Thursday, August 30, 2012

Is Australia’s World Vision Organisation supporting terrorists?

In the following article by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner; an Israeli attorney, human rights activist and the founder of Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center; you will find the answer to this question. Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center: Bankrupting Terrorism - One Lawsuit at a Time Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center is an Israeli based civil right organization and world leader in combating the terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world. Fighting for the rights of hundreds of terror victims, Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt - one lawsuit at a time. Read more...

The impoverished population of Gaza has hardly enough to eat and unable to afford the barest essentials for life, yet we see armed males in the Gaza strip shooting bullets into the air or sending rockets into Israel. The question begs: would it not be better to feed the population in stead wasting money on ammunition? “Is World Vision perhaps suffering from tunnel vision?”

Like World Vision, the Australian government is giving Billions of dollars away in aid to third-rate countries, many with corrupt governments, where a lot of the money is lost in administration and the bulk skimmed off by corrupt officials and the real needy will get very little or nothing. Those billions is borrowed money, which the Australian taxpayer has to pay back plus interest. Would it not be better to give Australian produced food and medication instead? When will our government stop giving away taxpayers money, which they don’t have? And, shouldn’t charity start at home? - Werner

Now, read Nitsana Darshan-Leitner’s article.

Last February Shurat HaDin revealed that the large NGO World Vision, which distributes massive amounts of Australian government aid to Gaza, has been funding a Palestinian terrorist organization's charitable front. AusAid, the Australian government's entity in charge of supervising the country's foreign aid grants, initially suspended funding to the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), alleged by us to be an instrument for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is a designated terrorist organization in Australia and the providing of any material support to it is illegal. Picture: Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
After suspending funding for a month, however, AusAid, on behalf of Australia's Foreign Ministry, declared it had thoroughly investigated the matter and found no reason why it shouldn't reinstate its support for the PFLP group. AusAid, while announcing this resumption of funding, proclaimed that it decided to reinstate its support to the UAWC because it was a registered charity in Israel! We were shocked by this explanation, as we had already searched and could not find that the UAWC was listed in Israel's registry of charities. Moreover, there was overwhelming proof that there was a connection between the UAWC and PFLP. The PFLP's website stated that it established the UAWC, with the latter agreeing that the terrorist group could utilize its Gaza buildings for training. In addition, several of UAWC's executive directors are known terrorists, including its director, Bashir al Khieri, who had served time in an Israeli prison for PFLP activities. This past week, the UAWC even put out press releases complaining that Israel's security services recently raided their offices in Jericho and arrested staff members for their involvement in terrorism.

All of this is going on while AusAid continues to publicly maintain that the UAWC is not the PFLP. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, defending AusAid, gave public assurances that no Australian taxpayer funds were being provided to the Palestinian terrorist group.  After our investigation, it was conclusively determined that a tremendous fraud was being perpetrated by World Vision and AusAid against the Australian public. Above all, the organization they claim is registered in Israel is not the UAWC but a different charity with a similar sounding name - the Committee of Agricultural Works (CAW). CAW and the UAWC, which AusAid believes is one and the same, have very similar names but were founded ten years apart, all while having a totally different board of directors. One is indeed registered in Israel and the other is indeed an instrument of the PFLP.

Amazingly, AusAid and World Vision continue to pretend that they are funding the Israeli charity CAW, while Australian funds are actually being provided to the UAWC in Gaza. Realizing that the Australian government and AusAid were never going to willingly admit they had been providing support to an outlawed Palestinian terrorist group, we approached members of the Australian parliamentary opposition.  Thus, when Foreign Minister Carr appeared before Parliament last week, the good senators, armed with our research, sprung into action and ambushed Carr with the facts. Senator Abetz,  the Senate's opposition leader, pointedly asked:  "I refer the minister to coalition questioning . . . about AusAID funding paid to the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, an organization which has been accused of having links with a prescribed terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In particular, I refer the minister to his insistence that this organization is registered in Israel as a not-for-profit organization, a registration he pointed to as having been renewed on 5 March 2012. What due diligence was undertaken and by whom to confirm the true identity of the organization repeatedly referred to by the minister as being registered in Israel as a not-for-profit?"  Other senators joined in trying to pin Carr down on what he really knew about the UAWC and CAW.

