The Faking of Middle East News

Occasionally a photo or video will come along that goes viral, captures the hearts or imaginations of the people, who in turn influence their respective governments, and real, positive change is made that changes the world for the better.

This story is about 3 such photos that all meet those qualifiers – all iconic in their¬†own¬†rights – but¬†all¬†3 share a dirty little secret.¬† To be sure, the Middle Eastern events they portrayed shook us, made us cry, changed our lives and the policies of many of our nations…¬†

…and yet NONE of them¬†ever¬†actually happened.


the Threatened Palestinian boy

(Credit: Facebook)

You’ve likely seen it before: An IDF soldier aiming his rifle at a Palestinian’s head. No context is given ‚Äď is the soldier about to execute the Palestinian at point-blank range? ¬†The photo spreads via Facebook, reinforcing the (false) narrative of “Israeli aggression against Palestinian victims.”

However, this event never happened.¬† The latest charade in ‘Pallywood’ ‚Äď a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda ‚Äď is now circulating on Facebook, showing “an Israeli rifle butt digging into a young Palestinian’s neck.”

Thankfully, Roi Rahmani, an alert media monitor, discovered another photo, this one showing the two Palestinian actors,¬†appearing in a friendly selfie. ¬†The entire story was later covered on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

(Credit: Roi Rahmani)

THE Burning Egyptian

(WARNING: graphic image.  Viewer discretion advised)

The following screenshot, published by Ahmed Mansour, a famed anchor on the Arabic Al Jazeera claimed that the following image is one of a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, being burned alive by the Egyptian Military – the narrative being that the current Egyptian government is putting ‘victim’ Brotherhood supporters to death.

The Brotherhood, under the leadership of President Morsi, were the government of Egypt from 2012-2013.  The organisation, founded in 1928, has a presence in governments around the world Рbut as of 2015 is considered a terrorist organisation by the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.  Not really the type one would get sympathy for.

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If you search on the internet to check the truth about that image, you will find out that the original image is of a 2008 South African protester, who tragically set HIMSELF on fire.  This was a very embarrassing revelation to Al Jazeera viewers, costing huge credibility in Egypt and beyond.

The Drowning Refugees

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A photo of refugees floating in life jackets, looking for help has been portrayed all over the media as indicative of the plight that Middle Eastern refugees endure every day.  on its own, it paints a grim picture of the risks that these refugees take, often with little kids with them in tow.

ONE SMALL PROBLEM – an uncropped version of the picture has surfaced, proving the photograph was selectively edited to persuade Americans into allowing open borders for refugees and to further liberal agenda.

(Credit: Bare Naked Islam)

The full image, provided by Bare Naked Islam, showed a group of young men standing about seven feet from the crisis.¬† The ‚Äėtreacherous sea‚Äô is 2 feet deep at most. Surprisingly, the media did not add a shark fin into the photo.

What we can learn

The first, and most important thing that we can take away from the story is that all consumers of news (whether we read it in the paper,¬†¬†watch it on TV, or listen to it on the radio) have a responsibility to not pass it on until we¬†know it’s actually accurate.

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So many times I have friends come up to me and tell me a new story that they read online or seen on television that was just so ridiculously fake and so stupid, I able to shoot holes in the story right away…with simple logic or facts they couldn’t dispute. ¬†So many people out there are gullible and naive followers of whatever comes their way – they don’t know what’s true and what’s not.

And some¬†don’t even care. They’re looking¬†for a biased opinion that meets their views – and whether it’s accurate or not is irrelevant. ¬†It could be a¬†ridiculous myth – that’s the battle we fight today in looking for truth.

I don’t care whether you’re a conservative or liberal, I think that any time a news media source that you rely on has shown an obvious bias towards your particular views or those of the opposition, they should be ignored.

And¬†sadly, that doesn’t leave many trusted options. ¬†Right wingers should not be relying on right wing news from Breitbart or Fox News to tell us the truth in every situation. Left wingers should not be relying on CNN or¬†the mainstream media to tell them the truth. It behoves us to find the actual stories ourselves, often buried within the hyperbole and biased nonsense from both sides. ¬†The “no man’s land” between left and right sources is often the truth of the story.

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We are not better informed about the particular issues of the day by listening to only the sources that we agree with. The only time that we will really learn anything about the world around us, and our response to it, is to watch both sides of a story.

One of¬†the best little¬†tools that I’ve ever found to help me know whether a certain online story is accurate or not is a¬†website called¬†TinEye.

You find a photo with an entire story developed around it, and you aren’t really sure you believe it. ¬†Save the photo in question to your¬†device and then upload it to TinEye – and in seconds it will tell you¬†when this photo first appeared on the Net, who the sources were – and you can then click those links and see if the original sources have now disappeared. ¬†It will also show you¬†whether it has been doctored in the meantime.

It was with TinEye that I actually discovered that the drowning refugees’ story was based on a doctored photo – they had merely cropped it down and told a tale based on what was left. ¬†TinEye’s technology somehow analyses the pixels in one photo, runs it against its 17 billion image database, and comes back and says “here are the photos that most closely resemble it” – which is amazing because it almost always finds many sources for the same pic – but¬†cropped, recolored, etc.

You¬†can then click on the original sources of the photo – and may then learn that this “battle in Ukraine” today was actually a photo from Russia 10 years ago.¬†¬†Or a photo depicting¬†something you are told has “just happened” may, in fact, have first appeared online years ago.

maxresdefault-2When fake news uses an image to tell a story it was never meant to tell, it costs the actual photographer or image owner, in reputation, etc.  They might not have intended for this photo to tell this story, and being connected to it could result in them being punished by their customers, with bad publicity, etc.

As Allen Murabayashi states in his excellent January 2017 article for Petapixel.com, The Problem of Fake Photos in Fake News:

Of course, the purveyors of today‚Äôs fake news aren‚Äôt concerned with misrepresentation. And they might not even be motivated by politics, but rather the potential profit from ads that can result from ‚Äúgoing viral.‚ÄĚ

As with any other form of image theft, photographers need to be practical about how to pursue infringement. But misrepresentation can damage a photographer’s credibility, so photographers would be wise to keep a vigilant eye out for real images used in fake ways.

Hear hear.  In fact, we would all be wise to do that.

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
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Posted February 4, 2017

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Palestinian Phony Politics

I truly cannot think of any other place on earth where the government of a region so badly misrepresents or ignores the needs and wishes of its people, yet simultaneously receives such fanatical devotion and support from these same people Рas we witness today within the Palestinian Authority.


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Mahmoud Abbas, third from right, the Palestinian Authority president, at a Fatah party conference on Tuesday in Ramallah, West Bank. (Credit: Palestinian Preaidential Office/Reuters)

On Tuesday, November 28, the New York Times reported that a special conference of the Fatah political party kicked off in the city of Ramallah, in Israel’s¬†West Bank.

During the opening day, incumbent party leader Mahmoud Abbas was re-elected to another term  Рand as a result, was handed a further mandate  as President of the Palestinian Authority.

Long before the conference took place, however, Abbas had already solidified his decade-long hold on power by  purging most of his opponents and stacking the deck with supporters in his favour. Those carefully selected delegates wasted little time in formally re-electing him as the leader of Fatah, the political party that controls the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank Рa party closely connected to the Palestinian Liberation Organization  (PLO).

Thousands of Fatah delegates from around the world seated inside the conference hall. (Credit: Haytham Othman/MaanImages)
Thousands of Fatah delegates from around the world seated inside the conference hall. (Credit: Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

‚ÄúEverybody voted yes,‚ÄĚ a spokesman for Fatah, Mahmoud Abu al-Hija, told reporters who had not been allowed into the conference hall for the decision.

The conference, Fatah‚Äôs first in seven years, comes as the Palestinians face economic troubles, violent clashes among competing clans and the continuing Israeli so-called “occupation” of the West Bank.

Critics complain that Mr. Abbas’s leadership has grown out of touch. He responded to that criticism by demonstrating his continued grip on the Palestinian Authority and to rebuild the Fatah party leadership with allies.

Now 81 years old, Abbas will now be able to  also hold onto leadership for at least another five years, effectively silencing any opposition for the rest of the decade.

FULL STOPstop ¬†Folks, you need to be made aware of a very important point here, and since most Western media won’t tell you this, we will: Mahmoud Abbas is NOT¬†the legitimate President of the Palestinian Authority today, nor¬†has he been for¬†7 years!¬†

Abbas has been a regular bit player in the Middle East drama played out on Western news programs and 24-hour channels for the last decade, and is always¬†referred to as¬†the “President of the Palestinian Authority”

Cable news has been rushing to the lowest common denominator for years and will just keep getting worse. (Credit: Saysomethingblogcom)
Cable news has been rushing to the lowest common denominator for years and will just keep getting worse. (Credit: Saysomethingblog.com)

What’s the lesson in this? ¬†If the media tells a¬†Big Lie enough times, we will eventually believe it as fact.¬†¬†On that note, ¬†here’s how the situation with the Palestinian Authority Presidency unfolded:

  • January 5, 2005: ¬†¬†President Mahmoud Abbas was¬†elected to a 4-year term¬†by the citizens¬†of the Palestinian¬†Authority, which was to end January 9, 2009.

  • June 2008: ¬†With¬†the next presidential election just¬†6 months away,¬†Fatah again nominated¬†Mahmoud Abbas as their candidate.

  • December 2008: ¬†However, Abbas shocked everyone when¬†it was ¬†reported¬†that he wasn’t going¬†to¬†run for a second term.

  • November 5, 2009: ¬†the Guardian¬†reported that Abbas had¬†publicly announced his intention not to run for re-election – with the caveat, however, that he would¬†ONLY stay until the next Presidential election.

Election Evasion

The timeline above, my friends, is a lesson in how to remain in power indefinitely.  Abbas and his party Fatah got into a tug-of-war over the timing of the next Presidential election with the militant Palestinian group Hamas, who are sharing power with Fatah:

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    July 17, 2010:  Originally, the date of the presidential and parliamentary elections for the Palestinian Authority were to be held on this date, but they were postponed several times because of political disputes between Fatah and Hamas.

  • October 2011: ¬†Abbas calls for an election, but Hamas¬†disputes this, stating he didn’t have the authority or legitimacy to make that electoral call – and as a result, Hamas wouldn’t take part in the election.

  • November 2011: ¬†An¬†election date was called,¬†agreed on by both parties.

  • May 4, 2012:¬†Election not held,¬†due to further bickering.

  • December 20, 2013: Hamas called on the Palestinian Authority to form a six-month national unity government that would finally hold the election.

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    April 2014:  An agreement was finally reached between Fayah and Hamas to form a unity government, and for general actions to take place within six months of the agreement.

  • June 2, 2014: ¬†Unity government formed.

  • October¬†8, 2016 elections were finally called for this date. Then the New York Times¬†reported that the¬†Palestinian high court suspended municipal elections, on September 8, pending a second hearing after a challenge by a lawyer over balloting in East Jerusalem. Reports are that it won’t happen until December.

  • 2017?: The elections are expected to be the first elections in all of the Palestinian territories since Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, as Hamas agreed to participate.

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Will we EVER see this scene again in the Palestinian Territories?

Now, with Abbas solidifying his power this week with Fatah, it could be seen as his way of keeping control regardless of the elections Рor he may even be attempting to scuttle them yet again.  The PLO wants him to name a successor, which seems unlikely after giving Abbas a 5-year extension.  The bickering is sure to continue.

Meanwhile the Palestinian people protest Israel’s treatment of them, but seem to still support this sham¬†government, but not Abbas – a June 2-4 poll¬†conducted¬†by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research¬†were clear and¬†surprising:

The survey, conducted June 2-4, showed that 65% of the public in the West Bank and Gaza Strip want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign. ‚ÄúDemand for Abbas‚Äô resignation stands at 64% in the West Bank and 67% in the Gaza Strip,‚ÄĚ read the findings. The survey indicated that 31% want Abbas to remain in office.

If presidential elections were held now, according to the poll, Abbas and two other candidates ‚ÄĒ Ismail Haniyeh, deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently incarcerated in Israel ‚ÄĒ would receive 20%, 35% and 40% of the vote, respectively.

That must be a punch in the gut to Abbas, knowing that the Palestinian people would rather elect someone in JAIL IN ISRAEL FOR LIFE over him?  And is it any wonder?  We have reported in the past that:

  • the Palestinian government had been building a palace for the president at a time when they were also asking for donations from the international community in order to keep themselves from starving. In that same story, we also shared the REAL story the media didn’t want to tell you about the electric power being turned off for 45 minutes in winter across the Palestinian Authority… because the Palestinian government had not paid their $500 million power bill for over a year!

  • Sodastream, an Israeli company had¬†became a major target for the BDS movement, and as a result 600 Palestinians lost their jobs when the plant was forced to move out of the Palestinian Territories. ¬†The attitude of the Palestinian spokesman was very revealing, having stated that some collateral damage was necessary in this war against Israel. I should note that these Palestinian workers were making up to 5 TIMES what they could have made in the Palestinian Territories for a similar position. Photos of the workers weeping on their last day at the plant went viral around the world.

Continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
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Posted Decembe 1, 2016

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A United Nations Fox In Israel’s Henhouse

Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion delivers a statement as he is joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right to left, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion,  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan at the press conference on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

In February 2016, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion called a press conference to publicly question the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job.  

One wonders how “Libtarded” you would have to be before the Liberal government of Canada said “no way, this idiot needs to be fired”.¬†

But even when a globalist government like Canada asks the United Nations to reconsider, they do nothing.  Now nearly 9 months later, UN Human Watch  joins a rising tide of opposition against this absolutely ridiculous, inappropriate and possibly fraudulent appointment within the well-heeled ranks of the United Nations Рexposing their dark anti-Semitic plans.


talk-to-stupid-peopleFor the first time in our blog’s history, the Calling Out Community issues the following¬†notice¬†to our¬†valued readers:¬†

WARNING:  We assert that the foundational beliefs of the antagonist in this story, and the antagonist himself, are so BLATANTLY STUPID that uncontrolled squinting may result, as you continue to read the details. Reader discretion is advised.

A small but growing union of varied interests are demanding that he United Nations immediately suspend Michael Lynk, a Canadian expert on international law,¬†from his¬†appointment as “UN¬†Special Rapporteur on the Situation¬†Of¬†Human¬†Rights¬†in the Palestinian Territory Occupied Since 1967.”¬†

The job title itself shows the clear bias and intent of the United Nations to malign Israel every chance they can get (Israel, for example,¬†would certainly not agree that they are “occupying” “Palestinian Territory”) – not to mention the fact that just reading the title causes epileptic fits.

But why on earth would a Canadian Liberal cabinet minister go out of his way to fight with the United Nations to have one of our own citizens fired from such a prestigious United Nations appointment?  It seems that Mr. Lynk has embarrassed Canada by failing to disclose, when he applied for the post, that he was:

The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)
The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)

…A member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations; a member of the advisory board of the ‚ÄúCanadian-Palestinian Education Exchange‚ÄĚ (CEPAL), which promotes events like the ‚ÄúAnnual Israeli Apartheid Week‚ÄĚ; and, Lynk is also on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America (a pro-Palestinian advocacy group).

Why would it matter that he failed to disclose his leadership role in three pro-Palestinian organizations when he applied to be come the United Nations special investigator, looking into allegation of Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians?  Hmmm, smells good to me Рsaid no one, ever. 

And this guy isn’t just biased, he’s clearly a card-carrying¬†Jew-hater.¬† As mentioned,¬†he sits on the board of an organization that hosts an “Israeli Apartheid Week“.¬† Just a tiny bit of anti-Israel bias, perhaps?

As they say in sports, “the fix is in”.

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2016 Israeli Apartheid Week poster. (Credit: Israeli Apartheid Week website)

Apartheid Week is a misnomer – the word¬†“apartheid” is defined in the dictionary as a uniquely-coined term relating to the racial discrimination policies of South Africa.¬†Their site introduction:

“Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel‚Äôs ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people.”

They list dates around the world, including in the mythical land called “Palestine”, which isn’t on any map, and South Africa – ironic to be trying to perpetrate “the Israeli apartheid”¬†myth in¬†the only country to have actual apartheid.¬† They also seem to be getting a lot of sponsorship money or something, as they are all over the world?

A¬†letter from the UN Watch group to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, October 27 was issued hours before Lynk presented a 26-page report on Israeli actions against Palestinians to the UN General Assembly‚Äôs Third Committee.¬† In it, he criticized the Jewish state for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank, particularly settlement building and what he termed ‚Äúexcessive use of force‚ÄĚ against Palestinians.

Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces
Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces

Excessive force – wow.¬† 1o,ooo rockets had been fired by Hamas at Israel over a decade, and Israel did nothing.¬† 10,000 rockets, and over 2,300 were fired in 2012 alone, from UN-sponsored schools, hospitals, mosques, people’s homes – it was so outrageous.¬† When Israel finally took action to stop it, a pro-Palestinian spokesmen actually stated “no big deal, Hamas rockets mostly missed their targets anyway, but¬†Israel’s rockets DIDN’T miss”.

bozoHEY KIDS – can you spot today’s special moral lesson, that the REAL Bozos in Hamas seem to have missed?

So, knowing that this guy was a total anti-Semitic hack with very public connections to pro-Palestinian groups, why would the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) want him to oversee their investigations into Israeli human rights violations?¬† Isn’t it obvious – because they already wrote the final report, and just want someone to create the evidence.

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So, clearly he was intentionally hired to do a hatchet job for them against Israel.  

This becomes more obvious when you glance at the current membership¬†of this “Human Rights” love fest including:

  • China (no comment required)
  • Cuba¬†(no comment required)
  • Nigeria (the home of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, killing Christians by the thousands)
  • Philippines (whose wingnut President admitted on TV that he’s murdered 3 drug dealers¬†– then¬†told citizens to do the same)
  • Russia (no comment required)
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    (Credit: Sun Cartoons)

    Saudi Arabia (how does a country, whose women cannot even drive or buy a coffee at Starbucks without male assistance, ¬†get on the UN Human Rights Commission.¬† They also gripe about¬†Israel’s military, budgeted at $18.6 billion, yet THEIR military budget is $87.2 billion)¬†

  • UAE (they don’t even recognize Israel’s existence as a state, and the two countries have no formal diplomatic relations)
  • Venezuela (who’s people are starving and rioting in the streets)
  • Vietnam (America fought a war for 10 years almost to get rid of their Communists – who are still in power)

You could tell just from the make-up of Thugs ‘R Us that Israel would never get fair play with this bunch.¬† Still, it was shocking to read the following Fox News report on March 24, 2016 from the United Nations:

From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)
From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)

“On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women‚Äôs rights anywhere on the planet ‚Äď Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.¬†

On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states. 

There were five Council resolutions on Israel.¬† One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran.¬† Libya got an offer of ‚Äútechnical assistance.‚Ä̬† And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned.” (Emphasis mine)

It makes my blood boil

Again, they are talking about ISRAEL, the one little country in the Middle East of 8 million people, the only democracy in the Middle East?  This same Israel Рwhere you are better off being a woman, a child, a senior, gay, Jewish, a Christian, a Muslim, black or an atheist than in any of the 16 enemy combatant nations that surrounds Her?  Yes, THAT Israel.

It’s outrageous, it’s absurd, and it’s why the United Nations needs to be kicked out of New York and sent packing to one of these Third World crap holes.¬† Maybe President Trump will get the job done.

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By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted October 28, 2016

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It’s Official – “Boycott Israel” Flops!

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I stumbled this morning across a Bloomberg article, published on Wednesday, June 1 – that seems to indicate, to my incredulity and joy, that the Boycott, Divest & Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel – started by Palestinians with the purpose of hindering or even destroying the economy of Israel – is not only losing steam globally – but in fact may have had the opposite desired impact.

According to this article, a deep look into the state of foreign investment in Israel suggests that the BDS movement to boycott Israel is failing.

BDS, founded in 2005 by a group of Palestinians and seen by many as an anti-Semitic effort to single Israel out for punishment, seeks to prevent investors from doing business in Israel.  And it seemed at first to be working, according to Bloomberg:

Physicist Stephen Hawking shunned a Jerusalem conference hosted by Israel’s president, singer Lauryn Hill canceled a Tel Aviv concert and a giant Dutch pension fund blacklisted five Israeli banks. All are signs that an international movement to isolate Israel is gaining ground.

However, in the very next paragraph, you can almost see the jaw dropping and hear the gasp of the Bloomberg writer, Sangwon Yoon:

Yet an examination of foreign capital flow into the country shows the opposite trend – a steep increase. Foreign investments in Israeli assets hit a record high last year of $285.12 billion, a near-tripling from 2005 when the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was started by a group of Palestinians. (Emphasis mine)

Of course, the movement was weakly developed and initially founded with a series of very poorly considered realities:

  • It reeked of anti-Semitism and while many could have looked at individual situations and thought that Israel went to far here and there since its founding in 1948, to seek to compleetely obliterate their total economy to many was just too obvious in its end-goal.
  • It didn’t take into account the power of Israel’s allies.  Nations like Canada stepped up and created laws that outlawed the BDS movement within their borders.
  • It didn’t take into account the wealth of American Jews, who saw the movement from the beginning as an economic Holocaust, and refuses to let it happen again.  Well, some of them fell into the whole disgusting boycott – one wonders what on earth they are thinking by doing so?  Some day they may need Israel and will she still exist when they do?
  • It had far too many Palestinian victims.  We reported previously about the attacks made on carbonated beverage machine maker Sodastream – and how those stupid efforts resulted in over 600 Palestinians losing their good-paying jobs.  And when asked what their response to this was, a Palestinian Authority spokesman made it clear that collateral damage like this was acceptable.  The fallout from such a stupid statement was the unmasking of the true hatred and anti-Semitic foundation of this movement.

But the worst is not over.  We will not rest until BDS has been destroyed worldwide and the economy of the independent state of Israel, which has every right to exist on the world stage, can continue unabated.

Long Live Israel!


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600 Palestinian Jobs Lost By “Boycott Israel”

Israel Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted March 2, 2016

Former Palestinian employees of the Israeli SodaStream drinks firm show their identity cards before leaving the plant for the last time, victims of the failed BDS movement
Former Palestinian employees of the Israeli SodaStream drinks firm show their identity cards before leaving the plant for the last time, victims of the failed BDS movement

In our June 1, 2015 posting about the global BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement against the people¬†and businesses of Israel, we warned in our¬†title¬†that if you Boycott Israel, Only Palestinians Suffer.¬†¬†To our heartache, it¬†seems we¬†couldn’t¬†have been¬†more¬†accurate.

We told the story of global carbonated drink maker Sodastream, a Israeli-based company employing 2,000 around the world Рan iconic corporate role model that almost singlehandedly created its entire industry -manufacturing  DIY carbonated beverage machines and flavoured syrups.

Palestinian employees openly weep as they learn they can no longer work for Sodastream,
Palestinian employees openly weep as they learn they can no longer work for Sodastream,

Let me say at the offset that we hold no shares in this company.  We truly wish we did.  We have no connection to the leadership, marketing, retail sales, finances, human resources, manufacturing or material sourcing for this company.  We really wish we did, as its an interesting product and a well run company with great leadership that closely care about their employees and have demonstrated that rather dramatically.

I am not Jewish nor Israeli though I am extremely fond of both.  I am a Canadian evangelical Christian that has never been to Israel but would consider such a visit the highlight of my life.

Sodastream is not an Israeli government¬†agency, they do not make products that¬†benefit the Israeli military or government.¬†¬†Likely the majority of their sales are¬†in North America and Europe.¬† A good portion of the staff¬†– over 700¬†of their 2000 employees – were Palestinian Arabs.¬†¬†Their corporate site¬†indicates that each year,¬†they provide 1.5 billion liters of home-made soda to millions of homes worldwide, making¬†Sodastream…

…one of the largest beverage companies in the world.

Israel_-_Boycott,_divest,_sanctionEnter the extremely-stupid and short-sightseeing BDS movement against Israel Рa program to Boycott, Divest and Sanction anything made in Israel, demonically birthed by the neo-Nazi bastards running the Palestinian Authority. Everyone of these camel-loving freaks ought to thank whatever backwards impotent creature they worship as a god that I dont own a gun, for when they declared war in Israel, they got at least one more infuriated enemy out for their disease-ridden blood РME.

Though¬†Sodastream has been an outstanding employer to the Palestinian people, reportedly paying between three and five times the average local wage, these leftwing¬†university groups, mainstream (aka dying) Christian denominations, unions and other raging¬†antiSemetic ASSHOLES¬†have sought¬†the financial destruction of Israel and, as a result, have targeted Sodastream because it’s successful – something that none of these towel-headed jackasses knows anything about.

There, I got it out of my system.  For now.

These are some of the Palestinians who lost their jobs thanks to BDS.
These are some of the Palestinians who lost their jobs thanks to BDS.

Bowing to financial pressures and the need to restructure as a result¬†of the¬†boycott’s¬†success, SodaStream was forced to¬†move out of the West Bank in October 2015 under pressure from BDS, and 500 Palestinian employees lost their jobs. Another 74 were able to continue working at the new factory close to the southern town of Rahat, but only on temporary work permits. On Monday, February 29, 2016¬†those permits expired and SodaStream was forced to let its last Palestinian employees go.

Thanks to the BDS movement’s actions, close to 600 Palestinians have now lost their jobs.  At this one company alone.  Good job.  soon there will be no one left to pay taxes to pay for the Presidential Palace there.

BDS activists have clearly demonstrated beyond all doubt that their only goal is to harm Israel, and they don’t care one iota if that causes Palestinians to suffer. Mahmoud Nawajaa, the BDS coordinator  in Ramallah, called the loss of the Palestinian jobs at SodaStream:

part of the price that should be paid in the process of ending the occupation.

