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Why you should not have Bibi in your morning prayers.

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

I assume that if you read anything about the Middle East in your morning paper, it will be one or more of these from Yahoo News: Mideast Conflict.

Hamas approves $540 mln budget for Gaza (AFP)- 34 minutes ago

AFP – The Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip on Monday announced a 540-million-dollar (377-million-euro) budget for 2010 with just 55 million dollars coming from taxes and other local sources of r…

  • US plans for Mideast peace deal in two years: report (AFP)- 1 hour ago
  • Peace talks conditional on end of settlements: Abbas (AFP)- 1 hour ago
  • Israeli settler bites policeman over moratorium (AFP)- 4 hours ago
  • Israeli diplomats too diplomatic, FM says (AFP)- 15 hours ago
  • Abbas visits Egypt for talks on Mideast peace (AFP)- 17 hours ago
  • Hamas inmates say torture ends in West Bank jails (AP)- 18 hours ago
  • Ex-Israeli PM still comatose 4 years after stroke (AP)- 20 hours ago
  • Hamas in final stage of Fatah reconciliation (Reuters)- 21 hours ago
  • Hamas leader claims progress in Palestinian talks (AP)
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    Would You Look at That, Another 2 Examples of Blatant Media Bias

    Posted by ghostofsparta on June 29, 2009

    (Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/2009/06/would-you-look-at-that-another-2.html)

    Well well, it appears that Duke University may have another rape scandal on its hand soon. Of course everybody remembers the lacrosse players accused of raping a black stipper, it was all over the news. Many people lost interest soon afterward, but all of the boys accused were found innocent of their crime. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Infamous Obama Unemployment Graph

    Posted by ghostofsparta on June 7, 2009

    (Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/2009/06/infamous-obama-unemployment-graph.html)

    (Cue dramatic Music) And so, being the lemming as most bloggers are (after all, current events and pictures are a sure way to get traffic from search engines like Google), I present to you the infamous Obama Unemployment Graph. Now, as most people can see from looking at the above chart, the Obama “stimulus” (note the sarcastic quotes I put there) has not done anything at all to stop unemployment and the loss of jobs. In fact that chart points out that even with the “stimulus” the unemployment rate is worse than what even Obama’s staff predicted it would be without spending trillions of dollars we don’t have. Now of course, these numbers can’t mean anything bad for President Obama. Even when Bush had low unemployment and a great economy, things were really bad we just didn’t know it. We obviously needed our betters in the media to point out to us that Bush’s sub 6% unemployment and 14,000+ Dow means that we were really in a recession and didn’t know it. Now with Obama….why with Obama 9%+ unemployment and a Dow hovering around 8,000 means the economy is the best it’s ever been. Why, even losing hundreds of thousands of jobs is a good sign! Just look at this piece from the AP: Read the rest of this entry »

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    What Bias? A Study of 2 Stories at Opposite Ends of the Political Spectrum

    Posted by ghostofsparta on June 1, 2009

    (crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-post.html)

    I know, I know, I can hear you all now.

     “Another post about media bias? Seriously?” As if this topic hasn’t been beaten to death over the past decade. But never do 2 stories emerge that are so similar in plot but so different in coverage in the span of 2 days as happened this past weekend. For those of you who don’t pay attention to the news, here are 2 links to news stories (via Ace of Spades HQ) abou

    t the shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller and the shooting of 2 military recruiters in Little Rock, AR.

    Now according to most news sources, the recruitment center shooting occured around 10 A.M. today (not sure if that’s local or Eastern time). The police have a

    suspect but haven’t relased information regarding the shooter or the victims as of yet, so I admit I may be jumping to conclusions a bit early, but I’ll go ahead and make the prediction for all to see: the murders in both of these stories will be treated very differently if the person who shot the military recruiters turns out to be a left-wing, anti-war protester. What’s my basis? Well let’s just look at the current deification of George Miller and what’s being said about his murderer.

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    A Futile Plea to the Media: Please Make Up Your Damn Mind

    Posted by ghostofsparta on May 11, 2009

    (Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/2009/05/futile-plea-to-media-please-make-up.html)

    Look, I’m a conservative. I make no secret of that fact. And as a conservative, I fall into the stereotype of thinking the media has a liberal bias, sometimes overwhelmingly so. Most of the time I don’t care, beacuse I’ve learned to decipher stories in such a way as to absorb facts are reject opinion. It took some work, but I’m fairly skilled at it now (at least I think so).

    Now I have no problem with journalists injecting opinions into stories they write. They have freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and I won’t begrude them those rights (even if they don’t want to allow me my freedom to own a gun….but that’s a different rant for a different time). It only becomes a problem when they try to present opinion as fact.

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    Vilified – Telling Lies About Israel Video

    Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2009

    I have no clue about AJC. My Mom emailed me the video and I thought it was good, so I posted it. Enjoy.

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    In the Big Map News Week is still denying that Israel Exists

    Posted by avideditor on March 3, 2009

    Judge for yourself.

    israel-is-still-red2It seems New Week is not very at being like Big Brother in 1984. Here is what Brain from Snapped shot said. “Newsweak has silently corrected the map in question. No admission of error, no correction, no nothing. Welcome to the New Soviet Era, my airbrush-loving friends.” It seems that News Week did not change there big map yet. Elder has noticed “Interestingly, their picture of Egypt is also pre-1967 – it includes Gaza.

    The most charitable explanation I can come up with is abject ignorance. Perhaps we could clear all of this up if they had a report of Jordan’s religious freedom, so we could check out whether the West Bank is considered Jordanian territory, thus proving that Israel really doesn’t exist. ” “

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    Digg and the BCC promote Jihadi propaganda

    Posted by avideditor on January 15, 2009

    Update: It seems the Elder has also written on this. I think the Elder did a better job read it here: Fact: Palestinian Arabs lie.

    I woke up in the middle of the night. I checked my digg.com feed and I saw this. Wow. Lets just say I can not go back to sleep. Is the BBC and Digg going to promote the blood liable next? The headline makes no sense other then to portray Israel and Jews as evil. Once you read the story you see how it is only jihadi lies. It is just sad that the western and digg are promoting it. I would not suggest reading digg feeds before you go back to sleep. Digg really hit a new low promoting this Jihadi trash in my book. I never thought the BBC and Digg would side with Hamas so soon. Things are going to get alot darker before they get light IMHO.

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    The Investigative Project on Terrorism: How The American Media And National Muslim Political Organization Support Terrorism, Murder And Genocide

    Posted by avideditor on May 30, 2008

    I just recieved this in my email. From the Investigative Project on Terrorism It is a must read.


    When you don’t recognize evil, denounce evil, resist evil, fight evil, you become dangerously close to being evil.

    That is the unfortunate situation where we find many important players in American society, including the mainstream media and the major national Muslim political groups. This does not bode well for America’s ability to fight and win the war against Islamo-fascist terrorism that now threatens the survival of the free world. That’s so because of the important role played by the mainstream media in shaping public opinion and public policy and because the essential role that the majority of Muslims must play in bringing the minority of the extremists within their ranks under control.

    You don’t see much discussion of this in the mainstream media as those that control it simply do not see the evil of terrorism and Islamo-fascism, as they should and as any rational observer does.

    This sorry state of affairs was made crystal clear in an article by Steven Emerson, one of the nation’s leading experts on international terrorism and national security. The article appears in the publication Counter Terrorism: The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International (Summer 2008).

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    Contact CNN and tell them to fix their lies

    Posted by avideditor on May 19, 2008


    I found this on the Camera site. Please write to CNN. Help prevent CNN from being the Caliphate News Network. 

    ARAB VIOLENCE – Not Israel – Created Refugees

    A May 15th CNN report by Ben Wedeman on Israel’s 60th birthday parrots many similar segments in the media which focus not on Israel, but on the Palestinians’ view of the event. An Arab man emotively and inaccurately claims that the “establishment of Israel” caused the Palestinian refugee problem. Wedeman fails to note that it was actually the Arab attack against the reborn Jewish state which created the war and refugee problem. If the Arabs had not attacked the Jews, there would not be a single Palestinian Arab refugee.

    Click here to submit a complaint to CNN.

