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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Report: Netanyahu apprised of efforts to stop 60 Minutes broadcast on 'Palestinian' Christians

Haaretz's Barak Ravid reports that Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, attempted to stop Sunday night's 60 Minutes broadcast on 'Palestinian' Christians, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu was 'briefed' on those efforts (Hat Tip: Jodi Rudoren via Twitter). But whether those efforts actually accomplished anything appears to be an open question.
A senior Israeli official said that Oren's op-ed, together with Netanyahu's speech and the petition to the president of CBS, were meant to foil the broadcast of the investigative report, or to at least affect public opinion in the U.S., particularly in Christian communities, ahead of the broadcast.

Nonetheless, the attempt to thwart the broadcast of the report has brought up the issue of Israel's treatment of its Christian community all the more forcefully. A source in the Foreign Ministry even said that on some level, the preemptive campaign against the report just intensified the resolve of the "60 Minutes" reporters to air it.

"We awakened the dead - instead of stifling the subject we just increased interest in it," the source said.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office said that, on the contrary, the attempts to affect the article proved successful. "The broadcast of the article was delayed for several weeks because they reexamined the entire report," officials said. "The article was malignant and harmful, but the wording was much softer than in the original version."
Given that the effort to affect the report's contents was originally undertaken because the report had been almost completely prepared without any request for comment from the Israeli government - and that the actual report included an interview with Michael Oren, it would be unfair to say that the government pressure accomplished nothing.

There is nothing illegitimate in attempting to influence the content of a report about your government that is going to be unfavorable. Every government in the world does that, and that's part of the give and take in relations with the mainstream media that all but the biggest bloggers (and I am not yet among the biggest) miss. So long as it's not done by threats (and no one ays that's the case here), there's nothing wrong with it.

Finally, despite Oren's efforts, this was one of the most biased pieces I have ever seen on a major American television network. Were the 'occupation' of the 'West Bank' (or by 'occupation' do they mean the '1948 territories'? That's never defined) to come to an end, there would likely be no Christians left in Israel on either side of the 1949 armistice lines. Look at Gaza, look at Iraq, look at Egypt - do I need to go on? I believe that the 'Palestinian' Christians are motivated by fear of what their Muslim brethren would do to them if they spoke the truth about who is treating them well and who is not. Ask Nonie Darwish.

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At 9:34 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

All those who seek salvation in the US are just as deluded as those who seek it from anywhere else except the Holy One, Blessed Be He.
As our Sages of Blessed Memory taught:
אין לנו על מי לסמוך אלא על אבינו שבשמיים

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that the 'Palestinian' Christians are motivated by fear of what their Muslim brethren would do to them if they spoke the truth about who is treating them well and who is not. Ask Nonie Darwish.

Nonie Darwish isn't a Palestinain Christian.

Nonie Darwish was born to a secular Egyptian family, she never had an Islamic education, and in actual fact, the non religious secular nationalist Arabs are the most rabid anti Israelers (syrian, Iraq, lebanese) there are. Her own family was one such, secular nationalists who hated Islam and were rabidly anti Jewish and anti Israel. All she did was exchange one bigotry for another, She married a US Evangelical for a passport, and now is paid by right wing Zionist shills to lie about the so called threat from Islam, because you cannot expand territory without the manufactured 'threat' of Islam.

The fact remains, even the US with it's myriad of evil supporting Christian Zionists havn't even been able to get the embassy moved to Jerusalem, leave alone achieve any single (not even one) benefit for Israel, except for funding illegal settlements which nobody recognises, thus wasting money, and adding additional burdens if the settlers are uprooted, as in the Gaza withdrawal. A lot of those havn’t even been housed yet. The only OTHER notable acheivement by Christian Zionists for Israel in the USA was in getting anti Christian missionary legislation which the Knesset tried to pass, halted. It’s ironic, that the left wing churches wouldn’t have opposed this legislation nor the ‘stupid jews’ liberals, who despite being heretical Jews are still fiercly monotheistic. Max Blumenthal wrote at length about the hypocricy of kahanists and likudniks and how they are a trojan horse in allowing these missionisers in Israel with the aim of killing Judaism. Yet you deem him a self hating Jew, and yourself a standard bearer of Judaism.

Nonie has zero credence ANYWHERE, except in your crowd and even then they know she is lying. Even Hamas, uses Islam only as a recruiting tool, and as I’ve siad before, George Habash (Christian) and Sami Kuntar (Druze) makes a mockery of right wing war against Islam, but you lie to appease your settlement funders, and to keep the US in perpetual war with Muslims countries (I’m not complaining, $15 trillion debt and the 3rd world status of the US now, makes me orgasm) but the more honest Kahanist Jews like Obadia Shoher (see below) who are not schnorring of Christian Zionist money, don’t pretend and say it like it is.

