' "I came to rehearse the play in order to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them. The goal is to boycott Israeli products."
[Official PA TV, March 22 and 25, 2015]'
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Saturday, 28 March 2015
"The summer of 1976 was hot and bothered as the British economy declined, its cities decayed..."
At the mention of the British economy declining, the VT shows Margaret Thatcher.
So did the programme makers not know that in 1976 Britain's economy was suffering under a Labour government, lead first by Prime Minister Harold Wilson and then James 'Jim' Callaghan. Or maybe did the programme makers think that this would be just another way of denigrating Margaret Thatcher, for as all Arts graduates know everything bad that happened in the 1970s and 1980s was the fault of the Tories, especially Margaret Thatcher.
'Sir, Perhaps airlines should follow the example of El Al, whose cockpits have direct access to a restroom without pilots having to leave the cockpit.If true, it seems rather a good idea but tricky to convert short haul planes I would have thought.
Whitefield, Greater Manchester'
Tricky things pockets...
Friday, 27 March 2015
"One thing they don't mention in the parenting book
Your love for them grows, the closer to dead they look"
Sick but very accurate!
Thursday, 26 March 2015
'The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday appeared to want to "destroy the plane", French officials said.Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the "black box" voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.
He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.Mr Robin said there was "absolute silence in the cockpit" as the pilot fought to re-enter it.
The co-pilot, now named as Andreas Lubitz, 28, was alive until the final impact, the prosecutors added.'
Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure: https://youtu.be/ixEHV7c3VXs
Watch especially from 3:56 for the emergency access procedure, why could the pilot of the Germanwings wings plane not access the cockpit via this method?
Reports say that the cockpit voice recorder showed that one of the pilots was trying to break the door down in order to get onto the flight deck, why?
Also I note that the names of the two pilots have not been named, why?
The captain is described as having more than 6,000 hours flying experience and prior to Germanwings as having flown for Lufthansa and Condor. The co-pilot is described as having joined Germanwings direct from training in 2013. Why do I have a bad feeling about this aspect of the story?
Is this a repeat of Mozambique Airline TM470, which was crashed in November 2013?
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32062278 that:
'One of the two pilots of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports.
Early findings from the cockpit voice recorder suggest the pilot made desperate efforts to get back in, sources close to the investigation say.'
I wonder where this story is going. Do we know the names of the two pilots and the cabin crew yet?
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
It's strange that the BBC concentrates on the criticisms of the government whilst minimising reporting the criticisms of the BBC. The coverage of the BBC's reporting is left to the end of the piece and is just this:'The government's "failure" to let MPs debate EU legislation is "deplorable", a Parliamentary committee says.The European Scrutiny Committee said ministers had refused to schedule debates on issues such as free movement and the EU's Budget.
It also said BBC coverage of EU matters should be "improved substantially".
The government said the number of EU debates had doubled since 2009-10, while the BBC said its coverage was "extensive and impartial".'
'The committee has also been examining the BBC's coverage of European issues, taking evidence from director general Lord Hall and head of news James Harding earlier this month.The actual report of the Committee says this:
During that appearance, Lord Hall said the desire for balanced output "ran deep" within the BBC and he believed that this was being achieved.
Mr Harding said if the public was going to trust the BBC to report on politicians impartially it had to be clear that BBC journalists weren't "asked by politicians to come and account for what they do and in effect do the bidding of those politicians".
But the committee said it was "concerned about the manner in which the BBC treats EU issues", calling for coverage to be "improved substantially".
It suggested coverage did not reflect all sides of the debate on the European Union, and more analysis was needed.
Its chairman, Conservative MP Sir William Cash, said the BBC had "very particular obligations" to be impartial and to "educate and inform".
He added: "We do not believe this is currently being achieved in the context of the BBC's EU coverage."
A BBC spokesman said the corporation provided extensive and impartial coverage of European and Parliamentary issues, and it would be a breach of the corporation's independence if a committee of MPs instructed the BBC on its coverage.'
