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Murder in Palestine

On Saturday, the news came that a cowardly terrorist broke into the home of Rabbi Vogel and family in the Itamar settlement on the West Banke in the middle of the night and murdered the Rabbi, his wife and three of their children.  One of the children was only three months old.  Horrific. Odd that the stories seem to omit that the deceased is a Rabbi, as in this ABC story:

Settler family killed in West Bank: Israel

Posted March 12, 2011 13:04:00

A Palestinian infiltrator killed five Israelis in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank early on Saturday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

Israeli media said the attacker broke into a house in the settlement of Itamar overnight and stabbed to death a couple and three children, including a baby, from the same family.

“Five civilians were killed in this terrorist attack,” the spokeswoman said.

She said troops were searching for the attacker in the area around Itamar, which is near the Palestinian city of Nablus.

She gave no further details.

Reuters

The stories also tend to stress that this is “unusual” in a period of “relative quiet,” or as the Atlanta Journal and Constipation called it, “a lengthy lull.”  The AJC mentioned that

Israel has long contended that Palestinian textbooks and official media are full of hatred toward the Jewish state, and that killers of Israelis are often glorified

but stopped short of telling the rest of the story

The brutal attack comes only days after a West Bank Palestinian youth center announced a soccer tournament named after Wafa Idris, the first female Palestinian suicide bomber, who killed an 81-year-old man and injured over 100 other Israelis.

The glorification of this suicide bomber, though, was virtually ignored by Western media outlets, many of whom did find time to report, in great detail, on the first home game by the Palestinian national soccer team.

The latter event makes for an interesting human interest story. The former helps explain why peace has been so elusive in the Middle East. It’s likely that the terrorist who wiped out the family knew of the soccer tournament named after Wafa Idris. And if not he — or she — certainly knew that scores of other suicide bombers have been lauded as heroes by the Palestinian government and media. The killer undoubtedly internalized the message, reinforced time and time again, that it’s noble and heroic to kill Jews. The same goes for the person who planned the attack, and the one who transported the killer, and any other enablers.

The media is also, by choice of headline, intimating that the Israeli government is building 400 (or 500) new homes for Jews in the area as a response to the attack.

From Reuters:  Israel to Build Settler Homes After Palestinian Attack

Israel said on Sunday it would build several hundred homes for settlers in the occupied West Bank, a day after a Palestinian attack killed an Israeli couple and three of their children in a settlement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special session of a ministerial committee on settlement to approve the step after pledging publicly the stabbings on Saturday would not deter Israel from building more homes for Jews in the West Bank.

From the Ottowa Citizen: Israel to build settler homes after deadly attack

The AJC‘s story starts with:

Israel responded defiantly Sunday to a bloody Palestinian assault against West Bank settlers by approving construction of new settlement housing, retaliating for the stabbing deaths of a father, mother and three small children with a measure that infuriated Palestinians and, together with the attack, threw already shaky peace efforts into a new tailspin.

The announcement came after the killings, true.  But no doubt the plans were in place before the terrorist went nuts.

Rabbi Avichai Ronski, spokesman for the settlement which, is home to 800 Jews, was defiant after the attack.

“Our response to this crime is not to seek revenge but to carry on with construction” of more Jewish homes.

Whatever the imagined reasons, the truth of the matter is that a whackjob Islamic terrorist broke into the home of a Jewish Rabbi and murdered him, his wife, and three of his children including a 3 month old baby and a toddler.  There are no amount of constructions projects that legitimize murder.  None.  And to play with semantics here in the west and offer up excuses will serve only to lend tacit approval to what happened.

The Vogel Family: most of whom were slaughtered in their beds by a so-called 'Mujahid'. Seems more like a gutless excuse for a man to us, though. Image courtesy of undhimmi.com

 

May God rest their souls.

 

 

 

YouTube <3 Terrorists!

The members of the group loosely known as “YouTube Smackdown” have been kicking around a lot of ideas lately.  We have noticed that when the heat gets turned up at YT (as in the recent complaint filed by the Brits for YT’s hosting of Al Awlaki videos that inspired the stabbing of one of their finest) YT responds by taking a couple videos down here and there, then retiring to their fainting couch because it’s Oh! So hard to do all that work and how could we expect them to?

We started noticing the ads that are posted at YouTube adjacent to the videos of the Hamas terrorist lovers and Mujahideen worshipers and Taliban wannabes and we had to wonder — do all those advertisers realize that their brand is being associated with this kind of content?  I seriously doubt it.  Most companies are very careful about their brand and their logo being protected.  A friend put together a video to demonstrate:

So what to do?  Maybe contacting some of the companies whose videos are on the channels of these creeps would be a good place to start.  Google/YouTube doesn’t seem to understand anything but the dollar.  Maybe if they lost revenue because of the content they are hosting they’d get a little more serious about what’s there.  But I won’t hold my breath.

Michael Yon

From a story about Michael Yon in the NY Slimes (in the Business section – go figure!)

In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Yon went through a period of rocky relations with the military hierarchy, which at times tried to bar him from accompanying units. But since then, things have improved, and the military has generally become more conscious — and solicitous — of Internet journalists. To Mr. Yon, ever-hopeful about the war, that change is healthy for Iraq, as well as for him.

“If you have bad media relations, you don’t know how to run a counterinsurgency,” he said. “Now they’re very good at it.”

Maybe this is evidence of our government finally getting a clue about the internet’s usefulness in fighting for hearts and minds.

WaPo buries story – bias by placement?

A fellow poster at FR, RDTF, posted a story today about the Haditha Marines titled No Murder Charges Filed In Haditha Case from the Washington Post. Remember when John Murtha railed against those Marines who killed in cold blood and all that other baloney? Where was that located in the paper? Front page? And as each member of the group known as the “Haditha Marines” has gone thru pre-trial proceedings, those stories have been front page news as well. So you’d think, when it’s decided that there will be no murder charges filed, it would be BIG news right? Maybe below the fold, but definitely on the front page. Nope. According to RDTF…

To: RedRover; jazusamo; freema; StarCMC

In the WaPo today page A05

2 posted on 01/04/2008 7:47:39 AM CST by RDTF
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Am I too picky?

Well, I took a lot of hits today on this thread at FR titled USO Troupe Braves Sand, Snow For GIs.

I took exception to the title. Maybe I came on too strong — I said:

The title of that makes me wanna barf — how about “Troops brave sand and snow to see a USO show.” And guess what? When the show’s over the USO Troupe goes home — the Troops stay.

I got called a Grinch and grouchy among other things. My point was this:

I just don’t think the entertainment industry folks deserve hero status for going to the sandbox and “braving” the snow to entertain our troops who live there and are undergoing true hardship to protect and defend our country. It is Enemedia Bias by placement

Newspaper stories are usually written in a “pyramid” style — that is, the most important facts are supposed to appear early in the story, with each paragraph a little less important than the previous paragraph.*snip*

Studies have shown that, in the case of the average newspaper reader and the average news story, most people read only the headline.

The headline of this story points toward the entertainers as being somehow heroic for going, and neglects to say that the Troops are.

Oh well – I stand by my assertion that it’s the TROOPS who deserve to billed as heroes, not the ENTERTAINERS who decide to go see them for a few days.

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