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Banksy on Christmas

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  1. Anne 1

    So poignant.

  2. JanM 2

    When this appeared on Facebook it attracted a lot of really quite vicious comment from Israeli sympathisers

    • George Hendry 2.1

      For more of the same, see lower in this thread. The Xmas spirit of ‘one horse open slay’ is alive and well. 🙂

  3. Manuka AOR 4

    “They build walls, we build hope”
    “In a fraught Middle East, see how both sides celebrate the season of peace. Israel’s Ambassador trolls the U.S. with a defiant gift of “war crimes trinkets,” items from illegal settlements, to rebuke BDS “fanatics and fools.” In contrast, Palestinians march Santas through Bethlehem, “the city of peace” – before getting teargassed – and erect a sparkling Tree of Resistance. ”
    by Abby Zimet: http://www.commondreams.org/further/2015/12/23/they-build-walls-we-build-hope-palestinians-mark-christmas-santas-and-tree

    • Acrophobic 4.1

      And you believe that nonsense?

      • Manuka AOR 4.1.2

        I am not sure whether by “that nonsense” you mean the Santas, photographed here by ActiveStills: http://972mag.com/photos-palestinian-santa-clauses-clash-with-border-police-in-bethlehem/114967/
        Activestills is a collective of Israeli, Palestinian, and international photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change.
        They say: “The nonviolent Santa Claus march was dispersed with tear gas, after which young men from Bethlehem began throwing stones at the police officers, who fired more tear gas, along with rubber-coated bullets and live fire. At least three Palestinians were wounded.”

        … or the Resistance Tree: http://www.imemc.org/article/74320
        This is an olive tree that was killed by the wall, now lit up for Christmas.
        “The tree was decorated with both oppression and resistance tools, according to the PNN; It was adorned with bullets, teargas canisters, wires, walls, and also had the Palestinian Kufiyyeh, slingshots, and photos of Palestinian children killed or imprisoned by occupation authorities.

        “Photos included child detainee Ahmad Manasrah (13) who was shot and tortured by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem, under the stabbing pretext, and Ahmad Dawabsha (4), the only survivor of the Dawabsha family, who were burned alive by Israeli settlers.

        “The tree was surrounded by messages calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and lit with candles for the souls of more than 120 victims killed in only three months.

        “Inside the tree, PSCC planted another young tree as a representation of Palestinian hope and resilience, life emerging from the womb of death.”

        • Acrophobic

          More nonsense. Believe the terrorist propaganda if you want, but the people of Israel have a right to defend themselves against the sort of unprovoked attacks they have endured since 1948.

          • Manuka AOR

            Which part of the following, specifically, do you dispute as being other than factual:

            “Israel has killed 25 Palestinian children since the beginning of the Jerusalem Intifada in early October, a report by the Ministry of Health has revealed. The Ministry of Health added in its report that the number of Palestinian deaths from early October till the first week of December reached 115, including 25 children.

            The report pointed to the injury of 530 children, including 311 with live ammunition, 143 with rubber bullets and 26 by tear gas, as well as 50 others wounded as a result of severe beatings.

            Ayed Abu Qtaish of Defence of Children International explained that Israel killed 17 Palestinian minors during attempts to carry out stabbings; the rest of the 25 children were killed during clashes in the West Bank.

            Abu Qtaish told Quds Press that the vast majority of the killings took place during operations against the Israeli occupation, in which “the children did not pose a danger to the Israeli soldiers who, in turn, did not use gradual measures like arresting them or firing on their lower bodies.”

            He pointed out that his organisation documented Israel’s acknowledgement, in reports, that its police and army killed Palestinian children by shooting directly at them and continuously without prior attempts to arrest them.” https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/22708-pa-israel-killed-25-palestinian-children-in-the-past-two-months

            • Paul

              Won’t answer.
              You really are wasting your time with this virulent troll. This new diatribe against the Palestinians takes him to a new low. Beats the climate denial we had the other day. He never engages in reasoned debate.
              He is best ignored.

            • acrophobic

              The bias. You are being manipulated by propaganda. You are defending a people group whose faith stones adulterers, hangs homosexuals, bans Christmas (Somalia and Brunei) and generally represents a threat to freedom across the planet. Yet the nation you decry is a democracy, where arab and jew live side by side.

