Archive for the ‘Anti Israel Bias’ Category

The bloody BBC’s hands in murdering the innocent in Israel

February 5, 2008
The bloody BBC’s hands in murdering  the innocent in Israel
Feb. 4, 2008
What do you know, after weeks of mounting vicious anti Israel campaign, buying all Islamofascist Hamas’ tactics of causing self harm to their population: targeting Israeli children in Sderot to draw an Israeli anti terror operation in order to have the “victim-hood” being picked up.
The BBC as always (mainly since 1987), is on the front champions in this crime, not just ignoring the cynical game Islamic terrorists play (Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah), but far worse, it actually plays a mouthpiece for them by portraying Israel as the “bad guy”, after all is set and done, the “Palestinian” fake “victims” (the leaders and the massive population that elect them) could now continue what they always want, to annihilate Israelis.
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Police officer: Terrorist reached for explosive before I shot him
Ynetnews, Israel 
Referring to the manner in which the terrorist arrived to Dimona, Cohen said: “We all know what happened on the border between Israel and Egypt very
Dimona attack ‘painful reminder’ that we must stay vigilant Jerusalem Post
Islamic Iran Terror Murders 3 In Dimona, Israel – Reactor Unharmed Israel News Agency
Hero officer: I did as I was taught
A Terror Breach in Israel’s Border?
TIME –
The policeman’s quick reactions no doubt saved lives in Israel’s first suicide attack in over a year. But the bombing seemed to confirm fears by Israeli
Hamas claims Dimona bombers came from Hebron Jerusalem Post
ANALYSIS: Dimona shows Israel has a security problem 300kms long
US condemns attack in Israel, condemns Hamas
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Canada Abandons UN Racism Conference [which is hijacked by Arab racism & Islamic bigotry]

January 29, 2008

Canada Abandons UN Racism Conference [which is hijacked by Arab racism & Islamic bigotry ‘lobby’]

OTTAWA (AP) — Canada has withdrawn its support for a U.N. anti-racism conference scheduled to take place in South Africa next year after deeming it to be anti-Israel, a government official said Wednesday.

The so-called Durban II conference “has gone completely off the rails” and Canada wants no part of it, said Jason Kenney, Canada’s secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity.

“We’ll attend any conference that is opposed to racism and intolerance, not those that actually promote racism and intolerance,” he said.

Kenney said that during the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, Arab and Muslim countries criticized Israel, prompting Israel and the United States to walk out in protest. But he added that Canada remained to speak up for Israel.

The U.N. declined to comment directly on Canada pulling out of the conference, but U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said “racism is too important an issue for member states not to work out their differences.”

Kenney said his government was left with no choice but to abandon the process, expressing displeasure with Libya elected to chair the gathering, Cuba appointed vice-chair, and Iran named to the organizing committee.

“This (Iran) is a country whose government has publicly expressed its desire to eliminate the only Jewish country in the world,” he said.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hzBJ3YmTLoCiEIisMtb-XUOipaEAD8UBSVPG2

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Canada Calls UN Led Anti-Racism Conference a ‘Gong Show’ of Hatred
The United Nations held its first World Conference Against Racism in Durban way back in 2001. That conference was marred by anti-Semitic bigotry

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Exposing the anti-Semitism of Durban II

By PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT
Tue. Jan 29 – 4:47 AM
HYPOCRISY, the popular 19th-century American journalist and satirist Ambrose Bierce once observed, could be defined as “prejudice with a halo.”

As false halos go, there are few bigger – or shinier, in that cheap, glittery way – than the one now swaying precariously over the United Nations’ so-called Human Rights Council. Since the council was formed as part of former secretary-general Kofi Annan’s “UN reform” a few years back, the world’s supposed watchdog for violations of human rights has been able to officially condemn just one country for abuses of those rights: Israel.

If that sounds familiar – you’re right, it is. The council’s disgraced predecessor, the equally misnamed UN human rights commission, also chose to devote itself, one might say religiously, to Israel’s alleged infractions of human rights in its interminable conflict with the Palestinians.

