My buddy is at it again. This time, she's written an article that attempts to portray the Israeli side of the Sderot issue. Note the title, which she probably didn't write:
From the get-go, we have the angle of the story. Israelis cowering in fear from the big, bad palestinians. So, let's see what this paragaon of anti-Israel reporting has to say.
Nice lead. But how can Molly tear this sentiment apart? Oh. Here are the next two grafs.
Once again, let's give the pat "qassams-aren't-really-that-deadly" refrain:
So, okay, an effing mortar or three lands in your town on a daily basis, but because it hasn't killed anyone until lately, we have to downplay the fact that terrorists are sending mortar shells into your town? Riiiight. But wait. It gets more offensive, as well as inaccurate.
Let's fact-check Molly's ass on this, shall we? First of all, the rocket that killed the two toddlers was the cause of the latest IDF operation. So the graf should read that the operation was launched after the rockets killed two children. Here, my buddy Molly lies flat-out, and her editors don't obviously fact-check.
Nor do they apply any context whatsoever.
Well, we all know about the palestinian spokesliars, shall we say, inattention to the truth? But even worse, she writes this:
"Guerrillas." Not terrorists. Suicide bombs, which are usually aimed at civilians, and especially at busloads of children, are set off by guerrillas. Eff you, Molly, and the WaPo while I'm at it.
So. What have we learned today, students? Well, nothing new. The mainstream media is filled with people who hate Israel. Color me unsurprised. permalink | |
And now, for something completely cheerful. Max and Rebecca, the two children who have made Thursday into Twinsday for me, turn three today. I'm probably going to miss the party, but their mom reads my blog. So here we go, with the two of them in very typical poses.
Rebecca knows how cute she is, and boy, can she work it.
Max flings himself into the action. Behind him is Rebecca, trying to steal his thunder, but for once, failing.
I actually was going to miss Twinsday yesterday, but then Sarah pulled out the heavy artillery while we were talking on the phone. "Max is walking around with his coat on and a woeful expression on his face, asking 'See Aunt Meryl? Go see Aunt Meryl?' "
She plays dirty. I surrendered, and we had a wonderful time for the first Twinsday in weeks. I've been working on Thursdays lately.
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Every so often, I find myself writing a post about why I do what I do. Usually, it's prompted by someone asking me a question, or making a comment that annoys me. Sometimes it's prompted by my fairly regular soul-searching (that unexamined life thing; I've never had one, don't know how to). This one was raised by an anonymous commenter who seems to be Jewish.
Let's start with the question raised in the first paragraph:
People are paying attention, and it's to our detriment. Somehow, on college campuses throughout the country, Israel went from being a legitimate nation in the eyes of the world to being an illegitimate, "colonial," "apartheid" nation. It wasn't that others weren't paying attention. It's that Jews weren't paying attention to the subtle changes going on right under their noses. Colleges didn't used to be hotbeds of anti-Semitism. Jewish student groups took it for granted that because we think that Israel is in the right, the rest of the world must see that her cause is just. But that's not what's been happening. There is a concerted effort by Arab groups to disenfranchise Israel as a nation, and they are paying a lot of money to fund chairs and scholarships in Middle East Studies to people who support their point of view in academia. Palestinian students on American college campuses are taking their cause to this country by forming groups, holding anti-Israel rallies, and putting out enough anti-Israel propaganda to convince more than a few American students that Israel is the villain in the piece.
Well, you're right in a way, there, but I have nothing to do with that. Secular Jews are the ones who are most responsible for negative images of Judaism. They're the ones writing the negative portrayals of Jewish life in books and movies. (See: Dirty Dancing, Seinfeld, Friends, many others.) Orthodox Jews in America have something like a one or two percent intermarriage rate. That rate jumps to fifty percent for Conservative and Reform Jews. Out of the eleven cousins of my generation, two married Jews. A total of three cousins are bringing up their children Jewish. The rest are Christians or secular Christians who pay symbolic honor to a couple of Jewish holidays (Passover and Chanukah).
It isn't Orthodox Jews who are giving up on Israel. It's not Orthodox Jews who are staffing the pro-palestinian campus groups and ignoring the anti-Semitism at the pro-palestinian rallies right under their noses. I'm not Orthodox. But I'm not blind, either. Reform and Conservative Jews have a serious problem keeping their children interested in being Jewish in more than name.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean about the organized community paying attention to the negatives in the Jewish world, though. Paying attention to the positives isn't a problem. You don't need to work on what's right with your society. You need to work on what's wrong. Which means paying attention to groups that are, in one form or another, actively seeking the destruction of the State of Israel.
I didn't say that. To clarify, I meant it was a great idea for Duke students to bring the bus to their campus. You must be rather new here if you think I don't know what Zaka is. FYI, the news article points out that a Jewish student from Duke got the idea to contact Zaka and get the bus.
It's rather illogical to claim that the bus will have no effect on anyone because the ICJ ignored it before making their ruling. First of all, college students are a world apart from a group of Israel-haters who had made up their minds to rule against the fence even before the "trial" began (see: Egyptian judge).
