02 August 2014

Navi Pillay: a walking Jew-hating spoof, like her outfit, UNHRC

A few days ago we have been all blessed by the decision of UNHRC to open an inquiry on our war crimes in Gaza.
The UN Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to launch an inquiry into potential violations of human rights by Israel in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip — a move Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly labeled a “travesty.”

“There seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Pillay told the U.N. Human Rights Council. “Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated.”
Travesty or not, here is my own mini-inquiry into Ms Pillay. To start with, a quote that helps to understand how her fiefdom, UNHRC, treats Israel in general:
The UN Commission for Human Rights, whose members represented some of the most repressive regimes in the world, dedicated such disproportionate efforts to criticizing Israel at the expense of other causes that it was dismantled and replaced, with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan stating that "the politicization of its sessions and the selectivity of its work [...] cast a shadow on the reputation of the United Nations system as a whole”. Its replacement, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), turned out to be even more biased than its predecessor, and has dedicated overwhelming attention to Israel, while ignoring and blocking criticism of human rights abuses of equal or greater severity – often committed by the council’s own members. Massacres committed by Palestinians against their own population, and war crimes routinely perpetrated by Palestinians against Israelis, are similarly ignored.

The UNHRC has been strongly criticized for its overwhelming bias against Israel, both by Annan and by current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, as well as by independent NGO’s such as Freedom House, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. HRW, however, has come under the exact same criticism from its own founder (among others), while AI is also demonstrably guilty of the same double standard.
Ms Pillay, of course, strives to be a leader in her domain, recently repeating this bit of absurdity:
Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face multiple layers of violence and discrimination. The analysis made by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women in 2005 remains valid. She found that the combination of decades of Israeli occupation, the use of force against Palestinians by Israel, the different forms of resistance used by Palestinians against such use of force and the patriarchy prevailing in Palestinian society expose women to a continuum of violence in all spheres of life.
However, this is not the peak yet, just a step on the way to the total madness, displayed by the lady recently. She is on the way out, apparently, and was seeking something that will ensure that her name remains forever in the annals of history. And I swear that it took quite some time for me to believe it is not a spoof:

UN condemns Israel for not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
Iron Dome, partly financed by the United States, has been instrumental in blunting the Hamas terror missile bombardment on Israeli civilians. Pillay complained that no such protection has been provided for Hamas in Gaza.
I am not up (and will never be) to commenting on this. The only thing I could do was checking the veracity of that quote, and here it is again, from Breitbart:
The UN chairwoman criticized the U.S. for helping fund Israel's Iron Dome system which has saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives. "No such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling," she said.
And here it is again, from Haaretz:
"They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they've also provided almost $1 billion in providing the 'Iron Domes' to protect the Israels from rocket attacks," she said. "But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling."
Nothing to add or to subtract from this. As I mentioned, Navi Pillay is leaving her post soon. I believe - nay, I am confident that the dictators' club called UN will find a replacement worthy to feel her shoes.

No matter the smell.

01 August 2014

Gaza myths and facts: what Peter Beinar wouldn't tell you

G K Chesterton — 'Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? He grows a forest to hide it in.'
The Innocence of Father Brown, one of my fave books, was written more than 100 years ago. Since then, both wordsmiths and ideologues have made some serious strides forward, and leaf hiding became an obsolete technique (although still useful in many cases). The new age method of deception is more sophisticated: you grow a forest to hide the fact that a leaf was taken off a tree.

Yes, I refer to the technique of clipping the narrative that I have tried to illustrate recently. But in the case of an article in Haaretz Gaza myths and facts: what American Jewish leaders won't tell you, the clipping maneuver was performed on another level altogether. Peter Beinart (the new acquisition of Haaretz) has gone out of his way, producing a humongous (almost 2,500 words!)* essay to prove that Israel dealt with Gaza in bad faith from times immemorial. In some lesser university the essay would have counted as a doctoral thesis - but prof Beinart doesn't need it for such a lowly purpose.

The article goes into unimaginable number of details - since 1967 war and up to prove the main point (until a mere mortal loses the view of the main point, I have to confess). Every bit of relevant history is sucked into this maelstrom of an essay. Including even the unfortunate greenhouses, whose fate was sealed by the unjust Israeli blockade. In short - everything you may want to know about the Israeli bad faith.

