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November 27, 2015 / 15 Kislev, 5776
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Iran Complains Israel Threatened Nuclear Attack

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon threatened to attack Iran with a nuclear bomb according to Iran’s U.N. ambassador Gholam-Ali Khoshrou.

As a follow-up, an Iranian military official made similar comments in a report Thursday by the regime’s Fars (Read: Farce] News Agency, which added that Ya’alon said Israel “will kill kids” in attacks on Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Here is what Ya’alon actually said at a conference in Israel last week when he spoke about what steps Israel might have to take to defend itself:

We should be sure that it is a military necessity….

I do remember the story of President Truman, who was asked, ‘How did you feel after deciding to launch the nuclear bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end [200,000 fatalities]?’ And he said, ‘When I heard from my officers that the alternative is a long war with Japan, with potential fatalities of a couple of million, I saw that it is a moral decision.’

We are not there yet. But that’s what I’m talking about: certain steps in cases in which we feel like we don’t have the answer by surgical operations or something like that.

Iranian ambassador Khoshrou concluded in a letter to the UN Security General Ban Ki-moon:

These remarks amount to the [Israeli] regime’s unwitting admission of possessing nukes.

Press TV, another Iranian propaganda organ, also decided to rewrite Ya’alon’s remarks and reported Wednesday:

Ya’alon…said that Israel might take certain steps in certain cases like what the US did in ‘Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000.’

For good measure, Press TV added, “Khoshrou said that Ya’alon’s explicit threat to use nuclear weapons against Iran like what the US did in Japan, and his threats of waging wars against Lebanon and Gaza further unmask the regime’s aggressive nature.”

A senior Iranian military official made up his own translation of remarks by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon

Fars News Agency reported the official’s remarks on Thursday, hours after the Pentagon announced it is selling Israel $1.2 billion sale of weapons, including bunker buster bombs that might be able to penetrate underground cement bunkers covering some of Iran’s nuclear sites.

Khoshrou’s comments and the Iranian media’s fabrications of what Ya’alon supposedly said are a treasure chest for anyone studying Propaganda 101.

Ya’alon said at the conference last week:

If I have to consider opening fire–killing someone, as a soldier, which I did–or as a commander, or today as a minister…my first consideration is what I call the mirror judgment. Whether I can look at myself in the mirror after approving the operation or executing the operation….And I can tell you, looking back, I can look at myself in the mirror.

Ya’alon admitted that soldiers sometimes engage in crimes during counter-terrorist mauves, and he stated:

In certain cases, of course, there is room for criminal investigations. But we should put the line very clearly. If we are talking about crime, like looting or raping – which didn’t happen since I’ve known the IDF — or shooting not according to the rules of engagement, namely killing, murdering, someone who wasn’t armed or didn’t threaten us, man, woman, [not to mention] kids, then there is room to launch a criminal investigation.

Fars either read the Hebrew version of Ya’alon’s comments, or more likely engaged in some very creative writing in reporting:

Ya’alon threatened that ‘we are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family….

In response to a question about Iran, Ya’alon said that ‘in certain cases,’ when “we feel like we don’t have the answer by surgical operations.’ Israel might take ‘certain steps’ such as the Americans did in ‘Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000.’

Iran’s senior military aide Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi warned today that Iran is ready to retaliate if Israel tries to attack. He said:

The Zionists and the US are aware of the power of Iran and Hezbollah, and they know that over 80,000 missiles are ready to rain down on Tel Aviv and Haifa…..The Zionists have many problems and they know that Iran is too powerful for them grapple with.

The most difficult weapon Iran has is its propaganda machine, but eventually, “The truth will out.”

Iran Pre-Purim Stunt: Israel Trains ISIS Terrorists in Sinai

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Iran reported that an Iraqi legislator has declared that the Golani Brigade of the IDF is training commanders of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist army in the Sinai for “sabotage operations in Egypt.”

