Israellycool Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:08:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WATCH: Pro Palestinian Admits Shirley Temper Is A Fraud Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:08:40 +0000 Following my success in having Shirley Temper’s shenanigans exposed in the mainstream media, a pro palestinian has come out with a video admitting she is a fraud. In doing so, he references numerous Israellycool posts.

And why am I posting this, given I find many of this vlogger’s views abhorrent? Because getting through to someone like this (as opposed to an Israel supporter) is that much more difficult (hat tip: Elisheva).

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WATCH: Antisemitic Pallywood Street Theater– Gaza Blood And Rubble Bucket Challenge Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:07:56 +0000 Don’t watch this on an empty stomach. It will make you sick, and not because the evil Jew torments the poor benighted Palestinian. It will make you sick because it’s dishonest.

This little bit of street theater has it that Jews kill innocent Arabs and when the world calls them on it, they say, “But they’re terrorists!”

The fact is that Jews loathe war and do everything possible to avoid killing innocent civilians when it becomes necessary to engage in defensive operations. That is why, for instance, the IDF drops leaflets warning of imminent operations and including maps of safe areas. That is why the IDF uses the roof-knocking technique to warn civilians to evacuate to safe places.

The Arabs, on the other hand, have no compunction about using human shields in order to drive up the number of civilians deaths to gain world sympathy for their plight.

The worst thing about the Arab war against the Jews is the way so much of the world plays along with it by being all too ready to accept any and all lies about the Jews, Israel, and the IDF. Please don’t be a party to the lies. The lies just encourage the terrorists to double down, hurting their own people by using even more human shields, and of course, hurting more Jews. The false narrative, the one you see in the streets and on the news, is one that strengthens the terror machine targeting not only Arab human shields, but me, my family, and my people.

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Shirley Temper Is Real And Really Dangerous Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:35:19 +0000 ahed tamimi fb postJust my quick note on the Shirley Temper story: the soldier is real. How he came to separate form his unit and why it took them so long to get support back to him are as yet unknown. That shouldn’t have happened. 
He also wasn’t equipped for arrests and crowd control: where are his flexi-ties; he’s carrying a completely unsuitable and unwieldy weapon for example. Many have said using the general army for these highly instigated and controlled (by the other side) “riots” is wrong and we need the equivalent of an elite crowd control unit. I agree.

The boy with the allegedly broken arm is Shirley’s brother and the father claims his arm was broken (of course) by the IDF the day before. But of course the kid was still encouraged to go out the next day and throw rocks at the IDF. This is the core of the Palestinian child abuse problem.

So the incident is a combination of reality and Pallywood with the requisite number of NGO foreigners on hand to film and document everything for the world. Clearly everybody there knows the soldier will never use his gun unless they pull out a weapon. So they use little girls and the tears of women.

Avigdor Liberman had this to say:

Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman responded to the video by demanding an urgent meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Liberman called on committee chair MK Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) to convene a meeting as early as Sunday to discuss the IDF’s rules of engagement in the Nabi Salah area.

“We are talking about an incident which severely harms the deterrent capacity of the IDF,” Liberman said. “The pictures – which show an IDF soldier being hit by Palestinian women and children, and in the end giving up on (arresting) the rock-thrower who started the whole incident – broadcasts weakness and helplessness on the part of the IDF and Israel.”

“This is the end result of the feeble and stuttering conduct of the prime minister and defense minister, who also did not prevent the interrogation of the Binyamin Regional Commander Colonel Yisrael Shomer, and Lt. Colonel Neria Yeshurun,” he added, referring to two military commanders targeted by leftist NGOs who many feel were abandoned by the government.

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Why Matisyahu Put The Nail In The Coffin Of BDS Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:26:01 +0000 1024px-Summerjam_20130705_Matisyahu_DSC_0014_by_EmhaThe entire point of BDS is to alienate, marginalize and silence Jews. BDS winning doesn’t require people actually boycotting Israel; it only requires them to marginalize Jews.

