Guardian

What about my human rights, Baroness Ashton?


Harriet Sherwood was predictably all agog on August 25th over Baroness Ashton of Upholland’s bizarre and inappropriate intervention in the decisions of the legal system of a country not under her jurisdiction. That this unelected and supremely under-qualified Eurocrat thinks it her divine right to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country trying to defend itself from constant terror threats, and to proffer schoolmarm-type admonishments on a subject about which it is embarrassingly obvious she does not have a clue, is nothing new. She has been doing it ever since she was shoe-horned in to her current £328,000 per annum position on December 1st, 2009.

First there was her miserable opening speech on the Middle East just two weeks after she came into office in which she stated that:

“East Jerusalem is occupied territory, together with the rest of the West Bank. The EU is opposed to the demolition of Palestinian homes, the eviction of Palestinian families, the construction of Israeli settlements and the route of the “separation barrier”.

Then came her ridiculous – and equally historically ignorant – demand that Israel end the partial embargo on Gaza and “throw open its long-closed border” with Gaza.

“The best option seems to be, and that is the most supported by Palestinians, is to open the land crossings, and that’s what we’re working on.”

“The position of the EU is clear: the blockade is unacceptable, unsustainable and counterproductive. It is not in the interests of any of those concerned.”

Well, I’m not sure exactly when Catherine Ashton thinks she became an authority on the subject of the interests of the Israeli people, (maybe she doesn’t realise that we actually have democratically elected representatives to take care of those issues on our behalf), but I do know that her preposterous statements and her patronising tone are sadly reminiscent of British imperialistic attitudes supposedly gone by.

And now it’s the turn of the anti-terrorist fence to arouse Ashton’s steroid-enhanced sense of moral outrage.

“The EU considers Abdallah Abu Rahmah to be a human rights defender committed to non-violent protest against the route of the Israeli separation barrier … The EU considers the route of the barrier where it is built on Palestinian land to be illegal.

“The high representative is deeply concerned that the possible imprisonment of Mr Abu Rahmah is intended to prevent him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the separation barriers in a non-violent manner.”

Oh come off it, Lady Ashton! Abu Rahmah is no more a ‘human rights defender’ than you are Miss World and you should know perfectly well that the ‘non-violent protest’ which goes on every week at Bil’in has resulted in the injury of scores of Israeli soldiers and hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of damage to a fence which has the sole purpose of protecting Israeli lives. It also might be a good idea to make your mind up whether these violent protests are against the ‘route’ of the fence or its actual existence if you cannot resist the urge to make public statements on the subject. A quick perusal of the internet would show you that organizations opposed to the fence such as the Popular Struggle Co-ordination Committee (such 70s-style radical chic  nostalgia, eh?), aided and abetted by far-Leftist lawyers such as Gaby Lasky have a far wider agenda than just moving the fence a few meters to the right or left.

Of course the million Euro question is are the aims of those organizations intent on rendering Israel incapable of defending itself either through armed attack or delegitimisation on the international stage so very different to the aims of the organization which Catherine Ashton represents? For years the EU has been operating a ‘trojan horse’ policy which undermines Israel’s security and sovereignty .

Per Seth J. Frantzman, a PhD researcher at the Hebrew University, writing in the Jerusalem Post:

“Between 2002 and 2008, a total of $14 million was granted to various Israeli NGOs through the EIDHR (European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights). My investigation of the NGOs that received funding revealed that the lion’s share of the money benefited two groups: Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. $5.5 million was directed specifically to causes for Palestinians such as the Association for Civil Rights in Israels project “Building a Better Future: Empowering the Palestinian Residents of East Jerusalem to access their planning and house [sic] rights” which received $135,000. A further $7m. went specifically to programs that benefit only Israeli Arabs such as the al-Awna fund’s “Master Plan for the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages: Securing minority rights for housing and social services” which received $263,000. Even when the EIDHR funded programs for women it did so only for programs for Bedouin or Israeli Arab women, except for a token $100,000 it gave to an organization called Isha le Isha (Woman to Woman) which helps fight women trafficking.”

