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An unacceptable slur

The following article appears in today’s Daily Telegraph newspaper:

Atone for remarks, leaders demand – MEL’S DRUNKEN MELTDOWN

JOE HILDEBRAND

Australian Jewish groups are furious at Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic outburst, with calls for him to show his remorse by making a donation to a Jewish charity.

Jewish leaders from around the country condemned the actor’s drunken rant about “f…g Jews” and his absurd claim they started every war in history.

They have also branded as ludicrous reported claims by senior Los Angeles police officers the comments should be struck from police records because they were “too inflammatory”.

Australian Union of Jewish Students president Greg Weinstein said it was ludicrous to suggest anti-Semitism should be covered up because of the situation in the Middle East.

“If anyone has something like that to say I think the opposite should be done,” he said. “It should never be tolerated or sanitised in any circumstances.”

Jewish author and commentator Anthony Lowenstein said it beggared belief someone who had worked in a Jew-dominated industry like Hollywood for so long could be so anti-Semitic.

He said Gibson’s apology did not atone for his action and he ought to make a donation to a Jewish charity as a gesture of regret.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief David Knoll said it needed to be examined whether Gibson had breached any US racial vilification laws and if so he should be punished accordingly.

“If a person in NSW calls for violence or humiliation against other people by reason of their race or ethnicity that’s a criminal offence and should be prosecuted,” he said.

Despite the outrage, many were not surprised at the outburst given the charges of anti-Semitism levelled at Gibson over his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

Gibson’s father, an extreme Catholic whose religion his son shares, has also been accused of being an anti-Semite.

“Regrettably it’s not surprising,” Australia Israel and Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein said. “There’s a whole history with regard to him.”

(For more on Gibson’s behaviour, see here.)

56 comments ↪
  • Addamo_01

    The idiot certainly brought this upon himself. What an indulgent prick. The guy needs to enter himself into rehad and some serious mental therapy.

  • Suze

    Bravo Anthony. It is so important that anyone who supports a peacuful resolution in Palestine and Lebanon continues to distinguish criticisms of the actions of the IDF from the kind of disgraceful racial slur uttered by Gibson. Not letting understandable grief translate into hatred is important for us all- whatever our religion, creed or belief system, it is the only path toward coexistence.

  • Roonaldo

    Mel Gibson's statements, nasty as they were, should not remove the focus from the principal issue – yesterday's events in Qana. Which is the greater slur:

    A) a self-confessed alcoholic movie director with a family history of anti-semitism caught drunk and berating Jews?

    B) A sober Israeli Vice-President who, when asked who was responsible for the civilian deaths which killed 37 children (many of them disabled) said today, "totally, totally its Hezbollah's fault"?

  • Addamo_01

    Thanks for putting things in perspective Roonaldo.

    In light of Gideon Levy's Haaretz article, and the comments below, there is hardly a question as to where the real outrgae should be directed:

    Haim Ramon "doesn't understand" why there is still electricity in Baalbek; Eli Yishai proposes turning south Lebanon into a "sandbox"; Yoav Limor, a Channel 1 military correspondent, proposes an exhibition of Hezbollah corpses and the next day to conduct a parade of prisoners in their underwear, "to strengthen the home front's morale."

    Imagine if Gibson had proposed an exhibition of IDF corpses and the next day to conduct a parade of the captured IDF prisoners in their underwear to, "to strengthen the Lebanese morale."?

  • Roonaldo

    I can only think of the apocryphal image of Kim Phuc, taken in 1972 during the Vietnam War, showing her and other children fleeing a napalm attack. That image was a turning point in public opinion about the war. Nowhere can I find statements from the US military alleging that this was "the fault of the other side" or that "they had been warned to leave" or other such despicable slurs that continue to be circulated today in the world's media about the strike on Qana.

  • Addamo_01

    I think that statements like those serve only to heighten the extent of Israel's moral, political, and psychiatric free fall.

    The world has turned the blind eye and a deaf ear of accomodation to Israels extermism for quite some time, but that toleance is not limitless. The West remembers Israel as the embodiment of rationality, self-confidence, restraint, and pragmatism. That image is being tarnished very rapidly.

  • Suze

    I agree with all you, Addamo and Roonaldo, say about the paltriness of this issue by comparison, and you do have to wonder why it it given prominence at this time- I just think it is important to keep engaging- we can't ignore his outburst because it is execrable and because whether it should have been or not, it has been raised in the mainstream press. So we lightly bat away the issue by saying "that was terrible, but now back to real issue here. It is a way of neutralizing the red herrings and distractors which will be launched by those at the extremes.

