How the BBC inverts the news
In the latest BBC ‘Palestinian’ story, the headline leads the reader to believe that this is mainly about his demise. Yet out of 466 words only 49, including the headline and the bold type lead paragraph, have anything directly to do with the death.
It’s a classic case of semantic manipulation, Media Studies 101, if you will. Compare how the BBC reports Palestinian deaths with the way it reports Israeli deaths.
Palestinian ‘shot dead by Israeli army’ in Hebron
Israeli woman and soldier killed in two knife attacks
New video Hamas on Campus and they call themselves Students for Justice in Palestine.
Will a Spanish and/or French decision to recognise the State of Palestine come back and bite them?
The French and Spanish governments are shortly about to repeat the Swedish/English/Irish farce and debate/ decide without debate and probably recognise the fictional State of Palestine. Pointing out the failure of the Palestinians to fulfil any of the traditional requirements of a state won’t stop them. Will pointing out that the very arguments they use to justify recognising
Narnia Palestine can be used against them by their own separatist movements be more effective? Continue reading
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