Monday, November 20, 2023

From Ian:

Why Hamas can rightly be compared to Nazis: The similarities are undeniable
Scholars emphasize the role of “eliminationist” antisemitic ideology, the kind of genocidal thinking prevalent in the media and schools of Nazi Germany — and in the media and schools run by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in our own time.

Dehumanizing Nazi propaganda depicted Jews as rats, spiders or lice.

The only solution to this “Jewish problem,” according to the Nazis, was the “final solution”: death. The Palestinian Authority’s ruling faction, Fatah, celebrated the Oct. 7 pogrom by posting a video showing a boot with the colors of the Palestinian flag squashing a rat on an Israeli flag.

Portrayals of Jews as rodents, insects, and various predatory creatures in need of eradication are staples of Palestinian Arab popular culture.

The Hamas killers echoed the Nazis in another significant way: By photographing their atrocities.

Nazi storm troopers amused themselves by posing for photos as they slashed the beards of their Jewish captives or forced them to grovel.

Death camp commandants delighted in assembling photo albums that included scenes of Jewish men, women and children being selected for the gas chambers.

The album belonging to Treblinka commandant Kurt Franz bore the title “The Good Old Days.”

Today’s technology is new, but the mindset isn’t.

Hamas pogromists used social media platforms to broadcast themselves kidnapping, torturing, and sexually assaulting their Israeli victims.

Some uploaded their gruesome “trophy videos” to social media in order to torment their distraught families. Such content was even livestreamed on Facebook.

The use of sexual violence as a weapon on Oct. 7 had its antecedents both in earlier Arab pogroms and during the Holocaust.

Rape and mutilation were a notorious part of Palestinian Arab atrocities against Jews in Hebron in 1929, according to survivors’ accounts.

Arab soldiers and Palestinian Arab terrorist forces decapitated and sexually mutilated Jews during the 1948 Arab war against the newborn state of Israel, according to numerous mainstream historians.

Likewise in the Kristallnacht rampage in Germany in 1938 — and throughout the Holocaust years that followed— there were numerous instances of Nazis raping Jewish women.

The Shoah Foundation’s oral history archive contains more than 1,700 testimonies by survivors detailing sexual violence.

In other ways, too, one can detect similarities between then and now.

Again, not identical—but worth noting.

Consider the prevailing attitudes at many American colleges.

In the 1930s, universities such as Harvard and Columbia built friendly relationships with Nazi Germany, invited Nazi representatives to their campuses, and organized student exchanges with Nazi-controlled German schools.

Today, many universities are looking the other way as Hamas supporters intimidate Jewish students; US schools such as Bard College, George Washington University, and William Paterson University have even participated in joint programs with Palestinian Arab universities where student branches of Hamas operate freely.

Or consider the phenomenon of Holocaust-denial.

Today’s equivalent, Oct. 7 denial, is already emerging.

Queen Rania of Jordan recently told CNN that “It hasn’t been independently verified . . . that Israeli children [were] found butchered in an Israeli kibbutz.” Officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim advocacy group, have claimed that the reports of beheadings are “unverified” and “war propaganda.”

Fortunately, the Jewish people today are not in the same position of powerlessness and vulnerability as European Jews in the 1940s.

Today there is a sovereign Jewish state and a powerful Jewish army.

But when it comes to the behavior of the enemies of the Jews, have either the mindset or the tactics changed very much?

The discovery of an Arabic-language copy of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in a Gaza apartment last week helps provide the answer.

The children’s room, where the book was found,had been taken over by Hamas as a base for their operations.

The copy’s margins held notes written by the terrorist who had been studying it.

Nearly a century after its release, Hitler’s manifesto of antisemitism and violence, is still being used to kill Jews as effectively as ever.
When Neutrality is Immoral: Israel, Hamas, and the Problem of Moral Equivalence
While many the world over had the integrity to condemn "the hideous crime, naming its perpetrators and acknowledging Israel's basic right to defend itself against the atrocity," the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches were unable to muster up such moral clarity.

While the IDF goes out of its way to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups do their utmost to maximize them — not only by indiscriminately murdering Israelis, but also by hiding among their own civilian population and using them as human shields, resulting in disproportionately high numbers of Palestinian casualties, caused -- deliberately -- by Hamas.