    This is what I wrote:

    I will no longer watch your station as long as you keep lying about the creation of Israel. On May 15th CNN report by Ben Wedeman he blamed the refugee problem on Israel. However if the arabs did not start fighting then there would not have been a single refugee. How dare you call it a catastrophe that all the jews where not killed. Please email me when you make an on air correction. Look at your ratings people are turning you off due to your anti-semitic bias. Please promote truth and the news. 

    I would advise you write your own letter. But if you don’t have much time feel free to copy and paste what I have wrote. 

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    LGF’s great Rant on Obama

    Posted by avideditor on May 17, 2008

    It is great to see Charles write more. I hope he keeps it up. I think he is exposing the media bias for Obama. Read my previous post on Obama


    Crybabies Say What?

    I’m a little amazed that there are still Obama Democrats out there on all the talk shows today, whining and spinning and faux-seething about the President’s “appeasement” remarks in Israel. They want to look tough to the petulant Nutroots base, to the Kos Kids and the DUmmies and the Olberthings. They want to look different from John Kerry, who let himself be “swift-boated.”

    They refuse to learn the lesson: “swift-boating” worked not because Kerry was a wimp about it (although he was), but because there was substance to a lot of their allegations. When you whine and complain about “unfair remarks,” but those remarks contain more than a grain of truth, it’s obvious to a lot of people—even to supporters. And whining doesn’t generally play well in the US.

    The Obama camp is playing purely reactive politics, and in this case it’s over-reactivepolitics. I don’t think the American public is buying it, despite the deluge of desperately yapping Dems in the media.

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    Interview: Al Dura Affair Exposes Media Bias

    Posted by avideditor on May 17, 2008

    Watch the great interview at Democracy Broadcast News. 

    ‘Fabricated Al-Dura video generated false bias against Israel; eased West’s resistance to Islamization’- Philippe Karsenty

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    Digg.com and Wikipedia attack truth and promote anti Semitic hate

    Posted by avideditor on May 14, 2008

    To clear some stuff up. I was kicked out by a moderator from digg.com because he didn’t like the views I was posting. I was not spamming. To think the hate from forums like digg.com do not translate to real life read my latest post. Seattle Court rules it is Okay to shoot Jews: A jihadi who shoot 6 while screaming “Death to Jews!” gets a mistrial America is no longer safe for Jews

    UPDATE: WOW it looks like this is now on the front page. All the Obama supporters check this out CHANGE– Obama Plays Pretend At AIPAC Today OBAMA still hates Jews and Israel

    UPDATE: It looks like this post has been dugg called “How Israeli Activists Cheat on Digg In their own words” which I find strange considering the fact that the pro jihadis are the ones gaming digg by reporting their opposition as spam and getting them kicked off digg. The 3rd party tool some one left in my comments doesn’t help anyone cheat digg.com it just show the bias. Diggers don’t for get to read my solution to the “Palestine” problem.

    When searching for something in a search engine wikipedia and digg.com stories are usually the first results. It looks as if anti-Semitic moderators at these two sites are trying to rewrite history with anti-Israeli lies. It is important to do what ever we can in order to prevent jihadi propaganda from brainwashing billions of internet users. Do what you can to help win this war against influential misdirected moderators that control the flow of information.

         Honest Reporting has the story about what is going on at wikipedia. It looks like the moderators are going after people that are trying to correct the anti-Semitic lies and anti Israel propaganda. I have personally experience the same disgraceful moderation and uncheck hated of jews and the truth at Digg.com just see what digg.com readers have to say about the wikipedia story. It is scary. I highly recommend reading what Honest Reporting wrotes but I think Honest Reporting is being too civil in response to the problem.

    continue reading to hear more about more problems with digg.com . 

        For the last three years I have been trying to combat the anti-Semetic bigots on digg.com.  It got so bad over the last six months that I spent more then two hours a day building up like minded people and creating a collation to combat stories and comments ranging from out right lies about Israel to blood liable to blaming the Jews for all the worlds problems including 9-11.

        Two months ago I was kicked out but it was understandable because I was posting muliti paragraph responses and multiple links to clear up misinformation in one comment thread. I was given an option to restore my account, after I complained. But I didn’t want to admit that I was braking the terms of service with the site because I saw so many promoting baseless hatred of the jewish people and jihadi propaganda use the same approach. I also had hundreds of electro-jihadis (extreme leftist and fundamentalist muslims from around the world using electronic means to spread hatred of Jews, Israel, and America, in an attempt to brainwash and demoralize others so Radical Islam can be established world wide) following me, so I decieded to start out fresh. 

        I changed my practices. I didn’t post multi paragraph responses and I only put one or two different links to overcome jihadi counter points per story. However, yesterday I was kicked out of digg.com. I was for sure not breaking the terms of service. I posted links to a story showing Hamas’s support of Obama. It looks like the digg.com moderators don’t care when people say Hitler was right and put links blaming jews for all the worlds problems, but they do care if one wants to show a different light on someone who they support. When I asked why this time I got a response saying that I was breaking the terms of service and that the decision was final. Keep in mind electro-jihadis post several times more links in the comment section were not banned. 

         I conclude the only reason I was banned is the ideological values of the digg.com moderators. But I might be wrong in regards to being banned for that Obama link because I also left links in different stories ranging form refuting charge that the Israel Lobby is responsible for the war in Iraq, to posting link in a story pointing out how people calling Israel founding a catastrophe are misguided. 

    I am starting to document disgusting digg.com comments with screen shoots. I am trying to capture the hate-filled comments next to the advertisements on the page. I think it is important for companies to know what there product is being associated with. It is the advisors  that are supporting the hate and paying the salaries of the misguided, jihadi, or just plain evil moderators.

     Once I get enough screen shoots I am going to make a short video and lead a campaign to persuade companies to not help fund the hate-fest at digg.com. I could use some help in collecting screen shots and ideas for the short. I am also looking for a good voice for voice overs. Leave a comment if you have a good voice and a microphone. I don’t have the best voice and it is easy to send audio files these days.  

    Digg.com and wikipedia need fair and unbiased moderators that will ban electro-jihadis not people that are trying to correct them. Wikipedia and Digg.com get top search results. The lies being told at these sites due to poor moderation gives miss information to the billions of internet users that could read these lies and be mislead. 

    It is important to do something now before it is too late. This amount of miss information if it goes unchecked will result in another holocaust. 

    UPDATE: It seems as if Digg.com has blocked my IP address from logging in. 

    UPDATE: A new story on the front page of Digg.com that looks like a chapter from the protocols of the elders of zion 

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    The Economics of Mid East Refugees

    Posted by avideditor on April 13, 2008

    Here is more information and a better take on an earlier post.

    The Economics of Mid East Refugees: “
    The Right of return for Palestinian Refugees is the ultimate Straw Dog. First of all the term refugee give you the indication of people sleeping in tents carrying their clothes on their backs. They live in permanent houses, and the condition of their living quarters has more to do with former Egyptian President Nassar than any war with Israel (for more on this see The PLO was Born in Egypt, Raised by the KGB)

    I have seen the Jewish vs Palestinian Refugee Issue debated many ways, of course never in the Mainstream Media, but never in the way described below by Economist Sidney Zabludoff. In the article below, he looks at the FACTS not the emotions underlining the refugee issue and explains if there is compensation for either group, it should probably come from the Oil producing states, not from Israel:

    The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Rhetoric vs. Reality Sidney Zabludoff

    The Palestinian refugee issue has festered for sixty years and remains a major stumbling block in reaching an Israeli-Palestinian accord. At the same time, there has been little discussion of the larger number of Jews who were forced out of Middle Eastern and North African countries where they had lived for thousand of years. The reality of the issue has given way to cloudy political motivations, and the facts about the numbers of refugees and assets lost in both cases are little known.[1]

    The Facts

    Number of Refugees

    The exact number of Palestinians who fled Israel from November 1947 to December 1948 will never be known. The estimates range from about 400,000 to one million. The most plausible is some 550,000. Based on census figures and demographic trends, in 1947 there were most likely about 740,000 Palestinians living in the area that became Israel.[2] About 140,000 remained and roughly 50,000 soon returned after 1948 (estimates range from 30,000 to 90,000).[3] About two-thirds of those who left Israel went to the West Bank and Gaza with the remainder mainly going to Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.[4]

    The number of additional Palestinian refugees resulting from the 1967 war is also based on rough approximations. Most observers use some 300,000, of whom nearly 100,000 returned in the months following the war.[5] In addition, about half of those fleeing were already refugees from the 1948 war. The result is that new refugees probably amounted to about 100,000. Thus, the net total of refugees created by both wars was some 650,000.

