Israellycool » Twitter Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:09:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 #AskHamas Doomed To Backfire Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:22:58 +0000 Following the widely successful #AskGalloway initiative on Twitter, terrorist organization Hamas has decided to do something similar.

ask hamasHamas media coordinator Taher al-Nunu announced the launch of a weeklong interactive campaign starting Friday on social media outlets under the hashtag #AskHamas.

The campaign aims at answering any questions that might be raised by European communities with the approach of the time limit, on March 18, of the EU appeal of an earlier court ruling calling for the removal of Hamas from EU’s terrorism list.

Nunu said, in a speech during a media workshop on Thursday, that the campaign would primarily target western audiences, especially in the EU.

“It will send messages reflecting Hamas’s opinions and attitudes towards many issues that concern the western people and demonstrate that Hamas is not a terrorist group”, he explained.

The campaign will highlight the fact that Hamas is a national liberation movement and that the real terrorist is the Israeli occupation, he said.

He pointed out that the campaign will be focused mainly on social media in Question and Answer form in order to reach the largest number of the western people who showed solidarity with the Palestinian just cause.

Through the #AskHamas campaign, Hamas members – including senior leaders – will answer questions by western social media users in order to clarify Hamas’s true positions.

He called on social media activists to support the campaign, and described it as a Palestinian national duty.

Already, people have joined in on the fun.

I can’t keep up with all the questions, so I’ll just leave this here.

Remember to join in on the fun!

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An Inspector Calls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:19:12 +0000 chambers legal cheek

Image credit: Legal Cheek

Yesterday I wrote up the contents of the web site belonging to Chambers Solicitors, the firm of lawyers who act on behalf of George Galloway. Here are some other interesting tidbits about that firm that are worth bearing in mind.

Last July the firm was raided by the West Yorkshire Police and two people were arrested there as reported at the time in Bradford’s local paper, The Telegraph and Argus:

Two people were in custody last night following a police raid at a Bradford solicitors’ office.

They were arrested after police swooped on the business in Grattan Road at about 10am.

West Yorkshire Police have declined to give further details of the investigation, though they say it is an ongoing inquiry into an alleged fraud. The action was orchestrated by the force’s Economic Crime Unit.

Detective Sergeant Gary Ferris said: “This was a pre-planned operation carried out by the Economic Crime Unit in conjunction with Bradford CID and Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”

The UK based legal blog Legal Cheek followed up and asked for comment and got this:

The force today would only say that those two people had been released on police bail. Chambers Solicitors’ senior partner Mohammed Ayub told Legal Cheek this afternoon that he had no comment on the police investigation.

Legal Cheek also seems to be well on top of this story and a good source of real information.

And as if this wasn’t enough bad news for George Galloway, the UK Newspapers are now full of the story of the woman who is to run against him for the Parliamentary seat of Bradford West which Galloway holds at the moment.

The headlines scream that she’s the daughter of a murderer but it’s worth getting past those to understand her story (Daily Telegraph):

A Labour Party candidate has told her extraordinary life story including her mother’s imprisonment for murder and the arranged marriage she was forced into at the age of 15.

Last week, Naz Shah was selected to fight the seat of Bradford West at the forthcoming general election, the town where she grew up in extreme poverty, becoming homeless after her father left her mother for a 16-year-old neighbour when she was six.

She has now told the full story of traumatic childhood, including how she was forced to be a parent to her two sisters after her mother, who had suffered years of abuse at the hands of a local drug dealer, was jailed for his murder.

The full story is in the local Urban Echo paper and they published it on International Womens’ Day. I don’t know a great deal more about this woman, but if she can unseat George Galloway, she’ll be a hero for that reason alone.

Update 13:30: I want to mildly qualify my enthusiasm for Naz Shah above with the following quote from Ben Judah in Table Magazine. He’s writing a huge (and very good so far) exposition on Jew hatred in the UK and in the second part (of five) he has this to say about Bradford and specifically Naz Shah (my emphasis):

Bradford is not much of a place to be a Jew. There are fewer than 300 Jews living in the city and only a handful observant. The city’s one Jewish politician is very quiet about his origins, Orthodox Jews are nervous to walk around in kippot, and even a Jewish funeral has been attacked by marauding Muslim anti-Zionist protesters. Even the candidates bidding to dislodge George Galloway now mimic his pro-Palestinian rhetoric, seeking to outdo each other in their condemnation of Israel. The only party that stands a chance of dislodging him is the Labour Party. I contacted every leading candidate bidding to represent them against George Galloway. Most had websites exhibiting photos of themselves at pro-Palestinian protests. Only two wrote back: One Labor hopeful responded rather bizarrely to my request for an interview on the subject of anti-Semitism with a video and transcript of herself speaking at a pro-Palestinian rally. Another, Naz Shah, a Palestine activist I contacted by Twitter direct message stopped responding when I explained Tablet magazine was a Jewish publication. Shah was finally selected to fight Galloway for Labour from an all-Muslim shortlist. The first candidate selected by Labour withdrew amid accusations Pakistani clan elders were unhappy.

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Jim Clancy Still Seeing Hasbarists Under His Bed Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:01:53 +0000 Remember CNN reporter Jim Clancy, who had an anti-Israel inspired meltdown on Twitter, leading to his quitting the platform and then resigning from CNN?

Well, he’s baaa-aaack – on Twitter at least – and by the looks of it is as constipated as ever.

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Unfortunately, he still seems to have verbal diarrhea, and a bad case of hasbara-itis.

Jim, don’t quit your day job.

Snap, too late.

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Ding Dong The Jim Is Gone Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:57:32 +0000 Jim Clancy @clancycnn oh Lord thank you for the block buttonJust after Shabbat started in Israel on Friday the news of veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy’s departure from CNN broke. You will remember that Israellycool was first to note the deletion (or perhaps suspension pending a re-activation) of his Twitter account. Algemeiner wrote:

CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network one week after a bizarre exchange with pro-Israel activists on Twitter about the terrorist outrages in Paris, in which he derided his opponents as the “hasbara team” and used a derogatory term for disabled people.

The news was broken by industry publication Adweek, which linked to The Algemeiner‘s extensive reporting of the scandal, noting that Clancy’s departure “comes just days after the veteran journalist had an extended debate via Twitter over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.”

In addition to the tweeting, he then went on a furious blocking spree cutting himself off from anyone with the slightest pro-Israel sentiments.

Elder of Ziyon is, quite rightly, noting his part in this, it was a direct reply to Elder on a thread kicked off by Oren Kessler that seemed to be his undoing. Once again, just like with Tim Willcox of the BBC, there’s something very evil lurking in the minds of people like this.

And of course we’re all wondering where Jim will end up next, Al Jazeera, BBC and RT are all possibilities.

Also note we have a guest post by Fortune Magazine’s Richard Behar: he’s focusing on the absolute hammering the mainstream media have given terrorism expert Steve Emerson for one misstatement in an interview on Fox and their complete silence on this issue. Don’t miss that.

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CNN BREAKING NEWS! Jim Clancy’s Twitter Account Is Missing Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:05:55 +0000 It would appear that Jim Clancy’s CNN Twitter account is no more, it is an ex-account, it has gone to meet its maker, it’s pushing up the daisies, it’s shuffled off this mortal web server.

ClancyCNN account is gone

It should be at the top of that search result.

You may remember that it was only last week the Jim Clancy went on a complete Twitter meltdown after Oren Kessler challenged his statement that “The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet. They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention.”

He followed that up with a blocking frenzy in which he cut off anyone who had ever retweeted or replied to him on this issues.

Well I guess he (or the CNN overlords) have decided that his 56,000+ follower Twitter account is more of a liability than an asset, much like Jim Clancy himself.

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Darwin Award Candidate Of The Day: Mark Taylor aka Kiwi Jihadi Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:18:45 +0000 There’s a risque joke about a New Zealander that goes something like this: A man drives by a New Zealand farmer having unnatural relations with a sheep. He stops the car and asks the farmer “Shouldn’t you be shearing it?”, to which the farmer responds “”I’m not shearing it with anyone!”

Meet the New Zealand terrorist who was shearing his location with everyone!

kiwi-jihadi-in-al-tabqah-03dec2014-10dec2014-geotrack-1-ibraboIt’s a rookie social media mistake and one that intelligence and law enforcement agencies pray for when tracking criminals. This week one of New Zealand’s well known jihadists, Mark Taylor (Twitter aka: Kiwi Jihadi or @M_Taylor_Kiwi), removed 45 tweets after he discovered that he was broadcasting his twitter location to every intelligence agency (and others) keeping tabs on him. Unfortunately for him we captured all of them prior to him removing the tweets and will discuss the value of the intelligence they contained.


Taylor eager for the fame of being a violent jihadist took to twitter to get attention for his exploits. His statements and twitter missteps have solidified his involvement with ISIS and will provide the evidence should he ever try to return to New Zealand. His ignorance and the ignorance of others has been an advantage to intelligence agencies around the world looking to protect their nations and track the progress of ISIS. Even examining his most recent twitter photo update, Taylor shows again his lack of understanding of technology and intelligence as he broadcast out the facial image of another fighter captured in the background of his photo.

Here’s hoping this jihadumbass meets the same fate as his Twitter account: termination.

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Tweeting Truth to Jodi Rudoren’s Usefully Idiotic Power Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:14:31 +0000 When The New York Times dispatched Jodi Rudoren to Israel as the new Jerusalem bureau chief 2.5 years ago, she was a self-professed neophyte in all things Arab-Israeli conflict.