  • Addamo_01

    Another excellent point Suze.

  • Graham Anderson

    Thanks Roonaldo
    During the Vietnam War, a United States officer ordered an entire village burned so that it could not be used as a sanctuary for the Viet Cong. He later said, "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

  • Ian

    Gibson's type of religious bigotry is sad. Thank God I'm an agnostic/atheist.

    What makes it even harder to accept is that he is probably old enough to have been a victim of the anti Catholic sentiment that was prevalent in the 1950-60s and so should know better!

  • Terry

    You would think that Mel Gibson would know better.
    Racism carried out whether it is against jews or against others is vile and needs to be taken head on. Waleed Aly has written a timely article in todays Age which can be read on the age website newspaper in Melbourne about Ironbar Wilson Tuckey;s claim that Australian citizens should not be able to practice dual citizenship. Waleed Aly made the point that in the media and in the Liberal party what comes after the hypen is what is important rather than the existence of a hypen. Waleed Aly said that any references to jewish Australians in a negative consequence was equally derogatory but it appears int he media that
    Austalians from an arab or muslim nation get cast in a worse light. you could even take it further by looking at the cases of David Hickes and Jack Thomas – Australian muslims whose "crime" has appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. No allegations of these two people actually doing anything have ever been made. My understanding of the Thomas case is that his crime was the acceptance of two thousand dollars which was used on an airfare back to Australia. In his case his interrogation in Pakistan on which alot of the evidence against him was collected was obtained under duress and this evidence if collected in this manner in Australia would be inadmissable. Contrast this with the Australian israli soldier who died last week. No one has asked what he was doing there and what was an Australian national doing in being involved in fighting the war on behalf of another nation. Yet with hicks and Thomas who weren't even in an army they have bee denied basic human rights and have been hung out to die. Where is the justice in that? I'm looking forward tor eading Antony's book. I hope a just resolution to the middle east conflict in which the parties involved can live with can be obtained but somehow I think this is a problem that can never be resolved. I would hope that all sides could see the benefits of peace where everyone has a chance to improve their lot is a better option than the destruction and misery. Imagine if the aid America provides to istrael was spent on Health, education and infrastructure in the middle east region instead of maintaining a war machine. The region would be a much better place. I am not going to suggest who is at 'fault' here but i would hope that the parties could see that perpetual warfare is not in anyones interests. If you have got down to this far thank you for reading
    http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/war-has-lur

  • Captain

    Hang on a second. Adam has stated here that the Jews were the cause of all of the wars. Is he going to be condemned too?

  • SupporterOfAntony

    Captain, get a life, stop make things look like something they are not. You are a perfect example of what anthony talks about.

  • Adam

    There is no room for racism anywhere in the world. Picking on any race and using racist remarks is totally unacceptable irrelevant how different they maybe.

    Captain my remarks have deliberately been misquoted by you. My words were part of a long discussion where I highlighted that ISRAEL was a source of the problem including people who supported it (whether they are Jew’s, Christians or Muslims). But I think you are deliberately incorrect information and only part of the discussion, but that’s just typical of you since you after all are Captain scalawag.

    I have nothing against the Jews, Christians, Muslims or anyone else. The problem I have is against oppression and political level abuse

  • Captain

    Oh, I forgot, it was Hilaly, the representatives of all Muslims in Australia who stated Jews were the cause of all the wars. No doubt SupporterOfAntony and Adam can condemn this.

  • Captain

    Maybe America don’t want these troublesome infested Israelis anywhere near them, I don’t blame them after all the world has been ruined in almost every century and the source none other than the Israelis.

    I would say this pretty racist and more so that what Mel stated. So where is the apology here? It is particularly atrocious as Israel has not existed in every century so Adam obviously means Jews.

  • Captain

    Sorry, here is the link for the above comment.

  • Captain

    Oh and there is this:

    My hate list for the Jew’s can go on and I don’t have enough time to list them as there are so such evil involved.

    Another Adam gem.

  • Adam

    You mad Scalawag Captain, when the Israeli supporters wanted to have their own state, it was not something they decided over night or couple of hours, it was done over many year’s if not a whole century. It was them who I was referring too. Another aspect you might want to look into, the Israeli is NOT ONLY JEWS but is MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS too. So my comments were referring to anyone who supported the establishment of Israel. AND NO IT DOES NOT MEAN JEWS.

