Mohyeldin’s boss at NBC rallied ‘Jewish passion’ for Israel when ‘it is physically threatened’

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Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza is producing some memorable moments of censorship and self-censorship.

The latest example is CNN reporter Diana Magnay who filmed Israelis on a hilltop cheering missiles hitting Gaza and was harassed by some of the audience for doing so and then took to social media:

Magnay tweet, removed

Magnay tweet, removed

Magnay then deleted the “scum” tweet and apologized, but the damage was done. Huffpo got a statement from CNN saying that Diana Magnay is now out of Israel, assigned to Moscow.

“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman continued. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

Magnay is not the first to be yanked. Yesterday, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin removed a tweet and Facebook post that mocked the State Department for suggesting that Israel’s killings of four boys on the beach in Gaza was Hamas’s responsibility.

He has also been pulled from Gaza by NBC, for “security” reasons, as Glenn Greenwald reported. Mohyeldin has such a following that some are demanding an explanation, and Jewish Voice for Peace is urging its community to call on NBC to reinstate Mohyeldin:

There’s no way to stop a war we can’t even see. 
Tell NBC News President Deborah Turness to re-instate Ayman Mohyeldin – a mainstream reporter who believes Israeli and Palestinian lives have equal value.

The US Campaign to End the Occupation has issued its own call to reinstate the reporter.

Mohyeldin’s removal — and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’s ardent support of Israel and Chuck Schumer, and Rachel Maddow’s complete silence about Gaza (as reported here by Michael Arria) — raise the issue of Zionist bias at the network. Comcast is NBC’s parent company; its chairman Brian Roberts and executive vp, David Cohen, have both been supportive of Israel. Roberts participated in Israeli athletic competitions when he was young.

Cohen is a leader of Philadelphia Jewish organizations who cares deeply about Israel. As we reported three years ago, Cohen was said by a Philadelphia Jewish publication to be “genetically hard-wired” to head the pro-Israel Federation group in the city:

He believes that there is historic precedent for Jews “rallying to Federation” during times of crisis. “Whenever Israel’s physical security is threatened, people turn to Federation to provide support,” he says, adding “we must ignite this same Jewish passion to meet local needs addressed by Federation and its partner agencies.”

This spring, the New York Times reported that Cohen is a micro-manager who is good friends of Republican Eric Cantor, the leading Jewish Republican, and they exchange hawkish views about Israel:

“We spend 50 percent of our time talking about Israel, 40 percent talking about our wives and families, and maybe 10 percent talking about cable industry issues,” Mr. Cohen says of Mr. Cantor.

So if Cohen is such a micro-manager, did he get involved in the decision to pull Mohyeldin? Glenn Greenwald said on Democracy Now today:

“It really is remarkable, and not hyperbole that there is nothing that makes major media figures and news executives more petrified than reporting on Israel.”

“This has happened over and over where media figures have been stigmatized or lost their jobs or had their careers destroyed for the slightest amount of deviation from Pro-Israel orthodoxies.”

Those orthodoxies are sitting in the highest chairs at the largest media company in the world. When do critics of our policy in the Middle East examine this network?

Cohen was also a big fundraiser for Barack Obama. And Obama discovered Rachel Maddow’s silence-is-golden policy back in 2009 when he was president-elect: he kept his mouth shut for 20 days as Israel turned Gaza into rubble, and killed nearly 400 children.

A possible aspirant to Obama’s chair, Senator Elizabeth Warren has learned the self-censorship lesson beautifully, ducking a reporter’s question about Gaza.

Dwight Howard, the Rockets forward, is a bit slow to the lesson. He lately tweeted #FreePalestine and then removed the tweet and apologized for it.

Here’s one guy who’s not self-censoring. Bill Maher expresses his usual contempt for Palestinians, and some misogyny too. His ugly comments are getting a lot of attention, but don’t worry, his job is safe.

