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The Fraudulence Of The 'Anti-Defamation League'

Some people have attempted to portray the ADL as a "neutral" human rights advocacy group, of late. They decry any attempt to show that this "Anti-Defamation League" is far from neutral, and should not enjoy its new partnership with YouTube, which is a subsidiary of Google. As I have already noted:
<blockquote>Anti-Defamation League

<a href=" http://www.adl.org/durban/zionism.asp">What is Zionism?</a>

Zionism is the Jewish national movement of rebirth and renewal in the land of Israel - the historical birthplace of the Jewish people. The yearning to return to Zion, the biblical term for both the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, has been the cornerstone of Jewish religious life since the Jewish exile from the land two thousand years ago, and is embedded in Jewish prayer, ritual, literature and culture.</blockquote>

I don't think that such a "return to Zion" is one bit more meaningful than a "return to Texas." How old is this "Zionism?"

<blockquote>infoplease

<a href=" http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0862067.html">Early Years</a>

The rise of the Zionist movement in the late 19th cent. was influenced by nationalist currents in Europe, as well as by the secularization of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, which led many assimilated Jewish intellectuals to seek a new basis for a Jewish national life. One such individual was Theodor Herzl, a Viennese journalist who wrote The Jewish State (1896), calling for the formation of a Jewish nation state as a solution to the Diaspora and to anti-Semitism. In 1897 Herzl called the first World Zionist Congress at Basel, which brought together diverse proto-Zionist groups into one movement. The meeting helped found Zionist organizations in most countries with large Jewish populations.</blockquote>

So what does this "neutral" human rights advocacy group, "Anti-Defamation League" have to say about the current ethnic cleansing of Palestinian natives in the Gaza Strip?

<blockquote>Haaretz.com

<a href=" http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050676.html">ADL slams UN condemnation of Israel Gaza op as 'sheer hypocrisy'</a>
12/28/08

The Anti-Defamation League on Sunday issued a statement protesting
The United Nations Security Council's call earlier in the day for an immediate end to all violence in Gaza, after and Israeli campaign left nearly 300 Palestinians dead in the Strip.

"The Security Council statement is 'sheer hypocrisy' for suggesting an 'equivalency' between Hamas' terrorism and Israel's attempts to eliminate that terrorism. It demonstrates that there is no real understanding of the circumstances that led to the action taken by Israel against Hamas in Gaza," the ADL statement read.

"By calling on the parties to immediately stop all military activities, the Security Council disregards the terrorist acts of Hamas against Israel and Hamas' responsibility for the condition of Palestinians in Gaza. Hamas is not engaged in military activities but in outright and self-proclaimed terrorism. The UN body also ignores Israel's fundamental right and responsibility to protect its people," the statement continued.

"The Security Council statement is all the more disturbing in light of the outrageous and all too familiar reflexive anti-Israel response from the UN human rights apparatus and the current president of the General Assembly. These totally inappropriate reactions included strong condemnations of Israel and time-worn accusations of disproportionality, war crimes and crimes against humanity coming from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur for human rights in the territories and the General Assembly President while failing to mention Hamas terrorism and its responsibility for putting the people of Gaza directly in harm's way," the statement went on to say.</blockquote>

So these are the people Google is partnering with to ensure the neutrality of its search rankings.

I have often mentioned the need of bloggers to form small organizations to build their own search platforms. Perhaps some open source developers could help with the requisite software. If this isn't done, the internet could become merely another version of the New York Times.

The Links That Work! 30.Dec.2008 15:22

blues


The Links That Should Work: 30.Dec.2008 15:39

blues

Here they are:

 http://www.adl.org/durban/zionism.asp

 http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050676.html

These people are so neutral, eh?

Need More Time? 30.Dec.2008 16:27

blues

It's been hours now since I've called the 'Anti-Defamation League' on their bloody, murderous hypocrisy of defending those U.S.A. gifted F-16 Zionist attacks on the poor women and children of Gaza. It must be so very hard to come up with the perfect talking points, eh?

Meanwhile, I just keep combing the web. It must be difficult, defending the indefensible, eh?

Meanwhile, here's another 'question' to parse:

<a href=" http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2005/01/27/the-adls-politi/">The ADL's Political Misuse of the Holocaust or... Is Ted Turner a Holocaust Abuser?</a>
01/25/05

<i>It appears that if you're a liberal Democrat the ADL is a lot more likely to accuse you of abusing the Holocaust than if you're a conservative Republican. Let's take the recent case of Ted Turner who's had a running battle ("war" might be a better term for it) with Rupert Murdoch going back to the days when their respective media empires clashed constantly over business deals and other matters.</i>

Keep ethnically cleansing those women and children in Gaza. You'll go straight to heaven for that!

Trying For The Right Link, Again... 30.Dec.2008 16:45

blues


And Now The Internet Is Being Weaponized 30.Dec.2008 23:47

blues

RAW STORY

12/30/08
 http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Israel_posts_video_of_Gaza_bombings_1230.html

Report: Israel learned lesson from Lebanon conflict, seeks to stay ahead in 'media war' through Internet

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As Israel continues to pummel Palestine during the fourth day of violence in the region, the Israeli Defense Force opened a new theater of war over the Internet.

The spokesman's office of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it created the channel -- youtube.com/user/idfnadesk -- on Monday to "help us bring our message to the world."

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"The blogosphere and new media are another war zone," Israel Foreign Press Branch head Maj. Avital Leibovich told the Jerusalem Post. "We have to be relevant there."

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None of the videos include footage of civilian casualties.

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Likewise, the Israeli consulate in New York has launched a Twitter page -- twitter.com/IsraelConsulate -- geared toward taking questions about the conflict from citizens.

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Israel sees the Internet offensive as a way to keep open its window of opportunity to press forward with its thus-far devastating attacks in Gaza...

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So - The Internet is obviously now weaponized.