Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hasby Award - Best Blog

The most anticipated Hasby Award is for Best Blog, and there were a lot of nominations:

It was anther difficult category, but for me an enjoyable one to research, as many of these excellent blogs are not on my normal radar.

Ans the winner is:

01/27 Links Pt1: Dwindling group of survivors mark Auschwitz 70 years on; Anti-Semitism: then and now

From Ian:

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on
A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.
“In 10 years there might be just one,” said Zygmunt Shipper, an 85-year-old survivor who will attend the event in southern Poland to pay homage to the millions killed by the Third Reich. In recent years, Shipper has been traveling around Britain to share his story with school groups, hoping to reach as many people as he can while he has the strength.
“The children cry, and I tell them to talk to their parents and brothers and sisters and ask them ‘Why do we do it and why do we hate?'” he said. “We mustn’t forget what happened.”
But as the world moves inevitably closer to a post-survivor era, some Jewish leaders fear that people are already starting to forget. And they warn that the anti-Semitic hatred and violence that are on the rise, particularly in Europe, could partly be linked to fading memories of the Holocaust.
Douglas Murray: Adolf Eichmann hoped his ‘Arab friends’ would continue his battle against the Jews
Over Christmas I finally got around to reading Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth. I cannot recommend this book – newly translated from the German – highly enough. It challenges and indeed changes nearly all received wisdom about the leading figure behind the genocide of European Jews during World War II.
Of course for years after the war there were rumours that Eichmann had fled to an Arab country. He might have had a better time there. Other Nazis certainly did, including Alois Brunner – Eichmann’s ‘best man’ – who settled in Damascus after the war and who is now believed to have died in Syria as recently as 2010. Eichmann’s Argentina years were certainly filled with frustration and rage. What is most interesting is how mentally caught he remained even before he was captured, principally by the impossible conundrum of how to persuade the world to accept what he had done and simultaneously boast about his role in the worst genocide in history.
There is much more to say about this book. But I do urge people to read it. Not least for the way in which Stangneth sums up the problem with the only strain of Nazi history which really remains strong to this day. ‘Eichmann refused to do penance and longed for applause. But first and foremost, of course, he hoped his “Arab friends” would continue his battle against the Jews who were always the “principal war criminals” and “principal aggressors.” He hadn’t managed to complete his task of “total annihilation,” but the Muslims could still complete it for him.’
Pat Condell: A special kind of hate (h/t dabney)

Israeli Army Pummels Targets in Syria in Response to Cross-border Rocket Attack
The Israeli army fired an artillery barrage at the source of several rockets fired from Syria Tuesday afternoon, which struck Israeli locations near Mt. Hermon in the northern Golan Heights, the IDF said in a statement to reporters.
The army said it fired 20 artillery shells in response to the attack, and identified hits.
“At least two rockets hit the Golan Heights in northern Israel. IDF responded with artillery towards the positions that launched the attack. The IDF has evacuated and closed Mt. Hermon for visitors,” the statement read.
There were no immediate reports of injury or damage to areas near several kibbutzim and Druze villages in the area, although police evacuated the Neve Ativ resort at the foot of the tourist and skiing center, and closed roads in the area, according to Army Radio.
There were about 1,000 visitors at the skiing center when the attack occurred.
The army instructed residents of Majdal Shams, Buq’ata, Mas’ade, Ein Qiniyye, El Rom, Neve Ativ and Nimrod to remain in bomb shelters until an all clear was given.

New antisemitism report from France is shocking

In France, a Jew is nearly 50 times as likely to be the victim of racist violence as a Muslim, according to a new report.

France's Jewish Community Security Service has just released their report on antisemitism in France during 2014. And it shows that the increase in Jew-hatred is quite real.

