Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Al Beeb's Man In Cairo Mistaken For A Jew

Sometimes - just sometimes - a chink of light penetrates the curtain of denial that the BBC habitually drapes over any suggestion that all is not springlike about the Arab uprisings.

Sometimes - just sometimes - an Al Beeb reporter (though not usually "Middle East editor" Jeremy Bowen) does not stay true to type, but types the truth, by which I mean the situation as it is, and not how Al Beeb (which loves to conceal all sorts of awkward little facts, especially about Islamic extremism, that sit ill with the narrative if feeds the masses) would like the world to be.

Thus the BBC's Thomas Dinham, reporting from Cairo, tells us frankly of increasing antisemitism there, and adds:

'While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.
Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.
Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. "Sorry," he said contritely, offering his hand, "we thought you were a Jew."
Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised: "That's stupid, you are obviously not a Jew."
The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.'
Well done, Mr Dinham!
Read it all:
Hat tip: Rita


  1. 'The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.'

    Ahuh. They just don't get it.

  2. My only complaint is that the item is in the online magazine section, not so prominent as the general news...

  3. Here's Biased BBC's take on it - they were on the case at once: