Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sky Broadband: It is a hate crime to report about antisemitism and anti-Zionism

I have reported a number of times before how this site - along with many pro-Israel sites - are blocked by various mobile service providers (using the default security settings) while no such blocks are placed on the most vicious anti-Israel (and indeed blatantly antisemitic) sites. 

Increasingly, I am hearing that now even broadband service providers are blocking pro-Israel sites. For example, somebody trying to access my site using Sky's broadband today has informed me they got the following message:
Sky Broadband Shield "The site was blocked because it matched the following categories: Weapons, Violence, Gore and Hate"
The mobile and broadband companies use third party services for these parental/security controls. Those third parties rely in part on end users reporting 'offensive sites'. A known tactic of the anti-Israel activists is to report pro-Israel sites as 'hate speech' and that is why we get blocked. It seems that these activists are not content just to make up vicious antisemitic blood libels against Israel which are a perfect inversion of reality (such as the current one parroted by Gerald Kaufman that Israelis are executing random Arabs and 'planting knives on them'). They are also determined to silence anybody actually calling them out and reporting the truth. 

See also: EE blocking pro-Israel sites

Jewish student complains about Hitler poster on Birmingham University campus - gets bombarded with antisemitic (and anti-Israel) abuse

When Jewish student Izzy Lenga complained about the above "Hitler was right" poster being put up at Birmingham University she might have expected a sympathetic response. Below is a sample of the hundreds of 'supportive' messages she got on twitter (and Britain's 'official Jews' - especially CST and JLC take note: stop deluding yourselves that antisemitism in the UK has got nothing to do with the tsunami of anti-Israel lies propagated by the media and politicians).

New tweets are coming in all of the time. These are a few from yesterday:

@izzyjengalenga Ashkenazi wasting police time because they don't like the truth. Suck it up

@noahlevy94 @vicmandrake @izzyjengalenga I am sickened by the crimes and perversions of #Jews #HitlerComeBack

@DanTwitWit I cry how these parasites aren't glassed every day #SaveUsIran @izzyjengalenga @drewmistak

Tyr Man @AryanIsOurTitle @izzyjengalenga Adolf Hitler was right. He is the hero for every European, but most are under the veil of lies told about Adolf Hitler.

Glengoolie Black @GlengoolieBlack This bitch is the problem with the UK. Making everything about the Jews. #HitlerWasRight #FuckAllNonWhites …

Glengoolie Black ‏@GlengoolieBlack 18 hrs18 hours ago @izzyjengalenga Hitler hated all people of colour, stop making this just about the jews. They whine enough as it is. #HitlerWASRight

John Preston ‏@ClericPreston2 16 hrs16 hours ago @unibirmingham @izzyjengalenga You called the policed over a difference of opinion ?Isn't University supposed to be about conflict of ideas?

audrey ‏@2nd_hydra 16 hrs16 hours ago @izzyjengalenga i bet you put this up yourself, you just want more victim points

Ban Xenophilia ‏@AWashington88 15 hrs15 hours ago @izzyjengalenga @Bjorn_blonde how is this anti Jew? It doesn't mention Jews at all or what Hitler was right about..

sadie ‏@segaqt 11 hrs11 hours ago i'm glad we're finally teaching history accurately in our schools @izzyjengalenga

Lucien Dumatin ‏@Luci3nDM 9 hrs9 hours ago €50 says she posted them herself... Wouldn't be the first time a "proud jew" did so GamerGate Developer ‏@GamerGateSF 7 hrs7 hours ago @izzyjengalenga @bird_bangs Hitler did nothing wrong

Not Jay ‏@SchmukkenSchmay 7 hrs7 hours ago @bird_bangs @GamerGateSF @izzyjengalenga not true hitler did do something wrong his paintings were shit

park ‏@bird_bangs 7 hrs7 hours ago @SchmukkenSchmay @GamerGateSF @izzyjengalenga Not true. I enjoyed his work with zyklon b.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

The "Official Jews" response to Kaufman: pathetic and inadequate as I predicted

With no rational way to defend the ongoing tsunami of unprovoked attacks by Palestinians/Muslims against Jews in Israel, the antisemites and their friends in the media resorted to a simple lie: "there were no such attacks, and in fact Israel is deliberately killing Palestinians and planting knives". Hence they have created the latest blood libel against Jews.

