Monday, October 12, 2015

Israel's "apartheid system" does not seem to be working as efficiently as its neighbours'

Oh and Yemen's massive remaining Jewish community has just been ordered to convert to Islam, leave or be killed....

For an alternative view on this: statistical proof that Israel is an apartheid state.

Revealed: Abbas letter to the UN about Palestinians' fundamental right to stab Jews*

*Although the letter itself is not real it accurately sums up what Muslim 'Palestinians' feel and, compared to the real incitement to kill being promulgated by Palestinians across all walks of society (such as those below) it is actually very tame.

And, in case you think the 'hijab self-defence' claim is far fetched, you must read the story of Shorouq Dwayyat. It is in fact a common Jihadi tactic. Moreover, if you google "Palestinian woman stab hijab" you will come across hundreds of articles like this that accept the lie.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Guess what story is leading the BBC News now?

While the Radio 4 news this morning briefly mentioned the 95 people killed in the terrorist attack in Turkey it gave much more prominence to the story which the presenter headlined as "Palestinian woman and baby killed by Israelis". Below is the BBC News website right now. No mention of the continuing tsunami of attacks against Israel civilians (including the foiled mass suicide bombing attempt on Jerusalem this morning). Also, in common with all other news sources (including bizarrely the Jerusalem Post), the claim of the "Palestinian woman and baby killed by Israelis" was made by Hamas. So why is it instantly believed without any independent verification?

The war against the Jews is now conclusively being carried out jointly by the Muslim terrorists and the media who clearly support them.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

What to say to your MP about the failure of the media and politicians to acknowledge the current war against Israeli Jews

Letter below sent to my MP***(see update below in the light of the outrageous goverment statement by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond)


The war against Israeli civilians and the disgraceful reporting of it by the UK media
You may recall that we have communicated before about the way biased media reporting on Israel is a major factor in the increase in antisemitism in the UK.

Well, if you rely only on the UK media for information about what is happening in Israel you will be completely unaware that in the last week there has been an unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks against Jewish civilians in every city of Israel (averaging 100 per day and increasing as I write) resulting in numerous dead Jews. Because the story is 'only about dead Jews' it is not apparently considered newsworthy, despite the international significance of the events and the fact that the surge in attacks came immediately after Mahmoud Abbas (the leader of the Palestine Authority) effectively declared war against Israel's Jews at the United Nations (another fact unreported by the media).

Indeed, within hours of Abbas's speech on 1 October Palestinian terrorists aligned with Abbas's Fatah organisation jubilantly claimed responsibility for shooting and killing Eitam and Naam Henkin in front of their four young children (all under 10). Subsequent reports confirm that the attackers intended to kill the children as well but one of the attackers accidentally shot the other in the hand after killing the parents and at that point the attackers fled. None of this was reported anywhere in the British media. Nor has the media ever reported on the wild celebrations that take place through every segment of Palestinian society after Jews are killed in such terrorist attacks.

What makes the media reporting not just grossly incompetent but also clearly anti-Semitic is that while they have universally failed to report on the attacks against the Jews, they have chosen ONLY to report incidents in which the Palestinian attackers were killed in the act of committing murder. Moreover, such reports have typically led with the headline "Palestinian killed by security forces...". For example, of special significance was the attack by Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Halabi (who, in contrast to the media’s narrative of Palestinian desperation and poverty, came from a wealthy family and was a law student at Al Quds University). On 3 October Halabi decided to go to Jerusalem to kill as many Jews as he could. He stabbed Nehamia Lavi and Aharaon Benita to death with a knife in Jerusalem while other Arabs looked on and applauded. He also stabbed Benita’s wife Adele and baby. They survived, but only after Adele was slapped, spat at and laughed at by the Arab passers-by while the knife was still in her body. Halibi was eventually shot dead by security forces while attempting to shoot other Jews with a gun he stole from the dead Nehamia Lavi. All of this was captured on video, but none was reported. Instead the BBC led with the ludicrous - but completely typical - headline "Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two" (see em-terror-attack/)

Put simply the media's portrayal about Israel and the Palestinians is a perfect inversion of reality. As a direct result, over the last few years the British public and politicians from all parties have effectively bought into a lie based on a false Palestinian narrative. The impact on British Jews like myself has been serious (I have previously told you some personal examples). We are subject to a barrage of anti-Semitic insults under the guise of 'anti-Zionism' and have increasingly seen 'boycotts' (often involving violent action) of anyone and anything associated with the Jews of Israel. This includes actions like the physical destruction of Jewish owned shops like Ahava and the disruption of every cultural and sporting event in which Israelis participate. But it also includes the EU labelling of goods from the so-called 'occupied territories' which, in reality, is a purely Nazi-like anti-Semitic measure, since it applies only to Jewish-owned businesses in areas such as Jerusalem - the capital of Israel.

