The Garbanzo Annex

Renown Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson explains what went wrong with Islam.

Yes, the title should read “renowned”, but I don’t change or correct other people’s words. The conclusion of the video is what’s important, not the title.


Great speech: Israel’s ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub visits Bradford

Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub visits Bradford (which George Galloway wanted to make an ‘Israel free zone’) and blows them away with a great speech.


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Melanie Phillips spoke in Jerusalem last week. In 55 minutes, she dealt with the relationship between anti-Zionism and Jew hatred, media bias, Israel’s poor performance in the global information war, and the future of Europe, and more. Watch and you will agree that it was 55 minutes well spent. And then I want to discuss just one of the things she said. VIDEO

Phillips pointed out that history is important, particularly in this case, where a massive distortion of Jewish history provides the underpinning to the delegitimization of Israel so rampant in Europe (and to a lesser extent in the US).

The story is told, Phillips explained, that Israel was created to expiate the guilt of Europeans for the Holocaust and to solve the refugee problem it caused. Millions of European Jews were sent to Palestine where they displaced an indigenous ancient ‘Palestinian’ civilization. So no wonder, the story goes, the ‘Palestinians’ are angry. Why should they pay the price for Hitler’s actions (which, by the way, they will praise in a different context)?

I add to this the idea that the Jews are ‘colonists’ who ‘oppress’ the ‘non-white’ Palestinian Arabs, which opens a whole other reservoir of European guilt. Is it surprising that on the basis of this story even the most liberal (in the non-political sense) fair-minded person will think that while perhaps Hamas is a little indiscriminate in its rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, on the whole its behavior is understandable?

The problem is that the story is wholly false.

The indigenous people of the land of Israel are the Jews, who had an empire there for hundreds of years. They suffered invasions and genocides, and were (partially) dispersed throughout the world by a succession of pagan, Christian and Muslim conquerors. But they never wholly abandoned their land and the Diaspora never gave up its yearning to return.

This reality was recognized by the international community when it granted Britain the Palestine Mandate to govern the land in trust for the Jewish people (as we know, Britain betrayed this trust, but that’s another story).

On the other hand, there was never any kind of Palestinian Arab political entity in the land, and very few ‘Palestinians’ can trace their lineage back further than the 19th century. For years they saw themselves as belonging to a generalized Arab nation, and the land as ‘southern Syria’. It was only in the 20th century when some Palestinian Arabs started to define themselves as a distinct ‘people’, and only in the 1960s that they replaced an ideology of simple ethnic hatred with self-definition as an oppressed indigenous third-world populace.

The foundations of the new Jewish state were laid by the Zionists in the Mandate period, during which time they began to change the land from an unhealthful, unproductive wasteland into the flourishing model of modern agriculture that it is today. They created all the appurtenances of a state: schools, universities, hospitals, roads, a merchant fleet, labor unions, banks, etc.

Meanwhile the Palestinian Arabs fomented anti-Jewish pogroms and their leader conspired with Adolf Hitler in murdering European Jews and planning to murder those in the Middle East. “[T]he only problem is that that we know that General Rommel did not succeed in coming here,” a Palestinian recently told an Israeli reporter posing as a German.

The Arabs lost the war they started to expel the Jews in 1948. Actions have consequences, and starting wars that you lose can have very significant consequences. Many Palestinian Arabs fled as a result of the war. Life is like that.

It was like that for about 800,000 Jews, too, who were kicked out of Muslim countries or fled without their possessions in the aftermath of that war. About half the population of Israel today is descended from those Jewish refugees, who by the way do not fit the description of Israeli Jews as ‘European colonialists’.

Thus the Jewish state of Israel is morally legitimate as the home of its indigenous people, solidly grounded in international law. But if you believe the false story that is told by the Arabs with the complicity of the media, then you wouldn’t know any of this.

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Israelis and Palestinians have a lot in common, and not just a homeland. We both see in our history a large measure of victimhood. And while I feel the Palestinians’ plight is mostly their own making, that is my opinion, and I can’t take away from Palestinians how they view the world.

