“I can’t tell one [Arab] from another. Wrapped in those bed sheets they all look the same to me,” says the U.S Ambassador in the 1986 movie, “Hostage”.
Well-known media critic Jack Shaheen writes in his new book, “In Hollywood’s films, they certainly do [look alike].Pause and visualize the reel Arab. What do you see? Black beard, headdress, dark sunglasses. In the background-a limousine, harem maidens, oil wells, camels. Or perhaps he is brandishing an automatic weapon, crazy hate in his eyes and Allah on his lips. Can you see him?”
The image is easy to conjure, according to Shaheen, because the vast majority of Hollywood features portray Arabs in this stereotypical way. And such relentless stereotyping is not without real world consequence. When the Oklahoma City federal building was bombed in 1995, Arab-Americans were the first to be blamed-–Rupert Murdoch’s U.S. papers headlined: “In the name of Islam” over a picture of a dead child. The Council on Arab-Islamic Relations reported more than 300 hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims in America. Mosques were trashed, community members received bomb threats, children were harassed at school.
The following clip is the full 50 minute documentary,’Reel Bad Arabs’, which shows evidence of a long line of degrading images – from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding “terrorists”.
If anyone still doubts that the media has been,and is still,brainwashing the masses I suggest you question your own biases and where they come from. Many Conservative Americans did not just begin to hate Arabs and Muslims overnight – there was a reason and it has nothing to do with 9-11. The hatred for the Arab community and Muslims has always been there,even before 9-11 …it just took some time for other to realize this.
Those who control the Western media control a wide sphere of mental attitudes of an entire populace ; Americans have been programmed and brainwashed into hating the Arabs and Muslims and thus many choose to conveniently side with the Israeli’s who have made Arabs their arch-enemies.
How could patriotic Americans be so unenthused by the slaughter of over one million Arabs in Iraq,this while many know that it was all based on lies?
The answer is simple: Years of propaganda and brainwashing.
To say this does not happen in the most recent years is just as asinine as refusing to acknowledge the existence of media bias. Many of you have already watched a parade of films which make the Arabs and Muslims look like villians:
1. Don’t Mess With The Zohan
4. The Kindgom
5. Team America:World Police
This is only to name a few,not including some shows currently running on an array of American television stations.
The Media plays a major role in swaying uneasy citizens who are unsure of where their values lay and also in pushing many conservative citizens farther into the right wing paradigm – all this while garnering hefty profits from the idiotic American/Western populace who pay to watch perverse and unintelligent films.
The rest of us sit here and shake our heads,pitying those who still do not understand the propaganda machine and the propaganda wars being committed through it.
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Time and time again the Middle Eastern community is bullied with the monotonous idiom which contends that “Israel is the only flourishing democracy in the Middle East”. Not only does Israel tout this designation with pride, but a slew of well known American politicians seem to say nothing less than the same:
Barney Frank, US Congressman (D-MA), as quoted by Tom Lantos (D-CA) in a speech titled “Democracy Reaffirmed in Israel” stated before the House of Representatives that -
“Israel has maintained a commitment to a flourishing, vigorous democracy, governed by leaders chosen in elections as free as those held anywhere in the world, a midst untrammeled — often raucous — free-speech.”
I would only assume that this would be a seemingly bold statement to make but highly doubt any rational individual would have the audacity to make the same type of acclamation after recent events – ones which involve three equally important nouns: Israel,Sweden & Human Organs.
According to Freelance journalist Donald Bostrom,who published the article in question about Israel in the Swedish daily Aftonbladet, an international war crimes investigation awaits Israel over its soldiers’ harvest of organs from dead Palestinians.
The article,They plunder the organs of our sons, is being heavily criticized by Israeli media as well as officials who accused Donald Bostrom, of being an “Anti-Semite.”
Bostrom, on the other hand, says he has based the story on testimony from Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and he has denied accusations that he was motivated by Anti-Semitism.
[Side-note: Palestinians are Semites themselves for anyone who is still unaware or believes they can feign ignorance any longer - so no, Bostrom was not being "Anti-Semitic"]
In the article Bostrom mentions an incident in which a Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers for hurling stones at their vehicle in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The Palestinian was shot in his chest, stomach and both legs – He was then moved to an unknown location while being in critical condition and approximately five days later, his body was returned to his family with a visible scar from his neck to stomach.