As I noted in my report on Dave Collier's scoop about Gerald Kaufman, the most serious aspect of Kaufman's speech was not the 'Jewish money buys influence' lie (that Kaufman has stated many times before) but the above blood libel - that incredibly has now become part of the public narrative, with the odious Amnesty International buying into it. At the end of my article I said:
What's the betting that the "Official Jews" only focus their complaints on the Jewish money aspect (because criticism of that is accepted in all 'respected liberal circles') but ignore the far more damaging blood libel (because that, after all, means defending Israel and calling out Palestinian lies, which in not accepted in any liberal circle)?
Well, with the exception of a very good and clear statement by Jonathan Arkush of the Board of Deputies, Britain's 'official Jews' have responded exactly as I predicted. Where they have raised a complaint they have chosen to completely ignore Kaufman's blood libel. The statement from the CST manages to give a detailed report of Kaufman's speech but completely avoids any mention of his claims about Israel even though that was by far the dominant part of the speech! The statement from the Jewish Leadership Council talks about "all the old-fashioned anti-Semitic trope" but also without mentioning the blood libel. All of the Jewish MPs who have made statements about it have also ignored the blood libel.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kaufman's latest antisemitic outburst: as usual the media focuses on the wrong thing

David Collier attended and recorded Gerald Kaufman's talk yesterday at a Palestine Return Centre event in Parliament. The Jewish Chronicle has used his recording to run a story whose headline is also being picked up elsewhere:
 Labour veteran Sir Gerald Kaufman claims 'Jewish money' has influenced Conservatives
His statements about Jewish money and influence are indeed odious - so bad that even the antisemites of the Palestine Return Centre have distanced themselves from them. But he has been spouting this nonsense for a long time.  What is new and far more sinister is that he publicly made a series of blood libels against Israel, starting with the statement:
.. In the last few days alone the Israelis have murdered 52 Palestinians 
This is the lying narrative that Palestinian Muslims are using to justify even more attacks against Israeli civilians. Since every Palestinian death has been the result of them mounting unprovoked attacks against Jews, and since almost every one has been recorded on video (see examples here) this is probably the most easily refuted blood libel in history. That a supposedly intelligent man can make such a statement at an event in Parliament is the real story here. Kudos to David Collier for exposing it, but now is the time for Britain's "Official Jews" to recognise where the focus of this story really lies and to pull their finger out and start legal proceedings against Kaufman.

p.s. What's the betting that the "Official Jews" only focus their complaints on the Jewish money aspect (because criticism of that is accepted in all 'respected liberal circles') but ignore the far more damaging blood libel (because that, after all, means defending Israel and calling out Palestinian lies, which in not accepted in any liberal circle)?

30 October Update: As I predicted Britain's "Official Jews" have indeed chosen largely to ignore the blood libel aspect.

JK Rowling: would actually really love to boycott Israel ..but not its anti-Zionist writers and academics

24 hours after signing a statement opposing the cultural boycott of Israel (a very weak statement anyway, since it assumes the flawed narrative that the Palestinians will be happy if they are given their own Jew-free state after the forced evacuation of nearly a million Jews from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria), JK Rowling has made clear her real beliefs:
The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. I want to see the Israeli government held to account for that injustice and brutality. Boycotting Israel on every possible front has its allure. It satisfies the human urge to do something, anything, in the face of horrific human suffering.

