Friday 31 October 2014

A shameful surrender to Sinn Fein’s Sharia tactics

Published 03/08/2014 | 00:00

Illustration by Jim Cogan

A few weeks ago Sinn Fein stampeded Dail Eireann into standing for a minute’s silence on Gaza. Last Thursday, the Seanad also followed the Sinn Fein agenda with diatribes  against the democratic state of Israel. In matters of Middle Eastern policy, this is now a one-party state.

Meantime RTE News gave Gerry Adams an almost daily platform to pontificate against a democratic state defending itself against terror attacks. No RTE reporter called him out on this. Because Sinn Fein’s use of child victims is the height of hypocrisy.

The Provos had no respect for mothers and children during its murder campaign. The orphaning of Jean McConville’s children proved that. In Provo terms,  Hamas is the equivalent of the South Armagh murder gang which carried out the Kingsmill massacre and slashed Eamon Collins to death. 

RTE does not report that Hamas is hated by most moderate Middle Eastern states. Arab commentators ask all the questions RTE fails to ask. This is what Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, a retired Royal Saudi Navy commodore, now a columnist for the Arab Daily News, has to say about Hamas.

“Hamas leaders are jet-setters. They travel high class, stay at the best hotels and eat the best food but their people are not paid their salaries on time and, what is worse, is that they are always under constant pressure from Hamas rule and the Israeli missiles.”

The retired commodore wonders why Palestine has special victim status. “There are more Syrian refugees and displaced families than there are Palestinians. There is more destruction in Libya and Yemen than there is in Gaza and there are far more gruesome killing scenes in Iraq than in Gaza.”

He finishes with a fundamental question, never asked by the media in Ireland, about Hamas using its huge cement imports to build tunnels not bomb shelters.  “But if Hamas really wanted an armed conflict, then they should have at least built some bomb shelters for the poor innocent Palestinians.”

That said, regular  readers will remember I do not believe minds are changed by arguments.   They are changed by atrocities. My mind was changed forever by reflecting on Hitler’s largely successful attempt to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a job that Hamas would like to finish.  

Some years ago, I wrote a screenplay for Jim Sheridan about the rise of Hitler. To research it, I read almost everything written in English about Hitler’s war on the Jews. I believe the evil I encountered contributed to the cancers which struck me down soon after. Two horrors will stay in my mind forever.

The first was an account of an SS unit entering a small Russian Jewish village.   The three village elders went down on their knees and asked the Nazi troops to spare their people. The SS officer’s answer was to unbutton his trousers and urinate on their bowed heads.

The second was reading Rebecca West’s account of the mass murder of Jewish children. At the start of World War Two, some 1.6 million Jewish children were living in Nazi-dominated countries. By the end of the war, 1.5 million of them had been shot, gassed or starved to death.

Most Irish people are adept at empathising with Palestinians. For balance, let us look at the world through the eyes of Israeli Jews. For them, Hamas wants to finish what Hitler started. Last week, RTE News denied that Hamas wanted to destroy the Israeli state,    until repeatedly asked to correct the record.

For the average Israeli Jew, Hamas has the same agenda as Hitler. Accordingly most Israelis  cannot separate the Holocaust from what is happening in Gaza. But then  neither can I, nor, indeed, anyone else who has been watching the anti-Semitic slogans that accompany anti-Israeli demonstrations across Europe.

Last week, three EU ministers expressed concern about the anti-Jewish tone of some demonstrations. The boundary between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is becoming blurred. Is there not something strange about the singling out of Israel’s actions in Gaza by the European media?

Darragh McManus, the radio columnist of the Irish Independent, who holds no brief for either side, is also baffled by the blanket coverage.

Last week he wrote: “There is no logical reason, no journalistic purpose, in Gaza receiving saturation exposure, year after year, whereas Sudan or Somalia or Yemen or Nigeria or anywhere else are basically ignored, except for sporadic reports.”

Let me now state my own position. Like all parents I am shocked by the killing of children. But I am also shocked by the willingness of the Irish media to allow Sinn Fein to manipulate these images to advance its own subversion of Irish democracy.

As soon as Sinn Fein started the Gaza jig, every deputy in Dail Eireann should have roundly denounced its hypocrisy.  Apart from a few bleats from Eric Byrne instead of a proper speech — which would, of course, have incurred the wrath of the Labour Party — the record shows the rest of the deputies surrendering to the Sinn Fein stunt.

Deputy Gerry Adams: “A Cheann Comhairle, I very much regret that the Government has ruled out this debate. I ask you to invite the Dail to stand for one minute in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the Middle East.”

An Ceann Comhairle: “Sorry —”

Members rise.

An Ceann Comhairle: “Excuse me. We are in session. I ask Deputy Adams that if he has a proposal like that in future, he pay the Chair the courtesy of giving me advance notice.”

Deputies: “Hear, hear.”

Deputy Gerry Adams: “OK.”

Adams’s laconic OK was like a wolf licking its lips after dining on lamb. Belatedly, the deputies realise they have been conned by Sinn Fein. Hence their guilty and gormless “Hear, hear” after the Ceann Comhairle had  reprimanded Adams.

Given that craven  background, Charlie Flanagan’s robust rejection of Seanad demands to expel the Israeli ambassador counts as courageous.

But RTE News picked the part where he was heckled on abstention and played it three times. What a great general election Sinn Fein can expect.

 

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In my extensive experience, most of the media behave like sheep. Singularity is suspect. Going along with the crowd is the way to become a good guy.

That is why Adrian McCarthy’s film, Rough Rider, was so remarkable.

On the surface, McCarthy’s lyrical but steely film dealt with Paul Kimmage’s courageous campaign to expose doping in cycling. But its real theme was integrity. 

At its core was a line from Paul’s father which, allowing for fatherly pride, was close to the truth and worthy of Edmund Burke: “Paul was born perfect into an imperfect world.” All in all, a film which restored a little gold to RTE’s tarnished crown.

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