              Finally, your Palesitinian minors attack with knives, they are no longer minors, they are radicalised scum.

              • joe90

                Yet the nation you decry is a democracy, where arab and jew live side by side.

                Arse, Israel is a racist nation where the death of Palestinian children is celebrated and half of all Jewish Israeli high school students say Arab Israelis don’t deserve the same rights as Jews.



                Two girls with a sign that reads “Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s values.”


                • acrophobic

                  Israel is not a racist nation. Israel is a modern and thriving democracy, where religious liberty is honoured. Unlike most Islamic nations.

                  • joe90

                    No, no racism in Israel.


                    Last November, a suspicious fire broke out at a school in bi-lingual school in Jerusalem that teaches students in both Hebrew and Arabic. Slogans like “there is no co-existence with cancer’’ were spray-painted on the walls. A classroom was trashed.

                    Soon after, Israeli authorities announced the arrest of three members of Lehava, an ultra-nationalist group well known in for its campaign against “assimilation” and marriages between Arabs and Jews. Investigators said the young men had attacked the school because it was a place “Jews and Arabs learn together.’’


                    Here is a shocking fact from a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and reported by the Times of Israel: fully one-third of Israelis say that unlawful, vigilante violence against non-Jewish African immigrants is fine with them.


                    • acrophobic

                      You didn’t read what I wrote did you? Every country has racists. But Israel is not a racist nation. People of all races enjoy equal rights, unlike many of Israel’s neighbours.

                    • joe90

                      People of all races enjoy equal rights, unlike many of Israel’s neighbours.

                      Just like their neighbours.

                      Crucially, while the bill affirms “the personal rights of all [Israel’s] citizens according to law,” it reserves communal rights for Jews only. In other words, individual Arabs are equal in the eyes of the law, but their communal rights are not recognized.


              • Manuka AOR

                “You are defending a people group whose faith “

                You do know that there are around 100,000 Palestinian Christians on the West Bank and still 1,000 in Gaza, and that Christianity in Palestine is ‘as old as the religion itself’. From the International Business Times, 23/12/15:
                “There’s a surprising unity among Palestinians about one cause, which is always the same, and that is ending the occupation. Palestinian Christians feel as deeply as do Muslim Palestinians.” http://www.ibtimes.com/christmas-looms-gazas-fading-christian-community-eyes-life-outside-besieged-2235275

                And from America Magazine, Christmas Day 2015, on Christian – Muslim relationship: “Here in the Bethlehem area, it’s very good. We live together and we have a very good situation. We are one. We are all Palestinians. For sure, you can feel a difference in the cultures — or within the religions itself. But the most important thing is that we respect one another. They respect me. And I respect them. ”

                “And what about the relationship between Palestinian Christians and Israel?”

                “I feel the problem with Israel is this: They can do whatever they want, and no one outside can tell them not to do something. Whether it’s about human rights violations or taking more land for settlements, no one can tell them anything. They do what they want. Even now, they’re grabbing another section of the Bethlehem region for settlements—the Cremisan Valley. It’s an area where Christians are the majority landowners, and Israel is taking it now for new settlements. They’re building a wall which will block Christians from getting to their lands. It’s a clear violation of international law—even the Vatican has told Israel they must stop. But Israel will listen to no one.” http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/bleak-christmas-bethlehem

                • acrophobic

                  It is not Palestinian Christians who are lobbing rockets into Israel.

                  • One Two

                    Accusing others of being the protagonists while operating as one on this site

                    One of the lowest roles any human could consciously choose to act in

                    Internet protagonist

          • Stuart Munro


            • Paul

              He won’t have heard of it.
              Wait till he googles it and asks his mentor what to write next.

          • Manuka AOR

            “a right to defend themselves”?
            “People are questioning this one-sided support for Israel through the years, and people are questioning the Israeli narrative about what is going on, – ] ‘Is it really Israel defending itself against the Palestinians, or is Israel attacking a besieged and occupied people?’ ” ~ Dr Mads Gilbert http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2014/12/mads-gilbert-people-are-questioning-israel-2014121910554274803.html

            And here is another question: Is not war profiteering one aspect of this? This time last year:
            “Three weeks after Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip concluded, Israeli military and political leaders attended a conference next to Ben Gurion Airport to sell the successes of what Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians including 521 children. The annual conference, named “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014,” took place in business-as-usual atmosphere — even with a complimentary beer keg. But the fare was anything but humdrum. Among the offerings were suicide drones, “loitering munitions” that need to explode; a 16-year-old showing off high-tech robots designed by fellow high schoolers and future drone makers; and “premature” weapons, armaments that have not been fully tested before they are used on a live Palestinian population. Such is Israel the military power.