Some highlights:

  • In 2014, the number of Antisemitic acts recorded on French soil doubled. They increased to 851 versus 423 in 2013. This represents a jump of 101 percent. 
  • In 2014, violent acts increased by 130 percent compared to 2013. There were 241 violent acts in 2014 versus 105 in 2013. 
  • Antisemitism has become increasingly violent and hyper-violent. Today, Antisemitic threats in France include persistent bias, sectarian stereotypes, deep hatred, but especially Antisemitic jihadist terror. Men and young children are killed for the sole reason that they are Jewish. 
  • 51 percent of racist acts committed in France in 2014 targeted Jews. Jews represent less than one percent of the French population. Less than 1 percent of this country's citizens are the target of half of all racist acts committed in France. 
  • The 30-percent increase in racist acts committed in France in 2014 compared to 2013 comprises exclusively an increase in Antisemitic acts. Indeed, racist acts, excluding Antisemitic acts, that were recorded in 2014 decreased by 5 percent compared to 2013. This shows once again how much we need tailored programs, adequate measures, and specific tools to fight Antisemitism efficiently. Many anti-Racism programs do not stop the rise Antisemitic acts, far from it. 
  • Cities most impacted by Antisemitic acts in 2014 include Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Sarcelles, Strasbourg, Nice, Villeurbanne and Créteil.

61% of all violent racist attacks recorded in France, 241, were directed against Jews, who are less than 1% of France's population.  By comparison, only 55 violent racist acts were anti-Muslim. This means that in France, a Jew is nearly 50 times as likely to be the victim of bias violence as a Muslim is. 

This report does not count all antisemitic acts; only those reported to police.

Here's the entire report:

How would Arabs treat Jewish rights to visit their holy sites under their control? Look at Joseph's Tomb

If you ask J-Street or One Voice or John Kerry or any EU diplomat what a peace treaty would look like, the would all agree with the basic outline of Israel giving up almost all of the territory across the Green Line in exchange for a promise of peace.

"Everyone knows" that under any peace agreement the Arabs will end up controlling all of Bethlehem and all of Hebron and parts of Jerusalem. And "everyone knows" that under any peace treaty, the Arabs will agree to allow Jews to freely worship in their holy sites.

Just like Transjordan promised in 1949 in Article VIII of the armistice agreement with Israel:

2. The Special Committee shall be organised immediately following the coming into effect of this Agreement and shall direct its attention to the formulation of agreed plans and arrangements for such matters as either Party may submit to it, which, in any case, shall include the following, on which agreement in principle already exists: free movement of traffic on vital roads, including the Bethlehem and Latrun-Jerusalem roads; resumption of the normal functioning of the cultural and humanitarian institutions on Mount Scopus and free access thereto; free access to the Holy Places and cultural institutions and use of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives; resumption of operation of the Latrun pumping station; provision of electricity for the Old City; and resumption of operation of the railroad to Jerusalem.

OK, so they broke that agreement for 19 years without any international concern. But surely today would be different! Surely today's Palestinians are more trustworthy than their Jordanian forebears!

Last night, a drama played out in Shechem (Nablus), virtually identical to a drama played out every month for the past few years:

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that several buses loaded with ultra-orthodox Jews and settlers arrived to Joseph's Tomb escorted by more than 15 military vehicles at around 2:30 a.m.

They then performed religious rites at the holy site.

The sources added that clashes then broke out in the nearby Balata and Askar refugee camps between young Palestinian men and Israeli soldiers.

They said dozens of young men hurled stones at the Israeli soldiers who fired tear-gas canisters, stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets as well as live ammunition at the protesters.

Jews who want to worship at Joseph's Tomb - Jews who are not particularly Zionist - are forced to arrive in the middle of the night, in heavily armored buses, where they are pelted with rocks. The only reason they are not lynched outright is because the IDF is there to protect them.

This is what "free access to holy sites" looks like, today.

And since under any "peace agreement" Israeli forces would not be allowed to enter "Palestine" to protect the worshipers, Jews would have to rely on the "Palestinian" police to protect them against the mobs of Arabs who have been brought up on a diet of antisemitism and hate. That would last exactly as long as Transjordan's promises in 1949.

The diplomats and pundits don't really care about Jewish rights to their holy places. Hey,some of them are Jewish themselves, and they certainly don't care about them; Illusory "peace" is far more of a religion to them than actual Judaism is. To them the only Jews who care about their history and heritage are simply fanatics whose rights can be ignored.

