The slanting of the world's media against Israel and Jews is such an old story that it barely seems to be news. But, in fact, it goes on daily. Hamas has made a concerted effort to drive the residents of S'derot out of their homes for the last several months, and having imported enough arms and rockets to do so, they are now proceeding to attain to their goals. The only reason that it is worth keeping the total incompetent of a Security Minister, Amir Peretz, in office is that he himself comes from S'derot, and when a rocket hits from Hamas, it exposes yet another stain on the incompetents who are ruining Israel – his very own home is threatened, yet under orders from the United States, there is no massive retaliation to destroy the nest of murder breeding in Gaza.
Ynetnews, the English on-line version of the left-wing Hebrew newspaper, Yediot AHronot, has reported in detail on the western media's suppression of the story of the Arab attempts to drive out the residents of S'derot. Some of what is presented as the limp-wristed excuses of the American and European media are amusing, but here is the bottom line.
Only when Israel began to respond to the attacks by aerial bombings, cannons and tanks did this part of the world receive attention from the American media.
Only when the Jew strikes back against his attackers do the media overseas even attempt to note the fact. When Arabs attempt day in and day out to kill us, well it just doesn't seem to matter. Jewish blood was cheaper than herring sixty-five years ago, a fact that hasn't changed.
But this is not a screed about the world media's discrimination against Jews. Indians murder Indians in communal riots all the time and it doesn't seem to matter. Sudanese Arabs murder Sudanese Arabs and it is barely worth a sneeze of coverage. Somalis get killed daily in Mogadishu. They are not white, they are not rich, they are not Christians – who needs to give a damn? Who needs to know?
My friend, Aryeh Gallin, president of the Root & Branch Association Ltd., had occasion to visit the United States recently, and he spent a great deal of time in Westchester County, in New York State. During this visit, Westchester County, which is where he grew up, was hit by a series of massive storms and floods that reduced it to a federal emergency area that is now receiving aid from FEMA and other agencies of the United States government.
He wrote, in part,
I visited my parents in Westchester, New York from Tuesday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 24, returning home to Eretz Yisrael on Wednesday, April 25.
My parents are very well, baruch HaShem.
Westchester, New York is not well, having now been declared a disaster area qualifying for Federal disaster relief aid following mini-Katrina like storms and floods that ended on Sunday, April 15. The area where my parents live was not affected, but low lying sections of the county, near the water, were drowned, flooded and smashed up, including … Rye, Mamaroneck and Bronxville. We saw the horror stories on TV day after day.
I never saw such scenes happening where I live, or heard about them, until this past year.
Aryeh, in his e-mail, also wrote of seeing the destruction caused by a storm a few months ago that did hit the area where his parents and sister live. While they were unhurt, entire hillsides had their trees smashed up and scattered around. Even in his parents' garden, a giant tree was missing. It had been knocked down by the previous storm; but, miraculously, fell sideways and not on top of his parents' house, which sits on a hillside, below the tree.
When I googled up "storms in Westchester County, 2007" this morning (17 May), I got a grand total of forty two entries dating back to 19 April. This total of forty two stories included duplicates, and were sorted by date, with duplicates included. Without the duplicates, there were twelve stories.
Westchester County is white, located near the biggest city in the United States, rich (excessively so) and heavily Christian or secular Jewish. All they rated was forty two stories – including the storms that have lashed Westechester County in the last two or three days?
Recombinomics.com, which follows the bird flu and its spread very carefully, noted an outbreak in Gaza and in Israel on 10 May. There was nary a peep about it in the local news here, let alone elsewhere. At Flutrackers.com as well as at Recombinomics.com, Dr. Niman, who runs Recombinomics, notes that
The recent H5N1 sequence data out of the Middle East and Western Africa further support a paradigm shift in the understanding of evolution. The recent data strongly indicate that single nucleotide changes, previously thought to be due to random mutations, are really genetic changes acquired by recombination and are not due to de novo mutations resulting from copy errors. The selection of copy errors represents the previous understanding of genetic evolution and drug resistance, but the current data indicates that rapid change is through selection of recombinants.
H5N1 evolution provides a model for rapid evolution in a natural setting. The growing sequence database provides examples of how influenza genes evolve over time, and the recently discovered Qinghai strain (clade 2.2) firmly ties this evolution to migratory birds.
The bird flu can kill, and in spite of claims made that there are vaccines to deal with it, the fact of the matter is that there is no known cure, and no known way of preventing the bird flu from spreading. This news about changes in the way the virus recombines is news of a major nature, both from the point of view of public health, and from the point of view of understanding evolution, generally.
Nary a peep in the media.
This is, in my opinion, prima facia evidence of suppression and censorship of news. The very first place that news is censored is at the editor's desk, where a person who has to choose so many stories to fit so many column inches or so many broadcast seconds has to decide which story goes in and which one is left on the cutting floor. Editors in most publications and news outlets, are by the very nature of the media they work in, censors. At Blogcritics Magazine, we have quite a number of professional writers and artists contributing, not to mention editors. And fortunately, here there is no limit to column inches or broadcast seconds. So the kind of censorship that most editors must engage in merely to meet a deadline does not happen here. But nobody here seems to notice the kind of suppression of news I talk about. Or if they do, they are not talking about it.
I have my own theories as to why this is so, but given that there are plenty of writers and editors who can comment intelligently, I'm throwing the floor open to comments. It seems evident to me that there is a great deal of suppression of news occurring, but I would like to hear from others if you believe this is true, and if so, why.
Wishing you all Sabbath Peace from Ma'aleh Levona in the mountains of Samaria.