Comments for J-Wire http://www.jwire.com.au Jewish Online News from Australia, New Zealand and world-wide Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:45:44 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Comment on The difference between Scottish nationalism and Zionism…writes Ben Cohen by Liat Nagar http://www.jwire.com.au/featured-articles/difference-scottish-nationalism-zionism-writes-ben-cohen/46247#comment-119412 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:45:44 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46247#comment-119412 It’s a bit rich to downplay “notions of ethnicity and belonging to the land” in the case of Scotland and then make a case that is different for Zionism and Israel – of course, the circumstances are different, but not the essential core that fuels sense of identity and belonging. Whatever the practicalities (and, of course, practicalities are important, however they’re not all-important and that should never be forgotten), other elements that drive people towards their own sense of identity and independence cannot be denied, nor should they be. The Scots are as different from the English as Australians are, despite sharing a border with England. They might not have suffered ‘a modern-day genocide’, as Ben Cohen puts it, but they have certainly suffered ‘sheer barbarism’ in their long and bloody history.
It is not for Ben, as an English British citizen, to make the kinds of judgements he makes on the Scots. Also, a judgement on whether or not they become an independent nation in their own right should not rest on what politicians of that persuasion might decide to do in regard to Israel. We would like them to support Israel, but whether or not they do is irrelevant to their own identity and their own future in the world. As an Australian Jew, when I vote for government, I must cast my vote with Australian society and Australian issues in mind, nothing else should be expected of the peoples of other nations in regard to their own.

In regard to Lynne’s comments on the Scottish Nationals’ ideas in event of a Nazi invasion, the rather fervent disposition not to support England is more aligned to the poor, unfair and bloody history associated with England (as was the case with Southern Ireland tendencies as well during WWII), than anything to do with support for Germany.

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Comment on Ominous Omens…writes Michael Kuttner by Liat Nagar http://www.jwire.com.au/featured-articles/ominous-omens-writes-michael-kuttner/46237#comment-119411 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:01:30 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46237#comment-119411 As usual, a clear-headed and concise summary of the reality of the situation, Michael Kuttner. I do look to your articles for their ability to cut to the thrust and expose with simplicity of language the complexities involved. It’s good writing.
Shana tova to you and all in Israel.

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Comment on Triathletes in World Championships by Yaron Vardy http://www.jwire.com.au/news/46217/46217#comment-119410 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:54:19 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46217#comment-119410 Why on earth would you write an article without giving the names of the Australian contingent?

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Comment on Triathletes in World Championships by Barry Smorgon http://www.jwire.com.au/news/46217/46217#comment-119409 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:20:20 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46217#comment-119409 Mazeltov to each of the participants, they have done themselves & Maccabi proud.
To compete at this level is extra ordinary for any athlete.
Anne is an inspiration.

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Comment on The difference between Scottish nationalism and Zionism…writes Ben Cohen by Lynne Newington http://www.jwire.com.au/featured-articles/difference-scottish-nationalism-zionism-writes-ben-cohen/46247#comment-119408 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:47:45 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46247#comment-119408 I too took an interest in the Scottish referendum and the history of the National’s but for different reasons which I won’t go into here.
During my research I came across an article by Michael Smith Defence Correspondent going to press on May 9 2001 in the UK Telegraph where files according to M16, released on the day to the Public Record Office Kew, the Scottish Nationals attempted to to set up a German Scottish alliance against England during the Second World War in the event of a Nazi invasion, to the point of asking Germany stop bombing Scotland and give Scottish conscripts special treatment.

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Comment on Syria Hysteria Dooms Obama‚Äôs Plan To Destroy ISIL…writes David Singer by david singer http://www.jwire.com.au/featured-articles/syria-hysteria-dooms-obamas-plan-destroy-isil/46187#comment-119407 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:59:23 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46187#comment-119407 Obama has now apparently seen the light in deciding to attack ISIL in Syria.

Wonder if he read my article?

Another article by me to discuss Obama’s change of mind will follow in a few days. Any thoughts you may have for material to be included any such article will be carefully considered for inclusion.

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Comment on AUJS says no to discrimination by Ben Eleijah http://www.jwire.com.au/news/aujs-says-discrimination/46189#comment-119406 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:33:39 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46189#comment-119406 I understand all the signatories have done it openly. Incidentally A former Israeli citizen is walking from Sydney to Canberra in support of the BDS movement. Zionists might wish to hold an open debate with him.

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Comment on Rosh Hashanah greetings from Kevin Andrews by Lynne Newington http://www.jwire.com.au/news/rosh-hashanah-greetings-kevin-andrews/46169#comment-119402 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:25:47 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46169#comment-119402 I wonder who his script writer is.

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Comment on AUJS says no to discrimination by Bella Ceruza http://www.jwire.com.au/news/aujs-says-discrimination/46189#comment-119398 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:40:33 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46189#comment-119398 I believe in free speech also. The 90 academics have made an important statement – let them stand behind their statement by publishing their names.

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Comment on AUJS says no to discrimination by Lynne Newington http://www.jwire.com.au/news/aujs-says-discrimination/46189#comment-119394 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:16:26 +0000 http://www.jwire.com.au/?p=46189#comment-119394 Someone needs reminding the support indirecly the Jewish homeland is giving to the US led campaign we’re involved with, to make Australia a safer place for them to live in.

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