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US Media Asks, ‘Did Israeli PM Deliberately Mislead UN on Iran?’

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Some of America’s broadcast news media headlined with a startling question on Tuesday: “Did Israel’s prime minister deliberately mislead the United Nations about Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon?”

That question and similar leads and headlines on broadcast news networks in the United States are starting to look like an active, open campaign to discredit Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu — and possibly delegitimize the State of Israel — ahead of Netanyahu’s trip to Washington DC next week.

That particular question was asked on CNN in reference to an alleged disagreement between Israel’s international intelligence agency, the Mossad, and the prime minister over the estimated time necessary for Iran to be able to cross the threshold to become an international nuclear power.

It’s an old story that made the news and was put to rest in Israel literally months ago, one that was more a matter of semantics than anything else, as CNN correspondent Nick Robertson in London quickly made clear.

Robertson wisely reported on the truth of the matter, pointing out that the Mossad stated there was “no daylight between the view of Mossad and the prime minister.”

Apparently a briefing sheet distributed to reporters included an unclear point on “item 9” he said, which “someone has chosen to deliberately undermine the prime minister when he goes to the United States next week.” (ed: italics added)

Just a day earlier the same news media outright ignored a major verdict handed down in New York federal district court, ending a 10-year-long lawsuit by 10 families of victims of terror against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

The court found in favor of the plaintiffs, deciding the PLO and the PA are civilly and financially liable for the injuries and deaths of American citizens in six terror attacks between 2002 and 2004 overseas. Damages in the amount of $655.5 million were awarded to the plaintiffs, to be paid by the PA and PLO.

It was a record-making, landmark decision — and not one television news network covered the story. To its credit, the New York Times headlined the bulletin within seconds after a verdict was reached.

But where were the broadcast news networks with their “Breaking News” bulletins? They were right there when it came to questioning whether Israel’s prime minister “deliberately misled the United Nations on Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon.”

But some of America’s mainstream broadcast news media seem to be “missing in action” when it comes to reporting on what is really happening in the Middle East — at least when it comes to Israel, Iran and the Palestinian Authority.

Let’s hope America’s viewers are more savvy — and demanding — and switch to media where they can find more accurate coverage of events in the Middle East.

Paris Mayor: ‘We Will Sue Fox News’ for Shaming the Honor of Our City

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The mayor of Paris told CNN on Tuesday that she will sue Fox News.

Why?

Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour that she must sue to preserve the honor of her fair city.

“The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced,” Hidalgo said. “I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed.”

Hidalgo was responding to some segments on Fox News in which various commentators stated that there are parts of Paris and other European cities where Muslims predominate and where there is so much uncontrolled violence that police are afraid to venture. These areas have been referred to as “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.

Of course, the fact that there are some areas in France as well as in England and other European countries where non-Muslims fear to go and which police have at least unofficially declared “no-go” zones doesn’t seem to play any role in this ludicrous game of “Let’s Pretend.”

One expert mistakenly referred to the entire city of Birmingham, England as a “no-go zone,” for which he apologized, as did Fox News. That expert, Steve Emerson, would have been accurate had he instead said that merely parts of Birmingham are no-go zones. And while there are certainly safe areas in Paris and its suburbs, there are indeed entire Muslim neighborhoods deemed too violent to enter.

A multi-part exposé on the topic by Soeren Kern, “European ‘No-Go’ Zones: Fact or Fiction” is currently being run at the Gatestone Institute.

While some of the statements about “no-go” zones were over-inclusive, the idea that a city is going to sue a television station for insulting its honor is at the very least equally deserving of ridicule.

Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President, News at FOX News communicated to JewishPress.com in response: “We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the Mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.”

CNN Offers $10K Reward For Positive Stories Of Islamists

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Originally posted at PreOccupied Territory – This article is  Satire

Atlanta, January 10 – In the interest of journalistic balance, the international news giant Cable News Network announced today it would pay $10,000 to individuals who submitted stories, or leads that produced stories, that cast Islamists in a positive light. The offer is intended to counteract the impression that viewers might otherwise form of violent Islamic terrorists.

A notice on the CNN website Saturday asked visitors to submit such stories or leads to its Middle East editor Deborah Rayner via e-mail or Twitter (@cnni), with relevant contact information and, if possible, links to multiple sources regarding the stories. The notice, which was up for only half an hour, explained that if a given story were eventually published on the site or aired on the cable network, the user who submitted the initial lead would receive a $10,000 prize.

CNN decided to issue the offer in keeping with its longstanding policy of offsetting every negative report about Islamists with a kinder, gentler image of the movement and its adherents. In recent months, however, such stories have proved hard to come by, especially this week with a series of bloody attacks in France.

The policy is an extension of a standing offer of a $25,000 reward for the submission of stories involving brutal Jewish settlers in the West Bank. That policy itself grew out of an earlier program that began in the late 1980’s, under which each news item involving negative behavior by Muslims required regional editors to produce at least 3 negative stories about Jews.

