Archive | July, 2012

Anti-Israel Brainwash

27 Jul

Nicky Larkin is an Irish filmmaker who always identified as pro-Palestinian – wearing the fashionable PLO keffiyeh scarf… viewing Israel as the ogre… the whole nine yards.

Last year, Larkin received a grant to travel to Israel to make a film about the Palestinians. “My peers expected me to come back with an attack on Israel,” he says.

Yet when he began to investigate, he realized that the facts didn’t square with what he believed. He concluded: He’d been brainwashed by the media (and pro-Palestinian activists) to hate Israel.

“Any artist worth his or her salt should be ready to change their mind on receipt of fresh information,” Larkin says. “I would urge all those artists who pledged to boycott Israel to spend some time there.”

See this interview where the Irish filmmaker says how he “hated” Israel – until he actually bothered to investigate.

The Media: Destroying Jerusalem Again

24 Jul

Jews are now in the period of the Jewish calendar called the “Nine Days” leading up to Tisha B’Av, commemorating the repeated attempts to obliterate Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

How apt, therefore, that this week the BBC – the world’s largest broadcaster – has taken aim at this very same idea.

In its high-profile Olympic Games website, BBC left out any reference to the Israeli capital – while listing “East Jerusalem” as the capital of “Palestine.” (Following complaints, BBC amended the site, coldly listing Jerusalem as the “Seat of Government.”)

We wrote previously in this blog about the media’s proclivity for denying the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel – an honor it has held continuously for over 3,000 years.

Although clear historical facts cannot be erased in one fell swoop, the media has an incremental effect by planting seeds of doubt. London’s Daily Telegraph (“Middle East Peace Process ‘in Danger of Collapse,’” October 25, 2009) referred to “the Temple Mount, where the two Jewish temples of antiquity are believed to have been built,” and Time magazine identified the “Dome of the Rock, where Jews believe Solomon and Herod built the First and Second Temples.” Not an indisputable fact of history; just something that “Jews believe.”

Jerusalem is mentioned 500 times in the Bible, though not once in the Muslim Koran. And yet, the media downplays the Jewish connection by promoting the Arabic names of holy sites. In referring to the Temple Mount, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, et al, typically cite the Muslim-Arabic name – “Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary.” But did you ever see the Temple Mount referred to by its Hebrew name, “Har Habayit”? A Lexis-Nexis search of tens of thousands of mainstream news articles relating to Jerusalem revealed – aside from direct quotes – just one single reference to “Har Habayit.”

Over the millennia, many wars have been fought over Jerusalem. All told, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt no less than nine times – with each conqueror further attempting to obscure the glorious Jewish past. But the Jewish people have never abandoned Jerusalem – praying in its direction thrice daily, invoking Jerusalem at every wedding ceremony, and concluding both the Passover Seder and Yom Kippur services with the yearning cry, “Next year in Jerusalem!”

And now, in an outrage of Olympic proportions, thousands of years of uncontested history are being brazenly erased on news sites everywhere.

What’s a good response? Perhaps we should all stop referring to London as the capital of England, calling it instead “the seat of track and field.”

Book Review: Elder of Ziyon Blog

14 Jul

Elder of Ziyon, my favorite blogger, published an embarrassingly complimentary review of “David & Goliath.” He writes:

We see through [Simmons’] eyes how he discovers the patterns of bias, documents them and holds reporters’ feet to the fire when he exposes them.
While any reader of this blog is aware of media bias against Israel, reading about it all at once is a mind-blowing – and often infuriating – experience. We tend to get numbed after a while because we are so used to the daily bias, but that is a mistake – every single example must be called out and the reporter or news service held responsible…
It is the personal touch that makes this book so readable. But make no mistake – Simmons goes through the incidents in detail and the cumulative effect is astonishing. All the major events since 2000 are analyzed – the Jenin “massacre” lie, Hezbollah’s bullying of reporters in Lebanon, the “fauxtography” scandals, the Gaza war coverage, and countless smaller incidents, always written in an engaging, first person manner.

Elder also posted a video interview that we did off the cuff in Newark airport: