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January 6, 2009

2009.01.08: Khalidi, and distortions

From: [A.]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:54 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Khalidi, and distortions

Rashid Khalidi’s title is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is certainly not currently a PLO spokesperson, and even his detractors refer to news articles referring to events during the 1980s in making the claim that he is a “PLO Spokesperson.” During the recent Presidential campaign, right-wingers tried to make as much hay as they could out of Obama’s acquaintanceship with Khalidi. Khalidi denies ever being a spokesman for the PLO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashid_Khalidi

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/closing_arguments_mccain.html

CAMERA is not an objective fact-checking organization:

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is a Boston-based, non-profit, pro-Israel        [2] media watchdog group[3] which was founded in 1982 to respond to perceived anti-Israel bias in The Washington Post.[4]

CAMERA has been noted for its pro-Israel media monitoring and advocacy.[5][6][7][8] CAMERA releases reports to counter what it sees as “frequently inaccurate and skewed characterizations of Israel and of events in the Middle East” that it believes may fuel anti-Israel and anti-Jewish prejudice.[3] The group mobilizes protests against what it sees as unfair media coverage by issuing full-page ads in newspapers,[9] organizing demonstrations,[10] and encouraging sponsors to withhold funds.[10] Critics suggest the group is “Orwellian-named”[11] and that “like others engaged in the narrative wars, it does not understand the difference between advocacy and accuracy”.[12]

In May 2008, five Wikipedia editors involved in a secret CAMERA campaign to edit Wikipedia were sanctioned by Wikipedia administrators, who wrote that the project’s open nature “is fundamentally incompatible with the creation of a private group to surreptitiously coordinate editing by ideologically like-minded individuals”.[13]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_Accuracy_in_Middle_East_Reporting_in_America

CAMERA has gone after Peter Jennings, Anthony Lewis, Michael Lerner, Cynthia Ozick, NPR, Haaretz, Steven Spielberg, Microsoft Encarta, among others. Id.

It would seem that CAMERA is engaging in a biot of projection in using the term “obviously propagandistic” to describe Khalidi.

If the Middle Eastern crisis is to be resolved, open debate has to be possible. We can’t have a situation where anyone disagreeing with a particular dogma is tarred and feathered like this. Refuting (where possible) the claims made by Khalidi in his New York Times op-ed piece would be the appropriate way to deal with what he said, rather making an ad hominem attack where not one of his assertions is countered.

 


From: [H.]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 3:21 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: RE: photos the media will never show…

Michael:

If you believe yourself to be an open-minded or peace-loving person, then please read & share information about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a more balanced way. It is irresponsible to give only one voice to this situation. You just sent out an article from Rashid Khalidi – spokesperson for the PLO. Do you think he represents journalistic accuracy? In fact, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) described Khalid’s remarks as “obviously propagandistic.” He is historically anti-Israel and anti-American. If you watch his PBS special from 2006, you will see how Khalidi  justifies terrorist acts of Hamas and Hezbollah.  Innocent Palestinians are being killed because Hamas uses civilian places (schools, homes, markets) to store weapons, hide in and fight from. If the IDF is to defeat Hamas & Hamas uses civilians as human shields, how can the IDF avoid civilian casualties?  Here are several articles that will tell you a more accurate truth.

Israel Must Defend Its Citizens, Amos Oz: http://mfaex.castup.net/mfa/public/sderot/AmosOz/AmosOz-ENG.pdf

Palestinians Need Israel to Win, Michael Oren and Yossi Klein Halevi, Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123051182944538487.html

Hamas and the Palestinians, Khaled Abu Toameh, Hudson: http://www.hudsonny.org/2009/01/hamas-and-the-palestinians.php

On Gaza, Sense and Centrism, Eric Yoffie, The Forward: http://www.forward.com/articles/14847/

Debunking the worst anti-Israel charges you’ll hear, Bradley Burston, Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050421.html

Israel, Hamas, and moral idiocy, Alan Dershowitz, Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1231/p09s02-coop.html

