A funny South African sketch...
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Saturday, 31 January 2015
John Lydon is 59 today, hard to believe. I could put any number of Sex Pistols tracks up here, or indeed numerous Public Image Limited ones. Here's what I chose, the rather uplifting Public Image Ltd, Rise (the 12"Version) 1986 seems a long time ago now!
They aren't... Here's someone demonstating the Tesla S P85D's insane mode..
That's fast but without engine noise is it an aural delight? Here's a souped up Lambo...
Friday, 30 January 2015
Scott Wood nails it in this article...
' if you are a presenter or blogger who disseminates and concocts conspiracy theories I would like you to know that you are deluded and inhumane. The victims of the 2015 attacks in Paris are the latest in a long line of corpses you have opportunistically used as a platform for your own irrational and hateful thought and pronouncement. You are not "aware" or "awake" but blinkered and bigoted. You are not a truth-seeker, hero or liberator.'
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Another example from the apartheid state of Israel where this Muslim IDF Soldier Keeps Watch Over Israel's Gaza Border
Because it seems that in medialand hatred of Jews can always be blamed on the actions, perceived or otherwise, of Israel.
Would Adam Boulton ask a British iman if fear or hatred of Muslims was excusable because of the actions of ISIS or Al Quaeda? How about the policies of Saudi Arabia, Iran etc etc etc...?
The BBC's obsessive vilification of Israel disgusts me, is Sky going down the same road?
"We don't dislike Jews, we only dislike the State of Israel" - Bullshit - Stop pretending this is about Israel, it's about hatred of Jews
He's right and I applaud him for speaking the truth.
New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield makes impromptu remarks on the floor of the council moments after Pro-Palestine activists protested the commemoration of 1.1 million people killed in Auschwitz. Greenfield is the grandson of holocaust survivors.
He can be followed on Twitter at @NYCGreenfield and at Facebook.com/David.G.Greenfield
Meanwhile in London... (see next article)
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
'The report found some voters felt that postal voting was ''intrinsically unsafe'' and there were also concerns about the ease with which electoral ''personation'' could take place due an ''informal approach'' to proxy voting.'No shit, Sherlock
"I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble."
Friday, 23 January 2015
I know that I have posted previously about Big Bang Theory's Penny, aka Kaley Cuoco, but life's short so here's some more...
Both as Penny and as herself
And here's a reminder of some of those previously posted pictures...
Does the world look any better now?
'The recent death of Joan Peters recalls one of the most intense and bitter literary controversies in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her 1984 book From Time Immemorial set off a memorable scuffle between both Israeli and Arab writers. But like many such controversies the ultimate impact of the discussion did more to obscure the truth about the origins of the conflict over Palestine than to shed light on it.The moral of the story is that while Peters's book was flawed, it might have prompted an important debate about one of the key assumptions of Israel's critics. Instead, the angry pushback her volume received from liberals and Arab apologists served only to demonstrate that anyone who seeks to challenge the Palestinian narrative of dispossession by the Jews does so at their own peril.Peters's intention was to write a book sympathetic to the Palestinian refugees. But in the course of her research, she stumbled across an important fact that had hitherto received no notice from Westerners who opined about the Arab-Israeli conflict: though the Arabs claim to have possessed Palestine for many centuries, a significant percentage of their population in 1948 could trace their origins to immigrants who crossed into what is now Israel during the last years of Ottoman rule and during the era of the British Mandate for Palestine.The idea that Arabs rather than just Jews arrived in the country during the period when Jews were working to build it up contradicts the basic conceit of all attacks on Zionism. Instead of thePalestinians losing a country that had been theirs "from time immemorial," this revelation placed both sides in the conflict on a somewhat equal footing.If a great many of those Arab refugees who fled the country during Israel's War of Independence were, at best, second-generation immigrants to Palestine then surely it would not have been so difficult to reintegrate them into other Arab countries just as Jewish refugees from Arab countries were resettled in Israel.But to admit that not all Palestinian refugees had roots going back for many centuries to what had become Israel undermined the basic critique of Zionism. To those who wish to cast the struggle over the land as one of Palestinian victims and Jewish aggressors, the narrative of dispossession has taken on the aspect of a catechism that may not be questioned. Thus, by calling into question one of the basic Palestinian myths, Peters had committed an unpardonable sin for which she had to be punished.'Powerful stuff and indicative of how the pro Palestinian narrative holds such sway amongst 'liberals'. I just cannot imagine the BBC ever repeating such information.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
I, and others, have reported Dr Alishba Khan to the General Medical Council. In a sane world they would take serious and appropriate action but in 2015 Britain, I fear that they won't.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The standard BBC wording at the end of their coverage of this morning's bus attack in Tel Aviv really pisses me off
The BBC's obsessive hatred of Israel leaks out all over the place, rather like the blood from a stabbed Jew.
