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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Help Support Israel (*Stickied Until End of Month*)

In light of the current situation in Israel, we have decided to become pro-active. Israel needs ours and your help to get them through this hard time. We decided to create merchandise in order to raise money, reinforce solidarity and show our support for Israel. All profits from this endeavor will be donated to “The Friends of the IDF” Organization in Israel.

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is the American partner of the AWIS. FIDF helps support social, educational and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. We also provide these services to the widows and children of soldiers who have fallen in defense of Israel .

Today’s support includes; building, maintaining and operating 17 modern and sophisticated facilities; establishing and renovating hundreds of clubrooms and fitness rooms on IDF bases; and the constant caring for each and every IDF soldier.

The FIDF in Israel today is organizing care packages for soldiers fighting in the front lines both in Gaza and on the Northern border.

This is a very important cause. To show your support, click here.



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At 9:24 AM, Blogger shlemazl said...

In addition, Yourish has info on an Israeli charity assisting those fleeing shelling in the North.

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Fern Sidman said...

THE THIRD FRONT

BY: FERN SIDMAN

While Israel is engaged in heavy fighting with Hezbollah terrorists on the northern front and Hamas terrorists on its southern front, it would appear that Israel's proverbial nemesis, better known as the media, has opened a third front with its incessant assaults on Israel.

While the media may not be launching Katyusha or Kassam rockets aimed at Israeli cities, the rockets that the media launches are instrumental in degrading Israel in the war of public opinion. Case in point would be the drastic difference in the content and modality of reporting between the two major cable networks, CNN and Fox News.

To the average viewer, it would appear that CNN and Fox are reporting the news from two different planets. While it is true that the Ted Turner owned CNN, has its own left wing agenda along with the perfunctory anti-Israel bias that goes with that territory, and Roger Ailes' Fox News has a more conservative, pro-Republican platform, the stark and extreme contrasts cannot be missed. To state that their coverage of the current war between Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas is diametrically opposed would be a gross understatement.

One need only press the button on their television remotes for a period of an hour or so, to gain tremendous insight into the world of media propaganda, distortions and lies. For a truly mercurial experience, just spend an evening with Anderson Cooper and Larry King of CNN and then visit with Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly over at Fox.

The story according to CNN is the following: Israel is murdering Lebanese children and civilians en masse, Israel is not making a dent in Hezbollah's power, Israel is not forthcoming in opening up a corridor for humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, Israel is causing a refugee crisis amongst the Lebanese population, Israel is using phosphorus in its weaponry, Israel refuses to agree to a cease fire, Israel's retaliation against Hezbollah has been "disproportionate", Israel refuses to engage in negotiations with Hezbollah over a prisoner exchange. CNN's conclusion is: World opinion will turn against Israel because of its actions. One can only scratch their heads and ask, is there a pattern developing here???

As we watch Anderson Cooper taking us for tours of hospitals in Lebanon showing the burnt and mangled faces of Lebanese children, while giving platforms to Hezbollah supporters who spew forth their party line which includes accusations against Israel for starting this conflict by occupying Palestine, to scared and trapped Americans who blame Israel for the destruction of Beirut. Repetitive images of Israeli tanks and gun ships shooting missiles into Lebanon fill our screens ad infinitum, while there is never a image of a Hezbollah terrorist shooting a Katyusha rocket into Israel.

If this weren't enough one sided and biased journalism, we are also treated to an hour of Larry King, who gives more than ample time to Hezbollah journalists, Syrian ambassadors, and a whole host of other Israel bashers. King allows them to make hate filled speeches riddled with inaccuracies and grandiose distortions about Israel and her role in this current conflict, while never challenging them in any kind of meaningful and significant manner.

In marked contrast to CNN's coverage of the war, there is a definitely a more "fair and balanced" coverage on Fox News. While far from being totally fair and balanced Fox News takes pains in researching new details from their reporters in the Middle East and presenting a more even handed account of the situation in Israel.

From Sean Hannity to Bill O'Reilly to Greta Van Susteren to Sheppard Smith, one can see that these journalists are dedicated to digging out the truth by ask searing questions concerning the facts of the situation, which are so very often buried under the propaganda and lies of Hezbollah and other Arab spokesmen who are allowed lengthy platforms for their vituperative and vitriolic rhetoric against Israel.

There is no question that Fox News is far from perfect and has on more than one occasion fallen prey to the CNN and New York Times syndrome of making Israel the scapegoat for the world's problems, but by in large, Fox has made a concerted effort, thus far, to reporting the news with a high degree of accuracy.

That is all that we can ask from the media. In general, they always have been instrumental in generating negative feelings towards Israel and have been the biggest asset of the cause of Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in the region. Right now, they represent the third front that Israel must contend with. An enemy that is funded not by regimes predicated on terror but on corporate dollars. It is an enemy that never runs out of rockets or mortars or missiles, for their verbal missiles and subliminal messages are in infinite abundance and these fatal weapons shape a public image of Israel that is more deadly than rockets because they pervade the hearts and minds of their viewers.

