Ever seen a Jewish Flash Mob?

Here, take a look:

Jewish Youth of Vienna Sends a Message of Solidarity with Israel

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The Jewish Youth of Vienna gathered in the Stephanplatz before the Cathedral, the city center. The result was this stunning graphic message of soldiarity with fellow Jews in Israel.

Watch this You Tube video and make sure that you send it far and wide, especially to the media:

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From The Tablet:

The idea that one of Hamas’s main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk.

So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of theWashington Post wrote that the hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.” Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was obviously prohibited from filming. Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using Gaza City’s biggest hospital as its de facto headquarters was made in the last sentence of the eighth paragraph of Booth’s story—which would appear to be the kind of rookie mistake that is known in journalistic parlance as “burying the lede.”

But Booth is no rookie—he’s an experienced foreign reporter, which means that he buried the lede on purpose. Why? Well, one reason might be that the “security sources” quoted whenever the location of the Hamas command bunker is mentioned—which, as evidenced by this 2009 article by the excellent and highly experienced foreign correspondent Steven Erlanger of the New York Times, happens every time there’s a war in Gaza—are obviously Israelis, not members of Hamas. It might be hard to believe the Israelis, the simple logic might run, since they obviously have an investment in arguing that Hamas is using hospitals and schools as human shields.

The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.

Hamas obviously has no interest in having a photo-layout of one of its command bunkers beneath Shifa Hospital splashed on the front pages of newspapers. After all, such pictures would show that the organization uses the sick and wounded of Gaza as human shields while launching missiles against Israeli civilians. What Hamas wants is for reporters to use very different pictures from Shifa—namely, photos of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israelis, which make Palestinians look like innocent victims of wanton Israeli brutality.

To that end, the rules of reporting from Shifa Hospital are easy for any newbie reporter to understand: No pictures of members of Hamas with their weapons inside the hospital, and don’t go anywhere near the bunkers, or the operating rooms where members of Hamas are treated. While reporters can meet with members of Hamas inside the hospital—because it’s obviously convenient for everyone—they are not allowed to take pictures. Reporters inside Gaza who are risking their lives to bring the world whatever news they can should hardly be blamed for obeying Hamas’s media rules, which the organization has helpfully written down in case anyone has doubts about what they are permitted to show.

Reporters who bravely or foolishly violate Hamas’ rules even on their social media accounts can be seen to repent with such alacrity that it’s not difficult to imagine how scared and dependent they are. Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal, for example, tweeted that “You have to wonder w the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.” Casey then quickly deleted his tweet, which didn’t save him from being put on a list of journalists who “lie/fabricate info for Israel” and “must be sued” – a threat which is surely the least of Casey’s fears. Last week, French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abu Dagg was summoned to Shifa by Hamas and interrogated. He wrote about the experience of “attempted intimidation” for Liberation—and then quickly had the paper take down the article.

It can hardly be lost on any sane journalist that tempers in combat zones can be short, and that Hamas has used the kidnapping of foreign journalists like Alan Johnson of the BBC to advance its own agenda. The fact that Hamas hasclosed the border and will not let journalists in or out of Gaza can’t make journalists who being used as de facto human shields by a terrorist organization feel any more eager to offend their hosts.

What Hamas has done, therefore, is to turn Shifa Hospital into a Hollywood sound-stage filled with real, live war victims who are used to score propaganda points, while the terrorists inside the hospital itself are erased from photographs and news accounts through a combination of pressure and threats, in order to produce the stories that Hamas wants. So if reporters aren’t entirely to blame for participating in this sick charade, then who is?

The answer is that reporters write what they can, and some do their job better than others, and some are braver or more foolhardy than their peers. But it’s the job of editors, sitting thousands of miles away, at a very safe remove from the battlefield, to note that dispatches were produced under pressure, or that key information was removed by a government—as nearly all mainstream media outlets do when battlefield dispatches pass through the hands of the IDF censor. A good editor might attach similar notes to dispatches from combat zones controlled by terrorist organizations. He or she might also decide that reporting only the news that Hamas deems fit to print from Shifa Hospital isn’t actually reporting at all: It’s propaganda.

2 thoughts on “Ever seen a Jewish Flash Mob?”

  1. Free Gaza from Hamas? The only way the people, otherwise known as Muslims, will ever be free is to rid themselves of Islam. Hamas is nothing but just another symptom of Islam. And, now, that Hamas is entrenched in Gaza, they will never be able to rid themselves of such, even if they wanted to. But, I guess exterminating Hamas would be a start. Then, rid the world of Islam.

    Jews hating liberals should be forced to live in Israel for a year or two and experience this daily, weekly or whatever.

    Unexpectedly, the video affected me very deeply, evoking my childhood fears during the cold war, of being vaporized by a nuclear warhead, of America being destroyed.

    Unfortunately, I see it coming to America sooner than later. Our southern border, and probably northern, are letting in every sort of terrorist possible, including their weapons. My guess would be that we will see some sort of atrocity before the end of the year. And, of course, our leaders will be clueless.

  2. Brilliant idea re the flash mob. I’d like to see similar events happening in Australia – I suggest Martin Place and Hyde Park in Sydney, during lunch hour, as suitable locations. Oh, and Bondi Beach on a Saturday morning (people forget that Tel Aviv and Haifa are on the coast, and Israeli beachgoers have had to take cover).

    to Pray Hard

    You’re right re Islam. That’s the *real* problem. The Ummah or Mohammedan Mob is the sheltering, nurturing sea within which the jihad gangs like Hamas – and Al Qaeda – and Hizb ut Tahrir – and the Ikhwan – and all the rest swim, and from which, ceaselessly, they emerge. So long as pious Muslims seek to emulate mohammed the warlord in every last detail; so long as they take Surah 9 seriously; the Jihad will continue.

    right now, those young Israeli soldiers in Gaza are the only truly significant non-Muslim fightback against Jihad.

    Every Islamoaware person in the entire world – whether from First World or Third World, whether in Europe, the New World, India, Philippines, Thailand, or subsaharan Christian Africa – should be cheering them on and getting right behind them **and DEMANDING that our governments support Israel and STOP forcing the IDF to fight with impossible Rules of Engagement.

    I would hope that Magen David Adom in Israel, and every ISraeli charity that helps build bomb shelters, and every Israeli charity that directly supports the IDF, is getting a flood of donations right now…not just from the Jewish diaspora, but from *Gentiles*. Personally, I reckon “Adopt an Iron Dome” might prove a popular charity! *Every time* one of those babies takes out Wouldbe-Deadly Incoming, it costs a cool $50 000, so where are the philanthropists, Jewish and non-Jewish, putting down the cash to cover it? Every pro-Israel rally should be passing round the hat.

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