They don't want to admit the truth about Joseph's Tomb, which is that it is the ultimate barometer of whether real peace is possible:

There can be no real peace between Israel and the Palestinians until Palestinians admit that Jews have rights in their land. There can be no real peace unless the Palestinian Arabs themselves guarantee, through their actions, that Jews are welcome visit these spots safely without any fear whatsoever.

Joseph's Tomb proves every month that such a peace is impossible. And the desire to sign a "peace agreement"  in a place where pure Jew-hatred is not only tolerated but tacitly encouraged is an exercise in self-deception.

UNRWA suspends Gaza reconstruction for lack of funds. Here's why there's no money.

From AFP:
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

"The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement.

"$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo (aid) conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.

"It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming," it added.
Actually, it is quite clear. The reason was said explicitly by Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry last month:
Commenting on a Gaza donors conference held in Cairo months ago, Shoukry said donors who pledged billions of dollars for the embattled Palestinian territory had not sent the money because they had no trust in the absence of a lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the suspension of direct Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.

"The international community links its financial contribution to the reconstruction of Gaza to the return of the Palestinian authority to its position in it," Shoukry said.

He added that this international community had confidence in the Palestinian Authority and a desire to contribute to the reconstruction of Gaza through the authority.
Hamas refuses to relinquish its hold on Gaza even after it supposedly joined the "unity government" and international donors don't want to contribute to Hamas. Arab countries don't trust Hamas and neither do Western countries.

There is one other reason: Arab countries always lie about how much they support their Palestinian brothers.

There is a long history of Arab countries pledging hundreds of millions of dollars and not paying. In 2008, it was revealed that Arab nations had paid only 40% of the money they had pledged to the PA. In 2012, Arab nations again promised hundreds of millions that they didn't pay. And in 2010, not one dime of a half billion dollars pledged specifically for Jerusalem was paid. You know, the city that is supposedly the one that Arabs would die for couldn't even get anything.

While Arab nations will insist to the West how the Palestinian issue is their top priority, their actions have consistently shown this to be a lie. They just say it in order to put political pressure on Israel via the West, but they really don't give a damn about Palestinian Arabs. (Anyone who has ever followed how they treat their Palestinian Arab "guests" in their countries know this to be the case.)

But the hypocrisy is rarely discussed in the West, because their foreign ministers and prime ministers always make grandiose speeches in "support" of people that they just wish would go away already. It just so happens they hate Jews even more.

The UNDP also stated last week that it had only received 5% of the funds pledged for reconstructing Gaza.

The cement is available. The trucks to deliver them are ready. But the vast majority of the media coverage (prompted by Mahmoud Abbas' gang and many anti-Israel NGOs) blames Israel for Gaza reconstruction delays.

Oh, and UNRWA is making a subtle threat:
[Serry added,] "People are desperate and the international community cannot even provide the bare minimum – for example a repaired home in winter –let alone a lifting of the blockade, access to markets or freedom of movement. We’ve said before quiet for quiet will not last, and now the quiet is at risk.
Meaning that UNRWA knows that Gazans are not being told that their Arab brethren aren't paying up. They are being told that it is Israel's fault, so they will want to start resuming rocket fire at Israel.

UNRWA is telling the world that irrational Gazans might start another war against the nation that is not standing in the way for their legitimate reconstruction needs. And that is to be expected. Certainly UNRWA isn't going to tell Gazans the truth. They will continue to teach hate against Israel in the schools so as to give their "refugees" a convenient target for hate.

As is so often the case in the Middle East, everyone is afraid of the truth, and everyone - world media, Western diplomats, Arab leaders, UN agencies, and Palestinian Arab leaders themselves - spin a web of lies in order to keep Israel in the crosshairs in the name of Palestinian solidarity. No one is willing to stand up and say that Palestinian leadership has been corrupt, that Hamas has been a disaster for Gaza, that Arab nations are sick and tired of them whining. Deep down, everyone sees through PLO stunts meant to pressure Israel and pretending that the Palestinian issue is more important than Syria and ISIS and Libya and Yemen the the Iranian threat. But they aren't willing to say it out loud. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gang must have been suffering from Islamophobia when they went "Jew bashing"

Sultan, smiling about his "Jew-bashing"
From The Daily Mail:
An Orthodox Jew was beaten up by a gang of teenagers who said the attack was a protest ‘about the Palestinians and the Jewish community’, a court has heard.

