Posted in: General Jewish Themes, Media Bias
Published on Apr 08, 2011 by Phyllis Chesler
New Hope for Freedom Fighters: "Jewish Al-Jazeera" to Combat Big Lies and Blood Libels
I have finally lived long enough to see some dreams come true.
A Russian billionaire, Alexander Mashkevich, has just announced that he will fund a pro-Israel, pro-truth television news channel, a "Jewish Al-Jazeera." God bless him! I have been calling for something like this for seven years. I hope that Mr. Mashkevich and his advisors understand that this new channel must be far better than Al-Jazeera, not only in terms of truth-telling but in other ways as well. Al-Jazeera broadcasts only in Arabic and English, and is only now preparing to broadcast in Turkish and Urdu. The "Jewish Al-Jazeera" must appear in many more languages simultaneously: Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Bengali, Pashto, the Indonesian and Malaysian languages, as well as in all the European, East European, and former Soviet languages.
Why? Because all the Big Lies and blood libels about Israel and the Jews are being told 24/7 in every language on earth. I wrote about this in 2003, in my book The New Anti-Semitism.
Israel is surrounded by barbaric terrorist enemies; it faces not just one Hitler but at least 57 Muslim nation Hitlers (this includes the "State of Palestine," which is one of the member "states" of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) and scores of more extremist non-state Islamist groups worldwide, e.g. Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the Muslim Brotherhood, Gamaah Islamiyah, the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami, the Pakistani Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda in North Africa, Al Qaeda in Iraq, etc. In addition, these 57 Muslim countries and the terrorist groups are aided and abetted by a morally and politically failing and appeasement-minded West and by anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian, pro-jihadist international human rights groups and by the United Nations.
For example, even as Hamas purposely targets Israeli school buses, the same UN which initially commissioned the Goldstone Report is now determined to implement it no matter what Goldstone-the-Jew now says. How President Obama behaves at the UN will be very important.
What the UN and their western running dogs will not do is accuse Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, Libya, or Sudan of crimes against humanity. In fact, even as I write, the Left is busily trying to "spin" the half-hearted Goldstone recantation to their own advantage. They insist that Israel engaged in overkill, that it used disproportionate force, that it is "guilty" of something, of everything; mainly, it is guilty because it dares to exist and presumes it has the right to defend itself.
I am not going to name the articles, books, blogs, and press releases that such leftists have been wildly publishing ever since the Goldstone recantation. One such publisher really made me smile when they sent me an unsolicited copy of their pro-Goldstone work, no doubt in the hope that I would attack it and give their title traction, visibility, sales.
The Islamist groups disagree on everything; however, they agree on one thing and one thing only: That Israel must be destroyed.
But there is also good news.
There are strong pockets of resistance to Islamist tyranny in every one of the 57 Muslim countries, including in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. True, such groups are disorganized and politically weak, but, unlike so many "progressive" Westerners, they have been willing to pay a high price for telling the truth and for organizing to obtain their freedom. They have been censored, silenced, jailed, tortured, impoverished, exiled or murdered. They tell me that my writings about Islamic gender apartheid, honor killings, polygamy, forced child marriage, the burqa, female genital mutilation, etc. have given them strength and hope. They do not feel completely abandoned by western so-called "progressives" who have been completely Stalinized and Palestinianized and have thus embraced Islamist and anti-Zionist totalitarian movements in the name of "anti-racism," "anti-imperialism," and "anti-colonialism." Every ex-Muslim and anti-Islamist religious or secular Muslim also gives them hope and inspiration.
The "Jewish Al-Jazeera" network should appeal to these heroic democrats, to their hopes and dreams; such a news channel should arm them with information about women's rights and about the violation of human rights in Islamic countries. I am in touch with many Muslim and ex-Muslim heroes who are fighting for liberty. Providing them with the truth and with information will strengthen them in the battles that only they can undertake.
Here's some more very good news. The World Energy Council estimates that Israel's oil shale deposits may, when developed, equal Saudi Arabia's oil capacity.
I only hope and pray that, unlike the Saudis, an oil-rich Israeli population does not decorate their hotels and private homes in too gaudy or glitzy a manner.
Lastly, I want to quote Caroline Glick's conclusions about what we must learn from the entire Goldstone affair. She reminds us that it is more important for Machiavelli's Prince or for any government to be feared rather than loved. She commends the world's Jewish community for having continued to challenge Goldstone on his lies, misinformation, disinformation, one-sided information, lack of even-handedness, lack of context, wrong interpretation. People persistently challenged him.
The final lesson of the Goldstone experience is found in the fact that the publication of malicious slander did not paralyze the country. The IDF continued to strike Hamas targets. Fear of more lies from Goldstone and his Israel-bashing associates did not convince the government to stop defending the country. The lesson is that we must not allow the misdeeds of others to deny us our rights. Rather, we must assert them in the face of condemnation and wait until the condemners realize they cannot defeat us…If the government remains faithful to the truth and to our rights, it will empower our supporters throughout the world to rally to our side… And if we boldly assert our rights even in the face of international condemnation, we will see that in the fullness of time, the rightness of our position will carry the day.
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