  • Adam

    Oh and there is this:

    My hate list for the Jew’s can go on and I don’t have enough time to list them as there are so such evil involved.

    Another Adam gem.

    why don't you publish the whole conversation, where I earlier mentioned that the Jews who supported the Israel state is whom I was refering too.

    Anyway, I think people on this blog are fully aware that you’re the raciest one who accepts the state terror as a legitimate action against the evil Arabs. I could do the same and pick out on part of your discussions to prove how evil you really are.

    It is quite simple and a well-known method where you only quote part of a conversation to make someone look bad, if you really have got the manhood then why don’t you publish the whole conversation where I was referring to Jews who were supporting Israel state.

  • Captain

    Mr Captain, how do you live with your self, holding them evil views which support an illegal state, who have not contributed to any civilization since their existence but rather have contributed to the destruction around the world in almost every century.

    And again here

    As Israel has only existed for a few decades, it can only refer to Jews when adam talks about the destruction of the world in almost every century. This is much more racist than Mel. Of course because Ant hasn't told you it is bad, you haven't condemned it.

  • Adam

    Mr Captain, how do you live with your self, holding them evil views which support an illegal state, who have not contributed to any civilization since their existence but rather have contributed to the destruction around the world in almost every century.

    And again here

    As Israel has only existed for a few decades, it can only refer to Jews when adam talks about the destruction of the world in almost every century. This is much more racist than Mel. Of course because Ant hasn’t told you it is bad, you haven’t condemned it.

    aahh, (getting boring) I speaking again about the Israel State, which is clearly mentioned. Your really making me laugh.

  • Captain

    Jews as an infestation is a typical Nazi slur.

    Adam should be banned as a neo nazi fascist.

  • Adam

    Adam should be banned as a neo nazi fascist.

    Oh really. Nazi today are known as Israel.

    Like I have said before: The oppressed and abused are oppressing and abusing.

    The war crimes and state terror today committed by Israel is not different than that of Nazi-Germany. The history of both are identical. Its not my fault Israel have taken Nazi-Germany as their role model. We all know what happened to Nazi-Germany and I hope likewise happens to Israel. The world biggest problem.

  • Adam

    Jews as an infestation is a typical Nazi slur.

    Is that you Captain thinking out aloud. Shame on you to blame all the Jews for the actions of few evil ones who abide by no law, and do as they please with the excuse of their holocaust to justify their evil terror actions of the state and war crimes. Your mind is sick.

  • Adam

    Captain

    Captain, you really disgust me with your awful comments. How can you hold responsible all the Jewish people around the world by the actions of only few evil ones? I realize that you were evil by other commenting on your stupid comments but today I have realized the real evilness from you. I hope you are not UK as I hate to think I live in the same society as you.

  • SupporterOfAntony

    Captain, your trying too hard now, I think its best you stop before you sink any further.

  • Adam

    stop before you sink any further.

    indeed Captain has gone beyond return

  • M.Mayes

    Of course because Ant hasn’t told you it is bad, you haven’t condemned it.

    Thats quite the assumption there captain, although hypothetically if it were true (which it is not) Antony actually has some rather intriguing points to share, and certainly has more morality than your conscience (or lack there of) which I assume contributes to your posts.

  • Addamo

    indeed Captain has gone beyond return

    Captain is the classic exmple of the psychological "mechanism of denial" permeating Israeli society and it's appologists.

    What we see in Captain is "denial" leading to schizophrenia. Sensitive to anything remotely criticla of Israel, buit dismissive of the vulgar and extreme attitudes israel displays towads it's neihgbours.

    This is even more evident in someone like Viva Peace, who cloakes his psychosis behind academia and pompous lietrary posturing. This facade is repeatedly betrayed by the safety vale that pops once in a while, which reveals deep seated sociological and institutionally entrenched biggotry, racism and bitterness.

    How does one explain the copiously routine, feral, violently racist and bigoted language of Israeli leaders, politicians, bureaucrats, settlers, rabbis, and even academics?

  • Captain

    As can be seen above, my comments were only concerning the blatant antisemitism of Ant's contributors. It is shameful that these comments are being defended.

    I realize[d](sic) that you were evil by other commenting on your stupid comments but today I have realized the real evilness from you.