Balawal Sultan, 18, Kesa Malik, 19, Hassnain Aliamin, 18, all from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a 17-year-old boy have all admitted attacked the 41-year-old victim in nearby Gateshead.

Sultan, who had hours earlier sent a text message saying he was ‘going Jew bashing’, lay in wait with the other three behind a van before pouncing on the victim as he walked home to his family.

The victim screamed in fear as the pack chased him down the street, throwing wood at him, before tripping as he fled and being surrounded by the teenagers while stricken on the ground.

One of the thugs was threatening to kick him in the head when the victim was saved by a friend.

The attackers claimed they were only in the area looking for a new mosque but one of them admitted the planned attack was motivated by the dispute between Israel and Palestine.

The night before the attack, Sultan sent a text message saying ‘I’m going to go Jew bashing. Haha’.

Hours later, just after midnight on July 18, he and the others set about carrying out the threat. With Malik driving, they started looking for a victim.

The man they attacked had been at a Jewish study room nearby and was on his way home.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendants had deliberately travelled to the area in Gateshead where there were members of the Jewish community with the particular intention of targeting someone from that community.

‘The Crown say the victim was targeted because he was wearing traditional Jewish attire, a black suit and white shirt and a black hat.
Those poor Muslims, having to fight against Islamophobia and Israeli aggression! They were so distraught that they were forced to plan the attack ahead of time, traveling to a different neighborhood  miles away to find random black-hatted Jews, and not being able to stop themselves from attacking the first one they saw.

But it can't be simple Jew-hatred, no way. They "admitted" that they were motivated by Israeli actions, and it had nothing to do with hating Jews per se, of course not. They cannot be possibly be considered antisemitic, and how dare anyone accuse them of that heinous attribute instead of focusing on the real issue which is of course settlers and hasbara and Likud and all the other keywords that they learn to spout when they get caught that prove that deep down it has nothing to do with Jews.

Really, we must feel sorry for those poor, oppressed Muslims who are forced to travel in packs to attack the first Jews they seek out. They are so distraught over what is happening to their co-religionists in Khan Younis or somewhere (although not Aleppo or Sanaa or Baghdad.) They are not motivated by hate: it's only political! Anyone suggesting otherwise is probably an Islamophobe. Shame on you for thinking that. They are afraid, poor dears!

It is the "Zionists" of Gateshead and Golders Green who have all the power and money and influence. They are the ones who walk around haughtily in their Zionist black hats and Zionist beards without fear when they go to their heavily fortified Zionist synagogues and Zionist schools. The proof is that they don't feel the need to form gangs to attack Muslims. I'm surprised that I even have to explain this logic to you, it is so obvious.

(h/t Bob Knot)

01/26 Links Pt2: Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews

From Ian:

Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews
Indicating displeasure with Israel’s immigration promotion and absorption strategy, the Jewish People Policy Institute last week presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with its emergency plan for the absorption of 120,000 French immigrants.
According to the high profile Jerusalem think tank, which maintains close ties with the Jewish Agency and senior politicians, Israel has thus far not implemented the necessary policies to compete with the United States, Canada, and various European states in attracting highly educated and business savvy French Jews.
According to JPPI senior fellow Dr. Dov Maimon – himself a French immigrant – despite the increase in French aliya over the past several years, the number of people making the move is relatively small compared to the large numbers of people who have made inquiries with the Jewish Agency.
Agency chairman Natan Sharansky recently told The Jerusalem Post that some 50,000 French Jews had requested information on aliya during 2014.
 BBC Arabic Won't Call Charlie Hebdo Attackers 'Terrorists'
The head of BBC Arabic has instructed editors not to use the word "terrorist" to describe the Islamist gunmen who murdered 12 people at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
Tarik Kafala told the UK's Independent newspaper that the term "terrorist" is too "loaded," and said the decision was in-line with the BBC's overall policy on reporting such attacks.
"We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that 'two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine'. That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is," said Kafala.
"Terrorism is such a loaded word," he added. "The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. It is very difficult to. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them. That’s much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden."
He also explained why the BBC, like other mainstream British media outlets, was censoring any images of the founder of Islam Mohammed, with the only exception being its inclusion of the front cover of the post-attack Charlie Hebdo "Survivors" edition.
But while "the cover has appeared… on a banner or on a newsstand, on our screens," he emphasized that "we haven’t shown it in full frame or real detail."
BBC Tim Willcox Investigation Moves Forward
The BBC’s Tim Willcox caused a wave of revulsion and outrage in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket massacres in Paris. Many complaints were sent to the BBC including one from HonestReporting.
We’ve continued to pursue the complaint through the drawn-out BBC process and we can share with you the latest email to HonestReporting from the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit.
Due to the large quantity of complaints and issues raised, the Editorial Complaints Unit has expedited the process by dealing with the complaints in their totality and drawing up a summary of the issues that will be investigated:

