It repulsed me to read your blatant swallowing of the Israeli narrative regarding Palestine and its people.
Funny, isn't Tony Blair the same guy who helped establish the moral equivalency between Hamas' firing rockets at Jewish civilians and the IDF launching a military operation to take out Hamas' rocket capacity in defense of those civilians...after years of unremitting attacks that went virtually unanswered by Israel. And he also happens to be representing a political entity that believes Israel should continue its freeze on Jewish construction, and that ultimately Israel should withdraw to the Auschwitz of the 1949 ceasefire lines that necessitated a first strike against Egypt, which was preparing to invade Israel in conjunction with Syria. Hey, when your country's narrowest point is 9 miles wide there really isn't any margin for error, or the luxury of waiting to be invaded to appeal to those international elements that would otherwise declare Israel to be the aggressor.
But, silly me, Ms. Booth is sympathetic to Hamas, which openly calls for the annihilation of Israel, instead of lying that it wants to live side by side in peace with Israel like Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO do...oh wait...they all openly call for the annihilation of Israel too...(Bibi is talking with these animals why?)...
But Booth's insanity gets even better. Clearly the lass is off her meds. You'd think a friend would at least give her a slap in the face...if not a good tasing. But then, her friends are probably all Jew hating morons like herself...
The ‘conflict’ between Palestine and Israel is according to you all about religion and has nothing at all to do with the ethnic cleansing of the Arab population, nor the degredation of those who remain by their Israeli occupiers. You say that Arabs have and always will see ‘Jews’ as enemies. For God’s sake Tony do your history. And if you’re going to run a ‘Faith Foundation’ then better gen up on Islam 101 don’t you think? Did your pals in Tel Aviv forget to tell you how many thousands of Jews lived in Historic Palestine in harmony with their Arab neighbours before 1948? Do you really not know that even today tens of thousand of Jews reside contentedly in Iran?
First, how does one do history, Lauren? Is that from behind, the missionary position...what? We're dying to know.
Ethnic cleansing. Ethnic cleansing...ethnic cleansing? If Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing it has to be the worst job of it in history. Our lands are still occupied by illegal Arab terror armies and Arabs live all over Israel. In Judea and Samaria the Arab economy has grown 9% in the last year. Clearly the worst case of ethnic cleansing ever.
Oh, and yes...the myth of Jewish and Arab coexistence prior to 1948. I suppose that while sipping champagne and caviar with the Hamas elite in Aza, no one told you the story of the Arab riots and massacres in "Mandate Palestine." Here be the facts Lauren, assuming you have the capacity to read anything that doesn't involve the words, "death to Israel."
In 1919, Haj Amin el-Husseini, the Islamic Nazi collaborator, whom you no doubt admire, organized groups of suicide groups called fedayeen, to terrorize Jews into leaving, as Kemal did when Turkish nationalists went on a campaign to cleanse Turkey of Greeks.
What's that Lauren? You didn't know the Arabs were attempting to ethnically cleanse "Palestine" of Jews? I would hope that a bleeding heart such as yourself would object to ethnic cleansing of any kind, but considering you hold a Hamas passport I suppose that the ethnic cleansing of Jews is okay in your book.
Let's move on, shall we Lauren?
"Bloody Passover" was initiated by Arabs based on unfounded reports that Jews were moving against Arabs. The Arab attacks began in Jerusalem, but they were repelled by the Haganah. Six Jews were killed and at least 200 were injured. Arab attacks were also launched on the community of Tel-Chai, which were also successfully repelled, with few Jewish dead resulting from a well prepared defense.
In 1921 Arab attacks against Jews were launched in Jaffa, Rehovot, Petah Tikva, and other Jewish areas. As a result 47 Jews were killed, 140 were wounded. Forty-eight Arabs were killed, with 73 wounded, mostly the result of British gunfire. The Haycraft Commission investigated the rioting and concluded:
The racial strife was begun by the Arabs, and rapidly developed into a conflict of great violence between Arabs and Jews, in which the Arab majority, who were generally the aggressors, inflicted most of the casualties.How's that peace, love and coexistence narrative workin' for ya so far Lauren? Let's move on.
Arab rioting flared again in 1924. In the conflicts between the Arab rioters and the Haganah 133 Jews and 116 Arabs were killed.
In 1929, el-Husseini spread a rumor that Jews were going to seize control of Muslim holy places (much like Muslim leaders in Israel did last year, when they attempted to launch a stone throwing riot from the Temple Mount almost a year ago...some things never change, do they Lauren?). Rioting broke out again. Organized attacks were launched in Jerusalem with the violence spreading to Hebron, Tsfat, and numerous Jewish communities that lay between them, as well as Kibbutz Kfar Dorom in Aza. The British did nothing to stop the Arab mobs for 6 days until the damage had largely been done. When the British finally stepped in, 135 Jews had been killed. More than 300 were wounded.
In 1936, el-Husseini instigated what became known as the "Arab Revolt." The Arabs declared a general strike and boycott of Jewish business and products. The strike soon led to violence against Jews. Seventeen were killed in the first day of attacks. A total of 80 Jews were murdered during the strike.
Violence resumed in 1937 and continued into 1939. In the period of the Arab Revolt, more than 400 Jews were murdered.
