Don’t underestimate Egyptian hatred of Israel
February 11, 2011

Democracy or Jew-Hatred? More Evidence of Anti-Semitism at the Egypt Protests

There is massive evidence to be found in the Western media of anti-Semitism and “anti-Zionism” at the Egypt protests. But images in the flickr streams of amateur local photographers are even more shocking and unambiguous.

February 7, 2011 – by John Rosenthal 

In response to my PJM article documenting anti-Semitic imagery at the Egyptian protests, I’ve received several comments — both in public and in private — suggesting that, nevertheless, anti-Semitic and/or “anti-Zionist” sentiment among the protestors has played only a marginal role. The assurances to this effect are typically based on the first-hand accounts of Western observers or English-speaking participants with Western contacts. These accounts are supposed somehow to trump the clear pictorial evidence to the contrary.

The appearance of anti-Semitic and/or “anti-Zionist” motifs in the photos and videos of the protests is, however, simply too widespread and systematic for such assurances to reassure. Such images are to be found in video and photographic material from virtually every major Western news organization present in Egypt. This fact is all the more significant when one considers that the reports published or broadcast by these very same news organizations have as a rule outright ignored any anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli sentiment among the protestors. Indeed, as will be seen below, even more outrageous images figure prominently in the flickr streams of amateur local photographers.

Herewith further evidence.

Such vitriol includes comments like “Israel after we are done with Mubarak, we will come for you!!!” In response to the sarcastic question “Whats a pro mubarak protester?,” another commentator replies, “Yeah good question, does he look like this….,” and posts the following cartoon.

Protestors interviewed by CNN’s Nick Robertson during the first week of demonstrations unleashed a remarkably similar torrent of hatred toward Israel and the United States. “He supporting Israel, Israel is our enemy, we hate him!” one female protestor screamed as regards Mubarak. And then she screamed some more: “Israel and America supported him, we hate them all!”

Whereas his female companion did nothing but spew hatred, a male protestor did at least bring up the aspirations of Egyptians to be free. This is what he said about them: “The United States stand beside Hosni Mubarak one hundred percent, because they know if Hosni Mubarak fell, the whole people in Egypt they gonna be free. And if the people free in Egypt, … they gonna go free the Palestinians! They gonna destroy Israel! The country that controls the United States is Israel!” (The interview can be found here. For the context of the interview, see here.)

Note that the evidence that I have assembled above and in my previous article is based solely upon searches of English- and German-language sources. It presumably represents just a fraction of the evidence that could be found in Arabic sources. To test this hypothesis, I did a flickr search on the name Mubarak in Arabic (مبارك). This led me to the following photos from the Egypt protests.

Ironically, the second-to-last photo above appears to have been taken in front of an office of the European Union. Here is a close-up detail.

It seems that the Western news organizations present in Egypt have been kindly “sparing” their audiences the most blatantly offensive images. The local photographers obviously have no such inhibitions.

The flickr streams make clear that most of the posters displayed at the demonstrations did not in fact contain any pictures or symbols at all. They consist of pure Arabic text. It would undoubtedly by highly revealing to have those posters translated. Translations of the Arabic text present on the above posters would be greatly appreciated.

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What if the Problem in Egypt Really is the People?
February 11, 2011

Sultan Knish

A thousand talking heads and neo-conservative experts on the region assure us that a bright future stretches out before Egypt like a magic carpet. “Democracy,” “Freedom”, “Representative Government” are the buzzwords that trickle wetly out of their printers. All cynicism is disdained and skepticism swept into the dustbin. History is being made here. But the tricky thing about history is that it isn’t a point on a map, but a continuous wave. Like the tide, history is made and remade over and over again, formed and repeated, washed and beached on the shores of time.

Mubarak is the problem, we are told. And he certainly is their problem. The pesky 82 year old air force officer standing in the way of their dreams of a new Egypt. If not for him, Egypt would be a liberal model for the region. Just like Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq. But is it the dictator or the people who are the problem? The protesters are unified by a desire to push out Mubarak. But what do they actually stand for, besides open elections.

