Friday, August 11th
I was impressed by what Thane Rosenbaum wrote in his August 9th article in the Wall street Journal: “Red State Jews” (posted in its entirety below the introduction); for many reasons.
Each one of us who found themselves in a “blue state”, so to speak, joined for one or more reason. It was not, for the most part, to renounce our Jewishness, or to tear apart the Israeli institution or Zionism per se (as suggested by followers of Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky, or the Neturei Karta).
As a bloc, we saw the precept of “do unto others” as a prime motivator in guiding us to challenge, to question and not to simply accept. We saw fairness as applying equally whether to Jews or Palestinians alike. We did not wish to stand for the cliché that “two wrongs will make a right”, as the “red state” will have us believe.
We wanted to believe in the Utopia of Peace in The Middle East and what it can bring to the area and its inhabitants who so direly need it, to a man, woman and child.
While I enjoyed reading and related to the author soul searching, and his internal debate, I find myself in total disagreement with some of his observations and especially his final conclusions. The Jewish left is not in shambles, and we were never at any point in time naïve about our pursuits.
Israel Bonan on 08.11.06 @ 12:25 AM CST [link]
Thursday, August 10th
A fresh set of Lebanon photo hoaxes was reported by Yedioth Ahronot* newspaper, summarizing the investigations of several bloggers.
Drinking From Home discovered two photos of the same woman, dramatically decrying the destruction of her home.
Ami Isseroff on 08.10.06 @ 04:07 PM CST [link]
Wednesday, August 9th
All over the world, people are marching to protest the mean Israelis who are targeting the nice Hezbollah. When you see those nice ladies with the Nasrallah banners, don't forget what they support. Don't forget what the nice "fledgling democracy" Lebanese government supports:
"It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband Danny and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Naharyia, a city on the northern coast of Israel. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists from Lebanon landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away.
"The terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl's skull in against a rocket with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar. By the time we were rescued from the crawl space hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives I had smothered her"
That was the work of Samir Kuntar. Hezbollah want to free this "hero of the resistance." The Lebanese government support this "just struggle."
Ami Isseroff on 08.09.06 @ 06:05 PM CST [link]
Tuesday, August 8th
It is seldom the case nowadays to find someone in any legislative capacity, especially in Europe, who would stand up and be counted, when it comes to viewing the events in the Middle East with an unbiased and critical eye.
Everyone just about stopped asking the relevant questions, and stayed mum, except for the detractors and the media that still tout “Hezbollah guerillas” (fighting for what cause?) and “disputed territories in Lebanon” (disputed by whom?) and “disproportionate response” (based on what criteria?); while ignoring the basic questions that are begging to be asked, such as, what would you have done instead, as a sovereign country being attacked daily by rogue organizations who answer to no governments (sic terrorists), why are not the UN Resolutions being enforced or why is Hezbollah fighting a dirty war and putting the Lebanese population in jeopardy by hiding behind their women’s skirts and their children smiles?
Well, the Honorable James Arbuthnot, a senior Conservative UK parliamentarian, a former defense minister and currently chairman of the House of Commons Defense Select Committee, in a recent article A sustainable peace only published in the Jerusalem Post, ventured boldly in such an exercise portraying events for what they really are, asking the right questions and positing the only viable options that sanity dictates.
Israel Bonan on 08.08.06 @ 04:00 PM CST [link]
One of the most bizarre, yet unnoticed, aspects of the Israel-Hezbollah war is that the UN, including the US and all other permanent members of the Security Council, have apparently reneged on its earlier decision, given in to Hezbollah blackmail and legitimized the Hezbollah demand for surrender of Sheba farms. For Israel, this small area has little territorial significance. It should be noted, however that Hezbollah also claims seven villages along the Israeli-Lebanese border, and that these will surely be next on the Hezbollah agenda of war excuses.
While the Shebaa farms area, a part of the occupied Golan heights, has no significance for Israel, it has great significance for rule of law. In 2000, the UN examined Lebanese claims that Sheba farms belong to Lebanon and dismissed them. This rectangular area cuts a village in two, and takes an artificial looking bite out of the contours of the Golan heights and the Syrian border, leaving al-Ghajar sticking out between Israel and Lebanon.
Ami Isseroff on 08.08.06 @ 02:55 PM CST [link]
After almost a month of conflict, Hezbollah maintains its ability to fire rockets at Israel, and Nasrallah is still alive. Given the relatively limited force that was applied by the IDF - less than a division on the ground, sent in belatedly, this result is not surprising, though it is frankly disappointing. Given the wave of "atrocity" and "war crimes" complaints coming from many of the same quarters who insist Israel is losing, it is unlikely that Israel could have been allowed by those critics and "World Opinion" to do the job that needs to be done: disarming the Hezbollah and implementing UN Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1680. That task will probably have to wait for a multi-national force, if one can be formed that has the required intelligence capabilities and motivation to do the job. Don't hold your breath waiting for this force. Perhaps deployment of the Lebanese army will solve the problem, but it seems unlikely. This mostly Shi'ite force has proven its worthlessness repeatedly in the history of Lebanon. Will it have the will or the means to stand up to Hezbollah? Some Israeli commentators seem to think so. However the fact that Hezbollah readily agreed to deployment of the Lebanese army in the south, may indicate that they plan to either control this army or use it as a shield.
