Eyes on the ground in East Jerusalem is an Israeli activist blog, the writers describe the blog as: http://settlementwatcheastjerusalem.wordpress.com/about/
East Jerusalem has become a no man’s land, visited only by its residents (mostly Palestinian), diplomats, and ideologically motivated Israeli settlers. I have been recognized as Israel’s foremost expert on West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements, and am is responsible for monitoring, scrutinizing and analyzing of Israeli construction and planning of settlements in the West Bank.
Blah blah blah. Now before I do any more research on this blog I feel confident enough to test the waters after reading a comment by a Japanese Journalist apparently requesting the bloggers to show her around East Jerusalem back in April 2010:
hi! I’m a journalist working for one of the major newspapers of Japan, The Mainichi Newspapers. I’ve been posted to Jerusalem this April. I’m looking forward to receiving all your information and meeting you in the near future.
Seems all very nice and helpful
So over the next few days I will invite readers to try and find any articles written by Yoji Hanaoka for Mainchi Newspapers and see if they are negative right from the beginning? I will also post anything I find. Ideally it’ll be interesting to find all Yoji’s articles when he/she was given the assignement. Why do this , well its a perfect opportunity to find out whether meeting activists from the off has any effect on the stories you may write.
Please use google translate if you don’t read Japanese 😉
The ISM specialize in so-called non-violent activism against Israel. Clicking through their online application forms you can tell how much they’ll convince themselves by self aggrandizing propaganda and excusing cases of sexual harassment in-house. Unbelievably their online application informs our starry eyed pupils “you have to watch out for sexual predators in Ramallah” but its normal according to them and are common just like any country in the world.(I wish they could apply the same kind of standards to Israelis who have to deal with terrorists who NEVER EVER distinguished between military and civilian targets.)
The ISM say; Sexual Harassment and Assault http://palsolidarity.org/join/training/
Sexual harassment and assault happens all over the world and can happen to anyone. Unfortunately we have heard about a lot of sexual harassment and assault specifically towards women in the West Bank recently. We have included this section to address how women can hopefully avoid sexual assault and harassment, what to do in case it happens, and how we can all help to stop this and support people that it has happened to.
For the discerning eyes amongst you , isn’t it just interesting in the first place to learn about this remarkable admission? It begs the fundamental questions how many times have women participants been harassed or abused for the ISM management to include this into their course as thing to learn?
They may dress this up by writing about it in a very universal way by suggesting it happens all around the world so its somewhat ok, well no it bloody well isn’t ISM, and coming from the ISM who specialize in non-violent action its all a bit rich.. The ISM paint a different picture about the loving and caring Palestinians but this slip has exposed the gaping holes between fact and fiction when it comes from the left-wing – this admission is further proof about what they say in public is certainly not what they say to themselves and within their community in private. ironically aping typical Arab-Arafat like performances to the world’s press who say one thing in English but speaking a whole different tone in Arabic.
Foreign activists & international Aid workers are at best tolerated and exploited by any means necessary in the Arab world especially Palestine. Scenes of Hamas protesting against the UNRWA recently are rare examples of this weird paradoxically relationship. Th Arab world and the PA will publicly give a smiling face to anyone dumb enough to give them aid, (though one wonders if Hamas continues to show discontent to the UN maybe more people will start actually believing this. Look we all know this to be true – that’s people like myself and others who care deeply about Israel and believe there is too much false info about this situation,however the complicit and willing double victims of the Palestinians want to believe any lies from Palestine added to hatred of Israel which creates a toxic mix. so their view of the conflict will never ever be normal and rational. They even openly admit its better to train would-be activists in Palestine as its not really war-zone and in fact its a good place to earn one’s spurs.
Palestine is a kinda Disney-Land for the international left who just want to be doing something whether they think its worthy or not. Should this not be exposed?? Where is the scrutiny here?
These activists Freudian slips from the ISM are very fascinating and I wish more and more people including those fighting against the left’s utter hyprocisy against Israel would notice these, and arm themselves with nuggets of truth able to deconstruct and ridicule their arguments and demented intolerant attitudes finally.