Dear Friend of Israel:
Even for someone whose job it is to defend Israel against mainstream media hatchet jobs, I was shocked by news coverage of the Palestinian terror attacks
over the past week or so. Before I tell you about the worst of them, let me just recap the situation for you:
As you've surely read, Israelis are suffering from a wave of deadly "lone wolf" terror attacks—all over Israel, but focused to a large extent around
Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Ordinary Israelis have been victims of hate crimes—rock throwing, stabbings, car assaults, firebombs and shootings—as they
walk and drive about unsuspectingly doing their daily business, which, during the High Holidays a few weeks ago, meant going to and from prayer.
Five innocent Israelis have been killed over the last several weeks. Dozens have been attacked and wounded. Many of the Palestinian killers were shot dead
in their acts. Some of the terrorists were actually saved from angry mobs by Jews, who held and protected them until police could arrive.
There is absolutely no good reason for these attacks, but there is a cause: The Palestinian Authority, its chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the
Gaza terror dictatorship, Hamas, have been inciting the Arab street with lies that Israel is planning to destroy the al-Aksa mosque on the Temple
This accusation has no factual merit, zero. There is no evidence to prove it, and Israeli government officials have been denying the rumor for years.
However, truth is no obstacle for the Palestinian leadership, who are now calling for Jews, Christians and believers of other religions to be banned
from the al-Aksa grounds, which also happen to be the location of the Jewish First and Second Temples and thus one of Judaism's holiest sites.
So how have the media been covering this latest outbreak of unprovoked war against Israel and the Jewish people? In many cases, Palestinians are portrayed as the victims, as in this headline from the BBC: "Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two." So this story
is about a dead murderer? Really? The BBC editor must have worked hard to come up with that headline, when the obvious one would have been so easy (and
logical): "Two Israelis killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack."
The New York Times, again in a baffling slight of rhetoric, runs a story that plays into the Palestinian lie that Jews have no rights to the
Temple Mount: Its reporter, Rick Gladstone, writes a story in which he identifies "an explosive historical question" about the Temple Mount—"whether the
37-acre site, home to Islam's sacred Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aksa Mosque, was also the precise location of two ancient Jewish temples." In fact, there is absolutely no scientific question about whether the Jewish temples were located on the 37-acre Temple Mount, but only discussion about
exactly where on the site they were situated.
Want another one? Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief Luke Baker alleged in his Twitter feed that a video shows" undercover #Israeli police throwing stones at Israeli forces and inciting #Palestinian youth to do the same." Again, this is absolutely false, but
Euro News picked up the story, citing Baker as a "credible source." The footage actually shows Palestinian youths pelting Israeli soldiers and the arrival
later of undercover police who stopped and arrested the young terrorists.
We don't have time or space for the full list of perverse news reporting that tries to blame Israel for the terrorism that besets it. But I would like you
to read about one more story that is so bizarre—in such an alternative reality—it will make your head spin and likely outrage you. And this
journalistic travesty is by no rookie news organization, it's again from the Great Grey Mother herself, the New York Times.
You'll learn about it in this week's FLAME Hotline featured article, below, by curmudgeonly maverick-Zionist-feminist-commentator Phyllis Chesler. In it,
she explicates a recent New York Times article that identifies the Palestinian killers and interviews their relatives before it identifies the innocent Israeli victims. Amazing.
I hope you'll take a few minutes to review this piece, then pass it on to your friends and colleagues who may benefit from it. For some outspoken background on Palestinian incitement—as well as a proposed solution—please see the P.S. immediately below.
Vice President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)
New York Times: No Israeli Victims of Palestinian Terrorism
Welcome to a World Where Only Palestinian Victims Have Names, Ages and Sympathetic Eyewitnesses.
Phyllis Chesler, FrontPage Mag,
October 7, 2015
Why-oh-why do I still read the New York Times? Am I that much of a masochist?
Here's why. Because those who rely upon it run media/entertainment/publishing empires, corporations, and governments. These Masters of the Universe do not
understand that the articles about Israel and the Muslim world in the Paper of Record are all, essentially, toxic propaganda; to them, it is mother's milk,
God's own word. Verily, it is The Atheist's Bible.
That's why I steel myself every single day. Take yesterday, October 6th.
One would think that the IDF's October 4th arrest of five members
of the Hamas cell responsible for the heinous murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin on October 1st would be front page news. One would be wrong. This dramatic
information is contained on page A9 and takes up only a little more than half the page. The hard copy article is 1,083 words long and is divided into 22
Journalists Jodi Rudoren and Diaa Hadid (with additional reporters from Jerusalem, the West Bank, Ramallah, and Bethlehem), seem to be practicing
"proportional" or "equivalency" journalism as opposed to "objective" journalism.
Five Hamas terrorists "confessed to fatally shooting an Israeli couple in front of their children"—and in the same, opening paragraph, they tell us that
"Israeli forces fatally [shot] two Palestinian teenagers—one 13."
As yet, the article does not mention the ages of the Israeli couple or their names or the ages of their children.
