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If one man’s meat is another man’s poison, is one man’s truth another man’s lie?

khuloodbadawi_tweet1_CRThe photo at the left was taken in 2006 by Associated Press photographer Adel Hana and is of a little girl in Hamas-occupied Gaza, Egypt who was fatally injured in a playground accident. This information comes from Associated Press and Reuters, neither of which are known for a pro-Israel stance, as cited in the leftist blog Little Green Footballs. As such, it represents a personal tragedy unrelated to the warfare being waged by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Israel. And as such, it would likely never have seen the light of day in the international media.

That is, if we lived in an honest world. Which we don’t.

When I got to work yesterday, one of the first things I saw was a short article in israel today magazine which exposed an ongoing lie that the photo was less than two days old and was of a victim of Israeli military action.

The lie was being spread via Twitter, reaching a wide audience, but was caught and refuted by Avi Mayer. When confronted with the facts, one of the pro-Arab activists who had helped spread it at first maintained the untruth, but then began to backpedal under continued pressure from Mayer. By the time I waded into the fray she had acknowledged and apologized for the falsehood. I think she deserves credit for that, but we have not seen a similar acquiescence from the other primary prevaricator on this point. And considering that this other person is listed as an Information and Media Coordinator for an agency of the United Nations, shouldn’t we be looking for some sort of disclaimer from that august body?

y193013233321943Lest we think this whole affair was some sort of huge out-of-the-ordinary mistake, the very same day the very same sort of falsehood was being presented to the world using the same technique—by mislabeling and republishing a photograph taken at a different time of a different event.  Avi Mayer deserves credit for catching this one also.

And the list goes on, of course—such as another recent caught-ya, a photo of a 2009 event staged in Bahrain which was claimed to be of an IDF soldier abusing an Arab girl. But to explain my title for this post–if you’re reading this and you are already on the same side of the viewing fence as I am, then I’m just ‘preaching to the choir,’ as the saying goes. Or if you’re like Diana, then you’re likely to think I’m the one that’s blowing smoke. The Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?” and then walked out without waiting for an answer.  And a close friend of mine got a poor grade on a college exam once by having an answer to that question knowing full well that the instructor’s intent had been to prove there was no such thing.

So why then are people like Diana, or her defender Haris so offended when they are accused of lying, even while casting the same stone at others? The answer is because there surely is such a thing as truth, or the truth, both on an eternal plane and in the plain sense of objectively verifiable observed data. And also because the knowledge of that is built into human nature. Ok, but so why am I pursuing this? The choir hardly needs preaching too, and the anti-choir will not be persuaded, so who am I trying to reach here?

My answer is simply that there are many, many good honest people ‘out there’ who do not have the information needed to distinguish the truth, and that if just one person can be helped by blogs like mine, well then, it’s certainly worth all these electrons I’m shooting out over the internet, isn’t it?

And also among the Dianas and even the Khuloods of this world there are honest people who just need to discover the truth. I’ll end this with a first person account of an Israel hater who went to Israel to fortify her hate but came face to face with the undeniable truth instead, and became an Israel lover: Nicky Larkin: Israel is a refuge, but a refuge under siege.

Am Israel chai – the people of Israel live.

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Now, what was I saying about offense / defense?

Both Israel and diaspora Jews have to stop playing defence and go onto the offence. Israel has nothing to be defensive about or for which it needs to apologise. It is the enemies of Israel who are promoting injustice and the denial of international law and human rights. Playing defence intrinsically cedes ground to the enemy.

For years, Israel has been playing a defensive diplomatic game, which suggests inescapably that it has a case to answer. Such diplomatic cringing has badly undermined it and hugely strengthened its enemies, who are taking advantage of such weakness over and over again.

I couple of weeks ago, I posted some lengthy comments by respected author Melanie Phillips. She is one of a growing number of voices who are sounding the alarm for Israel and its defenders to take the initiative against, as she so well puts it, “a total inversion of truth evidence and reason.”

In routine, everyday discourse history is turned on its head; logic is suspended; and an entirely false narrative is now widely accepted as unchallengeable fact. This has led to a kind of dialogue of the demented in which rational discussion is simply not possible…

For the west to suck up to its enemies while bashing its friends like this is the diplomatic version of auto-immune disease. And eventually this disease will kill it…

If you need an example of a false narrative being presented as fact, just look at Hassan Ali’s comment to my post of December 9th. Or this list of perversion after perversion, going back several years (including an incredibly inventive narrative of how the Kotel is not actually the Kotel—thanks RubinReports!). In any event, please do read Phillips’ essay The challenge of public diplomacy vis-a-vis the delegitimisation of Israel.  At first I considered pulling out a few of her more striking points, but there are so many that I’d just end up reposting the entire article. My main point here is to call attention again to the glaring need, and thankfully the beginnings of a willingness to stand up and fight.

