Israellycool » Judge Dan Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arab Social Media Going On A Wild Goose Chase Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:08:22 +0000 Since Friday’s terrorist arson attack, Arabs on social media have begun posting pictures of Yehuda Landsberg, claiming he’s the assailant.



The only problem: Yehuda Landsberg was sent to jail for a 2.5 year sentence last December

Two Jewish settlers were sentenced Sunday to 30 months in prison and a year on probation for torching several vehicles belonging to Palestinians in a northern West Bank village last year.

The Lod District Court deemed the arson a “price tag” hate crime attack and further ordered the perpetrators of the act to pay NIS 15,000 (about $3,816) as compensation to the owner of one of the ignited vehicles.

The sentence was the lengthiest ever to be given to individuals convicted of carrying out a price tag attack against Palestinians.

Yehuda Landsberg and Yehuda Savir, both residents of the illegal Havat Gilad outpost in the northern West Bank, attempted to set fire to a construction site in the nearby Palestinian village of Madama in November 2013.

So unless Landsberg pulled a Guzman, he’s definitely NOT the attacker.

That doesn’t prevent the usual anti-Israel crowd from disseminating this information, like this Al-Jazeera presenter with more than 5 Million followers.


None of them will issue a correction when the names of the actual attackers (reports say there were two) will be revealed, Landsberg is a McGuffin, a Red Herring, used to incite against Israel and Jews by people who don’t actually care for the truth.

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No, Israel Did Not Clear A Refugee Camp Inside Syria Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:50:27 +0000 Several days ago, Arab media and useful idiots reported that IDF bulldozers, accompanied by tanks, destroyed the al-Shekhar refugee camp in Syria.

Report: IDF clears refugee camp inside Syria

Accompanied by tanks and bulldozers, IDF task force crosses 500 yards into Syrian territory and dismantled a refugee camp in an area controlled by the Nusra Front, according to Arab media reports • IDF declines to comment.

An Israeli military task force, accompanied by tanks and bulldozers, crossed about 500 yards into Syrian territory near Quneitra recently and dismantled a refugee camp in the area, Arab news outlets reported Thursday.

According to the reports, the refugee camp, consisting of tin huts and tents, was built in an area controlled by the Nusra Front and was home to dozens of Syrian families that had fled the nearby fighting.

The reports said the camp was located on about 10 acres of land in a grove adjacent to the Israeli border.

Others claimed, rather disingenuously, that Israel raided a camp near Quneitra

So what’s the story here? UNSC-350, the 1974 cease fire agreement, defined the DMZ on the Golan. In layman’s term, anything west of Line Alpha is Israel. The general area of the story is here:

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In this image, taken from Mt. Hermonit looking north, you can see a hill partly covered in trees. Most of it is Syria. The white building is an IDF position, and the brown lines are patrol roads and the border fence. Looking from above, it’s clear that Line Alpha crosses  some 100 meters east of the western edge of the forest.

Several videos and still images were posted on Wednesday, July 8th, depicting the supposed “destruction”.

Video 1: Turkey based Qasioun posted a video of the event as it happened.

Video 2: Syrian Orient News.

Video 3: Another Syrian account posted a video after the event happened.

What strikes me at first glance is that none of the locals seem threatened, have an urge to flee, or are running away, even though they are 20 meters away from IDF tanks. Furthermore, with at least 3 cameras and probably several more in any mobile device, there are no videos of IDF forces demolishing tents. Using the places shown in the videos, on can easily geo-locate all the elements in the video:

You can see in the videos that no clearing was done east of the north-south dirt track. What actually happened was that the IDF cleared a forest adjacent to the border as a preemptive measure against terrorism originating from Syria.

Several times before in the past 4 years, attacks on the IDF and Israeli civilians were perpetrated at or near the fence. Having a wooded area within 100 meters from the fence is dangerous at best, criminal negligence at worst. What happened on Wednesday July 8th was IDF clearing a wooded area to prevent possible terror attacks, nothing more, nothing less. The border fence in most cases is not the actual border, and usually stretches several tens or hundreds of meters inside Israel. The fact the military vehicles crossed the fence does not mean they crossed the border.

Below are two Landsat 8 images, the first from June 24, the second from July 10th. Move the slider to see how that area turns from green (pine trees) and yellow (dry vegetation) to brown (exposed soil).