If there is an "occupation" problem in Gaza, the occupier is Hamas, not Israel.

In this war, Christians — and all of us — have a moral responsibility to support a civilized nation's fight against barbarism. Israel must eradicate a terrorist group, Hamas, just as we confronted ISIS. Then all of us need to contain the real mastermind behind such groups, the genocidal regime of Iran. Unfortunately, there is no other viable solution if we wish to preserve the West.
Eugene Kontorovich: No go, Joe: Putting the UN in charge of Gaza would be a sick joke
The Biden administration is pressuring Israel to define its plan for “the day after.”

This is a bit like demanding America have a plan for postwar Japan weeks after Pearl Harbor.

But worse, Washington insists the end goal of Israel’s war be the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Understanding how unlikely Israel is to accept this suicidal proposal, Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggests it turn Gaza over to a United Nations peacekeeping force or other multinational presence.

President Biden just called for the “international community” to provide “interim security measures.”

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon literally has “interim” in its name and has been failing at its job since 1978.

The idea of international forces in Gaza repeats decades of mistakes.

In every single case, UN forces and agencies failed to provide Israel any security and were coopted and used by its enemies.

After 1956’s Suez War, the Security Council created the United Nations Emergency Force to keep the peace on Israel’s border with Egypt.

Right before the Six-Day War a decade later, Egypt demanded the peacekeepers leave — and they obliged.

The UN Truce Supervision Organization, a Jerusalem-based force, fled when the Jordanians attacked Israel during that war, but the mission remains today, publishing reports critical of Israel and using its diplomatic plates to gum up parking in Jerusalem.

The UN Disengagement Observer Force was created after 1973’s Yom Kippur War to keep the Syrian front quiet.

When Islamist militias moved into the demilitarized zone during the Syrian Civil War, the international forces predictably responded by pulling their troops out.

Then there’s that United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, which did nothing to prevent the Palestine Liberation Organization’s and then Hezbollah’s innumerable attacks on Israel, leading to two wars.

After 2006’s Second Lebanon War, it was used again as diplomatic fig leaf to bring about an Israeli withdrawal.
Netanyahu: Israel Did Not Enter Gaza to Hand It Over to the Palestinian Authority
Israel has no intention of handing Gaza over to the PA once the war is over, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday night as he rebuffed U.S. pressure to do so. "The Palestinian Authority in its current form is not able to take responsibility for Gaza," Netanyahu said. "After we fought and did all this, how could we hand it over to them?"

He noted that PA President Mahmoud Abbas has yet to condemn the Oct. 7 massacre, which sparked the Gaza war, adding that there are Palestinian ministers who are celebrating the event. Moreover, the PA has a policy of paying monthly stipends to terrorists and their families, Netanyahu said, adding that it also educates its children to hate Jews.

Netanyahu recalled that after the IDF withdrew from Gaza in 2005, it handed it over to the PA, which was then ousted by Hamas in a violent coup in 2007. "They [the PA] were already there, they were given Gaza and what happened? They were destroyed and chased out of there in less than a year....It is impossible to put in Gaza an authority that supports terror, abets terror, and pays terrorists."

"There is another condition that I set for the day after: the IDF will have complete freedom of action in Gaza against any threat. Only in this way will we guarantee the demilitarization of Gaza." He added that Israel would only agree to a temporary ceasefire in exchange for the return of all the hostages.


On World Children’s Day, Israeli group urges global action to free kids held in Gaza
The Israeli Association for Early Childhood launched a video campaign to spread awareness of the some 40 children and babies held hostage by terrorists in the Gaza Strip, as the global community marked World Children’s Day on Monday.

The association posted a clip of superhero toys, each draped in a flag of the United States, Germany, Argentina, and Japan, calling those nations to “wake up” and help “bring my hero home.”

Below them is a child draped in an Israeli flag, representing a young captive held inside one of the terrorists’ tunnels, with the caption “Bring our children home.”

“Wake up world! When your children dream of superheroes, our children were kidnapped to Gaza by Hamas-ISIS and dream of freedom and their basic rights!” a text on the video reads, likening the Palestinian terror group’s atrocities to those committed by Islamic State during its rampage across the Middle East almost a decade ago.

In a statement, the association said that Monday was a “day (of no) rights (and no) children” as the hostages were held in the enclave.

The organization noted Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed in 1989, which read that children must be protected by states “from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.”

“The terrible events of 7.10.23, murder, burning, rape, killing, kidnapping and especially crimes done to children, babies, and toddlers, constitutes a blunt and intolerable violation of the convention,” the statement read.

The association called out what it alleged is the “silence” of United Nations members, charging that it constitutes “additional abuse” that “encourages future harm to children around the world, also to yours!”

The group urged the global community to act on its commitments to the convention, and “to demand the return of all the children home immediately!”
Bahraini crown prince condemns Hamas, calls to free hostages
Bahraini Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa over the weekend “unequivocally” condemned Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre of 1,200 Israelis and called on the terrorist group to release the estimated 240 hostages held in the Gaza Strip.

Addressing the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Manama Dialogue conference, which included officials from across the Middle East, the United States and Europe, the Bahraini leader said that Hamas’s actions “were barbaric, they were horrific.

“They were indiscriminate. They killed women, children, the elderly, it did not matter,” he noted.

“They hit civilian institutions and they hit military targets,” Salman added. “And on top of that, it seems it’s OK now to grab hostages and take them away and speak about it as if it’s an act of war. That is something that we condemn.

“I don’t think any Arab leader has called on Hamas to release the hostages,” he continued. “So it is a time for straight talking. It is a time when political positioning and the perpetuation of poisonous narratives and opposing narratives must no longer be our methodology.”

In order to end the current hostilities, Hamas must free the hostages whom it has held for more than six weeks in exchange for the release of female and minor terrorists held in Israeli prisons, the Bahraini leader urged.

In his speech, the prince also condemned Israel’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, decrying the “constant bombardment of bombs in Gaza.

“I unequivocally condemn the air campaign that resulted in the death of over 11,000 people in Gaza,” Salman said. “Both are reprehensible, both must stop, and both are things that we must deal with, with the greatest care, moving forward, because what we need to do is break the cycle.”

“This conflict didn’t start on October the 7th. This latest escalation did, but the conflict has been an ongoing open wound in the Middle East for the past 80 years,” he said.

“No real security will ever be realized until a real two-state solution is found,” claimed the crown prince.


US, Qatar indicate hostage deal near, as rumors swirl of swap with a short ceasefire
American and Qatari officials indicated Sunday that Israel and Hamas were closing in on a deal that would see a limited release of some hostages held in Gaza. The details of a potential agreement remained murky, amid conflicting reports as to how close the sides actually were to sealing an exchange.

US Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer told NBC’s “Meet The Press” that “we are closer than we have been” to a deal securing the partial release of the some 240 hostages held in the Strip, but that several outstanding issues remained in the talks. He also told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “gaps have narrowed” in recent days.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said a deal under discussion hinges on “minor” practical issues.

“The challenges that remain in the negotiations are very minor compared to the bigger challenges. They are more logistical, they are more practical,” Al Thani told a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

According to a Washington Post report, the deal on the table would see the release of dozens of women and children hostages being held by terrorists in Gaza, in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting.

Israel is also widely expected to free dozens of female and minor Palestinian prisoners held in its jails in return.

On Sunday evening, a Hamas source told the Jordanian Al-Ghad news outlet that a ceasefire was to begin on Monday at 11 a.m. as part of a hostage deal. But senior Israeli officials speaking to multiple Hebrew media outlets denied any agreement had been reached regarding a morning ceasefire.

Fueling rumors, ministers were urgently called to IDF Headquarters in Tel Aviv Sunday night for a meeting, details of which were not released, but media widely speculated they discussed the details of a deal.


‘No Hamas-linked prisoners to be part of hostage deal’

Seth J. Frantzman: Three Weeks of Ground War in Gaza
The ground campaign is now slowly entering more built-up areas on all sides of Gaza City. Israel has preferred not to press forward too quickly. It doesn’t want friction with civilians or casualties in exchanging fire with terrorists. What this means is using a lot of firepower to take out any sign of terrorists, and warning civilians numerous times to leave. The saga at the hospitals is an example of this. It took days to evacuate Rantisi hospital northwest of Gaza City. It took a week to evacuate most of Shifa hospital. Quds hospital, southwest of Gaza City, also had to be evacuated. At Rantisi, Hamas gunmen tried to use civilians as human shields. Israel has preferred in these instances to let the gunmen leave, and then neutralize them later.

