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CNN’s Initial Report: ‘Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque’

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The quality of CNN’s reportage of Tuesday’s massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue sank to a new low.

Its initial report flashed the headline, “Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque,” but the first correction only reported “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Killed in Jerusalem.”

Later, CNN finally reported that a “terror attack” had taken place.

However, it linked the murders with Arab rage over the suicide of an eastern Jerusalem bus driver Sunday who Palestinian Authority officials insist was murdered by “settlers.”

CNN reported that there was “controversy” over the death of the bus driver.

It added that Arabs did not accept that it was a suicide, but it failed even to mention that forensic experts testified that the man hanged himself. The network also quoted leading Palestinian Authority leader politician Hanan Ashrawi that the murder was a “lynching” by Jews.

CNN also wrote the report so that readers would conclude that there was a link between the driver’s death and a stabbing attack by an Arab on a Jew the day before.

Following is the full report:

(CNN) — The death of an Arab bus driver discovered hanged in his bus near Jerusalem is generating controversy among Palestinians who reject the police finding of suicide.

Yousuf al-Ramouni of Jerusalem was found dead Sunday. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Monday on Twitter that findings of the autopsy indicate his death was “not criminal related whatsoever.”

But the driver’s brother, Oussama al-Ramouni, described seeing bruises and “signs of blood” on his brother’s back.

“This is not the work of one individual but several individuals,” he told CNN.

Yousuf al-Ramouni died the same day an Israeli was stabbed with a screwdriver near central Jerusalem, the latest in a string of stabbing attacks targeting Israelis.

The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital in moderate condition, Rosenfeld said Sunday.

CNN stays "objective" and coldly reports that Israelis and "Palestinians" were killed. Terror? What terror?

CNN stays “objective” and coldly reports that Israelis and “Palestinians” were killed. Terror? What terror?

Netanyahu: Talking to Hamas Means How Israel Should Commit Suicide

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that negotiating with Hamas means nothing except how to commit suicide, and Hamas proved his point this morning with another “cease-fire” rocket explosion that was heard by Gaza Belt residents but denied by the IDF.

He said in an interview to be aired Sunday by CNN, “As long as Hamas remains committed to our destruction, what’s there to negotiate with? The method of my suicide or what?”

The Jewish Press reported here earlier this morning that a rocket was launched but did not land in Israel, prompting the IDF to declare it was a “false alarm” and leading the public to think that there was no rocket launch. IDF spokesmen insisted there was no rocket fire, but residents in the Gaza Belt reported they heard an explosion.

The military’s definition of a “false alarm” is a bit fuzzy.

Spokesman told The Jewish Press Sunday, “The term means that an alarm was activated, though without any launch from Gaza.  It is important for me to emphasize that each incident is a case of its own and any more information about a ‘false alarm’ is not connected to the use of the term itself.”

In clearer language, “false alarm” means there was no rocket launch – unless there was a rocket launch.

Nearly half a dozen rockets have been launched since the end of the recent cease-fire, and all of them fell in Gaza or in the sea. Several times, the IDF confirmed the launch along with stating that the Color Red siren was a”false alarm.” It appears the IDF spokesmen’s response depends on the political atmosphere.

The last cease-fire may or may remain the last one in a war that was escalated in 2005, immediately after the Sharon government expelled all Jews and withdrew all IDF personnel from to ensure safety for southern Israel.

In return, Hamas placed all of Israel within range of missile attacks until the temporary “cease-fire” two months ago that was to be followed by negotiations for a long-term halt in violence.

No one, except for perhaps Catherine Ashton and John Kerry, believes that will ever happen. Israel’s demand that Hamas dis arm makes great headlines for the vast majority of Israeli who are fed up with Hamas’ countless cease-fires that have proven to be nothing more than an opportunity for its terrorists to prepare to attack deeper into Israel in the next round.

Whether Hamas is testing rockets or simply is trying to prove its point that it can attack Israel if it wants, Sunday morning’s launch is a reminder that the cease-fire will last only as Hamas does not see any political, diplomatic or military gain in attacking again and suffering a devastating response from the IDF.

