WE OPPOSE TOTALLY THE MASTERSON ATTACK ON GALLOWAY BECAUSE IT IS POSSIBLE TO EXPOSE THE LIES OF GALLOWAY BY THEORY

 

The above picture presents Galloway as being some kind of noble fighter against injustice

 

This picture is truer to the real person. Galloway is a washed up and depraved product of the Stalinists post 1967 defeat of the Arabs by Israel

 

The Stalinist regime in Moscow had backed the Arabs in the Middle East for its own reasons, and part of this if not central was backing the Arabs against Israel. Remember the Jews were in serious difficulties following the 1947 partition resolution in the UN and the following decision by 5 Arab countries to make war on the nascent Jewish state. The British and US State Department had also delared war unofficially on the Jews and were totally refusing to sell arms to the Jews. The previous year 1946 one year after the Holocaust the British were hanging Jews in Palestine. It was Stalin who rescued the Jews with the go ahead to an arms shipment bought from Czechoslovakia.

However by 1967 that had ALL changed and now the Stalinist regime was backing the Arabs totally. With the defeat of the Arabs in the 1948 war the Stalinists turned totally against the Jews in an Antisemitic campaigm that equalled the worst propaganda of the Nazis

Galloway essentially comes out of that Stalinist (post 1967) defeat campaign. Of course he uses his own words but there are big similarities to what the Stalinists were saying, for example a constant theme was that “Zionism” equals nazism, runs through both the discource of the Stalinist post 1967 and Galloway to the present.

So now to the present and this attack on Galloway that we are talking about. It is clear to me that Galloway has falsified history in a disgraceful manner. Moreover I think that this falsificationn can be shown to the people of Ireland, not naturally all at once, but certainly with work and a party it is possible.

I wrote this yesterday and it is relevant in this issue of Galloway:

“There was NO Palestinian Arab nationalist consciousness at all.

Sha’o ben-Tekoa (Phantom Nation Inventing the Palestinians as the Obstacle to Peace) shows this very conclusively and he uses the writings of Khalidi to do so. The fact that he can use him is most telling.

Sha’o ben-Tekoa goes on to document the two occasions which are of note. It was the founding of newspapers.

The first was a newspaper called “el Karmil” in 1908. Rashidi called it the first “Palestinian” paper.

The name of that newspaper does not refer to any nation. Sha’o ben-Tekoa claims it is the name of a hill!!!

Sha’o ben-Tekoa also points out this was 45 years after the first Zionist paper. But more important than that is that no Arabs were calling themselves “Palestinians” (period we talk about here is the run up to World War 1) so how can Rashidi call it the first “Palestinian” consciousness. This is magic making.

In this book Sha’o ben-Tekoa is quite relentless in exposing this word “Palestinian” or “Palestinians”. This is only a sample. I feel this is needed and is a guide to the way forward.”

(end extract here)

It is material like this that makes me certain that it is possible to expose the lies of Galloway.

The man who struck against Galloway is obviously on a different, and bankrupt, track. He does not think it is possible to expose Galloway politically as 4international is doing above.

He Masterson does not build a party or leadership in Scotland or Ireland. Instead he lashes out in a physical attack on Galloway.

To what purpose? What has he achieved by that? How has he exposed that Galloway is lying when he claims that the Jews took the land of the “Palestinians”? For one thing they were not “Palestinians”, did not call themselves “Palestinians”, and since the Treaty of Versailles and the beginning of Wilson’s mandate system the Arabs have achieved 22 states, as they have at present, even though that too is being ravaged by the Jihad

I refer especially also to the bankrupt political position of this guy called “Charles” above who thinks that hitting Galloway is a “result”.

I have crossed swords with this “Charles” before on this site and he is certainly a Marxist hater and especially a Trotskyist hater and he once referred to Trotskyism as “shite” on this very site.

Now all he can say about this serious attack on Galloway is “result”.

It has certainly exposed the reactionary politics of this “Charles”. I believe that this “Charles” as a defender of Israel is bankrupt and is being used by Israel haters on this site because of this bankruptcy. True Trotskyism is a different matter though. We will expose the lies of Galloway and do not have to resort to what the bankrupt Masterson, with obviously the agreement of “Charles”, did.