As my MP I politely request that you raise this issue with the media authorities and also the relevant government departments. I would also like to know why nobody in Government has even so much as condemned the Palestinian terrorism or the incitement by the Palestinian Authority. This is despite the fact that the latter receives some £150 million each year from UK taxpayers - much of which goes directly to pay salaries of convicted terrorists.

Yours sincerely 

***Note this was before I heard this evening about the appalling statement by the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in which he blamed Israel's 'occupation' and 'violence by Palestinians and Israeli settlers' for the current situation. And there are still people who think that the Conservatives and David Cameron are 'friends of Israel'. Remember Hammond also made a blood libel antisemitic statement (one of the worst ever made by a British Cabinet member) when he said that Israel wanted to spike the Iran deal because it 'wanted to maintain a permanent state of war'. Anyway, I used the online form to contact the Prime Minister to make the following complaint:

I am appalled by the Foreign Minister's statement today which largely blames Israel for the unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks against Jewish civilians in every city of Israel (averaging 100 per day and increasing as I write) resulting in numerous dead Jews. The fact that the surge in attacks came immediately after Mahmoud Abbas (the leader of the Palestine Authority) effectively declared war against Israel's Jews at the United Nations was also unreported by the media and ignored by the Government (just like the attacks against Israelis). The media have chosen ONLY to report incidents in which the Palestinian attackers were killed in the act of committing murder. Moreover, such reports have typically led with the headline "Palestinian killed by security forces...". Now the government seems to have fallen into the same BIG LIE narrative. Perhaps Hammond could also clarify or name even one 'settler' who has attacked an Arab.

How the media sees the timeline of events in Israel

The above describes the current situation in more detail than the following one I produced last year:

I've also just filed the following formal complaint with the BBC:
Although BBCs reporting always follows the same anti-Israel bias its reporting over the last week has been particularly skewed. Since Mahmoud Abbas (the leader of the Palestine Authority) effectively declared war against Israel's Jews at the UN (a fact unreported by the BBC), there has been an unprecendented wave of terrorist attacks against Jewish Israeli civilians (averaging 100 per day) resulting in numerous dead Jews. Not only has the BBC consistently failed to report on this but instead they have chosen ONLY to report incidents in which the Palestinian attackers were killed in the act of committing murder. Moreover, such reports have typically led with the headline "Palestinian killed ..."
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Perfect illustration of anti-Israel bias in the UK media

I've sent the following abbreviated complaint to Nick Ferrari at LBC and the full complaint below.
Dear Nick
While you have completely ignored the continued vicious unprovoked terrorist attacks by Palestinians that are now killing and injuring Israeli civilians daily, on 25 September you spent 30 minutes spewing vicious slander and blood libels against Israel based on the false account of what happened when a Palestinian woman was shot during one such terrorist attack. You gave no context for the story and said that Israelis had no right to self-defence against knife attacks by women.  Given that the Israel account of events was proven correct, I expect an on-air apology
Full complaint to LBC:
Nothing sums up the inherent antisemitism of the British media than a segment of Nick Ferrari's prime time morning show on LBC on 25 September when he spent 30 minutes spewing vicious slander and blood libels against Israel. Taking account of the context and evidence I demand an on-air apology from Ferrari for his ignorance, bias, and lies for the reasons set out below.   

In the previous weeks Israelis had been victims of  multiple, unprovoked knife, car and rock attacks (not to mention rockets from Gaza and Syria) which had claimed the lives of civilians including babies. Not a single one of these hundreds of incidents got a mention on the '24 hour news' channel that is LBC. In one of these incidents a female Arab terrorist (Hadeel al-Hashlamunarmed) was armed with a knife concealed under a burka and ignored calls by soldiers to put her weapon down for several minutes, before lunging at them with the knife. At that point she was shot in the lower part of her body. She later died in hospital. As IsraellyCool reported on 25 September the British media only took an interest in the story when an alternative anti-Israel narrative was spun. Based on a photograph showing that the terrorist was very short while the soldier was tall the Palestinian lie industry claimed that the woman could not have been a terrorist and some even claimed she was unarmed.

