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it pains me to listen to this..

I had bit of chuckle this afternoon as I meandered through Haggerston Park, watching what I thought was a normal 5-a-side event only to be confronted by wall-to-wall, or i should say box-to-box hipsters playing football. it wasn’t too much of a sporting occasion as the teams predominately made up of friendsters, sceney kids and unemployable media types with long hobo beards to match were enjoying the loud music and free beer (thank god the stupid gulliable Red-Stripes of this world still think Hipsters are someone useful marketing tool)

Part of me was thankful that hipsters were finally getting fit and stopped washing down everything with monmouth coffee but another part was cursing the most camp announcer who was taking too much pleasure in pronouncing teams and gentleman’s name. Yep  you can’t have a hipster event without the obligatory gays-in-control I suppose.

So the event went on regardless of the shitty weather and made for funny fare for my hipster-anger . here are the highlights or ‘footlights from my rather wet phone’ (you geddit!!)

At the all too comfortable Gallery Cafe part of the St. Margaret House Settlements a smug world view has often been one its more offensive charms. This complex  houses so many charities and groups people  here staff at the cafe I ve asked don’t even know what’s going on! The cafe itself everything from vegan ism to fair trade and can be very confusing to decipher what it is they really believe in, and typical of its time I reckon. I much preferred it when nice Buddhists used to run the show and serve humble homemade food for the local community , nowadays people who came are those who take part in their world views and I myself refuse to talk any politics inside. The sight of self importance Hipsters and 50somethings who indulge in a knowing-ness all believing their world view is the norm doesn’t make this Jewhican a happy Mensch. More recently the Gallery think of itself as a showcase hub for all  English revival folk music evenings something the hipster ish  staff over eulogizes like a preacher in room full of newly baptized virgins. 

Over the last few weeks I noticed an increase in literature about the impending EDL march in the East End. There’s simply piles and piles of  leaflets and newspapers everywhere ( printed mostly by Hope Not Hate) warning its flock to attend and protest them. With grabbing headlines like “We’ve stopped them before”  and “Tower Hamlets Stands Strong Against Extremism” This is clearly a calling and coming together almost in religious-like stature. I can tell one tright now people here in the Eastend are wetting themselves with excitement as this is the first time  they can finally practice what they can preach, knowing that not much will really happen as the police will make sure the EDL be policed at a man per marcher which is the norm for the EDL policing.

UNWATCH’s Hillel Neuer often says “human rights has become the new religion of the left” and when a religion becomes a religion too quickly like those who will oppose the EDL, are they ever going to allow themselves to believe fascism also comes from the very people who will join and oppose the EDL.  Elton John once said during a Tel Aviv performance “I will not cherry pick my politics” in response to those who wanted him to boycott Israel, he clearly knew the dangers of aligning with a popular cause without clear processes.

With all this literature around me I left the Gallery Cafe to  the sound of easy listening light  and a crowd of 40-50 something creating fairtrade cupcakes and real ale who will never put two and two together and ask the big question about this whole affair? Why has there never EVER been a concerted effort to stop radical Islamic groups marching or holding hate-fest events in the Eastend since 9/11?

It depresses me the countless times I ve sat and watch the likes the Islam4uk or IslamicForumEurope hold racist views about Jews, Israelis, Gays and the unbelievers… “bomb bomb Tel Av” they chanted in the middle of BrickLane in 2006 I particular remember and will never forgot.

In the meantime we’ll keep moving the deckchairs on the Titanic to the sound of Wagner’s Valkyries

Almost a perfect start to a day when the Independent and Robert Fisk has been caught out.

BBC Website reports:

On 15 April, the Independent published a feature headlined “A long time coming”, in which Mr Fisk gave his account of the so-called Arab Spring, a series of revolts in the Arab world. The article was reproduced on the newspaper’s website entitled: “The Arab awakening began not in Tunisia this year, but in Lebanon in 2005.”

In the article Mr Fisk said The Independent was in possession of the “extraordinary and outrageous” order from Prince Nayef and said it was “worthy of investigation by the International Criminal Court at The Hague”.

The allegation was not put to Prince Nayef, who is also second deputy prime minister and has been interior minister for more than 40 years, before publication, said Mr Earle.

It was reproduced in its entirety on various websites and paraphrased in numerous news stories published by leading Arabic language media, he said.