            “The conference showcased the latest drone technology and previewed the industry’s prospects to a few hundred international buyers, vendors, and military figures. Inside a private conference room, political and industry leaders gave presentations — speaking in military euphemisms that avoided any uncomfortable references to the humanitarian catastrophe resulting from the 51-day bombing campaign. – See more at: http://bdsmovement.net/2014/israeli-arms-manufacturers-look-to-cash-in-on-the-war-in-gaza-12946#sthash.lpDPV757.dpuf
            – See more at: http://bdsmovement.net/2014/israeli-arms-manufacturers-look-to-cash-in-on-the-war-in-gaza-12946#sthash.lpDPV757.dpuf

            • acrophobic

              Yep, a right to defend themselves. Read some history. Start with the arab attacks in 1948. You’ll be enlightened.

              • Paul

                Sabra and Shatila

              • Manuka AOR

                In 1948 Uri Avnery was right there, fighting as a squad commander and sending dispatches from the front line to be published in Haaretz. Now, in December 2015, he writes: “There is no such thing as international terrorism”.
                Excerpt: “Netanyahu tries to ride this wave like Hollande and company. He cites the Holocaust (likening a 16-year old boy from Hebron to a hardened SS officer at Auschwitz) and talks endlessly about anti-Semitism.

                “All in order to obliterate one glaring fact: the occupation with its daily, indeed hourly and minutely, chicanery of the Palestinian population. Some government ministers don’t even hide anymore that the aim is to annex the West Bank and eventually drive out the Palestinian people from their homeland.” (emphasis added)

              • You should go there.

                Speak to a variety of Israelis and Palestinians.

                I suspect you will be pleasantly surprised by the humanity and courage of the people you meet.

                It’s true that there are nutters on both sides. But only one side has the most modern army in the world, supported by the largest and most powerful army in the world.

                You’ll realise that Israel holds all the cards in this situation. All of them.
                Dig a bit deeper and look at the territories Israel has illegally occupied in the west bank and it becomes apparent that Israels aggression has more to do with water and arable land than religion.

                • Paul

                  acrophobic is sadly just a nasty troll.

                • acrophobic

                  I have been there. Militarily Israel is vastly superior, and just as well too, considering the governments the palestinians have elected. Israel only occupies territories it won in wars of aggression against it. It beggars belief that after acknowledging that fact, apologists for arab aggression like you continue to support that very aggression.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Which, by the same witless excuse for logic, makes you an apologist for Irgun terrorism and hotel bombings.

                    Why do you support terrorists? No-one here is cheering for Hamas.

                    • acrophobic

                      Who said you were? But it is an inconvenient truth that Hamas is the elected Govt of Gaza, and Hamas is a terrorist organisation.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Israel only occupies territories it won in wars of aggression against it.

                    Just like the former Soviet Union. No, wait…

                    It must be hard for wingnuts to remember which international laws to pay lip service to and when.

                    • acrophobic

                      The Soviet Union invaded other territories. Israel’s occupations are totally different. They are most certainly illegal under International Law, but most terrorist sympathisers conveniently forget that Israel withdrew from Gaza and immediately the Palestinians started bombing.

                  • I do not apologise for anything, least of all this “Arab Aggression” you speak about.

                    The world, and Middle East in particular is far too complex to be so reductionist without losing all perspective.
                    Your use of the phrase “Arab Aggression” also seeks to remove any context from the conversation, something critical to actually understanding what is going on in Israel as well as its relationship to surrounding countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia) and the US/UK.

                    If you want to understand what is happening in the Middle East, and Israel in particular, you need to revisit the modern history of the region.
                    I suggest starting with Sykes–Picot after WWI.
                    Useful also because it is entwined with our own ANZAC nation building myth.

                    When you have middle aged women attacking fully armed soldiers with kitchen knives, or young girls blowing themselves up at checkpoints it is a clear sign that the occupation has literally driven people insane.