Like today, the British saw fit to reward and appease the aggressors...the Arabs...ethnically cleansing Hebron and Kfar Dorom of Jews in 1929, even though Jews had lived in Hebron and Aza throughout the nearly 2000 years since the Roman ethnic cleansing of much of Judea's Jews, and their renaming the area Palestine.
Wait...wouldn't that make the Romans and the remaining Jewish populace the Palestinians? Sorry Lauren, there is no "Palestine."
Following the Arab Revolt, which was put down by the British due to Arab attacks on the British colonial establishment, the British appeasement of the Arabs continued with the publishing of the so-called 1939 White Paper, in which Britain effectively abandoned the purpose of the Palestinian Mandate, the establishment of a Jewish state in the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, a land continuously occupied by Jews for some 3,500 years (It is also important to note that Britain illegally cut off 2/3 of the mandated Jewish homeland and gave it to the Hashemite tribe to create what is now called Jordan, and is in fact the Falacstinian state, with 70% of the population identifying themselves as "Palestinian.").
What was that about peaceful coexistence in pre-1948 "Palestine?"
Oh yes, and the Jews of Iran are living the life of fluffy pink unicorns and rainbows. What was it you said Lauren, "living contentedly?" Actually, the first non-governmental/non-military person executed by the Islamic regime in Iran was a Jew; Habib Elganian, an Iranian Jewish business man.
Under the regime Jews who apply for passports are immediately put under surveillance. They and their families are harassed. Those who do eventually receive them are not permitted to travel with multiple family members for fear they will emigrate. Jewish leaders fear reprisals if they speak out about the regime's persecution.
Discrimination against Jews is officially sanctioned, and is particularly evident in employment and education, as well as public facilities. The government twice published the false libel known as the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," which was first published in Czarist Russian to inflame the populace and lay blame for the people's poverty at the feet of the Jews, which set the stage for violent, government sanctioned pogroms against Russian Jewry.
Before the revolution there were at least 20 schools in Iran. In the schools that were not closed down the principals were replaced by Muslims. Jews are not permitted to serve as principals. The Jewish Sabbath is no longer recognized and the Jewish students are forced to go to school on that day. Since the revolution at least 13 Jews have been executed, mostly for religious reasons, or presumed connections to Israel.
Wow, how "content" the Jews of Iran must feel.
And of course you mention Iranian mothers weeping over the dead from Israeli "massacres" in Rafah, Khan Younis, Nablus and Jenin, where in fact it was determined that no massacres took place, and that scumbags like Saeb Erekat turned out to be big fat liars...like yourself.
Needless to say you could not help but remind your brother of the deprivations of life in Gaza
Do you have no understanding of what it is like to live in Gaza? Under siege, attacked with chemical weapons, your children’s schools razed to the ground by Israeli missiles, your hospitals shelled, your electricity limited, your water undrinkable?
Why would it be necessary to bomb a school if Hamas didn't stockpile weapons there? They are also fond of storing rockets in hospitals, people's homes, and mosques. Amazing tales of suffering considering that water, electricity, medical supplies, and food in gross tonnage, are all delivered to Gaza...by Israel. But then you know this already...because we have all the evidence you mad cow.
So much for your narrative, you bigoted twit.
Yes dearest, you know the truth about Gaza. A decadent lifestyle is to be had, and the grocery stores are packed with goods. A new luxury mall has been built to compliment the exclusive beach resorts. You also know damn well that it is not Israel that keeps many Arabs in Gaza impoverished with all this plenty...it is your Hamas pals that reward their cronies and sell stolen humanitarian aid to the poor in the streets that they were to have gotten for free, which is why even the UN suspended humanitarian aid drops in Gaza for a period of time.
I would say you should be ashamed of yourself, but you have no shame. You shamelessly peddle the Arab lies because it sells. It clothes and feeds your children whom you have the sick temerity to dress in qafiyas to "rap" about supporting the genocidal terrorists that long for the day when every Jew is dead. And most importantly, your line of work, the journalistic (and I use that word loosely) equivalent of directing snuff films, gives you what you desire most...attention. You love it. You need it in your never-ending quest for relevance, and what seems to be the innate British elite's desire to appease Arabs in the wake of their lust for Jewish blood.
Then, this rabid psycho, who would likely feed her own children to an Arab mob if they ever expressed one word of sympathy for a Jew or Israel (though she has apparently done such a fine job of brainwashing them they will no doubt be put up as shining examples of dhimmitude in the future Islamic caliphate of Great Britain), finally asks:
do understand the ‘idea’ of the hardships suffered by millions in the Middle East as a direct result of your support for Israel and just think they deserve it?
Hmm...the suffering of millions in the Middle East wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that, apart from Israel, most of the region is controlled by totalitarian regimes and monarchies that horde wealth for themselves, advocate and condone honor killings, hang homosexuals, repress and control the populace with secret police, and exist as some of the most brutal violators of human rights on the planet, would it? Oh, but that's all Israel's fault. It couldn't have anything to do with America and Europe's complete and total dependence on Arab oil would it? Nope...gotta be Israel.
Lauren, why don't you do us all a favor and move to Saudi Arabia. See how you and your daughters enjoy being third-class dhimmi girls. I'm sure they'll love it.
How stupid and racist can one person be? I dunno...try being Lauren Booth for a day and find out. I'm reminded of Dan Quayle's botching of the United Negro College Fund slogan,
"What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is."
Yes, how true. Thank you Lauren Booth, now we all have an idea of just how terrible it is to not have a mind at all.