Easy for that idiot to say – he’s still got a job.¬† BDS caused irrevocable damage by costing 600 Palestinians their livelihoods, but the movement got what it wanted. BDS supporters claim they are against ‚Äúthe occupation,‚ÄĚ and SodaStream has moved out of the West Bank. What more could there possibly be left for them to do now?

The boycott movement will still be targeting SodaStream as leaders claim that operating from the Negev ‚Äúamounts to participation in Israel‚Äôs plans to forcibly displace at least 40,000 Palestinianstu-bykofsky-philly-BDS-quote-FB600x600 Bedouins into townships,‚ÄĚ and according to BDS leader Omar Barghouti, ‚Äúcolluding in the ethnic cleansing of Bedouin Palestinian citizens.‚ÄĚ Except the Bedouins are not Palestinians, and BDS is simply hijacking their identity to fit their narrative portraying Israel as an occupier of Palestinian land.

This is in reference to the contentious Prawer-Begin plan which was dropped while the government sought to formulate a new version, but aimed to resolve the issues of illegal Bedouin settlements and to more fully integrate them into Israeli society.

The SodaStream factory was built in a new industrial zone in the Negev administered by the Bedouin city of Rahat, the Jewish town of Lahavim and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council.  Around 40 factories will be based in this industrial zone when it is fully developed, providing employment for hundreds of workers, including many Bedouins from nearby towns. A college and hospital are also being built.

The Negev is uncontested land under Israeli sovereignty, but to BDS it is another area that can be used in the attempt to delegitimize Israel altogether.
Just like the 600 Palestinians who lost their jobs, the plight of the Bedouins and the reality of the situation are irrelevant to BDS. The movement will take any opportunity to demonize Israel, even if it is to the detriment of the people it claims to care about.

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CNN Wipes Israel Off the Map – Literally

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted November 25, 2015.

The Media Party. Big Media. The “news media”. Network news. We all have a ¬†favorite moniker for these bastions of global information, these titans of “journalistic excellence”, these… quacks at times who couldn’t tell the truth or get the story right if there was a gun to their collective heads.

No matter whether you are Left or Right wing politically – or one of those rare breed who have successfully clipped those wings in favor of true independent thought – you have likely noted either with joy or frustration one simple fact. Almost down to a station-by-station confirmation…

Nearly all of them despise Israel.

There are notable exceptions of course – Fox News Network in the United States and The Rebel Media in Canada tend to have a more balanced and dare I say even progressive view of Israel.

As for the remaining¬†motley crew of media hacks, they aren’t actually going to tell you that they can’t stand Israel, as they still have to show a measure of political correctness (though even PC thought favours Antisemitism hands-down). ¬†Often they speak with passive-aggressive finger-shaking¬†disdain for Israel and the Jews.¬† And sometimes, they show their disgust¬†as much by what they don’t say as what they do.

Media bias toward Israel
Media bias toward Israel

An excellent article on this subject was published in the November 30,¬†2014 issue of The Atlantic, entitled “What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel“.¬† I strongly encourage every thinking person, and every supporter of Israel, to read this article.¬†¬†In it,¬†journalist Matti Friedman¬†opens with a powerful observation:

During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the media-saturated conflict between Jews and Arabs is also the least covered: the press itself. The Western press has become less an observer of this conflict than an actor in it, a role with consequences for the millions of people trying to comprehend current events, including policymakers who depend on journalistic accounts to understand a region where they consistently seek, and fail, to productively intervene.

One dictionary states that “journalism” is:

The activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television.

Perhaps journalists have gone astray by the definition of what constitutes “news”. ¬†Walter Cronkite would not have done a piece about Beyonc√© and Jay-Z’s baby – it just wouldn’t have happened. ¬†And when reporting the news from the battlefront, his calibre of reporter would not have felt it necessary to tell us how his vehicle was shot at by armed militants in the conflict, when nothing was further from the truth. ¬†The story itself was captivating enough – we don’t need our journalists to actually be actors on the stage. ¬†Thanks for that punch in our trust gut, Brian Williams.

There are times, however, when Big Media steps so¬†over the line into the Twilight Zone that everyone, no matter their political persuasion, is left saying “what the _____?”

cnn251115Such is the case with mighty CNN, the self-described on their current advertising sales sheet “World’s News Leader”, who this week visibly and legibly manifested proof of a deep-seated hostility toward Israel. ¬†Quite simply, in a nutshell – they removed Israel from the map (above).¬† Literally.

In a recent article about airstrikes being carried out over Syria today in the conflict there, a map of the region was published, showing the major cities the area.¬† All of the other nations in the region show the name of a city and it’s capital (Beirut, Lebanon; Amman, Jordan, etc.) and Jerusalem is shown representing Israel (though Tel Aviv is the capital).¬† No problem – many of us believe Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel.

But wait, what’s this?¬† The nation of modern Israel, now nearly 7 decades old with further 3,000 years of continuous Jewish presence in the region, is not mentioned on the map.¬† What does appear, however, is some place called “Palestina” – a Spanish or Portuguese variation of “Palestine”.

That is the only name on the map that doesn’t seem to be in English, so it completely out of place – not to mention the fact that “Palestine” hasn’t actually appeared on a map in, oh…..67 years.¬† Last time I checked, Palestina was real as Narnia, Mordor and Neverland.

Cair Paravel, the royal palace of Narnia - which like Palestina is also imaginary
Cair Paravel, the royal palace of Narnia – which like Palestina is also imaginary

Now, this was not just some printing error or a mistaken use of an old map. ¬†THERE ARE NO DIGITAL MAPS that would have the name of a fictional country named Palestina on them. ¬†Like ZERO out there.¬†¬†And let’s not forget, this is the world’s news leader, according to their own press – with 45 news bureaus around the world.

Their self-hosted Inside CNN webpage, designed for teachers and students, has a very revealing FAQ:

Q: What kinds of checks and balances does CNN use to make sure the stories are accurate? 

A: An average story is said to go through nine sets of eyes before making air. It is also the job of copy editors to proofread stories for grammatical and factual errors. News is verified three times from three different sources before it is broadcast on our air. (Emphasis mine)

So one must therefore conclude that Israel was deleted and Palestina was added in its place – on purpose?

Outrageous right? ¬†Well, HonestReporting reporters contacted CNN about the error, as did likely thousands of people.¬† Their response? ¬†No “oops sorry”. ¬†They just removed the map and put up a photo of airstrikes in Syria in its place – which is actually what the story was about in the first place.

In relation to the story on the Syrian Civil War, no political spin about Israel was necessary – they are not even militarily present in Syria in the battle against ISIS.

This is just bizarre.  It reminds me of three things:

Disney really wants you to remember who makes this movie, and get that logo embedded in your mind as much as possible.
Disney really wants you to remember who makes this movie, and get that logo embedded in your mind as much as possible.

Advertisers have used images for years that subliminally catch your mind but not necessarily consciously – the message might be received, but you wouldn’t even realize it at the time

Perhaps you’ve played a video game or DVD that had a hidden bit of information that could only be accessed if you did certain things with the remote control or played a certain level a¬†certain way.¬† Usually it was the signature of the game designer – like video graffiti¬†– called an Easter eggs?¬† Was that what this was?

GermaniaI watched a documentary recently about Adolf Hitler and his architect Albert Speer who had grand plans for a world empire with its headquarters in the old city of Berlin, which would be redeveloped and renamed¬†Germania.¬† Their plans were both genius and insane (and even architecturally impossible), but they definitely thought that a new can of paint and a new name would somehow take away the international disdain for Berlin as a world capital.¬† They were pretty much dead wrong.¬† Now they’re just dead, and their plans along with them.

Some ideas, like blatant Antisemitism and the groups propagating it, just never die.

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The “Hitler” Store in Gaza

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted November 5, 2015.

 

gaza-hitler-store-with-knivesThe antiSemitic hatred that simmers just below the surface in the Islamic world has recently been blatantly exposed in a rather unexpected place Р the closets of young people across the Middle East.

A clothing store with a location in the Gaza Strip has emerged, with a moniker that instantly brings fear, dread and hatred… to the blue jean business?

HITLER.

Let me state first that Hitler is not an Arab word.  Hitler translated into Arabic, is, um, still Hitler.

And no, this is not brand of some cutting edge designer with an unfortunate shared last name.  The store is named after Adolf Hitler, the man who brought about the genocide of six million European Jews.

This is obviously shocking to citizens of Western powers, as this store would never get any traction here – no one wants to be blatantly associated with such ill-advised branding.

However, in this region, Hitler is a wildly popular store.  Why?  Because the leader of the Nazis is a role model for millions of Arab Muslims across the globe.

Amin Al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, meets with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in Jerusalem, November 1942, just weeks before the Final Solution was implemented.
Amin Al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, meets with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in Berlin, November 1942, weeks before Final Solution began

The connection between the two groups, both hell-bent on the destruction of the Jews, began long before the Holocaust even started, with a meeting of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Adolf Hitler, leader of the government of Nazi Germany.  While there are rumors that the Mufti suggested to Hitler ways to eradicate the Jews there is no hard evidence of same.

 

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Grand Mufti of Jerusalem inspects a member of the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar in 1943 Рa MUSLIM unit that operated alongside by independent of the German Wehrmacht.

During World War II¬†the Grand Mufti¬†collaborated with both Italy and Germany by making propagandistic radio broadcasts and by helping the Nazis recruit Bosnian Muslims for the Waffen-SS. ¬†When he met Adolf Hitler he requested backing for Arab independence and support in opposing the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish national home. At war’s end, he came under French protection, and then sought refuge in Cairo to avoid prosecution. ¬†In 1943, he was quoted:

It is the duty of Muhammadans [Muslims] in general and Arabs in particular to … drive all Jews from Arab and Muhammadan countries…¬†. Germany is also struggling against the common foe who oppressed Arabs and Muhammadans in their different countries. It has very clearly recognized the Jews for what they are and resolved to find a definitive solution [endg√ľltige L√∂sung] for the Jewish danger that will eliminate the scourge that Jews represent in the world.

An Indian resident walks past a store named 'Hitler' in Ahmedabad, India, 01 September 2012. ( EPA/STR)
An Indian resident walks past a store named ‘Hitler’ in Ahmedabad, India, September 1, 2012. (EPA/STR)

Flash forward to September 29, 2015 when it was reported by eminent media outlets such as the ¬†BBC in the UK, the Globe and Mail¬†in¬†Canada, and the New York Times¬†that a store named “Hitler” was selling clothing in the city of Ahmedabad¬†in India.¬† After a massive world-wide backlash against the store, the owner agreed to change the name.¬† And though the shop owner¬†was using both Hitler’s last name AND a swastika in his logo, he attempted to deny intent by¬†¬†stating that¬†he didn’t know who Hitler even was before he named the store.¬† That kind of blatant idiocy, real or imaged, has no place in a civilized society.¬† Nor should the name Hitler be used to sell ANYTHING.

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The “Hitler” Store In Gaza

Now this week, YET ANOTHER store named ‚ÄúHitler‚ÄĚ has arisen, this time in the Gaza Strip, and yet this time, no worldwide anger.¬† NO disgust with the naming of the store after a¬†monster responsible for the deaths of 50 million people around the world during the Second World War.¬† In fact, not a single major news network has even picked up the store, relegating its telling to second-rate publications like the Washington Free Beacon, whatever that is.

But this store gone beyond the levels of human decency and in my opinion, should be forced to shut down.  It proudly displays clothing mannequins outside the store, wrapped in Palestinian Authority colors, and brandishing KNIVES Рas Palestinians continue to wage knife attacks on Israelis in the region.

In a¬†photo posted to Facebook by Mohammed Asad, a self-described “photo journalist”, two mannequins are seen outside a store holding Palestinian flags and wielding knives. They are flanked by two more mannequins wearing scarves with the pattern of the Palestinian flag on them.

‚ÄúA Palestinian man display manikin wearing national clothes to show solidarity with the al-Aqsa mosque compound [and] Palestinians in the West Bank, at his shop, in Gaza city, on Nov. 01, 2015,‚ÄĚ the photographer captioned.

In Gaza, among the pious Muslims who call themselves “Palestinians” ‚ÄĒa faux nationality invented by the KGB‚ÄĒHitler is a used as a means of selling clothes.¬† And inciting Palestinians to violence against Israelis is unforgiveable.¬†¬†Is it any wonder that they are now referred by some as IslamoNazis as IslamoNazis?

You dare not speak the name Adolf Hitler in Gernany today, nor brandish the swastika symbol in public, for fear of arrest.¬† They got the message.¬† Too bad the poor little Palestinian “victims” don’t. ¬†Despite an agreement to lessen violence brokered by the United States late last month, Palestinians have continued to target Israelis for several weeks, using knives, guns, and other weapons to carry out the attacks.

downloadAccording to Israeli authorities, Palestinians murdered 10 Israelis in over 30 separate attacks just in October. Dozens of Palestinians have also died in clashes with Israeli security forces, nearly half of them after attacking Israelis.