Now, these human rights bodies have every right to investigate Israel’s behaviour and, when appropriate, rebuke the Jewish state for actions going beyond being reasonable measures of self-defence. But to focus almost exclusively on Israel, while ignoring – or downplaying the seriousness of – all other incidents elsewhere in the world, including what’s often brutal suppression of people’s human rights, is utterly wrong.

Of course, the fact that the countries which sat as members of the old commission, as well as the nations making up the new council, have often been the very countries that have compiled the most disgraceful human rights records means we are discussing hypocrisy being practised at a very high level (to paraphrase Bierce, where the angels sing).

Which brings us to the news the UN’s Human Rights Council is now busy planning a second UN conference on racism in 2009, to be held, as the first one was in 2001, in Durban, South Africa. Who’s in charge of the planning? Two countries with among the most appalling human rights records on the planet: Libya and Iran.

For anyone who’s forgotten what happened in Durban six-and-a-half years ago, that so-called conference on ending racism in the world witnessed demonstrations of virulent anti-Semitism directed against both Israel specifically and Jews in general. One example of many: Copies of the so-called Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a well-documented forgery (most likely created by the Russian czar’s police) that purports to be the secret plans for a Jewish world takeover, were openly sold within the conference area.

Equally repulsive was the canard – put forward forcefully in Durban in 2001 – that Western nations had a responsibility to pay hefty reparations to Africa to atone for their role in the transatlantic slavery trade. That, however, ignores several facts.

Some Africans themselves were complicit in that trade. Slavery itself (though the transatlantic trade was ended by the British in the early 19th century) was not outlawed in a number of African states until the latter part of the 20th century (Mauritania, for example, banned slavery in 1981 but only criminalized it in 2007). Experts believe today that some 27 million people worldwide (many in African countries, such as Niger) are in some form of human bondage. Saudi Arabia, where black slaves were sold well into the 20th century, only outlawed slavery in 1962.

The U.S. and Israeli delegations, to their credit, walked out of the Durban conference in disgust midway through; Canada, though critical of what transpired, stayed.

With Libya and Iran at the helm for Durban II, we know what to expect – more anti-Semitism, this time more explicitly ingrained in the conference’s agenda. In December, 41 countries in the UN General Assembly, including Canada, voted against $6.8 million US in funding for the conference, to protest the anti-Semitic themes emerging in planning for the event. The measure, backed by Arab countries and supporters, however, easily passed. So last week, Canada exercised some true international moral leadership, becoming the first nation in the world to announce it would not attend the conference.

The government’s secretary of state for multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, told reporters Canada wanted no part of a Durban conference that would promote, not combat, racism.

Good for the Tories. We should refuse to take part in this sham. That so many in the world continue to promote hatred against Jews is despicable. To do so under the banner of the UN, founded to promote world peace, and the auspices of that body’s “human rights” council, is Orwellian.

Hopefully, Canada will soon be joined by other countries which honestly value human rights, leaving the cesspool that will be Durban II to those with tarnished halos and no sense of shame.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1034823.html

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Racists cry racism at U.N. conference At the Durban debacle, racists cried racism and anti-Semites paraded their … If Israel is running an apartheid/racist state, it’s doing a damned shoddy job. …
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24401
There They Go Again, Those Arab Racists … when it comes to Israel, why not on the African … Israel, where 7th century Arab imperialist invaders and 20th century Arab … Arab racism marches on…
http://www.michnews.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/124/4241

muslim racism … and Arab nations and their sympathizers, has accused Israel of racism, but the … of Islamic and Arab states and other anti-Israel forces, and whose conclusions …
http://www.truthandgrace.com/muslimracism.htm
F L A M E : Racism in the Islamic World: How can peace prevail in the … … for decades to terminate the increasingly violent Arab-Israeli conflict. … and Arab nations and their sympathizers, has accused Israel of racism, but the …
http://www.factsandlogic.org/ad_94.html

“Terrorism and Racism: The Aftermath of Durban,” by Anne F. Bayefsky … Arab Reactions to September 11 / Fomenting the Battle Against Israel / Searching … Minister of the United Arab Emirates, said “Israel can’t be a member of …
http://www.jcpa.org/jl/vp468.htm

