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The Olympic Story that Wasn’t News

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

If you buy into the concept that news is not news unless it is covered by the major media players, than I guess the fact that the Lebanese judo team refused to practice next to the Israeli team until the Olympic organizers erected barriers to divide the room and place the Israelis out of sight…wasn’t news.

After all, a quick review of CNN and the New York Times came up with nothing about this story. That’s right – the search turned up nothing.

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Guess it wasn’t news enough after all, no one was massacred other than the Olympic spirit.

BBC, on the other hand, did choose to cover the story – in typical BBC fashion. You have to hand it to them – I can’t help but wonder how long it took them to come up with a headlines that would imply somehow that the Israelis are to blame.

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There you go, “Israeli Olympic team says Lebanese judo fighters refuse to train next to them.” One would think that the Olympic officials would have gone over to the Lebanese to confirm this before spending time and effort erecting a screen between them. And one has to wonder why the Israelis went over to the Olympic officials to act as agents of the Lebanese.

Logically, one would assume that the Lebanese went to the Olympic officials. Judging by the incredible bravery of the Olympic officials in caving in to every demand of the Arab nations – not wanting to insult them by honoring the murdered ISRAELI athletes, etc. etc. – one would assume they quickly built the demanded screens based on the Lebanese request. So what exactly did the Israelis do in this?…Ah yes, perhaps they were the ones who refused to remain silent at having, yet again, Arabs murder the Olympic spirit.

That’s right – thankfully, no Israeli lives have been lost at the Olympics, but the Olympic spirit took another beating as the Olympic officials gave in and allowed this apartheid wall to be built. No wait, that isn’t quite accurate – they didn’t ALLOW it to be built…they built it.

So, once again – BBC can’t take all the glory in the shame. This one must be shared jointly – with CNN and the New York Times for not covering the story at all, and with the Olympic organizers who once again caved in to the twisted logic that allows the Palestinians to say holding a moment of silence for the Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists is racism but building a wall between the Lebanese and the Israelis is acceptable.

Olympic spirit? Brotherhood of sports? Unity among nations? What a farce!

International Olympic Committee to BBC: Fix Jerusalem

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The International Olympic Committee has contacted the management of the BBC on Monday, and requested that they correct their listing of Jerusalem to say, Jerusalem – Capital of Israel. This came at the request of Alex Giladi, the Israeli representative on the Olympic Committee.

 

In a response to an official complaint written by Mark Regev of the Prime Minister’s office, the BBC said they won’t write that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but would be willing to say that Jerusalem is the seat of the Israeli government.

Too Little, Too Late: Parliament Grills BBC Chief on Belittling Fogel Murders

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

The British Broadcasting Corporation “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Itamar, the broadcaster’s outgoing director-general said at a parliamentary committee hearing.

In March 2011, Arabs entered the Fogels’ home and murdered Udi, 36, Ruth, 35, and their children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, who was 3 months old. Another daughter, who was outside of the house at the time of the killings, came home and discovered the bodies.

Two Arab men were each sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the Fogels’ murders.

Mark Thompson of the BBC made the admission June 19 while being quizzed by Conservative member of parliament Louise Mensch, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

In complaining about the light coverage of the event on BBC radio and television programs, the newspaper reported that Mensch said, “I only found out, after the event, from an American blog, called ‘Dead Jews is no news,’ and the more I went into it, the more shocked I was. There was a feeling that the BBC just didn’t care and that if a settler had opened the home of a Palestinian family, slit the throat of their children, that the BBC would have covered that.”

Thompson, according to the Jewish Chronicle, responded that the story occurred during a “very busy news period,” including the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan and that “news editors were under a lot of pressure.”

He reportedly added, “Having said that, it was certainly an atrocity which should have been covered across our news bulletins that day… But I do want to say, to all our audience, including our Jewish and Israeli audiences here and around the world, we do want to make sure we are fair and impartial. We made a mistake in this instance.”

Anti-Israel Scottish Student Loses Appeal of Racism Conviction

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

A university student in Scotland lost his appeal of a racism conviction for insulting a fellow student’s Israeli flag.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh turned down Paul Donnachie, 19, in a bid to have his conviction overturned. Donnachie had been sentenced last August to 150 hours of community service and was expelled from St. Andrews University.

Donnachie in March 2011 told Chanan Reitblat, an exchange student from Yeshiva University in New York, that Israel was a terrorist state and the flag was a terrorist symbol. He then put his hands down his pants and rubbed them on the small flag hanging on the wall, the BBC reported. He also called Reitblat a terrorist.

The flag had been a gift to Reitblat from his brother, an Israeli soldier.

