Amnesty manager compares Israel to Islamic State
By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2014
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A senior Amnesty figure has compared Israel with terrorist group Islamic State.
Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty’s campaigns manager in the UK, tweeted on Wednesday: “Israeli regimes [sic] response to our Gaza report: Amnesty is ‘a propaganda tool for Hamas & other terror groups’ (#JSIL?)”
“#JSIL” is used on Twitter to compare Israel with terrorist organisation Islamic State by replacing ‘Islamic’ with ‘Jewish’ in the group’s common alias, ISIL.
Amnesty responded in a statement: “This tweet was made in a personal capacity by a member of staff. It’s being investigated internally. We take issues of social media misuse very seriously.”
The Jewish Leadership Council said: "For the campaigns manager of Amnesty International to compare Israel to the Islamic State raises serious concerns about Amnesty’s own partiality and discernment.
"To impart such a pernicious smear whilst tweeting a link to an article in the Jewish media only serves to increase the offence caused.
"This is not the first time Kristyan Benedict has shown grave misconduct when carrying out his professional duties. Without internal action being taken, we must seriously question Amnesty International’s sincerity in preventing the misuse of social media by its staff.
"We expect Amnesty International’s staff to comply with their existing, internal guidelines for the use of social media, which would surely consider this comparison beyond the pale."
Mr Benedict also caused a Twitter storm in December 2012 when he posted about three Jewish MPs during a parliamentary debate about violence in Israel and Gaza.
He wrote: “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar…each orders a round of B52s … #Gaza”. The B52, an alcoholic drink, was named after a kind of long-range US bomber.
Following complaints about that tweet, Amnesty said it was “ill-advised and had the potential to be offensive and inflammatory but was not racist or antisemitic. The use of dark satirical humour to highlight the MPs’ political views was inappropriate and offensive.”
Brigitte Gabriel and a keynote speech at the UN for the Jews
WHY IS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BETRAYING ISRAEL?
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One of the chief demands of Hamas and the people of Gaza is that Israel end the long standing blockade imposed against them. The blockade consists of restrictions on travel across the borders into Israel, the amount of building materials allowed into Gaza, a denial of an airport and seaport access.
Gazans complain that the blockade creates a hardship, stifling their economy and development as a region. While Hamas and other terror organizations spin Israel’s firm commitment to the restrictions as callousness, the truth is, the people of Gaza are suffering because of Hamas.
Years under Hamas
The Gaza Strip was handed over to the Palestinian people in 1994 and has been governed by Hamas since 2007. Since then Hamas has not used the open borders of trade and commerce to develop their cities and benefit their people. Instead they have spent millions of dollars’ worth of construction materials on the building of terrorist tunnels from which to attack their “enemy,” Israel. In these first seven months of 2014 alone, according to the IDF Blog, ”680 trucks carrying 181 thousand tons of gravel, iron, cement, wood and other supplies have passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing.”
What’s a tunnel worth?
Since the ground campaign began on July 17th the Israel Defense Forces has discovered 32 terror tunnels. IDF estimates each tunnel costs Gaza citizens three million dollars. See yesterday’s blog post, “Who Wants A Ceasefire?” to read about their elaborate construction.
That’s three million dollars that could have been invested in improving conditions and services to the people of Gaza. Three million dollars multiplied by 32 tunnels! (See graphic.) Over 90 million dollars has been spent on hatred rather than responsibility.
The Palestinian people are getting the raw end of the deal, but it is not from Israel. It is by their own leadership who openly declares they value the death of Israel over the life of their own families, women and children. It is painful to see the pictures of death and grief in Gaza during this operation. What is even more heart wrenching is that those who the Palestinians call “the enemy” care more about the Gaza citizenry than their own leadership does.
Hamas has the power and the money to help its people
Hamas spends tens of millions, not to create a region that serves its people, but on pursuing the death of Israelis. So while Gaza cries “Stop the blockade!” and garners outraged support from inadequately informed world sympathizers, Hamas has the power and the money to help its people. But it doesn’t.
A god of hate or a God of love
During one of our medical missions to Africa a year or so ago, a volunteer nurse showed great tenderness and compassion to a sick Muslim woman. Before the clinic ended, the woman returned, much improved in health. She told volunteers about the nurse who cared for her and said, “You people are full of love. My religion is full of hate. I want to know your God.”
