Sunday, 11 November 2018
SWEETDue East of Nowhere lies a sandy shore,
Undulating, wriggling out from sea.
Lie on this naked beach with your amour,
Conjoin your limbs and set your passion free;
Enjoy your thoughts, because you cannot go and see.
ANDEach sorrowed soul that dwells there cannot leave:
This slice of shore a web around is weaved.
NOBLEDream you to go with me inland? Where Ragged Kids
Excited stare at guests there never are?
Come up and beg to take us home, their bids
Outdo each other in a promises bazaar;
Racing forward, waving hands, making maps in light,
Until at last we choose a child, a home, a plight, where
Mum must fast to feed us in her own birth-right.
IT ISEating in a tent on the old house debris,
Sofa salvaged from rubble - to complete the Marquee a
Table topped by tinned food wrapped in a UN decree.
ON BEHALF OF
Prayers. "Thanks God we survive through our people's Torment."
Rebuild? - 'Bombs turn houses to coffins, & then into tents."
Others? - "Wastage. I have 2 left from 8. God is great".
OUR FATHERLANDPunctually at sunset, the drones fly over.
Actions don't change, you can't hide in a tent
There's nowhere to run to, no bed of clover.
Remember the fallen, but remember the rent.
Inside the Bivouac Mum tells her poppet:
Aircraft whine this way, that sound's a rocket.
TO DIEMother of Palestine, why don't your sons
Organise rebellion, acquire some big guns?
Reader and Leader, don't all we tell this story:
In Dulce et Decorum - est Pro Patria Mori.
(Sweet and Noble it is to die for your Country,)-->
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Letter about Sacks/Corbyn
To the i newspaper by email only
Your front page headline "Ex-chief Rabbi condemns Corbyn comments on British Zionists" is exactly correct so far as Corbyn did lambast Zionists - though what their ethnicity was neither we nor Sacks know, unless there is a published ethnic breakdown of the audience. Claims of anti-semitism are simply assumptions.
Indeed it is Sacks, not Corbyn, that is recklessly assuming Anti- Zionism is Anti-Semitism. In my experience, Zionists that seek cover for their racist views invent anti-semitism to hide behind.
My experience of touring an exhibition and presentation about Gaza Child trauma over many years demonstrated that Jews were as likely to be organising my event as heckling it. As were Christians. Some Christian Zionists were particularly virulent antagonists, whilst Israeli students were sometime hecklers at university, as the Israeli Government, I'm told, will pay £2000pa to students for "promoting Israel" at Palestine events in the UK. They get a manual on how to do it. And the Israelis offered Labour Friends of Israel £1m too.
So Corbyn correctly defined supporters of Apartheid Israel as Zionists - whether they be Christian or Jew, British or Foreign.
And Sacks makes Corbyn's point for him: It's ironic when racists claim it is racist to call them racist! Indeed Sacks complains that identifying someone as a Zionist might somehow result in rivers of blood here, rather than complaining about someone being a Zionist, which has already resulted in rivers of blood in Palestine.
British or not, Zionists don't understand irony. Didn't Corbyn say that?
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Oh Jezza Corbyn, you are so, so naive; In New York they're plotting, and Tel Aviv.
Nobody cares what Netanyahu done say, what worries us is that you always give way.
OH YES, YOU ALWAYS GIVE WAY.
Like Mars Attacks they shout they come, come in peace, but people running from the gun-firing Feast;
The dead in Tunis graves are all, all victim; No trials, The Mossad murder each on a whim.
OH YES, EACH KILLED ON A WHIM.
THE MOSSAD DENIED IN 1992 THAT THEY KILLED THE FRANCE PLO LEADER, NOW BURIED IN TUNIS, BY SHOOTING HIM IN PARIS.
