A ‘D’ not an ‘F’ in history

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Far too many in the media and especially among his Israeli opponents are letting their Netanyuphobia cloud their judgement. The Israeli Prime Minister is, by far, not the only world leader to ever get his historical facts mixed up and life is not the term paper of Nazi–­Arab Collaboration 101. The correct parts of his statement are far more important than his mixing up his dates.

The Arab countries were firmly convinced that Germany would win the war and that the Arab cause would then prosper. The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews and the Communists. Therefore they were prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in the war, not only negatively by the commission of acts of sabotage and the instigation of revolutions, but also positively by the formation of an Arab Legion.

Official German record of the meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, on November 28, 1941, at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin. 

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Violent women

star-France24From Gaza to Ramallah, women on the frontline of upsurge in violence

Did you miss the France 24 video on Palestinian female emancipation</SARC>, a couple of days ago? I must admit I did.

At first I was deeply offended by the totally uncritical repetition of Palestinian agit-prop but on second viewing I’m not so sure. What do you think? Continue reading

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France 5 from 24

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France 24 (pronounced France vingt-quatre [fʁɑ̃s vɛ̃ katʁ] on all French, English and Arabic editions) is an international news and current affairs television channel based in Paris. Its stated mission is to cover international current events from a French perspective and to convey French values throughout the world.

The channel has since 2008 been wholly owned by the French government (via its holding company, l’Audiovisuel extérieur de la France (AEF)), having acquired the remaining shares held by its former partners Groupe TF1 and France Télévisions. Its budget is approximately €100 million per year.

So how are they doing when it comes to reporting the current violence in Israel? Malheureusement – They should be better. Continue reading

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The RT of defamatory

VideosAfula shooting

With so much nonsense going around about the shooting of a terrorist in Afula this extreme blow-up may help clear the air. This is a frame from the video that is circulating. it certainly looks like she was still armed with a knife and dangerous.

Check out the clip below. It is clear that she was carrying a knife and had no intention of dropping it.Arab woman raises knife after attempting to kill security guard - Afula Continue reading

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star-UN-150x150 Disappointed by Bibi at the UN?

All over the social media Israel supporters are trumpeting that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s United Nations speech was a triumph. Am I the only one who was UNDERwhelmed? Continue reading

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Did you see that?

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Lebrecht has removed the offending graphic (see The BBC in concert) and I have been called a liar and conspiracy monger for claiming it was clearly labelled as antisemitic caricature.

If one of you followed the link to the original source in Lebrecht’s catalogue, and read the label before it was removed, please confirm in comments.

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The BBC in concert

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The inclusion of a nasty caricature  of Hungarian violinist, academic, conductor and composer, Leopold Auer (1845 – 1930) in the BBC summer concert festival raised a short lived storm. The BBC apologised. “We’re sorry to anyone who was offended by the image choice – this was never our intention.” and promised not to use it again.

I was planning to write that antisemitism has been so defined out of existence that the programme designer might not even have been aware of the similarity to classic antisemitic imagery or even that Auer was Jewish. That was until I searched for the image on the Internet and read the description in the only place I found it. Unless someone can find another source for the picture claiming innocence is a hard argument to sustain. Continue reading

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star-iceland-150screwed-iceland-flagReykjavik boycotts Israel

The job of a local council is essential but generally boring. “Can we vote relocating money from the budget for sewerage to the pedestrian crossing repainting budget”? So can we really be surprised when Reykjavik ventures into the much more fun area of foreign policy? Continue reading

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Breakfast with the Ambassador

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Last week I crossed off another belated life milestone – embassy reception. To be fair, it wasn’t exactly at the Irish embassy but I did have a chance to speak with the new ambassador. Continue reading

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The wrong virus

star-BBCFree Syrian ArmyDa’esh or FSA. Does it matter?

A photograph suits an agenda and becomes viral. Sometimes, even frequently, the graphic doesn’t show what those sharing in the social media think it does. The BBC seems to have caught one of these. How we wish the BBC would show such an eagle eye for Palestinian fauxtography and Pallywood. Continue reading

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