“This is a ridiculous conviction,” Donnachie said at the time of his conviction, according to the BBC. “I’m a member of anti-racism campaigns, and I am devastated that as someone who has fought against racism I have been tarnished in this way.”

A second student, Samuel Colchester, 20, was acquitted due to insufficient evidence. He was suspended from the university for one year.

Northern Irish Schoolboy with Asperger Syndrome Suffered Anti-Semitic Abuse

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Matthew Lough, a 14-year-old student at Carrickfergus College with Asperger syndrome, says he has suffered anti-Semitic abuse and was attacked physically following a History class on the Holocaust.

According to Matthew’s mother, Sharon Lough, told the Guardian that the boy revealed during the class that his maternal great-great-grandmother was Jewish. She says a group of bullies began a campaign against him.

“It started last year with the swastikas drawn on his books, he was called ‘Jew boy’ and one fellow pupil even told Matthew: ‘It’s a pity that the gas chambers were not still open so we could deal with you.’ This was before the physical assault,” Sharon Lough said.

Carrickfergus College is a secondary school on the outskirts of the town of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

The harassment campaign against Matthew continued through the current school year, up until Easter.

“Because Matthew had reported the verbal abuse and the bullying, one boy took exception to this and during an attack on my son he kicked him in the head. Matthew later came home and started to complain of headaches. By this stage there was the lump the size of an egg on his head and my husband got very worried. When we eventually got Matthew checked out in A&E we were told that he had concussion from the kick.”

Matthew told the BBC that the bullies had attached swastikas to his school bag and called him anti-Semitic names.

“It kind of annoyed me and upset me but the real truck was when I was attacked in the woods during an orienteering exercise in PE,” he said. “The guy was suspended for five days. This year, it was a guy who was singing a song about how Hitler had gassed 6.5 million Jews, all happy and do-lallies.”

His mother said she the name-calling had continued, despite the suspension of two students.

“We encourage Matthew to live, as much as he can. Aspergers does not change who he has ever been,” she told the BBC. “We don’t want him to be considered as a special case. He is a very intelligent child and very loving and very caring about people around him.”

According to the Guardian, anti-Semitism is a minor problem compared with other hate crimes in Northern Ireland. Attacks there have been mostly directed at immigrant workers at Filipino and Chinese families, and the Roma. The latter were driven from their homes by attackers in south Belfast three years ago.

Egyptian Oil Pipeline in Sinai Blown Up… Again

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Once again, the Egyptian oil pipeline to Israel in the Sinai was blown up. BBC is reporting that 6 men arrived in van and blew up the pipeline near al-Arish. It had just been repaired after it was blown up on February 5th.

Personal View: Islamic Revolutionary Guards Arrest BBC ‘Activists’

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Should we be embarrassed when we read a press release about the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and we nod in agreement? Well, you be the judge. A story put out by the Mehr news agency accuses BBC employees of “ill-intentioned activities inside Iran.” Now, we know a thing or two about the topic of BBC’s ill intentions, from our own experience. And many a time we were ready to go do something about it, until we recalled that in a democracy you can’t just go and arrest reporters with excellent British accents just because you know they’re intentionally skewing the news.

But in Iran you can definitely do something about it…

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ center dealing with organized crimes described the BBC’s role in the soft warfare campaign against Iran as “active”, “effective,” and “systematic,” saying the broadcaster’s activities had been carried out with the financial support of anti-revolutionary groups.

We find ourselves suppressing a cry of “Yes! More power to you, cute, democracy-crushing revolutionary guards, go for it! Tell them Judea and Samaria are not “occupied,” only “disputed,” and that Jewish settlements aren’t illegal according to the Geneva convention, because the land on which they sit was never recognized internationally as being owned by anyone – meaning that it’s not illegal for civilians from across what used to be the border to move in.

But, of course, that’s not why those British folks were picked up by the Iranians. Instead they’re being accused of spying, which is sooo boring, because we all know the charges are trumped up. Why not stick with “Those Limeys are lying through their crooked teeth,” and for once the whole world would have cheered you on?

No, they had to go and say this:

“In line with the British government’s neo-colonialist attitude and through the use of new and complicated intelligence methods, [the BBC] had created a complicated intelligence network with the aim of collecting specific and purposeful intelligence.”

Yada yada yada…

The statement goes on to say that a number of BBC network members were arrested and their cases referred to the judicial authorities during the first phase of the operation, carried out last summer.

During the second phase of the operation, lawsuits were filed against 24 main members. Lawsuits have also been filed against 10 members who are currently living abroad.

So there’s hope?

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