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Hoax or true? Blog: 'I was a paid Internet shill for Israel'

The following blog posting seems plausible. A number of articles in recent years have come out desribing projects by Israel and by Israeli partisans to assume false identities on the Internet. However, despite its plausibility, the piece below is unconfirmed and may be a hoax. I'm posting it here so that people can investigate it for themselves...

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Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 10:46AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments1 Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Alice Rothchild: "The Big Hats"

"...And then a moment of clarity as the caffeine hits my brain: how can I separate the entitlement in the airport, the claiming of space in the airplane, from Jewish behavior in Jerusalem/Al Quds, in the West Bank, in Israeli society. These ultra-Orthodox Hassidim have come to symbolize for me the arrogant power of Zionism that is making Israel the militaristic, nationalistic country that has broken my heart and made my ashamed."- Alice Rothchild

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Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 10:02AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

CNN seems to consider damaged motorcycle more important than injured Palestinian children

...Later in the story CNN mentions that some of the "others" were children but gives no additional details. According to reports from other sources, at least five of the injured were children, including one infant. There are a number of photographs of these children. Yet, CNN didn't publish any of them, and instead used a photo of a motorcycle. Below are some of the photos CNN missed...

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Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 11:33AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

NY Times headline reverses chronology, story leaves out important information

Updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 06:11AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

...In addition to reversing the party responsible for the initiation of violence, the Times' story also omits information about the 8 people who were "also injured." Were they old men? Women? Children? What is the nature of their injuries? Will any be permanent? The Times doesn't tell us. Yet, while reporter Isabel Kershner didn't bother to obtain or convey this information, she does tell us, "Several goats were killed in a petting zoo in an Israeli communal farm..." Other news media provide some of the missing information... an infant and four other children were among the injured. Three of the injured are in serious condition. IMEMC reports that the missiles were fired into a crowded area that included school students heading home from evening school...

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Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 06:49AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments2 Comments | References4 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

We're Tired of Pretend Democracy

At the end of my recent article, The Democrats’ Jerusalem Arithmetic: When Israel is Concerned, Half = Two-Thirds, (the Republicans previously did the same thing) I wrote of my outrage at what's going on. If you have similar thoughts, please comment below and share this post with others.

We're tired of wars and killing, and of being sold a pack of goods by both parties using lies, deception, and manipulation.

We’re tired of power brokers running roughshod over what we want

We’re tired of “alternative” institutions such as MoveOn that enable the charade, and of candidate puppets of “change” who continue cruel policies while spouting high-minded words that they hope will hide their unconscionable actions.

We’re tired of scripted conventions, of bullying special interests, of lying politicians, of manipulative media, and of partisan politics that set us against one another, in which both sides push falsehoods about the other, and about themselves.

We’re tired of pretend democracy.

More and more of us are demanding real change, not computer generated simulations. Instead of responding by refusing to vote, and thus forfeiting this life-and-death game, many of us are going to cast votes that will displease those used to running things.

And if in this election we choose to” throw our votes away,” as party cheerleaders scornfully call it, on candidates who would end our serial, suicidal wars and stop the killing of children – thus saving the lives of our own as well – then I feel we will have a shot at a future election in which we aren’t once again expected to choose between a proven war criminal and a competitor who might, astonishingly enough, be even worse.

Instead of throwing our votes away, I believe we will have started the process of throwing the bums out – this time for real. And of keeping our republic, or our democracy, whichever you choose to call it.

Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:13PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments2 Comments | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

A look at Sandy Tolan's criticism of my article on Anthony Shadid

Others may disagree. But by burying the story, AP and others withheld from readers the chance to decide for themselves...

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Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 08:41AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

JTA: U.S. college heads visit Israel, seek collaboration opportunities

Once again, Israel is recruiting university presidents and chancellors. I wonder how these academics can justify not meeting with Palestinians, who have suffered diverse academic assaults from Israel – from ethnic/religious discrimination to their schools being shelled and students killed – while they're over there. Think of the astronomical wealth of the Israel Lobby, which can fund a multitude of such trips.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 07:34AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments1 Comment | References56 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The truth about "Hate Studies"

It looks like the new "academic" discipline of "hate studies," is often a front to accuse people of "anti-Semitism." A researcher thoroughly documents its neglect of Zionism as a source of hate, and the Hate Studies Journal, of course, rejects his paper.

See “Hate Studies” Ignores Certain Types of Hate and tell others about what's going on. Be sure not to miss the additional articles at the end of the article that expose the Southern Poverty Law Center, an institution that many of us long respected...

Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 05:18PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The Daily Cal finally printed a letter from me

...While I am pleased that the newspaper finally printed something, I feel it's unfortunate (and shows a bit of a double standard) that the editors would not publish the original letter I submitted, restricted the information I could include in my rebuttal, posted my letter at the bottom of three letters (they had published the defamatory letters at the top of the section), failed to promote my letter in the paper's Twitter account (which they had done with the one accusing me), and continue to feature the defamatory letters – weeks after they were published – at the top of their Letters to the Editor page...

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Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 09:02AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments3 Comments | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Letters to the Daily Californian

Some people have sent me letters they had sent to the Daily Cal in response to published letters to the editor that contained false information on Israel-Palestine and that attacked If Americans Knew and me personally. A few were written before the Daily Cal refused to publish my own letter in response to the personal attacks against me, and some were written afterward to object to the Daily Cal's deeply unethical conduct. These excellent letters contain important factual information and thoughtful analysis. It's a shame that the Daily Cal so far hasn't printed any of them, since they would help to inform the newspaper's readers on a critically important topic that is at the center of events affecting all Americans and millions of people in the Middlle East. They also discuss core principles of journalistic ethics, surely an important and relevant discussion.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:54AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Daily Californian: How can they possibly justify publishing defamatory letters against me and not publish my letter in response??

