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Poisoning The Tunnels

The Ambassador,
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt – Pretoria

The Media Review Network condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest actions by the Egyptian government to further tighten the strangle hold on the beleaguered population of the Gaza. Despite the denials by the Egyptian Government of the use of poisonous gases pumped into the tunnels, the bombing of the entrances to these tunnels continues and is equally reprehensible.

This unexplained indifference of the Egyptian government to the Palestinian peoples’ suffering is a source of eternal shame on the Government and people of Egypt. Egypt’s insistence to keep the Rafah crossing point sealed off despite the catastrophic and disastrous consequences for the Gazans is further testimony to the inhuman treatment of the Palestinians by the Egyptian government.

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The tropes of jewish antisemitism

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The concept of the ’self-hating Jew’ has been dignified with a pseudo-psychopathology by those keen to suppress dissent

By Antony Lerman

(source: the guardian.uk)

From the moment he took the job heading the UN Human Rights Council`s mission to investigate human rights and international humanitarian law violations during the Gaza conflict, it was inevitable that Judge Richard Goldstone, born into a South African Jewish family, would be labelled a `self-hating Jew` and a Jewish antisemite. Immediately on the release in September of his findings, which concluded that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes, Israel`s finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, couldn`t wait to make this accusation.

He certainly wasn`t alone. The charge is so popular these days that people who use it must have felt as though they had won the lottery when they were presented with such a high-profile target like Goldstone. They were probably still savouring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s outburst in August when he railed against the two senior and Jewish aides of President Obama, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, calling them `self-hating Jews`

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