There Goes the Neighbourhood!

By Yvetta, February 24, 2011

See http://israelinsider.net/profiles/blogs/with-a-jewish-grandma-and-a

Still, he has vowed to stay and die in Libya ... hasn't he?

And did you see that somebody scrawled a Magen David on his picture? http://challahhuakbar.blogspot.com/2011/02/libyans-draw-star-of-david-on...


Ireland Upgrades the PA's Diplomatic Presence

By Yvetta, January 25, 2011

The PA now has an Ambassador and an Embassy in Dublin, it's just been announced. Ireland's the first EU country to upgrade the PA's diplomatic status - probably won't be the last.
You'll remember how the JC told you (not) about all those Latin American countries recognising a State of "Palestine" within 1967 borders (Peru's the latest) - how long before the EU follows suit?


The Arizona Tragedy - Allegation that Ms Giffords was shot because she's Jewish

By Yvetta, January 9, 2011

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (may she make a full and speedy recovery) is apparently a second cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, and identifies as Jewish despite the fact that her mother, a practising Christian Scientist, is not.

For the allegation that she was deliberately targeted because she's Jewish, see:


Going Up from Down Under

By Yvetta, December 31, 2010

Aliyah from Britain may be down (as reported on the JC website) but aliya from Australia and New Zealand is up by almost 50% (I guess that's what happens when you have a strong committed Jewry not afraid of its own shadow, and certainly not prone to do a Mick Davis as far as Israel is concerned.)

Here's the full report, by Henry Benjamin:

Aliyah from Australia and New Zealand has jumped almost 50% this year in spite of relatively low levels of anti-Semitism and a strong economy.
J-Wire asked Aviva Kogus of the State Zionist Council of New South Wales if there was any explanation.


Another South American Country Recognises the State of Palestine

By Yvetta, December 25, 2010

Read all about it in the Jewish Chronicle - er, not.
They didn't report instances 1, 2, and 3, so why I guess it's not NIFty to report no. 4
Never mind Israel's troubles.
What's Israel to us, huh?
You can read about that tasty Denzil Washington in the JC, though.


LSE 's New Middle East Centre eradicates Israel

By Yvetta, December 14, 2010

An important and depressing but of course all too typical development in this Septic Isles's academia - you can read about it on Edgar Davidson's impressive blog at http://www.edgar1981.blogspot.com/
Good on you, Edgar - glad somebody's on the ball...


That Important South American News the Jewish Chronicle website overlooked

By Yvetta, December 13, 2010

Here's the latest on that "Brazilian initiative" referred to on http://www.daphneanson.blogspot.com/

It comes from J-Wire and is an analysis by David Singer, of Sydney.

Palestine, Brazil and Argentina – Outing the Jew-Haters
by David Singer
As President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as the Jewish National Home.
As Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) – Abbas is sworn to enforce the provisions of its Charter which prescribes:


Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff Speaks Up for Israel

By Yvetta, December 10, 2010

Love him or hate him, Geert Wilders gave a bang-up pro-Israel speech in Tel Aviv last Saturday, which the JC has, strange as it may seem, neglected to report. (Pull yer finger out, JC!) On 7 December an Austrian diplomat's daughter Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff gave this speech at a conference of the Alliance of the European Freedom and National Parties in Israel.
"Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very excited to be here in Israel, and I thank former MK Eliezer Cohen for inviting me.


Is BeBe One of Us?

By Yvetta, November 17, 2010

Not Bibi (who's pretty darn fabulous too) but the fabulous BeBe - Brigitte Bardot.
The Javal family is a distinguished French-Jewish family of industrialists, bankers, medicos, etc which originated in Alsace. I believe the name Javal is unique to them. BeBe's papa was a Parisian industrialist and her birth name is often given as Camille Javal. Yet, on googling, I find that Camille Javal is in some sources given as the name of a character she played. Most confusing.