What sits uncomfortably with me is that severing contact with Israel’s cultural and academic community means refusing to engage with some of the Israelis who are most pro-Palestinian, and most critical of Israel’s government. Those are voices I’d like to hear amplified, not silenced. A cultural boycott places immovable barriers between artists and academics who want to talk to each other, understand each other and work side-by-side for peace.
Varda Epstein has written a superb response to Rowling's nonsense which should be read in full. She notes:
Rowling wants to encourage Jew-hating Jewish Israelis who damn their own people and ignore their suffering, thus strengthening the hand of Arab terror by giving the terrorists a pass for their brutal be‎havior.  Rowling wants to make Arab terror about something else: lack of hope, terrible treatment, humiliation, the usual lies. Instead of what it's really about: plain old, garden variety Jew-hatred.
Interestingly, Rowling's stance is identical to that of left-wing Jewish students in the UK who used exactly the same arguments last year to oppose the academic boycott. Here is the graphic I did then:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

LSE and its antisemitic Middle East Centre over-represented with jerks signing academics' boycott Israel letter

No surprise that the LSE is over-represented with jerks signing the academics' boycott Israel letter in the Guardian (21 out of the 343). The LSE hosts the Arab funded Middle East Centre, which ever since it was set up in 2010 has been a focus of anti-Israel bigotry and discrimination.  I have been covering this from the start (see links below) - although this barely touches on the extent of their appalling behaviour (I have not had time to publish all the stuff I know). It is especially telling that the Centre Head, Prof. Fawaz Gerges, is one of the signatories as it confirms what a fraud and liar he is.  In my various correspondence with the LSE they have tried to deny, for example, not only blatant anti-Israel bias but also discrimination against Israeli academics and students. Yet, now we have the Head, no less, declaring openly that he is a boycotter.  And this is also the guy who claims to be an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict and is often used in that capacity by the BBC an Sky News, who go along with the pretence that he is somehow an even-handed expert.

In addition to the odious Gerges, Dr. John Chalcraft (who is on the Management Committee of the Centre) is also a signatory. It was Chalcroft who in 2011 proposed the LSE motion to boycott Israel  - a position hardly consistent with somebody managing a Centre that is supposed to be dedicated to research about the Middle East. But a quick look at the Centre's publications and seminars over the last 5 years confirms that genuine academic research is not what they do. They do political propaganda, much of it targeted against the one country in the Middle East that they actually have no knowledge of because they do not allow its representatives (except those who campaign for it destruction) to be staff, students, visitors or speakers.

For the record the rest of the LSE signatories are: Prof. Gautam Appa, Dr. Robert Boyce, Mike Cushman, Dr. Konstantina Davaki, Prof. Conor Gearty, Prof. David Graebe, Dr. Jason Hickel
Prof. Nick Humphrey,Prof. Richard Hyman,Prof. Frank Land, Prof. Ailsa Land,Prof. Susan Marks,
Dr. Claire Moon, Prof. Martha Mundy, Dr. Linda Pickard, Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, Prof. Richard Sennett, Dr. Tony Whelan, Dr. Kalpana Wilson

Update 30 October 2015: LSE hosts exhibition honouring Palestinian terrorists

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wow: It took an Intelligence Agency to discover that Arab Muslim immigrants might be antisemitic...

Above is a screen capture from the front page of the Jerusalem Post a few minutes ago. In other news after extensive highly secret and expensive investigations, European Intelligence Agencies have discovered that the Pope might be a Catholic and that it might rain in Manchester in the next 3 months.

