Remind you of anyone?
Israel has agreed to pump 9 mil cube more drinking water into Palestinian areas but the lies about water won’t stop. http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-removes-last-significant-ban-on-gaza-import/ …
Read that to yourself again…….s-l-o-w-l-y
In the course of the Greenbelt festival which included the brilliant presentation of the Kairos Britain and Ireland document, we stumbled, almost inadvertently, into a tweet exchange with our good friends at The Council of Christian Zionists For The Occupation aka The Council of Christians and Jews, who were on 24/7 Greenbelt watch all weekend.
It began when they reacted to Greeenbelt’s statement of their policy on programming by tweeting that they would “respond in a bit”.
We tweeted back to them…
|02:29 PM – 25 Aug 13|
Our then response was…
This included a link to our page which explains in detail what a disreputable organisation the CCJ has become.
Then came what we thought was the last word…
@Richard_Armbach We are aware of taht blog and its claims. Thank you.
|03:16 PM – 25 Aug 13|
But then, as we should have guessed they would, they started behaving badly and sometime later we got this…
@Richard_Armbach With all gentleness, we tell you: any blog which featuers a prominent Jew as if Dracula, we don’t attend to. Blessings!
|04:05 PM – 25 Aug 13|
They are referring to a cartoon picture that we had included on the page referred to above, which represents Michael Howard, a trustee of the CCJ, as a vampire. We assume that they are suggesting the inclusion of this picture was anti-Semitic. We are not sure which species of anti-Semitism they have in mind, whether it be anti-Semitism as regular people the real world understand it, new anti-Semitism, theological anti-Semitism, alibi anti-Semitism, borderline anti-Semitism or causal anti-Semitism. Oh, we forgot, it might have been an anti-Semitic trope. With a deep sigh, we responded with…
A couple of hours later, the tweets about their familiarity with our site, and the picture of Howard were deleted. This is probably for a whole basket of reasons that we can only make educated guesses about but it is indicative of panic.
It would seem that a no doubt tired Greenbelt watcher realised that he/she had broken the Hasbarafia taboo of acknowledging our existence.
Also Howard probably had an almighty wobbler about someone in his own organisation having drawn attention to his “something of the night” reputation that he is desperate to move on from. His behaviour as a trustee of the CCJ is hardly likely to help him in this respect.
Regardless of the reason, the CCJ seem to be ever more uncomfortable about the increasing awareness of what they are actually about as an organisation.
Geoffrey Alderman is a legend in his own mind. He is rather clever and is highly conscience of this. He’s not, however, clever enough to understand the difference between cleverness and expertise, and is therefore, an expert on everything.
He rather fancies himself as an academic. In reality, his thinking is usually as woolly as Hoffman’s taste in headgear.
Having said all this, one has to have some sympathy for his treatment during the Belfast affair.
He was invited by the Belfast Festival to form part of the panel in a debate on the Middle East, scheduled for Monday, October 18, 2010. On Friday, the 15th, he was uninvited by the festival director, Graeme Farrow by email. Farrow explained that he had “made a mistake in agreeing to extend an invitation to you without consulting the academics in question”. He was told he could, however, attend as part of the audience.
This clearly was appalling behaviour on the part of the festival, rude in the extreme. It was never made clear why Alderman was uninvited, but we can reasonably assume that the other members of the panel objected to his presence. If this was the case, then it was obviously inept to put it at its mildest for the festival to withdraw its invitation at such a late stage.
Alderman had every reason to be extremely annoyed and to express this annoyance, forcibly. Instead however, he threw a typical hasbarafia tantrum. He told the festival that he was coming to Belfast anyway, and indeed did so. He further told them (the festival) that they had 3 options….
1. To allow him to join the panel and tell his fellow panelists that if they objected, they could stay away.
2. To let him take part while sitting at a separate table (with a dunce’s cap on?).
3. To call the whole thing off.
Fast forward to October 18th.
Alan A. on Harry’s Place (recommended by the EDL) informed us that the debate was currently taking place and Alderman was lying in bed at the hotel.
You might have thought that such a clever man might have considered the possibility of this fourth option.