French intelligence at the time announced that the responsibility for his death was to be traced to the Abu Nidal Organization, a claim denied by that group. The PLO pointed the finger at Mossad, which is now known to have organized his killing. At the time, Ehud Gol, spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, stated that claims of Israel's responsibility were 'completely ridiculous' and did not merit a reply. (Wikipedia)
The PLO denied Bseiso had any connection to the Munich operation. His death was seen at the time as damaging PLO attempts to strengthen their credentials by sharing intelligence information with Western countries.(Wikipedia)
THE GERMAN POLICE KILLED 5 OF THE KIDNAPPERS AND MOST OF THE HOSTAGES, AND THE REMAINING 3 KIDNAPPERS WERE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY BY THE GERMANS, and did not include Bseiso.
MOSSAD spent thirty years using the pretext of the Munich Kidnapping to kill anyone that they felt like, because, it seems from the text above, the PLO was giving info to the West that such Facts as that Israel penetrated and controlled the Abu Nidal Organisation, who also murdered PLO leaders. (A Boast by Tzipi Livni reminiscing on her years in the Mossad office in Paris.)
Israel Killed more innocent Civilians in the hunt for the three assassins than PLO men, and five Mossad operatives were given jail terms for one such murder of an innocent in Lilliehammer, Norway.
Bseiso was involved in negotiations for the OSLO ACCORDS. (Wikipedia)
The CIA was furious with Israel for burning one of its key contacts (Bseiso) within the PLO. The French were outraged that Mossad had performed a targeted assassination on French soil, and began to crack down on Mossad infrastructure and operations in that country. (Wikipedia)
SO Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to apologise for accidentally leaving a wreath on the coffin of a man who was engaged in the Peace process that Netanyahu has aborted, and was assassinated by Mossad for that reason. He was never a Munich assassin, he was a PLO Leader in France involved in the Peace process. You are going to have to overcome your guilty reaction to these outrageous accusations Jeremy, sack the appeasers and come out fighting.
Oh Jezza Corbyn, you are so, so naive; In New York they're plotting, and Tel Aviv.
Nobody cares what Netanyahu done say, what worries us is that you always give way.
OH YES, YOU ALWAYS GIVE WAY.
Haaretz article begins: The U.K. Labour leader is the only politician hapless enough to lose the moral high ground to Bibi (Netanyahu)
This piece written as a comment in Haaretz by Ben Alofs:
A decent journalist would check the facts....
Jeremy Corbyn in 2014 attended a conference on Palestine in Tunis at the invitation of the Tunisian president, a supporter of human rights, with other European parliamentarians, including Conservatives and Liberal Democrats from the UK. During the conference Corbyn and others laid wreaths to commemorate the victims of a 1985 Israeli airstrike in Tunis, that killed 62 Palestininians and 12 Tunisians. This act of state terrorism was condemned in the UN Security Council by a majority of 14-0. Corbyn has said himself that the wreath laying was meant to commemorate the victims of all forms of terrorism. The decorative ribbon on the wreath says in Arabic "monitoring the Palestinian legal and political issue", which was the title of the conference Corbyn was attending. The extreme right wing rag the Daily Mail deliberately tried to imply that Corbyn was laying wreaths on the graves of those responsible for the Munich massacre. None of those who carried out the terrorist acts in Munich are buried in Tunis. Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) and Atef Bseiso, who are buried in Tunis, have been accused by Israel of having had links with Black September in the 1970s, but have always denied this. They were senior Fatah and PLO leaders at the time and the Palestinians continue to pay respect to them, just like they continue to pay respect to Yasir Arafat, who is buried in the Muqata. When Jack Straw, the UK foreign minister in Tony Blair's government, laid a wreath at Arafat's grave in the Muqata there was no outcry. Netanyahu telling off Corbyn displays what a hypocrite he is. He is the one who commemorates the terrorists who bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1947 causing huge loss of civilian life, including Jews. When Ariel Sharon, the butcher of Qibya and Sabra and Shatila, was lying in state in the Knesset, not one of the mourners thought for one moment what an insult this was to all of the innocent victims of this war criminal. There was no outcry when Tony Blair attended the butcher's funeral. Finally, that Corbyn attended the conference in Tunis and laid wreaths, was known back in 2014. One Tory minister tried to besmirch Corbyn then over this matter, until it became clear that the conference was also attended by Tories. This shows the extent to which Corbyn's enemies are prepared to go to find dirt on him and try to unseat him as leader of the Labour party.