    As compared to the infestation and the centuries of destruction caused by Israel. Oh and the list of evil deeds of Jews that is too numerous to mention

    Oh, please do go on with your penetrating insights.

  • Captain

    Addumbo, perhaps you need Suze to assist your moral compass. You seem obsequiously accommodating to her feedback.

  • Addamo_01

    Addumbo, perhaps you need Suze to assist your moral compass. You seem obsequiously accommodating to her feedback.

    Moral compas hah? I suppose you are gong to repeat Olmert's line that Qana was all Hezbollah's fault?

  • Captain

    Of course when you fire missiles next to civilians of course its Hezbollah's fault. They started an unprovoked war as sponsored by Syria and Iran. They are too gutless to fight like real men and callously endanger their civilians.

  • Addamo_01

    They started an unprovoked war as sponsored by Syria and Iran.

    Correction, they provided Israel an excuse to unleash a war they had planned for over a year.

    They are too gutless to fight like real men and callously endanger their civilians.

    Wrong. There were not rockets being launched from that area. See this news reporter (an Ozzy of course) taken an Israeli spokeswoman to task and expose the bullshit of this assertion.
    http://wakeupfromyourslumber.blogspot.com/2006/07

    Hezbollah cannto be using civilians as human shields. After all, Israel has demonstrated that it is more than prepared to bomb civilians, so they cannto therefore be human shields.

    Of course, the real cowards are the IDF, who are too scared to fight a ground war because, they don't fight people who can fight back.

  • Addamo_01

    BTW Captain.

    I thought you could use these taling points for your future rebuttals, seeing as you are running out of material.

    12 Official Guidelines for the Israeli Spokesman in Time of War
    Gilad Atzmon

    This war is all about our survival unlike all the other wars that were all about our survival. We must to stand up firmly and tell the world that:

    *Our army is the most humanist army in the world.

    *Our army always informs the helpless victims before we drop tonnes of bombs on their heads.

    *Is there any other army in the world that spreads leaflets before it commits genocide?

    *As if this isn’t enough, we always ‘deeply regret’ after we’ve committed atrocities.

    *Didn’t we ‘sincerely apologise’ after smoking four UN peacekeepers?

    *Unlike, the Hamas and the Hezbollah, we never kill indiscriminately. We always kill very discriminately. We kill Arabs whether they are Arab women, Arab elders, Arab children, Arab refugees, Arab disabled hiding in a Red Cross shelter in Kafar Quana. We are after Arabs and to speak about us as if we are bombing and killing indiscriminately is an utter anti-Semitic lie.

    *Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora must be very happy with our brutal assault against his people. Let’s face it, we are doing his job, we are killing the baddies. We are cleaning his streets. Indeed we start with the Hezbollah, but we will then take the war to Syria and Iran. We have it all planned with our friends in the Pentagon. We can’t really understand why PM Siniora is making such a fuss insisting on ceasefire. Indeed, a third of the Lebanese civilians are now displaced, but as you all know, in war shit happens (especially in the Israeli wars).

    *We the Israelis are at the forefront of the fight for democracy and humanism. You European and Westerners should support us. We are engaged in a dirty war you fail to fight. Is it a coincidence that Tony, George and Condy gave us a green light to bring Lebanon back to the Stone Age? Is it a coincidence that the Andrea’le Merkel sent us 3 Submarines as soon as she settled in office? Let’s face it, you all love us, and you better admit it, you love us strong and murderous. You all give us the green light to paint the region in red. And let me tell you, we love painting in red, moreover, we are really good at it.

    *And don’t you ever forget, we are the only democracy in the Middle East, when we engage in one war crime or another, when we breach the Geneva Convention, when we violate any possible humanist call, we always express our people’s democratic choice. We always do it in the name of our people. Don’t you forget, this war was launched by an Israeli national unity centrist coalition. This war is the call of the moderate peace-seeking Jewish voice. Unlike the Hezbollah, a tiny group of a paramilitary militias, our terror is nothing but state terrorism in its making. Our state terrorism is our democratic choice and it is supported by the world’s leading democrats: Bush and Blair.

    *Unlike the cowards Hamas and Hezbollah who hide behind women and children, we are brave, heroic and technologically superior; we successfully target the women, the elders and the children who may or may not serve the Islamic terrorists as human shields. We smoke them and them alone. We obviously believe in focussed assassination.