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  1. a blah chick
    July 18, 2014, 10:40 am

    Bill Maher is the ultimate class clown. In the end he is not as funny or intelligent as he thinks he is.

    • chet
      July 18, 2014, 1:56 pm

      Google Youtube for Maher’s cringe-worthy, ass-kissing interviews of Netanyahoo.

      • Kay24
        July 18, 2014, 4:45 pm

        Whether it is Maher, Blitzer, Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory or any other member of the zio lovers club. They play softball with the Butcher of babies, and one expects them to kiss his ring at the end of the interview.

  2. W.Jones
    July 18, 2014, 10:43 am

    Diana is Very attractive and intelligent.
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/CNN/anchors_reporters/images/magnay.diana.jpg

    I think that I even saw her early this morning reporting from around the Gaza area, and assumed that she was a media hack. But apparently she actually has significant morals.

    It’s kind of interesting. The media has sent two people who apparently were decent, and they both got kicked out for minor, informal deviations from the party line that is in flux. Ayman didn’t even say anything that wasn’t objective.

    Probably they were trying to have someone who was at least a bit neutral, and when you send in neutral people, this is what happens, eg. Folk Bernodotte in the worst case scenario.

    • Pixel
      July 18, 2014, 11:18 am

      “Diana is Very attractive and intelligent.”

      Seriously, dude? It’s 2014, already.

      • Mooser
        July 18, 2014, 3:08 pm

        “But apparently she actually has significant morals.”

        Oy, such a balboosta Attractive, intelligent, and not a slut!
        Yes sir, W. Jones knows a good girl when he sees one.

      • Inanna
        July 19, 2014, 2:00 am

        It’s 2014 and the patriarchy is still hard at work, objectifying women and ensuring the male gaze is still entitled to pass judgement on women, their bodies, their morality and their intelligence.

  3. can of worms
    July 18, 2014, 10:51 am

    And speaking of unspeakability, this site has dumped two of my comments into a black hole eternally awaiting moderation.
    Why (not a rhetorical question)?

    • Justpassingby
      July 18, 2014, 11:02 am

      you are not the only one, have been going on for months, not sure Modoweiss crew is aware of this problem!

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 18, 2014, 11:51 am

      Story of my Mondoweiss life! So many times I make a long post which spends hours – occassionally more than a day – in pre-mod, only to see that other posts which were written much later are already up.

      I don’t want to be critical, as I love the articles and commentary here, and I appreciate the fact that we’re allowed to participate for free. But it is frustrating to see your comment languish in pre-mod while the discussion moves on.

      • seanmcbride
        July 18, 2014, 2:23 pm

        Maximus Decimus Meridius,

        You can post comments on Mondoweiss articles here instantly:

        https://friendfeed.com/mondoweiss-on-friendfeed

        No moderation, you can edit your comments without any time limits, and you can start your own threads if you like.

        (Mondoweiss on Friendfeed is an outlet to post comments and pursue discussions that might not be appropriate for Mondoweiss — and to develop direct private relationships with other commenters, if you are interested in doing so. In no way is it intended to compete with Mondoweiss — it’s just an auxiliary tool.)

      • Mooser
        July 18, 2014, 3:11 pm

        “(Mondoweiss on Friendfeed is an outlet to post comments and pursue discussions that might not be appropriate for Mondoweiss — and to develop direct private relationships with other commenters, if you are interested in doing so. In no way is it intended to compete with Mondoweiss — it’s just an auxiliary tool.)”

        Now, that must be a fun place! I can’t understand why I don’t spend hours there!

      • seanmcbride
        July 18, 2014, 6:59 pm

        Mooser,

        You might want to take a look at Friendfeed as a powerful social media tool for sharing and discussing news and information of all kinds (not just Mondoweiss articles).

