Media sensation Sam Horowitz loves Israel

Israel/Palestine
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Turns out that Sam Horowitz, Dallas boy whose bar mitzvah has become an excruciating ecsdyiastic internet sensation, is also a Zionist. He’s donating his $36,000 haul from the event to an Israeli village sponsored by the Jewish Agency (which performs the magic trick of turning Palestinian land into Jewish land). Haaretz reports:

According to the Jewish Agency, Sam’s parents asked all the guests at the event to make contributions to the Ben Yakir Youth Village in lieu of gifts. The youth village is one of four boarding schools funded by their organization. Sam’s online fans are also being asked to do the same.

The Jewish Agency youth villages were first founded to house and educate Jewish refugee children who fled from Nazi Germany and have served various waves of immigration throughout Israel’s history, providing youth at risk with remedial education and secure living accommodations.

The Ben Yakir village hosts 120 boys aged 12-18, predominately Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.

Other Zionist repercussions in the news. Larry Summers is being considered for the fed chairman nomination (Obama really thinks outside the box). I’m reminded that of course Summers once opposed divestment measure at Harvard saying that it was anti-Semitic in effect if not in intent. Summers established a line equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism that many have since espoused:

“Where anti-Semitism and views that are profoundly anti-Israeli have traditionally been the primary preserve of poorly educated right-wing populists, profoundly anti-Israel views are increasingly finding support in progressive intellectual communities,” he said.

Oh and another Zionist repercussion: Yesterday I posted about Cory Booker’s web startup having as a former adviser Andrew Zucker, 15. Zucker’s father is CNN president Jeff Zucker. From Zucker’s back pages: After September 11, John Hockenberry, then at NBC Dateline, wanted to do a piece on the origins of Muslim extremism.

It had occurred to me and a number of other journalists that a core mission of NBC News would now be to explain, even belatedly, the origins and significance of these organizations. But Zucker insisted that Dateline stay focused on the firefighters. smiled at me and said, in effect, that he had no time for any subtitled interviews with jihadists raging about Palestine.

Is Jeff Zucker a Zionist or did he just passively reflect the Zionism inherent in the media culture? I’m not sure it matters. But that confusion is why I think it’s so important for intelligent reporters to talk about the ideology of Zionism.

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  1. marc b.
    August 16, 2013, 11:51 am

    i’m sure that sam’s donation was the consequence of a heartfelt if difficult decision, given what a devastating effect it will likely have on his lifestyle. very selfless indeed. haaretz sums sam up nicely if unintentionally with its headline:

    Sam Horowitz, star of the newly viral video, makes a spectacular entrance in sparkly white suit in the lavish ballroom of the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

    like mother of sam says, he ‘wants to be famous in the entertainment industry.’ it may not turn out exactly like that, but that’s a sparkly, inspirational story.

  2. DICKERSON3870
    August 16, 2013, 11:53 am

    RE: “Zucker insisted that Dateline stay focused on the firefighters, smiled at me and said, in effect, that he had no time for any subtitled interviews with jihadists raging about Palestine.” ~ John Hockenberry

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media]:

    [EXCERPTS] “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, is an analysis of the news media, arguing that the mass media of the United States “are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function by reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions, and self-censorship, and without overt coercion”.[1] . . .

    Editorial bias: five filters
    Herman and Chomsky’s “propaganda model” describes five editorially distorting filters applied to news reporting in mass media:
    Size, Ownership, and Profit Orientation: The dominant mass-media outlets are large firms which are run for profit. Therefore they must cater to the financial interest of their owners – often corporations or particular controlling investors. The size of the firms is a necessary consequence of the capital requirements for the technology to reach a mass audience.
    The Advertising License to Do Business: Since the majority of the revenue of major media outlets derives from advertising (not from sales or subscriptions), advertisers have acquired a “de-facto licensing authority”.[4] Media outlets are not commercially viable without the support of advertisers. News media must therefore cater to the political prejudices and economic desires of their advertisers. This has weakened the working-class press, for example, and also helps explain the attrition in the number of newspapers.
    Sourcing Mass Media News: Herman and Chomsky argue that “the large bureaucracies of the powerful subsidize the mass media, and gain special access [to the news], by their contribution to reducing the media’s costs of acquiring [...] and producing, news. The large entities that provide this subsidy become ‘routine’ news sources and have privileged access to the gates. Non-routine sources must struggle for access, and may be ignored by the arbitrary decision of the gatekeepers.”[5]
    Flak and the Enforcers: “Flak” refers to negative responses to a media statement or program (e.g. letters, complaints, lawsuits, or legislative actions). Flak can be expensive to the media, either due to loss of advertising revenue, or due to the costs of legal defense or defense of the media outlet’s public image. Flak can be organized by powerful, private influence groups (e.g. think tanks). The prospect of eliciting flak can be a deterrent to the reporting of certain kinds of facts or opinions.[5]
    Anti-Communism: This was included as a filter in the original 1988 edition of the book, but Chomsky argues that since the end of the Cold War (1945–91), anticommunism was replaced by the “War on Terror”, as the major social control mechanism.[6][7] . . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Citizen
      August 18, 2013, 4:59 am

