Academic B.S. and Political Activism - Anti-SemitismBut the problem is that Palestinian leaders do not really want their people to stop suffering. The last thing they want is to turn Gaza into Hong Kong or the West Bank into Singapore. And anyway, for the Ismail Haniyehs of Palestine, deprivation isn't the crux of the problem - it's a symptom that will go away when modernity is vanquished.
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Irish Whiskey must certainly be powerful stuff!
A recent news items reveals that Irish Academics are being asked to boycott Israeli academic institutions. What is the true basis of this Irish type thinking? (Pun intended!)
(...jpost.com) US teachers condemn Israeli boycott call By NATHAN GUTTMAN
The boycott call voiced by 61 Irish faculty members in a letter sent to the Irish Times in late September. They called for the EU to cut ties with Israeli academic institutions in protest of Israel's policy towards the Palestinians and its conduct during the Lebanese war.
It was good I suppose that teachers in the USA (many no doubt of Irish descent) are taking some action, but then again, American Churches and Canadian Unions have likewise called for boycotts.
Mel Gibson (any Irish in him?) may have 'copped the raw Prawn' for having made some objectionable statements whilst under the glorious effect of a dram or two of Irish Whiskey or it's kin, but for some, supporting Israel is even worse. It can amount to Death.
(...jpost.com) Bangladeshi Muslim editor faces death penalty for moderate views by Michael Freund
As editor of The Weekly Blitz, an English-language newspaper published in Dhaka, Choudhury aroused the ire of Bangladeshi authorities after he printed articles favorable to Israel and critical of Muslim extremism.
Bangladesh does not recognize Israel's existence and refuses to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
It seems that these Irish Academics support Iran and Hamas. If so, then I think that after they have recovered a little from their Irish Whiskey, that they should do what I suggest to the Palestinians. People of Palestine Arise! Wake Up!
Does Ireland see itself aligned with the political ideology of Iran?
If any people on earth should know better, it should be the Irish. The Irish know only too well that the only acceptable solution to terror is political negotiation. But just as the Irish political factions for so long preferred violence, so too does Hamas.
But back to the question. Do these Irish Academics see themselves sharing something of the Iranian political worldview?
(...jpost.com) Iran issues blacklist of 'Zionist firms'[/URL] by Michael Freund
Citing Article 8 of legislation entitled "Support for the Islamic Revolution of the Palestinian People," Mottaki said that Iranian law "bans economic relations with any company, institution or firm affiliated with the Zionist regime anywhere in the world."
Perhaps I've misunderstood the Irish position. Perhaps their true agenda is not really related to any economic boycott, but to some academic jealousy; some envy of their Israeli counterparts. Cutting ties with Israeli academic institutions would be like refusing to drink milk from Irish Catholic cows. It wouldn't change anything that the Pope or English Prime minister did or thought. Maybe our Irish collegues are simply reacting to having heard one too many politically incorrect jokes about Irish intelligence?
But Who Does Deserve Boycotting?
[(.jpost.com) 2011 commentary[/URL] on the effects of boycotting Israel.
It has been suggested that the reason for bloodshed in Israel and Palestine is that Political Islamic fundamentalists view any sign of weakness as a justification for more violence. Any weakness in the face of violence is like a red rag to a bull - or should that be: 'like Irish Whiskey to an Irish Patriot'. You can't just stop at one!
(...jpost.com) Right On! Restore Joseph's Tomb[/URL] by Michael Freund
In scenes broadcast worldwide, Palestinians armed with sledge-hammers put on a memorable display of their notion of religious tolerance as they hacked, chopped, smashed and destroyed one of the most hallowed sites belonging to the Jewish people.
Under the Oslo Agreement the Palestinian Authority (PA) was committed to protecting Jewish and Christian Holy Sites, and to ensure access by all. The Arab strategy (supported by Western Media Revisionism) is to claim that each and every Jewish Holy place is rightfully a Muslim site and deny Jews access, and then they desecrate and destroy the very places they had recently deemed "holy." Why do Arabs restrict Jews from praying at Joseph's Tomb when the Israelis do not restrict Muslims from praying at their 'holy sites'?
