Olympic Politics: Why Palestine but not Tibet?
by Steven Shamrak.
(This article was published by Australian newspaper “The Age” just several days after the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games, 4 years ago. It seems that the deep-seated hypocrisy of the IOC has not changed as 4 athletes, representatives of the fake Palestinian people, are coming to Beijing! The people of Tibet do have legal and historical right for independence, but they are not represented in Beijing!)
Only fools and hypocrites would argue that sport and politics do not mix. From the beginning any sports event had a political connotation. Participants almost always represented their villages, cities, tribes, ethnic and religious groups, kingdoms or countries.
It was a warm moment of hope this weekend when I saw the athletes of both Koreas walking as one team during the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games. Even when countries are divided by a physical and ideological border their leaders made a bold gesture of unity. Then there was Afghanistan and Iraq, both sincerely welcomed back after gaining their freedom from political and religious tyrannies.
I was surprised when I saw the Taiwanese team walk out under the banner of Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong came out as a separate political entity. Obviously, the Chinese Government is playing some political games. And, the International Olympic Committee and Taiwan, in the spirit of the Olympic Games, clearly did not want to irritate a powerful member and neighbour.
Out of many legitimate political causes that the IOC could promote as a part of the Olympic Games I would like, for instance, to see the representatives of Kurdistan, the nation of 35 million people, whose land is divided between five or six countries.
There are many other forgotten people and countries that would benefit from Olympic participation: Tibet, Kashmir, the Basques and Chechens are only some of the nations and countries who are still illegitimately occupied by others. They are in real need of international moral support.
To support them however, means confrontation with countries like China, Russia, India, Pakistan and others. And, we are told, that the Olympic Games are not about confrontation. They are about peace. If this is so, why out of all causes the IOC choose and had been given legitimacy to the most illegitimate and ugly one?
It was sad to see in the Olympic stadium two athletes of fictitious people, from the never existed state of Palestine. It seems that the IOC’s sensitivity and intention of harmony and peace applies to all people and nations except Jews and Israel. I do accept the notion that politics has always played a part in sport. But this is ugly politics - and it makes sport unattractive and dirty!
Why Wait? Ehud Olmert's announcement that he will quit after Kadima’s primaries could cause Israel “further damage." "The Kadima government has reached the end of its road," said MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud). "The only solution to the situation which we are in is the immediate holding of new elections." (Otherwise, Olmert could remain in office for four more months. Political stupidity in Israel must end now! The Jewish self-hating political elite must retire from power! It has been going on for too long.)
Fuzzy Logic of Terror.
THREE Hamas policemen and six pro-Fatah gunmen were killed and up to 95 wounded, including 16 children, in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in the deadliest confrontation between the rival factions since Hamas seized control of the coastal territory a year ago. But, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas is not accepting the more than 180 Fatah loyal terrorists who fled from the Hamas. Israel is being forced to send the Fatah loyalists back to Gaza, except for several terrorists who are sent to Israeli. (Israel cares more for the wellbeing of terrorists than Islamic leadership!)
End to 'Calm' in Three Weeks. A senior member of the ‘Resistance Committees’ in Gaza said that three weeks into August (by the end of the Olympic Games), the leadership in Gaza would decide whether the ‘Calm’ has "fulfilled its goals." (It means, whether they are ready to break Hudna, temporary truth, and resume terror against Israel!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
The current Beijing government is a greater violator of Human rights than the Soviet Union was before the 1980 Olympic Games. Interestingly, no country in the world is brave enough to boycott this week’s Olympic Games. Is it because China is a holder of 1.3 trillion dollars of US national debt?
Another Political Rat is Crawling to Power. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni escalated verbal attacks on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, charging that he is bad for Kadima (…but not for Israel?)
Training for What? Two explosions rocked a Hamas training base on the grounds of former Gush communities last Tuesday. (Were 8,500 Jews forcefully removed from their homes in Gaza to provide Hamas with a terror training facility?)
