Israellycool » Sara Sidner Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:09:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Guess Who Insidious Sara Quotes? Thu, 09 May 2013 17:48:37 +0000 Fresh off the Israel-is-actually-Occupied-Palestine gaffe from yesterday, Sidner now tries to fill in enough words to make up an article on Stephen Hawking’s sudden spat of hypocrisy. And who does she quote? None other than Ali Abunimah and Omar Barghouti.

Well to be exact, I don’t see “retweeting” a tweet on MSM as quoting, but rather as being lazy, but hey, that’s Sidner for you.

One tweeter, Ali Abunimah, observes: “Amazing how many Israelis on Facebook want Stephen Hawking dead, electrocuted or made to suffer in other nasty ways.”

And like where she didn’t explain why there was a war with Hezbullah, she doesn’t mention who Abunimah is, or what Death-to-Israel site he runs.

There’s also a lengthy suck-up to Barghouti:

Omar Barghouti, one of the founding members of the movement, told CNN: “Stephen Hawking is the most prominent academic today to respect the Palestinian boycott guidelines and to refuse to visit Israel. This reminds us of the moral weight of academics in the boycott of apartheid of South Africa.”

He said Hawking had been convinced by the “unanimous Palestinian voice” he heard from his contacts within the Palestinian community.

“There is deep appreciation among the Palestinians for Professor Hawking’s respecting the boycott, and we sincerely hope that we convince many hesitant academics to follow suit and to shoulder a moral responsibility of boycotting Israel until it complies with international law,” Barghouti said.

Unanimous? Not only does Barghouti himself not boycott Israeli academia (as he has a Master’s from Tel Aviv University), but it appears that the Palestinian speaker in the aforementioned convention, Munib Al-Masri, couldn’t care less about said boycott and will attend.

How insidious is Sarah? So much so that instead of giving an actual bio on Chemi Shalev, she just copy-pastes from his Twitter account.

Haaretz writer Chemi Shalev, who describes himself as a “political junkie, proud father, concerned Israeli, veteran journalist,” tweets: “My take: Stephen #Hawking is now the academic boycott movement’s unlikely poster boy.”



Stay classy Sara.

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Where CNN’s Sara Sidner Calls Israel “Palestinian Territories” Wed, 08 May 2013 14:45:25 +0000 The  insidious Sidner is once again parroting the Arab narrative on Israel.

On Sunday, the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL — the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon — intensified their patrols along the border with the Palestinian territories, Lebanon’s national news agency reported. It said the move followed the alleged blasts and “intensified Israeli Army patrols” along the ‘Blue Line’ within the occupied territories.”

Sidner is apparently so thick, she doesn’t realize that these “occupied territories” are Israel. She automatically assumes that whenever “occupied” and “territories” are thrown about, it must mean Palestinians, and therefore added the bolded phrase above with “Palestinian territories”, when that doesn’t appear in the original NNA report:

Lebanese Army and UNIFIL ran intensive patrols along the borderline region with occupied Palestine between Al-Naqoura and Bint Jbeil on Sunday, NNA correspondent reported.

This move came in the wake of intensified Israeli Army patrols along the “Blue Line” within the occupied territories, which coupled with increased enemy raids over the border region.

Not only has she demonstrated sloppy journalism, she also has no clue as to where she is and what borders what.

Map for Sara

Bonus round! Hezballah whitewashing!

Hezbollah is a Shiite militant group regarded by Israel and the United States as a terrorist organization

And the Netherlands, and Bahrain, and Canada, and France, and Australia

although its political wing is a key player in Lebanon’s government

Still doesn’t exclude them from being terrorist. For more detail on “political Wing” see here.

It has been linked to a number of attacks against Israeli, U.S. and other Western targets.

Sidner neglects to mention the attacks against Lebanese and Syrians, in Syria and Lebanon, as well as possible intervention against uprising in Iran.

In 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in Lebanon, northern Israel and the Golan Heights which ended with a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.

No mention of how the war started, and also note the recurring meme of starting the history of Hezballah in 2006, and not the 2 decades of terror beforehand.

Stay classy Sara.

