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Thursday, December 29 2005

Election chaos unspun

GunmanThe Jerusalem Post reports that dissatisfied Fatah young guards are threatening to disrupt next month's PA elections. As we already pointed out, the Palestinian demand for polling in eastern Jerusalem wasn’t the real reason to nix the elections after all:

"We will prevent the elections at any cost," Zubeidi warned. "These elections don't serve Fatah and the national interests of the Palestinians."
 
Reader response

TribWe tip our hat to HonestReporting reader Isaac Cohen, who got op-ed space in the Chicago Tribune to respond to Joel Greenberg’s recent coverage from Bethlehem.

 

Wednesday, December 28 2005

Today's recommended reading

* In the Baltimore Sun, Shoshana Bryen discusses the problems of democracy taking root in the Arab world, as Mahmoud Abbas mulls postponing PA elections:

There is irony in the sight of a semi-reformed terrorist meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a dictator for life, to air his fears that non-semi-reformed terrorists will depose him and carry out the terrorist agenda more efficiently.

* Daniel Pipes explains that State Dept. efforts to reach the Arab public through the recently suspended magazine, Hi International, as well as Radio Sawa and Al-Hurra TV have shown little success.

But Muslims generally and Islamists specifically do not lack for reliable information; much less do they (as did Soviet-bloc populations) prefer Western sources of information to their own. To the contrary, many indications suggest Muslims favor tuning in or reading reports prepared by their co-religionists, trusting these more than what comes from non-Muslims....

Rather than try to purvey information to Muslims, State (and its counterparts elsewhere) should instead assert the case for liberal, secular, and humane values. More than facts, the Muslim world needs to understand the basics of what makes the West thrive – and thereby be inspired to emulate it.

* Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky had a surprisingly frank conversation with the Jerusalem Post about efforts to connect Maale Adumim to the city, as well as the capital’s changing Jewish and Arab demographics.

 

Tuesday, December 27 2005

The Dishonest Reporter 'Award' 2005

The latest HonestReporting communique has just been published: The Dishonest Reporter 'Award' 2005.

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‘Not merely a Christian issue’

Human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner tells FrontPageMag that the problems of Palestinian Christians living in the PA are a human rights issue, not just a Christian issue:

These are acutely trying times for the Christian remnant residing in areas ‘governed’ by the Palestinian Authority. Tens of thousands have abandoned their holy sites and ancestral properties to live abroad, while those that remain do so as a beleaguered and dwindling minority. They have faced virtually uninterrupted persecution during the decade since the Oslo peace process began, living amidst a Muslim population that is increasingly xenophobic and restless. Chaos, nepotism, and corruption are endemic. Their plight is, in part, attributable to the influence of Muslim religious law (Sharia) on the inner workings of the Palestinian Authority. Moreover, the Christians have been abandoned by their religious leaders who, instead of protecting them, have chosen to curry favor with the Palestinian leadership….

This is a human rights issue par excellance, not merely a Christian issue.

Meanwhile, WorldNetDaily elaborates on the media bias blaming Israel for the problems of Bethlehem’s Christians (even picking up on HonestReporting’s recent critique). And to its credit, the Boston Globe describes a strikingly more positive scene from Bethlehem than other reports we've seen.

 

Monday, December 26 2005

Homeland security, Hezbollah style

Beirut’s Daily Star published a commentary making a novel argument for Hezbollah:

Since the events of September 11, 2001, there have been numerous attempts to link Hizbullah to Al-Qaeda - some more plausible than others. Investigation, however, reveals considerable animosity between the two groups, and two leading academics on the subject suggest Hizbullah may be Lebanon's best protection against an Al-Qaeda presence in the country.

Will Israelis liable to attacks by both Islamic groups really notice any difference?

 
Botching Bethlehem

Bethlehem_1Soccer Dad fisks AP's latest dour coverage from Bethlehem

 

Sunday, December 25 2005

Media road warriors strike again

RoadwarriorStephen Farrell of the Times of London and Matthew Price of the BBC both report how today’s Joseph and Mary would face checkpoints traveling between Nazareth and Bethlehem. Both fail to mention that travelers also risk drive-by shootings on lonely West Bank roads, terror alerts in Jerusalem, and gunmen in Bethlehem. For more about the Beeb's team of road warriors, click here.

