Posted by Adam Wills
Israel’s press office has apologized for circulating a link to “We Con the World,” a flotilla parody video produced by Caroline Glick’s Latma, set to the 1985 charity tune “We Are the World.”
From The Guardian:
The Israeli government press office distributed the video link to foreign journalists at the weekend, but within hours emailed them an apology, saying it had been an error. Press office director Danny Seaman said the video did not reflect official state opinion, but in his personal capacity he thought it was “fantastic”.
Government spokesman Mark Regev said the video reflected how Israelis felt about the incident. “I called my kids in to watch it because I thought it was funny,” he said. “It is what Israelis feel. But the government has nothing to do with it.”
The clip features a group led by the Jerusalem Post’s deputy managing editor Caroline Glick, wearing keffiyehs and calling themselves the Flotilla Choir. The footage is interspersed with clips from the recent Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid ship, the Mavi Marmara.
The clip has been praised in Israel, where the mass-circulation daily Yediot Aharonot said the singers “defended Israel better than any of the experts”.
But Didi Remez, an Israeli who runs the liberal-left news analysis blog Coteret, said the clip was “repulsive” and reflected how out of touch Israeli opinion was with the rest of the world. “It shows a complete lack of understanding of how the incident is being perceived abroad,” she said.Award-winning Israeli journalist Meron Rapoport said the clip demonstrated prejudice against Muslims. “It’s roughly done, not very sophisticated, anti-Muslim – and childish for the government to be behind such a clip,” he said.
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June 6, 2010 | 2:39 pm
Posted by Ryan Torok
Here is Israeli journalist Ron Ben-Yishai’s report from the field detailing the peaceful Israeli takeover of the Rachel Corrie, the latest, Free Gaza Movement-sponsored ship attempting to break the Israel maritime blockade of Gaza.
June 6, 2010 | 1:17 pm
Posted by Adam Wills
Indie rockers The Pixies have pulled out of their Wednesday appearance at the Pic.Nic music festival in Tel Aviv. The band is the third to withdraw from the festival, following headliners Klaxons and Gorillaz.
Pic.Nic would have been the first Israeli show for The Pixies, which gained popularity in the Los Angeles and Boston music scenes of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band reunited in 2004, and is known for such songs as “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven.”
The Pixies gave no reason for the cancellation, but organizers say the decision was likely tied to last week’s flotilla clash. The BBC reported that human rights groups had sent letters to The Pixies before last week’s raid, urging the band to cancel its appearance based on Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
The concert’s producers in Israel received the following message from the band’s management on Sunday morning: “The decision was not reached easily, and we all know well the Israeli fans have been waiting for this visit for far too long.
“We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of The Pixies in Israel.”
Last month, Elvis Costello pulled out of two Israeli shows, saying his appearances would have been “interpreted as a political act.” Carlos Santana and Gil Scott-Heron also canceled planned Israel dates.
Following The Pixies’ announcement, Shuki Weiss, one of Israel’s top music promoters, attacked calls for performers and artists to boycott Israel.
“I am full of both sorrow and pain in light of the fact that our repeated attempts to present quality acts and festivals in Israel have increasingly been falling victim to what I can only describe as a form of cultural terrorism which is targeting Israel and the arts worldwide,” he wrote.
“Fans cannot be punished for the deeds of their governments.”
June 4, 2010 | 5:13 pm
Posted by Ryan Torok
An email just sent to the Jewish Journal office announces a demonstration set to occur outside the Israeli consulate on Friday, June 4 from 4-7 p.m. in support of the Free Gaza Movement. The email also says that the founders of the movement, Greta Berlin and Mary Thompson Hughes, are originally from Los Angeles and though they weren’t on the flotilla boats, they monitored the progress of the flotilla as it set sail for Gaza up until its confrontation with Israeli forces.
From the email:
“As Israeli warships approached the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 70 miles off Gaza in international waters, two Los Angeles women who had helped organize the mission worked through the night with a flotilla support team in Cyprus.
“Greta Berlin, 69 and Mary Thompson Hughes, 76, two of the five co-founders of the Free Gaza Movement, remained glued to their chairs monitoring the Israeli assault and fielding calls from international media.”
According to this New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/world/middleeast/02activists.html?emc=eta1), the Free Gaza Movement contributed funds to the Gaza-bound flotilla and partnered with IHH, the organization whose name keeps coming up in every article about who was on the boats setting sail for Gaza.
The New York Times also article said that IHH is a charity organization that helped out with relief efforts in Haiti. If you google “İnsani Yardım Vakfı,” the Turkish name of IHH, the official website for the organization comes up and after applying the google translating mechanism, you can easily navigate around the site. Type in “haiti” into the search field and articles come up about IHH surgeons being dispatched to Haiti and treating 150 Haitian earthquake victims each day. Or, if you don’t feel like doing that, you can read this text copied and pasted from the site:
“The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has sent a second group of aid workers to Haiti… The physicians are treating 150 people daily… Mehmet Rıdvan Üstünel, a physician in the IHH group… said he was treating 100 patients on average in a day and the number was rising every day.”
Another website, http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_60176.shtml—one that appears to have no affiliation with IHH – confirms IHH’s humanitarian aid in Haiti. According to the site:
“An Islamic organization, IHH was formed in 1994 in response to the war in Bosnia. It provides shelter, clothing, food and various other necessities to individuals in conflict or natural disaster zones. IHH is presently involved in humanitarian aid projects in over 120 countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Palestine.”
The same site also says that in 2008, Ehud Barak “outlawed IHH…for allegedly supporting Union of the Good, an umbrella organization which provides money and other aid to groups purportedly affiliated to Hamas.”
What does it mean that Barak outlawed IHH? And for that matter, what is Union of the Good?
This website, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/html/final/eng/sib/2_05/funds.htm, though slightly hard to follow and listing an old February 2005 date on the top of the page, has some info on Union of the Good. More to come in future posts.
June 4, 2010 | 2:43 pm
Posted by Ryan Torok
On the “The Daily Show” last night, Jon Stewart suggested Glenn Beck, well, lied when saying FOX News is the only media outlet showing videos of last weekend’s violent clash between Israeli soldiers and pro-Palestinian activists onboard the Gaza-bound flotilla.
Yes, “only Glenn Beck and Fox have the balls to be fair to Israel on American television,” said Stewart, very, very sarcastically. “Let’s admire Mr. Beck’s courage.”
One wonders what Beck was thinking making such an easily disprovable statement. Check out the video from “The Daily Show” below.
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|Glenn Beck Airs Israeli Raid Footage|
June 4, 2010 | 1:22 am
Posted by JewishJournal.com
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