      As of 2010 six big corporations owned most of the media in the USA. Three own all the cable tv outlets. Here’s a bunch of facts spelling out media ownership: and how the number of players gets smaller, smaller, smaller–with a good chance it may get smaller still: link to commoncause.org

      We the People own the airwaves, but nobody’s representing us from K St.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    August 16, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Nothing like a blowout to turn a boy ethnic cleanser into a man ethnic cleanser…

  4. Krauss
    August 16, 2013, 12:31 pm

    You’re indefatigable, Phil.
    So many good stories, and yet nobody seems to be covering them.

    • Cliff
      August 16, 2013, 1:14 pm

      No one covers these stories because the MSM is Zionist-occupied territory.

      To criticize these political networks is to criticize the cultural component of the organized Jewish community.

      And considering that Zionist propagandists accuse everyone from lapsed Zionists, liberal Zionists, anti-Zionists, post-Zionists, ie. anyone who isn’t a settler, of being anti-Semitic for MUCH MUCH LESS, it’s not hard to imagine why there is a perpetual media blackout.

  5. Elliot
    August 16, 2013, 12:54 pm

    “an Israeli village sponsored by the Jewish Agency (which performs the magic trick of turning Palestinian land into Jewish land). ”
    All the Jewish Agency website says about Ben Yakir’s location is that it is “near Hadera”, a town within Israel proper.
    Is this Jewish boarding school over the Green Line or otherwise on Palestinian land?

  6. Sibiriak
    August 16, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Larry Summers is being considered for the fed chairman nomination (Obama really thinks outside the box).

    Lol!!

  7. fnlevit
    August 16, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Browsing through articles and comments on this site with their anti Israeli and anti Zionist hatred and venom I had a simple realization which somehow made all this suddenly profitable to me. In my student years in Leningrad (nowdays St. Petersburg) Jews often heard the anti-semitic “Jews, go to your damn Israel” . “…To Your Israel!”. And so I did. So I did. And convinced others to do so and taught them Hebrew and Jewish history to make them want to. So that they and their children would not have to hear thoso words. – “Go to your Israel”.
    And the world was on our side. Overwhelmingly. Demonstration supporting our struggle in Europe, US, South America. Remember Jackson – Vanick amendment
    (link to link to en.wikipedia.org)
    USSR was conditioned on letting “my people go” if it wanted to get a prefered trade status with US, etc. That was in 1970’s.

    Nowdays Anti Zionists tell us “Go back to were you came from”. In fact in my short activity on this site I personally got this in one of the “friendly replies” (by one Tanaka) “Then go back to your damn homeland ….”.

    Thinking of this made me realize what is the OBJECTIVE relation between Anti Zionism and Aniti Semitism. They are not identical as some argue. Not necessarily. Rather they complement each other in a perfect way saying essentially that “there is no room for you, damn Jews on this earth”. Indeed the two statements
    “Go to you damn Israel” and “Go to your damn homeland” complents each other perfectly meaning : “No place for you damn Jews”. That was by the way exactly the Nazi’s program. Only modern Anti Zionists do not mention the first part of the equation – the Anti Semitic “Go to Israel”.

    Historically, Zionism (in its modern political form) was invented by Hertzl in 90’s of XIX century in response to the growing European Anti Semitism. Hertzl solution was simple – Jews should do what the Anti Semites were demanding – go to your Israel. And Jews did. Too slowly – 6 millions were not fast enough. Now what do Anti Zionists blame us for? Settlers, colonists, suprema… what’s the term? Bottom line – “go back to your damn homeland”. And face Anti Semite. Or disappear (assimilate, convert, etc). That is what I have realized on this website.

    If this will be posted – no need to comment just read and Think. No anti Zio venom please. If really needed – only on zero info.

    • Philip Weiss
      September 2, 2013, 2:17 pm

      fnlevit. the world was on our side. in the 60s 70s 80s, right.
      but now it’s not
      what changed? did your behavior play any role?

  8. just
    August 16, 2013, 6:07 pm

    Why not donate his wittle fortune to the unfortunate children in Appalachia, or Detroit, or in freakin’ Texas?

    Because Israel comes first and only to the Zionists!!! Even to some making fortunes right here in TX. Are these folks dual citizens?

    (Cory and Larry, etc.– there’s not enough bandwidth for me to express myself)

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