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The lack of religious freedom under the Palestinians

The claim that Israel is a racist state

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Gay rights in Israel

Palestinian gays meet in Israel, not in PA

Name any "out" gay in Gaza or the PA

Sexual freedom in Israel

Anti-Israel leftists

Anti-Israel gays

Why I support Israel

In defence of Israel

This page is not a defence of Israel's policy in its war against its terrorist enemies. That is elsewhere.

This page is a defence of Israel as a liberal democracy, with free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of sexuality.

This is why I support Israel. I support any liberal democracy anywhere in the world - South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, South Africa, Israel, the South American democracies, Eastern Europe, and of course the traditional West. And I especially support any democracy fighting against non-democratic tyranny - as in the case of Israel, whose opponents are not democrats but rather tribal racists and totalitarian religious maniacs.

If Israel was not a democracy, I wouldn't support it. If the Palestinians were democrats, I would support them. But they're not, so I don't.

Ad for Israel tourism.
From Israel Ministry of Tourism.
As well as the sexy women, you've got to love the tolerance of gays here.
Copies here and here.

Freedom of religion in Israel

Israel is the only country in the entire region where I, an atheist, could live without being persecuted. That is all one has to say really. We all know this in our hearts in the West. We all know this is true.

Atheists should support Israel.

Israel is the most secular country in the Middle East.
Pew survey of global opinion. From here.

Absurd leftie site "Injustice Facts" attempts a ludicrous argument that Christians should support the Arab world, where Christians are oppressed, rather than Israel, where Christians are free.

The Dome of the Rock (adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque), Jerusalem, in 1934 (before Israel existed).
Note the total neglect.
This is a shrine, not a mosque.
See full size. From here.

The Dome of the Rock today (after decades of Israeli control).
Note how it is in much better repair.
See full size. From here.

The lack of religious freedom under the PA and Hamas

The persecution of Christians in Gaza and the West Bank.
Report by Chris Mitchell, CBN News.
Describes how the PA (i.e. Fatah terrorist forces) tortured and executed a convert from Islam to Christianity, Ahmad El-Achwal, in the West Bank in 2004. He was a father of eight.
Copy here.

The claim that Israel is a racist state

The first black Miss Israel, Yityish Titi Aynaw, in 2013.
Obviously a racist state!
From here.

Why do African blacks want to get into Israel? As I say, people vote with their feet. They always have.
As with Cuba and East Germany in the Cold War, look at the countries people are trying to leave and the countries they are trying to get into. It tells you more than sneering intellectuals ever will.

Dara de Brun carries on claiming that Israel is racist against blacks. I carry on asking why African blacks want to live there. Maybe they understand Israel better than he does.

Elinor Joseph, a Christian Arab in the IDF.
From here.
See another cracking picture.

In 2013, the Israeli public voted for an Israeli Arab Christian, Lina Makhoul, as winner of "The Voice".
Obviously a racist state!

Israeli Arab Rania Fadel explains why she loves Israel, the country where she can be free.

Arab Muslims who love Israel and serve in the Israeli army.

Falach Hayib is a Bedouin Muslim officer in the IDF.


More Muslims serve in the Israeli army than in the British army

Muslims in the British army (all volunteers): 500.
Muslims in the Israeli army (all volunteers): over 1,700.

Bad things

Is there anything wrong with Israel? Of course there is. Like the US, UK, Ireland and indeed any western liberal democracy, there are things wrong with the place.

Haters of Israel bring these up to try to make Israel look no different from its jihad-and-sharia-based enemies. But it seems to me that the same argument could be applied to the US, UK and Ireland too. We're no better than Israel.

This is actually fair criticism of Israel. I agree with it.
But every western state has some flaws like this.

Gay rights in Israel

Map of gay rights.
Israel is an oasis of sexual freedom in the Middle East.

Gay-friendly ad for Matimli fashion stores in Israel.
Copy here.

Gays should support Israel.


Palestinian gays meet in Israel, not in PA


A sad, sad article, Aug 2013.
A piece about the few pro-gay activists in Palestinian society ends with the news that there will be a "Palestinian Queer Party" event ... to be held in Israel!
The Palestinian gays have to hold their parties in Tel Aviv in Israel for safety. Says it all.

Al-Qaws, the Palestinian gay group, has its offices in: (1) Hasoreg St, in West Jerusalem (Israeli rule), and: (2) Haifa, in Israel.
No office at all under PA or Hamas rule. Funny that!


Name any "out" gay in Gaza or the PA

My standard challenge to lefty defenders of the Palestinians is: "Show me any atheist or gay living openly under PA or Hamas rule".

Conor Leeson, Dec 2014, unwisely takes up my challenge, and fails. He ends up saying: "Find it yourself, buddy." Pathetic.

I ask Dara de Brun where are any gay public figures in Gaza? I ask: Where is Gaza's David Norris?
Instead of giving me the name of Gaza's David Norris, which would have shut me up, he responds with this drivel.
Hot air and bluster and insult. But the name of Gaza's David Norris still does not emerge.

Activists "Irish in Gaza" unwisely attempt to answer my challenge to name any "out" gays in Gaza.
They claim to know many gays in Gaza. That's possible, but hardly the point. When asked for the name of a single "out" gay in Gaza, they can only name friends who are in the closet. Very telling.
None of their pals in that thread can name any either. They all act as if they never thought about this issue before.

Anti-Israel gays

Sexual freedom in Israel

Sexual freedom: Ad for Koolanoo social networking site.

Another ad for Israel tourism!

Some naughty Israeli army recruits pose with their guns.
They were disciplined for this. And yet the symbolism is attractive. The Israeli army is the only army in the Middle East that is fighting to defend freedom of sexuality, speech and religion.

Another ad for Israel tourism!
From here in a series of tasteful Israeli nudes.
See terms of use.

What other country in the Middle East has parades like this?
From here in photos of the Tel Aviv Love Parade 2004.
See other Israeli parades (both gay and straight/mixed).

Israel has topless beaches.
In Gaza, the Palestinians beat women for immodest dress.

"In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America's unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American. My friends, .. you don't need to do nation-building in Israel. We're already built. You don't need to export democracy to Israel. We've already got it. And you don't need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves."
"Israel has always embraced [freedom] in a Middle East that has long rejected it. In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different. ... George Eliot predicted over a century ago that .. "The Jewish state will shine like a bright star of freedom amid the despotisms of the East." Well, she was right. We have a free press, independent courts, an open economy ... Courageous Arab protesters are now struggling to secure these very same rights for their peoples, for their societies. We're proud in Israel that over 1 million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel's Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. Now, I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of 1 percent are truly free, and they're all citizens of Israel. ... Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what's right about the Middle East. Israel fully supports the desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the Middle East."

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Address to U.S. Congress, May 24, 2011.

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