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This may seem a small thing, but what is a big thing but a collection of small things?

Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daniel Taub has sent an official letter to the Northern Ireland leadership expressing his “very deep concern” over the removal of a plaque in Belfast marking the birthplace of Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel.

The monument on Cliftonpark Avenue, which was placed there in 1998, was removed in August, at the height of Operation Protective Edge, due to repeated vandalism. Herzog was president of Israel from 1983 to 1993.

“I am writing to express my very deep concern at the removal of the plaque,” Taub wrote in a letter obtained by Ynet, which was sent Monday to First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

In the letter, Taub recalled the time he had spent in Northern Ireland and stressed the importance of the plaque to the local Jewish community; its removal, he said, was a concession to prejudice.

“This attempt to efface both Belfast’s Jewish past and its historic connection to the State of Israel is troubling because of what it says in relation to Israel and the Jewish community, but no less so because it suggests a lack of resolve or indifference to the consequences of allowing prejudice and hatred to fester.”

Herzog was “not only champion of security for the State of Israel but also a profound advocate of peace,” Taub concluded. “Now more than ever, the principles for which he stood need to be broadcast, not silenced.”

A local politician from the Democratic Unionist Party, Brian Kingston, said at the time that he was shocked by move.

“This is a shocking indication of the level of tension and anti-Semitism which currently exists in parts of Belfast. It is disgraceful that this item of Belfast history has being repeatedly targeted due to its connection with Israel,” the Irish Times quoted Kingston as saying.

“This should serve as a wake-up call for the public to the dangerous level of intolerance and the anti-Israeli mentality which some are encouraging.”

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984

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You Can’t Fool All The People All The Time

Watch an Irish politician explain Obama:

– Aggie

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Ireland Is A Cancer

Does that strike you as anti-Irish?

Is it wrong to call an entire country a cancer?

No, not if you are European.

“I am not anti-Semitic,” Irish television presenter Vincent Browne told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, following his receipt of a censure from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) over his description of Israel as a “cancer” while on-air.

In October 2012, Browne, who hosts a news program on Irish channel TV3, sparked controversy when he stated that Israel is a “cancer in foreign affairs.”

Israel, he further asserted, “polarizes the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world.”

Europe is surely a cancer. Heavily into genocide and racism, they have brought unendurable pain on themselves, and on the rest of us. If people consider removing the “cancer” of Israel, isn’t it logical to remove the cancer that is Europe? They have demonstrably caused more pain, and they don’t seem to be able to learn from past mistakes. What gives Ireland, or Germany, or Austria or France the right to exist?

Am I being unfair?

– Aggie

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Useless Symbolism Update

Don’t get me wrong: I love the Emancipation Proclamation:

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…

Beautiful. And fully worth recitation.

But as the film Lincoln amply demonstrated, it took two and a half years more war—and an amendment to the Constitution—to actually make it happen.

So, while I salute this, it ignores the bloodshed and sacrifice that brought it to pass:

Communities in western Massachusetts are planning to mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that at least 20 churches, the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College will ring bells at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, 1863. The proclamation declared that all slaves in the states in rebellion were “forever free.”

The emancipation affected about 4 million men, women and children and energized anti-slavery groups.

Many slaves in the South were not freed until Union soldiers arrived and the Confederacy was defeated.

Even in the adoring film, Lincoln is shown acknowledging the essential irrelevance of the Proclamation without putting down the rebellion to enforce it.

I would also hope the pious liberals of Western Massachusetts—Amherst, to be precise, a hotbed of pious liberalism—will also recite some of the names of the dead from their local Civil War cemeteries. Again, the words are nice—but it took years and hundreds of thousands of further casualties to enforce them.

And I hope the pious liberals of Amherst take note of the many Irish names buried therein—many from young men just off the boat.

To be sure, there were Irish in the South—Gone With the Wind is about the O’Hara family whose plantation is named Tara—but the North very well might have lost the war without a steady supply of Irishmen conscripted and sent into battle upon first setting foot in America.

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Irish Black Eyes

Bigotry comes so easily to some people. But it hits me over the head every time like a shillelagh:

A well-known Irish broadcaster has referred to Israel as a “cancer” in foreign affairs as it “stole land from the Arabs.”

In a topical discussion about the final American presidential debate last week – which focused on foreign policy – Vincent Browne, the host of Ireland’s TV3 “Tonight” program, complained that the “issue of Israel” was hardly mentioned.

