Oh My Gosh

The BBC headline headline on the federal investigation in New Jersey that includes rabbis and public officials:

US Rabbis Arrested in Crime Probe

Wha?

Most everyone else went with: Mayors, Rabbis Arrested in N.J. Corruption Probe.

Apparently there were 2 rabbis arrested among the 30 taken into custody.

And people wonder why Jews think BBC has a bias…

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Why Is Mondoweiss Such a Putz?

Why is it that Jews are always the fiercest critics of Jews?

It makes Obama’s suggestion that Israelis engage in “self reflection” fall a little flat.

And while we are on the subject, Tablet today ran a story on Max Blumenthal, calling him a “video guerrilla.”

That’s actually pretty accurate, in that he is a bit like a terrorist. He’s the guy who interviewed a bunch of very drunk Jewish kids in Jerusalem and called it “news.”

Because what a bunch of really drunk kids in Jerusalem on a year program that most acknowledge is like summer camp say about Obama and Mideast peace tells us something about what Jews “really” believe, right?

I think we’re well engaged in self reflection.

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This Is Why I Don’t Want to Be Haredi

The Jerusalem Post reports Tuesday that Haredim rioted in Jerusalem after the detention of a woman who was accused of starving her child to death.

The woman apparently suffers from a disease that makes her harm her children so that attention is drawn to herself.

And why are the Haredim rioting? Well, the Post article does not exactly say. (Note to Post editors: This would be a salient fact to include in the story.) But one can surmise from the article that because the woman is part of the Neturei Karta sect, these Haredim probably feel that this woman is being treated unfairly by the evil secular state. These are the same Neturei Karta who give Madinthehead kisses in Iran when he hosts a Holocaust denial conference. Lovely people.

No, the Haredim have gone mad. They have completely lost their way. Men who don’t work, an abandonment of reason, an embrace of fanaticism. Not good for the Jewish people.

Here’s the link.

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To Begin

There’s probably no one great place to begin, so here goes…

The AFP ran a story today on a Hamas claim that Israel deliberately sent chewing gum laced with aphrodisiacs to “corrupt the young.”

“We have discovered two types of stimulants that were introduced into the Gaza Strip from Israeli border crossings,” Hamas police spokesman Islam Shahwan told AFP.

“The first type is presented in the form of chewing gum and the second in the form of drops,” he said.

The Islamist movement that has run the densely populated and impoverished Palestinian territory for the past two years said it has detained members of a gang that helped to bring in the products.

“They admitted during the investigation they were linked to the Zionist intelligence services,” he said.

Of course, that’s completely ridiculous, not to mention absurd, maddening, sick and twisted.

However, some bright editor at AFP decided that Hamas’ claim merited a new story. The first question to ask is: does every claim merit a news story? Absolutely not. If I were to claim that Israel was infecting the moon with blue cheese, everyone would laugh (except maybe Hamas). So the AFP editor takes this claim seriously enough to ask a reporter to write it up.

The last quote “The Israeli military declined to comment officially on the allegations, which one military source termed ‘absurd'” is an absurd attempt at “balance.” As if the Israelis needed to deny the allegation!

In any case, when people say that the media have a bias against Israel, this is what they mean. Here’s the link:

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