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
You’ve likely seen it before: An IDF soldier aiming his rifle at a Palestinian’s head. No context is given – 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’ – a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda – 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.
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 – but 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.
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
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.
The full image, provided by Bare Naked Islam, showed a group of young men standing about seven feet from the crisis. The ‘treacherous sea’ 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.
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.
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.
When 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.
Of course, the purveyors of today’s fake news aren’t concerned with misrepresentation. And they might not even be motivated by politics, but rather the potential profit from ads that can result from “going viral.”
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.
By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member Calling Out Community Posted February 4, 2017
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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 – as we witness today within the Palestinian Authority.
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 – and 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 – a party closely connected to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
“Everybody voted yes,” 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’s 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 demonstratinghiscontinuedgrip 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, effectivelysilencing any opposition for the rest of the decade.
FULL STOPFolks, 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”
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 wouldONLY stay until the next Presidential election.
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:
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.
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.
Now, with Abbas solidifying his power this week with Fatah, it could be seen as his way of keeping control regardless of the elections – or 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.
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. “Demand for Abbas’ resignation stands at 64% in the West Bank and 67% in the Gaza Strip,” 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 — Ismail Haniyeh, deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently incarcerated in Israel — 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!
By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member Calling Out Community Posted Decembe 1, 2016
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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 – exposing their dark anti-Semitic plans.
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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:
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 – said 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”.
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’s 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’s 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 “excessive use of force” against Palestinians.
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”.
HEY 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.
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)
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:
“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’s rights anywhere on the planet – 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 “technical assistance.” 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 – where 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.
By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member Calling Out Community Posted October 28, 2016
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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.
For a shocking second time in the last three months, yet another American news media organization, that definitely should have known better, has literally wiped Israel off of the map.
This time the guilty part was National Public Radio (NPR), the 45-year old “privately- and publicly-funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States”, according to its related Wikipedia article.
Media watchdog HonestReporting.com first reported the story earlier today (January 25) and immediately contacted NPR, after the following map of the Middle East was published on the NPR site:
HonestReporting noted that “Israel” is missing from the map, instead replaced geographically by something called “Palestine” – even though no state by that name has legally existed since 1948 – 67 years ago.
Our readers may recall that the self-named “Global News Leader” CNNcommitted the same ludicrous faux pas last year, replacing “Israel” on its map with the bizarre “Palestina” – the Spanish-language translation of “Palestine”, made equally more bizarre by the fact that the rest of the map was in English. Based on the English context, this Palestina was as imaginary as Narnia or Middle Earth – no nation has never existed by that name in human history.
When CNN was approached by HonestReporting regarding that story, it made no efforts to apologize for the error, merely pulling the map and replacing it with a more appropriate graphic for its story about the Syrian Civil War – an event that Israel had not yet played any part in anyway.
Thecomplete lack of journalistic integrity at CNN was starkly displayed – they never spoke to the obvious outrage of thousands of their readers at the visual erasure of Israel, nor did we ever find out who intentionally deleted Israel from the Middle East or why. Their site itself states that up to 9 pairs of eyes reviews everything before it goes up – that being the case, one has to suppose that CNN did this on purpose.
In this current incident with NPR, however, the broadcaster has taken responsibility in an Editor’s Note, at the beginning of the article:
Editor’s note: The original version of this post contained a map illustration intended to represent the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, which poll respondents identified as the region presenting the greatest risk to travelers and expatriates in 2016. The map had a number of errors. The countries of Cyprus, Israel and Turkey were either not shown or not labeled; the label for “Palestine” should have read “Palestinian Territories”; and Afghanistan and Pakistan were mistakenly included. NPR apologizes for these errors.
We are satisfied with the NPR response, and thank them for being so quick to remove the offensive map. While we could question why some in the news media don’t seem to know Israel exists today, for now we can assume that the unending media war against the State of Israel has no correlation with this story.
Along with all the nonsense in the media today about Israel, there are some pretty fundamental beliefs about Israel and the Jews that I hear from major Christian pulpits as well – even sometimes from Jews themselves – and I just do not, will not or can not agree with some of it.
