EDITORIAL COMMENT for April 27, 2010.
New York City Pro-Israel Rally. A pathetic turnout!
With all the advanced hullabaloo aided and abetted in the media from former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, only 2,000 demonstrators decided it was important enough to turn out for this past Sunday’s Pro-Israel Rally in New York City. Ed Koch earlier this month, referring to the current lack of support for Israel from U.S. politicians remarked, “The silence is deafening.” Well, it would seem the silence has now filtered down to the ordinary people. With over 1.4 million Jews living in the area, one might have presumed the city could have mustered more than a handful of demonstrators for such an important event. Obviously not! As one attendee said, putting on a brave face, “It was a good turn-out crowd, in spite of the rain.” Pathetic, is what we would call it. An utter disaster which can be viewed on our video service. Click here >>> Video
Iran assumes the role of defender of women’s rights?
It was report yesterday by Anne Bayefsky’s Eye on the UN that Iran, “aims to become a member of an international women’s rights body,” to which Hillel Neuer, director of the Geneva-based U.N. Watch, said: “Putting fundamentalist Iran in charge of a women’s rights commission is like putting a pyromaniac as chief of the fire department,” She added, “It’s an outrage, and completely unacceptable.”
This said, Iranian cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted last week as saying by Iranian media: “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupting their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”
Israel continues to draw unfavourable attitudes.
The BBC World Service recently reported that an international poll “conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA among more than 29,000 adults, asked respondents to say whether they considered the influence of different countries in the world to be mostly positive or mostly negative. It found that the United States is viewed positively on balance in 20 of 28 countries, with an average of 46 per cent now saying it has a mostly positive influence in the world, while 34 per cent say it has a negative influence.”
It adds: “Germany is the most favourably viewed nation (an average of 59% positive), followed by Japan (53%), the United Kingdom (52%), Canada (51%), and France (49%). The European Union is viewed positively by 53 per cent. In contrast, Iran is the least favourably viewed nation (15%), followed by Pakistan (16%), North Korea (17%), Israel (19%), and Russia (30%).
“Attitudes toward Israel are widely negative. Twenty-four countries give an unfavourable evaluation, while only two evaluate Israel positively, and two are divided. In the 28-country average, 50 per cent rate Israel‘s influence negatively and 19 per cent rate it positively. Even so, the average of countries polled in both 2009 and 2010 became slightly less negative; unfavourable ratings have dropped by four points.
“Views improved but remained negative in several countries. Unfavourable ratings have dropped in Australia by 20 points (now 47%, down from 67%), in Canada by 14 points (now 38%, down from 52%), in China by 12 points (now 40%, down from 52%), in Japan by 11 points (now 52%, down from 63%), in Portugal by 22 points (now 46%, down from 68%), in Spain by 11 points (now 60%, down from 71%).”
All of this in our mind just goes to show what a communication battle it has become for pro-Israel organisations to put their case forward. This past Sunday’s NYC rally surely attests to that.
And finally, today’s quote from a senior Hamas leader.
Hamas leader not happy with cartoon on captured Israeli soldier.
The Al Bawaba news agency reports: “A senior Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip has criticized a cartoon posted on the website of the movement’s armed wing that implied a captured Israeli soldier may die in its custody. Senior leader Mahmud al-Zahar said the video released Sunday, in which the captured soldier Gilad Shalit’s father sees in a dream a flag-draped coffin, ‘does not express the official position of the Hamas movement.’ ‘We have not and will not kill captive Israeli soldiers,’ he told reporters, according to AFP. ‘Our morals and our religion prevent us from doing that. ‘”
Tell that to the families of the two men Hamas has just executed.
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