Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Happy Birthday, Gilad.

Gilad Shalit's 23rd birthday is on August 28, 2009. In advance of this event, Gilad's fourth such birthday in Hamas captivity, the folks at the JIDF and Radical Commentary have launched the 'Tweet4Shalit' campaign. I'll let Melissa, editor of Radical Commentary, explain the initiative:
"‘Tweet4Shalit’ is a virtual grassroots movement inspired by the struggle Gilad Shalit must endure daily as a prisoner of war and as a victim of Islamic extremism.‘Tweet4Shalit’ is a 24 hour Twitter event in which thousands of supporters will sign onto Twitter to tweet the hashtag ‘#GiladShalit’ with the goal of making Gilad a top ten Twitter ‘Trending Topic’ two days before his birth (recognizing that his actual birthday occurs on Shabbos)."

Essentially, it's an online solidarity campaign for Israel's lost son. If you remember, I wrote a fairly long post 2 months ago commemorating the 3 year anniversary of Gilad's kidnapping, so obviously this issue is near and dear to me.

If you're on twitter, write a tweet or two today using the hashtag '#GiladShalit' to keep it in Twitter's trending topics. As of this writing, "#GiladShalit" is at the #2 spot, right behind 'Senator Ted Kennedy,' which is no small feat. Also, if you're on Twitter, you can follow the organizers of the 'Tweet4Shalit' campaign @JIDF, and @Prislam, you can also follow me @JordanSK.

In other Gilad Shalit news, his sister, Hadas, has enlisted in the IDF
today and there is supposedly an imminent deal to secure Gilad's release, but I won't hold my breath.

Anyway, remember to Tweet4Shalit today! Keep him in the public eye, let him and Hamas know we haven't forgotten about him on his 23rd birthday. Only good can come from this.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Update: The Blood Libel Spreads

As predicted in the previous post, Out: Factual Reporting. In: Blood Libels and Historical Revisionism, the Swedish report that the soldiers of the IDF moonlight as organ harvesters is being picked up as truth in the Arab world. According to the Lebanese paragon of integrity in journalism,, this made up fantasy accusation against Israel is:

"A Horrible, revolting crime done by the Zionist against the Palestinians... I call upon the entire word and specifically the Arabs organizations that work to preserve "human rights", to read the article and call for an inquiry... Maybe will they be able to save those young Palestinians who deserve to live... As if it is not bad enough for them to be living in their own land, humiliated by the occupation, no it is not enough… They should also die and get their organs ripped away from their bodies for the Zionist to make money and live..what a bad irony!!"

Curious that the term "human rights" is in quotes. Perhaps because "human rights" in the Arab world hold as much significance as "dog rights" do in Casa de Michael Vick.

Adding insult to injury, the Swedish government is curiously silent over these bogus accusations. I can understand when a country dumb enough to vote for Hizbullah buys this garbage, but I thought Sweden was supposed to be 'progressive and intelligent.'

This is why these kinds of false accusations stink. Any time Israel is accused of war crimes, massacres, or anything else that is proven false, the harm to Israel's image is already done. No amount of damage control or clean up can erase the first impressions of the ignorant and gullible. As with every other battle Israel fights, the PR battle is one that is uphill and beset by enemies using dishonorable tactics.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Out: Factual Reporting. In: Blood Libels and Historical Revisionism

A flurry of bogus stories regarding both Israel and Jews lately. Naturally, one of them comes from Palestinian TV, but the other two come from less obvious culprits: Sweden and Holland. Of course, anti-Semitism has existed in Europe since time immemorial, but the extents to which they're going now to spout anti-Semitic venom are right up there with the Nazis. Lots of allusions to the Nazis lately as well, with Democrats and Republicans trading barbs trying to paint each other as Hitlerian. I try not to throw around the term 'Nazi' willy-nilly, so you be the judge when you read the two anti-Semitic blood libels from Europe.

Exhibit A:
Dutch journalist: Flu pandemics are Jewish conspiracy

Uhhh, come again? Not only does the Dutch journalist refer to the discredited Jews-as-Khazars theory, a favorite of anti-Semites I might add, she also completely forgets that 10 Israelis have already died due to the Great Jewish Flu Consipiracy. Her theory holds about as much water as the false rumor that no Jews died on 9/11. On a scale of 1 to Crazy, this broad is pushing the upper limits without doubt.

Exhibit B: Israel aghast at Swedish report on IDF

'Aghast' is a pretty strong word, what could this Swedish report possibly claim to leave the IDF so upset?
"In the story, headlined "They plunder the organs of our sons," and accompanied by a gruesome photograph, Palestinians are quoted as saying IDF soldiers kidnapped their sons and stole organs."

Oh, now 'aghast' makes sense. To boot, the Swedish journalist who broke this blood libel isn't even sure if it's true! Too late now, though, Donald Bostrom. This egregious lie is out in the ether and, presumably, being gobbled up the world over. Surely the same crowd that reads The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and stories about Jewish flu conspiracies will consider this gospel as well.

Exhibit C: No Jewish connection to Western Wall: PA university lecturer

Ah, the coup de grace. So we've been needlessly praying at and sticking notes into the cracks of a wall that doesn't even belong to us? Seeing as how the Quran mentions Jerusalem exactly zero times, I guess the holy city is neither holy, nor does it belong to anybody. Look at that, I just solved a major issue in the peace process.

I hate reading this stuff in the news or watching it on YouTube, I really do. I can't imagine you enjoy it either, but I share it because it needs to be seen. We can't take this stuff lying down, it needs to be exposed for what it is: lies and anti-Semitism, plain and simple.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Guess Who's Back...?

"Is he wearing glasses?"

I am! After a long hiatus, during which I studied for and took the GMAT exam, I'm finally back on my home turf to analyze, theorize and crack-wise about all things Israel. A lot has happened in the past few weeks. There was a horrendous shooting in a Tel Aviv gay and lesbian center, Fatah held a conference in Bethlehem to prove they can be as hostile to Israel as Hamas, Iran's centrifuges continue to spin, and now Lady Gaga is in the Holy Land to perform in Tel Aviv on August 19 and possibly "get drunk in Jerusalem." Life moves pretty fast in Israel, and now that I'm back in the blogging fray, you won't have to miss any of it.

For now, I'll leave you with an interview between CNN's Fareed Zakaria and Israel's ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. Oren, who sounds as American as any other Princeton Ph. D. in Near East studies, deftly discusses the Iranian nuclear threat, the Arab Israeli conflict, and his boss's, that would be Bibi Netanyahu's, vision for a two-state solution. The Oren interview runs until about the 22 minute mark, at which point both Zakaria stopped discussing Israel, and I tuned out.

You can find the interview here: Fareed Zakaria interviews Michael Oren on CNN