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November 27, 2015 / 15 Kislev, 5776
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The Last of the Flotillas

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The flotilla stunt has sunk.

This morning’s end to the latest maritime Vaudeville act by a motley collection of anarchists, anti-Israel activists including an Arab Knesset Member, leftists and bored people looking for adventure may be the last attempt to break the Israel blockade to prevent terrorists and weapons from reaching Gaza by sea.

International media have not been able to whip up much anti-Israel rhetoric in their news dispatches of the peaceful takeover of the Marianne and the apparent U-turn by three other boats in the flotilla.

The voyage of the Marianne may have been the best thing for Israel since earlier this month when Hamas fired a Kassam rocket at Israeli civilians but saw it fall short of its mark and explode on a house in Gaza.

The only real success of Hamas, and the entire Palestinian Authority, has been to turn self-defeat into a principle.

Pro-Hamas activists have been trying to break the maritime blockade for more than six years, but their main aim has been to fuel the anti-Israeli media with stories about how the Israeli army is stopping good Samaritans from trying to save Gazans caught in a humanitarian crisis caused by the presumably heartless land blockade by Israel.

The establishment media finally has broken under the weight of the lies in claims by anti-Zionists.

Israel’s land “blockade” on Gaza barely exists anymore, except from Egypt, which has punished Hamas over and over by shutting down the Rafah crossing.

The maritime blockade has been upheld by none other than the United Nations, which investigated the clash on the May 2010 Mavi Mamara ship that was organized and led by Turkish-based terrorists of the IHH organization.

The U.N. report managed to criticize the IDF for using excessive force but upheld the maritime embargo as legal.

Flotilla activists have known ever since then that attacking Israeli soldiers, as the terrorist did with iron clubs on the Mavi Mamara, is going to be met with necessary force.

The crew and passengers on the Marianne did not raise a hand. The Navy commandeered the boat and took it to the port of Ashdod, where the foreigners will be deported and the Israelis will return home, with or without being arrested.

Passengers on the other boats deported themselves by choice when they decided not to follow the example of the Marianne, whose activists have set a precedent not resort to violence.

That will make it more difficult for future flotilla activists to start up with the Navy, which under any circumstances is going to win the battle.

The activists’ hope that the media would treat them as little Davids fighting a monstrous Goliath disappeared like a ship in the middle of the night.

Hamas’ open corruption and barbaric force against anyone who opposes it have torn the sails out of lies that the miserable lives of Arabs in Gaza are due to anyone or anything except Hamas.

Reuters reported the takeover of the Marianne factually and dryly, except for referring to Gaza as “the blockaded Palestinian territory,” unless it meant blockaded by Egypt.

The Associated Press was even briefer in its report.

BBC and NBC also were factual and objective in their dispatches.

The flotilla has wasted more tens for thousands of dollars. There always will be other do-good haters willing to shell out more money for another failure.

Let’em go for broke.

UK Drops Probe of BBC Reporter’s Anti-Semitism at Paris Unity March

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has condemned a decision by ‘Ofcom’ not to uphold complaints made against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a French Jewish woman in Paris.

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the communications industries in Britain.

The incident took place at the unity march in Paris, held in solidarity with the victims of radical Islamist terror attacks in the city the previous week. The woman was expressing her fears about the rise of anti-Semitism throughout Europe and particularly in France. While speaking with Willcox during his interview at the event, the BBC reporter told the woman, “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

Ofcom ruled the reporter’s remarks were “justified by the context in which they were presented.”

However, noted UK Board of Deputies of British Jews’ vice president Jonathan Arkush, “The objection to Willcox’s interview was his suggestion that French Jews could expect to be targeted by terrorists because of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Ofcom seem to have missed the point entirely. Ofcom also seem to have forgotten that Willcox himself admitted he had got it wrong and apologised.”