Until they can act like civilized members of society, the Palestinians deserve our contempt and our worldwide sanctions. ¬†Its a good thing for the Palestinians that Israel perpetrates neither apartheid nor a Holocaust against them, or they’d¬†already be decimated for such outrageous and provocative displays.¬† The store owners should be either arrested for inciting violence or fined into bankruptcy.

Never again means NEVER AGAIN.

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A Tale Of Three Presidential Palaces

by Calling Out Community, Posted August 27, 2015

Presidential Palace of Palestine

Palestine's Presidential
Palestine’s Presidential

It was announced today (August 27)  that for the past two years, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abu Mazen has been overseeing construction on a massive $13 million (and counting) new presidential residence and office Рa grand palace that will be located near Ramallah on a sprawling 11-acre estate, which will include:

…four storeys, a very large garden, fountains, a helicopter pad, and a six-meter-high external wall. Additional reports claim that this palace also contains a luxury swimming pool, closed water and electricity systems, and an underground bunker.

The PA’s announcement said that at Abu Mazen’s orders, the palace would be built in royal style and decorated with Islamic motifs. The announcement also stated that the palace “would be used to house heads of state from around the world visiting Palestine, as is proper for a developed and respectable country.

Only a few problems with that announced rationale:

  1. Palestine is not a country.   Despite the majority of United Nations members approving United Nations General Assembly Resolution 67/19 on November 29, 2012, giving Palestine non-member state observer status, Palestine is not yet eligible to join the United Nations as an independent country.
  2. The Palestinian Territories are hardly “developed”, and until they are, any received or earned funds by the PA should be used to continue that development. ¬†In fact, at an October 2014 donor conference held to rebuild Palestine (after Israel’s military operation to rout terrorists last year), the world pledged $5.4 billion to remove the 4 million tones of bombed-out debris and rebuild. ¬†They have delivered only $1 billion a year later, because the PA government couldn’t be trusted then. ¬†Now, it’s pretty clear they are screwed.
  3. In the eyes of the world, the Palestinian Authority is hardly “respectable”. ¬†In fact, respect begins at home,¬†and Hamas is furious. ¬†“While Abu Mazen calls on the world for aid in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, he is wasting the Palestinian national funds on ostentation and waste,” a media outlet identified with Hamas charged. ¬†Even the thugs in imperialistic Iran¬†cancelled a meeting on August 10, 2015 with PA authorities, upset with their recent choices in global friends (Saudi Arabia).¬†¬†

Many media accounts, including Newsweek, make note of the fact that with the Palestinian economy in shambles and most Palestinians living in dire poverty, the timing and style of Abbas’ proposed opulent palace could not be worse:

  • For more than a year, doctors, nurses, paramedics, administrators and cleaners at Gaza‚Äôs Shifa Hospital have not received their salaries. Still, they continue to attend to at least 300 patients each day. ‚ÄúWe might get a voucher worth US$25 [Dh92] to spend on food and every two months maybe we receive $200,‚ÄĚ an orthopaedic doctor told The National.
  • The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) went on strike August¬†24, closing its schools to 500,000 Palestinian kids. ¬†It faces what is has described as its ‚Äúmost severe financial crisis ever‚ÄĚ, appealing for $100 million to begin the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • The Palestinian authority owed nearly $500 million (2 billion shekels) to the Israel Electric Company (IEC)¬†for well over a year for electricity supplied to Northern Electric, the Palestinian firm which purchases and distributes the electricity to the West Bank and Gaza. ¬†On February 23, 2015 the fed-up IEC cut power to the West Bank cities of Nablus (biblical Shechem) and Jenib in the dead of winter to force bill payment. The shutoff drew global criticism, though even the NEC chairman agreed the money was owed, and confirmed the shut down was for only 30 minutes. ¬†He also states that IEC had also planned to cut Arab-dominated East Jerusalem power for 2 hours, but scrapped the idea.
  • According to the CIA World Factbook, the West Bank and Gaza Strip‚Äôs GDP per capita in 2012 stood at $4,900, compared to $33,400 in Israel and $54,800 in the United States.

To add insult to injury, the new presidential compound will be built on a street named after Yahya Ayyash, nicknamed ‚ÄúThe Engineer,‚ÄĚ a Hamas military commander who orchestrated at least seven bombing attacks against Israeli civilian targets in the mid-1990s. ¬†In 1996, Ayyash was assassinated by Israel in Gaza City.

Yes, What a legacy for a “developed” and “respectable” country –¬†to put your ¬†palace on such a stupidly-named street.

Prime Minister’s New Plane and Posh Place

2009 proposed Prime Minister's residence and office, Jerusalem
2009 proposed Prime Minister’s residence and office, Jerusalem

It didn’t take long for the loony left wing media to actually try to JUSTIFY the building of said palace, as Israel is currently going through the same discussions for the building of a new residence and office for the Prime Minister.¬† Newsweek¬†reported:

…the cost of the [Palestinian] palace is dwarfed by that being spent on the construction of a new combined residence and office in Jerusalem for the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The project, approved by the Israeli government in May 2014, is estimated to cost $188 million.

It‚Äôs a false comparison. Newsweek does not mention the costs of similar structures in other modern states. But more to the point, Israel is not in the midst of an economic collapse, unable to see to the basic needs of its residents.¬† It pays its power bills, and it’s employees, and even¬†its Palestinian neighbours as well.¬† And if it has money left over to build an ice cream shop made out of solid gold for the Prime Minister of Israel (which isn’t happening), that’s Israel’s business.

When Palestinians refuse Israeli help and do everything they can through BDS to destroy her economy, as well as launching thousands of rockets at her cities, then go out and beg for world wide support to just put food on their tables – and then we hear what they are REALLY spending the money on – that’s¬†everyone’s business.

Not only is the Palestinian economy in free fall, the massive amounts of foreign aid given to the PA have been wasted due to widespread corruption. According to Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh (speaking after a delegation of U.S. Congressman visited the PA)

Of course, the Palestinian Authority prime minister did not tell the visiting U.S. Congressmen that the $4.5 billion the Americans invested in promoting Palestinian democracy went down the drain or ended up in secret Swiss bank accounts.

In contrast, the proposal for the Israeli complex was developed by a public committee and approved by the government.  In giving a green light to the projects, the government ministers approved a plan drafted by a specially appointed public committee which, in December 2013, was tasked with investigating the cost effectiveness of investing in a new airplane for the President and Prime Minister of Israel, and a residence, officially known as Beit Aghion, for the prime minister.

In a report last month, the committee noted the many logistical problems associated with the lack of an official, dedicated aircraft for state visits as well as with the current prime minister’s residence, which is not located near the prime minister’s office.

Of course, the Israeli prime minister is an elected position so it would be false to describe the new building as being for the benefit of Benjamin Netanyahu. There could very well be a new prime minister by the time construction is complete. Not so for Mahmoud Abbas, still in power more than five years after the end of his term with no prospect of elections in sight.

Presidential Palace on Pennsylvania Avenue

It would be a good idea to remember that there is another building that combines the residence and office of a nation‚Äôs leader – and the current occupant of that residence also gets free housing paid for by his country, while simultaneously racking up a $13 trillion addition to his nation’s debt in the last 6 years. ¬†Yet Newsweek didn‚Äôt feel it was necessary or relevant to reference that cost. ¬†Great reporting (cough).

Well, we will mention the cost.  A book about presidential perks published in 2012 revealed that taxpayers spend about $1.4 billion per year paying for the staffing, housing, transportation and entertaining of President Barack Obama’s White House.

Now another author, John F. Groom, explains in The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House exactly how researchers came up with that $1.4 billion estimate:

‚ÄúOne of the most important things to note about the $1.4 billion figure is that it specifically does NOT include the cost of running the White House‚Äôs policy operations ‚Äď the $1.4 billion is money that is directly related to the president and his family,‚ÄĚ Groom writes in the book

Here‚Äôs the breakdown, according to Groom. ¬†I’ve highlighted a few of the more shocking ones:

‚ÄĘ President‚Äôs salary and allowance: $450,000
‚ÄĘ White House building operating expenses: $14,658,000
‚ÄĘ White House Grounds: $6,057,000
‚ÄĘ Vacations: $20,000,000
‚ÄĘ Health care for the first family, including traveling medical staff and equipment: $7,000,000

‚ÄĘ Campaign expenses not reimbursed to government: $311,000,000
‚ÄĘ White House staff: $7,985,420
‚ÄĘ Office of Administration budget: $14,481,000
‚ÄĘ Special missions including White House Communications Agency: $161,252,000
‚ÄĘ Military salary costs: $153,441,360
‚ÄĘ Salary costs for presidential airlift squadron: $75,000,000
‚ÄĘ Presidential plane fleet: $44,000,000
‚ÄĘ Presidential helicopter fleet: $300,000,000
‚ÄĘ Ground transportation: $2,200,000
‚ÄĘ Transportation total: $346,200,000
‚ÄĘ Secret Service: $259,152,884

Working hard - or hardly working - at the White House
Working hard – or hardly working – at the White House

Now, regardless of whether you are an American Democrat or Republican, or a concerned citizen elsewhere in the more sane parts of the world, it is difficult to swallow that any man would possibly warrant or deserve that kind of lavish spending on their personal care, at a time when he has blown so many trillions of dollars of American’s hard-earned and easily-taken dollars.

A $20 million tab for vacations would make a Saudi oil sheik choke – but $7 million to pay the health care coss of 4 completely-healthy people in Obama’s household? Oh right, smells like Obamacare to me.

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Holocaust & Hiroshima – Iran’s Plan To Disarm Israel

by Calling Out Community, Posted August 18, 2015

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The Palestinian Authority and former Iranian Presidents meet

It’s been reported that sometime in the next two months, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran. ¬†On the surface, ¬†the meeting of two Islamic state leaders doesn’t seem that big of a stretch – but actually there is no love lost between Hamas and Tehran, their relationship having been recently defined as “frosty” at best.

The reasons are well-known – it was reported by the Huffington Post’s Arabic edition just two weekends ago¬†that Iran had just canceled a scheduled visit by a Hamas delegation to the Islamic Republic in response to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Tehran’s rival Saudi Arabia last month.

However, the two sides have a mutual hatred of Israel, so it was inevitable that they should eventually join forces.¬† The¬†Jerusalem Post reported August 11 that one item on the upcoming agenda between Abbas and the Iranian President will be a campaign against Israel‚Äôs nuclear program.¬† Ahmed Majdalani, former cabinet minister in the Hamas Government, and current Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF)¬†said on Monday, August 10 that his recent visit to Iran was reported to be on an agreement to “revive the idea of an international conference to rid the region of Israel‚Äôs nuclear arsenal and weapons of mass destruction“.

In either an instance of very poor timing, or related interest, the United States declassified a number of documents from 1969-1972 yesterday (Tuesday, August 18) dealing with Israel’s nuclear program. The Jerusalem Post rightfully wonders about the timing:

The publication of the documents comes as part of a routine release of historical information by the US State Department.  However, the timing of the revelations, on the background of the disagreement between Israel and the US over the nuclear agreement with Iran, lends them an extra meaning.

There are those who would claim that the timing of the release is not a coincidence, and is in fact intended to embarrass Israel, which staunchly opposes the deal with Iran, and embarrass Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who continues in his efforts to challenge the Obama administration and influence Congress to reject the deal.

At last –¬†we may have finally¬†discovered the¬†real¬†reason both Obama and Iran were in such a hurry to sign this deal; why some of the side deals were top secret and we may never know them; and why Obama has been such a jackass (even more than his usual jackassish personae) toward Israel during this entire deal deliberation with Iran.

ParchinSiteBut wait, there’s more! ¬†The Associated Press, in an exclusive today (August 19), is¬†reporting that they have gotten their hands on the text of one of these top secret side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and it’s a shocker:

Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press…

…The newly disclosed side agreement, for an investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, is linked to persistent allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear-limits deal.

The report goes on to state that those negotiating the deal with Iran were not only briefed on this side deal, but had agreed to it in principle before they announced the agreement with Iran had been made.  This is beyond outrageous.  The wolf is allowed to inspect the henhouse now, is it?

never-let-a-fox-in-the-hen-houseThe Western media has, likely now due to criminal culpability, kept completely silent on this story.  They have so supported the Obama administration throughout this debacle, that they should be charged with criminal intent to aid and abet in this outrageous affair.  Do you not think the American people should know about this, before their Congressmen decide to vote on the issue?  Do you believe that Congressmen would have even known about this in advance?