    Within Israel, there were also internally displaced persons (IDP). These were Palestinians who fled their homes but did not regain them upon returning. Estimates of IDPs vary widely. Various Israeli scholars indicate 10,000 to 23,000; international organizations (International Red Cross and UN Relief and Works Agency-UNRWA), 25,000 to 46,000; and Palestinians, 150,000 to 300,000. Using the international organizations’ estimate, the IDPs would roughly equate to the 40,000 Jews forced out of the West Bank and Gaza during the 1948 war.

    Before 1948, there were slightly more than one million Jews in the Middle East and North Africa outside the area that became Israel, including the 40,000 in the West Bank and Gaza.[6] The total number fell by half in the years following the 1948 war and then declined to some 100,000 following the 1967 conflict. The Jewish population fell further in the ensuing years and by 2007 amounted to just 15,000 to 35,000. The bulk of those remaining reside in Iran. Thus roughly one million Jews became refugees because of actions of Middle Eastern and North African countries.

    When the two refugee exoduses are compared, it can be concluded with a high degree of likelihood that the number of Jewish refugees was some 50 percent greater than that of Palestinian refugees.

    Value of Assets Lost by Refugees

    A considerable number of estimates exist as to the value of the assets lost by the Jewish and Palestinian refugees. This includes numbers published by both groups that are well above any realistic amount and as such are likely politically motivated. Determining the value of property, businesses, financial holdings, and movable assets such as automobiles and furniture will under any circumstance be susceptible to a wide range of estimates. The best estimates are usually bank accounts if the data are available.

    The most solid estimate for assets given up by Palestinians fleeing the 1948 war was by John Measham Berncastle, who undertook the task in the early 1950s under the aegis of the newly formed United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP). He was a British land value estimator who had worked in Palestine since 1935. His estimate was 120 million Palestinian pounds of which about 100 million was for land and buildings and 20 million for movable property.[7] Other estimates would add some 4-5 million Palestinian pounds for Arab bank accounts blocked by the Israeli government.[8]

    The total of 125 million Palestinian pounds amounts to $350 million in 1948. This is equal to some $650 per 1948-1949 refugee. This number seems reasonable when compared to similar data. For example, per capita assets for Poland, the Baltic states, and southeast European countries during the late 1930s ranged from $550 to $700,[9] these being the most equivalent asset statistics available.

    To this must be added the asset losses for those additional 100,000 who fled in the aftermath of the 1967 war and the 40,000 IDPs. The latter are included even though they often were given new property and/or compensation.[10] At a realistic $700 per capita that would amount to another $100 million in lost Palestinian assets. Thus the total of assets lost by Palestinians is some $450 million. In 2007 prices this would amount to $3.9 billion. In per capita terms for 2007, this would be $4,740 or for a family of seven more than $33,000. The 2007 values used in this article are calculated by using the U.S. Consumer Price Index.[11]

    There also are no precise global figures of the assets lost by the Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Using a similar methodology, the minimal amount would be $700 million at period prices and $6 billion at 2007 prices. For the Jews of the above East European countries the per capita range is $700-$900. Jews had higher per capita assets than for the country as a whole because most lived in urban areas and held a large share of the professional jobs. The same demographic structure existed in most countries of the Middle East and North Africa. For example, while Jews made up 3 percent of the Iraqi population in 1948, they accounted for 20 percent of the population of Baghdad.

    There are two key reasons for the higher value of assets for Jewish refugees. Most important, the number of Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern and North African countries is some 50 percent higher than that of Palestinian refugees. Second, the demographic nature of the two groups varied, as explained. A higher percentage of the Jewish population was urban, mainly traders and professionals, which would tend to accumulate more assets than the Palestine population that was more rural.

    For both Jews and Palestinians, there are also two factors that somewhat reduced the amounts that needed to be repatriated. Assets, especially financial ones, were sometimes saved by moving or smuggling them out of the country. Both sides did so. Many wealthy Arab families from Jerusalem, Haifa, and Jaffa left Palestine soon after the November 1947 UN partition resolution, taking with them their financial and other movable assets. Those fleeing after the fighting began obviously took whatever financial assets and other movable assets they could carry. There were no limits on the amount of money and goods. As a result, by the end of September 1950, $26.7 million ($229 million in 2007 prices) in Palestinian pounds was converted in Jordan to Jordanian currency.[12]

    In the early days many Jews fleeing Middle Eastern and North African countries, mainly the wealthy ones, were able to smuggle money out of the countries in which they lived. For example, a number of Iraqi Jews moved money into Iran. But when it came to the mass exodus, each Middle Eastern or North African country had stringent regulations on the value of currency and high-valued goods, such as jewelry, that the refugees could take with them. In some countries Jews had a longer time to sell their property than did the Palestinians. But most often the transactions were at substantially reduced prices-less than 10 percent of their market value-and thus the losses were still substantial.

    The second factor concerns assets repatriated. Israel returned more than 90 percent of Palestinian blocked bank accounts. The process started in 1953 under the UNCCP and was mainly completed by 1959, with the small remainder being paid out during the early 1960s. Similarly, for the most part contents of safe deposit boxes and items held in custody by the banks also were returned. The amounts returned exceeded $10 million ($86 million in 2007 prices).[13] There also were a few cases where Jewish property was restored. Egypt did pay some claims for compensation for nationalized Jewish property, mainly to Jews who had English or French citizenship, normally at prices at the time of confiscation. For example, an undisclosed sum was paid in 2007 to a French-Egyptian-Jewish family for a hotel in Alexandria that the Nasser regime seized in 1952.[14] In the case of Algeria, refugees who fled to France, including Jews, after independence in 1962 received resettlement support.

    A major unknown is community property such as hospitals, mosques, synagogues, and religious schools. One estimate put the value of such Jewish-owned property in Egypt at $550 million in 2007 dollars.[15] It can be assumed, however, that the Jewish amounts are larger than those of Palestinians because of the higher number of refugees and a larger number of locations.

    Other financial demands were made by both sides, none of which were seriously considered. The Israelis wanted compensation for direct damage caused by the Arab attack on Israel ($463 million in 2007 prices), of which 65 percent involved the heavily damaged Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and the economic damage caused by the closure of the Suez Canal to Israel ($5.3-$5.9 billion in 2007 prices).[16] Other claims that had no determined value included direct expenditures incurred in repulsing the Arab invasion, indirect war damages on individuals, companies, and government due to the invasion, and losses caused by Arab boycott of firms doing business with Israel.

    The Palestinians have mentioned psychological damage to individuals as well as the lost income. When these are added to property losses, the total according to one Arab estimate runs from $181-$290 billion in 2007 prices.[17] Some estimates by Jewish groups also seem to be high. For example, the World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries indicates that the value of the properties they lost was some $100 billion (2006 values)[18] and another estimate is $300 billion in 2007 values.[19]

    It should be noted that it is impossible to determine an exact value for asset losses and an argument can be made for higher asset values. The roughly $10 billion in current value losses by both sides described above is determined by bringing the 1949 value up to 2007 value by adjusting for inflation. Often, however, prices of property increase faster than inflation and interest on financial assets is greater than the price increases. One method of determining current value is to use government long-term bond yields instead of inflation rates. This would increase the combined Jewish and Palestinian losses to some $36 billion in 2007 prices. The bottom line, however, is that no matter what methodology is used the losses of Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern and North African countries are almost certainly at least 50 percent higher than those of Palestinian refugees.

    Reality vs. Political Machinations

    In understanding the refugee issue, it is necessary to distinguish between the reality of the circumstances and political hopes and machinations.