Still I guess it is something that the German Intel have discovered the bleeding obvious all by themselves, since it is considered 'Islamophobic' to actually point out that most Arab Muslims  are brainwashed into antisemitism from birth. In fact, for Syrian refugees Israel remains enemy #1. But they could have looked at this table I posted a few weeks back:

*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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

BBC's response to a complaint: TerroristLivesMatter

The response below was actually to this complaint. From their response (which is by no means the worse I've had over the years) it is clear that the BBC seems to feel that the families of Arab terrorists killed in attacks require as much sympathy as the families of Jews killed by those terrorists. Also note that they actually focus on a single report that described one terrorist attack from an Israeli victim's perspective. I believe that this may have been the only one in the several weeks of coverage (which  is one more than Sky News I guess, so that's something positive). In contrast, there have been many dozens of special reports that have focused on Palestinian 'grievances' (the 'occupation', the 'Al Aqsa mosque' ad nauseum) which the BBC implies is justification for the massacre of Jewish civilians. The BBC clearly feels that as long as they present one item from the Israeli perspective for every 100 from the Arab perspective that confirms they are showing 'both sides of the story'.
Thank you for contacting us about the recent escalation in violence in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. We have received a wide range of feedback about our coverage of this subject across our television and radio programmes, and the BBC News website. In order to use our TV licence fee resources efficiently, this response aims to answer the key concerns raised in complaints received by us, but we apologise in advance if it doesn’t address your specific points in the manner you would prefer.

We appreciate you believe our coverage of this story has shown bias in favour of the Palestinians and against Israelis and the state of Israel. In this response we hope to explain why we feel this has not been the case.

Across our news bulletins and programmes we have reported on the increasing number of attacks committed by Palestinians on Israeli civilians and security forces. We have broadcast reports where our reporters have spoken to the families of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the recent violence and have heard their respective stories and own specific takes on the conflict.

For example, during BBC One’s News at Ten on 9 October we heard from Odel Bennet. She and her husband were attacked by a Palestinian in the Old City the previous weekend. She was seriously injured; her husband and a rabbi who intervened were both killed. During the report we showed amateur video footage of the attack. We then heard from Mrs Bennet who, from her hospital bed, spoke of her fear and pain, and described how Palestinian passers-by mocked and verbally abused her while she lay wounded on the street.

We have tried to explain how the current situation has come to pass from the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives. This has included reporting on the tensions around the holy sites in Jerusalem. We have also reported on criticisms of the Palestinian leadership’s response to the attacks, in particular the Israeli government’s claim that President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are guilty of inciting violence in the West Bank. We believe we have reported clearly on the threat of violence faced by Israelis on an increasingly regular basis and of the difficulties faced by security forces in stopping these attacks from taking place.

BBC News tries to report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an accurate and duly impartial manner. Sometimes this means we can’t always reflect the full extent of the complexities of the conflict during one standalone report or bulletin. We try to tell the story of the conflict as experienced by both sides, across programmes and bulletins and over time. We believe this has been the case during our coverage of this recent spike in violence.

We have raised your concerns with senior editorial staff at BBC News, who consider the range of feedback received from our audience when deciding how they approach reporting on stories. Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards BBC Complaints

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Monday, October 19, 2015

If the media reported previous acts of violence like they are now reporting those against Israeli civilians

There have been lots of these types of graphics doing the rounds and I have done some myself before but I'm not sure they have properly captured the analogy of blaming the victim for daring to try to stop being killed. I think these capture it properly.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Letter from Pisgat Ze'ev, Jerusalem

Pisgat Ze'ev in quiter times: Jews and Muslims mix in Kosher Cafe

This is a letter sent by a friend living in Pisgat Ze'ev, Jerusalem to her friends outside Israel.
Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your wishes. It means so much to hear from you and to know that you are thinking of us. We miss being in touch, hope you are doing well, and are heartened by your concern. Yes, these are definitely difficult times, times for concern. I know you wanted to hear more from someone local about what’s happening here and how we’re reacting. These are my impressions….

Well, recent events reflect some shifts in Israel that have been a long time coming but somehow still caught us by surprise in their intensity. Jerusalem is feeling the heaviest weight of the burden, reminding us too much of past intifadas and conflicts, of past pain and of worse things that may yet come. Although this “terror wave” isn’t yet being called an intifada or uprising, in a way Jerusalem feels at war.