    *Although we clearly punish the Arabs for the crimes committed against us by the Nazis, we are humanists, we never behave like the Nazis, we never schlep innocent Arabs in trains, we never ship them to death camps, we never gas them, instead, with the support of our American Brother, we bring the death directly to them, we kill them in their homes, in their beds sometime just before dawn when they are still in pyjamas.

    *In short, not only we are humanists, we are the notion of humanism. To doubt it is nothing but pure and crude anti-Semitism.

    This message must be repeated time after time even if it doesn’t make much sense. It is a message that must be circulated regardless of its truth value. This war is not about truth, it is about the right of the Jewish people to exist in peace.
    http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voic

  • Adam

    Captain scalawag

    It seems to me that your favorite illegal state is hugging the same excuse that Arabs are bombing from civilian areas. This excuse is universally used by the west in all its operation in the Middle East and Afghanistan. If you look at a pattern of these bombings you will notice that Arab civilians are killed on deliberate scale when Israel has either lost a soldier or a normal resident. The only excuse they use is that Hezbollah was fire from civilian areas. This is echoed in Iraq by the western forces and in Afghanistan.

    The pro-Zionist media focus allot on this excuse but the world knows that Israel (which is a state of terror) has and is committing war crimes, and Israel have done this so often that their guilty conscience is non-existent and now genuinely thinks its not doing anything wrong by killing civilians indiscriminately. When one commits a crime at first his conscience bugs him/her that this is illegal and a crime, but as the crimes are committed by the same individual more frequently the conscience try’s to find an excuse to convince the individual that it’s the right thing to do and eventually its comes to a point when the crime is no longer seen as a crime. This is Israel which has no conscience anymore and anything it does (irrelevant what the international community thinks of it) seems to be justified (believing that the world sympathy is still with them after what they went through which lead to world war I and II).

  • M.Mayes

    Of course when you fire missiles next to civilians of course its Hezbollah’s fault.

    Question: Why do Israel not use a more accurate ground assault then if Hezbollah are entrenched with civilians?

    This also goes for your last point of the same post captain, Why dont Hezbollah fight like real men indeed, Why dont IDF fight like real men? who knows, although I do know that IDF forces have had a much stronger impact on civilian life.

    Also Why do Hezbollah fight from next to civilians? Because Hezbollah are amongst the civilian population, they arent an army like the IDF and as such dont have built up military infrastructure to use.

    'The Truth Will Set You Free' Blog summed up the human shield arguement pretty well

    When someone uses another human being as a "shield," under the plain meaning of the word, it is understood to be a method to deter aggression by adversaries. In order for that objective to be achieved, crucial premises must first exist.

    The party who employs the human shield MUST assume that their adversary will hesitate to fire against those shields for fear of harming them.

    But in order for that to happen, the adversary must first CARE about the welfare of the so-called "human shields."

    If the opposing party DOES NOT CARE about their welfare, then the alleged objective of deterring aggression falls apart.

  • Captain

    Why should the IDF sustain higher casualties? It is not a war of Israel's choosing. They should do whatever it takes to win and to punish Hezbollah and their supporters. Let them see where their Jew hatred takes them. In order to minimise civilian casualties, both sides need to act to limit these. In this instance Hezbollah has openly boasted about the high Lebanese casualties. They are an evil force that delights in the death of their own.

    Even now it is emerging that Qana has been yet another Hezbollah fabrication. Oh, and those mythological fighters hiding behind their women and children, are also hiding behind the UN.

    Mayes, nice rationalisation for the Hezbollah war crimes. Even the UN recognises the immorality of them. But there is no pleasing you.

  • Addamo_01

    Why should the IDF sustain higher casualties? It is not a war of Israel’s choosing.

    Do yo expect anyone to believe that? War is what Israel does best Captain. They had this war planned for over a year, so who do you think you are kidding?

    Of course the live of Israeli Jews are much too precious to waste on Arabs right Captain?

    Let them see where their Jew hatred takes them.

    Oh I see. The people carrying babies out fo he building in Qana weren't rieving for the dead, they were just expressin their Jew hatred.

    In this instance Hezbollah has openly boasted about the high Lebanese casualties.

    Boasted is not the same a decarling outrage.

    They are an evil force that delights in the death of their own.

    As opposed to an evil force that delights in the death of others.

    Even now it is emerging that Qana has been yet another Hezbollah fabrication.

    You are right. Hezbollah were nowhere near he building, so Israel is releasing BS footgae to try and prove there was.

    Mayes, nice rationalisation for the Hezbollah war crimes.