See following posts

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palestinian religious zeal and nationalism
Nationalist zealots are few in any nation; most people are content with whatever rule allows them to earn their bread. The small size of Palestinian society makes local nationalists especially vulnerable. Just like the British arrested hundreds of them in 1930s to end the Arab revolt, just like the Israelis expelled a lot of Arab nationalists in the 1950s and 60s, so today Israel can solve the problem of Palestinian insurrection by expelling all the university students and a few thousand Arab opinion-makers.

Israeli-American efforts at encouraging an open society in Palestine are counterproductive to Israeli security.

Observers often mistake religious overtones for religiosity.

The notion of jihad has reverberated in Palestine at least since Izz Qassam’s fiery speeches of 1920s, but his followers were near-secular bandits. Similarly, the Arab gangsters of 1936-39 were called mujahedeen. Quasi-socialist Arabs established a Syria-based Committee for National Jihad in Palestine in the late 1930s.

Israelis similarly adopted biblical rhetoric for their atheist state. A religious conflict between Jews and Muslims would be odd: Jews have no religious problem with the monotheistic Muslims whatsoever, and Muslims have protective obligations toward Jews.

A conflict between Jewish and Arab secular nationalism is understandable, and lacks a peaceful solution. In religious terms, Jews and Arabs share substantial values and can reach an agreement; in nationalist terms, our values are opposed and no middle ground exists: the ground is either the Jewish or the Arab.

Palestinian Arabs were unreligious.

In rural areas, women rarely wore a veil. Friday mosque attendance, when it happened at all, was more of a party scene. Rural Arabs, like rural populations generally, were atheistic pagans given to superstitions. Hamas had a hard time rallying Palestinian Arabs around Islam, and attracted them with an extensive network of charities. Islam is only a nationalist doctrine for the Arabs.

Until the late 1970s, Israel suppressed Palestinian organizations with even the slightest nationalist potential, from political parties to sports clubs. Muslim religious expression was suppressed less rigorously. As the result, Palestinian discontent was sublimated into the religious sphere, and Israeli Arabs became relatively zealous religiously. Arabs also invested their efforts in grassroots charities, which were allowed by the Israeli government, and used them as a front for political gatherings.

Israeli Arab charities sent money to Intifada “victims,” though it is inconceivable that American Japanese citizens would have sent money to Tokyo during WWII.

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Palestinian' Christians are motivated by fear of what their Muslim brethren would do to them

Palestinian Christians, if they were scared of Muslims would be speaking out against them in the diaspora. They are not. The entire Arab voice in the USA against Israel comprises of Palestinian Christian and ARab Christians. There are hardly any Muslim Arabs, in fact the anti Israel crowd in the US with influence is all Christian. That is why you Islamophobes hanv’t been able to sway opinion towards supporting illegal expansion with a manufactured Islamic threat despite the millions spent by neo con Zionist Islamophobes.
Palestinian Christians attacked for challenging Christian Zionism

Christians for Palestine
To pro-Israel evangelicals and Zionists who were paying attention, Christ at the Checkpoint was a wake-up call. The larger trend, which for want of a better phrase might be called the pro-Palestinian evangelical movement and is indeed spearheaded by Palestinian Christians, is already changing minds. Giving them momentum are money raised in the United States, theology, and perhaps most important of all, a movie. The documentary film With God on Our Side is leaving many former pro-Israel evangelicals wondering why they never heard the Palestinian side of the story.
Twinning with Palestine
The Britain - Palestine Twinning Network - "promoting twinning and friendship links"



Sabeel, a Christian group, enjoys worldwide support through churches, including the English Church which has global influence. Far more than the fringe nutty CUFI who are little more than Armeggedon fruitcakes regarded as heretics by the mainline churches.
Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, this liberation theology seeks to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians,
In recent years, International Friends of Sabeel chapters have been founded in Australia, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. International Friends of Sabeel Chapters provide support for Sabeel's work in advocacy, education, and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation.

They lead the most effective campaigns against Israel, and it is not due to their seeing a threat from the Muslims, they all blame Israel. Whom do they fear in the US? Or the UK? Why are the most powerful Churches (Protestant and Christian) pro Palestinian and involved in the BDS movements?

Challenging Christian Zionism


At 6:57 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

The Israel MFA (or...? someone) needs to invite CBS's Sharyl Attkisson for a walking tour. She is the reporter who has been researching and getting published reports on the Obama posse's arming up of multiple drug cartels in Mexico, resulting in lots of dead people in Mexico and the U.S. And the lying liars trying to neutralize it for the election season. I think she would be a good one to investigate what her own network has done on the 60 Minutes hit piece.


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