'The Palestinians in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem have lived under Israeli occupation since 1967.'
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
'ISIS militants have executed 13 teenage boys for watching the Asian Cup football match between Iraq and Jordan last week.The young football fans had been caught watching the game on television in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is controlled by the Islamic State.The teenagers were rounded up and publicly executed by a firing squad using machine guns, anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reports.'
'Saudi Arabia's top Islamic cleric has called on parents not to let their little daughters dance in front of men as the Gulf Kingdom's religious police threatened to punish those responsible for allowing little girls to dance during a local festival.A film showing a group of little Saudi girls dancing on stage in front of men during the annual 'Spring festival' in the central town of Buraidah on Friday triggered criticism by many scholars and viewers after it went viral on social networks and local newspapers."Don't teach your little daughters dancing and allow them to dance in front of men. This spoils their life, childhood and dignity," the Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Shaikh said on the Saudi 'Al Majd' TV channel.'
'Pakistan tops the list of most porn-searching countries and leads the way in porn searches for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes, according to the data released by Google.The data also showed that six of the top eight porn-searching countries were Muslim states with Egypt ranking second in the list followed by Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey at numbers four, five, seven and eight, respectively, reported The Express Tribune.'
Monday, 19 January 2015
'... we in Palestine also would 'never establish a Palestinian state on one centimeter of the territory of another Arab country.'
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Two Eds hid truth about global crash: Miliband and Balls knew UK economy was due to 'fall off a cliff' a year before it happened... but kept it a secret per Daily Mail Online
'Two Eds hid truth about global crash: Miliband and Balls knew UK economy was due to 'fall off a cliff' a year before it happened... but kept it a secretThe pair reportedly urged Gordon Brown to call a snap election in 2008Knew it was only way Labour could hold power once economy crumbled George Osborne said revelation 'exposed cynicism' of Balls and MilibandLabour leader has not denied claim, dismissing it as 'ancient history'The claim appears in explosive new memoir of Martin Winter - who helped turn Miliband into an MP
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls knew about the economic crash of 2008 a year before it happened – but kept it secret, it was sensationally revealed last night.The Labour leader did not deny an explosive new report that they both urged Prime Minister Gordon Brown to call a snap Election in 2007 because 'the economy was about to fall off a cliff' and it was Labour's only hope of holding on to power.Chancellor George Osborne said the revelation 'exposed the cynicism' of Balls and Miliband, adding: 'They were more interested in saving their own skins than saving the British economy.'The disclosure comes in a new book by Miliband's former ally and friend Martin Winter, the ex-Labour Mayor of Doncaster, where Miliband is an MP. Winter, who secured the seat for Miliband at Brown's personal request, says he has decided to speak out because he has lost faith in the Labour leader....Last night Miliband made no attempt to deny the claim, dismissing it as 'ancient history' – but the revelation is potentially political dynamite as the Election campaign hots up, fuelling the Tory line that Labour cannot be trusted with the economy, or to tell the truth... '
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Paris attack highlights Europe's struggle with Islamism per BBC News but the biggest worry is, Islamophobia
'But the potential backlash, including support for far right parties and groups, may well hurt ordinary Muslims more than anyone else, leaving the authorities and religious leaders in western Europe wondering how to confront violence in the name of religion without victimizing minorities or being accused of 'Islamophobia'.'
Friday, 16 January 2015
The much missed Christopher Hitchens on free speech. I don't agree with everything that he says but he always said it so well.