When Jews take the attitude “It’s not worth it so I’m not gonna bother,” BDS wins. Every single time a Jew decides not to attend an event because they may or may not encounter asshattery, BDS wins. When Jews decide to keep their Jewishness on the downlow to avoid problems, BDS wins.

So when does BDS lose? When Jews are visible, and unapologetic, when Israel supporters are loud and unabashed. That’s when BDS loses because it has no way to counter those things without revealing itself to be what it is – a movement calculated to attack Jews and isolate them.

Matisyahu just showed the pro-Israel world the blueprint on how to beat these people, and it didn’t involve the classic “not rocking the boat” as some mainstream Jewish organizations would have us believe. I couldn’t believe that I saw people advocating for Matisyahu to stay home, to collect the money for being cancelled but to not perform. In truth, nothing would have been worse; if he stayed away, it would have been a victory for those who want to silence any Jewish voice that doesn’t parrot their anti Israel garbage. By staying unseen, he would have given them what they wanted.

By going and by performing the songs he performed, Matisyahu not only showed that BDS failed but that it failed in an abject manner; that he was unafraid, not intimidated and unbowed. It was actually a heroic thing to do and he should be applauded.

Matisyahu may be an American Jew, but in that single moment I believe he was Israeli, Jewish, proud and unconcerned with the haters. The history of the Jewish people in Israel in a nutshell – maligned, marginalized and attacked, but standing strong and unbroken. The lesson here is obvious. If you want to defeat the haters you don’t defeat them by being more hateful, you defeat them with love, love for your people, love for your history, and love for your culture, because as much as our enemies would have us believe otherwise, love trumps hate every single time

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Israellycool And Readers Get Shirley Temper’s Name Splashed Across Daily Mail (Updated) Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:56:02 +0000 It could have been a huge PR disaster when the below images were posted in the mainstream media, including the Daily Mail, and went viral.

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And the video:


Ostensibly, it looks like every Israel hater’s wet dream: images of an armed IDF soldier trying to detain a young boy wearing a sling, while having women and children trying to stop him, armed with nothing but their hands.

Of course, there was context.

“The youth in the picture was seen throwing rocks, and as such a decision was made to arrest him. During the arrest, a violent provocation began which included a number of Palestinian women and children. As a result of the violent clash, a decision was made by the regional commander to cease the arrest,” the IDF said in a statement.

Army officials added that: “Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him.”

But the initial Daily Mail report very much reflected the “simple” narrative

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And then something amazing happened.

Israellycool readers recognized the biting girl as the Pallywood star “Shirley Temper”, whose exploits I have documented comprehensively on this blog. Exploits which involve deliberately trying to provoke IDF soldiers under the watchful and encouraging eye of her parents, in order to produce great images for propaganda.

And they might have gotten away with it too, had it not been for those meddling yids!

Readers inundated the Daily Mail with links to this blog showing what Shirley Temper and her family have been up to. And Brian of London also contacted an editor over at the paper.

And the Daily Mail responded – by changing the tone of the story entirely, providing context to it and revealing Shirley Temper’s history.

Questions raised over shocking West Bank image of boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after girl, 13, seen biting attacker is revealed as prolific ‘Pallywood star’

Questions have been raised over the authenticity of shocking images of a boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after a 13-year-old girl seen biting his attacker is said to be a prolific ‘Pallywood star’.

The remarkable images which surfaced online on Friday appeared to show an IDF soldier armed with a machine gun grappling with the little boy as two women make desperate attempts to pull him off following protests in the West Bank.

A young girl is seen ambushing the balaclava-clad soldier by forcing the weapon from his hands and biting him before he flees the scene.

But it is thought the young girl in the photographs is Ahed Tamimi, whose parents Bassem and Nariman – also pictured – are well-known Palestinian activists in their village of Nabi Saleh.

The teenager has appeared in a string of similar videos where she challenges Israeli security forces and rose to prominence after she was filmed confronting one who arrested her brother, which resulted in her being presented with a bravery award.