My friend whose son is in the SWAT unit of the border police is experiencing the worries that parents of soldiers felt during last summer’s war, when their sons were deep in the Gaza Strip trying to stop the incessant rocket fire into Israel and to uncover the terrorist tunnels. This time, our boys and girls on the front lines today are standing vigilantly on the tense almost-empty street corners of Jerusalem, which until a few days ago was thriving with local visitors and foreign tourists all enjoying the beauty of its old historical walls, burgeoning night life, and delicious Israeli restaurant fare. Now, all these places are silent, with Israelis rushing from their homes to workplaces and back, avoiding public spaces. And with many Arab workers barricaded in their East Jerusalem neighborhoods and prohibited from going out to work in the Western part of the city.

Maybe it’s not yet a war, but we certainly are on the defensive. Suspicion has replaced guarded trust and familiar casualness between Jews and Arabs in our city. Mutual suspicion and fear have risen up between Jews and Arabs – who honestly and truly do coexist in Jerusalem – in its hospitals, grocery stores, cafes, and government offices. Relative coexistence pervades even the neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev to some extent, with some Arabs buying homes here – including my own next-door neighbor. But now, in this terror wave, suspicion has raised its ugly head. How can it not? When a 13-year-old Moslem boy from our adjacent neighborhood of Beit Hanina walks over to Pisgat Zeev with the intention of killing Jews and then brutally stabs another 13-year-old, a Jewish boy riding his bicycle on a quiet residential street outside the candy and toy stores in Pisgat Zeev, how can we now help but look over our shoulders at every Moslem child and adult passing us by on the street?

If such young boys and girls can be persuaded into believing ludicrous lies about the Israeli Jews’ intentions to destroy or confiscate the Al Aksa Mosque atop the Temple Mount, if these children believe that killing Jews is the right way to protest that supposed threat to their holy of holies, if their Facebook pages and muezzin sermons and tacit parental approval lead them on this treacherous path, then what hope do we have for the future generation of Moslem youth growing up with these negative convictions? Most experts here believe that the vast majority of Jerusalem’s Arab residents wants quiet, wants peace, wants to keep working in the city. But as often happens in our country, the volatile extremists make their mark and influence events.

Wariness is rampant on both sides: The Jews are trying anxiously to avoid encounters with possibly malicious Arab neighbors, and moderate Arabs have told us that they too are afraid – of revengeful accusations or even worse from angry Jews and of repercussions from Arab extremists for speaking out and condemning this latest spate of violence.

So many friends have been close to terrorist attacks. In the course of two days this week, I personally had three “near misses” right before/after knife attacks – at Ammunition Hill, in Pisgat Zeev at my children’s train/bus stop, and at the Central Bus Station. Tuesday afternoon, I was on my way to pick up my son from high school because we decided he shouldn’t be taking public transportation when his route had been hit several times by terrorist attacks in past days. A few minutes after leaving Pisgat Zeev, I unknowingly drove up to Ammunition Hill/Police Headquarters just after a young woman shouted “Allah is Great” and stabbed passers-by. I arrived at the same time as the first responders. Stuck in my car in the road blockade at the scene, I saw tens and tens of soldiers, police, and civilians running to help, rushing to try to save their fellow Israelis. I saw head-scarfed Arab girls who had witnessed the attack, sobbing and rocking on the ground in horror. I watched the paramedics who had treated both victims and perpetrator, putting the stretchers into the ambulances. I looked on as the city’s mayor, Nir Barkat, quickly arrived to assess the situation and calm the onlookers.

In this crazy situation, from my car, I thought about how, unfortunately, our too-frequent past experiences have made our city’s responders extremely efficient. And another thought hit me: With all of the tremendous complexity it entailed, the medical personnel gave care to the terrorist too, not just to her victims. I’ve seen that humanity again and again over the past few days – and not just from those who took the Hippocratic Oath. Although Palestinian propaganda-mongers have been claiming the opposite, I’ve seen that even people trying to prevent these lone terrorists from continuing on their killing spree have been trying not to use excessive force to stop them, when possible.