"Don't take refuge in the false security of consensus." That applies as much to 'Islam is the religion of peace' as much as 'Climate change is a settled science'.
'Three terror suspects, equipped with Belgian police uniforms, four Kalashnikov assault rifles, handguns and explosives, were planning to seize a passenger bus, according to reports
Here we nearly went again...Heavily armed Belgian terrorists were planning to seize a passenger bus and take hostages, according to press reports.Two jihadists who were recently returned from Syria were killed on Thursday by Belgian special forces after a raid on their apartment in Verviers, near the German border with Belgium.A third man was seriously injured in the police operation followed a warning from the country secret service surveillance that the group was about to launch a major terrorist attack, probably in the earlyhours of Friday morning.According to Belgium's RTL broadcaster the three terror suspects, equipped with Belgian police uniforms, four Kalashnikov assault rifles, handguns and explosives, were planning to seize a bus, taking passengers hostage.According to the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper the terrorist cell was planning to kidnap a senior police officer or magistrate before beheading them for a video to be distributed on the internet.'
Labour plans were 'ill-conceived and misguided' during financial crisis per The Telegraph reporting on Bank of England minutes
'Bank of England meeting minutes reveal officials' concerns about Gordon Brown's plans to solve banking crisisThe Labour government put the financial recovery at risk by rushing through new laws despite the Bank of England warning they were 'ill-conceived and misguided', newly-released documents reveal.Minutes from meetings held by the Bank's directors at the height of the financial crisis from 2007 to 2009 have been published for the first time.The minutes reveal tensions between the government, the Bank and the Financial Services Authority, as they battled to stop the British economy collapsing.Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown, then Chancellor and Prime Minister, claimed credit for saving the banking system, but the minutes reveal serious concerns over Labour's strategy at the Bank of England.The minutes reveal particular tensions over the drafting of key pieces of legislation to stem the financial crisis. According to the notes, Bank officials believed that the proposed legislation was being hurried for political purposes.'
'EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S HEAD OF PRESS TWEETS MUSLIMS 'BEING FRAMED' FOR PARIS ATTACK
by A.B. SANDERSON
7 Jan 2015
The Head of the European Parliament's Press Service has tweeted that the shooting of staff at the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine might not have been committed by Muslims.
Marjory Van Den Broeke took to her twitter account to say that "if she wanted to frame smone (someone) I would [shout 'Allahu Akbar']" referring to the video released of the gunmen.Her tweet has caused outrage and she has tried to backtrack, saying her tweet was misinterpreted:Regret my call to wait for real knowledge on killers was taken wrong way. So deleted.— M van den Broeke (@mvandenbroeke) January 7, 2015'
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Argentinian president accused of covering up details about the country's worst terrorist attack per The Guardian
'An Argentinian federal prosecutor has accused the country's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of attempting to cover up Iran's involvement in the bombing of a Jewish community centre in 1994, in which 85 people were killed.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman said on Wednesday that he had issued a request that judge Ariel Lijo interrogate Fernández and the foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, "for being authors and accomplices of an aggravated cover-up and obstruction of justice regarding the Iranians accused of the Amia terrorist attack".In a 300-page presentation to a Buenos Aires court, Nisman alleged that the president conducted secret negotiations with Iran through non-diplomatic channels in 2013, and offered to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in return for oil to ease Argentina's chronic energy deficit. Under the deal, the oil would be exchanged for Argentinian grain, Nisma said.'
'The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long "Great Wall" - a combined fence and ditch - to separates the country from Iraq to the north.Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the "Two Holy Mosques" of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal....The border zone now includes five layers of fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar cameras....It is not the only fence with which Saudi Arabia has chosen to surround itself....It has also created a physical barrier along parts of the even longer, 1,000-mile border with Yemen to the south.'
'A Paris policewoman has been injured after a motorist drove at her outside the President's residence, according to reports.According to newspaper reports the car had been driving the wrong way along a one-way system and left the 37-year with wrist, knee and back injuries.Le Parisien newspaper said four suspects ran away from the car.Two have been arrested on Rue d'Anjou and two are still on the run.It is unclear if this incident is related to last week's terror attacks and officials have not yet commented on the incident.'