Thus the forest is (was) grown. A huge one, where every Israel-basher could find his own path to fulfillment. And no one (aside of you and I, my dear reader) will discover that a quite important leaf was stolen by the author of the essay. So, to cut to the chase, what is that leaf?

Simply enough, it is the agreement on Gazans' right to free movement, reached toward the disengagement in 2005, and I shall quote here to save you all some clicks:
Content of the Agreement

  • The Agreement on Movement and Access determined that the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt would be opened as soon as possible under control of the PA, and under supervision of a third party (being the European Union). Goods were also permitted transit at the Karni crossing.
  • A "Safe Passage" would be established between Gaza and West Bank.
  • The number of "obstacles to movement" in the West Bank would be reduced to the maximum extent possible to be completed by 31 December 2005.
  • The construction of a seaport in Gaza could commence.
  • The parties would continue discussions on the establishment of an airport.
  • The Agreed Principles for Rafah Crossing provided details concerning the Rafah crossing.
  • Only people with Palestinian ID, or foreign nationals, by exception, in certain categories, subject to Israeli oversight, were permitted to cross in and out. The PA should notify the Israeli authorities 48 hours in advance of the crossing of a person in the excepted categories.
  • Rafah would be used for export of goods to Egypt, subject to rigid control. Imports should be cleared by PA customs officials at Kerem Shalom under the supervision of Israeli customs agents.
I wouldn't go here into the whys of the agreement never being implemented (after all Peter Beinart has to bring food home, and his next mega-article may very well tell us the sordid story of Israeli bad faith on this matter). I would only like to ask prof Beinart one question: why do you engage in falsification of history, Peter?

You know what: all in all, I much prefer to relax and to watch the speaker presented below: a direct, no nonsense approach, short and to the point. And believe you me, he is not hiding (or stealing) any leaves...

(*) As you might imagine, a piece of this size is a huge target for good old-fashioned fisking. But I promised a friend no fisking, so there...

Dear John...

31 July 2014

Cops will be cops: "walked suspiciously towards police"

This one joins a great library of cop-outs:

A police officer at the entrance to the Western Wall fired warning shots earlier Wednesday towards the legs of a woman who was dressed in blankets and black clothes. The shots were fired after the woman approached the officer and ignored calls to stay away.
I wonder what would have happened if a cop were lurking nearby when this was filmed:

Jesse Ventura and my Schadenfreude

That vermin won a lawsuit - against the widow of his alleged offender - the late Chris Kyle. About a regular man it might have been said that he has fallen to a new low. Since Mr Ventura is wallowing in the gutters for too many years, that statement just wouldn't work.

But there is a silver lining to this smelly cloud, according to the vermin himself:

“I’m already damaged,” he said. “I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the one place where I always felt safe. I can’t go there anymore without looking over my shoulder now wondering who is going to come after me next.”
That's the spirit, SEALS, and keep going after him.

P.S. If Ventura imagined that suing Chris Kyle's "estate" is going to endear him with SEALS, he must be a greater idiot than I have imagined.

Asymmetries and proportionalities

Indeed, widely different numbers of civilian casualties between two sides in a conflict says nothing about the proportionality of particular attacks on specific targets. News reports of civilians killed or wounded in the course of combat in Gaza tell us of tragedy and loss. They tell us of the horrors of urban warfare and the challenges of fighting against a terrorist group bent on using the civilian population as a shield for its operatives, rocket launchers and weapons caches. They tell us that we must be more vigilant in condemning and holding accountable those who exploit civilians for tactical and strategic advantage. They tell us that commanders launching attacks must fulfill all obligations to minimize civilian harm and be held accountable when they do not. But numbers of casualties alone do not provide answers about proportionality or legality — you need both law and all the facts, not just numbers, to do that.
This is the last paragraph of an interesting article. Recommended.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Faith Edition

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30 July 2014

More rockets at UNWRA place? Guess what...