    Causes of the Refugee Outflow

    Clearly, Israel in 1948 acted in self-defense against Arab states that wanted to eradicate the new country created by the United Nations. Many Palestinians fled in 1948 because Arab states said they should get out of the way of the war until the new state was defeated. Others took flight to avoid the fighting. Instances did occur in which Jewish forces drove the Palestinians out of their homes and Palestinian civilians were killed. But these occurrences were comparatively rare and take place in all wars. Unquestionably, the prime responsibility lies with those who started the war-in this case the Arab states.

    By contrast, the expulsion of the Jews from Arab states was purely vindictive. Attacks on Jews and their property in these countries intensified in the 1920s with the discussion of a possible Jewish state in Palestine. The killings and property losses grew worse in the 1930-1945 era partly because of the added factor of Nazi propaganda and the Nazi and Vichy occupation of North Africa. During this period there was a small but steady increase in the number of Jews from Arab countries migrating to Palestine.

    It was the extreme Arab violence and discriminatory government measures in reaction to the 1948, 1956, and 1967 wars that lead to the huge exodus of Jews. Throughout the region there were anti-Jewish riots involving harassment and killings reminiscent of East European pogroms. Moreover, often there was confiscation of property, along with limitations on employment and economic opportunities similar to Nazi German actions in the 1930s. Added to this was the independence from France of North African countries, which removed the French protection. Actions against Jews in Iran were much more limited than in Arab countries. Nevertheless, there was a steady outflow after 1948 that accelerated after the increased discrimination that followed the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The current Jewish population in Iran is about one-fifth that of 1948.

    Perceptions of the Jewish and Palestinian Refugee Issues

    Why does the Palestinian refugee issue remain strong while the larger expulsion of Jews is a backburner issue? The answer is simple and straightforward. Whereas the Jews who were forced out of Middle Eastern and North African countries were effectively and quickly resettled in Israel and Western nations, most of the Palestinians who fled and their descendants-some 4.7 million in 2006[20]-are still considered refugees after sixty years or three generations. About one-third are in the West Bank and Gaza and the remainder in nearby countries, most prominently Jordan.

    Calling these people refugees makes no sense. Few if any live in tent camps or temporary residences. Most own their homes and live in areas of towns that can be classified as working class neighborhoods. Rather than refugees, they are simply the recipients of assistance, mainly for education and health. Outside of the West Bank and Gaza, only Jordan has granted citizenship to all Palestinians and fully integrated them into the local society. But even those assimilated into Jordan and elsewhere are still considered refugees by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA).

    The political motivations are clear. In the years after the 1948 war, the refugee issue was kept alive partly because the Arab countries felt disgraced by having lost the war they had initiated. This sense was further aggravated by a strong nationalism that persisted for decades. After all, Jordan and Egypt could have absorbed the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, which they controlled as part of their own countries. Meanwhile, both Arab governments and the Arab League opposed granting citizenship to Palestinian refugees in their countries because it would undermine the use of the right of return to eliminate the Jewish state. In addition, it was quickly forgotten that the Arab states were the aggressors who bore the prime responsibility for causing the Palestinian refugee problem. The end result was that the Palestinian refugees became political pawns.

    This fact was stated succinctly by the former head of UNRWA, Ralph Galloway, when he said: ‘The Arab states do not want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront to the UN, and as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders do not give a damn whether Arab refugees live or die.'[21]

    Meanwhile, Israel did not aggressively pursue the Jewish refugee issue. Although it raised the matter in the early years of the new state,[22] after that the issue seemed to wane. Israel was eager to absorb those forced out of Middle Eastern and North African countries since it bolstered the Jewish population in Israel. Meanwhile, at first some Palestinian spokesmen denounced the expulsion of the Jews from Arab countries and even suggested a Jewish right of return.[23] They realized that the Jewish eviction undermined their own arguments.

    The Palestinian and Arab leaders continued to press the Palestinian refugee and right-of-return issue, especially after the Oslo accords led to discussions of a two-state solution, mainly as a major bargaining chip in these negotiations. The more extremist leaders gave the issue great prominence as a means of achieving their goal of eliminating the Jewish state by creating an Arab majority. In all these cases, pushing the refugee issue cost them nothing since UNWRA, which was supporting the refugees in their countries, was financed largely by Western nations.

    These political machinations made the Palestinian refugee situation unique. It is the oldest refugee situation handled by the United Nations and is the only one in which refugee status is granted to descendants. Moreover, the prolonged emphasis on refugee camps and the right of return goes against historical reality. Massive displacements of individuals across borders have occurred throughout human history. In most instances the refugee issue was dealt with by their absorption in other countries. Some were resolved by the conflicting nations.

    For example, during the 1920s 1.75 million Greeks and Turks moved across new boundaries based on their religious beliefs-Greek Orthodox and Muslim. Others exchanges were tacitly agreed to. Such a case involved the fourteen million Hindus/Sikhs and Muslims exchanged in 1947 between the newly formed countries of India and Pakistan. Indeed, from World War I to the 1950s, it was a widely held global view that the separation of ethnic and religious groups by moving them across borders would reduce tensions among countries and the chances of war.

    In other cases the moves were forced as a result of border changes. For example, at the end of World War II, at the insistence of the USSR, the Polish borders were moved west as the Soviets took over Polish territory and Poland took over areas previously in Germany. Millions were forced to move from their homes to new areas and no compensation was paid.

    Normally, although initially the refugees faced poverty and difficult times, within one generation the resettled population assimilated into their new country. A case in point is the current president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. He was born in New Delhi and at age four was one of the many Muslims who moved to Pakistan. The story of refugees (survivors) of the Holocaust, by far the most devastating event inflicted on any group during the twentieth century, also followed a similar pattern. Most survivors just wanted to get on with their lives in a new and secure environment.

    In all these cases there is a natural tendency of each dispossessed group to remember the past and what they lost. Although such feelings are passed down through generations, it does little to affect these groups’ absorption into their new setting. Like others, the Palestinians would probably have followed the same course if not for the disruptions caused by terrorism bolstered by incessant anti-Israeli propaganda.

    The Economic Ingredient

    Soon after Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza following the 1967 war, the plight of the Palestinian refugees improved. Overall, the area’s economy grew significantly. Israeli government economic assistance helped, but an even more important factor was the natural heavy dependence of the Palestinian economy on the Israeli market for its labor and goods. In addition, Palestinian wages were high compared to those of nearby Arab countries making Palestinian goods less competitive in these countries. Indeed, as Hebrew University economics professor Nadav Halevi stated at a UN conference in Cairo: ‘The Palestinian economy needs the Israeli one more than the Israeli economy needs the Palestinian one.'[24]

    As a result of the improved post-1967 economic situation, by 1974 90 percent of Palestinian refugees owned their own homes and their spending was close to that of nonrefugee families.[25] Refugees made up nearly half of the Palestinian population of the administered territories.

    The favorable economic trend lasted until the First Intifada in the 1980s, when terrorist activity led to a downturn until the mid-1990s. Then, as a result of the Oslo accords, a more peaceful period emerged leading to resurgent economic activity and a 6-7 percent annual rise in GNP per capita.[26] During both growth periods, the economy benefited significantly from the enhanced integration of the Israeli and Palestinian economies.

    The favorable Oslo period ended with the Second Intifada in 2000. There was some recovery from 2003 to 2005 but this soon diminished when Hamas came to power and then took over Gaza. From September 2000 to mid-2007, the Palestinian GNP per capita declined about 30 percent.[27] Clearly, terrorism has been a main factor undercutting economic opportunities for refugees as well as the entire Palestinian economy. Israeli antiterror measures hamper the movement of goods and labor between Israel and the territories.

    Compensation for Refugee Losses

    All refugee crises since World War I have involved considerable discussions of how to compensate for the property and other asset losses of individuals. International agreements on the subject have increased dramatically, especially since World War II and the founding of the United Nations. During World War II, a number of Allied agreements called for the return of property stolen by the Nazis and their collaborators. The United Nations and its agencies have passed several resolutions on returning property and the right of return of refugees.

    In all these cases the agreements have had little effect, becoming no more than idealistic pronouncements. Moreover, all parties to the issue have different interpretations of the language used. This is true of the 1948 UN resolution 194, which refers to the right of return of Palestinian refugees. Finally, there is no balance since the United Nations has passed numerous such resolutions relating to the Palestinians but not one referring to the dispossessed Jews of the Middle East and North Africa.

