The Afghan Girl 

Featured on the Nat Geo cover in 1985, taken in 1984 

Born 1972, making her 12 years old at the time the photo was taken. She is now 42 years old.

The Afghan Girl 

Featured on the Nat Geo cover in 1985, taken in 1984 

Born 1972, making her 12 years old at the time the photo was taken. She is now 42 years old.

Welcome to Pallywood.

1] - the “crowded market massacre”

What happened: IDF struck a warehouse containing rockets, as proven by numerous secondary explosions. Palestinians rushed to the scene but were then killed/injured by the fallout from the burning warehouse. Objects, most likely fuel tanks etc exploded, flew out on to the street and killed/maimed several people - everybody was injured on their feet, shins and legs, all lower body injuries (many had their legs broken) - this does not happen with an air strike. Ambulance sustained damage at the front whilst a puff of smoke is seen behind with no damage to ambulance. The ceasefire did not include Shijaiyah because Hamas was still launching rockets from there. The media reported that the market was closed but then tried to scrub this, thankfully, somebody saved it. The numbers of 160 wounded were a complete fabrication.

How it was reported: IDF said there was a humanitarian ceasefire so people flocked to the busy market which was then hit by numerous Israeli airstrikes, directly hitting the market then there was a follow up strike on the ambulance that arrived.

2] the “UN boys school bombing in Rafah”[2]

What happened: IDF struck 2 men on the street outside of the school with an extremelt accurate, guided missile, one small enough to produce a tiny 8” crater. The bodies of the men were then dragged in to the UN compound, several actors played dead near them, little girl is constantly picked up and positioned for photo opportunity and then picked up by a man who sprints back outside of the school but stops after a few yards and gazes aimlessly in to the distance, men carrying little boys with zero injuries, dead people eventually getting to their knees, they PURPOSELY move a large piece of scaffolding which was covering a sign saying “UNRWA boys school”.

How it was reported: Israeli airstrike hits yet another UN school, killing several people, Ban Ki Moon calls it a disgrace etc

3] the “Jabalia school shelling”[3] (this one is still sketchy and enters the realms of conspiracy a little when determining the cause of the damage, it does however largely rule out Israeli tank shelling)

What happened: IDF came under heavy mortar fire from the area and responded in that general direction with 1-3 tank shells. Only one of the pictured sites looks close to showing damage consistent with an Israeli tank shell but even then, upwards bent corrugated roofing indicates something else exploded just beside the building. The damage depicted all has strange trajectories and most of the walls are riddled with heavy calibre machine gun fire, damage inside the buildings is purposely made worse for the pictures. It appears that Hamas fired from around the school and after they received an Israeli response, they peppered the school with heavy machine gun fire and hit it with what seems to be mortars & RPG fire in order to make it look like Israel shelled the school

How it was reported: Israeli shells hit UN school, killing 19~ people despite Israel knowing full well where the school was

4] the “unexploded Israeli bombs”[4]

What happened: Large unexploded bombs were placed around for photo opportunities, for numerous reasons explained within the post, they do not belong to Israel.

5] the “shot and killed by Israeli sniper video”

Part 1[5] Part 2[6] Part 3[7]

What happened: ISM activists clearly stage the shooting of a guy apparently searching for his family in some rubble. You have to read this one for yourself but the most telling points are that he’s not in line of sight of the alley way they claim the sniper shot, several parts of the video were taken at different times of the day due to the shadows, the man appears to squirt fake blood on himself and has absolutely no wounds consistent with what would be present with the Israeli sniper system - there’s lots more damning evidence.

How it was reported: Poor Palestinian is mercilessly gunned down by Israeli sniper whilst desperately searching for his family amongst rubble.

7] How the media is reporting death toll numbers from Hamas/sympathetic sources uncritically and is being threatened

In this post[10] , I explained how the source of the “UN says 80%” line is a UN report which cities the Health Ministry (Gaza), the PCHR which lied about hundreds of civilians in Cast Lead and is still lying and BTselem who simply takes the word of their family as fact despite Hamas instructing everybody to refer to all deaths as “innocent civilians”. I also highlight several examples of journalists knowingly/unwittingly exposing Hamas but retracting their stories soon after.

We KNOW Hamas is waging a media war, the Palestinians are even bragging about winning it[11] . All explosions are reported as Israeli air strikes/shellings, all dead are reported as “innocent civilians” killed by Israel, we see absolutely no photos or videos of Palestinian militants militants or the firing of rockets, indeed the news on the TV and in print newspapers is entirely of dead/injured Palestinians and damaged buildings - that is 95% of what the media is showing people. The media is uncritically reporting Palestinian tales and claims whilst refusing to engage in even a semblance of even handed journalism & basic fact checking - the former is perhaps because we know they risk their lives for pointing their cameras at Hamas gun men.

over the past several weeks, pressure has been mounting in my brain to vent about the Hamas- Gaza crisis. Although I am of jewish ancestry on my fathers side, and have visited Israel for my birthright*, I am making this more about an analysis of the plethora of emotional opinions being thrown around by this on going, historical, and religiously fuelled war. These are my main counter-criticisms on the array of opinions posted on social media over this course in time. Obviously, this conflict is not new, but since the advent of social media, the ratio of misinformation because of major western news outlets is becoming overwhelming.