                    • acrophobic

                      The term ‘arab aggression’ is not reductionist, it is historical fact. Israel retaliates , disproportionately for the most part, but Israel’s Arab neighbours have had decades to live in peace with Israel. Some have chosen to do so. Those that haven’t will continue to pay the price.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                start with the arab [sic] attacks in 1948

                Cherry picking the ‘start’ date is another way to say “I’ve taken sides”. Why not ‘start’ with Josephus Flavius? Or with the King David Hotel?

                • acrophobic

                  1948 is the date Israel became a recognised sovereign nation. Go back to Isaac and Ishmael if you like. I prefer to stick to the subject.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    The point, fool, is that violence begets violence: no amount of cluster bombs and illegal invasion of Palestinian land will make Israel safe: no amount of stone throwing will make Palestine safe.

                    Until both sides commit to peace with actions as well as words nothing will change. Or you can continue as an apologist for Gush Emunim.

    • Manuka AOR 4.2

      Abby Zimet also wrote: ” A peaceful holiday season to you and yours, and a reminder: The Christian and largely untroubled world today celebrates the story of a Middle Eastern family seeking refuge, as so many families from Syria and elsewhere do today; many remain stranded in strange lands where “there is nothing here for us, just emptiness.” Fellow-humans on a spinning globe, by mere fate more blessed, we owe compassion, comfort and if possible even joy to the least among us.” http://www.commondreams.org/further/2015/12/25/least-your-brothers-and-sisters

      • Macro 4.2.1

        The Christian and largely untroubled world today celebrates the story of a Middle Eastern family seeking refuge, as so many families from Syria and elsewhere do today; many remain stranded in strange lands where “there is nothing here for us, just emptiness.

        Very True

        Which makes Christmas even more relevant today

        It is pertinent to remind ourselves that the Christian story of the birth of the illegitimate young son of a young mother forced by the state to travel (for no other reason than her husband to be was required to go to the town of his ancestors) where they were to be counted for tax purposes, occurred in a barn where the new born was placed in a cattle feeding trough because there was no where else for them to be. (akin to the many here today forced to sleep under bridges and in cars).
        The birth Christians “celebrate” is one which in reality is one of poverty, homelessness, and refuge. – which is where – if Christ is to mean anything – Christianity should always find its place.

  4. J Ryan 5

    I find it weird that such a distaste of Israel is so entrenched in some people when this country is simply defending itself against such a suppressive culture where human rights are abused, hate is preached and deep down resent western culture. Israel is a democratic, they accept gays, equal rights in a region where these issues are not tolerated. But the Liberals of the West, including NZs own make excuses for such hatred and suppression. Possibility visit Aki Muthali, Clarion Project to see one girls story, or visit http://www.honordiaries.com and get another prospective and why we need to learn to enlighten our understanding of what is really happening in the Middle East and Western society as Eastern culture spreads it’s influence.

    • Bill 5.1

      A Zionist state born from dedicated terror and still dedicated to creating terror. Can’t imagine why that would be met with any degree of distaste.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2

      Weirdness and speading influence explained in pictures.

      [I replaced the URL with the one you subsequently posted – MS]

      • DH 5.2.1

        One Anonymous Bloke

        I’d ask that you didn’t link to content like that. The name of the site says it all; jew watch

        I’ve never been able to understand the old hatred, it’s depressing to be reminded that it’s just as alive and malignant as it ever was.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Bloody hell I hadn’t spotted the racist url: the result of a Google search for the image. Sorry.

          The image tells the story nonetheless.

          • Andre

            Doesn’t show the Golan Heights…

          • DH

            It doesn’t really, it’s just propaganda.

            The original mandate of Palestine had very large tracts of what we know as state land. It belonged to no-one as such. It could be called Palestine land, it certainly can’t be labelled Palestinian land.

            Further to that the Negev was claimed by the Bedouin, they don’t identify as Palestinian now or in times past.

            I’m of no doubt that Israel has confiscated land unfairly but that map is a dishonest fraud.

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              state land. It belonged to no-one as such.


              The map tells the story of illegal land occupation, which as you say, has indeed occurred. By an amazing coincidence, illegal land occupation has led to armed conflict in other parts of the world too.

              Perhaps this time things will be different.

