Friday, October 25, 2013

142 Letter to the editor

May I thank E.E. (21/10/13) for drawing my attention to the 'Palmer Report' regarding the Israeli navy attack on the Mavi Marmara. Alltough I must concede that I had heard of the report, I had never read in full. However I find the report rather ambiguous to say the least, but nevertheless it makes some interesting observations. In its conclusion it states for instance, that the "blockade is illegal if imposed with the sole aim to starve a civilian population or if its effects on the civilian population are in excess of the achieved military advantage" (Has Israel not already have a significant military advantage over Gaza?). Furthemore: "the civilian population must be allowed to receive food and objects to its survival". The General Assembly of the United Nations of 27th September 2010 (17/HRC/15/21) in its final conclusion condemns unambiguously and downright the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara. To my surprise I found that even one of the leading Israeli daily newspapers 'Haaretz' concluded that the Israeli action was unlawful.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


As the one sided, imbalanced propaganda dis-information from our corporate mainstream media dominating the "news" is extremely unreliable I have included a list of highly recommended books  indispensable reading for understanding to-day's "Info War" on the Middle East.
Deanna Spingola:  "The Ruling Elite. Te Zionist Seizure of World Power"  (several books)
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomski : "Manufacturing Consent"(J)
Noam Chomski: "Media Control, second edition"(J)
James Petras : "Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power"
Noam Chomski : "How The World Works" (J)

On Palestine and Israel:
Ilan Pappe: "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" (J)
William Dever "The Rise of Ancient Israel"
Eugene L. Rogan : "The War for Palestine"
Norman G Finklestein : "The Holocaust Industry" (J)
Alan Hart: "Zionism, The Real Enemy of the Jews"  (3 volumes)
Tikva Honig-Parnass : "The False Prophets of Peace".
Israel Finkelstein & Asher Silberman : "The Bible Unearthed" (J)
Jason Long : "Biblical Nonsense" A review of the Bible for Doubting Christians.
Arthur Koetsler :"The Third Tribe" (J)
Shlomo Sands :  "The Invention of The Jewish People" (J)
      "         "      : "The Invention of the Land of Israel" (J)
Anthony Loewemstein: "My Israel Question"(J)
Jimmy Carter (ex President of the United States) "Palestinian Peace Not Apartheid"

These books are just a few of an impressive number which may be obtained from the International book seller 'Amazon".  They are also available as e-books (Kindle) at greatly reduced prices. If registered with Amazon they will send you regular updates of new book released on your favourite subject.  (J) denotes Jewish authors critical of Israel's policy and propaganda disinformation war, which dominate our national news media.

Useful websites and alternative sources of information:
'Anti',  ' The Colbert Report' from Japan, 'The Real News' from Baltimore, 'Global Research' from Canada, Al Jazeera, (Russia Today), 'Press TV' from Teheran.


Sunday, October 13, 2013


Netanyahu's recent hype on Iran's nuclear program (Press 1/10) is by now getting a little worn. Almost every year for the last 20 years or so, we were informed that, unless someone intervened, Iran would have the 'bomb' within three to five years, sometimes less, unless Iran "was forced to stop". However Israeli's nuclear weapons program yielded nuclear bombs in absolute secrecy in only five years. The Israeli nuclear program was subsequently followed by South Africa, India and even poor Pakistan with virtually no industrial base and more recently North Korea. Yet Iran which is endowed with a robust industrial base, exceptional engineering universities and a well educated population has been unable to build a nuclear bomb within 20 years ?  That's hard to believe. Iran's peaceful nuclear program was also verified in 2007 and 2011 by a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate in a report prepared by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.
letter submitted to the Christchurch 'Press' 1/10/'13 but rejected by the editors