The Fars News Agency, one of the Islamic Republic’s propaganda tools, quoted Wahhab al-Tayee, a member of an Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite Muslim faction, that the ISIS is nearing “annihilation” in Iraq and Syria and “has been transferred to Egypt under the name of Daames (the Islamic State in Egypt and Sudan).”

The news agency’s website features a picture of Israeli soldiers with the caption “Zihadists.”

The Free Syrian Army’s website also disseminated the story.

What is the basis for the story?

Al-Tayee said, “The serial killings of Egyptian militaries in the Sinai vindicates the veracity of this claim” that the elite Golani officers are teaching the ISIS.

He added:

At present, the ISIL has deployed several brigades in the Sinai, whose commanders have been trained by the Zionist regime’s Golani Brigade and are now operating against Egypt.

Fars, which can be read as “Farce,” recalled that “Iranian Supreme Leader’s senior adviser Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that the ISIL had been created by the West and Israel to pursue their interests in the region.

“ISIL has actually been created by the western colonial powers and the Zionists because whatever this terrorist group does runs counter to Islam and the rules of all Islamic sects,” Velayati said n December.

And what is the real goal of the Israel? Once the ISIS destroys Muslim holy sites, then Israel has the justification to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.

Why didn’t Jewish Temple Mount activists think of that all by themselves?

Palestinian Authority TV Blames ‘Occupation’ for Killing Har Nof ‘Martyrs’ [video]

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Palestinian Authority television went off the planet last week by telling its viewers that the “occupation” forces killed two “martyrs, and the news report did not even mention the “martyrs'” massacre of Jews praying in a synagogue.

Even for Palestinian Authority media lies, the report set a new low for lies and incitement in relating events of the barbaric murders that shocked the world, even the U.S. State Dept.

In addition, Palestinian Authority Arabs now know that all of the hit-and-run attacks killing and wounding Jews, including a three-month-old baby, were “accidents,” but the cruel “occupation” police killed the drivers anyway,

For anyone who has the stomach to read the transcript of the television report, translated and published on Tuesday by the Palestinian Media Watch, here it is.

Don’t say you have not been forewarned.

PA TV newsreader:

Here are the most prominent attacks Israel carried out against our people in ‎occupied Jerusalem in October: The death of Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi as a Martyr [terrorist ‎who ran over and murdered two Jews]. He was shot by the occupation after a car accident.

The death of ‎Mutaz Hijazi as a Martyr [terrorist who tried to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick] and the wounding of other ‎‎[Palestinians] by shots fired by the occupation police in Silwan…

And in November, the death of ‎Ibrahim Al-Akari as a Martyr [terrorist who ran over and murdered two people] in Sheikh Jarrah after a run-over ‎incident…

The latest reaction to Netanyahu’s policy and means was the death of 2 Palestinians as ‎Martyrs [terrorists who murdered four Jews in synagogue and a Druze policeman] from occupation police fire in West Jerusalem.

PMW set out the facts for the record.

Ibrahim Al-Akari was a Hamas terrorist from eastern Jerusalem who carried out a terror attack by car on November 5 at a light-rail station in Jerusalem, killing two and injuring at least 14 others. He was shot and killed ‎by Israeli police officers who arrived on the scene.‎

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi drove his car into a light-rail station in ‎Jerusalem on October 22, killing three-month-old Israeli-American Haya Zissel-Brown and Karen Mosquera, 22, of ‎Ecuador, and injuring seven others. He was shot by police while attempting to flee the scene, and he later died ‎of his wounds.‎

Mutaz Hijazi was a Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner who attempted to assassinate Rabbi ‎Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple ‎Mount, on October 29. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing ‎times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; ‎Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force attempting to ‎arrest him.‎

Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal carried out the Jerusalem synagogue murders last Tuesday ‎when they entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, ‎killing four of them and a police officer. Seven others worshippers were wounded, three of them seriously.

The terrorists ‎were killed in an exchange of fire with police who arrived on the scene.