 

THE ONLY WAY FORWARD AFTER GAZA WAR IS TO BUILD A NEW LEADERSHIP

 

 

There was NO Palestinian Arab nationalist consciousness at all.

 

Sha’o ben-Tekoa (Phantom Nation Inventing the Palestinians as the Obstacle to Peace) shows this very conclusively and he uses the writings of Khalidi to do so. The fact that he can use him is most telling.

 

Sha’o ben-Tekoa goes on to document the two occasions which are of note. It was the founding of newspapers.

 

The first was a newspaper called “el Karmil” in 1908. Rashidi called it the first “Palestinian” paper.

 

The name of that newspaper does not refer to any nation. Sha’o ben-Tekoa claims it is the name of a hill!!!

 

Sha’o ben-Tekoa also points out this was 45 years after the first Zionist paper. But more important than that is that no Arabs were calling themselves “Palestinians” (period we talk about here is the run up to World War 1) so how can Rashidi call it the first “Palestinian” consciousness. This is magic making.

 

In this book Sha’o ben-Tekoa is quite relentless in exposing this word “Palestinian” or “Palestinians”. This is only a sample. I feel this is needed and is a guide to the way forward.

 

There is often much talk about “Hasbara”. But Hasbara is very difficult for people, like Netanyahu, who have compromised their principles and accepted the “Palestinian” Arab State idea.

 

This in turn points to the type of leadership that needs to be built in Israel to lead in the coming battles, the present leaders in the Gaza War having proved totally useless.

 

Back to Sha’o ben-Tekoa … It looks to me that the Jews were building their country, building their “Palestine”

 

The Arabs were reacting to this.

 

Can we pause and internalise that word…Reacting…Not an authentic deep rooted nationalism.

 

They began to organise but against this building of the Zionist “Palestine”, or any country (name being immaterial) (At the same time immigrants flocking in to follow the industry and jobs created plus higher standard of living)

 

After that first newspaper…Three years later “Falastin” was launched but not by Muslims by Christians, that is Christian Arabs.

 

They were copying the Zionists, the Christian West and the Jews, who were alone using the name Palestine. Falastine is the Arab corruption of the name.

 

The whole book and life work by Sha’o ben-Tekoa is a bit of a jewel for those who are fighting to prick the balloon of this phenomenon, a “tall story” repeated millions of times. There is another major “tall story” and that is the Srebrenica “Massacre”.

 

These are the new Fascist Media centres sharpening their teeth.

 

There is no leadership whatsoever in Israel. There are all kinds of groups and individuals. But explore their politics and they are massively unprepared.

 

Look at some of them: Over this weekend Frontpagemag is lining up against the Russian Ukrainian anti-Fascists and by the way lining up with the Obama US and EU pro-Fascists.

 

Look also at Steven Plaut. Plaut has put forward 40 or so points and they have been liked. But Plaut is an explicit hater of Trotskyism, meaning me and us, that is everything on this blog 4international.

 

These are hardly small issues. How can there be a leadership that can lead in the stress of revolutionary and counter revolutionary events.

 

I stress it is not possible.

 

4international is a big fan of this book by Sha’o ben-Tekoa (Phantom Nation). I am not saying that we agree on political programme. I am saying that his research on this issue has got a lot of valuable things to contemplate.

 

The way to deal with George Galloway, an old and bankrupt political person, is not to smack his jaw, but to challenge the ideology, not as an individual initiative but in the course of training a new leadership.

 

That is the way we work. It is political struggle first and foremost, a political awakening.

 

POOR PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BEHEADED BY ISIL AND ALL OBAMA CAN DO IS PLAY GOLF

 

 
Obama says the US does not have a strategy to defeat ISIS.
 
This is happening according to a summary by http://www.debka.com
 
“Cameron warned that, while there was much talk about the threat to Europe of returning home-grown Islamists, “IS is already here.” The return of at least 500 people from fighting in Syria and Iraq “for Islamic State extremists attempting to establish a caliphate” represented a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before.”

 

New laws, said the British premier, would make it easier to take passports away from people traveling abroad to join the conflict.

 

Announcing the elevation of the UK terror threat from “substantial” to “severe,” Cameron cited the example of the British Islamist who took part in the beheading of the American journalist James Foley on Aug. 18.

