Someone who is not brave or willing to take risks?
By now most everybody knows that an anonymous senior Obama administration official called Netanyahu chickensh*t†. Another unnamed official agreed.
Bloggers rejoiced. Never had they had a more appropriate occasion to inject toilet humour into political analysis. What did these high-ranking pen pushers mean and what are the implications of the word? When are you going to spill the beans Jeffrey Goldberg and name them? Continue reading
Failed two state cognitive dissonance
Sweden has just elected a new centre-left government led by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of the Social Democrat party. Sweden is to “recognise the state of Palestine”, “negotiated in accordance with international law”, “A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine.”
Forget that. If a de-facto State of Palestine is created the one thing it won’t be is obeying the laws governing statehood; won’t offer mutual recognition; won’t have a will to peaceful co-existence and it won’t matter. Continue reading
Expect to see 1,000s of these
Israel Haters apply DoS to flood out Israel
One way to shut down an opinion you disagree with is what is called a Denial of Service (DoS for short) attack. It is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users and commonly involves saturating the target machine with external communications requests, so much so that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered essentially unavailable.
One analogy, on Facebook, of a DoS attack that we will see much of, is illustrated below. Stuff that can be seen as pro-Israel (I saw it first on a video clip of an IDF entertainment unit doing a great version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah)† is flooded with identical cut-and-paste comments as in the screen grab below.
For the Haters it is a WIN-WIN If no one responds they have drowned out support things Israeli (and the more the text is repeated the more likely it is to be found in a high place on search engines)‡. If someone responds and demolishes their lies they have successfully diverted the conversation away – and put Israeli advocates once more on the defensive. They are not interested in the truth. True Denial of Service.
As far as I know, there is no Facebook complaint category that covers this although traditional DoS is universally banned. Denial-of-service attacks are considered violations of the Internet Architecture Board’s Internet proper use policy, and also violate the acceptable use policies of virtually all Internet service providers. They also commonly constitute violations of the laws of individual nations.
Does anyone know the source of the idea? The very exact copy nature of the tactic suggests it is not random. If a social media site it can probably be attacked as HARASSMENT or SPAM.
Any other ideas?
† Deliberately linked to a version where comments are disabled.
‡ This is the reason I use a screen grab rather than copy-paste the text into this post.
Proactive on war crimes and other bits and pieces
It’s been an interesting week (month, whatever): Back-to-back Abbas/Netanyahu speeches at the UN; Qatar receives a human rights commendation; Rosh Hashana and the first rains – sprinkles if you must; the bombing of the self-declared Islamic State with no mention of civilian casualties and Ireland’s Defence Minister denying that the IDF helped Irish soldiers in Syria while at the UN Ban Ki Moon thanked the IDF for its help so this latest Five Minutes for Israel is a bit of a mish-mash of ideas that didn’t quite reach momentum for a fully dedicated post. Gefilte Fish with spicy Dag Marrokai† in honour of the festival just passed, if you will. Continue reading
Israel hater, al Fattah, won’t win freedom of speech prize
Something doesn’t compute here. European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) constantly attack Israel. They demand that the European Union adopt restrictive measures against Israel, specifically a suspension of the EU-Israel association agreement, a comprehensive arms embargo, and to advocate and act for the implementation of the International Court of Justice recommendations in its 2004 Advisory Opinion on the legality of the Wall.
Yet they withdrew blogger Alaa Abd al Fattah’s nomination for the Sakharov Prize because he called for the murder “of a critical number of Israelis” in a tweet in 2012. Continue reading
Is alBeeb Islamophobic?
Yes, you read correctly. Is the BBC Islamophobic?
Could you imagine the outcry if the UK’s Michael Farage or Australia’s Tony Abbot had declared the world’s problems are Islam, Ebola and Ukraine. The BBC would be all over it like a rash – accusing them of Islamophobia and racism.
But check out the BBC News Snapshot: The mounting problems facing the world by Sarah Fowler and Helier Cheung from the 5th of September before it slips down the Internet plughole, never to be seen again accept by Five Minutes for Israel readers who have saved the URL. Continue reading
Melanie Phillips in Jerusalem
Honest Reporting have generously uploaded the entire video of Melanie Phillips‘s speech Western Jewry – Paying the Price for Gaza in Jerusalem on the 27th. Israel advocates who were unfortunate and didn’t hear her in person get a second chance. It’s an hour well spent. So what is there to write about? Continue reading
First I wanted to be a cowboy – now I want to be a journalist
A tweeted photograph by a Swedish journalist has received 40K retweets and remarkably little analysis.
Is placing your helmet on a child for a photo any less improper that placing a toy or a Koran in rubble to ‘improve’ a shot? Don’t both deserve the label Fauxtography?