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Taken In By Jenin.

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I confess that I was alarmed at the offensive in Jenin of 2002, at the time I thought that the media stories of a massacre were true, such was the forceful attention of the Press and TV.

Six years later on I have become more careful and less quick to judge, such is the feeding frenzy around this conflict, that accusations are often false, exaggerated and misleading. Evidence is sometimes slow to emerge and in the battle for the media agenda, real facts get lost.

The AJC’s clip highlights many of these issues and is well worth a viewing.

I was shocked to find out that there are 340+ conflicts are going on in the world, not one, as reading the Western media would frequently suggest. The video is a bit too American and in your face for my taste, but I think its point is ultimately right.

Absorb it and please, think about the Western media’s portrayal of events.

And if you get the chance, try the AJC Jewish IQ Quiz on Anti-Semitism, it is harder than it seems, I only scored 4, so obviously I need to read more books.

Update:
One of my few readers was kind enough to supply a link to an article which illuminates the problem:

“The so-called pro-Palestinian “junta” on the campuses has nothing to offer other than hatred and de-legitimization of Israel. If these folks really cared about the Palestinians, they would be campaigning for good government and for the promotion of values of democracy and freedom in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Their hatred for Israel and what it stands for has blinded them to a point where they no longer care about the real interests of the Palestinians, namely the need to end the anarchy and lawlessness, and to dismantle all the armed gangs that are responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Palestinians over the past few years.

The majority of these activists openly admit that they have never visited Israel or the Palestinian territories. They don’t know -and don’t want to know – that Jews and Arabs here are still doing business together and studying together and meeting with each other on a daily basis because they are destined to live together in this part of the world. They don’t want to hear that despite all the problems life continues and that ordinary Arab and Jewish parents who wake up in the morning just want to send their children to school and go to work before returning home safely and happily.

Written by modernityblog

25/03/2009 at 02:41

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  1. I remember feeling the same way. When the truth filtered out, It forced me to do a a lot of soul searching and a lot more reading. Now I cannot claim to know a single definative answer but one has to recognise the heart rendering and seemly insoluble tragedy of I/P and its global ‘insignificance’

    socialrepublican

    25/03/2009 at 21:13

  2. Check this out, mod. From an Arab-Israeli journalist:

    http://www.hudsonny.org/2009/03/on-campus-the-pro-palestinians-real-agenda.php

    mesquito

    25/03/2009 at 22:09

  3. agreed socrep,

    my problem is not with the people in the Middle East, but how Westerners hark on about these topics in such an inflammatory fashion, when they should know better

    good article, mes 🙂

    modernityblog

    25/03/2009 at 22:51

  4. The Left may be the single most powerful collection of destructive regressive ideologues and ideologies on the planet for the last 100 years.

    nwo

    27/03/2009 at 23:34

  5. No, not really.

    Left wing thinking has advanced society in terms of the working week, the welfare state, regulation of aggressive capitalism and provision of wide spread education, rights of political expression, free trade unions etc

    I think you meant the extreme right, like Hitler?

    modernityblog

    28/03/2009 at 00:12

  6. I suppose definitions are in order, else every advancement and reform since the dawn of time is attributable to “Leftwing thinking.”

    But Im not interested in that game.

    Cheers!

    nwo

    28/03/2009 at 00:46

  7. Ahh, well if you make sweeping generalisation then that’s a problem?

    modernityblog

    28/03/2009 at 02:13

  8. Im sure there were some good Communists, Germans, and Islamics.

    😀

    nwo

    28/03/2009 at 02:57

  9. Ah,but the human rights watch still thought Israel should’ve been charged with war crimes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1965471.stm

    Jenny

    30/03/2009 at 09:37


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