Hamas TV: Dead Gaza Civilians Privileged to Have Died This Way

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Hamas’ propaganda machine has been working relentlessly to generate a depiction of the events that suits their objectives in their war on Israel. Using news, multimedia and social media, they have been presenting lies and a distorted account of the events to garner the populations support for their cause.

One of the issues Hamas has been focusing on is an attempt to both justify and console Gaza’s population over the many civilian deaths it has caused in the Gaza war.

While broadcasting gruesome pictures of dead civilians, including children, a TV host explained last week that since in Islam a person’s time of death is predetermined by Allah, the people who have been killed in the recent fighting have actually “gained”: They would have died now anyway, but now they will receive the rewards of Martyrdom – Shahada – in Paradise.

Reporting on this issue, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has further documented Hamas’ use of civilians as human shields, which has led to a high civilian death toll. Hamas has instructed Gaza civilians to disregard Israel’s warnings to evacuate areas before they were bombed, and has decried those who have criticized the high civilian death toll.

The glorification of Martyrdom both justifies the Hamas activities that led to these deaths and also may console the population. In addition, this message may persuade civilians to continue endangering their lives by protecting Hamas terrorists and their terror infrastructure with their bodies.

Recently, PMW reported on a sermon by the former Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who likewise glorified Martyrdom death as something to which Palestinians should aspire.

Hamas TV host said last week:

“Every soul has its time. These people – their time had come, and they were Martyred (i.e., Gaza civilians killed in war). They have gained [Paradise]. They have nothing in this world, especially in the Gaza Strip. There’s no life in the Gaza Strip. What life can we have in the Gaza Strip? Being with Allah is better. Being with Allah is better. What we see is very hard but we won’t surrender, Allah willing. The first to say it are the Martyrs’ family. The first to say it are the Martyrs’ mothers and fathers… Don’t be disturbed by these images. He who was killed this way doesn’t feel. By Allah, he does not feel. These are not my words, but the words of our beloved Prophet [Muhammad]: He who is Martyred doesn’t feel. Only we suffer by these images. By Allah, [the Martyr] doesn’t feel. His soul has ascended to Allah. His soul is with the Lord. His soul is inside a green bird. He is with Allah now. He is in Paradise. Only we suffer by these images… In other cities, in other countries, thousands die in earthquakes, floods, plane crashes, in ferry or shipwrecks, in natural or unnatural disasters. Thousands die. Thousands die but we don’t know what their fate is with Allah. But we [in Gaza] are Martyrs. The enemy has killed us and we are Martyrs.”

The IDF has finally bombed Hamas TV and radio yesterday. In a sense, it may have been a life saving mission for the Gazans as well, who will not be influenced by these deadly messages anymore.

Wanted: Human Shields and Grieving Gaza Photo Ops.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As usual, Gaza officials are starting to generate their graphic media photo ops, even at the expense of their own civilian populations. How many around the world will buy their sad, tainted wares this during this conflict?

The Gaza Interior Ministry has issued a notice to its residents ordering them to ignore the Israeli Air Force procedure known locally as the “knock on the roof.”

The “Knock on the roof” is a procedure in which fighter pilots first fire a small blank shell at the roof of a terrorist’s home in order to warn occupants to leave, just before a strike. It is intended to reduce — if not entirely avoid — the terrorists’ ability to force their people to become human shields.

But instead, Gaza officials have told their people, “Messages and phone calls from the IDF are intended to cause panic and weaken the internal front.

“We urge citizens not to cooperate with these messages, not to leave their homes and to keep a low profile,” they said.

It is interesting to note that past shipments of concrete and metal for construction in the region had to be terminated because it was discovered that terror groups were confiscating them and using them to build bunkers and weapons instead.

Such shipments were only resumed within the past couple of years, and that under strict international supervision, in order to ensure the supplies reached their intended destination and were used for the projects they were meant for. Even now, sewage treatment facilities are woefully out of date due to the emphasis of the ruling Gaza terrorist organization on the annihilation of Israel, rather than the improvement of the quality of life of its own population.