 
Biased coverage leads to boycott of Israel

NorwayAfter the Norwegian province of Soer-Trondelag voted to boycott Israeli products because of "Israel's oppression of the Palestinians," one of the country's prominent journalists charged that media bias was a factor in the development. Kgell Arild Nilsin, of the Norwegian news agency, NTB, explained why to the European Jewish Press:

"This is something new in Norway because the sympathy toward Israel was very prevalent in our country since 1948," he added.

"You can explain this new shift because the Palestinian case got more coverage in the last decade, especially because of Norway’s involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the early 1990s."

"But that is not all. The lack of reporting of the Israeli point of view also explains this shift in the Norwegian society."...

"[T]his affair […] is symptomatic of a new phenomenon, a shift in Norway’s public opinion on Israel," the Norwegian journalist concluded.

 

Thursday, December 22 2005

'Hard to stomach'

BallotA staff-ed in today's NY Times criticizes Israel for trying to block Hamas from participating in the upcoming PA elections by prohibiting polling in eastern Jerusalem:

To be sure, the other option, letting Hamas run, is hard to stomach. But it is the lesser evil because any movement, once in power, is compelled to supplement its bluster with deeds….

The Bush administration must continue to urge Israel to abandon its threat to prevent Palestinians in East Jerusalem from voting. The real intent of such a move would be to force Mr. Abbas to cancel the election.

But as the BBC notes:

Israel says elections in Jerusalem are carried out on the basis of 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, a follow-up to the Oslo Accords.

Israel believes that Hamas is not allowed to take part, as the agreement specifically excludes candidates or parties who "pursue the implementation of their aims by unlawful or non-democratic means".

The Beeb goes on to suggest that responsibility for the controvery doesn't come from Israel, but rather from Fatah:

Many within the ruling party are very worried about the electoral challenge that Hamas is posing.

Some of the old guard believe that a delay might give them more time to fight this challenge.

 
PA donors subsidize terror

In the Wall St. Journal today, Tom Gross highlights how international donors to the Palestinian Authority are in fact subsidizing terror:

On the very day that five Israelis were murdered and over 60 injured outside a shopping mall in the coastal city of Netanya earlier this month, the official Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had approved fresh financial assistance to the families of suicide bombers. The family of each "martyr" will now receive a monthly stipend of at least $250 -- a not inconsiderable amount for most Palestinians. Altogether, the families of these so-called martyrs and of those wounded in terrorist attempts or held in Israeli jails might receive $100 million, according to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

Around 30% of the Palestinian Authority budget comes from international donations, including a hefty amount from the European Union. If an Arab government funded stipends to the families of the London or Madrid bombers, it would probably be pretty big news.

 

Wednesday, December 21 2005

Christmas in Bethlehem

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'Terror' at the BBC

The Guardian reports that the BBC has issued new guidelines to journalists on using the word “terror” in reports:

The new guidance has been sent out internally and tells journalists: "The guidelines do not ban the use of the word. However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice. There are ways of conveying the full horror and human consequences of acts of terror without using the word 'terrorist' to describe the perpetrators.”….

The new guidance suggested using words such as "bomb attack" instead, or "bomber" or "assassin".

It concluded: "This is an issue of judgement ... If you do decide to use the word 'terrorist' do so sparingly, having considered what is said above, and take advice from senior editors."

See the policy up to now here.

(Hat tip: Tom Gross)

 

Monday, December 19 2005

Fear and loathing in Ghajar

The Daily Telegraph highlights the problems of Ghajar. The Israeli-Lebanese border runs straight through the center of the village:

For them, the town's alleys and houses provide the perfect cover to strike Israeli units. That is because the border, defined in 2000 by the United Nations, splits the village in two.

The lack of defences means that Hizbollah can enter the Israeli side at will….

Inside the town hall, which flies a Star of David flag, although it is officially on the Lebanese side of the high street, Mr Khatib knows who should be held responsible for the town's identity crisis and the violence it brings.

"We blame the United Nations," he said. "Putting the border down the centre of the village?"

 

Sunday, December 18 2005

Keating and The Dubliner respond

DublinerAt The Dubliner, both Justin Keating and editor Trevor White respond to HonestReporting readers. White clings to the right of freedom of speech without acknowledging the responsibility that comes with it:

I hope the editor of honestreporting.com has the courage to print our columnist’s response, so that it might be read by all the people who cannot understand the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

In fact, it didn’t require much courage to highlight Keating’s response. Our readers certainly understand far more about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism than anyone at The Dubliner. Keating’s conclusion?

