Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lush pushing the Death to Israel narrative

Daphne Anson has flagged an incredible piece of anti-Israel propaganda on the website of the cosmetics company Lush. It prompted me to write the following to their Customer Care team at customercare@lush.co.uk:


Dear Lush customer care

We have enjoyed buying your products over the years at your London stores. Our friends in Israel are especially keen on your skin products. However, having seen this announcement on your web page we certainly will not be going to your store again until you withdraw this page, and issue an apology.

This article is anti-Israel propaganda, spewing out Hamas-inspired hatred and lies that are easily dismissed. There has been no Israeli occupation of Gaza since 2005, but this has not stopped them firing 10,000 rockets at Israel since then. The statement that there are "levels of poverty more commonly associated with sub-Saharan Africa" is total nonsense that is easily disproved from UN figures. Any poverty in Gaza is due to the Hamas government, since the Palestinians there receive more per capita in aid than any other people in the world. I suggest your read the evidence here. And I don't think the pictures of Gaza you will find on the web pages here and here exactly lend support to your narrative.

As for supporting the Charity War on Want, this charity has been spending money on anti-semitic material for many years and is almost entirely dedicated to deligitimisation of Israel. In the last three years their 'charity' has been given directly to the terrorists of Hamas. They have no interest in helping the Palestinians - they simply want to destroy Israel - just like the people behind your campaign. After all, what do you think the headline "Freedom for Palestine" means?  Hamas and the Palestine Authority make it very clear that it means death to Israel.

That is why this web page is so offensive to Jews and any intelligent person.

Yours

Edgar Davidson

p.s. It appears that your own researchers have been using my Rules and Guidelines for Middle East reporting without my permission and I shall therefore be contacting my lawyers about that.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Following up on the Rules for Media Reporting on the Middle East

Having posted my Rules and Guidelines for reporting on the Middle East I realised that it creates plenty of interesting opportunities. Whenever I see examples of writing that conforms to the Guidelines I can simply post a message congratulating the writer for following my guidelines (and provide the link). I just tried out this strategy. First I looked at the BBC website. There were several recent articles that clearly conformed to the guidelines, but sadly there is no facility for posting comments. Next I tried the Guardian and there was a classic article, but sadly again comments were closed as it was more than 24 hours after the posting. So I ended up at the Huffington Post and found the following article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharmine-narwani/israels-faux-golan-border_b_872212.html

After signing up I posted the following comment:
Sharmine

Thanks for this very insightful analysis of what happened on the Golan border. I can see that you are committed to the following guildlines:

http://edg­ar1981.blo­gspot.com/­2011/06/ru­les-and-gu­idelines-f­or-western­ers.html

I strongly recommend this to all Huffington Post readers as it provides some very easy guidelines on how to counter classic Zionist arguments in the media.

Edgar

 I also noticed that the author of the article -  Sharmine Narwani - is a Senior Associate at St Anthony's College Oxford. So I posted the following email to the Warden of St Anthony's College:

Dear Prof MacMillan

I came across an article on the Huffington Post by one of St Anthony's Senior Associates Sharmine Narwani.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharmine-narwani/israels-faux-golan-border_b_872212.html

I am not sure if you pay Sharmine as a Senior Associate or if Sharmine teaches any of your students. Whatever the case it seems you could  get exactly the same service free of charge by simply applying the following guidelines, which Sharmine has simply learnt off by heart:


http://edgar1981.blogspot.com/2011/06/rules-and-guidelines-for-westerners.html

Yours sincerely

Edgar Davidson


I look forward to the response.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Media mugs


If you need any proof of the craven, stupid, and instinctively pro-Arab bias of the British media it is worth noting that, until just a few weeks ago, they were still insisting that Syria was a country intent on reform and goodness, with the glamorous young Assads at the helm.

So, for example, whereas the Sun now finds any opportunity to demonize Israel (see yet another example today), the only previous mentions of Syria were in articles like the one here. It's over a year old, but fortunately for us, the Sun has not yet been embarrased enough to remove it from their website (in case they do as a result of this posting I have kept my own copy). The article includes such biting analysis as the following:

Yesterday she (Mrs Assad) was seen in a Sky TV interview in jeans and tight top extending an olive branch to the West.

