Israel delivers aid to Iraqi refugees (& Lady Gaga: Media is wrong on Israel)

September 29, 2014

Fans at a Bosnian basketball game last week


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There is also another dispatch today, titled BBC presenter mimics Israeli spokesperson (& Mossad reaches out to new candidates)



1. Israeli NGO delivers aid to Iraqi refugees
2. Abbas the “moderate”?
3. Fatah honors female suicide bomber on Facebook
4. Happy New Year from the New York Times and Washington Post
5. BBC continues to subtly alter reports to downplay Palestinian atrocities
6. The fibs the BBC tells
7. Lady Gaga: “World view of Israel is wrong”
8. Australian Muslim shot dead
9. Norwegian police search for Islamists planning a beheading (& French and Canadian items)
10. Liverpool Football Club removes tweet to prevent anti-Semitic messages


[Notes below by Tom Gross]


The Israeli charity IsraAid is delivering humanitarian kits to Christian and Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State jihadists.

The Israeli NGO is distributing urgent humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Christian and Yazidi refugees in Iraq’s Kurdish region, including mattresses, blankets, kitchen supplies, hygiene kits and clothes. American Jewish groups have helped IsraAid cover the costs of the humanitarian packages.


Among related past dispatches:

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



September 9, 1993: Yasser Arafat’s statement: “The PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators.”

Contrast with:

September 27, 2014: Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly: “I affirm in front of you that the Palestinian people hold steadfast ... to their legitimate right to resist this colonial, racist Israeli occupation ... and we will maintain the traditions of our national struggle established by the Palestinian fedayeen and to which we committed ourselves since the onset of the Palestinian revolution in early 1965.”

(Thanks to Dr Aaron Lerner for pointing this out.)


Israel (and many others) said that Abbas’s UN “genocide” speech was “full of lies.” U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “Abbas’ speech included offensive characterizations that were deeply disappointing and which we reject. Such provocative statements are counterproductive and undermine efforts to create a positive atmosphere and restore trust between the parties.”

“Mahmoud Abbas’ speech before the UN General Assembly on Friday more or less buried the “peace process” that the U.S. has been leading for the past two decades,” wrote the Haaretz correspondent in New York.


The U.S., Britain, Australia (among other countries) have said that they won’t support a proposed Security Council resolution setting a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, without the Palestinians agreeing to come to the negotiating table and negotiate a state with Israel.


Among related articles:

Yasser Abbas: Has anything really changed?


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today addressed the United Nations General Assembly. For those interested, you can read Netanyahu’s speech here. Or watch it here.


As part of Israel’s delegation to the UN, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met on Sunday in New York with the foreign ministers of Canada, the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria and Rwanda. Lieberman thanked his five colleagues for their countries’ vote last week against the anti-Israeli resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).



President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah organization which heads the U.S. and EU funded Palestinian Authority, has honored a female suicide bomber (Zainab Abu Salem) on its official Facebook page. The post was put up to “celebrate” the tenth anniversary of her murder of Israelis.

The text accompanying the photo reads: “After the operation, Martyr Zainab’s head was severed from her body, while her hijab (religious headscarf) continued to cover her hair. With this she became the eleventh female martyrdom-seeker in Palestine.”

Abu Salem, 18, from Nablus, killed two Israelis and injured 30 civilians when she blew herself up in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Fatah also recently released a music video that honored Abu Salem and eight other female terrorists. The video included a series of pictures of the bombers and scenes of the destruction they caused, including dead Israeli civilians. A total of 70 people were murdered in their attacks by the female terrorists in the video.

Even though European and American taxpayers continue to fund the Palestinian Authority with large sums of money, hardly any western media deemed this news worthy of coverage.



The New York Times (in both its domestic and international editions) marked the Jewish New Year by publishing an op-ed titled “How Israel Silences Dissent”. This seems to be part of another tireless attempt by the paper to pretend Israel is some kind of police state when in fact it is one of the most vigorous and open democracies in the world, where almost every shade of opinion is represented in the Knesset, the media and academia – much more so than many western countries, let alone non-Western ones.

The Washington Post marked the Jewish New Year by publishing an opinion piece (by Patricia Marks Greenfield) effectively calling for the end of Israel. “There can be no two-state solution. Israel must leave behind its official Jewish identity,” she writes, among other things. The “one state” solution, advocated by groups like Hamas and by countries such as Iran, is, of course, a euphemism for the destruction of the Jewish state.



The BBC continue to alter historical reports, without telling its audience, in a seeming attempt to lessen the impact of the murders of Israeli civilians.

In the latest such example, the BBC changed the language of its reports of the murders of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

The BBC’s report which previously used the word “terrorists” has now been changed to “militants”, and the Palestinian terrorist organization to which they belonged is now merely termed a “group” and no mention is made of the fact they worked for Fatah and the PLO.