    The examples of compensation falling short are numerous. Less than 20 percent of asset losses by Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe have been returned despite the fact that the Holocaust was an event unequaled in modern history-the extermination of more than two-thirds of continental European Jewry.[28] The nine hundred thousand French pied-noirs who fled Algeria in 1962 lost property valued at $20 billion. Only about 10 percent of that was reimbursed by the French government in the form of assimilation assistance over the next fifteen years.[29]

    More akin to the Arab-Israeli situation was the division of the British-ruled Indian subcontinent in 1947 into two states, India and Pakistan. Killings, riots, and property destruction led to the flight of Muslims in India to Pakistan and of Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan to India. Among the more than fourteen million refugees, less than 2 percent returned and/or recovered their land or business. Although there was considerable discussion of individual compensation, it never worked out. Again in the Greek-Turkish population exchange of 1923, individual compensation was suggested but dropped because of its complexities in favor of a global settlement between the parties. In both cases, the land and shops abandoned by those fleeing were turned over to the incoming refugees.

    Such an exchange of property also took place between Jewish and Palestinian refugees. Israel used previously owned Palestinian land to absorb Jewish refugees. The Syrian government seized Jewish property and turned it over to Palestinian refugees.[30] But more commonly in other Middle Eastern and North African countries, seized Jewish property was not used to resettle Palestinians. Governments and local individuals simply took over the Jewish property and profited by not paying compensation.

    A fairer resolution of the compensation issue involved the Israeli government’s settlement with the Palestinian IDPs. In 1953, it reached an agreement with UNRWA to take over responsibility for resettling these Palestinians. As a result they were no longer considered refugees but rather citizens of Israel. During the next ten years the Israeli government provided the IDPs either their original property and/or compensation for the losses. Although some Palestinians felt the offers were too small and have raised the issue in recent years, the group as a whole has become an integral part of Israeli society.

    For most refugee crises of the post-World War II era, compensation came mainly in the form of temporary assistance. Such rehabilitation efforts usually lasted for several years while the refugee groups were becoming assimilated into their new surroundings. It is only the Palestinian one in which such support continued for a prolonged period. In 2007 prices, UNRWA has spent $13.7 billion since its inception in 1950.[31] Its 2007 budget exceeds $500 million. The result is that UNRWA, over the past fifty-seven years, has spent 3.5 times more than the Palestinian refugees lost in assets, and this excludes assistance they received through other aid programs provided to the Palestinians mainly by Western countries.

    Lessons Learned

    Most important, the refugee issue is not only bogus but a major distraction from the real issues: establishing a Palestinian state and eliminating terrorism. Only these steps would provide Israel security and allow the Palestinian economy to flourish as it did following the 1967 war and the signing of the Oslo accords.

    Restoring such a reality would mean:

    • Shelving the right-of-return issue and accepting the outcome of similar religious or ethnic disputes that created a significant number of refugees. Each side would continue to live in their new domains, and property and other asset claims would be dropped. At the same time, Arab countries-mainly Syria and Lebanon-would accept the Palestinians as citizens and help integrate them into the local society and economy. Or if they so chose, these Palestinians could be resettled in a new Palestinian state.
    • Eliminating the refugee status of Palestinians. Instead of providing support to so-called refugees, economic assistance would be given to a new Palestinian state. Similar aid could be provided to other nearby countries to facilitate their absorption of Palestinians.

    Obviously, however, negotiations to reach an Israeli-Palestinian settlement will have to deal with the refugee issue and its subparts such as the right of return and/or compensation. Put into perspective, it remains as a bargaining chip for Arab and Palestinian negotiators who continue to emphasize the issue via their political drumbeat. The only way to move toward the reality of how such events have been handled in the past is to stress the clear fact that there were more Jews who fled Middle Eastern and North African countries than Palestinians who left Israel.

    If it is decided to establish a fund to reimburse the original Jewish and Palestinian refugee families or their heirs for the asset losses, there are two options. The most just method would be to pay each family/heir what it lost. Such a procedure, however, would be extremely complicated and take many years to determine each person’s losses. The second alternative is to establish a global fund in which each family/heir receives an equivalent amount. This would be unfair to the few Jews and Palestinians who in each society held the bulk of the wealth. This is a common situation in all countries. For example, in Iraq in the late 1940s, 2 percent of the Jewish population held 44 percent of the group’s assets.[32] To overcome this problem, a higher award could be paid to those who could prove they possessed assets worth more than a stipulated amount.

    Under either option an estimated $10 billion would be needed to support an asset restitution fund. Realistically, only a small portion could be expected to come from the countries from which the refugees fled. Most funds would have to be provided by developed or oil-rich Arab countries. During the peace negotiations in 2000, the Clinton administration suggested such a fund should be financed by developed countries. The Arab countries, Israel, and the Palestinians all quickly approved that idea since they would not have to contribute. This is reality!

    * * *


    [1] The amount of material produced, especially on the Palestinian refugees, is huge, and much of it highly slanted to support political views. These books and articles provided the most useful research and analysis for this article: Avi Beker, UNRWA, Terror and the Refugee Conundrum: Perpetuating the Misery (Jerusalem: WJC Institute, 2003); Avi Beker, ‘The Forgotten Narrative: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries,’ Jewish Political Studies Review, Vol. 17, Nos. 3-4 (Fall 2005); Randy Belinfante, ‘Resources for Research on Jews in Arab Countries,’ Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries, Toronto, 2003; Eyal Benvenisti, ‘Principles and Procedures for Compensating Refugees,’ PRRN/DRC Workshop on Compensation as a Part of the Comprehensive Palestinian Refugee Problem, Ottawa, July 1999; Rex Brynen, ‘The Funding of Palestinian Refugee Compensation,’ FOFOGNET Digest, March 1996; Michael Comay, Zionism, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs: Questions and AnswersRefugees and World Politics (New York: Praeger, 1985); Michael Fischbach, Records of Dispossession: Palestine Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003); Moshe Gat, The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951 (London: Frank Cass, 1997); Sami Hadwi, Palestinian Rights and Losses in 1948: A Comprehensive Study (London: Saqi Books, 1988); Nadav Halevi, ‘Prospects for Palestinian Economic Development and Middle East Peace Process,’ paper presented at a United Nations conference in Cairo, June 2000; Andre Jabes, Jews in Arab Countries: A Survey of Events since August 1967 (London: Institute of Jewish Affairs, 1971); Arie Kacowicz and Pawel Lutomski, eds., Population Resettlement in International Conflicts: A Comparative StudyUNRWA: A Report (Wellesley, MA: Center for Near East Policy Research, 2003); Ruth Lapidoth, ‘Legal Aspects of the Palestinian Refugee Question,’ Jerusalem Letter/Viewpoints, 485, 1 September 2002; Luke Lee, ‘The Issue of Compensation for Palestinian Refugees,’ PRRN/DRC Workshop on Compensation as a Part of the Comprehensive Palestinian Refugee Problem, Ottawa, July 1999; Itamar Levin, Confiscated Wealth: The Fate of Jewish Property in Arab Lands (Jerusalem: WJC Institute, 2000); Itamar Levin, Locked Doors: The Seizure of Jewish Property in Arab Countries (London: Praeger, 2001); Emanuel Marx and Nachmias Nitza, ‘Dilemmas of Prolonged Humanitarian Aid Operations: The Case of UNWRA,’ Journal of Humanitarian Assistance, 22 June 2004; Ya’akov Meron, ‘Why Jews Fled the Arab Countries,’ Middle East Quarterly, September 1995; Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); Ori Nir, ‘What Is a Refugee? What Is a Displaced Person?’ Haaretz, 7 March 1995; Walter Pinner, How Many Refugees? (London: McGibbon & Kee, 1959); Walter Pinner, The Legend of the Arab Refugees (Tel Aviv: Economic and Social Research Institute, 1967); Terence Prittie and Bernard Dineen, Double Exodus: A Study of Arab and Jewish Refugees in the Middle East (London: Goodhart Press, 1974); Maurice Roumani, The Case of the Jews from Arab Countries: A Neglected Issue (New York: WOJAC, 1977); Joseph Schechtman, Arab Refugee Problem (New York: Philosophical Library, 1952); Joseph Schechtman, On Wings of Eagles: The Plight, Exodus and Homecoming of Oriental Jews (New York: Yoseloff, 1961); Joseph Schechtman, The Refugee in the World: Displacement and Integration (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1963); Malka Hillel Shulewitz, ed., The Forgotten Millions: The Modern Jewish Exodus from Arab Lands (London: Cassel, 1999); Norman Stillman, The Jews in Arab Lands in Modern Times (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1991); Milton Viorst, Reaching for the Olive Branch: UNRWA and Peace in the Middle East (Washington: Middle East Institute, 1989); http://www.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_refugees. (Jerusalem: Keter Books, 1983); Elizabeth Ferris, ed., (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007); Arlene Kushner,

    [2] See Prittie and Dineen, Double Exodus, 8-9; Schechtman, Arab Refugee Problem; Schechtman, Refugee in the World, 199.

