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Israeli embassy warns Ireland will fall under Islamic influence - Desperate Hyperbole - War Propaganda
29 Jul 2014
Molly Malone in a burqa among graphic images and warnings.
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The Israeli embassy in Dublin has been slammed after grotesque images and warnings of an Islamic invasion of Ireland were posted on its Facebook page.

The images depicted the Molly Malone statue in Dublin wearing a burka and the embassy's Facebook page claimed that Ireland would be the next state to fall under Islamic influence. Israeli media reports have accused Ireland of being far too pro-Palestinian in the current Gaza conflict.

Images of the Mona Lisa in Paris wearing a niqab and carrying a rocket launcher also featured in the propaganda.

Other images posted on the Dublin embassy’s Facebook page included Michelangelo's David shown in Arab headgear and wired up as a suicide bomber with a warning to Italy and Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid shown holding a gun.

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Dublin has confirmed to the Irish Sun newspaper that the offensive images were posted from his embassy’s official social media accounts. They have since been removed by Facebook and the report says Dublin was not the only city to come into the Israeli propaganda sights.

The Irish Sun reports that the Israel In Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts have been blasted for sharing the series of controversial posts. An embassy spokesman told the paper: “Yes they were sent from the official Facebook but they were taken down, I don’t know why.

“Often things get deleted for space reasons but it wasn’t taken down because of any complaints.”

Sinn Fein foreign affairs spokesman Sean Crowe told the Irish Sun he was shocked by the latest images. He said: “On one hand it’s childish and lacks maturity, but when you consider 1,050 people have been killed, it’s wrong to be making light of the situation,” he said referring to the Gaza conflict. Criticism of the Israeli invasion has been wide-spread and fervent in Ireland.

“This is such a sensitive time, you would think an embassy would treat it as such and would send out messages of reconciliation, not fan the flames.

“I can’t understand why anyone would take time to post stuff like this.”

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/Israeli-embassy-warns-Ireland-
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http://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/Israeli-embassy-warns-Ireland-will-fall-under-Islamic-influence.html

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Re: Israeli embassy warns Ireland will fall under Islamic influence - Desperate Hyperbole - War Propaganda
29 Jul 2014
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Zayn Malik probably was expecting the barrage of abuse he received from Israelis after he pledged his support for the #FreePalestine social media campaign. The One Direction star, who was raised a Muslim, was bombarded with death threats and messages of complaint after he "did a Rihanna" and tweeted the hashtag to his 13million followers.

And to start with, Malik might have assumed his protest post was a popular decision: the tweet garnered over 130,000 retweets and 138,000 favourites in a matter of moments. But it soon became apparent that not everyone agreed with his opinion on the emotionally charged conflict, that has seen over 1,000 Palestinians perish in Gaza and 43 Israelis killed. Israel has an organized system of countering negative items on social media.

"U have fans in #Israel. It broke me that one of my idols wand me to die @benwinstone @harry_styles @onedirection [sic]," one of the lighter tweets at him read. The heavier ones from pro-Israel fans included calls for him to "kill himself" or to let them kill him instead.

Of course, Malik isn’t the first famous face to tweet about the conflict. Rihanna forced a similar reaction when she posted #FreePalestine via her official account, only to delete it minutes later. In its place, she posted the far more balanced: "Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?....[sic]"

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan was branded "Zionist scum" for his stream of tweets on the topic of Israel-Gaza, in which he helpfully declared things like "I like Jews. I like Arabs" and "Same nonsense made Northern Ireland a murderous tinderbox for 30 years".


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/zayn-malik-on-israelgaza-one-di
Re: Israeli War Propaganda
30 Jul 2014
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July 30, 2014

A Leftist Can Dream - Wishful thinking on Israel / Palestine by JASON HIRTHLER

Author and serial dissident William Blum once wrote that if he were president, he’d be assassinated in about four days into his term. He said that his policies would include ending wars, apologizing to victims, and dismantling military bases in absurd locations. And it was this—his humane and rational actions—that would get him shot.

I don’t think many of us would fare much better in the Oval Office. For instance, I noticed that the United States, alone among nations, vetoed a U.N. resolution to investigate war crimes in Gaza. The halfwit representing the White House said it gave a thumbs down because the vote was “a political instrument.” I would still be in hysterics if the situation weren’t so grave. As if the U.S. didn’t instantly use the downing of flight MH17 as a political football. Nothing like the flaming carcass of a commercial airliner to help you demonize your enemies. Especially now that Twitter and YouTube are acceptable forms of ‘evidence.’ Screw forensics. The hell with satellite imagery. Forget the crime scene. Social media is the new soul of veracity.

The fact is that the racist pogrom in Gaza would never happen if the U.S. didn’t give Israel the green light. No, Barack Obama didn’t call up Benjamin Netanyahu and say, “Let’s bury some Arabs this week!” He didn’t have to. The light is always green. In the Zionist White House—yes, Obama has repeatedly groveled before AIPAC—there are no yellow caution lights or red stop lights. The freeway to fascism is ever green lit. Full-speed ahead.

Technically, Israel is a free state able to conduct its business as it pleases short of international intervention. But that’s exactly what we need.

So if I were elected president tomorrow, my first act in office would be to ring up Tel Aviv and get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the line. “Bibi, you world-historical thug,” I would begin. “You need to call off the dogs before they butcher more innocent children, blast more hospitals, crush more schools, and generally lay waste to the Gaza Strip.”

