The Bureau of Counterpropaganda
Cutting through the bullshit.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 13:13
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 12:55
Saturday, 29 December 2012
This morning I received an email from
Jason Isaacson, the American Jewish Committee's Director of
Government and International Affairs, demanding that I 'stand up to
the threat of a nuclear Iran' by donating to the AJC.
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 12:25
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 11:13
Monday, 3 December 2012
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 21:50
Sunday, 2 December 2012
This checkpoint is for the passage of Israelis only.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Dudy Tzfati via Roy, TRANSLATION CREDIT: Dudy Tzfati)
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 08:05
Saturday, 1 December 2012
- Palestine can join the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court and file a Complaint with the ICC against the illegal settlements and settlers, who are committing war crimes;
- Palestine can join the Statute for the International Court of Justice, sue Israel at the World Court, and break the illegal siege of Gaza;
- Palestine can join the Law of the Sea Convention and get its fair share of the enormous gas fields lying off the coast of Gaza, thus becoming economically self-sufficient;
- Palestine can become a High Contracting Party to the Four Geneva Conventions [this deals with the laws of war];
- Palestine can join the International Civil Aviation Organization and gain sovereign, legal control over its own airspace;
- Palestine can join the International Telecommunications Union and gain sovereign legal control over its own airwaves, phone lines, bandwidths.
The insidious part of this process is how the PA, conscious of this transformation, continues to speak of the "Palestinian people," which had been reduced through the Oslo accords to those West Bank and Gaza Palestinians it now claims to represent.
- Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to independence in their State of Palestine on the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967;
- Decides to accord to Palestine non-member observer State status in the United Nations, without prejudice to the acquired rights, privileges and role of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the United Nations as the representative of the Palestinian people, in accordance with the relevant resolutions and practice;
- Expresses the hope that the Security Council will consider favourably the application submitted on 23 September 2011 by the State of Palestine for admission to full membership in the United Nations;
- Affirms its determination to contribute to the achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the attainment of a peaceful settlement in the Middle East that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and fulfils the vision of two States: an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 borders;
- Expresses the urgent need for the resumption and acceleration of negotiations within the Middle East peace process based on the relevant United Nations resolutions, the terms of reference of the Madrid Conference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides that resolves all outstanding core issues, namely the Palestine refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, borders, security and water;
- Urges all States, the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination, independence and freedom;
- Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures to implement the present resolution and to report to the Assembly within three months on progress made in this regard.
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 17:01
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
- UNGAR181 is just a request to the Security Council to implement its recommendations.
- There was an alternative and much more sensible proposal for a binational state under consideration at the time.
- The plan allocated some 55% of the land area to the Jewish state, even though only about 30% of the total population was Jewish.
- About 45% of the population of the Jewish state would have been non Jews.
- Of the 57 countries then comprising The International Community™, 33 voted in favour and 13 against, while 10 abstained and one was absent.
- The indigenous Palestinian population were never even consulted about how they felt about giving part of their land to European colonists.
- The plan was never implemented.
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 20:39
Friday, 23 November 2012
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 13:22
- Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.
- All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.
- Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.
- Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.
- Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.
- Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.
- Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up.
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 12:37
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 11:31
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Posted by Ernie Halfdram at 11:16