    [3] See Morris, Birth.

    [4] See Shulewitz, Forgotten Millions, 140.

    [5] See Nir, ‘What Is a Refugee?’

    [6] The total for 1948 is 1,036,000. This includes 856,000 from Arab countries (see Roumani, Case of the Jews from Arab Countries, 2), 140,000 from Iran, and 40,000 from the West Bank and Gaza. For other years, see the American Jewish Year Book.

    [7] See Fischbach, Records, 128.

    [8] See ibid., 98.

    [9] Sidney Zabludoff, And It All But Disappeared: The Nazi Seizure of Jewish Assets (Jerusalem: WJC Institute, 1998).

    [10] See Kacowicz and Lutomski, Population Resettlement, 136-50.

    [11] US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index, 1982-1984=100.

    [12] See Schechtman, Arab Refugee Problem, 95.

    [13] See Fischbach, Records, 198-209.

    [14] World Jewry Dateline, WJC Foundation, September 2007, 2.

    [15] See Levin, Locked Doors, 137.

    [16] See Fischbach, Records, 193.

    [17] See Hadwi, Palestinian Rights.

    [18] Jerusalem Post, 23 October 2006.

    [19] Jerusalem Post, 16 November 2007.

    [20] UNRWA as of 31 March 2006.

    [21] See Roumani, Case of the Jews from Arab Countries, 50.

    [22] See Schechtman, Arab Refugee Problem, 111-12.

    [23] See Shulewitz, Forgotten Millions, 96; Meron, ‘Why Jews Fled.’

    [24] See Halevi, ‘Prospects,’ para. 40.

    [25] See Marx and Nachmias, ‘Dilemmas.’

    [26] World Bank, Two Years after London: Restoring Palestinian Economic Recovery (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2007).

    [27] Ibid.

    [28] Sidney Zabludoff, ‘Restitution of Holocaust-Era Assets: Promises and Reality,’ Jewish Political Studies Review, Vol. 19, Nos. 1-2 (Spring 2007).

    [29] See Kacowicz and Lutomski, Population Resettlement, 50.

    [30] See Levin, Locked Doors, 182-84.

    [31] Individual years from UNRWA reports with each year increased to 2007 prices using the US Consumer Price Index; see n. 11.

    [32] See Gat, Jewish Exodus, 74.

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    Ma’an News-Hatred Funded by Denmark and the Netherlands

    Posted by avideditor on April 6, 2008

    Ma’an News-Hatred Funded by Denmark and the Netherlands: “
    Its one thing for a news organization to be biased in its coverage, it worse when they are just snakes. Ma’an news, a Palestinian News agency, has a major case of Eddie Haskell Syndrome. For those of you who were born after the Beatles broke up, Eddie Haskell was a character on the TV show Leave it to Beaver. Eddie’s two trademarks are his sugary politeness to adults and his sharp-tongued meanness to everybody else. Eddie would be in the middle of calling his buddies names an if their mother would enter the room he would stop on a dime and utter something like ‘Good Morning Mrs. Cleaver, MY, what a pretty dress you have on’

    The Ma’an news has two version one in English (which I read) and the other in Arabic. The English one reports with a bias, but actually breaks some interesting stories which have been posted on this blog. The Arabic version spews hatred and does its best to incite Palestinians against Israel, Jews and the Western World. And the sick part of it all—its funded by Denmark and the Netherlands. As Hamlet said, ‘Things Be Rotten in the State of Denmark’ The report below is from Palestinian Media Watch




    Netherlands and Denmark fund terror glorification, hate language of Palestinian news agency By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook


    A Palestinian news agency that receives financial support from the governments of The Netherlands and Denmark glorifies terrorists, releases news stories using hate language and is a highly politicized, hate-promoting news organization. Paradoxically, Ma’an News claims to be ‘objective, accurate, balanced’ and to ‘increase Palestinian media credibility,’ according to its web site.

    1- Ma’an Honoring Terrorists and Murderers as Shahids

    Ma’an has glorified the recent Palestinian murderer of eight Israeli yeshiva students, the Dimona suicide terrorist, the killers of the two Israeli hikers and the terrorists who attacked a boys’ high school with the very highest Islamic status attainable, elevating them to the status of ‘Shahids’ or ‘Martyrs for Allah.’ According to the accepted Palestinian interpretation of Islam, there is no higher status that a Muslim can achieve today than that of Shahid. In defining terrorist murderers as ‘Shahids,’ Ma’an is by definition sending its readers a straightforward message of honor for the killers, and approval for the many murders. Negative or dishonorable actions could not elevate an individual to Shahid status. (See below for full sources.)

    In its English versions of these reports, Ma’an did not honor the terrorists as ‘Shahids’ or use the similar English term ‘Martyrs.’Note, for example, the difference in Ma’an reporting on the murder of the two hikers:


    Ma’an Arabic News

    Ma’an English News

    ‘Two of the operatives died as Shahids.’ [Dec. 28, 2007]

    ‘Two Israelis, two Palestinians killed by gunfire near Hebron.’


    The explanation for this and all other discrepancies between Ma’an’s English and Arabic reporting is that this politically-charged Arabic terminology, together with the examples of Ma’an’s use of hate-language (below), would readily expose Ma’an’s lack of professionalism and messages of approval of terror if repeated in English. In addition, it must be assumed that the governments of The Netherlands and Denmark would be outraged to know they are funding terror glorification and hate journalism.

    2 – Suicide Bombers: Ma’an uses term of higher honor: Shahada-Seekers

    With regard to suicide terrorists Ma’an goes even further. According to Islam, someone who intentionally seeks Shahada – death for Allah – is greater than someone who achieves Shahada while not actively hoping to die. The Arabic term Istishhadi – Shahada- Seeker- is used by terror organizations to define and add a higher status of honor specifically to suicide terrorists .

    Ma’an has followed this lead in its Arabic reporting of the Dimona suicide bombing that killed one Israeli woman and critically injured her husband. Note the apolitical report by Ma’an in English, where the suicide bomber is reported to be just that, ‘a bomber,’ followed by the Arabic Ma’an reports that use the term of highest honor, ‘Shahada-Seekers.’



    Ma’an Arabic News

    Ma’an English News

    ‘Ma’an – Senior military figure [Abu Al-Walid] of the Al-Aqsa Brigades in Gaza, rejected the suspicion that Israel aroused regarding the identity of the two Shahada-Seekers, who carried out the Dimona action… Pictures of the two Shahada-Seekers etc …’

    [February 5, 2008]

    ‘Al-Aqsa Brigades dispel doubts about identity of second Dimona bomber

    Speaking to Ma’an on Tuesday, Abu Al-Walid reiterated that the bombers were Luay Al-Ghawani and Mousa Arafat … Israeli security officials had expressed doubt about the validity of the image of the second bomber.’

    Note also that under similar pictures of the mothers of the bombers, Ma’an uses the objective caption in English: ‘Mother of suspected bomber,’ and the honor caption in Arabic: ‘Mothers of the Shahada-Seekers‘.

