Ireland went hysterical about the deaths of nine radical Turkish Islamists
who attacked Israeli soldiers in the
"Free Gaza" flotilla clash of 31 May 2010.
The confusion probably stemmed from the fact that the flotilla
also contained many western peaceniks, hippies, useful idiots, appeasers, confused clerics
and other dhimmis.
But these were not the ones who attacked the Israelis
and these were not the ones who were killed.
The Irish Independent was typical in its immediate over-reaction:
Israel-bashing editorial, 1 June 2010.
They say Israel
"claimed that the campaigners on board the leading ship attacked the commandos, who acted in self-defence. Did they expect anyone to believe that?"
from the IDF
proves the Irish Independent wrong.
had a 4 minute anti-Israel diatribe:
RTE Radio One, 1 June 2010.
She absurdly says that we tend to prefer Israelis to the Arabs because of "cultural differences",
because we prefer "people like us".
Not because the Israelis are democrats and the Arabs aren't.
Not because the Israelis believe in the Enlightenment and human freedom and the Arabs don't.
Micheál Martin, Ireland's unimpressive Minister for Foreign Affairs, in the Dail, 1 June 2010,
denied the terrorist sympathies of the flotilla:
"I took issue with the description by the deputy foreign Minister of Israel of the flotilla as "an armada of hate and violence". We know the Irish activists involved to be sincere, committed people, with deep humanitarian convictions and concerns, who were committed to breaking the blockade of Gaza but in a peaceful, non-violent way. Some Members of the Oireachtas had been with them and intended to join the flotilla. It is compounding one injustice with another to try to brand such people as somehow being terrorist fellow-travellers."
Em, why not read the
The peaceniks invited the Turks, and the Turks rounded up a whole ship full of
Micheál Martin, interview 8 Aug 2010, says he would support another flotilla attempt.
Cllr Dara Murphy, FG Lord Mayor of Cork,
opened a book of condolences for the Islamists killed in their attack on the Israeli soldiers.
Cllr. David Naughton, FG Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council,
opened a book of condolences for the Islamists.
Cllr Joe Ryan of Labour calls Israel a "Rogue nation", June 1, 2010,
and compares this liberal, gay-friendly democracy
to "another rogue state North Korea",
which is a genocidal slave state with concentration camps and gas chambers.
of Labour said:
"All reasonable persons would agree that what occurred yesterday morning was most shocking and a despicable act".
David Norris, June 2010,
absurdly describes the violent Turkish Islamists as:
"a group .. of innocent, peaceful protesters"
"were slaughtered by Israeli commandos".
He also piously complains about the Israeli assassination of Hamas terrorist
Mahmoud Al Mabhouh.
Open support for Islamic terror groups in the Irish media:
Letter to the editor, 9 June 2010.
Some guy called Micheál Higgins, after complaining about the killing of violent Islamists, says:
"I am no longer morally able to vilify Hamas. It has my support from this day forward."
A rush to judgment that will be refuted by history and fact, Zion Evrony (Israeli Ambassador to Ireland), Irish Times, June 11, 2010.
Evrony is scathing about the Irish media:
"Our historian of the future will find it curious that, in an age of instant video documentation, the Irish media showed so little interest in revisiting their initial hasty judgments of the whole episode."
"SMASH THE ZIONIST STATE"
says a SWP protester at a demo in Dublin protesting the flotilla raid, 31 May 2010.
"Smash" the only democracy in the Middle East?
These Westerners will only go quiet when every Arab lives under the jackboot of
native thugs and strongmen like Hamas.
(Look at Africa.)
Islamic terrorist flag at protest in Belfast, 31 May 2010.
PFLP Islamic terrorist flag at protest at Stormont, June 2010.
The Labour gays aren't the only blind and foolish gays in the West:
Madrid gay pride organisers ban Israeli gays from upcoming march, June 2010,
as revenge for the death of the Turkish Islamists (who no doubt hated gays).
The Israeli gays respond:
"We invited the organisers of the gay pride event in Madrid to join a march this Friday in Tel Aviv, the only place in the Middle East where you can be gay in public.
They would be able to talk to Arab gays who travel here secretly because they would be murdered at home if they revealed their sexuality."
There is another photo
showing the Hamas flag at the march with the Labour gays.
It was posted on
Indymedia, June 1, 2010.
I posted it on this page,
with a link to the source at Indymedia.
I wrote to the Irish Times,
pointing out the Hamas flag on their front page,
and also pointing out another photo they did not understand:
They published a photo of Neturei Karta
without knowing who they were!
Your front page photo of the Dublin demo (1 June) works brilliantly to discredit the anti-Israel protesters. On the right of the crowd, the Labour LGBT group is protesting against Israel, the only country in the Middle East where LGBT people have rights. To their left, protesters hold up the flag of Hamas, which tortures and executes gays. Nothing could better illustrate the failure of western democrats to support a democracy fighting totalitarians.
There is another strange photo on page 10, of what is blandly described as "Hasidic Jews" protesting against Israel. You neglect to mention that these are Neturei Karta, a tiny minority of fanatics who want Israel destroyed for arcane religious reasons. They praise Islamic extremists, and went to the Holocaust-denial conference in Iran. They are about as representative of Jews as the "God Hates Fags" church is representative of Christians.