Fox News is one of only a few Western media outlets to pick up on this story (not a surprise).  The other brave outlets include:

  • Victoria, BC’s Times-Colonist newspaper!
  • the Macon Telegraph¬†(Beacon, Georgia paper)
  • the Cap Times (Madison, Wisconsin paper)
  • The Washington Examiner (Washington,. DC –¬†distributes its content via daily online reports and a weekly magazine only), with the unbelievable headline: “State [Department] ‘very comfortable’ with deal letting Iran inspect its own site”.¬† Are they on crack?
  • The Washington Times¬†(Washington, DC – readership of about 100,000)

In an embarrassing contrast:

  • The Washington Post¬†had an article on Iran as well – the visit of the China Philharmonic Orchestra to that totalitarian nation.¬† For some reason, though two of their city’s competitors picked up on the story right away, this mighty media outlet, which boasted in April that they had broken records with more than 52 million visitors the month before to their site, is completely silent on one of the most important issues of our time.¬† Why?¬† Because they are always regarded at Obama’s official mouthpieces
  • the New York Times, also was silent on the story.¬† In fact, the word “Iran” could not be found in a search of the first page of their site.¬† It’s most recent story on Iran?¬† Wall Street Journal Criticizes Iranian Media Accounts Maligning Its Reporter.¬† Wow, it actually takes effort to ignore a story this big about Iran and not look completely stupid.
  • Russian S-300 missile defence system, which Iran is signing a deal for next week with Moscow
    Russian S-300 missile defence system, which Iran is signing a deal for next week with Moscow

    CNN – also silent on the side inspection¬†agreement with Iran.¬† However, they carry a story that might be equally as scary:¬† “U.S. concerned about Russian arms sales to Iran”¬† What?¬† They do have $150 billion now to spend on whatever they want, thanks to the relaxing of sanctions.¬† The story states:

U.S. officials are concerned that Russia is moving ahead with plans to sell Iran a sophisticated missile defense system that could undercut Washington’s ability to challenge Tehran’s airspace.¬† The advanced S-300 air defense system would mean that U.S. or Israeli warplanes likely couldn’t sneak into Iranian airspace if they wanted to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. Bombing the S-300 radar and missiles first would give the Iranians a warning that an attack would be on the way. (emphasis ours)

So much for a military intervention, should Iran say “screw you” to the West and not sign this deal.¬† But the State Department is “very comfortable“, according to the Washington Examiner, ¬†with Iran doing its own inspections?¬† Oh, well then we have nothing to worry about, do we?¬† I mean, if I didn’t have a calendar, I’d swear it had to be April Fool’s Day.¬† This just CAN’T be happening.¬† And Americans aren’t stupid – they would see this for what it is, but they aren’t being told.¬†We must get the message out.

Coming back to the original story, there is speculation that Iran and Hamas may have been actually been negotiating to force Israel to give up their nukes as well without even consulting them, under the guise of Iran doing the same and creating a nuclear-free Middle East. ¬†One normally would wonder how something so simple in hindsight could go unnoticed (or more likely, be perpetually ignored) by the Western news media.¬† Now, one doesn’t wonder so much about that – it’s expected.

Israeli F-16i fighter jet, which could carry a nuclear missile as a deterrent, should Arab League forces invade Israel again
Israeli F-16i fighter jet, which could carry a nuclear missile as a deterrent, should Arab League forces invade Israel again

Israel is, with question, the mortal enemy of Iran, according to the last several Presidents of the Islamic state in a row. Therefore, ¬†it would be surprising – shocking actually – if one of the items on the table with the United States was not a forced disarmament by Israel as well. ¬†Iran would use the excuse that their nuclear ambitions, though clearly energy-related only (cough), also act as a deterrent against the “aggressive monster” (their words, not ours) Israel.¬† Yet, Israel has possibly held nuclear weapons for decades as a deterrent against a fourth massive invasion by Arabic troops in less than 70 years.¬† Their nuclear program is no threat to a peaceful Middle East.¬† Iran, however, is a different matter.

Most Middle East security expert believe it’s highly unlikely Iran will totally comply with the nuclear deal it has yet to be signed anyway. They have dragged their feet for weeks since announcing the deal, as has the United States. ¬†However, to force its mortal enemy Israel to disarm its only real deterrent against all-out Arab invasion¬†(being Israel’s ‘reported’ nuclear weapons) would bring together in one possible event the two greatest horrors of the 20th Century:

Holocaust and Hiroshima

A Star of David burns in flames during a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza in front of the Israeli embassy in Ankara December 28, 2008. Protesters demand from the Turkish government to end all kind of relations with Israeli government. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY) - RTR22VQC
A Star of David burns in flames during a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza in front of the Israeli embassy in Ankara December 28, 2008. Protesters demand from the Turkish government to end all kind of relations with Israeli government. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY) – RTR22VQC

This would be the greatest blow to Israel that they have ever witnessed.¬† From a public relations standpoint alone, Iran, the United States and the United Nations have all ¬†never possessed a more ugly anti-Semitic mood then¬†they have right now.¬† But Israel’s Prime Minister was to shut up about this?¬† We were all supposed to go along with the “this is the best deal we could get” bulls–t?”

This is how I predict it will fly, and it will fly quickly. ¬†Obama is certainly no “friend to Israel” as he likes to state. ¬†He¬†makes statements that he’s “the closest thing to a Jew”¬†ever in the White House – then he made sure that remained true by snubbing¬†the¬†actually-elected¬†Jewish leader, the Prime Minister of Israel, in his joint session to Congress earlier in the year.

A quick footnote: ¬† Benjamin Netanyahu did not just appear and speak in the United States of his own volition. ¬†He¬†was officially invited by the Congress of the United States of America – “Republican-controlled” or otherwise – and protocol and social skills would normally dictate that you put up, shut up and show up – if for no other reason than to legitimize your criticism later.¬† But no, Obama hid in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue like the sewer rat that he is, waiting for the “Jewish¬†interloper” (not his exact words of course, but the actions speak louder than the words in this scenario) to get back on a plane headed for Jerusalem. ¬†Embarrassing. ¬†Pathetic. Shameful. ¬†Rude. ¬†Arrogant. Jackass of the Year.¬† Now, it seems, we can add¬†TRAITOROUS to this list of Obama adjectives as well.

This is the real Obama. ¬†Not ¬†the “Yes We Can” crap¬†of his first term. ¬†The mask is off, the sleeves are rolled up – and the most socialistic, anti-Israel, anti-American President¬†of the United States in history… is¬†finally¬†really getting to work. ¬†And U.S. authorities ought to be storming the White House tonight, arresting the bastard, and give him either life without parole or the electric chair for this crime against the United States, or crimes against humanity.

Barack Hussein (sniff) Obama¬†has done more damage to America in 6 years than the first 44 Presidents combined die…in the last 233 years before that.¬† It’s time to get your heads out of the sand – I know you want to believe that an American President couldn’t do this stuff, but regardless, HE IS.¬† It’s time to rise up and remove him from power before it’s too late.¬†

If it’s not already too late.

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ISIS Rockets Launched at Israel

by Calling Out Community, posted July 5, 2015

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A new front in the global War on Terror has been opened recently by ISIS-connected terrorists in Egypt – which is both grounds for considerable concern, and may be very short-lived, as they seem hell-bent on taking on far too many powerful enemies at once. According to the BBC, this relative newcomer in the global War on Terror has been flexing its muscles of late, rather stupidly I might add.

Just to get you caught up, a January 30, 2015 BBC article on this new relatively new group states:

Sinai Province was previously called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem), but announced a name change in November 2014 when it pledged allegiance to IS, the militant organisation that had made rapid advances in Iraq and Syria. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis was an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that started its operations immediately after the January 2011 uprising that led to the fall of Egypt’s long-running ruler Hosni Mubarak. The group was initially known for launching attacks on Israeli targets and interests.

Completely confused? They seem to be as well, for since February 1 they have carried out targeted attacks in Egypt, igniting the Egyptian (and predominantly-Muslim) people and armed forces to rout and destroy them entirely. Egyptian air strikes just this past week have seriously harmed this ISIS-related group, killing 25 fighters and destroying weapons supplies, according to reports by the Al Jazeera news network.

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Now, it seems they are trying to provoke Israel as well, claiming to have launched 3 rockets at “occupied Palestine” on July 3, all of which fell far short in the Negev desert. And don’t be deceived – the rocket isn’t going to distinguish between an Israeli or a Palestinian when it lands.

Meaning? ISIS isn’t riled up over Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinians – they couldn’t carry less if they wipe out both groups, just so long as they are the dominant player left standing. This should be of particular concern to the Palestinians, who will depend on their greatest enemy (Israel, in their eyes) to have the grace to become their greatest defender.

Now let’s do a little War on Terror math for a moment, shall we:

Egyptian F-16 refuels

Egypt’s armed forces – the largest in the Middle East and Africa – 468,000 active personnel and 1 million reservists, plus 4,600 tanks, and 1107 fighter jets. 18th most powerful army in the world

Israeli F15i Ra'am
Israeli F15i Ra’am

Israel’s armed forces168,000 active personnel, 450,000 reservists, and another 2.5 million trained personnel that could be called up (as every 18 year old must serve some time and be trained) . Plus 4,100 tanks and 680 fighter jets. 11th most powerful army in the world


Sinai Province Fighters
only 1,000 to 2,000 fighters, according to Egyptian experts

Sinai Province fighter on his transport of choice
Sinai Province fighter on his transport of choice

Ummm, just based on the math, this should be over in weeks. But we know these groups don’t just wither away – they gain strength if not properly dealt with (ie. they must be annihilated)

How ironic that they would intentionally awaken the two great armies of the Middle East in a common cause. Yet, despite all this recent activity, you won’t find much word of it in our Western press. Why? What if Israel and Egypt joined forces against ISIS? How would the dumbocrats and other left-wing loonies explain THAT to their kids? Aren’t Arabs and Jews supposed to hate each other?

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How quickly these dimwits would like to forget the 1979 Egyptian‚ÄďIsraeli Peace Treaty, mediated by US president Jimmy Carter. Full diplomatic relations were established on February 26, 1980. Egypt has an embassy in Tel Aviv and a consulate in Eilat. Israel has an embassy in Cairo and a consulate in Alexandria. It’s been one of the only consistent peaceful regions in the Middle East – for over 35 years. Even the Muslim Brotherhood stated in 2012 that it supported the treaty.

I do not remotely wish that the citizens of Israel or Egypt be attacked or even threatened any further in any way by ISIS forces in Egypt. However, I do admit some strong desire to see these two mighty neighbours work together to defeat a common enemy. That may be

Egyptian and Israeli flags flying together
Egyptian and Israeli flags flying together

pie-in-the-sky officially, but to be sure if ISIS continues its stupid assaults on these two nations, whether in a united front or individually, these terrorist goons will be sent to their desired martyrdom in a hurry, and I’m glad for it.

Thanks be to God for the miraculous victories of Israel’s past and the peace between these two great nations. Pray that this sanity and peace will continue over the region, even if it must be maintained with an iron fist by one or (preferably both) countries. Egypt and Israel look very good side by side.

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Boycott Israel? Only Palestinians Suffer

by Calling Out Community, Posted June 1, 2015

Palestinian children hold up red cards during a protest during the arrival of FIFA president Blatter to his Jerusalem hotel on May 19. (Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad)
Palestinian children hold up red cards during a protest during the arrival of FIFA president Blatter to his Jerusalem hotel on May 19. (Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad)

This week’s nonsensical bid by the Palestinians to ban Israel from FIFA – the world soccer body – once again highlights how tired and short-sighted the¬†Palestinian Authority¬†really is.

Fortunately, at the midnight hour, just before the vote on their request would have taken place at the FIFA General Assembly, the Palestinians Eregained their senses and withdrew the request.
Regardless, this stupid policy continues in step¬†with the Palestinians’ constant push worldwide to ‚Äúboycott, divest and sanction‚ÄĚ (BDS) Israel, which (according to an excellent article by Carrie Sheffield in¬†Forbes magazine) has had “limited impact on the credit profile of Israel, yet it directly harms its intended beneficiaries, the Palestinians“.

This BDS movement has been propogated by left-wing lunatics at universities, left-of-centre political parties, unions, and even some mainline Christian denominations (to the chagrin of many congregants), such as:

  • Several¬†University of Bradford professors¬†first devised the¬†idea of an academic boycott against Israel in England, in 2012¬†open letter¬†(British academic boycott of Israel gathers pace, The Guardian,¬†12 December 2002)
  • On 22 April 2005, the Council of Association of University Teachers (AUT) in Britain voted to boycott two Israeli universities: University of Haifa and Bar-Ilan University. ¬†Jewish¬†members complained the¬†vote was intentionally¬†held on Jewish Passover,¬†keeping them from voting
  • The¬†boycott movement in North America took off with a fury¬†in 2007, when nearly 300 university presidents across the United States signed a join statement supporting¬†the boycott movement.
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted on¬†a proposal to ban Israeli academics from teaching at Ontario Universities.¬†(Ontario union calls for ban on Israeli professors, National Post, 5 January 2009). ¬†The whole thing was bizarre –¬†CUPE members include20,000 University staff, but¬†not one Faculty member who actually made this type of a¬†decision.
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    The Presbyterian Church USA votes on June 23, 2014 to boycott Israel – and to support same-sex marriage.