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Coffee shop boss faces death threats over 'Je suis Charlie' sign outside Brick Lane cafe per London Evening Standard
'A coffee shop owner today vowed he would not back down after receiving death threats for displaying a "Je suis Charlie" sign outside his cafe.
Adel Defilaux, a French-born Muslim, was terrified when a man stormed into The Antishop in Brick Lane, East London, at 9.30am yesterday.The intruder demanded that Mr Defilaux take down the sandwich board featuring the slogan that has become a rallying cry in support of the 12 victims of Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.But when Mr Defilaux, 32, calmly protested the man became aggressive and warned that anyone who supported the French satirical magazine should die.'
'Police were today watching CCTV footage taken from a camera in the cafe as they launched an inquiry to trace the intruder.'
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
'Not safe': French Jews mull Israel emigration per BBC News whose Kevin Connolly can't bring himself to say certain words
'It's only fair to point out that Mr Levy blames the media at least in part for the current atmosphere and argues that it has tended to demonise Israel in recent years in the wake of events ranging from the first Gulf war to the first and second Intifadas.That perhaps is a debate for another time - and it is worth pointing out that France naturally insists that its Jewish population can safely remain there.'
'That perhaps is a debate for another time'.
'France naturally insists that its Jewish population can safely remain there.'
Monday, 12 January 2015
I think that the UK deserves a Prime Minister who can remember something that he said a few weeks ago.
Here's The Telegraph's revelations that:
'Ed Miliband has come under pressure to admit that he plotted to "weaponise" the NHS as an election issue after it emerged he secretly briefed up to 15 executives at the BBC over his plans, The Telegraph can disclose.
The Labour leader used the phrase during a meeting with some of the corporation's most senior figures in around November of last year and said he intended to make the NHS the centrepiece of his campaign. He made the comments weeks before the NHS began to experience unprecedented pressure.'
Here's David Cameron responding to Ed Miliband's evasiveness...
From BBC News Channel, special news coverage of Paris rally, at 16.47 on Sunday 11 January 2015.
BBC Newsreader Tim Wilcox answers the fears of a scared Jewish lady in Paris, with the suggestion that "Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands." This took place at today's huge Paris rally following the terrorist atrocities carried out in recent days in Paris, which included the targeting of a Jewish supermarket.
Strange how the BBC is keen to persuade the public that Muslims should not be blamed for the actions of Muslim terrorists but this BBC newsreader is not at all woriied about associating all Jews with Israel's actions.
Tim Wilcox's words comes only weeks after his statement in November 2014 that "a lot of these prominent Jewish faces will be very much against the mansion tax”. See video here...
If I write anything else now then I think that I will get rather too rude about Tim Wilcox.
I have complained to the BBC about Tim Wilcox's statement, I doubt that I will receive a satisfactory response.
Tim Wilcox's interview of a Parisian lady included this statement "Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands." That Tim Wilcox's statement is offensive for two main reasons: 1. Why does Tim Wilcox think it's fine to associate all Jews with the actions of Israel? Would he similarly call Muslim the members of the various sides killing many thousands of people a year in Syria? Would he similarly describe the members of Boko Haram, who are killing many thousands of people in Nigeria and elsewhere, as Muslims? 2. Tim Wilcox wasn't asking a question but making a statement. Is that the correct role for a BBC news presenter in this sort of situation? I note that Tim Wilcox has subsequently issued a mealy mouthed apology on Twitter 'Really sorry for any offence caused by a poorly phrased question in a live intervbiew in Paris yesterday - it was entirely unintentional.' Leaving aside the questions arising from the inconsistencies in that apology, only a tiny number of people will see this apology compared to the number who saw the original offence. Will Tim Wilcox be apologising on-air for his offensive statement? I understand that Tim Wilcox has form in this area having previously brought up "Jewish faces" during a discussion about Labour's Mansion Tax losing the Labour Party support.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
Charlie Hebdo: Could Paris attack happen in London? Per BBC News who have to get one of their obsessions into the report
'... there is another issue that the UK government and others will be thinking very carefully about: how to prevent a backlash.So while the Paris attack was very obviously carried out by jihadists inspired by the al-Qaeda ideology, Home Secretary Theresa May has been very careful today to emphasise that everyone in society should be working together to eradicate extremism "wherever it exists". She and others have rejected UKIP leader Nigel Farage's claim that Paris raised questions about a "gross policy of multiculturalism".'