'84. We note that four particular aims were set out by the BBC in its Response to the Wilson Report:64F
"to offer our audiences across all platforms clear, accurate and accessible information about the way EU institutions work and their impact on UK laws and life;
"to ensure impartiality by reflecting the widest possible range of voices and viewpoints about EU issues; to test those viewpoints using evidence-based argument or informed opinion;
"to demonstrate the relationships between the different member states and the European Union.
"to reveal and explain to our audiences areas of contentious fact and disputed principle."85. Given the fact that the Wilson Report raised such serious criticisms of the BBC's treatment of EU issues, we remain profoundly unconvinced that these aims have been fulfilled.
86. We are not yet convinced that the BBC's training adequately equips BBC editors, correspondents, producers and interviewers to devise the questions and coverage to reflect all sides of the EU equation, in accordance with the BBC Charter and its obligations. We were told by Lord Hall that the organisation is "very reflective. It thinks very hard about what it is doing … The culture, I think, is one of questioning", and on the question of the complexity of the issues in question, we were told that "the challenge is to say 'this is complex; it matters. Now we, as journalists, must try to get to grips with it".65F In our view a good deal more analysis is required. '
And here is the summary:
'90. In summary, we still remain deeply concerned about the manner in which the BBC treats EU issues. Our witnesses seemed to be more intent on defending and asserting their own opinions, mindset and interpretation of the obligations under the Charter and Framework Agreement than in whether they had in fact discharged them or whether they had the mindset to carry through their post-Wilson aims. In the interest of the licence fee payers, and the public in general, and in the context of the approaching General Election and a prospective referendum on the EU, and given the fact that the BBC themselves state that 58% of the public look to the BBC for news they trust, we believe that the BBC has a duty under its Charter, Framework Agreement and the general law, and following the Wilson report in particular, to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues.
91. Furthermore, we conclude that in the light of the evidence we have taken over the past two years from the BBC, and given the statements made by the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead, indicating that even she, as Chairman of the Trust, wishes to see reform of governance, that our criticisms of the way the BBC treats EU issues, and the approach by its leaders to the Committee, particularly the initial refusal to give oral evidence, shows that accountability to Parliament must be a key factor to be considered as part of the review of the BBC Charter in 2016, as should be strict adherence to the aims set out by the BBC in its response to the Wilson Review.
92. We have already published the transcripts of both hearings, and we also publish a submission from the organisation Newswatch commenting on the session with the Chairman of the BBC Trust, the BBC's response to that submission (which in our view is dismissive), and the BBC's follow-up submission following the oral evidence session with Lord Hall.
93. We deeply regret the fact that Lord Hall's repeated refusals to give oral evidence delayed the session to such an extent that it has not been possible to conduct further work on these issues before the dissolution of Parliament. Our central tenet, regarding the BBC's coverage of the EU scrutiny process in the House, and EU issues more generally, is that the country's public service broadcaster must command wide confidence in its coverage of such a sensitive and complex issue. We do not believe that this has been achieved.
94. Given the possibility of a referendum on the UK's EU membership before the end of the decade, and potentially a renegotiation of the Treaties, the issue of how the media in general, and the BBC in particular, covers the EU is of paramount importance. We asked Lord Hall if, as Director-General, he would undertake to appear before our successor Committee, and he responded that "if the subject matter was one that involved the BBC in some sort of way, I or others would appear." We welcome this commitment.'