“Israel,” he said. “Is the cancer in foreign affairs.” He added that Israel “polarizes the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world.

“Unless you deal with the problem of Israel and the Palestinians, there’s going to be conflict and disharmony. It’s a massive injustice, they [Israel] stole the land from the Arabs,” he maintained.

Ireland, Iran—what’s the difference? This is how Ahmadinejad talks.

Defending his remarks, Browne said it was an “infelicitous use” of the word but maintained his comments were justified, and he “did not mean Israel should be eliminated.”

He also refused to apologize stating again that Israel was founded by taking land from the Arabs.

“The reality is the Israeli state was founded by confiscation of land previously occupied by Arabs. That injustice is at the center of the conflict,” he said.

One barely knows where to start. His ignorance is so complete, his bigotry so overwhelming, there are nothing but lies in everything he says. And he’s got the perfect alibi:

Responding to the deputy ambassador, Browne said it was “blackmail” to brand those critical of Israel as anti-Semitic.

Nice of him to say he “did not mean Israel should be eliminated.” Though why he should feel so generous toward a “cancer”, a “polarizer”, a “problem”, an “injustice”, a “confiscator” and a thief is a mystery to me. Why don’t these cowards come out and say what they mean? Like Ahmadinejad, they feel Israel must be wiped off the map. Otherwise they are hypocrites and liars.

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The Revolution Will Be Parodied

I don’t think a monument to Che is necessarily a bad idea. He looks pretty good in some poses:

The Galway Advertiser understands that City Hall’s arts officer James Harrold will commission a scale model of the proposed monument to be made. This will then be presented to the Galway City Council’s Working Group on Public Arts for consideration, and later city manager Joe O’Neill for final approval. The approval of city councillors may also need to be sought.

The idea to erect a monument to Che Guevara comes from a proposal made by Labour councillor Billy Cameron, an ardent admirer of the revolutionary, that a monument be erected in Galway and that the project be undertaken in conjunction with the Cuban and Argentinean embassies to Ireland.

The proposed monument has been designed by Simon McGuinness and it is understood that it will feature the iconic image of Che created by the Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, commonly seen on posters and T-shirts.

Oh crikey, not that tired graphic. It has jumped the shark, turned around and re-jumped it. Leave it to brain-dead liberals to be deaf, dumb, and blind to the worthlessness of their sainted and Satanic symbols. Cases in point:




And everyone’s favorite breakfast cereal: Che-rios!

Che is a joke, a bad joke, a bad joke the way most bullet-ridden mass murderers are a bad joke. When does Mussolini get his monument?

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Saboteur!

Such lawlessness! I suspect Somali pirates:

An Irish ship, the MV Saoirse, will not take part in the planned flotilla in support of the murderous and rapacious Hamas regime in Gaza. The ship has been sabotaged, according to one of its intended passengers.

Speaking with the Irish Times last night from the Turkish port of Göcek, Fintan Lane of Irish Ship to Gaza organization said that the ship could not sail because it had been “dangerously sabotaged.”

He said that the ship’s captain noticed that there was something wrong with it Monday. Divers subsequently found that a piece was missing from one of the propeller shafts.

“This was the type of sabotage that endangered human life,” Lane told the Times. “They put divers under the boat who cut a piece out of the propeller shaft. That means that the damage would have happened gradually and what would have happened eventually is that the propeller would have come up through the bottom of the boat, caused a flood in the engine room and would have caused the boat to sink.”

Oh dear!

Good thing they’re traveling as a flotilla. Somebody could have circled back and thrown them some stale saltines or expired medicine (which is what the first flotilla was carrying).

Personally, I suspect the Greeks. Ever since that Trojan horse incident, the world has known that you just can’t trust ‘em. And they’re in a pretty surly mood as it is.

BTW: don’t you love the word “saboteur”? And Saboteur was one of Hitchcock’s most underappreciated films.

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Was The IRA A Terrorist Organization? Why Is Boston College Fighting Subpoena Of Interviews?

Consistency requires that we treat all terror organizations alike, and all supporters of terror organizations alike.

NY Times link

Boston College filed a motion this week to quash a federal subpoena seeking access to confidential interviews of paramilitary fighters for the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

The motion, filed in United States District Court in Boston, seeks to prevent the British authorities from accessing the interviews as part of an investigation into burglaries, kidnappings and murders during the decades known as the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Academics, historians and journalists conducted the interviews from 2001 to 2006. Known as the Belfast Project, its goal was to interview members of the I.R.A., the Provisional Sinn Fein and other organizations about their activities during the Troubles.

