22 August 2017

PAULINE SHEILA LIPSON - A MEMOIR

Pauline Sheila Lipson was born in Johannesburg on 12 April 1927. Her parents's surname was Spitz, and Pauline and I became "first cousins" when my mother, a widow with two small children, married my stepfather Maurice Spitz on 2 November 1931.

Mo, as my stepfather was known to one and all, was the youngest brother of Pauline's father, Harry, in a family of ten children.

Pauline was an only child, and we were both 5 years old when my mother married Mo Spitz.

I am six months older than Pauline, and we have been friends from then on until her death in Melbourne a few weeks ago, on 30 July 2017, when she was 90 years old.

17 August 2017

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS - BDS - THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS FEELING THE PINCH - THEY ARE ATTACKING ANYTHING ANYWHERE WHICH CONNECTS TO BDS AROUND THE WORLD - AND THE WORLD IS BEGINNING TO WAKE UP, AT LAST!

Israel is trying to terrorise any group or organisation which gets involved in planning any action or campaign spreading the message about the evils of the Israeli government and its genocidal, apartheid, murderous activities against the Palestinians - in the USA against educational institutions, in the UK against any organisation daring to consider BDS, and the same in countries around the world daring to oppose the murderous regime of the Israeli government.

The brutal occupation of the Occupied territories - West Bank and Gaza - shows the Israeli intent of proceeding with the occupation until they have somewhow or other silenced - or got rid of - the Palestinians - from their homes and homeland, meanwhile spreading the myths and lies that Israel is the Jewish homeland. Never was, never is, never will be!!

And they spread the message internationally that anti-zionism equals anti-semitism which is just so much nonsense, as everyone around the world is beginning to discover.

When are the countries with the power and strength to do something to stop the Israelis in their tracks going to do something and when are politicians in so many of our western countries going to stop arse-licking the Israelis and enjoying their free trips to Israel to see one side of the border where the Berlin Wall cuts off legitimate citizens from their legitimate homeland?

Why is there not yet any international outcry and when are these countries going to stop funding this murderous regime?


13 August 2017

GENOCIDE - WHICH COUNTRIES ARE NOW DOING IT ON A DAILY BASIS?

Genocide is a vast subject which has been researched in great depth and many studies have been done on the topic.

Countries which are not normally given publicity who are deeply involved will surprise many people when they consider what these countries are doing and why.

We can of course start talking about genocide naming a few of the well-known historic countries, such as Turkey and the Armenians, and Germany and the Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Gays and Lesbians - and many others.

Some of the modern ones taking place under our noses, and generally ignored by politicians and media, are of course the USA and its indigenous and African-American populations, and Israel which is determined to occupy the whole of Palestine by ridding the country of its indigenous population bit by bit, one murder or two at a time and stealing their country bit by bit until they are in control of the whole area known historically as Palestine.

We now all know of some of the genocides having taken place on the African continent, but there are also those in Asian countries which are not given the media and international attention that they need, such as China and Tibet, and Myanmar and the Rohingyas.

MANUS AND NAURU - NOT ONLY AUSTRALIA'S CONCENTRATION CAMPS, BUT NOW THE DEATH CAMPS TOO!

There are too many politicians and journalists in Australia who have remained silent for too long.

Another death on Manus - and someone who was desperately in need of assistance and attention - and the responses from the politicians?

Silence all the way.

And the citizens of Australia?

A vague stirring.

Will it lead to a campaign to stop this criminal activity on the part of the government and its loyal opposition?

Probably not.

Where is the humanity, human rights, protections, assistance, and all the other issues which need immediate attention?

One can't even quote Alan Paton any more - no doubt the generations of today have not heard of the famous South African book "Cry the beloved country."

This is probably not exactly genocide, but it is not far removed from what genocide is and what it does.

Those of us who care are too old or worn out to be able to actively campaign as once we might have done, and we hoped later generations would fill the gap, but alas it has not happened.

People should be marching in the streets throughout the country and screaming from the roof tops till everybody is awakened to the criminal activities taking place in their names.

I despair, and at 90 I see no solutions in my lifetime.

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