Moral clarity in Gaza, Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/01/AR2009010101780.html

Hamas is not interested in peace, Jack Kelley, Real Clear Politics: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/hamas_not_interested_in_peace.html

The suffering that Hamas causes, Jeff Robbins, Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/12/30/the_suffering_that_hamas_causes/

The Palestinian tilt towards self-destruction, Tom Teepen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/394170_teepenonline31.html

Here are some quotes for you to read:

President-elect Barak Obama said earlier this year about the more than 6,300 rockets and mortar shells from Gaza that have rained down on Israel since 2005: “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing.” http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1004747.html

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed the rival Islamist group Hamas for triggering Israel’s deadly raids on Gaza by not extending a six-month truce with the Jewish state: “We talked to [Hamas] and we told them ‘Please, we ask you, do not end the truce. Let the truce continue and not stop’ so that we could have avoided what happened.” http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKTRE4BR0PB20081228

Nimr Hammad, an advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: “The one responsible for the massacres is Hamas, and not the Zionist entity, which in its own view reacted to the firing of Palestinian missiles. Hamas needs to stop treating the blood of Palestinians lightly. They should not give the Israelis a pretext.” http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD216408#_ednref2

Osama Nakhala, a Palestinian resident of Gaza: “I blame Hamas. It doesn’t want to recognize Israel. If they did so there could be peace. Egypt made a peace treaty with Israel, and nothing is happening to them.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/world/middleeast/31mideast.html?_r=1

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that responsibility for the three-day-old Israeli air offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip lies “clearly and exclusively” with Hamashttp://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,598724,00.html.  Further, Merkel stated that “the terror of Hamas cannot be accepted” and demanded that Hamas “immediately and permanently” stop its rocket attacks on Israel. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230733155804&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said Israel had the right to defend itself: “Let us realize one thing: Hamas increased steeply the number of rockets fired at Israel since the ceasefire ended on December 19. That is not acceptable any more,” Schwarzenberg said.  He said Hamas had excluded itself from serious political debate due to its rocket attacks on Israel. “Why am I one of the few that have expressed understanding for Israel? … I am enjoying the luxury of telling the truth,” Schwarzenberg told the daily. http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKTRE4BT1RC20081230?sp=true

Also, please do not forget about the Camp David summit of 2000, where Israel offered to give up a significant amount of land (in a state the size of New Jersey surrounded by all Arab territory) to create peace. Israel offered the Palestinians 91% of the West Bank, ALL of Gaza, and control of East Jerusalem, thereby creating a Palestinian state. Arafat rejected this. Hamas does not want peace, but death to all Israeli Jews. This quote is part of Hamas’ charter. This past July, Israel released 5 live & healthy Hezbollah terrorists from prison in exchange for 2 dead kidnapped Israeli soldiers who were guarding borders (not involved in combat). Hamas perceived this attempt at diplomacy as a point of weakness for Israel, and has now created a game out of it. They kidnap and kill Israeli soldiers and offer to give Israel back dead bodies for burial in exchange for live terrorist prisoners. How is this peaceful, fair, or just?

What about the people murdered by Islamic terrorists all over the rest of the world…most recently Mumbai? How do you explain what happened to Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg? Rivky was 5 months pregnant, shot in the stomach in front of her 2 year old son, who was left for 10 hours in a room with his parents dead bodies before being rescued. They did nothing except be who they are…Jews. That is why they were targeted and killed.

In Europe (France, England & Belgium), it is no longer safe for Jews to be openly religious. You cannot wear a kippah or a Jewish star without facing discrimination from Arabs there.  I know, because I have friends that live there who are experiencing it and feel like they are living in a pre-Holocaust climate. The world is a very scary place for Jews now, and this is exactly why we have Israel…because only 60 years ago we had nowhere else to go (including America who sent Jews back on boats to concentration camps knowing what was happening). In today’s political climate, it is easy to jump on the bandwagon of the Palestinians, who you perceive as underdogs being bullied by an Israeli superpower. This is just not the case…nothing is that simple.