A Small Legal Step in the Right Direction. Under the new law, the power to revoke a person's citizenship due to breach of trust, which includes acts of terror, will be transferred from the Interior Ministry to the court. (Expulsion must be part of the process! What about revoking citizenship of the fake Jews and non-Jews who fraudulently came to Israel, violating the Law of Return?)
Illegal Arab Building. Last Monday security forces blew up a four-story illegal apartment block built by Arabs in Eastern Jerusalem. (There are thousands of illegal constructions built by Arabs all over Eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. The inept Olmert government have been ignoring this de facto occupation of Jewish land by enemies. At the same time, homes of Jewish patriots are the main target of the government!)
Internet War. The Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) is steadily removing members from a viciously anti-Israel and anti-Semitic group on Facebook which actively promotes hatred, violence, murder and genocide. Despite tens of thousands of complaints, Facebook wouldn't remove the site.
Empty Promise Again. Senator John McCain has ‘categorically’ stated that he will move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he is elected president in November. Virtually every presidential candidate in the past several elections has promised to do so but has postponed the move for "security" reasons (…ignoring US law! A Congressional law mandates the move but ‘the rule of the game’ allows a president to postpone the move for six months.)
Blame Game. The Palestinian Authority, backed by the left-wing B'Tselem organization, has accused Israel of depriving it of water but admits that its shepherds are engaged in wholesale thefts of water. The Israel Water Authority maintained that the PA is receiving more water than was agreed under a sharing agreement signed during the Oslo Accord in spite of a four-year drought which has left Israel with depleted water resources. (Last week Israel was blamed for rat infestation, now the water shortage! What is the PA responsible for – Terrorism only?)
Quote of the Week:
"Israel is the Jewish national home, while Palestine is the Palestinian national home...” - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert – Where did this corrupt and confused individual learn history? It is painful to see the PM of Israel exhibiting no self-respect or respect for Jewish heritage, but advocating only the interests of the enemies!
West Financing anti-Israel Terrorism. Out of 22 Arab nations that made pledges, only Algeria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have contributed funds this year, while oil-rich countries such as Libya, Kuwait and Qatar have sent nothing and still owe the PA more than $700 million in past-due pledges. The Europeans and the World Bank have virtually depleted their resources, leaving a funding gap of about $800 million for the rest of 2008. (washingtonpost.com)
Gutless Policy Invites Terror. Public Security Minister Avi Dichter (Kadima) pointed out that 20 percent of terrorist attacks in the past five years involved Arab residents of Eastern Jerusalem. Smuggling of weapons has increased and police find it more difficult to deploy forces in neighbourhoods.
Torture by PA Terror Groups.
Torture is used regularly on Palestinians detained by the Fatah-dominated security forces in the West Bank and by their Hamas counterparts in Gaza, two human rights reports say.
Between 20 and 30 per cent of the people arbitrarily detained in Gaza and the West Bank have suffered severe beatings, whippings, been made to stand or sit in painful positions for hours, and other degrading punishments, according to the Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq. It says that three people have died in Gaza and one in the West Bank during the detentions since the split that followed Hamas's enforced takeover of the Gaza Strip 13 months ago.
Each group has arbitarily detained about 1,000 people. Fatah security forces rounded up dozens of Hamas supporters in the West Bank yesterday in response to similar detentions of up to 200 Fatah adherents by Hamas in Gaza. Al Haq's report about "politically motivated" detentions is corroborated by another New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), which highlights two Gaza cases involving "multiple gunshots at close range" at the legs of detainees. (No Investigation! No International Outcry!)
PS: The international community has pledged $8bn (£4bn) to the Palestinian Authority. (Bleeding-hart anti-Semites and self-hating Jews are silent and do not protest against PA cruelty… And they are too shy to speak out about money that is given to blood-thirsty entity, but quite outspoken about US aid to Israel!)