PressTV publishes satirical "news" that Obama unfriended Bibi on Facebook

Iran's PressTV believed an article published on the satirical site The Israeli Daily:

Unfortunately, PressTV realized the mistake when people started making fun of them on Twitter and took it down.

Obama campaign experts in Israel to defeat Bibi

From IMRA:

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party - rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel’s campaign finance laws.
You mean, a foreign organization wants to interfere in Israeli politics? Isn't that the terrible kind of thing that all proper Americans are against?

I mean, even J-Street hates the idea of outsiders meddling in Israeli elections. They sent out this email:
Certainly, if Netanyahu making a speech in the US is considered meddling in Israeli elections, certainly a hand-picked team of Obama campaigners dedicated specifically to change Israel's leadership would be considered way beyond the pale.

Interestingly, Ha'aretz, which has published an average of five anti-government articles a day over the past month, didn't bother to translate this article into English.

The OneVoice movement that is behind this "anyone but Bibi" campaign headed by Daniel Lubetzky, describes itself this way:
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution. The Movement works to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive, and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements. The 1967 borders form the basis for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, with permanent borders and any modifications to be agreed upon by both parties. The Movement recognizes that violence by either side will never be a means to end the conflict.
Yet when you look through their website to see exactly how it tries to have Palestinian Arabs influence their leaders towards peace and compromise, you come up blank. No, instead, this award winning "peace" organization teaches both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to pressure only one side: Israel.

Here is one of their major initiatives in the territories, to encourage "non-violent resistance" against Israel and Jews who live in Judea and Samaria:

Do they check whether the land that they are planting trees in belongs legally to any Jews? Of course not.

Do they encourage the Arab youth of the territories to demand that Abbas accept one of the many peace proposals that Israel has offered over the years to end the conflict? Of course not.

Do they have any compunction about interfering in Israeli elections? Of course not.

Do the people who pretend that they care so much about Bibi speaking in Congress have any problem with this explicit and intentional interference in Israel's elections? Of course not!

01/26 Links Pt1: Rouhani Involved in AMIA Bombing Decision; Journalist who reported Nisman's death lands in Israel

From Ian:

Argentine Prosecutor: Rouhani Involved in AMIA Bombing Decision
Nisman, who was found shot in the head in his apartment just hours before he was scheduled to provide testimony against Argentine President Cristina Kirchner last Monday, denied the Free Beacon story in 2013 and suggested that Rouhani played no role in the attack.
“There is no evidence, according to the AMIA case file, of the involvement of Hassan Rouhani in any terrorist attack,” Nisman told the Times of Israel in response to the article.
However, Nisman said privately he had evidence that Rouhani was involved in the decision to authorize the bombing, according to Miami Herald reporter Andres Oppenheimer.
Nisman told Oppenheimer that Rouhani was on the committee that green-lighted the attack. “Nobody is pointing out that Rouhani participated in the decision of the AMIA attack,” wrote Nisman in a July 2013 email.
“In several telephone conversations and email exchanges I had with Nisman over the past three years, the prosecutor told me that Rouhani was among the top Iranian officials who had ‘participated in the decision’ to bomb the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires,” Oppenheimer wrote after Nisman’s death.
Journalist who reported Nisman's death lands in Israel
Damian Pachter, who first reported the story about the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman and fled the country out of "fear for his life", has landed in Israel where he hopes to find safe haven.
"I came to Israel because I am an Israeli citizen I lived here the most important years of my life and this is a place where I feel safe," Pachter said Sunday after landing in Israel.
"I left because the Argentinean government persuade me because of my news report regarding the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman who died in unresolved way last week, so I was the first who report on that and now I am kind of suffering the consequences of that," he said.
Interview with Damian Pachter (h/t Yoel)
After accusing the Argentine Government of going after him for breaking a story about the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, journalist Damián Pachter talked to The Bubble from Israel.

