Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New York Times says Kurds aren't ready for independence - but Palestinians are - by Elder of Ziyon

...The New York Times cheered every step of the way for Palestinian independence, even through the second intifada and the Hamas/Fatah split. It never told Palestinians that they weren't ready, or to wait some more until things get more peaceful, or anything like that. It never gave Israel veto power over a Palestinian state the way it gives Iraq and Turkey that power over Kurdistan. And by any sane measure, the Kurds deserve a state more than Palestinians do. Hypocrisy doesn't even begin to describe this editorial.

Elder of Ziyon..
22 August '17..

Today's New York Times has an editorial about the Kurdish non-binding referendum on independence, and it urges that the Kurds should be much more patient than they already have been:

After yearning for independence for generations, Kurds in Iraq are scheduled to take a major step in that direction with a nonbinding referendum set for Sept. 25. The vote, expected to endorse a separate state, would be a mistake, increasing turmoil in a part of the world roiled by the fight against the Islamic State and further threatening Iraq’s territorial integrity. Postponement makes better sense.

What are the reasons? Among them:

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BBC reporting (or lack of), the Gaza Strip and medical supplies - by Hadar Sela

...Although just last month BBC audiences were told that “life in Gaza is reaching its limits”, they have to date not seen any reporting on that donation of medical supplies or about the PA’s recent threats to cut off financial support to the Gaza Strip.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
22 August '17..

In the past BBC audiences have often been led to inaccurate conclusions concerning the reason for the chronic shortage of medical supplies in the Gaza Strip.

BBC gives one-dimensional view of shortages in Gaza hospitals

BBC’s Knell inaccurately attributes shortage of medical supplies in Gaza to Israel

BBC Radio 5 live broadcasts inaccurate claim on shortage of medicines in Gaza

BBC WS amplifies former ISM activist’s falsehoods about Gaza blockade

BBC News passes up the chance to set the record straight on Gaza shortages

BBC reporting on the ongoing dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority that has resulted in reduced electricity supplies to Gaza residents has not informed audiences that the PA has also cut medical supplies to the Gaza Strip.

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LA Times Op-Ed Promotes Israel as the “Occupying Power” in Gaza - by Simon Plosker

...What started as a plea in the LA Times from an ordinary Gazan woman for a properly functioning electricity supply to prevent a humanitarian crisis, instead becomes poisoned by HRW’s own politicized anti-Israel agenda as Almasri sings from the HRW song sheet. We can sympathize with the plight of Gazans deprived of electricity and a normal life. To contend that Israel is still occupying Gaza and bears primary responsibility shows that as far as Abier Almasri and Human Rights Watch are concerned, the lights have gone out and nobody is home.

Simon Plosker..
Honest Reporting..
21 August '17..

There is no dispute over the hardships that Gazans are enduring as a result of chronic electricity outages. It is difficult not to feel sympathy with LA Times opinion piece writer Abier Almasri as she describes life in Gaza with only limited electricity.

However, Almasri states:

To Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Gazans are pawns in a shameful quest for political domination. As the occupying power, Israel bears responsibility under international law to facilitate normal life for the people of Gaza. Hamas exercises internal control and is responsible for protecting our rights. The Palestinian Authority oversees millions in donor funds and should also protect our rights, including paying for vital services.

As Almasri well knows, Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and is not “occupying” it. Moreover, Almasri fails to mention anywhere in her article the major reason for the lack of “normal life” in Gaza: Hamas terror.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

For Hamas, suicide bombings are a noble deed except... by Khaled Abu Toameh

...Hamas, as we all know, is hardly opposed to suicide bombings. Yet when the boomerang returns, suddenly the attacks become "cowardly terror" actions perpetrated by "outlaws" and "intellectually and religiously and morally deviant" terrorists. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and ISIS may disagree on many issues, but targeting Jews and "infidels" is not one of them. On that point, they are in savage agreement.

Khaled Abu Toameh..
Gatestone Institute..
21 August '17..

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is finally getting a dose of its own medicine -- in the form of a suicide bombing targeting its members in the Gaza Strip.

During the past two decades, Hamas was responsible for dozens of suicide attacks that maimed and killed hundreds of Israelis, particularly during the Second Intifada between 2000 and 2006. Hamas is famous for its suicide attacks and hails the perpetrators as "heroes" and "martyrs."

For Hamas, suicide bombings are a noble deed when they are carried out by its members and the victims are Jews.

In their own words, Hamas leaders and spokesmen continue to defend their suicide attacks against Israel as a "legitimate tool of resistance" against Israel.

Recent events, however, may have left a bad taste for suicide attacks in Hamas's mouth.

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Surprise? Major Feminist Site: Jew-Killing Terrorist is the Real Wonder Woman - by Liel Leibovitz

...That a publication dedicated to equality and justice would throw its weight behind a convicted terrorist should, at this point, surprise no one who’s been paying attention to the regressive left’s animosity towards Israel and the Jews alike. Maybe the Wonder Woman sequel, soon to kick into production, could have Diana Prince address this problem, busting a few murderous terrorists along the way and showing the world, again, what real kickass feminism looks like.

