July 2006


Well it’s been over a month now since I’ve been unable to update the site or this blog. The break was brought about by personal domestic difficulties that have now been resolved.

Me and Dilzyghirl are back on again! Well were talking about it…

Anyway, a lot’s happened since and I s’pose a wee word or two might be appropriate.

Lebanon

Hezbollah decided it might be a fun idea to do a raid on Israel and capture a couple of Israeli soldiers. Eight of them were killed in the raid. What they were thinking is anyone’s guess but some have said they were testing the metal of the new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Now they know. He has none. If he had any he would have announced the withdrawal of Israeli soldiers from Gaza, released all Palestinian prisoners, apologised to the Palestinian people and handed over interim government to Hamas.

Well that’s the fairytale out the window. Israel must be held to account for this shite. Pre 11/9/01 they wouldn’t have done this. But really, at the end of the day, which supposedly “free” world government would be allowed to get away with this shit. OK there’s America. Britain has been known to get away with this kind of ethnic cleansing in the past but has since given up. No other country would be able to bully a neighbouring country in such a way, over so many years, to such an extent. If any other country in the middle east was to behave the way Israel has over the last 60 years, they wouldn’t have lasted a couple of years. Why is this so? Holocaust guilt, that’s why. Well don’t blame us for the Holocaust and don’t try and tell us you are just fightingterrorism. That doesn’t wash. Israel was founded on terrorism. Zionist terrorism led the way 60 years ago and they got what they wanted. Why shouldn’t Palestinians or Lebanese think they can do the same?

“July 2, 1946: The King David Hotel in Jerusalem was bombed, killing 91 people.

Menachem Begin, who was later awarded the Nobel Prize for peace, is the same man who planned the destruction of the King David Hotel and the massacre of Deir Yassin. Ex prime minister, Shamir, was originally a member of the Jewish terrorist gang called Irgun, which was headed by none other than Menachem Begin. Shamir later moved over to the even more radical “Stern Gang,” which committed many vicious atrocities.

Shamir himself has defended the various assassinations committed by the Irgun and Stern gangs on the grounds that “it was the only way we could operate, because we were so small. So it was more efficient and more moral to go for selected targets.” The selected moral targets in those early days of the founding of the state of Israel included bombing of the King David Hotel and the massacre of Deir Yassin. “

There’s more of course, you find some here.

It seems the Israelis are preparing for a ground offensive which will involve incursions into Lebanon. This is the start of an occupation. I hope I’m wrong but I reckon the Israelis will push their luck as far as possible here and keep going until they are checked. The ultimate aim of course is complete domination of the region.

Every one of us has a duty to withdraw our support from this organisation. When we go into supermarkets or where ever to buy our fruit and veg or indeed any other goods, we should check closely for country of origin. This includes clothes, electrical equipment or any other product. If they are Israeli or US in origin, they should not be bought. I know it’s difficult with regard to the US but where possible, everyone should knock back those goods. There are other alternatives like fair trade and suchlike. I know most people are just glad to be getting the shopping done without mishap but it might be worth the effort if you feel strongly enough about the issue.

July 15
1879 – Joseph Campbell, poet, is born in Belfast. He is famous for the English words he wrote to the song My Lagan Love
1899 – Sean Lemass is born in Dublin. He was the second leader of Fianna Fáil and third Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland from 1959 to 1966
1927 – Countess Constance de Markievicz, Irish patriot, dies
1930 – After De Valera abolishes the oath of allegiance and withholds land annuities from the British Government, retaliatory trade legislation begins the ‘economic war’
1942 – Brendan (‘Paddy’) Finucane from Dublin – the RAF’s youngest ever Wing Commander at 21 years of age – is shot down and killed off the French coast
1998 – The Irish Nurses Organisation warns that the shortage of qualified nurses has reached crisis levels
1999 – It’s revealed that since 1998, all telephone, e-mail and fax messages between Ireland and Britain, and probably the United States, were tapped by the British Government

July 16
1803 – Following an explosion at his arms depot on this date, Robert Emmet brings forward his planned rebellion in Dublin to 23 July
1929 – The Censorship of Publications Act is passed
1999 – Olympic champion Michelle de Bruin is stripped of her Irish swimming records; the triple gold medal winner at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta was banned for four years by the FINA in August of 1998 for tampering with a urine sample
2000 – The All Party Committee on the Constitution rejects total ban on abortion
2002 – The IRA leadership issues a statement which includes an apology for the killing of ‘non-combatants.’ Northern Ireland secretary, Dr John Reid, welcomes the gesture as one of unprecedented strength.