Carr was taken aback by the verbal questioning by Abetz and other opposition senators. The FM said he would look into the matter but assured the senators he was very confident that everything had been adequately investigated. He promised he would have the UAWC's registration documents from Gaza translated into English and compared to the CAW's Israeli ones. Despite his public assurances, he will be in for a very unpleasant surprise when he discovers there are two different groups fraudulently being masqueraded by World Vision and AusAid as one.  Perhaps then the funding of the UAWC will finally end.

Ironically, at the same time the Australian government is providing taxpayer money to the PFLP, Australian law enforcement has reopened an investigation into a thirty year old terrorist attack in Sydney perpetrated by a PFLP off-shoot. Australian investigators have recently flown to the United States to interrogate a Palestinian they believe might have been behind a 1982 bombing of the Israeli consulate and another Jewish building. The Palestinian is currently serving a life sentence in Indiana for his involvement with a terrorist attack against a Japanese airliner in Hawaii the same year.

Yours, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

My thought for today.Werner
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. John D. Rockefeller

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

A glass of water -, news, sports, Florida info, Pine Island Eagle

A glass of water -, news, sports, Florida info, Pine Island Eagle 

Also watch this interesting video. Click here. 
Those who have missed watching Channel 10, Focus, Click here.
Every citizen should have the democratic right to choose whether they want fluoride, a toxic waste product from the fertilizer and aluminium industries, added to their drinking water.

In time, the people will get to know the truth about the ineffectiveness of fluoride against tooth decay and the health problems it can cause - and they will see the folly of their government and will go against it.

Hopefully a future government comes to their senses like most other countries in the world have and, stop this insidious fluoridation of our water.

And then, fluoride will go the same way as thalidomide, amalgam tooth fillings, lead in petrol and paint, asbestos, smoking, excess alcohol consumption to name a few, all  deemed not to be dangerous to human health, a few years later and with bad results, it was proven otherwise. 

Werner Schmidlin
Cairns Australia. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Memoirs from my Interesting Childhood.

I am still asking questions, as I believe that is the way you learn new things. And, I’m still saying; if I haven’t learnt something new today I wasted a day. However, my propensity to take things apart has gone. So, read on about some of my “exploits” as a youngster. And as Bernard Baruch said: Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
If you have an interesting story to tell about your life experience. I would be pleased to hear from you.  Post  your e-mail address through “comments”  at the end of the article and I’ll go in contact with you - Werner

My Inquisitive Trait.

I have to admit I was a very inquisitive kid.   Some of this curiosity fell on the learning side and some on the “stickybeak” side of human nature.  This inquisitive trait has stayed with me throughout my life; always eager to learn, to find out why and how.  Needless to say, his characteristic brought me trouble as a child, precisely because I was so determined about finding out why and how things worked. I was already wise enough to know how to avoid a negative answer: I just went ahead and did things without first asking whether I could – simple!
In 1938 the army came to our village for a four weeks’ stint of manoeuvres and we had two soldiers billeted with us.  One day when my parents were working in the vineyards and the soldiers were out in the forests and fields playing war games, I felt it was a good time to have a closer look at the camera belonging to one of the soldiers. Just looking at the outside didn’t tell me much so, with the help of a screwdriver, I soon obtained an ‘inside view’ of this fascinating piece of apparatus.  I had the time of my life and was in a world of my own, amazed to discover that there were so many parts in a camera.