        Regarding the general look and feel:

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        Regarding specific features:

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        4. share items to Friendfeed directly from your browser
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        7. direct private communications with all other users
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        10. powerful features for searching past posts and comments
        11. read or engage in multiple conversations on a single page
        12. block undesirable users on a person by person basis
        13. hide uninteresting conversations

        Friendfeed overcomes many of the limitations of traditional blogging platforms.

        Regarding Mondoweiss on Friendfeed — you’ve been mentioned and discussed there a few times. :)

        Blog and publication commenters need to become much more proactive in defining how they communicate with one another — distributed power is really what the Internet is all about. Rather than complaining about being moderated, Internet users should establish their own platforms for publishing, fully under their own control. (Of course, that is precisely what Facebook and Twitter users are doing.)

      • seanmcbride
        July 19, 2014, 10:56 am

        Mooser:

        You can pick up this discussion here, if you would like:

        Notice the hysteria and anger that anti-Zionist Mooser expressed about any efforts to analyze the numerous important connections between Judaism and Zionism and between the Jewish religious establishment and the Israel lobby. He lost it completely — and he is still off-balance and fuming about that subject.

        https://friendfeed.com/mondoweiss-on-friendfeed/61ea84a7/israels-iron-fist

        Context:

        Certainly this is a tendency one sees among many liberal and progressive Zionists: to place the blame for Israeli policies on any and every group in the world except the Jewish establishment and the Jewish lobby.

        You should have every opportunity to express your point of view and to defend your ideas.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 18, 2014, 5:30 pm

        OK will give it a look! Thanks for the link.

    • Sumud
      July 19, 2014, 12:57 pm

      It has happened to me also, can of worms.

      I don’t think the moderation platform is as perfect as we might want. Don’t take it personally.

      BTW I’ve enjoyed the clarity you bring in your comments.

      • seanmcbride
        July 19, 2014, 1:58 pm

        Sumud,

        I don’t think the moderation platform is as perfect as we might want. Don’t take it personally.

        Moderation of Internet forums has to be one of the most difficult, energy-consuming and thankless tasks one can imagine — that is why active commenters netwide need to take a proactive role in developing independent communications networks as adjuncts to leading publications and blogs.

        Mondoweiss may be the most professionally and fair-minded moderated forum on the net — I don’t understand how they manage to process and edit the large volume of comments here.

        And the moderation is absolutely necessary — there are well-organized propaganda groups out there who are eager to take over or wreck forums at every available opportunity. Give them a small opening and they will flood in and wreak havoc.

      • Sumud
        July 19, 2014, 9:07 pm

        Absolutely Sean and I didn’t mean to sound like I was criticising the moderators, not at all.

        I actually meant technically, as in software. If I were designing an interface I’d want a chronological feed from oldest to newest that covers the entire site. From what I understand – very little – at MW they sort by thread so sometimes comments on older articles get missed if busy.

  4. just
    July 18, 2014, 10:52 am

    Thank you JVP.

    I’m really surprised that Magnay was finally able to show her feelings— she was usually so docile at wolf’s side. Bring her back, too.

    BM is a giant BM.

  5. Justpassingby
    July 18, 2014, 11:01 am

    Bill maher show his tribal act, deep down he is a supremacist.

  6. Kay24
    July 18, 2014, 11:24 am

    Good job Jewish Voices for Peace, thank you for being fair. We all want the truth to be shown/told, and Ayman did a brilliant job of it. Many of us are tired of the totally biased reporting that we get 24/7 in our media. Our journalists have no sense of decency to even challenge a lie, when they know it is one. They should take the example of Jon Snow and his brilliant interview of Regev, who must have needed smelling salts at the end of it. Heh.

