Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Arutz 7 (Israel National News) Fail!

כ"ג לחודש החמישי תשע"ז


Arutz 7 has been involved in in kinds of shenanigans, forcing me and other bloggers to cease citing their reports. But this fail of theirs takes the cake, forcing me to mention me to mention them here.

Last night, one side of the pedestrian walking bridge connecting B'nei B'raq and Giv'at Shmu'el was knocked down by a truck. Arutz 7's Hebrew site reported on this accurately.


 Arutz 7's English site did not.



The bridge that collapsed was not the bridge at the Giv'at Shmu'el "Coca-Cola" Junction, but rather the next bridge north. The report appears to have been fixed, at least by midnight last night.

So, the writer made a mistake. Big deal, right? We all make mistakes.

But, c’mon! All the writer had to was to look at Arutz 7’s Hebrew counterpart’s report posted 15 minutes earlier. Not sure of the exact names of the bridges? Maybe the names are different in Hebrew than in English? (By the way, they’re not.) A quick search on Google Maps or Ymaps in Hebrew would have confirmed

Since 2005, I was invited to be interviewed by Arutz 7 four times. And I am happy to say that each time I turned them down. None of these radio talk show hosts even knew who I was, except that some of them knew that I had a blog (big deal!), a blog which none of them had ever bothered to read before inviting me to be interviewed. I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty desperate to me.

I recall the time not too long after Arutz 7’s founding, the self-sacrifices of Rebbetzin Z. Melamed, David Shapira, and others suffering raids on the station in Beth-El and worse. Such times are long since over.

Around the time of the expulsion of Jews from Azza (Gaza/Gush Qatif) and the Northern Shomron in 2005/תשס״ה, then future MK Ya’akov “Katzeleh” Katz reported threats from outside of Israel to cease donations to the Yeshiva’s foundation, due to Rabbi Z. Melamed’s canceling of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner’s class at the Yeshiva. Rabbi Aviner’s rulings on taharath hamishpahah (family purity) were under scrutiny by a Beth Din (rabbinical court) set up by Rabbi Modechai Eliyahu ztz”l, issues which today have never actually been clarified.

Tensions in Beth-El rose due to disagreements over how IDF soldiers should deal with orders to remove Jews during the impending expulsion. Should soldiers follow them? Refuse them? Pretend to be sick?

But, I digress…

As time went on, Judeo-Christian Values were being pushed by the head of the English division.

Cheerleaders for Christian “Friends of Israel” were being propped up as rock stars.

In 2010, I had the opportunity to witness just how many of the reports on their their news flash make their way to the site. News feeds are set up from other Israeli new sources in Hebrew, and they are translated. As far as I know, this is legal, and other news sites do this too. But, doesn't YNET, for example, pay a fee to the Associated Press [AP]? Just sayin'.

In all fairness to Arutz 7, according to one confidential source, close to a former head of the English division, donations, including donations from Christians, flow first through the Yeshiva’s foundation, then trickle into the Arutz 7. He also claims that what the “news” station receives is not very much.

But, who knows? Maybe Christians will feel sorry for Arutz 7 and pump some money into the station. Stranger things have happened.

And before Arutz 7 complains about this post, someone from over there should thank me for the free publicity.

Monday, August 14, 2017

למה דוד חי חסדאי יושב בכלא?/Why is David Chai Chasdai Sitting in Jail?

כ״ב לחודש החמישי תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.


"All of us are with
the Prisoners of Zion"
בית משפט העליון החליט להשאיר את דוד חי חסדאי במעצר עד תום הליכים בבית סוהר מאחורי סורג ובריח וכל "חטאו"
הוא שדיבר עם חבריו שנאסר עליו לדבר איתם מצד השב"כ בצו מנהלי צו המתנהל ללא משפט וללא הצגת ראיות,

דוד חי מצטרף לעוד נערים יהודים שיושבים בבתי סוהר בחשד שדיברו עם חבריהם והפרו בכך את הצו מנהלי שקיבלו ללא שעשו כל פשע!!!

#די_לצווים_מנהליים
#די_להתעלל_ביהודים
דוד חי חסדאי
David Chai Chasdai
עשר אגורות (2¢):
זאת לא פעם הראשונה נערים יהודים נמצאים בכלא בגלל הדיבורים עם חברים.

מאיר אטינגר נכלא בגלל המאמרים שהוא כתב, וכנראה גם מפני שהוא נכד של הרב מאיר כהנא הי״ד. וגם אסרו לו לדבר עם חברים שלו.

בשנת תשס״ו/2006 חודשים אחרי הממשלה גירשה את כמעט 10,000 יהודים מביתם ומאדמתם בחבל עזה ובצפון השומרון, שלוש נערות יהודיות מכפר תפוח ישבו בכלא בגלל ההשתתפות שלהן בהפגנות נגד הגירוש, וגם לא אמורות להשתחרר עד תום התהליכים ״מפני שהן ידברו עם תושבי הישוב שלהן.״ ומה היתה הבעיה אם הן היו מדברות עם השכנים שלהן? אולי הן יצליחו להשפיע להם.

אוי ואבוי!

אולי מי שעדיין טוען שמדינת ישראל היא מדינה יהודית ״דמוקרטית״ יתעורר כבר לראות שזה בכלל לא נכון, ובנוסף אין דבר כזה ״זכות לדיבור חופשי.״

לצערי, כנראה שלא.


All of us are with the Prisoners of Zion:
The Israeli Supreme Court has decided to leave David Chai Hasdai in detention until final court proceedings imprisoned behind bars for all of his "offenses."

David Chai spoke with friends he was forbidden to by the Shabba"k (Israeli secret police), which was implemented without any court ruling nor any presentation of evidence.

David Chai joins other Jewish boys who are sitting in jail on suspicion of talking to their friends and thereby violating the administrative order they received without having committed any crime!!!

#NoMoreAdministrativeDetention
#NoMoreAbuseofJewishChildren
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
This is not the first time we have seen Jewish youth imprisoned for exercising their right to free speech, such as speaking to their friends.


Meir Ettinger was imprisoned for the articles he wrote, and probably also because he is Rabbi Meir Kahane's hy"d grandson. He was also forbidden from speaking with a list of 100 of his friends and acquaintances.


In the year תשס״ו/2006, months after the Israeli Government expelled almost 10,000 Jews from their homes and land in Gaza and the Northern Shomron (Samaria), three teenage girls from K'far Tapu'ah sat in prison because of their participation in demonstrations against the expulsion, and were also not supposed to be released until final court proceedings "because they will talk with the other residents of their town." And what was the problem if they were to speak with their neighbors? Because they might have influence over them.

OMG! (eyes rolling)

Perhaps those who still claim that the State of Israel is a Jewish, democratic state will wake up and see that this is not at all the case, and that there is no such thing here as "freedom of speech."

Unfortunately, the probably won't.
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