Zionism is a blind alley. Entering it, Zionists abandoned Righteousness and the Rule of Law. The defence of Israel endangers all that is best, most noble and valuable for all mankind in the Jewish tradition. I am anti-Zionist because I am pro-Jewish.

Keating is now the darling of National Vanguard.

 

Thursday, December 15 2005

New Statesman Demolishes the Truth

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'But Mossad rarely leaves tracks'

MargolisColumnist Eric Margolis (pictured) gives a soapbox to former US ambassador John Gunther Dean, who blames Israel for the mysterious death of Pakistani dictator Gen. Zia Ul-Haq. As if that’s not enough, Margolis also accuses Israel of trying to assassinate Dean himself:

Israel’s Mossad had apparently tried to assassinate Dean while he was serving as Ambassador to Lebanon. Dean had been reporting to the State Department about Israel’s attempts to subvert Lebanon and turn it into a protectorate -and the Israelis and their friend sin Washington were not amused. After making his claims about Zia’s murder, Dean was removed from his position, declared mentally unfit -shades of the Soviet Union - and then forcibly retired.

In fact, there was nothing wrong with Dean except for being too outspoken. He became a marked man by the powerful Israel lobby, which swiftly ended his diplomatic career.

We previously noted that Dean offers no proof of Israeli involvement in the 1988 plane crash, which was widely attributed to hydraulic failure. But Margolis isn't concerned about that point:

I wish Amb. Dean would come up with more details for his claim. But Mossad rarely leaves tracks and, like the old KGB, from which many of its officers and killer toxins have come, is very good at making murder look like an accident.

Earlier this year, Margolis suggested Israel was also responsible for the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. We hope he reads the full Mehlis Report to the UN on the Hariri assassination.

 
All the world's a stage

We have to wonder if this AP photo was posed. The kids don’t appear too worried about being caught in any cross-fire. As we learned from the Mohammad al-Dura affair, there’s nothing unusual for the Palestinians to play to the cameras.

Clash

Palestinian militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fire at Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank City of Nablus Tuesday Dec. 13, 2005. A Palestinian man was killed and 20 others were wounded Tuesday during an Israeli arrest raid targeting Palestinian militants, Palestinian hospital officials said. Stone-throwing clashes and sporadic gunfights erupted in Nablus after the troops entered the area. Nablus, the largest city in the West Bank, is known as a stronghold of Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
 

Wednesday, December 14 2005

Ahmadinejad pushes buttons

Ahmadinejad_1Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s latest Holocaust denial has pushed the buttons of one columnist at The Guardian. Jonathan Freedland writes:

Suddenly, the usual apologetics won't work. No one can say Iran's president was really complaining about Israel or Zionism, rather than Jews. No one can say he was talking about the west's colonial crimes. He was peddling, instead, one of the defining tropes of the racist hard right: Holocaust denial. It is a stance that seeks to deny Jews their history, their suffering, almost their very being. Like denying that African-Americans were ever slaves, it is a move made by those who wish only harm....

Well, now I'm done with the charitable explanations. A man who refuses to believe the historic truth is capable of anything. This is not an Arabic cable TV station or an obscure Egyptian newspaper. This is a head of government, the leader of a nation of 70 million - a country that aspires to lead the Muslim world. And, lest we forget, Iran has nuclear ambitions. So now it's not paranoid to worry about a president with annihilationist dreams - it's smart.

 

Tuesday, December 13 2005

Today's recommended reading

* In the National Review, Saul Singer slams the world’s hand-wringing over Iran’s steadily advancing nuclear program:

What a perfect arrangement: The only country that every country has a right to condemn can be relied upon to do the world's dirty work. This is the underlying mindset as the West contemplates a nuclear Iran.

When push comes to shove, the Israeli air force will take care of the problem, so the world can go into spasms of righteous indignation while enjoying the fireworks.

* It might not make the NY Times best seller list, but if you like sophisticated whodunnits with shadowy conspiracies, international intrigue and a touch of real life, you may find the full Mehlis Report to the UN on the Hariri assassination a surprisingly readable page-turner.

