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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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The Wheels of Injustice Grind Slowly, or, Israel Still on The Rack

gaza-flotilla-greece_200X133 I haven’t posted for a while; I’ve just been watching while the world tightens the screws on Israel. Or at least tries to—since I last wrote, there have been two amusingly failed attempts to embarrass Israel, the flotilla which never quite got underway from Greece, and the similarly failed “flytilla” attempt.

Of course the big thing coming up is the specter of the United Nations vote next month to officially recognize a “Palestinian” state in the territories occupied by Jordan and by Egypt from 1948 to 1967, but now under Israeli administration. Never mind the lack of a viable governmental structure on the part of the Arabs occupying those areas, or the likelihood that the whole endeavor will blow up in their faces, there exists nonetheless a “bizarre alliance against Israel” (as Michael Curtis at American Thinker puts it)–American and European observers remain blindly focused on imaginedSyrian-Massacre_200X121 shortcomings of the only viable Middle East democracy, ignoring the obvious problems (to put it mildly) of Arab countries. (For example the ongoing slaughter of the Syrian people by their own regime.)

Israel’s ace in the hole, as it were, is a promised US veto in the UN Security Council, but there are also subtle reasons to doubt that promise.

For reasons which I have stated before, I still think it will come out all right in the end. But just how close we are to the end is a little hard to tell.

So won’t you watch with me?

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Ah well, back to the down & dirty.

GIYUS definitely belongs on my list of truth lovers (and I hope to call your attention to more as time allows), but they get special treatment, being the group that keeps sending me the lists of nasties to act on.  Here is the most recent:

Help Israel and the IDF win the next fight with the Flotilla

 

In the year that passed since the terror organization IHH tried to "break the siege" on Gaza while attacking IDF Navy soldiers, the Turkish group has been plotting a rerun of the event. This time around, IHH plans to have many more ships from all over the world all trying to set sail into Gaza.

There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza and Israel delivers all goods through regular channels. If the flotilla was about delivering aid to Gaza Israel would gladly accept the aid and deliver it to the people in Gaza. But this flotilla is not about aid – it’s about hate towards Israel and about trying to create a provocation against Israel. It’s about denying Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

Jewish leaders across the world are pressuring European countries not to allow Flotilla ships to set sail. That pressure seems to be working as the French Flotilla group announced their ship will not sail to Gaza. Even Turkish Foreign Minister acknowledged that in light of the newly opened Rafah crossing the flotilla is not necessary and  urged the flotilla organizers to reconsider. The Turkish IHH group is scheduled to announce their decision within a few days.

While we hope the next flotilla will indeed be smaller, this is an ongoing battle. The battle field is online and social media is the weapon of choice.

If you’d like to help Israel in this time of terrorists provocations and help avoid the next attack on Israel please take a few minutes to look at the individuals listed below. These people are the global support base of the Flotilla movement. Giyus.org took the time to identify those that raise funds for flotilla activities, support terror organizations like IHH and Hamas and blindly act against Israel no matter what. They use their Facebook accounts to spread heir hateful anti Israel message.

These are the faces of the new web 2.0 antisemitism – please log into your facebook account and report these users for abusing Facebook to spread hate and antisemitism.

Click on each NAME link to reach the relevant facebook profile to report. Click on the report link on the bottom left hand side of the profile page. When you click on the report link a small window opens up. Please choose the "Inappropriate profile information" option and then choose the 2nd option in the drop down menu – "contains hate speech".

Time is of the essence here – the more complaints Facebook receives the more they’ll look into the issue and make it harder for these people to spread their anti Israel hate message.

Thank you for your support and for standing up and saying no to hate and antisemitism. To act on more issues and easily support Israel please sign up to our email updates – make a difference to Israel.