An autopsy report revealed that some of his organs were removed.
Bostrom believes a “shortage of organs for transplant in Israel is the real cause behind the violent crime and mentions a 1992 government campaign to recruit new donors [because] at the same time that this organ campaign was going on, young Palestinian men were disappearing and being delivered back to their villages five days later at night, dead and cut open,”
The story is damning for Israel,so damning in fact that Israel has delayed press credentials for Swedes from Aftonbladet. A cameraman and reporter from the Newspaper were told Sunday,when they applied for press accreditation,that the process could take up to 90 days and that the newspaper’s decision to run the organ harvesting article last week will be taken into consideration when the request is considered.
“We have no duty to supply them with press cards immediately; we have 90 days to decide about their status,” said Danny Seaman, the head of Israel’s press office.
Meanwhile [in an eerily movie-esque roundabout], Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Swedish government to condemn the article but Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt refused to condemn it, saying the country has a “free press” which is an integral part of his country’s democracy.
No matter how sickening and devastating the story is in terms of the Palestinians who suffer from the daily scourge of Israeli apartheid I cannot help but smile as the illegal state begins to slowly sink into it’s own fecal matter.
The state of Israel,one so keen on advertising their rare democratic existence,has done nothing but shun key components of an autonomous society. In Israel freedom of speech,freedom of the press,freedom of assembly etc are notions left unheard of by the subjugated majoritym – The Palestinians.
Israeli democracy is nothing more than a by-product of Apartheid South Africa’s ‘democracy’,one which gave libertarian freedom to the White population and neglected the Blacks. Just as in the case of South Africa,the Zionist democracy in Israel is designed to empower the Jews,hence the title of Israel as being The Jewish State of Israel.
The facade of democracy being held over Israel,like a glowing angelic crown,will soon self-destruct for this is the conclusion to all propaganda in Western media – In the end we all know that truth fears no investigation.
“I fear the newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.”
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”
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Israeli President Shimon Peres said in comments published Saturday that Israel knew about “80,000 missiles” in the possession of Hezb’Allah.
The following piece includes not only his comments (In Black) but my replies (in Blue).
“Hezb’Allah is working for its own interests and will always find a pretext to continue its policy against Israel, even if the (Israeli army) withdrew from Shebaa Farms and the Lebanese Ghajar village,” he claimed.
Not many people know this but the resistance group of Hezb’Allah is a major provider of social services, which operate schools, hospitals, and agricultural services for thousands of Lebanese – the interest of Hezb’Allah has always,and will always,be the same – as outlined in Hezb’Allah’s 1985 manifesto which has listed three main goals for the group:
- To expel any colonialist entity on our land.
- To submit the phalanges to a just power and bring them all to justice for the crimes they have perpetrated against Muslims and Christians.
- To permit all the sons of our people to determine their future and to choose in all the liberty the form of government their desire.
Hezb’Allah has been accepting of the Christian and Jews who live in Lebanon and outside it,as long as they are not supporters of the Zionist entity of Israel. In this respect,the following statements from members of Hezb’Allah should suffice in deterring any asinine claim of intolerance within the group against NonMuslims:
Hezbollah representative in the Lebanese Parliament Abdallah Qussayr:“Hezb’Allah has never been against religions. Hezb’Allah supports all religions, it supports interfaith dialogue, and it has no problem with any religion. Hezbollah considers Zionism to be the enemy, not the Jews as a people or a religion.“
Commenting on a recent project for rebuilding the Maghen Abraham Synagogue in Beirut, Hussein Rahhal, a spokesman for Hezb’Allah said that the group supported the restoration of the synagogue: “We respect the Jewish religion just like we do Christianity… The Jews have always lived among us. We have an issue with Israel’s occupation of land.“
“Lebanon used to have an ambition to become the Switzerland of the Orient, and why not? But instead it has become the Iran of the region,” he said.
I am very well used to Zionists saying that Lebanon was once the Paris of the Middle East or the Swiss of Arabia so the same yawn-inducing rhetoric given here by Mr.Peres is no surprise to me in the least.
It should be understood that the idea of Lebanon having had the ambition [in the past tense according to Peres] of being such a gem is now squashed due to what he calls Lebanon’s new position as being the new Iran of “the region”.
