Archive: Dec 2010

This week on the Tribal Update, the television-on-internet show produced by Latma -- the Hebrew-language media satire website I edit we have a jam packed program full of the sort of witty, biting, funny current affairs satire you have come to love! This week's show is longer than usual. We feature Peace Now's legacy. We present the dilemmas of Israeli pilots in the south in light of the state's refusal to enforce the law against Beduin criminal gangs. We have Halil Majnoun, the Egyptia…
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On January 15 the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon is scheduled to issue indictments against a number of Hizbullah operatives for the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. All of Lebanon and much of the region is waiting in suspense that grows with each passing day. The news that Hizbullah would be fingered by the prosecutors was first made public in July. Since then, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has threatened repeatedly to set fire to Lebanon and per…
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On Sunday thousands of Israel haters gathered in Istanbul to welcome the Turkish-Hamas terror ship Mavi Marmara to the harbor. Festooned with Palestinian flags, the crowd chanted "Death to Israel," "Down with Israel" and "Allah akbar" with Hizbullah-like enthusiasm. The Turkish protesters promised to stand on the side of Hamas when it next goes to war with Israel. They may not have to wait long to keep their promise. Over the past two weeks Hamas has steeply escalated its missile war, launc…
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In honor of Christmas, this week at Latma, the Hebrew-language satire site I run, we decided to do something special for our Christian friends around the world. We produced a clip in English featuring a version of Jingle Bells that depicts the lives of Christians who live in the Muslim world as seen by Tawil Fadiha, the Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage. Here it is. Please spread it far and wide.   And here is our entire weekly show, the Tribal Update.   …
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Two weeks ago, Iran scored a massive victory. Jordan, the West's most stable and loyal ally in the Arab world began slouching towards the Iranian Gomorrah.  On December 12, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei met with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman and extended a formal invitation from Ahmadinejad for him to pay a state visit to Iran. Abdullah accepted.  According to Iran's ISNA news agency, Mashei said that Abdullah's visit wil…
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The new campaign calling for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from prison in the US is in many ways a curious development. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and convicted on one count of transferring classified information to Israel during his service in US Naval Intelligence. He pleaded guilty to the charge in the framework of a plea bargain in which the US attorney pledged not to request a life sentence. Despite this, Pollard was sentenced to life. So far, he has served 25 years,…
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Over the past week, two writers published columns in foreign newspapers. One received wall to wall coverage in Israel. The other was completely ignored. The contrasting fortunes of the articles are a key to understanding the central challenges to Israel's democratic order.  Last Friday, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority's chief peace negotiator with Israel published an op-ed in Britain's Guardian newspaper in which he declared eternal war on the Jewish state. This he did by assert…
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This week on The Tribal Update, the television-on-Internet show produced by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire website I lead, we explore the Israeli media's new discovery -- the public. We also follow the geographical confusion of our two favorite suicide bombers - Jamil and Awad, present the soft underbelly of The State of Tel Aviv's support for cultural independence for Israel's Arab minority, and Flock Builder, our senior media muckraker has a nightmare. I hope you enjoy this…
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Making the rounds on YouTube these days is a film of a group of manly looking women preparing for and conducting a "flash dance" in a Philadelphia food store. The crew of ladies, dressed in tight black clothes and sequined accessories, arrives at The Fresh Grocer supermarket, breaks into a preplanned chant ordering shoppers not to buy Sabra and Tribe hummus and telling them to oppose Israeli "apartheid" and support "Palestine."  From their attire and attitude, it is fairly clear that t…
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Israelis can be excused for wondering why Brazil and Argentina unexpectedly announced they recognize an independent Palestinian state with its capital city in Israel's capital city. Israelis can be forgiven for being taken by surprise by their move and by the prospect that Uruguay, and perhaps Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and El Salvador, will be following in their footsteps because the Israeli media have failed to report on developing trends in Latin America. And this is not surprising.…
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