Concrete and metal has never been used to build things like public bomb shelters — let alone private shelters within homes or apartment buildings. Why should they?

By staying in their homes and ignoring warnings by the IDF, Gaza civilian deaths add up, providing graphic images for international and local journalists to beam around the world.

These images have been used in the past — and will be used again — in the propaganda war to claim that Israel is deliberately attacking “defenseless Palestinian civilians” in its war to silence the rocket fire aimed at its own civilian families.

Hamas False Reports Begin as Desperation Increases

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The Hamas terrorist organization has begun to issue false reports to journalists as its desperation rises to win its conflict with Israel.

As it does in each mini-war, Hamas is already grinding out rumors and disinformation to gullible journalists who believe the reports of destroyed targets and dead Jews.

The latest false report – issued in the form of an “IDF Alert” – claimed a missile attack destroyed an oil refinery in Haifa. A second report issued shortly after claimed that 25 Jews were killed.

There are specific criteria for authentic IDF reports to journalists, which professional reporters recognize. The public is urged not to believe unsubstantiated reports of Jewish deaths and destroyed Israeli infrastructure: there’s a lot of Arab disinformation out there. It’s all part of the propaganda war.

California School District Cancels Lesson on Holocaust Denial

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Students at a school in California who were given an assignment to compare propaganda with actual evidence on the Holocaust have instead been told to abandon the project.

The order came following a firestorm of criticism and at least one death threat aimed at Southern California’s Rialto Unified School District, which assigned the homework.

According to a report published in The Daily Bulletin newspaper, the project was assigned in April to 2,000 13-and-14 year old eighth grade students, as follows:

Shen tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence. For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.  Based upon your research on this issue, write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim. You are also required to use parenthetical (internal) citations and to provide a Works Cited page.”

It had first been reviewed by a committee of eighth grade teachers, and sent to middle school sites in February for comment prior to distribution to the students. No objections were raised at the time, according to the spokesperson.

But the district found itself under siege on Monday, with the switchboard lines ringing off the hook.

At least one person called police repeatedly threatening death to a district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri and the interim school superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam. The incident is under investigation.

But also among the critics was Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, who slammed the assignment as inappropriate.

Rabbi Cooper told FoxNews.com on Monday, “Whatever the motivation, it ends up elevating hate and history to the same level… We should train our kids to have critical thinking, but the problem here is the teacher confused teaching critical thinking with common sense, because common sense dictates you don’t comingle propaganda with common truth.”

The rabbi advised the district to instead assign students to research the issue of Holocaust denial and meet with local survivors of the Nazis.

The school district responded in a statement saying the interim superintendent will speak with its educational services department to “assure that any reference to the Holocaust ‘not occurring’ will be stricken from any current or future argumentative research assignments. The Holocaust is and should be taught in classrooms with sensitivity and profound consideration to the victims who endured the atrocities committed,” the statement continues. “We believe in the words of George Santayana, ‘Those who cannot learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

The Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League said it was satisfied with the district’s actions by Monday. “It is ADL’s general position that an exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust denial,” Associate Regional Director Matthew Friedman was quoted as saying, after having spoken with the interim superintendent on Friday.

“ADL does not have any evidence that the assignment was given as part of a larger, insidious, agenda,” a blog post quoting Friedman continues. “Rather, the district seems to have given the assignment with an intent, although misguided, to meet Common Core standards relating to critical learning skills.”

In a number of European countries today — including Germany — Holocaust denial is a criminal offense for which one can be sentenced to prison. The Nazis exterminated six million Jews out of a total of some 11 million victims murdered between 1933 and 1945, in the Holocaust that took place prior to and during World War II. Some two-thirds of European Jewry was wiped out in the slaughter, which ended with the defeat of Nazi Germany by the U.S., UK and their Allies.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/california-school-district-cancels-lesson-on-holocaust-denial/2014/05/06/

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