Sunday, August 22, 2010

Crocodile tears from cynical KBRM

It's embarrassingly easy to hoist KBRM with their own petard. I have highlighted just one word in the item copied from the KBRM website, the letter proudly displayed as KBRM's letter of the Month.

Letter of the Month

July 9, 2010

What a contrast.
Remember when Israel stopped the protest flotilla? (31 May) Sadly 9 protestors were killed battling with soldiers. The next day (1 June) the UN condemned Israel, The Times - HERE
The UN Secretary-General said he was shocked by the killings and demanded answers urgently. The UN Security Council demanded an explanation. In “outrage” the Security Council members broke off from their “spring holiday” and held an emergency session calling for a ‘prompt, impartial, credible, transparent’ investigation.
In contrast to that on March 26th a South Korean boat was sunk and 46 were killed. The UN calmly undertook a careful detailed enquiry lasting a month. Finally last Thursday they “reached agreement on the text” of a statement. A ‘draft statement’ that “stops short of directly blaming North Korea”. In fact it doesn't identify who is responsible, or “have the clout of resolutions”, it just goes “on record” and nicely “emphasizes the need to maintain peace and stability in the larger region”. What a contrast.

That this is evidence of crocodile tears is apparent by another letter proudly displayed on KBRM's website:

Submitted to The Press on March 13 (short version of the letter of March 11 that was rejected)

I love Rosemary McLeod's column, but she missed the mark when she said Gazans ‘were entitled to their anger’ because of the lopsided body count (March 5). In fact, body count has nothing to do with who's right or wrong (compare with World War II). If you persist in throwing stones at a lion, you should expect to get bitten.(emphasis added)

Printed March 16

KBRM is a deeply cynical, albeit tiny, organisation (85 members, according to a spokesman in a Radio New Zealand interview).

Despite their protestations, it's difficult to believe that such a small number can finance the deluge of advertisement they subject us to.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The inhumanity of KBRM principals exposed

KBRM criticises the reports from Palestinian Authority (no friend of Hamas, in case the state of virtual civil war has escaped their notice) on the numbers of males killed on the basis of nothing other than a bald assumption.

And it ignores testimony given by Palestinians and IDF soldiers as to the nature of the attack - that anyone and everything was considered a legitimate target. There are many, many, documented instances of civilians being bombed for no reason, being ordered to leave a location and killed in the process, of being ordered into a different location then shelled and killed.

The high male death toll is quite simply explained in terms of husbands and fathers simply doing their duty, and placing themselves at risk trying, futilely, to find save haven for their loved ones.

How the IDF arrives at it's figures is simple: Israel treats every male Palestinian in Gaza as a Hamas fighter, even though the estimate of the actual number of trained Hamas fighters vary widely, it is probably less than 20,000 out of a total adult male population of Gaza of about 500,000.

Given the reluctance of Hamas to engage in mass confrontation during the Gaza attack, and the widespread destruction caused by the IDF, the PA figures do indeed appear very credible.

And to blithely argue, as KBRM does, that civilian deaths are acceptable when compared to major wars ignores the fact that Palestinians do not possess an army. Hamas' military wing is merely a lightly armed milita.

But the only way Israel and its apologists like KBRM can justify Israel's crimes against humanity is to cite the crimes of others - illustrative of complete a lack of moral standards.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

More on KBRM Gaza lies (cont)

The advertisement then complained about
uncorroborated allegations of war crimes against both Israel and Hamas
by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission of the Gaza Incident, headed by renowned international jurist, Justice Richard Goldstone.

In fact, the report if one bothered to read it, very carefully details its sources for alleged criminal acts on both sides. Israel, of course, refused to cooperate, to the extent of refusing access to the Goldstone committee not only to IDF participant but to Israel itself, even for just transit purposes.

The United Nations were also very careful in ensuring that the committee appointed, especially its world renowned head, Goldstone, is, from Israel's perspective beyond reproach - of course, that was before. Now he is no doubt a Self Hating and Israel Threatening (SHIT) Jew, and yes, if you are curious, Goldstone has made the list.

How do my friends at KBRM react to the Goldstone report? By referring to the IDF's own cursory investigation, which, and we will not be surprised at this, naturally finds Israel without fault. I read an interesting analogy on this line of (non?)reasoning employed by Israel: it is akin to murdering someone in our civilian lives, and selecting our own Judge and jury to cast judgment on our crime.

But, as always, I am interested in the words employed by KBRM found fully 83% of the documented Goldstone "most serious" alleged breaches of international law had simply
no basis in fact
and the remainder were merely
operational errors and mistakes

While one could be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at these ludicrously one-sided findings, here is something to ponder:

According to the IDF, 1400 mainly civilian Palestinians were deliberately targeted and killed, unless of course, all six
mistakes
were responsible.

Let's move on, as KBRM does, to study the issue of credibility. No, this is not the credibility of the Goldstone report, but the credibility of Hamas, a legitimate resistance organisation to Israel's belligerent occupation of what is left of Palestinian land (in reality, now about 20% of the 22% internationally recognised as forming the basis of the future State of Palestine).

This is a common tactic of Israeli propaganda - to justify it's own actions in terms of the actions of its opponents. The quick answer is the old aphorism of "two wrongs don't make a right." Hamas' credibility is irrelevant. Both the United Nations and major NGO's such as Human Rights Watch, which gives its view here.

Even more invalid comparisons can be seen in this Jerusalem Post article that, naturally, finds Israel always acted morally.

Time for a break before I move onto the most offensive sections of KBRM's advertisement.

Friday, January 29, 2010

KBRM persists in lies about Gaza massacre

Click on the post title to view the recent advertisement by KBRM.

It would be an interesting exercise to follow the money trail behind KBRM, as it appears to have had a recent influx of money enabling it to publish yet more untruths. I would not be surprised if that money trail lead directly to Israel as it appears to have commenced a concerted campaign to discredit the Goldstone Report.

As it happens, I addressed much of this advertisement in my very first post on this site, nearly one year ago, in reply to a similar advertisement, and many other points are simply revisiting previous posts, but I will take the time to reply in full.

As usual with our hasbara (Israeli term for propagandists, I believe) friends of Israel, the lies begin immediately. I quote from the advertisement:

The Gaza war that ended on January 18, 2009, was Israel's response to a five-year long rocket barrage that had killed 19 citizens and wounded hundreds more.

This was my response to this allegation previously:

And the claim of enduring four years of rocket fire compelling a response misses the truth that in the six months leading up to the massacre, a ceasefire was in place, adhered to by Hamas but deliberately broken by Israel to provoke more rocket fire. I question the wisdom of Hamas' response to Israeli provocation but make no judgment as I am not subject to brutal occupation.

I see that in the intervening period from April last year the period of the rocket fire has been extended by one year.

But just to provide even more context, the ceasefire was predicated on the terms that Hamas would ensure rocket fire ceased and Israel would at least ease the crippling medieval-style siege imposed on Gaza after Hamas, then the legally elected governing party of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, preempted a planned, US and Israel supported, Fatah coup.

I will discuss later war crimes in the context of the Gaza attack, but this siege is itself a war crime in that it is collective punishment imposed on a people for events beyond their control. It is a war crime for an occupying power, as Israel is of Gaza and the West Bank, to impose collective punishment.

Not only did Israel not ease the siege, they tightened the noose. Regardless, Hamas still expected that the ceasefire would be extended. They had not planned on the cowardly surprise attack by Israel.

So the main point is that far from a sustained "barrage" from Gaza, the rockets were quiescient until Israel launched a murderous attack into Gaza, as they continue to do to this day, and Hamas allowed some rocket fire to recommence.

To be continued...