She was handed the ‘Handala Award for Courage’ by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Istanbul, where she reportedly expressed she would like to live.

Online blogs have dubbed her ‘Shirley Temper’ and accused her of being a ‘Pallywood’ star – a term coined by author Richard Landes, describing the alleged media manipulation by Palestinians to win public relations war against Israel.

Her father, Bassem al-Tamimi, was convicted by an Israeli military court in 2011 for ‘sending people to throw stones, and holding a march without a permit’ – a charge his lawyers deny.

He has been jailed eight times, while his wife has been detained five times. Other family members, including their son Waed, has also been arrested.

Bassem organises weekly protests and it was reportedly at one of these demonstrations that the shocking images are said to have been taken.

An Israeli army spokesman said that Palestinians had been throwing stones at an IDF force which was set up in the area.

An image has emerged on the internet of a boy, said to be the youth that was held at gunpoint, throwing rocks with one arm, while his other remained in plaster and in a sling.

The spokesman added that a decision was made to arrest the boy and it was during the detention that a ‘violent provocation’ began, including a number of Palestinian women and children.

He told Haaretz that there was ‘a violent disturbance of the peace in Nabi Saleh, in which Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces that were in the place.

‘The youth who was photographed was identified by the lookout force as a stone-thrower, and because of this it was decided to detain him.

At the time of the arrest, a violent provocation by a number of Palestinians developed, including women and children. In light of the violent altercation, the commander decided to not to go ahead with the detention.’

He added: ‘Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him.’

Notice the oblique reference to Israellycool as “online blogs” (for the record, I invented the label Shirley Temper).

But I’ll take this as a win. Allowed to go unchecked, this would have been an unmitigated PR disaster for Israel. As it is, I am sure some damage has been done, but not as much as would have been the case had the Daily Mail not been alerted to the Tamimi family’s background in Pallywood productions. Now, Daily Mail readers will see the images, read the article, and might ask “What kind of parents would allow their child – already in a sling – to be placed in harm’s way?”

So thank you dear readers. We really can make a difference.

Update: Ahed Tamimi, Shirley Temper herself, shared on her Facebook page a link to the original Daily Mail story.

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She’s in for a rude shock when she discovers it now points to the updated version, which exposes her family’s antics to a larger audience.

Update: It looks like The Telegraph had covered the confrontation, but has now pulled the story.

Update: This photo confirms the IDF account – Shirley Temper’s brother was throwing rocks before his Oscar-winning performance (hat tip: Johnny and other readers).

Update (Brian): The photo of the brother throwing rocks may have been doctored. We have taken it down pending more investigation.


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Separated At Birth: The Importance of Being Ernest Edition Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:13:45 +0000 American nuclear physicist and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has a face and hair screaming out “Separated at birth me!”

The question is: with whom?

H.R. Pufnstuf (hat tip: Zion Mike)

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Tiny Tim

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Anton Chigurh

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]]> 2 Getting To The Bottom Of This Ketchup Thing Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:00:04 +0000 You may have seen lately the news articles going around about Osem taking Ketchup giant Heinz to task about whether their world famous ketchup actually qualifies as “ketchup”.

According to BBC,

In January Osem said it had Heinz ketchup tested and found it contained 21% tomato concentrate. Israel requires ketchup to have 41% tomato concentrate.

This is wrong. The “41” they are referring to is the Israeli standard number that refers to tomato concentrate.  This is also a silly claim, since I just opened my fridge and pulled out a bottle of Osem brand ketchup and according to its label it contains only 37% tomato concentrate and not 41% as the BBC article claims is required.


The Haaretz article only refers to 10% “tomato solids”. A little more correct, but not quite.