The roll with a kind of plastic on it, I learned later, was the film.  What were once the internal parts of the camera were now lying in a heap on the kitchen table.  With the exploration finished and my curiosity satisfied, the time had come to put the thing back together again before everybody came home.  It took only a short time for me to realize that the task was impossible to carry out.
My thoughts started to focus on the consequences that would follow my short career as a camera demolisher.  I took the ‘heap’ of camera parts and put it in the same spot where I had found the camera.  In those days kids had not yet learned the advantage of running away from home; otherwise I would have taken the opportunity to disappear.  The only option left open to me was to go to bed, feign sickness - my reasoning being that sick children would not get a hiding - to await all hell breaking loose when the heap of parts from the camera was found.
I did not have to feign sickness for long. It became reality and I was “sick” all over, especially the rear component of my body inflicted by the hand of my father.   In retrospect, regarding the punishment meted out to me, today’s kids, by contrast, could take their parents to court for assault and battery.   The severe corporal punishment did not cure my inquisitive nature, but it did curb the urge to take things apart - for a while – until I found my mothers watch.
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Some time had passed since the dismembered camera episode, when an irresistible urge told me to have a closer look at my mother’s prized possession, a wristwatch, to find out what made it tick.  She wore this watch only on special occasions; otherwise it was kept in a ‘safe’ place in a cabinet.  As usual I waited until my parents departed for the fields or vineyards, and then proceeded to take the watch apart.  After I found out what made the watch tick, I was faced with the same predicament as with the camera: I was unable to put it together and make it tick again.

Remembering only too well the consequences of my camera misadventure, I decided to bury the loose remains of what was once a beautiful wristwatch, in a remote spot in our vegetable garden.  After a few months, when my mother wanted to wear the watch for a special occasion and could not find it anywhere, she thought it had been stolen by one of the housemaids we used to employ every summer.  When I returned to Germany in 1976 after an absence of twenty- two years, a lot of reminiscing took place and the subject of the missing wristwatch, the one allegedly stolen by the housemaid arose.  This time, not fearing corporal punishment, I owned up to my mother, and exonerated the housemaid, and told her what really happened to her wristwatch, and where I had buried it.
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My parents and Grandparents would have started each day with some trepidation, pondering what sort of trouble I would cause for me or them.
One day I brought my grandfather in conflict with the law and a government department regarding our distilling facility on the farm. The Department of Customs strictly controlled the distilling of alcohol. Notice had to be given when distilling was commencing and when it finished, and the quantity of material that was to be distilled had to be declared and was inspected by customs officers constantly. Distilling was carried out a couple of times a year and lasted about 10 to 15 days. We made Schnapps from cherries and plums, pressed our grapes and fruit.

When not in use, the cylinder of the distillery was attached by a special string to a wooden beam in the attic and the two ends of the string were bonded together with a lead seal. The seal of the cylinder was broken by a customs officer just prior to commencement of distilling and put back into the attic and sealed again as soon as the task was finished. The reason was clear for this, to prevent farmers “moonshining”.

When rummaging in the attic one day, the red and white seal string around the cylinder caught my eye, and I decided to cut it off with my pocket-knife as I had an excellent use for such a piece of string. When, after a few months, grandfather wanted to distil again, the customs’ officer came back to break the seal, but there was nothing to break because the seal and string had completely disappeared.

Grandfather was summoned into the attic to explain the missing seal, to which he had, of course, no explanation. Breaking a seal warranted not only a heavy fine but also a jail term. All hell broke loose as grandfather did some quick thinking. Suddenly it occurred to him that there was only one little person who could have broken that seal and taken the string. I was quickly found and summarily put before the intimidating looking customs’ officer. When the seriousness of the situation was made clear to me, I confessed to my act, thus letting the grandfather off the hook
If you want to read more about my childhood and where I grew up click here, to read: “Growing up in Bischoffingen” – which is a condensed version of my memoirs, Spanning from my youth, and through the Second World War. For more anecdotes from my life click here.

My thought for today.Werner
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. - Francis Bacon
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