For instance on November 12, the IDF said that elements of the Givati brigade, operating in northern Gaza under the 162nd division, “received an indication of the unusual presence of Ahmed Siam [a Hamas company commander] at a school in northern Gaza. Ahmed Siam held about a thousand residents of the Gaza Strip as hostages and human shields in the Rantisi Hospital and prevented them from evacuating to the south of the Gaza Strip. Cross-checking several layers of research with all the sources confirmed his presence above the ground. At noon, he was targeted by an Air Force aircraft using close coordination.”

The 36th Division is now moving into the Zaytun neighborhood south of Gaza City, while the 162nd goes into the Jabalya Refugee Camp to the north. In Israel’s own telling of this battle, the IDF has been at the gates of Gaza City since November 1. Now it really is at the gates from all directions.

It’s worth comparing this, briefly, to other Western military operations against terrorists in urban areas. In the battle for Mosul against ISIS, the Iraqi army tried in the beginning to barrel into neighborhoods east of Mosul and the Iraqi Humvees and special forces got chewed up in ISIS ambushes. They then settled in for a nine-month battle, going street by street. Most civilians fled Mosul by early 2017 during the battle. The US in Iraq in 2003 preferred to drive quickly toward Baghdad, leaving civilians and sometimes insurgents in the rear. In Mogadishu in 1993, the US used Army Rangers and special forces to carry out a raid against militant leadership. More generally, in the Gulf War of 1991, the US carried out massive airstrikes against a conventional Iraqi military force before destroying it with overwhelming ground forces.

Israel didn’t raid Shifa Hospital or look for Hamas leadership the way the US did in Mogadishu. It also didn’t go into Gaza the way the US did in Iraq in 2003. Yet, it also hasn’t preferred the 1991 model, because Hamas isn’t a conventional force with tanks and vehicles that can be picked apart. And the IDF hasn’t adopted the Iraqi practice in Mosul either. The Iraqis did destroy parts of Mosul. But they didn’t have much air power and the US M109s and drones, which backed them in the first months of fighting in eastern Mosul, generally stopped once the Iraqis got into crowded areas of western Mosul’s old city. Israel prefers to use tanks and artillery in Gaza backed by close air support. The Iraqis never had many tanks or artillery to use. The IDF might continue this slow and systematic way into the heart of Gaza City.

Then, and perhaps sooner than originally anticipated, the next phase awaits in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, where Israel believes it will find Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar and Muhammad Deif.
Over 10 of 24 Hamas battalions ‘significantly damaged’
More than 10 of Hamas’s battalions in Gaza have sustained significant degradation since the start of the war on Oct. 7, a senior Israel Defense Forces officer said on Monday.

The battalion is the main Hamas terror army unit, and around 1,000 terrorists operate in each, the officer said. Hamas battalion commanders dispatched terrorists to conduct the Oct. 7 mass murder and kidnap attack on the northwestern Negev, murdering some 1,200 people and kidnapping around 240 people.

“More than 10 out of these 24 battalions damaged significantly. In some battalions, we eliminated hundreds of Hamas terrorists,” said the source, who estimated that thousands of terrorists have been killed. Most of the battalions in question are in the northern Gaza Strip.

A very high number of Hamas commanders have been killed, he said, with some battalions seeing more than 50% of their commanders slain. “This can’t be replaced in a war,” said the officer.

Hamas’s Northern Gaza Brigade saw two battalions lose over 50% of their commanders, and the Gaza City Brigade saw four battalions also lose more than 50% of their commanders, said the source.

“In Hamas, command and control is a very important issue. Muhammed Deif has been the leader of the Hamas army for many years, and as a leader and commander, his orders are important. In the last month, we haven’t seen Deif going out in public saying things he said before,” said the military official.

As a result, in many cases Hamas has found it has no field commanders to command terror operatives on the ground, harming its ability to counter-attack, he added. “This dismantles the ability of Hamas to fight right now and also to rehabilitate military power after the war. We won’t accept Hamas remaining with its military power.”