Indeed there is an Israeli standard when it comes to ketchup.  According to the Standards Institute of Israel (Machon Hatkanim) website, to be called ketchup, your tomato-based condiment must meet the following standards. (You can download the PDF here in Hebrew)

  • Must filled aseptically, cleaned and sanitized before filling.
  • Disposable packets may not be more than 30g.
  • Must be in packages of the following sizes: 340g, 600g, 750g, 1kg or 3.2kg

OK, now about content:

The content of the ketchup is tested by measuring degrees brix through a refractometer.

The standard states that the product must contain at least 30 degrees brix, of which 10 degrees is from tomatoes.

This basically means that there must be 30 grams of sucrose for every 100 grams of the product, 10 of which must come from tomatoes.

So the real reason Heinz gets disqualified as “ketchup” at your local Rami Levi? Only 6 grams of sucrose comes from tomatoes.

That’s it.

The moral of the story is, eat salsa made from fresh vegetables instead. It’s much healthier and tastes better.


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Follow-Up To Mel Gibson-At-Israeli-Film-Festival Story Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:51:52 +0000 Last week, I interrupted my holiday to post that Mel Gibson was back in the news for apparently abusing someone – after exiting an Israeli film festival.

Alas, it appears this is not what happened. He apparently abused someone after exiting a French film that finished around the same time as the Israeli one.

mel gibsonI recently got the gig of running the AICE Israeli Film Festival, now playing at Palace Verona cinema. It’s a mixture of 30 films straight from the Holy Land. But it appears the Holy Land was visited by the Antichrist, in the form of Mel Gibson this week, even if he did get there by mistake.

It seems he bought a ticket for a current release Far From Men, a war story set in Algeria. His session ended at exactly the same time as one of our films, Matti Caspi — Confession, about an Israeli rock star, who fell out of love with the Israeli public and was exiled to live in California. What a coincidence.

I am sure Mel is happy I cleared this up. Would not want his reputation taking a hit thinking he would attend an Israeli film.

Which is what Richard Moore, artistic director for the Australian Israeli Film Festival and the author of the above piece, has invited Mel to do.

Whatever the case, I’m a believer in an open dialogue and that’s why I’ve issued an invitation to him and his girlfriend to come to the festival in peace. Any film you want to see over the next week — we run until August 30th — please come and be our guest.

Time to stop the hatred. Come to Camp, Mel — we would love to meet you.

Will Mel take Richard up on this offer? He has done crazier things.

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Responding To Some Antisemitic Monkey Business Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:52:56 +0000 Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

At least according to Sudanese journalist Mus’ab Al-Mosharraf, who has written on the well-known and popular liberal Arabic website Elaph that macaque monkeys are descended from the Jews.

“It Is Indisputable That There Are Monkeys Of Jewish Origin”

“The black macaque is in danger of extinction due to hunting and due to loss of its natural habitat. These monkeys are found in the islands of Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Indonesia; silver macaques live in the Far East, including in China and Japan. Macaques are friendly and pleasant, and are very similar to humans. Some believe that they are the offspring of their Jewish forefathers whom Allah transformed into monkeys.

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“It is indisputable that there are monkeys of Jewish origin; none deny this but those who do not believe in the Koran that Allah brought down to Muhammad. Allah said of these monkeys of Jewish descent: “And you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the Sabbath, and we said to them ‘be apes, despised.’ And we made it a deterrent punishment for those who were present and those who succeeded [them] and a lesson for those who fear Allah’ (Koran 2: 65-66).

“[According] to the [Koranic] story, Allah forbade the Jews to work on the Sabbath. [It tells of] one village of Jews where they fished for a living. The fish would appear in multitudes on the Sabbath, and vanish on Sunday. These Jews felt sorrow and anger, and, against Allah’s commandment, devised a scheme whereby they would imprison the fish in netting on the Sabbath without drawing them out of the water, and at dawn on Sunday they would pull them out. Several of their prophets prohibited them from doing this, but they were undeterred, as was their custom. [For this reason,] Allah punished them and transformed them into monkeys.

