This is apartheid

First published in Letters

Well done, Ray Davies and H Roland ap Watcyn for speaking out against Israel’s barbaric onslaught on Gaza.

Just yesterday, four little boys playing football on a beach in Gaza City were mown down by the Israeli military.

This is just the latest act of terrorism inflicted on a starving population that exists in an open prison, the most densely populated place on earth.

Those blind to Israel’s flouting of international law are refuse to see what’s in front of their eyes.

This is apartheid. It is an occupation. British people are not being informed about what is happening in this one-sided “conflict.” However, thousands of those who are informed have besieged BBC studios across the country to protest against the corporation’s utterly biased coverage in favour of the Jewish state.

Even when 200 plus people have been killed, the news channels lead on ‘Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.’ If Israelis are fearful of rockets, of what use is its arsenal of state-of-the-art killing machines supplied by the West, but especially the US?

Carmel Townsend, St Julians Road Newport

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3:54pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"However, thousands of those who are informed have besieged BBC studios across the country to protest against the corporation’s utterly biased coverage in favour of the Jewish state. "

On that note, I do wish neo-nazis, the far right and proponents of wacko anti-semitic conspiracy theories would stop jumping on the bandwaggon to use this tragedy as a platform to promote their untrue and ridiculous obsession that Jews control the media.
"However, thousands of those who are informed have besieged BBC studios across the country to protest against the corporation’s utterly biased coverage in favour of the Jewish state. " On that note, I do wish neo-nazis, the far right and proponents of wacko anti-semitic conspiracy theories would stop jumping on the bandwaggon to use this tragedy as a platform to promote their untrue and ridiculous obsession that Jews control the media. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Btw…the ‘apartheid’ heading is actually untrue as – despite all its other faults – unlike apartheid South Africa Israel is a multi-ethnic society where the races are not segregated. Israelis come from many different countries and races including white European, black African (Ethiopian), Arab and south-east Asian. In fact Palestinians are also a Semitic people just like many Israelis.
Btw…the ‘apartheid’ heading is actually untrue as – despite all its other faults – unlike apartheid South Africa Israel is a multi-ethnic society where the races are not segregated. Israelis come from many different countries and races including white European, black African (Ethiopian), Arab and south-east Asian. In fact Palestinians are also a Semitic people just like many Israelis. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 8

7:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

welshmen says...

The letter writer needs to fact up, try finding facts about Hamas, civilian rocket shelters, they make sure kids and woman are used for this propaganda, they order Palestinian civilians to stay put from houses they use to fire rockets at Israel, what do you expect Israel to do? the Arabs attacked Israel in 1948 and lost, they have tried several times since and have failed, Israel wont give any more land back to Palestine, Palestinians would be happy to have a two state ending, it's Hamas and others who make millions out of them who want the conflict to perpetuate, 1200 new Hamas member millionaires, all since they got into power....What's the answer to the conflict, who knows!!!

According to a World Bank report released in November of last year, the Gaza Strip ranks third in the Arab region in terms of poverty, ranking above only Sudan and Yemen. The report stated that the poverty rate in Gaza stands at 38 percent. Furthermore, of the 144 countries included in the report, Gaza was the 44th poorest, with most of the countries with a higher poverty rate being located in Africa.....
The letter writer needs to fact up, try finding facts about Hamas, civilian rocket shelters, they make sure kids and woman are used for this propaganda, they order Palestinian civilians to stay put from houses they use to fire rockets at Israel, what do you expect Israel to do? the Arabs attacked Israel in 1948 and lost, they have tried several times since and have failed, Israel wont give any more land back to Palestine, Palestinians would be happy to have a two state ending, it's Hamas and others who make millions out of them who want the conflict to perpetuate, 1200 new Hamas member millionaires, all since they got into power....What's the answer to the conflict, who knows!!! According to a World Bank report released in November of last year, the Gaza Strip ranks third in the Arab region in terms of poverty, ranking above only Sudan and Yemen. The report stated that the poverty rate in Gaza stands at 38 percent. Furthermore, of the 144 countries included in the report, Gaza was the 44th poorest, with most of the countries with a higher poverty rate being located in Africa..... welshmen
  • Score: 1

9:18pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Super Shinobi says...

I can't blame the letter writer completely. The left allys with the Muslim cause always, and the media in the post multicultural west, and our leaders for that matter, refuse to acknowledge that this is a religious issue, and it always has been.

If it was just about the state of Israel and western interference in 1948, then why has the Jewish persecution been going on for centuries before the war? Why did the grand mufti of Jerusalem have a Nazi division with Hitler (who is absolutley adored in these disscussions all over the internet btw) with the sole mission of rounding up and exterminating the jews. Why is that?