And I thought again how these times have made all of us come together as a community, in our mutual concern and defense. Rather than running away from frightening events, even civilians ran toward those in distress. Yes indeed, most Israelis are veterans of military service, but not all have combat experience and yet the sense of collective responsibility, of proactive action, dominates and pulls people to try and help.

That sense of community and humanity extends out to you. We feel your presence and your togetherness with us, from afar. Let’s continue to be in touch and let’s hope and pray that these difficult days pass quickly, and when things calm down we’d really like to see you here again in our beautiful city.

Best wishes for quiet days,

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Friday, October 16, 2015

LBC's pathetic response to my complaints about Nick Ferrari

I've sent two complaints recently to LBC about Nick Ferrari's repeated suggestions that "Jews kill Arabs for no reason" (one about the 25 September programme and one on 13 October).

I have received a response which appears to be directed to the second complaint but it is actually a standard response sent to everyone who complained about that programme and misses the specific complaint I made.
Thanks for your email. We always appreciate people getting in touch to share their thoughts and views on our output.

In what has been a very busy week of domestic, UK-based news we have found time to report on recent events in Israel. As ever, our approach has been to adopt a very careful and cautious approach in our coverage, sticking to the facts. This was the approach taken by Nick Ferrari on Wednesday during his interview with a journalist from the Jerusalem Post and lengthy, sympathetic discussion with a caller from a suburb outside Tel Aviv.

Please be assured we will continue to analyse our output as we strive to make it as accurate and relevant as possible, given the often fast-moving and complex events we are covering.

We also appreciate there are many deeply held opinions about what is happening and will continue to aim to reflect a wide range of views.

Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.

While LBC at least responded on this occasion (Sky News never do and nor do most newspapers) I have sent back a follow-up complaint.

Dear LBC

Thank you for your response but it does not address my specific complaint. It does not matter who Ferrari interviewed. I complained about the words Ferrari used to introduce the subject (and incidentally these were the ONLY words said about the subject for about 10 minutes, so many listeners would ONLY have heard those words). He said at about 8.40am:

"To Israel now. And a Palestinian has been fatally shot in Jerusalem. More on this later".

This was after multiple terror attacks that very morning in Jerusalem specifically against Jews in which four Jewish civilians were killed (mostly elderly) and dozens injured in shooting, knifing and car attacks.. The Palestinian who was 'fatally shot' is the man who committed the atrocity that you can actually see here:

For Ferrari to have used the words he did to summarise that morning's news from Israel was inexcusable and can only be put down to either him or whoever fed him this 'strapline' as being driven by antisemitic hatred and ignorance. It was disgraceful and shoddy journalism that requires a full on-air apology by Ferrari.

Moreover, I also bring to your attention the fact that Ferrari conducted a 30-minute antisemitic blood libel on 25 September when he accused Israelis of killing a 'tiny young woman' for no reason even though she had in fact attacked them with a knife after refusing repeated attempts to stop advancing.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The antisemitic scorecards are back - so here are some alternatives

Update 19 Nov 2015: Change to the scorecard. Since one of the five people killed in today's terrorist attacks against Israel was an Arab this means that he, along with all the terrorists who have been killed during the attacks, will be added to the Palestinian scorecard and not the Israeli scorecard. That means that Israel is officially blamed for his death also.

Original Post (15 October 2015):

The most iconic textual images from last summer's Gaza war (as on all previous occasions when Israel finally responded to terrorist attacks from its neighbours) were the incessant 'number of deaths' scorecards that were shown tickertape fashion on every single news channel 24 hours a day. This obsessive ritual is used only when Israel is involved in a conflict (did you ever see the number of dead British or US civilians mentioned when those countries mount attacks against Arab countries)? . Because of the lengths that Israel goes to in self-defence, the number of dead Israelis is invariably lower than that of its enemies. So the scorecard is a very simple trick with which to demonize Israel.