 

He also confirmed that Al Qaeda’s Islamic State perpetrated the May 24 attack on the Jewish Museum of Brussels, in which the Israeli couple, Emanuel and Miriam Riva, was murdered  – as further evidence that Islamist terror was already loose on the streets of Europe.

 

He was the first prominent world leader to assign the Brussels attack to Al Qaeda, which Israeli officials have so far avoided doing.

 The “severe” threat level was imposed in the UK only twice before: in 2006 after the discovery of liquid bombs aimed at airliners and when, the following year, extremists attempted to bomb Glasgow Airport and London’s West End.

 

Friday, IS released another indescribable video showing the beheading of a Kurdish soldier among 15 captured Peshmerga in orange boiler suits, who were grouped before a Mosul mosque. It was labeled “2nd Message to America” and threatened to execute the entire group if Iraqi Kurdistan continued to cooperate with the United States.

 

Just a few hours earlier, footage was shown of the mass execution of 300 Syrian soldiers forced to run through the desert in their underwear. They were said to have been taken prisoner at the Syrian air base of Tabqa.

 Those barbaric scenes were flashed across the world by international media.

 Less noticed was the video tape released on Thursday, Aug. 28, by Al Qaeda’s Sinai branch, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which showed the beheading of four local citizens and their admission that they had collaborated with Israeli intelligence to identify targets for Egyptian and Israeli air raids. This tape runs 30 minutes.

 

Egyptian security sources said the four had been abducted Tuesday near the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwaid.

 And not far away, in the Gaza Strip, Hamas last week summarily executed 29 alleged collaborators with Israeli intelligence, three of them women, and seven in a public square.

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has characterized Hamas as belonging to the same family of murderous extremists as the Islamic State. Israel did indeed fight a limited, inconclusive war on the Palestinian fundamentalists, but no order has gone out for an operation to rescue the 43 Fiji members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force, who were abducted by the Syrian Al Qaeda Nusra Front just 150 meters from its Golan border.”

 

A case can be made that golf acts as therapy for this US president Obama. Obama is at the same time as being paralysed a creature of Jew Hatred being a disciple of Rashid Khalidi

 

(Wikipedia description of Khalidi “Rashid Ismail Khalidi (Arabic: رشيد خالدي‎; born 1948) is an American historian of the Middle East, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University,[1] and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also is known for serving as editor of the scholarly journal Journal of Palestine Studies.”)

 

NOBODY CAME CLOSER TO THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA

The connection of Obama to Bill Ayers and the weathermen is dealt with in an historic 3 part series by Jared Israel:

 

In defending himself from attack, Obama and his campaign have made statements to the media and in Obama’s own “Fact Check on Obama and Ayers,” on his campaign website.  40% of Obama’s “Fact Check” consists of media and various VIPs saying it is no big deal that Obama worked with Ayers.  These statements mean as much as the blurbs on the back of a mystery novel – obviously they wouldn’t be published unless they said what Obama wanted, so what do they prove?  In the remaining 60% of the “Fact Check,” Obama a) states his core defense for working with Ayers and b) defends Ayers by portraying him and the Weathermen as having been excessive – even violent – in pursuit of their ideals, but not murderous, and, at least in the case of Ayers, of having changed into model citizens. This is the interesting part, for I have found that a) Obama’s core defense for working with Ayers is based on a lie about the Weathermen in which Obama covers up for murder and b) the rest of Obama’s defense of Ayers and the Weathermen is rife with deception and deceit as well.

This is a serious charge. Let’s take a look.”

http://emperors-clothes.com/8yearslie.htm  (read all 3 articles)

 

Obama was placed into power essentially by the Media and by a whole splurge of political interests that have this Palestinian Arab “thing” at its centre.

 

That is the great lesson of the Khalidi tape. See in this article how this issue of the tape is belittled by such interests. It is hard to know who these people like this work for. All you can do is read them and wonder.

 

james.rainey@latimes.com

@latimesrainey

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/21/news/la-pn-khalidi-video-not-for-sale-20120921

 

The conspiracy theorists seem to think The Times holds the video with relish. Perhaps the staff gathers for a nightly viewing parties, chortling with glee as we watch a band of unreformed leftists, say, smoking the hookah with the future president.

 

So back to the picture on the top of this article. Obama was placed into power by very definite interests. Once there it is not imposible but is nevertheless very hard to do anything about it. He has the power of the state in his hands.