    A joint open letter, entitled “Israel Must Lose“, was written by a group of academics and¬†published in The Guardian on 16 January 2009, suggesting for the first time that¬†there should be a¬†program of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (the BDS movement)

  • Australia also stepped into the fray, with President of the University of Western Sydney‚Äôs Student Association, Jacob Carswell-Doherty, stating: ‚ÄúWe have no interest in hearing the Israeli viewpoint. Our agenda is to persuade the university administration to implement the terms of the boycott.‚ÄĚ
  • In May 2013, famed physicist¬†Stephen Hawking joined the academic boycott of Israel by reversing his decision to participate in the Jerusalem-based Israeli Presidential Conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Yet, these BDS types ignore economic reality, and feed the disturbing rise of violent anti-Semitism across Europe.  Kristin Lindow, senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service and Moody’s lead analyst for Israel, stated in April 2015:

‚ÄúThe impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy.¬†That said, the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy, which is much smaller and poorer than that of Israel, as seen in the case of SodaStream.‚ÄĚ

Palestinians and Israelis work at the SodaStream factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial park, February 2, 2014. (Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Palestinians and Israelis work at the SodaStream factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial park, February 2, 2014. (Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

SodaStream is an Israeli company that manufactures DIY carbonated beverage machines and flavoured syrups Рwhich can be purchased at Bath, Bed and Beyond and other North American stores.  The company recently shut down a West Bank factory and moved it to southern Israel, cutting hundreds of jobs for Palestinians that reportedly paid between three and five times the average local wage.

SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum denied the move was BDS-related, but its profits tanked after BDS activists locked the carbonated soda maker in their crosshairs:

‚ÄúIt has nothing to do with politics; we‚Äôre relocating to a modern facility that is three times the size,‚ÄĚ Birnbaum told The Independent. ‚ÄúBut if it was up to me, I would have stayed. We showed the world Arabs and Jews can work together”. (emphasis ours)

Israel and Palestinian flags fly side by side
Israel and Palestinian flags fly side by side

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • Israel, with a population of¬†8.06 million,¬†has a GDP of $291 billion (2013) ($36,104/person).
  • The Palestinian Territories, with 55% of Israel’s population (about 4.4¬†million) has only¬†3.8% of Israel’s GDP – at $11.3 billion ($2,568/person)¬†

Oh, but that’s¬†because Israel keeps the downtrodden Palestinians poor and destitute under their iron rule, you may say.¬†¬†Let’s break¬†past the myths – According to the Bank of Israel:

Israeli‚ÄďPalestinian trade is significant for the Palestinian economy. Palestinian purchases from Israel account for about two-thirds of total Palestinian imports and Palestinian sales to Israel account for about 81 percent of total Palestinian exports. In contrast, trade with the Palestinian Authority is equivalent to only a small percentage of Israeli foreign trade. ¬†The reported sales of goods and services from Israel to the Palestinian Authority generated total value added of about NIS (New Israeli Shekel) 6‚Äď9 billion (about $4.3 billion) for the Israeli economy in 2012 (0.8‚Äď1.2 percent of business sector product).

The Balance of Trade in Palestine is reported by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, whose numbers seem to be even more telling than¬†the Bank of Israel’s assessment:

Palestine mainly imports oil, food, vegetables, machinery, metals, vehicles, chemicals, livestock, beverages and salt. Palestine’s main trading partner is Israel (accounting for around 74 percent of total trade). Other trading partners include China, Turkey, Germany, Italy and France. ¬†The results indicated that 87.5% of exports were exported to Israel.

Arab League countries do very little trade with Palestinians - is it any wonder, when Palestine badmouths its largest trading partner so brutally in the press?
Arab League countries do very little trade with Palestinians – is it any wonder, when Palestine badmouths its largest trading partner so brutally in the press?

Full stop. ¬†Read that list of trading partners again. ¬†For the bluster and vocal support that militant Islamic countries have for Palestinians and against Israelis, it doesn’t seem to translate into dollars spent out of the oil-soaked wallets. ¬†In other words, they like to propogate the story that¬†the Palestinians are all poor, pathetic victims of the big bad Israel, and use them as pawns in their media campaign against Israel. ¬†However, they wouldn’t actually be caught dead doing trade with the Palestinians. ¬†Get real, they have international reputations to uphold, don’t you know?

These numbers also tell another story that¬†the loonie left in the Western media and all these pinko academics and union leaders¬†in the “Boycott Israel”¬†movement¬†don’t and won’t tell you – in 2012, Palestinian sales to Israel accounted for about 87.5%¬†of Palestinian exports, but only¬†about 1% of Israeli GDP.¬† Translation? ¬†If Israel stopped buying from Palestinians today, Palestinians would all be starving to death tomorrow – and it would have zero impact on Israel’s bottom line. ¬†

Jews and Arabs shopping at the Rami Levy supermarket in Gush Etzion. (Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Jews and Arabs shopping at the Rami Levy supermarket in Gush Etzion. (Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

But perhaps you missed the most outrageous hypocrisy, completely evident in their own published numbers. ¬†It’s something the Palestinian¬†Authority¬†wouldn’t dream of highlighting¬†in the¬†Boycott Israel press conferences¬†–¬†yet their own Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)¬†reports that¬†Palestinian imports from Israel accounted for 2/3 of their total worldwide imports, and 27% of the Palestinian GDP.

I’m sorry, say that again? ¬†Are these not the same people who are the poster children for Boycott Israel?¬† Can someone explain to me why they rely on Israel to buy their stuff, which even their militant Islamic friends won’t do, AND they make the great majority (2/3) of ¬†their own purchases from Israel?

Now, you aren’t going to see any of this¬†mentioned in the New York Times or on CNN. ¬†Why? ¬†Because this “truth” nonsense blows holes in their image of Israel as the schoolyard bully, beating up Palestinians for their milk money. ¬†In fact, Israel not only gives them their milk money (and up to 5 times more of it than Palestinian companies pay to their own citizens for equivalent work) but then Israel sells them the milk too! ¬†

Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces
Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces

Palestine supporters argue that Israel puts restrictions on what they can purchase and from what countries. ¬†Really? Because somehow they were able to purchase 10,000 rockets from other countries in the last decade, that Hamas then launched on Israeli towns and cities. ¬†If they can buy rockets from their neighbours, surely milk, eggs and bread¬†shouldn’t be that difficult!

Sometimes, leftwing lunatics just can’t handle the truth. ¬†You’ll never hear them say this, so let me speak on their (unapproved, I’m sure) behalf: Palestine needs Israel, period.¬†And at the same time,¬†Israel does not need Palestine, period. ¬†Yet the BDS crowd would impair economic ties between these areas, when clearly the only loser in this scenario would be the Palestinian people.

Forbes magazine also points out that there is ¬†“evidence that trade between peoples lessens outbreak of war”. ¬†Palestine could use a lot less war¬†– and they could also use jobs. ¬†Their own Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)¬†again reports that: “the unemployment rate decreased from 29.3% in the 1st quarter 2014 to 28.9% in the 2nd quarter 2014.”

28.9%¬†general¬†unemployment! ¬†The¬†PCBS also reported that¬†the number¬†of Palestinians employed in Israel and Israeli settlements was about 109,400¬†(27.6’% of their total workforce)¬†in the 2nd quarter 2014. ¬†So they have an incredibly high unemployment rate, a good percentage of their total workforce works for Israeli companies – and they want to boycott these same companies, while still selling the majority of their goods to Israel, and buying the majority of their daily needs from Israel, as their #1 trading partner? ¬†What rubbish.

Thousands of Palestinians work for Israeli owned farms, and tens of thousands more in Israeli factories - at up to 5 times the average Palestinian wage. (Credit: Outside industrial parks in the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians work for Israeli-owned farms. (Credit: Rina Castelnuovo/The New York Times)
Thousands of Palestinians work for Israeli owned farms, and tens of thousands more in Israeli factories – at up to 5 times the average Palestinian wage. (Credit: Outside industrial parks in the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians work for Israeli-owned farms. (Credit: Rina Castelnuovo/The New York Times)

In fact, the New York Times reported on February 21, 2014 that:

There are [16]¬†…industrial zones…in territory Israel seized in the 1967 war. They have about 1,000 plants ‚ÄĒ sophisticated aluminum and food manufacturers as well as tiny textile and furniture workshops ‚ÄĒ that pump roughly $300 million into the Palestinian economy through salaries.

These are Israeli factories that were built specifically near Palestinian territories, so that they could hire Palestinians. Yes, but at slave-labour rates, some may sniff.  Nope.  Despite overheated BDS rhetoric about exploitation, last year the Palestinian Authority’s official newspaper hailed working conditions for Palestinians employed by Israelis in West Bank settlements. It also scolded Palestinians hiring other Palestinians for low wages with no benefits.  In fact, the September 21 Al-Hayat Al-Jadida article, translated by Palestinian Media Watch, said that:

‚Äúwhenever Palestinian workers have the opportunity to work for Israeli employers, they are quick to quit their jobs with their Palestinian employers ‚Äď for reasons having to do with salaries and other rights.‚ÄĚ

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Obama – in “happier” times. (Credit: Reuters)

What? ¬†They would leave the homeland and work for their brutal oppressors? ¬†Does this seem logical? It is, when you realize that the real logic isn’t shown¬†in Western media reports. ¬†We instead see¬†groups like¬†the American Library Association, along with the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church, who continue to foster¬†this misguided Holy War against Israel. Throw in White House and congressional Democrats who (against the will of most Americans) ungraciously¬†snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his U.S. visit recently. And a nuclear Iran, a regime vowing ethnic cleansing against Jews, grows more likely each day as Secretary of State John Kerry dithers.

Through all this, Israel grows increasingly vulnerable, even as it continues to economically bolster Palestine. Israel invests heavily in Palestine; the rest of the world doesn’t bother.  And the Palestinian Authority continues over and over again to intentionally bite the hand that feeds it.

The night the lights went out in Gaza - for 45 minutes. (Credit: Elia Ghorbieh)
The night the lights went out in Gaza – for 45 minutes. (Credit: Elia Ghorbieh)

Are the¬†Palestinian people¬†so hard done by? ¬†The Western media wants us to think so, with dramatic¬†headlines like those on¬†February 24, 2015 that screamed:¬†“Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter“.

Yep, it was true.  Why?  According to the spokesman for the Israel Electric Corp.:

The Palestinian Authority owes the IEC ‚ÄĒ meaning the paying consumers ‚ÄĒ nearly 2 billion Israeli shekels [about $500 million]. ¬†A year has passed since I said this last and nothing has changed. Starting today, we will begin restricting electricity.‚ÄĚ (emphasis ours)

This was one of the asinine Palestinian Authority targets for the Boycott Israel campaign – “let’s just not pay our power bills”, they told the people. ¬†By the way, the power company turned out the lights for a grand total of…¬†45 minutes.¬† It’s doubtful their houses would have even cooled down in that much time, unless they kept all the windows open.

How draconian of Israel, when they were only owed $500 million for a year.  Let the Palestinian Authority freeze in the dark, I say.  Pay your bills or shut the hell up.  Better yet, maybe the Palestinian people would be wise to get rid of the idiots that told you to do this in the first place.

Palestinian terrorist talking on his sold-in-Israel cell phone.
Palestinian terrorist talking on a cell phone.

The real story?  The 2013 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) Report stated:

  • The percentage of households with a satellite dish in Palestine was 95.0%: 96.6% in the West Bank and 92.1% in Gaza Strip in 2012, compared with 92.0% in 2009. ¬†That doesn’t say “poverty” to me.
  • 40.0% of households in Palestine had a fixed telephone line: 42.7% in the West Bank and 34.8% in Gaza Strip. ¬†Some media outlets report¬†this to be a¬†sign¬†of poverty. ¬†Yet the¬†International Telecommunication Union (ITU) states that in the developed world, the number of homes with a landline had decreased below¬†50% by 2007. ¬†Why? ¬†Everyone is getting a cell phone!
  • On that note –¬†95.7% of households in Palestine owned a mobile phone in 2012: 96.2% in the West Bank and 94.7% in Gaza Strip. ¬†Stats Canada¬†reported that¬†in¬†2013, only 83% of Canadian households had an active cell phone, up from¬†78% in¬†2010. ¬†In the U.S., the Pew Research Center noted that¬†90% of American adults own¬†a cell phone.

The next time you think you are supporting Palestinians (and hurting Israelis) by boycotting Israeli companies and products, think again. ¬†You are doing true harm to those you think you are helping, and you are aiding and abedding in the Palestinian Authority’s continued harming of their own citizens with this nonsensical policy¬†of slitting their own economic wrists. ¬†No¬†wonder no one wants to be a serious trading partner with them, unless considering for humanitarian reasons.