Apparently defending ones nation against foreign assault by an illegal entity with enough blood on its hands to provide the Red Cross with enough donations to last from today until the year 2050 is a sign of being ‘Iranian’.
He said that Hezb’Allah’s missiles “might lead to a disaster for the Lebanese because the last war brought unnecessary calamities to Lebanon.” Peres was referring to Israel’s 33-day war with Lebanon in the summer of 2006 and which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 Lebanese civilians, a third of them children.
Here we have a laced threat wherein Hezb’Allah is thus transcended unto the entire Lebanese community – so what Mr.Peres is saying is,in layman’s terms,that if Hezb’Allah were to attack the state of Israel they would have sufficient grounds to then attack the Lebanese people as a whole,not just Hezb’Allah. According to Israel the words ‘Lebanon’ & ‘Hezb’Allah’ are apparently interchangeable.
He said Hezb’Allah has “ruined” Lebanon, has established a state within a state and built its own army which is as powerful as the Lebanese Armed Forces.
I happen to have personal relations who live in Southern Lebanon wherein people are greeted with new schools,Mosques,roads etc all funded and made open to the public by none other than the resistance group of Hezb’Allah.
The Government of Lebanon,led by Saudi puppets such as Sa’id Hariri, have not provided a single Lira to the Lebanese populace after or during the war in 2006.
Asked if Israel would respond to a Hezb’Allah attack against Israeli targets abroad to avenge the assassination last year of Hezb’Allah military commander martyr Imad Moghniyeh (Hajj Redwan), Peres answered: “I do not know what this revenge is about. Moghniyeh himself was a top assassin and he who kills becomes a target as well.”
“He was the head of [Hezb'Allah’s] special operations, and no one knows who killed him. There is no evidence that a certain side carried out the assassination. And obviously if Israel is attacked it will defend itself,” Peres said.
No one knows who killed Imad Moghniye,according to Mr.Peres,but we do know for a fact that he was one of the most wanted men by the state of Israel and spies have been located since and around the incident in Lebanon.
Mossad and other proxies have been known to carry out assassinations since the creation of the state in 1948′ – so it would be fairly asinine for someone to leave out the possibility that Israel did indeed kill Imad Moghniye.
The Israeli president added, “The state of Israel is not interested in a war with Lebanon and all problems between the two states can be resolved through negotiations.”
The continuous threats being thrown at Lebanon since the end of the 2006 war are apparently not being taken into consideration by the public,still unaware that Israel would love to claim every inch of Lebanon for it’s water and other tangible resources – all of these threats,if anything,are direct signs of a garraunted assault against Lebanon by Israel if anything were to ‘happen’ per chance. Be it an act by Israel from within Lebanon or by Hezb’Allah.
It should be made clear though,that the leader of Hezb’Allah (Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah) has already stated that Hezb’Allah will never be the first to strike but the resistance group will (rightfully) attack Israel if any city or village is bombed by any foreign entity.
“If Hezb’Allah did not exist, we would not have needed any spy networks,” Peres said, in response to the presence of Israeli spy networks inside Lebanese territory.
Here we have an admission by Peres that Israel does indeed have spy networks working in Lebanon,many of whom have already been snuffed out by the Lebanese task force and Hezb’Allah.
Now if we are going to take the man for his word we only look at the creation of Mossad and the creation of Hezb’Allah.
On December 13, 1949 Mossad was created by the state of Israel – Hezb’Allah was created almost 40 years later in 1982. So the very premise that the spy networks are only needing to be used in Lebanon due to the existence of Hezb’Allah is an outright lie on Mr.Peres’s part – Mossad has networks that are deeply rooted far along the region and even farther – including networks in the United States of America.
[End of Commentary]
Whether or not Israel decides to attack Lebanon in retaliation for the states defeat in 2006 by the resistance group of Hezb’Allah is still very much on the table and in the coming months I urge you all to keep your eyes and minds wide open – making sure to look out for elusive rhetoric being used by the Zionist state of Israel against Lebanon or Hezb’Allah.
If Lebanon is attacked the people can always rebuild their homes and their lives,my relatives in the South are clear examples of this impenetrable strength – and Israel has already been warned by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,leader of Hezb’Allah:
“We tell the Israelis today that if they bombard Beirut or the Southern suburbs we will strike Tel Aviv”
And this,in light of the 2006 war against Lebanon,is a truthful promise.