The network decided to remove the notice after receiving a single story more than eight thousand times, a tale of selflessness that allegedly took place in Aleppo, Syria, during this past week’s snowstorms, but has been difficult to corroborate. No other leads were submitted, says Ms. Rayner. “We’re still open to receiving such leads via our Twitter account,” she noted, “but the special e-mail address we had set up for this purpose is no longer active.” In addition to the thousands of effectively identical messages from hopeful users, she added, in its brief lifetime the account attracted upwards of 50,000 spam messages.

CNN’s approach differs sharply from rival network Fox News, which has pointedly ignored dozens, if not hundreds of instances of Muslims condemning the recent attacks, while the network’s anchors and reporters decry the silence of Muslims in the face of such violence in their name.

This article is Satire.

Fatah Distances Itself from Mountain of Jewish Skulls Photo it Posted on Facebook

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas’s political party, Fatah, had the image of a mountain of Jewish skulls plastered on its Facebook page. The image was uploaded coincident with Fatah’s 50th anniversary. What a lovely way to celebrate an anniversary!

But when the television news channel CNN asked Fatah’s spokesman Mahmoud al-Aloul about the photo, the party’s mouthpiece claimed Fatah did not design the image.

Aloul also told CNN that the person who posted it “is currently being asked to remove it. The image and the text do not reflect the opinions of Fatah.”

The picture is no longer on the Fatah Facebook page.

Apparently no explanation was sought or provided for why the picture was posted in the first place, or why it was up for days and not removed until the international media began asking questions.

But of course it is entirely appropriate that Fatah was celebrating its 50th anniversary by posting a picture of dead Jews. Fatah traces its birth to its first major attack against Israel on January 1, 1965.

Fatah is the moderate terrorist party representing Palestinian Arabs.

As Ofir Gendelman, the Arab Affairs spokesperson for the Israeli government pointed out, maybe the photo will give people a clue that Fatah is not as moderate as most foreign officials claim.

CNN Coverage of Har Nof Massacre Sparks Call to Pull Press Privilege

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

CNN hit a new low this week by focusing on the deaths of two terrorists in the midst of their killing spree Tuesday morning in Jerusalem.

The news network headlined its report “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians” to describe the horrific terror attack that left blood flowing in a synagogue.

Terrorists used hatchets, guns and knives to butcher their way through men at morning prayers in the Kehillat Bnei Torah Yeshiva synagogue on Agassi Street in the Har Nof neighborhood.

Shouting “Allah HuAkbar!” the terrorists began by stabbing worshipers before they opened fire. Two police officers fought back; one paid the ultimate price for his bravery.

Yet somehow, a CNN reporter managed to reach the conclusion that “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians.”

The italics are those of the writer, to emphasize the glaring inaccuracy of the headline which so outraged Samaria Regional Council media relations director Yossi Dagan. But CNN was really batting 1,000 on this one. The first headline to flash over the network was “Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque.” That was followed by, “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Killed in Jerusalem.”

The plain fact is, those two dead terrorists were Israeli Arab cousins from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. One of them worked in the nearby grocery store. And but hardly civilians, given their actions.

Dagan has filed a formal complaint with the Government Press Office (GPO) against CNN reporter Ben Wederman who he charges with being responsible for the headline and the network’s distorted coverage of the attack.

“There is no reality elsewhere in the world where journalists can report a terror attack in this style,” Dagan stated. “This rule should also apply to foreign reporters in Israel. There is good and there is bad, there are killers and there are victims.

The media arena in recent years has become an equally important battlefield for Israel and it must use all the tools at its disposal to demand certain baselines in its media coverage. Coverage like this legitimizes the next murder; whoever loses in this, loses the next war as well.”

Hours later, CNN posted a curt apology for the “mistake” :

“As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers.  We erred and regret the mistake.”

The death toll from Tuesday’s murderous rampage rose from four to five by evening, when critically wounded Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Sayif lost his fight for life at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. It was 30 year old Sayif who saved numerous others when he engaged the two terrorists in a gun battle, drawing their fire to himself and forcing them to focus on him, rather than continue their slaughter of the worshipers. Sayif is survived by a wife and 4 month old daughter.

Six other male victims were wounded, including two who remain in critical condition, two listed in serious condition, one in fair condition and one in good condition at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center and Hadassah Medical Center, both in Jerusalem.

All four of those who were slaughtered instantly were prominent rabbis in the anglo community. Rabbis Arye Kopinsky, 43, Kalman Levine, 55 and Moshe Twersky, 59, were all American-Israeli dual citizens; Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, was a dual British-Israeli national.

All were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. Police officer Sayif will be laid to rest at 2:00 pm Wednesday in his Galilee village of Yanuch-Jat. May their memories be for a blessing and may God avenge their blood.

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.”

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