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Another fighter whom I’ve often quoted is Caroline Glick. She also gets some hits in on this issue, pointing out that it’s not just words, it’s warfare:

Information warfare is not simply a question of competing narratives, as it is often characterized in the West. Information war is a form of warfare whose aim is to use words, symbols and images to force people to take real action. These actions can involve everything from war to terrorism to surrender…

On May 8, 2001, a group of Palestinians from a village adjacent to the Israeli community of Tekoa in Gush Etzion got their hands on two Jewish children, Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran, from Tekoa. The two boys were bludgeoned to death with stones. The details of the butchery are unspeakable. The question is, what can make human beings butcher children? How can a person hurt a child the way that their killers hurt them? The answer is Palestinian television.

Glick goes on to outline how PA-TV is used for around the clock incitement, using doctored footage and other methods of deception.

The immediate context of Glick’s Jerusalem Post article is Hezbollah’s very real threat of a shooting war, dependent on the outcome of the Hariri assassination investigation. She uses this to underscore, as she concludes, that:

…information wars are not just about getting out the facts. Like kinetic warfare, they involve power plays, intimidation and the use of subconscious and visceral manipulation.

Israel has recently awoken to one aspect of information warfare. It has recognized the consequences of years of demonization of Israel in Europe and international organizations. But Israel has yet to awaken to the fact that it is a type of warfare and has to be countered with counter-information warfare.

Obviously this doesn’t mean that Israel should begin acting like its enemies. But what it does mean is that Israel must begin using more hard-knuckle techniques to defend itself. It must begin targeting people’s emotions as well has their minds.

For instance, when Israel is confronted by threats of lawsuits for acts of self-defense, it responds with defense attorneys… When Israel is accused of targeting Palestinian civilians, it responds by attaching legal advisers to combat units. What it should be doing instead is providing video footage of Palestinian children being trained as terrorists and exploited as human shields.

War is a dirty business. Information warfare is a dirty form of war. And if we don’t want to lose, we’d better start fighting.

I think we’ll be hearing more of this sort of thing in the near future. At least I hope so.

lineman

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Uh, tell me – why are we still pretending to be really talking?

In my last post, I was wondering aloud what’s up with the latest round of peace talks. Caroline Glick brings up an interesting point with regard to this: one of the serious effects of these shenanigans is to deflect attention away from Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Hey! Look over there…!

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Also, I was discussing caginess on the part of Netanyahu. It would be charitable to think that Abu Mazen is working the same angle by threatening to quit his job if the current round of talks don’t work, but he takes the wind out of his own sails by repeating this tactic every time he doesn’t get his way. Oh, well…

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Besides that, he’s already said the talks will surely fail, and it will be all Israel’s fault. So, when do we get to see him quit? I’m not holding my breath.

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Not to change the subject, but we’re still seeing reports about the myth of the Gaza siege. As I’ve mentioned before, the supposed privation of the poor Palestinians in Gaza (as purported to be caused by Israel’s embarg0) is just not happening. Now the International Monetary Fund confirms that the Gaza economy is thriving beyond what most nations can reasonably hope: 16% growth in the Gaza economy over the first half of 2010. This doesn’t mean, though, that there isn’t any gap in Gazan society between the “haves” and have-nots.” It’s just that, as they themselves will tell you when they don’t have a gun to their heads,  the gap is created by the greed of the Hamas ruling class.

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All right, one more observation regarding the talks, once again exposing the dishonesty of the Palestinian side. Guess what! Yes, you guessed it–they admit publically that their participation is completely phony.  Well, not publically in the sense that anyone expects the Western media to pick it up, but Palestinian Media Watch reports today that they’ve come out and said so in the Arab-language media.

As reported in the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,

The PLO’s representative in Lebanon, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah, emphasized yesterday that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which have started in Washington, are not a goal, but rather another stage in the Palestinian struggle… He believes that Israel will not be dealt a knock-out defeat, but rather an accumulation of Palestinian achievements and struggles, as happened in South Africa, to isolate Israel, to tighten the noose on it, to threaten its legitimacy, and to present it as a rebellious, racist state. He noted that Israel faces international isolation with doubt cast on its legitimacy, because of its actions and the war crimes which it has carried out. He added, ‘Many Israelis in senior positions are afraid to travel to European countries lest they be put on trial for their crimes.