“Around $73,000 was directed towards former IDF soldiers. It wasn’t to help them with trauma or reward them for a “shared citizenship.” It was to get them to “break the silence” about what they witnessed while in the army, to provide testimony that might lead to a process whereby European courts might put the soldiers or their officers on trial for war crimes. Of course that is not what Breaking the Silence stated for the public. They described their project as “personal encounters with former Israeli combat soldiers.” “

“The EU, realizing it could not get Israel to change its laws through diplomatic means, has resorted to creating an internal lobby within Israel to get Israel to bend to the will of Europe. “

Now here’s the rub, Lady Ashton:

Like some 300,000 other Israelis I am actually a European citizen by virtue of my British passport. You therefore, in your role as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, also shoulder some responsibility  for my security, including the rather basic human right of not being subject to terrorist attacks. All your empty rhetoric about the ‘unacceptable’ blockade (which prevents weapons and missiles being smuggled into Gaza from Iran), ‘open borders’ with Gaza (which would enable suicide bombers to once more murder Israeli civilians as they go about their daily lives), and the ‘illegal’ anti-terrorist fence (which has made our lives here tolerable once more after so many years of misery and bloodshed) suggests to me that my human rights –including the most basic right to life – are expendable in your eyes. How exactly does the EU explain away the fact that it is prepared to sacrifice the human rights of some of its citizens just because they happen to be Jews living in Israel in order to pursue its shockingly short-sighted political agenda? Are European memories really so short?

As an EU official who is not subject to the whims of voters, you have no need either to pander to, or fan the flames of, the current mood on the European street which is so shamefully hostile towards Israel and Jews. You can instead look objectively at the real security interests of Europe and wake up to the fact that your current policies and attitudes are building blocks in the establishment of at least one Iranian-backed repressive Islamist terrorist dictatorship right on Europe’s eastern borders. Is that really conducive to European security in years to come?

However, in order to come to that rather glaringly obvious conclusion, you may have to rethink some of your own obviously deeply ingrained attitudes.  A first step in the right direction could be to review  some of your Facebook  friends who seem to be rather strange choices for someone purporting to be a diplomat motivated to work towards universal human rights.

Unless, that is, universal human rights are not the prerogative of Israelis in your world.

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  1. ‘Unlike Ashton who is one of the ugliest, whichever way you look at her’

    Tw-t. Now you sound like Her Majesty Richard Seymour (

    (no homophobia is intended: I think his butch ruthless posturing to be in some measure compensating for his not coming out of the closet to the world -and to Hamas).

  2. ‘Ashton was your headmistress??’

    Obviously, no.

    ‘I had a Christian headmistress – and she never mentioned any such thing.’

    OK. Well, I did too, obviously. And she did, obviously.

    Maybe I’m older than you, from a school more embedded in traditional Anglo-Christian culture than yours.

    I apologise for the fact, but I can hardly help it. You’re an easy man to displease, Pretzelberg.

  3. Prezelburg

    There you have it

    Your expletive expressed in your previous post, together with your singular lack of humour should now give you the answer to the question you posed earlier as to why people give you the thumbs down

    Farshtay?

  4. ‘An assumption, and arrogance, completely unexamined.

    That’s honest of you, at least.’

    You mean it was honest of me to remember the look, tone and words of my Christian headmistress?

    Then what are you throwing it in my face for?

  5. Some would call you prickly, Pretzel. One reason I don’t hang out here so much.

    Others, regulars here, in fact, would call you something else…

  6. after all the fully justified praise for Tzipi Livni and Israeli women in general how about us gals coming up with something in favour of Israeli guys?

    From the photos I see there are lots and lots around to get any woman with even a residue of active hormones in her body into life-threatening heart throbs.

    We want “them” to be our equals, don’t we? then we are obligated to do them equally justice. Lets unite against misandrony or whatever the correct word might be.

  7. Does anyone (Editors?) have a more flattering picture of Ashton somewhere, and if so, could they post it here?

    If I really am uglifying her then I’d apologise, but somehow….

  8. Oops! I have just seen one here:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/7652438/Baroness-Ashton-expected-to-quit-EU-job-within-months.html

    and here:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bosnia/7912675/Baroness-Ashton-moves-to-take-control-of-Bosnia.html

    and here:

    http://www.inthenews.co.uk/interview/world/south-asia/interview-baroness-ashton-$1356427.htm

    and here:

    http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/61117,people,news,baroness-ashton-flies-in-to-gaza-as-eu-sneers

    and here;

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/195538/Baroness-Ashton-s-8m-a-year-EU-office

    And from the following, we get a – how shall I put it? – a very forthright description which means that CiFWatch is not alone in its interpretations, at http://brackenworld.blogspot.com/2010/03/baroness-ashton-of-upholland.html

    “..If politics is showbiz for ugly people, Baroness Ashton of Upholland is a multiple Oscar winner. She’s been blessed with a face like a melted waxwork of Princess Anne, and her mouth looks like a dog’s arsehole….”