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Friday, 9 January 2015
'Islam is a prime case in point. The moderate Muslim majority – here and elsewhere – are as horrified by the Paris attack as other decent people. But they must often feel abused by western media. The feeling is shared by beleaguered Christians, who feel their faith is safely mocked in print and on the airwaves by "brave" satirists who might hesitate to do the same to Islam or even Judaism, behind which secular Israeli politicians sometimes take cover.'
Next some examples of the anti-Semites favourite claim that Jews / Israelis are controlling the world or at least the USA. for many Muslims and anti-Semites The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a factual account
Next four miscellaneous anti-Semitic cartoons
Having published these am I scared of attack from Jews?
Would I have something to fear from Islamists if I reprinted Charlie Hebdo's cartoons about Islam?
Thursday, 8 January 2015
' The anti-Semitism at the heart of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel was again laid bare yesterday, as prominent activists from the campaign took to social media to advance the conspiracy theory that yesterday's terrorist attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was carried out by the Mossad.Leading the charge was Greta Berlin, a spokesperson for the Free Gaza movement, an organization that has been closely involved with attempts to break Israel's blockade against the Hamas regime in Gaza. In a Facebook posting, Berlin declared, "MOSSAD just hit the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in a clumsy false flag designed to damage the accord between Palestine and France…Here's hoping the French police will be able to tell a well executed hit by a well trained Israeli intelligence service and not assume the Muslims would be likely to attack France when France is their freind (sic.) Israel did tell France there would be grave consequences if they voted with Palestine. A four year old could see who is responsible for this terrible attack."Berlin's colleague, Free Gaza co-founder Mary-Hughes Thompson, echoed those same views in a posting on Twitter. "#Hebdo killings indefensible. Can't help thinking #JSIL Mossad false flag though. Killers spoke with perfect French accents. Time will tell," she wrote. Even the International Business Times, a more mainstream publication, explicitly asked, "Charlie Hebdo Attack and Mossad Link: Is Israel Venting Its Fury for France's Recognition of a Palestinian State?" although the offending item was quickly removed by an editor at the publication.'
One of the fundamental symbols of Christianity displayed in a container of urine and yet no Christian fundamentalists have killed anyone.
Is this the difference between insulting Christianity and Islam?
'2. Politicians, police chiefs and mainstream media reports will urge restraint over what is clearly an inexplicable rogue incident which may have nothing whatsoever to do with the Religion of Peace.
4. Liberal commentators will take pains to draw a distinction between Islamism and Islam, noting that the former is a malign perversion of the latter which (apparently) explicitly forbids the murder of innocents.
5. Warming to this theme – and once the bodies are sufficiently cold, so as not to offend anyone’s good taste – one or two braver liberal commentators will suggest that while, of course, they wholly condemn all such acts of violence, it’s nevertheless the case that one or two of Charlie Hebdo’s editorials and cartoons could be quite needlessly provocative and that their contribution to the current climate of Islamophobia may have been responsible for heightening religious tensions in the broader culture. There have to be limits to free speech, after all. You can’t shout fire in a crowded theatre.'
And here's one that I fully expect to come true before the weekend is over:
'7. On a BBC youth debate programme the audience will be canvassed as to their views on the cause of the increased tensions. To a man – and regardless of whether or not they are themselves Muslim – they will blame only two factors: “foreign policy” and “Islamophobia.” A young, attractive, female Muslim on the panel will win massive applause from the audience by dissociating herself and her co-religionists from the actions of the killers, explaining that though they may have thought they were acting in the name of Islam they weren’t, actually, because they just weren’t. So that’s OK then.'
'The gunmen were heard shouting "we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" and "God is Great" in Arabic ("Allahu Akbar").'
'The magazine has angered some Muslims in the past by printing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The offices were firebombed in 2011.'