A stronger but less vocal reminder is Hamas’ continued attempts to smuggle by sea material for manufacturing weapons.

The Israeli Navy has foiled several maritime smuggling attempts in August, according to a Navy commander quoted by The Jerusalem Post Sunday. He told the newspaper, “We continue to see attempts to smuggle weapons or material to build them. The sea is a very convenient platform for smuggling. The terrorists still have one big smuggling tunnel, and it’s called the Mediterranean.”

An IDF Intelligence Unit Lieutenant Colonel told the Times of Israel, “Hamas will not relinquish its military capabilities or its military wing. The demand that it subordinate its military wing to the PA is unrealizable. For now, the talk of ‘one weapon,’ or ‘one authority’ is just talk.”

CNN Tweet Reporter Explains: Only Calling Sderot Israelis Scum

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Yesterday The Jewish Press reported that CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay who was reporting from Israel, near the Gaza border had referred to a group of Israelis in Sderot as “scum.” As noted in that story, Magnay deleted the tweet, but not until many others had already retweeted (and some favorited) it.

This was the tweet that led to Magnay’s reassignment which was announced today:

CNN's Diana Magnay deleted this tweet after sending it. Too late.

CNN’s Diana Magnay deleted this tweet after sending it. Too late.

Today, Friday, July 20, it was revealed that CNN has re-assigned Magnay to Moscow, following an uproar over her “scum” tweet.

“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman continued. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

What seems to have escaped the notice of both CNN and Magnay is that the defense used to at least partially justify Magnay’s imprudent tweet simply underscores how tone deaf both the station and the reporter are in this situation.

They seem to think that it was only problematic if Magnay was referring to all Israelis as scum. They were quick to point out that actually, she only meant the Israelis who were near her and whom she found annoying were scum.

Imagine this: CNN and its reporter, Magnay, are justifying her loss of temper by pointing to the annoying behavior of people (who live there) standing near to where Magnay was reporting. And yet she was reporting from Sderot, on the Gaza border, where the people she was referring to as “scum” have been living under constant rocket attacks for nine years. Indeed, over the past few weeks, the people acting less than hospitably towards Magnay have experienced up to hundreds of rockets and or rocket alarms each day.

The fact that Magnay lost her cool in a live combat situation reveals a lack of professionalism. The fact that she and her employer felt she was justified in losing her cool at the Sderot residents for annoying her, yet was criticizing them for acting inappropriately under pressure, makes it even worse.

What next? How about a nice desk position editing stories about local fashion shows?

Bennett: Hamas Conducting ‘Self-Genocide’

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett responded Thursday night to accusations that Israel targeted three Palestinian children playing on a Gaza beach Thursday. In a prime time interview with CNN Anchorman Wolf Blitzer, Bennett said, “Israel never targets civilians. Period.”, and continued to say that the key to ending the conflict in Gaza rests squarely on Hamas’ shoulders.

“This whole thing can go away in one moment. Hamas needs to…stop shooting,” Bennett said.

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TV Interview: Hamas Defender and ‘Human Rights’ Lawyer Lies and Claims Truth is Racist

Friday, July 11th, 2014

While CNN is not known as being “fair and balanced” on the Arab-Israeli conflict as a general matter, one of its reporters, Jake Tapper, did a pretty amazing job when interviewing a Palestinian Arab “human rights” lawyer and former PLO adviser, Diana Bhutto, on two fronts.

One, Tapper repeatedly called her on the fabrications she uttered in response to his questions, but two, he revealed her to be a completely – some might say pathological - straight-faced liar about facts which are verifiably confirmed. Over and over, in just a short interview, Bhutto lied and on each point claimed Tapper was racist for stating the truth about what Palestinian Arabs do.

Watch the clip, then go to just some of the links to see how completely the woman lied.

Now take a look at the proof:

Here is a video extolling the love of martyrdom and praising the drinking of Jewish blood:

And here is one naming their culture of death:

Here is just one example of many proving Palestinian Arabs teach their children to love death:

And here is the clip Tapper referenced of the Hamas leader calling on Gazans to remain in their homes even when the Israel Defense Force sends a message to leave because bombing will take place there. Bhutto claimed she did not see or know of this:

Larry King Teams Up with Technion to Promote Israeli High Tech

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Former CNN host Larry King and the Haifa-based Technion Institute are establishing the Israel Silicon Valley Chambers of Commerce to promote Israeli high tech and encourage multinational companies to open R&D centers in Israel.

King will help finance the project with a $600,000 investment.

The new chambers of commerce will be launched next month in Tel Aviv and at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

“Israeli is the world’s number 2 in high tech, especially for R&D, just behind Silicon Valley,” said Niv Jacobi, who manages much of King’s businesses and will chair the new organizations. “The important linkup of the two has never had a serious organization, and I assume that this is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a far-reaching and long-term effort that will greatly help in bringing foreign capital to Israel, foster and direct start-ups, and strengthen the overall ties with Silicon Valley.”

Former Ambassador for Israel Again Ambassador for a Smaller Israel

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Have you seen the cartoon of a man holding a gun to his own head, with the caption, “Stop or I’ll shoot!”?  If so, you know where this column is going.

Recently retired Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren left his post after what must have seemed to him like four and a half very long years.

Now that Oren is no longer representing what the media he must love incessantly refers to as the hawkish Binyamin Netanyahu, the newly former ambassador is no longer diplomatically bound to have his mouth buttoned shut.

And with the new Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. firmly ensconced and actually comfortable with the positions of Israeli Prime Minister Netanayahu, Oren is once again speaking out of the side of his mouth connected to his inner Disengager.

Oren told an audience at Georgetown University in February of 2009, that he was amongst a minority of Israelis and was an outlier at the foundation where he then hung his hat: “I am one of the last remaining unilateralists.”

It was Oren’s belief in 2009, as it appears to remain so today, that in order for Israel to remain a Jewish state it would have to withdraw from the disputed territories popularly known as the West Bank.

What he said then was that in order for Israel to remain a Jewish State it had to maintain a Jewish majority and that in order for that to happen it would have to “redraw its borders and withdraw from its settlements in the West Bank.” (What Oren actually said was that Israel would have to withdraw its borders and withdraw from its settlements, but that only makes sense if what he meant to say was that the borders would have to be redrawn, not withdrawn.)

This past Saturday, Jan. 11, the day former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died, a eulogy for Sharon penned by Michael Oren appeared on the CNN website.

The eulogy is relatively short, only 802 words, but Oren managed to get in some beautiful oratory. It opens with: “Written on every page of Israel’s history, in ink and in blood, is the name Ariel Sharon.” Oren is a masterful writer, a lovely speaker and appears to be a very decent man.

But.

Oren also managed to weave in to his presentatio of Sharon’s legacy the message that the former ambassador is still clinging to his earlier view that in order to save itself, tiny Israel must constrict still further.

Along the way Oren revealed that where he saw Sharon acting to protect Israel’s security, Oren saw those acts then and described those actions now as ones taken without considerations about peace. But when Sharon pulled out the Israelis he himself had placed in communities in Gaza, Oren described Sharon as “pivoting toward peace.”

Oren is still clinging to the idea that the further concentrated Jews are in a land called Israel, the more secure they will be.

Indeed, Oren concludes his ode to Sharon on CNN by using the public platform to promote his own view of a Smaller Israel.

He uses the opportunity to first compare secretary of state John Kerry to the (good) Sharon, the Sharon “pivoting toward peace.” Oren points to Kerry’s current efforts “to pursue a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” and says that Israelis are asking “what happens if the peace process fails?”

It is unclear how many Israelis are actually wandering through the streets asking that question. Most reliable polls show there are very few Israelis (let alone Palestinian or any other kinds of Arabs) who have for a single moment thought that this time the U.S. peace pipe would ignite a change in attitudes by the parties directly involved.  Nonetheless, that is how Oren wrote his opening for sharing his personal view, this one unfettered by diplomatic blinks and nods. Should this current peace process break down Israel should…..make itself smaller!  Why wait for the Palestinian Arabs to have to give up anything like, oh, incitement against Israel or educating their children to believe Jews slaughter Arabs for the fun of it?

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