“The rest of the Jews [who did not violate Allah’s directive and were not transformed into monkeys] did not want to live near [the Jews who had been transformed into monkeys] and banished them to the mountains. The [Jews who had become monkeys] continued to multiply, and were finally forced to disperse throughout the world. It seems that they chose to settle in the countries of Southeast Asia and the Far East, as can be seen today.

“What is interesting is that there are two species of macaque – black and silver. This corresponds to the two types of Jews, of two [skin] colors: the Ashkenazis, of European origin, and the Sephardis, of Asian origin.


“It is noteworthy that [Charles] Darwin ([who was] of Jewish descent) kept the world preoccupied for a long time with his theory that man is descended from apes. Apparently, he arrived at this assumption from his study [of] the history of some of his forefathers amongst the Jewish monkeys.

“The problem of the macaque is that the Hindus and Buddhists of Southeast Asia and the Far East hunt them for food, and make folk medicines from them. What is astonishing and amazing is that most of the countries where there are increasing numbers of macaques are Islamic countries…

“It is known that Jews always feel comfortable with and prefer to live, reside, and settle amongst the Islamic peoples, because they feel secure among them… The proliferation of the Jews in Spain, and later in the kingdom of Morocco, and currently in Palestine provides good proof of this factual observation.

“It should be noted that that the Jews were subjected to isolation and degradation throughout all of Europe, and particularly by the Nazis in Germany under Adolf Hitler’s leadership. Today, macaques have received some attention and interest, because people fear that they could become extinct.

“On Sulawesi Island in Indonesia, a photographer took several photos of them, and was surprised to learn that these monkeys have a happy family life, just like humans. He was also surprised to see that they behave like humans when asked to stand or sit so that they can be photographed. These monkeys are astoundingly adept at posing for the camera.

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“It may be superfluous to say that the film industry, and the talent of posing for the camera, are the preserve of the Jews. Most of the groundbreaking film actors and actresses, in [both] Hollywood and Paris, were and still are of Jewish origin.”

Truly brilliant. It is hard to argue with such impeccable logic. Alas, I will give it a go, albeit with my rather primative brain capacity.

Firstly, everyone knows we are actually shape-shifters. So even if we had been cursed and turned into monkeys, we could easily have turned ourselves back to a better looking creature. Such as a leopard. Or Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie.

Secondly. if our forefathers were indeed monkeys, how do you explain all of our achievements? Face it: the only Nobel Prize winner who resembles a base, low-intellect creature is this guy. And I’m pretty sure he was not Jewish (although many of his best fiends were).

Thirdly, if a lynchpin of your argument is resemblance, I’ll just leave this out there:

Similarly, arguing that “the talent of posing for the camera, are the preserve of the Jews” ignores the talents of the likes of Ahmed Angel..

And Omar Borkan Al Gala.

And finally, a strong case can be made that Jews do not “always feel comfortable with and prefer to live, reside, and settle amongst the Islamic peoples.” Trust me on this.

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Update: Old Terrorist, New Terror Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:10:05 +0000 Muhamed Ata Mahmoud Muamar, 56 of Hebron, stabbed a border policeman yesterday. That officer was lucky to be injured and not killed.

We remember Muamar as the murderer of Professor Menahem Stern. Stern was the history professor who was walking in the Valley of the Cross, meters below the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel, when attacked and killed.  Muamar was one of 26 Palestinian prisoners released on the 28th December 2013.

All of the released prisoners had perpetrated offenses prior to the Oslo accords and had served sentences of 19-28 years. So much for releasing killers for peace. We only had to wait a couple of years to see  fears were not misplaced.  Muarmar was free and has tried to kill again.

And where is the promised advancement of peace talks? Just talk it seems.

protest sign ministers of Israel releasing prisoners.

Ministers of the government of Israel should be embarrassed, only in Israel do murderers get released. This protest sign from the end of December 2013 was deemed right-wing fanatical (it says “Ministers of the Israeli government, be ashamed. Only in Israel do we release murderers”)

Now what will be done with Muamar and the other released murderers who have indeed tried again to kill? How long will we have to wait for the next attempt at murder?

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