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Yesterday, an Arab resident of Jerusalem used his wheeled digger he was working on to perpetrate a terror attack, killing a 29 year old man, and injuring 5 others.
This is a caption that appears on the BBC, under a Reuters photo:
At the same time Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem were burying a man killed in the city on Monday by a Palestinian man who had stolen a bus
This caption might be a result of sloppy editing, and not insidious intent, but the end result is the same: Slanted, fictitious portrayal of events, in a clear anti-Israel way.
Assaulting Gaza by land, air and sea, Israel has destroyed homes and reduced entire city blocks to rubble. It has attacked schools, mosques and hospitals. Tens of thousands of people have fled, although there is nowhere safe for them to go in this wretched strip of land just 40 kilometres long and about 10 kilometres wide. There are desperate shortages of food and water, of medical and surgical supplies.
In an open letter to US President Barack Obama, Dr Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian surgeon working at Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, writes of “the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. Humans!
“Ashy grey faces – Oh no! Not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding. We still have lakes of blood on the floor in the emergency room, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out … the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away… to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.”
The onslaught is indiscriminate and unrelenting, with but one possible conclusion: Israel is not fighting the terrorists of Hamas. In defiance of the laws of war and the norms of civilised behaviour, it is waging its own war of terror on the entire Gaza population of about 1.7 million people. Call it genocide, call it ethnic cleansing: the aim is to kill Arabs.
Yes, Hamas is also trying to kill Israeli civilians, with a barrage of rockets and guerilla border attacks. It, too, is guilty of terror and grave war crimes. But Israeli citizens and their homes and towns have been effectively shielded by the nation’s Iron Dome defence system, and so far only three of its civilians have died in this latest conflict. The Israeli response has been out of all proportion, a monstrous distortion of the much-vaunted right of self defence.
It is a breathtaking irony that these atrocities can be committed by a people with a proud liberal tradition of scholarship and culture, who hold the Warsaw Ghetto and the six million dead of the Holocaust at the centre of their race memory. But this is a new and brutal Israel dominated by the hardline, right-wing Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition. As one observer puts it: “All the seeds of the incitement of the past few years, all the nationalistic, racist legislation and the incendiary propaganda, the scare campaigns and the subversion of democracy by the right-wing camp – all these have borne fruit, and that fruit is rank and rotten. The nationalist right has now sunk to a new level, with almost the whole country following in its wake. The word ‘fascism’, which I try to use as little as possible, finally has its deserved place in the Israeli political discourse.”
Israeli propaganda is subtle and skillfully put. “If Israel were to lay down its arms tomorrow, she would be destroyed; but if Hamas were to lay down their arms, there would be peace,” goes the line, parroted endlessly
But in all these long and agonising decades, Israel has never offered the Palestinians a just and equitable peace. They would have only a splintered, vassal state, their polity and economy and even their borders and freedom of travel and trade managed and determined by Israel. The occupation of Palestinian lands would remain with the relentless expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan and the Dead Sea.
As the Palestine Liberation Organisation official Hanan Ashrawi put it this week in a television interview with the Australian journalist Hamish Macdonald: “No nation can accept being imprisoned, being besieged by land, by air, by sea and deprived of the most basic requirements of a decent life: freedom of movement, clean water. For seven years they have been under a brutal and lethal Israeli siege … You shell them and you bomb them; you destroy homes, you destroy whole neighbourhoods. You obliterate, annihilate, whole families, and then you come and say that this is self defence?”
This piece, was accompanied by the following antisemitic cartoon, leading the Australian Jewish News to call on its readers to boycott Fairfax media.
The Sydney Morning Herald apologized for the cartoon. Kind of.
The cartoon showed an elderly man, with a large nose, sitting alone, with a remote control device in his hand, overseeing explosions in Gaza. The armchair in which he was sitting was emblazoned with the Star of David, and the man was wearing a kippah, a religious skullcap. A strong view was expressed that the cartoon, by Glen Le Lievre, closely resembled illustrations that had circulated in Nazi Germany. These are menacing cartoons that continue to haunt and traumatise generations of Jewish people.
