Thursday, September 30, 2010

Irish Nobel Laureate Shills for Hamas

Irish Nobel laureate to appeal deportation from Israel - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News:

Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire has been denied entry to Israel for contravening a prohibition against entering Israel, imposed after she took part in the flotilla to Gaza on board the Rachel Corrie in early June.
I wanted to find out more about the winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize and to try to discover why she has a particular penchant for vilifying Israel. Unfortunately, it's very hard to find anything about her that breaks from the standard line about her saintliness. Having received the Nobel 34 years ago for attempting to bring about a peaceful solution to the Northern Ireland conflict, she has spent recent years enabling Hamas to bring about a violent solution to the Middle East conflict.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching her post-IHH-Turkish-Flotilla-incident interview with Israel's Channel 2 wherein she evaded questions regarding Hamas' inhospitability towards Israel and refused to respond to why Turkey's killing of 20,000 Kurds didn't also provoke her condemnation.


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  2. From wiki:

    "Miread Corrigan is a vocal supporter of Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel's nuclear defense program to the British press in 1986 and subsequently served 18 years in prison for treason.[3] In December 2004 Corrigan flew to Israel to greet Vanunu upon his release.[4] At a joint press conference in Jerusalem, Corrigan compared Israel's nuclear weapons to the Nazi gas chambers in Auschwitz. "When I think about nuclear weapons, I've been to Auschwitz concentration camp." She went on, "Nuclear weapons are only gas chambers perfected ... and for a people who already know what gas chambers are, how can you even think of building perfect gas chambers."[5]

    In a speech delivered on 21 February 2006 before the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, Corrigan again invoked a comparison of Israel to the Nazis. "Last April some of us protested at Dimona Nuclear Plant, in Israel, calling for it to be open to UN Inspection, and bombs to be destroyed. Israeli Jets flew overhead, and a train passed into the Dimona Nuclear site. This brought back to me vivid memories of my visit to Auschwitz concentration camp, with its rail tracks, trains, destruction and death."[6]"


    Saintliness does not inoculate against antisemitism. Saints are usually people who are willing to die for a very narrow cause or belief usually having to do with pure ethnicity or religion. Just consider who the Catholic saints were/are and for what they sacrificed their lives, or the Muslim shaheeds. So saintliness is hardly a quality I admire in anyone, especially when it's done in the service of so-called suffering of Palestinians. The kind of saintly motivation is so narrow and lopsided that in order to keep itself going it is absolutely necessary to know nothing about contexts, records, history and common sense. Corrigan-Maguire cannot afford to pay attention and learn about the factors that have brought about the current situation in Gaza nor is she capable of exerting herself on behalf of Kurds, who are being hunted down and killed by Turks in Iraq (something that should have bothered her, concerned as she is about international law and such).

    I tend to see it as a sort of an acquired autism. Autism's main symptoms are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication; restricted interests and repetitive behavior.

    If you consider the way Corrigan-Maguire is incapable of meeting a question and answering it to the point, in considering a wider context for the Gaza blockade, in repeating the tired excuses for singling out Israel, for ignoring Israelis' suffering, for the need to pretend that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, it is pretty obvious that what observe is an autistic behaviour which cannot be explained but as willingly and deliberately acquired.

  3. Dear Contentious Centrist,
    Perhaps hers is a symptom related to Israel Derangement Syndrome rather than autism. Autism after all is uncontrollable so you can't blame the victim. At any rate she has an appalling Cheshire cat smile that tries to mask her contempt. But can't.

  4. Bella: My point was that while genuine autists certainly have no control over their impairments, and those who can work hard to manage them, this self-styled "saint" has willingly acquired an autistic mode of interaction with Israel, as if fully aware that she must not be allowed to learn or deal with any new facts or contexts. Her lack of empathy for Israel is not something she was cursed with by nature. She has deliberately nurtured and cultivated this autistic frame of mind, and she must be held accountable for her choices.


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