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Where CNN Admit Hamas Killed Mahmoud Sadallah Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:32:37 +0000 CNN was quick to blame Israel for the death of 4 year old Mahmoud Sadallah, calling him “the symbol of Israeli aggression”

When it later turned out the he was in fact killed by Hamas, many news outlets issued a correction. Elder of Ziyon has documented the whole ordeal, with a lame excuse for a retraction issued by CNN.

In today’s video report by Sara Sidner, which I’ve already partially covered here, she did mention the case, though didn’t say who the baby is, or that she herself made a big issue with his death just half a year ago.

Skip to 5:14 for the gist:

Hamas has also been shown to have killed some its own people with rockets that misfired, including this 4 year old child that Hamas portrayed at the time as a symbol of Israeli brutality

No Sara, YOU portrayed him as said symbol.

Journalism at its worst.

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Stay Classy Sara Sidner Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:42:44 +0000 The definition of Irony: Talking about how Israel killed Jamal al-Dalou’s family, when the background is one giant Hamas obituary to Muhammad al-Dalou, a Hamas al-Qassam artillery brigade member.


While it is regrettable civilians were killed, you have to ask yourself why is the terrorist being displayed upfront, and not the civilians in the tiny bubbles below, and how thick is Sidner that she can’t even figure it out?

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CNN Fail To Correct Misharawi Report Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:15:58 +0000 All the major news sites, except CNN, have updated their story on the killing of 11 month old Jihad Misharawi.

Here’s what Talal Abu-Rahmah had to say in November:

The Gaza-Israel conflict left more than 160 Palestinians dead, many of whom were civilians.

The brother of BBC journalist Jihad Misharawi, whose 11-month-old son was killed in an Israeli airstrike, died from wounds suffered in the strike, medical sources said Monday.

Other CNN reporters also reported it, like Sara Sidner for instance:

With its attacks, Israel is denying Palestinians their rights and efforts to establish an independent state, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.

“This is an aggression against all Palestinian people,” he said.

He cited the deaths of two babies as a result of Israeli airstrikes. One was the 11-month-old son of a BBC journalist in Gaza, BBC Foreign Editor Jon Williams said.

Don’t let the CNN’s sloppy journalism slip under the radar, share this until they correct it!



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CNN’s Crusade Against Israel Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:57:07 +0000 CNN’s anti-Israel narrative was shown a few times before, here on Israellycool. Couple that with Israeli elections, where it seems everyone else in the world but Israelis know what’s best for Israelis, and you get two examples of journalistic crap.

First up is Ben Wedeman‘s piece titled: Analysis: World distracted as Israelis head to polls.

ben wedemanThere was a time when Israel was a top story. War and peace in the Middle East has always been big news. But today, at least in Israel, there is neither war nor peace, just that gray area between the two.

Israelis are going to the polls next Tuesday, but there’s a feeling that little of great import to the rest of the world will be decided this time around. As political analyst Daniel Levy wrote in Foreign Policy, these elections are “about nothing.” Consequently, there is less international interest in Tuesday’s vote than usual.

Wedeman and others are upset that in lieu of more pressing issues, like Mali, Algeria, Syria, and other 3rd world countries, quad-annual elections in a democratic country is not all that interesting. I’m sorry Ben, would you like us to change governments faster than socks, like our eastern neighbour Jordan, for you to get your “hit” of portraying Israel as a failed democracy?

He continues:

It appears fairly certain that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will keep his job. The Israeli body politic will continue its rightward shift, with hardliners insisting on deepening Israel’s now more than 45 year-old occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.

Since the beginning of the millennium, Israel has put down the second Palestinian uprising (intifada). It has gone to war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and taken its battle with Hamas direct to Gaza.

Political “analysts” are pumping out the “rightward shift” as a symptom of the illness of Israeli society, completely ignoring events which trigger shifts in elections, namely Palestinian terror. Hardliners, like me for instance, or Izhak Rabin, do not take for granted this nation’s military victories. Delegitimizing Israel’s claim to Jerusalem is more of a hardline shift than any, and presenting the 19 years of Jordanian occupation and apartheid as the baseline narrative for any future action speaks volumes on the type of people to which Wedeman caters.