Accepting the Palestinian narrative unquestioningly Nick Ferrari (on what was a very heavy news day in the UK) devoted the entire slot between 8.30 and 9.00am to a barrage of abuse against Israel. His invited 'guest expert' to speak about the story was a member of the UK Palestine Solidarity Committee a group of congenital liars and antisemites whose only objective is to destroy the Jewish state. None of the callers seemed to know the true facts about the incident and those who called to defend Israel were ridiculed by Ferrari who repeatedly said that "even if she had a knife what possible harm could she have done with it; it was only a knife".

In fact a subsequent investigation has confirmed that the original Israeli account of what happened was true

But especially relevant is that fact that, in the last week there have been several hundred terrorist attacks by Palestinians (often individuals using knives) against Israel civilians resulting in several deaths and multiple injuries. But yet again LBC has been unable to find the time to mention any of these and, of course, they have been ignored by Nick Ferrari. This is despite the especially savage nature of the attacks and the fact that they have been greeted with widespread celebrations by the Palestinian community. For example, on 1 October Palestinians shot and killed Eitam and Naam Henkin in front of their four young children (all under 10). But of especial significance was the attack by Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Halabi (who, in contrast to the media’s narrative of Palestinian desperation and poverty, came from a wealthy family and was a law student at Al Quds University). On 3 October Halabi killed Nehamia Lavi and Aharaon Benita with a knife in Jerusalem while other Arabs looked on and applauded. He also stabbed Benita’s wife Adele and baby. They survived, but only after Adele was slapped, spat at and laughed at by the Arab passers-by while the knife was still in her body. Despite all of this being captured on video, Nick Ferrari did not feel it worthy of mention – let alone a half-hour spot on prime time. Dead Jews – no matter how horrific and bizarre the circumstances - is no news.

And here is something for Nick Ferrari to look at (Courtesy: via Drora Klement Katzav at Documenting Anti-semitism).  This is a victim of a terrorist stabbing today in Jerusalem.

 Dozens of these attacks are now taking place daily with the incitement of the Palestinian Authority. As Drora says: "why aren't we seeing this image in every single newspaper around the globe? or at least, the big newspapers?"

And here is an example of the 'harmless rocks' that the Palestinians are throwing at motorists and passers-by.

There are still people in the Jewish community who delude themselves that Nick Ferrari is 'pro-Israel' on the basis that he once spoke at an Israel rally. On his own admission his views have since by influenced by his 'Turkish Muslim driver' who takes him to work each morning. No doubt the kind of London based Turkish Muslims who actually convinced a close (non-Jewish) friend that Israeli soldiers in Gaza stuffed Palestinian babies into their tank turrets before firing them.

I've been tracking LBC's anti-Israel obsession for a few years now - so I thought it was worth providing a set of links to previous postings:

Also see Caroline Glick's outstanding article today that summarises Mahmoud Abbas's central role in the current terrorist onslaught.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Terrorist house demolitions: not a deterrent and not a punishment

This is an update of a post from 23 November 2014, that is topical again now that Israel has started demolishing terrorists' houses again. 

There are many actions that the Israeli government could and should take to both deter and punish terrorists and their families (in my earlier posting I referred to Caroline Glick's suggestions in this superb article). I am in favour of extremely harsh measures to counter the current tsunami of attacks against Jews by Arab antisemites in Israel. But demolishing terrorists' houses is not one of them. If any houses are to be demolished the one at the very top of the list should be the $13million palace that Mahmoud Abbas built for himself with US and UK taxpayers' money. After all, it was Abbas's UN speech last Wednesday that was a declaration of war against the Jews and that triggered the slaughter that started the very next day.  Destroying the houses of the PA and Hamas leaders - not their indoctrinated foot soldiers - might actually have a deterrent effect. Indeed it was only when Israel started demolishing the entire apartment blocks where the Hamas leaders lived (in the 2014 conflict) that the latter begged for a ceasefire.

As explained in the above table, there are multiple reasons why demolishing the terrorists' houses not only provides an incentive to other terrorists but is also costly in many ways to Israel. For Israelis there is not even a fleeting satisfactory feeling of revenge, because we know that the terrorists' family will actually be massively rewarded with a far nicer and bigger house, and lifetime financial rewards beyond their wildest dreams. They do not even lose any of their possessions (they are given weeks of warning). Basically the 'punishment' is equivalent to winning the lottery for them.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Media ignores or dehumanizes murdered Israelis

Naam and Eitam Henkin. Faces you will not see in a British newspaper
The brutal murder yesterday of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four young children by Palestinian terrorists was almost universally ignored by the British media*. Not a word on any of the 24-hours news channels or in any of the newspapers I saw today. This is despite the extremely important fact that the terrorist attack was carried out by the Fatah Group of the Palestinian Authority.