In addressing individual and community concern after the publication of the cartoon on July 26, the Herald looked to the fact that Mr Le Lievre’s distinctive drawing style routinely sees old people depicted with large noses and pronounced facial features. It is the way he draws and his visual archive, dating back many years, confirms this.
It was also significant that the cartoon had its genesis in news photographs of men seated in chairs and lounges, observing the shelling of Gaza from the hills of Sderot. One of those photos depicted an old man, wearing a kippah, reclining casually as part of a group – with Mr Le Lievre seeing comparisons between this and someone watching their television; hence the remote control. Another photo portrayed a lone man on a large couch – and thus the cartoon blended these two images.
The Herald deeply regretted the upset the image had caused, but felt – not least because the cartoonist lacked any intent and that actual photographs influenced the setting and physical depiction of the character in the cartoon – that no racial vilification had occurred.
However, this newspaper accepts that this position was too simplistic and ignored the use of religious symbols
But back to Carlton, who naturally denies being antisemitic, and even has a derivation of the much loved “Some of my best friends..” defense:
The accusations of anti-Semitism are getting a bit tedious. My much-loved son-in-law is actually Jewish. Sorry for that inconvenient truth..
— Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) August 4, 2014
Otherwise known as the Waters Defense.
Perhaps, then, Carlton would like to explain this, in particular his last mail to the reader.
On 27 Jul 2014, at 11:40 pm, Yury Glikin wrote:
It is most likely that you will not reply to this email, which is fine. I suppose engaging in lengthy discourse with you will be pointless as you seem to favour incendiary and grandiose statements, after which you retreat in order to hide behind a generic email address, a twitter handle and, I surmise, some sense of achievement (although I am not too sure of what exactly).
As a man who has been a journalist for decades, to publish an article like the one you did on Saturday about Israel means one of 2 things. You either genuinely believe what you say, which means your understanding of history of the region is sadly lacking. To say things like Israel has never offered the Palestinians a state of their own for example, is such a gross misrepresentation of facts that it really doesn’t deserve further comment. There are so many factually incorrect statements, that it becomes more or less irrelevant, like something one would read on TMZ or a similarly banal and pointless publication.
It may be argued that your commentary is deeply steeped in anti Semitism or general racism, but of course you know this and revel in the attention these statements get .. perhaps a slightly sad attempt of a journalist who was once relevant, to remain so by using inflammatory rhetoric.
Alternatively, you don’t believe what you say, and you write what you write because Fairfax knows that it generates eyeballs and feeds the needs if its (mostly) liberal reader base. Fair enough, we all need to make a buck. But if this is the case, then you have already sold out. I am sure you convince yourself that having 85% of the people respond to your column with positive feedback, gives you some sort of victory. I assure you, it’s a pyrrhic one at best, because your credibility as a journalist, someone that people should listen to, is already dead.
I have no desire to call you names or threaten you, as this feeds your ego and helps you to validate what you do. I also am not misguided enough to say stupid stuff like “we’re the chosen people, deal with it”, as this no doubt gives you some macabre pleasure and allows you to reinforce your belief into you own perceived self-importance.
Sadly, SMH will no doubt continue to give you voice in order to help sell page banner impressions. But I am comfortable knowing that Israel will endure many people like you and will continue, whereas you are already immaterial …. but what’s best of all is that deep inside, just before you fall asleep at night … I know that you already know this.
On 28 Jul 2014, at 5:45, Mike Carlton wrote:
How arrogant and foolish you are.
Sent from my iPad
On 28 Jul 2014, at 6:56 am, Yury Glikin wrote:
But I’ll take that any day over being a sad and irrelevant old man, full of hate and bile.
From: Mike Carlton
Date: 28 July 2014 7:17:21 AEST
To: Yury Glikin
Subject: Re: Irrelevant
You’re the one full of hate and bile, sunshine. The classic example of the Jewish bigot. Now f..k off.
Sent from my iPad
Yvonne Ridley, former-Taliban-captive-turned-Muslim tweeted the following to the world today.
