Video Dispatch 9: A one state solution for a better Middle East? “Let the Jews run it all”

June 05, 2011

(This is the ninth in a series of “Video dispatches”.)


1. Teaching schoolgirls, Egyptian-style
2. Two Syrian men are savagely beaten by Assad’s security forces
3. British Muslims for Israel
4. Too repulsive to show
5. “The one state solution for a better Middle East: let the Jews run the whole place”
6. “We are the people, freedom for Palestine”
7. Ethiopian Jew sings Arabic song on Israeli TV talent show
8. Israel’s indefensible borders
9. Iranian commandos attack...

[Notes below by Tom Gross]


An Egyptian teacher has a not so subtle way of encouraging students to do their homework.

The video gets worse as it progresses.

Please note how the girls are subjected to more brutality than the boys.

Tom Gross adds:

A female Egyptian journalist narrowly survived being gang-raped while covering a demonstration two days ago on Cairo’s central Tahrir Square against the new Egyptian military government, local media reported.

The journalist was interviewing participants in Friday’s rally when a quarrel broke out between them. The attackers had torn the journalist’s clothes to pieces before a police officer managed to intervene. That police office was then attacked by the mob and doctors say his condition is now critical.

In March, in a similar incident close by the same location, a female American journalist was gang-raped.



Here is another video from Syria, showing two men being beaten up by Assad’s security forces. The beating gets increasingly worse as the video continues. The brave person filming this on his or her cellphone also risked torture and possible death in doing so.

Among past recent video dispatches on Syria, please see here and here.

Of course, there is nothing new in such violence by the Assad family dictatorship. It has been the daily diet of Syrian citizens for over 48 years: children being tortured, women shot at close range, kidnappings and detentions en masse, and so on.

It is just that resource-rich news media like The New York Times and the BBC have refused to cover this properly, and their Middle East correspondents and op-ed page columnists and leader writers have been much more interested in dragging Israel through the mud instead.

None of this has been unknown to these journalists. For example, as I pointed out again in a recent article (Syria’s Assad is worse than Gaddafi in many ways), the U.S. State Department’s most recent report on Syria (2009) says the regime was responsible for the “arbitrary or unlawful deprivation of life” and “enforced disappearances” and the vanishing of “an estimated 17,000 persons.”

The State Department report described the methods of torture inflicted on those unfortunate to find themselves in Syria’s prisons: “Electrical shocks; pulling out fingernails; burning genitalia; forcing objects into the rectum; beating, sometimes while the victim was suspended from the ceiling; other times on the soles of the feet.”

And all this was a regular occurrence before the present uprising when the situation got even worse, with the arrest and torture of tens of thousands of people, and the murder of at least 1200 civilians so far.



Of course, while many BBC and Guardian-types in Britain claim that all Muslims oppose Israel, there are a sizable number that support her.

Below is a recent interview with Hasan Afzal, a spokesman for “British Muslims for Israel”.

Hasan Afzal (who is a subscriber to this email list) is interviewed here on Israel’s Channel 10 news. One has to watch this British citizen on Israeli TV because it is highly unlikely that he would ever be allowed to express his views freely on the British-taxpayer funded BBC, given their prejudices. (Indeed over the years, I too have been interviewed about the Middle East on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NPR and elsewhere, but the world’s biggest news organization, the BBC, from my home country, has never allowed me on air to speak about the Middle East.)



I have watched the video showing the tortured, mutilated remains of the 13-year-old Syrian schoolboy Hamza Ali al-Khateeb. But I have chosen not to post it, because it is too gruesome to watch and out of respect for Hamza. The boy lies on a plastic sheet, the eyes of his bruised and swollen, purple face clenched shut. The rest of his young body is a mass of bloated flesh, scarred by welts and cigarette burns, slashes and bullet holes. His knees and elbows are broken. His penis has been cut off.

This is President Assad’s security forces at work on their own children.

And in the meantime the British, French and other governments haven’t even summoned Assad’s ambassadors to complain, let alone expelled them.

Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, 13, had his penis cut off and was then tortured to death by the Syrian security forces



Although this video is largely tongue-in-cheek, it does contain various serious points. (The narrator is the American author and screenwriter of “tough-guy” mysteries, Andrew Klavan.)



One might expect politically idiotic pop stars to be duped into becoming involved in a slick piece of propaganda like this new video (below), replete with lies and stereotypes (among those reportedly promoting the video are the British band Coldplay) but perhaps more shocking is that this seems to have been partially funded by European taxpayers. Among those “charities” behind this video appear to have been War on Want, which receives funding from the EU, the U.K. Government Department for International Development, Irish Aid and others. (Among several past related dispatches, please see War on Want wages War on Israel.)

Freedom for Palestine. Nothing, apparently, about real apartheid states like Bahrain, or prison states like Syria, or for that matter, the Malvinas Islands, or Ceuta and Melilla, or Nagorno-Karabakh or hundreds of other disputed territories around the world. Only Palestine commands the attention of British celebrities.



New Israeli singing sensation Hagit Yasu

21-year old Hagit Yasu, an Israeli Ethiopian Jew, gave a highly popular performance last weekend on Israel’s “A Star is Born” talent show.

She is singing a song in Arabic, called “From the day you left”, which I am told was written by Shim’on Busqila and composed by Idan Reichel, both Israeli Jews. Hagit is from the Israeli town of Sderot which has been subjected to more rocket attacks on civilians than any other town on the planet in recent years.

But those attacks, celebrated in the Arab world, haven’t stopped Israelis celebrating Arab language and culture.



This video, by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, explains why most political parties in Israel from left to right, would never countenance a return to the 1967 armistice lines, lines from which Israel cannot defend itself.



Iranian commandos attack...

...satellite dishes

This was filmed last week (on May 27) as the regime in Tehran once again tries to stop people tuning in to news broadcasts from abroad.

For my own recent interview with Iranian opposition media, please see here.

Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Cheering Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were behind the Arab Spring

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

* Video dispatch 30: How to play chess when you’re an ISIS prisoner (& Escape from Boko Haram)

* Video dispatch 31: Incitement to kill

* Video Dispatch 32: Bibi to BBC: “Are we living on the same planet?” (& other videos)

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