The story is getting somewhat boring by now:

The United Nations agency that looks after Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday it had found a cache of rockets at one of its schools in the Gaza Strip and deplored those who had put them there.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness condemned those responsible for placing civilians in harm's way by storing the rockets at the school but he did not specifically blame any particular party.
Frankly, I don't blame Mr Gunness or his colleagues from UNRWA for being unable to name the party involved.
After all, when a person is dressed like this, it's difficult to name him/them.

Anyway, there is somebody to blame for the rockets staying where they are:
Gunness said the body had called in a U.N munitions expert to dispose of the rockets and make the school premises safe, and added that he could not get to the site due to fighting in the area.
You know what it means...

Breaking Political News, Sourced by Social Media

By: Doug Ross via Noisy Room.

BadBlue News

Like you, I spend a lot of time trying to keep up-to-date on the hottest significant news stories. Since we free-thinking folks have to largely bypass vintage media, which have largely become a public relations arm of the Obama administration, it isn’t easy to do. There are thousands of great sites out there, any of which can have a noteworthy news story.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.
Yes, there are some great aggregators out there: Drudge, Twitchy, etc. But all of them rely upon human editors and, most importantly, don’t give smaller blogs and websites much of their attention.

That’s why we created BadBlue News. It’s a very different type of news aggregator because it uses machine learning and automation to achieve massive scalability in assessing news sources and breaking stories. Here’s how it’s different:
1. It uses social network buzz, not a set of human editors, to determine how important a story is.
2. It levels the playing field for smaller websites and blogs by taking into account traffic patterns; that is, a story on a small blog with 15 retweets might be equivalent to a story on Fox News with 1,000 retweets. The traffic patterns and social buzz are both factored in by BadBlue to offer a much wider range of news coverage than any other aggregator.
3. It never sleeps: BadBlue runs 24×7 and never relies upon human editors making decisions.
BadBlue is growing quickly. From September 2013 to January 2014, page views grew by 20 percent, with Google Analytics reporting the average time onsite is a startling 31 minutes!

In this election year, BadBlue can play an important role for advancing the conservative agenda by cutting through the media censors and offering a level playing field for websites and blogs of all sizes.

I’d love for you to come visit and, if you like it, to tell your friends, tweet about it, or like it on Facebook.
2014 will be a big year for liberty and I believe getting the word out on uncensored news stories — bypassing the state-run media — will be critical.

29 July 2014

An attempt at a dialog with people who think differently

There are different kinds shades of criticism leveled at Israel during the Gazan war. Some of it, of more virulent category, couldn't and, possibly, shouldn't be answered at all.

Some of it, on the other hand, is of more benign character, produced by well meaning people who just want to see us (Israel) behaving differently. Exchange of opinion with people of this category sometimes ends in flaming, usually mutual, with accusations of fascism from one side and antisemitism from the other and other such "accessories" of a spirited discussion, when people lose patience or are simply out of arguments.

A typical environment of such exchange of opinions, frequently spiraling into an exchange of insults is Facebook. Its format discourages a sedentary preparation of arguments, being rather more suited to short sentences and short tempers.

So what I've decided to do is to try and marry the short tempered dialog of FB with a rather more free flowing Blogger. I have chosen a lively discussion from Facebook to start with. I'll try to faithfully copy the parts I disagree with, including the original post and all comments up to the last available at this point and respond to the salient points. Without flaming, with the possible minimum of undue sarcasm and personal "notices" of any kind.

Of course, it is up to the participants to respond or to ignore this post, but it may be interesting to see whether we can proceed from here. So:

Lisa Goldman

So I gather the new narrative is that the army "suddenly" discovered the tunnel network in Gaza and saved the people of Israel from hordes of armed, murderous terrorists poised to swarm up through holes in the ground and kill or abduct everyone in sight. Dudes. This is bullshit. Pity no-one's paid attention to the fact that (a) the army has known about those tunnels for well over a year now; and (b) there's no way to destroy all of them, or to destroy them permanently. On the other hand, if there were no blockade there'd be no need for tunnels.
There are two different statements in the first sentence:

The first one about whether the army discovered the tunnels only right now. As far as I know, no one claims so. Besides, it is impossible to support, at least not since the abduction of Gilad Shalit. The army certainly knew about the tunnels, but there are three reasons that caused it not to act earlier: 1) they underestimated the number of tunnels, as witness this article, helpfully provided by Ari Remez (in 2013 they talk about 3 [three] tunnels); 2) the usual Israeli slovenly "Ihie Beseder" ("it will be OK") and 3) lack of ability to discover the tunnels, as it appears.
The second statement in this same sentence, re the swarming up hordes of terrorists. Since the beginning of the war, there were already several cases of such "swarming". Which ended in quite a few of our soldiers dead. And I just don't want to think about what might happen if  even five or ten well equipped terrorists succeed to infiltrate a defenseless kibbutz or moshav. Let alone "hordes".