Now, finding it more difficult than usual to pin all the blame on Israel for the current wave of unprovoked terrorism against it, the media (by which I mean every single newspaper that has bothered to report at all on what is happening and every news channel including supposedly 'pro-Israel' Fox News) has brought back the scorecard in order to demonize Israel.
So, for example, the following text has appeared everywhere today:

"8 Israelis and 30 Palestinians, including 11 that Israel alleges were attackers and eight children, have died after almost two weeks of street attacks and security clampdowns"
Apart from ignoring the hundreds of unprovoked terrorist attacks against Jews and the number injured, this scorecard refuses to acknowledge that ALL of the Palestinians killed were attackers and that includes the 'eight children'. There are any number of scorecards that could have been chosen (see below). This one has been chosen and framed because - even in the face of hundreds of unprovoked attacks where only self-defence has been used - Israel can be cast by its enemies as the real aggressor, and by its 'friends in the US and UK' as using 'disproportionate force'. The scored is pure antisemitism.

And here are the scorecards which, curiously you never see:

*Still no actual suspects in the Duma fire that killed two Palestinian and which authorities claimed was the result of arson by 'Jewish' terrorists.

Update: Just seen this announcement trying to ban the Israeli deputy ambassador from speaking at a University debate:

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Today's pro-Israel 'rally', Muslims attack Jews in London, and the media playing the numbers game again

Some photos above and below from this evening's event that I attended. It was supposed to be outside the Palestinian Mission in London to protest against the ongoing Palestinian terrorism but, as is common when Jews organise this kind of event, the anti-Israel mob (laughingly called 'pro-Palestinians') not only turn up in force but got prime spot outside the 'Mission', while the pro-Israel crowd were assigned to an alley far away and out of sight. Well I guess it is a perfect analogy for the way the British media represents the ongoing terrorism in Israel. And so - instead of seeing any kind of revulsion (or even mild protest against their direct support for terrorism) - the Palestinian Authority people in that mission (like their leaders in Ramallah) will be comforted to know that no matter how much terrorism they carry out and no matter how gruesome and indiscriminate the slaughter they inflict, they will continue to get great support from all over the world and never be called to answer for their crimes. That's some incentive to stop isn't it?

I would have thought that with both a real war being conducted against the Jews in Israel and a simultaneous media war to cover it up (or blame the Jews) there would have been a very good turn out, especially as it was promoted by some of the 'official Jewish' organisations including the Board of  Deputies. But the turn-out was very poor (I counted about 80-90 people) and the Board of Deputies were - like their presence throughout the current crisis - invisible.

After the rally I met a young orthodox Jew called Efrayim Goldstein from Stamford Hill. As if to confirm what I have been saying (e.g. to my MP) about the impact of  the inverted reality reporting by the British media (which turns Muslim terrorists into victims and slaughtered Jews into oppressors) he told me that there has been an upsurge of antisemitic attacks in Stamford Hill over the last two weeks. Just today there were three attacks including Muslims shouting all Jews must die at a coach load of children and an attack on a Jew whose car window was smashed. I have since seen reports confirming this here, but again of course it is ignored by the main stream media, especially as the attackers were Muslims.

Finally I was waiting for this to happen and it has started. Finding it more difficult than usual to pin ALL the blame on Israel for the wave of terrorism against it the media has started to play the numbers game - something which is unique to coverage of Israel.  So, for example, prominent in tonight Evening Standard is this statement:
"Six Israelis and 27 Palestinians, including nine alleged attackers and eight children, have died after almost two weeks of street attacks and security clampdowns"
So, apart from understating the Israeli dead and ignoring the hundreds of Jews injured, the Standard fails to state that ALL of the Palestinians killed were attackers and that includes the 'eight children'. But, hey they play the numbers game now because it fits their narrative. A number like 750 Muslim attacks against Jews in the last two weeks compared with 1 Jewish attack against Muslims (which incidentally was carried out by a 16-year-old and hence is as much as a 'child' as the 8 Palestinians above who, by virtue of being 17 and under are not classified as 'attackers') does not fit the media narrative.