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Greta Berlin

Paul

Paul Larudee

Osama

Osama Alisawa

Adam

Adam Shapiro

Kevin

Kevin Ovenden

Amin

Amin Abou Rashed

Gharbi

Gharbi Anouar

Joe

Joe Catron

Dina

Dina Kennedy

Benji

Benji de Levie

Gail

Gail Coleman

Richard

Richard Reilly

Felice

Felice Gelman

Kevin2

Kevin Clark

Mary

Mary Hughes Thompson

Picot

Aymeric Picot

Nina

Nina Nervestad

Ronny

Ronny Kjelsberg

Georg

Georg Morland

Espen

Espen Goffeng

Thomas

Thomas Lie-Gjedldslett

Dror

Dror Feiler

Ali

Ali Awaisi

Greta

Griet Deknopper

Fatima

Fatima Elmo

Niamh

Niamh Moloughney

Fintan

Fintan Lane

Shawn

Shane Cormac Dillon

Fop

Fop Beal Feirste

John

John Hurson

Leti

Leti Moskis

Maria

Maria del Mar

Laura

Laura Arau

Ehib

Ehab Lotayef

Sandra

Sandra Ruch

Viviene

Vivienne Porzsolt

Raul

Raul Bassi

Andrew

Andrew Muncie

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East is East and West is West…

…and never the twain shall meet? Well, hardly ever.

Yesterday I cross-posted a comment from a prominent leader pointing out that Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East.

Right away I was presented with a couple of qualifications to that statement:

1) Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East but it is the only stable, reliable, credible, capable, predictable, democratic and non-conditional ally of the USA in the area.

2) Israel is the only Western and pro-Western democracy from the eastern Mediterranean around to Australia.

Let’s bear that in mind.

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And not to muddy the waters, but the waters sure are getting muddy around here. The murder last week of Hamas lackey peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni called to attention the complexity of relationships between terrorists. It seems that terror organizations like Hamas have even more radical terror organizations nipping at their heels. An item in The Media Line details some of the problems super-fundamentalists known as Salafis are causing for Hamas in Gaza, as well as for the governments of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

And honor among thieves? Don’t even go there.

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Further complicating matters (but in a good way) is a recent poll showing that Palestinian Arabs are getting tired of the killing. According to the Palestinian journalism and research organization JMCC, the number of Palestinians who support military operations against Israelis went from about one half to one third between January 2009 and April of this year. That still leaves a lot of war mongers, but it’s a big step in the right direction.

It’s also consistent with numerous findings that Israeli Arabs would much rather remain Israeli Arabs than come under the authority of a Palestinian state, thank you very much.

Maybe if the Salafis and Wahhabis and Hamas can all wipe each other out, we can then have some peace. That may well be too much to ask, but there’s no harm in asking, right?

TTYL,

lineman

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PS: Thanks, Rodney, for the pic!

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Goldstone: ‘Doh!’ PA: ‘Goldstone? Goldstone who?’

Goldstone-at-UNHRC-WEB The big Israel-related news item I’m reading today is South African judge Richard Goldstone’s retraction of the falsehoods he leveled at Israel back in September of 2009. I consider it fortunate that this news is circulating rapidly and widely. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a media statement which says it most succinctly:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Saturday), 2 April 2011, has called upon the UN to immediately cancel the Goldstone Report

"Everything we said has proven to be true: Israel did not intentionally harm civilians, its institutions and investigative bodies are worthy, while Hamas intentionally fired upon innocent civilians and did not examine anything. The fact that Goldstone backtracked must lead to the shelving of this report once and for all."

Further commentary (and better than I can offer) on the subject can be read in The Atlantic, JINSA, IsraeliGirl, Honest Reporting, and many other places.

So what do Judge Goldstone’s partners-in-crime have to say? All of a sudden, to the PA he’s not the bosom buddy he was up until a minute ago, the UN does not appear likely to acknowledge the change at all, and a respected “main stream” publication like The New York Times doesn’t even seem to be aware of it. Or more like it, they pretend not to be aware of it. Not a real honest bunch, this.

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Speaking of my correspondent IsrealiGirl,  a few days ago she sent me another fascinating expert interview. This one was with award winning scholar and author Dr. Esther Webman, who makes the point that Arab anti-Semitism is not a basic part of the Arab mindset (or at least did not start out that way), but is something that was carefully crafted for political advantage just a few generations ago. Now that’s interesting, isn’t it?