 
BBC 'totally fair'

DykeFormer BBC director-general Greg Dyke (pictured) overreacted to rumors that correspondent Orla Guerin was forced out of Israel. Writing in The Independent, Dyke ably debunked the rumors, then went on to defend the network's reporting from the Mideast, completely omitting the fact that the BBC's own board of governors arranged for an independent panel of inquiry to investigate coverage from there:

We investigated many of the complaints and most of the time found our reporting had been totally fair. Of course the pro-Israeli lobby didn't accept that but then they had a different agenda.

HonestReporting’s own evidence (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) contradicts Dyke’s claims of impartiality. And we’ve found that relying on the BBC to investigate itself is no better than asking Syria to investigate the assassination of Rafik Hariri. Despite the independent panel's ongoing work and the Hutton Report, Dyke isn’t easily letting go of his rose-colored glasses.

UPDATE 12/18: Britain's Chief Rabbi disagrees with Dyke's assessment of their meeting.

 

Monday, December 12 2005

Double-dipping terrorist

MoneyThe Jerusalem Post reports on the arrest of Magdi A’amar, the leader of an Al-Aqsa Brigades cell who had a flair for fund-raising. While receiving monthly payments from the PA not to carry out terror attacks, A’amar and his cell also received $3,000 from Hezbollah to organize and launch attacks:

His first installment was for $1,000. A month later they got another $500. A'amar's cell eventually received a total of $3,000 which they used to purchase weapons for their attacks. The members of the cell were members of Palestinian security forces.

He also said that since his name was on an Israeli list of fugitives, the Palestinian Authority paid him between NIS 400 and NIS 700 every month in return for a promise not to carry out attacks. But he didn't uphold his end of the bargain.

 

Sunday, December 11 2005

Exhibition recounts anti-semitic cartoons

Reuters reports that an upcoming London exhibition on anti-Semitic imagery was inspired by one particular cartoon depicting Ariel Sharon eating a Palestinian baby well-remembered by HonestReporting readers. The collection of cartoons and prints, belonging to Simon Cohen, includes portrayals of Jews as hairy apes, serpents with children’s legs hanging from the jaws, as well as a 15th century German print of a Jew taking a child’s blood. After initial uncertainty, Cohen convinced Britain's Political Cartoon Society to host the display early next year:

The Sharon cartoon by artist David Brown for Britain's Independent newspaper helped persuade him: To Cohen, anyone who failed to see the cartoon as anti-Semitic must be ignorant of the history of such images.

Despite heavy criticism, the UK Press Complaints Commission ruled Brown’s cartoon wasn’t anti-Semitic, and members of the cartoon society awarded Brown first prize in its annual competition.

Sharonbabies

 
Quote of the day
"Anti-semitism is a knife that Israel holds to Europe's throat."

- Middle East correspondent Lotta Schüllerqvist of the Swedish paper, Dagens Nyheter, on the Israeli "conspiracy" to promote positive news coverage abroad.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we've encountered Dagens Nyheter. Read more about Schüllerqvist's controversy in Swedish.

(Hat tip: Stockholm Spectator)

 
'Ordinary Americans' fight for Israel

In YNet, Eytan Schwartz, winner of the Israeli reality TV show, The Ambassador, describes some encouraging hasbara successes of ordinary Americans with the media and on campus.

 
The fright before Xmas

ZarqawiThe Jerusalem Post reports that Bethlehem’s Christian community is living in tremendous fear -- rumors abound that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (pictured) plans attacks on Manger Square, St. Joseph's School and Bethlehem University. Despite statements from the town council that the rumors are baseless, many families are afraid to let their children out of the house:

Some Christians are so desperate that they have appealed to Hamas to protect them against al-Zarqawi and al-Qaida. "Hamas must defend Bethlehem against these terrorists," said one. "We have confidence in Hamas and we hope that they won't disappoint us. Our children are so scared that they can't sleep well at night."
 
'You know what you are'

Traveling with radio personality John Batchelor and producer Lee Mason, WorldNetDaily’s Aaron Klein was denied entry into Syria – because he’s Jewish. Though Batchelor and Mason were approved to enter Syria, they refused to do so without Klein:

By telephone, Klein spoke to an official from the Ministry of Information in Damascus who declined to provide his name. At first he refused to suggest why Klein had been singled out and prevented from entering the country. Later, however, he asked: "What religion are you?"