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Border Policemen have filmed themselves abusing and humiliating Palestinians in videos they have posted on YouTube over the past year.
In one clip uploaded to the video sharing website an Arab youth is shown in arid terrain, slapping himself, while a voice is heard instructing him to say “I love you, Border Police,” and “I will f**k you, Palestine,” in Arabic. The victim is forced to respond to everything he is ordered to do, to the raucous laughter of the cameraman and his friends, all Border Policemen.
The original version of the video was uploaded onto Youtube,but of course Zionist led coalitions such as the ADL and JIDF saw it fit to bring the video down – thankfully thought,someone was the persistent and uploaded the video here on BlipTV.
Vile acts of racism are not isolated incidents as many Zionist Jews will try and tell you – no,according to Haaretz and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel Author Sami Michael, the association’s president, racism is currently so rife that it is damaging civil liberty in Israel,”Israeli society is reaching new heights of racism that damages freedom of expression and privacy”.
Eighty-one percent of Israelis support the Jewish National Fund’s long held policy of selling land only to Jews, according to a poll released to YnetNews. Only 10% oppose the policy while 9% are undecided or refused to answer.
Racism is not only prevalent in Israeli society but under Israeli law -
Within the Israeli Law of Return, every Jew seemingly recognized as one by the Orthodox establishment has the right to “return” to Israel and settle anywhere in the state, including in the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem – where we currently see expanding settlements.
At the same time, millions of native born Palestinians and their descendants are blatantly denied the right to return to their homes. Whereas Birthright Israel participants can freely travel not only throughout Israel but also the occupied West Bank, the average Palestinian’s movements are severely restricted, with a tightly controlled permit system regulating who can travel where within and between the occupied territories.
Israel has become nothing more than a state which shamelessly mimics South Africa in it’s institutionalized racism,heavy handed system of apartheid and insubordination in terms of following International Law.
Obviously we cannot play the blame game without enlisting all the key players – one of whom happens to be the United States of America. In April 19th of this year The United States boycotted a U.N. conference on racism over a single document that “singled out” Israel in terms of the states rampant acts racism against the Arab populace – Mr.Obama did not like the finger pointing towards the state of Israel one bit so the U.S was not an attending member of this key conference.
Protecting Israel from any and all foreign accusations of racism,apartheid and war crimes has become a secondary job of the United States President,while neglecting his own citizens is obviously his primary role – at least currently.
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Recently the Israeli government and the Palestinians were found to be trading blame for failure to resume stagnant “peace talks” after President Barack Obama renewed his call on both sides to resume negotiations.
According to Lebanese news outlet Al Manar,a senior Israeli official said the Palestinians had rejected repeated calls by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resume talks that have been frozen for eight months.
“The government of Israel has been calling for weeks to the Palestinians to return to the negotiation table,” he claimed. “It is the Palestinian side that has prevented the return to talks by making unprecedented preconditions.”
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat rejected the charge, saying it was not the Palestinians who were setting new conditions but the Israelis who were flouting obligations to stop settlement in the occupied West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem. “We don’t have any conditions. Stopping settlement activity and resuming permanent status negotiations are Israeli obligations and not Palestinian conditions,” Erekat said.
Here is where I take direct issue with the situation,and where I may further prove why Obama is doing nothing in terms of upholding his promises to the Arab & Muslim world.
In June,only 2 months ago,during Mr.Obama’s speech in Cairo the President dropped the most explosive words which pertained to Israel and Palestine:
“Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.”
Only last week Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said, “These settlements were established by Israeli governments and approved by them.” Yishai then added that “the people of Israel should know this settlement is legal.”
Here’s the ironically stinging part of the affair -
President Obama stated that the United States will not accept the Israeli settlements.
America is funding Israel.
Israel is continuing to expand the settlements.
Everything said in President Obama’s speech in Cairo seemed like strong words to the majority present in the crowd as they shouted and applauded the stranger in their land who had only just caused two million Pakistani’s to flee their homes after American weaponry slammed into their villages…
But the speech was filled with nothing but unsubstantiated and empty rhetoric given by a man who had already begun to drench his hands with the blood of foreign occupation.