The Woking Mosque's Founder's Nephew was the True Author of the Balfour Declaration

By Yvetta, November 1, 2010

This information first came to light in an article in "History Today" in 1999, but since then its author did more investigation in the Budapest genealogical archives, producing a full family tree for the well-known Tory statesman Leo Amery and a much fuller article regarding his attitude to Zionism and Israel.


History Doesn't Have to be Boring

By Yvetta, October 30, 2010

It can often yield unexpected gems.
I wonder what contemporary negotiators will make of this development, as reported by Yisrael Medad his blog:
East" Jerusalem? No. New Jerusalem Neighborhoods
Elliot Green:
Jerusalem has had a Jewish absolute majority population since 1853, according to the contemporary French historian and diplomat, Cesar Famin.
Thus, the notion of "Arab east Jerusalem" is a post-1948 invention.
"La population sedentaire de Jerusalem est d'environ 15,500 ames:"
("The sedentary population of Jerusalem is about 15,500 souls:")

Jews . . . 8,000 . . . Juifs


Appleton Marsh Plays With the Big Boys

By Yvetta, October 30, 2010

That renowned metropolis, Appleton Marsh, twinned itself with Tiverton - and then with Gaza. I'm sure it Bibi gnashing his choppers in rage.
There's alot of twinning with Gaza being proposed, one way or another:


Idiotic Demonisation of Israel from the Feministas

By Yvetta, October 21, 2010

Phyllis Chesler has the situation well summed-up, in her final paragraph quoted below. But in the fight to delegitimise Israel, anything goes!

It’s now official: Apartheid is a feminist issue. For years, I [Phyllis Chesler] have been challenging feminists to take up this cause. Had I finally found oil, discovered gold?
I received an invitation via email, both in English and in French, which began:


Why, look, y'all, it's that darned ole peanut farmer again!

By Yvetta, October 20, 2010

The worst US president in living memory (bar Obama) has been sounding off again - methinks he's been eating too many nuts, proving that you are what you eat:

Former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians are "living in a cage" in Gaza and that the militant group Hamas must be included in all major efforts for peace.
Carter was in Syria with an international group of veteran statesmen known as the Elders, which includes Ireland's former President Mary Robinson, and sets out to offer "collective influence and experience to support peace building."
Read more:


Liquid Gold under the Negev?

By Yvetta, October 19, 2010

New Survey Indicates Large Oil Field Buried Under Negev Sand
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A new preliminary geological survey indicates 26 million barrels of recoverable oil—worth $2 billion—may be sitting underneath the sandy soil in the area of two kibbutzim in the Western Negev, near Gaza.

Energtek announced it has received a geological survey on the Nir-am—Sa'ad block, “identifying the potential for exploitable oil and natural gas reserves.” Its subsidiary Energtek Products has the exclusive license to explore and exploit the resources in the area.


Group linked to New Israel Fund makes a Blood libel

By Yvetta, October 17, 2010

Blood Libel: NIF-Linked Group Blames Israel for Leukaemia in Gaza

by Gil Ronen
An international organization closely linked to the New Israel Fund (NIF) has blamed Israel for causing an increased incidence of leukaemia in Gaza, while claiming that Hamas suffers from unfair discrimination and has the right to “self defence." The organization also characterized Israel as “bleating” about anti-Semitism and accused its soldiers of "merrily" shooting innocents.


Just Walk Away, Renee

By Yvetta, October 17, 2010

(You made some excellent points, though)

Award-winning British filmmaker Mike Leigh has cancelled a trip to Israel, in which he was to lead workshops with film students, to protest against Israeli policy.
The 67-year-old director of acclaimed films such as Life is Sweet, Topsy Turvy, Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and most recently, Another Year, was to arrive Nov. 20 for a one-week stint at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem.
He was also supposed to give a lecture to Palestinian moviemakers at the Jenin Cinema.


Essential goods are being let into Gaza

By Yvetta, October 17, 2010

Gaza Strip Civilian and Humanitarian Aid Monthly Report – September, 17 Oct 2010