I’ve decided that it’s time to set the record straight. No more grey areas – I want everyone to know exactly where I stand, and to stop propagating some of the “phony baloney” I hear all the time.
Warning: many will find this to be highly controversial. However, please read right through to the end, as I believe it will put things into proper perspective for you. I might even win some of you over along the way.
Christian Flakes and Israel
Of course I would like this posting to find camaraderie or kinship with at least some of my readership today, but my opinion won’t be swayed even if everyone that reads this posting sends comments through WordPress (or notes written in red Crayon or fashioned with the cut-out words from 20 magazines) to call me an idiot, an opportunist, brain-washed, uneducated or deceived. You will not be able to ridicule or shame me into changing my mind, so don’t expend the energy trying.
I will start by first saying that I do not merely like Israel. I do not just “appreciate” Israel. I am not only “friendly toward” Israel. I do not have a “healthy respect” for Israel. I do not simply “stand with” Israel, nor do I feel I can categorize it as “support” for Her, as some better Christians than I innocently state. I do not even “follow Israel with interest” in the media.
I also do not cling to the Biblical passage that tells us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). In my opinion, that’s a pretty myopic, narrow-minded viewpoint. In fact, when people tell me that, I’m suspicious of their motives, as it sounds more like they are doing the absolute bare minimum possible in order to obey God without actually having to LIKE it.
Jerusalem is without a doubt Israel. But Israel is much more than Jerusalem. And if one were to pray for someone they cared about – dare I say, that they loved– would they really stop at praying just for her peace? Would a fan or supporter of Israel not believe that prayer for the following things for Her would also be wise, if they have watched even the smallest amount of media coverage about Her:
protection, comfort, wisdom, physical health, government and leaders, success, strength, victory over her enemies, deliverance from fear and worry, military self-control, wisdom in finances, entrepreneurial spirit, inventive mindset, favorable harvests, influence and favor amongst other nations, and protection from the schemes and devices of evil people
…to name a few items.
Yah, there’s a lot more that Israel needs you to bring before God than just Her peace – though that would be great and very welcome sight as well. However, I believe She can’t really have peace as long as the other items I’ve mentioned are threatened – so perhaps the Psalmist was actually asking a lot more from the believer than it seems on the surface, and/or more than some believers are willing to do?
This is why I am not some “fan” of Israel – because I see the high price that needs to be paid for stating support of Her. I have not been influenced by Christian bumper sticker theology, nor am I part of some radicalized right-wing political rallying cry for Her. I am not a schemer or puppet of some global Zionist conspiracy to conquer the world, nor unwillingly or unknowingly a mouthpiece for some Semitic propaganda. I am not a Messianic Jew. I have never yet even visited Israel, though I would practically give my right arm to do so.
I had no Jewish friends growing up, and though I’ve had some in my various careers, I currently have none today. I attend a very large surburban Christian evangelical church (Canada’s second largest) with a weekly attendance of over 4,500 – and I have no idea what their official position is on Israel, because it’s never vocalized. I receive no financial compensation of any kind from any Jews anywhere for any reason.
I was not “brainwashed” to love Israel by my parents as a child either. They taught us that Israel was the “Apple of God’s eye” and we always were taught to appreciate and respect the Jewish people, but they never pushed an overly aggressive belief system regarding the Jewish state in my home. In fact, I do not believe I even met a Jew or socialized with one in any capacity until I was in my mid-30s – long after most personal philosophies about the world are long since cemented into our characters.
I have been a news junkie since CNN first gave us the 24-hour talking head back in the 1980s, and all I hear is that Israel is a bully, a war criminal, a sadistic invader of its neighbours and brutal oppressor of the Palestinian people. I have even heard some mainline Christian churches expound the same belief. So clearly, were I to become a cheerleader for Israel, I would be swimming hard and fast upstream. It certainly would not be criticized as jumping on some popular bandwagon or doing the politically correct (PC) thing, nor is this some fad or phase, or some “movement” or group I have recently joined.