The people who were interviewed were promised that their identities would be kept confidential and that the interviews would be released only after their deaths. The transcripts are kept at Boston College.

Lawyers for Boston College argue that releasing the interviews would break the I.R.A.’s “code of silence” and could lead to “punishment by death,” according to the filing.

At one time I would have been sympathetic to BC, I admit it. But after watching the slaughter committed by Islamic terrorists and the lame excuses offered by academia, the media, and a range of left-of-center politicians, I’ve had my fill. I think the documents should be released. What do you think?

“Our position is that the premature release of the tapes could threaten the safety of the participants, the enterprise of oral history, and the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in Northern Ireland,” Jack Dunn, a spokesman for Boston College, said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the United States Attorney’s office, which filed the subpoena on behalf of the British authorities, would not comment on the case. The subpoenas summoned interviews from two members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, Dolours Price and Brendan Hughes, a commander who died in 2008. They accused Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Fein, of running a secret kidnapping ring. Part of Ms. Price’s interview was used in a documentary, “Voices from the Grave.”

Anthony McIntyre, a journalist, academic and former I.R.A. member who interviewed Ms. Price, said the home next to his was smeared with excrement after “Voices from the Grave” was released, and the media reported death threats were made against him.

Mr. McIntyre said in an affidavit, “I am of the view that the more the Belfast Project interviews reveal about how deeply matters of the I.R.A. were discussed, the greater the danger that I, as the primary researcher, will face.”

Lawyers for Boston College say that Ms. Price suffers from depression, and will be “deeply traumatized” if her interview is made public.

So that’s the other side. I still vote for releasing the documents. Terrorism is terrorism.

– Aggie

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He Puts the I in Emerald Isle

Now that famed Irishman, Barack Obama, is treading the “auld sod” of his ancestral home, I wonder how many homes that makes? Hawaii, Kansas, Chicago, Indonesia—I guess any place but Kenya.

I’m happy for him that he’s completed a lifelong dream, but I must have missed all those references to Danny Boy and Guinness and Cork and Donegal.

He’s one of yours, Buck O’Fama. Are you happy to have him back?

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News From the Front of Socialized Medicine

Well, technically, not the front:

More than 1,800 patients in the Republic [of Ireland] have been waiting more than three months for a colonoscopy to check for bowel cancer.

According to figures obtained from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which manages public hospital waiting lists, the number of patients waiting tests has increased by more than 1,000 since March last year.

This comes despite efforts by the National Cancer Screening Service to prepare hospitals for the roll-out of bowel cancer screening.

The figures showed waiting times decreased by 48 from February to March this year. However, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) said it was the upward trend witnessed over the last year that was of “critical concern”.

The society also said it was concerned that colonoscopy waiting times were not falling fast enough in advance of bowel cancer screening programme.

There was no reason for any patient to wait more than three months for an urgent test, it said.

No reason. None at all. Yet 1,800 people are shifting nervously between 3,600 buttocks.

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I Know it When I See It

There is an warrant here in Bloodthirstan for the arrest of one Julie Burchill for the crime of distributing pornography. Modesty forbids me from saying what effect this has on me:

To start with, it goes without saying that people are free to boycott whoever they wish. For many years now, I have chosen not to visit any country which practices gender apartheid – i.e. Muslim states – as I will not contribute in any way to a vile belief system which results in females being treated in a way which appears to be a cross between the way czarist Russia treated the Jews and Scrooge treated money.

So of course the “Irish intellectuals and artists” who Haaretz recently reported as declaring Israel well and truly boycotted were totally within their rights to do so. The conceit that the Irish are telling the Jews that they won’t be sending them any more intellectuals does sound like the first line of an insulting stereotypical joke – but still, it’s their right.

That the artists signed a statement pledging that they will refrain from engaging in cultural activity with Israel “until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights” also sounds like a joke, and a rather bad one at that, considering that the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has made no comment about the gender apartheid practiced by their pals.

Last year, Hamas security forces attempted to arrest a Palestinian woman for not wearing a head scarf, walking on a beach without a male escort and laughing out loud! O, these brazen hussies – they’ll be wanting the right to marry who they want next, and then it’ll be anarchy! Luckily the woman in question, Asma al-Ghul, was a journalist at the Palestinian daily Al-Ayam; she said that had she not phoned Hamas and appealed to it personally, she would have been arrested for showing her hair and laughing, as has happened to less media-savvy Palestinian women since then. Even so, she had her passport confiscated and claims that the men threatened her with violence if she complained.