Where the murders were not completely ignored, the victims were dehumanised instead. For example (although I did not hear it myself) apparently the attack was mentioned on BBC Radio 4 this morning but only in the context of blaming the victims as 'settlers' who had no right to be living or driving in the 'West Bank'. I also found an online report in the Guardian which not only fails to mention the names of the victims (let alone provide a photo of them) but provides a photograph and headlines from which an uninformed reader might interpret  that the victims were killed by Israeli soldiers. Also note the Guardian does not even state that the attack was carried out by Palestinians but says  "...attack which Israeli military says was perpetrated by a Palestinian"; to its readers that will suggest the claim is false, since the Guardian routinely tells them that Israelis are racists who cannot be trusted.

Guardian article online: no mention of the victims' names; focus is on the 'Israeli military'
And, of course, there is no mention anywhere of the Palestinian celebrations that took place after the attack, although (surprisingly) the Guardian article does note that:
Hamas welcomed the attack. “We praise the heroic operation that fighters in the West Bank carried out and we consider it a true response to the occupier’s crime.”
*In particular, Nick Ferrari and James O'Brien of LBC curiously ignored the story completely even though they both routinely dedicate large chunks of their programmes to demonizing Israel whenever a Palestinian 'civilian' is killed, injured or even seen being arrested by an Israeli. Just last week - on a very heavy news day - Ferrari dedicated 30 minutes of his prime time slot to pure slander against Israeli soldiers for daring to protect themselves from being knifed by a Palestinian woman.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Understanding main stream media jargon about Israel

Media term
Real definition
Brainwashed anti-Semite who has no interest in the welfare of Palestinians but whose main interest in life is to see Israel destroyed as a Jewish state
Western peace activist in the occupied territories
“Pro-Palestinian” as above who also incites and participates in acts of violence against Israeli civilians and provides cover for terrorists intent on killing Israeli civilians
“Free Palestine”
“Destroy the Jewish State of Israel”
Israeli settler
A Jew living in Israel
Israeli settlement
A city or town in Israel
Palestinian refugee
(In 95% of the cases) An Arab whose only connection to the land is that they had an ancestor who came to live there (typically from Syria or Egypt) because of the economic opportunities brought by Jews between 1880 and 1948.
Palestinian moderate
An Arab who demands the end of the Jewish State but who is prepared to allow a small number of “pre 1948 Jews” to live there under Sharia law
Israeli moderate
A Jewish Israeli (normally from the Communist Party) who demands the end of the Jewish State.
Israeli extremist
Any Jew  not prepared to hand over the whole of Israel to the unelected, anti-Semitic, corrupt, terrorist supporting Palestinian Authority
Palestinian extremist
On those rare occasions where this term is still used it refers to a Palestinian who has just massacred at least 10 Jews in a terrorist attack
Jewish terrorist
Either a) a Jewish teenager who has written graffiti on a wall; or b) Someone to blame for an unsolved Arab on Arab crime
Palestinian terrorist
This term is not in use.  
Occupied territories
Indigenous Jewish areas of East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria now made up of
·         (95%): Jew-free areas under the control of either the Palestinian Authority or the Jordanian Waqf
·         (5%): areas that have had a continuous Jewish presence except between 1948 and 1967 when they were illegally occupied by Jordan
Illegal under international law (as in “Israeli settlements”)
A resolution passed at the UN by the built-in majority of the world’s undemocratic anti-Israel states (including 58 Islamic states and a bunch of communist/socialist regimes) that bears no resemblance to ‘law’ and is blatantly contradicted by practice in the rest of the world
Palestinian child killed by Israel
A Palestinian under the age of 26 who was either a) a member of Hamas/Islamic Jihad; b)  Killed by a misfired Hamas rocket; or c) used as a human shield by Hamas
Mosque, school or hospital (in connection with place attacked by Israel during conflict)
Place from where missiles are stored and launched

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

BBC yet again ignores tonight's multiple rocket attacks against Israel civilians

Just sent the following self-explanatory complaint to the BBC.
Several long range rockets were today fired from Gaza by Islamic State (and likely also Hamas) terrorists against Israeli civilians in Ashkelon and Sderot. Can you explain why this failed to gain a mention on any of the BBC News outlets?  It is not even mentioned on the BBC Middle East News section of the website - and it's not even a heavy news day (your current lead national story this evening is "Person on track accident at Twickenham", which just about beats "train arrives late into Waterloo I guess"), Are you simply waiting for Israel to respond before you report anything so that you can write your usual "Israel attacks Gaza" headline? Or are you simply following these Reporting Guidelines?