              • Acrophobic

                There is only occupation because there has been Arab aggression. That’s the historical reality.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  There is only aggression because there has been occupation: you see how easy it is to write down vacuous drivel? No, of course you don’t: since you had to rote-learn the drivel you can’t be expected to understand it.

                  • acrophobic

                    The aggression came first. See how easy it is to explain history.

                    • Paul


                    • Your argument is that Palestinians were attacking Israelis with rocks and knives in before the modern state of Israel was created and Jews returned to occupy Palestine, their ancestral home?

                      The facts are against you.

                      And just as an aside, you do understand that Palestinians are a Semitic people right?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It’s a piss-poor explanation, which makes it easier to recruit munters like you to narrow and one-sided versions of history.

                      Please explain Albert Einstein’s opinion of Menachem Begin in the context of your rote-learned narrative.

                    • acrophobic

                      “Your argument is that Palestinians were attacking Israelis with rocks and knives in before the modern state of Israel was created and Jews returned to occupy Palestine, their ancestral home? The facts are against you”

                      What facts? Palestine was the ancestral home of the Jewish people. They were promised a home in Palestine by the Balfour Declaration and subsequent international conventions. The arab population of Palestine and surrounding areas had an opportunity to engage in the process and refused, choosing decades of violence instead. As a result, the people of Israel (Arab and Jew) have turned Palestine from a wasteland into a thriving modern democratic economy.

                      History and the facts are on Israel’s side.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Announcing that you’re “giving” land away that doesn’t belong to you doesn’t constitute an act of aggression, no sirree 🙄

                      Please explain how Balfour came by the land he promised to Rothschild.

                    • acrophobic

                      “Please explain how Balfour came by the land he promised to Rothschild.”

                      The Balfour declaration was a statement of intent by one of the eventual victors in WW1, Gt Britain. Britain controlled Palestine under UN mandate after WW1, from 1920 through 1948, and it was under this rule that the Jewish state was gradually established until declaration in 1948. Virtually every nation on the planet endorsed Israel as a new nation. Regrettably some chose war.

              • DH

                “The map tells the story of illegal land occupation, ”

                I don’t think so. The (fake) maps are just the product of the endless propaganda that spews out of both sides in that conflict.

                Personally i wish people would shut up about the place and move on. So much media time & effort is concentrated on the I/P conflict, so much bandwidth wasted, so much UN time & resources frittered away, the big human rights catastrophes around the world barely get a mention.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  What’s fake about the 1947 UN partition plan map? They used different colours?

                  As for the rest of your comment, I’m sure that outcome would suit one side very well indeed. Personally, I’m capable of noticing more than one human rights violation at a time.

                  • DH

                    “What’s fake about the 1947 UN partition plan map?”

                    You’ve answered your own question there. It was a plan, that pictured division of Jewish/Palestinian land never existed because the plan was never implemented.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      As the Economist puts it:

                      Jews, and the Israeli state, have, in fact, seized great quantities of Palestinian land in the territory of Israel/Palestine over the past 60 years. Israelis and Americans must acknowledge this fact to make any progress towards peace, and an accurate accounting of such seizures would be very valuable. But this particular map only confuses and distorts the issue, and seems clearly designed for propaganda purposes.

                      I note you ignored my second paragraph.

                    • DH

                      “As the Economist puts it: ”

                      I fail to see where you’re going with this. The Economist supports what I’ve said here, pretty much in its entirety, so I don’t know what sort of response you’re expecting. Argument is done unless you want to dispute the Economist as well.

                      “I note you ignored my second paragraph.”

                      There was nothing there to pursue.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It’s pretty simple: the maps may not exactly match the territory in question: the story they tell (of illegal ongoing invasion of Palestinian territory) is nonetheless accurate.

                      Quibbling about the exact boundaries then ‘wishing’ people would stop drawing attention to the situation serves one side only.

            • Acrophobic


  5. Acrophobic 6

    The cartoon missed something. The missiles being fired from the ‘peaceful’ Palestinians into Israel.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      In that case it would also have to show the tanks, planes, clusterbombs, assault rifles, and full strength of the Israeli military, and then you could put it on Facebook with the tagline “find the Palestinian weapon”, and you wouldn’t be able to see the donkey so much as play it.