    Ma’an Arabic caption

    Ma’an English caption

    ‘Mothers of Shahada-Seekers

    ‘Mother of suspected bomber

    3- Ma’an denies Israel’s right to exist- all Israel is ‘Occupation’

    Ma’an uses very politicized hate language to routinely reject Israel’s right to exist, and even to deny Israel’s existence. For example, when reporting on Israeli Arab doctors who visited Gaza, Ma’an defined them in Arabic as ‘Palestinian doctors from inside ‘Occupied Palestine’,’ Ma’an’s term for Israel. In this case, Ma’an’s English language report on this story followed similar hate language:

    ‘Palestinian doctors from 1948 territories [another Ma’an euphemism for Israel] visit Gaza… A delegation of doctors from Palestinian territories occupied since 1948, from outside of the Green Line, visited the Gaza Strip.’ [February 29, 2008]

    In this article to deny Israel’s legitimacy on its land, Ma’an went out of its way to use a particularly awkward hate expression. Instead of using the simple, accurate and apolitical wording, ‘doctors from Israel,’ Ma’an used 13 cumbersome, politically-charged hate words to describe the doctors’ origins:


    Ma’an political language

    Accurate apolitical language


    ‘doctors from Palestinian territories occupied since 1948, from outside of the Green Line’


    ‘doctors from Israel’



    It is also important to note that later in the same article, Ma’an used the term ‘Israel’ as follows: ‘…crippling siege led by Israel.’ The difference is striking. When referring to the land or location – Ma’an called Israel ‘Occupied Palestine.’ In referring to the government of Israel or criticizing Israeli policy Ma’an used ‘Israel.’ (See other examples below.)

    Finally, since Israel’s very existence is presented by Ma’an as an ‘Occupation,’ the Israeli army in Arabic is referred to with hate language identical to that used by the terrorist organizations: ‘the occupation forces.’ Here, as in some of the cases above, Ma’an avoids the hate language in English. One example is a Ma’an report after Israel arrested three suspected terrorists.]


    Ma’an Arabic News

    Ma’an English News


    Occupation forces arrest …’

    [March 25, 2008]

    Israeli forces raid …’


    See below a list of examples where Ma’an glorifies terrorists and uses hate language.

    PMW comment:

    Last year PMW documented that Ma’an used this politicized hate language after the suicide terror attack in the Israeli city of Eilat. [See PMW Bulletin]

    In Arabic, Ma’an had reported that Eilat was ‘in the south of occupied Palestine,’ the mother of the terrorist was said to be from the ‘occupied city of Jaffa’, though Jaffa is part of Tel Aviv, and Ma’an had honored the suicide bomber as a Shahid.

    We find it surprising and unfortunate that the governments of The Netherlands and Denmark continue to fund this hate journalism without demanding a change. Hate incitement, including denial of Israel’s existence and glorifying terror, is universally accepted as a paramount cause of continued Palestinian terror. These governments, together with governments who have blindly funded Palestinian schoolbooks, bear direct moral responsibility for the continued hatred that is being ingrained into future Palestinian generations, and bear a moral responsibility for the terror and its victims.

    The following are additional examples of Ma’an using hate language and honoring terrorists.

    Ma’an grants Shahid status to all terrorists in recent terror attacks. The following are in addition to examples above.

    1. Jerusalem Yeshiva terror attack – 8 students killed:

    Ma’an Arabic News:

    ‘8 dead and two Shahids in the Jerusalem Operation. The operatives were from [village of] Jabal Mukbar…’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, March 6, 2008]

    2. Terror attack in High School in Kfar Ezion:

    Ma’an Arabic News:

    ‘Ma’an discloses the identity of the two Shahids from the Ezion operation.’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, January 24 , 2008]

    3. Two hikers ambushed and murdered as they strolled on nature walk

    Ma’an Arabic News:

    ‘Two of the operatives died as Shahids, two more were injured and two Israeli soldiers were killed.’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, December 28, 2007]

    Ma’an English News:

    ‘Two Israelis, two Palestinians killed by gunfire near Hebron.’

    [Ma’an, English news, December 28, 2007]

    4. Suicide Terror attack in Dimona- one woman killed:

    Ma’an Arabic News:

    ‘Ma’an – Senior military figure [Abu Al-Walid] of the Al-Aqsa Brigades in Gaza, rejected the suspicion that Israel aroused regarding the identity of the two Shahada-Seekers, who carried out the Dimona action… Pictures of the two Shahada-Seekers etc …’

    Ma’an English News:

    ‘Speaking to Ma’an on Tuesday, Abu Al-Walid reiterated that the bombers were Luay Al-Ghawani and Mousa Arafat’ [ English news, February 5, 2008]

    Ma’an news releases promote the hate message that Israel has no right to exist, calling Israel ‘Occupied Palestine’ or ‘territories occupied after 1948,’ Israel’s government the ‘Occupation Authority’ and its soldiers the ‘Occupation forces.’ Note also when Israel is mentioned it is often put within quotation marks- a common linguistic method to express non-recognition.

    1.’The Occupation authorities [editor: replaces ‘Israeli authorities’] have been enforcing severe restrictions since the morning hours on the entrance of residents to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and even on the entrance into the city of Jerusalem within the borders of the occupation municipality [editor: replaces ‘Jerusalem’]. They have prevented hundreds of the residents of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948, [editor: replaces ‘Israel’] who hold blue ‘Israeli’ identity cards from…’

    [Ma’an, Arabic news, February 29, 2008]

    2.’He said that 72 prisoners have died as Shahids during the al-Aqsa intifada, 58 of them from the West Bank, one from the territories occupied since 1948 [editor: replaces ‘Israel’] and 13 from the Gaza Strip…’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, February 29, 2008]

    3.’In a research paper he published on the issue of the number of prisoners of Palestine which has been occupied since 1948 (The ‘inside’ prisoners) [editor: replaces ‘Israeli prisoners’], he emphasized that this number is an important number in the equation of the historical and cultural struggle against the Israeli occupier…’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, March 15, 2008]

    Note in this previous example that instead of just writing the single word ‘Israel,’ Ma’an used a very long term: Palestine which has been occupied since 1948. However, Ma’an itself felt the need to further explain its own cumbersome usage by adding in parentheses, (‘inside’ prisoners) meaning ‘Israeli Arab prisoners.’ It shows again that Ma’an is willing to burden its readers with linguistic contortions, rather than use simple and accurate language which would indicate recognition of Israel. In this case the language it avoided writing was ‘Arab prisoners from Israel.’

    4. ‘Dr. al-Asta did not compare the outlook… to one who lives in the racist Ghetto in Occupied Palestine…’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, February 24, 2008]

    5. ‘A delegation of doctors from Palestinian territories occupied since 1948… visited the Gaza Strip.’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, March 17, 2008]

    6. Discrepancies between English and Arabic reports:

    Ma’an Arabic Report:

    ‘The occupation forces’ detained 3 residents in Bethlehem and al-Duha’. [Ma’an, Arabic news, March 25, 2008]

    Ma’an English Report:

    ‘Israeli forces raid Bethlehem and seize 3 Palestinians’

    [Ma’an, English news, March 25, 2008]

    Ma’an Arabic Report:

    ‘The Israeli occupation army seized the town of Kafin afternoon today, Wednesday…’ [Ma’an, Arabic news, March 26, 2008]

    Ma’an EnglishReport:

    ‘Israeli forces stormed the town of Kafin in the West Bank Wednesday…’ [Ma’an, English news, March 26, 2008

    (Via YID With LID.)</

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    World > Countries and Territories > Israel

    Posted by avideditor on April 6, 2008

    World > Countries and Territories > Israel: ”



    From: Anne Lieberman
    Date: Sunday, April 06, 2008 8:36 AM
    To: WebEditor@NYTimes.com
    Subject: World > Countries and Territories > Israel

    Since Israel is the only predominantly Jewish country in the entire world, it seems odd to me that you would top your Israel index page with a picture of a mosque.

    Are you TRYING to be offensive? Or are you simply unconscious?

    Anne Lieberman

    Things may be getting a little better at the Times since Ethan Bronner has replaced Steven Erlanger as Jerusalem bureau chief; see for example Bronner’s front page article about Sderot.