I suppose that’s enough said for now. See y’all later.

lineman

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Getting back to the 140s…

I’ve been off the radar for a while; please excuse my absence. But I haven’t been far away; I’ve just been watching from the sidelines, and tweeting a little. But when I saw this, I knew I had to jump back in tonight. The world is so quick to condemn even a misdirected shot fired by the IDF, that no one thought to question the report of a Gaza teenager having been killed by the IDF in a confrontation. That is, until said teenager turned up alive and well. Oops! It turned out the Egyptians had him.

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Moving right along…

A popular singer in Kuwait inadvertently got her countrymen worked up into a lather by singing a song in Hebrew.  She was accused of promoting Zionist ideas, according to this brief INN item I picked up from Unity Coalition for Israel. The culturally offensive and politically incendiary song was none other than Hava NaGila, whose lyrics, as some of you may know, go like this: “Come… Let us rejoice, let us be happy.”

Rejoicing and happiness are strictly forbidden, I suppose, in any place where those thoughts may happen to be expressed in Hebrew. Them’s fightin’ words! I think. Don’t try to explain.

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Ok, I’ll get back to my usual serious demeanor. Did I mention last week that the Gaza City Bank of Palestine was held up by none other than the Hamas Police itself? Only in a place like Gaza will the police go around robbing banks. Never mind that meanwhile the world continues to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars to prop up this thugocracy – they have to hold up their own banks as well. Sort of a reverse Robin Hood thing going on, maybe. Don’t ask me to explain.

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All right, that wasn’t all that serious of me, was it? Let’s see if I can do better. Ah – here’s something that I wouldn’t think of poking fun at: Muslim U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison visited Gaza last week, looking for some 1st hand ways to trash Israel. Being not very successful, of course, he resorted to doing what his sort does best: twisting facts & making stuff up. I’m not making this stuff up (watch it, Lineman – try to stay serious here); read this short piece in Arutz-Sheva News. A few high (or low) points of his foray included blaming Israel for Arab medical crises – never mind that Israel admits dozens of Gaza Arabs into Israeli hospitals every month, calling out Israel’s weapons blockade as being  the primary source of economic hardship in Gaza (which, of course, it isn’t), while deftly ignoring Egypt’s blockade, and ignoring Gilad Shalit altogether. Please don’t ask me what I think of Mr. Ellison’s character or integrity – I’m serious.

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Readers of blogs like this one are likely well aware that the tactics of world media and leftist groups include portraying acts of aggression committed by anyone other than the IDF as justifiable, if not reasonable protest. They point out that it’s the IDF that uses bullets – all these people have at their disposal are things like bricks or rocks or other pieces of rubble, which cannot by any reasonable person be thought of as actual weapons. Or so they want you to think. So they’d like you to think that this report of a near fatal rock attack on a Jewish Israeli represents an aberration. The problem is that it is not at all an aberration – it’s a common tactic of those who claim they are merely fighting injustice with their bare hands. I think it’s a pretty serious matter that so many otherwise well meaning people are so easily duped by tactics like that. And that’s why I write.

Good night.

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Redefining Apartheid

Apartheid SA VS Israel-THUMBIn an earlier post, I attempted to illustrate how ludicrous the idea is of applying the label “apartheid” to the conflicts involving  Arabs against Israel. The divisions and conflicts which existed a generation ago in South Africa simply are not what we’re dealing with in the Middle East.

But today I saw, in coverage of events planned soon for something called “apartheid week,” that there is a broader sense in which the term is being used, namely as a generic term for any situation where a government or regime is abusing the human rights of its own people.

Saudi_brutal_execution_web If that’s the case, it certainly makes identifying apartheid regimes much simpler. No doubt we can very well include under that label most if not all of Israel’s current enemies, perhaps starting with the number one leader of the Arab states, Saudi Arabia. And we don’t have to restrict ourselves to Arab states; Iran, though not Arab, has been very much in the news for its abuse of its own people right about now, and is hands down Israel’s most blatant opponent at this time.  Then there is, of course, Syria, the Hamas regime itself in Gaza, and… I’ll tell you what – you find me one of Israel’s Middle Eastern foes which isn’t an oppressive “apartheid” state, according this version of the term.

