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Sunday, August 25, 2019 

Now Ayman Odeh turns against Benny Gantz

Because the leaders of Blue & White responded negatively to the leader of the Joint Arab List, he's now slamming them most tastelessly:
Joint List head Ayman Odeh on Saturday blasted Blue and White leader Benny Gantz as uncourageous and anti-equality for seemingly rejecting an unprecedented proposal for the Arab-led faction to join a center-left government.

Odeh told daily Yedioth Ahronoth last week that he would be willing to consider joining a governing coalition led by Gantz’s party if it met a number of demands, marking a landmark break from decades in which Arab-led parties remained staunchly in the opposition.

Members of Blue and White have mostly dismissed Odeh’s suggestion, noting the inclusion of the anti-Zionist Balad party in the Joint List, and the centrist party has seemingly attempted to distance itself from being seen as allied with the Arab party.

“The ball is in Gantz’s court, but he has not returned it — he is the intransigent one,” Odeh said in a Channel 12 news interview Saturday.

“I don’t know why he rejects [my offer],” Odeh said. “If he is really for peace, equality, democracy, social justice — he should accept it. But apparently he is against [those]. Apparently he refers to me as ‘an Arab’ — and that is racism.”

[...] Odeh attacked Blue and White Saturday for ambiguity regarding peace efforts with the Palestinians.

“I’ve never heard him speak of two states,” Odeh said.” He has no platform. He should say what it is so we can move forward.”
Sorry, it's just not possible, and besides, Trump's mooted some of the issues he brought up by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. But wow, that's very strong, nasty language Odeh's using by calling Gantz a "racist". Odeh probably changed his tune because his earlier statement wasn't welcomed by his other party colleagues. Still, he's obviously a danger to Israel, and that's why even now, we must keep our eyes and ears open.

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Eric Starkman (Los Angeles-based writer and journalist) said:

“The mainstream media has abandoned all pretense of objectivity.

Whereas in the past journalists viewed themselves as unbiased chroniclers of the news, their focus today is on manufacturing it and dominating the ensuing conversations.

A journalist’s influence today isn’t determined by the quality or accuracy of their reporting, but rather the size of their Twitter following and the frequency of their television appearances.”

Why Crown Heights Hate Crimes Aren’t Newsworthy
by Eric Starkman, 2019 February 17, in The Algemeiner


“Indeed, Palestinians rarely make an appearance
in The [Washington] Post, unless it’s to
serve as the perennial victim — and this too is
contingent on portraying Israel, and only Israel,
as the oppressor.

When Palestinians suffer at the hands of their
[own] leaders, the [Washington] Post
is nowhere to be found.”

article by Sean Durns, 2019 March 6
The Media Only Cares about
Palestinians If Israel Can Be Blamed



“But the Western press shows little proclivity
for reporting on topics that might cast the
PA [Palestinian Authority] in a bad light.”

article by Sean Durns, 2019 March 6
The Media Only Cares about
Palestinians If Israel Can Be Blamed


On June 1, 2006, former New York City mayor Ed Koch
wrote an opinion piece in the [New York] Times
titled “The New York Times’ Anti-Israel Bias,”
asserting that “the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC]
and the New York Times consistently carry
news stories and editorials that are slanted against Israel
and sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.”

SOURCE: Unfreedom of the Press
(chapter 6, page 157) by Mark R. Levin,
published by Threshold Editions, year 2019, NYC,
ISBN 9781476773094 * ISBN 1476773092


Matti Friedman
[Former Associated Press Reporter] wrote:

“Hamas’s strategy is to provoke a response from Israel by attacking from behind the cover of Palestinian civilians, thus drawing Israeli strikes that kill those civilians, and then to have the casualties filmed by one of the world’s largest press contingents, with the understanding that the resulting outrage abroad will blunt Israel’s response.

This is a ruthless strategy, and an effective one.
It is predicated on the cooperation of journalists.

One of the reasons it works is because of the reflex I mentioned.

If you report that Hamas has a strategy based on co-opting the media, this raises several difficult questions, like:

What exactly is the relationship between the media and Hamas?

And has this relationship corrupted the media?”

What the Media Gets Wrong about Israel
by Matti Friedman, 2014/11/30

SOURCE: Unfreedom of the Press
(chapter 6, pages 159-160) by Mark R. Levin,
published by Threshold Editions, year 2019, NYC,
ISBN 9781476773094 * ISBN 1476773092


Mark R. Levin
(a lawyer and best-selling author) said:

The examples of the [New York] Times’ and mass media’s
hostility toward the Jewish State is not even a matter
of indifference, as it was during the plight of European
Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, which was horrifying.

Instead, there is frequently open and affirmative
hostility toward the Jewish State, despite the fact
that the small country, a democracy and an ally,
faces daily threats of extermination from terrorists
groups and surrounding terrorist states, including,
if not especially, nuclear-weapons-obsessed Iran.

After examining more than a year’s worth of recent
coverage by the [New York] Times, Gilead Ini
of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East
Reporting in America [CAMERA] concluded that
the [New York] Times:

“consistently flouts the rules of ethical journalism.
And it does so as part of a campaign to protect anti-Israel
activists and steer public opinion against the Jewish State.”

The ‘Times’ and Israel: A Review of 2018
by Gilead Ini, February 2019

SOURCE: Unfreedom of the Press
(chapter 6, page 163) by Mark R. Levin,
published by Threshold Editions, year 2019, NYC,
ISBN 9781476773094 * ISBN 1476773092

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