Archive for January, 2007

ADL conference on left-wing antisemitism

Friday, January 26th, 2007

When does ‘progressive’ criticism of Israeli policy go to far? Certainly if it becomes antisemitic. The ADL, concerned about increasing left-wing antisemitism is sponsoring a day-long conference in San Francisco this Sunday (28 January) to discuss the phenomenon.

The organizers want to get a ‘spectrum of opinion’ from the Jewish community and co-sponsors include the ADL, the AIPAC, Americans for Peace Now and the Jewish Labor Committee. They notably do not include Jewish Voice for Peace or Tikkun. The fact that the conference is being held on the same day as planned antiwar demonstrations — including one in San Francisco — will probably decrease participation of left-wing groups. will be there.

Bias on the Beeb

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Steven Sugar, a commercial solicitor, is heading for the High Court in a legal battle to force the BBC to release the details of an internal report on its Middle East coverage, which he suspects will prove a bias against the Jewish state as well as pro-Palestinian tendencies.

Sugar has spent months using Britain’s Freedom of Information laws, designed to encourage openness, to force the BBC to release details of its internal 20,000-word Balen Report, which investigated the levels of balance in the BBC’s Israel reporting.

The BBC refused to do so. — European Jewish Press

And why do we think they are keeping it secret? It must be interesting.

Endgame will be too late

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I believe that although the Wahabis, al-Qaeda, and the Mullah’s regime in Tehran are often lethally competitive with one another, they are capable of unification. Those who say that these movements will never work together because of their ideology are precisely as correct as those who in the 1930s said that the communists and the Nazis would never work together. They didn’t, until they did. — James Woolsey, at Herzliya conference.

Woolsey is a former director of the CIA. He too sees that we are at a critical juncture in world history and must take very difficult decisions in the very near future. Read Chess with Tehran.

The mainstream media vs. Western civilization

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

So when historians look back, I think they will identify the MSM’s appalling performance as one of the main sources the West’s vulnerability to Global Jihad at the beginning of this century. — Richard Landes, at Herzliya Conference.

This is not just journalism-centric exaggeration, it’s a serious argument which you must read — here. He also shows how the biased coverage of the Israeli-Arab conflict is a paradigm case of the media’s failure at this critical point in history.

What NPR didn’t ask Carter

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Jimmy Carter was interviewed this morning on NPR. The interviewer pressed him on his use of the word ‘apartheid’, an obvious and reasonable question. However, there are a few other questions, also obvious and reasonable that were not asked. For example:

  • Do you think that you were influenced in any way by the millions of dollars you personally and the Carter Center received from Arab sources?
  • You said in your book that the Arabs must recognize Israel’s right to exist in peace. Don’t you think that it’s reasonable to expect an end to terrorism before Israeli concessions are made that compromise her security? Wouldn’t it be irresponsible for the Israeli government to give up territory while rockets are falling?
  • The thrust of your arguments is that Israel is responsible for the conflict as a result of her occupation of ‘Palestinian land’ in 1967. How do you account for the Palestinian terrorism against Israel (and the pre-state Jewish presence) since at least 1920? Don’t you think that the Arabs — both the Palestinians and Israel’s neighbor states — must bear some responsibility for the sustained terrorism and war that they’ve waged against the Jews over the years?

Update [25 Jan 1453 PST]: Read Kenneth Stein’s review of Carter’s book. Stein was Executive Director of the Carter Center from 1983 to 1986, and the Center’s Middle East Fellow until 2006, when he resigned in protest of the book.

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