59 percent of Egyptian Muslims want democracy and 95 percent want Islam to play a large part in politics. 84 percent believe apostates should face the death penalty. That is what Egyptian democracy will look like. A unanimous majority that wants an Islamic state and a bare majority that wants democracy. Which one do you think will win out? A democratic majority of the country supports murdering people in the name of Islam. Mubarak’s government does not execute apostates or adulterers. But a democratic Egypt will. Why? Because it’s the will of the people.

The cheerleaders shaking their pom poms for Egyptian democracy don’t seem to grasp that the outcome could be anything other than positive. It’s an article of faith for them that freedom leads to freedom. That open elections give rise to human rights. That the problem can only be the dictator, not the people. Never the people. That is their ideology and they will stick to it.

Ever since World War II, we have been working off the “Hitler Paradigm”. The “Hitler Paradigm” says that there are no bad nations, only bad governments. The people themselves are perfectly fine, but occasionally a tiny minority of extremists size power. This allows the liberally minded to reconcile the need for occasional wars with their faith in mankind. Instead of fighting wars against nations, they fight wars to liberate nations from their despotic regimes. And ever since we have been fighting these “Wars of Liberation.”

We fought to free Korea and Vietnam from Communism, but we lacked one basic thing. Ground level support from the people we were fighting to protect. Today South Koreans like Kim Jong Il more than they like us. We fought to free the tyrants of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia from Saddam Hussein. As a reward, they financed the terrorists who have been killing us ever since. We fought to free Iraq from Saddam, and the entire country imploded into armed camps. Our “Victory in Iraq” came about because we cut a deal with the Baathists against the Shiites and Al Qaeda, essentially restoring a broken version of Saddam’s old status quo. We fought to liberate Afghanistan, and now we find ourselves allied with some Muslim warlords who abuse women and rape little boys– against the other Muslim warlords who abuse women and rape little boys.

Handing out democracy like candy does not fix existing cultural problems. It does not end bigotry, free women or stop murder in the name of Allah. Open elections are only as good as the people participating in them. And the 84 percent of Egyptians who want to murder apostates have issues that democracy will not solve. The problem with Egypt is not Mubarak– but the Egyptians.

Let’s take another example. In Jordan, the next target on the freedom tour, King Hussein passed a bill to criminalize the honor killings of women. And their democratically elected parliament voted 60 to 25 to strike the bill down. It took them only 3 minutes. That’s what democracy would mean for the Jordanian girls murdered by their husbands, brothers and fathers. The right of the people and their duly elected representatives to legalize the murder of women.

The Hitler Paradigm says that all you have to do is take away the dictator and his staffers to usher in democracy, freedom and mutual amity. But what if the dictator is not the problem, but the symptom of a larger cultural problem?

Take the Cold War. We defeated Communism without a massive war. The Berlin Wall came down. Democracy came to Russia. Except here we are back to square one. The situation in the region has been reset back to before WW2, with a chaotic Eastern Europe and a predatory Russia. Economic liberalization and even the end of Communism did not change the underlying pattern. Despite a brief period of democracy, Russia reverted to a totalitarian regime with designs on the rest of the region. And that should have shocked no one, because it is exactly what happened after the fall of the Czars culminating in the Bolshevik takeover. All the reforms and liberalization did not give the average Russian what he wanted most– stability, order and a strong nation.

Freedom is culturally determined. It is not the same thing as democracy. Nor is democracy as ubiquitous and universal as its advocates would like us to believe. Like all forms of power, it can only be exercised by those who are ready for it. Much of the world is not ready for it, no more than 12th century Europe was ready for the Constitution. Given the power to choose, they will choose tyranny. They will choose the known over the unknown, the stable over the unstable, and order over freedom.