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And speaking of speaking of IsrealiGirl, here is the latest compilation she’s made of Hate Links to Report:

Palestinian Hate and incitement leads to terror – report hate links now

Israel is under a terror attack. Grad rockets are falling in Beer Sheva and Ashdod in the south. Terror have also returned to Jerusalem today when a bomb went off near the central bus station. A woman was killed and dozens are injured. Just 10 days ago a family was massacred in Itamar – parents and 3 children were butchered while they slept.

Terror starts with incitement. Hate is used to legitimize the terror act. The Palestinians’ culture of praising terrorists produces terrorism. Social media sites are the perfect platform to spread hate and incitement.

If you are as upset by these events as I am I urge you to take action now – report these links for spreading hate and leading to terror against civilians.

  • Facebook – Make sure you are logged into your Facebook account. Click on any link and then on report page or group and choose the reason (Contains hate speech or attacks an individual)
    • Third Palestinian Intifada – this relative new group has almost 250,000 members. It calls for a renewed "resistance" fight against Israel, much like what’s been going on in the last few days. 
    • Israel Terrorist – calls Israel, US and Britain terrorist states and glorifies Hamas and Hezbollah
    • Stop Nazi Israel – comparing Israel to the Nazis is just a cover for the bluntest antisemitism
    • Stop Israel – sends all Jews to burn in hell..
  • Twitter – Login into your twitter account and click on any of these links. click on the options button located on the upper right hand side Twitter button. Choose the 3rd option which would report that user to Twitter.
    • Amer Al-Bayya – spreads the tales of Hitler and the Zionists..
    • Ismael – claims Zionisn is ethnic cleansing of Palestinians

Thank you for taking the time to report these links. All of us here in Giyus.org pray that this circle of violence will be stopped. We each must do what we can to that end.

To act on more issues and easily support Israel please sign up to our email updates – make a difference to Israel.

I wrote earlier of the need to get off the defensive. It’s worthy of note that since the above list was posted, the Third Intifada Facebook account has been taken down due to pressure from people like you and me. This may be a start.

TTYL.

lineman

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Syrian HQ at Ramallah in view?

the-exodus-1947-haifa-july-1947_RS A commonly obscured historical fact in the Middle East is that the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 are not Palestinian territories at all, but areas that were wrested at that time from the military control of Jordan, Syria, and Egypt, those nations having occupied the areas in question since the 1948 War of Independence.

An article I noticed last night by a former chief of Israeli security not only reminded me of that, but got me thinking about the possibility (or even likelihood) of those areas being reoccupied by one or more of those same powers in the event of the creation of a “Palestinian” state. Or we could possibly even see an Iran puppet state installed in the center of the Jewish nation–an Iranian (or Syrian, or Jordanian, or Egyptian) puppet state armed with any number of long and short range missiles. All the current talk of a two-state solution assumes that any Palestinian state created would have a great deal more stability than its neighbor Lebanon or even the occupied territory of Gaza. (Occupied by Hamas, that is.)

Oh, but there would be guarantees of international oversight, so this would never be a problem! Guarantees that, so far in recent history, have proved quite useless. Witness the impotence of UNIFIL in southern Lebanon, for instance.

The article’s author, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, wasn’t quite so blunt about it, but he does point out a few other matters that should grab our attention. Even if (big if) the area could be “demilitarized,” (at least on paper) the nature of the military threats posed have changed to where they’ve moved outside the range of activities that could reasonably be enforced under any demilitarization system currently in use. In the General’s words,

4LM_Final_day_of_the_war_sees_Katyusha_rockets_in_Haifa …the real threat comes not from tanks but from rockets, anti-aircraft missiles, and anti-tank missiles. The common denominator among all of these is the ease of smuggling and clandestine manufacture, as is taking place today in Gaza. No monitoring system that may be established will be able to prevent this.

General Eiland goes on to lay out further often-overlooked but major considerations, including tactical aspects as befits his expertise, but the upshot of it, from my inexpert perspective, is that things are not as we’re accustomed to perceiving them, and that our misperceptions could be very dangerous indeed.

Coffee, anyone?

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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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