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The Terrible Irony That Contrasts Compassion And Cruelty In Israel.

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How can a government that has the intelligence, compassion and vision to promote one of the most advanced medicinal cannabis programmes in the world, also be the architect of genocide in Palestine?

Written by Peter Reynolds

July 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

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  1. “How can a government that has the intelligence, compassion and vision to promote one of the most advanced medicinal cannabis programmes in the world, also be the architect of genocide in Palestine?”

    ANSWER: It does not. It is ridiculous to describe what is happening in Gaza and the West Bank as “genocide”. In fact, to do so displays a total lack of understanding of what genocide is. In fact, using the word “genocide” in this context is only made possible by moving the goalpost and redefining the word “genocide”.

    Shimona from the Palace

    July 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    • Well, if you don’t like that one, which Israeli war crime shall we deal with next?

      Peter Reynolds

      July 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      • Since Israel has not committed any war crimes, Peter, I find that one rather difficult to answer. That’s like asking a man, out of the blue “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

        Shimona from the Palace

        July 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

      • Israel has not committed any war crimes? You’re a deluded fantasist. All of Israel’s actions in Gaza are unlawful and in contravention of 64 UN resolutions. Israel is a renegade, criminal state and all who support it or offer it succour are complicit in the most disgusting crimes against humanity. That seems to include you.

        Peter Reynolds

        July 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

  2. Israel has the legal right to defend herself against the scores of rockets fired at her by the Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The right of a state to use force in self-defence is well-established in international customary law.
    Article 51 of the UN Charter states : “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”
    The UN did nothing to prevent the constant rain of Hamas rockets on Israeli towns and villages.
    This was a war crime by Hamas. In fact, it was a double war crime – because the rockets were deliberately aimed at civilians, and Hamas deliberately sited the rocket launchers in civilian homes, schools, hospitals etc. so as to use the civilians as human shields.

    And, for your information, UN resolutions – especially when passed thanks to the automatic Arab-Muslim-African majority, do not have the effect of creating law.

    Moreover, your use of personal insults is indicative of one incapable of engaging in a reasoned argument, who is therefore reduced to insulting the opposing side.

    BTW – I’ve had a look at some of your other posts on the subject of Israel and frankly, when you talk about “the Zionist hegemony”, and the Mossad holding a gun to the BBC’s head, I am reminded of the typical antisemitic rhetoric of Jew-haters. I notice, for example, that you made no attempt to disassociate yourself from one of the comments on a previous post, to whit: “The BBC doesn’t need a Mossad gun to the head. The Jews control the media.” You make no attempt to reprove the writer for blatant antisemitism. As far as I’m concerned, that makes you complicit in his/her Jew-hatred.
    Since I know that one can’t argue with Jew-haters, and whatever facts I produce, you won’t engage in reasoned argument, I will bid you goodbye.

    Shimona from the Palace

    July 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

    • Israel has no rights at all while it is an illegal, occupying power, just the same as a burglar in your house. In any event, Israel’s methods are so disproportionate as to be a crime even if it had the right to use self-defence when it is acting unlawfully.

      How dare you try to use the UN charter to defend the scum in the Israeli government and IDF who are in breach of 64 UN resolutions. Simply absurd!

      There is no reason in your argument at all. Israel is a disgrace to the whole of humanity.

      Finally you play the pathetic, weasel defence of anti-semitism. This has nothing to do with Jews, except for those brave members of the faith who stand up to the zionist pigs that you support.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

      • By showing some jack ass, who is in complete minority, you are employing the same tactic that was used by Soviets to show the world that they weren’t anti-Semites. Cheap trick

        Lev Tsisin

        July 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

  3. I have a better question. How can a person that so perfectly understands the hypocrisy of the war on drugs, not understand the double standard with which the state of Israel is treated. If you feel so strongly about the abuse and oppression of so-called “Palestinians”, why don’t you boycott Jordan, Syria or Lebanon that do it to them on the regular basi

