Gaza

Another threat in Gaza exposed

Sometimes I visit the Political section of the Trademe message board to see what people are talking about.

Today I was astounded to find out about a new threat in Gaza.

 

Hummus, be afraid be very afraid....

Hummus, be afraid be very afraid….

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Part 3: Inside the Hamas propaganda machine

We all know by now what mentality drives Hamas and a portion of the Palestinian people. We all assume we know what is going on and how Hamas is trying to manipulate the flow of information being released to the world media.  But what we have never got to see is the inner workings, the cogs that grind out the propaganda and control of information.

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945) is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership expressing his love for Israel

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945)  co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership expressing his love for Israel

 

“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine”

Message to Facebook activists on Hamas interior ministry website

Following are excerpts from the guidelines:

“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

“Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase ‘In response to the cruel Israeli attack,’ and conclude with the phrase ‘This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.’ Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of ‘the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.’

“Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation’s version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.

“Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.

“To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: ‘The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza’…”

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Best Sad Kid Story Of The Week

WRITTEN BY CACTUS KATE

Watching lawn bowls sober is more exciting to me than the ridiculous politics of Israel.  (I make the disclaimer in CAPS LOCK so there can be no confusion that this post was written by Whaleoil).

While social media is awash with general flag burners, Gaza campaigners and Israel haters touting dubious pictures, photoshopped or otherwise of children dying in war like it is a new phenomenon in 2014 that children die in wars, I am far more interested in Noel Wogan and his dog Bear.

Donelle named Bear during the final stages of her illness, in the hopes the puppy would make ‘‘anything in life bearable’’ for her son.

Noel’s mother died and bought the doggie for her son.  No pressure when a relative left the gate open and Bear did a bit of exploring.  It seems to a neighbours house who didn’t know it was unbearable for the poor little guy to lose his doggie.

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Best the adults in Noel’s life look after that dog.

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TVNZ Gets a dose of the Pallywood blues

Missiles, rockets… all the same right? Just minor details for a newsreader, no real need for specifics when reading an auto queue right? Wrong.  Right on queue our very own One News breathlessly repeats dramatised footage and incorrect details of the conflict in Gaza instead of digging deep and doing their own spade work to bring you the best and unbiased news.

Repeater news is always a problem for both the news networks, and the people that view their stories. A: because the networks look silly when they get holes picked in their shameless parroting, and B: because the average Joe Bloggs gets fed a steaming pile of processed rye grass and is none the wiser when taking everything at face value. Blood sells, and the details that stick in peoples minds are the blood, trauma, the raw emotion and the outrage of such visually dramatic footage in front of their very eyes. What people miss are the less significantly obvious but no less important details that really do piece together what is going on. Quite often a story is delivered surrounded by commentary that doesn’t quite match what is visually captured.

Last night One News ran a story on the conflict in Gaza and Israel, more specifically “children hit by missiles in a playground“, unfortunately Wendy Petrie‘s repeating didn’t quite match the story by a foreign journalist that was reporting the story. As the reporter stated the attack was by rockets not missiles, and therein lies the crucial point of difference. Read more »

Hamas must stop killing its own children

Jon Snow obviously feels the Israeli’s should stop, as to stop killing children.  So that Hamas can continue to fire rockets all day long to kill Israeli 20 year olds.   Read more »

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Part 1: A sensible perspective on the Israel/Gaza conflict

Today kicks off my daily series of posts on the current conflict between Israel and the fenced off terrorist compound known as the Gaza Strip. There will probably be accusations of bias, but for that I make no apology. There is and always has been a clear and obvious bias by the mainstream media in favour of the terrorists, not the “Palestinians” in a general sense as they would have you believe.

The trouble with television media and now social media is the ability for not only awareness, but to manipulate the kinds of people less inclined to think rationally and react emotionally to things they are told or see paraded in front of them on television, supporting and propagating more mass hysteria and outrage against Israel every time they retaliate in defense of their people.

Let’s not forget that this did not start with the kidnapping of 3 Israeli youths. Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel on a weekly basis for several years which the Iron Dome missile defense system has been intercepting all the while the world media remains in ignorance and silence until the straw breaks the camel’s back and Israel decides to fight back. Read more »

Anti-semitism rising

Mana supporter burning Israeli flag in Auckland

Mana supporter burning Israeli flag in Auckland

While Campbell Live meticulously catalogues every Palestinian death as he openly weeps he and the mainstream media are whipping the masses into a frenzy of out and out anti semitism, Jews around the world are afraid to leave their homes.