 "there's no way to destroy all of them" If there were a way to detect/discover all of them, I am sure the way to destroy all of them could be found. It is the detecting part where we failed so far.
"On the other hand, if there were no blockade there'd be no need for tunnels."
Lisa Goldman

End the blockade and treat Palestinians like human beings.
Lisa Goldman

Doesn't anyone pay attention to the fact that the blockade hasn't stopped the rockets?
I have chosen to group the three above statements together, since they have one common theme: the blockade as the source of the strife between Gaza and Israel. Unfortunately, this is a clear attempt to resolve the chicken and egg issue in a way that suits the solver. There is a (very short) history of blockade of Gaza that doesn't require a long study, since it started in 2005 - not a long time ago, as anyone would agree.

The so called "disengagement" led by Arik Sharon was supposed to create a new era of neighborhood relationships and a happy free Gaza. But road to hell is paved with good intentions, and for the rest you better read this Wiki entry and the article It's time to bust the ‘Israeli blockade led to Hamas rockets’ myth, from which I shall only quote a bit:
Here is the widely believed fallacy: the Israeli blockade of Gaza led to the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza.

And here is the little known truth: it was the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza that led to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

The fallacy distorts our understanding of why these escalations keep happening and what will make a durable peace possible. The fallacy frames the Israeli blockade of Gaza as motiveless and cruel at best, demonic at worst, while it presents the firing of Hamas rockets on Israeli civilians as acts of resistance. The fallacy makes us think that if only Israel "lifted the blockade" then peace would break out.

The fallacy spreads because of ignorance.
And I warmly recommend to all to read this Agreement on Movement and Access to finesse the point. Unfortunately, it was in another era, the one of hope...
Gary Spedding

The closure of Gaza dates back to well before 2006 though.

Gary Spedding

The blockade on Gaza began long before Hamas came to power | +972 Magazine
But you see, Garry, the article you linked to doesn't mention the first two years since the "disengagement", nor does it go into the plans for the future, nurtured by both sides at the time (such as the above linked Agreement on Movement and Access). So how can you take it as a gospel?
Ghazala Mehboob Irshad

It's so simple & obvious: Why not end the siege that spawned the tunnels in the first place? I really want to know why Israel doesn't get this, or why they are deliberately ignoring it if they do??
If it only were that simple and onbvious, Ghazala. How do you think Hamas (and Islamic Jihad and other smaller gangs) will use the free access to foreign goods? How do you think an organization that has in its charter the goal of destroying Israel will use that freedom? Don't you think that it will be used for getting better and more murderous weaponry flowing into Gaza?
Ghazala Mehboob Irshad

Thanks Mira & Uri for helping me better understand where Israel may be coming from. Mira, did you know that this weekend Khaled Meshaal told CBS that Hamas wants to coexist with Israelis, so long as they are not occupiers.
I am afraid that you have misread what Meshaal really said, Ghazala, here is a quote from the article:
"I'm ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and the Arabs and non-Arabs," he said. "However, I do not coexist with the occupiers."
There are two points I would like you to consider:
  • First of all, he said "with the Jews" and not "with the Israelis".
  • Second point is that term "occupiers". It is well known that the whole territory of Israel is considered by Hamas to be "occupied".
If you put both points together and consider this as well:
Pressed on whether Palestinians could recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal reiterated Hamas' position -- the group does not recognize Israel.
, you shall see that nothing effectively changed in the hardcore Hamas position. Maybe, just maybe, Hamas will consider to have some dhimmy Jews living under its rule in the future "greater Palestine" - from the river to the sea...
Ghazala Mehboob Irshad