Ami Isseroff on 08.08.06 @ 12:27 PM CST [link]
Monday, August 7th
The great miracle of resurrection is at work in Lebanon again. All morning, during the Arab foreign ministers conference that took place in Beirut, the wire services and BBC headlined that the evil Israeli warmongers had killed 40 people. Bad Israelis.
Ami Isseroff on 08.07.06 @ 08:12 PM CST [link]
Sunday, August 6th
At least one instance of obvious fakery of war photos in Lebanon has been admitted by Reuters news agency after some dogged work by bloggers (see Little Green Footballs and Reconcilable Differences) .
Little Green Footballs did a meticulous and extensive analysis of the photo. He showed there are cloned buildings, and cloned smoke, copied using a graphics tool. He concluded:
This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop “clone” tool to add more smoke to the image. (Hat tip: Mike.)
It’s so incredibly obvious, it reminds me of the faked CBS memos. Smoke simply does not contain repeating symmetrical patterns like this, and you can see the repetition in both plumes of smoke. There’s really no question about it.
Reuters has pulled the picture with an advisory stating:
PICTURE KILL FOR LBN20 TRANSMITTED AT APPROXIMATELY 1408GMT ON AUGUST 5, 2006. PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE WAS IMPROPERLY USED ON THIS IMAGE. A CORRECTED VERSION WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY. PLEASE REMOVE THE IMAGE FROM YOUR SYSTEMS. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. REUTERS LBN20
Ami Isseroff on 08.06.06 @ 06:28 PM CST [link]
A refuge that became a place of death" headlined the Washingon Post concerning the death of civilians in Qana. In the print edition, however we can see that the Post had actually provided evidence of a miraculous resurrection at Qana. Of course, this Qana is not the same as Kfar Qana in Israel, where the New Testament miracle took place, but it is close enough.
A gory photo shows shrouded bodies in the Washington Post. The caption beneath the photo in the printed version of the Washington post reads:
"A resident of Qana, in Southern Lebanon, weeps as he shows the bodies of some 57 victims of an Israeli air strike on a building used as a shelter. "
Ami Isseroff on 08.06.06 @ 03:58 PM CST [link]
HRW (Human Rights Watch) has been unsparing and unfair in its criticism of Israel for killing civilians. HRW alleged, despite clear evidence to the contrary, that civilian deaths in Israeli air-strikes were due to deliberate targetting of civilians.
After nearly a month of war, and before today's tragic strike that killed 9 people in Kfar Giladi, HRW finally reluctantly admitted that Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israeli hospitals, Bedouin families, Jewish and Arab kids and other "strategic" targets are war crimes. HRW urges Hezbollah to stop targetting civilians. But since Hezbollah is a terror organization, it isn't too likely they will listen. Quoth the paragon of human rights advocacy, Kenneth Roth:
“Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. ”Nothing can justify this assault on the most fundamental standards for sparing civilians the hazards of war.”
Like, "No Shi'ite, Sherlock!" To know that lobbing rockets at civilians and hospitals is a war crime, you don't need to be a human rights "expert." Rocket warfare was invented by Adolf Hitler to terrorize the British people. Of course it is a war crime. Why did it take almost a month for Kenneth Roth to understand that rocketing Israeli towns, which Hezbollah has done from the first day of this war, is a war crime?
Well, here's the thing, Mr. Roth. Hezbollah is a genocidal terrorist organization and they announce that that is what they are in the Hezbolla program. It says so right on the label:
Our primary assumption in our fight against Israel states that the Zionist entity is aggressive from its inception, and built on lands wrested from their owners, at the expense of the rights of the Muslim people. Therefore our struggle will end only when this entity is obliterated...
Hezbollah invented massive suicide bombings and perfected the art of kinapping civilians - all war crimes. They are "Terror R Us." They don't care about human rights, they never did, and they never will. Even Kenneth Roth should be able to figure that out by now.
Ami Isseroff on 08.06.06 @ 02:51 PM CST [link]
With the UN Security Council about to pass an evidently worthless resolution that may or may not put an end to the fighting, it may be a moot point to discuss what Israel's war aims were when it responded to the Hezbollah attack of July 12. Nonetheless, as the issue as been joined by Jeff Weintraub and Kevin Drum, perhaps we should try to set the record straight.
Ami Isseroff on 08.06.06 @ 01:49 PM CST [link]
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