That the Committee concluded:
'..we still remain deeply concerned about the manner in which the BBC treats EU issues. Our witnesses seemed to be more intent on defending and asserting their own opinions, mindset and interpretation of the obligations under the Charter and Framework Agreement than in whether they had in fact discharged them or whether they had the mindset to carry through their post-Wilson aims. In the interest of the licence fee payers, and the public in general, and in the context of the approaching General Election and a prospective referendum on the EU, and given the fact that the BBC themselves state that 58% of the public look to the BBC for news they trust, we believe that the BBC has a duty under its Charter, Framework Agreement and the general law, and following the Wilson report in particular, to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues.'should be reported by the BBC but the BBC is not interested in facts or impartiality, it has its own agenda to further.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
But this passage caught my eye:
The Saudi authorities prohibit non-Muslims from venturing within 15 kilometers of Mecca or the other holy city, Medina. Infidels who are discovered in the sacred precincts can expect severe punishment.So Israel is called an 'apartheid state' by the usual suspects although non-Jews (including Muslims) have equal rights with Jews and it's Jews who are not allowed to pray at on the holiest site in Judaism whilst Muslims are.
However in Saudi Arabia non-Muslims aren't allowed near Mecca or Medina and there's barely a peep from those who protest about Israel. Might it possibly be the case that some of the protesters are less concerned with human rights than with hating Jews?
The BBC's comparative coverage says much about the BBC too.'... a Palestinian murdered by an Arab does not carry the same significance as one who died at the hands of an Israeli. This says a lot more about the enemies of Israel than it says about Israel itself.'
Monday, 23 March 2015
'From the early hours of Saturday 12 September 2015, Londoners and visitors to the Capital will be able to travel on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern Tube lines all night on Fridays and Saturdays. We also hope to expand across other lines in subsequent years.'
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31993763 manages to avoid fingering who Jews are most fearful of attack by...
'London has become a sanctuary for French Jews hoping to escape anti-Semitism in recent years.
But there are growing fears about security for Jewish people in the wake of recent attacks and racial abuse abroad.
Jewish school children in London say they are being forced to hide their religious identity because of fear of being attacked.
With levels of anti-semitism on the rise, children as young as eight have been targeted, including a Hasidic boy who was pelted with stones and a group of Jewish girls who were terrorised by a man threatening to kill them.
Sixteen-year-old Elisheva Hersh, who was verbally abused for being Jewish, told Inside Out she feels being Jewish is risky so she tries to hide it.
Elisheva's decision not to display her religious identity is not unusual in Britain.
According to a recent poll earlier this year by The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism about 37% of Jews admitted doing the same.
Caroline Wyatt reports for BBC Inside Out London.
Inside Out is broadcast on BBC One London on Monday, 23 March at 19:30 GMT and nationwide on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.'
No mention of Islam or Muslims?
This Independent article http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/people-think-harriet-harman-is-a-fg-knob-says-labour-mp-simon-danczuk-10127466.html manages to find a Labour MP with his finger on the pulse of public opinion.
I can't see the BBC reporting his views.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
'A scientist from East Jerusalem was appointed to a senior position at Israel's science and technology bureau Sunday, becomng the highest-ranking Palestinian without Israeli citizenship in an official government post.
Tarek Abu-Hamed of Sur Baher, who specializes in the field of chemical engineering, was named as deputy chief scientist of Israel's Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, the state body responsible for setting national policy on issues such as international scientific collaborations and research and development funding.'
More here http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-receives-top-job-at-israeli-ministry/ but not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC, where the narrative must be preserved.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
Over one hundred million views before I manage it, what has happened to me and my relationship with popular music?
Considerable amounts of Rihanna sideboob in that video.
'A headmaster has admitted primary school children were banned from watching the eclipse for 'cultural and religious' reasons.'
The school is in Southall so I'm guessing the religion isn't Judaism. Probably not Christianity or Buddhism either. So it's Hinduism, Sikhism or Islam. I wonder which.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody becomes Sketch She's Bohemian Carsody
To answer to your two questions:
1) yes, I think so
2) black ones, I think
Don't come over all innocent, you know what I mean.
Inconvenient facts about the Israeli elections that you won't find reported on the institutionally anti Israel BBC
Very true, I mean can you imagine the BBC reporting such facts? It would go against their anti-Israel narrative.'The election had other implications. The "Apartheid state" saw a 29% increase in the number of Arabs elected to the Knesset (Israel's parliament). Most of this increase came from Arabs elected within Jewish parties and not Arab parties. For the second time in a row, the number of women members of the Knesset increased. Israel has a higher proportion of women in the Knesset than the proportion of women in congress.Neither of those outcomes will be widely disseminated, neither in the world's media nor in colleges and universities across the world. That would compel people to rethink the characterization of Israel by those seeking its destruct.'