      • Acrophobic 6.1.1

        Israel is a sovereign nation under attack from terrorists. The world recognises Israel’s right to defend itself. Get with the program.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Palestine is also a sovereign nation, albeit one getting smaller and smaller due to illegal occupations – do you pay lip service to law ‘n’ order like a craven hypocrite or are you consciously amoral?

          I note that according to the “hawks”, terrorism is on the increase. Perhaps the “hawk” position is the problem: a bunch of knuckledragging kill-freaks and fear-mongers justifying anything their amygdalas tell them to do.

          • Acrophobic

            And as a nation and a people group the Palestinians have waged a way ofaggression ever since the formation of Israel against her. They just don’t learn.

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              All your comments reveal is that you have taken sides. I expect you rote-learned these beliefs like all your other ones.

            • mickysavage

              Tell me Acrophobic does the throwing of one stone by an Arab youth justify the decimation of the Palestinian state?

              • acrophobic

                No. But who elected a terrorist organisation as their government? Palestinians. Who began bombing Israel within hours of having land returned to them in 2005? The Palestinians. I could go on, but history is on the side of Israel here. If it takes the decimation of the arab state inPalestine for them to learn to leave Israel alone,then that is what will happen.

                • Paul

                  Are Begin and Shamir Also Considered Terrorists?
                  From the end of 1937 until the middle of 1939, in less than two years, the terrorist activities of the Irgun and Lehi claimed 232 victims with another 370 wounded – men, women and children.


                • Well the Israelis can only blame themselves for that.

                  Hamas is an insanity that is the direct result of the occupation and targeted assassinations by Israel.

                  Israel also worked incredably hard to disrupt and destabilise the moderate (and often corrupt) PA.

                  And what were they thinking when they killed Arafat?
                  Not peace thats for sure.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  leave Israel alone,then that is what will happen. [sic]

                  So the Kurds should take larger sections of Turkey, Iraq and Syria; France and Holland are owed some Germany f’sure. Afghanistan gets some Russia, and Iraq gets some USA.

                  Why do wingnut notions always look like massively incompetent hypocrisy? Are they trying to lure people into citing Hodson & Busseri or something?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  but history is on the side of Israel here.

                  No it’s not. What usually happens to a state that starts with an injustice and then ramps it up even further is that it gets removed by those it is oppressing.

                  • acrophobic

                    Israel did not start with an injustice. It’s origins were steeped in history and international law.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Israel did not start with an injustice.

                      Imposing a nation on top of another nation that’s already there that had specifically said that they didn’t want that is an injustice.

                      It’s origins were steeped in history and international law.

                      It’s origins were historic – so was it’s loss. Israel hasn’t existed for 2000+ years.

                      And the imposition of Israel upon Palestine is fully against the UN charter of inviolate borders and self-determination and thus against international law. And the law actually older than that as well – it’s why Britain settled NZ via treaty in fact.

                • One Two

                  Yes slaughter them, slaughter them all and take away the innocence of the children

                  That your comments support genocide by the apartheid state of Israel is par for the course for blood lusting Talmud pedos

                  • acrophobic

                    Israel is not an apartheid state. But you’d know that if you’d ever been there.

                  • DH

                    “blood lusting Talmud pedos”

                    Take your Jew bashing elsewhere you loathsome turd.

                    Fuck you people are disgusting. Dirty fucking hypocrites, you presume to take some kind of moral high ground and you let this kind of filth go by with not a goddamned word of complaint.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      you presume to take some kind of moral high ground

                      Not very high ground though is it? Being opposed to an army deployed against children. More like a no-brainer.

            • joe90

              They just don’t learn.

              Indeed, the past is a foreign country.


              “If you don’t stop throwing stones, we’ll continue killing you and we’ll gas you all, children, elders and women.. all of you are going to die”…


        • Paul

          Were these people terrorists?