There were even non-denominational charismatic churches I attended as a young adult who preached a form of “replacement theology” – that Israel’s position with God has been usurped or replaced by the Body of Christ – some going as far as to say that Jews’ rejection of Jesus as Messiah has put them into some divine “dog house”. I’ve even heard some make the suggestion that the Jews were “Christ-killers”.
Let me say flat out that this theology is erroneous at best, stating from a theological perspective, and evil at worst. I know what I’m talking about, having graduated with honours after 5 years of full-time study with a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Education. And I’ll counter that by stating categorically that I believe my viewpoint in Israel would be considered perhaps extreme by even some of my professors – and though they were quite influential in my life, I can say without hesitation that not one of them has led me to believe as I do about Israel today. In fact, I’m confident that I would make some of them at this very conservative evangelical College located within Canada’s “Bible Belt” very uncomfortable. And I’m totally OK WITH THAT.
The older I get, the more opinionated I become about the State and people of Israel. They are unlike any other people group, nation, race, or religion that exists today, or that has ever existed.
You likely don’t know where Botswana is on a map, nor frankly care. You couldn’t name two unique things about the Honduran people, and if you were totally honest, you would need a Google Search to tell me what language is predominant in Zimbabwe. Fair enough.
But if I say “Jew” and “Israel” – you instantly know who I am talking about, where they are located, what language they speak, what their houses of worship are called, who their Prime Minister is, what their currency is, the name of their holiest book, the name of their largest cities, what kind of climate they live in, one or two of their most famous kings or historical figures of the past.
Can you say the same about Switzerland? Kenya? Malaysia? Uruguay? Likely not. And there is likely no other country in history that is loved by more people and that registers a stronger connection with people that have never even visited it than the State of Israel.
At the same time, everyone can come up with at least one negative news item regarding Israel that they have seen or heard reported and repeated by the mainstream media. And there has never been a single people group or nation that has been despised by more people around the world than the Jewish people and Israel. It is undoubtedly the only group on earth that has been targeted for eradication – and the only race of people which has words related to both discrimination against them, and eradication of them:
an-tee-sem-i-tiz-uh m, an-tahy-sem-i-tiz-uh m] noun.
Discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews.
(hol-uh-kawst, hoh-luh–kawst) (usually initial capital letter) the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II (usually preceded by the).
Jews Are Not Taking Over The World!
Let me be clear – the Jewish people are not reviled because of the actions of, the government of, the military of, or even as a result of the founding of the State of Israel. I and many other supporters of Israel will say with certainty that public disapproval with Israel exists because it is connected to the Jews, not the other way around.
I truly believe if there were no Israel, there would no less anti-Semitism in the world. The protection that Israel affords the Jews today would not be there in other nations, including in the United States. With no Israel, there would likely be a lot fewer Jewish people in the world. And we would all be the poorer because of it.
It’s no small feat for Israel to be in the media spotlight constantly today, yet the reasons for it spouted by the anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist lot make no sense. The number of Jews in the world is less both in number and in % overall of population than at any time in modern history. The Jews for decades have been evilly, erroneously and eternally blamed for the world’s ills. It’s why the Holocaust happened in the first place, though it made no more sense back then than it does to us today.
Yet there are still a lot of seriously whacked-out folks who think the Jews plan to conquer the world, or already have. Yet according to the American Jewish Yearbook:
In 1939, the global Jewish population was 16.18 million. In 1950, it was 11.5 million. In 2008, it was 13.1 million. That means that there are 3 million Jews lessin the world today than there were 70 years ago.
The Jewish population in Europe was about 9.5 million in 1933. In 1950, the Jewish population of Europe was about 3.5 million. Why? Because65% of all the Jews in Europe were murdered in the Holocaust.
The largest Jewish population in all of Europe was found in Poland in 1939. However, by 1945, only 10% of Polish Jews were still alive.