Argentinean Jews Boycott Shoah Ceremony Over Iran
The official Argentine Jewish community is planning to boycott the country's official Holocaust commemoration. The state ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, International Holocaust Day – and the Jews of Argentina will hold their own separate memorial ceremony the same day.
The Jews are protesting the suspicious death – and subsequent investigation thereof – of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, as well as ties between Argentina and Iran.
The official memorial ceremony happens to mark two years since Argentina and Iran signed an agreement to establish a “truth commission” into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center back in 1994 that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.
It is widely believed that Iran was actually behind the bombing, and that top Argentinean government officials attempted to stymie investigations to this effect – so as not to stymie negotiations for a favorable oil deal with Iran.

The convergence of the idiots

Egypt's El Badil newspaper regularly quotes fringe Western websites for "news." They will write articles based on "reporting" from sites like Global Research on bizarre conspiracy theories.

One of their favorite sources in Veteran's Today. Today El Badil published an article from VT about how Jews control all the major media in the US that came from that site. The article ends with a quote from a "Rabbi Reichhorn" in Prague in 1869, where he supposedly gave a proto-Protocols address at a funeral describing the Jewish strategy to control the world.

I haven't looked at Veteran's Today in a while, and besides its crazed antisemitic articles, it also continues to expand 9/11 "truther" rhetoric:

It is now known beyond any reasonable question that the 9-11-01 nuclear attack on America was an “Inside-job”, a Gladio-style false-Flag attack on America.

What this means is that this attack was no surprise attack at all and was done with the help of some high ranking US Officials in the Administration, JCS, USAF, NORAD, the FAA and the local NYC government officials.

false-flag1 (2)It is also known that the individuals responsible for planning and executing this attack included PNACers, Top NeoCons, the President and the Vice-President and the Secretary of the Department of Defense, Several top JCS, USAF, NORAD and FAA, some Top Directors of AIPAC, and numerous American-Israeli ‘Israeli-first” Dual Citizens and Israeli Intel.
Not only that, but VT reports that the moon landings were fake!

So it is a natural fit for Arab media to quote fringe Western media (something Iran's PressTV has been doing for years.)

One more interesting fact about El Badil: Human Rights Watch quotes them uncritically. Maybe the report that HRW quoted from El Badil was accurate and maybe not, but there is no indication that HRW did any independent fact checking as they quoted a newspaper that consistently reports on antisemitic conspiracy theories.

RyanAir's route map eliminates border between Israel and Jordan

RyanAir is a low-cost Irish airline. While it doesn't serve the Middle East, it shows a route map that includes the countries of the region.

The colors are a little muted so it is hard to see the borders:

But with a little color editing, we see something interesting:

There is no border between Israel, Jordan and the territories, even including Gaza.

Now, it is possible that RyanAir is mimicking the maps of Eretz Yisrael that the Irgun used to circulate before 1948, that included the entire original area of "Palestine" that was envisioned in the Balfour Declaration before the first partition:

Somehow, I doubt it. But it might be fun to start that rumor that the airline supports a very expansive vision of Greater Israel. After all, why should the Zionists be the only ones paranoid about maps on websites?

My guess is that RyanAir just didn't want to worry about upsetting people which would happen no matter what borders they drew, so they just decided to purposefully not draw a border altogether.

They cannot be accused of being anti-Israel; their CEO stated last August that he intends not only to add a Tel Aviv route but to make Israel a regional hub.

(h/t Johnny)