Liel Leibovitz..
Tabletmag.com..
18 August '17..

Everyday Feminism is a popular progressive blog that boasts more than 4.5 million visitors each month from 150 countries. And earlier this week, it demonstrated its commitment to the true spirit of feminism by publishing an article that denounced the most successful female movie star working today and praising instead a terrorist convicted of murdering two innocent young men.

Repeating Linda Sarsour’s odious claim that one cannot be both a Zionist and a feminist, the article argued that “feminism is built on the liberation of all women and their families and requires peace, dignity, and security for all—things which the Israeli occupation of Palestine goes directly against.” It then called on readers to resist normalizing Gadot’s “Zionist feminism,” and offered instead alternative wonder women to adore. Rounding up the list? Rasmea Odeh.

Odeh, Everyday Feminism breathlessly told its liberal-minded readers, was “a courageous freedom fighter” targeted “because she was a Palestinian woman.” Not mentioned in the article was the pesky business of the bomb Odeh had laid in a crowded Jerusalem supermarket in 1969, killing 21-year-old Leon Kanner and 22-year-old Eddie Joffe, two Hebrew University students buying groceries for a field trip, and injuring nine others.

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Journalism 101 and Reuters Downplaying of Al Jazeera Quote - by Gilead Ini

...Hamas, for example, is a terror group committed to Israel's destruction. The name Hamas is an acronym for Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia, or "Islamic Resistance Movement." Nobody translates the terror group's full name as "Islamic Movement (resisting Israel's occupation)" — though this is precisely the way Reuters translated Karram's comments.

Gilead Ini..
CAMERA Analyses..
1 August '17..

"Quotes are sacrosanct," Reuters says. When quoting someone, a journalist can replace a word with an ellipsis "only if the deletion does not alter the sense of the quote," the news agence explains.

These guidelines appear in a Reuters handbook on journalism. But journalists don't need a handbook to tell them not to play with quotes. It's a self-evident tenet of ethical journalism.

And yet, after Israel announced plans to revoke the press card of Al Jazeera journalist Elias Karram, who has described himself as an integral part of the Palestinian "resistance," here is how the news agency covered the story:

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bias on terrorism highlighted again in BBC reports from Spain - by Hadar Sela

...The fact that the BBC does manage to report terror attacks in other parts of the world using appropriate language means that its long-standing editorial policy of eschewing accurate terminology in coverage of Palestinian attacks on Israelis becomes even more glaring and the redundancy of its inconsistently applied guidelines and guidance is highlighted all the more. Absurdly, the BBC will no doubt still claim that it produces ‘impartial’ and ‘unbiased’ reporting from Israel.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
20 August '17..

As was the case when vehicular terror attacks took place in Stockholm, Nice, Berlin and London, despite its supposed policy of avoiding the word ‘terrorist’ without attribution in order to avoid “value judgements”, the BBC made appropriate use of that and related terminology when reporting on the terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on August 17th and 18th.

As readers are no doubt aware, attacks on Israelis using the same or other methods are never described by the BBC as terror in its own words. The reason for that glaring double standard lies in the BBC’s failure to distinguish between method and aims, with the result being that when somebody deliberately drives a vehicle into a group of people, the corporation’s description of the attack as terror – or not – depends on the perceived aims and affiliations of the perpetrator.

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Israel, NY Times Editor Matt Seaton and Alternative Facts - by Gilead Ini

...Facts and assertions on the Opinion pages are no longer dependable. If the newspaper won't tell the truth about Israel in its Op-Eds, they should at least be truthful about their editing policy: When it comes to Jewish state, anything goes.

Gilead Ini..
CAMERA Media Analyses..
16 August '17..

A few years ago, an Egyptian lawyer and part-time conspiracy theorist sued his former president, Hosni Mubarak, for failing to "reclaim" the bustling Israeli city of Eilat for Egypt.

He is hardly the only Egyptian who wants to divvy up Israel. In a country raised on hatred for Jews and their state, and where a majority believes the mere existence of Israel violates Palestinian rights, it not surprising that many are drawn to the claim that Eilat is rightfully Egyptian. Some Egyptian leaders, more magnanimous in their immoderation, have rebutted these calls: The city is not Egyptian, they say. It is Palestinian.

The Middle East's rejectionists have always had a hard time agreeing on who gets to feast on which parts of Israel's carcass. But those promoting Egypt's ambitions to Eilat can now turn to none other than The New York Times for support. In a recent Op-Ed about Egypt's transfer to Saudi Arabia of two islands in the Gulf of Tiran, writer Ahdaf Soueif attached a peculiar history lesson to her geography lesson when telling readers that "at the top of the gulf is the Israeli port of Eilat, once the Egyptian port of Umm al-Rashrash."

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NYT, J Street and Rewards for Rock-Throwers - by Stephen M. Flatow

...An editorial in The Washington Post at the time correctly asked, “What’s the difference between assault with a deadly weapon—a shooting—and assault with rocks that hit cars at potentially lethal speeds?” That’s a question that J Street and the folks at The New York Times should consider, too. I would be interested in their answer.

