Archive for August, 2010

Something has happened at the BBC

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

In a landmark departure from normal practice, the BBC has produced and aired a documentary on Turkey’s action on board the Mavi Marara earlier this summer.

What is remarkable about this “Panorama” current-affairs programme is that the documentary, presented by Jane Corbin, gives an objective, neutral and factual presentation of views from both sides.

And the result is extremely disheartening – if you are an Islamist, terrorist and/or Turkish supremacist.

Among Ms Corbin’s most noteworthy comments: (1) that of the “aid” delivered by the terror-linked IHH organisation, more than two-thirds of the medicines were out of date and thus unsuitable for human use. (2) that the operation had nothing to do with delivering aid to a Gaza Strip that according to Ms Corbin did not lack in food or other essentials but was instead a straightforward political action. (3) that the hard core of 40 terrorists on board – including a US citizen who is a former marine – were well-prepared with offensive weapons.

The BBC documentary also makes clear that the Mavi Marmara had been hijacked by the hard core of IHH terrorist operatives aided by their US and other foreign mercenaries. The BBC provides documentary evidence of the hijacking in the form of testimony from crewmembers.

Hijacking – piracy on the high seas – is a criminal offence. The UN is currently diverting massive public funding away from Muslim flood victims in Pakistan to instead underwrite a probe into the Jewish state’s response to the IHH’s criminal act, but is refusing to probe either the IHH for its piracy or the Turkish government for its aggression in sending warships to escort the pirates on the first leg of their voyage.

These may be issues that the BBC might examine in subsequent documentaries.

Watch the Panorama programme in the following two clips:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Now ask yourself which of the 40 or so IHH terrorists on board shot and killed the nine dead Islamists using firearms taken from the Israeli soldiers who were attacked while trying to execute a legitimate police action at sea. The Israeli officers testify to shooting at the legs of their attackers, as per training and practice, but three officers had their guns stolen while they were being beaten, stabbed and shot by the Islamists. Interestingly, the willingness of the IHH participants to go down in history as “shahids” – martyrs for the Islamist cause – has been documented by the BBC and other media. Put two and two together and you’ll get nine.

Nine dead Islamists who were despatched by their compatriots in the ultimate on-screen media hoax.

Now THAT’s a probe the UN will most certainly not be spending money pursuing. 

Swedish journalism: a graveyard for ethics and morals

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Genocide takes many forms. There is the physical butchery that takes the lives of innocents because they are of the wrong religion, nationality, skin colour, or whatever else it takes for primitive human beings to justify their unjustifiable hatred.

Then there are the cowards. The people who under no circumstances will get their hands dirty but who are only too happy to aid and abet others in their pursuit of genocide, mass-murder, the systematic subjugation of women, racism, the systematic elimination of political dissidents, rape as a political tool and so on.

Spotlight Swedish journalism.

There is one Swedish “news agency” that is paramount in the systematic corruption, perversion and misrepresentation of news relating to the Middle East. Sweden’s TT, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå, a Communist-era relic whose largest shareholder is Social Democrat newspaper Aftonbladet. It will be remembered that it was Aftonbladet which published the unsubstantiated and overtly anti-Semitic allegations by pro-Islamist photographer Donald Boström suggesting that Israel engages in systematic organ plundering from Arabs killed for the purpose of harvesting their organs.

TT enjoys something of an unique Pravda-like monopoly position in the dissemination of foreign news in Sweden. Its half-truths, outright lies, selective presentation and overt partisanship in the political campaign to delegitimise the Jewish state are legendary both in Sweden and abroad.

It was recently reported (among others by Arutz Sheva – israelnationalnews.com) that Arabs in the Israeli capital Jerusalem are creating fake tombs in an illegal attempt to grab land.

TT, as part of its regular political campaign to destabilise the Middle East and delegitimse Israel, instead distributed the “news” that the Jewish state was vandalising Muslim graves in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and is Judaism’s holiest site, along with Hebron. Jerusalem is mentioned several hundred times in holy Jewish scripture and is both the spiritual and political focal point of the Jewish nation. In contrast, Jerusalem is never once mentioned in Muslim holy scripture and, until the rebirth of Israel in its homeland in 1948, the city was in fact regarded as an unpleasant outpost to which Muslim rulers banished out-of-favour political rivals as an alternative to executing them. Only following the rebirth of the Jewish state was Jerusalem suddenly elevated to the status of “third holiest site” in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.