    But still … so much damage has already been done and there’s no taking it back. I will go to my grave remembering the front page of the Travel Section, Easter Sunday 2006:






    (Via avideditor’s shared items in Google Reader.)</

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    BBC Lies About Bush Speech, Then Tries To Cover It Up

    Posted by avideditor on March 24, 2008

    BBC is trying to rewrite history by lying about Israel, spreading anti-semetic ideas, and make it appear that anyone that is willing to fight Radical Islam is clueless. It seems like they are rewriting some of their own reporting. It seems as if the BBC is modeling its propaganda practices on 1984, while promoting Radical Islam, the biggest threat to liberty in our time.

    BBC Lies About Bush Speech, Then Tries To Cover It Up: “

    1Exhibiting a thoroughness worthy of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, the BBC has been busy erasing all traces of the corporation’s blatantly dishonest reporting of President Bush’s speech on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.I’ll provide a quick recap for anyone who’s new to the story…On Wednesday the BBC reported the speech under the headline ‘Bush speech hails Iraq ‘victory’‘. The headline was supported by the following sentence in the story:He said recent troop reinforcements had brought about ‘a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror’.However, this isn’t what Bush said. What he said was:The surge has done more than turn the situation in Iraq around – it has opened the door to a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror.‘Opened the door to’ is obviously very different to ‘brought about’ – the BBC’s own words. The deceitful editing of the story, and the equally deceitful headline, were clearly designed to expose the President to the ridicule of the BBC’s viewers around the world, by creating the impression that he was once again prematurely declaring victory in Iraq, as he was ridiculed for doing back in 2003.I wrote my first post about the story on Thursday, and emailed a few of the bloggers I read on a regular basis. Charles at Little Green Footballs linked, and by Friday morning – almost certainly as a result of word of the LGF post reaching the BBC – the headline on the story had been changed to ‘Bush says Iraq invasion was right’. However, the misleading sentence mentioned above was still in the story, and the ‘Bush hails victory’ headline still appeared on a video of the speech.By this time the dishonestly headlined, mendaciously edited BBC story had been displayed prominently on the website for two days. With the site attracting around 13 million unique viewers per week, we can safely assume that several million people around the world saw the report of President Bush ‘claiming victory’ in Iraq.As I noted in my second post (linked by Pajamas Media) the BBC’s ‘Have Your Say’ thread on the story was filled with comments hostile to President Bush and the US, with many commenters citing and ridiculing the ‘victory claim’ which Bush never made. At least two commenters called for Bush and Tony Blair to be hanged, and this in a ‘fully moderated’ thread. Here’s one of those comments:1Late on Friday night/Saturday morning I emailed the BBC, using the comments form provided on the website (here – it’s not too late to let them know what you think), to point out that the deliberately misleading sentence remained in the story, and the inaccurate headline remained on the video clip; I also sent links to mine and Charles’s posts. I received no reply from the BBC, but by lunchtime on Saturday the story had been corrected, and the headline on the video clip had been changed.I stupidly didn’t think to screen-grab the headline on the original story – to be honest I didn’t expect the BBC to correct it – but after it was changed I did screen-grab the video player. Here’s the original version, with not one but two references to Bush ‘hailing victory’:1And here’s the ‘after’ version, with the first reference corrected and the second deleted:1It’s inconceivable that the headline and sentence which created such a misleading impression of Bush’s speech were simply ‘editing errors’. I used to work as a sub-editor on a daily newspaper in the UK, and a story as important as this would one have been seen by perhaps six different journalists before the paper went to press.I’ve no doubt that at least as many BBC journalists would have been involved in putting together the Bush story, and senior ones too. The BBC is fat with British taxpayers’ money, and its news-gathering operation is probably the best-resourced and most over-manned in the world; they wouldn’t have farmed this job out to the intern.The journalists who edited the report knew exactly what they were doing. They had access to the full transcript of the speech, and the video. They cut-and-pasted, or typed out, Bush’s ‘incriminating’ words. It’s clear that the decision to manipulate his words, and to headline the story with a lie, was approved at a high level.Even for a news organisation with an undisguised political bias, the manipulation of a key speech by such an important figure would be despicable behaviour. The BBC’s actions are made worse by the fact that it maintains the pretence of impartiality, although anyone familiar with its reporting on issues from Israel-Palestine (see also this story) to global warming knows this isn’t the case.As I wrote in my second post, the BBC is trusted by, and influences the opinions of, millions of people around the world, and such influence demands a similar degree of responsibility. It’s one thing to ‘bash Bush’, but the BBC’s selective and biased reporting on the war on terror can only embolden the jihadists and their state sponsors (anyone who seriously doubts there’s a link should read this), while simultaneously undermining the political and public support that US, British and allied troops so desperately need.Read the rest of this article at The Monkey Tennis Centre blog.”(Via avideditor’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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    CNN Spin for Obama

    Posted by avideditor on March 21, 2008

    CNN Spin for Obama: “On Anderson Cooper’s CNN blog, Roland S. Martin spins out of control in an effort to help sweep up the mess left from pastorgate. He claims that Rev. Wright was only quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force. He is particularly claiming that the controversial sermon that the ‘chickens have come home to roost’ was a quote from Peck. He goes on to provide what I guess is supposed to be the quote in question. However, if you watch the very start of the video above, Wright says straight out who this particular quote comes from….Malcom X!

    One of the most controversial statements in this sermon was when he mentioned ‘chickens coming home to roost.’ He was actually quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force, who was speaking on FOX News. That’s what he told the congregation.He was quoting Peck as saying that America’s foreign policy has put the nation in peril:‘We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, Arikara, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism.‘We took Africans away from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism.‘We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel.‘We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenage and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard working fathers.‘We bombed Qaddafi’s home, and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children’s head against the rock.‘We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they’d never get back home.‘We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.‘Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.‘We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.‘Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that y’all, not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism. An ambassador whose eyes are wide open and who is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice upon which we are now poised. The ambassador said the people we have wounded don’t have the military capability we have. But they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them. And we need to come to grips with that.’

    It is interesting that I didn’t see any quote at all in the above that says anything about ‘chickens coming home to roost.’Confederate Yankee fills us in on where the quote was more likely to have come from:

    The most famous single citation of ‘The Chickens Coming Home to Roost’ was as an alternate title of the Malcolm X speech, God’s Judgement of White America, where X attributed the assassination death of John F. Kennedy to the historical evils of white America at that time.I suspect that is a far more likely source for Wright’s invocation of that particular phrase, especially when we consider the historical contexts of both Wright’s speech after 9/11, and X’s speech after Kennedy was killed.At best, Jeremiah Wright credits here a ‘A white ambassador’ for saying ‘Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism.’There is no support provided by Martin for the claim that Peck said anything about ‘chickens coming home to roost,’ or any of the rest of what he cited.

    A small excerpt from Ace’s rant:

    So, CNN: He was just quoting Peck, huh? Just putting Peck’s quote into ‘context’?Gee, funny how such a key quote — the one you claim lets Wright off the hook — is entirely absent from your lying article.

    More from Confederate Yankee:

    Wright does indeed invoke Peck, and in particular, where Peck invokes the specific Malcolm X speech cited above.In short, Martin is being duplicitous when he claims that Wright was citing Peck, he was instead citing Malcom X through Peck.

    In the long run it doesn’t really matter who Wright was quoting. He spoke it and believed it. The only reason it matters is another example of dishonesty and bias in the MSM. Its an obvious spin.

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    ABC News Stages ‘Islamophobia’ Event

    Posted by avideditor on February 28, 2008

    It looks like CAIR has either bought off or totally manipulated ABC news. I expected better. It looks like ABC is becoming as dhimmi as MSNBC and CNN (caliphate news network).

    ABC News Stages ‘Islamophobia’ Event: “ABC News does their best to set up the ‘dumb American bigots’ at a roadside Texas bakery, with one actor wearing misogynistic radical Muslim garb and provoking the yokels and another actor pretending to be a Muslim-hater, as a crew films with a hidden camera, all designed and staged to show how ‘Islamophobic’ Americans are: Islamophobia: ‘She Wasn’t Dressed Right’.UPDATE at 2/26/08 8:59:02 pm:This whole ridiculous shell game appears to have been staged at the behest of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Saudi-funded radical Islamic front group listed as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding case; they’re cited repeatedly as authorities in this absurd companion piece, utterly devoid of context on their radical Islamic connections, of course: Four Common Misconceptions About Muslims.”  

     (Via Little Green Footballs.)

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