Saturday, 7 April 2018
In 2018 The world for Palestinians gets worse, daily, with 773 shot in Gaza through the fence, a new record of psychotic racist massacre, even for the Israelis. - but it was never good, not since 1917.
In Twenty Ten, How was Gaza then?
At Israel was fired in Twenty Ten
Four hundred** Missiles by Gaza men.
Across the wall, No Jews were killed at all
But 8 felt shock, when in July
A rocket landed quite close by**
5 children and 70 women and men,
Were killed in Gaza by Israel then;
Their vacant space implores we take their place
It's time to count the missiles there*
Caress the dead, lay siege to fear
Bloody stolen land of lies, Zion hates not guns, but sighs
It dreads the weeping in the wide world's eyes.
*(5 Children in a total of 72 deaths. Additionally, 500 were injured, and 'at least' 700 Gazans are in Israeli prisons, out of a total of 6500 Israeli imprisoned Palestinians - PCHR/B'Tselem), but there is no record of the number of bombs, rockets and shells fired into gaza by Israel, though it must be at least ten times more than the Palestinians fire.
** (365 total consisting of 215 mortars & 150 rockets; 1 Filipino farm worker was killed elsewhere, otherwise the 8 shocked Israelis were the only missile 'casualties' - Shin Bet&Israel Army) In addition in 2010, Israel killed and injured others in the West Bank, invaded a civilian boat on the high seas outside Israel territorial waters and killed 8; attacked Gaza fishing boats and impounded an unknown number. In 2010. In the same period, no Palestine forces invaded any part of Israel, or attacked any ships on the high seas, or attacked and confiscated any Israeli boats. Palestinians did kill 3 Israelis in the West Bank. Israelis - including settlers - killed 10 Palestinians there. in 2010.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The Balfour Declaration
So when did the Aggravation Start?
So when did the Aggravation Start?
Whilst you read on, listen to this, Gaza Reggae/Rap - say GRR!
1917 "(Oh Gaza) New Year" 2017
Damn! - Hannah Cinthio's Reggae is a different kind of Rocket
So, when did all the aggravation start? Probably 1917 with the insane Balfour Declaration in which Tory Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, in a letter, promised Lord Rothschild a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. He pledged assistance for the Zionist cause, totally disregarding the consequences for the Arab majority there.
It was surely the cruellest and most idiotic foreign policy decision by a British government.
The Holy Land has been a powder-keg since 1948 when Britain walked away from its mandate responsibility and the Israelis immediately declared statehood without defining borders. They have been stealing Palestinian lands and resources ever since. It will remain a powder-keg until the international community comes to its senses.
