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Propaganda 103

Welcome to the third in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda.

My disclaimer:

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

So what exactly is propaganda?

*It is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution or nation.

*It is also the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
One example of an organisation that has used it is the Roman Catholic Church. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV established a committee of Cardinals whose job it was to supervise foreign missions and to train Priests for these missions. They set up a school to help them do this (College of Propaganda) for the education of Priests for foreign missions.

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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 »

57 seconds to death

In some cases, before bombing a home school or hospital, the Israel “Defence” force give a warning by letting of a small explosion on the roof of wherever is about to be hit (they call it “knocking on the roof”). Here is one example caught on film. A similar warning was given to a clinic for disabled people (including children) shortly after this was filmed (with predictable results.

These are not the actions of a terrorist state.  These are the actions of a state proactively defending itself.

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Hamas are so stupid they are shelling their own people now

The usual left apologists for terrorism are up in arms because Israel is currently defending themselves against ongoing Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.

One useful idiot even claims that for every bomb Israel drops another 10 terrorists are created. Strangely he doesn’t think any terrorists are created when Hamas sends thousands of rocket strikes deep into Israeli territory.

As is usual the UN who remain silent on Hamas terrorism are now all exercised about Israel defending itself.

Their rocket arsenal is extensive and Hamas thinks nothing of firing those rockets from schools and hospitals hoping that Israel will retaliate and civilians will be killed.

Even since Operation Protective Edge began hundreds of rockets continue to rain down on Israel.

Hamas terrorists have fired more than 540 rockets at Israel since Operation Protective Edge began on Monday, July 7 – and over 830 rockets since the beginning of 2014.

Israel apparently has to endure this and is not allowed to strike back, according to the terrorist apologists. Every time Hamas launches rockets the civilian population of Israel has just 15 seconds to seek shelter.  Read more »

A school holiday programme in terror

Apologists for the terror regime governing Gaza always point out the ‘good’ things Hamas do…like providing schooling and holiday programmes for the under-privileged.

Some Remuera moaner complained about my mate running Mini-Titans at a school because they had army style boot camp. I bet if she lived in Gaza she wouldn’t complain about this holiday programme, because to do so would likely get her dragged behind a motorbike by a baying mob.

The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Tuesday of some 13,000 high school students who spent the last six days learning how to be terrorists.

The Hamas-run training camps, for teens in grades 10-12, provide weapons training, first aid, self-defense and “security awareness” classes on identifying Israeli spies, The Times of Israel reported.

About 13,000 teens enrolled over the past week at nearly a dozen sites across the Gaza Strip for the six-day program, called Futuwwa, with trainers from Hamas‘ military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

The number of graduates increased significantly from the 5,000 last year when the program was launched by the ministries of education and interior.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh gave a speech at the graduation celebration Tuesday, blasting Israel and taking note of the female trainers on staff that “oversee the training of the young women to follow in the footsteps of the female suicide operatives,” he said.  Read more »

Keeping yourself safe from hackers the IDF way

There aren’t many people who take on the IDF and survive, so when they give you some advice it is usually sound tactics to take it.

On the IDF Blog they have published a guide to help keep you safe from hackers. It is a good article, and realistic which you don’t see often.

So while the leftwing are all running around trying to protect themselves from the NSA these guys are protecting themselves from people who actually want to kill them. So up to you who you listen to…keyboard warriors or real warriors.

IDF commanders in the field use their mobile phones and computers every day to help them in their work. While these tools are often critical to a mission’s success, they are also vulnerable to hacking. Israel’s enemies are constantly trying to gain access to information in order to compromise IDF operations.

Because of the threats it faces, the IDF has developed expert anti-hacking forces, building military-wide systems that protect classified data from hackers. But making sure that hackers can’t access data on individual commanders’ personal devices is just as important. That’s where Sergeant Major Dror steps in. He travels across the country, visiting IDF bases and showing IDF soldiers and officers just how easy it is for terrorists to steal their private data.

Sgt. Maj. Dror takes the soldiers’ personal computers and cellphones, and using free software easily downloaded from the internet, demonstrates how to hack them within a matter of minutes. “If it’s this easy for me, think of how easy it would be for an organization with the will and the means to hack into your computer or phone,” he says.

We sat down with Sgt Maj. Dror, and asked him to share his top tips for how to keep your data safe:    Read more »

Knock on the Roof

Those Israelis are smart. Their new “knock on the roof” method of warning of strikes is cool:

The Israeli military let it be known that it was using this tactic – known as ‘knock on the roof’ – again during Operation Pillar of Defence. It involves firing low-explosive ‘teaser’ bombs or missiles onto houses designated for destruction, with the intention of making an impact serious enough to scare the inhabitants into fleeing their homes before they are destroyed completely.