 

Obama has lined up to defend the Muslim Brotherhood especially in Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria

 

On every similar situation he has been absolutely and totally consistent. Now when the lives of Syrians, Kurds, por Iraqi minorities like the Azedia and Christians, and Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, are on the line, and one step away from massive massacres

 

…Obama plays a role playing golf and explaining how complex is the situation.

 

Interestingly that is the same political line now being put about by strange people such as Bernard Ross on Israpundit comments section

 

The lesson these folk like Bernard Ross put about is that Israel is essentially a eunuch and cannot ever take control.

 

As against these 4international say that the American people must to save themselves depose Obama and replace him with a new leader who will fight ISIS and save so many minorities who are in danger of being massacred through beheading.

 

Jews should waken up to Obama and role in Ukraine. Note that the Muslims always oppose anything to do with communism. Here Obama acts like a Muslim communist hater and as an American communist hater, very convenient for Obama, he and others use war on Russia (a nuclear war mind) as escape valve for bankruptcy on ISIS

 

Similarly Netanyahu must be deposed at once because he allows Hamas to continue to rule and to threaten Israel. If Hamas falls then Abbas will fall too. It depends on who leads the Israeli state. Netanyahu must go.

 

BRITAIN RIPE FOR REVOLUTION!

Britain is crying out  for a new leadership because Labour and Tories are in the same boat with Labour being marginally worse because Labour produced a George Galloway. Quite a feat!

 

UKIP is not that leadership because its leader Nigel Farage refused to unite with French anti-Jihadists. That tells all!

 

It has to be emphasised that this Palestinian Arab lies marrative lies behind just about everything today.

 

THAT is what 4international will concentrate on!

 

OBAMA IS THE TRAITOR TO ALL AMERICANS

 

CIA expert: Obama switched sides in war on terror  

I KNOW AND HAVE WORKED WITH CLARE LOPEZ IN FIGHTING THE MB AND OBAMA AND IN SUPPORTING KURDISH INDEPENDENCE. TED BELMAN

By Garth Kant, WND

August 29, 2014

 

Absolutely vital article

the “Fascist left” is hiding this stuff. They are not socialists they are the enemy of socialism!

 

This is carried by Jewish patriot Ted Belman on his blog Israpundit and he sees the enormous implication of this article

 

This is gigantic. Netanyahu KNEW that he would be fighting not only Hamas in Gaza but the Obama Regime. Netanyahu flunked that battle and he should not have/did not need to because in taking over Gaza completely Netanyahu would have the support of most of Congress and would have inspired MOST Americans

 

This article fits right in with the latest Martin Sherman analysis that Netanyahu totally missed his opportunity to make history

President Obama appears to bow to Saudi King Abdullah, on April 1, 2009, in London

WASHINGTON – It’s an explosive charge, one that practically accuses the president of treason.

A former CIA agent bluntly told WND, America has switched sides in the war on terror under President Obama.

Clare Lopez was willing to say what a few members of Congress have confided to WND in private, but declined to say on-the-record.

She said the global war on terror had been an effort to “stay free of Shariah,” or repressive Islamic law, until the Obama administration began siding with such jihadist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates.

Why the switch?

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POLLS SHOW THE ISRAELI PEOPLE SEEK TO DITCH NETANYAHU AND AWAIT A NEW LEADERSHIP

Israel is in very serious danger and it is not only from the forces of Antisemitism but also from the poorness of leadership inside Israel and of the Israeli state. This is concentrated in the bumbling activity of Netanyahu in his leadership of the Israeli state. Netanyahu needs to be forced out of power but he operates a state dictatorship. His popularity has fallen from the 80s to the present 30s inside the weeks he has been running the Gaza War

 

By all mathematics if this was a democracy Netanyahu would have packed his bags but there is a clique in power in Israel which is separated from the masses of the people.

 

Last time I checked Netanyahu was a member of the Likud Party. The immediate question is why Likud has not expelled Netanyahu?

 

There is a big lesson here. The Likud also refused to expel Sharon when this petty punk decided to disregard the referendum HE called (back in 2005) and which (result of said referendum) opposed him down the line over Gaza Withdrawal.

 

The EXACT same position now holds.

 

Netanyahu and his flunkeys are calling the Gaza War as NOT A DEFEAT and that is the BIG LIE.

 

The Gaza War of 2014 has been an amazing defeat for Israel, for Jews and for all of us like 4international who place the defence of Israel at the forefront of our political work.

 

Ted Belman is a good guy who runs the blog Israpundit but Ted does not fight against these scumbags one of whom on his site (calling himself “Bernard Ross”) is spinning out this Netanyhau rubbish that the Gaza War has been a victory because it has prolonged the conflict between PA and Hamas

 

This is reactionary drivel brought into the Jewish movement by agents like Ross. Who cares if you are a proud Jew or supporter like I am, if they fight anong each other or not. That is not our concern. Our business is to smash up this whole Palestinian Arab Antisemitism in total and do it now, without delay.

 

Here is no solution other than to fight to smash these Antisemites and it is very wrong for Ted Belman of Israpundit not to tear this guy Bernard Ross apart for this ugly genuflection in front of Antisemitism.

 

The task now is very clear.

 

The Israeli people have shown in the only way that they can show that they thoroughly dislike Netanyahu and they do not swallow the Netanyahu propaganda as advanced by flunkeys like Bernard Ross.

 

The Israeli people have been voting in these polls against Netanyahu and everything he stands for.

 

But what are these great people to do? They have no leadership and flunkeys like this “Bernard Ross” continue their poison, aided by the silence of even patriots like Ted Belman.

 

The Likud which is the only leadership around continue to sit on their back sides and NOT EXPEL NETANYAHU

 

So what is Moyse Feiglin doing at this moment. Why is he in this Likud? Why in Likud is he not party to expelling of Netanyhau?

 

The same with Danny Dayon. And all of these who are saying they dislike what Netanyahu has done BUT KEEP NETANYHAU IN THEIR PARTY.

 

 

NOTE poison pumped in by Bernard Ross regular on Israpundit

 

Did the penny drop?

 this should be interesting if true, the more internal squabbling among them the better: the pal spring?

 

and

 

Unless Israel seeks to annex gaza permanently there is no gain to deposing hamas. Israel’s optimum position is the separation of gaza and PA west bank.

 

and

 

another reason why it is better to keep hamas than abbas /fatah. When abbas dies or retires fatah will choose a new leader and it can be this guy

 

http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63599498

 

 

 

MAJOR DEFEAT FOR ISRAEL AND DANGER TO JEWS EVERYWHERE…BIBI MUST BE FORCED FROM POWER

August 2001 Sbarro pizza restaurant bombing in Jerusalem, in which 15 Israeli civilians were killed. Hamas said the attack was in response to Israel killing its officials, including two senior leaders.[31

 

 

 

Yes it is the most serious defeat yet because Jews in all of Israel were/are in fear of Hamas rockets. Hamas still remains and the rockets remain. Netanyahu is a total traitor to the Jews. He is also a dictator based on the Israeli corrupt Supreme Court system which will clap any opponents to the evil Netanyahu regime and method of politics in jail (as happened under Sharon during the Gaza Withdrawal)

 

This defeat effects every Jew living in the Homeland, every Jew in the Diaspora who is more ad more threatened no matter where they live or secure they think they are (remember 1933), and also every socialist like is 4intenational who defends Israel.

 

Netanyahu is a total danger to all of us. But it is not just one person here. We are talking about a system of betrayal of Jews that essentially has its roots in the Labour Party ISM of Ben Gurion, in the crimes of Stalinism which was carried into Israel by MAPAI, and by the lack of theory and anti-Marxism of the opposition under Jabotinski and Begin. That period of betrayal coincided with the murder of Leon Trotsky (great advocate of the Israel to be in the 30s) in 1940 and with literally the wiping out of the whole of the Young Trotskyists (cadre) around Leon Trotsky, including his son and key operative Leon Sedov

 

But the first step is to remove Netanyahu in the present because we live in the present. Every Jew no matter where they are must stop hiding and must come out and call this deal of Netanyahu as being a TOTAL AND COMPLETE BETRAYAL OF THE JEWISH NATION AND OF ALL PROGRESSIVE ANTI-FASCIST PEOPLES. Hamas is indeed Fascist

 

Extract from http://www.debka.com

 

This dichotomy leaves Israelis increasingly confused and uncertain about how to conduct their lives, especially in the areas closest to the Gaza Strip, which have been largely depopulated by non-stop Hamas short-range rocket and mortar fire.