Among related articles:

* The BBC discovers ‘terrorism,’ briefly

* Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and the Munich Olympics massacre



The Guardian reports that the editor of BBC Radio 4’s flagship daily current affairs ‘Today’ program thinks that its coverage of the recent conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip has contributed to a reduction in listening figures: “One of the big challenges for us, if we can’t report on the ground which we couldn’t very easily in Gaza because the BBC only had two correspondents there, you end up doing a lot of argumentative phone interviews with angry people on either side.”

In fact not only does the BBC have an office in Gaza City but among the BBC journalists reporting from the Gaza Strip this summer included Yolande Knell, Jeremy Bowen, Lyse Doucet, Paul Adams, James Reynolds, Ian Pannell, Martin Patience, Quentin Somerville, Jon Donnison, Chris Morris, Orla Guerin, Kevin Connolly and others.

… As I pointed out in this article (an article which has now been cited in the New York Times and in the Arab, Turkish, Iranian and Israeli press):



Newspapers such as the Independent of London are not content with bashing Israel in their news and opinion pages. The British and other European press often bring politics into their coverage of Israel in their culture and travel, and sometimes even the sports pages.

Asked in an interview published in the Independent on Friday about her current international tour and why when she played in Israel earlier this month, pop artist Lady Gaga came to a robust defense of the Jewish state, even though the Independent could not resist mentioning Gaza in the article (whereas it almost never mentions human rights issues regarding other places pop stars perform).

“Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality,” Lady Gaga told the journalist in London. “It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits… It was wonderful.”

I noted in a previous dispatch, how many performers are returning to Israel even though some tourists are staying away.

As I said, Tony Bennett (like Lady Gaga, an Italian-American) even played a duet with Lady Gaga the night before his own show in Israel this month.

Other stars to perform in Israel this year include The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake.

Lady Gaga said, following a summer of bombardment by thousands of rockets from the terrorist group Hamas, that the people of Israel “are strong, and are brave.”



Thus begins one of many similar news reports: “A TERROR suspect who allegedly made threats against Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been shot dead by police tonight after stabbing a Victoria Police officer and federal agent.”

What is noteworthy is the exact same media who rarely explain the circumstances when an armed Palestinian is shot dead while carrying out a terror attack in Israel – implying that they were such innocent civilians randomly attacked by Israel – go out of their way to explain the circumstances in this case.



Norwegian broadcaster NRK reports, based on Norwegian intelligence assessments, that militants inspired by the Islamic State “are planning to break into a random house, kill a whole family, behead them with knives, film it and publish it on the internet as a warning.”

The newspaper Dagbladet reported that the police have lost track of the four suspects, who may no longer be in Norway.

As I noted previously, in July Norway was placed under a terror alert, which included extra guards at border crossings and train stations. Oslo’s synagogue was closed for security reasons.


Last week, Islamist militants in Algeria beheaded a French tourist, Herve Gourdel, 55, only three days after he arrived in the country, and posted a video of the beheading on the Internet.


Also last week, three suspected French jihadists arrested in Turkey, who include the brother-in-law of Toulouse Jewish school killer Mohammed Merah, initially escaped capture in France after the authorities turned up to arrest them at the wrong airport after they were sent back to France from Turkey.

Merah murdered three young children and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in June that Merah’s sister Souad had gone to fight in Syria. According to Cazeneuve, around 930 French citizens or residents, including at least 60 women, are either actively engaged in jihad in Iraq and Syria, or are planning to go.


Another Canadian, Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud, has been killed in Syria while fighting for ISIS.

“Mr. Mohamud had been an excellent and engaged student, confident and outgoing,” reports Canada’s National Post:



Leading English football team Liverpool has had to remove its tweet wishing its Jewish supporters a happy Jewish new year, after a torrent of anti-Semitic messages were posted in response. Over 3.2 million people follow Liverpool’s twitter feed.

In a statement Liverpool Football Club said they only wished to express appreciation for the support they receive from fans of diverse religious backgrounds, as they have also done for their fans of the Muslim faith during Ramadan. They added they had not anticipated there would be such a torrent of racial hatred against Jews in response to what was intended to be a positive and sensitive message.

Others criticized Liverpool for being cowed by the bullies and removing the tweet.

Other football teams in Europe have been criticized for not acting to stamp out anti-Semitism. For example, at the ground of the Ukrainian football team Karpaty Lviv, large swastikas have been unfurled by fans in the stadium and slogans praising the Holocaust have been chanted.

The photo at the top of this page is from a Bosnian basketball game just days ago.


[All notes above by Tom Gross]

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