But a bigger problem was the fact that the complaints were dropped altogether, as noted in a statement on its Facebook page by Campaign Against Anti-Semitism UK, and the regulator refused to explain why the anti-Semitism was not investigated. This does not reflect a vow by UK Communications Secretary Eric Pickles to “censure” anti-Semitism in government institutions.

“Ofcom quietly dropped the 22 complaints you submitted… in a table listing complaints that had been assessed and then not investigated at the bottom of page 58 of Ofcom Bulletin 272, the regulator confirmed that it would not be looking into 22 complaints against a breach of “Generally accepted standards” by BBC News in a broadcast on 11th January. We contacted Ofcom and they confirmed that this relates to the Willcox interview but they refused to explain why they had decided not to investigate the complaints.”

The BBC, to its credit, is conducting its own investigation into the reporter’s comments and is expected to reach a conclusion by February 23.

An Ofcom spokesperson responded to this JewishPress.com report with the following statement:

“Ofcom carefully assessed complaints about alleged anti-Semitic comments made by Tim Willcox at a Paris rally and decided not to take the issue forward for further investigation.

“While the comments clearly had the potential to cause offence, Ofcom considered a range of factors, including the live nature of this coverage and the need for an appropriate degree of freedom of expression, especially in news coverage of such a significant event.”

BBC’s Holocaust Tweet Shocker

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Originally published at Honest Reporting.

January 27 is International Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. With this in mind and the aftermath of the Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket, there has been a great deal of discussion and commemoration in the media.

But could the BBC have asked a more crass, insensitive and downright offensive question on Twitter?

— The Big Questions (@bbcbigquestions) January 25, 2015

This was the question asked on The Big Questions, a BBC debate show on moral, ethical and religious issues. However, irrespective of the quality of the debate on the show itself, the tweet needs to be seen in isolation because many of those who saw it on Twitter would not have seen it in a larger context.

And how inappropriate for the BBC to even be debating the topic with such a question precisely during the buildup to events commemorating the biggest crime in modern history.

Perhaps the question may have related to a poll that found that some 58 percent of Germans say the past should be consigned to history in reference to the Holocaust. This, however, does nothing to excuse the BBC from raising the issue in such a format that lacks any relevant context to such a sensitive topic.

In addition, a TV debate or discussion is a controlled environment with a moderator as is the case on The Big Questions. Twitter, in comparison, is a virtual jungle where the only moderating influences are those of other tweeters.

The BBC has proudly publicized its comprehensive coverage of Holocaust Memorial Day, drawing attention to a wide range of programming. This included The Big Questions on the BBC’s media release which stated:

A one-hour special Big Questions on BBC One will look at the anniversary and the issues involved from never forgetting, to man’s inhumanity. It will also ask: could something like this happen again? 

How did the original question, “could something like this happen again?” and the stated emphasis of the program change so drastically? That it has indicates something insidious within the BBC.

Undoubtedly, had the BBC’s media release published in October 2014 included the question that ultimately was asked, those figures involved in Holocaust remembrance would have raised the alarm.

In light of this and Tim Willcox’s appalling questions to the child of a Holocaust survivor, it seems that insensitivity is something that the BBC is getting rather good at.

HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker adds:

What or who exactly does the BBC want to lay to rest? Holocaust survivors? The memory of six million Jewish victims of Nazi genocide? The BBC evidently has no moral compass when it comes to Jews or Israel. Why should this even be up for debate and why is it only issues of immense importance to Jews that the BBC is prepared to ride roughshod over?

The BBC originally asked could something like the Holocaust happen again. Asking whether people should forget about the Holocaust could very well increase the possibility of it happening again.

BBC Reporter Needles French Jewish Woman at Unity Rally

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Outrage has begun to make its way around the Internet in the wake of a nasty interview by a BBC correspondent who was unable to keep his personal bias out of his coverage of Sunday’s mega-million unity rally in France.

The heads of 40 different nations attended the event; nearly four million demonstrators came to march with them and hear them speak.