The theory found a champion this week in an unexpected quarter: Khaled al-Batsh, one of the top men of Islamic Jihad, the pro-Iranian Palestinian terrorist movement which is Hamas’ most active partner in the offensive against Israel.

He suddenly announced he was in favor of a truce.

Lest he be suspected of overnight conversion to peace-lover, DEBKAfile’s intelligence services turns to another hidden aspect of the Gaza conflict for an explanation: The Palestinian group’s patrons, Iran and Hizballah, are working hard to paint their ally Syrian President Bashar Assad as the only force in the Middle East capable of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – IS. If their proposition is accepted, they will reciprocate by bringing about a halt in the Gaza hostilities. They would also be able to show themselves in the light of the real forces of peace and moderation in the region.

 

THE ROTTING WESTERN MEDIA LIED ON BEHALF OF NAZI HAMAS

 

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City August 22, 2014. (Reuters)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City August 22, 2014. (Reuters) That IS the background to the Media and the Palestinians. The Media are afraid, have made a “deal” with Hamas and many journalists are just basically anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian Arab

 

This is by Richard Behar and is an extract from a long and important essay 

 

8/21/2014 @ 12:35PM 70,670 views

The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War

 

Here is a sampling of what the Times, and the media in general, feel is not fit to print:

 

*** Proof of the use by Hamas of civilians as human shields has finally been ably exposed by reporters for media outlets in Finland, France, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, and others—but not by news organizations with greater resources at hand such as BBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and numerous others. (A too-brief exception: the Washington Post.) Sadly, the Associated Press has failed dismally.  As for Reuters, in 2011, its new editor-in-chief, Stephen Adler, promised to bolster the newswire’s enterprise reporting. In some ways he has, but its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be weak and riddled with falsities.

 

*** In late 2012, during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, I examined the Facebook page of Fares Akram—the most important Gaza-based reporter for the New York Times. His profile photo was not of himself, but of PLO leader Arafat.  A second photo, still in his album, waxes poetically about Arafat in the context of “heights by great men.”  But Arafat, among many things as the longtime leader of the Palestinians (the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre comes to mind), opted for the Second Intifada in 2000, rather than accept a generous peace offer from Israel.  Before he died, he said on TV that dead Palestinian children are good for the cause. In 2009, following an Israeli air strike that tragically killed his father and a cousin, Akram wrote that “I am finding it hard to distinguish between what the Israelis call terrorists and the Israeli pilots and tank crews who are invading Gaza.” Akram, a Palestinian resident of Gaza, has also published more than a dozen dispatches for Al Jazeera, parallel to his Times reporting, since the war began last month.

 

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*** Now more than ever, it is incumbent on our mainstream media community to scrutinize Al Jazeera America, the TV news network that is working hard to gain a foothold in American living rooms. Many big-name U.S. journalists have been lured there—the latest, Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist David Cay Johnston (long at the New York Times)—despite the fact that it’s owned by the dictatorship of Qatar, which funds Hamas and gives shelter today to the terror group’s top leaders. Few major reporters in the U.S. will publicly discuss this Al Jazeera America-Hamas connection. Perhaps some of them want to keep their future job prospects open, given the turmoil and cutbacks in the traditional media world—and the fat paychecks that Al Jazeera America is dispensing.

 

“Al Jazeera is the long hand of the regime of Qatar that abuses its endless resources in order to support and fund terror organizations all over the globe, including al-Qaeda, says Kobi Michael, who served until recently as Deputy Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs (where he also ran the Palestinian desk.) “They use Al Jazeera in order to destabilize the moderate Arab regimes by encouraging and supporting political Islam.”

 

*** The arithmetic of civilian casualties in Gaza is one of the principal media crimes in this war.  It became obvious weeks ago that major Western journalists routinely swallowed the huge civilian-casualty figures dished out to them by Gaza’s Ministry of Health, a bureaucratic arm of a terrorist group that was shown to have lied about such figures in past wars.  In some cases, reporters cite numbers instead from the United Nations, which gets its numbers from—surprise—the Hamas ministry, a dubious source of information, akin to relying on the Reich Health Office for German civilian-casualty statistics during World War II.  On many occasions, major American news outlets haven’t bothered to even attribute the numbers to either the ministry or the UN—simply reporting as fact that “most,” or “the majority” or the “vast majority” of casualties in Gaza are civilians.