But again, what do hospitals like Al Shifa, housing hundreds of patients & also serving as a refugee camp, have to do with tunnels? I can't think of any justification for multiple incidents like this. This doesn't look like a pinpoint operation to me.
Please consider this, Ghazala:
At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.
Clearly the use of a hospital as a war time HQ is a war crime, wouldn't you agree?
Ari Remez

and (c) if these tunnels reach Israel, then theoretically there is no need to invade gaza in order to destroy them.
Tunnels you mention, Ari, run from a few hundred meters to a few kilometers under the Gaza territory. If you destroy only the parts that lie under the Israeli territory, these much shorter parts could be dug again in a very short time.
Lisa Goldman

Uri Zaki, that's right: if there were no blockade, there would be no need for tunnels. In fact, if there were no blockade Hamas would not be in power and would probably not even have the money for the tunnels--much of which they accumulated via the 20% tax they impose on the smuggling tunnels, which are only there because the Israeli blockade prevents free import/export.
To remind you, Lisa, Hamas was a democratically chosen political force, elected by majority of Gazans a way before the blockade started. As a matter of fact, the election and its consequences was what triggered the blockade to starts with. The statement "no blockade - no Hamas" is fanciful to say the least.
Ari Remez

The tunnels have become no doubt the new argument for everything. The people in Gaza are poor? it's because of the tunnels!!! The evil Hamas spent all their money on the B-movie scenario Lisa wrote above... ooops but the Shin Bet say the Hamas spend less than 14% of their budget on security,,,,, this coming from a state that spent 10bil NIS anually on it's plan to bomb Iran alone. (not to mention nuclear weapons and the rest of the miltary budget).
Do you think, Ari, that had Hamas spent 0% of its budget on what you call "security", these Zionists would have continued attacking the Gaza Strip and blockading it? I think not. And I hardly know anyone who thinks differently.

By the way, all that concrete that went into tunnels could have built a hell of a lot of new housing and all these pipes that went into Qassam and M75 rockets could have served as a hell of a lot of water and sewage conduits. And Gaza constantly complains about the lack of building materials and water and sewage piping. As you probably know.
Ari Remez

The army is showing off with these hi tech gizmos they use to locate the tunnels from ground level. I just don't understand why the same action cannot be done from within Israel.
The two articles linked above amply illustrate the inability of IDF to locate the tunnels.
Lisa Goldman

Because the popular appetite is to smash Gaza.
I can only cringe at this statement. And I promised no flaming earlier, so... let it stand alone.
Lisa Goldman

I hesitate to take the word of experts like Roni Daniel or any other military correspondent. These guys are simply not independent journalists, especially not during this war. They are just parroting what the IDF tells them to say.
I think that mentioning Roni Daniel as an expert on anything wasn't necessary, anyway I can only again point to the above linked articles on the subject, one of the two from Haaretz.
Lisa Goldman

Hamas is not weak - at least not in Gaza, and especially not now that they've established themselves as the "resistance" to Israel. Abbas has no power. Israel has no desire for a ceasefire at the moment. And Sisi is not in a rush to stop Israel from pounding away at the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood for a while longer. It serves his purpose quite well.
Either Hamas is weak and will be discarded by the people of Gaza the moment the blockade is over or it isn't weak - can't be both at the same time.
Gaylen Ross

What's more upsetting is not whether Bibi is right but that his ratings are soaring. What does this say not about the right wing but the majority of Israelis not? I don't think that the numbers were like this in support during the 2008/09 incursion or am i wrong?
You are not wrong, Gaylen, but the explanation is quite clear: the greater Tel-Aviv area, which is a place where half (or more?) of our country, including about 80% of the country's lefties (rough guesstimate) are located, wasn't a target of Hamas rocket scientists. Until now.
Nasser Weddady

At this rate, the debate will be: "Is Gaza occupied above or underground?" beyond that rhetorical jab, the fact is that tunnels or no tunnels, the current israeli government will never ease its grip on Gaza until Hamas gives entirely on its armed wing. Even then, experience shows that the Israeli establishment will shrug and still say... but they hate us, so we're not going to change our policies. Otherwise, what's the endgame here?
I am not sure, Nasser, which experience you have in mind, but if I could assume for a moment the role of an average Israeli, I have to say: stop trying to kill us and then do what you want with your freedom of movement, free trade, free seaport, free airport etc. Just like it was planned in 2005.

