Israellycool » Judge Dan Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:53:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.”

Izzat Duheir 1


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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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Fail Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:05:04 +0000 Israel’s official Twitter channel posted this:

And while the message is festive, the underlying fail isn’t.

That’s the Gorny Monastery on the slopes of Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

Gorny Monastery is a Russian Orthodox Monastery which was built in Ein Kerem in 1871 as a part of Russia’s attempt to establish its hold in the Holy Land. For this reason it was also named “Moskovia” after the city of Moscow. The Gorny Monastery spreads over hundreds of dunams and includes three churches – two small and one big. The large church, the Church of the Holy Trinity, has domes and golden crosses by which this place is recognized.

In case you lived under a rock for the past millenia, Orthodox Christianity, including Russian Orthodoxy, celebrate Christmas on January 7th, as opposed to Western Christianity that does so today.

Sure, this picture is still relevant 13 days from now, but one cannot escape the feeling that the people operating Israel’s official Twitter channel are actually clueless about the different denominations.

According to Real Jstreets, Israel’s Government Press Office issued a National and Interfaith calendar with all the holidays and religious observance days for all religions, it included high quality pictures. And on January 7th, it has ‘Orthodox Christmas.’

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the fail.

Edit: This image doesn’t in fact appear in the GPO’s National and Interfaith calendar. The Twitter handle selected it by themselves.

Furthermore, as unplugged mentioned in the comments, Eastern Christianity celebrates Christmas on December 25th, but on the Julian calendar, not the Gregorian calendar – the most common worldwide calendar used by Israellycool, Twitter, and the Israeli government.

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Why Did This Palestinian Facebook Group Care About A Nepal Bus Crash? Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:02:09 +0000 This Hamas affiliated Facebook group with 1.9 Million “likes” (almost 4 times as many as the Times of Israel), shared a story about a bus crash in Nepal.

At the time of writing, this post has more than 9000 likes, 850 shares, and 850 comments.


Because 2 Israelis died in the crash.

A tourist bus travelling from Kathmandu to the Langtang area in Nepal overturned and fell into an abyss on Friday resulting in ten deaths including two Israelis. Four Israelis were among the dozens of people injured.

The Israeli ambassador in Kathmandu was with the injured Israelis in hospital, according to Army Radio.

In total, there were 60 people on the bus that reportedly fell fifty meters. Police and rescue teams arrived at the scene and were able to evacuate the injured to an area hospital.

The accident was caused by overcrowding on the bus according to a Nepalese report.

The comments are of the typical racist genocidal manner:

Oh God, exterminate them and kill them vaporized and left them none

To hell

O limit the Zionist Jews and kill them, vaporize them and don’t leave any of them

To hell and good riddance, expand their dead Allah

Allah Akbar


God burn them

And that’s just from the first page of 50 comments.

“If it bleeds it leads” is a well known aphorism about journalism. I guess if it’s Jewish and it bleeds that’s even better for Palestinians.

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Avengers: Age Of Galil SAR Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:22:18 +0000 The leaked viral marketing release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer has a surprise to gun aficionados.

Skip to 0:52

Here’s a screenshot


That rifle is the Israeli made IMI Galil SAR, Aka ‘Glilon’.

Someone in the production team made the choice of featuring this rifle out of literally hundreds of others. Take that, Ruffalo.

Disclosure, yours truly lugged one around for about year.

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It’s The Settlements, Stoopid Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:00:10 +0000 A Palestinian news site with 2.5 million FB likes shared this photo with this caption:


Night photo of occupied Tel Aviv inside Palestine

Mainstream Palestinianism sees every Israeli as a settler, and every city an occupation.

But remember, it’s the settlements that’s the hindrance to Middle-Eastern peace.

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Jerusalem Terror Attack Caught On Tape Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:49:15 +0000 There’s an ongoing Intifada in Jerusalem right now. It’s been a violent several months since the murder of the 3 teenagers and the onslaught of the Kerry Intifada. Oh, you know, when John Kerry threatened Israel with Palestinian terrorism?