As for the clash on the flotilla, at what point exactly, when they are being beaten to death with iron bars, should the Israeli soldiers draw their guns? Should they have waited until the first soldier died?
I received a devastating reply to my letter from Irish politician
a Labour Party councillor.
He destroyed my arguments:
Isn't that priceless?
From an elected Irish politician.
I shall treasure this.
Note that his email address is public knowledge, as is mine.
So I did not bother hiding them in the image.
I also replied to the address, thanking him, just in case there was any fake trickery.
"Stick to the computers" refers to the fact that computer science is my day job, rather than politics.
I used to have him anonymised here, but decided to out him when I saw this:
Killian Forde fined 700 euro, Dec 2016, for making threatening phone calls:
"A former Dublin City Councillor who made 40 threatening phone calls of "vile personal abuse"
to a man over a six-hour period has been ordered to pay €700 to charity.
The court had heard that the calls were "drunken gibberish"".
Ultimately what is disturbing is not the abuse (couldn't care less)
but the fact that he was unable to construct an argument.
A man wore a t-shirt saying "Death to Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic
at the above protest.
Did the many Arabic speakers
on the march not care?
Did they approve?
Protester at the anti-Israel demo, Dublin, 31 May 2010,
wears a t-shirt that says "Death to Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic.
He's hiding it from the English-speaking useful dhimmis around him.
But he wants the Israeli Embassy, and any passing Jews who know Hebrew,
to get the message.
He also assumes that passing Arabic speakers will approve,
and enjoy the secret joke.
As for the Arabic, to see that the shirt says
"Death to Israel" in Arabic,
see this Iranian parade in 2007. Robert Spencer
notes that the slogan here says "Death to Israel",
not "Down with Israel",
which is just
for a western audience.
July 2012: Hezbollah suicide bombs Jewish tourists on a bus in
speaking at the above demo,
wears a t-shirt calling for the destruction of Israel.
Doesn't she care that Israel is a free society for women, gays and atheists,
while Gaza is an
Islamic sharia hellhole?
Shouldn't she be marching to free Gaza from Hamas?
Hezbollah flag at anti-Israel demo, Dublin, 5 June 2010.
"Why Are You Protesting Against Israel?"
Nice video of the kind of idiots who protest above.
An experiment waving an ISIS flag and an Israeli flag at UC Berkeley, Nov 2014.
The students get angry at the Israeli flag but not at the ISIS flag.
Just like no one even notices the flags of Islamic terror
at demos in Dublin.
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh,
who has said that
"Israel is without doubt one of the most abhorrent and despicable regimes on the planet."
Mick Wallace, 30 June 2011, claims that:
"The peaceful passengers on the Saoirse would never seek to justify the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel."
But why have some of them declared their support for Hamas then?
Irish Ship to Gaza
says about this sabotage attack that harmed nobody:
"This was a vicious attack on Irish property by international terrorists against a boat flying the Irish flag."
I wonder have they ever described Hamas as "international terrorists".
I doubt it.
Turkey claimed there was no sabotage.
I suspect they are just saving face.
They are happy the flotilla was stopped.
Israel denied sabotage.
But that is to be expected.
Isn't peaceful "direct action" like this
better than the violence of last year?
Ironically, most of the lefties complaining loudly about "sabotage" would support
(and have supported) the
sabotage of American and other allied military equipment
in the past.
For example, the pro-Hamas "Irish Anti-War Movement"
supported the sabotage of the offices of US defence company Raytheon in Derry in 2006.
Cork city council, 11 July 2011, passed a motion about the sabotage which said there is "an Israeli regime"
(as opposed to an elected democracy)
"which has no respect for life or for international law."
The motion was proposed by a councillor from the
North Korea linked
(and formerly Soviet linked)
Israeli activist law firm Shurat haDin
is fighting the flotilla using peaceful methods.
The 2011 flotilla failed, mainly due to the actions of Greece and Turkey,
who did not want a repeat of the violence of the previous year.
The flotilla will have to look for different countries to enable it next time.
"MV Saoirse" sailed again in Nov 2011, with the usual crowd of ignorant Israel-haters on board, and was stopped by the Israeli navy.
Fianna Fáil leader
Micheál Martin attacks Israel, 6 Nov 2011.
"I salute the people who undertook this humanitarian mission to Gaza
and their efforts to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people living there.
Israel's actions in boarding the vessel and detaining citizens are totally unacceptable."
Micheál Martin is one of the main reasons why I won't vote for Fianna Fáil.
A good demo - A rare sight in Ireland
A rare sight in Ireland - A demo of good people against a wicked state.
Iranian dissidents protest the visit of Iran's Foreign Minister to Dublin, 9 June 2010.
More video from Ted Leddy
Iran, of course, sponsors Hamas and Hezbollah whose flags we see in the moron anti-Israel protests above.
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You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
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It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
arrival of Elon Musk
in 2022, Twitter's dark age of censorship may end.
Let's hope so.