For the Jewish people, this is an old story. Since Guttenberg invented his first printing press in the 1600s, words and thoughts have always been published against Jews. The media of today bares little difference to its more in-your-face predecessors. While the facts may be different, today's media is just re-hashing the same kind of Israel hating messages that is has done for close to six decades.

The media is a persistent and resilient foe, almost an implacable one, yet despite this most formidable enemy, we have borne witness to our continued existence as a nation. As with the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, the Turks, the Nazis, the British, the Soviet Union, the PLO, Hamas and Hezbollah and all the other enemies that I may have forgotten to list, those who sought to vanquish and eradicate the Jewish nation and the Land of Israel, we tell them and the media that they have not succeeded in our destruction and with G-d's help they never will.

Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are one in the same and they are a permanent part of and endemic to our society. With G-d's help, we will deal with the media as we have with our other enemies and may we take comfort in the fact that we are a people who fears and obeys only the Almighty G-d of Israel and does not fear the words of mortal enemies. World opinion will always be against the Jewish nation, and fearing it and cowering over the words and threats of world leaders is a futile exercise and a colossal waste of precious time.

Let us utilize our precious time in appealing to the Holy One Blessed Be He, who girds His nation Israel with strength, crowns His nation Israel in glory and gives strength to His weary nation. For in the end, the media is just another enemy in a huge litany of enemies. Let us turn to Hashem Yisborach at this critical juncture in time, for it is He who marches into battle with us and it is He who will conquer our enemies, if we only recognize His dominion and His glory.

And to the media, we say, just take your place on the back of a very long line. You're not our first enemy and you won't be our last.

May we our prayers reach the Almighty G-d of Israel and may we be zoche to the see our redemption, speedily in our days.

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger jim said...

Fern Sidman, I read your post and concur with your conclusions and the Real Facts in the situation, which are HaSHem is Here and with Israel and That will make the difference.

The US had to deal with the 'corporate money' chasing and sleeping with the 'arab money' in all our internal affairs, from immigration laws to public rights laws that have been passed by all levels of govts within our country for the past 20 years. This media problem is part of that, banks and insurance money is part of that, the arabs buy what they want, no one else gets a hearing. The corruption in the UN is the same as this.

Thanks keep talking to the One who Knows and Does for the Right.

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Ittay said...

Is the media biased, or is just difficult for us to see images of lebaneese people suffering. Yes, I know they suffer because of the hezbolla, but I can't help feel that my government, Isreal, is also partly responsible for that suffering. But Israel unfortunely, has no other option.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Oleh Yahshan said...

ittay,
I have been watching the news a lot in the past 2 weeks and I have seen many images of the Lebanies side - including a Satuday night special about the Refugees (Ch 2) and talking to people in Lebanon ETC.
If you are asking if the Israeli press is focusing more on Israel than on Lebanon the answer is - of course - but I don't see that as biased - just like I don't expect LBC to show the Israeli side of things.

 
At 11:15 PM, Blogger Smooth said...

I want to thank you for visiting my other site, http://divestfrompalestine.blogspot.com months ago. I had no idea that my comments on that site were turned off. I checked my email today and all of a sudden there were 51 comments, some as far back as 9 months ago. I have no idea what happened. Anyway, I apologize for not responding to you sooner. If you want, please stop by my other site, Smooth Stone. That site is the one to which I give 99.9% of my attention. Stay safe.

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Hey, thanks for responding. I will do that. I really enjoy your site. I think it's an absolute necessity with everything else that's going on, in terms of divestment. Keep up the good work!!
-OC

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Yaakova said...

Please help me get the word out that 12 more temporary residences for refugees from the north were just posted on my blog, at www.aliyahonmymind.blogspot.com.
I'll post this on a few other blogs as well.
Thank you!

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger shlemazl said...

Are you O'K guys?

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

We're still here. Don't you worry about us!
-OC

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger shlemazl said...

Ah, I see. Just got confused because the same message is on the top all the time. Thought you haven't been posting, which is not like you.

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

No, we've been posting every-day. This is on top on purpose.
-OC

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

what a wonderful way to support Israel, I love the shirts, I'm going to buy a few!

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Thanks, rebecca!! WEAR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
-OC

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger menachem said...

i was also wondering why you havent been posting for a week. everytime i come to the blog, it's the same thing on top. today was the first time i noticed that you've ben posting underneath. why would you do that?

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Because, we're campaigning here, but you're right. I'll put a thing saying that it's a stickied post.
-OC

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Mr. S said...

Great idea. Any buyers?

Shmuel
www.exitthecave.blogspot.com
(Israel blog)

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

A few. Wanna get some stuff?
-OC

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger Rinat said...

Hi there, guys!
You can use the pics, no problem!
Love,
Rinat

 
At 2:17 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Thanks Rinat!! You're awesome!!! Stay safe!!!
-OC

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Olah,

My husband and I are leaving for Israel in a couple of days. Please tell us what we can do to help while we are there.

 
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