Wederman even goes on to give examples of recent events where Israeli “aggression”, the result of said right-wing shift, had brought upon violence. This has got to be the most repugnant piece of journalist dishonesty and bias by far. Not only were all these events Wedeman is citing a direct result of Arab-Islamic terrorism, even the Prime Minister at the time of these events belonged to the “center-left”, a made up political compass of the spineless and opportunistic, like Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert.

2000: After premeditating the Intifada and blowing up buses and restaurants, Palestinian terrorism hit a zenith in the Park hotel suicide attack that killed 30 Israelis during Passover Seder. Israel responded with two actions, launching the successful Operation Defensive Shield to root out the terror infrastructure, and started building the separation barrier, that has since stopped 99% of the terror attacks in Israel.

2006: After a cross-border raid on an IDF patrol, Hizbullah killed and kidnapped the bodies of two IDF reservists. As a result, Israel attacked Hizbullah in Lebanon.

2009: After years of rockets and terror attacks by Gazan terrorists, and 4 years since Israel had withdrawn its last presence there, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead and attacked Hamas on its own turf, which were hiding among the civilian population in Gaza, curbing Hamas for a long period of time.

Rightward shift? More like right way to respond. And remember, the last two were done by the new leftist darling, the convicted criminal Olmert. Wedeman signs off his bile with wishful thinking:

Right now the world may have too much on its plate to pay close attention to Israel. The U.S. and Europe are struggling with an economic crisis that is now into its fifth year, and there are more pressing matters to deal with. But there is also a growing disillusionment with Israel. The Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement, aimed at isolating Israel in protest over its treatment of the Palestinians, is gaining ground. Even pop stars are now shunning Israel in reaction to protests.

Some say the dynamic between Israel and the Palestinians is being reframed much like South Africa under apartheid. It’s a comparison, drawn by Desmond Tutu among others, that enrages many Israelis and their supporters elsewhere, but it is one that many in Israel acknowledge is a growing reality. Few believe it will be addressed at this election.

The BDS movement is a joke at best, a bully at worst, and the equation of Israel to apartheid South Africa has been busted time and time again for the anti-Semitic trope that lies behind it. Even CNN itself disprove that latest anti-Israel narrative with another piece, focusing on the Israeli female Arab MK and wannabe shahida Haneen Zoabi.

sara_sidner_1The perplexedly-titled: For Israeli voters, missile fire, money main issues in Tuesday election, is co authored by Israellycool’s favourite Fatah whitewasher Sara Sidner, and laments that, contrary to what the world might think is important, Israelis have other things to worry about than Palestinians. The article focuses on some of the issues in these coming elections, with one of them being – you guessed it – the rightward shift:

Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu is the product of a coalition — an uneasy alliance — between Netanyahu’s Likud and Lieberman’s even more right-wing Yisrael Beitenu.

Along with its vigilance on security, Likud-Beitenu is supportive of West Bank Jewish settlements, whose presence is reviled by Palestinians and many Israelis as well as obstacles to a peace agreement.

Polls are saying the coalition will get 30-some seats, the most of all the parties signed up to participate.

Likud-Beitenu is trending more to the right. Haim Malka, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said a growing nationalistic and religious faction has asserted influence within the internal politics of Likud.

Another right-wing party, a religious and nationalist movement called Jewish Home, is gaining strength. Its leader is Naftali Bennett, a charismatic rising star in Israel.

He’s Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, a self-made high-tech millionaire with a well-regarded military track record. His movement, analysts say, could gain Knesset seats in the teens.

The group wants to annex territory in the West Bank and backed a ground invasion during last year’s war in Gaza.

Malka explained Bennett’s appeal to some voters.

“He’s young, he’s fresh, ” Malka said. “He hasn’t been in politics long.”

Bennett’s party, a coalition of smaller political parties, attracted voters from other movements, including Likud.

“He personally is not a deceiver. He is a sincere and worthy individual,” said Ari Shavit, columnist for the daily Haaretz.