A society with a social hierarchy embedded in its culture will preserve that hierarchy even with democratic elections Such elections will not give women freedom or rights to religious minorities or freedom of expression to unpopular views. These are things which stem from legal guarantees such as the Constitution, they do not arise out of the natural course of open elections. And the pundits who are busy pretending that this is how it works in the columns of every major newspaper are playing the fool.

The United States has freedom due primarily to its culture. Those freedoms were an outgrowth of the rights of Englishmen and the Enlightenment. They cannot be exported to another country– without also exporting the cultural assumptions that produced them.

Egypt’s period of greatest liberalization was under British rule. Since then its cosmopolitan nightspots have been torched and it has drifted closer to Islamization. Even Egypt’s current level of human rights under Mubarak is above that of most of its neighbors. And the reason for that is Mubarak’s ties to America. The more democratic Egypt becomes, the more its civil rights will diminish. Its rulers will see social issues as an easy way to compromise with the Muslim Brotherhood. As Egypt’s cultural ties to the West diminish, so will its freedoms.

The Islamists understand this far better than the neo-conservatives. That is why they campaign so ruthlessly against Western culture. They understand that it is cultural assumptions that dictate behavior, more than any law. While we try to export institutions to the Muslim world, they export Muslim culture to us. And they have had far more luck changing us, than we have had changing them. Institutions are shaped by culture, but cultures are not shaped by institutions. Export every aspect of American government to Egypt, and it will run along Egyptian lines, not American ones. And within a year, Egypt’s government will run the same way it does today. Only the window dressing will be different.

Mubarak is one of the last of the Janissaries, the Western trained army officers who seized power across the Arab world in order to implement some twisted semblance of a modern system of government. When the army’s grip on power fails, then Egypt will fall even further. The loss of power by the Turkish military meant a descent into Islamism and terrorism. It will mean the same thing in Egypt.

The “Hitler Paradigm” is the ideological blindspot of so many liberals and the liberally minded who insist that an entire nation cannot be bad, only a dictator, just as a religion cannot be bad, only a tiny minority of extremists. Their knee jerk response to every crisis is to insist that a change of government will change everything, that opening up the system will inherently and inevitably mean freedom. As is so often the case, a single bad idea can lead to tremendous folly.

A people who do not believe in the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be free no matter how many times they go to the polls. You can place voting booths outside every home and run elections every week, and it will still do no good. Freedom may be the birthright of every man, woman and child on earth– but it cannot be theirs until they claim it. As long as they believe in the right of the majority to oppress the minority, in the value of order over liberty, and the supremacy of the mosque over any and all civil and legal rights– then they will never be free. Never. Their elections will either give rise to chaos or tyranny. That is how it is in the Middle East. That is how it will always be until they claim their birthright by closing the Koran and opening their minds.

Egyptian Revolution Blues :(
February 10, 2011

 

Today I sit in front of my television.  I can’t believe what I am hearing.

Of course it no surprise to me where we are headed when even Saudi Arabia accuses President Obama for putting Egypt under his bus as well as more in the near future.

 

Do I need to mention our Head of Intelligence reading his prepared statement.

Another DUFUS!  Way to go Clapper.   Clap Off!  

 

This whole Kumbaya vibe going on in the media is the icing on the cake. I am going to be sick.

Hearing Shleppy Smith on FOX News talking about what a historic moment this is and what others must be thinking in Yemen and Jordan etc. as they watch this celebration of freedom in Egypt this evening.

I am screaming at the TV at all this stupidity. Those people will actually get it one day…However, it will be too late.

Someone emailed me this little video featuring a  little tune by Sandy Cash,  which really sums it up!

Enjoy!

“Iranium”The Movie: Screening in Fort Lauderdale
February 10, 2011

 

This past Tuesday an audience of 200 + filled the AMC theater in Oakland Park, Fl to view the presentation of “IRANIUM”. It is a must see film for anyone who wants to learn the truth about the threat that looming  across the other side of the world in Iran and Middle East.