Think for a moment: At Duke this weekend, 19-year-old children will be walking past the remains of a bombed-out bus. Their memories of 9/11 aren't buried yetand they were all old enough to understand what was going on that day. I think the sight of that bombed-out bus will bring the fact of palestinian suicide bombings from an arcane thing that they read about or see on TV to something concrete. The twisted, charred wreck will be there for them to see up close and personal. I would never underestimate the influence this will have on many of them. Sure, there will be some who won't care. But if the hatefest organizers thought it wouldn't bother people, they wouldn't be bitching about its "sensationalism."
So no, I don't think the Duke students are spitting into the wind. I think they're empolying a valuable service, fighting lies and propaganda with truth. Eric Akawie, a Duke alumnus, has more news and links about the Duke hatefest. You can keep up with the news there.
And last, but not least, the reason why I find this issue important: Because we can't keep ignoring the lies. Every time Jews ignore the lies being spread about them, it results in dead Jews. The world keeps on raising the stakes. So people like me keep our eyes and ears open, and we shout from the rooftops our anger and indignation. Because it's important. Because people need to know what's going on. Because the last time Jews ignored the hatred, a third of us died.
I write about what's most important to me. And what's most important to me is my Jewishness. I'm currently undergoing a lengthy financial and job crisis, as well as watching my blog start sinking to the middle of the pack because of its subject matter. What I should be doing is writing about more centralized issues, so I can keep my upward trend going, and start charging a decent amount for blogads. What I really should be doing is quitting my part-time job as a fourth-grade Hebrew school teacher so at the very least, I can temp full-time via Kelly. But I find that I can't do either of those things. I've discovered that it's far more important to me to blog about Jewish matters and anti-Semitism than to be in the top ten of NZ Bear's ecosystem. I've discovered that it's far more important to me to find a job that will fit my schedule so I can continue to teach, or, as I like to put it, turn little Jews into big Jews.
One of the things I teach my little Jews is that a whole lot of people hate us because we're Jewish, and hiding from that fact is the worst way to deal with it. We don't dwell on anti-Semitism in my class. They're fourth graders, after all. But every last one of my fourth graders would get why we need to send that Zaka bus to Duke this weekend, and why we need to point out the seminars like the upcoming hatefest at Duke. It's a no-brainer.
We can't let the haters win.
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Reader Joel G. sent me this Telegraph article on Yasser Arafat, but seems to have missed the biggest piece of information to come out of the West Bank in decades:
This comes after the reporter mentions the state of the Muqata:
But these Duke students, rock. Great idea, guys!
Check out where the kid who thought of this is from, Lair.
So, what do the ISM creeps have to say about it?
So, it's okay to talk about divesting from Israel without any context whatsoever, but try to put palestinian terrorism into the mix, and suddenly it's not fair. Hey, asshat, here's a tip: Life isn't fair. So. Let's take a peek at the workshops and see how fair they are.
Yep, that too. Oh, and take a look at the fairness of some of the PSM principles here. Yeah, okay. What-EVER.
So, howsabout we get a little more from the guy whining about fairness?
You welcome it, but whine about its fairness? Uh-huh. Let's see the spin from AP, shall we?
There we go. One of the PSM's house Jews is speaking. Schmuck. The pals would kill you as soon as look at you if they could. And digging around a bit more, we find this:
Disgusting. But you feel perfectly fine in dictating the rules to Israel. Did I say "house Jew"? I think I'll call him a self-hater.
An organization that refuses to condemn any palestinian action is not a supporter of nonviolence. Once again, the Jew-hating hypocrites are unable to see what they truly are. And so many Jews are in this group, it makes me ill.
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Jews, Jews, everywhere there's Jews: Five out of the six Nobel prize winners in science are Jews. And two are Israelis. Those evil, evil people! Damn them for trying to cure cancer and trying to find an explanation to the way things work. (By the way, the number of Israeli Nobel prize winners alone (5) now equals the number of Arab prize winnerscounting only since the prize began.) ((Yes, that was a dig.)) Jewish prize winners? Well, there's a whole lot of 'em.
Christians are infidels, too: Iraqi Christians are fleeing their native land. We last saw an exodus like that in 1951, when the Jews of Iraq were forced to flee. Of course, the U.S. Army wasn't in Iraq at the time. Will that make a difference? And when will the world's Christians start asking the UN to stop the slaughter?
What Egyptian peace treaty? The Egyptians are blaming Israel for the Taba bombing. And this is under a headline that says "Israelis and Egyptians respect, but also suspect, each other." Tell me how this is respect:
Oh, sure, just so we have our priorities right. The Iraqi death toll is only, what, 20 or 30 times higher, and, gee, most of them are civilians, but surely the palestinians must be protected before we can do anything to stop the terrorism in Iraq.
Yeah. We know. More reading, if you can stomach it, on the same subject.
The LA Times wrote this? The LA Times? The one in Los Angeles? It's a flying pig moment. Read In Full is in effect for this editorial. Please have a paper bag nearby to help you recover from hyperventilation.
