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Monday, June 21, 2010

When in doubt, blame the Jooos

Al-Jazeera is having some problems with its feeds coming from the World Cup in South Africa, despite charging high pay-per-view fees for the broadcasts. Guess whom they're blaming.
The network's troubles began on the first day of the World Cup, when viewers were unable to watch the opening match between South Africa and Mexico. The network claimed that a "third party" disrupted the broadcast and even convinced FIFA to investigate the matter.

Qatari elements in private blamed the disruptions on the Egyptian Nilesat – the leading satellite provider in the Arab world.

Meanwhile, disruptions have occurred in almost every match since Friday. Clients who have paid between $80 to $160 for a subscription to watch the matches have complained of broadcasts freezing during games and several other hitches.

The Qatari network charged coffee shops and restaurants interested in broadcasting the matches between $800 and $1,400, and many in the Arab Gulf countries are considering suing.


The network has been placing the blame on cable companies and satellite providers throughout the Arab world, but now, it is also point the finger at Israel.

Raed Abed, head of the Al-Jazeera's broadcasting department, told Emarat Alyoum, "I do not rule out Israeli involvement in the disruptions."

Meanwhile, the al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper said Egyptian parliament members have adopted Al-Jazeera's claims. Egyptian MP Mohsin Radi was quoted as saying that Israel has a clear interest in disrupting the broadcasts to increase inter-Arab tensions.
But of course.


More on this story here.


At 2:54 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel is always a handy whipping boy for Arab incompetence and failure. If Israel didn't exist, it would have to be invented.


At 3:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Here's something that sounds familiar. It isn't true yet, but you never know:

Israel breathed this morning. There was a quick intake of air, and then a gentle exhalation.
World condemnation was instantaneous.

P.A. President Abbas decried the Israeli attempt to commandeer the Middle East air supply, and demanded a prompt return to the 1967 air distribution which Palestinian leaders had previously violently rejected. Iranian President Ahmadinejad interrupted his weekly call for the destruction of Israel in order to blast the Zionist entity for its blatant oxygen grab and call for its immediate destruction.

Egyptian newspapers detailed the malicious Mossad plot to exhale germs into the air and then spread the poisoned air via high-tech windmills directly into the lungs of Muslim children. Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshal announced that in response to the Israeli aggression, Hamas would not let the Red Cross visit captured soldier Gilad Schalit. When it was pointed out that they hadn't allowed such visits in the four years prior to Israel's action, he snorted, "And now you see why!"

Turkey announced it would be withdrawing its ambassador, only to retract that announcement in slight embarrassment when it realized it had already withdrawn him last week, in response to some other Israeli outrage it could no longer quite recall. The United Nations General Assembly, after meeting for an all-night emergency session, called for another all-night emergency session. And the Security Council demanded an immediate impartial investigation, only to backtrack when it was informed that all its available staff were already tied up in ongoing impartial investigations of other Israeli actions.

Indeed, outrage at Israel's action was heard around the globe. People everywhere exclaimed that Israel's aggression was against international law, and then asked for a copy of the newspaper so they could see just what it was, in fact, that Israel had done this time. Others, more intellectually-inclined, asked for some links on "international law," curious to find out, at last, just what was this special code which apparently all non-Israelis had secretly agreed upon. And, of course, there were numerous calls for Israel's leaders to be brought up on charges of war crimes.

Loudest of these were from regimes as diverse as China, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea, which took time off from their busy schedules oppressing Tibetans, Darfur civilians, women and all religious minorities, and their own citizens respectively to make their pronouncements. In fact, Israel's action this time was so offensive that Muslim extremists actually paused from their work installing massive explosives in each others' mosques in order to condemn Israel's attacks on Muslim civilians.

The criticisms could even be heard within Israel itself. "How can Israel call itself a democracy," Haaretz asked in an editorial, "while allowing its Jewish citizens to consume 75% of the air?" Arab-Israeli MKs signed a petition demanding that the Israeli constitution, guaranteeing their right to sit in the Knesset despite their repeated calls for Israel's destruction, should be dissolved, preferably in favor of something more totalitarian. "On this day I am ashamed to be a Jew," proclaimed one prominent left-wing leader, a man who had repeatedly urged all peoples to be proud of their ethnic and religious identities, except for Jews.

Israel initially attempted to respond to these criticisms, but quickly realized that speaking would require it once again to inhale and thus draw upon itself further global ire.

And so, Israel stopped breathing altogether.

In the Middle East, life is like satire. You can't tell them apart. Heh

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