She spoke of reforms in Syria, adding: "What we are trying to do is make sure the progress we are making across the country is inclusive to everybody or as many people as possible, whether it is economic, political or social."

In doing so, this former London schoolgirl could bring some much-needed stability to this troubled region.
 The first comment by by 'talanizam' is also truly accurate and prophetic:

am from Syria , i live in Damascus and am asking every one to come and see how amazing country we have. every thing u hear about Syria is not true ...... it is peaceful here with sweet and friendly people we have a great leader Mr president and his wife who are working day and night for our country and every day there is big improvement and i can tell that they are doing great job. we syrians are proud of them coz they represent syria in a great and right image
they are a beautiful couple exactly same as Syria
Who needs Al Jazeera when we have the Sun heh? While Syria burns in a brutual civil war they can continue to focus their anger on Israel.

p.s. There are plenty of so-called intelligent people in the UK (including many Jews) who don't actually read the Sun but who parrot the line that 'the Sun is pro Israel' (because it was 4 years ago).

Monday, June 06, 2011

Now Sky News piles in with blood libel against Israel

UPDATED: The Sun's coverage even more outrageous (see below) than Sky News - but both are part of the News Corp, which under the leadership of James Murdoch, has morphed into having an anti-Israel propaganda agenda.

Self-explanatory letter of complaint sent to Ofcom and Sky News:

Sky News yesterday and today has been leading with a story "Israeli Forces Kill 23 Protesters On Border". Although the online version of the story did eventually state that the claim of these deaths was 'made by Syrian state television'  this point was not made on yesterday's TV headlines and the importance of the point would have been lost on most viewers. Syrian State television is the propaganda mouthpiece for one of the most evil and secretive regimes in the world - a regime that is currently massacring its own citizens on a daily basis (over 1200 dead since March). According to Syrian State television none of that has been happening. The fact that Syria has banned all foreign journalists should be sufficient grounds for any respectable news outlet to have doubted their claims. So why is Sky News using an information source that is so obviously wrong?

There were dozens of journalists witnessing the events from the Israeli side of the border yesterday and not one of them corroborates a single death or serious injury. The Sky story fails to explain that the entire event - which was an attempt to breach Israel's border -  was organised by the Syrian regime that is desperate to divert attention from the daily massacres it is carrying out against its own people. Indeed while Sky news fall for the lies of the Syrian regime it ignores the more reliable information coming from the Syrian Reform Party that has issued a statement here that that states that the regime paid hundreds of impoverished  farmers $1,000 each to show-up at the border and $10,000 to their families should any of them succumb to Israeli fire.

Should there be any doubt about the impact of this Sky News blood libel against Israel I draw your attention to the comments that have been posted on Yahoo News' link to Sky's story:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/israeli-forces-kill-23-protesters-border-024551641.html

Here is just a sample of the hatred being spewed there:
It's just the Jewish version of ethnic cleansing

How come no NATO military presence of some sort in order to protect civilians has ever been considered? Possibly because the Jews hold the West by the balls. They control most banks and financial institutions, their covert presence and control of the media and large corporations is widespread, and they also are amongst the largest donors of political parties (left and right) in most countries. In the UK and the US they are amongst the largest donors in fact.

No other nation could ever get away with occupying another whilst over the years conducting a systematic massacre of the local population.

How long are we going to put up with Israel's bully-boy tactics???

We will put up with Israel while they own and run the USA.

This is just plain murder.

Where are the nazis, israel has just forgotten what happened to them in europe? now they are doing the same to otherr people and the americans don't see anything wrong with it??, once again they are digging their grave slowly.. it will soon backfire

Finally, what makes the Sky coverage especially shameful is that, while it leads with its blood libel against Israel, there is no mention at all of the many dozens of genuine civilian protesters who were shot dead in various cities in Syria yesterday. Perhaps your reporters should look at some real evidence of this like here:

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2011/06/gruesome-video-of-syrian-soldiers.html

Update:
The Sun does not even bother to quote Syrian TV as the source of the 'killings'. It simply presents the Syrian claims as fact in its article which leads with the statement "Israeli troops killed at least 20 protesters on the Syrian boder yesterday". There is no source quoted other than "one onlooker'" who said "it was like a turkey shoot".
I have filed off another complaint to them.