    Well, we can now see how our spineless media reacts to this conflict, and know exactly who is toeing that zionist line. Bill Maher is a well known for his attacks and insults on Islam, Muslims, and everything Israel hates. Never a word of criticism for Israel, NEVER. Israel can never do wrong, where Maher is concerned. Killing of nearly 300 civilians, the brutal massacre of children? Meh. These zionist media personalities, are not honest enough to admit that despite all those rockets, only ONE Israeli was killed, but how they whine about Israelis being attacked by rockets, and fail to acknowledge the Palestinians are being blown up, with no shelters or sirens to warn them.
    It seems the US media, are afraid to offend Israel, lobbies, or their bosses, by stating the truth, or simply reporting on Israel’s crimes and the lies that are told to cover them.

    • Jenin Younes
      July 18, 2014, 4:11 pm

      Kay, per our earlier exchange, I think this may be the motivation I needed to stop watching his show.

      • Kay24
        July 18, 2014, 4:48 pm

        I understand, I feel the same way too….Maher is such an arrogant fool, and shows how ignorant he is, when he makes half serious-half mocking jokes.

  7. seethelight
    July 18, 2014, 11:28 am

    So, who’s now reporting in Israel for CNN? None other than former Jerusalem Post reporter and former AIPAC functionary Wolf Blitzer. We should expect objective and balanced reporting now, no doubt.

    • Kay24
      July 18, 2014, 2:22 pm

      Ben Wiedeman/CNN who was also doing a good job in reporting, seems to have toned down a bit, maybe I am imagining it. He was however MIA today.

  8. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    July 18, 2014, 11:33 am

    Living as I do in the UK, I sometimes curse British media, especially BBC, for their cowering to the Israeli point of view.

    However, when I hear about events like the above, I realise that, bad though the British mainstream media is – and it is bad – it’s nowhere near as dire as its US counterpart. Mohyeldin’s former AJE colleague Shireen Tadros still reports on Gaza for a Murdoch channel, Sky News. Channel 4’s Jon Snow gave Mark Regev a dressing down live on TV last week, and his colleague Jonathan Miller is still giving heart-wrenching reports from Gaza. Even the BBC interviewed Ali Abunimah, who took them to task for their woeful ‘coverage’ – though I suspect that’s damage limitation following the thousands of people who took to the streets to protest them, of which I was one.

    So it’s a case of ‘everything is relative’, I suppose.

    • Kay24
      July 18, 2014, 2:26 pm

      Believe me, you are so much better over there, where the news media is concerned.
      When I watched the Jon Snow interview with Regev, I almost envied you guys, for being able to have such genuine journalists, who put the quality of their reporting above a sick loyalty to an alien nation. It is not exaggeration when I say, finding an unbiased, even brave journalist, who speaks out that way, is impossible.
      The media here can insult the President, but does not utter a peep about Israel’s crimes against humanity. It is almost taboo.
      Free speech, bull sheet.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 18, 2014, 5:04 pm

        Yes. If you watch the interview with Gleen Greenwald on Democracy Now, linked somewhere in this thread, he says that NOTHING puts more terror into the heart of US ‘journalists’ than the thought of ‘offending’ the Zionist hoodlums. It really is absurd, and while things aren’t great over here, they’re nowhere near as pathetic as in the US.

      • Kay24
        July 18, 2014, 5:54 pm

        Sadly the American people don’t know any different.

  9. Boomer
    July 18, 2014, 11:40 am

    You have reported that NYT observes “gag orders” from Israel. I suppose all media report from Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank only to the extent Israel allows. So NBC may have gotten a call from someone in Israel. Or from a shareholder here. Or an advertiser. Or from the ZOA. Or maybe the top execs at NBC (& CNN, CBS, ABC et al.) are sufficiently Zionist themselves to take such action on their own. The censorship is “over determined” as some academics might say. I wish more Americans (myself included) had ready access to Al Jazeera.

    • Kay24
      July 18, 2014, 2:29 pm

      Let me tell you Al Jazeera internationally is different to AJAmerica. Maybe there were conditions for their operations.