Klein said he refused to answer.

"You know what you are," said the official.

 

Thursday, December 8 2005

AP confirms HonestReporting

Confirmation of another Palestinian contribution to the root cause of terror, which was the topic of an HonestReporting communiqué just yesterday, comes from an AP photo.

Martyrexhibit_1

A Palestinian student walks past portraits of Palestinian suicide bombers hanging on a wall over pictures of blown up Israeli buses and victims, bottom, at an exhibition organized by a student group linked to the Islamic Jihad movement at the Birzeit University, on the outskirts of the West Bank town of Ramallah, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005. Islamic Jihad has been responsible for the last suicide bomb attacks in Israel since Feb. 2005, including the last attack in the Israeli city of Netanya that killed five Israelis. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
 

Wednesday, December 7 2005

Nominate Dishonest Reporter of the Year

Now's the time to submit your nomination for the 2005 Dishonest Reporting "Award" -- our annual recognition of the most skewed and biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If you’re fed up with what you’re seeing (or not seeing) in the news, this is your opportunity to shout back at the editors and correspondents responsible for informing us of Mideast developments. We want your feedback.

Send submissions to action@honestreporting.com (because of the volume of mail, we regretfully cannot acknowledge nominations). Results will be announced in a special year-end communiqué.

And see whose ignoble coverage readers popularly “honored” in 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001.

 
Goodbye Guerin

The Guardian’s Steve Hewlett debunks abounding conspiracy theories that departing BBC correspondent Orla Guerin was forced out of Israel.

 
Ethnic cleansing again?

KaufmanThe Guardian published a commentary by MP Gerald Kaufman (pictured) saying that Israel’s disengagement is a “veil for continued persecution and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.” He goes on to elaborate:

One of the motivations of this policy is to make the lives of the Palestinians so intolerable that they get out. The success of this ethnic cleansing is shown in Ramallah, which in the two years since I was last there (meeting Yasser Arafat in the bunker where he was incarcerated) has become bloated as Palestinians from other areas of the West Bank huddle together there.

Kaufman is certainly entitled to express his views, but even op-eds must be based on legitimate facts. As James Hill, the managing editor of the Washington Post Writers Group said:

"You have to hold columnists to the same standard as anyone at the newspaper. If a column writer is making egregious errors in the process of stating his or her opinion, eventually it's not the columnist who's doing that, it's the paper that's doing that."

Click to send comments to The Guardian and MP Kaufman.

 

Tuesday, December 6 2005

PA continues to Support and Indoctrinate Suicide Bombers

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Blame Israel, part 3

When Canada for the first time voted against a series of UN General Assembly resolutions annually presented by Arab nations, Toronto Star columnist Haroon Siddiqui criticized the change in foreign policy, accusing Israel of undermining the UN and international law:

But Canada does end up with an awkward stance:

We did not join the illegal U.S. war on Iraq since the U.N. had not approved it, yet we support the United States and Israel, which undermine the U.N. and the rule of international law.

We have to wonder how Siddiqui can accuse Israel of flouting non-binding resolutions.

 
Blame Israel, part 2

ZiaulhaqThe Guardian picked up on an article in the World Policy Journal where a former US ambassador blamed Israel for a 1988 plane crash that killed Pakistani dictator General Zia ul-Haq (pictured). The problem is that the World Policy Journal has since removed the allegation from Barbara Crossette’s reflection on the incident.

Former US ambassador to India John Gunther Dean told Crossette that it was plausible to believe the Mossad was behind the crash in order to set back Pakistan’s nuclear program—but has no proof. Crossette was skeptical enough to tell Pakistan’s Daily Times why Dean is speaking out now:

Ms Crossette says that Mr Dean, now 80, wants the stigma of mental imbalance removed and is collecting his papers and is ready to share his thoughts. He lost his medical and security clearance because of his views and was forced to seek retirement in 1988.

Considering that The Guardian acknowledges that the plane had a history of technical faults, why is the paper so eager to give a soapbox to another unsubstantiated conspiracy theory?

 
Blame Israel, part 1

Today’s bungled headline award goes to AP:

Israeli Suicide Bomber Kills Five at Mall

You have to read the article to find out that the bomber was actually a Palestinian.

