Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Israeli Arabs commemorate their October 2000 attacks against Jews
2. So 72% of Israelis are not brain dead, in spite of the best attempts
of the Left! (Bear in mind that 20% of Israelis are Arabs, so this means
72/80 Jews are still brain functioning!)
3. The Left.s struggle to silence non-Leftist voices on campus:
4. Israeli Government Officially Confirms Al-Dura Footage was Staged
Blood Libel Against IDF
Shurat HaDin to Petition High Court to Strip France2 Press Credentials
In response to a warning letter sent by Shurat HaDin to the Israeli
Government Press Office (GPO) more than 9 months ago, GPO Director Danny
Seaman has written a formal acknowledgment that FRANCE 2 Television staged
the infamous news footage depicting a Palestinian child being shot to
death by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in September 2000. This is the
first time in the seven years since the footage broadcast that the Prime
Minister's Office has confirmed that a journalistic fraud had been
perpetrated against the IDF by government owned FRANCE 2 television.
Shurat HaDin had written Seaman contending that mounting evidence proved
that cameramen and news editors from FRANCE 2 had deliberately staged and
then misleadingly edited the footage aired by the French government
television on in September 2000. The emotional footage, repeatedly
broadcast around the world on CNN and other cable stations, ignited
anti-Israeli violence in the Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab
communities and spurred international condemnation of the IDF. The
Palestinian youth Muhammad al-Dura, allegedly seen being killed in the
video footage, became the poster child in the Arab world for the current
intifada violence and fueled hundreds of terror attacks against Israeli
citizens and Jewish communities worldwide. Thousands of Jews and Arabs
have been killed in the ensuing violence following the broadcast.
The Shurat HaDin letter demanded that, in light of the fraudulent
broadcast and the grievous harm that it unleashed against Israel as well
as the massive numbers of victims attributable to the fake footage, Seaman
must strip FRANCE 2 of its press credentials.
Although Seaman stopped short of agreeing to remove FRANCE 2's
accreditations his response letter to Shurat HaDin confirms that the Prime
firmly believes that the footage was deliberately staged to misrepresent
that the IDF killed al-Dura when in fact a forensic investigation has
concluded that Israel could not possibly have been responsible. As Seaman
"Without any deep and serious investigation, the global media convicted
the State of Israel in the murder of a little boy, and his image remained
tattooed and engraved in the collective Arab memory as a symbol for the
cruelty of the Zionist nation. These allegations started a long road that
leaded to exposing the truth and basing the fact that Talal Abu Rahma, the
network.s Palestinian cameraman, engaged in the systematic staging of
action scenes . . . This libel incited the Arab world and caused many
victims in and outside of Israel."
Seaman's letter then states that despite this confirmed journalistic libel
the GPO will not seek to have FRANCE 2's credentials revoked.
It is the intention now of Shurat HaDin to file a petition in the High
Court of Justice against the GPO and FRANCE 2 compelling the government to
remove FRANCE 2 credentials and prohibit them from manufacturing further
anti-Israel propaganda pieces.
According to Shurat HaDin Director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner: "This
modern-day blood libel directly resulted in hundreds of Jewish and Arab
deaths and ignited a still-flaming torch of international hatred, only for
the sake of raising FRANCE 2's ratings. This was perhaps the greatest
journalistic hoax perpetrated in the last hundred years. We demand that
those who are responsible for this crime will bare the consequences of
their actions. The State of Israel cannot simply allow FRANCE 2 to remain
in this country."
Moreover, activist Philippe Karsenty has led a long battle inside of
Frcnce against FRANCE 2 seeking to determine whether the Al-Dura footage
had been staged. Last week in an historic victory for Philippe Karsenty, a
French Court hearing an appeal of his case centering on the Al-Dura
allegations ordered that all of the raw video footage shot by the camera
crew be released to determine if a deliberate news hoax had been
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5. Israel's leftist "urban planners" rally for "Palestinian rights."
Note that Nir Shalev, mentioned in the story, used to lead the main animal
rights lobby that sabotaged laboratories in which animals were kept.
6. The following is no doubt the weirdest story I have ever posted. It
comes from Steven Esrati, who has been a email pen pal of mine for many
years. Esrati is an interesting writer. Among other things, he wrote
The Tenth Prayer: A Novel of Israel (Paperback)
Comrades, Avenge Us by Stephen G. Esrati (Paperback - Jun 26, 2000)
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Steven served in the Irgun (Etsel) . He lives today in Cleveland, I
Steven told me the following story. I do not know which if any moral
should be drawn from it but I thought you would enjoy it:
.My father practiced at 9 Rambam Street in TA. He was an early supporter
Etzel. He died in Magdiel in 1959.
.In 1948, I was head of the Betar in Boston.
.It was 1936 or 1937 and we had to go to Jerusalem to apply for American
We stopped overnight in Kubeibe, a hospice run by a priest and a bunch of
whom he called his sisters to my everlasting confusion.
.The hospice was built over a spring, probably part of the Jerusalem water
supply. The spring looked like a swimming pool, with beautiful mosaics all
around. Outside the building there was a pool. I was 8 or 9 years old at
time and stood near the edge of the pond, when a dragonfly flew by. I
to catch it, lost my balance and fell into the pool.
.A tall Arab nearby hauled me out and walked me back to the main building.
My father, Dr. Arnold Esrati, looked up in amazement and said to me that
man who had just brought me in was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin
7. Support Christian Zionists!
8. More from the Land of Pipe-dreams:
9. Homophobia the Left is NOT upset over:
11. It was in October 2000, during the ten days of repentance. Tens of
thousands of Israeli Arabs took to the street to show their support for
rioting Palestinians and for terrorism, as part of the .intifada,.
supposedly triggered after Ariel Sharon took a stroll on the Temple Mount.
Sharon visiting the Temple Mount was actually about as much of a
provocation as would have been a visit by the Italian Prime Minister to
The hordes blocked highways throughout the Galilee (and elsewhere),
beat any Jews in cars passing their way, and tried to lynch Jews. They
violently attacked police. They fired guns. The entire set of riots was
designed to show their contempt for Israel and identification with
To disperse them and to protect themselves Israeli police used force.
In all, 13 Arabs died from gunfire. The Israeli bleeding hearts and Left
then launched their own campaign against the police. A commission of
investigation was set up, to discredit the police and not the violent
rioters and their leaders. An official Israeli state apology was offered
the families of the Arabs shot by police. At the time I suggested a
commission be set up to investigate why ONLY 13 violent rioters were
killed. Far more were killed by the police in the Los Angeles riots. The
police chiefs involved were demonized and their careers ruined.
Ever since, October has been the month in which the Israeli Left and its
captive media, together with Israeli Arabs, mark the anniversary of the
"Arab martyrs," who supposedly were "brutally murdered" by the police. In
fact they were shot while attacking the police and trying to lynch Jewish