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Fake Gaza Art

Sep 10, 2012 at 05:11:24 PM

The "demonize Israel" campaign was in full swing last week in Ontario, Canada, with an exhibit of "Gaza Children's Artwork" at an event called MuslimFest.

There's nothing wrong with that. Except in this case, the "art" was not drawn by children at all, but rather by sophisticated artists trying to mimic a child's style, in order to better pull at the heartstrings of a Western audience.

The unanimous opinion of experts is that these drawings – which depict various scenes of "Israeli brutality" – are far too sophisticated to have been drawn by children. The symbolism, detail, coloring and motifs all indicate the work of trained artists imitating the style of a child. Note, for example, how the dynamic brushstrokes are well conceived and controlled, and how the people are drawn in a clear single-line outline. No child does that.

Here's another clear indication this is a big fake: One would think that a children's art exhibit would eagerly publicize the names of the artists and elaborate on their own personal stories – which is often more compelling than the art. Yet for some bizarre reason, none of the drawings are signed, and none of the "artists" in this exhibit are named.

One anti-Israel website tried to explain away this omission, claiming that the art was often drawn and painted in the dark, due to limited electricity and frequent power outages as a result of the "Israeli siege of Gaza."

Hmmm... So kids can spend an hour drawing an intricate picture, but can't find the ten seconds to write their own names?

The crazy thing is that Festivals and Events Ontario, a non-profit organization that supports various public festivals in Canada, gave a $40,000 grant to MuslimFest.

Honestly, none of this surprises me. Remember Muhammed al-Dura, the suspicious scene of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy allegedly caught in crossfire and killed at the beginning of the second Intifada? Now in Ontario, visitors to a public art festival are subject to the same kind of scam. It's all part of what I call "Pallywood," a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda materials that demonize Israel. Calling it out is the best way to neutralize its poisonous effect.

(HT: Elder of Ziyon, Algemeiner.com)

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(11) Anonymous, October 9, 2012 6:15 AM

Now hosting this exhibit in Canada

Your remarks are biased and disingenuous. You consult one art professor not "experts) with no attribution. You cite lack of identity of children as another proof of it being fake, when the curator herself - an eye witness to the art being drawn - explains in her documentation why this is so. You sound like an ally of Holocaust deniers attacking the renowned children's art exhibit/book "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." I show this book to people who visit the ACVG exhibit to show the universality of children traumatized by war. Have you heard of Dr. Izzie Abulaish? I suggest you read his book "I Shall Not Hate" and stop demonizing an entire people. Diidn't Jews learn this from our own experience in Nazi Germany?

(10) Anonymous, September 13, 2012 12:51 PM

2nd Comment

It also occurs to me that the irony of these drawings are all greater since such drawings might accurately portray the experience of an Israeli child in Sderot or Ashkelon!

(9) Dvirah, September 13, 2012 12:49 PM

Another "Blub"

Another thing which is highly suspicious is that the ages of the artists are not given. I have never seen a collection of children's work, from art to poetry to essays, where the ages of the composers were not given. (It is all the more impressive when one sees that the insightful essay one has just read was written by a 12-year-old!)

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Summer Camp in Gaza

Jul 17, 2012 at 12:00:33 PM

Here in Israel, I’m getting ready to send off my sons to summer camp -- filled with swimming, baseball and rousing sing-a-longs beside the campfire.

In Gaza, summer camps organized by the ruling party Hamas are giving tens of thousands of children an experience that includes walking on nails and on knife blades, and a mock Israeli prison that reenacts the experience of “Palestinian prisoners."

In recent years, Palestinian summer camps have more resembled paramilitary training grounds -- giving children the chance to dress up as masked Palestinian commandos and stage a mock attack on Israelis, plus weapons training with real Kalashnikov rifles.

More "moderate" summer camp experiences have been difficult to implement. In 2010, a United Nations-run summer camp in Gaza was burned to the ground by militants for "teaching schoolgirls fitness, dancing and immorality." 

Meanwhile, the “moderate” Palestinian leadership in the West Bank has named a summer camp after Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history -- the 1978 Coastal Road massacre which resulted in the death of 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. This week, the Palestinian governor of the Jericho district told campers that Mughrabi "should be a beacon for us in our activities." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2012)

Advocates of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process have long decried the atmosphere of hate that permeates Palestinian society, school textbooks and the media. Genuine peace demands moderation, coexistence and tolerance to be taught and practiced as core values.

If Palestinian summer camps had a little less weapons training and a little more singing around the campfire, that would go a long way toward forging a ripe environment. As John F. Kennedy said, “Peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of people.”

