Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sign the Petition Against Hamas

Cross Post from Harry's Place

Marc Goldberg

I think this is a petition worth signing and knowing the readers of HP I’m sure you will too.

When you sign it you will be agreeing to/calling for the following:

Hamas is an internationally recognised terrorist organisation, which is launching missile attacks from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians and endangering the lives of innocent Palestinians. We call on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently investigate the serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by Hamas, including:

1. Indiscriminately firing missiles at Israel, with the intention to cause maximum death and devastation. These missiles have killed, traumatised and terrorised Israelis. Residents of southern Israel have only 15 seconds to find shelter each time. Hamas has deliberately aimed missiles at an international airport and nuclear installation. Many missiles have fallen inside Gaza, even destroying UN facilities; a rocket strike on an electricity cable cut off power to thousands of Gazans. The Palestinian delegate to the Human Rights Council has said that “each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity”.

2. Using Palestinian civilians as human shields. Hamas has urged Palestinians to scale rooftops, forcing Israel to abort strikes on military targets, and has ordered civilians not to evacuate fighting zones when Israel has urged them to leave for their own safety. Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, has said that Hamas’s strategy is “to force the IDF to kill innocent civilians” as a cynical means of creating international pressure against Israel to stop defending itself.

3. Hijacking civilian infrastructure for terrorist purposes. Hamas has been firing rockets from inside densely populated civilian areas, which UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has called “unacceptable”. Hamas has hidden missiles in civilian facilities, including schools run by UNRWA. Hamas is using the Shifa Hospital as its military headquarters. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said: “We condemn the use of civilian sites — schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities — for military purposes.”

4. Infiltrating Israel through tunnels, intending to commit a massacre or abduct Israelis. Israel has narrowly averted several such infiltration attempts by gunmen, who have attempted to penetrate Israel in order to perpetrate a massive terrorist atrocity in border villages and kibbutzim.

5. Diverting humanitarian aid for military purposes. Hamas has diverted hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete that entered Gaza for civilian purposes, to build a vast network of underground tunnels and missile silos instead of meeting the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian population.

6. Using ambulances for military purposes. Hamas has used humanitarian vehicles to carry out military acts and disguise combatants as civilians.

7. Employing child soldiers as suicide bombers. Israeli troops are reported to have been attacked by children as young as 13 wearing explosive belts.

8. Stopping Palestinians from reaching urgent medical assistance. Hamas has prevented civilians from reaching the field hospital that Israel set up at the Erez Crossing to treat injured Palestinians, and it has even fired missiles on this hospital to frustrate attempts to treat them.

Hamas has shown utter contempt and disregard for human life, both Israeli and Palestinian. The UN Human Rights Council must investigate without delay and hold Hamas accountable for its actions in violation of international law.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Facing up to Islamist extremism and imposition

Two stories caught my attention today. The first from the Daily Telegraph was about the "Trojan Horse" plot and ran with the sub-heading: "we must not excuse bigots just because they are Muslim. I thought this was not only an important piece because of it's content, but also because the author, Sarah Khan is herself a Muslim. She writes:

One of the most shocking findings, from both Birmingham City Council’s report and from the Government’s own investigation into the Trojan Horse affair, was the incredulous hate peddling promoted to young children by fundamentalist Muslims who attempted to infiltrate a number of schools. Children had been told not to listen to Christians because they were "all liars"; and how they were "lucky to be Muslims and not ignorant like Christians and Jews." Schools put up posters warning children that if they didn't pray they would "go to hell" and girls were taught that women who refused to have sex with their husbands would be "punished" by angels "from dusk to dawn". One of the ringleaders of the Trojan Horse plot told an undercover reporter that “white women have the least amount of morals”, white children were “lazy” and that British people have “colonial blood.”

Sarah outlines her objections:

Let’s be clear. These bigoted views are exactly that – bigoted. As a Muslim I object to those hardliners who aggressively suggest such views are Islamic. They are not. Yet this hate peddling was done in the name of Islam. I have seen over the years how sexist, homophobic and intolerant Muslims deliberately manipulate my faith to justify sexism, homophobia and intolerance to other faith communities. They hide behind the excuse of "Islam", and argue they are within their religious rights to hold such bigoted views – and British society too often acts as if these are the natural rights of all Muslims.

Please read the rest of her excellent article: 

One of a growing handful of voices from within the Muslim community against the hatred peddled by the Islamists who have bullied and hijacked the Muslim community in this country and elsewhere.

Sarah Khan is director of the counter-extremism organisation Inspire.