“But the phenomena is a deceiving phenomena which enables the extreme right to win the hearts of many moderate right-wingers and even centralists who don’t understand that when the vote for this high-tech guy from Ra’anana they actually vote for an ideology which wants to annex most of the West Bank,” Shavit said.

Jewish Home’s gain in popularity might “explain why, in the aftermath of the November 29 U.N. vote on Palestine, Netanyahu pushed for settlement planning (albeit not construction) northeast of Jerusalem, in the controversial 4.5 square-mile area designated E-1,” said the Washington Institute’s David Makovsky, an Israel expert.

Palestinians are upset with that plan because settlements in that spot would break up the contiguous nature of a future state.

True to their narrative, CNN prints the unchallenged quote that the settlements are an obstacle to peace, and not, let’s say, Palestinian incitement and terror. Also, some of you might notice the debunked contiguous state lie.

haim malkaA sure way to spike an article with reliability is to quote an “analyst” or “expert” here and there. The first one, Chaim Malka, is just another liberal living in his own personal delusional world of Palestinian reconciliation, and backtracking on the US’ policy on Egypt-turn-Islamic state.

In 2009 he stated that:

He notes that Egypt has not been helpful in stopping the smuggling of weapons because “they have their own constraints.” But a decision by the U.S. Congress to delay aid to Egypt until it cracks down on the smuggling may prove helpful, he thinks.

But fast forward 2 years, all of a sudden the US should fund the Islamic regime in Cairo:

Calls in Washington to suspend military aid to Egypt are fueling an already blazing fire. Although a serious review of the $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Egypt is long overdue, raising the threat in the midst of a burning crisis is dangerous. The Egyptian military, the primary beneficiary of U.S. aid, will play a significant role in shaping the contours of the post-Mubarak system. The United States’ ability to influence that system is already limited. Freezing military aid now undermines what leverage the U.S. government does have to promote a post-Mubarak system that is more than just a reconfiguration of the status quo.

Here he is saying that Marwan Barghouti, an arch-terrorist serving multiple life sentences for murdering Israelis, should be freed so he can form a pragmatic and moderate Palestinian government, I kid you not!

Haim Malka says that experience suggests that Fatah is unlikely to carry out extensive reforms. What is most important for Palestinian society is to bridge the gap between Fatah and Hamas, and Mr. Malka suggests that Marwan Barghouti, who is now in prison, might be the best person to do that. He notes that the Palestinians are dealing with Yasser Arafat’s legacy of authoritarian rule. Without building a Palestinian “consensus” across party lines, Haim Malka suggests, there will probably be no “viable peace process” in the future. He says the United States should not try to divide Palestinians “between the good guys and the bad guys.” Instead, Washington should first try to get a cease-fire that is “tied to some kind of international involvement.

That’s CNN for you. Making their own news and wars, like a real life Elliot Carver, since the real news is too boring to draw a crowd, or not anti-Israel enough. They repeat debunked lies and hype, quote delusional “analysts”, and paint Israel and Israelis as a society in need of replacement.

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Israellycool Get Results From CNN, But They Still Fail Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:36:41 +0000 After posting 48 Ways To Whitewash Fatah Terrorism, I’ve contacted numerous watch groups on twitter, including the author of that piece, Sara Sidner, and pointed out the factual error about Fatah’s founding.

Sneakily and without an official correction notice, CNN added a new sentence to their article:

Palestine Liberation Organization leaders say Fatah was officially founded in 1965 which coincided with its first major attack against Israel.

Let’s Fisk it:

“PLO leaders say” –  That’s another way of saying “we didn’t fact check what we are about to write”.

“Fatah was officialy founded in 1965″  – Which is a proven lie.

“Coincided with it’s first major attack against Israel” – On the one hand, CNN admits there’s a terrorist attack somewhere in there. On the other hand, it’s obfuscated by “coincided”. The retroactive political action, of coinciding Fatah’s anniversary celebrations with its war crimes, is the correct way of things, and not the twisted, deceitful PLO (of which Fatah is the biggest faction) propaganda and history revisionism, which CNN has posted on their website.

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