We have a Scottish-wide tour planned, working to make Scotland a Zionist-free zone: http://t.co/98sKaR8Gqa
— yvonneridley (@yvonneridley) August 4, 2014
I shudder to think what she means by “Zionist-free.” Especially considering this is someone who ever-so-casually supports terrorist groups like Hizbullah.
I bet you remember this like it was yesterday.
Or maybe not.
And I’m wondering if the UN and even a close ally like Israel, condemned America for this massacre of innocent civilians in an outrageous display of disproportionate firepower. Seven kids killed to get “several al-Qa’eda” and two captured. Sounds disproportionate to me.
Note the complete lack of scepticism in the reporting about what a Nato spokesman says. Note the claim that children were told they could not leave the compound: human shields. This is exactly why Col Richard Kemp so clearly says that the vast majority of UK troops who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq understand what Israel faces and back us.
Seven children die as US bombs Afghan school
By Tom Coghlan in Kabul 12:01AM BST 19 Jun 2007
Seven children died when American aircraft bombed a religious school in an attack against the Taliban in the Afghan province of Paktika, the US army said yesterday.
American army spokesmen said several al-Qa’eda insurgents were killed and two captured in the attack on Sunday. It came hours after a suicide bomber killed 35 people in Kabul, the largest single loss of life in a Taliban attack since 2001.
US-led coalition forces, which operate separately from Nato’s command structure, accepted responsibility for the Paktika raid but accused the Taliban of using the children as human shields. “We are saddened by the innocent lives that were lost as a result of militants’ cowardice,” said Major Chris Belcher.
The raid was called in against a residential compound that also contained a mosque and a madrassa in the Zarghun Shah District of Paktika Province.
“Coalition forces confirmed the presence of nefarious activity occurring at the site before getting approval to conduct an air strike on the location,” the statement said.
Coalition troops had “surveillance on the compound all day and saw no indications there were children inside,” said Major Belcher.
He claimed that children who survived told American forces they were prevented from leaving and beaten when they tried to do so.
Western forces have been repeatedly accused of failing to take adequate precaution to protect ordinary Afghans.
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, warned in March that the patience of the Afghan people for foreign troops in their country was “wearing thin”. At least 120 civilians have been killed by Western forces in the country so far this year, according to government estimates, sparking protests in Afghan cities.
In the most notorious incident, on March 4, the US apologised after a special forces unit shot dead 19 civilians and injured 50 near the city of Jalalabad after their unit was attacked by a suicide bomb which injured one American.
Afghan officials also said yesterday that as many as 75 civilians had been killed or wounded and dozens more Taliban fighters and local police had died in three days of clashes in the southern province of Uruzgan.
A Nato spokesman confirmed that there was a “large engagement” in the area. Dutch troops are reported to be supporting Afghan forces fighting around the town of Chora, which had come under attack from hundreds of Taliban fighters.
Yesterday a Nato soldier was reported killed in the south of the country and three injured. Their nationalities were not disclosed.
Over a week ago, a group of scum and villainy took to the streets of New York, to show their hatred of Israel and support for terrorism.
Not long after they shouted “From the River to the Sea..” did they get drowned out.
Zionist Diamond Dealers of DoomTM, b*tches.
After writing in the National Review that the Western media are “co-conspirators” who “do Hamas’s bidding by perpetuating the myth that there are two morally competing visions at war in Gaza,” conservative news radio executive Lee Habeeb further elaborated on his point in an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
“Where are the Hamas soldiers?” Habeeb asked his CNN host. “We don’t see them because they’re hiding. Why do we only see the images of dead women and children, and not the images of Hamas soldiers?”
A portion of the interview can be viewed here:
CNN has now edited out, however, the portion of the interview that proves one of the points that Habeeb was trying to make. In addition to pointing out the lack of images of Hamas fighters, Habeeb complains of the moral equivalency portrayed by the media. Bolduan helpfully provided an example of this very problem in the version of the interview that aired on television this morning. She first noted that Israeli spokesman Mark Regev appears on CNN regularly, and then asserted that when Khaled Meshaal was interviewed, Meshaal complained that “the US has now adopted the Israeli narrative.” Bolduan asked “How can it be both ways? How can the US media be Hamas’s co-conspirators and also be adopting the Israeli narrative?”