In other news I was intrigued to read this report from the Gatestone Institute in their latest round up published today that:

On June 17, the Halal Institute of the Junta Islámica de España, a competing Muslim umbrella group based in Córdoba, held a conference aimed at promoting the "normalization of halal" in European countries. The official conference title was: "Possible Similarities and Differences between European Standards Compared with Halal Standards Demanded by the Arab Countries."

Conference attendees called on the Spanish government to sponsor an official study aimed at finding ways to bring European food standards into compliance with Islamic Sharia law.

Now I'm as concerned about food safety as the next person, but complying with Islamic Sharia Law? What the feck is that supposed to mean?

I am not having some wild eyed bunch of religious imbeciles telling me what I can or cannot eat. So this proposal can go take a running jump. Who the hell do these people think they are? Yet another stealthy attempt to impose their religious values on the rest of us.

For fear of being accused of so-called "Islamophobia" I reckon we might have to march under the slogan:

Defend the Bacon Sarnie!

When do want it? Now!

Just don't tell my Rabbi. Oh wait, I don't believe in God(s) so it doesn't matter.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Editorial: Trying to make sense of the world

Each day when I sit down to write a piece for this blog I have to think about which specific issue I should tackle. I am not a reporter and this is not a news site nor is this site associated with any organisation. It simply shares my thoughts for the day,

Like most people I have an opinion, sometimes a very strong view on the terrible things that go on in the world about us. I have no allegiance to any ideology or theology (especially the latter since I am an Atheist). I prefer to be able to read various opinions from across the political spectrum and make my own mind up.

Of course there are some things I refuse to compromise on. The main one and the bottom line for me is the question of basic human rights for all.

I am an individualist and a free thinker who believes in the right of all human beings to live their lives freely and as they please so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same.

I'm sure some pedant will try picking holes in that statement, but for most reasonable minded people my intent is clear. This brings me to the second theme of this blog, opposing political and religious extremism.

If there is one thing that I have learnt over the years the threat to our rights from authoritarian ideologies has not gone away. They simply change from one era to another.

The three main targets of my ire remain Communism, Fascism and Islamism.

What do they share in common?

Anyone who fails to do as they say or be obedient to their ways will face imprisonment or more likely death. All three are murderous in practise whether they try to hide it or not.

Concentration camps and Gulags differ little in practise. The Islamists don't even bother with formalities they just seem to kill on the spot for any alleged slight to their oh so fragile beliefs.

They all remain a threat one way or the other.

From North Korea to the ISIS controlled areas of Iraq and Syria ordinary people suffer the indignity of oppression. On the streets their supporters pose threats through not just terrorism and violence but bullying and more subtle pressure that leads to self censorship or withdrawal of criticism.

Islamists first came to attention with the burning of Salman Rushdies novel The Satanic Verses, and currently the quite psychotic leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un even makes war threats over some second rate comedy called The Interview because he is afraid his Great leader persona will be undermined.

At the same time openly Fascist parties seem to be making a come back in place like France (National Front) and Hungary (Jobbick) along with the rise of ant-Semitic rhetoric in demonstrations ostensibly about Gaza.

The floodgates are full to bursting from the most unsavoury types of bigots.

It is necessary to speak out against these developments.

Standing up for Human Rights, particularly for women and gays as well as Christians and Jews in the Middle East has become the issue of the day,

The Far-Left and the Islamists seem have have reached a conflation of interests over their perceived "anti-Imperialist" agendas, with so many so-called progressives providing political cover for some of the worst bigots around.

Anti-Semitism and the fate of Christian minorities in the Muslim world (and beyond) is ignored and set aside as the comrades and the fundamentalists find common cause.

As such these developments need to be exposed. Their hypocrisy highlighted and expose the suffering of those who do not fit in their twisted agendas from being ignored.

Where have the progressives been during the Syrian civil war? Not one demonstration organised by the usual suspects who jump at the chance to condemn the democracies at every opportunity.

Where were they when the hundreds of school girls were kidnapped by Boko Harem a basically criminal organisation working under the cover of "Islam" who wanted to sell these girls into slavery.

Where are the protests against North Korea the most oppressive nation on Earth?

Where indeed.

Where there is war we should all be calling for peace.

Where there is oppression we should be calling for liberation.

I am just a "lone" blogger speaking out against the enemies of freedom, of human rights and justice.

The world is not a simple place and solutions are not easy. Mistakes will be made. I have and will probably continue to make mistakes, just like everyone else in the political arena. Anyone who denies their errors is a fool or a liar.