An answer to the anti-Zionists: Want more than talking points? Want some in-depth arguments to face down the anti-Zionists? Then check out this piece by Dore Gold and Jeff Helmreich. RIF recommendation. Feel free to quote it when you send in those angry letters to the editor.
The Taba bombing: The Telegraph has more information on who might have carried out the attack. It's starting to look like Hamas or the pals may have had more than a small hand in this. DEBKA has been warning for months that Al Qaeda has been working with the pals in the territories. They may finally have been right about something.
It was supposed to be used just for killing Jews: One of the Bedouins under arrest has confessed to selling the explosives that may have been used in the Taba bombing.
Oh, that's all right, then.
You see what teaching Jew-hatred breeds?
Gee, that really sucks. You got some non-Jews in with the 12 known Israeli dead. Really must have ruined your day, huh?
Saudi ERA Watch: Back to the kitchen, women! I don't suppose anyone will be surprised by this, but the Saudis are refusing to let women vote in their (postponed-but-still-upcoming, we swear!) local elections.
Really? The women didn't want to get their pictures taken? Funny, I thought it was the men that wouldn't let them. Nice little spin there, Ms. Donna Abu-Nasr (see? We're progressive, we can intermarry Westerners!). So, perhaps it might have something to do with your next graf?
Limited freedoms, hm? Sounds like almost no freedom at all to me. Gotta love this bullshit spin.
Oh, please. Get Phyllis Schlafly, someone, it's time to scare women into thinking that they're going to have to pee with a man standing next to them. And can you say, "Brainwashed?" I knew you could.
Here's a strange way to end the story, though. Has anyone else seen AP do this?
They also bury this in the next-to-last graf:
Yeah, I know this. Why wasn't it in the first few paragraphs, where it belongs? Never mind. Rhetorical question.
Saudi Egalitarianism Watch: Want a laugh? Then read this.
And yet, study after study has proven that the overwhelming majority of terrorists are educated and middle class. Liars.
Now, if you read the rest of that article, it's about a microcredit foundation. The AP threw on the wrong headline in the wrong place at the wrong time. What are the other three cornerstones of terrorism? Let's see: Wahhabism, radical Islam, and dictatorships. Wow, that puts all four cornerstones in Saudi Arabia, which is, as we know, the home of 15 of the 19.
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Woohoo! WiFi! So I finally figured out how to get my stupid WiFi to work after someone, who shall remain nameless, changed things around for me so that it, well, wouldn't work. As a result, while today's seminar drones on (I'm working the tables for Kelly), I can blog. Even better, the bosses don't care a bit. Of course, I'm going to have to drag it with me on lunch, but hey, at least I can blog. Thank you, Marriott.
What was that noise? This morning, I'm in the bathroom doing my post-shower routine when I suddenly hear what sounds like a person crying or a dog whining. I was hoping it wasn't Tig or Gracie, because when a cat makes a sound that sounds that un-catlike, it can mean awful things are happening, healthwise. So I run downstairs and find Gracie, deeply distressed, hurrying up the stairs. That narrows the crisis down to Tig. I find him at the patio door, letting off another one of those weird sounds, and realize he's growling. I flip on the patio light, and sure enough, the grey tabby is on our patio. Tig asks me to let him out. I refuse, go back to my post-shower routine, thankful that I didn't have a bleeding or broken Tig to be rushed to the animal hospital. Damn, they sure do make weird noises when they want to.
The Peter Principle: Okay, so she's just a UPS call center person, but damn, she was dumb. Last week I gave the rep the account number, pickup address, and time and we were done. This one was so dumb she was looking for the hotel in West Virginia. Unless I've suddenly moved a whole lotta miles, I think I'm still in VA. Took me five minutes to get off the phone with this numbnut. Five minutes less to blog. Harumph. permalink | |
Can you tell what's missing? Here's a hint: There is not one single comment from an Israeli who was a guest at Taba. Not one. There were plenty of comments in the other article from the poor, poor, pitiful pals, suffering under the horrors of the Israeli "incursion" into Gaza. There is exactly one word from someone who may be an Israeli, but is described only as "a rescue worker." He describes the bodies found as "smashed."
Moore's story covers the damage done to the hotel, but not the human trauma. In fact, she only barely mentions Israel, and when she does, it's in this graf:
Interesting how she seems only to care about how the bombing affected her little "oasis." And, uh, Mollywho's doing the suicide bombing again? Oh, that's right. The poor, poor, pitiful pals that mean ol' IDF forces are rolling over in Gaza.
And with all of this, Moore still manages to make one more giant omission:
What, no Israeli tourists? Only Moore, Russians, and Arabs? Funny, I thought the Sinai was a huge Israeli tourist place, which is, gee, why Taba was targeted in the first place.
Somebody get Moore out of Israel. She obviously doesn't want to be there in the first place. And I sure don't want to read any more of her anti-Israel pieces. permalink | |
Happy birthday, Lair!
This one's for you.
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