      • Citizen
        July 18, 2014, 7:58 pm

        Yeah, AJAmerican is a little more objective on I-P than the US network news channels and cableTV news channels, but it’s very tame compared to AL Jazeera. Satellite TV in US carried PressTV, but I think that’s no longer so–anybody know for sure?

        If one follows the news on the internet, including foreign sites, it’s clear that the US news media and those who have careers in it must have utter contempt for the Average American.

  10. Citizen
    July 18, 2014, 11:51 am

    Entire US Senate, Including Progressive Liberals, Rubber-Stamps Israel, Boots Palestinians to the Curb as NonHumans
    link to us4.campaign-archive2.com

  11. Sumud
    July 18, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Latest Democracy Now was great today, a well spoken doctor from El Wafa Hospital talking about the evacuation and shelling of the hospital, then Glenn Greenwald and Sharif Abdel Kouddous talking about what happened to Ayman Mohyeldin.

    It’s the Friday July 18 episode, if anyone is reading this after that the episode can be seen in the “past shows” tab:

    http://www.democracynow.org

    • ritzl
      July 18, 2014, 2:07 pm

      Thanks Summud. I wish Democracy Now would make some arrangement with Hulu or Netflix. Get wider and automatic push distribution, and non-coercive (random) ad revenue. Better player and cataloging.

      I just don’t have time to sort through their shows to get to the “good stuff.” I’m glad you do.

      • Sumud
        July 18, 2014, 4:44 pm

        You can get audio or video versions as a podcast which I do sometimes, but in this case Greenwald said on twitter he was about to go on the show so I watched the live stream.

      • ritzl
        July 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

        It was an excellent show. Greenwald was direct as usual. But the tip about the doc “The World Around Us” about Moyheldin’s 2008 experience in Gaza was new. It looks pretty informative.

      • ritzl
        July 18, 2014, 7:54 pm
  12. michelle
    July 18, 2014, 1:20 pm

    .
    i believe people are thirsty for the truth
    .
    is there access to the real news
    in a video format with a daily time slot
    if not there should be
    even if it has to start out in a general public form
    like u-tube though in that venue it might need to be segmented
    if it was dependable engaging informative
    and above all balanced and truthful
    people would tune-in
    like main media news except the actual news
    or it could be set-up like a mock debate between
    main media news and actual news
    .
    life is but a dream sweetheart
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

    • Sumud
      July 18, 2014, 5:26 pm

      Michelle look at Democracy Now – I linked to a show a few comments above it’s on 5 times a week same times lot and you can get it as a video or audio podcast too, or just look at their ‘Past Shows’ .

      Not perfect but pretty darn good, honest news. It absolutely blows corporate newstainment out of the water.

      • michelle
        July 18, 2014, 11:03 pm

        .
        ty Sumud i will
        m
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

  13. seanmcbride
    July 18, 2014, 2:17 pm

    This is what is most fascinating about Bill Maher: he presents himself to the world as a rational and logical critic of religion (he’s too smart for that, you know), but he feels a passionate and irrational attachment to a state, Israel, and a movement, Zionism, that are largely driven by Jewish and Christian religious fundamentalism of the most extreme variety.

    Maher seems to be completely oblivious to his blatant self-contradictions — and he often comes off as a preening fool when discussing Mideast politics. In the end, he basically fits the liberal Zionist mold — he’s an intellectual mess when it comes to Israel and Zionism — someone to be ridiculed on that account.

    (I also think that Maher can be smart, witty and funny on other topics.)

    If this thread is closed early, it can be pursued here:

    https://friendfeed.com/mondoweiss-on-friendfeed

    • Jenin Younes
      July 18, 2014, 4:14 pm

      yeah, I was talking about this on another thread the other day. I continue to watch him because I enjoy the guests and debates, and unlike some, find him quite funny on most subjects. Several times I’ve sworn off the show because of his horrible anti-Muslim blindly pro-Israel comments, but I keep coming back. He’s not nearly as smart or well-informed on these subjects as he thinks he is. And whenever he actually has a guest on who understands a lot more about the history of the Arab and Muslim world, he talks over them and shuts them up by saying they’re just trying to be politically correct. This latest tweet may be enough for me to stop watching him, it’s disgusting to hear him say this.