“In fact the ‘order’ was a fake and bore numerous features which any genuine orders issued by the Saudi Minister of the Interior would not bear,” said Mr Earle.

One wonders how many of Fisk’s reports have been products of his imagination?

I just watched France 24 news item piece about Ramadan. A standard introduction piece as they quickly take us through the Muslim world  explaining its significance, you can watch here.. The report only took  41 seconds before the voiceover said “At the West bank  these faithful will travel to East Jerusalem ” We cut to a  man  inside a bus , he  says along with nice shot of  the bus along the security Wall “God willing I will pray at Al Asqa Mosque…”   The reports tails off with less dramatic pictures of other Muslims praying  and from countries like Malaysia,  Indonesia , yep those wonderful tolerant Muslim countries  ..

So out of all the Islamic countries and the millions of Muslims who now live around the world France News 24 station decides to view the Ramadan through the eyes of a West Banker wanting to go to the Al Asqa Mosque, and consquently though the prism of occupation.  Like a black person who can sense when politicians are not quite what they seem when going on Tv and giving social platitudes about the positives of the black community, a Jewish person can also sense when someone is Jew baiting.

But Oh no!  we don’t bother to mention countless Syrians being murdered on Ramadan or in Libya today!  Or dare question Muslim people in the Arab world to see if this is right?as this would be too inappropriate and close to the bone. But sadly not, despite News24 attempt to educate audiences about  Ramadan as a cleansing experience , to make the person closer to God and think about fellow Muslim suffering, Israel was used a backdrop for Muslim struggling with their faith. When an innocuous story about Ramadan like this becomes an attempt to bash Israel by inadvertently allowing Palestinians to express their joys of Ramadan as they go through the West Bank and then travel into  “East Jerusalem” Doesn’t this make the journey to Al Asqa Mosque  more holier deed than the actual religiousity of the festive time called Ramadan? well to paraphrase John Pilger’ it really is an attempt to make Palestine the forever issue I guess.

The need to keep fetishizing the conflict is a real sickness  and left in the hands of news broadcasters like France 24 (who incidentally broadcast in Arabic and have many Arabic / French audience to satisfy and may have many arabic journalist in house themselves??)   Journalists trained in a continuous culture environment of anti-Zionism will always try to include hidden messages like this..

I believe one of the reasons the conflict attracts a high level of educated media bods in first place apart from indoctrination from Univerisities and student socities,  Israel is by far the easiest country and safest country in the Middle East to report and ironically happened to be the most sexy of them all. Aid workers in Palestine use this environment as a kind of Aid Industry Disney Land, read here:

Why sexy? Because it guarantees top ratings. Like I said its a sad vicious circle, the more you report and hide these messages in other stories the more the public expects to hear from Israel from time to time or lets just say EVERYTIME to be accurate, and the more prominence Israel becomes in the Lexicon of life and thus Statesman like Blair go around the world telling everyone the ultimate falsity ‘if we solve this , we solve the worlds problems’ or words damn near close to it!

If you also add the little factor of the  conflict being complex to understand  due its shifting players, competing narratives, victim-hood, multiple identities, the people it attracts are naturally going to be educated and most probably in the media. I seriously do believe either Palestinians themselves or more notably it’s supporters actually ‘want a continuation in the conflict and occupation’ because it really gives them meaning to their lives – especially when we  dont have South Africa. And sorry to sound crass but they also seem to enjoy baiting Jews they seem to get off on it, and becomes like a fetish for them.  (We witness this everyday on campus here in the UK and in the US)

However the difference between them and us couldn’t be more opaque for the Pro-Palestinians.. We Jews are so low in numbers  we have no choice but to always think about peace in some shape or form ,  obviously they would never believe us I suggest spend one month in Israel proper and you ll see just how mainstream and accepted the two-state solution is.

Now back to this report.  Until journalists are taken to task and challenged openly about editorial processes  that led to this I’m afraid we cannot trust the media to tell the Israeli narrative because of the innate bias at work.  FranceNews 24 is further evidence. no other country is consistently abused like this, none i tell you.

In closing.

The sad fact apart from the bloggers and organizations such as JustJournalism & HonestReporting,reports  will come and go keeping the ground fertile for the next generation of Anti-Zionists who sadly will  never form ideas or opinion without  being infected from the very very beginning..