As part of its concerted campaign against the Jewish state, Sweden’s TT regularly misrepresents the truth, consistently refuses to interview Israeli authorities, provides a megaphone for Islamist politics and ignores all Israeli viewpoints that are not extreme left-wing. Views on TT and other Swedish “news media” can be read in a number of English-language reports on the Swedish media scene, such as this one at Sweden Israel and the Jews as well as several articles here on this blog.

Today however a renowned Swedish blog, FiM (Fred i Mellanöstern, Peace in the Middle East) has published an exposé of TT’s latest fraud. The in-depth exposure of TT’s deliberate deception was written in Swedish, so here with FiM’s consent is an English translation of its excellent article.

Interestingly, following a number of protests against TT’s clumsy propaganda and unethical behaviour, a number of Swedish newspapers have withdrawn online links to TT’s article.

It is to be hoped that this will be followed by the various newspapers withdrawing their financial contributions to this raw propaganda organisation – TT is jointly owned by a number of Swedish newspapers, with Left-wing Aftonbladet being the largest single shareholder. Aftonbladet is in turn supported by the Social Democratic party. Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin is perhaps most famous for categorically denying on TV that there is any anti-Semitism in Sweden, and definitely no Muslim anti-Semitism. This was in an interview immediately following a 20-minute report about a young Jewish teenager recounting how he was systematically persecuted by Muslim youngsters on account of his religion over a number of years.

In September Sweden goes to the polls. Mona Sahlin hopes to oust the current centre-liberal-right Alliance government.

Here is FiM’s article in English. Many thanks to FiM for its kind permission to translate its excellent piece.

TT spreads bluff about faked “Muslim graves” (with video clip) 

Karl Vicktor Olsson, foreign desk editor at TT, whips up hatred by twisting the truth and disseminating lies as part of TT’s news reporting on Israel

“News agency” TT has distributed a text in which it claims that Israel destroyed “Muslim graves” in a Jerusalem park. TT’s foreign news desk, which is led by Karl Vicktor Olsson, has over a long period of time systematically slanted, inserted its own views, excluded news items that do not suit its political agenda and set headlines deliberately intended to whip up the greatest possible hatred against Israel, while actively suppressing facts and news that detract from that agenda. For instance, the fact that the alleged “Muslim graves” are fake and that there are no bodies buried there.

See the video clip of the bluff here.

What it’s all about is the fact that people collaborating with the Waqf, the Islamic religious authority in charge of holy Muslim sites in Jerusalem, attempted to steal land belonging to the city by transporting large boulders to the site over a number of days and portraying them as markers of new graves. This deliberate deception was carried out despite the fact that no new burials take place at the site, and nobody is buried there. Waqf employees declined to answer journalists’ questions about what they were doing and instead abandoned the site with haste. When the fraud was uncovered last week via the video reportage (link above) orders were immediately issued for the removal of the boulders.

MUSLIM AUTHORITIES WANTED TO BUILD A BUSINESS CENTRE ON THE SITE AS FAR BACK AS 1945

This latest bluff is part of an already concluded legal dispute regarding the construction of a Museum of Tolerance near Jerusalem’s Independence Park (see the article in Haaretz). The site is currently used as a parking lot which was built back in the 1960s – without any protests from Muslim authorities. Recently, however, a group of Islamic extremists protested the building of the new museum, claiming that the parking lot was a Muslim cemetery. The site had been abandoned a very long time ago, had never been used after Israel’s foundation and is no longer regarded as holy by Muslims. As in many other locations in Jerusalem, bones dating back several hundreds of years were discovered there, but not one single gravestone or marker. As recently as 1945, in fact, the local Muslim Authorities planned to build a commercial centre on the site, since it was already then regarded as abandoned (“mundras” in Arabic), which according to Islamic tradition occurs 37 years after it has stopped being used.

The parking lot that is now located there has been used for decades by Muslims and everyone else looking for somewhere to park their cars in Israel’s capital city. The court therefore gave permission for the construction of the Museum of Tolerance on the site and for removal of the remains to an alternative site or for the building’s foundations to be elevated on piles so as not to interfere with any remains that might be buried in the soil.

TT SPREADS HATRED

The new fake “graves” that suddenly sprouted from the ground in recent days and that formed the centrepiece of TT’s report are an attempt to steal more land and they were located outside the site of the parking lot. TT’s spreading of this deception, while at the same time actively suppressing the true facts of the case, are a truly disgusting contribution to the intolerance, anti-Semitism and hatred that are the very raison d’être of the Museum of Tolerance. TT and Karl Vicktor Olsson should be truly ashamed of the deliberate fraud in which they participate on a daily basis as part of their slanted “reporting” about the Middle East, and also for the hatred they deliberately stir up. TT has long since forfeited all credibility when it comes to reporting on Israel.