We need to start at the beginning. Whether one acknowledges the authority of religious promise or not, the very first abrahamic religion was judaism, and it was the very first introduction of the one God. Monotheism.

In it, the Jews were commanded by God to slaughter the polytheists (pagans) and take the promised land. There were no Christians or Muslims. Fast forward a few thousand years and we have the dispersal of the Jews by the Romans, and a usurper to the religion in the form of Jesus and Christianity. The Jews denied the very glue that holds Chritianity together by refusing the divinity of Christ. It doesn't matter that they invented it. Now they have enemies, and a competing monotheistic religion.

Fast forward another few centuries, and another prophet turns up to make yet more additions and mutations to the Jewish faith. Muhammad. Born to the Pagan Quraish tribe in Mecca, Muhammad was scorned by his own people, and the Jews, when he tried to get them to accept his new ammendments and additions to the OT (no gospels as such) and his demand that the pagan site of worship be the new site of worship for Allah and they must give up their three female Gods and idol worship. Muhammad swore revenge after he and his followers had to flee to safety with his followers to Medina.

After years of visons and prescriptions from God that Muhammad should have his every need met in his bloody campaign against anyone that had wronged him, didn't accept him, or subjugate themselves to his new religion and total authority, Muhammad had amassed a huge following, and after his death, a caliphate that would conquer and subdue most of the the middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe at an alarming rate.

The first Korans would not show up until all the oral traditions (hadiths) had been collected, describing the character of Muhammad, his deeds, and what his new religion actually means in context, some 150 years after his death. This is why there are mentions in history of conquering Arabs, Sarecens and such, but no mention of Muslims, or that they had a new book.

Islam is a religion that contains prescriptive commands from God himself, that ALL religion must be for Allah, that the people of the book (Christians & Jews) are heretics, mischief makers, perverters of his message, apes, pigs, cattle, and that they should never be allowed to hold positions of authority or rule over Muslims. They must be subjugated, and feel themselves subdued by paying a protection tax, and allowing their religions to be publicly secondary.

By commands to wage war on people who do not tow the line, the Muslims are exactors of punishment in this life. They're already destined for hell in the next. There is no context for it applying to one battle or era. These are divine commandments for all time. If you are making mischief in Muslim lands, Gods law is king. And you can make mischief just by being there, and trying to push something not in God's law.

We see this playing out all over Europe, the USA and Africa. Mischief or injustice in any Muslim lands invokes Jihad in the Umma (or collective Muslima) they are the Mujadins, soldiers of Allah, and it is the duty of every Muslim to 'fight in the cause of Allah with body and wealth'.

If it were anything other than religious doctrine, we would not have the mass exodus of Christians from the ME and Africa, we would not have ISIL, or Moroccan's attacking Jews and people of no religion in Sweden, the Nederlands, or the trouble with Somali's in France, nor would we have world wide riots, or Brits of all ethnicities going off to all different regions, to wage Jihad.

WIpe the Jewish state off the face of the planet, and you still have the Western powers, trying to impose man made ideologies of Democracy and egality on people who don't believe in it, and you still have the problem of other religions doing well in the west, Jews, Christians and the hypocrites, that are the 'wrong type' of Muslim.