Firstly, I want to touch - albeit lightly - on discourse that lies at the heart of “operation #FreeGaza”, AKA, the “give them their land back” argument The premise is that if Israel should return their lands, isn’t that kind of a-historical? I don’t mean to historically cherry-pick, but most nations built in this modern world have placed themselves in the centre of other life - and have adapted (more or less, politics aside). The “wall”(which I touch upon at the bottom of this rant), is akin to the Mexican-US border, roughly 2000miles spanning and dividing two nations, one strife with conflict, the other, dominating.   This is a modern instance of ‘colonialism’ in the loosest sense. While it is true that the reality deserves more merit than such, I will leave it at that the UN and many nations worldwide voted a “yes” on the establishment of Israel as a state for not only Jews, but Arabs and Christians. Shut the hell up already. The Extreme-Zionists that place themselves on west-bank land do not represent the majority of Israeli sentiment.

Secondly, the “IDF are killing a disproportionate amount of civilians” argument, coupled with graphic, morbid photographs of kids missing their limbs, or even decapitated. Perhaps, instead of posting these photographs, one should research the Hamas agenda, which socializes the citizens of Gaza to die for their country (whilst also diminishing the whole population of Jews…) while, more obviously (not to many, though), the fact that Hamas are using hospitals, schools, local houses as bomb shelters, reserves, etc. I must put emphasis on the fact that I am not Okay’ing the amount of deaths, but perhaps instead of using the money given by various governments of the world, Hamas should have used it for a proper defence system instead of constructing tunnels worth millions to “discretely” attack Israelis. The iron dome system implemented in Israel s an incredible feat in the arms industry, as you can tell by the casualty ratio. If the IDF and the government did not invest in such a system, there would be many more deaths through out the year. 

Thirdly, I would like to discuss the sheer hypocrisy present in people’s rants against Israel. When you exchange hatred for more hatred, are you not defeating the purpose of protest? “Fuck Israel”, “death to the Jews”, or the anti-semitism that has arisen in Europe is completely contradictory and just shows how irrational this whole fight is. 

As for picking sides, how about instead of focusing on that, focus on the ongoing conflict worldwide, and how hundreds of thousands have died in Syria, Iraq, Africa, etc collectively this past month. I cannot offer a solution as I am not intrinsically active in the political sphere in Israel, I do not vote there, but I can rightfully say that as long as both sides respect and contribute to the social well being of both sides in a secular manner, and accept that Israel is a state. But Hamas… Hamas epitomizes evil and needs to be overthrown. 

Until then, Hamas is winning. They are winning because they are profiting off each social media share of a dead child, of each opinion that changes into anti-israel sentiment. That is what they want. And the Western Media is helping them.

More so, young people are confused, disenfranchised and enraged by the modern world. They will cheer for anyone they perceive as fighting against it, without thinking things through.

The real solution to this problem is more difficult than even educating people on specific issues: it’s to teach them to attempt to change the world with compassion and not hatred, and to accept that which they cannot control.

It would be interesting to see an education/ perception of conflict correlation. The more educated people tend to side with Israel ( but understand the suffering the Palestinians endure and are agains’t the settlements but anti-Hamas) while the least educated I talk to speak from an emotional gut reaction than using logic/reason.

In fact, research substantiates this correlation. http://www.gallup.com/poll/174110/americans-reaction-middle-east-situation-similar-past.aspx?utm_source=add_this&utm_medium=addthis.com&utm_campaign=sharing#.U9F59B8t1Tc.twitter

#foodforthought 

*a thought about Birthright: 

I landed in Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel and was astounded by the beauty of the middle eastern land. I saw Arabic, Hebrew, and english inscribed in all signs on the streets, restaurants, etc. What truly captivated me was the presence of walls. It was very powerful, and I will never forget the feeling of being in a nation that is protected and physically separated by walls. it’s a little disturbing that people who are willing to accept that the blockade is the cause of the violence, are apparently willing to accept that israel initially decided to blockade a peaceful population purely for the joy of oppression. But I want to emphasize something more important about my birthright experience. I have read over the weeks that Gazan’s are basically nobodies and Arabs are nobodies as well in Israel. Well, one day, I had to go to the hospital near Haifa in Israel during my stay. Guess who the main doctor was? That’s right, a man from Gaza. Please, before you read the mindless propaganda on the diminishing social rights of palestines because of the establishment of Israel, maybe you should “jump to the field” and pay a visit to challenge assumptions. 

 

John Lennon had a long history of violence against women, going clear back to when he lived in Liverpool. His first wife Cynthia and his second wife Yoko both suffered beatings at his hands. He was also emotionally abusive to his son, Julian, frequently berating and screaming at the boy until he was reduced to tears. Julian later stated that Paul McCartney was more of a father to him than John Lennon ever was.
John Lennon was definitely not the gentle icon of peace and love that the hippies make him out to be. He was a man with severe psychological problems who was prone to lashing out in rage to those around him.