Christopher Aqurette

Hamas Rockets Found in UN School for Third Time

“UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday that a stockpile of Hamas rockets was found in one of UNRWA’s Gaza schools—for the third time,” The Times of Israel reports.

Swedish Language Gets Gender-Neutral Pronoun

“The ever-controversial pronoun ‘hen’ has won its battle and is set to officially become part of the Swedish language,” The Local reports. I think it’s great. There are, after all, contexts in which a gender-specific pronoun is archaically sexist.

Russia to Revive Soviet Eurovision

“Russia is set to revive a Soviet version of Eurovision, following the fact that bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, won the competition this year,” Pink News reports. The nations taking part will, apart from Russia, be China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Oh dear, how will Europe cope without the music wonders of Kyrgyzstan?

Marks & Spencer Serves Syria but Not Israel

“Marks & Spencer has been criticised for excluding Israel from its online international delivery scheme, despite the service being on offer to shoppers in Libya, Syria and Lebanon,” the Jewish Chronicle reports. I bet the retailer has some fancy explanation that would mask the racism behind this special treatment of the Jewish State. I bet Marks & Spencer has no problem with China either, despite its ongoing occupation of Tibet.

Shabbat Shalom

The sun is about to disappear on the sky above Malmö and I prepare mentally for the Shabbat. I try to focus on the positive, such as the warm and sunny weather we are enjoying here at the moment. But the outside world seems more frightening than usual with a devastating war between Israel and the Gaza terrorists, with civilians trapped in the fire on both sides of the border. And as if this was not bad enough, the war in Ukraine seems to escalate by the day and I have a feeling that it might turn really ugly very soon as Russia acts increasingly hostile towards its western neighbours. I’m not much for prayer, but I really wish that the world will come to its senses and stop the madness before it’s too late.

Russian Gay-Rights Group Deemed ‘Foreign Agent’ for ‘Violating Straight Rights’

“The label ‘foreign agent’ implies that a group carries out work on behalf of foreign countries, and restricts the work they can do and messages communicated,” Pink News reports. Leading gay-rights organization Coming Out has been told by a St Petersburg court that it now must register as a foreign agent. The absurdity of Putin’s Russia is hard to comprehend.

Rockets Found at UN School in Gaza

The Times of Israel reports on the real reason for the many deaths in Gaza—the terror organizations dirty trick of using civilian homes, schools, and hospitals as military bases. As long as Hamas and others play this dirty, Gaza’s civilian population will suffer. Israel has no choice. It simply is not tolerable to have a neighbouring territory sending thousands of rockets at civilian Israelis year in and year out. It must come to an end, and the Hamas leadership could end this today if it wanted to.