In the distance here are the anti-Israel protesters
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

These horrific videos must be seen because they expose the lying Palestinian narrative

I am trying to get my head around the fact that 1000 unprovoked attacks in 2 weeks by Muslims against Jews in Israel is now a reason for thousands of anti-Israel supporters to take to the streets again to protest against Israel 'killing Palestinians' (e.g. a major demo is planned in London at the weekend). The only Palestinians who have been killed were those who had launched attacks in which the Jews defended themselves. But the world refuses to recognise this.

The videos here are all from CCTV cameras and show the world the true nature of Palestinian Jew hatred. But most of all they expose the lies of the Palestinians who have claimed that in all these (and other similar cases of which there are now many dozens) the Palestinians who ended up dead, wounded, or just arrested, were the victims.

The first video is from one of the many terrorist attacks in Jerusalem on 13 October. Among the victims of this attack were Rabbi Yishayahu Krishevsky who can be seen first being crushed by the terrorist's car and then hacked to death with what looks like an axe.

If this video was from any other place in the world (or if the victims were not Jews) then I can guarantee 100% that it would also have been the top news item on every news channel everywhere in the world. But, since showing it would destroy the 'Palestinian victim' narrative, it must be ignored. So, while the entire world media a few weeks ago was fixated on a video clip of an Israeli soldier restraining a kid who was throwing stones, this video and the story behind it was (with very few exceptions - which were universally inaccurate and incomplete) completely ignored by almost all main stream media. They presumably accepted the Palestinian claim that this was a simple car accident and that the frightened and panicked driver only 'lashed out in self-defence'.

The second video I believe is from one of many stabbings in the old city of Jerusalem in the period 2-5 October . Note how the terrorist returns to the scene several seconds after leaving it to ensure the last victim is killed  by stabbing him yet again through the heart.

The third video is from Pisgat Ze'ev on 12 October when two Arab teenagers aged 13 and 15 randomly stabbed a number of Jews, including two young Jewish children who were critically injured. One of the Jews - who was riding a bicycle - is a 12-year-old in my nephew's class who was due to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in a couple of week but is now fighting for his life. Yet incredibly the media story in this case (which has been huge) is all about Israel 'executing a 13-year-old Palestinian child' - who is actually alive and well have been treated at (and now released from) an Israeli hospital.

The forth video is from Raanana on 13 October showing an Arab suddenly running at a group of Jews at a bus stop and stabbing them.

The main stream media have universally accepted the Palestinian narrative that in all these and similar cases the attackers were just as much victims as those they killed. 

Only by publicising these videos as widely as possible will the lying Palestinian narrative be exposed.

For an alternative spin on this story see this on my satirical site but, sadly, it genuinely reflects what most Palestinians and their supporters believe.

Incidentally, can anyone explain why it is left to people like me (who have full time jobs that have nothing to do with this) to do this kind of exposure while the lavishly funded Board of Deputies of British Jews still remains silent and inactive?

Finally here is a collection of graphics I have produced in the last couple of weeks:

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Nick Ferrari: Jews killing Palestinians for no reason again this morning

The details of the bus attack are only just emerging, but it is clear that at least two Jews were killed including an elderly man. And this is all we get from Nick Ferrari and LBC.

By not only covering up for the terrorists, but also slamming Israel when a a terrorist dies, the media is providing a massive incentive for continued Palestinian terrorism. For them it is a win-win. They kill Jews and yet get all the sympathy while Israel gets even more blame.

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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?

(23 Oct 2015 Update: I've had a response from the BBC to my complaint about this).

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". Above 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 government 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.