But still, that isn’t what the term ever meant, nor should we play so fast and loose with the language that we all become like Humpty Dumpty.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master – – that’s all."

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PalRiots4-Reuters-WEB Another current situation I’ve commented on a few times now is the escalating violence fomented by the Palestinian Authority over Israel’s proposal to designate locations within the country as “National Heritage” sites. It has gotten so bad that I began to wonder if there maybe wasn’t actually some aspect of the plan that normal right-minded people had good reason to be disturbed over.

So I went back and looked, thinking I might have been missing something, but nope – it’s just a hiking trail they’re upset about. Nobody is suggesting encroaching on anyone else’s land, activities, or rights. It’s simply officially saying ‘these places are significant to our history.’  Of course, neither am I suggesting that Abu Mazen or any of the others behind the violence are the least bit sincere in their motives. It’s just another excuse for them to launch violent attacks; sanity is not a pre-requisite.

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That’s about it from me for tonight. I’ve been watching the news on the  8.8 magnitude Chile earthquake and resulting tsunami warnings. I try to keep my focus in this blog on other matters, so I won’t have much to say about it here, other than that we all should be watching, and praying, day by day.

Hold the line.

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“I know you have the videos proving we did it, but that doesn’t mean we did it.”

Huh!? Run that run by me again?

Picture Credit Michael Freund

Southern Lebanon was rocked by an explosion Monday  which appears to have  killed at least five Hezbollah terrorists.  Hostile activity?  No.  It looks like they blew themselves up while attempting to hide rockets intended for use against Israel.  Again.  I mean, blew themselves up again.  This was the second time this year.  Lebanese officials and Hezbollah claim it was "a garage accident"  (gee, oops – sorry!), but the Israeli Defense Forces released a video (watch it here) showing Hezbollah operatives loading weapons from the “garage” onto a transport truck.  Try not to do things like that under the IDF’s noses, fellas; you know they’re watching you.

So what it boils down to is that Hezbollah was secretly moving some weaponry around – weaponry they aren’t allowed to have under the cease fire agreement negotiated through the United Nations to end of the Second Lebanon War – and, in magnificent gang-who-couldn’t-shoot-straight flair, dropped the, uh, ball, and blew themselves up.  Yep, garage accident, that’s what it was.

OK, but the reason I’m writing this post today is that when confronted with the video evidence Hezbollah said that the evidence is wrong.  Well, they’re not saying the evidence was falsified or anything, but that the map is wrong. That is, the incident didn’t take place where it did.  The map is lying, you see.  The Litani River isn’t where it is.  Oh, and it was really Israel’s fault. The explosion was actually from an Israeli shell left over from the war.  A shell that had been sitting there for three years, not noticed, obviously, until the Hezbollah stalwarts were doing, uh, they were doing stuff in their “garage,” and, well, uh, this shell just blew up, you see.

No, frankly, my dear, I don’t see.  I don’t have a clue as to how you guys can get away with such bull. Maps lie? Hey, Nasr, maps don’t do anything, they are just tools, like anything else. And the Litani didn’t move over 10 miles just because you say so.

It would be really easy for me to say right now that y’all are just bald-faced lying.  But maybe you’re just nuts. Naw – you’re lying.

Now, please, dear world, try not to swallow everything they dish up. It only encourages them. And we don’t want them to blow themselves up any more than they have already, do we?

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How long will it take us to catch on?

The “peace loving” Palestinian leaders are anything but. Peace loving, or leaders.

There is a whole lot of great stuff coming out of this week’s Fatah convention in Bethlehem (yes, Bethlehem).

They nearly tore each other apart, because, well, that’s what they do. The Saudis were begging them to settle down & behave, because they were giving the Arab cause a bad name. (Giving?) They are completely divided, they always have been completely divided, and there is no sign it will be anything different in our lifetimes. Yet the US government keeps telling us that they are all in one accord, and just want to make peace with Israel and have their own country and settle down and live happily ever after.

Umm – but what are they saying about their intentions?

Fatah will continue to sacrifice victims until Jerusalem will be returned, clean of settlements and settlers

(Israel National News, Fatah: PA Will Take All of Jerusalem – by Peace or by Force)

See? This is the sort of thing I’m talking about. Of course, that’s also why they say things like,

Although we have chosen peace, we maintain the right to launch an armed resistance…

They do this because they know the drill – keep saying you want peace, in the same sentence you say the opposite, and the poor dupes in the western media will buy right into it.

But not all of us are dupes, are we?

Spread the word; block the lies.

lineman

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