Reality Check On Racism … United Nations Conference Against Racism, Israel is being singled out as … The Arab countries continuously provoked Israel and brought about each war and …
http://www.gamla.org.il/english/article/2001/sept/tal.htm
The Arab racism of playing Israelis’ fear of Arab terror as “racism …
http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/67487

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There you go, a racist “anti racism” conference headed by: Libya – another Arab racist oppression and totalitarian state with OIL, Iran, another Islamic totalitarian fascist radical Islamic state that persecutes all, especially its minorities – with OIL.

Obama: Israel was forced to close Gaza

January 29, 2008

Obama: Israel was forced to close Gaza

The letter from the Senator to the Ambassador speaks for itself:Dear Ambassador Khalilzad,

I understand that today the UN Security Council met regarding the situation in Gaza, and that a resolution or statement could be forthcoming from the Council in short order.

I urge you to ensure that the Security Council issue no statement and pass no resolution on this matter that does not fully condenm the rocket assault Hamas has been conducting on civilians in southern Israel…

All of us are concerned about the impact of closed border crossings on Palestinian families. However, we have to understand why Israel is forced to do this… Israel has the right to respond while seeking to minimize any impact on civilians.

The Security Council should clearly and unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks… If it cannot bring itself to make these common sense points, I urge you to ensure that it does not speak at all.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama
United States Senator

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/rosnerBlog.jhtml?itemNo=865078

ISRAEL VS ARAB – THE WAR OF THE HUMANITARIAN VS THE UN-HUMANITARIAN

January 22, 2008

 

  

ISRAEL VS ARAB – THE WAR OF THE HUMANITARIAN VS THE UN-HUMANITARIAN
January 22, 2008
No one has been talking in the mainstream media about the daily “Palestinian” barrage of missiles aimed specifically at Israeli kids, the southern Israel under siege of “Palestinian” occupation, the trembling fear of Israeli women for their children’s safety in Sderot ( Fear and trauma as rockets impact Israeli town), but everyone is up in arms if Israel acts.
No one has been talking in mainstream media as Israel has been successfully eliminating terrorists [with unimaginable efforts in carrying it out] without any damage upon civilians in hundreds of operations, but I bet you, you’ll hear them loud and clear, if its humane precision-tactics fails just once.
Just as no one in the mainstream media talks about the constant Israel vs Arab, as humanitarian vs un-humanitarian war, “Palestinian” and Hezbollah Arabs always try to draw Israel into responding in operations, awaiting cheerfully such responds to play the fake “victim” card, Israel – however – is never happy to carry out any anti terror activities, and when reluctantly it has to go ahead with it, it puts immense efforts to fail Arabs’ desire for mass casualties among its civilians, Israel’s struggle against Arab cruelty on its population is relentless, but never appreciated.
Why is humanitarian Israel still (January 2008) supplying two thirds of fuel supply to un-humanitarian “Palestinians”?
I mean, What would one expect from a self hating sickening hypocritical typical whining of the NPR reporting about a “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza? (Jan. 2008 at the height of Arab attacking rockets) What’s “humanitarian” about Hamas-tan? [as twisted NPR is, it first reports of what Hamas “says” that all fuel supply is shut down, only thereafter is quotes Israel’s declaration and harsh accusation that the “Palestinians” simply LIE, and that two thirds are still supplied, as if the world hasn’t seen enough of the minus zero credibility of “what Palestinian Pallywood says”], the cruel terrorist militant Islamic totalitarian regime? The oppression of non Muslims (Christians per se)? The investments of its limited resources into deadly Jihad, or the criminal use of its civilians to attack Israeli civilians via rockets and other cowardice methods?
Try and make a survey, a poll on how many are really aware of the targets by the Arabs, kids! how they fire exactly when and where the children go to kindergarten (Barrage of rockets hits Sderot as kids go to school), the fact that with God’s grace the damage is low is of course totally irrelevant to Arabs’ [usual] genocide attempts.
As it is rare for the NPR, it shockingly did interview some Israelis about the Hamas attack of Israeli civilians and how Israel should respond to it, as one Israeli has put it very real: “We Israelis have been setting us up in high moral standards we have a huge dilemma on how to respond”.
Yet, it is rather the Arab Palestinian “victimhood” that still manages to generate fans.
Amazing how the terrible unromantic cult of destruction is still not seen by some as what it is, a self inflicted cult, and that no one else can ever be blamed on whatever is going on there.
And just as you thought that the Fatah is much better, you hear that the “moderate” Abbas regime decided to allocate 40% of the billions of dollars in aid [the Europeans have pledged to give] to the Hamas terror “government”.
I have got news for the fake “humanitarian” singers – reporters in biased media: There’s nothing humanitarian about pointing fingers anywhere outside the “Palestinian” cruel leadership and those that elect them.