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(2) Michelle, July 19, 2012 7:28 PM

thankyou

thankyou for the feeling and sentiment shared in here. G-d be with you, and all our Children wherever placed for everywhere there will be darkness and yet equally a place for the light to shine forth and i am thankful that also in Palistine and in particular Gaza there will be chances also for the Children to experience a different side to life where love and light equally reside. G-d bless you in your continued service.

(1) Jack, July 18, 2012 7:48 PM

Palestinians - A people of hate and death

The Palestinians are a sick group. They have been thrown out of almost every arab state where they have lived. When Jordan took them in they tried to overthrow King Hussain. All the arab states call them brothers but nobody wants them in their country.They revere a man who stole millions of dollars that the world sent to help the people for the sole reason he killed Jews. What does that say about them. Palestinians are their own worst education and less hate would help them allot. enemy. More

pherring, September 19, 2012 2:36 PM

"the leopard cannot change its spots"

The above old saying relates directly to the Palestinians - they will never change and rather than modifying their views as time progresses they are becoming increasingly more radical. Israel has handled their continual abuses with kid gloves primarily to avoid upsetting the US but surely the time has now come to regard and treat them for what they are- a people led by murderous terrorists whose sole aim is the destruction of the Jewish State - there is no place in Israel for them and it is a disgrace that 1.6 million are classified as "Israeli Arabs" - it's time to wake up - where does their allegiance really lie - to Israel or to Hamas , Hezbollah and the like - we all know the answer - why continue to try and hide it? Every effort must be made to convince them to leave Israel - it must be totally non-violent - impossible? - think about it - there must be ways to achieve this, again and stressed again, in a totally non-violent way - any violence would simply reduce us to their base level Meanwhile establishment of further settlements in Judea and Samaria must be stepped up dramatically. dramatically. As Jack says the most difficult problem in encouraging the Palestinians to leave Israel is that they are despised by their Arab brothers who do not want them in their countries.

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Portable Bomb Shelters in Southern Israel

Jul 13, 2012 at 07:17:37 AM

The good folks at United With Israel have once again donated portable bomb shelters to the besieged southern Israel, this time to a kindergarten in Nitzan near Ashkelon.

United With Israel is an enormous pro-Israel network with nearly 1.2 million Facebook subscribers.

Over 12,000 Kassam rockets have been fired into southern Israel in recent years, deliberately targeting Israeli civilians, causing chaos, destruction and death. Nearly one million Israeli citizens are within striking range of Gaza. An entire generation of children has been traumatized by the terror of ongoing rocket attacks.

These state-of-the-art, free-standing shelters provide safety for Israeli citizens as they go about their daily lives. They are built to prevent the penetration of bullets, shrapnel and missile fragments and can withstand direct hits. While building underground shelters can take months, these prefab units take only a few weeks to build and can be delivered and deployed immediately.

Imagine hearing a frightening siren and having 15 seconds to run for cover. Although these shelters cannot provide Israeli communities with peace, they provide both safety and peace of mind.

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(2) Mirko, July 29, 2012 10:16 AM

Shock

I am realy totaly shocked!

(1) Batya Bernstein, July 19, 2012 8:34 AM

when 9/11 everybody was in shock!!!!!!!! ?

while we are suffering from hamas for years, why people do not ge it.....killing babys and school buses?... is time for the world to wake up.

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Truce or Falsehood?

Jun 24, 2012 at 12:38:01 PM

Last week Hamas fired over 100 rockets at Israeli towns before agreeing to a ceasefire.

On Friday, following some more cross-border action, Reuters posted this headline:

Israeli Air Strike Kills Gaza Militant, Breaks Truce

According to Reuters, Israel broke the truce. That would be correct, if not for two key pieces of information:

1) The militant killed in the air strike was, according to Palestinian sources, preparing to fire a rocket at Israel from Gaza. Doesn't that count as "breaking the truce"?

2) As Reuters reports in the body of the article, the Israeli strike followed the firing of two rockets at Israel earlier in the day from Gaza. If Israel was responding to rocket fire, how exactly does Reuters conclude that Israel "broke the truce"?

Particularly in online news where users get their fix by scanning a list of links, it is imperative that headlines be clear and direct, leaving no confusion over "who did what."

I recall a few years ago when Associated Press issued this headline: "Rockets Hit Lebanon Despite Cease-Fire." Readers would presume that Israel had broken a cease-fire by attacking Lebanon. Only those bothering to read the article, however, discovered that the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah had fired 10 Katyusha rockets that accidentally fell short, landing in southern Lebanon – hence the technically-true-but-wildly-deceptive headline, "Rockets Hit Lebanon Despite Cease-Fire."