Herein lies the crux: No matter how simple an explanation there is to Israeli actions, the same old “Israel bad” crowd jumps up vocally and lies, obfuscates truth, and delves into conspiracy theories to meet their preconceived notion that Israel can do no good, and any and all actions must be of a nefarious nature.

Like this IS fanboy:

This Israeli radical leftist: Tzurkov Or this general vile pro-Assadist:

The complex situation in Syria is something of which Israel is well aware. When many sides fight each other – and right on the border with Israel 4 factions are vying for grounds – it’s plausible that any military action by Israel could spark new hostilities. Clearing a refugee camp inhabited by people belonging to one camp, may trigger an unforeseen chain of events.

This, unlike certain cabals of the puppet kind, is not something Israel wants. Clearing 3 hectares of trees to decrease the chance of future hostilities is.

Update, July 29th

A new Landsat image was taken this weekend, and the clearing is even more define now.

This is a false colour image of the area, green is vegetation, purple is soil


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The World According To UNHRC Condemnation Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:58:57 +0000 UN Watch put out the following list of all the times the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has condemned every country in the world. There’s one stand out.

Now if counties size were in proportion to the evilness with which the UNHCR thinks they’re associated, the world would look pretty weird.
UNHRC world

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Terror-ble Palestinian Kindergarten Plays Wed, 27 May 2015 18:44:00 +0000 A couple of days ago I posted about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad themed Kindergarten play in Gaza, thinking it was a unique display of sickening indoctrination.

I was wrong.

The following video was posted on a Palestinian group‘s Facebook page, soon thereafter saved and reuploaded by the user “Arabist” before it was deleted by the source.

קצת “אופטימיות”.וידאו שצולם היום בבית חנינא, צפונית לירושלים: סוף הצגה בגן ילדים לקראת היציאה לחופש הגדול. בסצינה ילד פלסטיני מצביע על ילד אחר בתמורה לכסף מחייל צה”ל. לאחר שהחייל יורה והורג את אחד הילדים, מדקלמים שאר הילדים טקסט בעד דת האסלאם והמולדת ונגד משתפי הפעולה הבוגדים בפלסטין תמורת בצע כסף.בסוף הקטע מרימים הילדים תמונות אסירים בטחוניים בכירים כגון עבאס א-סייד, מתכנן פיגוע מלון “פארק” ומרוואן ברגותי, מנהיג גדודי חללי אל-אקצא שנידון לחמישה מאסרי עולם.

Posted by ‎ערביסט – عربيست‎ on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

“Arabist” writes:

A bit of “optimism”

A video taken today in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem: The final minutes of a kindergarten play before the summer break. In the scene, a Palestinian child is pointing at a different kid in exchange for receiving money from an IDF soldier. After the soldier shoots and kills one of the kids, the others recite Islamic and nationalistic texts, as well as text against collaborators who betray Palestine out of greed. At the end of the clip, the children raise pictures of senior Palestinin prisoners like Abbas a-Sayyid, planner of the “Park Hotel” Passover massacre, and Marwan Barghouti, leader of al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades sentenced to 5 life terms.

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There have been other militaristic displays in the past week, like this from Ein Arik west of Ramallah.

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There’s a new generation of kids being corrupted at an early age to hate. The Dar al-Hekma school is located inside the Jerusalem city limits, and as such is technically Israeli. Yet even being open to Israel and having school trips to the Safari in Ramat Gan is no guarantee of teaching its pupil to not hate Jews or want to kill them.

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Gaza Kindergarten Play From Hell Sun, 24 May 2015 20:55:42 +0000 Kindergarten graduation ceremonies are in general cute and adorable. Nothing beats dressing up little kids as insects, fluffy rodents, random pink things, or hearts.

Unless that kindergarten is in Gaza and the kindergarten teachers are Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Then you get a peek into the genocidal psyche of Palestinians, cynically (ab)using their children in their lust to murder Jews.

#صور .. في احتفال تخرجهم .. أطفال روضة في غزة يقدمون عرضا مسرحيا يحاكي تدريباً عسكريا دعماً للمقاومة . تصوير Mahmoud Al-qasas

Posted by Shehab News Agency on Sunday, May 24, 2015


Translation: A theatrical graduation ceremony in a kindergarten in Gaza simulates military training in support of the resistance.

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They blow up so quickly.