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
I'd feel sorry for Ed Miliband but he really does deserve every piss-take that comes his way.
And as for Ed Balls sitting next to him with that idiotic pretend shocked expression on his face, how he has the nerve to look at himself in the mirror after all that he's done to the UK economy, I just don't know.
When George Osborne can take the piss out of a Labour politician that easily then you know it's just to easy.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31933326 does seem to show that Israel is NOT an apartheid state as is so often falsely claimed:
'The Joint Arab List, an alliance of Israeli Arab-dominated parties, has come third with about 13 seats, exit polls suggest.
It has said, however, that it will not take any positions in government.'
Monday, 16 March 2015
'So my point to the Israelis is stop feeling like you have to pander to the world. It's our country and I understand the world is trying to twist our arm with many means, but committing national suicide is not the right policy from our perspective.'
More nonsense here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
Thursday, 12 March 2015
' Much of Spain was ruled by Muslim conquerors from 711 to 1492; Salafists believe that the territories the Muslims lost during the Spanish Reconquista still belong to them, and that they have a right to return and establish their rule there — a belief based on the Islamic doctrine that territories once occupied by Muslims must forever remain under Muslim domination.'
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Michael Goldfarb has a piece in the BBC magazine http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31765970 that addresses the rise in anti Semitism.
'A new cycle of Jew-hatred/anti-Semitism has begun in Western Europe since Israel's third war with Hamas.
Is it physically violent? More than it used to be. Does it have political teeth? No. Does it remind me of every incident since I was eight years old. Yes.
How does it make me feel? Like I said at the top - it's complicated - but it reinforces for me the knowledge that being hated is part of being Jewish.
How does that make you feel?'
One aspect not addresses is that of the BBC, whose institutionally anti Israel stance is responsible in a large part for the rise in anti Semitism in the UK.
This is a must read article for anyone who still believes that the BBC are the good guys.
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Friday, 6 March 2015
' When Ahmed heard "caliphate" Wednesday morning, he thought of the way Bush used the word "crusade" after September 11. "There's a fundamental misunderstanding with the president and his advisers on core Islamic issues," Ahmed said. "He's getting bad advice, they're misinformed on Islamic terminology." Either that, or he's making a strategic rhetorical choice.'
Allen B. West http://allenbwest.com/2015/03/it-gets-worse-hillary-leaked-intel-using-private-email-to-stop-netanyahus-war-plans/ has some information that you won't find reported on the BBC.
The Report's description of the programme is 'Anti-Semitism in the UK: Simon Cox investigates the changing face of prejudice against Jewish people after recent lethal attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels. With the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for European Jews to move to Israel, we look at whether there is more dangerous anti-Semitism online and on the streets of the UK.'
Let's have a listen and see if the BBC actually focus on the perpetrators of anti-Semitism.
One minute in and the BBC have found a right-wing former member of an a far right anti-Semitic group, although they also promise to look at anti-Semitism within the British Muslim community. We will see which threat the BBC are more comfortable discussing.
The first incident mentioned was perpetrated by a white right-wing gang.
The first interview is with 'Michael' a former member with the far-right group Combat 18. Some minutes again the BBC are still interviewing 'Michael' about a new far-right group's anti-Semitism - National Action.
Now we've moved on to some more coverage of National Action. Half way into the programme and it's far-right groups all the way.
Now we've moved onto a British politician, Lee Scott, victim of anti-Semitism who describes the perpetrators as calling him an 'enemy of Islam' and that he should be 'stoned to death'. The programme seems to skip over those comments.
Almost two thirds into the programme and the programme plays some National Action comments, just to give us a flavour?