I can say, however, that after the Holocaust, Jews had to choose between being shaped by our victimhood or being defined by it. The same went for the nearly one million Jewish refugees from Arab lands. Jews chose the former and this, in part, is a secret of our success. 

But Palestinians have chosen to be defined by their victimhood. And for as long as they continue to do so, they will not take hold of their destiny but continue denying responsibility for their fate or actions. Israel cannot change the Palestinian leadership – that is up to the Palestinians.

I would beg of Palestinians, from someone destined to live next to you forever, take hold of your destiny. Be shaped by your past, but don’t be defined by it. Concentrate on building up Palestine, not  tearing down Israel. I will help you. My people will help your people. 

In the meantime, Israel will keep protecting its people, by fighting when it needs to, but at all times offering an olive branch in peace. Because Israel and its leadership know the Palestinians are there to stay. It’s just waiting for the Palestinian leadership to come to the same realisation. 

Read more:

Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces.

Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage.

Clashes continued in the area through Saturday.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters Saturday in a series of text messages that Filipino troops manning one UN encampment had been “extricated,” while soldiers in another encampment were “now under attack.”

Read more: 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels | The Times of Israel
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Some of the green shouldn’t be green. India and Ethiopia don’t belong to Muslims. Neither does Sri Lanka. But Muslims still control a vast amount of turf, and they’re pushing for more. Jews in their midst showing them up in every way that contributes to the advance of humanity still leads to a cognitive disconnect that leads the Muslim world to hatred and violence.

Some of the green shouldn’t be green. India and Ethiopia don’t belong to Muslims. Neither does Sri Lanka. But Muslims still control a vast amount of turf, and they’re pushing for more. Jews in their midst showing them up in every way that contributes to the advance of humanity still leads to a cognitive disconnect that leads the Muslim world to hatred and violence.

Sadly, at no point was the much simpler alternative, the one expressed so eloquently in Chancellor Wise’s letter, seriously entertained, namely that universities are communities dedicated to the pursuit of learning, an undertaking that is hardly possible when those entrusted with its duties have proven themselves to be systemically racist and supportive of violence. Anyone still wondering whether Salaita ought to have a teaching job should play the parlor game of reading his tweets and replacing references to Jews and Israelis with blacks, gays, or women. Should an American institution of higher learning employ someone who tweeted, say, that black Americans were “transforming ‘racism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1964”?

Some, of course, may argue that the answer is still yes, and that subject-matter expertise ought to be the single and sacred standard by which we hire, reward, and promote our professors. But many more believe, like Chancellor Wise, that while we ought to fiercely insist on protecting our scholars’ freedom to say whatever they please, we should also insist that speech, like action, have consequences. In some cases, we may listen to scholars speak out on unpopular subjects and reward them for their insight and their courage; in others, we may hear things so vile that we decide the speaker, no matter how well-versed in his or her discipline, has no place in an institution that depends on the unfettered exchange of ideas, and that scholars who cannot translate their passions into well-reasoned arguments are better off opining on Twitter rather than in the classroom.


#Hamas is torturing & killing Palestinian prisoners-Where is SJP?



#Hamas is torturing & killing Palestinian prisoners-Where is SJP?


There Is No Israeli Siege On Gaza

The numbers speak for themselves - 1.7 Million tons of merchandise were imported into Gaza via the Israeli border in the last 2 years.

Israel allows in all the food and medicine that Gaza wants. Everything can go in, except for weapons and items that can be used to make weapons.

Same goes for the ability of people to cross the border for medical needs and for business. 10% of the people who crossed the border were internationals - journalists & aid workers.

Given Hamas’ creation of terror tunnels used by it to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel against civilians, it is clear that there has to be control over what goes into the Gaza strip, so as to make sure that it is not used for Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure.

With neighbors like Hamas, would you give up control over your border?


Who are the Invaders here?


Who are the Invaders here?