The fact that CNN is willing to put statements by Meshaal on the same footing as Regev is the essence of the problem. Israel, like the US, has a vigorous free press that holds its government accountable for both its actions and its statements, and a public that will send corrupt government officials packing. As we’ve seen highlighted in this war, Gaza journalists enjoy no such privileges. Meshaal can make any claim he wants, no matter how far removed such statements are from the truth, without being held accountable to his own public. No matter how outrageous Meshaal’s claims are, his public has no ability to vote him out. Indeed, Hamas executes people who disagree. The problem is that the media equates, on the one hand, statements made by a government that is held accountable by the press, with, on the other hand, statements made by a dictatorial regime, and calls such statements just two sides of the same story. Bolduan unwittingly provided a perfect example of the very moral equivalency Habeeb rightfully decries.
Old and busted: Real men don’t eat quiche
New hotness: Real men carry big swords to use against the Zionists.
I would love to see this tough guy bring his sword and fight us in Gaza. I suspect it will go something like this:
This just happened in Perth, Western Australia:
A visiting Hasidic Jewish leader has been the target of anti-Semitic abuse and threatened with physical violence outside the Morley Galleria.
The Rebbe, who is in Perth on a lecture tour, and his 21-year-old assistant were taunted by a group of six teenagers outside the shopping centre in broad daylight on Monday, a friend of the two men said.
Danny Mayer had come to pick up the pair about 1.30pm when he saw the Rebbe being accosted.
When Mr Mayer ushered the visitors into his car the youths began banging on it.
“They were telling us to ‘F*** off’, that we were killers and they wanted to ‘fix us up’,” Mr Mayer said.
“They literally wanted us to come out and fight with them.
“It’s very frightening. Obviously something you don’t expect in a suburban shopping centre to be accosted and treated this way.
“It was only when I took my camera out that they started running away.”
Mr Mayer said he reported the incident to police and shopping centre management.
A spokesman for Federation Centres, formerly Centro, said security was aware of the incident but unable to locate the culprits.
Morley MP Ian Britza said yesterday’s attack was “very sad” given the large Jewish population in his electorate but came as no surprise.
“We’ve been saying for a long time that there is an element that wants to bring this (anti-Semitism) into our nation,” Mr Britza said.
“Now it’s happened on a small scale, what else could happen?
“We need to protect all people from this kind of violent approach.”
This is the second antisemitic incident in Perth within a week or two.
An excavator driver rams a bus in Jerusalem, Israel and gets shot.
And if you are going to do such a thing,
near the Police Station, expect a lot of police on the scene.
Bus was empty, driver only slightly injured, waiting to hear on pedestrian who was hurt.
This is what you wake up to in London if you are unlucky enough to get the Times. Der Stürmer called, they want their incitement cartoon back.
So clearly Israel is TARGETING, with big cartoon missiles, defenceless families huddled under a broken umbrella sitting in the ruins of what was once their homes. No Hamas in sight. That’s accurate. (Or not if you know what you’re talking about.)
On the facing page is a wonderful and heartfelt article, packed with real facts and no distortions, by Melanie Phillips. BUT ITS NOT GOT AN ISRAELI CARTOON BOMB AND SOME SCARED KIDS!
So don’t read it!
Look at the CARTOON ISRAELI BOMB and the CARTOON UMBRELLA!
Really, don’t read the truth, we only put it here so we could run the CARTOON ISRAELI INNOCENT CIVILIAN KILLING BOMB!
It’s such a pity they didn’t draw a Star of David on the Bomb. But oh, wait, they couldn’t. Nobody is quite sure if the Star of David is a Jewish symbol or a Zionist symbol so we better be careful.
Meanwhile here’s Melanie’s piece. Don’t read Melanie, look at the CARTOON ZIONAZI ISRAEL MURDERING PALESTINIAN CHILDREN BOMB. It is much more interesting.