YOU WILL NEVER GET THIS INFORMATION FROM YOUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA!

Part of a nationwide event, the film is produced by the Clarion Fund, a non-profit organization that produces documentary films on national security threats. Previous films include the award-winning documentary Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, and The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America.

Anyone who was unable to make it to a screening can view the video via their website for FREE ! However,  it does take good sized workforce plus  a considerable amount of financing to create, produce and distribute this media to empower you with this valueble knowledge. So please, be kind and help them with any contribution if possible. There is a tab on their hompage for that.

You will also find more information such as a synopsis, filmaker and interviewee bios, screenings and other news along with ways that you can help to publicize this film.

Here is their link…Prepare to be awakened!  http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

 

Special Thanks to our host , speakers and volunteers for making this event a huge success and a rewarding evening as well.

BC

Read Before you Vote!
October 16, 2010

Dear frustrated voter:
 
If you ‘Bless Israel’, you are blessed. If you ‘curse ‘Israel, you are cursed. America is cursed because we have a ‘Jihadist’ in the White House who has and is doing incredible and reckless damage to Israel in the last two years and as I write, so that our economy, jobs, foreclosures, health care, lack of rise in social security rates, the Gulf Oil Spill and a host of other horrors has consumed our beloved nation. The public’s confidence is shaken and an impotent, corrupt Congress from both parties has allowed all of it, from a phony stimulus mess to bailing out Wall St and their $Billions in bonuses, while the rest of America suffers . We are ‘weak’ to our allies and ‘weak’ to our enemies, ready to attack us once again.
 
Anti-semitism is up 50% in Europe and around the world. Anti-Christian attacks from Muslims are a disaster. In Nigeria in March 2010, Muslims killed 500 Christians there alone, who are under attack all over the world as well as Hindus, Bhuddists and everyone they consider to be an ‘infidel’.
 
In 2008, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Jewish community in S. Fla. that we could ‘trust’ Obama on Israel. This vote got Fla. and the national Jewish vote for Obama and helped to elect him. Obama and Schultz have betrayed us ever since.
 
While Obama would never go to the Muslims and ask them to divide Mecca for ‘peace’, he has no problem demanding, as we speak ,that the Jews divide Jerusalem, Jewish for 3000 yrs. and millions of Jews were murdered for, and give it to the very people dancing in the streets after 9/11, while Obama supports that Ground Zero Mass Murder Mosque in NYC, whose Imam doesn’t want Israel to exist at all.
Wasserman-Schultz is silent about all of it.
 
In Cairo, 2009, Obama equates the Holocaust with Muslim Humiliation, while cowardly ignroing 5 Arab wars and 2 intifadas to kill all of the Jews and Obama ignores 900,000 Jews thrown out of Arab countries and everything stolen from them. Meanwhile, Obama sides in 2010 with the very German Insurance Companies who refused to compensate Holocaust survivors.
Wasserman-Schultz is silent about all of it.
 
Recently, Obama accused Israel of a ‘provocation’ to the Muslims for wanting to protect the burial place of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives, 3000 yrs. older than Islam. These are the ‘first’ Jews, and the Muslims wouldn’t allow any Jew to go up the first 7 steps till the 1967 Was when Israel finally captured this holy Jewish site. Wasserman-Schultz is silent about all of it.
 
We could give you 100 other anti-Israel attacks from Obama, but you get the point and in all of these attacks Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has sided with Obama against Israel in her career politician desire to be the next Nancy Pelosi. What a disgrace.
 
I, as a registered Democrat, did not vote for Obama. I knew he was trouble, but never knew he would be this tyrannical against our #1 ally, Israel.
 
