Prop her up and grab the smelling salts, ethnic cleansing and #hasbaraFAIL
Israel and US media are thumping the Ultra Orthodox flurry in Israel to hide the division of the West Bank, and it is happening right under our noses, right before our eyes, right now, and we are sleeping. I know this in my bones. Listen:
Sometimes I go all roundabout getting where I am supposed to go on these excruciating efforts of journalism, so I'm going to try to cut to the chase, please hear me out. I knew, like any news hound knows, something was gonna come down this week. I was 'holiday preoccupied' for much of the last weekend, which was why I woke up at 4 am on Monday morning and started scouring the blogs, MSM and Twitter.
Although I can't recall how I first stumbled upon the story of 8-year-old Naama (background-- open that link!) but as soon as I saw the source (LATimes, no slouch) and video I realized it was old news and thought to myself, WTF and why now? I knew it was a distraction.
How does some anonymous blogger calling herself Mother in Israel happen to add subtitles to a TV show that aired Friday night in Israel and have that video land in the LA Times by Monday morning? And then the news just happens to spread like wildfire by Tuesday? Connections, that's how. And maybe huge (pdf) intention.
I read this:
LinahAlsaafin Linah Alsaafin
On-going Judaizaton of Jerusalem, leading to division of the west bank itself haaretz.com/print-edition/… #previoustweet
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Both the Americans and the Palestinians claim that building in E1 would in effect cut the West Bank into two sections and make it impossible to establish a Palestinian state with any kind of reasonable territorial contiguity.
The big tamale. (Allison hits this angle in her post today on 70,000 Jerusalemites denied residency in the blink of an eye). This is what Norm Finkelstein was talking about (1:41:00 watch it!) when he said you can't have a Palestinian state if you cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank. Referencing the annexing of 'settlement blocs' (note the distinction between settlements and settlement blocs) and Ma'ale Adumim. He says once Israel sets its mind on annexing certain 'settlement blocs' there is no chance for a Palestinian State. He's very clear:
There is no East Jerusalem unless it's organically connected with the rest of the West Bank. And there is just no possibility of a Palestinian State with this settlement bloc. It's not a matter of being stubborn or unreasonable, it's simply ..an objective fact.....if you don't have East Jerusalem as an organic part of the Palestinian state there is NO economy. There is no state.
There's no way our State Department doesn't understand this. No way. (read Alex Kane!).
The Haredi thing? That was so happening last fall. There were several videos available from the fall and I posted a sampling below. Plus, remember the parking lot fiasco? Huge riots every week on the street and nada zilch finito in the MSM here. Remember the woman who starved her child and the baby was taken to the hospital by the state!?!..Huge riots in Israel, nada zilch nothing here...Remember the school issue when the state stepped in and made them (aghast) integrate (w/another segment of religious..not ARABS or anything that radical!) nada zilch in the msm here.
So, for our holiday diversion pleasure while the US is being inundated with smelling salts over Haredi violence is damaging Israel's image, Israel is ethnically cleansing and NOTHING is being spoken shhhh here.
Here's the old news hauled out this week: Sep 8, 2011 Sep 6, 2011 Sep 25, 2011
There's a lot more at those YouTube pages on the sidelines.
Did the US msm even care until the week between Christmas and New Year's? NO, not one itty bitty iota. Why do they care now? To distract you! WAKE UP!