Stanley Walinets's blog

‘Don’t ever let the Palestinians feel at ease’

By Stanley Walinets, February 10, 2012

These are extracts from an article by Ha'aretz journalist Meron Rapoport, in this month's LeMonde Diplomatique (
"In testimonies collected and published by the NGO Breaking the Silence, we learn what Israeli soldiers did, and were expected to do, in the West Bank and Gaza in the past decade, to impose the occupation.


President Gingrich? Wonderful news for Israel - maybe...

By Stanley Walinets, January 26, 2012

How might the US Presidentials affect Israel? An item just copied to me from the current 'Forward', the Jewish daily paper:-
"Adelson Millions Ensure Gingrich Steers to Far Right on Israel" ( Read on, then rejoice - or despair........


ICAHD Peace Center 'Beit Arabiya' Demolished for the Fifth Time

By Stanley Walinets, January 24, 2012

Interested, anyone? News just received from ICAHD-UK (The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions)


Another new message - should we be ashamed of this then?

By Stanley Walinets, December 30, 2011

I was criticised for my previous posting - it was suggested that since it consisted of a statement by a Palestinian, it was suspect - indeed, that I'd 'concocted' it myself. So here's a similar experience we should make ourselves aware of, but this one comes from a young Israeli Jew. Please read on, with an open mind:

Dear Stanley,


Message just received.Should we be ashamed of this?

By Stanley Walinets, December 19, 2011

Here's a message just received. I look forward to the heated responses to come, which will doubtless scream at me as a 'delegitimiser', at the Israeli demonstrators involved who are also self-delegitisers, will tell me how many other nations all do much worse, how we should rejoice because Israel is a true democracy, etc etc etc.

Dear Stanley,


Conservative MEP Rt.Hon. Sir Robert Atkins, visits Gaza

By Stanley Walinets, November 28, 2011

November 24, 2011: Report by MEC Business Intelligence Consultants ( of a visit to Gaza three weeks ago, published on the Conservative Middle East Council website. Sir Robert Atkins is a Conservative member of the European Parliament and former minister.


Law of Return

By Stanley Walinets, October 9, 2011

Extract from a JC news item, Sep 30th:

"21,300 people moved to Israel last year under the Law of Return, compared to around 17,900 the previous year. They came from places as far flung as Hong Kong, Honduras, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Monaco, Suriname,China, Angola, the Philipines, Thailand, Japan, Malta, Congo, South Korea and Nicaragua ... including a "10% jump in immigration from North America".


A Palestinian State?

By Stanley Walinets, September 13, 2011

I've just received this Cecilie Surasky of the US organisation Jewish Voice for Peace. It's worth reading.

That’s the number of times the United States has used its veto in the United Nations Security Council to block efforts to secure Palestinian rights over the last 40 years.


How to make friends and influence protesters

By Stanley Walinets, September 12, 2011

I've just received this from the American "Popular Struggle Coordinating Committee". Interesting?
(If you'd like to make a donation, let me know and I'll give you their web address)


Minister for Overseas Development Alan Duncan's video

By Stanley Walinets, September 9, 2011

The JC Letters page printed on Aug 26 a letter from me supporting the Alan Duncan video. Andrew Balcombe of British Israel Group responded to it the following week, Sep 2nd. I then wrote responding to Mr Balcombe's objections but the Letters page hasn't printed it - no doubt due to space demands.


"The Jews in secret Nazi reports on popular opinion in Germany, 1933-45"

By Stanley Walinets, August 5, 2011

David Cesarani reviewed this recently discovered book in the July 9th JC. His final sentence in his review was especially compelling.


How to make friends and influence people, IDF style...

By Stanley Walinets, July 28, 2011

Here's an interesting Press release I received yesterday. Comments, anyone?

"From The Freedom Theatre Foundation, Jenin, Palestine
04.46 (gmt+2), July 27, 2011


A Housing Policy we can be proud of?

By Stanley Walinets, April 30, 2011

Israel's Government expects Diaspora support, calls us 'delegitimisers' if we disagree with its policies. But I have to say I don't feel happy that this sort of thing is being done in my name. How do others feel? Read this,
just received from, a University of Southern California website. Check the site for photographs....


Walinets - Apologies - Accident

By Stanley Walinets, March 11, 2011

Dear Friends - a quick note - my apologies for non-contact over recent weeks - I had an accident on my motorcycle on Feb 17th and have been in hospital since then, fractures etc.... Came home this week but am now wheelchair-bound for 6 weeks or so, till everythings mended. Can at least reach my screen now, so hope to contribute to debates again.
Stan Walinets


‘Cast Dread’ – Secret record just released by Al Lukheer, previously unknown Mid-East TV channel

By Stanley Walinets, January 26, 2011

Explanatory Comment. These notes, code-named ‘Cast Dread’, are the secret record of a political Party meeting which took place in late 2008. All names have been disguised to prevent identification. The notes are prefaced by an anonymous reporter, who for unknown reasons records the meeting in present tense:-


Bil'in - my Us-Them Pt2 Blog interrupted...

By Stanley Walinets, January 15, 2011

I trust people will remember my Jan 9th blog, based on Anshel Pfeffer's helpful JC article on the death from tear-gas of a woman at the Bil'in demonstration.
There were many responses to that blog, ending with this rather typical one from jose:
"jose 10 January, 2011 - 04:29 : Any intention to apologise for your blood libel, Walinuts?"

I replied to all the comments I'd received. But to my surprise, straight after my reply came this message:
"Anonymous 12 January, 2011 - 15:59 : Comments for this page are now closed."


Death at Bil'in / or Us and Them part 2

By Stanley Walinets, January 9, 2011

I drew attention last week to the West Bank protest against the 'Security Fence' and the death of a Palestinian woman from tear gas. Not surprisingly, my blog drew angry responses and denials. Typical, perhaps, was the response from Jonathan Hoffman, headed with his usual politeness: "@Walinets, you piece of ordure - you going to apologise?".
Jonathan's and others' responses (all very polite of course...) were denials of what happened - was the 36-year-old woman killed or not? was she there or not? Jonathan's 'evidence' included this:


'When the Messiah Comes': Funny/Serious article in 'Ha'aretz

By Stanley Walinets, January 7, 2011

'When the Messiah comes', by Bradley Burston

When the Messiah comes, Israel will deport him
When the Messiah comes, the Right will crucify him. Im Tirzu will roll out ads and billboards showing him with a tail to go along with his horns.
By Bradley Burston
When the Messiah comes, he will be without papers.

When the Messiah comes, he will be taken into a small room, off-white and chilled, with one gray metal chair at each side of a gray metal desk.


Us, as experienced by our Occupied neighbours

By Stanley Walinets, January 3, 2011

Just received this from an aquaintance in the West Bank. Interesting.

Dear Stanley,

At the threshold of the New Year, I write to wish you a new year of freedom and liberation. This has been an unbelievable year for me in both highs and lows. A year during which I have witnessed how, despite repression, ordinary people all across Palestine take to the streets for freedom.


The current uproar over Mick Davis's views

By Stanley Walinets, November 26, 2010

I am full of admiration for UJIA leader Mick Davis for speaking out, and for the JC for giving his views such prominence. At last we in the diaspora are realising the true responsibilities of friendship. To be a friend of Israel does not mean we must never voice our concerns. A true friend shows his sincerity by telling his friend when he is harming himself. It is false friendship to encourage your friend to believe he can do no wrong, to encourage him to ignore uncomfortable truths.