    Lev Tsisin

    July 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    • The only double standard with which Israel is treated is that it is allowed to get away with war crimes and conduct which would not be tolerated from any other nation. It is a renegade, outlaw state and a shame on the whole of humanity.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      • You haven’t answered my question. In fact, you haven’t really answered a single question directed at you. You keep ignoring factors like automatic majority of the Muslim countries in the UN and the treatment of the Palestinian Arabs by other Arab countries etc. All you do is keep pushing your rhetoric. It’s like you are a different person when it comes to the topic of Israel. Where is analytical, evidence-based thinking? I was just wondering do you believe in Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish homeland and you have a problem with the specific actions that Israeli government undertook or you think that the state has no basis for existence in the first place?

        Lev Tsisin

        September 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      • Yes I believe in the right of Israel to exist but not at the expense of its neighbours. Israel has almost, but not quite, extinguished that right through its disgusting war crimes against the Palestinian people. When you start conflating the Jewish religion with the state of Israel though you move onto very dangerous ground.

        As for “analytical, evidence-based thinking”, the only example of that I see that is relevant is the deliberate, planned theft of land and genocide of Palestine.

        I suggest you do what you can urgently to cause a change of conduct because very, very soon, Israel will have lost its right to exist. Its conduct is a disgrace to the whole of humanity and it cannot be allowed to continue along its present path.

        Peter Reynolds

        September 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

      • Ok, first of all, have you read the Jewish Bible? The Land of Israel, The Promised Land, is the central theme. Nobody is conflating anything. Moving on, are you aware what happened in the following years 1947-48, 1967 and 1973? What about what happened with Gaza in the years between 2005-2007? Are you aware of the treatment of Palestinian Arabs by the neighboring Jordan, Syria etc.? And finally, are you aware what the word “genocide” means? Also I would like to see some evidence, apart from phony UN reports and Pallywood productions, of Israeli war crimes. If you can respond to all of my questions, I promise, I’ll be the first one to condemn Israel.

        Lev Tsisin

        September 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      • I don’t have to read the Jewish bible to have an opinion on Israel!

        The Promised Land doctrine is absurd. Who the hell are you and your religion to say that your God says this land is yours and yours alone?

        Nothing is more insincere than those who choose to conflate or to separate Jews and Israel as it suits them, for their spiteful argument. I am now convinced that a free state of Palestine is the only answer, where Arab, Jew, Christian, Muslim, any other faith and secular people can live in peace. Israel has dreadfully failed in its duty to achieve this and has destroyed the trust the word placed in it.

        Peter Reynolds

        September 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      • Again not a single question answered. That leads me to believe that you are quite ignorant on the subject. I meant that Judaism and the Land of Israel are tightly intertwined. I wasn’t saying that it’s the only reason Israel has for existence. It has the same reason for existence as Greece, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, to name a few. There has previously been two Jewish Kingdoms on that land, as backed up by many archeological findings. There has never been a single kingdom or a state in that land called Palestine that was governed by Muslim Arabs. The real question is what are the basis for a Palestinian State? Also, have you ever been to Israel? Well, I have. I saw plenty of Israeli Arabs and Bedouins, Christians and Muslims, alike. Mosques and Churches, all around Israel. They are not required, but some even serve in the IDF. All citizens enjoy the same rights and are represented in the Knesset. I don’t think there is a single country in the Middle East that can compare to the equality of rights that Israel offers them. PA and Gaza are not under Israeli municipality (i.e their populations are not its’ citizens) and for a good reason, since they still don’t recognize the State of Israel and vow to destroy it the moment they get a chance. You probably wouldn’t want Britain to be overflowen with Brit-hating people in the magnitude of half of UK’s population. They would destroy it from the inside. Nevertheless, Israel still supplies them with water and electricity. (including during the time of conflicts)

        Lev Tsisin

        September 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

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