Please realize the deeply offensive and hurtful nature of your words before you send out your next email disseminating anti-Zionist propaganda.


From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 1:25 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS1199 Members
Subject: RE: photos the media will never show…

What the U.S. and Israeli media won’t show about Gaza: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5wrwZlwAq8

WARNING : This page contains pictures of children killed in Israel’s attack on Gaza


From: [M.]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 12:56 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: RE: photos the media will never show…

With all due respect Hara,

Please check your sources before forwarding emails. The photo credits are not accurate and neither are the captions that accompany them.  A quick web search turned up the following:

According to www.gettyimages.com,

Photo#6 does NOT depict IDF soldiers taking care of a Palestinian “that was just shooting towards them.”   Here is the actual caption:

“Israeli Soldiers Rescue Palestinians Weapons Smugglers From Collapsed Tunnel

RAFAH, GAZA STRIP – NOVEMBER 18: In this photo made available by the IDF, a Palestinian man receives first aid from Israeli army medics after they were rescued by Israeli soldiers from a collapsed weapons smuggling tunnel they were digging November 18, 2004 in the Palestinian town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The three, all from the same family, were trapped in the rubble after the tunnel collapsed as a result of heavy rain in the area overnight, and were arrested by the Israeli army after their rescue. (Photo by Tal Naveh/IDF via Getty Images)”

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/51762105/Getty-Images-News?axd=DetailPaging.Generic|1&axs=0|77620091%2c77620094%2c77620129%2c72213980%2c72213974%2c72213983%2c72213982%2c56412181%2c56412180%2c56412187%2c56412186%2c53108188%2c53107661%2c53108192%2c53108190%2c52591444%2c52036946%2c52036947%2c51762101%2c51762087%2c51762103%2c51762105%2c51762104%2c51256897%2c51256899%2c51256900%2c51141428%2c51141429%2c51141430%2c2845569%2c2845573%2c1941532%2c1941533%2c1941534|0

Photo#8 does NOT depict “IDF soldiers saving Palestinians through a tunnel opening that they have recently blown up” ,the actual caption reads:

Israeli Soldiers Rescue Palestinians Weapons Smugglers From Collapsed Tunnel

RAFAH, GAZA STRIP – NOVEMBER 18: In this photo made available by the IDF, Israeli soldiers rescue 3 Palestinians from a collapsed weapons smuggling tunnel they were digging November 18, 2004 in the Palestinian town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The three, all from the same family, were trapped in the rubble after the tunnel collapsed as a result of heavy rain in the area overnight, and were arrested by the Israeli army after their rescue. (Photo by Tal Naveh/IDF via Getty Images) ”

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/51762087/Getty-Images-News?axd=DetailPaging.Generic|1&axs=0|51762087%2c51762101|0

If you can’t verify something’s authenticity, please check it out before you disseminate it…

Thanks,

Michael


From: [H.]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:57 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: FW: photos the media will never show…


From: [H.]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:49 AM
To: [H.]
Subject: Fw: photos the media will never show…

— On Thu, 1/8/09, Dov Zmood <zmoody@verizon.net> wrote:

From: Dov Zmood <zmoody@verizon.net>
Subject: photos the media will never show…
To: “Hara Robrish” <hrob2@yahoo.com>
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 11:07 AM

 

Israeli soldier giving a hand to a Palestinian boy

 

IDF officer & Palestinian child

 

Israeli soldier giving a hand to a Palestninan elderly

 

 

IDF soldier shaking hands with Palestinian girl

 

IDF soldiers taking care of a Palestinian that was just shooting towards them a few moments earlier- and surrendered.

 

Cooperation between IDF soldiers and P.A. troops

 

IDF soldiers saving Palestinians through a tunnel opening that they have recently blown up- since the guys inside used it to smuggle weapons.

 

IDF soldiers taking care of a Palestinians that were hiding in a weapons tunnel to fight the IDF.

Photos by Nimrod Nir

 

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