 

 

 

 

At the very least, readers or viewers should be told by those reporters (or their editors/producers) to take the figures with some salt.  Meanwhile, Israel’s best research institute on the subject, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, is to this day all but ignored by Western media.  And yet they are the only independent outfit that takes the time to match the names of the dead with known terrorists. Their results thus far (with 450 deaths analyzed) show that approximately half are civilians. Based on prior wars with Hamas, it’s highly likely that, in the final analysis, the majority of the dead will have been terrorist operatives.

 

When the first 72-hour ceasefire (broken by Hamas) began on August 5th, the New York Times quickly tried to play catch-up with reality by posting an “analysis” that day about the reliability of casualty figures.  (It was also published on the newspaper’s front page on August 6th.)  The Meir Amit center was mentioned in passing, not given the depth its numbers deserved, and by then the damage had already been long done by the newspaper, which had doggedly advanced the Hamas narrative in its news and editorial pages.

 

 *** Crossing over to Britain, the reports and dispatches of one of that country’s top newsmen (Jon Snow, known as “the face of Channel 4 News”) is a parody of journalism, and arguably is helping to fuel the tide of Israel- and Jew-hatred that is sweeping Britain and Europe.  His Twitter feed is said to be the most popular among UK news hosts.

 

HERO’S FAREWELL: Funeral of 20-year-old Israeli soldier Bnaya Rubel, killed on July 19th by a Hamas gunman who suddenly emerged from a tunnel. Western journalists are not interested in the stories of Israel’s fallen. (photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills)

HERO’S FAREWELL: Funeral of 20-year-old Israeli soldier Bnaya Rubel, killed on July 19th by a Hamas gunman who suddenly emerged from a tunnel. With rare exceptions, Western journos are not interested in telling the stories of Israel’s fallen. (photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills)

 

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CIVILIAN SHIELDS?  WHAT CIVILIAN SHIELDS?

 

On July 27th, I spoke at length with a reporter in Gaza who is covering the war for a major, highly respectable U.S. media outlet that has enormous resources.   Regrettably, the reporter insisted on not being named, as his company wouldn’t permit it.  Our talk took place just as Gaza-based reporters for smaller, non-English-speaking media outlets were beginning to reveal proof that Hamas was using civilian centers (such as schools, hospitals, dense residential neighborhoods—even the main hotel in Gaza City where reporters are staying) as rocket-launching sites.

 

 

 

 

Q:   Israel received severe condemnation from many world leaders after a strike on Al-Shifa, Gaza City’s largest hospital. [Evidence is now showing that it was actually an errant Hamas missile that hit it.]   Are Hamas leaders and fighters using it as a base for operations?

 

A:  It’s not the fighters who are there, and they’re not using the hospital to launch rockets from, they’re using it to see media. These are Hamas spokesmen [at the hospital], not leaders.  This is also something that has not been understood fully.  There are probably a couple of reasons [for holding press conferences there].  It’s a safe place. Israel doesn’t kill spokespeople. Also, it’s a good place to get journalists, as we’re passing through the hospital, since that’s where the bodies are coming in.  It’s a place journalists have to go anyway.

 

 This has been a brilliant strategy by Hamas, although any skeptical reporter would have seen through it—and a couple did.  Why are press conferences being held in a hospital, as opposed to another location such as the main hotel where they stay?   Surely, hotels are also fine places for Hamas to “get journalists” to come to.

 

 

Clearly, Hamas wants the reporters to have to see the dead and injured on a regular basis if they want access to spokespeople.  It safely gives lazy reporters a constant stream of tragedies to write about.  A seasoned reporter would have surmised that this could be the perfect location for Hamas’s leaders to operate from, especially below the first floor.  And, in fact, that is what happened.

 

Moreover, this was nothing new.  In 2006, PBS’s Wide Angle aired a documentary showing how gunmen move through the corridors of that hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations inside the facility—where the camera crew was forbidden from filming.

 

The above is by Richard Behar and is an extract from a long and important essay 

 

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