There have been dozens of attacks DAILY, be it smashed windows, burnt vehicles, live fire, and firebombs.

This incident, filmed by the terrorists themselves, happened last night.

This has been the reality here in Jerusalem for a while, and it’s only a matter of time till someone gets killed. The police chiefs are uninterested in doing something that will cost them their job, so the current strategy is to hush everything.

If you want to be up-to-date in ongoing Arab terror in Jerusalem, you should follow the following Facebook group. It’s in Hebrew, but a Google translate will help:

Terror in Jerusalem must stop

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Zionist Barn Owl Of DeathTM Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:50:35 +0000 It’s been a while since the Mossad Ornithology Division was caught in the act. This time, one of our barn owl agents was caught in Tyre, Lebanon.

Our Zionist plot was once again foiled due to identification bracelets on the agent, bearing the code “Tel Aviv University, Israel

One bright Lebanese commenter said:

There is the mystery of these trained birds crossing the border and perhaps next time these birds will wear surveillance cameras

The Mossad really needs to pick up their game, as migration season is here, and many agents risk capture returning from a 6 month long mission in the north.


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Shuafat Violence – Geolocating Israel Police’s FUBAR Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:50:33 +0000 Last week I posted the video showing the firing of a Carlo sub machine gun towards a police checkpoint in Shuafat.

A day later, Ynet picked up the story as well, and added interesting new information.  The following is a translation of the interesting parts:

Witnesses to this event say the gunfire was aimed at a Border Police position only a few tens of meters away. “This isn’t the first time they shoot at it, they even fired twice towards Pisgat Ze’ev” said residents of the camp, who asked to be unnamed for fear they’d be hurt. Since Operation Protective Edge, gunfire from the camp was aimed at nearby Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood several times, residents assume it’s members of the same group.

“Inside the camp there are several armed teams of Hamas and other [terror] organizations. The camp is full of weapons. The teams are armed with M-16s, Kalashnikovs, Carl Gustavs pistols [This is the Carlo SMG, mistakenly called that way. J.D] and other types” they say in Shuafat. In a remarkable turn of events, residents of the camp oppose those armed teams and their actions, for fear of collective punishment, but they say requests made to police to act against them were ignored. “We sent complaints and warned senior police officers, even the district chief, that Shuafat camp is full of weapons that might be used against the police and against the Jewish residents of nearby neighborhood, but no one has responded. What are they waiting for? For someone to die?”

The residents stated that they fear that if there is a deadly incident they will be the ones to pay the price. “If something will happen here, we will lose because they will tighten the checkpoints and there will be raids by the police and the army against the residents. We demand that the police will come in and clear the camp of weapons, to act against those teams”. The residents emphasized that they can’t deal with the matter by themselves for fear of reprisals in the camp and clan feuds.

The main reason that lead to Shuafat camp being a no-mans-land is that, although there is a checkpoint separating it and Jerusalem, there is practically no control over its other entrance, near the village of Anata. Therefore Palestinians from the West Bank can enter freely without check. That’s why the camp has become a hub of crime and terror that the police is finding it difficult to deal with.

In response to the complaints and the video, Jerusalem Police Department stated that the angle of filming doesn’t make it possible to verify the exact location it was taped from. “Furthermore, no event of gunfire against police forces in Shuafat is known from that day. Jerusalem PD and Border police are operating in the camp, and during the operations dozens of suspects were arrested on suspicion of possessing weapons, drug trafficking, homicide and assault. Moreover, weapons and armaments were seized. The police is also acting from the neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev to protect its residents and to stop gunfire”

I’ll come back to the bolded part about not being able to locate where the original video was filmed in a moment.