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Bing Translation Fail Or Deliberate? Sun, 10 May 2015 14:29:07 +0000 Much ridicule has been written on Bing, and with good reason. The most recent fubar is crossing into conspiracy theory territory:

This is how Bing translates “Airstrikes” from English to Hebrew:


The result is: “The Israeli Strike

Yes, You read that right. Anywhere the word “airstrikes” is written, Bing translates it to “Israeli strikes” in Hebrew.

Like this tweet for instance, reporting about Syria, which now reads in Hebrew: “The Israeli strikes against ISIS in Syria”


If you can, go to Bing Translate, type “airstrikes,” select translate to Hebrew, and thumb down the life out of it.

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Haaretz’s Story On Mandžukić Tattoo Appears Straight Out Of Lazy Journalism Textbook Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:50:04 +0000 The Mario Mandžukić Tattoo fail is now doing the rounds on Hebrew and Israeli media. Here’s Haaretz’s take:

Haaretz Tattoo

“Straight out of Google translate” you say? well, luckily enough, we can find out.

Here’s how how Google translates from English to Hebrew:

Tattoo Eng

Correct grammar, spelling and word direction.

I even went a head and looked up translation from Spanish to Hebrew:

Tattoo Spanish

And Croatian to Hebrew:

Tattoo Croatian

Correct as well.

Even Bing gets it right, and Bing is like the mentally challenged brother of Google.

Mark this one down to lazy journalism.

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Tornado Strikes US, Palestinians Gloat Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:28:40 +0000 Just when you thought Palestinian bloodlust can’t get any more vile…

إعصار عنيف يضرب ولايات أمريكية .. #شاهد آثار الدمار الذي خلفه في ولاية إلينوي

Posted by Shehab News Agency on Friday, April 10, 2015


Here are some of the comments:


May the Lord remove all of American from political and geographical maps and the US becomes a lesson in history…. Amen.


O Allah, destroy them and annihilate them and increase their devastation


O Allah, destroy the White House and turn it black


O Allah, destroy the White House, all the conspirators and the tyrants amen

Bonus round: Palestinian anti-Semitism


O Allah, destroy them and annihilate them and the devastation of America and the Jews

Because nothing says “peace partner” like thanking a deity for natural disasters. One would think that Palestinians would limit their gloating to dead Israelis, but, alas, any time, anywhere in the western world disaster strikes, Palestinians come out in force and spew their genocidal hatred on the comments section of Shehab news.

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One Of These Is Not Like The Other Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:51:11 +0000 Six English language Israeli news sites reported on the passing of Adele Biton. One of them downplayed the severity of what maimed her. Can you guess which one?

It should come as no surprise that Ha’aretz downplays Palestinian terrorism.

After all, it was one of their star writers, Gidon Levy, who urged Palestinians to throw stones and petrol bombs, claiming it’s their right and duty.

They don’t want Israel to continue tyrannizing them, so they resist. They hurl stones and firebombs. That’s what resistance looks like. Sometimes they act with heinous murderousness, but even that is not as bad as their occupier’s built-in violence.

It’s their right; it’s their duty.

Haaretz: still evil.


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Fake Gazan Civilian Watch: Izzat Really A Journalist? Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:23:52 +0000 Earlier this week, we showed how a 17 year old Islamic Jihad terrorist was passed off as a “civilian.”

Now here’s a 23-year-old Islamic Jihad military media person being passed of as a “freelance photographer.”

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And in case there is still any doubt regarding his affiliation with a terrorist organization, here’s said terrorist organization issuing an obituary for him, calling him a “Shaheed Mujahid”, terror-speak for terrorist.


It’s no surprise then that PCHR make no mention of his terrorist affiliation:

عزت سلامة ضهير وهو صحفي حر، 23 عاماً

“Ezzat Salama Duheir a freelance journalist, 23 years old”

Moreover, him graduating from the Media department of the Islamic university, makes him a “journalist”, and he’s also listed as one of those 17 “innocent journalists” Israel killed. Naturally, here too there is no mention of him being an active member of Islamic Jihad:

29/7/2014: Twenty-three year old journalist Izzat Dahir, who was a correspondent for Al-Hurriyah al-Ilamiyah network in Hebron was killed.

Update: I have noticed the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center have listed Izzat Duheir in a report dealing exclusively with the 123 Islamic Jihad casualties (p. 20 in the PDF). The incriminating post by Islamic Jihad themselves vindicate, once more, the Meir Amit Center’s research.


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