Leave it to the antisemitic Left Wing British media to find an anti-Israel angle on a story about the recent Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie wedding

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The headline on the story implies that Voight was not welcome due to his pro-Israel views. This, despite a sentence in the article stating that neither Jolie nor Pitt have ever made their views on Israel publicly known.

Honest Reporting  The headline was later amended and “pro-Israel” removed but a considerable chunk of the story is still dedicated to Voight’s advocacy on behalf of Israel even though it has nothing whatsoever to do with his personal relationship with his daughter and now son-in-law.

And just in case there is any doubt that The Independent has consciously decided to promote a paparazzi celebrity story by attaching Israel to it, this is how it was posted on The Independent’s Facebook page:

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TIME magazine retracts IDF organ harvesting blood libel fake allegation

organtraffickingTime magazine retracted allegations that Israeli soldiers harvested and sold Palestinian organs. On Sunday, the magazine deleted the allegations from a two-minute video on its website about the Israel Defense Forces and added a correction, writing at the end, “Correction: The original version of this video cited a false allegation in a 2009 Swedish newspaper report as fact. The allegation has been removed.”

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Forward  The video, titled “The IDF: A look inside Israel’s powerful military,” said the “IDF is not without controversy,” reporting that “in 2009 a Swedish report came out exposing some Israeli troops of selling organs of Palestinians who died in their custody.”

According to the watchdog website Honest Reporting, “The reference is to a completely made up tabloid-style article in an obscure Swedish paper that even the author admitted was not based on any evidence.” The allegation appeared in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Of the allegation, the author of the piece said, “But whether it’s true or not – I have no idea, I have no clue,” according to Honest Reporting.

THESE conspiracy theories have been reported as fact by Arab and Iranian media, including Press TV, a state-funded Iranian news channel, as well as Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya networks. These have, in turn, spawned various editorial cartoons depicting Israelis as evil slaughterers, happily severing the body parts of Arabs and trading in their organs.

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International articles have been generated, as well, in Algeria, claiming Jewish gangs abduct Algerian children for their organs in the Ukraine, accusing Israel of abducting 25,000 Ukrainian children a YouTube video claiming Israeli rescue teams in Haiti may have stolen organs.

These are just a few fallacious claims that have spread internationally like wildfire, ominously reminiscent of blood libel incidents from the Middle Ages, where Jews were accused of using Christian blood with which to bake Passover matzah. Later incarnations of the blood libel include Damascus in 1840, Kiev in 1913, New York in 1928, and Kielce, Poland, in 1946.

Most recently, claims that the Jews harvest the blood and organs of non-Jews have been published and disseminated throughout the media, particularly in Arab or Muslim parts of the world. These claims have even been printed in United Nations documents, according to the National Post, as Iran and Libya, notoriously anti-Israel countries, are leading candidates for election to the UN Human Rights Council.

The only people harvesting organs for sale and profit  in that part of the world are not Israelis:

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African Refugees face organ theft in the Sinai

 

 

 

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Renowned Dutch ‘anti-Islamization’ MP Geert Wilders’ Warning to Israel

Tom Trento of The United West interviews the very controversial Wilders, one of Europe’s staunchest critics of Islam and ardent supporter of Israel.

Breitbart  In this interview, Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, analyzes both the immediate problem that Israel has with the Hamas and the long-term problem that the West has with the global advance of the so-called Islamic Caliphate. Moreover, Wilders offers his solutions, which he argues are essential for Western countries to defeat “supremacist Islam.”

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Oh, NOES! Far left is bitching that the Obama media, MSNBC, is virtually ignoring Gaza

Maybe MSNBC is taking what most of the Arab States’ positions seems to be – against Hamas but afraid to show too much support for Israel.

Mediaite  As Israel continues to inflict mass death and trauma on Gaza, influential liberal media figures are mostly staying silent.