          Irgun Zvai Leumi, ( Hebrew: National Military Organization) byname Etzel, Jewish right-wing underground movement in Palestine, founded in 1931. At first supported by many nonsocialist Zionist parties, in opposition to the Haganah, it became in 1936 an instrument of the Revisionist Party, an extreme nationalist group that had seceded from the World Zionist Organization and whose policies called for the use of force, if necessary, to establish a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan.
          Irgun committed acts of terrorism and assassination against the British, whom it regarded as illegal occupiers, and it was also violently anti-Arab. Irgun participated in the organization of illegal immigration into Palestine after the publication of the British White Paper on Palestine (1939), which severely limited immigration. Irgun’s violent activities led to execution of many of its members by the British; in retaliation, Irgun executed British army hostages.
          Irgun’s members were extremely disciplined and daring, and their actions included the capture of ʿAkko (Acre) prison, a medieval fortress that not even Napoleon had succeeded in capturing. In the last days of the British mandate, it captured a large part of the city of Yafo (Jaffa).
          On July 22, 1946, Irgun blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91 soldiers and civilians (British, Arab, and Jewish). On April 9, 1947, a group of Irgun commandos raided the Arab village of Dayr Yāsīn (modern Kefar Shaʾul), killing about 100 of its inhabitants.
          After the creation of Israel in 1948 Irgun’s last units disbanded and took the oath of loyalty to the Israel Defense Forces on September 1, 1948. Politically, it was the precursor of the Ḥerut (Freedom) Party, one of Israel’s most militant right-wing groups, which later merged with the Liberals into the Gaḥal Party.


        • Stuart Munro

          The world does nor recognise or admire the disproportionate use of force. Nor does Israel enjoy a privileged position of right – there was no high moral ground to be had in the early years of the fight. As the balance of power swung behind the new Israeli state, the responsibility to move away from the gratuitous abuse of force increasingly falls to them.


          In more recent times, Israel’s extremist leaders, especially Sharon, were certainly war criminals. But the US never met a dictator they didn’t like – from Hussein to Pinochet – which should be an obvious warning sign about the traitor John Key – they like him because he consistently betrays his country for their convenience.

  6. Morrissey 7

    Acrophobic’s bizarre, dishonest, ignorant and hate-filled posts remind me of Dame Lesley “I’ve just come back from Israel” Max.

    Open mike 17/08/2011

    • Paul 7.1

      Acrophobic has shown himself to be a virulent troll.
      Climate denial and now undying support for an apartheid state.

  7. One Two 8


    Israeli planes have reportedly sprayed chemical substances on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing off the crops in the already impoverished Palestinian territory

    Due to the decline in production and Israel’s ban on the entry of basic commodities, Gazan farmers have resorted to the use of banned chemical substances to maximize crop yield. This poses a serious health hazard to both farmers and their consumers.

    Meanwhile, the United Nations has expressed concerns over the excessive use of toxic pesticides by Gaza farmers

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    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
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  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
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  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
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  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
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  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
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  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
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    2 days ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
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  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
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  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
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    2 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
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  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
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  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
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  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
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  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
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    4 days ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
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  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
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    4 days ago
  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
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    6 days ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
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    6 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
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    6 days ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
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    7 days ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
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    1 week ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
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    1 week ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
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    1 week ago
  • Early Pfizer shipment boosts vaccine schedule
    The largest shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date has arrived into New Zealand two days ahead of schedule, and doses are already being delivered to vaccination centres around the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The shipment of more than 370,000 doses reached New Zealand yesterday, following a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Backing for Bay of Islands predator free effort
    The Government is throwing its support behind an ambitious project to restore native biodiversity and build long-term conservation careers, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Predator Free Bay of Islands aims to eradicate predators from the three main peninsulas in the region, and significantly reduce their impact throughout the wider 80,000-plus ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government commits $600,000 to flood recovery
    The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort. They have announced ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government assisting local responses to heavy rainfall and high wind
    Acting Minister of Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says Central Government is monitoring the severe weather across the country, and is ready to provide further support to those affected if necessary. “My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this latest event, particularly communities on the West Coast and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • PM Ardern chairs APEC Leaders’ meeting on COVID-19
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has chaired a meeting of Leaders representing the 21 APEC economies overnight. “For the first time in APEC’s history Leaders have come together for an extraordinary meeting focused exclusively on COVID-19, and how our region can navigate out of the worst health and economic ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Health Minister welcomes progress on nurses’ pay
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s decision to take the Government’s improved pay offer to members and to lift strike notices is a positive move towards settling district health board nurses’ pay claims, Health Minister Andrew Little said. “It’s encouraging that the discussions between NZNO and DHBs over the nurses’ employment ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Boost for Pacific regional business
    Pacific businesses will get a much-needed financial boost as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the new Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  The new $2 million fund will co-invest in Pacific business projects and initiatives to create ...
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