Thursday, July 02, 2015

Changing Times

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Latest AP Dispatches:
CAIRO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of a coordinated militant assault on Egyptian security forces in the restive northern Sinai that killed dozens of troops and set off the bloodiest fighting in the peninsula in decades. The Israeli prime minister has warned of the growing threat to the region from Islamic State militants and has expressed condolences to Egypt over the deadly IS-linked attacks in Sinai the day before.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that "we see in front of our eyes IS acting with extraordinary cruelty both in our northern border and at our southern border."He says: "Our hearts are with the Egyptian people, we send our condolences to the Egyptian government and the families of those who were killed in battle with the cruel terror."

Egypt and Israel share a border in the Sinai and have cooperated in the past on cross-border militant threats.

Egyptian security officials say the military has killed 23 Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula in dawn air raids south of the north Sinai border town of Rafah.They say the army was seeking out militants house to house on Thursday in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, and demining roads in and around the town that extremists had booby trapped with mines and improvised explosives devices.

An Associated Press reporter across the border in the Gaza Strip heard explosions and saw smoke rising in the area as airstrikes continued in the afternoon and warplanes roared overhead.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.The raids came a day after militants hit military positions in northern Sinai. The army said 17 troops and 90 militants were killed, but security officials and media reports said dozens of soldiers and some 100 militants died in the fighting.

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Cruelty in America

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I originally did this cartoon back in 1993!
For info about the U.S. constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishement: The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution (ratified in 1791) specifically prohibits cruel and unusual punishments. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the ban applies not only to punishments that are inherently cruel, but also to punishments that are "grossly disproportionate" to the offense in question. To understand how "grossly disproportionate" is Pollard's sentence, click on
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Fight their Ideas

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Story Time

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According to the Daily Caller:
Michael Oren Slams New York Times’ Anti-Israel ‘Lunacy’ In New Book
Israel’s former ambassador to the United States says there wasn’t enough time in the day to debunk all the anti-Israel “lunacy” published in The New York Times — so he just stopped trying.

Michael Oren, the widely respected historian who served as Israeli ambassador to the U.S. from 2009 to 2012, blasts The New York Times in his soon-to-be released book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.”

“Most malicious was the op-ed page of The New York Times, once revered as an interface of ideas, now sadly reduced to a sounding board for only one, which often excluded Israel’s legitimacy,” he writes. “The page’s contributors accused Israel of ethnic cleansing, brutal militarism, racism of several stripes, and even ‘pinkwashing’ — exploiting its liberal policy toward lesbians and gays to cover up its oppression of Palestinians.”

“After a while, I simply gave up trying to debunk such lunacy,” he added. -more

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Demonic Possession?

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The flood of bloodletting, terror attacks, kidnapping, and beheadings is beyond belief. We continue to search for rational explanations. Perhaps it's time to consider that humankind is in the grip of demonic posession? Are we too "scientific" to consider the existence of evil as a force? Has the behavior of "the nations" opened the door to demonic forces? Is the world possessed?
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Another UN Report

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According to the Wall Street Journal:
The U.N.’s Israel Inquisition
Another skewed report that blames the Jewish state for war crimes.

June 24, 2015 7:22 p.m. ET
"U.N. reports on Israel sometimes remind us of the classic Monty Python sketch “Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!” with its screwball combination of comic ineptitude and malignant predictability. So it is with Monday’s inquisi—er, “Inquiry”—by the U.N. Human Rights Council on last summer’s war between Israel and its terrorist enemies in Gaza.

The 183-page report, from former New York state Justice Mary McGowan Davis and Senegalese lawyer Doudou Diene, purports to be even-handed by citing both Israel and Hamas for possible war crimes and violations of international law. That’s something of an achievement for the Council, which has a lopsided record of condemning Israel and whose current members include Qatar, Russia and Venezuela.

Yet the report is fundamentally an anti-Israel document.

The bias begins with a preposterous claim that Israel continues to “occupy” Gaza, despite its 2005 withdrawal, on the theory that Israel has the capacity “to send troops within a reasonable time to make its power felt.” By that standard, the U.S. occupies Canada and the Bahamas. The report accuses Israel of using “disproportionate” force and targeting residential buildings, while playing down that Hamas made a point of operating from civilian areas as a shield against Israeli retaliation and to flaunt civilian casualties.

It also indicts Israel by way of unconfirmed assumptions submitted as evidence of guilt, as in this gem:
“Given the absence of information suggesting in each case that the anticipated military advantage at the time of the [Israeli] attack was such that the expected civilian casualties and damage to the targeted and surrounding buildings were not excessive, there are strong indications that these attacks could be disproportionate, and therefore amount to a war crime."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's Really Simple

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The story goes that a non-Jew came to the home of Hillel, and asked if the sage could recite the Bible while standing on one foot. Hillel's answer was "Love your neighbor as yourself, all else is commentary". Simple!

The "Palestine Problem" is just as easy to explain in one simple sentence. "The Arabs still reject the UN's 1947 call for a Jewish State in Palestine."

A third question is "How can we confront the cartoon war that has been launched against us, against the next generation, and against civilization itself?" The answer is just as simple. We must train our students in the tactics and techniques of cartoon advocacy and activism so that they can fight back.

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A Lesson in Cartooning

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I have received a number of inquiries about the recent attempt by Israel's Foreign Ministry to use a cartoon to get their view across. The GOOD news is that the Foreign Ministry is beginning to understand that activist cartoons are vital in the fight for public opinion. The BAD news is that this animated cartoon (which I've assembled into a print cartoon above) is a perfect example of how NOT to do it.

So why would a student in the Dry Bones Academy receive a failing grade if he or she had produced the Foreign Ministry's cartoon?

Let's begin with a description of the cartoon:
1: A foreign Journalist reporting from Gaza is blind to what's really happening behind and around him.
2: A "cool girl" hands him a pair of glasses.
3: He puts on the glasses, sees what's happening, clutches his heart, has a heart attack and collapses.
4, 5, and 6:The dramatic cartoon punch-line follows "Öpen Your Eyes." It is a direct and forceful message to the "viewer.

Basic principles of successful activist cartooning
1. Target: Pick your "Target" audience.
2. Goal: Your goal should be a way to change, if only for a moment, the beliefs of your "Target" by cleverly slipping under their "defensive radar"
3. The Secret Sentence: The sentence that your cartoon will cause your "Target" to involuntarily say in his/her head (thus reaching your goal).

How the Foreign Ministry Cartoon Fails
1. Target: The "Target" is the foreign press (as revealed by the punchline "open your eyes")
2. Goal: To change the beliefs of foreign reporters by cleverly slipping under their "defensive radar"???
3. The Secret Sentence: The sentence created in the mind of the foreign journalist is "the Israeli Foreign Ministry says I'm Stupid and Blind!"

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I assume that readers would want to see an example of how the topic is taught in the Academy:

the cartoon:

The analysis:
1. Target: The foreign press
2. Goal: Use humor to change reporters' beliefs that their reports are believed
3. The Secret Sentence: The sentence created in the mind of the foreign journalist is "The public doesn't believe us anymore"

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


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Summer has begun.

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