Posts Tagged ‘idf’

It’s always easier when someone else is doing your job for you, isn’t it?
last week while having one of my regular BDS online rounds I came across an image which wasn’t only disturbing to look at, it felt fishy and wasn’t put up together very well.
On Hamde Abu Rahma’s, a very talented and appreciated, though an extremist, Palestinian photographer  I found this:
I have written before about the comparison of Holocaust and the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict by BDS activist, but this one is preformed very poorly…
I served, like most Israeli adults, in the IDF. I was born and raised in Israel, and I have never, ever saw any national Campaign which  was even slightly similar to the girl on the left.
Ever heard of Dr. Steel?  I didn’t either, The guy is a unique-conceptual musician and performer who wears round an image of a doctor who intends to take over the world.
cool guy, with a very cool (and a very old- 2005) custom army called ‘Army of Toy Soldiers’, This army consists of three types of characters:  Toy Soldiers, Nurses, and Toy Scouts.
 take a guess which one of the 3 is our star shown up.  RIGHT! she’s the Toy Scouts enlisting girl!

Photo taken from Dr Steel’s MySpace account

Now, you don’t think a BDSer will actually sit down for hours working his Photoshop and making the girl all Israeli, no, that is way too much work. Someone else has done it for him as well, the best they can do is changing the slogan on the bottom and putting two pictures side by side showing their regular method of lying and deceiving.
According to the Mizbala agency blog, a Jewish artist named Zeev Ben Yosef have made an Independent retro style  campaign, showing the IDF in a cool-creative-vintage atmosphere and put it up on his FB page. again, the project is made by a guy on his spare time and was NOT produced or used by Israel officially (or unofficially for that matter).
I tried to contact Zeev but he did not respond until now.
Will BDS activist ever learn that people are not stupid? we have heard of Google Images, we will do research, and we will not believe every outraging Image shown to us like the sheep  you  work to lead to false conclusions…



There are probably many different reasons for the Guardian’s seemingly odd decision to hire member of Act for Israel Joshua Treviño to their US commentary team.
I don’t presume to fully understand the British paper’s decision, what really makes me sneak a smile is Ali Abunimah’s disproportionate response to this decision, which included an article published on Al-Jazeera and FOUR different posts published on his own website- Electronic Intifada.

A question to Abunimah has to be asked though; How come he didn’t resent the Guardian hiring his good pal and fellow BDSer – Ben White?
Abunimah keeps sticking to the claim that Treviño has endorsed the IDF to kill American soldiers over his Twitter account more than a year ago, and that’s what makes him unfit to write for th Guardian.
Let’s assume for a second that it is a genuine call for action and not a merely rhetoric remark. Anyhow, Abunimah consistently ignores White’s one sided, self-righteous and sometimes racist news feed, and shows no objection to him being occupied (LOL I said occupied!) by the Guardian.  And this is without even going into Abunimah’s very radical Twitter Feed itself or his VERY racist fans like the on who made this:

“courtesy of”: Mantiq Al Tayr

An open letter signed by Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, saying: “his (Treviño) one-sided political views to the Guardian and using it as a platform for his propaganda” fits perfectly with AbuNimah’s double standard– Are they seriously saying the Guardian’s other writers  aren’t entitled to have opinions, strong and radical ones, of their own – Unless they are anti Israeli and anti Zionist opinions?

The internet is a lot like the ocean- An ocean full of ideas, memes, texts and visuals. Every once in a while a very old piece of something resurfaces, and is washed to the shore and gets shared, retweeted and discussed over and over again. I find this phenomenon highly interesting, however, its major negative side effect is people publishing old stuff as new and link unlinked issues together. When done out of political context this may be considered an error, however  when done in one- I can only assume someone, somewhere, started it in purpose. Such are the recent photos allegedly documenting violent results of IDF air strikes in Gaza inthe last couple of days. Sadly enough, these photos are all old stuff, dated 2009 and older.  This photo, frantically distributed on twitter, was claimed to show a little girl injured in March 10th air strike – Was first published in 2006 and shows a girl who was injured falling off a swing – As the Reuters caption (which was corrected) depicts.   And I have to wonder – Why use old footage and falsely claim it’s current? Why lying to your followers about what’s actually happening right now? Anyone who uses these materials instantly loses credibilty – Help me by sharing,  tweeting and letting  everyone know they’ve been building their cases over lies, created by either themselves or people they follow.

About a month ago, global media was overwhlmed with a  photo that soon became viral of an Israeli soldier stepping on the chest of a little girl. The photo was initially announced and distributed as a footage of an IDF soldier, harassing a palestinian girl on her way to school.

Like most of you, I shared it on my facebook profile instantly.

And then woke up to be informed that the photo was an utter fake, as can be seen in the original here. The “IDF” soldier is actually wearing a costume in what seems to be a street performance. I find that very hard to believe that all of these people would just stand there looking bored has this been an actual incident…

One question, and that’s a major one, remains unsolved:

Why THE HELL do GMJ organizers use this photo, proven to be fake for weeks now, on their video promoting the march? see it here

Seeing this made me uncomfortable about the whole event. How come they did’nt bother to remove the video and replace it?

Do what I did- Ask them.

Send an E- Mail to Zaher Birawi in London at and send him this post or just ask  that the photo will be removed.