Our Shalom International (www.defendjerusalem.net) has done 369 rallies/events in the last 3 years and 1350 news interviews to “Keep Jerusalem United’, ‘Fight Terrorism-Support Israel’, ‘No mosque At Ground Zero’. We rally every Tuesday at the Fed. Bldg. in Ft. Laud., 5-7P.M. since Dec. 30, 2008, when 300 Muslims screamed “Jews into the ovens”.  We have rallied in front of the Vatican and in Jerusalem when the Pope was in Israel. We have rallied in Geneva, against the UN’s nearly 500 anti-Israel attacks. We have rallied in front of the White House 18 times and against the ‘Annapolis Summit’, at both national conventions and had 2000 at the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach, while doing 20 rallies against the Mosque in NYC and S. Fla..
 
I am an ‘activist’, not a politician. I love America and Israel. I see the dangers very clearly that we are repeating history of the 1930’s, in giving ‘land for peace’ with Hitler, who reneged on all agreements and we wound up with WWII and 60million dead and the Holocaust of nearly 7million Jewish men, women and children murdered for being Jews.
 
The very Arabs ,Obama is appeasing today, were alligned with Hitler in WWII to finish off the Jews. Today, they cowardly deny their role in the Holocaust with the Mufti of Jerusalem and his 2 ‘SS’ divisions. But they want to finish the job with Hamas, Hezbollah and tha “Little Hitler” from Iran who is building his nukes, he is going to use within the next year, and Obama’s stupid politics is allowing, for it threatens America not just Israel. Saudi Arabia, responsible for 9/11 and 20,000 Islamic attacks since, Obama bows and caters to.
 
We could not be in a more dangerous position and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has allowed all of it without so much as one disagreement with Obama.
 
Because of this ’emergency’ I decided to run against Schultz, as an ‘independent’ for Congress, in Dist. 20, Punch #27.
 
This is a ‘Jewish Seat’.  No ‘conservative Republican’ can win it and it is just throwing your vote away. However, with 170,000 registered Democrats, 90,000 registered Republicans, 70,000 registered ‘independents’ and 17,000 ‘others’ just in Broward County, we could send such a massive message to Obama, Congress and America’s and Israel’s enemies by voting for ‘ROBERT KUNST’ on Nov. 2 and through early voting.
 
You know that the politicians collect $millions and vote to accomodate those contributors, that has nothing to do with the American people, struggling to survive on a host of levels.
 
Why don’t we clean out the ‘schmutz’ from Congress, once and for all and send packing all those who lie about and betray America and Israel to advance their own careers.
 
The choice is yours. Keep the mess and worse going or throw the bums out altogether.
 
I urge you to please read the info below from Rabbi Parry and also to see the video tapes enclosed and to pass this on to everyone you know, not just locally, but nationally and internationally.
 
I urge you to donate to this effort, so that we can expand this information to all concerned Americans about the threats we are facing and what to do about it, by going to www.kunstforcongress.com on paypal or by mail to: “Kunst For Congress”, P.O.Box 402263, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140.
 
You can fight this as well, through this vote, as well as the media manipulation that keeps these crises going and the mediocrity of these politicans from both parties.
 
We are the ONLY campaign in America focused on these issues, while in Calif. they discuss who is a ‘whore’ and in NY, they are into ‘gay bashing’ and in Ohio, a candidate is dressed up as a Nazi and it goes on and on, while we are wasting prescious time our beloved America doesn’t have.
 
Obama says that Iran will have its nuke in one year. That’s his schedule, so you understand the gravity of the issue, no one else is even talking about. Iran could be even closer, which means Israel may have to attack Iran, which is just around the corner and Obama isn’t standing with Israel. 
 
I thank you for your time in reading this and in considering this critical vote to Save America and Save Israel by voting for Robert Kunst, Independent, Punch #27 in Dist. 20. and make this difference together.
 
Washington needs a major shakeup and Robert Kunst will provide this leadership.
 
Yours in Shalom,
Robert Kunst
Pres. Shalom International
305-864-5110

‘INFIDELS’ RALLY
September 12, 2010

‘INFIDELS’ RALLY AGAINST THE

 MASS MURDER MOSQUE AT

‘GROUND ZERO’

AT THE PROPOSED MOSQUE SITE
45 PARK PLACE
DOWNTOWN NEW YORK
 SEPT. 14, 2010

12:00 P.M.