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
' Bank of England meeting minutes reveal officials' concerns about Gordon Brown's plans to solvebanking crisisThe Labour government put the financial recovery at risk by rushing through new laws despite the Bank of England warning they were 'ill-conceived and misguided', newly-released documents reveal.Minutes from meetings held by the Bank's directors at the height of the financial crisis from 2007 to 2009 have been published for the first time.The minutes reveal tensions between the government, the Bank and the Financial Services Authority, as they battled to stop the British economy collapsing.Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown, then Chancellor and Prime Minister, claimed credit for saving the banking system, but the minutes reveal serious concerns over Labour's strategy at the Bank of England.'
Monday, 5 January 2015
Friday, 2 January 2015
Thursday, 1 January 2015
'... Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specialises in maps, said that including Israel would have been "unacceptable" to their customers in the Gulf and the amendment incorporated "local preferences".'
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Polygamy in the United KingdomFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaPolygamous marriages may not be performed in the United Kingdom, and if a polygamous marriage is performed, the already-married person may be guilty of the crime of bigamy.
Polygamous marriages legally performed in another country where the law allows it are not recognized for pension, immigration or citizenship purposes. However, they may be recognized for the purposes of welfare benefits. This decision was not made without controversy, and there have been protests against it. None the less, it is unofficially believed that there are up to 20,000 polygamous marriages in the Muslim community of the U.K. 
No comment necessary
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Monday, 29 December 2014
'THE identity of the driver of the bin lorry that killed six people when it crashed in Glasgow city centre will be protected indefinitely, the local authority has said.I don't ever recall such an action being taken before, can you? Is it legal? What happens at any subsequent inquest? What is the reason for this action?
A spokesman for Glasgow City Council, which owns the bin lorry involved in the George Square tragedy, said it would “never release the names” of the driver or other two individuals who were in the cabin when it crashed.'
Can you spot the missing word in this Daily Express headline? 'The majority of Brits now support an EU exit - so why no referendum?'
'The majority of Brits now support an EU exit - so why no referendum?'
'The majority of Brits now support an EU exit - so that's why no referendum?'
'Thirty-seven children whose parents were killed in the recent Israel-Gaza conflict have been prevented by Hamas from visiting Israel on a trip organised by peace activists.Hamas said they would have had to visit "settlements and occupied towns".'
'The children, aged between 12 and 15 and accompanied by five adults, were turned back at the Erez crossing.More than 2,100 people, mostly Palestinians, died in the 50-day July-August conflict, the UN said.Israel said 67 of its troops and six civilians died.'
'The visit, organised by kibbutz leaders, the charity Candle for Peace and Arab-Israeli officials, would have taken the children to Arab towns in Israel, southern areas targeted by militants' rockets in theconflict, a mixed-race school and the beach in Tel Aviv.'
'A visit to Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to meet the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was also planned, according to Yoel Marshak of the Kibbutz Movement.'
'The week-long trip had been approved by the Israeli security service.But Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, said the cancellation was justified to protect children from "the politics of normalisation" with Israel.'
'Spokesman Eyad Bozum said Hamas would ensure such a trip "will never happen again".Three weeks ago, Hamas too had given approval for the visit, Mr Marshak, said, expressing surprise that it was blocked.Charity for Peace director Malek Freij told Reuters news agency: "They thought that Israel wants to exploit these children, and that's a mistake."'
'Hamas refuses to recognise Israel, which it sees as occupying Palestinian land, and under its charter is committed to Israel's destruction.'
'Several nations, including Israel and the United States, count Hamas as a terrorist organisation due to its long record of attacks and its refusal to renounce violence.'
'The most recent Gaza conflict flared after tensions rose between Israel and Palestinian militants.'
'Hamas fired thousands of rockets and mortars towards Israel during the 50-day conflict this summer. Israel carried out an aerial bombing campaign and a ground invasion.'
'Hamas fired thousands of rockets and mortars towards Israel during the months leading up to Israel finally responding. Following these attacks, Israel responded by carrying out a targeted aerial bombing campaign and a ground invasion which made every effort to minimise civilian casualties, a policy that was made harder by Hamas firing rockets from civilian areas contrary to the Geneva Convention.'