    Oh dear, poor woman. I almost could feel sorry for her.

    There are some others where she looks less…. je ne sais quoi but the majority are not flattering.

    I wonder why?

  9. @ Conchovor

    Maybe I’m older than you, from a school more embedded in traditional Anglo-Christian culture than yours.

    I went to a CofE primary school.

    Your post explaining that your headmistress proclaimed New Testament superiority gets the thumbs up here.

    My post explaining that our headmistress did no such thing gets a thumbs down.

    Strange that, isn’t it?

    @ Silke

    how about us gals coming up with something in favour of Israeli guys?

    I still tell people about those gorgeous Israeli gals – and also that a good few men there had me reassessing my sexual orientation.
    Maybe it was the uniforms …😉

  10. “Like some 300,000 other Israelis I am actually a European citizen by virtue of my British passport.”

    WTF?

    You have a British passport, you are a European citizen…. but you chose to live in occupied Palestine?

    Jesus H Christ. Give it back.

  11. Pretzelberg, “I still tell people about those gorgeous Israeli gals – and also that a good few men there had me reassessing my sexual orientation.
    Maybe it was the uniforms …”

    depends what those uniforms stand for……

    you know what I mean.

  12. I have seen Emus that were better looking than that sour and dour faced baroness.

    When someone like this woman who is as ugly on the inside as she is on the outside,then she is fair game.

  13. is there a message conferred by the H inserted into Jesus Christ?

    could it be that the H is chosen because it is the 8th letter in the alphabet?

    how about a bit of Christian outrage at the profanity?

    how about a bit of Muslim outrage at the profanity?
    Jesus is a prophet for them, right?

    but who cares about a Holzkopf (wooden head) …

    Pretzel
    I hope you enjoy getting winked at by Olive (if I remember correctly Olive is quite a well described unsufferable one in Alexander McCallSmith’s 44, Scotland Street Series – one of her shticks is that she wants to play doctors with the boys i.e. stick needles into them)

  14. Olive

    You have a British passport, you are a European citizen…. but you chose to live in occupied Palestine?

    First your geography is very rusty. Israelinurse is living in the Sate of Israel and not in any nonexistent Palestine, especially not in an occupied one.

    I have no idea why she chose living in Israel, but I (also a citizen of an European country) chose to live here because I don’t want to live in a country
    where the law allows to put signs on taxis saying : “this vehicle is Jewfree”
    (Hungary), I don’t want to live in other European countries like France, Holland, UK etc. where I can’t enter to certain areas wearing anything showing my Jewishness without risking to be involved in some serious violence, not in Sweden where children called David, Daniel, Hannah can’t enrol in public kindergartens because the teachers can’t protect them from the Muslim majority, the same country in Malmo where the socialist mayor uses the Jews of Malmo as scapegoats without any intervention of the law and the Jews escape, not in the UK where a high ranking public servant can scream publicly “Fuck the Jews” and his punishment is a slap on the wrist – happily continues being paid by the British public, and finally not in any country where your kind of racist bigots have the right to spoil the air simply breathing.

    Jesus H Christ. Give it back.

    I don’t know what to do here with Jesus apart from the capital H, but you should say to give it back to whom? The British? The Turks? The Crusaders? The Canaanites?

    Anyway you are kindly invited to come and try to take it away from us…

  15. Olive Wood – if I were a British and European citizen living in Switzerland, Canada or Brazil would your demand be the same?

    If I were an Iranian, Iraqi or Somali citizen living in the UK, would you also insist that I give up the passport of my country of birth?

    I very much doubt it – and that says all that needs to be said about the root cause of your attitudes as far as I’m concerned.

    And as Peter says above, I live in Israel. Very happily, thank you.

  16. Olive Wood

    You have a British passport, you are a European citizen…. but you chose to live in occupied Palestine?

    Do you consider Israel to be “occupied Palestine”? Like millions of other people, Israelinurse happens to hold two passports. What’s your problem?

    And no, I don’t know “what those uniforms stand for”. Please do explain.