All in all, I commend the statements of some the residents. Yet to fully grasp why the police refrains from entering the camp, look at a typical scenario that entails when they do :

Yet the most distressing part in the article is the police spokesperson remark about them not being able to identify the exact location. That is B.S. It took me no more than 5 minutes to find the exact spot.

Let’s start with the obvious, Shuafat camp.

This screenshot is taken from the Jerusalem municipality digital map

Shuafat map 1

Zooming in closer, the only area where an incident between residents and police may occur is at the entrance of the camp:

Shuafat map 2

By the low angle of the sun in the video, and the direction it is coming from, one can deduce it’s afternoon, hence the sun is coming from west. So general directions are: Street on a east-west route, and firing left across the corner – shooting south. Let’s zoom in further and pin-point the location:

The checkpoint is at the bottom left, so the gunman was firing from behind one of the buildings a few meters to the north. In the video, you could see cars turning right in front of him, and an open-ish square. which means the gunman was most probably firing from the position marked with a red cross.

Let’s verify with images on the ground.

A good source of readily available images is geotagged Panoramio photos in Google Earth. One such photo is this.

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It was taken from the building with the grey roof, closest to the traffic circle and the pillbox – the most probable target for the gunman.

shuafat vidAnother good source for photos is a simple image search of the Arabic name of Shuafat camp – مخيم شعفاط.

Let’s take a look at that screenshot again: one can see a stone paved sidewalk, several square yellow metal poles few meters apart, with an arched roofing, and some kind of flower pot at the end.

Looks familiar?


Yellow poles, arched roof, flower pot. Equate this image to the aerial image, and it becomes pretty obvious the location is right.


What other images of this place can I find?

A guy holding a Hamas flag in the same location at the entrance to the camp. Note the dozen or so masked youth.

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A police unit with riot dispersal equipment, once again, in the exact same location: Yellow poles, arched roof, flower pot.

shuafat pic 3

Another riot

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Another arrest

shuafat pic 4

A similar Arabic search of YouTube would have found the next two videos. I have uploaded them to my channel, though they are still easily searchable with the Arabic term.

The first one shows what a riot with petrol bombs being thrown about looks like.

This one, taken from the tall building abutting from the east of the corner building, shows another riot, and the following rock shower hobby.

In this video you can see the checkpoint, the square, the roofed sidewalk, as well as other definitive proof of the location of the gunmen.

That Israeli police claim they can’t identify the location is a lie. The troops patrolling that place know it well, and the police chiefs are aware of the constant riots and police operations there. It took me all of 5 minutes to identify the exact spot, and explain to Israellycool’s audience who’ve never been there.

The Police spokesperson’s statement to the press is a sorry attempt  to mask their incompetence. It is yet another FUBAR by the police’s non-field units. Amidst their computer screens and A/C units, the clerks and desk people seem blind to reality.

The ever increasing gunfire from Shuafat reported on by residents of Pisgat Ze’ev is being ignored. As is so tragically the case in this part of the world, unless someone dies, rules and laws will remain as they are, and the Shuafat gunmen will find another opportunity to shoot at Israelis without fear.

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Scenes From The Ramallah Ghetto Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:31:17 +0000 Some shocking scenes from the Ramallah Ghetto were posted on Facebook this week, during a contest run by local mobile phone company, Watania-Mobile, to win a brand new Chrysler Jeep.

The following images are disturbing, readers be warned.

[Editors note, somehow Judge Dan has started channeling the late Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police].

Distressing image of fake distressed jeans.

Distressing image of fake distressed jeans.

Pink polo, oh the humanity

Pink polo, oh the humanity

Ghetto stripes

Striped clothes worn by the some of the inhabitants

Graphic T's is a fashion crime against humanity

Graphic T’s is a fashion crime against humanity

Horror! That Hijab and those shoes?

Horror! That Hijab and those shoes?

The red symbolizes blood, or something

The red symbolizes blood, or something

The third Jeep is black, like their future

The third Jeep is black, like their future

Let’s just hope they won’t end up like they did in Gaza

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