Updated on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 06:23AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

Updated on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:52AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

...Newspaper ethics codes – and normal concepts of fairness – affirm the right of a person accused of wrongdoing to respond. The American Society of Newspaper Editors Statement of Principles, for example, decrees: "Persons publicly accused should be given the earliest opportunity to respond."

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Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 11:28PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References4 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

White House Correspondents Association refuses table to Helen Thomas at upcoming dinner – on 50th anniversary of allowing women journalists to attend, a breakthrough accomplished by Helen

I just sent the following message to the president of the White House Correspondents Association about their decision to refuse to allow Helen Thomas to purchase a table at their upcoming dinner. I hope others will contact them about this, also. (202-266-7453 phone; 202-266-7454 fax)

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Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11:13AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

An analysis on the attack against Atzmon, by Roger Tucker

...[Atzmon] stresses that it is intellectually dishonest to attempt to discuss Zionism and Israel without reference to “Jewishness.” Zionism was a specifically Jewish endeavor to create a Jewish state. What could be more obvious? If you leave out the “Jewish” part there isn’t much left, is there? The point is too obvious to belabor, but Abunimah attempts to do just that. Atzmon, in the grand tradition of intellectual inquiry, has committed himself to trying to understand the whole complex picture, which centers around the question of what “Jewish” and “Jewishness” mean. Abunimah cries foul and invokes the taboo that has been the mainstay of Zionist propaganda from day one. You can’t talk about “Jews.” You can’t talk about “Jewishness.” Otherwise you are “racist,” “antisemitic.” A circular, absurd argument...

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Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 07:02AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments1 Comment | References9 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The unfortunate division over Gilad Atzmon

Updated on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 08:07AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

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Updated on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 02:43PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

While people are suffering in Israeli prisons and being killed in Gaza, it is sad to see time and energy expended in a campaign against Israeli author and saxaphonist Gilad Atzmon. I respect and like people on both sides of this controversy and am troubled over this distracting and destructive (but, I hope, temporary) split. I, of course, come down on the side of open discussion, even when the subject matter is difficult or troubling – in fact, that's probably when it's most needed. I believe in such old fashioned but critical concepts as the free marketplace of ideas, and I oppose censorship and would-be "thought police" telling others what they may or may not do, even when those attempting to do this have created valuable work that I admire...

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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 01:15PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments1 Comment | References2 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

HR 347: How did another assault on our rights slip through without anybody noticing?

H.R.347, the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011' has just been passed. This makes it a federal offense, with imprisonment of at least up to one year, for any "unauthorized" person to enter or remain in a building -- or the grounds -- where the Secret Service is present or where there is an "an event designated as a special event of national significance." Since the Senate has already passed this, it is now a felony to have a demonstration near presidential candidates or a visiting head of state such as Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, it is a felony to even be on the grounds where they are temporarily visiting, say at a campaign stop – even if you don't yet know that this has now become an off-limits area...

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Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:46PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References8 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Baker Institute won't list my event

...after my event was already scheduled, the Baker Institute Student Forum then "worked with the Consulate General of Israel" to schedule an Israeli spokesperson to give a talk the day after mine. That event is being held in the institute itself and has webcasting capability...

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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 02:00PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments3 Comments | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Maybe we can at least save this life

...Khader Adnan, the father of two daughters and with a third child on the way, is a baker, a Masters student in Economics at Birzeit University, and a political activist. Khader, was arrested on December 17, 2011 by masked soldiers who raided his home in the middle of the night (the village of Arrabe near Jenin in the occupied West Bank). Between the 18th and the 29th of January 2012, he was subjected to almost daily cruel and inhumane interrogations. During interrogations, he was shackled to a crooked chair with his hands tied behind his back in a position that caused him back pain. He said that interrogators threatened him constantly and verbally abused him and his family...

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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 03:47AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

As Israeli girls run away to Arab villages, Israel's "Anti-Assimilation Organization" and "Pro-Jewish Identity NGO" are on the job

Israel National News reports that a young Jewish teenager fell in love with an Arab, converted to Islam, and decided to marry him, running away from home to do so. The parents, horrified, called the police, and after weeks of searching, located her. While many parents would quite likely be concerned at a young daughter running off, there is another dimenstion to this story. It turns out that Israel has something called the "Lehava anti-assimilation organization"...

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Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 07:50PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments2 Comments | References3 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

America’s Mysterious Files on Netanyahu: Spook, Terrorist or Criminal? 

More people may want to read this intriguing article from 2011: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs October 1996, pg. 11, Special Report, by Neve Gordon Congress received him with great fanfare. President Clinton, who during the recent election campaign had backed his rival, Shimon Peres, appears to have had a change of heart. Yet who is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and why did the political elite in the U.S. accept him with such warmth? A few important facts about Netanyahu and his objectives—which the U.S. media have obstinately neglected to reporthelp to clarify the enigma.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 09:28AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

"Israel Is Not Alone" member knocks phone out of my hand – Press TV films incident

Updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:55AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

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...As I was trying to describe the facts, another man came up and began haranguing me. He was almost shaking with fury. He yelled that Muslims tear the fingernails off Christians and similar things. I tried to answer him, but he shouted over everything I tried to say. I got my phone out and tried to video what he was yelling at me. I then tried to resume my conversation with Boykin and tell him about my first trip to Palestine, but the man continued shouting at me, drowning out my words, so I again tried to video what he was yelling at me. He suddenly violently hit my hand and phone, knocking the phone across the room...

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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 09:39PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments15 Comments | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint