Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday links

From Ian:

LATMA: Learn the language of the Arab man

The Strong Hearts of Israel’s City of Angels: Kiryat Malachi’s Residents React to Rocket Attacks and Fatalities
"As I make my way back down the stairs of the heavily damaged building, an elderly man leaves his apartment and walks slowly down the blood-stained stairs. He looks sadly at the memorial candles at the bottom, and whispers a few words, and then continues on to the synagogue to pray. Meanwhile, outside the apartment building, soldiers, security personnel and local Israeli press continue their activities, as tired residents in the city prepare for a long night ahead."

Melanie Phillips: Pallywood, and the stench of an ancient score being settled
"When you look in horror and astonishment at the British media’s coverage of the onslaught upon Israel from Gaza and Israel's actions in self-defence – and from the messages I am receiving, there are still many, many decent Brits who are indeed appalled beyond measure by the eye-watering bias of the coverage from the BBC, Sky and much of the press – you might well conclude that more, much more, is actually going on here than standard knee-jerk prejudice or ignorance. This is the ugly sound of a very old score indeed that is being settled."

NGO hypocrisy in Gaza by Gerald Steinberg
For these groups, their Palestinian counterparts that also use the façade and language of human rights, and their funder-enablers, Israelis do not have human rights.

Turn off the lights in Gaza
"Scholars of genocide and mass atrocity crimes know that these outcomes result from human choice and bystander indifference. It follows that what happens in the next few days, weeks and months will be determined by the degree to which public diplomacy will make the case for holding the perpetrator, Hamas, accountable for this latest round of crimes against humanity – the rocketing of civilian populations with intent to kill, maim, injure, destroy and intimidate. But what the bystanders do or do not do may be even more important: The US has to make aid to Egypt conditional on it reining in on Hamas."

Rockets? What Hamas Rockets?
The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) New York Advocacy Director Cyrus McGoldrick even seemed to defend their use in a Twitter post Thursday.
“Palestine is a land occupied by foreign settlers,” he wrote. “They have a right to resist, to defend themselves ‘by any means necessary.’”
“A former CAIR-New York director, Lamis Deek, wrote that Gaza is a “beacon of resistance, [which] exposes shackles, awakens dignity, inspires revolution, reaffirms our oneness the reason ‘israel’ won’t last.”
This situation provides a stark, clear truth about these groups’ true colors: for all their talk about peace and countering terrorism, their decision not to speak out about the rocket attacks demonstrates what they really believe. They’d be happy if Israel disappeared off the face of the earth.

PM slams Hamas for ‘hiding behind civilians’
Islamists ‘deliberately target our children,’ says PM in English remarks directed at international audience

Foreign Ministry slams UN human rights chief for ‘ringing silence’ on Gaza rocket fire
High Commissioner does not care for Israelis’ human rights, spokesman charges

Obama administration condemns Hamas rocket fire, backs Israel’s right to self-defense

Australian Leaders say Israel's actions appropriate

PMW: Special Report on Operation Pillar of Defense pt1
From the PMW archives: Al-Ja'abari: "The Jew who comes to the soil of Palestine... is fighting us, and we will fight him and kill him"
"Sacrifice your souls for the sake of Allah, until the rats (i.e., Israelis) return to their holes" "Haifa, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv... all of Palestine" will be liberated

Special Report on Operation Pillar of Defense pt2: PA glorifes Hamas' Ahmed Al-Ja'abari
Official PA daily: "His self-sacrificing actions (i.e., terror attacks) will be told for generations to come and will be eternalized in memory"

CAMERA: The New York Times Evades the Facts to Blame Israel
"With all its evasions about the situation and its unrealistic demands for restraint on Israel's part, the editorial belied its statement that Israel has the right to defend itself. Indeed, it makes clear just one thing– that no matter what the reality is, in the eyes of The New York Times editorial board, Israel will always be at fault."

BBC Journalist on Twitter Misinforms
BBC's Wyre Davies told his 9,100 Twitter followers earlier today that "nearly all" of the Palestinians and Israelis killed during the fighting today were civilians.

BBC Calls Tel Aviv Israel's Capital, Not Jerusalem

Gaza cyber-struggle takes missile war to second battlefield
"Supporters of Israel and those opposing Operation Pillar of Defense tussle on social media
As of Thursday morning, Israel seemed to be ahead: Of the top trending tweets on Twitter, the second-most popular tweet subject in the world was #HamasBumperStickers — a crowdsourced collection of tragicomic lines condemning the Gaza terror group. One example: “It takes 2,587 Nuts & Bolts to put a car together – and only one Hamas nut to have it scattered all over the road.” #HamasBumperStickers was beating out #PrayforGaza, the preferred hashtag for the anti-Israel crowd on Twitter."

As offensive rages, Hamas resorts to disinformation
Islamic movement claims it struck Tel Aviv, while eulogizing its slain military leader; Abbas condemns rocket fire on Israel

IDF: Hamas Using Facebook, Twitter Posts To Guide Rocket Calculations
The Israeli Defense Force has issued a warning to all Israelis on all social networking sites. Their warning urges Israelis not to post information on Facebook or Twitter about where rockets are falling and where sirens are being sounded. Hamas intelligence, IDF is warning, is closely monitoring Facebook and Twitter for such information; they’re then using that information in recalibrating their firing angles in order to target the rockets more efficiently.

Jordan Preparing To Jettison PLO by David Singer
"Reinstating Jordan ‘s severed legal and administrative ties with the West Bank in direct negotiations with Israel is now rapidly shaping up as the most viable option to resolve sovereignty in the West Bank as the PLO slowly sinks into the political sunset."

Poll: Anti-Semitism, Facism Rife in Germany
"A new poll shows a shocking level of anti-Semitism among Germans. According to the poll, taken by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (associated with the SPD, the Social Democratic Party of Germany), 15.8% of German residents in the former East German part of the country identify themselves with the fascistic far right, and subscribe to its beliefs, including hatred of Jews."

Being Black in the Muslim World
“When I’m Just Walking Down the Street, People Will Call Me a Dirty Black Man or Slave”
Morroco’s Maroc Hebdo magazine is running a cover story about the “Black Peril” and French media outlets have stories on what life is like for Africans in the parts of Africa controlled by Arab Muslims. And it’s not a pretty picture.

Behind the Veil of Islamophobia
The murder of Shaima Alawadi isn’t a sign of increasing prejudice, but of writers’ credulousness
“The Facebook group “One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi,” which was a hive of activity in the weeks following her murder, has since been taken offline. Despite some posts about women’s rights and feminism, the Islamophobia angle was what the organizers were interested in pushing. She was, it now seems, killed because she was a woman who attempted to throw off the shackles of an oppressive husband. Which makes this case doubly tragic. Just because Shaima Alawadi wasn’t killed by an American racist doesn’t mean that there isn’t cause for activist outrage.”

150-Year-Old Pictures Released for Online Viewers
Thank You Library of Congress for Responding to Our Request
"Israel Daily Picture requested that the Library remove copyright restrictions on the 147-year-old photos. The pictures were posted on the Internet this week and appear here. The Library's site allows visitors to enlarge the photographs to see amazing details, in these cases more than 12 MB in size."


Joke going around cyberspace

Anti-Israel leftists in Tel Aviv forced to break up rally - because of Gaza rockets

(h/t Josh, Sophie)