jews at premium prices.
      It is time to implement population transfer for all the Arabs. (Just like was done after WW2)
      who create violence, riot and attack Jews and anyone else. They could be relocated to the home and land of the million Jewish families and their children, persecuted and expelled from Arab countries or Jordan. Their assets businesses, homes and 120,000 sq. km. of Real estate property confiscated.
      Read the 1947 Decry by the League of Arab Nations to persecute and confiscate all Jewish assets in Arab countries.
      YJ Draiman.

    • leon klement

      wow… you are a moron

    • S.R.

      Até you crazy? Who ever spoke about a Jewish pure race? Camp to Israel to see white and black Jews living and praying together. And to compare Zionist “extremists” to Islamic fundamentalists extremists is insane. Just ask yourself how many each one kills everyday here in Israel and in the whole world. Think, my friend, your text is stupid.

    • citizenstat

      Sorry, I spoke too soon. This post contains a veritable ocean of crap!

    • destiny

      Wow, the antisemites are out in force. Do you possibly believe that repeating lies against Israel makes you credible? I think not!

    • Horatio

      Yawn. Long but wrong.

      • Horatio

        The comment: “Yawn. Long but Wrong” is directed at, and describes ALL the long-winded anti-Jew-anti-Irael hate-mongers prattling on this board.

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