Edgar Davidson

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Martians attacking the Jews again!

Actual NYT headline 14 Sept 2015
When Alexander Levlovich was murdered by Palestinian rock throwers earlier this week the New York Times covered the story with the headline "Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem".

Actual J Post headline 18 Sept 2015
This prompted Stephen Flatow to write that the Jewish man's mysterious death must have been caused by Martians.

Actual bus that mysteriously caught fire yesterday
But the main stream media determination to relieve the Palestinians of any responsibility for their violent actions is not restricted to 'non-Jewish' sources. For today the Jerusalem Post has the headline story "Israeli bus catches fire in East Jerusalem attack"  which again suggests some mysterious non-human intervention. Yet another case of Mars attacks! apparently.

You can see a video of the bus on fire here.
 Looks like I will need to update the Rules and Guidelines for reporting terrorist attacks against Israelis to ensure that the blame for any casualties lies firmly with the Martians.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

10 years ago a different refugee crisis triggered a very different international response

This is a follow up to my posting comparing the current Muslim refugee crisis to the Jews in the Holocaust. The propaganda, lies and hypocrisy being pumped out by the main stream media and leftists is becoming nauseating (Daphne Anson covers the bias in this post). It is also worth pointing out:
  1. The people shouting the loudest about how the world is not doing enough to help with the current regugee crisis, are the very same people who are most active in trying to bring about a far bigger and more catastrophic refugee crisis.
  2. Specifically, they are the very same people who want to see "Palestine free from the river to the sea", i.e. the end of Israel - the only stable democracy in the Middle East - as a Jewish state.
  3. If these people got their 'wish' it would certainly lead to the flight of all 6.5 million Jews living there. Moreover, since it would also result in a Hamas/ISIS take over that would lead to the final and total destabilisation of the entire Middle East, ensuring many more millions of Muslims fleeing to Europe. 
Apart from the Israel angle there are other important points about the refugee crisis that are ignored by the main stream media: Such as
  1. The irony of leftists/bleeding heart liberals who claim to be dedicated to improving conditions in 3rd world countries, yet insist that all the best and brightest people from those countries must be allowed to leave and live in the west.
  2. The continued refusal to demand that wealthy Muslim countries take responsibility for their own crisis. The left's inherent racism is driving this - they think the refugees 'deserve better' than to be resettled in 'non-progessive' Muslim countries.
  3. The refusal to acknowledge that the new Muslim refugees in Europe will bring not just their antisemitic, homophobic prejudices, but also the same Muslim wars to the streets of Europe. Read this for a taste of what to expect much more widely. 
  4. The refusal to acknowledge that, while it is Islam that is causing these people to flee, Islam is still the one thing they are determined to bring with them.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Muslim and Jewish refugees: spot the difference

The current migrant crisis is terrible and tragic, but has been caused exclusively by Muslim wars and violence*****. Moreover, for reasons I pointed out in this article, attempts to draw analogies to Jewish refugees during the holocaust are wrong and insulting, as are exhortations that Jews must be especially welcoming of the refugees. Perhaps this table (click to enlarge) will make things clearer for those who do not understand the reality (last two rows very slightly tongue-in-cheek).

Update: 10 years a ago a very different international reaction to a refugee crisis

*Number of countries that are signatories to UNHRC convention on refugees and asylum seekers
** BBC report says each refugee costs £50,000 per annum the UK
***Pew Poll of 2015 showed 63% of Muslims want to live under sharia law
****Jews who fled Muslim antisemitism in Algeria and Morocco for France have now been forced to flee France mainly because of Muslims immigrants (especially from Algeria and Morocco). Almost all the current surge of antisemitism throughout European is due to Muslim immigrants.
*****The wealthy Arab Sunni Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE  have been the principle funders of the various wars yet have taken 0 Sunni refugees. And of course Shia Muslim Iran has played the biggest external role in all of the wars and has taken 0 Shia refugees. Meanwhile one minority who deserves refugee status - the Kurds - are being stopped by Turkey from getting a safe haven in their own lands. The other minorities like the Christians and Yazidis (who make up a very small minority) are of course not covered by the above and should be taken in by Christian countries.

Also note that for Syrian refugees Israel remains enemy #1.

UPDATE: The important article here by David Semple gives an indication of the ramifications of importing Muslim refugess into UK cities. While, Daphne Anson has a very good summary of the bias of western TV channels in their reporting on the refugee crisis. Pay special attention to this video.

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