Even Israel's basic counter-terrorist measures are blamed for causing hostilities. When Israel stopped Hamas from building tunnels designed to ferry lethal weapons and kidnap IDF soldiers, the New York Times cited this as evidence of Israel breaking the truce and driving "the cycle of violence to a much higher level." ("A Gaza Truce Undone by Flaws May be Revived by Necessity," December 18, 2008)

It's a world turned upside-down, where Israel is blamed in knee-jerk fashion. Sometimes I think the solution is just to ignore the sophomoric condemnations and do whatever is needed to defend the citizens of Israel. Because if we're anyway damned if we do, and damned if we don't... why not "do"?

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(5) Anonymous, June 30, 2012 1:54 PM

My highest level of respect for you Rabbi Shraga, I support your article and especially your las line "Because if we're anyway damned if we do, and damned if we don't... why not "do"?" When we do, it is only to defend ourselves. We don't provoke, we simply defend ourselves, and must continue to do so in defending Israel right to exist. Priceless article, consice and clear for those who like you said, do not bother to read. May Hashem continues to bless your mind.

(4) Mary E Dow, June 27, 2012 2:55 AM

Shalom!

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

(3) charles lathrop, June 26, 2012 6:48 PM

There is no place or time where it is acceptable for peredjoces to exist. Especially in the people that we trust to report the news to us. It is impossible to form the correct decision from attitudes that developed from the half truths and all out lies that our news reporters (and world leaders) have been feeding us. C D L Southern Texas USA.

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Two Sides of Israel

Jun 19, 2012 at 11:38:13 PM

Two sides of IsraelThere's so much happening in Israel this week. Yes, the headlines are filled with terrible news of Gaza rockets hitting southern Israeli towns. Of the terrorist infiltration from Egypt that killed a young Israeli-Arab father of four. And of the ever-present specter of Iran speeding toward the Bomb, while stalling world powers at the “nuclear talks.”

But that's only one aspect of life in Israel. In the realm of technology, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was in town this week, praising Google's development centers in Israel as the world's most efficient.

Also this week, tech giant Facebook bought Israeli startup Face.com, which provides facial-recognition technology to help identify and tag photos. Facebook paid an estimated $100 million for this tiny 11-person company, founded just three years ago.

Meanwhile, Abby Joseph Cohen, a senior strategist at Goldman Sachs, gave her estimate of the world's top techno-powers: "China and India manufacture products requiring relatively simple technology, and a cheap workforce, and not products with high added value. Within the context of advanced technology, the U.S. and Israel are top of the table and that's an excellent reason for optimism."

To top it off, this week Shimon Peres is hosting the fourth "Israel Presidential Conference: 'Facing Tomorrow'." The conference brings together top thinkers from around the world for discussions aimed at fostering a better tomorrow for Israel and the world.

The energy here in Israel is spiraling upward. We are living in truly incredible times. Join us!

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(2) m corbett, August 18, 2012 8:32 AM

I,m for Israel

God has given me such a deap love for the jewish people. we have so mich to thank them for. They are in my prayers constantly & I have a prayer meeting every week with a group of like minded christians and we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

(1) Anonymous, June 22, 2012 4:27 AM

Excellent Blog

I hear so much of the "bad news" coming out of Israel, and this really puts things into perspective. How can we get this message out to more people? Keep up the great work!!

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BBC: No Rockets from Gaza

Mar 14, 2012 at 04:14:54 AM

I just heard this BBC interview with Dr. Mona El-Farra, vice president of the Red Crescent in Gaza. The world’s largest broadcast corporation gave her a forum to spout the bald-faced lie that there have been no recent rocket attacks from Gaza:

“Let me tell you that for the last four months there were no rockets against Israel and Palestinians respected the cease-fire.”

Listen here (fast forward to 3:00)

For truth-seekers, here's the lowdown on rockets fired toward Israel from Gaza over the last four months:

  • December 2011 - 42 rockets
  • January 2012 - 18 rockets
  • February 2012 - 30 rockets
  • March 2012 - 200 rockets

The BBC are masters at aiding this duplicitous Palestinian cover-up game. A few years back, when Israeli soldiers searched Palestinian homes and found disturbing photos of children wielding machine guns and babies strapped with explosive belts, BBC quoted Palestinian spokesliar Yasser Abed Rabbo dismissing it as "cheap Israeli propaganda." In a later interview, BBC put this loaded question to an Israeli spokesman: "The Mossad has the most amazing forgery capabilities in the world. Why should we believe this is real?"

It also reminds me of the time that Palestinians claimed the Israeli Mossad had set up a fake al-Qaeda cell in Gaza. Israeli spokesmen dismissed it as sheer nonsense, but BBC’s headline trumpeted the Palestinian accusation as if it were undisputed fact: “Israel ‘Faked al-Qaeda Presence.’”

