Attorney Mrs. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the founder and face of Shurat HaDin–Israel law Center is one of my personal heroines. Israel’s wars are fought in different arenas: with bullets and planes; in diplomatic arenas; in public opinion, where frankly we aren’t doing too well, and in the courts – so-called Lawfare. She personifies this judicial battle against terrorism, an arena, thanks in no small measure to this lady, we have had real, measurable victories. Last week I had the privilege of listening to Mrs. Darshan-Leitner in Jerusalem, courtesy of Honest Reporting. Continue reading
Passover greetings from 5MFI
The illustration, by an unknown artist, of Moses parting the Red Sea was created between 1350 and 1375. It is one illustration from Rudolf von Ems’ Chronicle of the World (Weltchronik) written more than a century earlier.
I thought it was appropriate to use it because although the artist hadn’t mastered geometric perspective, that technique would have to wait another century he certainly has a perspective on the story of Passover†. A perspective that was unchallenged until the 20th century. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt to freedom in the land of Israel. One can only imagine the look of complete bewilderment on his face if told that Palestinians beat them to it.
We will consider it!
The BBC response to the force the BBC to fulfill their obligation for impartiality petition can be summed up in two statements. You weren’t specific enough for us to follow through and don’t think you are being ignored but you’ll never know differently.
The petition of more than 700 names refered to BBC boilerplate. So, by definition, it was general. It seems that a general error, consistently repeated, hence the expression boilerplate is not something that can be complained about. Our next step is to send them a page full of linked articles where they have failed to mention doubts about civilian casualty figures. Continue reading
Better coordinated BBC
The BBC has responded to the complaint I sent in and corrected the caption we referred to in Uncoordinated BBC It now reads ‘The relationship between Israel and the Palestinians has worsened sharply in recent months’.
Although I would have preferred the photograph less reminiscent of ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugene Delacroix, 1830 it is a small step in the right direction. We congratulate the BBC both for the correction and for the promptness.
Thriving with the J-word
A short while ago I commented on the Biased BBC blog. If Jeremy Bowen doesn’t think what he says is antisemitic [I prefer the term Jew Hatred, myself] what does he think is antisemitic? Then I expanded that enquiry to what does the BBC consider antisemitic?
Is it a term like terrorist that they find hard to define so they essentially forbid its use? Or is it one that can only be safely used in an historical explanation; a location other than Britain; practised by groups the BBC already finds politically incorrect or while denying the BBC suffers from it?
Can we predict what a BBC article on Jew Hatred will look like when Auntie Beeb finally does get around to discussing it? I suspect that Living with the J-word by Michael Goldfarb would be exactly what the BBC would order. The combination of high profile attacks on Jews in Paris and Copenhagen with the report from Community Security Trust that antisemitic attacks on Jews in the United Kingdom are an all-time high made some form of BBC response imperative.
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The Palestinians are often noted for appropriating everybody and anybody’s narratives. When I first became interested, in-depth, in Israel advocacy the PLO were claiming that plane hijackers and bus bombers were somehow the equivalent of Viet Cong fighting a guerilla war. So it wasn’t actually surprising that they hitched-a-ride on International Women’s Day. Nor was it surprising that they took the slogan from this year and MADE IT HAPPEN! Continue reading
Week 11: Was Netanyahu’s trip worth it?
In week 7 we asked, should P.M. Netanyahu go to Washington? Three quarters of what is, we admit, a tiny, self-selected sample, said yes. Now you’ve heard the speech before Congress; seen the fallout and had a chance to think about it. Was it worth it? How do we judge? Continue reading
The BBC writes PLO to end historic Israeli security agreement.
Leaving aside that this is a threat made many times before, a certain piece of vital information seems to be missing in the second sentence in this article The PLO is the representative body for Palestinians and its decisions are binding for the Palestinian Authority.
Who are the heads of the PLO; the Palestinian Authority that is apparently subordinate to it and Fatah the largest faction in the PLO? Only one head: Mahmud Abbas. So the PLO, led by Abbas instructs the PA, led by Abbas to stop cooperation. He in turn will order Fatah, led by Abbas, to stop cooperating. Continue reading