You be the judge
Sometime ago we lamented then soon-to-be demise of satirical program LATMA . We are delighted to find that it has returned to Israel Channel One rebranded HaCol Shafit (הכל שפיט)†. In my translation that is Everything can be Judged. This is a step forward as the previous incarnation only appeared on the Internet.
HaCol Shafit – the programme that doesn’t forgive anything – is scheduled for 21:55 on Thursdays and after the news on Friday on Israel’s Channel One. I expect that non-Hebrew speakers will soon be able to watch a subtitled programme, soon, on the Internet.
Here’s a question for you. What do the siege at a Sydney Chocolate restaurant, the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher, and Boko Haram have in common?
If your answer is, Nothing to do with Islam! high political office is waiting for you. Continue reading
Week 4 – Be careful what you wish for
His Majesty’s government views with favour …
One standard Palestinian claim is that to redeem themselves for their original sin of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 Britain is obliged to force the creation of the Palestinian State on Israel. It occurred to me after reading Uri Savir’s recent piece in AlMonitor that essentially said that Europe will do everything it can to manoeuvre the Americans NOT to veto in the Security Council that an important question has not been asked.
What is the responsibility of the nations who demand a Palestinian State when that state collapses and/or makes war on its neighbours?
It’s a Syrian child!
I’m waiting until the Palestinian
DisInformation Center gets sufficiently embarrassed and replaces the cover on their Facebook page. No link because I don’t want even for a second to boost its place in search engines but I’m sure you can find it and ridicule.
She’s brave and bloody and Syrian – not Palestinian at all.
Syrian not Palestinian
This one is puzzling
The hasbara war is fought, at least in the social media, seemingly in a battle of memes. You must have seen hundreds of snarling pussies, exasperated babies and intoxicated, reverse-capped youths each with a different funny label telling you exactly what they are thinking.
The photograph below puzzled me.
The first casualty in war is truth
When it comes to demonising Israel the last thing that matters is truth. Time and time again we see photographs from other conflicts such as Iraq or Syria or even Bosnia or Ukraine purporting to be of Arabs mistreated and worse by Israelis. Time after time photographs are recycled from archives, given a recent date and a new caption to suit a more recent lie. Sometimes the supposed injustice to Palestinians is actually something that happened to Jews.
From one point of view the haste that Muslims groups and there supporters have shown to dissociate themselves from the Charlie Hebdo killers is a good sign although the explanations are predictable. It is a question still to be answered whether this was a recognition that the acts were inexcusable; regrettable but the cartoonists/Jews had it coming to them or simply very bad P.R. Continue reading
Are we really Charlie Hebdo?
I must admit and I’m ashamed to admit it that I feel some Schadenfreude, about the horrifying events in Paris yesterday. If I knew the French term for enjoying your enemy’s distress I would use it, but apparently the French have also borrowed the German term. Ironic. Are they also going to bow down to groups that hold them in contempt? Continue reading
If one has been following debates in international and national forums there is one question never seems to be raised. What will this government/international organisation/bunch of ratbags do if (I would say when) the Palestine State they want to force on Israel collapses like a pack of cards. Actually two questions never seem to be raised. The second is how will recognising this fantasy state, in any way, be a benefit to my country?
Guest Barry Shaw, author of Israel Reclaiming the Narrative and the The View from Israel. blog asks:
When the West Bank becomes Hamastan will the left be so keen on a Palestinian state?