A primer on media bias

This primer is a practical exercise. There are two parts to complete.

The first part is this piece from the New York Times: Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start?

I bet you are thinking warm, cuddly thoughts about these peacemakers in Nabi Saleh.

Ok. Time to move on.

The second part is this piece from the Malki Foundation: A little village in the hills, and the monsters it spawns.

I bet you are no longer thinking those same warm, cuddly thoughts. Now, how do you feel about the situation? And what do you think about Ben Ehrenreich and the New York Times?

If you want more detail, look here for the follow up letters the New York Times decided to print about that article. Then read the Malki Foundation follow up, here.

My heart bleeds for the Roth family. I am not prepared to share my thoughts about Ehrenreich and the New York Times.

[Thanks to Michael for the tip.]

Not news at the BBC

From BBC Watch:

BBC stays mum on new PA restrictions on foreign journalists

Almost a week after their announcement, there has so far been no report published by the BBC regarding the new restrictions on foreign journalists introduced by the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Information and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate.

Why would they want to report control on their reporting being handed to the PA? How could readers be possibly interested in the further diminution of the BBC’s independence?

You can read the whole thing here.

Foreign policy

Very foreign. We’re talking about Obama, here, and following up my earlier post (here) about his strange policy position on the Falklands.

It appears that more people are beginning to think the same way: what the hell is Obama up to?

The question has been highlighted by Harry Cole calling Obama a hypocrite and a coward, and receiving warm applause from a BBC audience for so doing. (See the Telegraph report from Niles Gardiner, which includes a video.)

While you should read all of Gardner’s report, I cannot stop myself from quoting this part:

“When even a BBC audience turns against the insulting policies of the White House, the Obama administration should understand that it has a real problem on its hands when it comes to relations with America’s closest ally.”


Obama: what are you up to?

Just another schoolday…

As spotted by IsraellyCool, earlier this month there were reports of Israel arresting schoolkids “…on their way to school“. It was ‘backed up’ by a video report.

For example, at B’tselem.


And at the Huffington Post.


Here’s the video they didn’t show:

On their way to school? Terrorist College?  You can understand why some of the kids might have been crying their eyes out in the first video; after all, if you had been throwing stones at soldiers, the last thing you would want in your life would be to be up close and personal, and in big trouble!

The next time you see a ‘human rights’ report from either of these organizations, be cynical, be sceptical, and be very hesitant to accept anything they say as truthful.  There is more than one way to lie, as the above clearly shows.

Pesach 5773 Tiyul

Start your engines...

Start your engines…

The holiday of Pesach is a popular time for a tiyul (trip, or excursion) often involving some outdoor activity and a picnic. A Pesach picnic, complete with matza, is a unique experience and – regardless of race, creed, or color – is highly recommended. There is something special about munching on matza in the wilderness!

Over the years, we have had some good times. For example, last year we went on traktorim (off road, four-wheel-drive buggies) with the visiting Reinholds. This year, having enjoyed that so much, we decided to repeat the exercise but with a couple of changes.

First, instead of the Judean Hills, we went out into the wilds (a little bit of literary license here) of the Koach Forest. Second, instead of returning to base to eat our picnic, we upgraded to a meal out at Borochov 88 in Ra’anana, one of our favorite eateries.

A memorial to the Alexandroni Brigade, and its losses here in the 1948 War of Independence

A memorial to the Alexandroni Brigade, and its losses here in the 1948 War of Independence

Unfortunately, the crew running the operation we decided to use this time, do not appear to keep their machines in as good order as we experienced last year. One of the buggies was not running as well as it should, and that rather took the edge off the day. But the terrain was much more interesting, and challenging, so maybe things balanced out.


The weather was glorious. The sun tan lotion made an appearance… All those who took a shot driving during the two hour stint, were tired. These devices have no power assisted steering, and you need to work hard at keeping them going on the right line.

A big thank you to Tomer for organizing this. All we need to do now, of course, is think about next year’s Pesch tiyul.

Jerusalem Games Day -Pesach 5773

Hansa Teutonica

Hansa Teutonica

On the first day of chol hamoed Pesach, I had a fun (and game) filled day in Jerusalem, courtesy of Nadine and the Jerusalem Games Group.

I played games of Hansa Teutonica, Alhambra, La Citta, and Stone Age. I met some new gamers, and enjoyed myself.

La Citta

La Citta

Standout memories:

  • There is something special about gamers and Pesach packed lunches.
  • It’s the first time I remember breaking off in the midst of a gaming session to daven mincha!
  • With our takeaway order from the local Black’s Burgers, they delivered a large syringe filled with chocolate. How does that go with burgers, schnitzel, or chikcen wings? Bizarre.
  • I tried out a new strategy in Hansa. It didn’t work.
  • I tried out a new game: La Citta. I could see me playing this again.
  • I tried out another new game: Stone Age. I could not see me playing this again, unless I figure out a way to roll better dice. At least I can blame my poor performance on the die rolling, though!
Stone Age

Stone Age

Good times. Thanks again to Nadine for hosting, and for all the gamers being such a good crew.

World without hate

It’s an advert for the ADL, but the reasons for sharing this include that it is very professional, simple and powerful, and has the type of positive message we should be seeing so much more of:

[Thanks to Mark for this.]