Time for less rhetoric and more reality. Palestinians need jobs, and a secure government that doesn’t lead them straight to the gates of Hell itself. ¬†Israelis offer them jobs and peace and security. ¬†Palestinians need people to buy their products – Israel does that. ¬†Israel also sells them all the things they need to survive, including their cell phones and satellite dishes. ¬†They even give them a year to pay¬†their power bills.

UPC code from products made in Israel - all start with 729 code
UPC code from products made in Israel – all start with 729 code

Enough is enough. ¬†If you agree with me, stop supporting terrorist activities and campaigns – buy¬†“Made in Israel” products¬†today. ¬†Look for a UPC code that begins with the numbers 729 as shown, or check out these sites:

http://www.madein-israel.com/

http://www.israeliproducts.com/

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The Pope and Palestine: Abbas Is An “Angel”?

I’m not sure exactly the Palestinians thought they were actually going to gain by using the Pope’s name to shill fo


Let me start off by saying I am not a Catholic, either practising or backslidden (and how does one exactly “practise” being a Christian – does THAT “make perfect”? I don’t think so). I did attend a Catholic elementary for Grade 2 only, and that was only a geographic issue for my parents – they wanted me to attend a school close to our temporary home while my Dad built a new one across town. ¬†Also thought the nuns would be good for me.

Chick Publications helped to keep me suspicious of Catholics for decades.
Chick Publications helped to keep me suspicious of Catholics for decades.

I was summarily raised (very proudly, I must say) a right-wing, evangelical, born-again, Protestant believer in Christ. In fact, as a youth, I was so Protestant that I was taught that Catholics were wrong on the worship of Mary and the saints – and thanks to the power of groups like Chick Tracts, I believed they were even part of an evil empire used by the Devil to deceive the true Church. I attended 5 years of Protestant Bible college, graduating with honours with two Bachelor degrees, and that belief system carried through my 20s and early 30s.

Now, nearly 50 years old, I have become a bit less narrow-minded. And I’m so glad, or I would have missed out on seeing the hand of God truly evident in the lives of two different Catholic popes. Yes, you read that right – I am a fervent, well-educated evangelical Protestant who is so proud of the life and Christian testimony of two of the Catholic Church’s great heroes of the faith – men that I truly believe are as much “born again” Christians (of the heart and not just the head) as I am myself.

Pope John Paul II in Canada, 1984
Pope John Paul II in Canada, 1984

Pope John Paul II was a man so in love with Jesus, his messages set the whole world on fire. And the people responded to him. Canadians will never forget the dramatic moment in 1995, as this 75-year old man drove into the packed Skydome stadium in Toronto in his Popemobile, how he was welcomed by over 70,000 teenagers like a rock star on world tour. The roaring standing ovation of the crowd lasted over 20 minutes and could be heard several miles away.

Crossing_the_ThresholdUnder this gentle man’s leadership, Catholics worldwide took up the battle against abortion and painted it the murderous Holocaust of a selfish, godless society that it truly is. This man encouraged Christian believers of every denomination to become one Church of Jesus Christ again. His book Crossing the Threshold of Faith is used today in Protestant seminaries as one the most beautiful arguments for the Christian faith ever written.

It also made him the first Pope to write a #1 worldwide bestseller, selling 1 million copies in Italy alone. In fact, John Paul is the most prolific writers for Christ in history, with more copies of his books in print than any other Christian author since the writers of the New Testament themselves

2012_Christ_in_Christmas_resizedThis man of God and his worldwide following of Catholic believers also brought Jesus back with a triumphant bang into our Christmas and Easter celebrations. I will be forever grateful when I see the giant “Keep Christ in Christmas” signs that the Knights of Columbus put up everywhere.

23e68c6514It was absolutely fitting then that the entire world, Catholics, Protestants and otherwise, went into deep mourning at his death. His funeral was¬†the single largest gathering in history of heads of state outside of the United Nations, surpassing even the state funeral of the great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1965). ¬†Four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers, and more than 14 leaders of other religions attended, mourning alongside the largest single gathering of Christians in world history¬†–¬†more than 4 million mourners gathering in Rome alone.

Now, another man of God has come to lead this massive church of nearly 1 billion Christian believers around the world – Pope Francis. At first, he seemed quirky – driving an old car around, moving out of the Papal Palace into a smaller apartment – even driving an old car at times, rather than using his Popemobile.

140525072900-01-pope-west-bank-0525-horizontal-large-gallerySo it was understandable when media outlets jumped earlier in May 2015 on the news that this Pope, after meeting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called him an ‚Äúangel of peace‚ÄĚ. ¬†I thought to myself – “oh no, this guy isn’t going down THAT road of being anti-Israel, is he? ¬†God, please don’t let this be true. He had so much positive influence and this would be such a negative on him”. ¬†I personally could not stomach it.

Thank God, it was the media in error and not this man. In fact, when one studies the actual video of the meeting between the two men, it is clear that the Pope less dramatically expressed the hope that the PA leader would become an angel of peace! ¬†He said he “could be” an angel of peace. ¬†That’s not the same thing as saying he WAS one at all. ¬†Any one of us could be. ¬†And, after all, Pope¬†Francis present Abbas, a Muslim supporting radical Islamic terrorism, with a medallion full of Christian symbolism – an angel of peace destroying the evil spirit of war. ¬†Ouch, that’s more a slap in the face than anything, I would think.

For the next two days, despite unequivocal reporting by three of the world‚Äôs most prominent news agencies that the pope called Abbas an ‚Äúangel of peace,‚ÄĚ and despite Italian newspaper La Stampa‚Äôs equally unequivocal report that Francis merely expressed the hope that Abbas would become such an angel, the Vatican‚Äôs own website and news agency said nothing.

indexThe Vatican‚Äôs chief spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, who was present when the pope hosted Abbas in the Apostolic Palace‚Äôs papal apartment, told The Times of Israel that he ‚Äúdid not hear the exact words spoken.‚ÄĚ This, Lombardi elaborated, was ‚Äúbecause they were said in a very colloquial manner between the pope and the Palestinian president, who were in close proximity to one another.‚ÄĚ

I say “fair enough”. ¬†This wasn’t politics at all, and I’m disgusted by the media’s attempts to blacken the Catholic Church with controversy it neither earned nor deserved. ¬†I was also overjoyed when I saw the breaking news headlines, posted by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) on May 19, which states quite bluntly:

¬†Pope Francis meant no offence to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being “an angel of peace” and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Francis met Abbas at the Vatican on Saturday and used the words as he presented the Palestinian president with a large bronze medallion representing the angel of peace, one of his customary gifts to visiting presidents.

toon130316Sorry Hamas, if you were looking for a Catholic mouthpiece to either pat you on the back, or praise your leader, think again. ¬†Pope Francis is a socialist, and there are things about his philosophy that I don’t agree with it.and

But he’s also a good and honourable man, and a Christian. ¬†He would never agree that terrorism is the answer, nor would he believe that bad-mouthing Israel was the best policy for the head of the Church’s largest visible body.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted May 19, 2015.  Updated July 18, 2016.

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Israel’s Right To Might?

Israel has been, and seemingly will endlessly continue to be, criticized and attacked in the media for at times using its military might to enforce its borders, protect its people and ensure the continued peace throughout the Middle East.  But the Liberal agenda seeks to discredit and destroy their credibility, reputation Рand of course, some wishing to destroy Israel herself.  We believe Israel has a right to might.  But does She really?


Germany‚Äôs most widely-read broadsheet daily ‚ÄúS√ľddeutsche Zeitung‚ÄĚ published this cartoon depicting Israel as Moloch. (Credit:¬†S√ľddeutsche Zeitung)
On July 13, 2013, the S√ľddeutsche Zeitung or¬†South German Daily,¬†the most-read daily broadsheet in Germany (2014 circulation:¬†418,000), published¬†a review of the 2012 book by¬†Peter Beinart,¬†The Crisis of Zionism. Beinart, a¬†liberal Jewish professor and journalist known for his critical stance on Israel‚Äôs treatment of Palestinians, once called in the New York Times for a boycott on Israeli settlement products and warned that Israel‚Äôs polices in regards to the Palestinians were creating an ever-growing rift between the US‚Äôs liberal Jewish community and Israel. ¬†Did your eyes glaze over before you finished that last sentence? ¬†So did ours.

Though the book review (and the book itself) are classic examples of “left-wing loonie” puffery,¬†the German daily newspaper went one disastrous step too far (and drew¬†almost unanimous worldwide outrage against the paper) when it published¬†an accompanying cartoon that depicted Israel as a hungry monster, in bed with his knife and fork, waiting to be served by a buxom German girl. ¬†Printed below the¬†cartoon was¬†the following caption (translated from German):

Germany is serving. For decades now, Israel has been given weapons, and partly free of charge. Israel’s enemies think it is a ravenous Moloch. Peter Beinart deplores this situation.

An 18th-century German illustration of Moloch (“Der G√∂tze Moloch” i.e. The Idol Moloch). (Credit: Public Domain via Wikipedia)

Moloch¬†(also known as¬†Molech in the King James Version,¬†or Molek in the New International Version of the Bible)¬†is the name of an ancient Ammonite god, whose worship was practiced by Canaanites, Phoenicians and related cultures in North Africa. ¬†Leviticius 18:21, 20:2-5; 2¬†Kings 23:10¬†and¬†Jeremiah 32:35¬† warned Israel that they must not¬†“let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech/Molek”. ¬†Yes dear reader, it seems that Molech/Moloch/Molek worship involved sacrificing children by throwing them in a¬†fire.

The world was suitably and rightfully outraged at the reference toward Israel – the cartoon looked and smelled like 1940s antiSemitic Nazi propaganda – and this was¬†a German broadsheet after all. ¬†After the firestorm had subsided,¬†the paper begrudgingly issued an¬†“apology”. ¬†We assume begrudgingly because they didn’t do it until July 4, over 2 weeks later (and to be sure, they first laughed all¬†the way¬†to the bank with the amazing sales receipts from this issue). ¬†We also assume it was an¬†“apology”, but¬†it didn’t actually sound like one:

Readers found the illustration of a Moloch with horns waiting for breakfast in bed as anti-Semitic. The S√ľddeutsche Zeitung added that it regrets the misunderstandings surrounding the publication of the cartoon and it was a mistake to have published the drawing in this context.

Please note, dear reader, that the broadsheet isn’t responsible for what they said. ¬†No no, dumb-dumbs, this is all your fault. ¬†You are apparently responsible for misinterpreting what they depicted and stated, even though the cartoon was pretty clear and¬†in¬†full color. ¬†There were even some words with the pictures that the few literate amongst the unwashed masses must have misconstrued too – you are even bigger¬†DUMB-DUMBS. ¬†Of course, the paper doesn’t develop any further how the “misunderstandings” could have become so universally accepted – to the point where we all shared a momentary global psychosis. ¬†Apparently, there are a LOT of¬†dumb-dumbs out there. ¬†Thank God the liberal media is here to help set us dumb-dumbs straight.

This cartoon was taking a swipe at the¬†German government for their various weapons sales to the “child-sacrificing Moloch”, Israel. ¬†To be sure, most of the¬†western democracies, including the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and India¬†all¬†sell weapons to the Israeli army, and the western media is dumb-founded by it. ¬†These are monsters, after all, are they not? ¬†Are we not¬†aiding and abetting criminals in the Middle East? ¬†¬†Is Israel not in fact this¬†“ravenous Moloch” that the cartoon depicted? ¬†Are we so upset about it, because deep down we feel guilty about supporting them this way?

Cartoon published with a nonsensical, one-sided and inaccurate story about the execution of Egyptian prisoners in both the 1956 and 1967 Israeli-Egyptian wars. Photo Credit: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Cartoon published with a nonsensical, one-sided and inaccurate story about the execution of Egyptian prisoners in both the 1956 and 1967 Israeli-Egyptian wars. Photo Credit: left-leaning Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

We are after all constantly bombarded with videos and photos¬†of burned-out hospitals; modern Israeli tanks aiming their barrels at teenage Palestinian boys throwing stones; Israeli soldiers portrayed as cruel, evil tyrants: and body bags, body bags, body bags. ¬†They could be filled with rocks, but they are everywhere in Israel. ¬†The world sees these images, shakes their collective, ill-informed (thanks to the Western/liberal media) heads, and clucks their¬†motherly tongues – as well-coiffed, well-heeled, and overpaid news anchors (who lately can’t seem to tell the truth about their own lives, not to mention someone else’s (cough – Brian Williams – cough) spit out vitriolic filth about Israel with such poise and grace, you just have to believe it’s true.

They clearly choose to innocently see only one side of the equation? ¬†Not a chance. ¬†These are not stupid people – they are all well-educated. ¬†Possibly that’s the problem – too well-educated, in western Universities that preach the same slanderous garbage. ¬†And the circle of journalistic life continues.¬† Let us be clear – these attacks on Israel by the western media are¬†an intentional public relations smear campaign against the government and people of Israel by an anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, anti-Zionistic liberal media. ¬†Period.