But apparently BBC reporter Tim Willcox just couldn’t resist needling a French Jewish woman during his interview with her there.

The woman, a member of the badly traumatized French Jewish community, expressed her fear that Jews are being targeted in Europe – only to be interrupted by Willcox contradicting her. Here’s how the dialogue went:

French Woman: The situation is going back to the days of 1930 in Europe.

Tim Willcox: Do you think that could be resolved, though, now, before it’s too late?

FW: Yes, of course… we have to, not to be afraid to say, that Jews are, that they are the target now. It’s not only the…

TW: Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest the Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands as well.

FW: We cannot do amalgam… yes?

TW: But, but, but, you understand, everything is seen from different perspectives.”

FW: Of course, but this is not my …

TW: No, I understand.”

Quite apart from the obvious point that anti-Semitism has nothing whatsoever to do with the issue of Israel’s policy vis a vis the Palestinian Authority,  — and that the subject of Israel and the PA was a complete disconnect from that of the rally — the question is whether the interview really was meant to be part of a BBC special report on the rally at all.

(This writer wonders: Does one feel more powerful making insinuations and bullying a woman who has already been traumatized and clearly fears for her life?)

The rally itself was intended to show solidarity with the surviving victims of last week’s radical Islamist terror attacks and to honor the memories of those who were murdered. It was also intended to send a clear, unambiguous message that France will not tolerate radical Islamist terror. And world leaders won’t either.

Perhaps they will even call it what it is, now.

For the terrorists yelled “Allahu Akbar!” at the start of their murderous rampage at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine last Wednesday. Methodically going from one target to the next, they slaughtered their way through a hit list, killing everyone at an editorial meeting in addition to a maintenance worker, two police officers and an additional employee.

A day later, another member of the terror cell shot and killed a policewoman. It later turned out that he and his common law wife had bungled the job: their real target was a Chabad-Lubavitch elementary school, but they got into a car accident and when police arrived, they opened fire and ran instead.

The next day, Friday, Hayat Boumedienne allegedly dropped her husband, Amedy Coulibaly off near the Hyper Cacher grocery store for his next and last terror attack. He held more than a dozen people hostage and killed four before French police finally stormed the site in coordination with a parallel operation at the other end of the city.

By that time, Boumedienne had caught a plane to Turkey. From there she made her way to Syria, according to various media reports.

Cherif and Said Koachi, who together with Hamid Mourad had attacked Charlie Hebdo, had taken a hostage at a Paris printing factory on the edge of the capital. But their time was brief as French police finally stormed their site.

Yehuda Glick on Hardcopy

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

BBC TV’s Director Fears for Future of Jews in Britain

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Danny Cohen, the director of television at the BBC, is usually in the news to talk about the next big thing in British television. He is known for helping commission popular British shows such as the coming-of-age sitcom “The Inbetweeners” and the BAFTA award-winning “Skins.” Now he oversees the BBC’s four main channels.

However, on Sunday, Cohen gave the discussion about anti-Semitism in Europe a potent jolt.

“I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months,” Cohen told Israeli television anchor Yonit Levi at a conference in Jerusalem. “And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before.”

Cohen is a native Londoner who has lived in the UK his entire life. A month and a half earlier, Parliament’s opposition leader, Ed Milliband, posted about the rise of British anti-Semitism on Facebook.

Amid spikes in anti-Semitism across Europe, anti-Semitic incidents in England skyrocketed during the war in Gaza this summer.

Cohen’s position near the top of the BBC, which took a lot of heat for its coverage of the Gaza war, has helped draw great attention to his comments, including from some who suggested he uses his position of influence to defend Jews.

The UK Jewish News laid the blame in part at the feet of the BBC, saying its coverage of this summer’s war was biased.

Bennett Talks Israel on HardTalk

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/bennett-talks-israel-on-hardtalk/2014/08/10/

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