  17. Olive Wood, did you get all of your ideas from ISM or PSC pamphlets? Have you ever had an original thought about the I/P issue which wasn’t influenced by your hatred of the Israeli people, which you mistakenly believe is showing your support for a Palestinian state?

    Are you too thick to read a wide spectrum of opinions about Israel, or do you choose the idiotic one you are giving just because it’s easy and it gives you a buzz?

    Do you not realise that every time an idiot like you spouts as ignorantly as he/she/it does a state for the Jews becomes more justifiable?

    Would I trust the likes of you with my safety if I were Israelinurse?

    Hell, no!

  18. Pete the Magyar, nice reply to Olive Wood. Interesting that Olive should call on the one exceptional Jew – loved so dearly by all respectable Europeans – to lament the iniquities and criminality of all the others. No changes in Judeo-Christian relations there then Olive. It’s always interesting to see how those who define their anti-Israeli credentials in terms of progress, tolerance and liberalism actually harbour sentiments no different from their intolerant, ignorant and chauvinistic ancestors.

  19. ‘Maybe I’m older than you, from a school more embedded in traditional Anglo-Christian culture than yours.

    I went to a CofE primary school.’

    Like I said, maybe I went to a school more embedded in traditional Anglo-Christian culture than you.

    ‘Your post explaining that your headmistress proclaimed New Testament superiority gets the thumbs up here.’

    Not from you. You made your remark to cast aspersions on the truth of mine. You might have acknowledged the truth of my experience, and simply state you had a contrary one.

    ‘My post explaining that our headmistress did no such thing gets a thumbs down.’

    Not from me. I simply maintain the truth of mine, and how Ashton measures up.

    ‘Strange that, isn’t it?’

    What? That you maintain that you know more about Christians and Christianity, and traditional Anglo-Christian culture, than me? And cast aspersions on the truth of my experience and knowledge?

    What’s strange about that?

  20. Conchovor
    coming up with ridiculous contortions of what somebody has said is pretzelberg’s shtick by which he tries to solicit answers – it seems the only way he knows by which to entice somebody to play with him.

  21. Conchovor

    That you maintain that you know more about Christians and Christianity, and traditional Anglo-Christian culture, than me?

    I’ve done no such thing!

    Silke

    coming up with ridiculous contortions of what somebody has said is pretzelberg’s shtick

    If you try to be objective for once, you’ll see that it’s Conchovor who’s been doing the contortions.

    I didn’t contort/distort any of Conchovor’s posts, did I? So stop making things up yet again.

  22. for Olive Tree and other bigots and ignorami,

    Jerusalem has had a Jewish majority population since 1853 at least, if not before. Jews lived before 1948 in both what is called today “east Jerusalem” and in “west Jerusalem” which were always one city. Starting in December 1947, Arab forces started driving Jews out of their homes in parts of Jerusalem later incorporated into Arab Transjordan [now Jordan]. The Arab forces enjoyed British acquiescence and complicity. So much for Cathy’s claims of “occupied east Jerusalem”. By the way, the UN general assembly recommended that Jerusalem stay one city in its 1947 partition plan resolution.

  23. a snippet from a report from today’s real Jerusalem

    As casually as I can I ask Gingy what he would do if El-Azaria was turned into part of a Palestinian state. Gingy is horrified by the idea, but has obviously given it some thought as he simply explains that, in such an eventuality, his family would move to their house in the Old City. It occurs to me to press the point and enquire what they’d do if their Old City home met with a similar fate, but I decide to drop the subject. It is quite clear to me that in any “Two-State Solution” Gingy would be doing his damndest to stay on our side of the fence with his Jewish clients and girlfriend.
    http://ruth33.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/gingy-of-wadi-el-joz-–-part-two-–-judah/

  24. ‘That you maintain that you know more about Christians and Christianity, and traditional Anglo-Christian culture, than me?

    I’ve done no such thing!’

    Yeah, you did.

    You inferred I was saying Ashton was my headmistress i.e. you insinuated I was lying, that I was inventing my experience.

    I was merely observing the similarity between her and my headmistress.

    ‘I didn’t contort/distort any of Conchovor’s posts, did I? ‘

    See above.

  25. You ignorant Zionist fucks. If you keep creating tension in the middle east you will be eradicated. You can’t learn from the lesson of history. Cooperate!