Monday, July 11, 2005

We Are Destroying Ourselves

Remember the uproar after Tony Blair implied, in that AP story, that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was one of the three conditions responsible for the terror attacks in London? Well, it wasn't true. He apparently said something about "issues in the Middle East" and then a couple of reporters took it upon themselves to infer this, causing a firestorm. These reporters must be against Israel, right? Not necessarily. Hat tip to Naomi Ragen -- one such reporter was Jewish -- Danielle Haas, who used to work for the London Jewish Chronicle and Jerusalem Report. Camera and Honest Reporting also addressed this.

Then there's The Jewish Journal, my local paper. They recently ran a story about Rachel Corrie's parents going on tour. To be fair, what the parents (in theory) are trying to do, "to promote peace and raise awareness about the plight of Palestinians," isn't as odious a game plan as what their daughter did with her idiotic attempt to undermine the authority of the Israeli government. The thing that is surprising about the article is that I'm not sure when The Jewish Journal became puff-piece publicists for Israel haters. I say puff piece because, like any press release, they didn't challenge anything about what Corrie had done (she placed herself in the path of a bulldozer slated to demolish a Palestinian home that was covering a smuggling tunnel). It didn't shed light on the horrible organization, ISM (International Solidarity Movement), that she was there on behalf of. It presented this almost romantic vision of the plight of the Palestinians -- not something one expects in a Jewish paper. I understand wanting to show "even-handedness" but this was ridiculous. If they truly wonder why they're derided and called The anti-Jewish Journal, they need look no further than articles like this one.

And of course I've already voiced my opinions on Steven Spielberg.

Who needs enemies when we Jews do such a good job of destroying ourselves?


At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Isn't it absolutely appaling.
Apparently it the AP initial wire service, which started the trend, however no other MSM outlet bothered ever to check their facts.

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Thank you for clearing that up. If I had not checked in, I would have been left with the impression that Blair had in fact singled out Israel. (Suprised me when I saw the original, erroneous quote.) As for the upcoming Spielberg film, I'll reserve my opinion until I see it, but the topic sure is intriguing. Have you seen "Sword of Gideon"?

. . . And we are not "destroying ourselves." What, you can't handle a few thousand years of growing pains?

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Tran Sient said...

That Corrie article is pathetic. Even the picture alone makes my stomach turn. You don't have to be Jewish to see how twisted that is.

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

As far as I am concerned there was no excuse for it.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

The greatest asset and power of the Jews can also be their greatest liability and weakness: uncompromising ethics.


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