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MSNBC reporter Adam Serwer has said conspicuously little since the offensive began over three weeks ago. Because the causes of this conflict are so deeply bound up with US political conditions — American taxpayers supply the Israeli government $3.1 billion in annual military aid, and the Obama administration has just authorized shipping over an additional round of munitions — Serwer’s near-total avoidance of the topic seems curious. Having first rose to prominence as a “civil liberties blogger” at the now-defunct American Prospect magazine, there are a multitude of angles from which Serwer might cover Gaza that would accord with his longstanding beat.

Asked to explain this confounding editorial judgement — in the past two weeks he has written at least four pieces on Obamacare — Serwer told me the following:

I’m proud to say msnbc has featured plenty of in-depth coverage of this issue, but I haven’t written about it except on weekend duty (http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/netanyahu-hamas-rejected-violated-ceasefires) because I typically don’t cover foreign affairs. I haven’t written about important developments in West Africa, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq or Syria at all.

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This doesn’t square with a review of Serwer’s record. Since arriving at MSNBC from Mother Jones in 2013, Serwer has written on issues pertaining to the Afghanistan war, the aborted US military intervention in Syria, Barack Obama’s drone strike program, the international fallout fromEdward Snowden’s NSA disclosures, the ongoing turmoil in Iraq, and more — all subjects with clear “foreign affairs” dimensions.

Accordingly, a political reporter like Serwer could explicate the Gaza crisis for MSNBC’s audience in all manner of ways. Democratic Party stars like Elizabeth WarrenHillary ClintonAndrew CuomoNancy PelosiCory Booker, and many others have declared their unflinching support for Israel – certainly a major political story. 

Similarly, Serwer’s fellow MSNBC journalist Irin Carmon has been quiet on the topic, limiting her Twitter analysis thus far to musings about her Israeli family’s “bomb shelter selfies,” as well as this bit of incisive commentary: “Basically the solution is for Israelis and Palestinians to leave nice reviews of each other’s beachfront properties.”

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A third MSNBC colleague, Benjy Sarlin, has also virtually ignored Gaza — except to tweet out the odd defense of Israel’s conduct. (In the first weeks of the assault, Sarlin approvingly referred his Twitter followers to analyses by neoconservative pundits Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic — a former Israel Defense Forces prison guard — and Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner.)

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On the other hand, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes isn’t generally regarded as a foreign affairs specialist; his professional work focuses largely on domestic and economic policy. Nevertheless, Hayes has produced far-and-away the network’s best coverage of the Gaza conflict, exclusively interviewing an American teen allegedly beaten by Israeli police, allowing former contributor Rula Jebreal to voice on-air criticisms regarding MSNBC’s alleged lack of Palestinian perspectives, and so forth.

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Worst of all, perhaps, has been Rachel Maddow, who’s ignored Gaza to the point of absurdity, engendering widespread scorn on Twitter and elsewhere.

Despite her reputation as an astute analyst of U.S. foreign policy (she wrote an entire book on it) Maddow has allocated substantial airtime over the past 25 days to such topics as “Impeachment threat electrifies Dem base,” but almost none to Gaza. Between July 26 and July 31 — the period of Israel’s most intense escalation yet — she covered the conflict not even once, according to her MSNBC show page. Wondering if Maddow could ever be impelled to scrutinize Israel, Twitter user Jonathan Cohn sardonically asked, “What if the siege on Gaza were really just a major traffic jam caused by Chris Christie?”

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A plausible theory as to why Maddow has so studiously avoided mentioning Israel’s assault is because the story doesn’t quite “electrify Democrats” — in fact, it amplifies huge, glaring divisions among Democrats. Countless self-described “progressives” are fervently committed to backing Israel’s every action, no matter how many hundreds of children it kills, because they have a pre-existing devotion to the Jewish state.

Broaching the subject would likely create fissures among Maddow’s viewership, so rather than delve into bothersome complexities, or emulate the approach of British television anchors — who sometimes actually challenge the Israeli government’s spurious talking points — she instead opts to continue dishing out the standard “look over there at how crazy the GOP is” red meat.

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