Now going back to the current blame game being played by the Israeli government we will only need to look at the current situation present in the illegal state itself -
1.Israel claims to be asking for Palestinians to ‘come and sit at the negotiation table’
2.Israeli’s (with the support of the Israeli government) are literally throwing out Palestinians from their homes.
3.Israel has been told by the United States to stop all settlements.
4.Israel refuses to do so.
It is fairly obvious that Israeli is being insubordinate and usually there are severe punishments given to those who refuse to obey the commands of the United States,we should only look at Iraq and Afghanistan in order to uphold this premise – so,why is Israel any different?
Obama touts that he is change and that his administration will be the turning point in terms of America and International relations but I am only witnessing more of the same Bush Era tactics – along with empty flair from Mr.Obama.
As long as the Israeli’s are refusing to abide by International Law there are committing acts of war and such acts are usually to be punished by the International Community – The pathetic thing is that there has been no action in terms of stopping these settlements,and the Palestinians are having to put up with empty words.
I for one happen to be sick of bottomless diplomacy and shameless lies by the American administration – we need action,the first which should be the commitment of the United States to stop all funding to the illegal state of Israel.
Let’s see how fast the Israeli’s perk up to the idea of stopping the settlements when they aren’t being pampered with our tax dollars.
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Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday summoned a minister who whipped up a political storm by suggesting the government oppose US demands for a settlement freeze.
Netanyahu told Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon to report to him on Thursday evening, after the premier returns from vacation, public radio said.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu lambasted the Vice Premier Yaalon, who told a closed-door meeting of far-right activists last week that he was “not afraid of the Americans” and that anti-settlement groups like Peace Now were “viruses” to Israel.
“The remarks made by Minister Yaalon are unacceptable, neither in their essence nor in their style, and do not represent the government’s stance,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Many politicians were outraged by the remarks, which were made by Yaalon during a meeting with members of the Likud’s Jewish Leadership division, headed by Moshe Feiglin.
When asked by one of the attendees about plans to dismantle the Bnei Adam outpost, Yaalon responded, “We again are dealing with the issue of the virus, Peace Now – the elitists, if you may – who have incurred great damage. From my perspective, Jews can and need to live in all of the Land of Israel for all eternity.”
One of the harshest responses to these remarks came from Knesset Member Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor), who essentially called for the vice premier’s dismissal. “Yaalon has revealed his real face. Like many before him, he found refuge in wild incitement against the peace camp,” the MK said.
“I call on him to immediately take back his remarks, and call on the prime minister to condemn and denounce him. Those who do not believe in peace should not be part of Israel’s governments.”
Associates of Labor Chairman Ehud Barak expressed their discontent with the remarks as well, but refrained from attacking the defense minister’s fellow government member.
“The discourse in the deep Right is irrelevant to the Israeli public. Peace Now is an integral part of the vital democratic discourse in the Israeli society,” one of the aides said. “The grave statements made by Minister Yaalon against the movement are disrespectful and do not dignify the person who made them.”
Meretz Chairman Chaim Oron responded to the remarks angrily, saying that “the minister’s statements are disgusting both in their content and their style. These are Kahane-like statements that pollute the public discourse, and allow it to deteriorate it into political violence.
“It is depressing and worrisome to see Yaalon consorting with the likes of Feiglin and dealing in delegitimation and incitement against political rivals,” MK Oron added.
Kadima used the opportunity to slam the government. “These are Netanyahu’s true colors,” said the party’s spokesman. “Tonight the vice prime minister shattered into pieces Netanyahu’s deception and illusion policy and proved where the government is really headed.
“As long as he is a member of the government, what Netanyahu says outside doesn’t matter. What matters is what he promised Bogie (Yaalon’s nickname) inside. The Bibi-Bogie-Feiglin axis endangers Israel’s interests and the ability to reach an agreement maintaining them.”
Kadima MK Nachman Shai added, “The Netanyahu government is a useless maze of opinions and stances leading nowhere. Now it turns out that the No. 2 person in the government is joining the Feiglin gang to plan an internal coup.”
Following Wednesday’s report on his remarks, the vice premier’s office released a statement saying that “the minister’s opinions are known, clear and were written explicitly in his book – and he stands behind them.”
[via @Al Manar]
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