Today there are more Jews in the United States than in Israel. Yet, the population of Jews in the United States only grew by 500,000 people in 70 years, while the population of the United States overall grew from 132 million in 1940 to 308.7 million in 2010 (over 176.7 million people), This means that the percentage of Jews in the population went from 3% in 1939, to 0.17% today. That doesn’t seem like a very logical or likely percentage of conquerors.
It took nearly 70 years, until 2013, for the population of Israel (6.1 million) to equal the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust (6 million)
Only 2 countries contain over 85% of the world’s Jews–the United States and Israel. And of those, 80% live in just 8 cities in the United States and 2 cities in Israel. Again, that global conspiracy just doesn’t hold water.
In 1948, the population of Jews in Israel was 716,700, which grew to 6.1 million in 2014, a growth of 850%. However, Arabs only had a population of 156,000 in 1948, growing to 2.48 million in 2014, a growth of 1,589%.
(As an aside: How could Palestinians have claimed Israel as their own land in 1948, when they only had 21% of the population of Israel at that time,? How can Palestinians state that they currently have a Holocaust under Jewish rule, when they have grown nearly 16 times larger in population since 1948? Today, they still represent less than 1/3 of Israel’s population.)
Along with all the nonsense in the media today about Israel, there are some pretty fundamental beliefs about Israel and the Jews that I hear from major Christian pulpits as well – even sometimes from Jews themselves – and I just do not, will not or can not agree with some of it.
I’ve decided that it’s time to set the record straight. No more grey areas – I want everyone to know exactly where I stand, and to stop propagating some of the “phony baloney” I hear all the time.
Warning: some will find this to be highly controversial. However, please read right through to the end, as I believe it will put things into proper perspective for you. I might even win some of you over along the way.
As for everyone else – you will not convince me, nor be given a platform to convince any of my followers, that Israel is anything but hat I’ve already stated. Comments are moderated and offensive ones will be deleted.
Just saying – this blog is not a democracy, you do not necessarily enjoy freedom of speech here, nor am I obligated to provide a soapbox for neo-Nazi or anti-Semitic wingnut filth.
IslamRising:Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted November 5, 2015.
The antiSemitic hatred that simmers just below the surface in the Islamic world has recently been blatantly exposed in a rather unexpected place – 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?
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.
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.
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 [endgültige Lösung] for the Jewish danger that will eliminate the scourge that Jews represent in the world.
Flash forward to September 29, 2015 when it was reported by eminent media outlets such as the BBCin the UK, theGlobe 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.
Now this week, YET ANOTHER store named “Hitler” 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 – as 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.
“A 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,” the photographer captioned.
In Gaza, among the pious Muslims who call themselves “Palestinians” —a faux nationality invented by the KGB—Hitler 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.
According 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.
Israel Is Forever:Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted June 30, 2015.Updated November 12, 2015.
As we approach Canada Day 2015 tomorrow, I think it is very fitting that we take a moment to review who our real friends are in the world today – and as we do, one nation stands out with a very close, productive and mutually beneficial relationship that she and Canada enjoy, fostered with considerable care and attention over the last decade of the Harper Conservative government. That nation… is Israel.
If you thought I was going to say “the United States”, you’d be dead wrong. The last 8 years of the Obama administration took care of that friendship – at times like sisters, today we are more like roommates that would love to find somewhere else to live, if it were possible to break our lease and relocate on short notice. You know the type – that roommate that leaves us to clean up their messes, is loud and brash at the worst possible times, embarrassing us in most social occasions, and when she doesn’t pay her bills on time, we are negatively affected as well.
Tomorrow, Canadians from the Pacific to the Atlantic to the Arctic Oceans celebrate the 148th Birthday of our homeland – Canada Day (July 1) – with a national statutory holiday mid-week! In the midst of all the barbecuing, sunshine, firework displays, face painting, flags and parades, we at 1MII wanted to share some of the unique stories, events and people that have made Canada and Israel such close friends today:
“unarguably the most pro-Israel head of any government in the world“. Wow, now that is actually something we can be proud of.
