Al-Dura and the "Public Secret" of Middle East Journalism

By Richard Landes
Nov 11, 2007

The evidence emerging from the ongoing Al Dura trial in France indicates that Western journalists are fully aware that some of the footage they use in their reports on the Mideast conflict is staged, charges Richard Landes. When confronted with the pervasive evidence of staging in the case of Al Dura, the reaction of France 2, which ran the story, has been essentially that "everybody does it."

Time to End the Charade

By Salim Mansur
October 20, 2007

Instead of another international conference the Americans would do better in accepting the obvious -- that a Palestinian state exists, and it is called Jordan with its population being overwhelmingly Palestinian.

Our World: History's Unsettling Verdicts

Compare and contrast two separate actions taken last month by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Last month, after a five-year campaign by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies which culminated in the publication of a petition signed by some 100 Holocaust scholars, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum decided to add to its permanent exhibition the story of the Bergson Group's efforts to rescue European Jewry during the Holocaust.

Historical and Investigative Research: The Problem of Jewish Self-Defense - The Crisis of 1933

In 1933, ordinary Jews all over the world banded together and came within an inch of destroying the Hitler regime. They did not fail. Their leaders failed them.

New immigrants shape their identity around the Altalena story

Dr. Mark Radotzky: "I came to live in a Jewish state, and in the ideological search I came to Ze'ev Jabotinsky" he said, referring to the right-wing prestate leader.

Living in Terror

Let me ask you a hypothetical question. What do you think America would do if Canadian soldiers were firing dozens of missiles every day into Buffalo, N.Y.? What do you think our response would be if Mexican troops for two years had launched daily rocket attacks on San Diego — and bragged about it?

Fabricating an emotion

Note: The following article was written by a 92-year old who, among his many other accomplishments, was a member of South African Betar in the 1930s, served on the High Command of the Irgun in the 1940s, helped found the Herut party, served in the Knesset from 1949 to 1951, and wrote a 2-volume biography of Jabotinksy entitled “Lone Wolf”. … it is a well-known part of the character of Arab fantasy that the inventor of a story comes to believe it himself. A charming little tale from Arab folklore tells of a man whose afternoon nap was disturbed by the noise of children playing in the courtyard below. He went out to the balcony and called, "Children, how foolish you are! While you are playing here, they are giving away figs in the marketplace." The children rushed off to collect their figs, and the man, pleased with his invention, went back to his couch. But just as he was about to drop off, a troublesome thought aroused him: "Here I am, lying around, when there are free figs to be had in the marketplace!"

Shiloh in the Hills of Ephraim

Yisrael Medad: "For me, there is no more potent verse than Joshua 18:3: 'How long will you be slack to go in to possess the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?' It reverberates, today, in the hill country of Ephraim, Samaria, and Judea, the spine of the Jewish heartland."

Lessons from the Jewish Legion

David Isaac: "Vladmir Jabotinsky's book The Story of the Jewish Legion (Bernard Ackerman, 1945) is an inspiring tale of the great Revisionist leader's struggle to create a Jewish fighting force in World War I to help liberate Palestine from the Turks and strengthen the Jewish claim to the Land of Israel.

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