    Not realy as ncoe as your rationalisation for the Israeli war crimes. In fact, yours is simple beautiful.

  • M.Mayes

    Why should the IDF sustain higher casualties? It is not a war of Israel’s choosing.

    Because unlike the innocent civilians in Lebanon, the IDF soldiers know there is a chance they might die for their country. Civilians in Lebanon didnt take any sort of pledge to suggest this.

    In war soldiers are the ones that die for their country not civilians (even if some do end up dying unfortunately)

    They should do whatever it takes to win and to punish Hezbollah

    You are forgetting that Israel is not winning after 3 weeks of bombings and for a very good reason, a guerilla force cannot be taken out from the sky. Which brings us back to the idea that an aerial assault does nothing apart from destroy innocent Lebanese civilian's livelyhood. Not to mention creating more and more support for the organisation they wish to destroy.

    In this instance Hezbollah has openly boasted about the high Lebanese casualties. They are an evil force that delights in the death of their own.

    How ignorant, any rejoicing of the death of their civilian neighbours is simply a rationalisation for their deaths, rejoicing that perhaps their deaths werent meaningless casualties of a meaningless continuation of Israeli bombardment, but rather they died and now serve to show the word what Israel has done to South Lebanon and the Lebanese people.

    Every society rationalises death in this sense, every IDF soldier who dies and gets a funeral service with an Israeli Official saying "he died for a cause" is exactly the same thing. Are the Israeli's then monsters for this same reason? or are you admitting to yet another double standard of Israeli actions?

    Even now it is emerging that Qana has been yet another Hezbollah fabrication. Oh, and those mythological fighters hiding behind their women and children, are also hiding behind the UN.

    Now lets say for arguements sake, that you are right and Hezbollah were firing from the UN compound. Does this not just emphasise my point even more that Israel should be halting its Aerial assault and stepping up its Ground assault if it truely want to minimise these unfortunate casualties?

    Also for arguements sake lets say that Hezbollah do use human-shields. Hezbollah would be doing this to make Israel look like the bad guy (because it obviously has no detterent value).
    On the other hand Israel is using this just as disgustingly by still going ahead with the bombing of these human shield civilians so that they can publicly state that Hezbollah are the bad guys for using them.

  • M.Mayes

    Mayes, nice rationalisation for the Hezbollah war crimes. Even the UN recognises the immorality of them. But there is no pleasing you.

    The UN also recognises Israeli war crimes, whats your point?

  • Adam

    Captain scalawag has his head yet again where the sun don't shine.

  • Addamo_01

    The good news is that Lebanon may be taking Israel to the Hague, whcih would be just awesome now wouldn't it?
    http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/Cd

    Anyway, Israel's story abtou Qana keeps changing, which surely is proof they are in damage control mode.

    First they denied it.

    Then they blamed it on Hezbollah

    Then they said we're sorry, it was a mistake – but it was Hezbollah's fault.

    Then they say we don't target civilians, but we're going to contnue to do what we've been doing.

    Now they are saying they wil investigate the incident.

  • M.Mayes

    A country with Israel's track record of using precision bombing technology yet still constantly making 'mistakes' should not be sold such technology to begin with. The same as someone who cant drive, they dont get given a license. They are a danger.

  • Adam

    Adding to M.Mayes comments, To think Israel is the only illegal state in the Middle East who acquires Nuclear weapons makes me shiver as this illegal country is totally irresponsible and should not be allowed to posses such nuclear weapons, because if it is making deliberate attacks on civilians who can guarantee that this state would not use them if they attacked Syria and Iran and was loosing the war against them. The world should understand the danger this illegal state poses to the entire world.

  • Adam

    I would like to also mention people refer to Israel as a country which infact cannot be until the entire world (not just the west) accepts Israel as a true country. Since this is in dispute no one can call Israel as a country because at the moment it is an illegal state.

  • Mendez

    Now they are saying they wil investigate the incident.

    I love how idea of the criminal investigating himself.. The verdict will be the same as the 'investigation' made after the shelling of the beach in Gaza a few weeks ago.

  • M.Mayes

    I love how idea of the criminal investigating himself.

    why exactly arent the UN investigating the attack on the UN compound, surely it is obvious Israel's investigation will be biased.

  • Addamo

    why exactly arent the UN investigating the attack on the UN compound, surely it is obvious Israel’s investigation will be biased.

    Israel ahemm I mean, the US, won't let them.