Monday, October 29, 2007


Guide to the Perplexed tells of the hatred and incitement against Jews emanating from Boston's Old South Church, where speakers included Desmond Tutu and a Muslim Brotherhood front man Mahdi Bray who once claimed his cheers for Hamas and Hizbullah at a rally in Washington were just "jokes".

"One of the 200 protesters outside the church on Friday afternoon carried a poster with a photoshopped image of the church sign saying: Today’s Sermon: Blame the Jews. That turns out to have been pretty accurate ...

"Fraudulent accusations against the Jewish state, based on fabricated evidence. Religious endorsement of hatred, couched in the rhetoric of social justice. False caricatures and stereotypes of an entire people. The parading of token Jews to verify everything said from the stage. Sound familiar? They used to have a word for that. But you can’t use “antisemitism” anymore. So I’ll just call it a disgrace."

True to form, the Melbourne Age published a report on Tutu's shameful oratorial effort in which he cited texts from the Hebrew Bible "to argue that the God worshiped by Jews would champion the cause of Palestinians." Tutu was obviously trying his hardest to emulate Bray's ultra-sick brand of humour but in reality neither of these would-be clowns is funny at all and nor is the journalist who covered the story in the Boston Globe or the Age editor who deemed it an appropriate story to cover in his flagging newspaper. One wonders whether they see any humour in daily attacks by Palestinian terrorists on Jewish schools and homes or in these lines from the Hamas Covenant -

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."

In typical Fairfax fashion, the Tutu article ends with a little footnote about how Israel is about to begin reducing fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip but without including a single word about the daily missile attacks on Israeli civilian targets from Gaza that have caused this measure to be taken. Just as Tutu might urge the Jews to turn the other cheek without offering any advice to the Palestinian terrorists about their own incitement, hatred and violence towards their neighbours, the Age seems to prefer presenting the news from the region without providing any context whatsoever other than one that covers the view from the Palestinian side.

Someone asked me today whether I thought anything would be done about claims that members of Fairfax staff have been modifying Wikipedia entries to whitewash Palestinian terrorism and vilify Israel. Surely, that was another joke!

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