Relevant links in Swedish:

S, DN, 2, 3, 4, SvD, 2, 3, Dag, 2, 3, Syd, 2, 3, Svt, 2, Gp, 2, 3, Ex, St, 2, Ek, 2, Ab, 2, , 2, Gd, Db, 2, Blt, 2, Vlt, 2, Sk, 2, SvD, Hd, 2, Smp, Sr, 2, Svt, , Nt, Ns, K, H

Read also the following related items (Swedish):
- DN kritiserar TT:s försvar för judehataren Bobby Fischer
- TT:s Mellanösterntelegram är palestinska partsinlagor
- TT:s utrikesreporter erkänner: ”Vi lägger till och drar ifrån”
- TT och Förintelserevisionism – sitter de gamla takterna i fortfarande?
- SII: TT skärper sin anti-israeliska vinkling och rubriksättning
- TT-chef låtsades att terroristledare var civilt dödsoffer
- Fd. styrelseledamot och chef för TT: Starkt behov att granska TT:s Mellanösternrapportering
- TT:s fd. Mellanösternskribent tvekade om gaskamrarna och var Förintelserevisionist (nr 1, 1982, s. 8-14).
- TT:s Stefan Hjertén och historierevisionisten Robert Faurisson – en grundlig analys av Josef Zorski
- Den vilande bloggen TT-kritik har länge följt Stefan Hjerténs propagandaarbete
- Stefan Hjertén (TT) deltog i Johannes Wahlströms dementerade falsarium i Ordfront
- Fd. TT-skribenten Stefan Hjertén om sitt arbete för Nordkoreas regim

Read also other bloggers’ opinions (Swedish links) Antisemit, Karl Vicktor Olsson, TT, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå, Israel, antisemitism, Jerusalem, muslimska gravar, gravar, gravplats, begravningsplats, bluff, fejk, markstöld, Gert Holmertz, Mats Johansson, Jan Winter, bedragare, Tomas Härenstam, Wiktor Nummelin, Henrik Samuelsson, schaktmaskiner, palestinier, islam, muslimer, muslimska extremister, waqf, parkeringsplats

That selective silence – again

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is not so much a political enigma, more a walking human rights tragedy and as such, a downright insult to democrats everywhere.

On the subject of Sudan’s despot Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted by Interpol to face charges of genocide, Carl Bildt is strangely apathetic. In fact, he is silent as the grave.

On the subject of Iran and its drive to acquire the nuclear weapons it needs to wipe Israel off the map, Carl Bildt exerts himself to the utmost to prevent the Islamist Iranian regime from being held accountable. It is Carl Bildt who almost single-handedly slows down an otherwise concerted EU drive to bring Iran’s Ahmadenijad to order.

Yet on the subject of the Iranian regime’s treatment of minority Sunni Muslims, democrats, women and gays, Carl Bildt reverts to silence. Here is the story of a young Iranian man accused of homosexuality despite his protestations to the contrary, against the word of witnesses who later testified that they had been coerced into making the allegations, and against the evidence of his lawyer (who was subsequently hounded out of the country by the authorities). Homosexuality is a capital crime in Iran. Ahmadenijad famously denied that there is any homosexuality in his country.

Equally so, there is no prostitution in Iran. This is true – there is no prostitution in Iran because it has a different spelling: “sigheh”. Under this convenient system sanctioned by the mullahs and the political echelon, men go to their imams late in the afternoon and take along a woman with whom they sign a “contract of temporary wedlock” to last until sun-up the following morning, and the imam grants both the marriage licence and the divorce certificate at one and the same time, before the couple leave his presence for one night of “marriage”. Of course, such “marriages” do not have to last all night – they may last for anything from 10 minutes to 99 years, with a sliding scale of fees to the woman (and the officiating imam) for the service. But take note, this is marriage, NOT prostitution (the two words are spelled entirely differently, even in Farsi, as if any proof were needed).

But I digress. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt finds himself strangely unable to comment on Iran’s death penalty for Iranian men accused without evidence of the “crime” of homosexuality, he finds himself unable to comment on the fact that Iranian female rape victims are stoned to death for the “crime” of adultery. British Foreign Minster William Hague refers to the Iranian regime’s bestial practice of stoning as “appalling”. His Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt, however, can find no words to say on the subject. But he does find his tongue when it comes to shielding Iran from an otherwise united European Union.

Whose Foreign Minister is Carl Bildt?