THIS IS THE 1ST RALLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS

THIS JIHADIST IMAM BLAMES AMERICA FOR ‘9/11’ AND WANTS THE END OF ISRAEL

—————————————–

WE MUST KEEP THIS OPPOSITION AND MOMENTUM ALIVE AND VISIBLE.

Contact: Bob Kunst, President of Shalom International

and an Independent Candidate for Congress, District 20,

in Florida and pushing an international referendum against Obama’s anti-Israel politics, through this election.

Phone number: 305-864-5110   (www.kunstforcongress.com)

Sponsored by: Shalom International (www.defendjerusalem.net)  

This will be our 344TH Rally/Event since October 2007 to

“Keep Jerusalem and Israel United” and to “War on the Jihadists” Obama is catering to and over 1320 news interviews.

RALLY AGAINST OBAMA AND MOSQUE NEAR ‘GROUND ZERO’
August 16, 2010

 

RALLY AGAINST OBAMA AND  MOSQUE NEAR ‘GROUND ZERO’

 

AT THE FOUNTAINBLEAU HOTEL ON 44TH ST. MIAMI BEACH,

 

 6:30P.M. ON AUG. 18TH, 2010. OBAMA WILL BE THERE AND YOU

 

 NEED TO BE HERE WITH US FOR THOSE 3000 LIVES LOST ON ‘9/11’

 

ALSO

AT THE PROPOSED MOSQUE SITE
45 PARK PLACE
DOWNTOWN NEW YORK
 SEPT. 5, 2010

2:00 P.M.

Contact: Bob Kunst, President of Shalom International

and an Independent Candidate for Congress, District 20,

in Florida and pushing an international referendum against Obama’s

anti-Israel politics, through this election.

Phone number: 305-864-5110

 

New York, New York – STOP THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE
August 10, 2010

VIEW THIS VIDEO ON YOUTUBE FOLLOWING THE LINKS PROVIDED OR CLICKING ON THE IMAGE ABOVE. IT IS BEST VIEWED IN HD 720P.
  
 
PLEASE WATCH THIS TO THE END AS THE CREDITS ARE IMPORTANT AND THERE ARE SOME LINKS OF INTEREST.
 
 

RALLY AGAINST THE MOSQUE AT ‘GROUND ZERO’
August 9, 2010

 

AT THE PROPOSED MOSQUE SITE

45 PARK PLACE

 

DOWNTOWN NEW YORK

 

 SEPT. 5, 2010

2:00 P.M.

 

Contact: Bob Kunst, President of Shalom International

 

and an Independent Candidate for Congress, District 20,

 

in Florida and pushing an international referendum against

 

Obama’s anti-Israel politics, through this election.

 

Phone number: 305-864-5110   (www.kunstforcongress.com)


Sponsored by:

 

Shalom International

 (www.defendjerusalem.net)  

 

This will be our 340TH Rally/Event since October 2007 to

 

“Keep Jerusalem and Israel United” and to “War on the

Jihadists” Obama is catering to and over 1220 news

 interviews.

Special Alert: Media Collusion in Lebanon Ambush
August 5, 2010

 

Honest Reporting:

COMMUNIQUE: 4 August 2010

What were photographers and journalists doing at the scene of the incident before a deadly exchange of fire between Lebanese and Israeli forces?

A fatal exchange of fire between Lebanese soldiers and the IDF on Israel’s northern border has left one Israeli soldier dead along with 4 other fatalities on the Lebanese side. The incident also raises questions concerning the integrity of the media that covered the events.

Lebanese forces opened fire on IDF soldiers performing routine maintenance work by the security fence near the border. The IDF soldiers were clearing bushes to improve the line of sight over the border and to prevent Hezbollah terrorists from hiding in the undergrowth and carrying out an attack or kidnapping. The routine work had been cleared in advance with UNIFIL.