  14. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    July 18, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Ayman maybe thought he could change US media from within, that he could be a voice for the humanity of Palestinians amid the sea of Zionist talking heads on American TV.

    Well, now he knows that is impossible.

    I hope he resigns from NBC and returns to AJE. And I hope he gives interviews and writes articles about why – for the crime of humanising Arabs and having the gall to be there when Israel committed slaughter on a beach – he had to be removed.

    • Kay24
      July 18, 2014, 4:52 pm

      I feel AJA is also stifling itself when I compare it to the international channels.

      I am however surprised at the backlash towards NBC for yanking him from Gaza.
      I have got petitions from organizations like End the Occupation, calling for him to be reinstated. NBC will not heed the voices of the people, because Israeli servants say so.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 18, 2014, 5:01 pm

        Glenn Greenwald wrote an expose of how AJA went out of its way to ingratiate itself with the US – read Zionist – elites in order to get their licence. You can find his article in the Guardian archives. Problem is, the Americans who watched AJE did so precisely because it offered an alternative to CNN et al, not for more of the same. Which is why nobody now watches AJA. What’s the point?

        I wonder what will happen to Mohyeldin now. Will he be taken off Middle East stories altogether? Will he leave NBC? I think he should resign, and tell the world exactly why. It is clear that he cannot maintain his integrity as a journalist in US network ‘news’.

  15. German Lefty
    July 18, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Rachel Maddow 07/17/14
    Israel moves military into Gaza
    Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about Israel’s ground operation in Gaza following a brief ceasefire in deadly hostilities.
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/israel-moves-military-into-gaza-307298371775

  16. crone
    July 18, 2014, 3:31 pm

    I’m old enough to remember when reporters’ actually reported what they saw.

    In 1963 we had the Fulbright senate hearings on ‘zionist infiltration of the US media”.

    We need to have another one… and it needs to be stressed that the attitude of “Israel First” is treason, which it is.

    William Fulbright warned, “The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership….a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures.”

    Yet, America’s ‘leaders’ continue to cower and pander to an “illegal foreign lobby that has long flouted US law and suborned the national interest as a foreign agent.”

  17. AlGhorear
    July 18, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Dwight Howard isn’t the only one who tweeted #FreePalestine. Rihanna, too, tweeted #FreePalestine, then deleted it, but not before it had been retweeted 70,000 times. She then said she didn’t mean to tweet it. I like to think that the #BDS movement had something to do with her expanding her views on the subject, but she incurred the wrath of the pro-Israel community and probably saw her career going down the toilet.

    Rihanna’s Deleted Tweet

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 18, 2014, 3:44 pm

      ””She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted. She didn’t even realize it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans,”

      Seriously, what the fup is that supposed to mean? ”It was never meant to be tweeted”? So she just wrote something into her twitter feed for a lark, but never meant to tweet it? What?

      And so what if it ‘offended’ people? Big deal. Some people might be offended by Rihanna’s compulsive exhibitionism, but that doesn’t seem to bother her. I suppose she didn’t fancy having to do obeisance to Abe Foxman, so the tweet had to go. Amusing and pathetic, really.

      • Sumud
        July 18, 2014, 4:47 pm

        Does happen on a touchscreen for example that I accidentally press the SEND instead of CANCEL button then have to quickly copy contents & delete, if it wasn’t finished or not sure if I want to say something or not.

        She must have been toying with the idea though.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 18, 2014, 4:57 pm

        Well yeah, it can happen that you accidentally hit ‘send’ but since the tweet would instantly show up on the screen, the obvious thing would be to delete it immediately if indeed you ‘never meant’ to send it. I’m not buying Rihanna’s excuse, but I am enjoying watching the narcissist squirm.