Published at 12:01AM, August 4 2014
Innocent civilians will continue to die until the brutal manipulations of Hamas are exposed Ed Miliband has berated David Cameron for not condemning Israel’s attacks in Gaza. No 10 says it is shocked that Mr Miliband is making political capital out of the war. Meanwhile Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, says the suffering in Gaza is intolerable and has called for an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.
The exchanges illustrate the widespread incomprehension of the nature of this conflict and the uniquely dreadful dilemma it poses.
The civilian suffering, particularly the dead and injured children, is indeed appalling and tragic. No one of any conscience could fail to be horrified. With these sickening images regularly broadcast on TV, and with interviewers all but accusing Israeli spokesmen of being cruel and reckless child-killers, it is no surprise that much of the public is being inflamed against Israel.
People don’t realise, however, how their emotions are being manipulated. They are not being shown how Hamas is using its own people as human shields and sacrifices, to enable it to continue firing rockets at Israeli civilians and to increase its own civilian casualties in order to turn western opinion against Israel.
It has built no shelters, forcing civilians to use UN schools, for instance, instead. It has ordered Gazans to ignore Israeli warnings to flee their houses and stay put under bombardment.
Declassified Israeli aerial pictures show rocket launchers situated in mosques, schools and playgrounds. Hamas rockets have been found stashed in three UN-run schools. A senior UN official, John Ging, has said Hamas “are firing their rockets into Israel from the vicinity of UN facilities and residential areas”.
Shifa hospital also acts as a Hamas command centre. Reporters know this, as they often conduct interviews there with Hamas spokesmen. Yet this detail is generally denied to the public. Nor are the public informed about rocket fire from that hospital. A Finnish journalist was a lone exception when she recently reported that a rocket was launched from the hospital’s parking lot.
Such war crimes aren’t usually publicised because reporters work under an implicit threat. One Spanish journalist admitted: “We did see Hamas people launching rockets close to our hotel, but if ever we dared point our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us.”
Instead, news reports parrot the Hamas line. So the “overwhelming majority” of the casualties are reported to be civilian. In fact, an analysis by Al Jazeera shows that most of those killed have been young men of fighting age, not women, children or old people. Rules published by Hamas order anyone talking to the media to describe all Gaza casualties as “innocent civilians” and ensure “there is no evidence of rockets being fired from Gaza population centres”.
There is also virtually no reporting of Gazan casualties caused by Hamas’s own rockets falling short. Last Monday, there were explosions in a kindergarten and Shifa’s outpatient clinic. The media immediately blamed Israeli airstrikes. Yet both Israel and official Palestinian media blamed misfired Hamas rockets — a fact endorsed by a reporter who said he could only do so once he left Gaza and escaped Hamas intimidation.
The Israelis take more care than any other army to avoid harming civilians, warning them by leaflet, phone, text or warning shots to flee. Their rules of engagement restrict them from attacking where they know civilians are present, although when gunfire comes from a hospital or school the IDF are entitled to return fire. They have also aborted dozens of attacks when civilians are present. Yet it is the Israelis who are vilified as child-killers.
Ed Miliband says he condemns what Hamas is doing. How else, though, is Hamas to be stopped? Israel has stuck to every ceasefire. Hamas has broken every one of them, although it denies doing so.
The thousands of rocket attacks from Gaza in recent years have forced the residents of southern Israel to race for the shelters. The tunnels into Israel pose an even graver threat of mass murder and kidnappings of Israelis.
All decent people want an end to the deaths of innocents. But Hamas refuses to stop trying to murder Israeli civilians. It stated aim is to destroy Israel and kill every Jew. Philip Hammond said: “We understand that Israel has concerns and that Hamas has concerns” — as if there were a moral equivalence between those bent on genocide and their victims.
The Arab world (except for Qatar) wants Hamas destroyed. The King of Saudi Arabia condemned the “collective massacre” in Gaza but conspicuously did not blame Israel.
It comes to something, does it not, when the Arab world seems to be better disposed towards Israel, the region’s sole democracy, than much of the British political class.