So this malleable lump of reporting clay wandered ignorantly and naively into the morally relativist journalistic groupthink / circlejerk that infects the bar of Jerusalem’s American Colony Hotel, and instead of fighting to keep her head above water, instead of endeavoring to choose wisely, she was all too willing to be swept away by the fallacious, putrid tsunami of anti-Israel agitprop emanating from the more veteran ‘reporters’ based in Israel.

In short order, she was mirroring the prevailing ‘wisdom’ of the anti-Israel-by-reflex press. Explaining away the murderous terrorist act of throwing rocks at Israeli civilians in their cars as a harmless ‘kids-being-kids’ pastime is but one example. There are others from the Mondoweiss-sourcing, Hamas-parroting Rudoren.

And now, 2.5 years after starting the failed voyage of discovery that has been her high-ranking internship, as she penned yet another morally repugnant screed that equated Jews-at-prayer with Arabs-at-butchery, her journey towards the dark side is all but complete.

After reading that article yesterday, Seth Mandel called Jodi out on Twitter, with this epic series of almost 60 Tweets.


Over to you, Seth.

These are a few of my faves. Read them all here.

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Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Tells Us How He Really Feels Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:57:37 +0000 In case it wasn’t already obvious, the Arsahollah took to twitter to explain why and how Israel should be eliminated.

With an infographic of course!

Granted, he actually uses the word “Israel” and not just some euphemism like “the Zionist regime/entity.” And he explains that this will not mean the massacre of the Jewish people in the area (how kind!). He also does not favor classical methods like throwing Jews in the sea. Having said that, he advocates terrorism, and thinks the new government – for which Jews will not be able to vote – should decide whether or not the Jews can remain or be expelled.

Khamenei’s subsequent tweet provides a stark reminder about how he truly plans to bring about the elimination of Israel. And provides for an interesting juxtaposition.

khomenei tweets

Meanwhile, you know you’ve screwed up when you lose some of your support base.

Update: In this earlier tweet, he uses the word “annihilated” instead of “eliminated.”

Update: Khamenei apparently posted the same thing back in July.

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Speaking Truth To Power Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:14:12 +0000 Sometimes you just have to have a bit of a scream. This morning my scream was directed at the US Ambassador to the United Nations: Samantha Power. She tweeted about the Dutch Foreign Minister:

Absolutely right: “Moving speech by Dutch FM: To my dying day I won’t understand…that human remains should be used in political game.”

What’s going on right now in Israel? There were 7 soldiers blown up in Gaza. We have 6 complete bodies but Hamas expended huge effort trying to steal some body parts of our soldiers.

Here are my tweets to her

This war needs to continue until the people in Gaza (and their friends all around the world) decide that Hamas’s style of fighting to the last child, woman and elderly man isn’t going to win. Because it isn’t. And every single stupid concession we’ve made “for peace” for the last 60+ years has led to this point.

And anyone still calling for us to stop fighting until we have a surrender from them will ensure this happens again, and again, and again for ever.

The only upside (and it’s a very dim glimmer of an upside) is that we’ve gotten better at defending our civilians faster than they’ve got better at killing them.

As ever, their leadership’s urge for Jihad and conquest is stronger than our urge to slaughter them.

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I Wish I Didn’t Need To Say #BringBackOurBoys Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:18:25 +0000 Just as Israel went into Shabbat the news was released that three kids, trying to catch a lift on their way home from college, were missing. The Prime Minister confirmed tonight that they have been kidnapped by terrorists. A massive search is gripping Judea looking for them.

Bring Our Boys Back Facebook

Behind the scenes many of us had heard swirling rumours about this but the news was mostly kept quiet until the IDF Spokesperson broke the news.

The mainstream (Israeli) sources have the up to the minute details, you can check them out of that but here’s the social media story.

Soon after the information was released it was known that one of the boys is a US Citizen. When I heard this I sent a tweet to @BarakObama (doesn’t hurt to try):

I also decided to ask Matt Lee (the excellent AP Diplomatic correspondent) if he or anyone else would be asking in an official press conference):

He answered me in the affirmative (and yes, Mari Harf at the State Department did have a bland statement to make).

Michelle Obama bringbackourgirlsMy tweet to Obama contained the hash tag #BringBackOurBoys. I did this deliberately to ape the famous hashtag #BringBackOurGirls that followed the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria leading to a famous picture of Michelle Obama holding up the hashtag on a sign.

I didn’t know at the time, but a few minutes earlier Michael Dickson of StandWithUs also used the tag.

Well it’s now become the Twitter and Facebook hashtag for support. The IDF Spokesperson is adding it to everything, a Facebook group is growing very quickly (and was even temporarily shut down because of attacks from Israel haters). Head there and take a look at all the pictures people are sending in.

Israellycool says #BringBackOurBoys and we hope the IDF is free to do it’s job and the evil people who have perpetrated this act get exactly what they deserve as soon as possible.


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