July 17
1846 – Birth of Fenian, John McLure. He is one of 30 Fenian prisoners released in a general amnesty by the British government on January 5, 1871. They are released on condition that they exile themselves to the country of their choice and not return until their sentences have expired. Many choose to go to Australia, but John McClure, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, John Devoy, Henry Mulleda and Charles Underwood O’Connell, who had all been imprisoned together, decide to go to America and ship out from Liverpool on board the “Cuba.” The so-called ‘Cuba Five’ arrive in New York to a hero’s welcome and even receive a resolution of welcome from the US House of Representatives
1884 – Louise Gavan Duffy, teacher and revolutionary, is born in Nice
1945 – Shannon Airport and customs free zone opened
1951 – Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is destroyed by fire
2002 – New birth figures show that one in three children in Ireland are born out of wedlock.

July 18
1561 – Battle of Red Sagums – Shane O’Neill defeats English
1579 – James Fitzmaurice lands forces in Dingle with the intention of encouraging an uprising against England
1689 – The Mountjoy ship breaks the blockading boom and ends the Siege of Derry after 238 days
1794 – Feargus O’Connor, a leader of the Chartist movement, is born in Connorville, Co. Cork
1870 – Michael Davitt is sentenced to 15 years’ penal servitude for gun-running
1874 – Cathal Brugha (Charles Burgess) an anti-Treaty nationalist,is born in Dublin
1920 – 19 people are killed in four days of sectarian violence in Derry
1951 – The Abbey Theatre in Dublin burns down. The play that evening closed with soldiers on stage singing, “Keep the Home Fires Burning”.
1966 – The rebuilt Abbey Theatre re-opens
1970 – After having been in prison for unlawful assembly and breach of peace, the “anti-popery” Reverend Ian Paisley is elected to Westminster

July 19
1608 – Preparations commence for the plantation of six Ulster counties (Armagh, Cavan, Coleraine, Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone)
1735 – Garrett Wellesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, politician, musician, and father of Duke of Wellington, is born in Dublin
1982 – Dexy’s Midnight Runners reach No. 1 in the British charts with Come On Eileen
1998 – Garvan McGinley, national organizer of the Progressive Democrat Party resigns
1998 – It is confirmed that three chaplains have quit the Orange Order and another dozen are considering their future in the wake of the Drumcree stand-off and the murders of the Quinn children in Ballymoney
1999 – Amnesty International honors its longest serving member in Ireland, Iris Bardon, with a presentation on her 100th birthday.

July 20
1616 – Death in Rome of Hugh O’Neill, 3rd Baron Dungannon and 2nd Earl of Tyrone. He led an unsuccessful uprising against the English, and was eventually forced into exile as part of “the Flight of Earls.”
1798 – Rebel camp at Timahoe surrenders
1835 – First report of the select committee on Orangeism is presented to the House of Commons
1922 – The Free State army takes Limerick from the anti-treaty Republicans
1933 – Eoin O’Duff becomes leader of the National Guard (‘Blueshirts’)
1982 – The IRA kills ten servicemen in bomb attacks in Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, London
1998 – Seven-year old Adele Chapman from Derry leaves hospital; 12 weeks earlier, she became Britains first triple-organ transplant child when she underwent a pioneering liver, pancreas and small bowel transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

July 21
1750 – Under-Secretary Waite reports to Chief Secretary Weston that “This morning I am informed that Lord Allen and Captain Eustace of Irvine’s have slit if not cut off a great part of a gentleman’s nose in a fray which happened a day or two ago in the road between Dublin and Naas. The occasion of it was very trifling, such as the gentleman returning the salutation of a fellow which they gave him and which they thought proper to deem an affront upon persons of their rank and in red coats.” The victim, a Mr. Butler from Co. Tipperary, indicts Allen and Eustace in the courts; Waite writes on 11 August that Allen “will have three or four Butlers to fight after they have harassed him by due course of law”
1903 – Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visit Ireland
1920 – 12 people die in Belfast riots which take place from 21-24 July
1920 – Sectarian violence continues in Derry
1920 – Catholics are forced out of Dromore, Co. Down following the funeral of an RIC man
1922 – The Free State army takes Waterford from the anti-treaty Republicans
1964 – Steve Collins, World Middleweight Boxing Champion, is born in Dublin
1972 – ‘Bloody Friday’ in Belfast; the Provisional IRA kills 19 and injures 130 in 22 bomb attacks