All of this that has been going on for centuries and across civilisations only make sense if it's religious. Sure there are the reformers, but they aren't the ones with theocratic authenticity, they meet sticky ends in their mother lands, and the people who matter in this, refuse to look on it with anything other than, western, secular eyes.
I can't blame the letter writer completely. The left allys with the Muslim cause always, and the media in the post multicultural west, and our leaders for that matter, refuse to acknowledge that this is a religious issue, and it always has been. If it was just about the state of Israel and western interference in 1948, then why has the Jewish persecution been going on for centuries before the war? Why did the grand mufti of Jerusalem have a Nazi division with Hitler (who is absolutley adored in these disscussions all over the internet btw) with the sole mission of rounding up and exterminating the jews. Why is that? We need to start at the beginning. Whether one acknowledges the authority of religious promise or not, the very first abrahamic religion was judaism, and it was the very first introduction of the one God. Monotheism. In it, the Jews were commanded by God to slaughter the polytheists (pagans) and take the promised land. There were no Christians or Muslims. Fast forward a few thousand years and we have the dispersal of the Jews by the Romans, and a usurper to the religion in the form of Jesus and Christianity. The Jews denied the very glue that holds Chritianity together by refusing the divinity of Christ. It doesn't matter that they invented it. Now they have enemies, and a competing monotheistic religion. Fast forward another few centuries, and another prophet turns up to make yet more additions and mutations to the Jewish faith. Muhammad. Born to the Pagan Quraish tribe in Mecca, Muhammad was scorned by his own people, and the Jews, when he tried to get them to accept his new ammendments and additions to the OT (no gospels as such) and his demand that the pagan site of worship be the new site of worship for Allah and they must give up their three female Gods and idol worship. Muhammad swore revenge after he and his followers had to flee to safety with his followers to Medina. After years of visons and prescriptions from God that Muhammad should have his every need met in his bloody campaign against anyone that had wronged him, didn't accept him, or subjugate themselves to his new religion and total authority, Muhammad had amassed a huge following, and after his death, a caliphate that would conquer and subdue most of the the middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe at an alarming rate. The first Korans would not show up until all the oral traditions (hadiths) had been collected, describing the character of Muhammad, his deeds, and what his new religion actually means in context, some 150 years after his death. This is why there are mentions in history of conquering Arabs, Sarecens and such, but no mention of Muslims, or that they had a new book. Islam is a religion that contains prescriptive commands from God himself, that ALL religion must be for Allah, that the people of the book (Christians & Jews) are heretics, mischief makers, perverters of his message, apes, pigs, cattle, and that they should never be allowed to hold positions of authority or rule over Muslims. They must be subjugated, and feel themselves subdued by paying a protection tax, and allowing their religions to be publicly secondary. By commands to wage war on people who do not tow the line, the Muslims are exactors of punishment in this life. They're already destined for hell in the next. There is no context for it applying to one battle or era. These are divine commandments for all time. If you are making mischief in Muslim lands, Gods law is king. And you can make mischief just by being there, and trying to push something not in God's law. We see this playing out all over Europe, the USA and Africa. Mischief or injustice in any Muslim lands invokes Jihad in the Umma (or collective Muslima) they are the Mujadins, soldiers of Allah, and it is the duty of every Muslim to 'fight in the cause of Allah with body and wealth'. If it were anything other than religious doctrine, we would not have the mass exodus of Christians from the ME and Africa, we would not have ISIL, or Moroccan's attacking Jews and people of no religion in Sweden, the Nederlands, or the trouble with Somali's in France, nor would we have world wide riots, or Brits of all ethnicities going off to all different regions, to wage Jihad. WIpe the Jewish state off the face of the planet, and you still have the Western powers, trying to impose man made ideologies of Democracy and egality on people who don't believe in it, and you still have the problem of other religions doing well in the west, Jews, Christians and the hypocrites, that are the 'wrong type' of Muslim. All of this that has been going on for centuries and across civilisations only make sense if it's religious. Sure there are the reformers, but they aren't the ones with theocratic authenticity, they meet sticky ends in their mother lands, and the people who matter in this, refuse to look on it with anything other than, western, secular eyes. Super Shinobi
  • Score: 6

10:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

coalpicker says...

Wonder what Ray would do if his next door neigbour was throwing petrol bombs at his property ? Just a thought .
Wonder what Ray would do if his next door neigbour was throwing petrol bombs at his property ? Just a thought . coalpicker
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

welshmen says...

What Israelis know for sure is, they only have to lose once and their all dead, think on it, would you want that one on your head, Israel is not adopting the Islamic way, to kill every Muslim, although if Hamas had the Israeli weapons they would wipe out the Jews, Israel want peace but not at the expense of their nation, In my opinion the only way for a lasting peace is to eradicate all terrorist organisations from Gazza, then operate a two state existence, Palestine and Israel....
What Israelis know for sure is, they only have to lose once and their all dead, think on it, would you want that one on your head, Israel is not adopting the Islamic way, to kill every Muslim, although if Hamas had the Israeli weapons they would wipe out the Jews, Israel want peace but not at the expense of their nation, In my opinion the only way for a lasting peace is to eradicate all terrorist organisations from Gazza, then operate a two state existence, Palestine and Israel.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mervyn James says...

Let them fight own wars, and stop the USA and UK arming just the one side. the hypocrites here who question the right of Palestinians to fight back aren't helping. Israel has stolen 80% of Palestine land since 1947. And Israel is ignoring the USA/UN and UK concerns on this too, if they won't listen, then stop arming them to carry on the theft or slaughter.
Let them fight own wars, and stop the USA and UK arming just the one side. the hypocrites here who question the right of Palestinians to fight back aren't helping. Israel has stolen 80% of Palestine land since 1947. And Israel is ignoring the USA/UN and UK concerns on this too, if they won't listen, then stop arming them to carry on the theft or slaughter. Mervyn James
  • Score: 0

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