Now we're discussing 'a controversial group', ISCAR , who are an Israeli student group who fight anti-Semitism on social media. This part of the programme discussed Joshua Bonehill's proposed march through Stamford Hill and ISCAR fight against it. They also played Joshua Bonehill's phone call to BBC 5Live.
Over two-thirds of the way through the programme and we're back in Stamford Hill looking at the way the Hassidic community has 'spread' since the programme's presenter, Simon Cox, worked in the area.
Twenty three minutes into a half hour programme and nothing about the threat from Muslims to the Jewish community. Instead we've moved onto how some non-orthodox Jews want to confront the anti-Semitic gangs. They refer back to the groups that marched against the fascists in London's East End in the 1930s. Another link to the far-right and ant-Semitism.
Finally twenty five minutes into the programme the BBC manage to bring up Islamist extremism as the new threat, let's see how they cover it. The opening comment is '... Islamist extremists... and their violent, distorted view of Islam that is of course shunned by the vast majority of Muslims'. Is that true? We will return to that later.
Then there is an interview with a Muslim expert, Memed Natchbandi (?), who visits Mosques around the UK and is an advisor to the police and government, who admits that anti-Semitism is endemic amongst Muslims, the phrases 'casual racist views' and 'nasty stereotypes' are used. But the BBC presenter, Simon Cox, is keen to counter that narrative by pointing out that 'Jewish communities are not the only victims of hate crime, Muslims suffer from it every day too. In fact there are more reported Islamophobic attacks in the UK than anti-Semitic ones. And there have been Islamophobic murders, murders such as the murder of an 82 year old grandfather in Birmingham in 2013. And surely any Muslims listening to (the Muslim expert) would say that his was a misleading and inaccurate portrayal of his views.' Why did the BBC deem this comment necessary or indeed accurate? I'll come back to that point later.
Three minutes later and the programme has moved onto Jews, including Jewish MPS, who are hiding their Jewish heritage.
The sum-up links Israel to Jews and mentions the far-right and Islamist extremists
So were Simon Cox's claims that 'their violent, distorted view of Islam that is of course shunned by the vast majority of Muslims' true?
'A YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph, published two weeks after the July 2005 bombings in the London Underground, showed that 88% of British Muslims were opposed to the bombings, while 6% (about 100,000 individuals) fully supported them, and one British Muslim in four expressed some sympathy with the motives of the bombers. A 2007 poll found that one Muslim in four thought the Government had staged the bombings and framed the Muslims convicted.'How about Simon Cox's claims about the relative numbers of anti-Semitic versus Islamophobic attacks in the UK? Before I look at the figures, I'm not sure why this is even relevant. However according to the 2011 census the Muslim population of the United Kingdom was 2,786,635, some 4.4% of the population whilst the Jewish community amounted to some 269,568 or 0.4% of the population. The Muslim community in the UK is around ten times larger than the Jewish community, were there ten times the number of Islamophobic attacks as anti-Semitic ones? I doubt it.
Now we turn to Simon Cox's casting doubt on the Muslim experts description of anti-Jewish casual racism as being endemic amongst British Muslims. On what grounds does Simon Cox feel able to say '.. surely any Muslims listening to (the Muslim expert) would say that his was a misleading and inaccurate portrayal of his views.' How does Simon Cox know this? What research has he done to arrive at this conclusion? Or is this just another example of the usual BBC knee jerk defence of Muslims when they are being criticised?
So there we have it, a half hour BBC programme on the rise of anti-Semitism in the UK that manages just three minutes on the problem of anti-Semitism in the UK's Muslim community and counters that with the BBC presenter casting doubt on the veracity of those claims. Just another typical piece of BBC programming that protects Muslims from criticism even when that criticism is from a British Muslim expert.
Also missing from this programme was any mention of the rise of anti-Semitism amongst the British left, especially at Universities and amongst the 'intelligensia'. But maybe investigating that source of anti-Semitism would be hitting too close to the BBC for their own comfort?