Amendments made to the BBC’s Israel profile

BBC Watch

On November 19th the latest amendments were made to the timeline included in the BBC News website’s Israel profile.

There are currently two entries for 2018, with the first one reading as follows:

“2018 July-November – UN and Egypt attempt to broker a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas amid an upsurge in violence on the Gaza border from March.”

The fact that the “upsurge in violence on the Gaza border” – i.e. the ‘Great Return March’– was initiated, organised and facilitated by Gaza Strip based terror factions is apparently not considered a ‘key fact’ by the BBC.

The second entry for 2018 misspells the first name of the former Minister of Defence.

“2018 November = Defence Minister Avidgor [sic] Lieberman resigns in protest at ceasefire with Hamas, withdraws his Yisrael Beteinu party from the coalition government.”

The unprecedented barrage of over 460 rocket and mortar attacks launched by…

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More inadequate BBC reports on the Airbnb story

This is a cross-post from BBC Watch

Despite having already published a report on exactly the same story late the previous evening, on the morning of November 20th the BBC News website published an article titled “Airbnb: Israeli uproar as firm bars West Bank settlements“.

A video embedded into the article also appeared separately on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on November 21st under the title “The West Bank homes being dropped from Airbnb“.

In that filmed report from Gush Etzion – where Jews purchased land long before the Jordanian invasion and occupation in 1948 – viewers were told that:

“Built on land occupied after the 1967 Six Day War, the settlements are seen as illegal under international law.”

In the written report readers were similarly told that:

“Jewish settlements in territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war are…

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The Eternal Middle East Question

Beyond the Cusp

This eternal question is what will bring an end to the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The question presupposes that the question has an answer and the world has been chasing this presumably illusive answer for the past hundred years. They had the first worst answer initially as the British along with many others did everything they could to prevent the Jews from reaching the critical mass for them to declare Israel’s birth. The British realizing they could no longer prevent this inevitability simply left as quickly as they could arming the Arab forces while disarming the Jews as they left in one final attempt to prevent the success of the birth of the Jewish State. The Arab war of 1948 was best described by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time, “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be…

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Scotland: Jewish group teams up with antisemitic Muslim group to fight antisemitism and “Islamophobia”


“The Muslim Council of Scotland and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities said they were standing together against antisemitism and Islamophobia.” The two terms are not similar. Islamophobia is a charge designed to restrict criticism of Islam, even political Islam and Sharia oppression. It is an Organization of Islamic Cooperation initiative to erode free speech. An Islamic educational guide for a district school board in Toronto defined “Islamophobia” as “fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.” This definition has no place is any democracy, but is perfectly suitable for Islamic states where laws punishing those who offend Islam are enforced. Antisemitism, on the other hand, is hatred and violence directed against Jews solely because they are Jews. It is a gross inaccuracy to equate the two.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities is doing itself no favors by “standing together” with the Muslim Council of Scotland. It is being used in the jihad imperative against Israel (and against the infidel): eight months ago, the Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) withdrew from an anti-racism march because of its inclusion of a pro-Israel group. The MCS called the Jewish group “apologists for apartheid and racism.”

The Vice-Convenor of the MCS, Azzam Muhammad, attended the fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine in Beirut. At that conference, “antisemite Gilad Atzmon was presented with an award, while Dovid Weiss, of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect, gave a gift to Sheikh Naim Qassem, Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah, to be passed on to Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader.”

The Muslim Council of Scotland and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities will now be working together, and will be “setting up a ‘ faith-specific social care service.’” This is very useful for the MCS’ image.

Also, these joint collaborations against “Islamophobia” and antisemitism make no sense. There is no Western society that is antagonistic against Muslims because of their faith. If there is any mistrust of Muslims, it comes from jihad attacks against innocent people and the command within the Islamic faith to conquer the House of War. Western societies are pluralistic and accepting. It is Islamic societies that are not.

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Turkey and US: Conflict Contained, Not Resolved


Only three months ago Turkey and its NATO ally the United States had too many issues about which to disagree: They had major divergences over Syria; they had different views on Turkey’s plans to deploy the Russian-made S-400 air defense system on NATO soil; they had mutual sanctions on top government officials due to Turkey’s refusal to free Andrew Brunson, an American evangelical Christian pastor living in Turkey who faced bogus charges of terrorism and espionage; they had a potential U.S. decision to block delivery to Turkey of arms systems, including the F-35 stealth fighter; they had potential U.S. sanctions on a Turkish public bank; the U.S. had doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium; a Turkish boycott on U.S. electronics; major differences over Syrian Kurds; and Turkey’s persistent demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, a Muslim cleric who is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political nemesis, living in self-exile in Pennsylvania.

Three months later, there is not much left of the anti-American euphoria in Turkey. Erdoğan has already stopped accusing the U.S. of waging economic warfare against Turkey. For his part, President Donald Trump has said, “We’re having a very good moment with Turkey … He [Erdoğan] is a friend of mine. He’s a strong man, he’s tough man, and he’s a smart man.”

What has changed so radically in three months to lift up the relationship from its worst tensions in decades to such warmth? Not much.

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Audio: Jamie Glazov and Robert Spencer discuss the Islamic supremacist mindset


This one was fun. I appeared yesterday on the Southern Sense podcast hosted by Annie Ubelis. Jamie Glazov was on the segment before me, and stayed on to chat with me about the Islamic supremacist mindset as displayed by Muslim debater Mohammed Hijab in his recent debate with David Wood, and his praise of Christian apologist James White.

We also spoke briefly about Jamie’s superb forthcoming book Jihadist Psychopath, and my own The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, and a host of related matters.

I come in after the segment with Jamie alone.

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