At this point in this posting, we believe¬†it’s important to clearly spell out the position of Calling Out Community on this subject. ¬†Israel has every right to exist in the body of nations. It has every right to defend it’s people against enemy aggression, no matter what form that aggression takes. It has every right to ensure the stability of the region around it¬†whenever possible, for reasons of self-preservation and national defense (as long as that does not mean needless aggression itself). ¬†It does not need permission from any national or international body for the protection of its own people against hostile forces either inside or outside its geographic borders.¬†¬†Period.

Our society has become soft, spoiled¬†–¬†a weak silhouette of¬†the generation that saw us through to victory in World War II. ¬†Without question, that previous generation saw things from a very different worldview, including their own individual and national¬†positions¬†in that world.¬†¬†While they were every bit as sensitive, self-actualizing and loving of their fellow man as we are today (and even arguably more so than we today), they also had the stomach to handle significant national and international events, no matter how tragic, without the pitiful hand-wringing, second-guessing and beating of the chests that we see today. ¬†It was their fiery resolve, and their gaze firmly affixed on the goal of absolute victory in World War II, for example, no matter what the cost, that led them through to that final¬†outcome. ¬†Let’s take a look at one such event, and how it was interpreted at that time. ¬†Perhaps from this, we can smell out some of the media bias today, and react accordingly.

Zwinger park and memorial photochrome print around 1895. Credit: Detroit Publishing Co. / Adam Cuerden)

No other¬†Allied military operation during World War II¬†was as controversial or contentious as the one conducted on the¬†“Florence on¬†the Elbe” (Elbflorenz)¬†– the city of¬†Dresden, Germany. ¬†Dresden was over 700 years old, having been a major player¬†in¬†the Holy Roman Empire (a vast network of over 300 territories that covered all of modern-day Germany, Italy, parts of Russia and beyond) for centuries as the capital of Saxony, one of the Empire’s major realms. ¬†Dresden was also home to¬†the Electors of the Holy Roman Empire –¬†who would meet together and choose¬†which¬†Emperor ruled next after the last one had died –¬†much like the College of Cardinals does with the Pope today.

Dresden was, for all intents and purposes, the very heart of the¬†Holy Roman Empire, the¬†“First Reich” (or First Empire/Government) which lasted for over 1,000 years – when Charlemagne was crowned its first Emperor in A.D. 800, the Empire’s defeat by¬†Napoleon in 1806, and its resulting dissolution. ¬†The French then created the new Kingdom of Saxony, with¬†Dresden as¬†its¬†royal capital city – a status it held through to the end of the “Second Reich“, the¬†German Empire – created in 1871 by the reunification of Germany and dissolved after the Second Reich’s defeat in 1918 at the end of World War I.

The Semperoper opera house at night in Dresden, restored today to its original glory. Photo Credit: Helen Dittrich.

After that period, Dresden continued to live in peace and prosperity – a fantastic city filled¬†with many cultural and artistic wonders¬†–¬†at the heart of which¬†was the 400-year old Residenzschloss (Royal Palace); the beautiful¬†Zwinger (“fortification” in German) royal gardens; and the¬†glorious¬†Semperoper opera house, arguably the most beautiful in Europe, where works by composers Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss were once introduced to the rest of the world. ¬†In fact, so beautiful was the city, and particularly it’s royal central core, that¬†it became known as the “Jewel Box”. ¬†The Introduction to the¬†Constitutional Charter of the kingdom of Saxony (1831) described Dresden¬†as¬†a “cheerful capital [which] offers many attractions to those who prefer¬†modern¬†enjoyments…the excesses of luxury and the unceasing and unavoidable dissipations of the metropolitan cities of greater empires.”

Now, you could be forgiven for not being aware of the¬†cultural and architectural wonders¬†of Dresden, or¬†the powerful influence that it held to European history for over 700 years. ¬†Perhaps you even asked yourself why you didn’t seem to know much about the city at all? ¬†The answer is simple, dear readers –¬†because on the nights of February 12-15, 1945, the history of Dresden was rewritten forever.

Late in 1944 and early into 1945, the city of Dresden had swelled to nearly 1.2 million residents, as a flood of nearly 600,00 refugees were escaping the advancing Red Army (only 60 miles away to the East) with stories of unbelievable atrocities committed by the Russians on ordinary Germans.  This was the same Russia, you will recall, that had lost nearly 25 million citizens at the hands of the Nazis when it invaded Russia in 1941.

The city centre of Dresden after the bombing – so completely destroyed, it resembled the surface of the moon. (Credit: Unknown)

As the city slept the night of February 12, 1945,  722 British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers, as well as 527 from the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), began to drop what later totalled over 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city of Dresden Рnearly 700,000 phosphorus bombs alone.  What happened next was horrific Рas the temperature rose in the city to over 1,100F and winds of up to 100 mph developed, a firestorm developed that destroyed over 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of the city centre, and killed between 22,000 and 26,000 residents.  The wind grew so strong it literally pulled people into the fire, lifted roofs off houses, and uprooted trees.  Nearly every historic building was either partially or completely destroyed.

In a memo from Churchill to Bomber Command, he urges them, after the Dresden bombing, to simply focus more on military targets.

The Nazi government reported that nearly 200,000 people had been killed, which was countered by many subsequent reports, including one commissioned by the Dresden Historical Commission in 2010, that the number was more likely 20,000-25,000. ¬†Regardless, critics have since stated it was an unnecessary destruction of civilian property, at a time when the war was nearly over. ¬†Yet there was no second-guessing at that time by the news media – just a mere reporting of the facts. ¬†There was little hand-wringing by politicians on either side of the floor – in fact, in a March 28, 1945 letter written by Winston Churchill to Bomber Command, he¬†downplays the bombing, and tells the leadership to simply have “more precise concentration upon military objectives” in future bombing campaigns.

They understood that there were consequences for a country that both started World War II in 1939, and allowed it to continue for 6 years.  The people of London had been bombed mercilessly in the Blitz for years as well, and nearly 50 million people around the world lay dead as a result of the War Рmost being mere citizens.

We also think of the hilltop monastery and church at Monte Cassino in Italy, which had stood in that same location for nearly 1000 years. During the Battle of Monte Cassino (January‚ÄďMay 1944) the Abbey made up one section of the 161-kilometre (100-mile) Gustav Line, a German defensive line designed to hold the Allied troops from advancing any further into Italy, overlooking Highway 6 and blocking the path to Rome.

On 15 February 1944, the abbey was almost completely destroyed in a series of heavy American-led air raids. The bombing was conducted because many reports from troops on the ground suggested that Germans were occupying the monastery, and it was considered a key observational post by all those who were fighting in the field. However, during the bombing, no Germans were present in the abbey.  In a rather large puff of smoke, 1,000 years of history was gone. Yet our generals did not hesitate to do what was necessary to protect our troops and smash German resistance.

As calloused as it may sound, no one in 1945 would even think twice about lighting up a hospital, a school, or a church full of nuns, babies and puppies if required – if it was also full of enemy combatants firing at their families. ¬†Fast forward to 2014, with people clucking their tongues at the nation of Israel and say, “how dare they bomb a hospital/school/mosque (etc.).” It’s so easy in North America to be a dumbass, leftwing, soul-less armchair critic of Israel’s self-defense activities.

Most of those critics didn’t face the Holocaust, nor watch every member of their family be gassed and cremated, leaving behind the guilty living. Most of those critics don’t face worldwide discrimination against them just for being alive, as the Jews experienced after 1945, when no nation including Canada and the US would have them. They were forced to flee the horrors of Nazi Europe, then were forced to go to Palestine when no other country would take them in after the war – a country, incidentally, surrounded by 16 enemy combatant Arab nations.

Most of those critics didn’t face an army of one million Islamic soldiers coming at them, and few if any weapons to defend themselves with, AFTER the Holocaust. ¬†This didn’t happen once, not twice, but THREE times in the last 60 years (1948, 1967, and 1973). ¬†Today, most of those critics don’t face a 16-nation group of countries (the Arab League), with a combined army of millions of troops, that hate Jewish EXISTENCE with every fibre of their being; and a United Nations that doesn’t give a damn WHO shoots at Israel, as long as they don’t shoot back.

Yet, Israel’s defence budget is not an obscene amount of money – and in fact, is not even keeping with this enemy neighbours. ¬†In 2013, Israel¬†was reported to have spent about¬†$18.2 billion US on defense, approximately 6% of their gross domestic product (GDP). ¬†Fueled and financed by incredible wealth in oil revenues, Saudi Arabia, just one of the 16 Arab nations allied against Israel, spent $59.6 billion (8% GDP) alone in that same year, and Iran, another enemy nation nearby, spent only slightly less than Israel, at $17.7 billion (4% GDP). ¬†The United Arab Emirate spent another $19.0 billion (4.7% GDP).

In contrast, Germany, which after World War II is by international law to have only defense forces, spent over $44 billion on that alone, though they have few if any threats against them in the region.  And in that same period, Japan, under the same restrictions, spent $51 billion.

Japan unveils its new “helicopter destroyer” on August 7, 2013 – which looks suspiciously like an aircraft carrier.

Japan also shocked the world on August 7, 2013, when it announced it had unveiled its long-awaited Izumo-class helicopter destroyer (22DDH-class destroyer). ¬† At 250 meters (820 feet) long, and reportedly displacing 24,000 tons, the ship can carry 14 helicopters. It is the largest warship Japan has fielded since WWII, and about 50 percent bigger (in terms of displacement) than Japan‚Äôs current largest ship, the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer. ¬†The rest of the world just looked at each other and blinked – as¬†Japan’s new ship looked very oddly¬†like an AIRCRAFT CARRIER, which their own¬†pacifist constitution would seemingly prohibit it from operating. ¬†And the world said what? ¬†NOTHING.

So many North Americans seem to think the world is as civil as we are – but how quickly we have forgotten September 11, when we faced an enemy for the first time in our generation who hated us so much just for being alive, that they spared no expense to attempt to destroy us, our families and our way of life. Facing true evil is something few of us will ever experience. You should be thanking God out loud right now.

Knowing now that a wide-scale invasion of Israel by their own national armies would be unacceptable, Islamic states now sponsor terrorist groups such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization, ISIS / ISIL, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Haram, Dash, the Muslim Brotherhood and others who’s sworn purpose has been their total destruction, even if it meant sacrificing their own people to do so.

Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. (Credit: Defense Forces)

And in 2014, no one else on Earth will face an enemy of baseless, faceless cowards living next door who fire THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS at their families.  Those same cowards then hide behind their wives and children (and often use them as human shields) in public facilities like hospitals, schools, and mosques.  In fact, since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 11,000 rockets into Israel.  Over 5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks.

Faced with the possible annihilation of your own family at the hands of such barbarians, how far would YOU go to protect your family? Thinking as a nation, if Canada were threatened by thousands of rockets fired on us, how much money would we spend on weapons? Is any amount too great? How well trained and equipped would you expect our troops to be?

Pacifism is a laudable goal – but true pacificism only works when you can¬†completely trust the other side to not take advantage of the moment and strike. If you lay down your weapons of self defense, you are the only one who potentially loses everything. ¬†Israel declared ceasefires on several occasions and their silence was met by gunfire from Hamas. ¬†Israel didn’t even start this current conflict, Hamas¬†did and they seem to be vowing to continue no matter what he price – but it is the Palestinian people, but these armed thugs, who are paying that price.

The government and armies of Israel have a sworn and sacred duty to protect THEIR people and their people alone. They do everything in their power to ensure that minimal casualties follow the destruction of a terrorist stronghold.  In fact, NBC News reported on July 13, 2014 that Israel even dropped leaflets on a neighbourhood hours before to warn of impending Northern Gaza attacks.  They read:

‚ÄúTo the residents of Beit Lahiya, the [Israeli Defense Force] intends to attack terrorists and terror infrastructures in the area east of Al-Atatra and Al-Salatin St., and in the area west and north of Ma’bscar Jabalyia,‚ÄĚ the leaflets said. ‚ÄúIsrael is currently attacking, and will continue to attack, every area from which rockets are being launched at its territory.‚ÄĚ

That doesn’t sound like a clan of monsters¬†to anyone paying attention. ¬†Sounds more like self-defense. And Israel faces an Arab people who are even¬†willing to drag their own children to the roofs of those same targeted buildings, to defy Israel to do something, as was seen in 2006, when Palestinians used human shields on the roof of a suspected militant’s home. ¬†As with any military operation – Dresden, Germany or Monte Cassino, Italy or the West Bank – risk assessments are completed and a decision is made.

Don’t fault the one who has to pull the trigger to defend his family – fault the one who causes the threat in the first place. To state that Israel has no right¬†to clamp down on such brutal attacks against them is open, naked anti-Semitism. ¬†Period.

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By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted July 1, 2016.  Updated April 27, 2017.
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