Hamas’s main rocket arsenal has been concentrated in northern Gaza, and the number of rockets fired at Israel is decreasing, reaching “nearly zero,” said the source. Hamas still has firepower, however, and “if we want to take it, we have to go to the south [of Gaza]. We will do whatever we will be told,” he added.
Three Hamas company commanders killed in Gaza Strip
Sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Monday morning as Israeli forces continued to attack Hamas terror targets in the Strip.

Israel Air Force strikes killed three Hamas company commanders over the past 24 hours, in targeted strikes based on intelligence.

Another strike eliminated a terrorist cell and hit a weapons depot its members were hiding in after IDF troops identified the cell entering the building.

“IDF troops continue to operate in the Gaza Strip, directing aircraft to strike terrorists, terrorist infrastructure and locating weapons and military equipment,” the army said.

The IDF released for publication on Monday the names of three more Israeli casualties in Gaza.

Sgt. Dvir Barazani, 20, from Jerusalem, and Sgt. Yinon Tamir, 20, from Pardes Hana-Karkur, both of the 890th Battalion, Paratroopers Brigade, were killed during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the IDF.

Sgt. Eitan Dishon, 21, from Jerusalem, of the Givati Brigade’s reconnaissance unit, fell in battle in the northern Gaza Strip.

At least 72 soldiers have been killed in action in Gaza, at the Lebanon border, and in Judea and Samaria since the start of the IDF ground operation into the Gaza Strip on Oct. 27; 388 Israeli soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7.

On that day, thousands of Hamas terrorists stormed the Gaza border and invaded the northwestern Negev, murdering 1,200 Israelis, wounding more than 5,000 and taking some 240 people back to the Strip as hostages.

Israel and Hamas have both rejected a Jordanian newspaper report that a ceasefire would begin on Monday, accompanied by the release of some hostages, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday morning.


Israeli troops hold mezuzah-hanging ceremony in Gaza City

IDF hits Hezbollah assets after rocket damages army base
IDF troops held a mezuzah-hanging ceremony in Gaza City, Israel National News reported on Monday.

Givati Infantry Brigade Rabbi Daniel Kind led the ceremony, which was attended by soldiers and commanders in the Strip as part of the mission to defeat Hamas after the Oct. 7 massacre.

“I wish the entire brigade to continue in our special work, in the great mission. God willing, we will succeed,” Kind was quoted as saying.

In Jewish tradition, a mezuzah (“doorpost” in Hebrew) is a piece of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah held in a case that is attached to the right doorframe of the entrance to the home and in all of the rooms of the residence.

Due to uncertainty concerning the Gaza City ceremony under Jewish law (halachah), the rabbi recited a verse from Psalms instead of the regular blessing: “Blessed are You, O Lord; train me in Your laws.”

Rabbi Yoel Rechel, who was expelled from Gush Katif during the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip, posted a video to Facebook on Nov. 16 of another mezuzah-blessing ceremony after IDF troops took over Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, which the rabbi renamed to the Hebrew Elazar.

Israeli soldiers prayed at a sixth-century synagogue in Gaza earlier this month.


FDD Morning Brief | feat. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus (Nov. 20)
FDD Senior Vice President Jon Schanzer delivers timely situational updates and analysis, followed by a conversation with IDF International Spokesperson, Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Conricus.




IDF release video of ‘operational shaft’ underneath Al-Shifa Hospital
Israel Defence Forces have released a video showing a tunnel underneath the Al-Shifa medical complex, allegedly used by Hamas.

Israeli Defence Forces Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Amnon Shefler said the video clearly shows an “operational shaft”.

Mr Shefler told Sky News Australia that it goes down 10 metres and then 50 metres underneath the hospital.

“Now this is what terror infrastructure is, this is how it looks like," he said.

“This is what a Hamas headquarter is, using the most sensitive locations of humanity … as its human shield.

“This is the clear evidence that we’ve been talking about.”


IDF: Some 300 Gaza terrorists questioned, give vital details on Hamas bases in hospitals

Two Hamas terrorists arrested in Rahat one month after Oct 7 massacre

IDF's spy Unit 504 was critical in unmasking Hamas’s abuse of hospitals

Father whose nine-year-old daughter Emily Hand was taken hostage by Hamas' October 7 attacks on Israel speaks at demonstration outside Downing Street just days after a powerful vigil was held to mark the captive child's ninth birthday

Call Me Back PodCast: The Price of Israeli Hostages – with Haviv Rettig Gur
Haviv Rettig Gur returns for our weekly conversation from Jerusalem to provide real-time reporting and analysis on the war, and invaluable historical context.

More than 240 people, including a number of U.S. citizens, were taken hostage during the Oct. 7 massacre. More than half of the hostages have foreign nationalities (either as dual citizens or solely as foreign nationals). Four hostages, including two U.S. citizens, have since been released, one has been rescued and two others were found dead.

In this episode we discuss how Israeli decision-makers are working through options to return the hostages. How is the IDF trying to prosecute this war knowing there are hostages? Do the twin objectives of eradicating Hamas and returning the hostages reinforce one another or conflict with one another? Where is the Israeli public on these horrific decisions and trade-offs? The families of the hostages have become a critically important voice in these deliberations — what has been the effect?
The Caroline Glick Show: 3/4 of Palestinians support Hamas | The Caroline Glick Show In-Focus
The IDF continues to cave to American pressure on the battlefield, Biden threatens consequences for "destabilizing" Jewish settler violence, and a new poll shows just how radical the Palestinians are.


The Quad: The Jews Fight Back! How to Combat Antisemitism
The Jews have decided to fight back with a massive 300k rally in Washington DC, but is it enough? What can be done to combat the rising antisemitism? The Quad discuss!

Plus, Fleur talks to people on the ground in Washington DC, an update on what is happening in Gaza right now and, of course, the Scumbag & Heroes of the Week.




Penny Wong keeps ‘embarrassing herself’ and Australia over Israel’s war with Hamas
Sky News host Andrew Bolt says Foreign Minister Penny Wong keeps “embarrassing herself” and Australia over Israel’s war with Hamas.

“Wong warned Israel not to attack hospitals – they had to be protected," Mr Bolt said.

“She said Australia is deeply concerned by attacks in and around hospitals in Gaza.

“Many of those hospitals were in fact used by Hamas to store weapons and to fire them at Israelis.”

Mr Bolt was joined by I24News Middle East Correspondent Ariel Oseran to discuss the media and the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Warning: This video contains content which may be distressing to viewers.


Hope Jewish hostages held by Hamas could be released in coming days
There is hope some of the 240 Jewish hostages held by Hamas could be released in the coming days following negotiations between Israel and Hamas reportedly brokered by the United States and Qatar.

Sky News host Sharri Markson says no deal is finalised, but the Washington Post reports Israel would take a five-day pause in return for a group of hostages – potentially the women and children.

“I've confirmed independently the principle of this is correct, that this is what's being negotiated,” she said.

Ms Markson said there’s internal debate in the Israeli government, the media and in Israeli society about whether this deal is the best approach.

“Is it worth giving Hamas the extra days to regroup? Should Israel accept only women and children? What does that mean for the so-called men – some of whom are really just boys at 16 years old?” she said.

“Does this mean the men, the fathers, the sons, the brothers, would be effectively abandoned and left to die?”


‘Power and victimhood’: ABC’s motivation for Israel-Hamas coverage double standards
The Australian’s former editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell says it’s easy for media organisations like the ABC to have “arbitrary political theories” about “power and victimhood” to motivate their journalism when the Israel-Hamas conflict is so far away.

In Mr Mitchell’s article for The Australian this week, he highlighted how Arab journalists in Israel reported on October 7 in a way that should put the ABC to shame.

“I think they’ve got a bit of moral clarity on the issue and I think partly this comes because they’re close to it, because lots of Israeli Arabs were actually involved … and some were actually murdered on October the 7th,” Mr Mitchell told Sky News Australia host Sharri Markson.

“It’s always easy to have arbitrary political theories about power and victimhood motivating your journalism, but it’s probably a bit harder to think like that when an evil is perpetrated quite closely.

“For these Arab Israelis, life is never easy, there’s always a bit of distrust, but overall life in Tel Aviv and these sort of secular cities is pretty good, and most of them would far prefer to be in Israel … than to be in Gaza where they would have no freedom to report the truth.

“Do you see many Gazan journalists free to complain about the lack of tunnels for Gazan citizens, for instance?”


Propaganda war is alive and real’: Palestinian TV ‘littered’ with anti-Semitism
Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council Executive Manager Joel Burnie says Israel and Palestine’s “propaganda war is alive and real” as Palestinian television is “littered” with “grotesque” anti-Semitic references.

