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Jerusalem snow: UN Security Council to convene emergency session

The UN Security Council is to convene an emergency session to discuss the heavy snow storm  enveloping Jerusalem. The 58 states who make up the Organization of Islamic Countries demanded the special session because of the untold suffering this is causing to the 200,000 Palestinians living in Jerusalem. In welcoming the move, Baroness Ashton of the EU confirmed that only Palestinian Arabs have been affected by the snow due to the racist ‘security’ wall that separates them from the 650,000 Jewish (illegal) settlers living in Jerusalem.

Speaking from Ramallah the Palestinian Authority’s leading cleric Sheikh Mohammed Luni Jihad asserted that the Israelis created the snowstorm specifically to punish the Palestinians and in particular to destroy the Al Asqa Mosque. While some climate scientists have disputed certain aspects of the Sheikh’s claim, there is universal agreement that this kind of freak snowstorm is due to man-made global warming which is caused mainly by the Zionist control of all the world’s natural resources. Al Gore and David Cameron both confirmed that the ‘science was settled’ for this.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was quick to agree to the special security council session, stating that there was no greater tragedy in the world today than the sufferings of the Palestinians, and that the snowstorm was a ‘disproportionate response’ by the Israelis to recent ‘minor’ provocations. The latter reference was to the totally harmless past time of Arab youths in Jerusalem to stone Jewish women and children (which in some cases does not even lead to death or serious injury). US Secretary of State John Kerry warned the Israelis that if the snow storm was allowed to continue – and hence deprive the Palestinian youths of the opportunity to stone Jews – then he would personally support a third intifada. Fortunately the Arab youths have already found inventive ways to express their frustrations in the snow.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was especially scathing in his criticism of the Israelis. He believes the snow storm has been created not just to persecute Palestinians but also to give the Israelis an excuse to delay the release of the next bunch of convicted terrorists earning Masters degrees in Israeli prisons.

Meanwhile on campuses through the western world students mobilized to show their support for the suffering Palestinians. A common theme expressed in protests was that the snow storm was an attempt by the Israelis to ‘whitewash their crimes against humanity’.

The Disasters and Emergencies Committee (DEC) has also launched an emergency appeal to ensure that additional money can be given to the Palestinians to buy tobogans and ski equipment for the terrorists released from prison who are all struggling to survive on an EU-funded salary of just $50,000 per year.

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Al Jazeera reposts ‘anti-Jewish’ article after censorship backlash

 

Al Jazeera said it “should have done better” in handling a story by Columbia University professor Joseph Massad. (File photo: Reuters)

Al Jazeera has republished a controversial article on its website after inexplicably removing it amid claims the story was “anti-Jewish”.

Accusations of censorship were leveled against the Qatar-based broadcaster after it decided to remove a story entitled ‘The last of the Semites’ by Columbia University professor Joseph Massad.

The story, published last week, made historical links between Zionism and anti-Semitism, pointing out the shared goals of the German Nazis and Zionists in facilitating the departure of the Jews from Europe.

It prompted Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic and former guard at an Israeli prison, to tweet: “Congratulations, al Jazeera: You’ve just posted one of the most anti-Jewish screeds in recent memory”.

Following a barrage of criticism, Massad’s article was on Saturday inexplicably removed from Al Jazeera’s website, leading to further criticism of Al Jazeera for alleged censorship, and for allegedly pandering to pro-Israel advocates.

Yet in an apparent U-turn by the Qatari broadcaster, the article was republished yesterday with a note from Al Jazeera English’s head of online, Imad Musa.

Musa acknowledged that the broadcaster “should have done better” in its handling of the case.

“There has been much give and take about a column published on our website, and the decision to remove that column. During the past few days, people have speculated that Al Jazeera succumbed to various pressures, and censored its own pages,” Musa wrote in a blog.

“We should have handled this better, and we have learned lessons that will enable us to maintain the highest standards of journalistic integrity… Al Jazeera does not submit to pressure regardless of circumstance.”

Musa did not give details on who gave the order for the article to be removed, or “silently retracted” in the words of The Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald. Neither did Musa detail the exact grounds for the decision, saying that “many questions arose about the article’s content”.

A spokesman for Al Jazeera declined to comment further on the matter when contacted by Al Arabiya, saying that the broadcaster’s response is limited to Imad Musa’s blog.

Amid Al Jazeera’s lack of clarification on why the article was deleted, some have linked the move to the broadcaster’s ambition to expand in the United States.

The broadcaster hit the headlines earlier this year when it said it had purchased Al Gore’s Current TV network for a reported $500 million. That move was a prelude to the broadcaster’s plans to launch a service called Al Jazeera America later this year, in a bid to win viewers across the U.S..

Employees reportedly told Greenwald that Al Jazeera officials have become more cautious since the purchase of Current TV. Sources told Greenwald that the impetus for the removal of Massad’s article came from Ehab al-Shihabi, the new head of Al Jazeera’s U.S. operations.

Massad reportedly shares the view that Al Jazeera’s decision to remove his article was primarily led by the network’s ambitions in the United States. He told Greenwald that Al Jazeera, in its effort to expand in the U.S., is willing to surrender “its right to air out such ideas and submit to the highly restrictive political line of the mainstream American media, especially on Israel.”

Richard Falk, Al Gore, and Al Jazeera

by Claudia Rosett

For a good rundown on Richard Falk, a special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council, see the scathing coverage by Geneva-based UN Watch, which blew the whistle last week on Falk’s  article blaming America for the terrorist bombings in Boston.

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But let’s connect a few more dots. Falk’s article ran not only on the boutique venue of a 9/11 conspiracy theorist’s blog site, where it appeared April 21st under the headline “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders.” The same article by Falk — in slightly shorter version — ran two days earlier on the web site of Al Jazeera, under the headline “Collective Self-Reflection in the Wake of a National Tragedy.” On Al Jazeera the sub-headline, plucked from the text, was precisely Falk’s contention that America is to blame: “The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world.” (One of Falk’s points being that “In some respects the U.S. has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks…” — In other words, the two Chechen brothers who received asylum in America, and then used bombs packed with nails to murder and maim Americans, were simply engaging in a bit of post-colonial response, brought on by American policies.)

That Al Jazeera would carry such stuff is no surprise. Falk has lots to offer a Qatar-based news network prone to whipping up anti-American sentiment. He is American — presumably the basis on which he presents his views as an exercise in “collective self-reflection” — and he comes wreathed in credentials as a Princeton University professor emeritus and a UN special rapporteur for Palestinian rights (though the result of his labors has been less to support the rights of Palestinians than to support the interests of the thugs who run Hamas).

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And that brings us to former Vice President Al Gore, who just this past January, in a $500 million deal, sold his Current TV cable channel to Al Jazeera — the recent outlet for Falk’s meditations. Having acquired access to an American cable TV audience, thanks to Gore and his business partners, Al Jazeera is now preparing the launch of Al Jazeera America.  When Gore came under fire for this deal, he vigorously defended Al Jazeera as a marvelous addition to news coverage in America, describing Al Jazeera as “respected…capable,” and comparing favorably with American networks as an “honest-to-goodness news channel.”

Really? Will Al Jazeera America, like its mothership network, soon be bringing us the ravings of Richard Falk? Would Al Gore perhaps like to comment on this brand of commentary, and whether giving it a platform is a service to the American public?

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