(Extract from an Article by Stuart Littlewood, a journalist in Nazareth)
Monday, 12 October 2015
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori
On November 11th at 11:00 1918, The First World War ended, and is remembered annually on Remembrance Sunday. This year, Pacifist Jeremy Corbyn, new UK Labour Party Leader will attend the memorial at the Cenotaph and the Media want to know if he will sing the National Anthem, bow to the Queen and wear a Red Plastic Poppy.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori is written in red, out of respect for the Soldiers who have fallen in the wars fought throughout History. Red on a white Background symbolises Blood and Bandages. The Red Poppy sold by the Royal British Legion also is said to represent not only the Poppies that grew on the blood soaked soil of the Flanders Battlefields - Poppies are always one of the first flowers to colonise land churned up by diggers or tanks - but also to symbolise the blood spilt.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori is Latin. It translates as "Sweet and Noble it is to die for your Country". Throughout History Men have had this sort of sentiment drummed into them (that's a Military derived metaphor, BTW). Their leaders, working, obviously, for the good of the nation, which is the only protection those leaders have for their business profits, have employed their religious and, more recently, media stooges to justify why YOU should give away your life for their stay-at-home benefit.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori Many returning Soldiers believe in this jingoism. The war gives them the most intense experience they have ever had, and ever will have, probably. For men from sheltered, limited opportunity backgrounds it provides pride and a great sense of worth. For those and others the slaughter of colleagues and the Bathos of the return to civil life, however, often renders their lives and their sacrifice utterly meaningless, and they constantly need re-assurance that it was actually worthwhile. it is ironic that many surviving "victors" of wars need the same kind of recognition of their suffering as do the bomb victims that I visited so recently in Gaza. The very least that the rest of us can do is to stand quietly for a minute at 11:00 to tell all of them, from the bottom of our heart, how proud, and how indebted, we are - and wear a Red Plastic Poppy.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori? Whose Country is it Noble to die for? Many UK soldiers have no difficulty allowing that the Germans feel the same way about their Soldiers, especially in First World War. It may be a little more difficult to get unanimity on the Second, but even there, ordinary Soldiers were, at least at the time, regarded as a very civilised and ethical group, even if the SS was not. Japanese Soldiers, with a very different culture to ours, are less acceptable to many, while the un-uniformed French Resistance are viewed as the glamour girls and guys, extremely brave, and not bound by War ethics at all in their undercover role. The same is true of the Polish resistance, Jewish and native Pole alike, whilst Russian Soldiers are admired for their sacrifice rather than their skill.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori? So why is the Palestinian resistance so vilified? These fighters are fighting for their children's lives, not the Glory of the State. Many French were able to run away from the bombs reigned down on their heads, and although it is very small comfort for the refugees in Syria, they too are at least able to escape. Through the whole of History, I have never heard of a Nation keep locked up in a Zoo enclosure behind barbed wire and used for target practice, especially , when the nation terrorising them does not even have any intention of conquering them. No German, Japanese or Russian airforce ever bombed, day after day, unarmed civilians locked up by Razor wire, shooting on the ground those who even just come close to the fence. Yet those who resist with stones and home made weapons, and who almost invariably die, are spat upon. Oh yes, the Patria - the economically active trading partner country - we support here is Israel, isn't it? And Palestine - fully exploited by Israel and economically inert - is, ahem, not a state, actually.....
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori! Here is my little Haiku for Gaza, in Red on white, though there are no bandages. Please repeat it whilst playing Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony (here). Let Tchaikovsky's lonely bitter suffering stand in for all of us, and let us continue to highlight this brutal suffering, as they will also say on November 11th: "Lest we Forget"
Grey Britain mourn for Gaza's
Orange Scented Sunshine: Death
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori!? Men made of Sterner stuff, however, see through all this Patria Stuff. For many years after 1918 old soldiers demonstrated at the remembrance Services against the glorification of War. And many of the First World War Soldiers, even if they never returned, found time to write about the horrific slaughter, and ignorance of the reality of War: The Independent printed some:
You smug Faced Crowds with Kindling Eye
Who Cheer when Soldier lads march by
Sneak Home and pray you'll never know
The hell where Youth and Laughter Go.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori!? Men like these invented the Peace Pledge Union, which in 1935 came up with the idea of the white Poppy to symbolise both the sacrifice of the dead and the pledge never to let it happen again. I'm definitely not a Pacifist, but the end of War nevertheless seems an eminently sensible and desirable goal. I'm proud to wear a white poppy. What a shame that the weight of the militarily inclined leadership of all parties see it as a direct threat to their power, and that many Soldiers see it as the negation of the praise they need to stay sane. And the British Legion sees it as an attack on its revenue stream. It is ironic that in order to stay sane and feel whole, the "victors" of war need the same acknowledgements of their suffering that Gaza children need for their broken bodies. White Poppy wearers, like dirty hippies, are hated even more than the German army - or so the media seem to say. People do need the security of living in a Society that they have, however humble, a place in. They react when changes in Society make them feel threatened, and they respond to the propaganda of our leaders. The fact that the white Poppy rocks their foundations so strongly tells us much about the current nature of the Society we live in, and we have to ask: "Why is it like that?" Why does death shock us less than obedience to the powerful? Why are we so ready to abuse those who don't glorify war, when the Soldiers who actually fought it refused to do so? We have forgot the Horror! And our leaders are ready to start another war. So let us remember:
Now in my dial of glass appears
The Soldier who is going to die.