Bibi might then sputter a few words of ingratitude and do some insolent posturing, which I would promptly ignore before continuing, “Bibi, you apartheid world champion. If you don’t end the siege, attack, act of illegal aggression—call it what you will—this moment, I’ll stop payment on the three billion dollar check I just sent you. And never write another.

“Furthermore, I am prepared to move the Fifth Fleet from the Straight of Hormuz into the Mediterranean Basin to provide the immiserated, stateless Palestinians with a bit of protection against your ethnic cleansing campaign.”

“But what about Iran? What about the terror in Tehran?” Bibi would stammer with genuine alarm. “The mullahs can’t be trusted. I see mushroom clouds in our future.”

“Bibi, you knavish war criminal, in your monomaniacal racism you missed a few facts. Namely, that since we started tabulating such things, Iran’s official defense policy has been purely defensive. They haven’t attacked anyone unprovoked in centuries. They are, however, quite justifiably frightened by the fact that my country keeps attacking their neighbors, assassinating their scientists, slipping viruses into their computer networks, and doing some high-volume saber rattling anytime we get near a microphone.”

“But the Iron Dome doesn’t work against dirty nukes, Mr. President!”

“Don’t fret, Benji. Congress, which is beyond my control, has just mailed you a check for another couple hundred million to fortify your dome.”

“We must stop these Arab terrorists from threatening Israeli lives! They parade their telegenic dead and try to drum up international support. What gall, using civilian shields to win political support—an outrage against humanity!”

“Try not occupying and resettling their land. Unlikely they’d fire rockets your way in the absence of nonstop oppression. As we discovered much to our surprise in Iraq: people don’t take kindly to having their country occupied, their homes razed, and their citizens tortured.”

“If you think I’m bad, wait until you see what I’ve got behind me in the Knesset! Talk about radical! But we agree on one indisputable fact: Israel has a right to defend itself!”

“Not according to international law, Bibi. Not when you are an occupier. You forfeit that right. But the occupied party does have the right to an armed resistance. It’s called ‘the right to return fire’, not to be confused with that other legitimate concept, ‘the right of return.’”

“Then we reject international law!”

“Then we claim the right to use any method at our disposal to stop you. Right now I’m thinking of lending the considerable weight of the U.S. State Department to further globalizing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. I’m sure the Israeli Chamber of Commerce will be pleased with that development. Not only that, but I’m putting my Security Council veto in a safe and throwing away the code. I’m tired of my country being the major obstacle to progress in the world. You know how many times we’ve vetoed resolutions on your behalf?

“Have you become an Arab sympathizer, Mr. President? How you joined the vile ranks of the anti-Semites?”

“No, Bibi, America just opened its eyes. And just as a point of clarification, aren’t Palestinians Semites, too? How have you managed to appropriate an entire classification of linguistics and ethnology? And if I support peaceful co-existence for both Jews and Arabs, doesn’t that make me pro-Semite?

“Do us all a favor, Benjamin: just resign. I would suggest you retire to Elba in a self-imposed hermitude, but I have a better idea. Simply fly to The Hague, where my lawyers will be waiting for you. I’ll send a rendition jet to pick you up. While you’re being arraigned on war crimes, please signal to the Knesset that you are prepared to recognize Palestine in the U.N. Then ask them to objectively consider whether or not a ‘democratic Jewish state’ is a contradiction in terms, and possibly racist, undemocratic, or both.

“I would nev—“

“Then instruct them, based on their findings, to prepare a plan for a one or two-state solution. If the latter, please note that if any roadmap, blueprint, or other such documents even resemble maps of South African Bantustans, your proposal will be met with extreme hostility this side of the Atlantic. And I’m sure my sycophant colleagues in the City of London will no doubt back me on this. Westminster will be pleased to quit having to parrot our asinine defenses of Israeli policy. Also, please write an op-ed for The New York Times explaining why you think ‘right of return’ is a perfectly reasonable position for an occupied, sequestered, immiserated, displaced, and frequently fired-upon people to take. They probably won’t publish it, but it’s worth a try.”

“Never! How could you turn your back on us?” (At this point Bibi might be rifling through his Gideon Bible or Torah or whatever super-sacred scripture he keeps in the drawer, looking for the passage that warns against turning your back on the tribe of Israel.)

“That’s a good question. Remind me exactly how exclusively supporting Israel benefits America? Sure, it satisfies the jackals at AIPAC and ideologues like Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Pearle. But what else? It saps our domestic budget. It forfeits the trust of nearly all the Middle East. It makes terrorists want to bomb us. And it morally degrades us.”

“Ah, here it is. And the Lord said—“

“Thanks for the chat, Bibi. I feel like we understand each other a lot better now. Shalom.”

After hanging up, I’d ring up former President Obama’s crack web-coding unit and get the password so I could modify the White House website. I would upload writings by Blum, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, and a few others. Then I’d write an apology to Palestinians; and post the following lines first glimpsed on a placard in Gaza in 2012:

You take my water
Burn my olive trees
Destroy my house
Take my job
Steal my land
Imprison my father
Kill my mother
Bomb my country
Starve us all
Humiliate us all
But … I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.

That’s how I would begin my presidency. Naturally, I would probably end it not long afterward (Tony Blair mentioned something about “45 minutes”) with a hole in my head and being unceremoniously dumped at sea. But there are worse fates. Like living under eternal siege.

Jason Hirthler is a veteran of the communications industry. He lives and works in New York City and can be reached at jasonhirthler (at) gmail.com.


http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/30/wishful-thinking-on-israel-palest/