This article postulates that it was precisely because this significant but physically minor event was not immediately responded to by the Israelis, that the politically minded found courage to increase the dosage of violence. (Which would explain Hezbollah's statement that: "We didn't think that they would respond so forcefully!")
But don't just take the Jewish perspective on this!
When it comes to the Israel - Palestine situation, over which the world shows the greatest angst, An American Arab by the name of Joseph Farah points out that we have all been conned. In his article entitled: How Israel causes Mideast conflict, he writes the following:
Many have suggested Israel is the root cause of conflict in the Middle East. The truth is that Israel has compromised too much. Ironically, I'm not the only one who believes this. Israel's most ardent adversaries - the very people who want to destroy the Jewish state at any cost - agree with me. And I can prove it to you.
[Translated excerpts from that Arabic-language al-Qaida report from July 2005 threatening imminent attacks on the Jewish state]:
God decided to test the Jews when they were still an oppressed people while still captive in Egypt. God seeks to lead them to the path of faith and victory and therefore urges them to conquer the Land of Israel. But the Jews are unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve the goal. To this day, the Jews have not learned that God grants victory only to those who struggle for victory.
The voices of international appeasement continue to advise Israel to accommodate the enemies who seek to destroy the Jews and Western civilization. It has not worked and it will not work. In fact, as al-Qaida's warped theologians illustrate, it will have just the opposite of the intended effect. Compromise will always convince Israel's enemies that it is weak, disobedient to God, unworthy of His promises and ripe for destruction.
This article raises many questions about not only Islam's perception of Judaism, but the manipulation of the western world by Islamic Leaders. That manipulation of course is ironic, for in an article published in 1938, quite the converse was stated.
Under the classic principle of divide and rule, Arab is pitted against Jew in a bitter war of mutual extermination while British Imperialism utilizes the deadlock in order that the Iraq pipeline may be guarded and the Suez Canal protected.
Almost 70 years later they are still pitted against each other
As Irishmen, our Academic brethren must know that there are only a couple of options left today in relation to the situation in Palestine. Either total Annihilation of one side by the other, continual war, or of course Peace. As the Irish know only too well, Peace can only be achieved by either one party's victory, or by a mutual desire for peace combined with a willingness to stop the violence.
There is no mutual desire for peace in the Middle East.
The blood of Jews earns brownie points in Heaven, and the blood of Palestinians feeds the Public Relations Department of the Islamic World, just as it did in Northern Ireland.
So while the idiots reading this start jumping up and down saying that it is the Jew who is the murderer, the rest of you [the sober Irish] can read something more down to earth.
(...news.com.au) Family of ten killed by gunmen By Ammar Karim in Baghdad October 14, 2006
Late yesterday, gunmen attacked a farmhouse in Saifiyah and killed an entire family, including five women and three children, in an attack apparently motivated by sectarian hatred. The country has seen more than 100,000 people displaced from their homes in the past three years. Iraqi police found the corpses of 14 murder victims Just downstream from the capital, in the village of Suweira, another four in Balad, police reported finding their own grim harvest of corpses, with 26 bodies discovered around the town.
shadowy death squads prowl the city by night, killing Iraqis from rival religious communities and leaving their tortured bodies to be found in the morning.
(...news.com.au) 4000 Iraqi police killed so far.
"Since September of 2004, we've lost over 12,000 policemen to casualties, about 4000 of them have been killed," he said. "But yet, on the other hand, Iraqis every day join up to be part of these police forces."
As the Irish know, sectarian violence is about power.
Those seeking power care not a whim who dies, Muslim, Christian, Jew or Irishman, Irishwoman or Irish Child. Violence may originate in a legitimate cause, but after a prolonged time, it becomes an end in itself.
Just as the Irish found peace, so too can the Middle East. But if the Irish had followed the preaching of many Muslim leaders, the Irish problem could only have been resolved by the death of every Catholic, or every protestant, or every Englishman.
Personally, I think these Irish Academics are nitwits! Get off the Irish Whiskey boys; stop looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; and for Allah's sake, stop chasing Leprechauns.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
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Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]