Just yesterday we saw hundreds of protesters again infesting the streets of Auckland, and again the US Embassy issued a warning to US citizens to avoid the area. This is New Zealand…such is the style of protest now being promulgated by Islamists and their enablers like John Minto and the Mana party.

We can at least be thankful that so far we haven’t had the type of anti-semitic rage that is enveloping Europe.

This is the problem when you allow immigration from intolerant nations and people.

EU leaders are stunned but are starting to speak out.

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have spoken out against a disturbing wave of violent anti-Semitic attacks across Europe in the wake of the Gaza crisis.

In Berlin, police had to step in to protect an Israeli tourist couple at the weekend after protestors turned on them when they spotted the man’s yarmulke. Demonstrators reportedly charged towards the couple shouting “Jew! We’ll get you!”

In Paris, hundreds of protestors have attacked synagogues, smashed the windows of Jewish shops and cafes, and set several alight, including a kosher grocery store which reportedly burned to the ground.

In the Netherlands, the home of the chief rabbi has been attacked with stones twice in one week.   Read more »

Is there such a thing as a peaceful muslims? Where are they? Why are they silent?

I may have published this before, but it is pertinent given the current battles in Gaza.

Finally! For years all we hear is that Islam has been ‘hijacked’ and that most Muslims are peaceful people:

And that matters to the 270 million people who have been killed in the name of Allah HOW?

They estimate that some 15 to 20 percent of all Muslims are ‘radical.’ Well here’s a real news bulletin that actually has meaning:

Eighty Percent of All Muslims Are Not Muslims!

Enter Ms. Brigitte Gabriel.

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An eye for a tooth, good policy

The Israeli’s are pasting Hamas and slowly but surely destroying their capability to wage terror on Israel, but it comes at a price.

The world’s media are against them, the whole Arab world plus their enablers are against them but they are pressing ahead. They really don’t have any choice in the matter.

They need to practice an ‘eye for a tooth’ warfare.

Foreign Policy explains:

Israel’s ultimate goal in the Gaza conflict is to convince Hamas’s leadership that future strikes on Israel are too costly to carry out — no matter how much the Islamic militant group might hate the Jewish state. So Israel’s response is harsh. More than 700 Palestinians have died,most of them civilians, including upwards of 100 children. This heavy toll is tragic and tarnishes Israel’s image. Such disproportional military operations strike at the heart of “just-war theory” and the way of warfare embraced by the militaries of the United States and other Western countries. Yet they are also at the core of deterrence, which demands disproportionate “eye for a tooth” operations to succeed.

Deterrent threats can prevent actual warfare, though it is rarely easy. During the Cold War, the United States relied on the threat of a massive nuclear response to deter the Soviet Union from using its conventional military forces to invade Western Europe. America threatened a disproportionate response: A Soviet move along the inter-German border would trigger Armageddon. Nuclear strategists spent much of their time trying to figure out how to credibly promise to do something so seemingly irrational. The famous nuclear strategist Herman Kahn likened deterrence to a game of chicken played by reckless teenagers who drive their cars at each other and wait for the “loser” to swerve. Kahn wrote that perhaps the best way to win is to “get into the car quite drunk” and, when your opponent is watching, to “[take] the steering wheel and [throw] it out the window” — a pretty solid, if irresponsible, way of convincing your enemy that you are willing to act against your own best interest.   Read more »

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Condemned by Labour, NZ First and the Greens but Mana still thinks swastikas and flag burnings are ok

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The swastika flags and flag burnings by anti-Israel protestors have been condemned by Labour, NZ First and the Greens.

But the screaming skull, John Minto, thinks that such demonstrations are just fine with him and the Mana party.

Then again when you are funded by a nazi fetishist who makes rape jokes it is probably normal.

Mana activist John Minto is defending the defacing of Israeli flags at an anti-Israel march in Auckland, saying it was an appropriate form of protest due to the “massacre”.

Hundreds of people turned out during the weekend march to protest the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has resulted in more than 600 Palestinians being killed as Israel bombards the Gaza Strip.

Right-wing blog Whale Oil has posted images showing protesters, including Mana members, burning a US and an Israeli flag as well as one of an Israeli flag with a Nazi swastika imposed upon it.

These actions have been condemned by Labour, NZ First and the Greens.

Minto said he was not aware of the burning, but did not believe it was inappropriate.

“I can’t see what the problem is,” Minto said. “Flags have been burnt in demonstrations and protests for hundreds of years so it’s no big deal.”

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