Israel makes much of the fact that it always tries to warn civilian inhabitants of impending bombings. The new procedure is a twist on the established ‘knock on the door’ method, which involved telephoning a house – with a recorded message, or using an Arabic-speaking air-force operator – to inform the inhabitants that in a few minutes the building would be destroyed. Sometimes phones that had been disconnected for months because the bill hadn’t been paid were suddenly reactivated in order to relay these warnings. According to the Israeli military, during the last 24 hours of Pillar of Defence, thousands of such calls were made to residents of Gaza, warning them of incoming strikes. (Israel can penetrate Gaza’s communication networks so easily because its telephone networks and internet infrastructure are routed through Israeli servers, which has advantages both for the gathering of intelligence and the delivery of propaganda.)

Of course, many inhabitants of Gaza don’t have a landline or a mobile phone. In these cases, an IDF spokesperson recently explained, the military’s legal experts recommend the use of leaflets to encourage people to leave their houses before they are destroyed. Teaser bombs are just another means of sending a warning.

Hamas celebrates 25 years…of suicide bombings, murder, rocket attacks, repression

The liberal media are fawning all over the 25 year celebration of Hamas…I am not they are a terror organisation…here is what they have done for 25 years

Hamas is celebrating its 25th anniversary today in the Gaza Strip — 25 years of suicide bombings, rocket attacks, incitement to genocide, repression and endless war against Israel.

Throughout the day, the official IDF twitter account, @idfspokesperson, is tweeting examples of the kinds of events that Hamas is celebrating. The IDF is using the hashtag #HamasCelebrates and is encouraging others to use the hashtag and tweet examples of Hamas praising attacks on Israeli civilians.

Babes And Beasts Of The IDF

It’s nothing new that the wall around Gaza contains some naughty rocket hugging Fakestinians. And there’s no better way to tell off the rock chuckers than with some stern words from the babes of the IDF via a loudspeaker from a Guardium UGV, or Unmanned Ground Vehicle. These beasts really are a step up in technology in patrolling borders and boundaries of disputed territories.

“Back in the control room, soldiers — all of whom are women — operate the Guardium with joysticks, gear pedals, a steering wheel and monitors that broadcast a live feed from the field.

Soldiers who want to join the Guardium unit must have a drivers license for automatic and manual transmissions. “Applicants must be able to focus intensively since the job demands being glued to a screen without interruption for six hour shifts.”

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All that’s needed now is to arm it with a pair of .50 cal automatic weapons.

Hamas terror boss disguises himself as media

Hamas love hiding behind the skirts of women and children, now they are pretending to be media to avoid having their sinuses cleared with a Hellfire:

The “human shield” method, as it is commonly known, has forced the IDF to target seemingly non-military targets, resulting in some of the civilian casualties. It has also endangered all residents of the Gaza Strip who, without their consent, were unwittingly dragged into the conflict.

Senior Hamas Operative Disguised as Journalist

One such example came in today, when a senior Hamas operative was targeted while driving a press vehicle. Muhammed Shamalah, commander of Hamas forces in the southern Strip and head of the Hamas militant training programs, was targeted by an Israeli air strike while driving a car clearly labelled “TV”, indicating it to be a press vehicle, abusing the protection afforded to journalists.

The incident occurred on the same day that four senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives took over a floor of the foreign press building in Gaza and used it as a meeting place, risking the lives of all journalists inside. The IDF targeted the operatives and a direct hit was confirmed. Journalists have been warned to stay aware from terrorists or terror sites in the Strip, for their own safety.

I’ll just bet that this is what this Kiwi repeater is going on about:

Before any media go leaping into print going nuts about this “journalist, she has form lying on behalf of Palestinians. David Farrar also notes that she has form:

She is a long-standing political activist for the communist regime in Cuba, the revolutionary leftist Zapatistas, and the Kia Ora Gaza and NZ Palestine Human Rights Campaign. She disputes that Israel even has a right to exist as a legitimate state, and people can judge this statement for themselves:

Unlike Farrar, I won’t pull any punches. I agree with him that these terrorist enabling statements should be published but her form needs to be reported too. Enablers of the terrorist regime in Gaza really have no shame, prepared to lie and cheat and hide behind woman, children and now journalists.

Bottom line is this. If you want to associate with terrorists then don’t go complaining when a missile comes calling.