Which raises a serious question: If Palestinians repeatedly use the media to promote outright lies, why do journalists continue to take them seriously? In dealing with totalitarian regimes, Western journalists know to treat spokesmen with due skepticism. (Think of the Iraqi Minister of Information, whom the media dubbed Comical Ali, announcing from Baghdad that hundreds of American troops were committing suicide at the city's gates.) So why are corrupt Palestinian groups not held to those same standards? Even more, shouldn't there be a policy to blacklist those spokesmen who are caught lying?

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(3) eMark, April 6, 2012 9:18 AM

simple answer to loaded questions

the simple answer to the loaded questions is to remind the media at every opportunity, of the doctrine of Al-taqqiya, a Muslim's "duty" of deception in the name of Jihad; The more the world at large is reminded of the deceptive nature of all radicals, the less credence they'll be given

(2) hrothgar, March 16, 2012 10:26 PM

The BBC is a disgrace to journalism.

The BBC is rapidly becoming a disgrace to the essential art of jounalism.Fair and unbiased reporting of world events is a basic requirement of a democracy.The BBC is a public owned corporation and should be reminded in no uncertain terms what it's job is.A survey into anti Israeli bias in the BBC was suppressed by the BBC when it was finished and they refused to explain why.Lately the head of BBC has admitted bias in many areas but it does not seem to have changed the way they report.The BBC is stuffed with young, wealthy Marxist leaning politically correct heads of department and it is difficult for any reporter who does not share their views to get known.Many people now in Britain,myself included,do not trust BBC reporting.The BBC is now so far from the trusted and honorable news service that it once was that it might as well be sold off to private agencies.Although this will not guarantee fairness it would at least take away their bottomless pit of tax payers,money which is being used to further the agenda of it's lefty hierarchy.

Ron Kall, March 29, 2012 12:05 AM

BBC

Israel should close it's borders to all reporters from agencies that continually act as mouth pieces for the Arabs. Why help the enemy!?

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Gaza Madness

Mar 11, 2012 at 05:17:59 AM

With world attention focused on the coming of March Madness, the real madness is taking place in southern Israel. Over the weekend, following an Israeli pinpoint strike against a leading terrorist, Palestinians fired over 100 Grad missiles, rockets and mortars deep into Israel. With just 15 seconds to run into a shelter before impact, this put a million Israelis into a veritable war zone. 200,000 kids were kept home from school due to the danger.

What’s amazing to me is the total lack of an international outcry. Has the intolerable become commonplace?

The answer, of course, lies in the media’s constant downplaying the threat to Israel. On prior occasions, as rockets rained on Israeli towns, the New York Times published the ludicrous claim of Hamas spokesman Ahmed Yousef that “We did not intentionally target civilians. We were targeting military bases, but the primitive weapons make mistakes.” Meanwhile, The Economist made the strange claim that “the rudimentary [Palestinian] rockets have maimed more Gazans than Israelis.” (More on this farcical media coverage can be found in chapter 9 of my book, David & Goliath.)

In response to this weekend’s attacks, Israel has knocked out 16 terrorists – while causing zero civilian casualties. (The Arab League, predictably, condemned Israel's strikes as a "massacre.") Elder of Ziyon blog notes:

Dead terrorists, no dead civilians. That's the way it should be. Of course, Israel will be condemned anyway. Which makes her ability to minimize civilian casualties all the more remarkable. It shows that IDF morality comes from within and is part of its very fabric; it is not a fake morality that comes from outside pressure or worries about appearances. The IDF has been steadily improving its methods to take out terrorists and only terrorists over the years, and now it is the best in the world at it.

Here’s a video of one of these pinpoint Israeli strikes:

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(6) Hermi, March 16, 2012 4:50 AM

protection

I support all efforts of protection of Israel against all terrorists and threats...also, I think that a major problem is the biased and blind reports of the media outside of Israel, turning a blind eye against what is really happening and being false in their so called support against terrorism and twisting the truth about Israel...in a so-called modern world, how is it ever possible to ignore the threats of the Islamic Jihad and Iran of the annihilation of Israel?...How can there be peace and negotiations?...everybody supporting Israel must never forget that...that threat has been there throughout history, yet, they could not, and will never destroy Israel and, furthermore, they could not and will never destroy the the growth and development of Israel....

(5) Ron Coleman, March 14, 2012 8:46 PM

Jews are God's chosen People

I totally support Israel and all Jews that are everywhere on planet Earth.

(4) Anonymous, March 14, 2012 8:28 PM

kassam rockets

The undergound tunnels are a way to smuggle rocket spares into gaza.but have you ever thaught that an undersea tunnel/S may be already in operation from Egypt?

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