 

Monday, December 5 2005

The Guardian's rosy correction

A reader spotted a rather strange correction in The Guardian regarding a recent book review of “The Question of Zion” by UK academic Jacqueline Rose:

In an interview with Jacqueline Rose (page 24, G2, November 28) we said her new book, The Question of Zion, "draws tentative analogies between Israel's treatment of Palestinians and Nazi Germany's treatment of Jews". In fact, while she draws links between the National Socialist and Israeli concepts of nationhood, she rejects the analogy between the Nazi extermination of the Jews and Zionism.

Emanuele Ottolenghi, another UK academic, debunked the book as nothing more than a diatribe, and saying all Rose did was “adapt reality to an unbending ideological fervor.”

 

Sunday, December 4 2005

Robert Fisk's biggest fan

FiskMany HonestReporting readers have wondered about the anti-Western views of Robert Fisk (pictured). It seems that no less than Osama Bin Laden had similar perceptions of The Independent’s veteran Mideast correspondent. In a BBC interview, Fisk recounted an attempt by Bin Laden to recruit him over to Al-Qaida:

Continue reading "Robert Fisk's biggest fan"

 
Irish fallout

DublinerIn defending his decision to publish Justin Keating's commentary attacking Israel's right to exist, Trevor White, editor of The Dubliner may have poured more fuel on the fire. Dismissing some 2,000 letters received from readers of HonestReporting's critique, White told Manchester's Jewish Telegraph:

White said consensus positions should never be accepted and offered an analogy, which may provoke more consternation.

"You may as well argue in Nazi Germany it was legitimate to hate Jews because a lot of people did," he said.

Meanwhile, the JTA adds that Keating, a historian and former cabinet minister, will write a rebuttal in the magazine's December edition, and that RTE, Ireland’s state broadcaster, has scheduled a panel discussion on the controversy for Thursday.

 
Reuters acknowledges Christian flight

This snippet at the end of a Reuters report about Mahmoud Abbas visiting the Vatican raised some eyebrows:

The Pope also talked about the difficulty Catholics were experiencing in Palestine amid media reports that Christians living there have suffered violence and intimidation at the hands of Islamist extremists.

For quite awhile, Western news services tended to ignore Islamic violence against PA Christians, even blame Israel for the phenomenon.

In related reading, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs released a report on the status of Christians in the Palestinian Authority. The report, the first on the PA’s commitments to freedom of worship since the Gaza disengagement, concludes that the PA’s Christian communities are “sacrificial pawns in the larger game of the Middle East peace program.” And as Robert Spencer summed up the situation for FrontPageMag recently:

Christians in the Middle East are in a virtually impossible position (which is why they are streaming out of the area). If the support the Islamic agenda, they are signing their own return to the second-class status of the dhimma, as mandated by the traditional Islamic law that jihadists are bent on restoring. If they support Israel, they risk being targeted by the jihadists, who surround them on all sides.
 
Subpoena CNN?

SaddamDoug Schmitz argues that CNN officials should be forced to testify against Saddam Hussein. In 2003, Eason Jordan, then CNN’s chief news executive, admitted covering up the Iraqi dictator's atrocities in order to keep the Baghdad bureau open and not jeopardize the lives of staff.

While Jordan was overseeing his treasonous deal with Saddam Hussein for more than a decade, Jordan and his staff knew Hussein and his sons were raping women; imprisoning children; throwing blind-folded men off tall buildings; cutting out tongues; slicing off fingers, hands and arms; gouging out eyes; grinding up naked bodies in plastic shredders; and filling ten of thousands of mass graves with the decapitated remains. Yet, Jordan and his spineless staff chose to turn a deaf ear to these innocent Iraqis’ cries for help. Instead of telling the truth, CNN chose treason, which now must be entered into the war crimes annuals in the new Iraqi court system for their case against Hussein and his torturous regime. What CNN tried to keep silent for 12 years must now be made a large part of the record as the blood of millions of Hussein’s innocent victims continually cries out for justice.
 

Thursday, December 1 2005

Sassygate returns

GuardianAccording to Tom Gross, Dilpazier Aslam, a former trainee-journalist, is suing The Guardian at an employment tribunal claiming "racial and religious discrimination." The Guardian fired him when blogger Scott Burgess exposed Aslam’s links to the radical Islamic organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir.

 


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