Israel, as I’m sure you are aware, is under attack from every side by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, started and fostered by the Palestinian government Hamas. Israel is the ONLY country in the world facing this misguided attempt to harm the Israeli economy and force them to better treatment for Palestinians – yet it’s the Palestinians themselves who have been suffering as their evonomy is almost solely connected to that of Israel. Canada, recognizing that this BDS movement is anti-Semitic In nature and is a direct attack on Israel’s right to exist, had been working tirelessly to update our Canada-Israel Free trade agreement to cement our ties with Israel.
According to the 2013 World Jewish Population Report, Canada has the 4th largest Jewish population in the world, numbering over 378,000. Only Israel, the United States and France are larger
The Jewish population of the city of Toronto, Ontario (185,000) alone would be Israel’s 5th largest city if located there – and is in the top 15 largest Jewish populations in the world by city.
Muslim Mayor of Calgary Nenshi and Jewish Mayor of Edmonton Mandel, November 2013
Only in Canada: At the November 7, 2013 farewelldinner for Stephen Mandel, popularJewish Mayor of Edmonton, Alberta (2004-2014), the keynote speaker was Naheed Kurban Nenshi, popular Muslim Mayor of Calgary, Alberta (2010-present). In the hilarious, deeply personal and touching farewell address, the Muslim mayor called his Jewishcounterpartand friend “my political rival, but a great leader and a great mentor to me…and an incredible leader of this amazing and incredible city”. Religion does not always have to divide.
Canada was one of the 33 countries that voted in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution, which led to the establishment of the State of Israel – despite heavy pressure from Great Britain on Commonwealth countries to abstain from voting
The capital city of Canada, Ottawa, has been officially a sister city to the largest metropolitan area in Israel, Tel Aviv (where 42% of Israeli’s live) since 2010. Other Israeli cities with Canadian sister cities include: Beersheba (Montreal, QC and Winnipeg, MB), Eilat (Toronto, ON), Petah Tikva (Laval, QC), and Ramla (Vaughn, ON)
Because of Canada’s immense size, it’s population density of 3.7 people/sq.km ranks it 230 out 244 countries. Israel is the 24th densest nation on earth with over 380 people/sq.km. – 100 times more dense than Canada.
Canada’s number 1 import from Israel: pharmaceuticals. So one could say (tongue in cheek) that a strong relationship with Israel is actually good for our health!
Canada signed a free trade agreement with Israel in 1997. Since then, trade (in Canadian dollars) between the two countries has tripled.Again, one could statewithout opposition that a stronger relationship with Israel is good for our wallets too!
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.
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 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.
Under 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
This 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.
It 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.
So 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 “angel of peace”. 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’s most prominent news agencies that the pope called Abbas an “angel of peace,” and despite Italian newspaper La Stampa’s equally unequivocal report that Francis merely expressed the hope that Abbas would become such an angel, the Vatican’s own website and news agency said nothing.
The Vatican’s chief spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, who was present when the pope hosted Abbas in the Apostolic Palace’s papal apartment, told The Times of Israel that he “did not hear the exact words spoken.” This, Lombardi elaborated, was “because they were said in a very colloquial manner between the pope and the Palestinian president, who were in close proximity to one another.”
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.
Sorry 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.
By Shawn J., Founding Editor Calling Out Community Posted May 19, 2015. Updated July 18, 2016.
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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 – and of course, some wishing to destroy Israel herself. We believe Israel has a right to might. But does She really?
On July 13, 2013, the Süddeutsche 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’s treatment of Palestinians, once called in the New York Times for a boycott on Israeli settlement products and warned that Israel’s polices in regards to the Palestinians were creating an ever-growing rift between the US’s 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.
Moloch(also known as Molechin 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 Süddeutsche 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?
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 – toowell-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.
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.
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.
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 – nearly 700,000 phosphorus bombs alone. What happened next was horrific – as 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.
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 – most 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–May 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 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’s 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.
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:
“To 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,” the leaflets said. “Israel is currently attacking, and will continue to attack, every area from which rockets are being launched at its territory.”
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.
By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member Calling Out Community Posted July 1, 2016. Updated April 27, 2017.
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