This is it more or less, I have ignored repetitive statement or references to fascism, antisemitism etc., of which there weren't a whole lot, thank goodness.

River In China Turns Bloody Red Overnight, Zionists deny involvement

Check this out:
Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau said they have not found the cause of the incident, although water samples seem to indicate the suspicious color was a result of illegal dumping in the river.
A spokesperson for the Elders' HQ stated:
  • This natural phenomenon has nothing to do with the alleged predilection of certain people to consume food items that include human (gentile, for preference) blood.
  • There are definitely no grounds for the malicious rumor about the said people cleaning up their blood reservoirs once a year in preparation for intake of freshly collected gentiles' blood.
  • The author of the Facebook post that promoted the theory about a malfunctioning valve that caused the blood from the said (non-existing) reservoir to spill into the Elders' underground network of waterways, crisscrossing the whole world to enable the movement of Elders' six foot lizards, was located and punished.
  • The so called "map" of the said waterways, attached to the Facebook posting, appears to be in fact the map of Schiaparelli canals on Mars.
  • The promotion of the inspector from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau to the post of Inspector-General of Wenzhou Environmental Protection has nothing to do with traces of blood or any other such nonsense.
So there.

Keep tweeting, Ayatollah Khamenei, just keep it up

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei admitted to providing support for Hamas in Gaza, in a series of hateful tweets against Israel on Sunday and Monday.
Nice to know, so what else is new? Oh, possibly this:
The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in which a consensus on the Palestinian issue exists between the regime and its people. Together with popular support for the Palestinian fighters, the [Iranian] regime also provides important aid to the Palestinian fighters, including military weaponry… This measure by the Islamic Republic – arming the Palestinian groups – is carried out publicly, and not in secret, and has even been publicly emphasized by the leader [Khamenei]
Nah, that's fairly old stuff too.

Slow day or something?

28 July 2014

He came, he saw, he muddled.

This is not bad, not bad at all.

Oh - and this is crap, pure undiluted crap.

Ruminations of a male chauvinist pig (or Left, Right, Left, Right...)

Mira Bar Hillel, an ex-Israeli lady that resides in UK for the last 40 years or so, earning her wages by publishing piss-poor anti-Israeli crap in rags like Intependent and Guardian, went public with a scary advance notice to the people of Israel:

Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport

So what is the reason Ms Bar Hillel provides for this fateful decision? Here it is, in the lede:

I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children

Continued with the following harangue:
She is young. She is pretty. She is a university graduate and a computer engineer. She is also an Israeli Parliamentarian - and the reason why I am on the brink of burning my Israeli passport. Because behind that wide-eyed innocent face lurks the Angel of Death.
Pompous, envious and, most important, dumb, like the rest of this piece. Dumb like many other similar pieces authored by her (you can easily find them on the intertubes).

As for Ms Shaked: I am not sure that she condones the deaths in terms Ms Bar Hillel ascribes to her, but I did learn one thing about the lady: she is unpardonably stupid. So stupid that even our august parliamentary body (that has its share of IQ-challenged ladies and gentlemen), got hit hard, as far as its average IQ* is concerned, with addition of Ms Shaked.

Now I am in a quandary here. One is supposed to take sides in such debate, but how does a man choose between exceedingly dumb and extraordinarily stupid? So, like any male in my position (and you know what it is that men think about most of the time, don't you?), I fell back to visual aids:

Mira Bar Hillel
Ayelet Shaked
So, after some more ruminations, I think I have a decision.

Go ahead, Ms Bar Hillel, burn the darn passport! You don't really need or want it anyhow, do you? I know we all here will suffer the consequences, but I hope it is not terminal.

Oh, and ladies: pox on both your houses, if I am allowed to express a wish.

(*) I wonder, shouldn't we replace the IQ measure for all politicians with SQ?

P.S. and a short historical reference.

And a few replacements of that burned already (I hope) passport:

Rule 5 corollary: power of observation

After reading the text, I am simply ashamed to ask...