Rudoren and Hadid write that "four Israelis and four Palestinians have been killed in the last five days." Everything is equal, everything is the same; it
balances out, right? No. Absolutely missing is the necessary context. Missing is any fact-based understanding of the difference between Israel defending
its citizens against Muslim Jihadists who are stabbing, stoning, and shooting innocent Israeli civilians at random-and the fact that we may be looking at
what some are calling The Third Intifada. Lone Jihadists. Large vigilante groups. ISIS-inspired Hamasniks.
How can this be? This is all that can be—given that these journalists view Israel
as, by definition, engaging in an allegedly "Nazi, Apartheid, Occupation" of Arab Muslims and view all acts of Muslim Jihad as part of freedom-fighting and
Nothing else can explain how this piece is positioned or how many more sympathetic words are used to convey the unjust suffering of Arab Muslim victims
versus the non-suffering of Israeli victims.
Thus, we learn the age and name of the stone-thrower who was shot dead by Israelis—it is Abdulrahman Obeidallah; he is the boy mentioned in the first
paragraph. But now, for four paragraphs, Rudoren and Hadid quote Arab Muslims who claimed that the boy never threw a stone, was not part of the rioting,
was, in fact, "innocent and was shot in cold blood." They quote a university student, Ahed Amira and Obeidallah's classmate, Osaid Mohammad Abu Srour, who
claims that "None of us were throwing stones. We were watching other kids throw rocks at the army base…I guess this is what we get for being
Palestinian and under occupation."
If this were not enough, the next paragraph (#9) reminds us that, according to a "Palestinian medic," earlier that day, the IDF "fatally shot Huthayfa
Soliman, 18, in the stomach."
Still missing in action is any information about the Israeli civilian couple
mentioned in the first paragraph, so long ago.
Were Israelis really murdered? If so, given the above track record, some would think that they "deserved" to die.
Still, we do not learn their names until paragraph eleven or halfway into the piece. Their names-but not their ages, and not a single humanizing feature.
No one is quoted who speaks for them or about them.
Three paragraphs later (paragraph #14 ), we also learn about Nizar Qutri, 25, whom "relatives" said had been "shot in the chest by Israeli civilians."
The last 216 words of this article (five paragraphs or 23% of the article) is concerned totally with an event that took place on July 31st, in the "West
Bank village of Duma…[the] killing [of] a Palestinian child and his parents." The villains represent the greatest threat known to humanity: "Jewish
Nowhere is any greater threat to the region cited.
Nowhere is Abu Mazen (Abu Abbas) called an "extremist" nor are those who are throwing rocks, firebombs, fire crackers—the rioters in general—referred to as
No matter that "Jewish extremists" are rare and are usually condemned and prosecuted—as opposed to Arab Muslims who glorify acts of terrorism against
Israeli civilians (and against infidels and the "wrong" kind of Muslim). Nowhere do the authors bother to remind us that extremist, terrorist, Arab Muslims
sit in Israeli jails and are paid generous stipends for their attempts to murder innocents.
We never do get to learn the ages of the Henkins in this piece or the ages of their four children who were present at the execution of their parents.
Please allow me to remind us about some of some of our holy martyrs in 2015.
There may be more. And this does not account for the wounded, some of whom may be disabled for life.
Apr 15, 2015
- Shalom Yohai Sherki, 25, was run down and killed on Wednesday night at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem in a terrorist attack.
June 19, 2015
- Danny Gonen, 25, of Lod, was killed in a shooting attack along a dirt road after visiting the Ein Buvin spring near Dolev in the West Bank.
June 29, 2015
- Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, of Kohav Hashahar, critically wounded in a drive-by shooting attack near Shilo on the Alon road on Monday night, succumbed
to his wounds the following day.
Sept 13, 2015
- Alexander Levlovich, 64, of Jerusalem was killed while on his way home from a Rosh Hashana dinner when he lost control of his vehicle after it was struck
by rocks at about 23:00.
Oct 1, 2015
- Rabbi Eitam Henkin, 31, and his wife Na'ama, 30, of Neria, parents of six, were killed in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon
Moreh in Samaria at about 9 p.m. on Thursday night. They suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and were pronounced dead at the scene. Four
of their children, aged 4 months to 9 years, who were in the car at the time of the attack were treated for shock. A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by
the "brave resistance," calling the murderous act "heroic".
Oct 3, 2015
- Rabbis Aharon Bennett, 22, of Beitar Illit and Nehemia Lavi, 41, of Jerusalem were stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist near Lion's Gate in
Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday evening. Bennett's wife and 2-year-old child were wounded.
October 6, 2015
: A female Arab terrorist stabbed a 36-year-old man at the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City and moderately wounded him. The man shot and critically
October 6, 2015
: 38-year-old Ribi Lev-Ohayan of Tekoa esaped an Arab lynch mob which rushed her car, hurled rocks, then pulled her door open to kick and beat her. She
managed to close the door and escape.
October 6, 2015
: Josh Hasten, a freelance journalist was a few cars behind her. The lynch mob of 50 rushed his car bearing cinder blocks and rocks. Hasten fired a warning
shot and got away.
October 6, 2015
: An Arab terrorist stabbed and IDF soldier in Ashkelon on Lakhish Road (well within the 1949 lines), and got his weapon away from him. The terrorist
rushed into a residential building, opened fire on IDF forces who subsequently eliminated him. Another Israeli was lightly wounded in this incident as well