He smiles, and moves about in ways his mother knows,
habits of his
The wires touch his face: I cry
NOW! Death, like a familiar, hears.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori: Our Patria is controlled by much deeper currents than an election or two. Let the raging, barmy Labour Leader be elected, you can hear the shadows say, we will devour him in the maw of our media, claw at his most hidden beliefs, invite him to eat a dog or be painted the villain. Everything he believe will have an enemy and he will bow to that enemy, or the people will spit him out. Let him say that he is a Republican, and we will make sure he kneels before the Queen; a Pacifist and we will make him a coward if he will not praise the killing. Corbyn must wear his white Poppy, or betray, again and again those whose hopes rest on his ability to lead. Principles are hard to keep, but giving them away to appease the baying crowd really is cowardice. To reject violence he must win the battle of ideas. This is what being a leader is: He has to sell his story and give courage to those who will work for him. And make no error, the stake is our Patria, and beyond. And it is for sure a Battle to the death, for those who make money from power, will certainly kill to keep it.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori: My Patria is no country, it is our right to live as Human Beings, and the only war that is justified is that which liberates us from the manacles of those who would exploit us. To invade Iraq; to fund Ukrainian Far right parties to kill Ukrainian police to provoke a civil War; to fund Al Qeada via Saudi Arabia to overthrow Assad at the cost of hundreds of thousand lives, all these are murder. To support the struggle of Tibetan Buddhists to be free from communists; or the right of Muslim Rohingas to self determination in Burma, or Christians to be free from Muslim persecution in Indonesia, or Communists to be free from Christian persecution in The USA, are the Human Rights worth fighting for if fighting is all there is left. We are all Human, even Untouchables and Palestinians.
Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori - the lie: We must - and all of us will - fight and die for our real dignity, our fundamental right to life, Liberation, Fraternity, Equality, if it became necessary. This is not a lesson to learn, it is natural in every Mother, in every Lover. They - we - will not need telling when the time is right, because there will be no choice. But what must never be allowed to happen again, is for the Love we feel for our Children to be exploited by the Lust for Power of those whose hearts are made entirely of cold Gold and whose veins circulate only lies in search of power. Never again can we let these Psychopathic merchants of Greed abuse the love we have for our society, and pervert it for the conquest of others by pretending innocent people are a threat to us; nor let them take the courage and adventure of our young people and press it into a false glamour of war. Never Again, we said after the last World War, but then Blair, and then Cameron, too young to know the past, up and lead us to death and ignominy on foreign fields that will never be England, just forgotten. Blair and Cameron are too young to have felt the blood pumping freshly out of a soldiers's leg, still hot from the amputating shrapnel in Flanders or Dunkirk, like World War Soldiers have; and they are too callous to feel the searing amputation heat of Israeli DIME or Flechette bombs, which their spy planes see perfectly clearly. Lest we forget, Remembering the Dead is not to glorify war, it is to thank those who gave their lives, support those who survived, and pledge NEVER AGAIN. To refuse to bow the Head to the Queen, merely a symbol for the power brokers to shelter under, like a false flag to wrap up in while raping the innocent; and always to wear the white poppy, and always to carefully explain why. And Lest We Forget:
If you could hear, at every Jolt, the blood
Come Gargling from the Froth Corrupted Lungs,
Obscene as Cancer, bitter as the Cud,
Of vile incurable sores on innocent Tongues -
My Friend you would not tell with such high Zest
To Children ardent for some desperate Glory
The old lie: Dolce et Decorum Est
Pro Patria Mori