CATHOLICISM IN general and Ireland in particular have a long, problematic history of cozying up to Jew-haters. It’s open knowledge that the present pope was in the Hitler Youth – though even this isn’t enough for Mel Gibson’s arch- Catholic, Holocaust-denying dad, who says the pope is gay for not being tough enough on gayness.

And Papist Mel himself has shown his true Jew-baiting colors in vino veritas way back. And the prime minister of “neutral” Ireland during World War II, Eamonn de Valera, famously signed the book of condolences at the German Embassy in Dublin on the occasion of Hitler’s death.

Of course there are honorable exceptions to this shameful roll call. At ceremonies for the first Holocaust Memorial Day in Ireland, January 26, 2003, justice minister Michael McDowell openly apologized for an Irish wartime policy that was inspired by “a culture of muted anti-Semitism in Ireland,” which discouraged the immigration of thousands of Europe’s threatened Jews. He said that “at an official level the Irish state was at best coldly polite and behind closed doors antipathetic, hostile and unfeeling toward the Jews.”

And earlier this year, that great rock icon of Irish descent, John Rotten Lydon, defied his critics and defended his plans to play in Israel thus: “I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi Jews. If Elvisf* cking-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”

I would stand up and applaud, but, well, I don’t think I should right now.

But we’ve come this far; we might as well finish (BTL, behave!):

SAYS DR. David Hirsh, a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and an expert on anti-Semitism: “In Ireland, Green/Orange politics is largely now a thing of the past, but the Israel boycott allows those who are nostalgic for it to carry on playing the game.

In certain Irish imaginations, the Palestinians are drafted in to symbolize the Republicans and the Israelis are given the role of the Loyalists. The vulgar anti-imperialists bang on about their boycott of Israel, but none of this has anything to do with reality in the Middle East. It does, however, destroy the unity of the Irish Labor movement.

“All over the world, local issues are played out over the body of the Jewish state, in the language of the Israel boycott. In Britain the boycott is about colonial guilt. In South Africa it is about apartheid.

In Germany it is about the Holocaust. In the US it is about the Wild West. In Venezuela it is about the anti-imperialist rainbow. In Egypt and Iran it is about uniting people behind vile governments.”

UNTIL SO many crazy countries sort themselves out and stop projecting their own neuroses onto the battleground of the tiny Jewish state, I guess you guys will just have to struggle on as best you can without those all-important imported Irish intellectuals. And yes, again, it does sound like a joke, but I don’t hear anyone laughing. Especially not women who wish to walk alone on Arab beaches, daring to feel the breeze in their hair.

One voice can silent a multitude, if that voice is as confident and insistent as Burchill’s (and Johnny Rotten’s).

Brava.

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Getting Their Irish Up

You just don’t want to p*ss off the Irish, man. You just don’t:

Seven people have been arrested in the Irish Republic over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist for depicting the Prophet Muhammad, police say.

The four men and three women are all Muslim immigrants, according to media reports, though a police statement did not confirm this.

Cartoonist Lars Vilks had depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.

Islamic militants put a $100,000 (£67,000) bounty on his head.

Mr Vilks was quoted as saying he was unfazed by the arrests, which he said he thought could be linked to two death threats he had received by telephone in January.

RTE said those in custody were originally refugees from Morocco and Yemen, but had gained asylum and were in the Republic of Ireland legally.

Mr Vilks has been under police protection in Sweden since threats were made against his life.

“I’m not shaking with fear, exactly,” he told Swedish news agency TT after Tuesday’s arrests.

“I have prepared in different ways and I have an axe here in case someone should manage to get in through the window.”

In 2007 a group linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq offered a $100,000 reward for killing Mr Vilks, and a 50% bonus if he was “slaughtered like a lamb” by having his throat cut.

All right, so maybe they were from Yemen and Morocco, but they got all slaughtery in Ireland. Coincidence? You tell me.

And I say that knowing that one of our favorite readers is Irish, Mr. Buck O’Fama.

This is modern Europe: Muslim immigrants from Yemen and Morocco can conspire in Ireland to kill a cartoonist in Sweden who published in a Danish newspaper drawings of the prophet Muhammed they found offensive. It’s a small world, after all…

Still, Mr. Vilks is lucky he doesn’t live in Nigeria.

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