    • Kay24
      July 18, 2014, 4:55 pm

      That is disgusting. It seems we are under nazi rule. This is stifling free speech, and the silencing of voices that disagree. What the hell is happening in our country?
      Feels like the illegal settlers have arrived here, with all their viciousness and hatred, intimidating those who DARE to speak out. If they think for what minute what they do will change people’s mind, then they prove they are not smart. They only know to threaten and act vicious.

      • ritzl
        July 18, 2014, 5:23 pm

        Hey Kay, absolutely DO NOT watch the Democracy Now vid Sumud linked to upthread. ;)

      • Kay24
        July 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

        I absolutely WILL. Heh.

      • Sumud
        July 18, 2014, 5:37 pm

        The Brits are protesting in their tens of thousands at the BBC over their terrible pro-Israel coverage of Gaza, and Paris has banned a pro-Palestine rally but they’re going to protest anyway.

        I guess relocating journalists and deleting of tweets is America’s version.

        I have to say that I think the Israel lobby in the different countries are DESPERATE right now (because the optics of Gaza are so bad) and have thus overplayed their hand, and it looks like there’s going to be consequences at least in the UK and France. People are rising up to express their displeasure.

      • Kay24
        July 18, 2014, 5:59 pm

        And so they should. I think our friends in Europe are way ahead of us.
        BDS started taking root over there, and spread quickly. I cannot image the United States of Israel warning it’s citizens to not do business in illegal settlement areas, that would be blasphemy, and anger the Devils.

  18. Citizen
    July 18, 2014, 6:19 pm

    FOX News, Special Report: 6:14PM today:
    All About OP Protective Edge, Iron Dome
    Over 1500 rockets fired but 90% shot out of the sky. Iron Dome invented by Israeli Brig General Gold. Israelis very proud of it. Kerry aides say Israel has right to defend itself but they would like for Israel to do more to prevent civilian harm in Gaza.

  19. German Lefty
    July 18, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Check out this crazy article:
    MSNBC Gives Platform to Radical Pro-Hamas Attorney
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/connor-williams/2014/07/18/msnbc-gives-platform-radical-pro-hamas-attorney
    Note: The “radical pro-Hamas attorney” is Noura Erakat.
    http://www.msnbc.com/all-in-with-chris-hayes/watch/on-the-ground-in-gaza-307359811857

  20. dbroncos
    July 18, 2014, 7:10 pm

    On Fox News this morning I saw two commercials. One was pleading for contributions for needy Jewish victims of the war complete with footage of concerned volunteers handing out charity sacks to elderly women; the other was pure boilerplate propaganda featuring pictures and quotes of Iranian leaders, chanting jihadists, a defiant B. Netanyahu…

    Zionism must be abolished for the good of all concerned parties.

  21. Jenin Younes
    July 18, 2014, 7:31 pm

    If you want your day to get a little better, read the comments on bill mahers Facebook post saying the same thing. They make me feel as though the American public might not be so lost

  22. Sumud
    July 18, 2014, 7:41 pm

    NBC have reversed their decision on Ayman Mohyeldin and he’s heading back to Gaza ASAP!

    He just tweeted;

    @AymanM: Thanks for all the support. Im returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC’s continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story

    https://twitter.com/aymanm/status/490277651274555392

    • just
      July 18, 2014, 7:49 pm

      Yesssssssssss! Many thanks Sumud!

      (He’s even gracious in his tweet. I hope he stays safe)

    • a blah chick
      July 18, 2014, 7:52 pm

      You see, all you have to do is shine a little light on their underhandedness and they scurry for cover like cockroaches. They knew they were wrong but did not have the courage to admit it.

      Keep shining the light people!

  23. Shingo
    July 18, 2014, 7:50 pm

    So much for Mayhem’s theory about the pro Palestinian media.

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