Palestinian” Muslims’ Special Crimes on Children (of both sides)

January 22, 2008


“Palestinian” Muslims’ Special Crimes on
Children (of both sides)
January 2008
GENOCIDE BOMBING
When the typical “Palestinian” suicide/genocide bomber at the Sbarro pizzeria programmed himself to be blown up exactly when the place is crowded with little children, toddlers, when the suicide/genocide bomber woman ate slowly in the Haifa restaurant, and carefully with cold blood (nothing of that “desperate” crap they have been telling you all along) positioned herself next to the table of kids, to perform her highest deed [as a (radical) Muslim woman] on earth in the ‘holy-Islamic-Jihad’ hellish “call”, these examples are to teach us who they are up against. It’s useless to argue with those that are helplessly brainwashed in the Arabist Goliath campaign as if the Islamic “Palestinian” has any “struggle”, the real “fight” they have is of course the innocent, the younger the better.
Nor is there any point in debating the Islamists, Arabists who try to make a point of “who has more casualties”, the fact that they fail in their attacks, thank God and due to relentless Israel’s army of defense, is totally irrelevant to the fact that their attempts are always to cause more and more of the unarmed civilian Israelis to be murdered in cold blood, or injured painfully, take for example those cruel and inhumane tactics of nail bombs with its multiple shrapnel that penetrate into the bones of the human body and cause unimaginable pain and suffering — exactly the intent, just another “freedom fighting” act of course.
QASSAM
The recent (2007 – 2008) Arab terror barrage of thousands of Qassam missiles on Israel’s unarmed innocent residents, is specifically aimed at children, it is done in a specific time and place, when the little kids go to kindergarten.
OWN KIDS
Then again, What can you expect from a death – cult that aims at its own kids, that uses its children as cannon fodders, that would do anything to bring about their deaths in order to play the “victim” on
international cameras.
Because no one talks about the high risking anti terror operations humane Israel is always taking against Islamic Jihadists and against racist Arab militants, Fattah, Hamas or Hezbollah, all those operations that were/are without any collateral damage but successful in precision acting on eliminating dangerous terror masters are totally ignored, but is always criticized when vicious Arab terrorists can finally happily point to some fallen kid or woman they grabbed to shoot, hide behind.

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As Hamas Cuts Gaza Electricity, Sderot Israel BleedsIsrael News Agency, Israel – January 22, 2008 More than 10 Hamas missiles exploded in Sderot on Thursday morning, while children were on their way to school and kindergarten. My younger sister Liora…  http://www.israelnewsagency.com/sderotisraelgazahamas
terrorismqassamkassamrocketsnewshumanitarian48012207.html

SSILES FALL DAILY ON SDEROTDafka – January 21, 2008 Since the first day of January until today, January 20th , over 430 Kassam missiles and mortars were launched towards Sderot, the Western Negev and … http://www.dafka.org/NewsGen.asp?S=4&PageID=1864

Sderot: Only 25% of students attend school Ynetnews, Israel – Jan 18, 2008 Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter visited Sdeort Friday, and was greeted by two Qassam rockets that landed near a school and local Kindergarten. … http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3495939,00.html

Barrage of rockets hits Sderot as kids go to school, Israel Insider, Israel – Jan 17, 2008 The Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassam brigades claimed responsibility for the ongoing barrage. Since the Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in mid-June 2007… http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Security/12578.htm

Rockets From Gaza Plague an Israeli Town http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jE2_RIv6dHiFyewvxAKLTx4dHzyAD8U95NQ80

Bombardment Of Sderot And Its Human Effects Evening Bulletin, PA – Jan 18, 2008 “Unfortunately, some parents are so scared that they are willing to get their children out of town at any price, even if this means missing school,” http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=19210606&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=618959&rfi=6

Sderot Media Center… Israel – Jan 17, 2008 Hamas terrorists are being trained in Iran,” he noted bluntly. “They’re well trained, well equipped and their arsenal is growing. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124953

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Qassam lands in Sderot kindergarten – Israel News, YnetnewsYnet News: Rocket lands in schoolyard, damaging nearby buildings, including other adjacent schools. Kindergarten empty due to summer vacation; … http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3434446,00.html

Qassam hits kindergarten; 2 children lightly wounded – Israel News …Rocket lands next to kindergarten in town south of Ashkelon; 2 children hurt, … Thursday night five Qassams were fired towards Sderot and the Shaar … http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3282603,00.html

Arab lobby power – More Arabist anti Israel US foreign policy – India abandons (Israeli) spy satellite launch under US pressure

December 4, 2007

Arab lobby power – More Arabist anti Israel US foreign policy – India abandons (Israeli) spy satellite launch under US pressure

India abandons (Israeli) spy satellite launch under US pressureDaily News & Analysis,India ^ December 03, 2007 Sanjay Singh/Josy Joseph

India abandons spy satellite launch under US pressure
Sanjay Singh/Josy Joseph
Monday, December 03, 2007
TechSAR was to be launched with Israeli help last month
NEW DELHI: India’s strategic space-based surveillance (SBS) programme has suffered a huge setback.
Following last-minute US pressure, the launch of an Indo-Israeli spy satellite with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) was aborted literally at the launch pad stage.
Images from the satellite, with sub-metre picture resolution, would have significantly boosted India’s intelligence-gathering abilities. The satellite is capable of obtaining sharp images of civilian construction activities, including nuclear plants, that may have a strategic bearing. It can also scan cloud-covered mountain peaks. Lack of this capability enabled Pakistan-backed militants and army regulars to entrench themselves on the heights of Kargil, necessitating a huge armed response with many casualties.
If the SAR satellite had been launched on schedule, it would have been a first for both Israel and India. This is the second strategic programme to have received a setback after American intervention in recent times. Earlier, India curtailed the range of its missiles under development to 5,000 km under US pressure. It has advised military scientists not to think of developing a full-fledged inter-continental ballistic missile above 800 km range.
When DNA contacted a senior official involved in India’s strategic engagements with Israel, he insisted that the satellite launch, slated for end October or early November, was aborted because of “technical glitches”. He added: “Our decision to abort the launch at the last minute was not guided by any American pressure.”
However, at least three sources privy to the entire programme confirmed that the launch of TechSAR, mounted on a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), was aborted after American intervention. TechSAR is technically an Israeli satellite being launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) for a fee, but the imagery captured by it would have been available to Indian intelligence. Most importantly, this was to be the first in a series of spy satellites India was to launch with Israeli collaboration.
The need for satellites with SAR technology was felt very strongly after Kargil, when Indian agencies were caught napping as Pakistani intruders entered Indian peaks and set up bases. The images, available then from the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites and spy planes, were hazy and did not reveal any ground level movement – an intelligence failure which proved critical.
The proposal for cutting-edge space-based intelligence gathering was then put on the fast-track and made possible through strategic cooperation with Israel. The Jewish state is one of the rare few in the world with SAR technology and was also working on TechSAR. The microwaves sent from SAR can penetrate cloudy areas like Kargil and garner images. When these images are processed using advanced software, they can produce very sharp photographs even if there is cloud cover or dust storm.
The satellite was to be the first of three produced exclusively by or in partnership with Israel for meeting India’s intelligence requirements.
Sources say that TechSAR, weighing 260 kg, had arrived in India a few months ago. It was moved to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, for launch. A dependable source told DNA that the satellite was “mounted” on the PSLV when the American pressure came. “We had to literally dismantle it,” he said.
The countdown to a satellite launch begins three months before it is fired into orbit. A senior official in Delhi told DNA that India is “presently dependent on other countries for sub-metre resolution pictures. That is our handicap. We firmly believe that we must have our own system in place.”
“We have planned three satellites for now. We hope to have even more. Having more than one such satellite in orbit would reduce revisit time (when a satellite is orbiting) and we would have more data to make an analysis. This would give pictures of less than a metre’s resolution of rail lines, new roads, new services, and any civilian construction activity that could be of a nuclear nature in neighbouring countries,” another official said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1136837

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Report: US halted launch of Israeli satellite

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1195546795593&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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[Double standard at Arabist Media’s silence] PA forces shoot dead two Palestinians, including 5-year-old boy

October 14, 2007

[Double standard at Arabist Media’s silence]

PA forces shoot dead two Palestinians, including 5-year-old boyhttp://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/912380.html

 

Now imagine when/if US, British or Israeli forces do the same thing (in Iraq or in “palestine”)…
NYTimes/WashingtonPost/CNN/BBC would be busy for weeks!

The Arab Lobby Controls US Media and Foreign Policy

September 9, 2007

The Arab Lobby Controls US Media and Foreign Policy

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2007/09/arab-lobby-controls-us-media-abd.html

Last year Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal donated $20 million each to Harvard and Georgetown Universities for programs in Islamic studies. The good prince also owns a chunk of Time/AOL the company who’s unit CNN employs the anti Israel Christiane Amanpour.In November of 2005, Fox’s O’Reilly showed live footage of the French Intifada as it raged in Paris. According to WorldNetDaily, Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, (aka Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz AlSaud), who owns 5-6% of the Fox News Channel, personally called Rupert Murdoch and asked him to change the offensive (but accurate) caption: “Muslim Riots” to the less offensive (and less accurate) “Civil Riots.” Within thirty minutes, the Prince had his way.

In December 2005, Prince Al-Waleed donated $20 million each to Harvard University and Georgetown University to finance Islamic studies. The gift to Georgetown, which set up the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in his honor, was the university’s second-largest donation in history, and the gift to Harvard was among its 25 largest. Any idea of what the skew of thoses studies are.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the largest single stockholder in Time and Citibank he is a one man Arab Lobby. But you wont hear Messers Walt and Mearsheimer talk about him or any of the other Saudi investors who challenge our free speech and influence American foreign policy.


What’s so nefarious about Jews exercising their right to speech?

What’s so nefarious about Jews exercising their right to speech?

By Jeff Robbins

September 7, 2007

A crop of Israel’s critics — most prominently Jimmy Carter and now Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, the authors of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” — have managed something of a feat: They express no concerns about the massive pro-Arab effort, funded in significant measure by foreign oil money, taking American Jews to task for participating in the American political process; meanwhile, they inoculate themselves against charges of anti-Jewish bias by pre-emptively predicting that “the Jewish lobby” will accuse them of it.

Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer, in particular, have been heralded by Israel’s critics for their “courage” in attacking American Jews, who have allegedly “strangled” criticism of Israel. Their case seems one part laughable, and one part eyebrow-raising.

An anecdote from my own experience with the anti-Israel lobby may shed some light on the absurdity of the Walt-Mearsheimer offensive. Not long after Sept. 11, 2001, I received a call from a major defense contractor asking for a favor. I was serving as president of the Boston chapter of the World Affairs Council, a national organization that debates foreign policy, and the defense contractor was one of the Council’s principal sponsors.

The Saudi Arabian government was sponsoring a national public relations campaign to cultivate American public opinion, and was sending Saudi emissaries around the country to make the case that Saudi Arabia was a tolerant, moderate nation worthy of American support. Would the Council organize a forum of Boston’s community leaders so that the Saudis could make their case?

While this was patently no more than a Saudi lobbying effort, we organized the forum, and it was well-attended by precisely the slice of Boston’s political and corporate elite that the Saudis and their defense contractor benefactor had hoped for. The Saudis maintained that their Kingdom should be regarded as a promoter of Middle East peace, and that the abundant evidence that Saudi Arabia was in fact promoting a virulent brand of extremist Islam should be discounted.

Saudi Arabia paid for the trip of its emissaries to Boston, for the Washington, D.C.-based public relations and lobbying company which organized the trip, and for the Boston public relations and lobbying company that handled the Boston part of the visit. And it drew upon the resources and relationships of the defense contractor, which sells hundreds of millions of dollars of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, to support and orchestrate its public relations effort.

The billions in petrodollars Arab states spend in the U.S. for defense, construction, engineering and consulting contracts position them nicely to win friends in high places, and friends are what they have. That is true all over the world, is true in this country, and has been true for quite some time. As U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull noted 60 years ago, “The oil of Saudi Arabia constitutes one of the world’s great prizes.” His successor, Edward Stettinius, opposed the creation of a Jewish state in the Middle East, stating “It would seriously prejudice our ability to afford protection to American interests, economic and commercial . . . throughout the area.”

The Saudis and their allies have not been shy about supplementing their considerable leverage in the U.S. by targeting expenditures to affect the debate over Middle East policy by funding think tanks, Middle East studies programs, advocacy groups, community centers and other institutions.

To take one obvious example, just last year Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal donated $20 million each to Harvard and Georgetown Universities for programs in Islamic studies. Prince Alwaleed, chairman of a Riyadh-based conglomerate, is the fellow whose $10 million donation to the Twin Towers Fund following the Sept. 11 attacks was rejected by then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after the Saudi Prince suggested that the U.S. “re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinians.”

Georgetown and Harvard had no apparent qualms about accepting Prince Alwaleed’s money. The director of Georgetown’s newly-renamed Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center rejected any suggestion that the Saudi magnate was attempting to use Saudi oil wealth to influence American policy in the Middle East. “There is nothing wrong with [Prince Alwaleed] expressing his opinion on American foreign policy,” he said. “Clearly, it was done in a constructive way.”

In other words, for those who accept the Arab line on the Israel-Arab conflict — namely, that it is the product of Israeli intransigence in some form or another — the increasing proliferation of Middle East-funded enterprises all across the country aimed at advancing the Arab view of the conflict constitute “nothing wrong.” Nor are those hewing to the anti-Israel line troubled by the way in which the massive Islamic bloc of nations, by dint both of their number and their economic leverage over the rest of the world, are able to guarantee an incessantly anti-Israel agenda at the United Nations and other international fora.

Although the aggressive deployment of petrodollars and oil-based influence from foreign sources aimed at advancing a pro-Arab line constitutes “nothing wrong” as far as Israel’s critics are concerned, a new political fashion holds that there is something very wrong indeed about American Jews and other American backers of Israel expressing their support for Israel, and urging their political leaders to join them in that support.

Our major newspapers and networks, with correspondents in Israel able to take advantage of an Israeli political system that is a free-for-all and an astonishingly vibrant and self-critical Israeli press, report daily on every twist and turn of the conflict and are very frequently critical of Israel. As for American campuses, most objective observers would have little difficulty concluding that far from being criticism-free, they are in fact dominated by critics of Israel. Clearly, as strangleholds on criticism go, whatever stranglehold the pro-Israel community has on debate in the U.S. is a very loose one indeed.

If the charge that American Jews are able to stifle criticism of Israel is simply silly, the leveling of the charge that there is something nefarious about Jews urging support for the Jewish state raises questions about whether Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer have descended into a certain ugliness. And the tactic of trying to neutralize those questions by loudly predicting that they will be asked, however clever a tactic it may be, does not neutralize them.

It is apparently the authors’ position that, even in the face of the overwhelming leverage of an Arab world swimming in petrodollars, with a lock on the U.N. and an unlimited ability to pay for pro-Arab public relations, American Jews are obliged to stay silent. In essence, Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer have repackaged the “the-Jews-run-the-country” stuff which has long been the bread and butter of anti-Semites.

Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer deny that they are anti-Semitic, and that is certainly good news. But where they are apparently content with foreign oil money being used to advance a pro-Arab position on the Middle East, but devote themselves to criticizing American Jews for lobbying their public officials in support of the Jewish state, one may legitimately wonder what phrase would apply. Surely, one’s denial that he is anti-Semitic, while welcome, is hardly dispositive; after all, the marked increase in anti-Semitism around the world is well-documented, and yet one rarely hears anyone actually announce that they are anti-Semitic, or that their views are anti-Semitic.

But if anti-Semitism is too harsh a term, and if the word “bigoted” is also taken off the table, perhaps one can be forgiven for concluding that “anti-Jewish bias” fits the bill here. After all, where there is nothing wrong with foreign money from Arab countries advancing a pro-Arab agenda in Messrs. Walt’s and Mearsheimer’s world — but there is something very wrong with American citizens who are Jewish exercising their civic right to speak out on behalf of Israel and taking issue with the pro-Arab agenda — even the most vehement disclaimers of any bias against Jews lack a certain credibility.

The potency of the Middle East-funded anti-Israel lobby around the world and in the U.S. is difficult to ignore. Yet, Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer and others who adhere to an anti-Israel line ignore it. In and of itself, this is not surprising. When at the same time they portray American Jews’ efforts to make the case for Israel as morally suspect, however, they open themselves up to reasonable charges of something far more troublesome than mere hypocrisy, and that is anti-Jewish bias, by whatever name.

Mr. Robbins, a U.S. Delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Commission during the Clinton administration, is an attorney at Mintz, Levin in Boston and represents David Project in the Islamic Society of Boston lawsuit.

Christanne Nonsense Network & silence on the most powerful lobby the ARAB LOBBY

September 4, 2007

Christanne Nonsense Network & silence on the most powerful lobby the ARAB LOBBY
AINA ^ | Sep. 2007

Not only did she avoid mentioning the Saudi (Arab) lobby, which is by far the most powerful lobby in America, but she also chose to solicit the opinions of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (himself a lobbyist for Arab causes), as well as professor Mearsheimer, both known for their controversial anti-Israel positions. Stunningly, no expert contradictory opinion to these two was offered during the six-hour program. It would have been just as easy for Amanpour to pose the same questions to Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz or Professor Fouad Ajami.

http://www.aina.org/news/2007082994324.htm

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Christianne Amanpour nominated for ‘Emmy Award for Biggest Disappointment’? [God’s warriors?]

August 31, 2007

 Christianne Amanpour nominated for ‘Emmy Award for Biggest Disappointment’? [God’s warriors?]
JewishJournal ^ | August, 2007
http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=18121

 

Is there an Emmy Award for Biggest Disappointment?If so, I nominate CNN’s three-part series, “God’s Warriors,” hosted or read or fronted — but certainly not reported – by Christiane Amanpour. The investigation – their claim – into radicals of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim persuasion was CNN’s highest-rated documentary ever, which just goes to show: Scratch any responsible news organization deep enough and you’ll find a shallow, sensationalizing ratings whore.The big reveal of the program was this: There are extremists out there ready to blow us up or hijack our elections.There was no analysis: not what these extremists have in common, not how they’ve risen and fallen throughout history; not how moderates can effectively counteract them, not even the relative numbers of extremists within each religion. Just this: they exist – as if we had never heard of Jerry Falwell and weren’t watching TV on Sept. 11.

As for Amanpour’s segment on God’s Jewish “warriors,” it managed to be both insidious and laughable. She rightly mentioned Jewish extremists like Baruch Goldstein, the doctor who slaughtered Muslims in prayer in Hebron, but failed to note that while the Israeli government and the vast majority of Jews take pains to prosecute and condemn their extremists, Muslim nations fund or sanction theirs.

Amanpour then focused on Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza who claim God deeded that land to the Jewish people and oppose giving up their homes under any circumstances. She failed to point out that it is indeed the Israeli government these people are fighting – theirs is not some global campaign to force Jewish law upon the West…

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