Just look at the question of women's rights. The largest "socialist" organisation in this country, the Socialist Workers Party imploded not because something happened, but because they chose political expediency over justice.

These "Trotskyists" claim to represent something different to the political criminals of Stalinism, yet they have been found wanting. Their authoritarianism was exposed to the world.

And it has happened before.

The Workers Revolutionary Party went through the same process in the eighties when their then leader, Gerry Healy had his "activities" exposed.

The far-left have not learnt any lessons at all.

And now they stand alongside Islamists, shouting "Islamophobia" at anyone who dares to criticise some of the followers of this "religion of peace".

Such accusations led to child abuse being ignored and classrooms taken over by bigots seeking to impose an extremely intolerant version of their faith on children.

In such circumstances there is a need to speak out.

Our democracy and that of other countries will always remain in danger precisely because democracy allows such people the right we all take for granted.

Free speech and assembly.

The very rights we would be denied should any of these people achieve power.

We cannot be like them, we have to better than they are.

Nobodies perfect. No society is perfect.

But democracy, human rights and free speech are worth protecting.

That's why I blog.

Join me in this journey. We might not always agree, but the right to disagree without threat to body and liberty is what we should all be standing for.

Rally to stop the Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

The Bible Society in Australia has announced:

Plans have today been announced for a worldwide “Rally to stop the Genocide of Christians in the Middle East” next Saturday, August 2. Called #DemandforAction, the protest movement is planning to centre its attention on the UN, with a rally planned for 10 AM outside the United Nations building in New York, but local rallies are being organised around the world, including one in Martin Place, Sydney.

Symbols to be used at protest include the Nazarene ‘N’ in Arabic (which means Christian). ISIS marked homes in Mosul with this symbol in order to identify Christians who were subject to ISIS’s ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay ‘Jizya’ or die. (Source: Australian Coptic Movement)

The protest will demand, among other things, the United Nations urgently intervene to: 

(i) stop the forced displacement of Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs and other Christians from Mosul and areas controlled by ISIS through the deployment of international peacekeeping forces; 

(ii) set up a ‘safe haven’ protection zone to safeguard those vulnerable communities; and 

(iii) provide immediate on the ground aid and humanitarian assistance to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq and neighbouring regions.

There was a demonstration outside Parliament on Saturday. I will publish details of any action in the UK as soon as I find any details.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

New Posts at Howie's World of Comics

Star Trek Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive

For those of you who fancy reading something a little different I have published a number of new posts at my other blog Howie's World of Comics:

These include:

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Crossover:

News of a joint publishing venture by Boom! Studios and IDW Publishing involving the casts of both the original Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises. Should be fun!

Supreme Returns

Not a well known character outside the world of comic fandom, but a title worth trying (out now)

Fantastic and Terrific: The Odhams line of comics (Part Two)

A look at the first all superhero reprint comics in the 1960's which are fondly remembered by fans who grew up in the era of the rise of Marvel Comics.

Please go to:

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Demonstrate to Save the Christians of Mosul

Photo: Please Join us Tomorrow!


Organised by: Iraqi Christians In Need

In solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters of Mosul, the Eastern Iraqi churches led by the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Toma Dawood, Syrian Catholic Monsignor Nizar Semaan, Chaldean Catholic Father Nadheer, Ancient Church of the East Corepiscopos (Khoury) Fr Dr Khoshaba, Eastern Assyrian Father Tony and others are joining forces together with their communities and supporters from all parts of Britain in a demonstration in London on Saturday 26th July 2014.

Please take a moment to click on the following e-petition:

Hat tipTendance Coatsey

Friday, 25 July 2014

Hamas admit: "we are not looking for peace" ever!

The following video clip should be compulsory viewing for those who try and accuse Israel being the aggressor.

The Algemeiner reports:

Mushir Al Masri, a Hamas MP and media spokesman, told an Arabic-language television interviewer that Hamas has no intention of reaching a long-term truce or a peace agreement with Israel, and would use any lull in fighting to re-arm its troops.

Hamas rejected an early ceasefire proposal from Egypt and its leader Khaled Mashaal, exiled in Doha, has reportedly also nixed a proposal put forward by the Qatari regime, which backs the militant group financially.

Al Masri was asked in the television interview if Hamas had its own ceasefire proposal. He responded, “This is just nonsense of the Zionists and a dream of them to live in peace and calmness for 10 years.”

Oh and by the way:

..the spokesman’s name, Mushir Al Masri, meant, Mushir the Egyptian, who, like many Hamas leaders, actually was not native to Palestine.