It is vital to note that the UN demarcated Blue Line that marks the official border between Israel and Lebanon does not always follow the route of the security fence. While the IDF was operating over the fence, it was still within Israeli territory as seen on the map below.

Wire Services Get it Wrong

As is so often the case in any incident involving Israel, official Israeli statements were ignored in favor of Lebanese accusations that the IDF had crossed into Lebanese territory, a theme taken up by wire services such as Reuters, which describes the crane being located on the Lebanese side of the border.
 
Similarly, the Associated Press also wrongly stated the location for many hours after the incident before issuing the following update:
 

If wire service photographers were at the scene near the security fence, did they really not know where they were located?
  
Despite the caption correction, a number of media outlets are still using erroneous captions, including The Daily Telegraph, while The Independent even stated that the incident had occurred “on the Lebanese side of the border in the southern village of Adaisseh.”

How and Why Were the Photographers There?

An AP report on the incident places Ronith Daher, a Lebanese journalist and the photographer of the above image, at the scene. Evidently, someone from Reuters was also there to take the previous image. But why were they there in the first place taking photographs before the incident even occurred?
  
After all, pruning foliage is hardly headline news on an ordinary day unless something out of the ordinary was expected. UNIFIL and through it, the Lebanese Army, had been notified of the IDF’s routine maintenance and even UNIFIL now admits that the Lebanese fire was unwarranted.
 
Also according to AP, a Lebanese journalist with the daily Al-Akhbar newspaper, Assaf Abu Rahhal, was killed when an Israeli shell landed next to him in the border village of Adeisseh. Al-Akhbar is reportedly associated with Hezbollah and has been denounced by Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt as being funded by Syria and Iran. So what was Abu Rahhal doing in the area exposing himself to IDF counter-fire?
  
A Reuters photographer was also on the scene in Adeisseh capturing the moments in the immediate aftermath of the IDF retaliation that led to the deaths of Abu Rahhal and three Lebanese soldiers.
 
Again, we ask how it was that a Reuters photographer was so conveniently on the scene at such an opportune moment.
  
It is an open secret that parts of the Lebanese Army have been infiltrated by Hezbollah sympathisers and operatives. So information shared by Israel with UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army invariably finds its way to Hezbollah.
 
Was this incident a staged and pre-planned ambush as evidenced by the presence of photographers and journalists even before the exchange of fire? Were these journalists there precisely because they had advance notice of a potential flashpoint?

A Simple Narrative Ignored by the Media

Many media outlets, including the BBC, have given equal or more weight to Lebanese claims surrounding the nature of the incident despite the overwhelming evidence. CNN stated that “Two separate narratives emerged about the incident.” Commenting on the media coverage, particularly from the New York Times, Barry Rubin says:
The truth, however, is easy to ascertain–did Israel announce the maintenance, permit the photographers and UN people to watch and then cross deliberately into Lebanon?–but Israel is being portrayed as an aggressor that caused the outbreak of fighting. So millions of people will either believe that Israel was at fault or that the event is in question.

The narrative, however, is simple: In an unprovoked attack, Lebanese soldiers fired on Israelis and murdered one soldier.

Watch out for incorrectly captioned photos and inaccurate stories in your local media outlets and take action to secure corrections and amendments.

Update – 5 August

  • As reported even in the New York Times, the UN has backed up Israel’s account of events, publicly confirming that the IDF was carrying out its operation, in full transparency and cooperation with UNIFIL on the Israeli side of the Blue Line.
  • Many of the media outlets mentioned above have amended photo captions and covered, to varying degrees, the latest developments.
  • Sky News Foreign Editor Tim Marshall also questions how it was that so many journalists and photographers happened to be at the scene.
  • HR’s Backspin blog takes a detailed look at Reuters’ photographic coverage of the event and raises some troubling questions as to the integrity of the wire service.
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