As for prayers
There are so many ways to pray right now, so many details of suffering and strategy that need covering – the evil of money and power spent toward hatred of Israel being among them. Please continue praying for all aspects of this war on terror, including safety, wisdom, disarming Israel’s enemies, world support, and for the frightened, traumatized and suffering.
Please also pray for:
To the Jew first and also to the Nations,
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Why Did a New York City Rabbi Unsubscribe from the New York Times?
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
August 29, 2014 9:30 am
One of New York City’s leading Rabbis has decided to unsubscribe from the New York Times. This summer his “chronic irritation” with the paper’s Israel coverage turned to “visceral disgust,” and he could take it no longer.
Rabbi Richard A. Block explained his decision in Tablet Magazine:
I am a lifelong Democrat, a political liberal, a Reform rabbi, and for four decades, until last week, a New York Times subscriber. What drove me away was the paper’s incessant denigration of Israel, a torrent of articles, photographs, and op-ed columns that consistently present the Jewish State in the worst possible light.
This phenomenon is not new. Knowledgeable observers have long assailed the Times lack of objectivity and absence of journalistic integrity in reporting on Israel. My chronic irritation finally morphed into alienation and then to visceral disgust this summer, after Hamas renewed its terrorist assaults upon Israel and the Times launched what can only be described as a campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State.
Block points to the Times’ focus on Palestinian civilian casualties in this summers coverage:
The answers are self-evident to everyone except the New York Times. Its obsessive focus is on Palestinian civilian casualties, especially children, publishing photos of their corpses and little else, as if they tell the whole story. The deaths of innocents in wartime are tragic and heartbreaking; they diminish us all. But a newspaper committed to balance and fairness would provide context and perspective. It would show traumatized Israeli children running to shelters, cowering, wetting their beds, and suffering nightmares. It would publish photos and accounts of militants launching rockets from the roofs of mosques, a church, and a media hotel, alongside schools, refugee shelters, clinics and hospitals, and of weapons concealed by Hamas in UN facilities. It would substantiate casualty figures from Hamas, which is known to have falsified them in the past, before reporting them as fact. It would highlight Hamas’ use of civilians as human shields, its urging civilians to ignore Israel’s advance warnings to depart, so that Gazans would be killed and inflict PR damage on Israel. Such a paper would cover the threats of death that inhibited reporters and photojournalists from telling the true, full story. But the Times did not.
What it did instead is revealed by a sample of headlines: “As Israel Hits Mosque and Clinic, Air Campaign’s Risks Come Home;” “Israelis Watch Bombs Drop on Gaza From Front-Row Seats;” “Questions About Tactics and Targets as Civilian Toll Climbs in Israeli Strikes;” “Foreign Correspondents in Israel Complain of Intimidation;” “Israeli Shells are Said to Hit UN School;” “Military Censorship in Israel;” “A Boy at Play in Gaza, a Renewal of War, A Family in Mourning;” “Israel’s Supporters Try to Come to Terms with the Killing of Children in Gaza;” “Israel Braces for War Crimes Inquiries on Gaza;” “Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic.”
Then there are the op-eds: “Israel’s Puppy, Tony Blair;” “Israel’s Bloody Status Quo;” “How the West Chose War in Gaza;” “Darkness Falls on Gaza;” “Israeli Self-Defense Does Not Permit Killing Civilians;” “Israel Has Overreacted to the Threats it Provoked;” “Zionism and Its Discontents;” “U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel, or Let Others Broker Peace;” “Israel’s Colonialism Must End;” “Unwavering Support of Israel Harms U.S. Interests, Encourages Extremism;” “Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime Diary: Life and Death in the Gaza Strip.” The last column consumed nearly the entire op-ed page.
Israel Defense Forces:
Iron Dome Missile Defense SystemIDF:
The Iron Dome missile defense system, designed and developed by Israel and jointly funded through the United States, is a response to the threats Israel faces from short and medium-range rockets and mortar shells fired by Palestinian terrorists inGaza. The system has the capability to identify and destroy such projectiles before they land in Israeli territory and is considered one of the most effective anti-missile systems in the world.
IDF Soldiers man an Iron Dome battery
Iron Dome is comprised of three key components:
(1) the design and tracking radar, built by the Elta defense company;
(2) the battle management and weapon control system, designed by the mPrest Systems software company; and,
(3) the missile firing unit, manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
One of the most advanced features of Iron Dome is its capability to determine where an incoming rocket will land and to only intercept such projectiles that pose meaningful threats to populated civilian areas.