Israel launched an offensive into the Gaza Strip in retaliation to the heinous acts of terror perpetrated by Hamas on October 7; and while the world was horrified by the butchery of Hamas, some quickly turned their blame to Israel, decrying the severity of the response.

“The indoctrination and poison that’s fed to Palestinian children … is quite disgusting,” Mr Burnie told Sky News Australia host Cory Bernardi.

“Organisations like Palestinian Media Watch have been monitoring Palestinian television for a long time, which is just littered with grotesque anti-Semitic references, whether that be the televised sermons of Imams who referred to Jews as apes and pigs or these TV shows for young children.

“The propaganda war is alive and real – it’s not just what has been on Palestinian television before and is fed to them on a daily basis, but also plays a role in the endangerment of civilians trying to get out of dangerous areas in Gaza, through the propaganda that is fed to them by Hamas.”


‘Never felt so intimidated’: Jewish-Australian communities ‘under threat’ by protests
Former Israeli ambassador Dave Sharma says he has been “shocked and disappointed” after Jewish communities were disrupted in their own suburbs by protesters.

“I’ve been shocked and disappointed with how some of our fellow Australians have responded to this,” Mr Sharma told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“The Jewish community has never felt so under threat, has never felt so intimidated, or under siege.

“I certainly never thought they’d see scenes like this here in Australia … the Jewish community has always been an incredibly valuable part of Australian public and private life.”

Mr Sharma sat down with Mr Kenny to discuss the rise of anti-Semitic protesting in Australia.


The left ‘woke crusaders’ stand with Islamic leaders who would ‘eradicate gay people’
Salem News Channel Julie Hartman says the “woke crusaders” who are very supportive of LGBTQ rights are standing behind Islamic leaders who hold very opposed views.

Ms Hartman’s comments come from the surge of people with left-wing beliefs, supporting Palestine.

“Many of these leaders, which would and do, eradicate gay people,” she told Sky News Australia.

“I think that indicates that there is a doublethink – there is such a contradictory way of thinking.

“The left is very pro-women but then they won’t define what a woman is – they say that drilling for fossil fuels is bad, but drilling for electric powered vehicles parts is good.”


'What's she doing in the West?': Rita Panahi rips into Canadian student praising Hamas
Sky News host Rita Panahi has slammed a student attending Canada's Durham College for praising Hamas' attacks against Israelis on October 7.

Israel decalred war on Hamas after the Palestinian terrorist organisation fired thousands of rockets as far north as Tel Aviv.

"So she's proud of mass rape, torture, slaughter, babies being beheaded, families burnt alive, women being gang raped and brutally killed," Ms Panahi said.

"What is she doing in the West?

"All the lefties who see fascism and nazism and dog whistles everywhere, when someone is actually advocating for the murder of Jews again ... like she was, where are they."


Goodbye Candace
The David Horowitz Freedom Center wishes to express its deep disappointment with Candace’s ignorant, hateful and morally obtuse remarks about Israel and the Jews. But, of course, it’s not just about the Jews. The Jews are the canaries in the mine. The West is next and America above all.

It’s one thing to have been alive in the Thirties and not realize where the Nazis were heading. It is quite another to be alive during a 75-year campaign by Islamic jihadis to “finish the job that Hitler started,” and fail to stand against their open campaign to create a second Holocaust.

Here is the irony that the so-called pro-Palestinian left and Candace fail to grasp. For nearly two decades Israel and the West sent millions in humanitarian aid to Gaza, which was used instead by the Hamas government to build 300 miles of terrorist tunnels and turn Gaza into a military base, sending thousands of rockets into civilian areas in Israel – war crimes. Where were the protests in Gaza and on college campuses then? They were demonstrating in behalf of the war criminals.

We are in a civilizational war and Candace is either on the sidelines or actively supporting the crusade against the West.

We at the Freedom Center remain committed to finding and supporting the activists who will do the work, rather than chase the clicks, who will stand up for freedom and the sanctity of human life, who will refuse to compromise with evil and retreat into a delusional isolationism that says if the evil doesn’t affect me immediately, I don’t really care about its victims or the future that it intends.

Goodbye Candace, we will continue to support those who truly strive to raise up the movement for liberty and life, not selfishly tear it apart.






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