Stephen M. Flatow..
JNS.org..
16 August '17..

On a recent Friday, several-dozen Jewish hikers happened to pass near the Palestinian village of Kobar. Some locals reacted to the sight of Jews by trying to stone them to death. News reports noted that Kobar is the home town of the terrorist who recently stabbed three Jews to death at their dinner table in the town of Halamish.

On Aug. 12, Palestinians attending a funeral of a dead terrorist decided they would try to complete his life’s mission by murdering some Jews themselves. They gathered on the road near the Israeli town of Tekoa and began blocking oncoming traffic.

Arab drivers were stopped to see if they had Jewish passengers. If not, they were allowed to pass. Jewish drivers were assaulted with huge rocks and other objects. In the footage of the incident that was broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2, you can see some of the attackers were armed with cinder blocks—those extremely heavy two foot-by-one foot blocks used for the construction of walls and the like.

On Aug. 13, an Israeli bus passing near the town of Karmei Tzur was ambushed by Palestinian rock-throwers. A 1-year-old Jewish baby was injured. Apparently she was guilty of being an “illegal baby settler.”

Three days, three attempts to execute Jews by stoning, an old tradition in the Middle East. At least 13 Israeli Jews, and two Arabs mistaken for Jews, have been murdered by Palestinian rock-throwers since the 1980s. Scores of others have been injured.

Palestinian Arabs who throw rocks at Jews know they can expect to be richly rewarded for their deeds.

Let’s start with the financial rewards.

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Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

On vehicle rammings, Mahmoud Abbas, moderate advocate for terror, is open-minded, sees both sides - by Arnold Roth

...We are about to contact the BBC and several of the major global news packaging/syndicators to ask when their updated, detailed take-down of the lethal hypocrisy on show in Abbas' outrageous double-talk will appear. We're also hoping to hear from friends in Spain that the government there plans to throw Abbas' "condemnation" right back at both of his two faces.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
18 August '17..

President-for-life of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has just gone public with a condemnation of yesterday's appalling jihadist massacre of pedestrians in a tourist precinct of Barcelona.

Abbas condemns Barcelona attack | PA chairman sends condolences to Barcelona victims, says he condemns all forms of terror | August 18, 2017 | Israel National News | Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona, in which 13 people were murdered and 100 injured. In a message to the King of Spain Felipe VI and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Abbas sent his condolences to the victims of the attack. According to the official PA news agency Wafa, Abbas condemned the attack and stressed his rejection of all forms of terrorism as well as the need to confront all terrorist organizations around the world.

Meanwhile a public figure with the exact same name and similar-looking features has been delivering the exact opposite message to Palestinian Arabs:

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Building Houses Will Be a Better Deterrent - by Dr. Aaron Lerner

...To be clear - I am not saying that the inconvenience of having one's house blown up doesn't have some deterrent effect. Just that there are better deterrents.

Dr. Aaron Lerner..
IMRA Weekly Commentary..
18 August '17..
Link: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=72707

This morning the home of terrorist Adel Hassan Ahmad Ankoush, was blown up.

The idea is that the move will deter others.

Nothing is stopping the Palestinians from replacing the dead terrorist's house.

This in addition to the financial rewards the dead terrorist's family receives from the Palestinian Authority.

To be clear - I am not saying that the inconvenience of having one's house blown up doesn't have some deterrent effect.

Just that there are better deterrents.

To Be Clear, the Palestinian Authority is a Genocidal Terrorist Entity and Should be Treated as Such - by Guy Millière

...Israeli leaders could also speak more frankly. Why not tell European leaders that the Palestinian Authority is still a genocidal terrorist organization? Why not ask them how they can agree to finance in the Middle East what they claim to reject with horror in Europe? Do they want Israeli Jews dead, too?

Guy Millière..
Gatestone Institute..
17 August '17..

The latest slaughter in the land of Israel took place in Halamish, Samaria, on July 21. A Palestinian stabbed to death a Jewish grandfather and two of his children. The grandmother was injured seriously. Countless similar attacks occurred in Israel in the recent and not-so-recent past.

Once again, thousands of Palestinian Arabs joyfully celebrated the murders. Some handed out candy.

The murderer was praised by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas. If he had been shot to death, he would have instantly become a martyr of Islam. A street in Ramallah would be named after him. His picture would be posted in storefronts in the territories occupied by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and his family would be rewarded with a high "salary" for life.

The killer explained his crime by his willingness to "defend the al-Aqsa mosque" -- which in fact was never attacked or even threatened by Israel. He did not hide his hatred for Jews. In his last Facebook post, he described them as monkeys and pigs.

His mother showed her pride for her son and his actions.

The murders followed Muslim riots after Israel installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount entrances, as exist in other mosques worldwide -- in response to the murder of two Israeli policemen by Muslim terrorists who succeeded in bringing weapons to the site. The Israeli government did not prohibit access to the al-Aqsa mosque; it only wished to prevent further attacks. That a mosque could be used as a base for terrorist attacks seems to have been considered normal by the rioters.

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